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Sept 19 Tue
- UH-1 Huey was helicopter that changed the world of US Army aviation - US Army Aviation Museum army.mil
- Lockheed Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare system will provide MH-60 helicopters with enhanced electronic warfare surveillance and countermeasure capabilities against anti-ship missile (ASM) threats lockheedmartin.com
- US Air Force logistics will find Airmen tapping into a secure digital network of archived additive manufacturing specifications, allowing for 3D-printed creation of a weapons system component af.mil
- Boeing has selected Triumph Group as major supplier for T-X Air Force training jet boeing.mediaroom.com
Sept 18 Mon
- REACH Air Medical Services with Airbus H125 helicopter in Montana globenewswire.com
- KRQE news helicopter crashed in rural central New Mexico abqjournal.com
- Northrop Grumman announced plan to acquire rocket and satellite company Orbital ATK. Expected to close in first half of 2018 northropgrumman.com latimes.com bloomberg.com
- United Airlines and Women in Aviation International (WAI) Girls in Aviation Day events Sept.23,2017 wai.org
- USAF Green Flag 2017 ground combat training -- Green Flag 17-09 Sept.08-22, 2017, Barstow, California nellis.af.mil
- NTSB Safety Alerts, Helicopter Landing Sites Free from Debris, Foreign object debris can foul rotor systems and cause damage (SA-057) ntsb.gov
- Space Weather for Aviation Service Provider swpc.noaa.gov
Sept 16 Sat
- Air traffic control technology upgrades on budget and increasing efficiency despite claims by airlines aopa.org bloomberg.com
- Joint Base Andrews Air Show - Air and Space Expo, Sept. 15-17 jba.af.mil more jba.af.mil
- Eastern Sierra near Bishop a mountain route known as highest motorable road in California latimes.com more travel latimes.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
Sept 15 Fri
- NTSB preliminary information - LA Fire Department AW139 helicopter sustained substantial damage after impacting trees while conducting aerial firefighting operations in a residential area in Tujunga, California ntsb.gov
- Four CH-47 Chinook helicopters assisting with response to Hurricane Irma army.mil
- Commander of US Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker favors supervised autonomy over complete autonomy for autonomous aircraft army.mil
- FAA Safety Briefing for Sept,Oct 2017 - role flight instructors play in keeping the National Airspace System safe faa.gov
- US Navy 2017 Navy Week Schedule navy.mil
Sept 14 Thu
- Boeing proposal for MH139 helicopter to replace the USAF Huey fleet could save more than 1 billion in acquisition costs and lifecycle expenses boeing.mediaroom.com
- H145 simulator at Airbus Helicopters Training Academy in Germany awarded level D status by German Federal Aviation Office airbus.com
- Boeing awarded US Navy modification P00004 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (N00019-17-C-0003). This modification provides for the full-rate production and delivery of six Lot 41 FA18E and eight FA18F aircraft. Boeing awarded USAF cost-plus-award-fee contract modification (P00011) to previously awarded contract for new preliminary design activity requirements on the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization (PAR) Program. defense.gov
- Boeing 737 MAX touch-and-go landing at Edwards AFB Calif, photo edwards.af.mil
- Secret XP-59 History this week Edwards AFB, Calif, photos edwards.af.mil
Sept 13 Wed
- NTSB preliminary information - experimental Sikorsky S97A Raider hard landing while hovering sustained substantial damage at William P Gwinn Airport, Jupiter, Florida ntsb.gov background S97 lockheedmartin.com Sikorsky Innovations lockheedmartin.com
- Able Aerospace Services (Textron) addition of repair and overhaul services for Bell 429 helicopter textron.com
- Cassini spacecraft headed toward Sept.15 plunge into Saturn, final flyby of moon Titan Sept.11 jpl.nasa.gov
NASA share solar eclipse across entire continental United States on Aug.21,2017 eclipse2017.nasa.gov
NTSB safety alert, better fuel management by aviators could prevent an average of 50 general aviation accidents a year Flying on Empty ntsb.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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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
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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
Sikorsky S97 RAIDER(tm) sikorsky.com

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

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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