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Apr 6 Mon

- Japan Coast Guard placed new order of two H225 helicopters, photo airbus.com
- Boeing extending temporary suspension of production operations at all Puget Sound area and Moses Lake sites until further notice, current assessment of spread of COVID-19 in Washington state boeing.mediaroom.com
- FAA initiating two rulemaking activities on civil supersonic aircraft noise faa.gov
- FAA proposes civil penalty against Blue Hawaiian Helicopters of Kahului, Hawaii faa.gov
  more FAA news faa.gov

- Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Flying Operations nellis.af.mil
- USAF F35A Demo Team schedule for 2020 airshow af.mil

- FAA Airman Knowledge Sample Test Questions
Airline Transport Sample Questions Helicopter ATH Effective June 28, 2019
Private Pilot Helicopter Sample Questions PRH Effective June 28, 2019
Instrument Rating Helicopter Sample Questions IRH Effective June 28, 2019 faa.gov

- 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) 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

- Space Weather for Aviation Service Provider swpc.noaa.gov

Apr 4 Sat

- Stratolaunch Talon-A flexible, high-speed testbed built for hypersonic research, experiments StratoLaunch.com

- US Army University Press March-April 2020, How leaders can reduce friction to a manageable level armyupress.army.mil
   Military Review armyupress.army.mil
- Robinson Helicopter Newsletters, Torrance, Calif robinsonheli.com

- Santa Barbara County Day Use Parks CountyOfSB.org more travel LAtimes.com
- USAF Schedule F-22 Demonstration Team acc.af.mil

Apr 3 Fri

- Boeing delivered first CH-47F Chinook helicopter with upgraded cockpit to Royal Netherlands Air Force boeing.mediaroom.com
- US Navy awarded Boeing contract modification for three additional MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling aircraft boeing.mediaroom.com defense.gov
  Boeing, Mesa, Arizona, awarded US Army 11.1m firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of helicopters defense.gov
- Lockheed delivered USAF Reserve first HC-130J Combat King II to crew from 920th Rescue Wing from Patrick AFB, Florida, photo LockheedMartin.com

- FAA Safety Briefing - Weather Technology - March-April 2020 faa.gov
- Nellis Air Force Base, Nev, Flying Operation nellis.af.mil

- NASA Rotorcraft Publications 2019 rotorcraft.arc.nasa.gov
- US Helicopter Safety Team monthly update faaSafety.gov
   more helicopter Reports ushst.org
- US Navy Blue Angels Show Schedules 2020 blueangels.navy.mil
- US Navy Week Schedule navy.mil
- Darpa Opportunities darpa.mil

Apr2 Thu

- CH-53E Super Stallion initial testing/development of new low speed precision control (LSPC) system to provide stabilization in degraded visual environment (DVE), photo navair.navy.mil
- UK three Merlin Mk2 helicopters and crews from 820 Naval Air Squadron join struggle against coronavirus royalnavy.mod.uk
- Update USS Theodore Roosevelt crew tested for COVID-19 virus, Guam whs.mil

- Nasa CallBACK monthly safety newsletter, March 2020 Adventures in Ground Operations nasa.gov
- Federal Register for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) federalregister.gov
- US Army Aviation Digest - Aviation and the Megacity - Jan-Mar 2020 army.mil
- USAF Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team Schedule acc.af.mil

Apr 1 Wed

- Interview with Bob Balaram inventor of Mars Helicopter jpl.nasa.gov
- R44 helicopter struck power line crashed and caught fire in rural area western Iowa StarTribune.com
- US Army AH-64 Apache helicopters operate with expeditionary sea base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) during joint naval and air integration operation in Arabian Gulf, photo navy.mil

- Mars 2020 rover mission, Launch Window July 17 - Aug. 5, 2020 mars.nasa.gov overview
- Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Course Schedule iat.gov

Mar 31 Tue

- US Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 362 declared fully operational capable signifying that newest MV-22B Osprey squadron prepared to support 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing marines.mil
- US Navy awarded Boeing 1.5B production contract for next 18 P-8A Poseidon aircraft boeing.mediaroom.com defense.gov
- US Navy awarded General Electric modification to previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of 48 F414-GE-400 install engines and engine devices for Super Hornet FA18 aircraft defense.gov
- McKinleyville Coast Guard unit highlighting their first all-female helicopter crew, Northern Calif govdelivery.com
   more USCG news news.uscg.mil

- Notices to Airmen (NOTAM) Modernization effort, NTAP will be discontinued effective June 18, 2020, last NTAP will be published on May 21, 2020. Effective June 18, 2020, Graphic Notices will be available at https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/graphicnotices/ www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/graphicnotices/ full text faa.gov

- Rotorcraft Occupant Safety - Helicopter Occupant Safety Toolkit faa.gov
- News Nellis AFB, Nevada nellis.af.mil
- FAA monthly Business Jet Reports faa.gov
- US National Archives and Records Administration - Nationwide Events archives.gov
- NASA Commercial Crew Program - NASA and Boeing Independent Review Team completed initial investigation blogs.nasa.gov

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
   Fact Sheet nationalmuseum.af.mil
   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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events sometimes get cancelled.
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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Over 6,000 hours from 1986 - 2002
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