Thursday, November 15, 2018

HPM to build A220 line, expand A320

MOBILE, Ala. - Airbus today named HPM as its program manager for planning, design and construction of its new A220 assembly line at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. HPM also will be responsible for the expansion of Airbus' current facilities to accommodate the expected increase in A320 series production. Construction on facilities for the A320 expansion and new A220 production has begun, and construction for a main A220 flow line building is expected to begin next year. A220 jetliner assembly is planned to start in 2019, using a combination of the existing and expanded Airbus facilities at Brookley to enable the first A220 delivery from Mobile to take place in 2020. A permanent production process will be established upon completion of an A220 final assembly line building in 2020. HPM has offices in Birmingham, Huntsville, Auburn and Mobile, Ala., Atlanta, Dallas and Tampa. HPM worked with Airbus in Mobile more than a decade ago with the Airbus Engineering Center. It was also program manager for the A320 series production facility, which was completed in 2015. (Source: Airbus, 11/15/18) Previous: Report: HPM to build A220 line; Previous of interest: Airbus tech school in the works

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Contract: Lockheed, $22.7B

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $22,712,874,822 not-to-exceed undefinitized contract modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm-target, firm-fixed-price advanced acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0001) for 255 aircraft. This modification provides for the production and delivery of 106 F-35 aircraft for the U.S. services (64 F-35As Air Force; 26 F-35Bs Marine Corps; 16 F-35Cs Navy); 89 F-35s for non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants (71 F-35As, 18 F-35 Bs); and 60 F-35s for Foreign Military Sales customers (60 F-35As). The U.S. aircraft quantities are for the Lot 12 program of record plus fiscal 2018/fiscal 2019 aircraft quantity congressional adds. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (57 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (14 percent); Warton, United Kingdom (9 percent); Cameri, Italy (4 percent); Orlando, Fla. (4 percent); Nashua, N.H. (3 percent); Baltimore, Md. (3 percent); San Diego, Calif. (2 percent); Nagoya, Japan (2 percent); and various locations outside the continental U.S. (2 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2023. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 aircraft procurement funds (Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy) in the amount of $3,505,522,468 (59 percent); non-DoD participant funds in the amount of $1,578,531,164 (26 percent); and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $916,667,000 (15 percent) for a total of $6,000,720,632 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, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/14/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $382M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, N.Y., is awarded a $382,000,000 not-to-exceed, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, undefinitized contract that provides for the production and delivery of eight MH-60R aircraft as well as associated systems engineering and program management support. Work will be performed in Owego (52 percent); Stratford, Conn. (40 percent); and Troy, Ala. (8 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2020. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $147,000,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulations 6.302-1. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-19-C-0013). (Source: DoD, 11/14/18)

Contract: Kaman, $52M

Kaman Precision Products Inc., Orlando, Fla.; and Middletown, Conn., has been awarded a $52,026,000 firm-fixed-price modification (P00009) to contract FA8681-18-C-0009 for the Joint Programmable Fuzes. The contract modification is for the purchase of an additional 15,000 fuzes being produced under the basic contract. Work will be performed in Orlando and Middletown and is expected to be completed by June 1, 2020. Fiscal 2016, 2017 and 2018 ammunition procurement funds in the amount of $52,026,000 are being obligated at time of award. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $225,422,234. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/14/18)

Contract: L3, $35M

L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., has been awarded a $35,000,000 firm-fixed- price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract modification to contracts FA8106-17-D-0001 for contractor logistic support of the Air Force C-12 fleet. Work will be performed in Madison; San Angelo, Texas; Okmulgee, Okla.; Buenos Ares, Argentina; Gaborone, Botswana; Brasilia, Brazil; Bogota, Columbia; Cairo, Egypt; Accra, Ghana; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Budapest, Hungary; Joint Base Andrews, Md.; Nairobi, Kenya; Rabat, Morocco; Manila, Philippines; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Bangkok, Thailand; Ankara, Turkey; Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; Holloman AFB, N.M.; Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; and Yokota Air Base, Japan. Work is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2018. Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $2,000,000 will be obligated at the time of award. Total face value of obligated funds for this contract is $30,913,890. Air Force Lifecycle Management Center, Tinker AFB, Okla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/14/18)

Friday, November 9, 2018

Ground broken for new terminal

LAFAYETTE, La. – There was a ceremonial groundbreaking at Lafayette Regional Airport for a new terminal. The airport was constructed in the 1950’s and got a facelift in the 80’s, but after a record number of passengers in 2017, the expansion was considered necessary. Steven Picou, Executive Director of the airport, said the current terminal can’t be easily expanded, and the new one will be built with the future in mind. It will be 110,000 square feet, larger than the current 62,000 square foot terminal. Construction will take about two-and-a-half years. (Source: KLFY, 11/08/18) Lafayette is about two hours west of New Orleans on Interstate 10.

