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Jan 24 Mon – 2022

– Exercise Allied Spirit 22 kicked off Jan. 21. Soldiers transitioned into force-on-force phase at 7th Army Training Command Joint Multinational Readiness Center at Hohenfels, Germany. Training opportunity for Air Cav to improve as a unit and as a member of the combined arms team. Jan.21 to Feb.5 2022. press release Jan.24,2022 army.mil
   more photos, video, stories from exercise Allied Spirit from dvidshub.net
– United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying USSF-8 mission for US Space Force lifted off on Jan.21 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Fla. ulalaunch.com

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– Helicopter Training Academy Program, Grand Canyon. Application period for 2022 open in Nov 2021 nps.gov
– NASA Ames TechEdSat nasa.gov

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History – Kaman HH-43B Huskie at National Museum of USAF. HH-43 Huskie primarily for local base rescue (LBR) and fighting aircraft fires. Kaman delivered first USAF H-43As in November 1958, and B series followed in June 1959, photos NationalMuseum.af.mil

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

- 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 2022 Airshow Season, All USAF Aerial Events acc.af.mil

- FAA Practical Test Standards faa.gov

– FAA Safety Alerts SAFO
21005 – Risks Associated with Visual Approaches, Date 7.27.21
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

- Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Tours CommemorativeAirForce.org
- B-29 Doc Tours b29doc.com

- Space Weather for Aviation Service Provider swpc.noaa.gov

Jan 22 Sat – 2022

– Wisconsin National Guard training operations UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, Fort McCoy, photos army.mil
– On Monday Jan.24 engineers plan to instruct James Webb Space Telescope to complete final correction burn that will place it into desired orbit, nearly 1 million miles away from the Earth at what is called the second Sun-Earth Lagrange point, L2 for short blogs.nasa.gov
– Hold Boeing leadership accountable, opinion editorial from seattletimes.com
– Zara Rutherford (19yrs) officially completed her solo around-the-world flight in 155 days. Youngest woman to complete voyage alone in Shark Aero Ultralight, landed in Kortrijk-Wevelgem in Belgium bbc.co.uk npr.org

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– General Aviation pilots who want to fly in Los Angeles airspace between Feb.6-14,2022, must follow special air traffic procedures, temporary flight restrictions and other operational requirements that will be in effect for Super Bowl LVI. faa.gov

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– NTSB Aviation Accident Preliminary Report – Bell 206B substantially damaged during accident near Livingston, Texas, on Dec.30,2021. Passenger realized rotation was not intentional. Helicopter rotated about 2 full revolutions before striking a tree with rotor blades and falling to the ground. ntsb.gov pdf

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– US Army Center of Military History released Modern War in an Ancient Land. US Army in Afghanistan 2001-2014 two-volume history. These volumes include fifty maps, wide range of campaign photography and artwork. November 17, 2021 army.mil
– GAMA Publishes Third Quarter 2021 Aircraft Shipments and Billings Report gama.aero
   more reports gama.aero
– US Navy Blue Angels will fly new Super Hornet during 2022 Boeing Seafair Air Show Aug.5-7 king5.com

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– NASA and SpaceX updates blogs.nasa.gov Commercial Crew

– US Marine UH-1Y Venom helicopter crew conducting wet special patrol insertion and extraction rigging training, Pendleton, California, photos pendleton.marines.mil 2021 Oct

- 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

- 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 Archives 2021 armyupress.army.mil
   Military Review All Archives 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

Jan 21 Fri – 2022

– Flight 19 for Ingenuity Mars Helicopter scheduled to take place no earlier than Sunday Jan.23. Flight Delay Due to Inclement Weather mars.nasa.gov
– UK New AH-64E Apache attack helicopters undergoing test flights with British Army. Wattisham Flying Station took delivery of 14 new aircraft in recent months, with 36 more due to arrive by summer 2024 gov.uk
– Taiwan wants faster delivery of Block 70 F-16s manufactured by Lockheed Martin reuters.com
– Boeing recovery slowed by regulatory rules on 787 777X reuters.com

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– NTSB Aviation Accident Preliminary Report – Bell 407 helicopter was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near LaPlace, Louisiana. Dec.14,2021. Helicopter collided with western guy wire suspended between two tall trusses. ntsb.gov pdf

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– NASA and SpaceX update for commercial crew. Extensive testing and analysis of oxidizer isolation valves on Boeing CST-100 Starliner service module propulsion system blogs.nasa.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
– 100th consecutive on-time delivery of AH-1Z Viper, the Marine Corp attack helicopter, Sept.17,2021, photo navair.navy.mil

– Mars Ingenuity Helicopter news mars.nasa.gov

– FAA Safety Briefing - Aerospace Medicine and You, January-February 2022 faa.gov
– Nellis Air Force Base, Nev, Flying Operation nellis.af.mil
– Eielson AFB, Alaska, Red Flag eielson.af.mil

- NASA Rotorcraft Publications 2021. Hazard Analysis Failure Modes, Effects, and Criticality Analysis for NASA Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology Concept Vehicles, May 2021 rotorcraft.arc.nasa.gov
- 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 blueangels.navy.mil
- US Navy Community Outreach - Week Schedule navy.mil
- Darpa Opportunities darpa.mil

