DECEMBER 2011

New Qwest hangar opens
CRESTVIEW, Fla. -- A new 20,000 square-foot hangar officially opened at the Bob Sikes
Airport with a ribbon-cutting Friday. Qwest Air Parts of Memphis, Tenn., which dismantles
airplanes for spare parts, has been in Crestview for a year and has been working out of the
$1.7 million hangar for two months now. The company has already dismantled an A310 and
is now working on a DC-10 and MD-88. Air Methods, an air ambulance service, is the
airport's newest tenant and will lease space in the new Qwest hangar. (Source: Crestview
News Bulletin, 12/29/11)

Contract: Bell-Boeing, $33.3M
Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $33,343,681 cost-plus-
fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for non-
recurring efforts and flight test aircraft modifications for the Joint and Allied Threat
Awareness System and Radar Warning Receiver (APR-39D(V)X) integration in support of
the MV-22B Osprey aircraft. Work will be performed in Philadelphia, Pa. (96 percent); Fort
Walton Beach, Fla. (3 percent); and St. Louis, Mo. (1 percent). Work is expected to be
completed in February 2016. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/29/11)

Contract: UT, $1.1B
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded a $1,122,306,649 not-to-exceed undefinitized modification to a previously awarded
advanced acquisition contract related to the F-35. It provides for the Lot V Low Rate Initial
Production of 21 F135 conventional take off and landing propulsion systems for the Air
Force; 3 short take-off and vertical landing systems for the Marine Corps; and 6 carrier
variant systems for the Navy. Work will be done in Connecticut, the United Kingdom and
Indiana and completed in February 2014. The contract combines purchases for the Air
Force (46.3 percent); Marine Corps (34.5 percent); Navy (14.9 percent); and the
Cooperative Partner Participants (4.3 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/28/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Contract: Northrop Grumman, $47.2M
Northrop Grumman Defense Mission Systems Inc., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a
$47,176,105 firm fixed price contract for the purchase and integration of two battlefield
airborne communications node payloads on two Global Hawk Block 20 aircraft. Global Hawks
AF-11 and AF-13 will be provided to Northrop Grumman to integrate the BACN payload in
Palmdale, Calif. Work is expected to be completed Aug. 22, 2012, for AF-11 and Dec. 15,
2012, for AF-13. The contracting activity is the Air Force Material Command, Electronic
Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. (Source: DoD, 12/28/11) Gulf Coast note:
Global Hawk are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $485M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $485,000,000 not-to-exceed cost-plus-fixed-fee undefinitized modification to a
previously awarded advance acquisition contract. A total of $131,500,000 is being obligated
at time of award. This modification provides the F-35 Low Rate Initial Production Lot V
production non-recurring requirements inclusive of special tooling/special test equipment
and subcontractor technical assistance for the Air Force, Navy, and the Cooperative Partner
participants. Work will be performed in Texas, California, United Kingdom, Italy, New
Hampshire and Maryland. Work is expected to be completed in December 2013. This
contract combines purchases for the Air Force (38.5 percent), the Navy (38.5 percent) and
the Cooperative Partner participants (23 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/27/11)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $253M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $253,000,000 modification to definitize the previously awarded F-35 Lightning II
Joint Strike Fighter Low Rate Initial Production IV sustainment undefinitized contract action.
This contract has both cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract line items.
This modification provides for recurring and non-recurring sustainment for the Navy, Air
Force, and Cooperative Program participants. Work will be performed in Texas, California,
United Kingdom, Florida, New Hampshire and Maryland. Work is expected to be completed
in May 2014. Contract funds in the amount of $169,686,815 will expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the Navy (55.5 percent), Air Force
(35.2 percent) and Cooperative Program participants (9.3 percent). The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/27/11)

F-35 sim a cut above
The $20 million simulators for pilots who will learn to fly the Lockheed Martin F-35 at Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., are so advanced they can be used to replicated aerial refueling with a
KC-10 and KC-135, officials said. Air Force Times reports that 10 of the full mission
simulators, built by Lockheed Martin, have been ordered so far. The refueling capability is
just one of the advances. (Source: Air Force Times, 12/27/11) Eglin is where pilots from all
branches of the U.S. military as well as allied pilots will be trained on all three variants of the
fighter.

