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Jun 18 Mon
- Hong Kong based Government Flying Service (GFS) received three H175s in public services configuration. Other H175 variant options are search and rescue (SAR), emergency medical services, law enforcement, firefighting airbus.com
- Report from U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission created by United States Congress. China bolstered involvement in Pacific Islands region, which comprises three U.S. territories and three countries freely associated with the United States that are important for US defense interests in the Indo-Pacific uscc.gov
- 416 wildfire approximately 10 miles north of Durango, Colorado - Helicopters, Five Type 1, two Type 2, two Type 3 inciweb.nwcg.gov
- Rotors and Ribs evening of Friday, July 6, Goshen Municipal Airport, Indiana rotor.org
- 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
Jun 16 Sat
- NTSB probable cause(s) of this accident - AS 350B2 EMS - Pilot decision to perform visual flight rules flight into night instrument meteorological conditions, which resulted in loss of control due to spatial disorientation. Contributing to accident was self-induced pressure to complete mission despite weather conditions and operator inadequate oversight of flight by operational control center ntsb.gov
- Restorers of North American XP-82 Twin Mustang plan to make EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 eaa.org
- US Department of Transportation and FAA taking steps to advance development of civil supersonic aircraft faa.gov
- Yosemite NP Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias reopens after restoration project latimes.com
- Weekend at Pismo Beach, Calif latimes.com
- 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
Jun 15 Fri
- Robinson Helicopter received orders for additional R44 Cadets from universities of North Dakota (UND) and Southern Utah (SUU) robinsonheli.com
- US Army BlackHawk helicopters less capable for some missions conducted by Afghanistan Air Force bloomberg.com
- Military helicopter rotor blade struck control tower, Griffiss International Airport, New York newyorkupstate.com usnews.com
- Pratt Whitney (United Technologies) establishment of GatorWorks that will focus on rapid and agile development of dependable, lower cost military engines pw.utc.com
- Boeing indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for system configuration sets and associated services in support of the life cycle upgrades of F/A-18A/B, C/D, E/F and EA-18G aircraft for the Navy and foreign military sales (FMS) customers, US Navy defense.gov
- 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
Jun 14 Thu
- NASA unmanned Ikhana aircraft flew first mission in National Airspace System without safety chase aircraft nasa.gov cnet.com
- June 1962 Test team conducted first flights of Project Rough Road, evaluation of the short-field takeoff and landing capabilities of production C-130B, photo edwards.af.mil
- Thickest dust storms ever observed on Mars jpl.nasa.gov
- 2018 California Capital Airshow, September 21-23, Sacramento Mather Airport CaliforniaCapitalAirshow.com
- Boeing and US Navy will exhibit EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft in Finland. Static and flying display during Finnish Air Force 100th anniversary June 16-17 boeing.mediaroom.com
- US Army Aviation Digest rucker.army.mil
- Robinson Helicopter Newsletter Spring 2018, Torrance, Calif robinsonheli.com
Jun 13 Wed
- Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) helicopter retrieves water from Remotely Activated Snorkel Site (RASS), Anaheim, Calif. Allows pilot to fill tank from the air, No need for ground crew ocregister.com ksby.com
- 416 wildfire update June 12, 2018 9.30pm - Helicopters - Four Type 1, Two Type 2, two Type 3 nwcg.gov
- US State Department approving possible Foreign Military Sale to India of six (6) AH-64E Apache helicopters dsca.mil
- FAA will award 677 million in airport infrastructure grants faa.gov
- US Army Cruise Missile Defense Systems Project Office awarded Lockheed contract to mature Miniature Hit-to-Kill (MHTK) interceptor lockheedmartin.com
Jun 12 Tue
- Kawak Aviation received FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for CH-47D Chinook aerial liquid delivery system (ALDS) and auxiliary hydraulic system, Oregon kawakaviation.com
- USAF talk Cheap air support - move to retire A-10 - back to prop fighter - Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine, Sierra Nevada A-29 Super Tucano pogo.org
    USAF Light Attack Experiment at Holloman Air Force Base, AT-6, A-29, New Mexico, photos holloman.af.mil
- Special Conditions - Bell Helicopter (Textron) Model 525 Helicopters - Flight Envelope Protection - helicopter will have novel design feature associated with fly-by-wire flight control system (FBW FCS) flight envelope protection - comment period that ends 07.23.2018 federalregister.gov
- Events - Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, Ashland, NE SACmuseum.org
Going West on the Lincoln Highway map LincolnHighwayAssoc.org
Friends of the Inyo exploring new places, Calif FriendsOfTheInyo.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 2018
SureFly eVTOL, hybrid-electric eVTOL multi-copter workhorse.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

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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