Colombia Trains Mexican Pilots

first_img *Contact I and II include Basic Maneuvering Flight as well as Emergency Procedure Training. Total Hours of Flight Training (30 weeks/129 hours) Those intimately involved in RHTC, from Col. Losada to Lt. Col. Meadows, talk about the school as a dream not yet fully realized. Aircraft hours: 99 Simulator hours: 30 Joint Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course Breakdown I would like to train to work in your region of the world. I have 70hrs training in ontario, canada. Please contact me to discuss.Chris haskell “I would like to train to work in your region of the world. I have 70hrs training in ontario, canada.”Unfortunately, the training is limited to military personnel only Chris… Latin-American to be more specific… Source: Regional Helicopter Training Center/CACOM 4 An Early Start Each year since 2010, 24 Mexican and 24 Colombian trainees have entered the Joint Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course at the RHTC, benefiting from personalized instruction by veteran combat Colombian Air Force instructors. Base Commander Colonel Fernando Losada believes a shared culture and shared threats help Colombia relate to the Mexican pilots. “We are also contributing to the global effort to fight narcotrafficking and narcoterrorism.” By Dialogo January 01, 2013 Point of Instruction On the Horizon “We want to make this a daily occurrence. [We hope] that there will always be international students here, that we can help other countries in the region to train their pilots,” said Col. Losada, who points to the promise of nearby Flandes stage field. The landing strip will increase the school’s training capacity from 48 to 74 students per year and allow other countries to participate when Phase I is complete in June 2013. With Latin America’s largest fleet of Black Hawk helicopters and a brand new UH-60 Black Hawk simulator to train Colombian pilots, Col. Losada envisions the school expanding to advanced training for pilots from Brazil, Chile and Mexico, who also have fleets of the aircraft. Just as student enrollment ramps up and the RHTC can begin to charge for its basic helicopter course and simulator training, Lt. Col. Meadows said U.S. funding will decrease and loaned aircraft will be turned over to the Colombian Government at a rate of five to 10 per year from 2015-2018. Col. Losada said the RHTC would not have been possible without U.S. help, and those involved are determined to make it the best. “We do not rest in having simply reached this point; we want to continue to be better, and this is exhibited each day in the operations and the training we do here.” Sources: www.cacom4.mil.co, www.efectoespejo.com As the sun began to set behind the orange-colored rock cliffs that flank the Colombian Air Force base in Melgar, a half-dozen Mexican helicopter pilot trainees enjoyed a light moment before their night missions began. Dressed in olive green flight suits and blue caps bearing the Mexican and Colombian flags, they swapped stories with their Colombian counterparts before taking the controls. Soon, they would ascend over the mountainous terrain with only their instruments, night vision goggles and what they had learned in the past eight months to guide them. Behind them were the glittering new facilities at the Regional Helicopter Training Center (RHTC): barracks, classroom buildings, hangars and upgraded technology including simulators found nowhere else in Latin America. When talking about their mission after graduation, these young men, most in their early 20s, are focused and serious. They know why they were selected to attend this elite regional school and the responsibility that lies ahead. “I feel happy and emotional because I am going to help my country,” said Mexican Air Force Lieutenant Victor Granillo Salgado, a former air traffic controller who spoke to Diálogo two weeks before his graduation from the school. “I feel a little adrenaline because you know that in some ways, there is more risk than being in an office. It’s very emotional.” As Colombian Air Force Master Sergeant Pablo Cajamarca demonstrated flying in a Huey II simulator that recently underwent a $1.5 million upgrade, he pointed out how the real-life graphics replicate the CACOM 4 airfield and Melgar surroundings. “We are convinced that we are going to make [this] the best school in the world.” The basic training course at the RHTC is about eight months in length; each morning one group of students takes theory in the classroom while another group flies training missions. In the afternoon, the groups switch training sites. The airfield allows for six helicopters in flight at all times. Lieutenant Midzar Nava Quintana, who is one of the first pilots from the Mexican Army to be trained at the school, is most surprised by the personalized attention he receives in the class of 12 students. Lt. Nava said that he expects to participate in counternarcotics operations such as eradication when he returns home. In-processing Aviation Ground School Contact I and II* Basic Instrument Course Tactics Night/Night Vision Goggles Training Weeks/Flight Hours The Training 1 week 6 weeks 11 weeks (60 hours, 1 solo flight) 5 weeks (30 hours simulator) 4 weeks (21 hours) 4 weeks (18 hours) Just 12 years ago, the historic airfield at Air Combat Command 4 (CACOM 4, by its Spanish acronym) where the Colombian Air Force started flying helicopters in 1954, only had two helicopters and was on the verge of closing. The way to save it, base commanders thought, was to make it a regional training center for the Armed Forces and police. The idea took off. In 2001, as part of the United States Plan Colombia, the U.S. responded to the need for more helicopter pilots to fight the drug war and insurgency in the country by loaning several UH-1H helicopters. Investment continued in 2009 under a U.S. Department of Defense plan that helped create the RHTC with an estimated $13 million a year toward training and infrastructure costs and the loaning of 19 OH-58 helicopters to replace the legacy UH-1Hs. Eleven additional OH-58s are due to be loaned by the U.S. Government in 2014. “There’s always been more demand for pilot training than there have been spaces available,” said Lieutenant Colonel Ray Meadows, director of the U.S. Army’s Aviation Training Assistance Field Team at CACOM 4. “Over the last 15 years, the Colombian Government has been very successful [in] the counterinsurgency fight with the FARC and a large portion of that [is thanks to] aviation.” Even at the CACOM 4 airfield, pilots are not immune to the dangers inherent in Colombia’s drug and guerrilla war in the valley of Melgar, a hot and humid terrain 2½ hours southwest of Bogotá by car. Pilots practice flying in “the bowl,” a green area encircled by a ridge of rocky cliffs that allows pilots to practice flying over different terrains. However, even practice flights put pilots in real danger from the guerrilla Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Taking note of student training practices in 2008, the group placed an improvised explosive device on a grass landing pad. The explosion destroyed a training helicopter and took the lives of three aviators. Lt. Nava knows the risk he, too, faces as a helicopter pilot in Mexico. Aircraft have been shot at with automatic weapons by cartel members protecting marijuana and opium fields. “The danger in this case is very high,” he said. “Organized crime in Mexico does not have scruples.” last_img read more