Airport still seeking carrier
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – It’s still unclear if a commercial carrier will come in to serve
Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport once Delta Airlines ends service. In July the airline said
it was discontinuing service to 24 smaller markets, including Hattiesburg. Under federal
guidelines the airliner was required to provide service for at least 90 days, but it’s remained
in place while a replacement is found, and there’s no word how much longer that will be. The
Department of Transportation currently is accepting bids for air service. (Source:
Hattiesburg American, 12/26/11)

Orion drop test successful
NASA conducted a drop test of the Orion crew vehicle's parachutes over the Arizona desert
last week in preparation for its orbital flight test in 2014. Orion will carry astronauts deep into
space, and will include an emergency abort capability. A C-130 plane dropped the Orion test
article from an altitude of 25,000 feet above the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Grounds. Orion's
drogue chutes were deployed between 15,000 and 20,000 feet, followed by the pilot
parachutes, which then deployed two main landing parachutes. (Source: NASA, 12/21/11)
Gulf Coast note: Lockheed Martin builds Orion at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

Airport wants world class cuisine
NEW ORLEANS -- The airport is in a city known for its restaurants and cuisine, but you
wouldn't know that from what's available in the concourses at Louis Armstrong International
Airport. Officials hope to change that and provide passengers with world class concessions
by the time the city hosts the Super Bowl in February 2013. The aviation board and the
master food and beverage concessionaire are discussing it all. An in-depth story by the
Times-Picayune. (Source: Times-Picayune, 12/24/11)

Contract: EADS, $212.7M
EADS North America, Inc., Arlington, Va., was awarded a $212,703,701 firm-fixed-price
contract. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure 39
production aircraft in support of the Army's Light Utility Helicopter Program. Work will be
done in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2013. One bid was
solicited, with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal,
Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/23/11)

Maintainers qualifying on F-35
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The first group of military maintainers at the 33rd Fighter
Wing recently qualified in numerous F-35A flight inspections by a uniformed certifier, a task
only civilian certifiers initially were contracted to support. "This first-ever Air Force to Air
Force on-the-job training event is an important milestone,” said Lt. Col. Michael Miles,
commander, 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. With hundreds of verifications on joint
technical data on how to maintain the aircraft left to be accomplished for each of the three F-
35 variants in 2012 and beyond, the military maintainers are not ready to take over, but are
moving forward. (Source: Team Eglin, 12/22/11)

Airliner has growing pains
For Vision Airlines, there were some ups and downs during the year for the newest
commercial carrier at Northwest Florida Regional Airport. The company started with a single
direct route from Niagara Falls, N.Y., to Miami. But everything changed in January 2011
when it announced it would add direct flights to nearly 20 more cities. Since then, some
routes were dropped, others added. A year-in-review story. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 12/22/11)

Contract: GeoEnvironmental, $7.5M
GeoEnvironmental Resources, Virginia Beach, Va., is being awarded a maximum amount
$7,500,000 architect-engineering contract for geotechnical engineering services to support
the construction and maintenance of facilities required primarily for Virginia, North Carolina,
and West Virginia, and various activities within the NAVFAC Atlantic area of responsibility.
Work to be performed provides for subsurface investigations with subsequent
geotechnical/foundation analysis. Task order 0001 is being awarded at $67,077 for A-E
services to support the fiscal 2011 Airfield Pavement Condition Assessment Program at
Whiting Field North, Fla.; Whiting Field South, Fla.; Naval Outlying Field (NOLF) Evergreen,
Ala.; NOLF Brewton, Ala.; and NOLF Choctaw, Fla. Work for this task order is expected to
be completed by March 2012. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic, Norfolk,
Va., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/22/11)

A year of J-2X testing
NASA has provided a year-end wrap-up of the work that's been done on the J-2X engine,
which will power the heavy-lift Space Launch System's second stage. It's the first human-
rated rocket engine to be developed in 40 years, and NASA and Pratt & Whitney
Rocketdyne are setting new records in rocket engine development with the first J-2X engine
unit, E10001. During the year it went through its first 10 tests probing engine performance
and accumulated a total hot-fire test run time of 1,040 seconds at NASA's Stennis Space
Center, Miss. "E10001 got to 100 percent power in just four tests and achieved a full flight-
duration test of 500 seconds in its eighth test, quicker than any other U.S. engine program
in history," said Tom Byrd, J-2X engine lead in the SLS Liquid Engines Office. The J-2X
engine test program will need only five percent the number of tests required to develop the
original J-2 engine. (Source: NASA, 12/21/11)

Another test done of AEHF
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. - Raytheon Co. has successfully tested with the Advanced
Extremely High Frequency satellite that will provide secure communications for the military.
Raytheon's U.S. Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT) is the second operationally fielded terminal
to interoperate with an on-orbit AEHF satellite after the recent success of the company's U.
S. Army Secure Mobile Anti-jam Reliable Tactical Terminal (SMART-T). The first AEHF
satellite, launched in August 2010, recently began a set of operational tests. The AEHF,
designed to replace the Milstar system, is a joint service satellite communications system for
high-priority military ground, sea and air assets. (Source: Raytheon, 12/20/11) Gulf Coast
note: The Lockheed Martin AEHF satellite's core propulsion module is built at Stennis Space
Center, Miss.

