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March 5, 2014
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USTDA TO HIGHLIGHT GLOBAL AVIATION INNOVATION IN MARCH

USTDA to Highlight Global Aviation Innovation in March
USTDA to Highlight Global Aviation Innovation in March

ARLINGTON, VA – Throughout the month of March, USTDA will be highlighting its aviation activities across the globe. Given the Agency's critical role in linking U.S. companies to global infrastructure opportunities and supporting long-term, sustainable growth overseas, the aviation sector has historically been a key component of USTDA's portfolio. Since its inception, the Agency has facilitated the integration of numerous emerging markets into the global air transport system, boosting their productivity and growth by providing better access to markets and resources, enhancing links within and between businesses, and connecting more people to more places. Over the past twenty years, USTDA's activities in the aviation sector have generated approximately $11.4 billion in exports for more than 130 U.S. companies in over 20 states. This success is built upon the strategic partnerships USTDA has formed among private industry, foreign project sponsors, and the U.S. government.

Throughout this month USTDA is teaming up with domestic and international partners to host four aviation events. The first event, the Myanmar Civil Aviation Modernization Reverse Trade Mission (RTM) was the first U.S. government-sponsored, commercially-focused mission of public and private delegates from Myanmar to the United States. The delegates visited U.S. aircraft manufacturers and airport authorities to observe airport management models and technologies in Washington, DC; Seattle, Washington; and Wichita, KS.

The Brazil and Mexico Flight Safety Standards RTM will take place from March 9th – 15th. As part of this visit, delegates from Brazil and Mexico will participate in meetings and site visits with U.S. aviation industry associations and U.S. companies to discuss flight safety, standards, and technologies. The delegates will also attend the Western Hemisphere Flight Standards Meeting, hosted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), on March 12-13, 2014.

On March 12th USTDA's Director, Leocadia I. Zak, will attend India Aviation 2014 in Hyderabad, India to provide opening remarks and highlight successful U.S. – India aviation cooperation activities. Director Zak will lead the U.S. delegation at the 4th edition of India Aviation and meet with India's civil aviation leaders and U.S. industry representatives to discuss new opportunities for our countries to collectively respond to challenges and opportunities in India's aviation sector. The event offers a forum to connect U.S. companies, and their latest technological innovations, with India's civil aviation officials to build relationships that advance India's aviation development needs.

Finally, between March 24th-29th, USTDA will be participating in grant signings related to the U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP). USTDA launched the U.S.-China ACP in 2004 to promote commercial, policy, and technical cooperation between the U.S. and Chinese aviation sectors. Working together with the ACP's 50 U.S. private sector members and four public partners, including the FAA and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the ACP has become the focal point for cooperation between the U.S. and Chinese aviation sectors. It has already generated over $4.4 billion in U.S. exports and its success has led to the establishment of other Aviation Cooperation Programs.

We hope you will join us for these events or tune into our social media platforms throughout March to learn the latest about aviation opportunities. If you're not already doing so, you can find us on Twitter and follow our Aviation Month with #ExportsTakeFlight. More information can be accessed through our Facebook and our monthly eNewsletter, Trade Posts. And as always, you can also learn more about our mission, programs and activities at www.ustda.gov.

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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.

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