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July 2 Sat – 2022

– Team of 16 trainers from the National Guard Warrior Training Center at Fort Benning traveled to Camp Rilea, Oregon, in June to train 266 Soldiers from across the Northwest in Air Assault and Pathfinder courses. (July 1, 2022) nationalguard.mil
– Idaho National Guardsmen completed wildland firefighting training in Boise in June. (June 30, 2022) nationalguard.mil
– United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying USSF-12 mission for US Space Force lifted off on July 1 Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. (July 2, 2022) ulalaunch.com
– Northrop Grumman role in launch and deployment of US Space Force (USSF)-12 mission which launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Northrop built ESPAStarTM satellite and Wide Field of View testbed missile detection satellite launched on United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. Powered by Northrop provided solid rocket boosters and other components. (July 2, 2022) northropgrumman.com
– China naval ambitions, launch advanced aircraft carrier. (June 26, 2022) cnn.com

– FAA adopting new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Leonardo S.p.a. Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters. AD prompted by large crack detected on tail gearbox (TGB) fitting during a scheduled inspection and the determination that certain TGB fittings are required to be inspected by the use of a borescope. AD is effective July 27, 2022. (Publication Date 06.22.2022) federalregister.gov

B-29 "Doc" History Restored Tour. May to July 2022 events Western US. Minden, NV May 24 - May 26 b29doc.com

– U.S. European Command eucom.mil   NATO nato.int

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– James Webb Space Telescope updates. First images and spectra is July 12. Team has confirmed that 15 out of 17 instrument modes are ready for science. (July 1, 2022) blogs.nasa.gov
– Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites-R Series. A collaborative NOAA & NASA program goesR.gov
– NOAA GOES-T Satellite GOES-18. nesdis.noaa.gov
– 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 mit.edu

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– NTSB Aviation Accident Preliminary Report – Bell 206B substantially damaged during accident near Livingston, Texas, on Dec.30,2021. Passenger realized rotation was not intentional. Helicopter rotated about 2 full revolutions before striking a tree with rotor blades and falling to the ground. ntsb.gov pdf
– NTSB Preliminary Report - UH-60A helicopter destroyed when involved 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 ntsb.gov pdf

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– GAMA Publishes Aircraft Shipments and Billings Reports gama.aero
– US Navy Blue Angels will fly new Super Hornet during 2022 Boeing Seafair Air Show Aug.5-7 king5.com

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– 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, Paso Robles TinCityPasoRobles.com Calif

– 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 Archives 2022 Jan-Feb 100th Anniversary, 2021, 2020 armyupress.army.mil
US Army Military Review July-Aug 2022, Ukraine Geopolitical Consequences 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

– Pismo Beach, Calif PismoBeach.org    Pismo State Beach parks.ca.gov

– Santa Barbara County Day Use Parks CountyOfSB.org
– USAF Schedule F-22 Demonstration Team acc.af.mil

July 1 Fri – 2022

– Poland signed contract for purchase of 32 AW149 helicopters built by Leonardo. (July 1, 2022) reuters.com
– US Army Yuma Proving Ground high energy laser tests that down small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). (June 27, 2022) army.mil
– US Army Garrison Benelux hosted 2022 Air Fest June 24 and 25, Belgium. photos (Jun 28, 2022) .army.mil
– Record 1 Bell 206 helicopter, MAIN ROTOR CONTACTED TAIL BOOM DURING PRACTICE AUTOROTATION, IDABEL, OKLAHOMA
   Record 2 Bell 206 helicopter, ATTEMPTED A PRACTICE AUTOROTATION WHICH RESULTED IN A HARD LANDING, PELION, SOUTH CAROLINA asias.faa.gov
– Robsinson R22 helicopter, MADE A HARD LANDING, YOAKUM, TEXAS asias.faa.gov

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– NTSB Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - On April 15, 2022 Robinson R22 helicopter sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Gila Bend, Arizona. Helicopter neared the end of the runway, it began a rapid, near vertical descent. ntsb.gov pdf
– 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. ntsb.gov 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) ntsb.gov pdf
– NTSB Preliminary Report - McDonnell Douglas 500N Huntington Beach PD helicopter crash report, Newport Beach, California Pilot of helicopter HB1 tried to keep flying. Feb 2022 ntsb.gov 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. ntsb.gov 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 army.mil

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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 LockheedMartin.com
– 100th consecutive on-time delivery of AH-1Z Viper, the Marine Corp attack helicopter, Sept.17,2021, photo navair.navy.mil

– FAA Safety Briefing, May-June 2022 Weather Research Work faa.gov
– Nellis Air Force Base, Nev, Flying Operation nellis.af.mil
– Eielson AFB, Alaska, Red Flag eielson.af.mil

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

– US Helicopter Safety Team monthly update faaSafety.gov
   more helicopter Reports ushst.org
– US Navy Blue Angels Show Schedules blueangels.navy.mil
– US Navy Community Outreach - Week Schedule navy.mil
– Darpa Opportunities darpa.mil

