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US donates flight simulator to Costa Rica's Public Security Ministry

Officers of the U.S. Southern Command on Wednesday delivered a flight simulator to the Public Security Ministry’s Air Surveillance Service (SVA) to help train pilots.

The simulator, the first of its kind in Costa Rica, copies the cockpit of a Piper Seneca III aircraft and runs training programs in great detail. It cost $305,000 and was delivered to Public Security Minister Celso Gamboa, who thanked the U.S. government for the donation.

The gift will help supplement SVA training and lower operational costs. Previously, SVA pilots were trained in actual planes on actual flights. But budget restrictions meant the SVA could send only two pilots per year to other countries at an average cost of $30,000 each. Those trips also were funded by the U.S. government.

Pilots now will become better prepared in responding to emergencies without the risks associated with live training.

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Donald Waltz

This is a very funny article indeed. Costa Rica and all of Latin America screams about Yankee Imperialism and how the US wants to involve itself in their business but when the US gives money and expensive ‘toys’ to them ,,my how wonderful we are. Just proves that Latin America will kiss you one minute and stab you in the back the next.

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Such drivel Donald, as if ALL of anyone anywhere thinks as a collective.
Could you imagine if ALL US Americans thought as you do. Go to the hospital and donate blood.

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