In light of the current threat of swine influenza in Mexico and certain US states, the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Council is urging Vermont s tourism industry to remain alert to the symptoms of the flu, while realizing that health officials are taking all necessary steps to help treat those individuals and contain the disease before it spreads. Of the 64 cases identified nationwide, there have been no deaths reported from this influenza strain in Vermont or the US.Of course, Vermont s businesses should ensure a high level of sanitation at all times, and implement strategies and precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of employees and guests.These precautionary measures include the use of common sense to help cease the spread of swine flu, complying with food and health regulations, and seeking up-to-date facts to help make informed decisions. The Centers for Disease Control has set up a web page with current information and resources at: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/(link is external).As of April 27, there have been no reported cases of swine influenza found in any public lodging facility in the US. The National Restaurant Association has set up a webpage with important swine flu information for restaurateurs at: http://www.restaurant.org/swineflu/(link is external). It is important to note that one can not contract swine flu from eating pork.Travelers will be looking to the tourism industry to help them make these decisions, and all businesses can work together to help people continue to travel. If you do receive cancellations due to the threat of swine flu, please let us know.The Vermont Chamber continues to monitor the impact of tourism to Vermont through our partners on a federal level, including our congressional delegation, and the National Restaurant Association, American Hotel & Lodging Association, National Tour Association, and US Travel Association.
The inaugural flight of the first Brazilian Air Force AMX A-1M modernized by Embraer will take place before the end of March. The light fighter-bomber is part of the lot of 43 units that will be converted to the A-1M model and delivered by 2017. The primary suppliers contracted by Embraer for the program will implement the digital cockpit, electronic countermeasures, and HMD Dash 4, among other items, and a secondary supplier will implement the Scipio SCP-01 radar to equip the modernized A-1s. This sensor operates in the air-to-air and air-to-ground modes, the latter including naval operations. Performing search, detection, tracking, and target telemetry functions, and mapping the area in front of the aircraft, the Scipio SCP-01 promises to revolutionize the use of this Brazilian attack plane. The A-1M will also incorporate HOTAS controls, an OBOGS autonomous oxygen-generation system, and an interface for use with target-designation systems and the launch of laser-guided bombs. Embraer is carrying out the refurbishing and structural updating of the 43 units. The in-flight refueling (IFR) systems and the two Defa 544 30-mm cannons will also undergo maintenance. As far as the new communications system is concerned, the planes will be provided with VHF/UHF Rohde & Schwarz M3AR Series 6000 radios, characterized by their capacity to operate while rapidly varying their frequency according to random patterns and the transmission and reception of encoded signals in real time (datalink), similar to those installed in the A-29 Super Tucano, the E-99/R-99, and the F-5EM/FM fighter. Navigation operations for the A-1M will be performed by Honeywell INS/GPS H-764 G systems. By Dialogo March 21, 2012