Monday, June 18, 2018

VT-2 command changes

NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. – Navy Cmdr. Zachariah Aperauch turned over command of Training Squadron TWO (VT-2) to Coast Guard Cmdr. Mark Jackson during a change of command ceremony Friday at the Whiting Field North Field hangar. Under Aperauch, VT-2 flew more than 52,500 flight hours in the completion of more than 23,350 sorties, and 619 students completed the primary flight training. Jackson assumes command after a tour as executive officer of VT-2. He has 22 years with the Coast Guard, and earned his wings in 1999 after completing primary flight training with VT-2. Navy Cmdr. Wesley Barnes replaces Jackson as executive officer for the squadron. (Source: Whiting Field, 06/18/18)

Mobile holding aero conference

MOBILE, Ala. – The inaugural Southeast Aerospace and Defense Conference will be held at the Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel and Spa June 25-27. It brings together suppliers, original equipment manufacturers, aerospace companies, financiers and investors, with an emphasis on building for the future. The event will feature nine networking opportunities. Topics at the conference will include the Airbus Final Assembly Line, CSeries program and final assembly line, developing aerospace clusters in the Southeast, the evolving aerospace cluster in Mobile and more. To see the agenda, click here. To register, click here. (Source: GCAC, 06/18/18)

Friday, June 15, 2018

Contract: SRI, $91.1M

SRI International, Menlo Park, Calif., has been awarded a $91,131,325 basic indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for digital video laboratory support and an $11,150 delivery order (FA2487-18-F-1100) for upgrade of Terrasight mobile processing units. The contract provides for improvement and modernization of capabilities using digital data in support of the Air Force test mission. Work will be performed in Princeton, N.J. The basic IDIQ has a five-year ordering period, with work expected to be completed by June 2024. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $11,150 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center Specialized Contracting Branch, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA2487-18-D-0001). (Source: DoD, 06/15/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $503.2M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $503,228,000 for a not-to-exceed modification to a previously issued firm-fixed-price delivery order 0584 placed against basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This modification provides for air vehicle initial spares, to include F-35Lightning II deployment spares packages, afloat spares packages, and associated consumables required to support the air vehicle delivery schedules for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (24.4 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (9.1 percent); Owego, N.Y. (8.6 percent); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (7.2 percent); Cheltenham, United Kingdom (6.2 percent); Nashua, N.H. (5.8 percent); Torrance, Calif. (5.5 percent); Orlando, Fla. (4.9 percent); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (3.7 percent); San Diego, Calif. (3.6 percent); Phoenix, Ariz. (3.1 percent); Melbourne, Fla. (3.1 percent); Irvine, Calif. (2.5 percent); N. Amityville, N.Y. (2.4 percent); Windsor Locks, Conn. (2.2 percent); Baltimore, Md. (2.2 percent); Papendrect, The Netherlands (1.9 percent); Rolling Meadows, Ill. (1.8 percent); and Alpharetta, Ga. (1.8 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2023. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy) and non-DoD participant funds in the amount of $503,228,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force ($106,506,000; 21 percent); Marine Corps ($91,695,000; 18 percent); Navy ($68,190,000; 14 percent); and non-DoD participants ($236,837,000; 47 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/15/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

June newsletter available

The June issue of the bimonthly Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor Newsletter is now available. This issue updates the Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor 2017-2018, a 100-page reference book that was published in June 2017. The newsletter includes an executive summary highlighting changes since last year, along with one-page updates of each chapter. (Source: GCAC Newsletter, 06/15/18)

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Marshall chief retiring

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Todd May, is retiring effective July 27. May is being replaced on an acting basis by Marshall's deputy director, Joan A. "Jody" Singer. May was first named acting director of Marshall in 2015 and then took over the position on a permanent basis. Before that, the Fairhope native managed the Space Launch System. Marshall is NASA's chief center for rocket propulsion. It has more than 6,000 government and contractor workers in north Alabama and at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and Stennis Space Center, Miss. (Sources: AP via Sacremento Bee, WAAY-TV, al.com, 06/11/18)

Monday, June 11, 2018

Hawaiian gets U.S.-built A321neo

Hawaiian Airlines A321neo on first flight.
Airbus photo
MOBILE, Ala. – Hawaiian Airlines took delivery Monday of its first U.S.-produced A321. The aircraft, delivered from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile is also the first new engine option aircraft (NEO) delivered from Airbus' U.S. plant. It is powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1000G high-bypass geared turbofan engines. Executives and employees from Airbus and Hawaiian, and executives from Pratt & Whitney and UTC Aerospace Systems were on hand for the delivery. (Source: Airbus, 06/11/18)

