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Thursday, March 30, 2017

New videos by U.S. Commercial Service tell "how to" Make Export Sales

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New Videos Help You Make Export Sales

Every business wants to branch into new international markets. When your new market may be thousands of miles away, how does your small business prepare to make export sales in a foreign country? 

Watch short "how to" videos to explore the necessary steps for making export sales in another country.  Get help from the U.S. Commercial Service’s Exporting Basics series to learn about:
  • Preparing your product for exporting 
  • Reducing costs in countries with U.S. free trade agreements 
  • Fulfilling international shipping requirements
  • Pricing your product for exporting
  • Completing export documentation 

    International sales are at your fingertips – don’t let the opportunity for global success slip away.  

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    Watch Video on how to make an export sale

    Watch other topics in the Exporting Basics Video Series:

    Look for a new video chapter every fewweeks! 
    First export sale in South America

    Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents

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    Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents

    March 30- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and General Aviation (GA) community’s national #FlySafe campaign aims to educate GA pilots on the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate within established aircraft limitations. 

    Message from FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta:
    The FAA and industry are working together to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents and save lives. You can help make a difference by joining our #FlySafe campaign. Each month on, we provide pilots with a Loss of Control solution developed by a team of experts. They have studied the data and developed solutions – some of which are already reducing risk. We hope you will join us in this effort and spread the word. Follow #FlySafe on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I know that we can reduce these accidents by working together as a community. 

    What is Loss of Control?
    An LOC accident involves an unintended departure of an aircraft from controlled flight. LOC can happen because the aircraft enters a flight regime that is outside its normal flight envelope and may quickly develop into a stall or spin. It can introduce an element of surprise for the pilot.
    Maneuvering Flight: Low-Level Safety
    This month we’re focused on how to maintain safety during the maneuvering phase of flight: during take-off, landing, and while you are maneuvering in the traffic pattern. Other examples of maneuvering flight include aerobatics formation flight, turns around a point, and aerial application.

    Did You Know:
    • Maneuvering flight accidents can result in fatalities, serious injuries lost wages, severe damage to the aircraft, insurance claims, and lawsuits.
    • More than 25 percent of general aviation fatal accidents occur during these flightsbelow 1000 feet Above Ground Level (AGL).
    • Most of these accidents involve stall/spin scenarios and buzzing attempts.
    • Many occur before you’ve left the traffic pattern.

    Relative Wind and Angle of Attack
    Pilots learn during flight training that the relative wind is opposite the direction of flight.
    • Any discussion of relative wind should include Angle of Attack (AoA), the angle between the chord line of the wing and the relative wind.
    • When the aircraft exceeds its critical angle of attack, it will stall in nose-up and nose-down flight attitudes.
    Training and technology are available to help pilots avoid exceeding the critical AoA. An AoA indicator warns when you are about to exceed a wing’s lift capacity. Consider adding one to your safety toolkit!

    A pilot can stall at any flight attitude and airspeed. However, most fatal stall/spin accidents occur at low altitudes, when recovery is unlikely.
    • Stay safe by practicing stalls, or approaches to stalls, at a safe altitude with an experienced instructor.
    • Remember that turns, either vertical or horizontal, load the wings and increase the stall speed dramatically.
    • Be aware of how stall/spins happen and how you can get out of them.

    Traffic Pattern Rules
    In the pattern, you’re flying at low altitudes, low airspeeds and high angles of attack. Know your aircraft’s limitations and remember these simple rules:
    • Base to final: “Cheating” on the turn after overshooting final is very dangerous. Keep a normal turn going. If the approach is not salvageable once you roll out, go around!
    • Stabilized approach: Airline crews stop maneuvering 1,000 feet above when on approach for landing. For lighter aircraft, 500 feet could be the maneuvering “hard deck.” This means the flight is on airspeed, at the right altitude, with the appropriate descent rate and aligned with the runway. Not stable on approach? Go around!
    • Before-landing checklist: Complete your checklist, with the possible exceptions of landing flaps and props full forward before turning base. If you are interrupted, run the checklist again. It’s better to take your time than to miss an important item. Don’t have time? Go around!

    Target Fixation
    Each pilot has practiced turns around a point to build skill in wind compensation, aircraft ground track control, orientation, and division of attention.
    However, you will increase your risk for stalls if you do this maneuver while close to the ground. They are called “moose stalls” in Alaska and “coyote stalls” in Arizona because the pilot is focused more on the target point than flying the aircraft. Bottom line: focus on your flying, and not an object outside of the cockpit! 

    Formation Flying
    It’s critical that you know the skills of the pilot next to you. A miscommunication or lack of skill can be deadly. Practice, practice, practice before attempting this type of maneuver.

    Buzzing over your friend’s house to show off your plane or flying skills is NEVER a good idea. It’s reckless, and could lead to a violent AoA stall. Buzzing accidents account for many maneuvering accidents and are preventable. No amount of skill will allow recovery from a spin below 1000 feet. Be safe and don’t do a buzzing stunt!

    Canyon Flying
    Experienced mountain pilots are trained to fly in canyon conditions, are familiar with the terrain, and make sure they always have an out. Following a river at low altitude, with terrain on either side, can turn into a dangerous situation. Surprises can be around the next bend including wires, hills, or another aircraft. If your aircraft is not capable of making a 180-degree turn in the confines of the canyon, don’t go there. Do not fly below canyon rims!

