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June 19 Sat -- 2021 high 100s temps Calif

- Boeing 737-10 largest in MAX family completed first flight boeing.mediaroom.com
- AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat helicopter flies in front of destroyer USS Laboon part of formation with British Royal Navy, photo c6f.navy.mil
- Tennessee National Guard Black Hawk medical helicopter crew in rescue after camper was injured in bear attack. Unable to land due to terrain crewman lowered to patient by hoist, patient was stable enough for hoisting tn.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
- NTSB Preliminary Report - AS350B2 helicopter destroyed when involved in accident near Yukon, Oklahoma. Pilot and flight instructor received minor injuries. Flight was for Initial Pilot Certification course. May 12, 2021 ntsb.gov pdf
- NTSB Preliminary Report - Robinson R-44 helicopter substantially damaged when involved in accident near Wingate, North Carolina. Operated as aerial application flight. One of the witnesses stated that it appeared as though the helicopter became entangled in the wires. May 2, 2021 ntsb.gov pdf

- Bell H-1 Military helicopters surpass 400,000 flight hours, AH-1Z Viper, UH-1Y Venom bellflight.com

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

- Liberty Aviation Museum 1928 Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT-B will return for EAA national tour in 2021 eaa.org

- 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

- US Army University Press May-June 2021 - Why China massive fishing fleet should be closely monitored by military planners because of harmful activities below threshold of conflict and potential use as paramilitary force 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

June 18 Fri -- 2021 high 100s temps Calif

- 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
- Insitu Inc. (Bingen, Washington) awarded US Navy contract modification that increases ceiling to provide additional air vehicles, support equipment and spares in support of RQ-21A Blackjack Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) and ScanEagle UAS for Navy and Foreign Military Sales customers defense.gov more news from insitu.com
- US Space Force and mission partners launched fifth Global Positioning Systems (GPS) III Space Vehicle, Complex-40, Cape Canaveral, GPS III SV05 M-Code satellite, photo losangeles.spaceforce.mil

- GAMA released general aviation aircraft shipments and billings report for first quarter 2021 gama.aero

- Mars Ingenuity Helicopter news mars.nasa.gov

- FAA Safety Briefing - Sharing the Skies Safely May-June 2021 faa.gov
- Nellis Air Force Base, Nev, Flying Operation nellis.af.mil
- Eielson AFB, Alaska, Red Flag eielson.af.mil

- 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 Week Schedule navy.mil
- Darpa Opportunities darpa.mil

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

June 17 Thu -- 2021

- US Army partnership with Boeing and General Electric completed multi-year demonstration that powered NCH-47D Chinook with GE T408 turboshaft engine army.mil
- Montana Army National Guard may bring helicopter operations to Billings airport stripes.com
- Helicopter from Montana Dept of Natural Resources and Conservation crash landed, high winds, crew exit wreckage safely (Deep Creek Fire) mtpr.org
   UH1 helicopter rolled over and caught on fire, Townsend, MT asias.faa.gov
   Montana firefighting agency 48hr stand-down of aircraft usnews.com
- Georgia Air National Guard trained with civilian medical professionals and local authorities to respond to mass casualty scenario in Warner Robins, Georgia, photos ang.af.mil
- H.R. 1262 would create a task force to recommend reforms and improvements to the notice to airmen system congress.gov pdf

- 2021 DoD AI Symposium and Technology Exchange, June 22-24, 2021 ai.mil
   National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) hosting Global Emerging Technology Summit in Washington, DC, July 2021 nscai.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

- Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) B-17 bomber Aluminum Overcast will return to full national tour in 2021. First portion 2021 tour schedule includes stops in Florida and Georgia before move northward to additional locations through the spring and early summer eaa.org

- Nasa CallBACK monthly safety newsletter, May 2021 Unmanned Aircraft Systems nasa.gov
- US Army Aviation Digest -
   Righting the Aircraft in Times of Uncertainty - Jan-Mar 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

June 16 Wed -- 2021

- GE released Version 6.0 Software update for CT7-2E1 turboshaft engine, introducing a number of benefits to civil and military engine operators. Powers Leonardo AW189 super medium helicopter and Leonardo AW149 helicopter GEaviation.com
- GE Aviation and Safran launched technology development program targeting more than 20 percent lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to current engines GEaviation.com
- Reagan Carrier Strike Group operating in the South China Sea. Flight operations with fixed and rotary wing aircraft, maritime strike exercises, and coordinated tactical training between surface and air units cpf.navy.mil navy.mil
- Boeing awarded delivery order modification to existing U.S. Special Operations Command contract for procurement of long-lead components and parts in support of MH-47G Chinook Block II production program. defense.gov
- Arizona Emergency Information Network, updates fire activity wildlandfire.az.gov
   wildfire situation wildlandfire.az.gov

- A low-flying helicopter will soon be visible to residents of Custer and Fremont counties, Colorado. Low-level flights coordinated by US Geological Survey scientists to image geology at the surface and below ground. June 4 thru August 31, 2021 usgs.gov

- 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

June 15 Tue -- 2021

- Wildfire near Lake Casitas in Ojai Valley, SouthernCalif losangeles.cbslocal.com ktla.com
- Suffolk County Vector Control plans to treat parts of marshes by helicopter to control mosquito larvae, NY suffolkcountyny.gov
- Airman Knowledge Tests - New,Revised Test Question Activation Dates for 2021,2022. First change June 28, 2021 faa.gov pdf
- FAA proposes civil penalties against four airline passengers for allegedly interfering with flight attendants who instructed them to obey cabin crew instructions and various federal regulations faa.gov

- FAA hosting Runway Safety Town Hall, June 16 faa.gov

- 64th Annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show Dallas, Texas, June 22-25, 2021, Aircraft Electronics Association aea.net

- CAL Fire Mendocino Unit conducting Basic Helicopter Operations and Safety and Air Rescue training in the areas of Lake Mendocino and Ridgewood Ranch. Training conducted periodically between April 26, 2021 and August 1, 2021 mendoVoice.com lakeCoNews.com

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

- United plans to resume hiring pilots in May united.mediaroom.com    more from united.mediaroom.com press
- Aviate program provides route to job offer with United Airlines UnitedAviate.com

- Fly Safe Focus on Pilot and Mechanic Roles and Responsibilities faa.gov
   FlySafe topic looks at the importance of aircraft angle of attack awareness faa.gov

- 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

June 14 Mon

- Cal Fire Riverside County with Sikorsky S-70i Firehawk (Copter 301), Ryan Air Attack Base in Hemet, SouthernCalif losangeles.cbslocal.com pe.com
   background CAL FIRE aviation program fire.ca.gov
- CAL FIRE incidents 2021 fire.ca.gov
- NEO Surveyor new mission proposal designed to discover and characterize most of potentially hazardous asteroids that are near Earth jpl.nasa.gov

- Mars Ingenuity Helicopter news mars.nasa.gov

- 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

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

Perseverance Mars rover has sent back first image Feb2021, more from nasa.gov mars2020 blog

B-29 Doc tour schedule July-Aug 2021, St. Louis, MO (Spirit of St. Louis Airport), Terre Haute, IN, Cincinnati, OH (Lunken Air Field), Cleveland, OH (Burke Lakefront Airport), Kalamazoo, MI (Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Experience), EAA AirVenture (Oshkosh, WI with rides in Appleton, WI) b29doc.com
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
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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 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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