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May 17 Tue – 2022

– Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Kord team defeat multiple mortars and large drones with Stryker-mounted high-energy laser. Also included defeating several small, medium and large drones. White Sands Missile Range N.M. (May 16, 2022) rtx.com
– South Dakota’s Wildland Fire Division will conduct annual wildland fire helicopter recertification with South Dakota National Guard Aviation Unit Friday May 20. Certification allows for South Dakota National Guard Black Hawk helicopters to respond to wildland fires. (May 16, 2022) news.sd.gov
– USAF B-52H Stratofortress released AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon off the Southern California coast. Hypersonic speeds five times greater than speed of sound. 419th Flight Test Squadron and Global Power Bomber Combined Test Force both at Edwards AFB executed the test. (May 16, 2022) edwards.af.mil LockheedMartin.com afrc.af.mil
– South Korea Defense Acquisition Program Administration acquiring 40 Bell 505 helicopters under TH-X training helicopter program. Helicopters expected to be delivered from 2023 through 2025. (May 16, 2022) waiting for news from US bellflight.com

R66 Special conditions are issued for Robinson Helicopter Company (RHC) Model R66 helicopter. RHC will modify Model R66 helicopter by incorporating pressure refueling system that allows for optional pressure fueling from fueling port on the right side of the fuselage and the existing gravity system via the fuel filler cap on top of the main fuel tank. This modification provides faster, easier, and safer refueling when the engines are running and rotors turning compared to the existing fueling system located on the top of the main fuel tank. (Rule by FAA on 05/03/2022) (Effective June 2, 2022) FederalRegister.gov

– US Naval History and Heritage. Bi-weekly compilation of articles, commentaries, and blogs related to history and heritage. (May 3, 2022) history.navy.mil

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- FAA Airman Knowledge Test changes faa.gov

- Mars Images mars.nasa.gov
   more Mars Ingenuity Helicopter news. Re-established communications with Perseverance rover (May 06, 2022) mars.nasa.gov

- United Airlines news united.mediaroom.com
- Aviate program provides route to job offer with United Airlines UnitedAviate.com

- Rotorcraft Design Approvals - Helicopter Occupant Safety Toolkit faa.gov
- News Nellis AFB, Nevada nellis.af.mil
- FAA monthly Business Jet Reports faa.gov
- US National Archives and Records Administration - Nationwide Events archives.gov
- NASA Commercial Crew Program blogs.nasa.gov

May 16 Mon – 2022

– California Air National Guard Airmen assigned to 163d Attack Wing participated in wing-wide readiness training exercise. (May 16, 2022) nationalguard.mil
– Chinese intelligence ship tracked off Australia’s west coast. (May 14, 2022) voanews.com reuters.com abc.net.au washingtonpost.com
   •Australia Defence Minister Peter Dutton warning China will expand presence in South Pacific (Apr 21, 2022) abc.net.au

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– National Transportation Safety Board Aviation Accident Preliminary Report, On Dec.29,2021 R-44 II substantially damaged when it was involved in accident near Cosby, Tennessee. Commercial pilot received serious injuries and the passenger fatally injured ntsb.gov pdf
– Director Operational Test and Evaluation, FY2021 Annual Report released to Congress dote.osd.mil Report from OSD weapons tester doubts aircraft carrier Ford (CVN-78) will meet sortie generation rate (SGR) requirement and achieve self-defense requirement.
– Helicopter Training Academy Program, Grand Canyon. Application period for 2022 open in Nov 2021 nps.gov
– NASA Ames TechEdSat nasa.gov

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History – Kaman HH-43B Huskie at National Museum of USAF. HH-43 Huskie primarily for local base rescue (LBR) and fighting aircraft fires. Kaman delivered first USAF H-43As in November 1958, and B series followed in June 1959, photos NationalMuseum.af.mil

– NASA, SpaceX, Boeing, United Launch Alliance updates to International Space Station blogs.nasa.gov
   Atlas V rocket, Starliner ulalaunch.com

– SpaceX launch updates spacex.com

- FAA Aeronautical Raster Chart is a digital image of FAA VFR Chart faa.gov

- Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Flying Operations nellis.af.mil
- USAF Week in Photos af.mil
- USAF F35A Demo Team 2022 Airshow Season, All USAF Aerial Events acc.af.mil

