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San Luis Obispo, California
San Luis Obispo County Airport    McChesney Field
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Feb 19 Tue
- American Airlines expanding Five Star Service options for customers traveling through Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK). Customers in Los Angeles, New York areas can travel to airport with helicopter transfer from Blade aa.com
- Helicopter hoist out hiker near an area known as the Subway, Zion National Park, Utah, video utah.gov
- NASA Mars InSight lander daily weather report jpl.nasa.gov
- US National Archives and Records Administration - Nationwide Events archives.gov
- NASA Commercial Crew Program plan for Test Flight SpaceX Demo-1 (uncrewed) targeting March 2, 2019 nasa.gov
Feb 18 Mon
- Leonardo opened new facility in Pisa (Italy) for development and production of AWHERO Rotary Unmanned Air System (RUAS) LeonardoCompany.com
- Upgrade to B-52 Stratofortress and Conventional Rotary Launcher af.mil
- Pilot fighting Nelson wildfire taken to hospital with minor injuries after helicopter crash, New Zealand stuff.co.nz
- USAF Red Flag 19-2 March 3 - March 16 nellis.af.mil

- FAA Safety Alerts -
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
- FAA Fly Safe - Prevent Loss of Control Accidents - Many events occurred in approach phase of flight, and many of those accidents resulted from an unstabilized approach or a failure to go around 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
Feb 16 Sat
- United (UAL) new Dreamliner 787-10 flying between Newark and San Francisco, photo sfgate.com
- Spectro-Photometer for History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer (SPHEREx) mission planned two-year mission targeted to launch in 2023 jpl.nasa.gov
- Snow resorts in California have road damage and closures LAtimes.com sfgate.com LAtimes.com

- Calif Typical Flowering Dates wildlife.ca.gov Wildflowers in bloom San Luis Obispo County SanLuisObispo.com
- Anza-Borrego Desert Calif State Park wildflower locations and directions, parks.ca.gov background northeast of San Diego LAtimes.com
- NASA Curiosity Mars rover panorama view jpl.nasa.gov
- Angeles National Forest special places, Southern Calif fs.usda.gov
- Santa Barbara County Day Use Parks CountyOfSB.org more travel LAtimes.com
Feb 15 Fri
- US Navy Contracts - Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas. Upgrading MV-22 from Configuration A to Configuration C. Upgrading V-22 from Configuration B to Configuration C defense.gov
- US Air Force Contracts - Northrop, Redondo Beach, California, Advanced Turbine Technologies for Affordable Mission (ATTAM) capability Phase I. defense.gov
- Upgraded Zephyr unmanned aircraft returned to US Army Yuma Proving Ground flew continuously for 25 days, AZ, photo army.mil background Zephyr airbus.com

- Darpa Opportunities darpa.mil
- US Helicopter Safety Team monthly update (Nov 2018) faaSafety.gov
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- FAA Safety Briefing - ADS-B Out — A One Year Countdown, January/February 2019 faa.gov
- US Navy Blue Angels Show Schedules 2018, 2019 blueangels.navy.mil
- US Navy Week Schedule navy.mil
Feb 14 Thu
- US Army Helicopters return to Chièvres Air Base, Belgium, photos, support of Atlantic Resolve, US Army Europe and US European Command army.mil
- FAA proposes to amend rules applicable to operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Rulemaking would allow operations of small unmanned aircraft over people in certain conditions and operations of small UAS at night without obtaining a waiver. Send comments on or before April 15, 2019 federalregister.gov
- More Federal Register for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) federalregister.gov
- Nasa CallBACK monthly safety newsletter, January 2019 Winter Weather Hazards nasa.gov
- US Army Aviation Digest - Intelligence Support for an Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (AH-64D Apaches) rucker.army.mil
Feb 13 Wed
- National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Preliminary Report. Bell 407 helicopter air ambulance flight collided with forested, rising terrain about 4 miles northeast of Zaleski, Ohio, January 29, 2019. About 15 minutes after departure, helicopter made a turn to the right, then sharp left turn, which was immediately followed by no-tracking alarm. ntsb.gov
- Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel - 2018 Annual Report nasa.gov
- Heli-EXPO March 4-7,2019, Exhibit March 5-7, Atlanta, Georgia rotor.org
- Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Course Schedule iat.gov
Going West on the Lincoln Highway map LincolnHighwayAssoc.org
Calendar Grand Canyon NP nps.gov
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 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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