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Aug 8 Mon – 2022

– Obtaining full maintenance picture of US Army Apache helicopter during flight is now possible for mechanics with Smart Tool for Aviation Maintenance Picture (STAMP) system. STAMP provides near-real time fault information based on high-fidelity, system-generated reports (Aug. 1, 2022)
– Apache Engine Cleaning the Right Way (Aug. 4, 2022)
– British Army Air Corps Apache AH-64 helicopters modernized in US transported by C-5 galaxy through RAF Mildenhall (Published Aug. 8, 2022)
   •background RAF AH-64E (Jan.21,2022)
– NTSB Accident Preliminary Report - On July 16, 2022 Bell UH-1H substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Chapelle, New Mexico. The pilot, two tactical flight observers, and the rescue specialist sustained fatal injuries. Two witnesses on a ridge about 0.5 mile east of the accident site were observing the sunset and reported the helicopter flew past their location westbound, then rapidly descended without making any turns. pdf
– NTSB Accident Preliminary Report - On July 6, 2022 Hiller UH-12E helicopter substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Becker, Minnesota. The pilot was seriously injured. Helicopter aerial application flight. pdf

– McKinney Fire Incident, Northern California, Klamath National Forest, 5 Helicopters, 40percent contained, update for 08.08.22 7:26am
– Oak Fire Incident, Mariposa County, California. 2 Helicopters, 94percent contained, update for 08.08.22 7:27am


– Updates CAPSTONE Moon program. Artemis I Final Stage of Moon Rocket Preparations Underway. Artemis I Launch targeting August 29 (August 5, 2022) Artemis

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– Flying in a Brain Fog, Risk Management Magazine (May 29, 2022)
– NASA Ames TechEdSat

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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

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– NASA, SpaceX, Boeing, United Launch Alliance updates to International Space Station
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– FAA Aeronautical Raster Chart is a digital image of FAA VFR Chart

– Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Flying Operations
– USAF Week in Photos
– USAF F35A Demo Team 2022 Airshow Season, All USAF Aerial Events

– FAA Practical Test Standards

– 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)

– 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)

– Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Tours
– B-29 Doc Tours

– Space Weather for Aviation Service Provider

Aug 6 Sat – 2022

– US Navy opened new facility at Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Virginia dedicated to training Sailors who will operate Family of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (FoSUAS). (Published Aug 2, 2022)
– Extension of the Requirement for Helicopters to use the New York North Shore Helicopter Route (August 3, 2022)
– Raytheon Missiles & Defense (Arizona) awarded US Navy contract to exercise options for Over-the-Horizon (OTH) Weapon System Encanistered Missiles (Contracts For Aug. 5, 2022)

– McKinney Fire Incident, Northern California, Klamath National Forest, 5 Helicopters, 30percent contained, update for 08.06.22 7:40am
– Oak Fire Incident, Mariposa County, California. 7 Helicopters, 90percent contained, update for 08.06.22 11:42am

– US Navy Blue Angels will fly new Super Hornet during 2022 Boeing Seafair Air Show Aug.5-7 2022 (August 5, 2022)

B-29 "Doc" event Wichita, KS, September 5-7, 2022

– U.S. European Command   NATO

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– James Webb Space Telescope updates. More images (August 2, 2022)
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– 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

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– NTSB Preliminary Report - UH-60A helicopter destroyed 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 pdf

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– GAMA Publishes Aircraft Shipments and Billings Reports

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– Monterey Bay Aquarium
– Asilomar State Beach on Monterey Peninsula in city of Pacific Grove
– Tin City industrial makers market for craft wine, beer, spirits, Paso Robles Calif

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

– US Army University Press Archives 2022 Jan-Feb 100th Anniversary, 2021, 2020
US Army Military Review July-Aug 2022, Ukraine Geopolitical Consequences

– Robinson Helicopter Newsletters, Torrance, Calif

– Santa Monica Mountains, Southern California. Historical and cultural sites, from old movie ranches to Native American centers
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Aug 5 Fri – 2022

– Full authority digital fly-by-wire Flight Control System (FCS) one of many capabilities setting CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter apart from any other heavy lift aircraft. Easier to handle in degraded visual environments (Published Aug 2, 2022)
– Metro Aviation add Guardian Air Transport to operations customers. Guardian Air is air medical program for Northern Arizona Healthcare and utilizes eight bases across the state for scene calls, inter-facility transfers, and specialized neonatal transports (August 4, 2022)
– Bell (Textron) 400th Bell 505 delivery to European customer based in United Kingdom. (Aug. 4, 2022)
– US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) selected L3Harris Technologies and Air Tractor Inc. AT-802U Sky Warden(tm) system for Armed Overwatch program (August 01, 2022)
– Red Flag Alaska (RF-A) 22-3 Jul.28-Aug.12 (Aug. 2, 2022)

