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Jan 22 Tue
- CHP helicopter rescued two hikers stranded near North Dome area of Yosemite NP, photo sfgate.com kron4.com
- Bell Boeing Joint Program Office awarded contract for performance-based logistics and engineering support for V-22 platform boeing.mediaroom.com
- Boeing delivered first of ten 787-9 long-range Dreamliners to WestJet, marking start of WestJet global expansion boeing.mediaroom.com
- North American International Auto Show Jan.14-27,2019 naias.com cnet.com
- Gary Powers pilot of U-2 Incident over USSR Cold War Legacy, Friday, Jan,25,2019 12pm. Francis Gary Powers Jr. newly available information for his book Spy Pilot archives.gov
- US National Archives and Records Administration - Nationwide Events archives.gov
- NASA Commercial Crew Program plan for Test Flight SpaceX Demo-1 (uncrewed) Feb 2019 nasa.gov
- Don has Full House, Nancy has Four Of A Kind, know when to hold, know when to fold wikipedia.org
Jan 21 Mon
- US Navy MV-22B Osprey transports cargo during external lift training, Japan, photo pacom.mil
- US Navy contract modification exercises option for production and delivery of 25 Lot 16 AH-1Z helicopters by Bell Helicopter defense.gov
- Collins Aerospace selected by Lockheed Martin to provide avionics for new X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft prnewswire.com
- United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying payload for National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) launched from Space Launch Complex-6, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., photos vandenberg.af.mil ULAlaunch.com
- USAF Red Flag 19-1 Jan.26 - Feb.15 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
- FAA Fly Safe - Prevent Loss of Control Accidents - Many events occurred in approach phase of flight, and many of those accidents resulted from an unstabilized approach or a failure to go around 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
Jan 19 Sat
- Forest thinning with helicopters near Flagstaff AZ, Watershed Protection Project knau.org FlagstaffWatershedProtection.org
   more from Coconino National Forest fs.usda.gov
- Ski resorts ready with new snow for weekend, Southern California LAtimes.com
- Highway 1 reopens in two areas south of Big Sur that were closed LAtimes.com
- Santa Barbara County Day Use Parks CountyOfSB.org more travel LAtimes.com
Jan 18 Fri
- PT Dirgantara Indonesia purchase agreement with Indonesian Army for nine Bell 412EPI helicopters bellflight.com
- Airbus construction of A220 Manufacturing Facility officially launched with groundbreaking ceremony in Mobile, Alabama airbus.com
- 412th Electronic Warfare Group plan Joint Simulation Environment at Edwards Air Force Base, California edwards.af.mil
- Gulfstream Aerospace commitment to alternative jet fuel (SAJF) with Gulfstream G280 flight from Savannah to Van Nuys, California, average speed Mach 0.85 gulfstreamnews.com prnewswire.com more from GulfStreamNews.com

- Darpa Opportunities darpa.mil
- US Helicopter Safety Team monthly update (Nov 2018) faaSafety.gov
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- FAA Safety Briefing - Birds of a Different Feather - November/December 2018 faa.gov
- US Navy Blue Angels Show Schedules 2018, 2019 blueangels.navy.mil
- US Navy Week Schedule navy.mil
Jan 17 Thu
- Airbus delivered customised ACH145 helicopter to Adar Poonawalla CEO of Serum Institute of India, photo airbus.com
- United Airlines ordered 24 additional Boeing 737 MAX and four more 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes last year boeing.mediaroom.com
- KC-46 Pegasus air refueling tanker aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif, photo edwards.af.mil
- Superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2016-25-19 for Airbus Helicopters (previously Eurocopter France) Model AS350B3 and EC130B4 helicopters. AD 2016-25-19 required inspecting pilot and co-pilot throttle twist for proper operation. This new AD retains requirements of AD 2016-25-19 and adds certain model helicopters to the applicability. Actions of this AD are intended to address an unsafe condition on these products. AD effective January 30, 2019 federalregister.gov
- FAA and Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will co-host 4th Annual FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium on February 12-14, 2019 at Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD faa.gov
- Nasa CallBACK monthly safety newsletter, December 2018 Climb Via and Descend Via nasa.gov
- US Army Aviation Digest - Intelligence Support for an Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (AH-64D Apaches) rucker.army.mil
Jan 16 Wed
- Accident Investigation Board Norway Report - Airbus Helicopters AS350B3 used for demounting of old mast close to Svanvik, Finnmark county, Norway. During long line operation, main rotor blades hit new mast which was built a few meters away, resulting in vibration aibn.no
- HAI Pilot of the Year Award to Andreas Hermansky of Temsco Helicopters, Alaska Awards luncheon March 6 HAI Heli-Expo 2019 in Atlanta aopa.org
- Heli-EXPO March 4-7,2019, Exhibit March 5-7, Atlanta, Georgia rotor.org
- Sudden explosion of light at least 10 times brighter than a typical supernova, and then it faded over the next few months. Located about 200 million light-years away in the constellation Hercules jpl.nasa.gov
- FAA Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). Propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for MDHI Model 369A, 369D, 369E, 369FF, 369H, 369HE, 369HM, 369HS, 500N, and 600N helicopters. This proposed AD would require inspecting each main rotor blade (MRB) for a crack. FAA comments on proposed AD by Jan.25,2019 FederalRegister.gov
- Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Course Schedule iat.gov
Going West on the Lincoln Highway map LincolnHighwayAssoc.org
Calendar Grand Canyon NP nps.gov
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 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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