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Oct 21 Thu -- 2021

– NTSB Preliminary Report - Piper PA-28-181 airplane, N2868H, and a Robinson R22 helicopter, N412TL, were involved in a 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 ntsb.gov pdf
– Nanoracks, in collaboration with Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin has formed team to develop free flying commercial space station, known as Starlab, expected to achieve initial operational capability by 2027 LockheedMartin.com
– General Atomics completed transfer of two MQ-9A Reaper Block 5 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to US Marine Corps, had been on lease agreement ga.com
– Vanilla Unmanned demonstrated 8 days, 50 minutes, and 47 seconds of continuous flight VanillaUnmanned.com

– NASA Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center nasa.gov

- NASA and SpaceX continuing plans to launch Crew-3 astronauts to ISS targeting 2.43am EDT Saturday,Oct.30. Updates on Boeing CST-100 Starliner blogs.nasa.gov

- US Army CH-47F Block II Chinook helicopter
   Projected Activities, 1QFY21 (1)Limited User Test
   4QFY21 (1)Milestone C, (2)Low Rate Initial Production army.mil

- DoD Artificial Intelligence ai.mil
   National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence nscai.gov news

- Nasa CallBACK monthly safety newsletter, Sept 2021 What Would You Have Done nasa.gov
- US Army Aviation Digest -
   Army Aviation Flight Complexity - July-Sept 2021 army.mil

- Federal Register for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) federalregister.gov
- USAF Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team Schedule acc.af.mil
- Airline passengers can obtain updated information on how to Fly Healthy flyhealthy.gov

- Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) B-17 bomber Aluminum Overcast tour. Airplane grounded for full inspection that determined replacing part necessary eaa.org

Oct 20 Wed -- 2021

– HH-60G Pave Hawk flies over Republic of Korea during combat search and rescue training event at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, photos osan.af.mil
– United States military will be represented at 2021 Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition, or Seoul ADEX 21, Oct.19-24 at Seoul Airbase, Republic of Korea. U-2 Dragon Lady flyover, MQ-8 Fire Scout static and aerial demonstration, AH-1Z Viper static, more pacom.mil
– Last remaining USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest (Region 5) Firewatch Cobra Program Viet Nam War-era helicopter took final flight as we transition to a new era of aerial supervision utilizing modern helicopters and implement modern technologies like fixed-wing aircraft to service a larger landscape fs.usda.gov
– DC-9 on departure rolled through safety area into a pasture and caught on fire, Houston, Texas, Passengers 17, Damage Destroyed asias.faa.gov

- 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 army.mil

- NTSB Probable Cause - loss of Bell 206 helicopter control after entry into vortex ring state, North Carolina ntsb.gov pdf

- US Helicopter Safety Team "56 Seconds to Live" Unintended Flight into Instrument Meteorological Conditions (UIMC) Awareness and Prevention Course available for pilots ushst.org

- NASA and SpaceX latest blog blogs.nasa.gov
- SpaceX launch missions spacex.com

- Mars 2020 mission - Perseverance rover 2021 mars.nasa.gov
- Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Course Schedule iat.gov

Oct 19 Tue -- 2021

– Last remaining USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest (Region 5) Firewatch Cobra Program Viet Nam War-era helicopter took final flight as we transition to a new era of aerial supervision utilizing modern helicopters and implement modern technologies like fixed-wing aircraft to service a larger landscape fs.usda.gov

– Gulfstream introduced two all-new aircraft the Gulfstream G800 (long-range) and Gulfstream G400 (General Dynamics) gd.com Oct.4,2021

- GE Metal Additive Manufacturing ge.com

- Airman Knowledge Tests - New,Revised Test Question Activation Dates for 2021,2022. First change June 28, 2021 faa.gov pdf
   more on Airman Testing faa.gov

- Mars Images mars.nasa.gov    more Mars Ingenuity Helicopter news mars.nasa.gov

- United Airlines news united.mediaroom.com
- Aviate program provides route to job offer with United Airlines UnitedAviate.com

- Rotorcraft Design Approvals - 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 blogs.nasa.gov

Oct 18 Mon -- 2021

– Bell 505 with Business Jet Traveler Annual Readers Choice Survey as preferred customer aircraft in the light single-turbine helicopters category. Bell 429 named most favored aircraft for light twin-turbine helicopters category BellFlight.com
– Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) with KF-21 fighter and Light Attack Helicopter (LAH) projects on track to meet their deadlines, as South Korea prepares to open biennial defence exhibition reuters.com nasdaq.com
– AS 350 helicopter sustained tail strike on landing, Tucson, Arizona asias.faa.gov

– Alisal Fire, Perimeter Contained 80Percent, Santa Barbara, Calif, Update Monday, Oct.18,2021 inciweb.nwcg.gov
   Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer of Alisal fire northwest of Santa Barbara, Calif EarthObservatory.nasa.gov

- B-29 Doc History Restored Tour 2021 tour season b29doc.com

- CH-53K helicopter has cost overruns and schedule delays, Mar 04, 2021 gao.gov
   Contract to build nine CH-53K King Stallion helicopters with an additional contract option for nine more awarded to Sikorsky, Jun 25, 2021 navair.navy.mil

