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San Luis Obispo, California
San Luis Obispo County Airport    McChesney Field
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Aug 20 Tue
- 55th Rescue Squadron hosted HH-60G PaveHawk Subject Matter Expert Exchange between members of USAF and Chilean Air Force , photos af.mil
- Garmin International announced it will certify GFC 600H flight control system for Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopter garmin.com businesswire.com
- Cape Cod images from helicopter boston.com

- FAA monthly Business Jet Reports faa.gov
- US National Archives and Records Administration - Nationwide Events archives.gov
- NASA Commercial Crew Program - reexamine flight dates blogs.nasa.gov
Aug 19 Mon
- FAA issued Request for Information (RFI) seeking to work with stakeholders on administration of new aeronautical knowledge test for recreational drone operators faa.gov
- NEXA Advisors and Vertical Flight Society (VFS) completion of study Urban Air Mobility—Economics and Global Markets prweb.com
- Potential sale of 66 F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan bloomberg.com washingtonpost.com

- FAA - Airman Knowledge Sample Test Questions -
   Airline Transport Sample Questions Helicopter – ATH Effective June 28, 2019
   Private Pilot Helicopter Sample Questions – PRH Effective June 28, 2019
   Instrument Rating Helicopter Sample Questions – IRH Effective June 28, 2019 faa.gov

- USAF Green Flag 19-10    Aug. to Sep. 2019 nellis.af.mil

- FAA Safety Alerts -
18013, Updated Rotorcraft External Load Attaching Means and Quick Release Devices for Human External Cargo (HEC).
18010, Procedures for Avoiding Obstacles Lighted with Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Obstruction Lights While Utilizing Night Vision Goggles (NVG) faa.gov
- NTSB Safety Alerts, Flight Helmet Cords Can Impede Egress, Understand cord connections (SA-068)
   Loss of Tail Rotor Effectiveness in Helicopters, Be alert for uncommanded yaw (SA-062).
   Helicopter Landing Sites Free from Debris, Foreign object debris can foul rotor systems and cause damage (SA-057).
   Flying on Empty, Prevent the Preventable with Careful Fuel Management (SA-067) ntsb.gov
- Space Weather for Aviation Service Provider swpc.noaa.gov
Aug 17 Sat
- Teams from NASA and SpaceX practiced removing astronauts from Crew Dragon spacecraft at Port Canaveral in Florida nasa.gov
- Pacific Surfliner travels the coast between San Diego and San Luis Obispo LAtimes.com
- Pacific Surfliner Special Offers and Discounts PacificSurfliner.com
- Omaha police helicopter hard landing at Blair Airport omaha.com

- Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument parks.ca.gov

- US Army University Press July-August 2019 armyupress.army.mil
- Robinson Helicopter Newsletter Winter 2019, Torrance, Calif robinsonheli.com

- Santa Monica Mountains, Southern California. Historical and cultural sites, from old movie ranches to Native American centers nps.gov
- Anza-Borrego Desert Calif State Park wildflower locations and directions, parks.ca.gov
- Angeles National Forest special places, Southern Calif fs.usda.gov
- USAF Schedule F-22 Demonstration Team acc.af.mil
- Santa Barbara County Day Use Parks CountyOfSB.org more travel LAtimes.com
Aug 16 Fri
- Bell (Textron) has FAA Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for Bell 407GXi. Certification is requirement for US Navy Advanced Helicopter Training System competition, enabling 407GXi to replace Bell TH-57 Sea Ranger as Navy training helicopter textron.com
- San Diego Gas Electric with second BlackHawk helicopter for California wildfire season kpbs.org sdgenews.com nbcsandiego.com

- US Helicopter Safety Team monthly update (July 2019) faaSafety.gov more helicopter Reports ushst.org
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- FAA Safety Briefing - Safety Culture - July/Aug 2019 faa.gov
- US Navy Blue Angels Show Schedules 2019, 2020 blueangels.navy.mil
- US Navy Week Schedule navy.mil
- Darpa Opportunities darpa.mil
Aug 15 Thu
- Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill AFB have installed last of 173 new wings on A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, photos edwards.af.mil af.mil
- AF Week in Photos 15wing.af.mil
- SpaceX Starship prototype Starhopper try for new 650 feet cnet.com
   FAA NOTAM Texas near BROWNSVILLE VORTAC August 16, 2019 at 1900 UTC to August 19, 2019 at 0500 UTC TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIROMENT FOR ROCKET LAUNCH faa.gov