Friday, June 8, 2018

Contract: Lockheed, $735.7M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $735,735,572 modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0001). This modification provides additional advance procurement funding in the amount of $74,746,572 for the procurement of long-lead time materials, parts, components, and effort in support of the F-35 Lightning II Low Rate Initial Production Lot 13 aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps. The modification also provides $660,989,000 in economic order quantity funding for procurement of material and equipment that has completed formal hardware qualification testing for the F-35 program for use in procurement contracts to be awarded for the F-35 program low rate initial production Lots 13 and 14 for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (30 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (25 percent); Warton, United Kingdom (20 percent); Orlando, Fla. (10 percent); Nashua, N.H. (5 percent); Nagoya, Japan (5 percent); and Baltimore, Md. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2019. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $735,735,572 are being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force ($359,378,333; 49 percent); U.S. Navy ($193,379,239; 26 percent); and the U.S. Marine Corps ($182,978,000; 25 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/08/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Airports awarded FAA grants

Three airports in the Gulf Coast region are among those awarded grants by the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA will award $677 million in airport infrastructure grants, the first allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program funding for airports across the United States. The 241 grants will fund 346 infrastructure projects that include runways, taxiways, aprons, and terminals. In the Gulf Coast region, H.L. (Sonny) Callahan Airport in Fairhope, Ala., will receive a $3 million for construction of a taxiway. Baton Rouge Metropolitan in Louisiana will receive $4 million to improve the runway safety area, and Mississippi's Picayune Municipal will receive $630 million to construct a taxiway and install taxiway lighting. (Source: GCAC based on FAA news release, 06/08/18)

VT MAE has grand opening

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The VT MAE maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at Pensacola International Airport marked its grand opening today with a ribbon-cutting on the north side of the airport. The $46 million project in Pensacola is the second MRO operation for VT MAE in the region. It has had an MRO in Mobile, Ala., that employs over 1,000 workers since 1991. Florida Gov. Rick Scott was on hand to mark the grand opening in Pensacola. Workers already have their first project, a UPS aircraft that’s in the brand new hangar for routine maintenance. The MRO will eventually have more than 400 workers. VT MAE is part of VT Systems of Alexandria, Va., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore-based ST Engineering. (Source: GCAC, 06/08/18)

CSeries deal closing July 1

The Airbus, Bombardier and Investissement Quebec have agreed to close the CSeries transaction July 1. The deal will result in the creation of a final assembly line for the CSeries jetliners in Mobile, Ala. The CSeries is built in Quebec, but this deal will give Bombardier a second assembly line for the jetliner. The CSeries assembly line in Alabama will be built north of the current Airbus A320 series assembly line at the Mobile Aeroplex. All regulatory approvals required for the closing have been obtained, officials announced today. The deal gives Airbus a majority stake in the CSeries Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP). The head office, primary assembly line and related functions will be based in Mirabel, Quebec. The deal was initially announced in October 2017. The C Series program continues to ramp up. Having delivered 17 aircraft in 2017, it is gearing up to double its deliveries in 2018. Bombardier will start building jetliners in Mobile next year for U.S. customers, with the first delivery in 2020, according to Bloomberg. (Source: Airbus via Globe Newswire, 06/08/18) Previous

Thursday, June 7, 2018

PSA plans PNS maintenance shop

PSA Airlines, a subsidiary of American Airlines, plans to open a new maintenance facility at Pensacola International Airport  (PNS). It will create some 30-35 jobs and support PSA's efforts to grow its fleet by about 20 aircraft. PSA will be looking to hire team members, including mechanics, leads, inspectors and stores personnel. In a news release, PSA said Pensacola International Airport was an ideal location for the new facility because the area provides a sustainable workforce, a strong local military presence and an abundance of technical schools. PSA currently has maintenance facilities in Dayton, Canton and Cincinnati, Ohio; Norfolk, Va.; Charlotte, N.C.; Greenville, S.C.; and Savannah, Ga. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 06/06/18)

Allegiant adds VPS routes

Allegiant announced Wednesday it would be adding six new nonstop flights out of the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS). The flights will be to VPS from Bentonville, Ark.; Charlotte/Concord, N.C.; Evansville, Ind.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Raleigh/Durham, N.C. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/06/18) Allegiant also serves Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport and Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Contract: Bell Boeing, $47.4M

Bell Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $47,385,038 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N0001918F0016 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002). This delivery order procures non-recurring engineering, production, supportability, and management necessary to facilitate the incorporation of optimized wiring and structural improvements on the nacelle into the V-22 production line and via forced retrofit at the depot level of maintenance for previously delivered V-22 aircraft. The effort addresses all non-recurring activities through the critical design review, to include the delivery, installation, validation, and any defined testing of one nacelle ship set. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (84 percent); Ridley Park, Pa. (5 percent); Patuxent River, Md. (4 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (4 percent); and Amarillo, Texas (3 percent), and is expected to be completed in July 2020. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy and Air Force) funds in the amount of $47,385,038 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. This delivery order combines purchases for the Navy ($40,184,366; 85 percent); and Air Force ($7,200,672; 15 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/08/18)