– FAA approval of Samson Sky Switchblade for flight-testing. Three-wheeled vehicle ground motorcycle. Oregon (Aug.1,2022)

– McKinney Fire Incident, Northern California, Klamath National Forest, 10 Helicopters, 10percent contained, update for 08.04.22 7:26pm
– Oak Fire Incident, Mariposa County, California. 7 Helicopters, 86percent contained, update for 08.04.22 7:50pm

– US Army Flightfax July 2022 edition. Mishap Review AH-64E Break Turn.

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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. 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) 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. 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

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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

– FAA Safety Briefing, July-August 2022 All About Air Shows
– Nellis Air Force Base, Nev, Flying Operation
– Eielson AFB, Alaska, Red Flag

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

– US Helicopter Safety Team monthly update
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– US Navy Blue Angels Show Schedules
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– Darpa Opportunities

– US coast Guard MH-65 helicopter program

Aug 4 Thu – 2022

– Kentucky Army Guard aviation crews carry on search and rescue mission and move on to air-dropping supplies to Kentuckians. National Guard aviation crews to extract 78 people by hoist and 443 victims by lift as of Aug.1 (Aug. 3, 2022)
– Veraxx Engineering (Virginia) awarded US Navy contract provides for upgrade, integration, and fielding of completed baseline version of Marine Corps Tactical Environment (TEn) for four Marine Corps aircraft wings and complete integration of the TEn into Marine Corps aviation training systems and devices, as well as address interoperability bridges. Textron Systems (Maryland) awarded US Army modification to contract for Aerosonde MK4.7 aircraft. (Contracts For Aug. 3, 2022)
– UH-N1 Huey helicopter flies above the Sluice Boxes State Park trail during a search and rescue exercise in Cascade County, Mont. (Published Aug. 3, 2022)
– During two multiday missions, Oklahoma Army National Guard crews flying UH-60 Black Hawk and LUH-72 Lakota helicopters conducted 744 water drops, releasing around 399,700 gallons on fires in Blaine and Woodward counties. (Aug. 2, 2022)
– LifeStar 2 (Bell 407 helicopter) opened in Hinesville, GA, serving South Georgia (July 28, 2022)

– Simulated scenario, Australian Army soldiers and US Marines lift off from Landing Helicopter Dock HMAS Canberra (L02), in US Marine Corps CH-53 Super Stallions. Before mission even begins, challenged with insertion method called helicopter casting (helo-casting), jumping from low flying helicopter into the ocean. Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022 Hawaiian Islands and Southern California (Aug. 4, 2022)

– FAA proposes to adopt new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Helicopters Model AS350B, AS350BA, AS350B1, AS350B2, AS350B3, AS350D, AS355E, AS355F, AS355F1, AS355F2, AS355N, and AS355NP helicopters. AD prompted by occurrence reported where during an inspection of a tail rotor head (TRH) pitch change spider, excessive play and excessive wear were detected, due to an unwanted rotating motion. FAA must receive comments on this proposed AD by September 16, 2022. (Publication Date 08.02.2022)

– McKinney Fire Incident, Northern California, Klamath National Forest, 10 Helicopters, 10percent contained, update for 08.04.22 7:22am
– Oak Fire Incident, Mariposa County, California. 12 Helicopters, 86percent contained, update for 08.04.22 7:24am

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– Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. Current mission goal updates, Ingenuity Postpones Flights Until August (July 13, 2022)
– F-35 Joint Strike Fighter JSF News

– 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 pdf

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

– NASA Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center.

– NASA Updates - SpaceX, Boeing CST-100 Starliner.

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

NASA CallBACK monthly safety newsletter • July 2022 The Inflight Medical Emergency

– US Army Aviation Digest -
   Talk About Flying - April-June 2022

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

– DoD Artificial Intelligence
   National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence news

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

Aug 3 Wed – 2022

– 908th Maintenance Group aided 908th Airlift Wing transition to USAF MH139-A Grey Wolf helicopter Formal Training Unit by hosting classes on basic helicopter rotary systems at Maxwell AFB, Alabama (Published Aug. 1, 2022)
– Bristow completes acquisition of British International Helicopter Services Limited (August 03, 2022)
– Life Force Air Medical upgrading fleet of critical care helicopters with addition of new Airbus EC145e (July 27, 2022)
– Horizon Aircraft unveiled 50percent prototype of electric Cavorite X5 eVTOL air taxi (July 25, 2022)

