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Dec 3 Fri -- 2021

– Ingenuity Flight 17 continues journey back to Wright Brothers Field, scheduled to take place no earlier than Sunday, Dec.5
– Chief Warrant Officer 2 an AH-64D Apache helicopter pilot, progressed from fixing helicopters in US Marine Corps to flying gunships in US Army, Nov.18,2021
– Biofuel test with Airbus A319neo airplane and Airbus H225 helicopter
   background A319neo SAF Oct.29,2021
   background H225 helicopter SAF Nov.09,2021
– NASA awarded Booster Production and Operations Contract (BPOC) to Northrop Grumman of Brigham City, Utah, to build boosters for Space Launch System (SLS) rocket to support nine SLS flights
   NASA and Northrop Grumman engineers fired 2-foot-diameter, subscale solid rocket booster on Dec.2,2021, at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama artemis
– United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in final preparations to launch Space Test Program (STP)-3 mission for US Space Systems Command. Launch for Dec.5,2021 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station

– Australia new Army Aviation Command has ceremonial parade and helicopter flyover at Blamey Square, Canberra
– MD369E helicopter was practicing autorotations and made a hard landing, St Louis, Missouri

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– NASA and SpaceX update for commercial crew

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

- Mars Ingenuity Helicopter news

- FAA Safety Briefing - Inspire youth, November-December 2021
- Nellis Air Force Base, Nev, Flying Operation
- Eielson AFB, Alaska, Red Flag

- NASA Rotorcraft Publications 2021. Hazard Analysis Failure Modes, Effects, and Criticality Analysis for NASA Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology Concept Vehicles, May 2021
- NASA Rotorcraft Publications 2020, 2019, 2018
- US Helicopter Safety Team monthly update
   more helicopter Reports
- US Navy Blue Angels Show Schedules 2021
- US Navy Community Outreach - Week Schedule
- Darpa Opportunities

- US coast Guard MH-65 helicopter program

Dec 2 Thu -- 2021

– US Army helicopters scheduled to depart from port of Vlissingen, Netherlands, and fly to Illesheim, Germany, From Nov.25-Dec.4
– Two HH-60W Jolly Green II helicopters depart flight line from MacDill AFB, Florida, as part of Mosaic Tiger 22-1, photos
– Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) departed Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, and Mayport, Florida for regularly scheduled deployment
– Ross Perot JR donates Bell 407 helicopter to help Dallas Police, Texas
– FAA, Dates of Latest Editions, Visual Flight Rules (VFR) Charts, Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Charts, 2021 Dec
– Pratt Whitney GTF Advantage(tm) engine for Airbus A320neo family aircraft further extends economic and environmental benefits of existing GTF engine

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– 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

– 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

- DoD Artificial Intelligence
   National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence news

- Nasa CallBACK monthly safety newsletter, Oct 2021 Extended Operations (ETOPS and Polar Operations)
- US Army Aviation Digest -
   Army Aviation Flight Complexity - July-Sept 2021

- 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

- Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) B-17 bomber Aluminum Overcast tour. Airplane grounded for full inspection that determined replacing part necessary

Dec 1 Wed -- 2021

– US Marines of Marine Light Attack Squadron 269, colder weather, adjust to drastic change in elevation, Colorado
– Risk Management ’Got a Flight Plan’ discovered engine seize on a bearing
– Tyonek team loads Mi-17 helicopter into IL-76 Military Transport Aircraft. US Navy contract to small business industry partner Tyonek Services Group for aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) and training in support of international partners.
– NASA mission dedicated to measuring X-ray polarization(IXPE) scheduled to launch aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle from Kennedy Launch Complex 39A on Dec.9, 2021 1am EST

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- 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

- NTSB Probable Cause - loss of Bell 206 helicopter control after entry into vortex ring state, North Carolina pdf

- 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 and Commercial Crew
- SpaceX launch missions

