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May 29 Mon
- Airbus Helicopters construction underway for H135 Final Assembly Line in China airbushelicopters.com
- Norway fifth F-35 Lightning II lands at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz, photo luke.af.mil
- Future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed acceptance trials conducted by US Navy Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) in Atlantic Ocean and is in final preparations for delivery, photo navy.mil
- USAF Red Flag 2017 air-to-air combat training exercise -- Red Flag 17-3 July 10 to 28, 2017 -- Nevada nellis.af.mil
- 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
May 27 Sat
- Rocket Lab Electron launched from New Zealand private site, photo. Disposable rockets to carry small satellites bbc.com wired.com
- NTSB preliminary information, Robinson R66 helicopter impacted terrain following a loss of control on approach to landing near Canon City, Colorado. During landing the back of the landing gear skids struck the terrain, which resulted in the main rotor blades contacting and severing in the tail boom. ntsb.gov
- Schedule 2017 F-22 Demonstration Team at Langley AFB acc.af.mil
May 26 Fri
- Helibras has delivered two H225Ms to Brazilian Armed Forces, photo airbushelicopters.com
- US Air Force to maintain fleet of A-10 Thunderbolts cnn.com
- A-10 East Heritage Flight Team performed during Wings Over Wayne Airshow 2017 at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. photos moody.af.mil
- 3d Airlift Squadron supported Exercise Rapid Rescue providing transportation and simulated aeromedical evacuation along the East Coast, photos moody.af.mil
- Laguna Beach City Council approved ordinance aircraft ban UAVs (drones) over city parks near beaches or over city government buildings ocregister.com
- Crash of Eurocopter E135 medical evacuation helicopter near New Castle Airport, only pilot on training flight delawareonline.com cbsnews.com
- FAA Safety Briefing focuses on expanding world of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) - May,June 2017 faa.gov
- US Navy 2017 Navy Week Schedule -- June 19-25 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh navy.mil
May 25 Thu
- Helicopter transport after Landslide on Highway 1 in southern Big Sur, Northern Calif, photos sfgate.com
- Aircraft mechanic operates wench to install CH-53 Super Stallion gear box, North Island, Southern Calif, photo navair.navy.mil
- 2017 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award nominations by Wednesday, June 21, 2017 airbushelicoptersinc.com
- Boeing and US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) collaborating to design, build and test a technology demonstration vehicle for Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program boeing.mediaroom.com
May 24 Wed
- Helicopter Day sponsored by Midwest Medical Transportation will be held May 27, 2017 at Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum from 10am to 2pm. Nebraska National Guard will land first with a UH-72 Lakota, UH-60 Black Hawk, and CH-47 Chinook sacmuseum.org
- Kaman Aerosystems first flight of Kmax helicopter from reopened commercial production line. Delivery of first two production aircraft to customer Lectern Aviation of China for firefighting mission kaman.com
- MD 520N helicopter to Police Dept headquartered in College Park, Maryland mdhelicopters.com
- L.A. Police Commission discusses guidelines for firing from helicopter, Calif latimes.com
- US medevac helicopter teams train with Canadian Regiment, Alberta, Canada, photos army.mil
- NTSB preliminary information - Robinson R44 lost engine power and landed hard following autorotation near Santa Barbara, California. During landing flare main rotor blades struck the roof of a building. Landed hard spreading both skids ntsb.gov
May 23 Tue
- US Navy awarded Sikorsky modification P0003 to previously awarded firm-fixed-price advance acquisition contract for long lead items in support of low-rate initial production Lot II for four CH-53K helicopters defense.gov
- US Navy awarded Northrop (San Diego, Calif) advance acquisition contract for procurement of long-lead components, material, parts and associated efforts required to maintain MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system planned production schedule defense.gov
- Boeing will upgrade additional F18 Hornet and Super Hornet for US Navy and Marine Corps through 238 million contract extension boeing.mediaroom.com
- Aerion Corp and GE Aviation launched process to define and evaluate final engine configuration for AS2 supersonic business jet geaviation.com
- Lockheed Class Justification and Approval Lots 12 thu 14 F35 aircraft, Federal Business Opportunities fbo.gov pdf
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
Textron Inc. first quarter 2017 -- Bell delivered 27 commercial helicopters compared to 30 units last year textron.com
Boeing and airlines concept for 797, Mar.2017 seattletimes.com
What to expect from space science in 2017 Jan wired.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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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
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From 2017
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

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GOES-R first of NOAA advanced geostationary weather satellites nesdis.noaa.gov

From 2015
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From 2014
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From 2012
Bell 525 Relentless Super Medium Helicopter textron.com

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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