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Apr 20 Fri
- Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and Crewmember Monument dedicated Arlington National Cemetery, photos army.mil stripes.com
- First Boeing 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF), first customer GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and the freighter will be operated by West Atlantic Group, based in Sweden boeing.mediaroom.com
- Cessna Citation Hemisphere on hold because of problems with Silvercrest engines kansas.com
- DARPA Launch Challenge designed to promote rapid access to space within days darpa.mil
- FAA Safety Briefing for March,April 2018 - Flying Companions Guide to GA faa.gov
- US Navy Blue Angels Show Schedules 2018, 2019 blueangels.navy.mil
- US Navy 2018 Navy Week Schedule navy.mil
Apr 19 Thu
- Siller Helicopters Inc. S-61V Sikorsky replace cooling units Edwards AFB Calif. photos edwards.af.mil
- NY city banned doors-off helicopter tours that operate out of Downtown Manhattan Heliport newyork.cbslocal.com
- Piper Aircraft selects Continental Jet-A engine to power PA-44 Seminole Twin-engine ContinentalMotors.aero
- FAA will issue Airworthiness Directive (AD) within next two weeks that will require inspections of certain CFM56-7B engines faa.gov
- USAF Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch Jr. told Senate subcommittee that Northrop B-21 has completed preliminary design review latimes.com
   more on budget af.mil
- Lockheed contract for USAF hypersonic conventional strike weapon defense.gov
- USAF Beale Air and Space Expo April 28, 2018, Northern Calif beale.af.mil
     U-2 Dragon Lady and T-38 Talon fly in formation, photos beale.af.mil
- US Army Aviation Digest - Leader Development rucker.army.mil
- Robinson Helicopter Newsletter Spring 2018, Torrance, Calif robinsonheli.com
Apr 18 Wed
- Sikorsky (Lockheed) announced German industrialization plan for competing in German Air Force Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH) Program with CH-53K KingStallion heavy lift helicopter. Rheinmetall Group lockheedmartin.com
- Boeing celebrated fly away of first BBJ MAX airplane boeing.mediaroom.com
- NTSB sending go-team to Philadelphia to investigate the Southwest Airlines engine incident on April 17, 2018 ntsb.gov more Investigations ntsb.gov
- US Army funded researchers may find way to block intruders on sensitive communication networks army.mil
- Lockheed Martin submitted competitive proposal for US Air Force GPS III Follow On (GPS IIIF) program lockheedmartin.com
- FAA propose to adopt new airworthiness directive (AD) for Robinson Helicopter Company Model R66 helicopters. Proposed AD would require replacing the tail rotor drive shaft yoke assembly and inspecting for sealant. This proposed AD is prompted by reports of tail rotor driveshaft failures. FAA must receive comments on this proposed AD by May 29, 2018 FederalRegister.gov
Apr 17 Tue
- FAA new airworthiness directive (AD) for Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 airplanes powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 federalregister.gov
- Leonardo demonstrates AW159 Wildcat helicopter to Malaysia Armed Forces LeonardoCompany.com
   Pakistan fleet renewal with order for additional AW139s intermediate twin engine helicopters LeonardoCompany.com
- Bombardier Global 7000 business jet range of 7,700 nautical miles bombardier.com
- NASA TESS Launch teams standing down today to conduct additional Guidance Navigation and Control analysis. Next launch try of Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) on Wednesday, April 18 blogs.nasa.gov
- Preventing Inflight Loss of Control in General Aviation through Training and Technology - NTSB is convening a roundtable of industry and government experts to discuss the current state of the problem, and highlight available technologies and training, April 24, 8.30am 3.00pm ntsb.gov
- Naval Helicopter Association Symposium 2018 May 14-17 navalHelicopterAssn.org
Apr 16 Mon
- US Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force outlined priorities for combat aviation during House Armed Services Committee hearing defense.gov
- NASA TESS planet hunter set to launch April 16 on SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida nasa.gov blogs.nasa.gov NationalGeographic.com
- Open house at Holloman Air Force Base event is free to the public and scheduled for Saturday, May 5, 2018, New Mexico holloman.af.mil
- USAF Red Flag schedule for fiscal year 2018, July 13 to Aug. 3 nellis.af.mil
- 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
Apr 14 Sat
- F-35 program final developmental test flight of System Development and Demonstration phase of the program, photos edwards.af.mil
- US Navy Aviation aircraft inventory increasing with buy plan in fiscal 2018 navair.navy.mil
- Boeing in Hall 2 at Innovation and Leadership in Aerospace (ILA) Berlin 2018 exhibition April 25-29, 2018. US DoD scheduled to display several Boeing platforms, H-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopter, V-22 multirole tiltrotor, AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, F-15 fighter boeing.mediaroom.com
- Escape to Sonora, Tuolumne County, Calif laTimes.com
- Owens Lake Bird Festival set for April 28-30 FriendsOfTheInyo.org
- Hubble Space Telescope able to pinpoint faraway star and set new distance record nasa.gov
- First interplanetary launch from US West Coast. NASA InSight spacecraft destined for Mars northern hemisphere. Vandenberg AFB May 5 launch window opens at 4.05am PDT and remains open for two hours jpl.nasa.gov mars.nasa.gov
- Calendar Grand Canyon NP nps.gov
- Schedule 2018 F-22 Demonstration Team at Langley AFB acc.af.mil
- History of San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, photos SanLuisObispo.com
- Santa Barbara County Courthouse on second floor mural room docents give free tours on weekdays at 10.30am and 2pm, weekend days at 2pm laTimes.com sbCourtHouse.org Day Use Parks CountyOfSB.org more travel laTimes.com
Going West on the Lincoln Highway map LincolnHighwayAssoc.org
NTSB Aviation Accident Final Report - Bell 206B 02/18/2016 probable cause The in-flight failure of the engine-to-transmission drive shaft due to improper maintenance, which resulted in low main rotor rpm and a subsequent hard landing to water ntsb.gov summary ntsb.gov
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
Textron Inc. first quarter 2017 -- Bell delivered 27 commercial helicopters compared to 30 units last year textron.com
What to expect from space science in 2017 Jan wired.com
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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Collings Foundation B-17 B-24 collingsfoundation.org
Reno NV Air Races airrace.org
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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 2016
GOES-R first of NOAA advanced geostationary weather satellites nesdis.noaa.gov

From 2015
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From 2014
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From 2012
Bell 525 Relentless Super Medium Helicopter textron.com

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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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