- FAA Practical Test Standards faa.gov

– FAA Safety Alerts SAFO
21005 – Risks Associated with Visual Approaches, Date 7.27.21
19006 – Crash Resistant Fuel System (CRFS) Safety Standards
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

- Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Tours CommemorativeAirForce.org
- B-29 Doc Tours b29doc.com

- Space Weather for Aviation Service Provider swpc.noaa.gov

May 14 Sat – 2022

– Chuck Surack (founder Surack Enterprises) purchased Enstrom Helicopter Corp of Menominee, Michigan. Plan to rebuild Enstrom brand (May 13, 2022) newswire.com

– US Army remains committed to developing our Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) and Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA). We are scheduled to down select FLRAA to a single vendor in the coming months and are on track to have both systems begin fielding by FY 2030. (May 12, 2022) docs.house.gov pdf
– 395 million for Future Vertical Lift research, which will accelerate development of helicopters flown at Fort Rucker, and an additional 77 million to accelerate Future Long Range Assault Aircraft. (Mar 10 2022) shelby.senate.gov

– US Army second aerial-intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (A-ISR) demonstrator in Indo-Pacific region for demonstration and operational employment. Fixed Wing Project Office (April 22, 2022) army.mil

– Updates - Calf Canyon and Hermits Peak fires. New Mexico nwcg.gov
– Updates - Tunnel Fire Ariz. nwcg.gov

B-29 "Doc" History Restored Tour. May to July 2022 events Western US. Minden, NV May 24 - May 26 b29doc.com

– U.S. European Command eucom.mil   NATO nato.int

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– James Webb Space Telescope updates. Team now commissioning four powerful science instruments. (May 12, 2022) blogs.nasa.gov
– Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites-R Series. A collaborative NOAA & NASA program goesR.gov
– NOAA GOES-T Satellite GOES-18. nesdis.noaa.gov
– Using novel polymerization process MIT chemical engineers created new material that is stronger than steel and as light as plastic, and can be easily manufactured in large quantities. New material is two-dimensional polymer that self-assembles into sheets, unlike all other polymers, which form one-dimensional, spaghetti-like chains. Feb.2,. 2022 mit.edu

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– NTSB Aviation Accident Preliminary Report – Bell 206B substantially damaged during accident near Livingston, Texas, on Dec.30,2021. Passenger realized rotation was not intentional. Helicopter rotated about 2 full revolutions before striking a tree with rotor blades and falling to the ground. ntsb.gov pdf
– NTSB Preliminary Report - UH-60A helicopter destroyed when involved in accident near Leesburg International Airport, Leesburg, Florida. Helicopter operated on post-maintenance test flight, new water tank and snorkel installed, snorkel violently swinging, snorkel contacting main rotor blades or tailboom. May 25, 2021 ntsb.gov pdf

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– GAMA Publishes Aircraft Shipments and Billings Reports gama.aero
– US Navy Blue Angels will fly new Super Hornet during 2022 Boeing Seafair Air Show Aug.5-7 king5.com

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– Monterey Bay Aquarium MontereyBayAquarium.org
– Asilomar State Beach on Monterey Peninsula in city of Pacific Grove parks.ca.gov
– Tin City industrial makers market for craft wine, beer, spirits, Paso Robles TinCityPasoRobles.com Calif

– Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California parks.ca.gov
– Mineral King Campgrounds, tent camping only, Sequoia National Park California nps.gov
– Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument parks.ca.gov

– US Army University Press Archives 2022 Jan-Feb 100th Anniversary, 2021, 2020 armyupress.army.mil
US Army Military Review May-June 2022, Moscow intentions in Baltic Sea region armyupress.army.mil
   •Ukraine Is Just the Beginning - The Geopolitical Consequences of the Special Operation Will Change the Entire View of the World armyupress.army.mil

– Robinson Helicopter Newsletters, 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

– Pismo Beach, Calif PismoBeach.org    Pismo State Beach parks.ca.gov

– Santa Barbara County Day Use Parks CountyOfSB.org
– USAF Schedule F-22 Demonstration Team acc.af.mil

May 13 Fri – 2022

– AdventHealth (Orlando, Florida) Airbus EC145e second helicopter and hangar. (May 5, 2022) adventhealth.com
– USMC Force Design 2030 Annual Update May 2022 .marines.mil pdf

