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Nov 19 Mon
- Air National Guardsmen provide aerial imagery support to agencies battling fires in California ang.af.mil
- California Army National Guard UH-60M BlackHawk helicopter to support state agencies battling Camp Fire, Northern California ang.af.mil
- National Transportation Safety Board Preliminary Report - Robinson R44 helicopter substantially damaged during hard landing on Kaneohe Sandbar, located in Kaneohe Bay, near Kaneohe, Hawaii. Statement from pilot, about 20 minutes into flight he felt himself lose consciousness, then moments later he regained consciousness and control of the helicopter ntsb.gov
- US Marine UH-1Y Huey helicopter prepares to land on flight deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, photo c7f.navy.mil

- FAA Safety Alerts -
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
- FAA Fly Safe - Prevent Loss of Control Accidents - Many events occurred in approach phase of flight, and many of those accidents resulted from an unstabilized approach or a failure to go around 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
Nov 17 Sat
- US Central Command aviation display Nov.14-16 during Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) at Sakhir Airbase, Bahrain. Aircraft MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter, MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter, AV-8B Harrier, two MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, two F-15E Strike Eagles, two F-16 Fighting Falcons, F-35B Lightning II, B-1B Lancer cusnc.navy.mil
- Lockheed (SkunkWorks) began manufacturing the first part for X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology aircraft LockheedMartin.com
- Butte County, Camp Fire Incident Information, Helicopters 24, 148,000 acres 55percent contained, Nov.17,2018 7.08am fire.ca.gov
- Ventura County, Woolsey Fire Incident Information, Helicopters 16, 98,362 acres - 82percent contained, Nov.17,2018 6.27am fire.ca.gov
- PD Columbus, Georgia, Bell OH-58 crash may have struck a power line ClantonAdvertiser.com
- Yosemite Valley fall color, Oak Glen about 80 miles east downtown Los Angeles LAtimes.com
- California fall color californiaFallColor.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 Day Use Parks CountyOfSB.org more travel LAtimes.com
Nov 16 Fri
- Bahrain deal with Bell Helicopter (Textron) to buy 12 AH-1Z Viper helicopters, first batch by the end of 2022 reuters.com nasdaq.com
- Lockheed contract to provide infrastructure to support developmental laboratory facilities and flight test activities in support of F-35 development, production and sustainment. Work will be performed at Edwards Air Force Base, California (35 percent), Patuxent River, Maryland (35 percent), Fort Worth, Texas (30 percent), and expected to be completed in March 2020 defense.gov
- Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - Glide Breaker will develop an enabling technology critical for an advanced interceptor capable of defeating hypersonic vehicles. Added Nov.06,2018, Response Date Dec.21,2018 fbo.gov
   Darpa more Opportunities darpa.mil

- US Helicopter Safety Team monthly update faaSafety.gov
- FAA Safety Briefing - Birds of a Different Feather - November/December 2018 faa.gov
- US Navy Blue Angels Show Schedules 2018, 2019 blueangels.navy.mil
- US Navy 2018 Navy Week Schedule navy.mil
Nov 15 Thu
- National Transportation Safety Board - Accident Preliminary Report - Bell 206B helicopter impacted terrain near Uvalde, Texas. Helicopter impacted the hill about 100 ft from the apex, a wreckage path estimated about 75-100 yds long ran along the hill to the main wreckage ntsb.gov
- Lockheed, Fort Worth, Texas, contract modification for 255 F-35s aircraft. Lockheed, Owego, New York, contract that provides for production and delivery of eight MH-60R helicopter as well as associated systems engineering and program management support defense.gov
- FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) in several aircraft models for Garmin GFC 500 and GFC 600 autopilots, Cessna 210, Cessna 208B garmin.com
- Butte County, Camp Fire Incident Information, Helicopters 24, 140,000 acres 40percent contained, Nov.15,2018 7.18am fire.ca.gov
- Ventura County, Woolsey Fire Incident Information, Helicopters 22, 98,362 acres - 57percent contained, Nov.15,2018 7.52am fire.ca.gov
- Center of the Aerospace Testing Universe - Edwards AFB edwards.af.mil
- Nasa CallBACK monthly safety newsletter, October 2018 Non-Towered Airport Incidents nasa.gov
- US Army Aviation Digest - General Support Aviation and Assault Helicopter Battalions include AH-64s into tactical assembly area (TAA) security plan rucker.army.mil
Nov 14 Wed
- Pratt Whitney Canada (United Technologies) started delivering PW127G engines to Airbus Defence and Space in support of Canada Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement Project. Will be installed on specially configured Airbus C295 aircraft newsroom.pw.utc.com prnewswire.com
- UK first quantum accelerometer for navigation demonstrated by team from Imperial College London and M Squared. Most navigation relies on satellite system as GPS, quantum accelerometer self-contained system that does not rely on any external signals phys.org theregister.co.uk
- Ventura County, Woolsey Fire Incident Information, Helicopters 22, 97,620 acres - 47percent contained, Nov.14,2018 8.04am fire.ca.gov more LAtimes.com
Nov 13 Tue
- Airbus Helicopters delivered first of seven upgraded National Police Air Service (NPAS) H135 helicopters, under contract to equip and standardise UK police helicopter fleet Night Vision (NVIS) capability, photo airbus.com
- Helicopter Emergency Medical Services New Zealand Limited selected Airbus H145, for delivery second half of 2019, photo airbus.com
- UK RFA Tidesurge trials with Chinook helicopter, photo royalnavy.mod.uk
- Butte County, Camp Fire Incident Information, Helicopters 23, 130,000 acres 35percent contained, Nov.13,2018 7.39pm fire.ca.gov
- Ventura County, Woolsey Fire Incident Information, Helicopters 22, 96,314 acres - 35percent contained, Nov.13,2018 7.59am fire.ca.gov
- Northrop Grumman Resupply Mission to Space Station (CRS-10) Nov.15,2018 4.49am Eastern from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia nasa.gov
Going West on the Lincoln Highway map LincolnHighwayAssoc.org
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 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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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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