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Dec 10 Mon
- Transport Canada approved Robinson Helicopter R66 cargo hook installation robinsonheli.com
- US Army Technology Enhanced three years after first prototype BlackHawk aircrew trainer was set up and implemented as training aid at Fort Bliss, Texas, photos army.mil
- Canada and Brazil granted supplemental type certificate (STC) validation for VHA 206L main rotor blade, applicable LongRanger models VanHornAviation.com
- Flight Advisory GPS INTERFERENCE TESTING December 1014, 2018 Vandenberg AFB, Calif faasafety.gov
- Boeing Business Jets launching BBJ 777X new Business Jet model that can fly more than half way around the world without stopping boeing.mediaroom.com
- GAO Report - US Air Force has reported that pilot and aircraft maintainer shortfalls are key challenge to rebuilding readiness, from Oct.10,2018 gao.gov pdf

- 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
Dec 8 Sat
- KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft connects with F-15 Strike Eagle test aircraft, Edwards AFB, photo edwards.af.mil
   KC-46 tanker program completed planned Phase II receiver certification flight testing boeing.mediaroom.com
- Third day of search for five Marines missing after KC-130 aerial tanker collided midair with FA18 Hornet, Japan stripes.com marines.mil usfj.mil
- Southern California ski resorts LAtimes.com
- NASA InSight first sounds of Martian winds on surface of Mars jpl.nasa.gov nasa Insight nasa Mars Missions
- Schedule 2018 F-22 Demonstration Team at Langley AFB acc.af.mil
- Santa Barbara County Day Use Parks CountyOfSB.org more travel LAtimes.com
Dec 7 Fri
- FAASTeam Notice - Topic of the Month, Controlled Flight Into Terrain, posting will be removed on Dec.28,2018 faasafety.gov
- Helicopter rescues 2 people and dog from flooding in Colton, Southern Calif record rain flooding sbsun.com
- NASA Mars InSight lander with images using robotic arm jpl.nasa.gov
- Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - Glide Breaker will develop an enabling technology critical for an advanced interceptor capable of defeating hypersonic vehicles. Added Nov.06,2018, Response Date Dec.21,2018 fbo.gov
   Darpa more Opportunities darpa.mil
- Two F-35C Lightning II aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore fly in formation for photo exercise over California desert navy.mil

- US Helicopter Safety Team monthly update (Oct 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 2018 Navy Week Schedule navy.mil
Dec 6 Thu
- Leonardo and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace announced contract for four additional helicopters during ceremony at Japan Aerospace 2018 exhibition LeonardoCompany.com
- UK Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) report found AW169 cockpit pedals had disconnected from tail rotor bbc.com
- General Atomics Aeronautical Systems received Special Airworthiness Certification in the Experimental Category from FAA for second MQ-9B SkyGuardian aircraft ga-asi.com
- FA18 Hornet and KC130 Hercules aerial tanker in mid-air about 200 miles off the coast of Japan bbc.com usni.org stripes.com
- Leonardo Falco EVO Remotely-Piloted Air System (RPAS) in maritime patrol configuration deployed from Lampedusa airport (Lampedusa Island) as part of the Frontex surveillance research programme to test ability to monitor European Union external borders LeonardoCompany.com
- Boeing and ELG Carbon Fibre partnership to recycle excess aerospace-grade composite material, which will be used by other companies to make products such as electronic accessories and automotive equipment boeing.mediaroom.com
- Nasa CallBACK monthly safety newsletter, November 2018 Too Close for Comfort nasa.gov
- US Army Aviation Digest - Intelligence Support for an Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (AH-64D Apaches) rucker.army.mil
Dec 5 Wed
- Team Vandenberg scheduled to support launch of United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-6 on Friday, Dec. 7 vandenberg.af.mil
- SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket delivered 64 small satellites into orbit on SmallSat Express Dec 3, Vandenberg AFB spacex.com LompocRecord.com
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- 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
Dec 4 Tue
- NTSB Aviation Accident Final Report - Schweizer 269C Hard landing Medford, NJ, Sept.2017 Probable cause pilot early entry into and failure to maintain rotor rpm during a forced landing autorotation after performing an engine shutdown in flight, which resulted in an uncontrolled descent. Contributing to the accident was the failure of maintenance personnel to properly rig the throttle control tie-rod assembly, which resulted in an in-flight separation of the assembly and rendered control of engine rpm impossible ntsb.gov burlingtoncountytimes.com
- Sikorsky S-70i(tm) BlackHawk mission capability - Maritime Operations and Coastal Patrol, Border Protection and Law Enforcement LockheedMartin.com pdf
- Lockheed and Airbus signed agreement to jointly explore opportunities to meet demand for aerial refueling for US defense customers lockheedmartin.com
- NASA Commercial Crew Program plan for Test Flight SpaceX Demo-1 (uncrewed) Jan.7,2019 nasa.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
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   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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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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