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June 3 Wed -- 2020

- USAF HH-60W Jolly Green II and US Army AH-64 Apache helicopter in first flight and combined test mission together, photos eglin.af.mil
- Bell Helicopter new comprehensive ownership program for purchasers of new Bell commercial aircraft, including Bell 505, Bell 407GXi, Bell 429, Subaru Bell 412EPX BellFlight.com
- Helicopter contracted by Pacific Gas & Electric struck power line and crashed in Northern California LasVegasSun.com sfgate.com

- Mars 2020 rover mission, Launch Window July 17 - Aug. 5, 2020 mars.nasa.gov overview
- Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Course Schedule iat.gov

June 2 Tue -- 2020

- Lockheed delivered KC-130J Super Hercules tanker assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452, Stewart Air National Guard Base, New York, photo LockheedMartin.com
- USS Mustin conducted freedom-of-navigation operation in Paracel Islands, South China Sea stripes.com
- Report on crash of Canada Snowbird jet focusing on possible bird strike cbc.ca
- FAA adopting new airworthiness directive (AD) for Robinson R44 and R44 II helicopters. AD prompted by reports of cracking in certain tail rotor blades, AD is effective May 22, 2020 federalregister.gov

- Notices to Airmen (NOTAM) Modernization effort, NTAP will be discontinued effective June 18, 2020, last NTAP will be published on May 21, 2020. Effective June 18, 2020 full text faa.gov more NTAP faa.gov

- Rotorcraft Occupant Safety - 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 - SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft arrives at Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
   Launch plan of Falcon 9 rocket at 4.33pm EDT on May 27 from Launch Complex 39A in Florida blogs.nasa.gov

June 1 Mon

- NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Doug Hurley arrived at International Space Station on Sunday, May 31 nasa.gov
- FAA and Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) announced two-part virtual event for FAA UAS Symposium Remotely Piloted Edition, Episodes I and II, will take place on July 8 to 9 and August 18 to 19, 2020 faa.gov

- Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Flying Operations nellis.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

May 30 Sat

- Demo-2 crew members Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley at Launch Complex 39A planning May 30 launch attempt. NASA and SpaceX continue to monitor launch and down range weather nasa.gov
     more commercial crew blogs.nasa.gov
- Quark Oddities at Large Hadron Collider wired.com

- US Army University Press March-April 2020, How leaders can reduce friction to a manageable level armyupress.army.mil
   Military Review armyupress.army.mil
- Robinson Helicopter Newsletters, Torrance, Calif robinsonheli.com

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

May 29 Fri

- LA County Firehawk helicopter while returning from forward deployed location to base for crew swap experienced engine failure. Made precautionary landing twitter.com
- eCaravan flight of all-electric Cessna Grand Caravan 208B, Moses Lake, Washington cnet.com magnix.aero
- National Transportation Safety Board Aviation Accident Final Report - R44 destroyed 07.08.2018, Williamsburg, VA. NTSB probable cause(s) of accident to be pilot failure to safely operate helicopter due to impaired cognitive and physical abilities ntsb.gov

- FAA Safety Briefing - Aviation Communication May-June 2020 faa.gov
- Nellis Air Force Base, Nev, Flying Operation nellis.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

May 28 Thu

- F-35C Lightning II at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Southern Calif marines.mil
- Air Operations at Fort Hunter Liggett, Central Coast Calif. TUSI Army Heliport supports rotary wing aircraft, staging base for firefighting apparatus during large wildland fires in surrounding area. Dirt airstrip suitable for C-17 landings and takeoffs. army.mil
     background Fort Hunter Liggett from wikipedia.org

- Nasa CallBACK monthly safety newsletter, April 2020 Observations on RNAV (RNP) Approaches nasa.gov
- Federal Register for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) federalregister.gov
- US Army Aviation Digest - Aviation and the Megacity - Jan-Mar 2020 army.mil
- USAF Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team Schedule acc.af.mil

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
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 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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