Wednesday, February 19, 2020

MRO campus gets funding

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday announced a $4.8 million grant for the Pensacola International Airport, the final piece of the $210 million project to expand the airport's ST Engineering campus. The expansion project, which calls for building three more maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) hangars and office space for ST Engineering in addition to the one already in operation, is expected to bring more than 1,300 jobs to the airport. ST Engineering opened its first MRO hangar at the airport in June 2018. That hangar is expected to employ 400 people when operating at full capacity, putting the number of jobs at the entire facility at more than 1,700 people. In January ST Engineer had 163 employees at the airport. The announced grant is from the Florida Job Growth Fund. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 02/19/20) ST Engineering also has an MRO operation in Mobile, Ala.

Airbus, Baldwin to partner

Airbus and the Baldwin County Commission plan to partner to provide new training opportunities for students. Airbus is offering new technical programs through its Flight Works Alabama program. The 18,000-square-foot Flight Works Alabama at the Mobile Aeroplex is designed to be a hub for students to explore opportunities in the aerospace industry. It will house an interactive exhibition area, workshop, classrooms and more. Airbus will invite 50 10th-graders from every Baldwin County High School for a day of hands-on learning. Once in 11th grade, interested and qualified students will be able to apply for the FlightPath9 training program. Airbus in Mobile builds A320 and A220 jetliners, and has grown to nearly 1,100 employees in five years and will be adding more. Baldwin County Commissioners, who met with the head of the Airbus Mobile plant Tuesday, will vote on the partnership at the next regular meeting. Baldwin County students will be able to enter the program in the fall of 2020. (Source: FOX10, 02/18/20)

Saturday, February 15, 2020

New assignment at Hurlburt

The Chief of Staff of the Air Force announced Feb. 13, the assignment of Maj. Gen. Eric T. Hill, commanding general, Special Operations Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, U.S. Central Command, Baghdad, Iraq, to deputy commander, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla. (Source: DoD 02/13/20)

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Bombardier out of A220

Bombardier gives up A220. Airbus photo
Airbus, Québec. and Bombardier have agreed on a new ownership structure for the A220 programme, with Bombardier transferromg its remaining shares in Airbus Canada Limited Partnership to Airbus and the Government of Québec. The transaction is effective immediately. As sole owners, Airbus now has a 75 percent share and Quebec 25 percent. Bombardier developed the plane but was driven to the brink of bankruptcy by the spiraling costs of the program. The deal marks Bombardier’s exit from commercial aviation. Bombardier will receive $591 million, net of adjustments, for its stake in the A220 program, of which $531 million was paid at closing with $60 million to be paid in installments through 2021. Bombardier also said the deal will allow it avoid paying roughly $700 million it would have been on the hook for to fund an expansion of production of the 100- to 150-seat single aisle plane. (Sources: multiple, including Airbus, Forbes, 02/13/20) Previous

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Contract: Titan Facilities, $10M

Titan Facility Services LLC, Gilbert, Ariz., has been awarded a $10,012,679 modification (P00019) to contract FA8052-18-C-0009 for Healthcare Aseptic Management Services to exercise Option Year One for medical aseptic housekeeping, waste management and linen management. Work will be performed at Little Rock Air Force Base (AFB), Ark.; Barksdale AFB, La.; Keesler AFB, Miss.; Eglin AFB, Fla.; Hurlburt Field AFB, Fla.; MacDill AFB, Fla.; Tyndall AFB, Fla.; Patrick AFB, Fla.; Charleston AFB, S.C.; Shaw AFB, S.C.; Moody AFB, Ga.; Robins AFB, Ga.; Columbus AFB, Miss.; Altus AFB, Okla.; Tinker AFB, Okla.; and Vance AFB, Okla., and is expected to be completed Feb. 13, 2021. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $10,012,679 will be obligated at the time of award. The total cumulative value of this contract including Option One is $19,858,371. The 773rd Enterprise Sourcing Squadron, Air Force Installation Contracting Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/12/20)

Monday, February 10, 2020

Airbus eyes Bombardier A220 share

Multiple news outlets are reporting that Airbus is in advanced talks to acquire Bombardier's remaining stake in the A220 passenger jet program. A deal for the sale of Bombardier's nearly 34 percent stake in the two companies' joint A220 commercial jet program could be reached as early as this week, ahead of both companies' Feb. 13 earnings reports. Quebec, which owns 16 percent of the program, would retain its stake. Bombardier invested more than $6 billion in the A220’s development before ceding control of the program to Airbus in 2018 as it struggled to sell the single-aisle plane. Mobile, Ala., is the site of an A320 and A220 assembly lines. (Sources: multiple, including Reuters, 02/07/20, NASDAQ, 02/08/20, Bloomberg, 02/09/20) Previous

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Afghanistan claims 2 Eglin soldiers