- US coast Guard MH-65 helicopter program uscg.mil

Jan 20 Thu – 2022

– FAA issued new approvals that allow estimated 62 percent of US commercial fleet to perform low-visibility landings at airports where wireless companies deployed 5G C-band. New safety buffer around airports in 5G deployment further expanded the number of airports available to planes with previously cleared altimeters to perform low-visibility landings Jan.19,2022 faa.gov
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– Enstrom Helicopter Corp to close on Jan.21,2022 after declaring Chapter 7 bankruptcy Wbay.com WeAreGreenBay.com
– United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 511 rocket will launch USSF-8 mission for US Space Force. Liftoff will occur from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Fla. Launch date Jan.21,2022 ulalaunch.com
Missile-defense on Airbus A321-200 airplanes. As of January 20, 2022, notice of proposed special conditions published on January 18, 2022, at 87 FR 2561 is withdrawn. Background, On January 18, 2022, FAA published in Federal Register, 87 FR 2561, Notice of Proposed Special Conditions No. 25-21-03-SC, Docket No. FAA-2021-0775. Published proposed special conditions pertain to design features for Airbus Model A321-200 airplane. FAA has determined that further internal study is necessary with respect to the proposed conditions referenced. federalregister.gov
– Northwest UAVs NW-88 Heavy-Fuel Engine, Integrated on five separate aircraft, Jan.13,2022, McMinnville, OR nwuav.com

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– Lockheed will be at McAlister Square in Greenville (S.C.) on Jan.25 from 8am to 5pm to conduct interviews and make same-day hiring decisions for candidates who meet the basic qualifications for critical F-16 production hourly positions, to include structures mechanics, airframe and powerplant (AP) mechanics and avionics technicians. Interested individuals must register for the event, release Jan.13,2022 prnewswire.com

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– Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. Current mission goal updates 2022 mars.nasa.gov
– NASA has provided advance release of NASA Autonomous Flight Termination Unit (NAFTU) software code to launch industry, a milestone toward final certification of NAFTU, which is on-track for February 2022. release Jan.5,2022 nasa.gov

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– FAA, Dates of Latest Editions, Visual Flight Rules (VFR) Charts, Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Charts, 2021 Dec faa.gov

– NTSB Preliminary Report - Piper PA-28-181 airplane and a Robinson R22 helicopter were involved in 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 ntsb.gov pdf

– NASA Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center. nasa.gov

- NASA - updates SpaceX, Boeing CST-100 Starliner blogs.nasa.gov

- 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, Dec 2021 Instructor Insight, Nov 2021 The Cold, Hard Facts of Ice nasa.gov
- US Army Aviation Digest -
   Developing the Situation, Developing the Aeroscout Mindset Pt.2 - Oct-Dec 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 tour. eaa.org

Jan 19 Wed – 2022

– Lockheed Martin Sikorsky-Boeing SB1 DeFIANT completed FLRAA mission profile test flights, including confined area landings and low-level flight operations. Flights validate relevancy to US Army mission, increased survivability, while reducing pilot workload. View video of latest flight testing at Boeing.mediaroom.com Florida Jan.18,2022
   News Features from LockheedMartin.com
– Pilot of medical helicopter that crashed on Penn street released from hospital. Crediting other crew with rescuing him and infant. pennlive.com
– Review of helicopter vying to be the next Black Hawk, Sikorsky tests Defiant, by popsci.com

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– This report describes Congressional Budget Office analysis of costs and budgetary consequences through 2031 of current plans for Department of Defense (DoD). release January 2022 cbo.gov/

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- 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. July 16, 2021 army.mil

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

- 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 blogs.nasa.gov and Commercial Crew 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

Jan 18 Tue – 2022

– Idaho National Guard replaced 20 UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters with UH-60M Black Hawks nationalguard.mil army.mil
– Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (VINCSG) and Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ESX ARG) completed joint expeditionary strike force training navy.mil
– Stratolaunch LLC announce completion of third Roc carrier aircraft test flight on Jan.16,2022. Roc has 385ft wingspan. Flight prepared carrier aircraft to support launches of hypersonic testbed vehicle Talon-A. Mojave Desert, Calif prnewswire.com
– FAA will continue to ensure that traveling public is safe as wireless companies deploy 5G. FAA working with aviation industry and wireless companies to try to limit 5G-related flight delays and cancellations. faa.gov

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– Beginning in mid-January, Idaho Fish and Game staff will use low-flying helicopters to count deer and elk populations in Unit 50 of the Pioneer Zone. release Jan.7,2022 idaho.gov

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– NOAA GOES-T, third in GOES-R Series of advanced weather observing and environmental monitoring satellites in Florida for final preparations for launch, scheduled for March 1, 2022. GOES-T will launch aboard United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket from Space Launch Complex-41. release Nov.10,2021 nesdis.noaa.gov

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– FAA will share information of passengers facing fines for unruly behavior with TSA who may remove the passenger from TSA PreCheck screening eligibility, which is a privilege reserved for low-risk travelers. Dec.21,2021 faa.gov
– GE concluded phase 1 testing on second XA100 adaptive cycle engine as part of USAF Adaptive Engine Transition Program. Engine designed to fit both F-35A and F-35C without any structural modifications to either airframe, enabling better aircraft range, acceleration, and cooling power to accommodate next-generation mission systems. Dec.15,2021 geaviation.com

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– GE Metal Additive Manufacturing ge.com
– GEaviation GEaviation.com

- FAA Airman Knowledge Test changes faa.gov

- Mars Images mars.nasa.gov    more Mars Ingenuity Helicopter news mars.nasa.gov

- United Airlines news united.mediaroom.com
- Aviate program provides route to job offer with United Airlines UnitedAviate.com

- 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

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

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 af.mil

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

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
  Events
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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