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Nov 17 Fri
- General Electric Aviation with US Navy contract for procurement of 22 low-rate initial production Lot 1 and 2 T408-GE-400 turboshaft engines for CH-53K helicopter defense.gov
- Aircraft and helicopter in mid-air over Buckinghamshire UK bbc.com
- NTSB preliminary information, Hughes 369D helicopter was not damaged when external cargo long line severed after contacting a shield wire suspended between power transmission towers located near Sulphur, Louisiana. The two linemen who were being hoisted on the long line were fatally injured when they fell about 100 ft to the ground ntsb.gov
- 2017 Air Force Global Strike Command Innovation and Technology Symposium af.mil
- FAA granted waiver from small drone rules (Part 107) to Cevitasnow in Columbus, OH, to allow the company to operate a helium-filled Aerotain Skye tethered aircraft over people on the ground faa.gov
- FAA Safety Briefing for November,December 2017 - explores flight simulation technology and evolving impact on aviation safety faa.gov
- US Navy 2017 Navy Week Schedule navy.mil
Nov 16 Thu
- CH-53K King Stallion takes off from NAS Patuxent River for orientation flight, Maryland, photo navair.navy.mil
- US ok Lockheed CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter to fly at Berlin air show next April 2017 reuters.com
- BAE Systems developed low cost, lightweight, flexible system that can block dangerous laser light to protect pilots and flight crew from hostile attacks baesystems.com
- US Marine finished deploying squadron of F-35B to Japan with arrival of three Lighting IIs at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni stripes.com
- Lockheed handed over full operational control of fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite to Naval Satellite Operations Center lockheedmartin.com
- FAA issued updated Advisory Circular (AC) for aircraft system designers, installers and operators seeking design and use guidance for hosting electronic flight bag (EFB) applications on both portable devices and installed equipment faa.gov
- Robinson Helicopter Newsletter Fall 2017, Torrance, Calif robinsonheli.com
Nov 15 Wed
- UK Merlin Mk2s, Sea King Mk 7s helicopters simulate mass deployment of aircraft, photos royalnavy.mod.uk
- NTSB preliminary information, Witness on the ground observed R44 helicopter hovering and as it started to turn the tail of the helicopter hit the power lines ntsb.gov
- Lockheed Fury unmanned air vehicle (UAV) engine updates that will further increase flight endurance, 15 continuous hours, photo lockheedmartin.com
- Airbus with Memorandum of Understanding with Indigo for large number of airplanes airbus.com theguardian.com
Nov 14 Tue
- Sikorsky S92 helicopter approved for Offshore and Utility Type Certificate by Mexico Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics. All production configurations including offshore oil and gas transportation, search and rescue, regional airline passenger service lockheedmartin.com
- Bell 505 Jet Ranger X certification by European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) bellhelicopter.com
- Bell Boeing V-22 fleet of tiltrotor (CV-22,MV-22) surpassed 400,000 flight hour milestone boeing.mediaroom.com
- Boeing reports that over the next 20 years the Middle East will see significant demand for commercial airline pilots, technicians and cabin crew boeing.mediaroom.com
Nov 13 Mon
- Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) contract for two additional AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters for offshore transport mission leonardocompany.com
- Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) atmospheric Free-Flight test of Dream Chaser spacecraft. Full-scale Dream Chaser test vehicle lifted from Columbia Helicopters 234-UT Chinook then released and flew a pre-planned flight path ending with autonomous landing on Runway 22L at Edwards Air Force Base, California sncorp.com background sncorp.com
- 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). ntsb.gov
- Space Weather for Aviation Service Provider swpc.noaa.gov
Nov 11 Sat
- US Army UH-60 BlackHawk helicopters provided air movement to ROTC cadets from Baylor University to Fort Hood Leadership Reaction Course army.mil
- Boeing completed acquisition of Aurora Flight Sciences developer and manufacturer of advanced aerospace platforms and autonomous systems boeing.mediaroom.com
- History of San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, photos sanluisobispo.com
- JPSS-1 scheduled to launch Tue. Nov. 14 at 1:47am PST from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California blogs.nasa.gov
   NOAA JPSS-1 next generation of polar-orbiting environmental satellites nesdis.noaa.gov
- Schedule 2017 F-22 Demonstration Team at Langley AFB acc.af.mil
- Santa Barbara County Courthouse on second floor mural room docents give free tours on weekdays at 10.30am and 2pm, weekend days at 2pm latimes.com sbCourtHouse.org Day Use Parks countyofSB.org more travel latimes.com
NTSB safety alert, better fuel management by aviators could prevent an average of 50 general aviation accidents a year Flying on Empty ntsb.gov
- Going West on the Lincoln Highway map lincolnhighwayassoc.org
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
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   1944 movie Director Lt. Col. William Wyler afi.com American Film Institute
Textron Inc. first quarter 2017 -- Bell delivered 27 commercial helicopters compared to 30 units last year textron.com
What to expect from space science in 2017 Jan wired.com
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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EAA B-17 Tour b17.org
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Collings Foundation B-17 B-24 collingsfoundation.org
Reno NV Air Races airrace.org
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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 2016
GOES-R first of NOAA advanced geostationary weather satellites nesdis.noaa.gov

From 2015
Sikorsky S97 RAIDER(tm) sikorsky.com

From 2014
S97 RAIDER utc.com

From 2012
Bell 525 Relentless Super Medium Helicopter textron.com

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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