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Contract: Lockheed, $9.3M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $9,266,186 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order, for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) C++ Conversion Phase II. This delivery order effort will continue the conversion of the JASSM Extended Range (ER) missile operational flight program (MOFP) software baseline from the Ada computer language to C++, through a preliminary design review (PDR). This PDR will include the MOFP and the integrated flight simulation software design. The contractor will provide support, source data and analysis, as required, to support the government in obtaining an authority to operate for the C++ version of the JASSM-ER weapon system. This is a follow-on effort to C++ Phase I. Work will be performed in Orlando and is expected to be complete by Aug. 31, 2019. The award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2018 research and development funds in the amount of $4,012,337 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-18-F-1044). (Source: DoD, 06/05/18)

First AR-22 assembled for DARPA

AR-22 at Stennis Space Center.
Aerojet Rocketdyne photo
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Aerojet Rocketdyne has completed assembly of its first AR-22 rocket engine built for Boeing as part of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Experimental Spaceplane program. This new Boeing spaceplane, called Phantom Express, is intended to demonstrate a new paradigm for more routine, responsive and affordable space access. The AR-22, derived from the Space Shuttle Main Engine that was designed from the outset for reusability, is the main propulsion for Phantom Express. The AR-22 engine is capable of generating about 375,000 pounds of thrust and was designed to fly 55 missions with service every 10 missions. This reusability feature makes the AR-22 ideally suited for Phantom Express. The reusable Phantom Express spaceplane will take off vertically and land horizontally. The vehicle will be equipped with an expendable second stage capable of placing up to 3,000 pounds (1,361 kg) of payload into low Earth orbit. Aerojet Rocketdyne assembled the AR-22 at its facility at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The engine will undergo a series of daily hot-fire tests at Stennis starting this summer to demonstrate its ability to support the high flight rates envisioned for Phantom Express. These tests will also provide valuable insight that will be used to refine Phantom Express flight and turnaround procedures, while also informing the design requirements for the new ground infrastructure that Boeing is developing for the flight program. (Source: Aerojet Rocketdyne via Globe Newswire, 06/04/18) Previous

L3 Crestview finds buyer

In a deal expected to be finalized this summer pending regulatory approvals, L3 Crestview Aerospace will be sold to New York investment firm American Industrial Partners as part of a $540 million cash deal. The investment firm will acquire two components of L3 Technologies – Vertex Aerospace, which includes L3 Crestview Aerospace, and TCS. Vertex Aerospace provides aviation logistics and aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, and TCS provides engineering services and logistics support. American Industrial Partners, which focuses on acquiring U.S. and Canadian industrial businesses, has a portfolio that includes Ascent Aerospace, Shape Technologies Group, Optimas, and REV. L3 Technologies announced late last year that the Crestview plant, an aircraft component manufacturer that employs 500 people at Okaloosa Industrial Air Park, was up for sale as part of the company’s shift in focus toward “more profitable businesses.” In addition to the Crestview plant, L3 Crestview Aerospace includes a plant in Chihuahua, Mexico, that produces sheet metal and parts for commercial aircraft. (Sources: L3 Technologies, 05/01/18, Northwest Florida Daily News, 05/25/18) Previous

Contract: Lockheed, $14.4M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $14,386,915 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for emerging capabilities and analysis systems engineering to include programmatic, and logistics tasks that will analyze the F-35 air system's ability to meet future operational requirements, investigate cost and weight reduction program options, and conduct modeling and simulation activities. Additional assessments may include such efforts as analyzing changes to design life, operational readiness, reliability, and air system design and configuration. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in December 2018. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $4,919,388 will be obligated at time of award, none of which expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(C)(1). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-18-D-0129). (Source: DoD, 06/04/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Contract: Emerald Coast, $13.8M

Emerald Coast Utility Services Inc., Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., has been awarded a maximum $13,822,116 modification (P00016), incorporating the economic-price-adjustment agreement to the existing 50-year contract (SP0600-16-C-8311) with no option periods, for the water/wastewater operations and maintenance and renewal and replacement utility service charge. This is a fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract. Location of performance is Florida, with a June 14, 2067, performance completion date. Using military service is Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 Air Force operations and maintenance funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va. (Source: DoD, 06/01/18)

Contract: Kaman, $69.4M

Kaman Precision Products, Orlando, Florida, and Middletown, Conn., has been awarded a $69,368,000 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification (P00006) to an already existing contract (FA868118C0009) for exercising an option for the joint programmable fuze. This contract modification provides for delivery of Lot 14 of the joint programmable fuze (FMU-52) and corresponding production, test and engineering support. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla.; and Middletown and is expected to be completed by June 1, 2020. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. The current action is 33 percent unclassified foreign military sales to the Netherlands, Qatar, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Nigeria, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, and South Korea. Fiscal 2017 procurement funds in the amount of $69,368,000 are being obligated at time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/01/18)