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May 28 Thu

- F-35C Lightning II at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Southern Calif marines.mil
- Air Operations at Fort Hunter Liggett, Central Coast Calif. TUSI Army Heliport supports rotary wing aircraft, staging base for firefighting apparatus during large wildland fires in surrounding area. Dirt airstrip suitable for C-17 landings and takeoffs. army.mil
     background Fort Hunter Liggett from wikipedia.org

- Nasa CallBACK monthly safety newsletter, April 2020 Observations on RNAV (RNP) Approaches nasa.gov
- Federal Register for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) federalregister.gov
- US Army Aviation Digest - Aviation and the Megacity - Jan-Mar 2020 army.mil
- USAF Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team Schedule acc.af.mil

May 27 Wed

- US Army 18 AH-64 Apache helicopters and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters took off from Katterbach Army Airfield. Vipers and Big Windy on two-hour training flight army.mil
- GE Aviation in position for USAF B-52 Stratofortress Commercial Engine Re-Engining Program GEaviation.com
- Reservist Maj. Jeffrey Anderson 99th Reconnaissance Squadron pilot qualified to fly U-2 Dragon Lady, photos af.mil U-2S fact sheet af.mil
- NASA and SpaceX scrubbed launch attempt of Demo-2 test flight to International Space Station. Next launch 3.22pm EDT Saturday, May 30 nasa.gov

- Mars 2020 rover mission, Launch Window July 17 - Aug. 5, 2020 mars.nasa.gov overview
- Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Course Schedule iat.gov

May 26 Tue

- Virgin Orbit conducted launch demonstration of air-launched rocket in skies over Pacific Ocean just off California coast. After being released from carrier aircraft the LauncherOne rocket lighted booster engine. Anomaly then occurred early in first stage flight, and the mission safely terminated. virginOrbit.com
- Informal Honeywell survey taken by more than 700 frequent business and personal air travel passengers indicates types of guidelines and health-related equipment passengers may be looking for while flying during and after COVID-19 pandemic honeywell.com
- FAA adopting new airworthiness directive (AD) for Robinson R44 and R44 II helicopters. AD prompted by reports of cracking in certain tail rotor blades, AD is effective May 22, 2020 federalregister.gov

- Notices to Airmen (NOTAM) Modernization effort, NTAP will be discontinued effective June 18, 2020, last NTAP will be published on May 21, 2020. Effective June 18, 2020, Graphic Notices will be available at https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/graphicnotices/ www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/graphicnotices/ full text faa.gov

- 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 - SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft arrives at Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
   Launch plan of Falcon 9 rocket at 4.33pm EDT on May 27 from Launch Complex 39A in Florida blogs.nasa.gov

May 25 Mon Memorial Day

- UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crews from New York and Connecticut Army National Guard practice water bucket training army.mil
- CH-47 Chinook helicopter crew from New York Army National Guard conducted water bucket training, eastern shore of Lake Ontario army.mil
- UK Wildcat Mk2 helicopter test new Martlet missile, photos royalnavy.mod.uk
- USS Portland disabled unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with Solid State Laser, photo navy.mil

- 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

May 23 Sat

- Demo-2 crew members Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley at Launch Complex 39A during full dress rehearsal ahead of launch. Launch scheduled at 4.33pm EDT Wednesday, May 27, from Launch Pad 39A nasa.gov
- Memorial Day May 25 2020 calvet.ca.gov

- US Army University Press March-April 2020, How leaders can reduce friction to a manageable level armyupress.army.mil
   Military Review armyupress.army.mil
- Robinson Helicopter Newsletters, Torrance, Calif robinsonheli.com

- USAF Schedule F-22 Demonstration Team acc.af.mil

May 22 Fri

- National Institute of Aviation Research (NIAR) will create virtual model of Army UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter. Disassemble airframe and capture 3-D scan of each structural part army.mil
- NTSB Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - Bell UH-1H helicopter substantially damaged when involved in accident in Mesa, Arizona, April 24, 2020. Witnesses reported helicopter flying low towards Falcon Field Airport (FFZ), Mesa, Arizona, with white smoke coming from the rear rotor area. Suddenly, tail rotor separated from helicopter and landed in a dirt lot below. Helicopter continued northeast as it started to spin and impact the ground ntsb.gov

- FAA Safety Briefing - Aviation Communication May-June 2020 faa.gov
- Nellis Air Force Base, Nev, Flying Operation nellis.af.mil

- 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 2020 blueangels.navy.mil
- US Navy Week Schedule navy.mil
- Darpa Opportunities darpa.mil

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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