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San Luis Obispo County Airport    McChesney Field
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Sep 14 Sat
- Boeing 702X family of software-defined satellites, highlighting 1,900kg variant for geosynchronous orbit. 702X technology enables operators to adapt to changing market conditions by dynamically allocating bandwidth boeing.mediaroom.com
- Amazon announced Regional Air Hub at Fort Worth Alliance Airport will open in October aboutamazon.com
-Mineral King Campgrounds, tent camping only, Sequoia National Park California nps.gov
- Southern California desert, land of little rain LAtimes.com

- Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument parks.ca.gov

- US Army University Press September-October 2019, dealing with China armyupress.army.mil
- Robinson Helicopter Newsletter Winter 2019, Torrance, Calif robinsonheli.com

- Santa Monica Mountains, Southern California. Historical and cultural sites, from old movie ranches to Native American centers nps.gov
- 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
Sep 13 Fri
- US space systems threaten by China forbes.com csis.org dia.mil pdf
   France will develop satellites armed with laser weapons france24.com
- USMC Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 provides Theater Support and Proof of Concept GAasi.com
- NASA building Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). Space telescope measurements will help illuminate dark energy puzzle jpl.nasa.gov

- US Helicopter Safety Team monthly update (July 2019) faaSafety.gov more helicopter Reports ushst.org
   more notices faaSafety.gov
- FAA Safety Briefing - emergencies in aviation - Sept/Oct 2019 faa.gov
- US Navy Blue Angels Show Schedules 2019, 2020 blueangels.navy.mil
- US Navy Week Schedule navy.mil
- Darpa Opportunities darpa.mil
Sep 12 Thu
- Walker Wildfire, 20 Helicopters, 49,272 acres, Plumas County inciweb.nwcg.gov
- Taboose Wildfire, 10 helicopters, 9385 acres, Unit Information Inyo National Forest, Bishop, Calif inciweb.nwcg.gov

- Federal Register for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) federalregister.gov

- Nasa CallBACK monthly safety newsletter, Aug 2019 What Would You Have Done nasa.gov
- US Army Aviation Digest - Improving Army Gray Eagle rucker.army.mil
- USAF Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team Schedule acc.af.mil
Sep 11 Wed
- Preliminary findings 0f Norway crash prompted Airbus Helicopters to call for precautionary checks on parts linking engine and main gearbox of selected helicopters. Emergency airworthiness directive issued by European Union Aviation Safety Agency. sfgate.com reuters.com cnbc.com news.yahoo.com
- US Army Futures Command exploring swarming formations of robotic systems, photo army.mil

- Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Course Schedule iat.gov
Sep 10 Tue
- US Army anticipates fielding first Future Vertical Lift aircraft by 2030. Modernizing and maintaining current helicopters vitally important. Improved Turbine Engine Program - General Electric Aviation contract by US Army to engineer, manufacture, and develop ITEP army.mil
- Leonardo displays new generation AW149 combines versatility, safety and survivability, DSEI 2019 exhibition LeonardoCompany.com
- Boeing statement on 777X Load Testing boeing.mediaroom.com

- FAA monthly Business Jet Reports faa.gov
- US National Archives and Records Administration - Nationwide Events archives.gov
- NASA Commercial Crew Program - practiced removing astronauts from Crew Dragon spacecraft blogs.nasa.gov
Sep 9 Mon
- Kaman Aerospace received new order for Kmax helicopter. Delivery expected in fourth quarter of 2019, photo kaman.com
- Airbus Helicopters delivered 1,000th Super Puma twin-engine helicopter to German Federal Police, photo airbus.com
- Boeing 777X setback during high-pressure stress test on the ground when one of the doors exploded outward SeattleTimes.com
- B-1B weapons capacity demonstration of expanded carriage at Edwards Air Force Base, California, photos edwards.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

- USAF Green Flag 19-10    Aug. to Sep. 2019 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
- Space Weather for Aviation Service Provider swpc.noaa.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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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

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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