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Oct 19 Mon -- 2020

- Sikorsky-Boeing DEFIANT achieved 211 knots flying straight and level, expanded flight envelope by reaching 232 knots while descending LockheedMartin.com
     more Sikorsky LockheedMartin.com
- DJI Matrice 300 RTK two new payload solutions for commercial drone platform prnewswire.com
- SpaceX launch updates spacex.com

- Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Flying Operations nellis.af.mil
- USAF Week in Photos af.mil
- USAF F35A Demo Team schedule for 2020 airshow af.mil

- FAA Practical Test Standards faa.gov

- FAA Safety Alerts
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

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

Oct 17 Sat -- 2020

- Helicopter landed in lake and sank, pilot ok, Nye County, Nevada reviewjournal.com
- Lockheed teamed with Aerojet Rocketdyne on proposal to compete for Next Generation Interceptor contract for Missile Defense Agency lockheedmartin.com
- ISS crew will parachute back to Earth on Oct.21,2020 nasa.gov

- US Army University Press Sept-Oct 2020, Question, Why Would China Not Invade Taiwan Now armyupress.army.mil
   Military Review armyupress.army.mil
- Robinson Helicopter Newsletters, Torrance, Calif robinsonheli.com

- USAF Schedule F-22 Demonstration Team acc.af.mil

Oct 16 Fri -- 2020

- First TH-1H trainer helicopter proof-of-concept overhaul, Robins AFB, Georgia robins.af.mil
- Northrop met Full Operational Capability for Scalable Agile Beam Radar on Air National Guard F-16s northropgrumman.com
- USAF Nellis AFB one of five DoD bases named to host new 5G technology nellis.af.mil

- FAA Safety Briefing - Data-Driven Decision Making Sept-Oct 2020 faa.gov
- Nellis Air Force Base, Nev, Flying Operation nellis.af.mil
- Eielson AFB, Alaska, Red Flag eielson.af.mil

- NASA Rotorcraft Publications 2020, 2019, 2018 rotorcraft.arc.nasa.gov
- US Helicopter Safety Team monthly update faaSafety.gov
   more helicopter Reports ushst.org
- US Navy Blue Angels Show Schedules 2020 blueangels.navy.mil
- US Navy Week Schedule navy.mil
- Darpa Opportunities darpa.mil

Oct 15 Thu -- 2020

- Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) has taken delivery of its first Leonardo AW139 helicopter LeonardoCompany.com
- First NH90 to Spanish Air Force for search and rescue and combat search and rescue mission capabilities, photo airbus.com
- MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter practices flight maneuver during Helicopter Advanced Readiness Program (HARP) training at Naval Air Facility El Centro, Calif. photo navy.mil
- Registration open for FAA first virtual International Rotorcraft Safety Conference, which will take place Oct.27 - Oct.29 faa.gov

- Nasa CallBACK monthly safety newsletter, Sept 2020 Minimum Equipment List Missteps nasa.gov
- US Army Aviation Digest - Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Large-Scale Combat - July-Sept 2020 army.mil
- 2020 Aerospace Valley Air Show, October 9,10 a hybrid event, photos edwards.af.mil
- Federal Register for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) federalregister.gov
- USAF Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team Schedule acc.af.mil

Oct 14 Wed -- 2020

- GE Aviation with US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command nearing completion of Future Affordable Turbine Engine (FATE) program. Initiative to develop 5,000- to 10,000-shaft horsepower turboshaft engine GEaviation.com
- Boeing announced major program deliveries across commercial and defense operations for third quarter of 2020 boeing.mediaroom.com

- SpaceX launch missions spacex.com

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

Oct 13 Tue -- 2020

- Astronics Max-Viz 2300 Enhanced Vision System amended Supplemental Type Certificate covers multiple Bell helicopter models, including 212, 412, 412EPI astronics.com
- UK and US Navy F35s on HMS Queen Elizabeth have been undergoing live weapons training in North Sea royalnavy.mod.uk

- 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 -
NASA and SpaceX targeting no sooner than early-to-mid November for first operational flight with astronauts of Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to International Space Station. blogs.nasa.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
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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 2020
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
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 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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Over 6,000 hours from 1986 - 2002
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