Brookley Terminal 1 in sight

MOBILE, Ala. – The Mobile Airport Authority Thursday gave conditional approval to two contracts for development of a terminal at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. What is being called “Terminal 1” would be used by low-cost carrier ViaAir and cost roughly $7 million - $5 million for the building and parking and the rest for FAA-required fencing and security. It would bring commercial passenger service to the complex near downtown Mobile in six months. The carrier plans to use Mobile Regional Airport, but wants to shift service to the downtown airport. It’s the first step towards what might eventually be the wholesale movement of passenger service from the Regional Airport to the downtown airport. The MAA chose remodeling an existing building now used by Airbus over building a temporary structure. (Source: al.com, 11/08/18) Previous

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Stratolaunch tests pre-burner

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Stratolaunch said it successfully tested a component of its hydrogen-fuelled rocket engine with the pre-burner hot-fire test last week at NASA’s rocket engine test facility in South Mississippi. The pre-burner serves as the smaller of two combustion chambers in the hydrogen-fueled PGA rocket engine. The name PGA is from the initials of the company's founder Paul G. Allen, who recently passed away. The Microsoft co-founder launched the company with aerospace engineer and entrepreneur Burt Rutan in 2011 with the aim of providing flexible, low-cost access to space. Stratolaunch did not disclose how long Friday’s firing lasted, but the company said the duration and power levels of the preburner tests would be increased over the coming months. (Sources: Engadget, 11/07/18, Geekwire, 11/06/18)

Monday, November 5, 2018

Contract: Lockheed, $350M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $350,000,000 increase to an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) production support. Contractor will provide lifecycle support for all efforts related to JASSM, Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, JASSM-Extended Range, and any JASSM variant in the areas of system upgrades, integration, production, sustainment, management and logistical support. Work will be performed in Orlando and is expected to be completed by April 17, 2022. This award is the result of sole-source acquisition. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-17-D-0002). (Source: DoD, 11/05/18)

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Contract: Lockheed, $130.4M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aerospace Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $130,359,625 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive fee contract (N00019-18-C-1004) in support of the F35 Block 4 Pre-modernization Phase II effort. This modification provides for pre-modernization requirements decomposition and design work for Block 4.1 Partner participant weapon capabilities for maturation to an air system requirements review level of maturity. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in March 2020. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Air Force, Navy); and non-U.S. Department of Defense (non-U.S. DoD) participant funding in the amount of $90,505,737 will be obligated at time of award, $13,262,261 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force ($17,557,293; 13.5 percent); Navy ($14,223,730; 10.9 percent); Marine Corps ($14,223,730; 10.9 percent); and the non-U.S. DOD participants ($84,354,872; 64.7 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/02/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Airbus tech school in the works

POINT CLEAR, Ala. – Airbus is working towards creating a technical school of its own that would help provide it with the larger workforce it expects it will need with the ramp up of the A320 production line and the new A220 production line. The school was mentioned Thursday during the Aerospace Alliance Annual Summit in Point Clear. The summit, in its 10th year, is being held at the Grand Hotel. Neal Wade of the four-state Aerospace Alliance said in his opening remarks that surveys all point to education as a top critical need of the industry. Several speakers talked about the pressing need for workers, from pilots to mechanics. Stephanie Burt, director of Human Resources for the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility at the Mobile Aeroplex, said Airbus currently has 480 direct employees and will be hiring 400 to 500 workers for the new A220 assembly line and another 150 for the A320 line as production ramps up to meet customer demand. She said that at this point Airbus has enough qualified applicants, “but we know with 700 jobs that are going to saturate the market by us alone, we’re not going to be able to fill those jobs with the local population.” Airbus plans to create a technical school of its own, not to keep people away from four-year or two-year colleges, but to create more opportunities for the local and extended community who may not take the traditional college path. It would open next year. She said it’s not going to be a technical school in the traditional sense of a two-year college, but rather a place where someone who went to a two-year school could come and be assessed over a three- to five-week program to determine their skill level before being put in a position at the plant. Or, she said, “you come to us with nothing and in 12 weeks we have you capable to go out and do some OJT (on-the-job-training).” The summit continues Friday. (Source: Gulf Coast Reporters League, 11/01/18)

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Contract: Lockheed, $64.3M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $64,290,305 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-18-C-1048) that exercises an option to procure one lot of F-35 training devices for the Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla. (47 percent); Sterling, Va. (28 percent); Wilsonville, Oregon (7 percent); Cleveland, Ohio (4 percent); Reston, Va. (4 percent); Alameda, Calif. (3 percent); London, United Kingdom (3 percent); Bristol, United Kingdom (2 percent); and Tampa, Fla. (2 percent), and is expected to be completed in July 2021. Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $64,290,305 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, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/31/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $129.5M

Lockheed Martin Space, Sunnyvale, Calif., is being awarded a $129,483,864 noncompetitive, cost-plus-incentive-fee and firm-fixed-price contract under a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Under this new contract, the contractor will provide maintenance and sustainment for two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Batteries for UAE. The maintenance and sustainment scope of work includes software and hardware development, contractor logistics support, engineering services, and missile field surveillance. The work will be performed in Sunnyvale; Dallas, Texas; Huntsville, Ala.; Anniston, Ala.; Troy, Ala.; Lakeland, Fla.; and the United Arab Emirates, with an expected period of performance of Nov. 1, 2018, through July 2, 2021. One offer was solicited and one offer was received. UAE FMS funds in the amount of $129,483,864 will be used to fund this effort. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, is the contracting activity (HQ0147-19-C-5001). (Source: DoD, 10/31/18)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Contract: Multiple, $473M

