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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 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
– General Atomics completed transfer of two MQ-9A Reaper Block 5 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to US Marine Corps, had been on lease agreement
– Vanilla Unmanned demonstrated 8 days, 50 minutes, and 47 seconds of continuous flight

– NASA Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center

- 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

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

- DoD Artificial Intelligence
   National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence news

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

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

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

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
– 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
– 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
– DC-9 on departure rolled through safety area into a pasture and caught on fire, Houston, Texas, Passengers 17, Damage Destroyed

- 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

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

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

- NASA and SpaceX latest blog
- SpaceX launch missions

- Mars 2020 mission - Perseverance rover 2021
- Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Course Schedule

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

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

- GE Metal Additive Manufacturing

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

- Mars Images    more Mars Ingenuity Helicopter news

- United Airlines news
- Aviate program provides route to job offer with United Airlines

- Rotorcraft Design Approvals - Helicopter Occupant Safety Toolkit
- News Nellis AFB, Nevada
- FAA monthly Business Jet Reports
- US National Archives and Records Administration - Nationwide Events
- NASA Commercial Crew Program

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
– 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
– AS 350 helicopter sustained tail strike on landing, Tucson, Arizona

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

- B-29 Doc History Restored Tour 2021 tour season

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

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

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

- SpaceX launch updates

- FAA Aeronautical Raster Chart is a digital image of FAA VFR Chart

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

- FAA Practical Test Standards

- 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)

- 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)

- Space Weather for Aviation Service Provider

Oct 16 Sat -- 2021

– US Marine UH-1Y Venom helicopter crew conducting wet special patrol insertion and extraction rigging training, Pendleton, California, photos
– 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
   All Lucy updates
– 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
– FAA report recommends initiatives to increase aviation safety in Alaska

- 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 pdf

- NASA Commercial Crew Program - Latest Blog Post

- Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Asilomar State Beach on Monterey Peninsula in city of Pacific Grove
- Tin City industrial makers market for craft wine, beer, spirits, Paso Robles Calif

- California fall color guide

- US Army University Press Sept-Oct 2021 - Enduring Competition
   Military Review
- Robinson Helicopter Newsletters, Torrance, Calif

- Santa Monica Mountains, Southern California. Historical and cultural sites, from old movie ranches to Native American centers
- Anza-Borrego Desert Calif State Park wildflower locations and directions,
- Angeles National Forest special places, Southern Calif

- Pismo Beach, Calif    Pismo State Beach

- Santa Barbara County Day Use Parks
- USAF Schedule F-22 Demonstration Team

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
– Children’s of Alabama unveiled new Airbus H145 helicopter, photos
– NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy affirmed commitment to studying climate change during visit to Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California
– 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

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

- 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

- Mars Ingenuity Helicopter news

- FAA Safety Briefing - Focuses on airports and airspace, September-October 2021
- Nellis Air Force Base, Nev, Flying Operation
- Eielson AFB, Alaska, Red Flag

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

- US coast Guard MH-65 helicopter program

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

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

CH-53K performs Degraded Visual Environment flight testing in Yuma, Az 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

- Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials - Events - News

Going West on the Lincoln Highway map

Calendar Grand Canyon NP

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

History of San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, photos
Friends of the Inyo exploring new places, Calif
Death Valley National Park - Scotty Castle
   Road Information
California Fall Color, scenic drives and hikes
SAFO - Helicopter Stabilized Hover Checks Before Departure pdf
GE tested Advanced Turboprop Engine with 3D-Printed parts. Civilian turboprop engine to combine 855 separate components into just 12, photo
FAA Administrator Fact Book returned on-line    pdf
Top 10 Martin Gardner Scientific American Articles, Mathematical Games column began January 1957
B-17F Memphis Belle(tm) to be placed on public display on May 17, 2018 at National Museum USAF, photo
   Fact Sheet
   1944 movie Director Lt. Col. William Wyler American Film Institute
2017 Ladies Love Taildraggers 5 scholarships
Robinson Helicopter Safety Alerts -- Low-G Mast Bumping Accidents Dec2016

Mars Spirit Opportunity rovers. jplNasa
US Navy helicopter San Diego Calif training 2007. Photo courtesy of Jim Pratt "flybum" opens new window. USN2007helicopter
Monthy Van Nuys Propeller Aircraft Association, Historical Aircraft Display Day.
Blue Angels Show Schedule
EAA B-17 Tour
USAF Thunderbirds Show Schedule. thunderbirds
Collings Foundation B-17 B-24
Reno NV Air Races
Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, Ashland, NE
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From 2021
Sikorsky S-97 RAIDer helicopter flew two demonstrations before US Army officials at Redstone Arsenal, photo
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 pdf

From 2020
Video images from NASA Juno mission
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

From 2019
Sikorsky Boeing SB1 DEFIANT(tm) helicopter first flight, photos
DoD USAF plan to buy 80 F-15X and slow rollout of the F-35

From 2018
SureFly eVTOL, hybrid-electric eVTOL multi-copter
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

From 2017
Sikorsky R-4 helicopter display, photo
Engineering Development Model UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter, photo
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.

From 2010
NASA Subsonic Rotary Wing Project
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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.
FAA Helicopter CFI approved R22, R44
Robinson approved R22, R44 CFI and A&P
Over 6,000 hours from 1986 - 2002
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