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Limits on US distribution of Tamiflu lifted

first_img The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended on Jan 14 that clinicians not prescribe amantadine or rimantadine for the rest of this flu season because the dominant flu strains had become resistant to them. The restrictions were lifted in response to reports of increasing flu outbreaks around the country and the recent revelation of a high rate of resistance to two older antiviral drugs used to treat flu, the company said. Roche announced on Oct 26 the suspension of oseltamivir shipments to US pharmacies in order to prevent hoarding, which the company feared could lead to a shortage during the winter flu season. Officials said there had been a huge spike in demand. “We are prepared to meet seasonal demand for Tamiflu, including any increase stemming from CDC’s recent announcement,” George Abercrombie, president and CEO of Hoffman-La Roche Inc, said in a news release. The company is Roche’s US pharmaceuticals unit, based in Nutley, N.J. The CDC’s latest report said that as of Jan 14 eight states had widespread flu cases and 14 states had regional flu activity. Yesterday the company said that flu activity had reached high levels in about half the country, according to data from its own flu surveillance network, called Flu STAR. On Jan 4 the company said it was resuming distribution of the drug to wholesalers in US cities hit by flu outbreaks, mainly in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Texas, Oregon, Nevada, and Kansas. Jan 25, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Roche announced yesterday it was again shipping its antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to all US markets, lifting restrictions imposed last fall because of concern about people hoarding the drug out of fear of a potential influenza pandemic. Health officials believe that oseltamivir and zanamivir (Relenza) could be of some use if the H5N1 avian flu virus evolves into a pandemic virus. The United States and many other countries are stockpiling the two antivirals against the threat of a pandemic.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Voices Support for House Bill that Makes Opioid Education Mandatory in Schools

