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May 17 Tue – 2022

– Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Kord team defeat multiple mortars and large drones with Stryker-mounted high-energy laser. Also included defeating several small, medium and large drones. White Sands Missile Range N.M. (May 16, 2022)
– South Dakota’s Wildland Fire Division will conduct annual wildland fire helicopter recertification with South Dakota National Guard Aviation Unit Friday May 20. Certification allows for South Dakota National Guard Black Hawk helicopters to respond to wildland fires. (May 16, 2022)
– USAF B-52H Stratofortress released AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon off the Southern California coast. Hypersonic speeds five times greater than speed of sound. 419th Flight Test Squadron and Global Power Bomber Combined Test Force both at Edwards AFB executed the test. (May 16, 2022)
– South Korea Defense Acquisition Program Administration acquiring 40 Bell 505 helicopters under TH-X training helicopter program. Helicopters expected to be delivered from 2023 through 2025. (May 16, 2022) waiting for news from US

R66 Special conditions are issued for Robinson Helicopter Company (RHC) Model R66 helicopter. RHC will modify Model R66 helicopter by incorporating pressure refueling system that allows for optional pressure fueling from fueling port on the right side of the fuselage and the existing gravity system via the fuel filler cap on top of the main fuel tank. This modification provides faster, easier, and safer refueling when the engines are running and rotors turning compared to the existing fueling system located on the top of the main fuel tank. (Rule by FAA on 05/03/2022) (Effective June 2, 2022)

– US Naval History and Heritage. Bi-weekly compilation of articles, commentaries, and blogs related to history and heritage. (May 3, 2022)

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- FAA Airman Knowledge Test changes

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

- 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

May 16 Mon – 2022

– California Air National Guard Airmen assigned to 163d Attack Wing participated in wing-wide readiness training exercise. (May 16, 2022)
– Chinese intelligence ship tracked off Australia’s west coast. (May 14, 2022)
   •Australia Defence Minister Peter Dutton warning China will expand presence in South Pacific (Apr 21, 2022)

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– 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 pdf
– Director Operational Test and Evaluation, FY2021 Annual Report released to Congress 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
– NASA Ames TechEdSat

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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, SpaceX, Boeing, United Launch Alliance updates 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 2022 Airshow Season, All USAF Aerial Events

- FAA Practical Test Standards

– 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)

- 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

May 14 Sat – 2022

– Chuck Surack (founder Surack Enterprises) purchased Enstrom Helicopter Corp of Menominee, Michigan. Plan to rebuild Enstrom brand (May 13, 2022)

– US Army remains committed to developing our Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) and Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA). We are scheduled to down select FLRAA to a single vendor in the coming months and are on track to have both systems begin fielding by FY 2030. (May 12, 2022) pdf
– 395 million for Future Vertical Lift research, which will accelerate development of helicopters flown at Fort Rucker, and an additional 77 million to accelerate Future Long Range Assault Aircraft. (Mar 10 2022)

– US Army second aerial-intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (A-ISR) demonstrator in Indo-Pacific region for demonstration and operational employment. Fixed Wing Project Office (April 22, 2022)

– Updates - Calf Canyon and Hermits Peak fires. New Mexico
– Updates - Tunnel Fire Ariz.

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

– U.S. European Command   NATO

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– James Webb Space Telescope updates. Team now commissioning four powerful science instruments. (May 12, 2022)
– Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites-R Series. A collaborative NOAA & NASA program
– NOAA GOES-T Satellite GOES-18.
– 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

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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. 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 pdf

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

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– 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

– Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California
– Mineral King Campgrounds, tent camping only, Sequoia National Park California
– Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument

– US Army University Press Archives 2022 Jan-Feb 100th Anniversary, 2021, 2020
US Army Military Review May-June 2022, Moscow intentions in Baltic Sea region
   •Ukraine Is Just the Beginning - The Geopolitical Consequences of the Special Operation Will Change the Entire View of the World

– 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

May 13 Fri – 2022

– AdventHealth (Orlando, Florida) Airbus EC145e second helicopter and hangar. (May 5, 2022)
– USMC Force Design 2030 Annual Update May 2022 pdf

– French Army received the first of eight NH90 TTH transport helicopters scheduled for delivery in 2022
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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. pdf

– Update Crooks Fire Ariz.
– Update Tunnel Fire 14 miles northeast of Flagstaff Ariz.