VT Aerospace, PW partner
SINGAPORE - Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) announced that
Vision Technologies Aerospace Inc. (VT Aerospace) entered into an agreement with Pratt &
Whitney to invest in a 50.1 percent stake in EcoServices LLC. Pratt & Whitney will retain the
remaining 49.9 percent stake. EcoServices will provide EcoPower Engine Wash services to
customers around the world, and will become a subsidiary of VT Aerospace. VT Aerospace
owns three aerospace operating companies in Mobile, Ala., and San Antonio, Texas,
specializing in aircraft engineering design, maintenance and modification. (Source:
PRNewswire, 12/21/11, ST Engineering, 12/22/11)

Contract: Equilon, $99M
Equilon Enterprises, doing business as Shell Oil Products -- Mobile, Houston, Texas, was
awarded a fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract with a maximum $99,807,351
for JP8 aviation turbine fuel. The other location of performance is Mobile, Ala. Using service
is Defense Logistics Agency Energy. Type of appropriation is FY12 Defense Working
Capital Funds. The date of performance completion is April 30, 2012. The Defense Logistics
Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/20/11)

Contract: Placid, $41.6M
Placid Refining Co. LLC, Baton Rouge, La., was awarded a fixed-price with economic price
adjustment contract with a maximum $41,583,070 for JP8 and JP5 aviation turbine fuel.
There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Defense Logistics Agency
Energy. Type of appropriation is FY12 Defense Working Capital Funds. The date of
performance completion is April 30, 2012. The Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort
Belvoir, Va. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/20/11)

Contract: Cubic, $14.9M
Cubic Defense Applications Inc., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $14,972,799 firm-
fixed-price for about 70 airborne subsystems, parallel umbilical, ground subsystems:
transport ground subsystem with live monitor, control display units, portable ground
subsystem, remote range unit, maintenance boot flash module, engineering and technical
management support and program management. The location of the performance is San
Diego, Calif. and Fort Walton Beach, Fla. and is expected to be completed May 6, 2013.
AAC/EBYK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/20/11)

Japan opts for F-35
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Japan Ministry of Defense announced its selection of the
Lockheed Martin F-35 as the Japan Air Self Defense Force's next generation fighter aircraft.
The initial contract will be for four F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variants. The F-35
program is comprised of nine partner nations: the United States, United Kingdom, Italy,
Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark and Norway. The U.K. and Netherlands
have ordered test aircraft, and Italy and Australia have committed long-lead funding for their
initial operational aircraft. In October 2010, Israel selected the F-35A as the Israel Air
Force's next generation fighter. (Source: PRNewswire, 12/19/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Contract: Boeing, $10.9M
The Boeing Co., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is being awarded a $10,878,123 firm-fixed-price
contract for five major subassemblies required to build-up six AC-130U 25mm ammunition
storage handling systems assemblies. These subassemblies are conveyor assembly;
loader/downloader; magazine transfer unit; magazine drive gearbox; and the gun drive
gearbox. The location of the activity is Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and is expected to be
completed Jan. 31, 2014. AFGLSC, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 12/19/11)

AJ26 No. 8 tested at SSC
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- There was another successful test firing of Aerojet's
AJ26 engine No. 8 Thursday in support of Orbital Science Corp.'s program to launch a
cargo mission to the International Space Station. The next test of an AJ26, this one engine
No. 9, is slated for January. Once the data is reviewed and the engine is inspected, it will be
shipped to the launch site at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia for installation on
Orbital's Antares rocket, the new name for the medium-class launch vehicle previously
called Taurus II. The Aerojet engines will power the first stage of the Antares. Orbital is part
of NASA's ongoing Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Contract. (Source: NASA,
12/15/11)