first_img June 08, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Voices Support for House Bill that Makes Opioid Education Mandatory in Schoolscenter_img Education,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Public Safety,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today voiced his support for House Bill 1190, which proposes a school-based substance abuse prevention and intervention program for all students in grade kindergarten through 12.“The measures outlined in House Bill 1190 will take the fight against heroin and opioid abuse to the next level – the classroom, where education plays a key role in prevention,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “I support this legislation because we know that even with the progress we have made in attacking the heroin and opioid crisis head on, we must do more – and education of our young people can lead them to make the smart decision to not use drugs now or for the rest of their lives.”According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, factors that contribute to the emergence of substance abuse in the pediatric population are multifactorial. Behavioral, emotional, and environmental factors that place children at risk for the development of substance abuse may be remediated through prevention and intervention programs that use “research-based, comprehensive, culturally relevant, social resistance skills training and normative education in an active school-based learning format.”Experts agree that the younger a child starts to abuse and misuse controlled substances and prescription drugs, the higher the risks of serious health consequences, adult substance abuse and eventual addiction.The legislation is sponsored by Representative Joanna McClinton, 191st legislative district, Philadelphia and Delaware counties.“The time is now that we get ahead of the opioid epidemic,” McClinton said. “Overdoses are rampant among our children and young adults. This bill will create a prevention and intervention program that will be taught in schools across the commonwealth to students in every grade.”HB1190 would require the Department of Education to work with the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to provide guidance and recommendations designed to help school districts with the development and implementation of research-based curriculum guidelines for an effective age-appropriate, school-based program of instruction in substance abuse prevention and intervention.Each school district would be required to provide each school student mandatory instruction in substance abuse prevention and intervention every school year in grades kindergarten through 12. School districts would be required to integrate instruction in substance abuse prevention into their health courses or, if health is not offered in a specific grade, in any other appropriate curriculum required by the State Board of Education.The legislation outlines that the program would include instruction in both controlled substance and prescription drug abuse and misuse, including illicit drugs, such as heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine; and opioids.Currently, school districts are required to provide age-appropriate information about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs for students in grades 3, 6, 9, and 12 as part of Pennsylvania’s Academic Standards for Health, Safety & Physical Education. The proposed HB1190 would mandate instruction in all grades and would expand the scope of K-12 education regarding substance use and abuse in the commonwealth.Governor Wolf has made fighting the heroin and opioid epidemic a priority. In addition to support of HB1190, the governor’s other legislative priorities that were passed by the General Assembly include:Strengthening the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program so that doctors are required and able to check the system each time they prescribe opioids.Better preparing doctors and physicians for prescribing opioids and pain management drugs improving medical school and continuing education curricula on opioids.Limiting the number of opioids a patient can receive at emergency rooms to a seven-day supply with no refills limit the number of opioids a patient can receive at emergency rooms to a seven-day supply with no refills.“Pennsylvania loses 13 people a day to heroin and opioid overdoses. These people are mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons,” Governor Wolf said. “It’s heartbreaking to families to lose a loved one and devastating to our communities and our commonwealth.”The state has equipped first responders, including law enforcement, and state park rangers with life-saving antidote Naloxone; and have even helped school nurses obtain naloxone medication, equipping our schools at no cost.“But, it’s time to do more,” Gov. Wolf said. “Battling the epidemic at the front lines is vitally important, but it’s equally important that we do everything we can to stop the epidemic from spreading by educating all Pennsylvanians, but especially our school-age children, to the dangers of drug use.”If you or someone you know is suffering from the disease of addiction, call 1-800-662-HELP or visit www.pa.gov/opioids for treatment options.last_img read more

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Luxury Palm Cove blocks up for grabs in Argentea development