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– 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. 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) 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 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. 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

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

– FAA Safety Briefing, May-June 2022 Weather Research Work
– Nellis Air Force Base, Nev, Flying Operation
– Eielson AFB, Alaska, Red Flag

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

– US Helicopter Safety Team monthly update
   more helicopter Reports
– US Navy Blue Angels Show Schedules
– US Navy Community Outreach - Week Schedule
– Darpa Opportunities

– US coast Guard MH-65 helicopter program

May 12 Thu – 2022

– US Soldiers maintain and repair UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters flown by their battalion in support of NATO mission in Kosovo. Helicopter mechanics trained to remove, repair and install assemblies such as engines, rotors, gearboxes, transmissions, mechanical flight controls and other components. (May 12, 2022)
– Fiscal 2023 Defense Budget Request built on new National Defense Strategy, and the request is adequate for military and ensures the military remains strong in the future. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III (May 11, 2022)
– Missile Defense Agency mission to develop and deploy layered missile defense system to defend United States, deployed forces, allies and friends from missile attacks in all phases of flight. DOD Focused on Hypersonic Missile Defense Development. US Navy Vice Adm. Jon A. Hill (May 11, 2022)
– Team from Boeing and Nammo conducted ground-fire tests of Ramjet 155 Extended Range Artillery Projectile. Technology to enable long-range precision fires, one of US Army modernization priorities. (May 11, 2022)


– Coastal Fire Status Update Reports. Update as of May 12, 2022 at 7.52am
   •Laguna Niguel report from May 12, 2022

– Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires Update, New Mexico
– Calf Canyon Fire Update, New Mexico

– Stratolaunch completion of fifth flight test of Roc. Debuted new pylon on center wing that will be used to carry and release Talon-A hypersonic vehicles. (May 04, 2022)

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– Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. Current mission goal updates 2022
– F-35 Joint Strike Fighter JSF News

– 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

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

– 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

NASA CallBACK monthly safety newsletter • April 2022 Wake Turbulence

– 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
   •April-June 2022 Aviation Training for Large-Scale Combat Operations Published around May 15, 2022

– 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

– DoD Artificial Intelligence
   National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence news

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

May 11 Wed – 2022

– Decisions made by FAA not to implement National Transportation Safety Board safety recommendations contributed to the cause of fatal air tour helicopter crash, NTSB said in a report approved in a public meeting. Airbus AS350 B2 helicopter on commercial air tour crashed in deteriorating weather in remote area of wooded terrain near Kekaha, Hawaii, on Dec. 26, 2019. Pilot and all six passengers died in the accident and the helicopter was destroyed. (May 10, 2022)
   •National Transportation Safety Board Aviation Accident Factual Report - Airbus AS350B2 Kekaha, Hawaii. December 26, 2019 pdf
– Raytheon (Texas) awarded US Navy firm-fixed-price, performance-based logistics requirements contract to provide logistics, repair, and upgrade support for 15 Multi-Spectral Targeting System Forward-Looking Infrared components in support of MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters. (Contracts For May 10, 2022)
– MQ-9B line of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (General Atomics) will begin developing short takeoff and landing (STOL) MQ-9B aircraft. MQ-9B STOL (Mojave series) presents opportunity for future operations aboard aircraft carrier or big-deck amphibious assault ship. (May 10, 2022)
   •MQ-9B STOL Short-Field Advantage
– USAF 22nd Air Refueling Wing 24.2hr flight on a KC-46A (May 10, 2022)

– Boeing uncrewed CST-100 Starliner will launch on United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket for flight test to International Space Station as part of NASA Commercial Crew Program. OFT-2 targeted to launch on May 19 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. (May 11, 2022)

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

– NASA and SpaceX latest
– Updates Commercial Crew
– SpaceX launch missions

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

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 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
ADS-B Exchange Serving the Flight Tracking Enthusiast

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
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.

From 2016
NASA aeronautics news
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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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Over 6,000 hours from 1986 - 2002
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