– McKinney Fire Incident, Northern California, Klamath National Forest, 10 Helicopters, update for 08.03.22 7:49am
– Oak Fire Incident, Mariposa County, California. 16 Helicopters update for 08.03.22 7:36am

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– NTSB Aviation Accident Final Report - Eurocopter EC130 helicopter descend until it impacted river short of intended landing area. NTSB determines probable cause of accident to be pilot entry into vortex ring state and inability to arrest descent while maneuvering for landing. Tennessee (August 3, 2020) pdf
– NTSB Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - Bell Helicopter Textron Canada 429 substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Elba, New York on April 26, 2022. A section of the tail boom and carbon fiber tail rotor shaft was discovered 1,620ft from main wreckage it exhibited an angled fracture line consistent with main rotor blade contact.

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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

– NASA and SpaceX latest
– Updates Commercial Crew
– SpaceX launch missions

- Mars 2020 mission - Perseverance rover 2021
- Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Course Schedule

Aug 2 Tue – 2022

– CH-54A Sky Crane Helicopter based at CAL FIRE Rohnerville Air Attack Base, Humboldt, Northern California (July 25, 2022)
– StandardAero announced addition of two new approved facilities for Rolls-Royce RR300 helicopter engine MRO. Expanded capability now able to service engine type for Robinson R66 helicopter operators in Westminster, British Columbia and Concord, North Carolina (Aug 1, 2022)
– US Marine Corps Base Hawaii the 2022 Kaneohe Bay Air Show and open house on Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (Aug 1, 2022)
– General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (California), awarded US Navy modification to previously awarded contract. Modification provides three SkyTower I pods, three air vehicle installation kits, three ground control system installation kits, one lot of product support material/ancillary items, and two unmanned aircraft system modifications for MQ-9A Reaper System for US Navy. (Contracts For Aug. 1, 2022)
– Northrop awarded contract by Missile Defense Agency (MDA) for Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Weapon System (GWS) program. GWS program defends United States against intermediate and intercontinental ballistic missile attacks (Aug. 1, 2022)

– McKinney Fire Incident, Northern California, Klamath National Forest, 10 Helicopters, update 08.01.22 7:17pm
– Oak Fire Incident, Mariposa County, California. 20 Helicopters update for 08.02.22 7:40am


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

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– FAA Airman Knowledge Test changes

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

– United Airlines news
– Aviate program provides route to job offer with United Airlines

– Rotorcraft Design Approvals - Helicopter Occupant Safety Toolkit
– News Nellis AFB, Nevada
– FAA monthly Business Jet Reports
– US National Archives and Records Administration - Nationwide Events
– NASA Commercial Crew Program

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

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

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

CH-53K performs Degraded Visual Environment flight testing in Yuma, Az 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

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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

History of San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, photos
Friends of the Inyo exploring new places, Calif
Death Valley National Park - Scotty Castle
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California Fall Color, scenic drives and hikes
SAFO - Helicopter Stabilized Hover Checks Before Departure pdf
GE tested Advanced Turboprop Engine with 3D-Printed parts. Civilian turboprop engine to combine 855 separate components into just 12, photo
FAA Administrator Fact Book returned on-line    pdf
Top 10 Martin Gardner Scientific American Articles, Mathematical Games column began January 1957
B-17F Memphis Belle(tm) to be placed on public display on May 17, 2018 at National Museum USAF, photo
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   1944 movie Director Lt. Col. William Wyler American Film Institute
2017 Ladies Love Taildraggers 5 scholarships
Robinson Helicopter Safety Alerts -- Low-G Mast Bumping Accidents Dec2016

Mars Spirit Opportunity rovers. jplNasa
US Navy helicopter San Diego Calif training 2007. Photo courtesy of Jim Pratt "flybum" opens new window. USN2007helicopter
Monthy Van Nuys Propeller Aircraft Association, Historical Aircraft Display Day.
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Collings Foundation B-17 B-24
Reno NV Air Races
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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
ADS-B Exchange Serving the Flight Tracking Enthusiast

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
Sikorsky S-97 RAIDer helicopter flew two demonstrations before US Army officials at Redstone Arsenal, photo
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 pdf

From 2020
Video images from NASA Juno mission
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

From 2019
Sikorsky Boeing SB1 DEFIANT(tm) helicopter first flight, photos
DoD USAF plan to buy 80 F-15X and slow rollout of the F-35

From 2018
SureFly eVTOL, hybrid-electric eVTOL multi-copter
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

From 2017
Sikorsky R-4 helicopter display, photo
Engineering Development Model UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter, photo
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.

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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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