Group 5 Cadets support Aviation Day at Page Field
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

By 1st Lt. Ruth Byron, Public Affairs Officer, Lee County Schools Cadet Sqn.


Civil Air Patrol cadets from across southwest Florida converged on Page Field in Fort Myers to support the annual Aviation Day hosted by the Lee County Port Authority. The event featured aviation exhibits and activities in addition to demonstrations by local first-responders. The cadets provided safety resources for the static displays and parking lot.

Group 5 units represented by the cadets included: Charlotte County Composite Squadron in Punta Gorda; Lee County Schools Cadet Squadron in Cape Coral; Naples Cadet Squadron in Naples and Leadership Academy Cadet Squadron and Venice Cadet Squadron both of Venice.

Page Field is a full-service general aviation airport. The annual aviation outreach event benefited the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. Static displays included helicopters, experimental and antique aircraft that allowed the public an up-close look.

“Your team did an amazing job keeping everyone safe, interacting with the public and making this a fun and worthwhile event for all,” said Jonathan Buff

CAP cadets provide support for many aviation events in Southwest Florida. In addition to event parking, the personnel are stationed among the aircraft on the tarmac to interact with the public, provide information and keep an alert-eye for safety issues such as heat injuries, hydration problems and to direct attendees away from high-risk areas.

The cadets were rotated through duty positions. Each received food vouchers in exchange for their community service. While on break, the cadets enjoyed lunch and a tour the aircraft displays with an opportunity to talk with the pilots and learn more about the history and performance characteristics of the aircraft.

“It was a treat to see so many young people interested in aviation, wanting to learn as much as they could with an eye toward a possible career in the industry,” added Buff.

“You have done a great job educating and encouraging this fine group of young people.”

Group 5 cadets work static display area during Aviation Day at Page Field.
Photo Caption:  Group 5 cadets work static display area during Aviation Day at Page Field.
Article Information
Reviewed by: Lt. Col. Jeff P. Carlson
Syndicated to: Region Hq, Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 5
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