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June 15 Sat
- Airbus engineers have developed scale-model aeroplane with first in-flight, flapping wing-tips. Semi-aeroelastic hinge concept to reduce drag and overall wing weight, while combating effects of turbulence and wind gusts airbus.com airbus.com pdf
- US Naval Test Pilot School rotary instructor Barb Gordon was Navy first to receive Army Broken Wing Award navair.navy.mil
- US Army Redstone Test Center (RTC) Experimental Test Pilot Chief Warrant Officer 3 Sylvia Grandstaff recipient of Broken Wing Award army.mil
- 2019 Wings Over Whiteman Air and Space Show and Open House June 15 and 16, featuring F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team, A-10C Thunderbolt II demo team, US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, Missouri, 2 miles south of Knob Noster, MO whiteman.af.mil
- Hearst Castle open for pool parties on selected evenings, 6.30-8.30pm July 6, Aug. 3 and 24, Sept. 21, $1,250 LAtimes.com FoundationatHearstCastle.com
- Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument parks.ca.gov
- Lake Havasu City record high temperature on June 29, 1994 LAtimes.com

- US Army Military Journal - May June 2019 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
Jun 14 Fri
- Boeing build next-generation MH-47G Chinooks for US Army Special Operations Aviation Command boeing.mediaroom.com
- French Defence Procurement Agency DGA signed order to purchase additional H225M helicopter which will be operated by French Air Force airbus.com
- KC-46A Pegasus out of Edwards AFB conducts testing with C-5M Super Galaxy from Travis AFB, California, photos af.mil
- Kopter SH09 third prototype (P3) flies in Sicily koptergroup.com
- USAF conducted first flight test of its AGM-183A Air Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) on B-52 Stratofortress at Edwards AFB, California af.mil
- Canada RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) launched into space aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg AFB, California canada.ca asc-csa.gc.ca

- US Helicopter Safety Team monthly update (May 2019) faaSafety.gov more helicopter Reports ushst.org
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- FAA Safety Briefing - performance-based aircraft certification standards for general aviation - May/June 2019 faa.gov
- US Navy Blue Angels Show Schedules 2019, 2020 blueangels.navy.mil
- US Navy Week Schedule navy.mil
- Darpa Opportunities darpa.mil
Jun 13 Thu
- US SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND - Boeing awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee type delivery order modification (P00001) under current contract (W91215-16-G-0001) to procure six renew-build and one new-build MH-47G rotary wing aircraft defense.gov
- US Army future combat may deploy large unmanned aerial system that can serve as mothership capable of unleashing swarms of autonomous aircraft for various missions army.mil
- US Navy aircraft carrier USS Reagan (CVN 76) participated in cooperative deployment with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships JS Izumo (DH-183), JS Murasame (DD-101) and JS Akebono (DD-108), photo navy.mil
- Helicopter pilot that hit roof in NY skyscraper in rain and fog radioed that he was lost and trying to get back to heliport usnews.com
- GAO Report KC-46 Tanker Modernization - Aircraft Delivery Has Begun, but Deficiencies Could Affect Operations and Will Take Time to Correct. Costs for KC-46 program remain lower than expected gao.gov
- Swift Response 2019 is US Army Europe exercise led by US Global Response Force, from June 11-24 at various locations in Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania eur.army.mil

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

- Nasa CallBACK monthly safety newsletter, May 2019 Critical Equipment Failures nasa.gov
- US Army Aviation Digest - Primer for Company-level Collective Training at Home Station rucker.army.mil
- USAF Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team Schedule acc.af.mil
Jun 12 Wed
- Alaska National Guard conducted annual training, UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter air assault unit, photos army.mil
- US Security Assistance Command delivered 70 Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance helicopters and one Boeing CH-47D Chinook heavy-lift helicopter to Greece, photo army.mil
- Honeywell agreement with unnamed air taxi developer to supply multiple units of IntuVue(tm) RDR-84K Band Radar System for urban air mobility (UAM) prototype aircraft honeywell.com

- Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Course Schedule iat.gov
Jun 11 Tue
- Helicopter crash and fire on roof of midtown Manhattan building, New York City cnn.com
- Sikorsky (Lockheed) will build six production VH-92A Presidential Helicopters under contract from US Navy LockheedMartin.com defense.gov
- Airbus Helicopters delivered Nakanihon Air Service 20th H135 at ceremony at hangar in Aichi Prefecture, photo airbus.com
- DoD implementation of Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS) not fully achieving expected outcomes of DoD Joint Information Environment (JIE) objective to implement regional security dodig.mil
- Team Vandenberg scheduled to support launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying RADARSAT Constellation Mission from Space Launch Complex-4 on Wednesday, Jun. 12, with launch window opening at 7.17am Pacific Time vandenberg.af.mil sanluisobispo.com
- DOT and FAA are taking steps to advance development of civil supersonic aircraft faa.gov
- Regional airlines canceled flights after receiving error messages from navigation systems aboard some airplanes cnbc.com

- US National Archives and Records Administration - Nationwide Events archives.gov
- Boeing CST-100 Starliner propulsion system test White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico. NASA Commercial Crew Program - August timeframe for Orbital Flight Test for Boeing 2019 nasa.gov
Jun 10 Mon
- Boeing will showcase commercial and defense products at 2019 Paris Air Show, June 17-23 Paris-Le Bourget Airport. US DoD will display AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter boeing.mediaroom.com
- UK Wildcat helicopter crew on board HMS Duncan for deployment to the Mediterranean, photos royalnavy.mod.uk
- Airbus SE at Paris Air Show 2019 will present portfolio of products, technologies, services for aerospace industry requirements. Airbus Helicopters display full-scale mock-up of new H160M airbus.com
- Raytheon and United Technologies entered into agreement to combine in all-stock merger of equals utc.com
- NY Fort Drum Mountainfest will return to Division Hill on June 20 military displays army.mil

- USAF Red Flag 19-3    July 14 - July 31 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
   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
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

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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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