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Dec 12 Tue
- Thomas Fire Incident Information - Ventura County Calif, 27 Helicopters, Dec.12,2017 6.48am fire.ca.gov Winds scpr.org scpr.org
- Italian Coast Guard contract for two AW139s to perform search and rescue missions. Italian Customs and Border Protection Service ordered six to perform patrol operations, photo leonardoCompany.com
- Robertson Fuel Systems and StandardAero with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification of retrofittable crash-resistant fuel tank (CRFT) for Airbus AS350 and EC130 family of light single helicopters RobertsonFuelSystems.com pdf
   News,Events RobertsonFuelSystems.com
- Air Traffic Control Tower at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) major role in fighting wildfire, Southern Calif surfSantaMonica.com
   Number of aircraft flying in and out of Santa Monica Airport declining surfsantamonica.com
Dec 11 Mon
- Special Conditions - Bell Helicopter (Textron) Model 525 Helicopter - Mode Annunciation. A Proposed Rule by Federal Aviation Administration on 12.07.2017 document has a comment period that ends in 42 days 01.22.2018 The proposed special condition will require that suitable mode annunciation be provided to the flight crew for events that significantly change the operating mode of the system but do not merit the traditional warnings, cautions, and advisories. federalregister.gov
- NASA media teleconference at 1pm EST Thursday, Dec. 14, to announce latest discovery made planet-hunting Kepler space telescope. The discovery was made by researchers using machine learning from Google. nasa.gov
- Boeing Huntington Beach, California awarded contract for Low Power Laser Demonstrator (LPLD) Phase 1 effort. Missile Defense Agency, Albuquerque, New Mexico defense.gov
- CES 2018 Jan, Las Vegas NV ces.tech
- 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
Dec 9 Sat
- Thomas Fire Incident Information - Ventura County Calif, 30 Helicopters, Dec.9,2017 7.49am fire.ca.gov
- Creek Fire Incident Information - Los Angeles County Calif, 6 Helicopters, Dec.9,2017 7.33am fire.ca.gov
- US Navy deploying two firefighting helicopters equipped with buckets for dumping water on wildfires near Camp Pendleton Calif SanDiegoUnionTribune.com
- NASA research pilot photographs of smoke streaming from wildfires burning in Southern California, photos visibleEarth.nasa.gov
- NASA ER-2 (U2) based at Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, California. High-altitude aircraft and imaging spectrometer to study environmental impacts caused by Southern California wildfires nasa.gov jpl.nasa.gov
- History of San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, photos sanluisobispo.com
- Schedule 2017 F-22 Demonstration Team at Langley AFB acc.af.mil
- 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
Dec 8 Fri
- Thomas Fire Incident Information - Ventura County Calif, 12 Helicopters, Dec.8,2017 6.42am fire.ca.gov scpr.org
- Creek Fire Incident Information - Los Angeles County Calif, 7 Helicopters, Dec.8,2017 7am fire.ca.gov
- Northrop autonomous MQ-8B, MQ-8C FireScout helicopters capability US Navy throughout 2017, photo NorthropGrumman.com
- Northrop contract by US Army to provide contractor lifecycle services for Special Electronic Mission Aircraft (SEMA) fleet, photo NorthropGrumman.com
- US Navy Blue Angels Show Schedules 2018, 2019 blueangels.navy.mil
- UK aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth commissioned into Royal Navy, photos royalnavy.mod.uk bbc.co.uk
- FAA Safety Briefing for November,December 2017 - explores flight simulation technology and evolving impact on aviation safety faa.gov
- US Navy 2017 Navy Week Schedule navy.mil
Dec 7 Thu
- Thick smoke streamed from several fires burning in southern California EarthObservatory.nasa.gov
- Update wildfires in Southern California latimes.com lafd.org
- Mexican Navy received final two AS565 MBe Panther helicopters, photo airbus.com
- S-70B-2 Bravo Seahawk and AS350BA Squirrel helicopters formally retired from active service in Royal Australian Navy navy.gov.au
   History S-70B-2 Seahawk, photo navy.gov.au
- US Air Force senior leaders directed a Zero-Based Review of all Air Force programs af.mil
- Robinson Helicopter Newsletter Fall 2017, Torrance, Calif robinsonheli.com
Dec 6 Wed
- FAA Administrator Fact Book returned on-line faa.gov    pdf faa.gov
- Skirball wildfire Los Angeles BelAir neighborhood, Getty Center latimes.com lafd.org
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- Wildfire Ventura County reaching Pacific Ocean, Thomas Fire latimes.com fire.ca.gov
- First Boeing KC-46A tanker that will be delivered to US Air Force next year completed first flight and airborne tests boeing.mediaroom.com
- Japan Airlines to invest 10 million in Colorado startup Boom Technology Supersonic jetliner bloomberg.com
- History - Boeing and Sikorsky teamed to develop and build RAH-66 Comanche armed reconnaissance helicopter in 1991. maiden flight January 1996 boeing.com wikipedia.org
Going West on the Lincoln Highway map lincolnhighwayassoc.org
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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Blue Angels Show Schedule navy.mil
EAA B-17 Tour b17.org
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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
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From 2010
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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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