For Immediate Release
Aug. 11, 2014
Contact: Nicole Lesson
Town Sends Youngsters Into the Sky Through Operation SAFEE Flight Academy
The first day, youths interacted with aviation professionals, experienced flight simulators, and took part in NASA Smart Skies training and other Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) educational activities. For day two, participants experienced a day at Opa-Locka Airport, where they took to the skies in a Cessna 172 aircraft during Discovery flights, and took tours of the Airport’s Traffic Control Tower and the US Coast Guard facility among other activities.
"The Operation SAFEE Flight Academy provides fun and educational activities for our kids and offers them an introduction to the exciting world of aviation,” Councilman Frank Mingo said. “I was happy to help make this happen with the support of my colleagues.”
PHOTO CAPTION: (From Left) Councilman Tim Daubert; Tonika Johnson, FAA Safety Inspector and Pilot; Jay Rollins, retired American Airline pilot;, Clinton Weekes, FAA-Ops Manager, Air Traffic Controller; Mayor Wayne Slaton; William Shaw, FAA, SAFEE Flight Academy Manager; Councilman Frank Mingo; Gonzalo Del Valle, FAA-Maintenance Inspector; Vice Mayor Manny Cid; and Roxanne Ramos, AAR Corp-Industrial Engineer.