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Nov 12 Tue
- Desiree Horton working as firefighting helicopter pilot california goodMorningAmerica.com
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- Eastern Australia bushfires, photos theGuardian.com    background theGuardian.com
- Boeing 737 MAX Progress Report boeing.mediaroom.com
- Lockheed and US Navy working to transition F35 helmet technology from traditional LCD to Organic LED system. Fix for green glow when flying in very low-light conditions on some night landings on aircraft carriers bloomberg.com

- Nellis AFB Nov.16-17 salute to veterans at Aviation Nation 2019, Nevada, CH-53 Super Stallion Demo nellis.af.mil

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

- FAA monthly Business Jet Reports faa.gov
- US National Archives and Records Administration - Nationwide Events archives.gov
- NASA Commercial Crew Program - Boeing CST-100 Starliner Pad Abort Test complete Nov.4,2019 White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico blogs.nasa.gov
Nov 11 Mon - Veterans Day
- Midway (2019) movie 2h 18min imdb.com -- Goofs, Errors imdb.com
   US Navy Retired Cmdr. Richard H. "Dick" Best -- led dive bombing squadron VB-6 aboard USS Enterprise (CV 6) navy.mil
   Battle of Midway 37 June 1942 history.navy.mil    SmithsonianMag.com
    Midway (1976) movie 2h 12min, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda imdb.com

- Intermountain Healthcare (Utah based) will add sixth AW109 GrandNew light twin helicopter to Intermountain Life Flight air ambulance, EMS program LeonardoCompany.com
- Los Angeles Fire Dept honored Camarillo resident during Valor Awards ceremony for performing helicopter rescue during Woolsey Fire vcstar.com
  -- rescue video abc7.com
- Boeing proposal to NASA for integrated Human Lander System (HLS) designed to safely take astronauts to surface of the moon and return them to lunar orbit as part of Artemis space exploration program boeing.mediaroom.com

- FAA proposes to adopt new airworthiness directive (AD) for various helicopters operating under experimental airworthiness certificates and various type certificated restricted category helicopters. Proposed AD prompted by multiple accidents and incidents involving failure of tail boom attachment structure and bolts. FAA must receive comments on this proposed AD by December 16, 2019.
   EH-1H, EH-1X, HH-1H, HH-1N, UH-1D, UH-1M, UH-1N, and UH-1V helicopters operating under experimental airworthiness certificates and for restricted category type certificated Model HH-1K, TH-1F, TH-1L, UH-1A, UH-1B without STC No. SR00026DE installed, UH-1E, UH-1F, UH-1H, UH-1L, and UH-1P helicopters
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- FAA - Airman Knowledge Sample Test Questions -
   Airline Transport Sample Questions Helicopter ATH Effective June 28, 2019
   Private Pilot Helicopter Sample Questions PRH Effective June 28, 2019
   Instrument Rating Helicopter Sample Questions IRH Effective June 28, 2019 faa.gov

- Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Flying Operations    2019 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
- 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
Nov 9 Sat
- New HH-60W combat rescue helicopter at new home Eglin Air Force Base, Fla, photos eglin.af.mil
- Kaman Aerospace will deliver new K-MAX(r) medium-to-heavy lift helicopter to Helicopter Express of Chamblee, Georgia kaman.com more kaman.com News Aerospace

- Tin City industrial makers market for craft wine, beer, spirits, more TinCityPasoRobles.com Calif

- California fall color guide kqed.org CaliforniaFallColor.com
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- Big Boy steam locomotive No. 4014 touring Union Pacific system throughout 2019 to commemorate transcontinental railroad 150th anniversary up.com

- 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 September-October 2019, dealing with China 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
- USAF Schedule F-22 Demonstration Team acc.af.mil
- Santa Barbara County Day Use Parks CountyOfSB.org more travel LAtimes.com
Nov 8 Fri
- John Deere and Volocopter presenting large drone adapted for agricultural use at AGRITECHNICA volocopter.com
- Lockheed appointment of Andrew Adams to oversee all strategic and operational aspects of Future Vertical Lift Campaign LockheedMartin.com
- US State Department approving possible Foreign Military Sale to United Arab Emirates of ten (10) CH-47F Chinook cargo helicopters and related equipment for estimated cost of 830.3m dsca.mil
- Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute partnering on permanent static display for F-117 Nighthawk nickname Unexpected Guest LockheedMartin.com
- Two helicopter technical rescue teams, Tenn, Nashville Fire Department partnering with Tennessee Army Guard, Tennessee Highway Patrol tennessean.com
- Airbus Helicopters AD - FAA proposes to adopt new airworthiness directive (AD) for Airbus Helicopters Model AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, and AS332L1 helicopters. Proposed AD would require inspecting attachment screws of each main gearbox (MGB) suspension bar rear attachment fitting, and depending on the outcome, applying a sealing compound, performing further inspections, and replacing affected parts. Proposed AD prompted by reports of elongated attachment screw and loss of tightening torque of the nut. comment period ends in 60 days January 7, 2020 FederalRegister.gov

- NASA Rotorcraft Publications 2019 rotorcraft.arc.nasa.gov
- US Helicopter Safety Team monthly update (Sept 2019) faaSafety.gov more helicopter Reports ushst.org
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- FAA Safety Briefing - emergencies in aviation - Sept/Oct 2019 faa.gov
- US Navy Blue Angels Show Schedules 2019, 2020 blueangels.navy.mil
- US Navy Week Schedule navy.mil
- Darpa Opportunities darpa.mil
Nov 7 Thu
- Airbus test delivery by drone in northern France airbus.com
- Three helicopter squadrons from 582nd Helicopter Group represented during Global Strike Challenge 2019 helicopter operations competition at Camp Guernsey, Wyoming kirtland.af.mil background 20af.af.mil
- U.S. coalition secure sea lines vital to oil shipping in Middle East bloomberg.com centcom.mil
     U.S. Naval Forces Central Command to provide expanded interface between military and merchant shipping centcom.mil

- Federal Register for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) federalregister.gov

- Nasa CallBACK monthly safety newsletter, Oct 2019 Interactions in Sync or Not nasa.gov
- US Army Aviation Digest - Improving Army Gray Eagle rucker.army.mil
- USAF Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team Schedule acc.af.mil
Nov 6 Wed
- Bell (Textron) announced Life Flight Network purchase agreement for four Bell 429s and four Bell 407GXis, add to existing Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) fleet, photo BellFlight.com
- FAA National Drone Safety Awareness Week November 4-10, 2019 faa.gov
- Lithuanian Ministry of Defence primarily plan to buy six UH-60M BlackHawk helicopters, estimated cost 300m. Letter of Offer and Acceptance by the end of 2020, late 2024 delivery. History BlackHawk wikipedia.org
- Voyager 2 entered interstellar space, region between stars jpl.nasa.gov

- National Transportation Safety Board to hold public board meeting Dec.10, 2019 on Fatal Doors-Off Helicopter Crash Subject ntsb.gov

- Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Course Schedule iat.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 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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