Two soldiers with the 7th Special Forces Group at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., were killed in Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense. Sgt. 1st Class Javier Jaguar Gutierrez, 28, of San Antonio, Texas and Sgt. 1st Class Antonio Rey Rodriguez, 28, of Las Cruces, N.M., were both assigned to 3rd Battalion. Both died Feb. 8 in Nangarhar Province as a result of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations. The incident is under investigation, according to the Department of Defense. (Source: WEAR-TV, 02/09/20)

Contract: Lockheed, $347.7M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a not-to-exceed $347,714,510 modification to a previously-awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm-target advance acquisition contract (N00019-20-C-0009). This modification procures long lead materials, parts, components and support necessary to maintain on-time production and delivery of 43 lot 15 F-35 aircraft for non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (30%); El Segundo, Calif. (25%); Warton, United Kingdom (20%); Orlando, Fla. (10%); Nashua, N.H. (5%); Nagoya, Japan (5%); and Baltimore, Md. (5%), and is expected to be completed in December 2023. Non-DoD participant funds in the amount of $204,964,510; and FMS funds in the amount of $142,750,000, will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/07/20)

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Contract: Northrop, $172.4M

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is awarded a $172,424,000 modification (P00004) to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract (N00019-19-C-0008). This modification exercises options for the production and delivery of two MQ-4 Triton unmanned air systems for the Navy, one Navy main operating base, trade studies and associated technical and administrative data. Work will be performed in San Diego (30.5%); Red Oak, Texas (12%); Palmdale, Calif. (10%); Baltimore, Md. (9.7%); Salt Lake City, Utah (7.9%); Bridgeport, W.V. (4.9%); Indianapolis, Ind. (3.8%); Moss Point, Miss. (3.6); Chantilly, Va. (3.5%); Waco, Texas (1.7%); San Clemente, Calif. (1.3%); Newton, N.D. (.9%); various locations within the continental U.S. (8.8%); and various locations outside the continental U.S. (1.4%), and is expected to be completed in January 2024. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $172,424,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/06/20)

China A320 plant closed for now

The A320 assembly line in China has been shut down due to concerns about the coronavirus. Airbus assembles the A320 series of passenger jets in Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany; Tianjin, China; and Mobile. Ala. The manufacturer has been pushing production levels at all those locations to reduce a backlog of orders. There was no indication the move will impact Airbus operations in other parts of the world. Mobile-based Airbus spokeswoman Kristi Tucker said that “production continues on schedule here in Mobile” with no anticipated impacts. (Source: Airbus,, 02/05/20) Boeing and Safran also closed facilities in China. (Source: Bloomberg, 02/05/20)

Monday, February 3, 2020

Contract: Cray, $26.5M

Cray Inc., Seattle, Wash., was awarded a $26,480,000 firm-fixed-price contract for Department of Defense high performance computing modernization. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work will be performed in Stennis Space Center, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 1, 2025. Fiscal 2020 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $26,480,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity (W912DY-20-F-0126). (Source: DoD, 02/03/20)

Contract: H2 Direct, $39M

H2 Direct LLC, Gulf Breeze, Fla., was awarded a $39,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for personnel, equipment, supplies, facilities, transportation, tools, materials, supervision and other items and non-personal services necessary to provide information technology management support services. Bids were solicited via the internet with eight received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2025. The 418th Contracting Support Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas, is the contracting activity (W91151-20-D-0009). (Source: DoD, 02/03/20)

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Contract: Dynetics, $93M

Dynetics, Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $92,999,625 basic, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Test Systems and Equipment Capabilities (TSEC) support and $30,934,550 delivery order for the Guided Weapons Evaluation Facility (GWEF) Radio Frequency (RF) Modernization Design. The contract provides for the specific needs to include: Hardware-in-the-loop simulators for the GWEF RF Modernization and AFRL Kinetic Kill Vehicle Hardware in the Loop Simulator system upgrades; joint multi-platform advanced combat identification development; calibration sets integration, and software updates; Air Defense Artillery Phased Technology Digital Command Link, and immediate need technologies to support Department of Defense (DoD) ranges. Work will be performed in Huntsville and other DoD locations. The contract has a five year ordering period with work expected to be completed by Jan. 2025. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $2,500,000 are being obligated at the time of award via incremental funding. The Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA2487-20-D-0071; first delivery order FA2487-20-F-0072). (Source: DoD, 01/31/20)

Friday, January 31, 2020

Contract: Global Connection, $28.7M

Global Connections to Employment Inc., Pensacola, Fla., has been awarded a $28,683,615 firm-fixed-price contract for custodial services. The contractor will provide non-personal services for continued operational support. Work will be performed at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to complete by Jan. 31, 2027. This award is to a mandatory source under the AbilityOne program (41 U.S. Code 85 and 41 Code of Federal Regulations 51). Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $5,657,808 will be obligated under multiple task orders at the time of award. The 6th Contracting Squadron, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA4814-20-D-0003). (Source: DoD, 01/30/20)

