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May 26 Sat
- Huey helicopter hard landing, tail rotor failure, Olympia Regional Airport, Washington king5.com
- UK Commando Merlin Mk4 helicopter, Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton, photos royalnavy.mod.uk
- UK Royal Marines Wildcat helicopter flies past warships gathered in waters between the Indonesian islands of Bali and Lombok, naval exercises in Asia, photos royalnavy.mod.uk
- Northern, Central, Southern California road trips LAtimes.com
- Friends of the Inyo exploring new places FriendsOfTheInyo.org
- Calendar Grand Canyon NP nps.gov
- Schedule 2018 F-22 Demonstration Team at Langley AFB acc.af.mil
- History of San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, photos SanLuisObispo.com
- 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
May 25 Fri
- Delivery of first AW101 Commando Merlin Mk4 helicopter, ceremony at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, photo. Plan deliver ten of the 25 AW101 Commando Merlins by the end of 2018 LeonardoCompany.com
- Hawaii National Guard UH-60 BlackHawk helicopters conducting aerial surveys to monitor the lava and check on fissures, photo defense.gov
- US Marine Corps has refined vision for large sea-based unmanned aerial system usni.org
- Aurora Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System delivered cargo to US Marines in Integrated Training Exercise at USMC Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California auvsi.org
- Boeing benefits of Block III Super Hornets. usni.org FY18 budget requirement for 80 Super Hornets over next 5yrs as part of Future Years Defense Program boeing.com
- FAA Safety Briefing for May,June 2018 - Center of Excellence for General Aviation research faa.gov
- US Navy Blue Angels Show Schedules 2018, 2019 blueangels.navy.mil
- US Navy 2018 Navy Week Schedule navy.mil
May 24 Thu
- Bell Helicopter (Textron) opened new Advanced Vertical Lift Center (AVLC) in Washington DC metro area. Provides setting for military customers, partners and policy makers to interact with technology that is defining the future of vertical lift bellhelicopter.com
- Metro Aviation expands with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center AirCare medical program, North Carolina metroaviation.com
- Lockheed fired two production representative Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASM) from US Air Force B-1B, Sea Range at Point Mugu, California lockheedmartin.com
- US Army Aviation Digest rucker.army.mil
- Robinson Helicopter Newsletter Spring 2018, Torrance, Calif robinsonheli.com
May 23 Wed
- California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) purchase order for Sikorsky S-70 BlackHawk to be modified into FireHawk firefighting configuration. California Assembly and Senate budget subcommittees approving budget for up to 12 FireHawk aircraft to replace UH-1H fleet over the next five years lockheedmartin.com
- Lockheed Stalker eXtended Endurance (XE) unmanned aerial system (UAS) upgraded with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability lockheedmartin.com
- NBAA has urged a federal appeals court to legally void a deal between FAA and city of Santa Monica, CA, which allows the city to shorten the runway and provides the option to close Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) after 2028 nbaa.org
- GRACE-FO spacecraft that will observe Earth changing water cycle, ice sheets and crust launched Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On mission jpl.nasa.gov
- FAA propose to adopt new airworthiness directive (AD) for Robinson Helicopter Company Model R66 helicopters. Proposed AD would require replacing the tail rotor drive shaft yoke assembly and inspecting for sealant. This proposed AD is prompted by reports of tail rotor driveshaft failures. FAA must receive comments on this proposed AD by May 29, 2018 FederalRegister.gov
May 22 Tue
- Air Zermatt delivery of Bell 429 helicopter, Switzerland bellhelicopter.com
- FAA rule Boeing 777-8 and 777-9 airplanes with folding Wingtips federalregister.gov
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- FAA Fly Safe - Prevent Loss of Control Accidents faa.gov
- FAA modifies restrictions on UAV operations over DoD facilities faa.gov
- Helicopter Day - May 26 Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, Ashland, NE SACmuseum.org
May 21 Mon
- Helicopter down during guided hunt 4 injured, Montague County, North Texas kHou.com dfw.cbslocal.com StarTelegram.com
- Helicopter down in marshland around Boutte in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana nola.com theAdvocate.com
- US Navy fleet Readiness Center East received, modified and delivered F-35C Lightning II navair.navy.mil
- ISS resupply mission Orbital ATK Antares rocket launch NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia nasa.gov
- Local middle and high school students with disabilities learn science of 3D printing navair.navy.mil
- USAF Red Flag schedule for fiscal year 2018, July 13 to Aug. 3 nellis.af.mil
- 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
Going West on the Lincoln Highway map LincolnHighwayAssoc.org
NTSB Aviation Accident Final Report - Bell 206B 02/18/2016 probable cause The in-flight failure of the engine-to-transmission drive shaft due to improper maintenance, which resulted in low main rotor rpm and a subsequent hard landing to water ntsb.gov summary ntsb.gov
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
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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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
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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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