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Nov 25 Sat

- NTSB Aviation Accident Final Report - AS350B2 lost engine power during cruise flight, and pilot performed an autorotative descent and ditching on East River in New York. Passenger harness system, caught on and activated floor-mounted engine fuel shutoff lever and resulted in in-flight loss of engine power, March 11, 2018 ntsb.gov
- US Navy aircrew rescued after MH-60S helicopter went down in Philippine Sea c7f.navy.mil
- Calif possibility of wildflower blooms 2020 LAtimes.com

- US Army University Press Nov-Dec 2019, geoeconomic dimensions of Russian private military and security companies 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

- Santa Barbara County Day Use Parks CountyOfSB.org more travel LAtimes.com
- USAF Schedule F-22 Demonstration Team acc.af.mil

Nov 24 Fri

- US and Kenyan military officials mark delivery of MD-530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters stripes.com usembassy.gov
   background MD 530F engineered for hot-day, high-altitude operation mdhelicopters.com
- Bristow Group Inc. and Era Group Inc. announced that they entered into definitive agreement to combine globeNewsWire.com
- Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will conduct mule deer captures from helicopters wdfw.wa.gov
- UK RAF F-35s from 617 Squadron on transatlantic flight to take part in Exercise RED FLAG at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada raf.mod.uk
- Nellis Air Force Base, Nev, Red Flag 20-1, Jan.27 - Feb.14 nellis.af.mil

- FAA Safety Briefing - Know Your Aircraft - January/February 2020 faa.gov

- Australia Summer Bushfires smh.com.au theGuardian.com

- NASA Rotorcraft Publications 2019 rotorcraft.arc.nasa.gov
- US Helicopter Safety Team monthly update (Jan 2020) faaSafety.gov more helicopter Reports ushst.org
   more notices faaSafety.gov
- US Navy Blue Angels Show Schedules 2020 blueangels.navy.mil
- US Navy Week Schedule navy.mil
- Darpa Opportunities darpa.mil

Jan 23 Thu

- F-35C Lightning II to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, photo marines.mil
- US Naval Air Training, TH-57 Helicopters cnatra.navy.mil
- Updates on Boeing 777X testing boeing.com
- C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed while battling wildfires in southeastern Australia seattletimes.com

- Nasa CallBACK monthly safety newsletter, Dec 2019 ASRS Year End Roundup nasa.gov
- Federal Register for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) federalregister.gov
- US Army Aviation Digest - Leadership - Oct-Dec 2019 army.mil
- USAF Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team Schedule acc.af.mil

Jan 22 Wed

- UK MoD contract to boost training services for new Rotary Wing pilots with Airbus H145 helicopters, photo raf.mod.uk
- General Atomics in series of Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) demonstrations using Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), photo GAasi.com
- Boeing currently estimating that ungrounding of 737MAX will begin during mid-2020 boeing.mediaroom.com
- PrattWhitney F135 engine powering F-35 undergoing accelerated mission testing in Engine Test Facility test cell at Arnold AFB to evaluate redesigned fan rotor af.mil

- Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Course Schedule iat.gov

Jan 21 Tue

- Airbus Helicopters showcasing civil range of helicopters at Heli-Expo 2020, 28-30 January at Anaheim Convention Center, California. H125, ACH130 Aston Martin Edition, H175, photo airbus.com
- Bell presents commercial aircraft with experience-enhancing features and next-generation technology, at HAI Heli-Expo 2020, Anaheim, California bellFlight.com
- First CMV-22B Osprey (Boeing,Bell) completed first flight operations at Bell Amarillo Assembly Center, photo boeing.mediaroom.com bellflight.com
- Heli-Expo 2020, Jan 28-30 - Booth Events and Press Conference Schedules rotor.org
- Two US Air Force F-35s integrated with US Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS), White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico LockheedMartin.com

- Delta set to hire and train more pilots in 2020, largest single-year hiring event in more than two decades as expects to fly more customers on more flights. Pilots hired in 2020 will fill positions across broad range of mainline fleet types at Delta crew bases in New York, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Detroit, Seattle and others delta.com
- Aviate program provides route to job offer with United Airlines UnitedAviate.com

- Rotorcraft Occupant Safety - 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 - NASA and SpaceX completed launch escape demonstration of Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket blogs.nasa.gov

Jan 20 Mon

- US Army new vertical lift capabilities flight demo Bell V-280 Valor, photo army.mil
- Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Boeing Australia test windowless jet for aerial combat ieee.org
- Raytheon selected by FAA to improve usability and reduce operational costs for Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System raytheon.com
- Dynetics X-61A Gremlins air vehicle performs maiden flight dynetics.com
- FAA proposed rulemaking would require remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems, comments on or before March 2, 2020 federalregister.gov transportation.gov
   Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International auvsi.org

- Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Flying Operations nellis.af.mil
- USAF F35A Demo Team schedule for 2020 airshow af.mil

- FAA Airman Knowledge Sample Test Questions
Airline Transport Sample Questions Helicopter ATH Effective June 28, 2019
Private Pilot Helicopter Sample Questions PRH Effective June 28, 2019
Instrument Rating Helicopter Sample Questions IRH Effective June 28, 2019 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

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
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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
   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
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 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
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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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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Over 6,000 hours from 1986 - 2002
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