- NASA, Boeing, United Launch Alliance updates on launch of Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) to International Space Station blogs.nasa.gov
   Atlas V rocket, Starliner ulalaunch.com

- CAF B-29,B-24 Squadron leader announced that CAF B-24 Diamond Lil ready to roll and ride CommemorativeAirForce.org

- SpaceX launch updates spacex.com

- FAA Aeronautical Raster Chart is a digital image of FAA VFR Chart faa.gov

- Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Flying Operations nellis.af.mil
- USAF Week in Photos af.mil
- USAF F35A Demo Team for 2021 Airshow Season, All USAF Aerial Events acc.af.mil

- FAA Practical Test Standards 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

Oct 16 Sat -- 2021

– US Marine UH-1Y Venom helicopter crew conducting wet special patrol insertion and extraction rigging training, Pendleton, California, photos pendleton.marines.mil
– Lucy mission to Jupiter Trojan asteroids launched at 5.34am EDT Oct.16,2021 Saturday on United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral SFS in Florida blogs.nasa.gov
   All Lucy updates blogs.nasa.gov
– China stepped up efforts to intimidate and pressure Taiwan and other allies and partners, including increasing their military activities conducted in the vicinity of Taiwan, East China Sea and South China Sea pacom.mil
– FAA report recommends initiatives to increase aviation safety in Alaska faa.gov

- 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 ntsb.gov pdf

- NASA Commercial Crew Program - Latest Blog Post blogs.nasa.gov

- Monterey Bay Aquarium MontereyBayAquarium.org
- Asilomar State Beach on Monterey Peninsula in city of Pacific Grove parks.ca.gov
- Tin City industrial makers market for craft wine, beer, spirits, Paso Robles TinCityPasoRobles.com Calif

- California fall color guide CaliforniaFallColor.com

- US Army University Press Sept-Oct 2021 - Enduring Competition armyupress.army.mil
   Military Review armyupress.army.mil
- Robinson Helicopter Newsletters, 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

- Pismo Beach, Calif PismoBeach.org    Pismo State Beach parks.ca.gov

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

Oct 15 Fri -- 2021

– Mechanical engineering technician with Fleet Readiness Center East Precision Measurement Center tests new laser tracking system with measurements a UH-1N medium fuselage repair fixture at facility in North Carolina Global TransPark in Kinston navair.navy.mil
– Children’s of Alabama unveiled new Airbus H145 helicopter, photos alabamanewscenter.com al.com
– NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy affirmed commitment to studying climate change during visit to Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California jpl.nasa.gov
– Boeing contract modification exercises option to provide P-8A Poseidon CFM56-7B27A/3 and CFM56-7B27AE engine depot-level maintenance and repair in support of the Navy, the government of Australia, and Foreign Military Sales customers defense.gov

- Helicopter survey over Lemhi and Custer Counties west of Salmon, Idaho from September 6 to October 18, 2021. usgs.gov
- NASA and SpaceX continuing plans to launch Crew-3 astronauts to ISS as early as Sunday Oct.31 blogs.nasa.gov

- 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 LockheedMartin.com

- Mars Ingenuity Helicopter news mars.nasa.gov

- FAA Safety Briefing - Focuses on airports and airspace, September-October 2021 faa.gov
- Nellis Air Force Base, Nev, Flying Operation nellis.af.mil
- Eielson AFB, Alaska, Red Flag eielson.af.mil

- NASA Rotorcraft Publications 2021. Hazard Analysis Failure Modes, Effects, and Criticality Analysis for NASA Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology Concept Vehicles, May 2021 rotorcraft.arc.nasa.gov
- NASA Rotorcraft Publications 2020, 2019, 2018 rotorcraft.arc.nasa.gov
- US Helicopter Safety Team monthly update faaSafety.gov
   more helicopter Reports ushst.org
- US Navy Blue Angels Show Schedules 2021 blueangels.navy.mil
- US Navy Community Outreach - Week Schedule navy.mil
- Darpa Opportunities darpa.mil

- US coast Guard MH-65 helicopter program uscg.mil

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 af.mil

HH-60G Pave Hawk prepares for takeoff at Moody AFB as a part of Heritage Flight with HH-60W Jolly Green II, photos moody.af.mil
USAF HC-130 Hercules performs helicopter air-to-air refueling with HH-60G Pave Hawk, photos dm.af.mil

CH-53K performs Degraded Visual Environment flight testing in Yuma, Az navair.navy.mil navair.navy.mil 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 boeing.mediaroom.com LockheedMartin.com

- Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials - Events - News nano.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
   Road Information nps.gov
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

Mars Spirit Opportunity rovers. jplNasa
US Navy helicopter San Diego Calif training 2007. Photo courtesy of Jim Pratt "flybum" opens new window. USN2007helicopter
  Events
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 2021
Sikorsky S-97 RAIDer helicopter flew two demonstrations before US Army officials at Redstone Arsenal, photo LockheedMartin.com
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 ntsb.gov pdf

From 2020
Video images from NASA Juno mission nasa.gov
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 boeing.mediaroom.com


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
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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