    More about Loss of Control

    Contributing factors may include:
    • Poor judgment or aeronautical decision making
    • Failure to recognize an aerodynamic stall or spin and execute corrective action
    • Intentional failure to comply with regulations
    • Failure to maintain airspeed
    • Failure to follow procedure
    • Pilot inexperience and proficiency
    • Use of prohibited or over-the-counter drugs, illegal drugs, or alcohol

    Did you know?
    • In 2015, 384 people died in 238 general aviation accidents.
    • Loss of Control was the number one cause of these accidents.
    • Loss of Control happens in all phases of flight. It can happen anywhere and at any time.
    • There is one fatal accident involving Loss of Control every four days.

    Learn more:
    Take the FAASTeam Online Course, Maneuvering: Approach and Landing.

    Check out GA Safety Enhancements fact sheets on the main FAA Safety Briefing website, including Maneuvering Flight (PDF). 

    Be sure to check out the AOPA Safety Advisor, Maneuvering Flight-Hazardous to Your Health? 

    The website has Notices, FAAST Blasts, online courses, webinars and more on key general aviation safety topics. 

    The WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program helps pilots build an educational curriculum suitable for their unique flight requirements. It is based on the premise that pilots who maintain currency and proficiency in the basics of flight will enjoy a safer and more stress-free flying experience. 

    The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) is comprised of government and industry experts who work together to use data to identify risk, pinpoint trends through root cause analysis, and develop safety strategies to reduce the risk of GA accidents. The GAJSC combines the expertise of many key decision makers in the FAA, several government agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and stakeholder groups. Industry participants include the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, National Business Aviation Association, National Air Transportation Association, National Association of Flight Instructors, Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, and the aviation insurance industry. The National Transportation Safety Board and the European Aviation Safety Agency participate as observers.

    Tragedy in the DR Congo

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    Instagram/Zaida Catalán (L); John Sharp (R)
    The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, MONUSCO, confirmed this week that the bodies of Zaida Catalán, a Swede, and Michael Sharp, an American, were found by UN peacekeepers in Kasai Central province.
    The two members of the UN Group of Experts on Congo had been reported missing, along with their Congolese interpreter, Betu Tshintela, a motorbike driver, Isaac Kabuayi, and two unidentified motorbike drivers, on March 12, while investigating large-scale human rights violations in the region.
    An estimated 25 million children are out of school in Pakistan. A new report includes testimonies on how militant violence has disrupted the education of hundreds of thousands of children, particularly girls.
    An apparent Saudi-led coalition attack on a boat carrying Somali civilians off the coast of Yemen killed at least 32 people on board.
    The clock is ticking. Two years from today, the United Kingdom will leave the European Union. It is a moment that carries real risks for human rights.
    Get world news from a human rights perspective delivered to your inbox daily.

    Coast Guard increasing on-water presence offshore Oahu during Spring Break

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    Media advisory: Coast Guard increasing on-water presence offshore Oahu during Spring Break
    HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is offering media an opportunity to get underway Friday with Station Honolulu and the Sector Honolulu boarding team in advance of increased patrols during the weekend.  

    Each year the influx of college students and tourists arriving to Waikiki Bay during Spring Break generates numerous on-water safety concerns. In previous years, large flotillas have emerged encouraging the consumption of alcohol while on the water and pose a significant risk to public safety.

    The goal for the Coast Guard’s upcoming patrols is to ensure safety of life at sea by preventing search and rescue cases. However, enforcement actions that mitigate or deter illegal activities from escalating are also a top priority.

    Alcohol and drugs can cause impaired balance, blurred vision, poor coordination, impaired judgment, and slower reaction times. Alcohol is a major contributor to boating accidents and fatalities.

    Hawaii state law prohibits anyone from boating while intoxicated — that is, operating a vessel while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, narcotics, or other habit-forming drugs.
    • Hawaii state law says that a person is considered to be boating while intoxicated if they have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more within four hours after the time of the alleged violation. 
    • Under Hawaii state law, the penalties for boating while intoxicated include a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $1,000, imprisonment for up to 30 days, or both a fine and imprisonment. 
    • By operating a vessel in Hawaii state waters, boaters have consented to be tested for alcohol or drugs if requested by a law enforcement official.
    Since 2014 all individuals who operate a motorized vessel in Hawaii’s state waters must have taken a boating safety course and be able to show proof of certification. The regulations for compliance with BWI laws are a part of this course. 

    WHO: Coast Guard Station Honolulu and Coast Guard Sector Honolulu boarding teams.

    WHAT: Media ride-along aboard a Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium. Coast Guard spokespersons will be available to speak about the dangers of boating and participating in on-water activities under the influence of alcohol.

    WHERE: Coast Guard Base Honolulu, 400 Sand Island Parkway, Honolulu, 96819

    WHEN: Friday, March 31, at 10:30 a.m. Media are asked to arrive no later than 10:15 a.m.

    Media interested in a ride along are asked to RSVP no later than Thursday at 4 p.m. by contacting the Coast Guard 14th District public affairs office at 808-535-3230

    Reporters and photographers must have valid media credentials and driver’s licenses. Vehicles entering the base must have proof of registration and auto insurance. Slacks or shorts and close-toed shoes are recommended.

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