– French Army received the first of eight NH90 TTH transport helicopters scheduled for delivery in 2022
   •background NH90 from airbus.com
   •Contract background NH90 from airbus.com

– NTSB Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - On April 15, 2022 Robinson R22 helicopter sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Gila Bend, Arizona. Helicopter neared the end of the runway, it began a rapid, near vertical descent. ntsb.gov pdf

– Update Crooks Fire Ariz. inciweb.nwcg.gov
– Update Tunnel Fire 14 miles northeast of Flagstaff Ariz. inciweb.nwcg.gov

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– NTSB Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - Robinson R44 helicopter was destroyed when it was involved in accident near Rowlett, Texas (March 25, 2022). Accident flight was lesson 11, which included pre-solo maneuvers, introduction/simulation of emergency procedures, equipment malfunctions, and vortex ring state recognition and recovery. Main rotor blade impact marks adjacent to the separated section of the tail boom were consistent with main rotor blade contact of the tailboom in flight. ntsb.gov pdf
– NTSB Aviation Accident Preliminary Report. Eurocopter AS332L1 helicopter substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near, Azusa, California. During the approach and about 5 feet above the ground, the PIC heard the crew chief call out "hold". While the PIC slowed the helicopter, it became engulfed in dust. Shortly afterwards, the helicopter contacted a tree, descended to the ground, and rolled over onto its left side. (March 19, 2022) ntsb.gov pdf
– NTSB Preliminary Report - McDonnell Douglas 500N Huntington Beach PD helicopter crash report, Newport Beach, California Pilot of helicopter HB1 tried to keep flying. Feb 2022 ntsb.gov pdf
– NTSB Aviation Accident Preliminary Report – Bell 407 helicopter was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near LaPlace, Louisiana. Dec.14,2021. Helicopter collided with western guy wire suspended between two tall trusses. ntsb.gov pdf
– Calif Moffett Field is one of three homes for US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center Design, Simulation & Experimentation group, partnership between NASA and Army, Jan.10,2022 army.mil

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– Sikorsky-Boeing SB1 DeFIANT helicopter demonstrated cargo capacity by lifting 5,300lbs Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System training load during test flight at Sikorsky Development Flight Center, Florida LockheedMartin.com
– 100th consecutive on-time delivery of AH-1Z Viper, the Marine Corp attack helicopter, Sept.17,2021, photo navair.navy.mil

– FAA Safety Briefing, May-June 2022 Weather Research Work faa.gov
– Nellis Air Force Base, Nev, Flying Operation nellis.af.mil
– Eielson AFB, Alaska, Red Flag eielson.af.mil

– NASA Rotorcraft Publications 2022. Rotor Performance Predictions for UAM-Single vs Coaxial Rigid Rotors Jan 2022 rotorcraft.arc.nasa.gov
– NASA Rotorcraft Publications 2021. Hazard Analysis Failure Modes, Effects, and Criticality Analysis for NASA Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology Concept Vehicles, May 2021 rotorcraft.arc.nasa.gov

– US Helicopter Safety Team monthly update faaSafety.gov
   more helicopter Reports ushst.org
– US Navy Blue Angels Show Schedules blueangels.navy.mil
– US Navy Community Outreach - Week Schedule navy.mil
– Darpa Opportunities darpa.mil

– US coast Guard MH-65 helicopter program uscg.mil

May 12 Thu – 2022

– US Soldiers maintain and repair UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters flown by their battalion in support of NATO mission in Kosovo. Helicopter mechanics trained to remove, repair and install assemblies such as engines, rotors, gearboxes, transmissions, mechanical flight controls and other components. (May 12, 2022) army.mil
– Fiscal 2023 Defense Budget Request built on new National Defense Strategy, and the request is adequate for military and ensures the military remains strong in the future. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III (May 11, 2022) defense.gov
– Missile Defense Agency mission to develop and deploy layered missile defense system to defend United States, deployed forces, allies and friends from missile attacks in all phases of flight. DOD Focused on Hypersonic Missile Defense Development. US Navy Vice Adm. Jon A. Hill (May 11, 2022) defense.gov
– Team from Boeing and Nammo conducted ground-fire tests of Ramjet 155 Extended Range Artillery Projectile. Technology to enable long-range precision fires, one of US Army modernization priorities. (May 11, 2022) boeing.mediaroom.com

