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San Luis Obispo, California
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Jan 18 Wed
- Kaman Aerosystems (Kaman) delivered first airframe from re-opened Kmax production line in Jacksonville, Florida to company plant in Bloomfield, Connecticut where it will undergo final assembly, testing, and certification kaman.com more news from Kaman Aerospace kaman.com
- CHC Group contract with Siemens Wind Power GmbH to provide helicopter services in support of construction of the Veja Mate offshore wind farm currently under construction in the German North Sea chc.ca
- Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model S92A helicopters, which was sent previously to all known U.S. owners and operators of these helicopters. This AD requires inspecting certain bearings. This AD is prompted by a report of a failed bearing. federalregister.gov airweb.faa.gov
- R22 Accident occurred Wednesday, January 04, 2017 in San Pedro, Calif. NTSB preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. ntsb.gov
- Researchers at MIT designed one of the strongest lightweight materials known, by compressing and fusing 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
Jan 17 Tue
- Santa Monica City Council to designate six-acre vacant portion of airport land for recreational use surfsantamonica.com -- more Santa Monica against the FAA aopa.org
- Lockheed UK awarded Ministry of Defence contract for CROWSNEST Airborne Surveillance Programme. CROWSNEST will be integrated onto existing Mk2 Merlin helicopter lockheedmartin.co.uk
- Elbit Systems contract to supply multi spectral BrightNite systems to an air force in a NATO country. Enables helicopter pilots to gain advanced operational capabilities when flying in night and adverse weather conditions prnewswire.com elbitsystems.com
- SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base Jan.14 Santa Barbara County, Calif spacex.com
Jan 16 Mon
- Honeywell new HTS900 engine proving its power as first Eagle Copters 407HP in region supports pilot and engineering training in the hot and high environment of Papua New Guinea honeywell.com
- Leonardo new exploration and escort helicopter (NEES) for Italian Army leonardocompany.com
- NTSB Safety Alerts, Helicopter Landing Sites Free from Debris, Foreign object debris can foul rotor systems and cause damage (SA-057) ntsb.gov
- Space Weather for Aviation Service Provider swpc.noaa.gov
Jan 14 Sat
- Sikorsky prototype project agreement for DARPA Phase III of Aircrew Labor In-cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program defense.gov
- US Navy and Raytheon completed two flight tests of the Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile, Southern Calif raytheon.com
- SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket ready for launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Jan.14 window open 9.54am pst spacex.com sanluisobispo.com
- Schedule 2017 F-22 Demonstration Team at Langley AFB acc.af.mil
Jan 13 Fri
- Lockheed awarded US Navy development contract to provide MH-60 helicopters with enhanced electronic warfare surveillance and countermeasure capabilities against anti-ship missile (ASM) threats, photo lockheedmartin.com
- NTSB preliminary information, Robinson R44 II landed hard near the peak of Mount Baldy Dec.29,2016, in San Bernardino County, California ntsb.gov
- FAA Safety Briefing, PAVE checklist, covering a pilot decision making process to mitigate risks in terms of Pilot, Aircraft, enVironment, and External Pressures - Jan,Feb 2017 faa.gov
- US Navy 2017 Navy Week Schedule navy.mil
- What to expect from space science in 2017 wired.com
Jan 12 Thu
- 200th operational F-35 departed Lockheed Fort Worth production facility and arrived at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. f35.com
- 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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Collings Foundation B-17 B-24 collingsfoundation.org
Reno NV Air Races airrace.org
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From 2016
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From 2014
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From 2012
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From 2010
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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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