first_imgMore from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoArgentea Palm Cove.“We put it to council and they said if that’s what the market says we’ll go to the market. It is a desirable product for residential.”Despite initial research indicating the estate would be best marketed to interstate buyers, Mr Dickson said the reality was far from that.“The majority of buyers are locals. About 70 per cent of our market are locals, with most moving from northern beaches,” he said. “We have four buyers in Palm Cove who going to relocate within the suburb. Some from Clifton Beach, Kewarra Beach.“And why wouldn’t you? Palm Cove is the jewel in the crown. You don’t find any stressed out people in Palm Cove.” Argentea Palm Cove. He said eight of the 800 sqm blocks close to the ocean were originally earmarked for resorts, restaurants and retail.“The previous stage of Argentea has 153 lots and 140 have houses on them. We are building the final 103 lots now,” he said“They are big premium lots. This Argentea land was not designed to be residential, but there is no demand for resorts, and no financial appetite from banks to support that. Argentea Palm Cove. Since Kerdic Homes first launched the estate there has also been a strong demand from the owner-occupier sector.“We put a stack of effort into design resulting in the average lot size of over 800 sqm,” Mr Dickson said.“People are worried about the rise of Airbnb and investors buying property and renting it out to different people all the time.”center_img THE last blocks with direct beach access in one of Cairns’ premier suburbs have been released and those snapping up are not who you might think they are.With the first stage of Argentea Palm Cove by Kerdic under way in June last year, a parcel of land separated from the beach by a piece of bushland has been converted to sought-after residential sites.Estate manager Bruce Dickson said there were only six parcels of undeveloped land on the ocean side of the highway at Palm Cove — two of those dominated by Argentea and Ocean’s Edge which is due for release soon.last_img read more

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New study reveals that marriage and decency makes men happy (shock, horror!)

first_imgThe Telegraph 30 October 2017Family First Comment: “The researchers surveyed over 2,000 men and assigned their answers a positive mindset score of between zero and five. They found that men in a marriage or civil partnership scored the highest of any relationship status, at 3.6, while single men languished at the bottom, on 3.2. Interestingly, those who were married also scored higher than those in a long-term relationship who had not married, suggesting that there is more to the marriage ceremony than just a piece of paper.”Yep!#MarriageMattersWhen we think about what makes us happiest, the first things that come to mind are often superficial. A dream holiday, a new car, perhaps the team we support winning a trophy. However, while these things can bring immediate joy, it seems that the modern British male is more interested in a more traditional form of happiness.A new survey into the state of masculinity in 2017 has revealed what makes us tick. In an eye-opening set of statistics that call into question many of the preconceptions about modern men, marriage and decency is routinely heralded as the most important aspects of male wellbeing.The researchers surveyed over 2,000 men and assigned their answers a positive mindset score of between zero and five. They found that men in a marriage or civil partnership scored the highest of any relationship status, at 3.6, while single men languished at the bottom, on 3.2.The study also discovered that marriage is on men’s minds when they enter romantic relationships, in part dispelling the misconception that long-term monogamous relationships are no longer desirable in an age of Tinder and high divorce rates. 56pc of respondents said marriage was important, more than any other factor listed, including love and children. Similarly, 90pc of men classified romance as either important or very important – while only 78pc of men assigned those descriptors to their work. Romance was also seen as significantly more important than personal growth (54pc).READ MORE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/relationships/traditional-man-making-comeback-new-study-reveals-marriage-decency/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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EPL: Sheffield United reveal plans to spoil Liverpool’s title charge

first_imgChris Wilder accepts that Liverpool are on a stunning run of form, but says his Sheffield United side are out to spoil the party.Advertisement The Blades make the trip to Anfield on Thursday evening, looking to end the Reds’ incredible run of 18 wins and one draw from 19 Premier League games this season. Read Also:Real Madrid contact Liverpool star over winter transfer plansLiverpool were fortunate to win at Bramall Lane earlier in the campaign, with a Dean Henderson error allowing Gini Wijnaldum to earn Klopp’s men a 1-0 victory.The Blades are an awkward side to face, with Wilder’s unique tactics deservedly earning much praise this season.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… While Jurgen Klopp’s side are strong favourites to once again add three points to their tally, United will provide a stern test.Wilder is focused on dealing a blow to Liverpool’s title bid, even though he accepts the Reds are as fearsome as anyone currently: “Going to Anfield, iconic stadium, fabulous experience, everything that Liverpool bring to the English game,” he said. “They are the most powerful, historic of clubs in our game and going so well.“But we’d like to put a little bump in their road, as we tried to do at Manchester City.”Thursday’s game should be an interesting one, with United causing the top sides problems this season. Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TV10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