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

Nov 30 Tue -- 2021

– 910th Security Forces Squadron members from Youngstown Air Reserve Station participated in Defender Next training at Camp James A. Garfield, Ohio. Two CH-46 Chinook helicopters to engage in force-on-force, land navigation and gear and personnel recovery mission training
– Orange County (Calif) man pleads guilty to pointing laser at sheriff helicopter
– Udelv selected by US Air Force (USAF) AFWERX program for Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to improve flight line readiness
– Volocopter VoloCity eVTOL aircraft officially added to Microsoft Flight Simulator
– Robinson’s safety-enhancing cyclic guard is FAA approved for all R44 and R66 helicopters. Guard recommended for use when occupant of left front seat is not a rated pilot. Guard installs easily and acts as a handhold or barrier reducing likelihood of passengers inadvertently bumping or grabbing cyclic. Field installation kit KI-280 available on Robinson’s website under shop.

– FAA adopting new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bell Textron Canada Limited Model 430 helicopters. AD prompted by an in-flight failure of the main rotor (M/R) pitch link clevis (clevis) due to fatigue damage and excessive wear. AD becomes effective Dec.7,2021

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– Bell 206 helicopter crashed under unknown circumstances and caught on fire, Perry, Oklahoma

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– GE Metal Additive Manufacturing
– GEaviation

- Airman Knowledge Tests - New,Revised Test Question Activation Dates for 2021,2022. First change June 28, 2021 pdf
   more on Airman Testing

- Mars Images    more Mars Ingenuity Helicopter news

- 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

Nov 29 Mon

– Airbus Helicopters delivered first H225M in naval combat configuration to Brazilian Navy, photo
   background H225M 11-metric-tonne
– Maryland State Police helicopter crew rescued five people stranded on Susquehanna Flats and Perryville
– Airbus A350 aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on both engines
– Silent Arrow awarded contract USAF for Precision Guided Cargo Delivery Drones. SA-PGB will be designed and built at Silent Arrow headquarters in Irvine, California

– Helicopter Training Academy Program, Grand Canyon. Application period for 2022 open in Nov 2021

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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

- NASA, Boeing, United Launch Alliance updates on launch of Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) to International Space Station
   Atlas V rocket, Starliner

- SpaceX launch updates

- 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 for 2021 Airshow Season, All USAF Aerial Events

- FAA Practical Test Standards

- 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)

- 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

Nov 27 Sat -- 2021

– Medical helicopter with patient into University of Virginia Medical Center made maneuver around drone

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– 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. November 17, 2021
– GAMA Publishes Third Quarter 2021 Aircraft Shipments and Billings Report
   more reports

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– NASA and SpaceX updates Commercial Crew

– US Marine UH-1Y Venom helicopter crew conducting wet special patrol insertion and extraction rigging training, Pendleton, California, photos 2021 Oct

- 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 pdf

- 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

- California fall color guide

- US Army University Press Archives 2021
   Military Review All Archives
- Robinson Helicopter Newsletters, Torrance, Calif

- Santa Monica Mountains, Southern California. Historical and cultural sites, from old movie ranches to Native American centers
- Anza-Borrego Desert Calif State Park wildflower locations and directions,
- Angeles National Forest special places, Southern Calif

- Pismo Beach, Calif    Pismo State Beach

- Santa Barbara County Day Use Parks
- USAF Schedule F-22 Demonstration Team

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

- Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials - Events - News

Going West on the Lincoln Highway map

Calendar Grand Canyon NP

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
   Road Information
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
   Fact Sheet
   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.
Blue Angels Show Schedule
EAA B-17 Tour
USAF Thunderbirds Show Schedule. thunderbirds
Collings Foundation B-17 B-24
Reno NV Air Races
Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, Ashland, NE
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From 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.
FAA Helicopter CFI approved R22, R44
Robinson approved R22, R44 CFI and A&P
Over 6,000 hours from 1986 - 2002
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