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

June 30 Thu – 2022

– Sikorsky (Connecticut) awarded US Army contract for maintenance and overhaul of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. (Contracts For June 29, 2022) defense.gov
– Bristow Group agreements with Leonardo Helicopters and Pratt&Whitney provide comprehensive, long-term maintenance support for AW139 airframes and engines. (June 30, 2022) BristowGroup.com
– Gulfstream Aerospace (General Dynamics) new ultralong-range Gulfstream G800 completed first flight, launching flight-test program. 8,000 nautical miles at Mach 0.85, 7,000nm at Mach 0.90. (June 28, 2022) photo gd.com
– Teledyne FLIR awarded Nano-UAV Framework Agreement by Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency. (June 23, 2022) flir.com
– AH-1W Super Cobra and UH-1N Huey helicopter arrived signaling relocation of Marine Light Attack Squadron 773 to Robins AFB. (June 30, 2022) robins.af.mil

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– Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. Current mission goal updates 2022 mars.nasa.gov
– F-35 Joint Strike Fighter JSF News jsf.mil

– 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 ntsb.gov pdf

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

– NASA Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center. nasa.gov

– NASA Updates - SpaceX, Boeing CST-100 Starliner. blogs.nasa.gov

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

NASA CallBACK monthly safety newsletter • May 2022 Tools of the Trade nasa.gov

– US Army Aviation Digest -
   Sustaining the Combat Aviation Brigade: Fighting the Aviation Support Battalion in Large-Scale Combat Ops
   Ground Movement: Assuring Symmetry Within an Aviation Battalion
   The Combat Aviation Brigade and Medical Evacuation/ Casualty Evacuation - January-March 2022 army.mil
   •April-June 2022 Aviation Training for Large-Scale Combat Operations Published around May 15, 2022

– 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

– DoD Artificial Intelligence ai.mil
   National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence nscai.gov news

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

June 29 Wed – 2022

– California updates, Rices Fire 6.28.2022 Nevada county, Burrows Fire 6.28.2022 Glenn county, Camino Fire 6.28.2022 San Luis Obispo county fire.ca.gov incidents
– Jetson completed the first EVTOL commute. (Jun 21, 2022) issuewire.com
– Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands has contracted with Croman Corporation, adding two Type 1 helicopters to state wildfire suppression resources. (June 2022) utah.gov stgeorgeutah.com
– Utah Active Wildfires and Projects utahfireinfo.gov

– 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) ntsb.gov pdf
– NTSB Aviation Accident Final Report - Robinson R66 helicopter pilot was conducting night cross-country flight in visual meteorological conditions. Postaccident examination of airframe, flight controls, and engine assembly revealed no evidence of a preimpact failure or malfunction. NTSB determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be severe left roll excursion after the onset of pitch and roll oscillations, which were not arrested by the pilot for to undetermined reasons. This resulted in main rotor blade contact with the airframe and a subsequent inflight breakup of the helicopter. (January 9, 2020) ntsb.gov pdf

– FAA adopting new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Helicopters Model AS355E, AS355F, AS355F1, AS355F2, AS-365N2, AS 365 N3, SA-365N, SA-365N1, EC 155B, and EC155B1 helicopters. AD prompted by investigation results from an engine compartment fire. AD effective July 13, 2022 federalregister.gov
– FAA adopting new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bell Textron Inc. Model 212, 412, 412CF, and 412EP helicopters. AD prompted by report of cracked check valve. AD also prohibits installing affected engine oil and fuel check valves on any helicopter. AD effective July 6, 2022. federalregister.gov

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– 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. ntsb.gov
– GAO reports to provide examples of multiple challenges facing Department of Defense from China. It also identifies opportunities for the Department to improve its efforts in strategic competition with China. release Feb.15,2022 gao.gov
– This report describes Congressional Budget Office analysis of costs and budgetary consequences through 2031 of current plans for Department of Defense (DoD). release January 2022 cbo.gov
– Lockheed Martin Sikorsky-Boeing SB1 DeFIANT completed FLRAA mission profile test flights, including confined area landings and low-level flight operations. Flights validate relevancy to US Army mission, increased survivability, while reducing pilot workload. View video of latest flight testing at Boeing.mediaroom.com Florida Jan.18,2022

– US Army Improved Turbine Engine Program model for Additive Manufacturing (AM). AM in designing and developing new technologies to deliver long-term performance, reliability, maintainability, and cost savings benefits. July 16, 2021 army.mil
– NTSB Probable Cause - loss of Bell 206 helicopter control after entry into vortex ring state, North Carolina ntsb.gov pdf

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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 ushst.org

– NASA and SpaceX latest blogs.nasa.gov
– Updates Commercial Crew 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