AIRINC to reopen in Fairhope
FAIRHOPE, Ala. -- Aero-mark MRO will be opening a 26,000 square-foot facility to assemble
and repair military aircraft system parts, according to the Baldwin County Economic
Development Alliance. Plans are to open in January at the Fairhope airport with 25 workers,
growing to 60 in three years. The company is awaiting FAA approval for a license. The
company is owned by AIRINC, a repair station at the airport that was sold to Fokker Aircraft.
Fokker closed the plant last October and moved operations to Georgia. (Source: Mobile
Press-Register, 12/16/11)

Panel: BRAC in 2015 or 2017?
Amid uncertainty over how deep the Pentagon's budget cuts will be over the coming decade,
a panel of speakers in the inaugural Defense Communities 360 Live Webcast Thursday
warned defense communities that the consequences will be widespread at installations
across the nation. They expect another base closure round between elections, perhaps in
2015 or 2017. (Source: Defense Communities 360, 12/16/11) Gulf Coast note: This region
is home to multiple bases, many of which are involved in aerospace activities.

Mobile ranked 34 in Milken list
Mobile, Ala., is ranked 34, Pensacola, Fla., 73, and New Orleans 101 in the 2011 Milken
Institute Best-Performing Cities Index of 200 large metro areas. All three moved up in the
index, designed to show performance of 379 large and small metro areas in creating and
sustaining jobs and economic growth, including technology growth. Mobile last year was 59,
Pensacola 116 and New Orleans 123. In the list of 179 small metro areas, Pascagoula,
Miss., is ranked 40, Panama City, Fla., is 73, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is 75, and Gulfport-
Biloxi, Miss., 79. Gulfport's ranking is an improvement over last year's 101 ranking.
Pascagoula, Panama City and Fort Walton Beach dropped from 26, 49 and 73, respectively.
(Source: Tcp, 12/15/11) Milken data link

Goodrich EPP wins Florida award
Goodrich Corp.'s Engineered Polymer Products (EPP) site in Jacksonville, Fla., has been
recognized as a 2011 Manufacturer of the Year by the Manufacturers Association of Florida.
The advocacy group selected EPP, part of Goodrich's Aerostructures business, because of
the quality and customer focus of its workforce, as well as its commitment at all levels to
continuous improvement. The award is in the 61- to 125-employee category. (Source:
Goodrich, 12/14/11) Gulf Coast note: Goodrich Alabama Service Center is located in Foley,
Ala., and is part of Goodrich Aerostructures.

SSC wraps up 2011 tests of J-2X
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA conducted its final J-2X rocket engine test of the
year Wednesday, the 10th firing in a series on the upper-stage engine for the Space
Launch System. The engine was test fired on the A-2 stand at 100 percent power for engine
performance calibration and the effects of fuel inlet pressure variations. The engine, No.
10001, will be moved from the stand to allow for addition of a nozzle extension and
associated test facility modifications needed for additional engine tests in 2012. J-2X
engines 10002 through 10004 are being manufactured for hot fire testing at Stennis
planned through 2014. In addition, tests of the J-2X powerpack are scheduled for 2012. On
Thursday SSC is scheduled to test the Aerojet AJ26 engine. (Source: NASA, 12/14/11)

Eglin protection measure in bill
An amendment designed to protect the research, development, test and evaluation activities
at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is included in a defense spending bill coming before Congress.
The amendment drafted by Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., was pushed through a conference
committee by Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla. It requires the Air Force to present Congress a report
on its proposal to reorganize its Materiel Command within 180 days of the bill’s passage.
The consolidations announced in November would put Eglin's 46th Test Wing under the
command of a two-star at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. A thriving aerospace industry has
grown up around Eglin due to the base's RDT&E functions, and the fear is any attempt to
move that function to Edwards. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 12/13/11)

South Miss hotspot for defense jobs
A new report ranks South Mississippi as one of the top five less-known regions in the
country for defense jobs. The report released Tuesday by ClearanceJobs.com said defense
spending, notably in shipbuilding and aerospace, helped rebuilding efforts after Hurricane
Katrina. The report said South Mississippi has jobs for rocket scientists, oceanographers,
cyber-security personnel, geospatial analysts, technical trainers and test engineers. South
Mississippi is home to NASA's Stennis Space Center, and the Navy is a big tenant. It's also
home to the Navy Seabees, Keesler Air Force Base and major shipbuilding activities.
Detroit, Omaha, Neb., Seattle, and Mohawk Valley in upstate New York also were named in
the top five. (Source: Sun Herald, PRNewswire, 12/13/11)

