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Apr 18 Thu
- Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 BlackHawk aircrew saved four individuals after airplane crash, photos army.mil
- US Army Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) concept modernization efforts includes Future Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (FTUAS), photos army.mil
- Plan for AW609 tiltrotor is FAA certification by end of 2019, enter service sometime in 2020 cnn.com
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- Federal Register for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) federalregister.gov

- Nasa CallBACK monthly safety newsletter, March 2019 What Would You Have Done nasa.gov
- US Army Aviation Digest - Intelligence Support for an Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (AH-64D Apaches) rucker.army.mil
- USAF Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team - Schedule May 4-5 Chino, CA acc.af.mil
Apr 17 Wed
- Airbus Helicopters expanded partnership with China with opening of H135 final assembly line in Qingdao airbus.com
- Helicopter under contract to Hawaii DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) hard landing in Sacred Falls State Park on Oahu. All hiked out of area to meet emergency responders hawaii.gov starAdvertiser.com
- US Navy MH60S Knighthawks conducted deck landing qualifications with Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Melbourne, photos c7f.navy.mil
- Helicopter crash on Fort McDowell Indian Reservation near Phoenix, AZ azcentral.com kplctv.com

- Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Course Schedule iat.gov
Apr 16 Tue
- MD Helicopters will feature MD 969 Twin Attack Helicopter at 2019 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit (formerly AAAA), April 14 16, 2019, Nashville, TN. MD 969 with 7-shot Common Launch Tube (CLT) System designed by Systima Technologies MDhelicopters.com quad-a.org
- Lockheed Pilotage Distributed Aperture Sensor (PDAS) system first time on Bell V-280 Valor tiltrotor in series of flights over Fort Worth, Texas. PDAS is multi-functional sensor system that generates high-resolution, 360-degree imagery around the aircraft to enhance situational awareness for pilots LockheedMartin.com

- FAA adopting new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (BHTC) Model 429 helicopters. AD requires inspecting each main rotor pitch link rod end bearing assembly (bearing) for wear and play. AD was prompted by reports of worn bearings. effective May 7, 2019 federalregister.gov

- US National Archives and Records Administration - Nationwide Events archives.gov
- NASA Commercial Crew Program - August timeframe for Orbital Flight Test for Boeing 2019 nasa.gov
Apr 15 Mon
- Honeywell pair of T55 turboshaft engines powered first flight SikorskyBoeing DeFiant Future Vertical Lift demonstrator (US Army program) prnewswire.com
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- Stratolaunch Systems Corporation completed first flight of Stratolaunch all-composite aircraft. Flight of 2.5hrs over Mojave Desert at altitudes up to 17,000ft StratoLaunch.com

- USAF Red Flag 19-3    July 14 - July 31 nellis.af.mil

- FAA Safety Alerts -
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
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Apr 13 Sat
- Advanced Tactical Training Search and Rescue Division (ATTSAR) using SkyX aerial systems for long-range search missions, photo prNewsWire.com
- Gold Strike Hot Springs Trail near Hoover Dam, Nevada, trail closes mid-May, reopen September LAtimes.com
- 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, more than 125,000 visitors LAtimes.com

- Robinson Helicopter Newsletter Winter 2019, Torrance, Calif robinsonheli.com

- Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve State Natural Reserve, As of April 4th blooming poppies blanketing the reserve parks.ca.gov
- Santa Monica Mountains, Southern California. Historical and cultural sites, from old movie ranches to Native American centers nps.gov
- Calif Typical Flowering Dates wildlife.ca.gov Wildflowers in bloom San Luis Obispo County SanLuisObispo.com
- Anza-Borrego Desert Calif State Park wildflower locations and directions, parks.ca.gov
- Angeles National Forest special places, Southern Calif fs.usda.gov
- USAF Schedule F-22 Demonstration Team acc.af.mil
- Santa Barbara County Day Use Parks CountyOfSB.org more travel LAtimes.com
Apr 12 Fri
- GAO Report - Acquisition cost estimates for Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program (VH-92A) have declined from 5.18B to 4.95B, for 23 new helicopters, since program started in April 2014 gao.gov
- FAA adopting new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Robinson Helicopter Model R66 helicopters. AD requires inspecting the oil tank outlet fitting color. If the fitting is blue, AD requires replacing tank with an oil tank that lacks a blue fitting. AD effective May 17, 2019 FederalRegister.gov
- US Army plans to invest 1.2B over next five years toward hypersonic weapon, which is being developed in collaboration with US Air Force and US Navy. Flight test of land-based hypersonic missile (5 x speed of sound) expected in fiscal 2023. more on budget army.mil

- USS Eisenhower underway from Naval Station Norfolk for flight deck certification navy.mil

- US Helicopter Safety Team monthly update (Feb 2019) faaSafety.gov ushst.org
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- FAA Safety Briefing - ADS-B Out A One Year Countdown, January/February 2019 faa.gov
- US Navy Blue Angels Show Schedules 2018, 2019 blueangels.navy.mil
- US Navy Week Schedule navy.mil
- Darpa Opportunities darpa.mil
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
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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
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   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
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
Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, Ashland, NE SACmuseum.org
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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
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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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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