– Bell 407 Damage SUBSTANTIAL, Activity INSTRUCTION, helicopter CRASHED UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES, LIVERMORE, CALIFORNIA asias.faa.gov

– Coastal Fire Status Update Reports. Update as of May 12, 2022 at 7.52am fire.ca.gov
   •Laguna Niguel report from OCregister.com May 12, 2022

– Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires Update, New Mexico inciweb.nwcg.gov
– Calf Canyon Fire Update, New Mexico inciweb.nwcg.gov

– Stratolaunch completion of fifth flight test of Roc. Debuted new pylon on center wing that will be used to carry and release Talon-A hypersonic vehicles. (May 04, 2022) prnewswire.com StratoLaunch.com

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– Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. Current mission goal updates 2022 mars.nasa.gov
– F-35 Joint Strike Fighter JSF News jsf.mil

– NTSB Preliminary Report - Piper PA-28-181 airplane and a Robinson R22 helicopter were involved in midair collision near Chandler, Arizona, on Oct.1,2021. The airplane sustained minor damage and the helicopter was destroyed. Figure 1 view of helicopter and airplane ADS-B flight track data ntsb.gov pdf

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– FAA, Dates of Latest Editions, Visual Flight Rules (VFR) Charts, Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Charts, 2021 Dec faa.gov

– NASA Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center. nasa.gov

– NASA Updates - SpaceX, Boeing CST-100 Starliner. blogs.nasa.gov

– US Army CH-47F Block II Chinook helicopter
   Projected Activities, 1QFY21 (1)Limited User Test
   4QFY21 (1)Milestone C, (2)Low Rate Initial Production army.mil

NASA CallBACK monthly safety newsletter • April 2022 Wake Turbulence nasa.gov

– US Army Aviation Digest -
   Sustaining the Combat Aviation Brigade: Fighting the Aviation Support Battalion in Large-Scale Combat Ops
   Ground Movement: Assuring Symmetry Within an Aviation Battalion
   The Combat Aviation Brigade and Medical Evacuation/ Casualty Evacuation - January-March 2022 army.mil
   •April-June 2022 Aviation Training for Large-Scale Combat Operations Published around May 15, 2022

– Federal Register for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) federalregister.gov
– USAF Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team Schedule acc.af.mil
– Airline passengers can obtain updated information on how to Fly Healthy flyhealthy.gov

– DoD Artificial Intelligence ai.mil
   National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence nscai.gov news

– Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) B-17 bomber Aluminum Overcast tour. eaa.org

May 11 Wed – 2022

– Decisions made by FAA not to implement National Transportation Safety Board safety recommendations contributed to the cause of fatal air tour helicopter crash, NTSB said in a report approved in a public meeting. Airbus AS350 B2 helicopter on commercial air tour crashed in deteriorating weather in remote area of wooded terrain near Kekaha, Hawaii, on Dec. 26, 2019. Pilot and all six passengers died in the accident and the helicopter was destroyed. (May 10, 2022) ntsb.gov
   •National Transportation Safety Board Aviation Accident Factual Report - Airbus AS350B2 Kekaha, Hawaii. December 26, 2019 ntsb.gov pdf
– Raytheon (Texas) awarded US Navy firm-fixed-price, performance-based logistics requirements contract to provide logistics, repair, and upgrade support for 15 Multi-Spectral Targeting System Forward-Looking Infrared components in support of MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters. (Contracts For May 10, 2022) defense.gov
– MQ-9B line of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (General Atomics) will begin developing short takeoff and landing (STOL) MQ-9B aircraft. MQ-9B STOL (Mojave series) presents opportunity for future operations aboard aircraft carrier or big-deck amphibious assault ship. (May 10, 2022) ga-asi.com
   •MQ-9B STOL Short-Field Advantage ga-asi.com
– USAF 22nd Air Refueling Wing 24.2hr flight on a KC-46A (May 10, 2022) edwards.af.mil mcconnell.af.mil

– Boeing uncrewed CST-100 Starliner will launch on United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket for flight test to International Space Station as part of NASA Commercial Crew Program. OFT-2 targeted to launch on May 19 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. (May 11, 2022) nasa.gov