ACR Technical Services Inc., Newport News, Va. (FA4890-19-D-1001); APRO International Inc. Vienna, Va. (FA4890-19-D-1002); Goldbelt C6 LLC, Chesapeake, Va. (FA4890-19-D-1003); Science and Management Resources Inc., Pensacola, Fla. (FA4890-19-D-1004); and Yulista Support Services LLC, Huntsville, Ala. (FA4890-19-D-1005), have been awarded a ceiling $473,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Air Force Enterprise Contracted Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratories Services II. This contract provides Air Combat Command, the Air National Guard, and other major command and combatant command customer management, supervision, personnel, equipment, tools, materials and other items necessary to perform equipment calibrations by professional and technical metrologists. Work will be performed at various Air Force bases in the continental U.S. and outside the continental U.S., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2028. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and five offers were received. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $1,300,000 will fund the current requirement. Headquarters Air Combat Command Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/30/18)

Contract: General Dynamics, $54.4M

General Dynamics Information Technology Inc., Fairfax, Va., is being awarded a $54,436,930 modification (P00023) to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (W15QKN-15-D-0001). This modification provides integrated logistics support for multiple foreign military sales (FMS) customers using purchased Navy defense articles including weapon systems, various aircraft, and other components procured under FMS programs. Work will be performed at Patuxent River, Md. (52 percent); Philadelphia, Pa. (11 percent); Jacksonville, Fla. (2.5 percent); Pensacola, Fla. (1.5 percent); Mechanicsburg, Pa. (1 percent); various locations within the continental U.S. (4 percent); and various locations outside the continental U.S. (28 percent), and is expected to be completed in October 2019. No funds will be obligated at time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual task orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/30/18)

MRO expansion MOU signed

ST Engineering and the city of Pensacola signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for additional maintenance, repair and overhaul hangars at Pensacola International Airport, adjacent to a 173,500 square-foot hangar that opened this summer. ST Engineering will invest $35 million in the $210 million project. The MOU was signed Oct. 27 in Singapore. Attending the signing was Mayor Ashton Hayward, Escambia County Commissioner Jeff Bergosh and FloridaWest chief executive officer Scott Luth. Under the agreement, ST Engineering and the City of Pensacola will develop the MRO complex over four years after the formalization of definitive agreements. The 655,000 square-foot design-to-build complex will consist of three state-of-the-art widebody aircraft hangars and an administration building. Since opening in June 2018, the current facility has already redelivered 25 aircraft. (Sources: ST Engineering, Pensacola News Journal, WEAR-TV, 10/29/18) Previous: Aero projects funding get preliminary OK; VT MAE has grand opening; Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor Newsletter, August 2018, page 1

Monday, October 29, 2018

Tech park CRA eyed

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Setting up a Community Redevelopment Agency or business improvement district at the Fort Walton Beach Commerce and Technology Park could generate money to help pay for improvements, including more buildings, said City Manager Michael Beedie. The park is home to about 70 businesses, ranging from Fortune 100 companies such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin to local-based businesses like Props Craft Brewery and Fort Walton Machining. “When you have an aging asset and you’re not tuned into competitive realities, a great jewel can pass you by if you don’t try to chart a new path,” said Nathan Sparks, executive director of the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County. Beedie and Sparks said much of the park’s long-term future will be guided by its ongoing master plan, a draft version of which will be presented to the City Council on Nov. 13. Beedie anticipates the plan will be finalized by the end of this calendar year. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 10/28/18)

Task Force tours Tyndall

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Members of the Florida Defense Support Task Force toured Tyndall Air Force Base last week to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Michael. The base sustained considerable damage, but officials say Tyndall should be up and running by January. Jay Trumbull, state representative and chair for the task force, said the significant need at Tyndall will be met with a significant structural rebuild. The task force, which has an interest in all military installations in the state, offers support on a state level. Rep. Neal Dunn said the rebuild will mean a brand new Tyndall, updated to the needs of the 21st century. Currently around 35 percent of infrastructure on base has significant damage. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 10/28/18) Previous

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Contract: Lockheed, $8.7M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $8,700,187 for cost-plus-fixed-fee order N0001919F0276 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order provides support services to design a non-Department of Defense (DoD) participant strategic facility in support of the F-35 aircraft. Work will be performed in Kansas City, Mo. (72 percent); and Fort Worth (28 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2020. Non-DoD participant funds in the amount of $8,700,187 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/23/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Education focus of newsletter

The growing aerospace industry is facing a crisis with the aviation workforce failing to keep up with demand. Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi, all seeking to increase their aerospace footprint, are all pushing efforts to improve their own training pipeline. So far, the aviation industry is getting what it needs, but they are rightfully concerned about the future. The Gulf Coast Aerospace Newsletter takes a look at the training pipeline in the four states in a special 36-page issue. (Source: Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor Newsletter, 10/23/18)