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:, 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)