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Neville: I hope Ighalo does well at Manchester United

first_img Ighalo was announced by United on a temporary deal until the end of the season just after midnight on Saturday morning, with the Nigeria international brought in to help solve the club’s lack of options up top. The Red Devils were linked with a host of other attackers but closed in on Shanghai Greenland Shenhua marksman Ighalo towards the final hours of Friday evening. Writing on Twitter, Neville broke his silence by admitting that he struggled to find the words to describe the move. “I’ve been trying to find the words to describe what I think about the Ighalo signing. I can’t…,” the former United full-back said. Neville’s comments come after United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that he hopes Ighalo can provide a different type of threat up front. Promoted ContentCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Fascinating Ceilings From Different Countries10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone Loading… The Norwegian said: “Odion is an experienced player. “He will come in and give us an option of a different type of centre-forward for the short spell he’s staying with us. “A great lad and very professional, he will make the most of his time here.” Neil Warnock was less convinced about the move, however. Speaking to Sky Sports News before the announcement was made, the 71-year-old said: “I’m not sure he’s the right player for United. He’s not consistent and isn’t the right type of player. “They want young players. Why didn’t they go for Danny Ings? He’s someone similar to Marcus Rashford. It’s desperation.” Read Also:Ighalo’s agent ‘got the impression’ Man Utd move wouldn’t happen Ighalo has previously spoken about his love for United, revealing in 2016 that it was his “dream” to play at Old Trafford. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Gary Neville has said that he hopes Odion Ighalo “does brilliantly” at Manchester United during his loan spell at Old Trafford.last_img read more

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Five IMCA divisions run at Abilene’s Southern Challenge

first_imgABILENE, Texas – Five sanctioned divisions are on a very full race program for the Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 17-19 Ryan Bard Memorial Southern Challenge at Abilene Speedway. Total purse for the 19th annual event is approximately $75,000.IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds chase a $3,000 top check, with a minimum of $450 paid to start the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods race for $2,500 to win and a minimum of $250 to start. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars vie for $2,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to take the main event green. IMCA Race Saver Sprint Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks both race for $1,000 to win. Sprints run their entire program on Saturday with a minimum of $175 to start. Minimum start money for the Hobbies is $100. “B” feature starters get $250 in the Modifieds and $150 in the Southern SportMods and Stock Cars. Non-qualifier pay is $100 for the Modifieds and Stock Cars and $75 for the Southern SportMods and Hobby Stocks. A practice session will be held from 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, with complimentary beverages, barbe­cue and music at the party to follow.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. both Thursday and Friday and racing starts at 7 p.m. On Saturday, gates open at 2 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. Adult grandstand admission $12 on Thursday and Friday and $15 on Saturday. Kids 6-12 are $5 with five and under free all three nights. Pit passes are $25.The Southern Challenge is spon­sored by Smiley’s Racing Products and NAPA Auto Parts. More information is available from promoter Rob Poor at 325 725-3849 or 325 692-8800, and at the www.abilenespeedway.com website.last_img read more

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O’Neill wants swift Keane decision

first_img Keane, the former Sunderland and Ipswich manager, has been linked with a post as Paul Lambert’s number two at Villa Park over the past week. The 42-year-old had previously been a contender for the manager’s position at Celtic but withdrew from consideration. O’Neill believes Keane could combine his role with the national team with new duties at Villa but does not want the matter dragging into next season. O’Neill, quoted in the Irish Independent, said: “I want to be careful about jumping the gun because we had him signed, sealed and delivered to Celtic and that did not materialise. “I don’t really know if this is something that he is going to have a serious look at. “But if he is then I will definitely speak (again) to Paul Lambert – and see if that kind of role can be combined. “One thing I want to establish is what sort of in-depth conversations have gone on. “I have spoken to Paul Lambert. Paul has spoken to Roy about the possibility of it happening. “Nothing definitive has happened and I don’t really know what sort of commitment (the Villa position) would entail. “If he is actually a full-blooded assistant then that is something to consider. Press Association Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is open to the possibility of his assistant Roy Keane working at Aston Villa – but wants the issue resolved in the next few weeks. “I don’t mind it (speculation) going on for a week or two. Celtic wanted something in place as they have games coming up quite soon. “And I assume Aston Villa will want to get something in place by the time they start pre-season. “I don’t want it to be continued right through until August time.” last_img read more

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