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– GAO reports to provide examples of multiple challenges facing Department of Defense from China. It also identifies opportunities for the Department to improve its efforts in strategic competition with China. release Feb.15,2022 gao.gov
– This report describes Congressional Budget Office analysis of costs and budgetary consequences through 2031 of current plans for Department of Defense (DoD). release January 2022 cbo.gov
– Lockheed Martin Sikorsky-Boeing SB1 DeFIANT completed FLRAA mission profile test flights, including confined area landings and low-level flight operations. Flights validate relevancy to US Army mission, increased survivability, while reducing pilot workload. View video of latest flight testing at Boeing.mediaroom.com Florida Jan.18,2022

– US Army Improved Turbine Engine Program model for Additive Manufacturing (AM). AM in designing and developing new technologies to deliver long-term performance, reliability, maintainability, and cost savings benefits. July 16, 2021 army.mil
– NTSB Probable Cause - loss of Bell 206 helicopter control after entry into vortex ring state, North Carolina ntsb.gov pdf

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– US Helicopter Safety Team "56 Seconds to Live" Unintended Flight into Instrument Meteorological Conditions (UIMC) Awareness and Prevention Course available for pilots ushst.org

– NASA and SpaceX latest blogs.nasa.gov
– Updates Commercial Crew blogs.nasa.gov
– SpaceX launch missions spacex.com

- Mars 2020 mission - Perseverance rover 2021 mars.nasa.gov
- Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Course Schedule iat.gov

CH-53K helicopter has cost overruns and schedule delays, Mar 04, 2021 gao.gov
   Contract to build nine CH-53K King Stallion helicopters with an additional contract option for nine more awarded to Sikorsky, Jun 25, 2021 navair.navy.mil

MC-130J Air Commando II conducts helicopter air-to-air refueling with MH-60 Black Hawk, exercise Talisman Sabre 21, Queensland, Australia, July 26, 2021, photo af.mil

HH-60G Pave Hawk prepares for takeoff at Moody AFB as a part of Heritage Flight with HH-60W Jolly Green II, photos moody.af.mil
USAF HC-130 Hercules performs helicopter air-to-air refueling with HH-60G Pave Hawk, photos dm.af.mil

CH-53K performs Degraded Visual Environment flight testing in Yuma, Az navair.navy.mil navair.navy.mil CH-53K

Sikorsky (Lockheed) and Boeing released details of DeFIANT X advanced helicopter for US Army Future Long Range Assault Aircraft competition (FLRAA). Fastest, most maneuverable and most survivable assault helicopter Jan2021 boeing.mediaroom.com LockheedMartin.com

- Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials - Events - News nano.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
   Road Information nps.gov
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

Mars Spirit Opportunity rovers. jplNasa
US Navy helicopter San Diego Calif training 2007. Photo courtesy of Jim Pratt "flybum" opens new window. USN2007helicopter
  Events
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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events sometimes get cancelled.

From 2022
Dangerous laser strikes topped all previous records in 2021. FAA received 9,723 reports 2021 from pilots, 41 percent increase over 2020. release Feb.4,2022 faa.gov
ADS-B Exchange Serving the Flight Tracking Enthusiast adsbexchange.com

From 2021
US Army Center of Military History released Modern War in an Ancient Land. US Army in Afghanistan 2001-2014 two-volume history. These volumes include fifty maps, wide range of campaign photography and artwork. Nov.17,2021 army.mil
Sikorsky S-97 RAIDer helicopter flew two demonstrations before US Army officials at Redstone Arsenal, photo LockheedMartin.com
NTSB determined probable cause of accident was pilot failure to properly manage B17G. Pilot failure to properly manage airplane configuration and airspeed after he shutdown No.4 engine following its partial loss of power during the initial climb. Contributing to the accident was the pilot/maintenance director inadequate maintenance while the airplane was on tour, which resulted in the partial loss of power to Nos.3 and 4 engines; Collings Foundation ineffective safety management system (SMS), which failed to identify and mitigate safety risks; and FAA inadequate oversight of Collings Foundation SMS ntsb.gov pdf

From 2020
Video images from NASA Juno mission nasa.gov
Boeing delivering new technologies and performance improvements to US Special Operations Command with Block II Chinook helicopter. Boeing Philadelphia team recently delivered first MH-47G Block II Chinook to SOCOM boeing.mediaroom.com


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
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
NASA aeronautics news 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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Robinson approved R22, R44 CFI and A&P
Over 6,000 hours from 1986 - 2002
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