June 28 Tue – 2022

– Sikorsky (Connecticut) awarded US Army contract for procurement of 120 H-60M Black Hawk helicopters and related support for fiscal years 2022-2026, including options for an additional 135 aircraft. (Contracts For June 27, 2022) defense.gov lockheedmartin.com
– Airbus at ILA Berlin show with developments on military, civil, air mobility, cybersecurity businesses. (June 27, 2022) airbus.com
– ONGC helicopter made emergency landing near a rig in Arabian Sea reuters.com
– Northrop Cygnus cargo spacecraft boosted orbit of International Space Station. (June 27, 2022) northropgrumman.com
– Robinson R44 helicopter STRUCK A TREE WHILE HOVERING, HAMPTON, GEORGIA asias.faa.gov

– NASA Proposal Summary - Advanced Aeroservoelstic Control for a Zero Emission Blended Wing Body Transport (Form Generated on 05/25/2022) nasa.gov

– EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022 Flight of the Cats afternoon air shows on July 27 and 29. Four Grumman airplanes F4F Wildcat, F6F Hellcat, F8F Bearcat, F7F Tigercat. (June 23, 2022) eaa.org

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

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– FAA Airman Knowledge Test changes faa.gov

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

– United Airlines news united.mediaroom.com
– Aviate program provides route to job offer with United Airlines UnitedAviate.com

– 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

June 27 Mon – 2022

– Several UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters live-hoist training at Big Sandy Lake at Fort McCoy, Wis. Training included hoisting up simulated victims treading water with a basket into the helicopter. photos (June 21, 2022) army.mil
– Two Australian Army CH-47F Chinooks unloaded from USAF C-5M Super Galaxy at RAAF Base Townsville. photo (June 24, 2022) defence.gov.au
– Mission on Alaska Colony Glacier recover lost crash of USAF C-124 Globemaster II on November 22, 1952. photos (June 22, 2022) army.mil

– US Navy ordered additional two MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft systems from Northrop Grumman under 248.2m contract modification. defense.gov
– Missile Defense Agency selected Raytheon Missiles & Defense (Raytheon) to continue to develop first-of-its-kind counter-hypersonic missile, the Glide Phase Interceptor. GPI is designed to intercept hypersonic weapons in the glide phase of flight, providing US and allies with additional layer of defense against regional hypersonic missile threats. (June 24, 2022) rtx.com

– Robinson R44 helicopter, AERIAL APPLICATION, STRUCK POWERLINES AND CRASHED IN A FIELD, ABILENE, TX. TEXAS asias.faa.gov
– Record 1, Bell UH-1B helicopter, FIREFIGHTING, CRASHED UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTACNES AND CAUGHT ON FIRE, CLEAR, ALASKA
   Record 2, Bell 206 helicoptrer, AERIAL APPLICATION, IMPACTED THE GROUND FOR UNKNOWN REASONS, ATWATER, CALIFORNIA
   Record 3, Bell 407 helicopter, AMBULANCE, HIT LIGHT POLE ON INTERSTATE ON LIFT OFF, SEGUIN, TEXAS asias.faa.gov

– NTSB Accident Preliminary Report - Bell 407 helicopter sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Kalea, Hawaii. NTSB on site examination of accident site revealed tail boom came to rest about 762ft northeast from the main wreckage. June 8, 2022 ntsb.gov pdf

– Flying in a Brain Fog, Risk Management Magazine (May 29, 2022) safety.army.mil

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– New Pentagon (DoD) office the Emerging Capabilities Policy Office. Mission to help integrate emerging capabilities into department strategy, planning guidance, and budget processes. Understand and consider implications of game-changing capabilities at the strategic level. (May 27, 2022) defense.gov
– National Transportation Safety Board Aviation Accident Preliminary Report, On Dec.29,2021 R-44 II substantially damaged when it was involved in accident near Cosby, Tennessee. Commercial pilot received serious injuries and the passenger fatally injured ntsb.gov pdf
– Director Operational Test and Evaluation, FY2021 Annual Report released to Congress dote.osd.mil Report from OSD weapons tester doubts aircraft carrier Ford (CVN-78) will meet sortie generation rate (SGR) requirement and achieve self-defense requirement.
– Helicopter Training Academy Program, Grand Canyon. Application period for 2022 open in Nov 2021 nps.gov
– NASA Ames TechEdSat nasa.gov

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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 NationalMuseum.af.mil

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– NASA, SpaceX, Boeing, United Launch Alliance updates to International Space Station blogs.nasa.gov
   Atlas V rocket, Starliner ulalaunch.com

– 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 2022 Airshow Season, All USAF Aerial Events acc.af.mil

– FAA Practical Test Standards faa.gov

– 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) 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

– Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Tours CommemorativeAirForce.org
– B-29 Doc Tours b29doc.com

– Space Weather for Aviation Service Provider swpc.noaa.gov

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

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 af.mil

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

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

- Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials - Events - News nano.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
   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
  Events
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 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 faa.gov
ADS-B Exchange Serving the Flight Tracking Enthusiast adsbexchange.com

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 army.mil
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 2016
NASA aeronautics news 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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