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Jan 20 Wed -- 2021

- US Army helicopters conduct unique training with Greek military. Executed Eddie’s Odyssey joint training mission on Velopoula Island and over the Aegean Sea. AH-64E Apaches, UH-60M, HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters
- GA-ASI demonstrated an ’A’ size sonobuoy­­ carriage, release, process and control from MQ-9A Block 5 on US Navy Pacific test range, photo
- FAA seeking applications for two Aviation Workforce Development Grant programs aimed at developing and inspiring an inclusive pool of pilots and aviation maintenance technicians
- FAA approved Space Florida application for commercial space Reentry Site Operator License at Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) in Titusville, Fla.
- Atos and IBM the expansion of strategic global alliance to help companies accelerate their digital transformation and optimize business processes. Alliance includes an intended focus on the development of joint offerings built on Atos vertical decarbonized solution and service delivery assets, powered by IBM

- NASA and SpaceX latest blog
- SpaceX launch missions

- Mars 2020 mission
- Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission. Landing Feb. 18, 2021, at 12.43pm PST
- Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Course Schedule

Jan 19 Tue -- 2021

- Australian Army armed reconnaissance capability strengthened following selection of Boeing Apache Guardian to replace Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH)
- Hollywood man pleaded guilty to federal criminal charge that he recklessly operated drone that crashed into and damaged fuselage of LA Police Dept helicopter
- Heli-Expo 2021 cancellations, Robinson, Bell, Airbus, Sikorsky, others, pullout. About 300 exhibitors remained. HeliExpo 2021 will protect health and safety by mandatory mask wearing, physical distancing, temperature screenings, cleaning of all public spaces
- Space Launch System (SLS) rocket Green Run team reviewed extensive data and completed preliminary inspections that show hardware is in excellent condition after Green Run test that ignited all engines

- 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 - NASA and Boeing targeting March 29 for launch of Starliner second uncrewed flight test to International Space Station

CH-53K performs Degraded Visual Environment flight testing in Yuma, Az CH-53K

Jan 18 Mon -- 2021 MLK Day

- Ten CubeSats deploy from LauncherOne Rocket into low-Earth Orbit as part of Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) 20 mission. Cosmic Girl 747 took off from Mojave Air and Space Port in California carrying LauncherOne Rocket and the 10 small research satellites
   Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) initiative created by NASA to attract and retain students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines
- Drone review by

- JPL Technology Demo teaching us how do you fly a helicopter on Mars, Mar. 11 2021 7pm PDT
- SpaceX launch updates -

- 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)

- Space Weather for Aviation Service Provider

Jan 16 Sat -- 2021

- NASA hosting media briefing on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 1:30pm. PST to discuss upcoming landing of Mars 2020 Perseverance rover. Event will air live on NASA TV and YouTube
- FAA making it easier to research aviation safety guidance material from the Office of Aviation Safety (AVS)  faa.govAVS
- Boeing sustainment contract with NASA calls for them to deliver six additional solar arrays for ISS, installation beginning in 2021
- Lockheed Martin completed assembly and testing of Orion Artemis I spacecraft and transferred possession to NASA Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) team

- NASA and Boeing targeting March 29 for launch of Starliner second uncrewed flight test to International Space Station

- US Army University Press Jan-Feb 2021, China Maritime Militia and Fishing Fleets
   Military Review
- Robinson Helicopter Newsletters, Torrance, Calif

- USAF Schedule F-22 Demonstration Team

Jan 15 Fri -- 2021

- Hollywood (LA Calif) person pleaded guilty to federal criminal charge for reckless operation of a drone that crashed into and damaged the fuselage of Los Angeles Police Dept helicopter. Despite evasive efforts, drone stuck helicopter, forcing pilot to initiate emergency landing
- Airbus EC130 B4 helicopter crash in Grand Canyon which killed five Britons probably caused by gust of wind, then spin
- HAI HeliExpo New Orleans, LA trade show and exposition dedicated to vertical aviation, March 22-25, 2021
- Atlas Air Worldwide agreement with Boeing to purchase four 747-8 Freighters, order will complete production of 747-8 in 2022

- MH-65E MH-65 program

- US Army Flier, Fort Rucker, December 2020
- Commercial crew mission

- FAA Safety Briefing - Avoiding Controlled Flight Into Terrain Nov-Dec 2020
- Nellis Air Force Base, Nev, Flying Operation
- Eielson AFB, Alaska, Red Flag

- NASA Rotorcraft Publications 2020, 2019, 2018
- US Helicopter Safety Team monthly update
   more helicopter Reports
- US Navy Blue Angels Show Schedules 2021
- US Navy Week Schedule
- Darpa Opportunities

Jan 14 Thu 2021

- US Army Future Vertical Lift (FVL) a DoD initiative since 2009 to develop strategic vertical lift capabilities. FVL Family of Systems (FoS) comprised of five capability sets spanning light, medium, and heavy categories
- USAF 60th Security Forces Squadron in collaboration with Easy Aerial launched first automated drone-based perimeter security system for Travis AFB, Calif
- On April 15, 2020 brief burst of high-energy light swept through solar system, triggering instruments on many NASA spacecraft. Scientists think blast came from SuperMagnetized Stellar Remnant located in a neighboring galaxy
- USAF downselected Northrop Grumman to complete final project efforts to provide electronic warfare suite for US F-16 fighter fleet. This capability will protect pilots from growing danger of radio frequency-guided weapons by detecting, identifying and defeating advanced threat systems
- FAA order directing stricter legal enforcement policy against unruly airline passengers in the wake of recent, troubling incidents
- AirBus A320 struck a coyote during departure, Houston, TX
- Hughes 269C substantial damage after engine failure during training maneuver and landed in field, Spanish Fork, UT
- Starting in mid-January, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will conduct mule deer captures from helicopters in three study areas along the east slope of the Cascades

- Airline passengers can obtain updated information on how to Fly Healthy

- Nasa CallBACK monthly safety newsletter, Dec 2020 VFR Flight Into IMC
- US Army Aviation Digest - Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Large-Scale Combat - July-Sept 2020
- Federal Register for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
- USAF Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team Schedule

KC-130T equipped with NP2000 Propeller System completed aerial refueling mission with MV-22 Osprey CH-53K

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)
Going West on the Lincoln Highway map
2020 Aerospace Valley Air Show, October 9,10 a hybrid event, photos
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
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

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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events sometimes get cancelled.
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.

From 2010
NASA Subsonic Rotary Wing Project
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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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