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July 31 Sat -- 2021

- US State Dept made determination approving possible Foreign Military Sale to Government of Israel of 18 CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopters with Support and related equipment for estimated cost of 3.4billion. 60 T408-GE-400 Engines dsca.mil
- Dixie Fire - Above the Cresta Dam, Feather River Canyon, 07.30.21 7.51pm fire.ca.gov inciweb.nwcg.gov
   SkyCrane helicopter filling up on retardant, photo inciweb.nwcg.gov

- Dixie & Jumbo Fires Update - July 30, 2021, located approximately 40 miles southeast of Grangeville and 15 miles south of Elk City, Idaho inciweb.nwcg.gov
   Type 2 Helicopter making water drops to support burnout operations, photo inciweb.nwcg.gov

- FAA adopting new airworthiness directive (AD) for various restricted category helicopters, originally manufactured by Bell Textron Inc. AD prompted by multiple events involving failure of the tail boom attach structure including the bolts. AD requires revising the existing Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM) for your helicopter to incorporate pre-flight checks. AD is effective August 30, 2021 federalregister.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

- 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 July-August 2021 - Understanding China PLA Rocket 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

July 30 Fri -- 2021

- CH-47F Chinook helicopter unloaded from Dover AFB C-5M Super Galaxy at Royal Australian AFB, Townsville, Australia, photo af.mil
- ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) aiding in fight against wildfires in Western US jpl.nasa.gov
- Karen Kalishek elected to chair National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) Board of Directors beginning January 1 aopa.org
- FAA Air Traffic Controller Applications window open to all eligible US citizens July 30 - Aug. 2, 2021 faa.gov

- 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 LockheedMartin.com

- Mars Ingenuity Helicopter news mars.nasa.gov

- FAA Safety Briefing - Embracing the Environment July-August 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

July 29 Thu -- 2021

- Pennsylvania National Guard Eastern Army NG Aviation Training Site received first fielding of UH-60V Black Hawks. Model includes upgraded digital glass cockpit, certified GPS RNAV database and advanced flight planning and mission capability, photo army.mil
- General Aviation Modifications Inc. received two supplemental type certificates authorizing the use of G100UL high-octane unleaded avgas aopa.org
- Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft and ULA Atlas V rocket rolled out of Vertical Integration Facility to launch pad at Space Launch Complex-41 Cape Canaveral. Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 mission to ISS Liftoff scheduled for 2.53pm EDT Friday July 30 blogs.nasa.gov
- United Aviate Academy training package of courseware and multimedia materials use Boeing portfolio of service offerings, including Jeppesen and ForeFlight solutions boeing.mediaroom.com
- US Army engaged cruise missile target in contested electronic attack environment during developmental flight test using Northrop Grumman Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) NorthropGrumman.com

- FAA launched campaign to encourage more Air Traffic Controller Applications from women faa.gov
- Flight Design F2-LSA USA inspected by FAA and issued certificate of airworthiness. On display at Flight Design exhibit area EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, from July 26 to August 1 aopa.org FlightDesignusa
- 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

- DoD Artificial Intelligence ai.mil
   National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence nscai.gov news

- Nasa CallBACK monthly safety newsletter, June 2021 Fly-Ins and Airshows nasa.gov
- US Army Aviation Digest -
   Army Aerial Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance - April-June 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

- 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

July 28 Wed -- 2021

- Fourth Gen fighters (Super Hornets, Hornets, Growlers) operationally relevant for decades with upgrades of Gallium Nitride Active Electronically Scanned Array radar, GaN AESA radar RaytheonIntelligenceAndSpace.com
- NTSB Probable Cause - loss of Bell 206 helicopter control after entry into vortex ring state, North Carolina ntsb.gov pdf
   background NTSB reports on North Carolina State Highway Patrol helicopter 2020 crash. newsobserver.com
- At Yuma Marine Corps Air Station aircraft equipped with eJPALS landed, Arizona ArizonaDailyPress.com
   more on eJPALS expeditionary version of JPALS. System can be set up and operational in remote locations and inhospitable terrain in less than 90 minutes. Precise guided landing in zero-visibility situations on land RaytheonIntelligenceAndSpace.com

- 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 army.mil

- Arizona 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

July 27 Tue -- 2021

- Helicopter dropping retardant on edge of Dixie wildfire, photo inciweb.nwcg.gov
   Dixie Wildfire Information inciweb.nwcg.gov
- US Army soldiers trained to maintain, arm and fuel Apache helicopters. Mechanic, armament technician, crew chief strapped into the gunner seat for incentive flights army.mil
- Canadian Forces pilots not warned about autopilot take control before Cyclone helicopter crash in 2020 cbc.ca

- Media accreditation is open for upcoming launch of Landsat 9 satellite. A joint NASA and US Geological Survey (USGS) mission that will continue legacy of monitoring land and coast. Landsat 9 scheduled to launch Sept. 16, 2021, on United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Complex 3 at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. gsfc.nasa.gov
   overview landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov Landsat 9

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

- 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

July 26 Mon -- 2021

- Raytheon Joint Precision Approach and Landing System deployed on two aircraft carrier international platforms, UK HMS Queen Elizabeth, Italian aircraft carrier RaytheonIntelligenceAndSpace.com
- Lockheed PAC-3 missile intercepted surrogate cruise missile threat at White Sands Missile Range LockheedMartin.com

- Updates on Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 launch to ISS preparation for July 30 launch blogs.nasa.gov
   Atlas V rocket, Starliner ulalaunch.com

- Beckwourth Complex Wildfire Incident Summary, Northern Calif inciweb.nwcg.gov
- Bootleg Wildfire Incident Summary, NW of Beatty, Oregon inciweb.nwcg.gov

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

- 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

- 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

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

- Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials - Events - News nano.gov

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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