Contract: URS, $7M

URS Group Inc., Morrisville, N.C., is awarded a $7,000,000 modification on a firm-fixed-price task order under a multiple award construction contract for phase one of Hurricane Michael repairs for stabilization and repairs to multiple buildings at Naval Support Activity, Panama City, Fla. After award of this modification, the total task order value will be $69,246,764. The work to be performed provides for construction, alteration and repair of real property and utilities because of Hurricane Michael. Work also includes any and all ancillary and incidental mechanical and electrical support services needed to accomplish required work including, but not limited to, disconnects, temporary reconnects, removals, extensions, modifications, alterations, reinstalls, new components and permanent reconnects necessary for functional operation.  Work will be performed in Panama City and is expected to be completed by October 2020. Fiscal 2019 operation and maintenance (Navy) contract funds for $7,000,000 are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (N62470-13-D-6022). (Source: DoD, 01/30/20)

Space Force assignment

The chief, space operations, United States Space Force, announced that Brig. Gen. select Michael E. Conley, commander, 1st Special Operations Wing, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., will become vice commander, Space Operations Command, United States Space Force, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (Source: DoD, 01/30/20)

Friday, January 24, 2020

Core stage installed on B-2 stand

Core stage at SSC B-2.stand
NASA/SSC photo
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - The first flight core stage of NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket was successfully installed on the B-2 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center (SSC) Wednesday. In coming months, it will undergo an integrated series of Green Run tests prior to its maiden Artemis I test flight. Testing will culminate with an eight-minute, full-duration hot fire of the stage’s four RS-25 engines to generate 2 million pounds of thrust, as during an actual launch. The SLS core stage, the largest rocket stage ever built by NASA, stands 212 feet tall and measures 27.6 feet in diameter. It's equipped with state-of-the-art avionics, miles of cables, propulsion systems and propellant tanks that hold a total of 733,000 gallons of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen to fuel the four RS-25 engines during launch. The core stage was designed by NASA and Boeing in Huntsville, Ala., then manufactured at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans by lead contractor Boeing, with input and contributions from more than 1,100 large and small businesses in 44 states. The stage was transported from Michoud to SSC aboard the specially outfitted Pegasus barge. It arrived at the B-2 dock on Jan. 12 and was rolled out onto the test stand tarmac that night. Crews then began installing ground equipment needed for lifting the stage into a vertical position and onto the stand. (Source: NASA/SSC, 01/23/20) Previous

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Bid to be put out for park

MILTON, Fla. - Santa Rosa County Tuesday approved putting out to bid a $9 million construction project to build infrastructure at Whiting Aviation Park just outside Naval Air Station Whiting Field. The first tenant at the park will be Leonardo, which last week was awarded the contract to build the TH-73A training helicopter that will be used to train aviators at NAS Whiting, replacing the TH-57. The company, during the competition with two other companies to win the contract, had said that if it won it would build a helicopter maintenance facility at the park. The county has finished its construction plan for the 40-acre first phase of what will eventually be a 276-acre park. It will take 11 months to finish the sewer, water, electric, roads and other infrastructure work once a bid is awarded. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 01/22/20) Previous: Leonardo wins trainer contract; Contract: EMR, $17M; Contract: Schmidt-Prime, $30M

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Bombardier may exit A220 venture

Bombardier Inc. said it may exit a joint venture with Airbus to build the A220 passenger jet because rising production costs threaten future returns on its investment. Bombardier said the need for additional cash to finance the production of the commercial jets in Mobile, Ala., may undermine any prospect of future profits. Bombardier agreed to give control of its CSeries jets to Airbus in 2017 for no money upfront to rescue it. Airbus renamed the single-aisle aircraft the A220. An Airbus spokesman said it “remains committed to the success of the A220 program and will continue to fund the program on its way to break-even.” Airbus delivered 48 of the aircraft to customers last year, leaving its backlog at 495 aircraft as of Dec. 31. Airbus officially began manufacturing the A220 in Mobile in August 2019. The first U.S.-made A220-300 will go to Delta Air Lines and is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2020. (Sources: multiple, including Wall Street Journal, Montreal Gazette, AirlineRatings, 01/16/20)

Friday, January 17, 2020

Navy orders three Tritons

Northrop Grumman will build three MQ-4C Triton long-range patrol unmanned aerial vehicles under terms of a $251.6 million order announced last month. Official of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., want Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems of San Diego, Calif., to build three low-rate initial production lot 4 MQ-4C Tritons. The order includes the the UAVs as well as ground stations, trade studies, tooling, and support equipment. Northrop Grumman will do the work in San Diego, Palmdale, and San Clemente, Calif.; Red Oak and Waco, Texas; Baltimore; Salt Lake City; Bridgeport, W.Va.; Indianapolis; Moss Point, Miss.; Chantilly, Va.; and at various other locations, and should be finished by February 2023. (Source: Military and Aerospace Electronics, 01/16/20)