- Federal Register for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) federalregister.gov

- Nasa CallBACK monthly safety newsletter, July 2019 The Unstabilized Approach nasa.gov
- US Army Aviation Digest - Improving Army Gray Eagle rucker.army.mil
- USAF Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team Schedule acc.af.mil
Aug 14 Wed
- US Navy - Sikorsky contract modification procures long lead items for six CH-53K helicopter low-rate initial production lot 4 aircraft defense.gov
- General Aviation Manufacturers Association GAMA - Quarterly Shipments and Billings - Second Quarter update August 12, 13 gama.aero

- Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Course Schedule iat.gov
Going West on the Lincoln Highway map LincolnHighwayAssoc.org
Calendar Grand Canyon NP nps.gov
August 1, 1943 - "Hell's Wench" B-24 badly damaged by anti-aircraft artillery fire, led 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) in daring low level attack on oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, photo 142fw.ang.af.mil
History of San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, photos SanLuisObispo.com
Friends of the Inyo exploring new places, Calif FriendsOfTheInyo.org
Death Valley National Park - Scotty Castle nps.gov
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California Fall Color, scenic drives and hikes LAtimes.com
SAFO - Helicopter Stabilized Hover Checks Before Departure faa.gov pdf
GE tested Advanced Turboprop Engine with 3D-Printed parts. Civilian turboprop engine to combine 855 separate components into just 12, photo ge.com
FAA Administrator Fact Book returned on-line faa.gov    pdf faa.gov
Top 10 Martin Gardner Scientific American Articles, Mathematical Games column began January 1957 scientificamerican.com
B-17F Memphis Belle(tm) to be placed on public display on May 17, 2018 at National Museum USAF, photo nationalmuseum.af.mil
   Fact Sheet nationalmuseum.af.mil
   1944 movie Director Lt. Col. William Wyler afi.com American Film Institute
2017 Ladies Love Taildraggers 5 scholarships ladieslovetaildraggers.com
Robinson Helicopter Safety Alerts -- Low-G Mast Bumping Accidents Dec2016 robinsonheli.com
Three US Marine H-53 Sea Stallion heavyLift helicopters (over 20yrs old) brought out of retirement from DavisMonthan AFB Ariz. will be upgraded and put back into active service. photo Aug2005 navy.mil
Mars Spirit Opportunity rovers. jplNasa
US Navy helicopter San Diego Calif training 2007. Photo courtesy of Jim Pratt "flybum" opens new window. USN2007helicopter
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Monthy Van Nuys Propeller Aircraft Association, Historical Aircraft Display Day. vnyprop.org
Blue Angels Show Schedule navy.mil
EAA B-17 Tour b17.org
USAF Thunderbirds Show Schedule. thunderbirds
Collings Foundation B-17 B-24 collingsfoundation.org
Reno NV Air Races airrace.org
Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, Ashland, NE SACmuseum.org
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From 2019
Sikorsky Boeing SB1 DEFIANT(tm) helicopter first flight, photos LockheedMartin.com
DoD USAF plan to buy 80 F-15X and slow rollout of the F-35 bloomberg.com SeattleTimes.com

From 2018
SureFly eVTOL, hybrid-electric eVTOL multi-copter workhorse.com
Lockheed new digital curriculum for high-school students, parents and educators as part of Generation Beyond, free, online STEM education program used in US classrooms LockheedMartin.com

From 2017
Sikorsky R-4 helicopter display, photo army.mil
IntelAero ready-to-fly unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) click.intel.com
Engineering Development Model UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter, photo army.mil
Researchers at MIT designed one of the strongest lightweight materials known, by 3-D printing flakes of graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon. The new material, a sponge-like configuration with a density of just 5 percent, can have a strength 10 times that of steel. mit.edu

From 2010
NASA Subsonic Rotary Wing Project nasa.gov
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San Luis Obispo is located on the Central Coast of California about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The airport (McChesney Field) is about a mile south of downtown San Luis Obispo.
 
 
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