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May 15 Sat -- 2021

- 301st Rescue Squadron partnered with 45th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog Section to provide HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter flight familiarization to one of their dogs, photos af.mil
- Bell 407 received Type Acceptance Certificate (TAC) in Bailiwick of Guernsey. Will allow more European customers to add the helicopter to their operations. bellflight.com
- Local firefighting agencies throughout South Dakota will participate in Black Hills Wildland Interagency Training (BHWIT). South Dakota National Guard Aviation Unit will conduct joint training exercise which is designed to provide an annual refresher training for Black Hawk Helicopter Unit as well as live training for ground personnel sd.gov

- NASA Commercial Crew Program - Latest Blog Post blogs.nasa.gov
- Liberty Aviation Museum 1928 Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT-B will return for EAA national tour in 2021 eaa.org

- Monterey Bay Aquarium MontereyBayAquarium.org
- Asilomar State Beach on Monterey Peninsula in city of Pacific Grove parks.ca.gov
- Tin City industrial makers market for craft wine, beer, spirits, more TinCityPasoRobles.com Calif

- US Army University Press Mar-Apr 2021- Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) present threats to US Army armyupress.army.mil
   Military Review armyupress.army.mil
- Robinson Helicopter Newsletters, Torrance, Calif robinsonheli.com

Plan for Spring
- 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

May 14 Fri -- 2021

- Rescue Rodeo training exercise Yokota Air Base, Japan, photo af.mil
- Boeing start to deliver heavy-lift of RAF H-47(ER) Chinook helicopters in 2026, UK modernise fleet plan raf.mod.uk
- Textron Systems Corp. with US Navy contract for one-time mid-life upgrade engineering change proposal for the advanced boresight equipment (ABE) system to modernize and bring 100 fielded domestic and Foreign Military Sales units up to the current commercial off the shelf configuration. AH-1Z, AH-1W and MH-60R combat aircraft defense.gov
- First Boeing-Saab T-7A Red Hawk advanced trainer joined perfectly with aft section boeing.mediaroom.com

- Mars Ingenuity Helicopter news mars.nasa.gov

- FAA Safety Briefing - Sharing the Skies Safely May-June 2021 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 2021 blueangels.navy.mil
- US Navy Week Schedule navy.mil
- Darpa Opportunities darpa.mil

- US coast Guard MH-65 helicopter program uscg.mil

May 13 Thu -- 2021

- Ingenuity Mars Helicopter flight in 3D video jpl.nasa.gov
- New York and Connecticut Army National Guard UH-60 helicopter aircrews and forest rangers with NY Dept of Environmental Conservation training helicopter wildfire skills in exercise using Mohawk River as a water source and target, photos army.mil NationalGuard.mil
- Airbus resumed work on modernisation of A320 Family industrial capabilities in Toulouse airbus.com

- Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) B-17 bomber Aluminum Overcast will return to full national tour in 2021. First portion 2021 tour schedule includes stops in Florida and Georgia before move northward to additional locations through the spring and early summer eaa.org

- Nasa CallBACK monthly safety newsletter, April 2021 Maintaining the Stores nasa.gov
- US Army Aviation Digest -
   Righting the Aircraft in Times of Uncertainty - Jan-Mar 2021 army.mil
- Federal Register for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) federalregister.gov
- USAF Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team Schedule acc.af.mil
- Airline passengers can obtain updated information on how to Fly Healthy flyhealthy.gov

May 12 Wed -- 2021

- Bell 505 Jet Ranger X 300th delivered to Jamaica Defence Force bellflight.com
- Leonardo customer service open Helicopter Training Academy, Philadelphia LeonardoCompany.com

- NASA and SpaceX latest blog blogs.nasa.gov
- SpaceX launch missions spacex.com

- Mars 2020 mission - Perseverance rover 2021 mars.nasa.gov
- Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Course Schedule iat.gov

May 11 Tue -- 2021

- CALfire Fire Hawk helicopter expected middle May for Mendocino County Northern Calif, from MendoVoice.com
   background on CAL FIRE fleet of over 60 fixed and rotary wing aircraft fire.ca.gov
- 18th Aggressor Squadron (AGRS) and US military branches train Alaska Northern Edge 2021, photo pacom.mil
- F-15EX No.001 and 002 in Alaska skies for exercise Northern Edge 21, May 3-14, photos af.mil

- CAL Fire Mendocino Unit conducting Basic Helicopter Operations and Safety and Air Rescue training in the areas of Lake Mendocino and Ridgewood Ranch. Training conducted periodically between April 26, 2021 and August 1, 2021 mendoVoice.com lakeCoNews.com

- Mars Images mars.nasa.gov    more Mars Ingenuity Helicopter news mars.nasa.gov

- United plans to resume hiring pilots in May united.mediaroom.com    more from united.mediaroom.com press
- Aviate program provides route to job offer with United Airlines UnitedAviate.com

- FlySafe topic looks at the importance of aircraft angle of attack awareness faa.gov
   FlySafe Explores ways for pilots to safely prepare and train for new or unfamiliar flight environments faa.gov

- 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 blogs.nasa.gov

May 10 Mon -- 2021

- FAA marking more space launch activity areas on navigation charts faa.gov
- Captain Kevin Cornell a Helicopter Instructor Pilot for the 54th Helicopter Squadron, Minot AFB, North Dakota af.mil
- Enstrom F-28F accident, had to auto-rotate to the ground and on impact one of the skids became stuck in the ground and rolled on nose with rotor cutting the tail off, Palmer, Alaska asias.faa.gov

- Mars Ingenuity Helicopter news mars.nasa.gov

- SpaceX launch updates spacex.com

- FAA Aeronautical Raster Chart is a digital image of FAA VFR Chart faa.gov

- Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Flying Operations nellis.af.mil
- USAF Week in Photos af.mil
- USAF F35A Demo Team for 2021 Airshow Season, All USAF Aerial Events acc.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

CH-53K performs Degraded Visual Environment flight testing in Yuma, Az navair.navy.mil navair.navy.mil 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 boeing.mediaroom.com LockheedMartin.com

Perseverance Mars rover has sent back first image Feb2021, more from nasa.gov mars2020 blog

B-29 Doc tour schedule July-Aug 2021, St. Louis, MO (Spirit of St. Louis Airport), Terre Haute, IN, Cincinnati, OH (Lunken Air Field), Cleveland, OH (Burke Lakefront Airport), Kalamazoo, MI (Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Experience), EAA AirVenture (Oshkosh, WI with rides in Appleton, WI) b29doc.com
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

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 2021
Sikorsky S-97 RAIDer helicopter flew two demonstrations before US Army officials at Redstone Arsenal, photo LockheedMartin.com
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 ntsb.gov pdf

From 2020
Video images from NASA Juno mission nasa.gov
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
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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FAA Helicopter CFI approved R22, R44
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Over 6,000 hours from 1986 - 2002
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