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Mar 22 Fri
- Sikorsky Boeing SB1 DEFIANT(tm) helicopter first flight at West Palm Beach, Florida. Next generation of military helicopters as part of US Army Future Vertical Lift program, photos LockheedMartin.com
- Bell Helicopter (Textron) teaming agreement with Rolls-Royce for development of optimized propulsion system and continued risk reduction efforts aimed at V-280 Valor and V-247 advanced vertical lift platforms Bellflight.com
- US Marines practiced seizing small island in training exercise. Some say may be necessary in South and East China Seas stripes.com 31stmeu.marines.mil

- Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (Bell) Model 429 helicopters. AD revises the life limit for the nose landing gear (NLG) assembly. This AD was prompted by revised airworthiness limitations determined by Bell. The actions of this AD are intended to prevent an unsafe condition on these products. AD is effective March 26, 2019 faa.gov pdf

- US Helicopter Safety Team monthly update (Feb 2019) faaSafety.gov ushst.org
   more notices faaSafety.gov
- FAA Safety Briefing - ADS-B Out A One Year Countdown, January/February 2019 faa.gov
- US Navy Blue Angels Show Schedules 2018, 2019 blueangels.navy.mil
- US Navy Week Schedule navy.mil
- Darpa Opportunities darpa.mil
Mar 21 Thu
- US Army will halt future procurement of CH-47F Chinook cargo helicopter. Future Vertical Lift will replace the aging helicopter fleet with aerial platforms that have greater speed, maneuverability, and lethality army.mil stripes.com philly.com
- Sikorsky (LockheedMartin) recognized County of Los Angeles Fire Dept Air Operations for efforts in combating last November devastating Woolsey Fire with firefighting helicopters, three S70A Sikorsky FireHawk LockheedMartin.com
- Boeing 3 year contract award for 78 FA18 Block III Super Hornets boeing.mediaroom.com
- Lockheed delivered first of four HC-130J Combat King II aircraft to New York Air National Guard 106th Rescue Wing LockheedMartin.com

- FAA proposes to amend rules applicable to operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Rulemaking would allow operations of small unmanned aircraft over people in certain conditions and operations of small UAS at night without obtaining a waiver.
Send comments on or before April 15, 2019 federalregister.gov
- More Federal Register for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) federalregister.gov
- Nasa CallBACK monthly safety newsletter, March 2019 What Would You Have Done nasa.gov
- US Army Aviation Digest - Intelligence Support for an Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (AH-64D Apaches) rucker.army.mil
- USAF Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team - Schedule May 4-5 Chino, CA acc.af.mil
Mar 20 Wed
- Airbus responded to Australia request for information for four-tonne class, rapidly deployable, multi-role helicopter for Australian Special Forces. H145M helicopter the military version of H145, photo airbus.com
- Pacific Partnership personnel partnered with Philippines (AFP) and Philippine emergency responders to train in enroute medical care helicopter operations in Tacloban, photo navy.mil pacom.mil
- AS350 crashed into power pole while it was stringing powerlines, South Australia outback abc.net.au
- Mark thirty years V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, by Bell Helicopter (Textron) and Boeing, photo textron.com bellflight.com
- DoD USAF plan to buy 80 F-15X and slow rollout of the F-35 bloomberg.com SeattleTimes.com
- Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Course Schedule iat.gov
Mar 19 Tue
- SARA for Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft. Sikorsky Matrix Technology suite of systems to boost helicopter safety by reducing pilot workload wired.com
     more Matrix Technology LockheedMartin.com Sikorsky Innovations LockheedMartin.com
- Airbus has begun shore-to-ship trials in Singapore with Skyways parcel delivery drone, photo airbus.com
- RollsRoyce step towards plan to provide hybrid-electric propulsion systems for next generation of aviation. Ground tests of hybrid system using M250 gas turbine engine usually powering helicopters. Tests part of comprehensive hybrid aerospace turbine engine development and integration programmes and pave the way for experimental flights on aircraft in 2021. RollsRoyce.com

- US National Archives and Records Administration - Nationwide Events archives.gov
- NASA Commercial Crew Program - April timeframe for Orbital Flight Test for Boeing 2019 nasa.gov
Mar 18 Mon
- DART Aerospace wearplates will protect landing gear on Canadian Coast Guard Bell 429 fleet DartAerospace.com
- DART Aerospace introducing new H130 Landing Gear DartAerospace.com
- California Highway Patrol helicopter lifted surfer from steep, rocky cliffside SFgate.com
- Boeing CEO Muilenburg statement on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Accident Investigation boeing.mediaroom.com
- USAF Red Flag 19-2    March 8 - March 22 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
- FAA Fly Safe - Prevent Loss of Control Accidents - Many events occurred in approach phase of flight, and many of those accidents resulted from an unstabilized approach or a failure to go around 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
Mar 16 Sat
- Lafayette helicopter firm PHI Inc. files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection theAdvocate.com klfy.com
- First Boeing 777X display for employees inside manufacturing facility in Everett, Washington cnn.com
- Super bloom in Carrizo Plain National Monument in San Luis Obispo County, California LAtimes.com
- Robinson Helicopter Newsletter Winter 2019, Torrance, Calif robinsonheli.com

- Calif Typical Flowering Dates wildlife.ca.gov Wildflowers in bloom San Luis Obispo County SanLuisObispo.com
- Anza-Borrego Desert Calif State Park wildflower locations and directions, parks.ca.gov background northeast of San Diego LAtimes.com
- Angeles National Forest special places, Southern Calif fs.usda.gov
- Santa Barbara County Day Use Parks CountyOfSB.org more travel LAtimes.com
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 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

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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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