Engines to be tested this week
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Two rocket engine tests are scheduled this week at
Stennis Space Center. On Wednesday NASA will conduct another in a series of tests on the
J-2X rocket engine being developed by Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne for NASA’s Space
Launch System. The test is at the A-2 stand. NASA did a combustion stability test of the J-2X
Dec. 1. On Thursday there will be a test of the Aeroject AJ26 rocket engine that will power
Orbital Sciences Corp.’s commercial cargo flights to the International Space Station.
(Source: NASA, 12/13/11)

20th Space Control Squadron
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The operators of the 20th Space Control Squadron have a
big task: using the world's most powerful radar for around-the-clock space surveillance. The
squadron's AN/FPS-85 radar helps the Air Force keep track of more than 22,000 orbiting
satellites, from baseball-size objects in near-Earth orbit to basketball-size objects in deep
space. A feature story on the organization by the public affairs office. (Source: 20th Special
Control Squadron, 12/12/11)

46th Test Wing gets award
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – For the 13th year, the 46th Test Wing was recently
awarded an Air Force Outstanding Unit award for 2010. The award recognizes the top 10
percent of numbered Air Force units. The 46th Test Wing performed more than 5,600 air
and ground test missions and logged more than 6,200 flying hours while testing 37 highly
modified test aircraft worth $4.5 billion. Some of the weapon systems tested for both U.S.
and allied forces included the Small Diameter Bomb I & II, Terminal High Altitude Area
Defense, Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, Hard Target Void Sensing Fuze, Advanced
Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile, and the Trident Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile. (Source:
46th Test Wing, 12/12/11)

Avalex grand opening next month
GULF BREEZE, Fla. -- The new $10 million, 53,000-square-foot headquarters of Avalex
Technologies will hold a grand opening Jan. 7, 2012. The company, which makes flat panel
displays, digital mapping systems, video recorders and infrared sensor pointing systems for
military and law enforcement airborne surveillance, has 65 employees. CEO Tad Ihns said
the company is still hiring, looking for two software engineers and a military business
developer. Workers moved into the new building, a former Ford dealership, in November
from nearby Pensacola. Avalex has 7,000 square-feet of space left that’s available for lease,
and the property is also zoned for a five-story building on the western edge of the property.
(Source: Pensacola News Journal, 12/10/11)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $4B
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $4,011,919,310 fixed-price-incentive (firm target) (FPIF) modification to a
previously awarded advance acquisition contract. This modification provides for the
manufacture and delivery of 30 Low Rate Initial Production Lot V F-35 Joint Strike Fighters
for the Air Force (21 Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) aircraft); the Navy (6
Carrier Variant (CV) aircraft) and Marine Corps (3 Short Take Off and Vertical Landing
(STOVL) aircraft). In addition, this modification provides for associated ancillary mission
equipment and flight test instrumentation for those aircraft, and flight test instrumentation for
the United Kingdom. Work is expected to be completed in January 2014. This contract
combines purchases for the Air Force ($2,644,270,340; 65.9 percent); Navy ($937,374,286;
23.34 percent); Marine Corps ($426,190,013; 10.6 percent); and the United Kingdom
($4,084,671; 0.1 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/09/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
the F-35 training center.

NLRB drops complaint over plant
The National Labor Relations Board has dropped its legal challenge against Boeing over a
nonunion 787 plant the company opened in South Carolina. The decision announced Friday
comes after the Machinists union approved a four-year contract extension with Boeing. As
part of that deal, the union agreed to withdraw its charge that the company violated federal
labor laws. (Source: multiple, including FoxNews, New York Times, Bloomberg, 12/09/11)
Gulf Coast note: Boeing has operations in the Gulf Coast region.

Eglin gets Marine F-35 next week
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The first Marine F-35 is expected to arrive at the Joint
Strike Fighter Integrated Training Center in Northwest Florida next week. The F-35C will be
flown from the Lockheed Martin manufacturing center in Fort Worth, Texas, by the military's
first F-35 pilots, according to the base. There are three variants of the F-35, one a
conventional takeoff and landing variant, one designed for carrier landings and one a
vertical takeoff and landing version. The arrival of the F-35 at Eglin will bring to seven the
number of F-35s at the base. Eventually, the base will have 59 Joint Strike Fighters.
(Source: Tcp, 12/09/11)

SSC to test Blue Origin engines
Another commercial engine will be tested at NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss., next
spring, according to NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver. She made the announcement
while visiting Blue Origin in Kent, Wash., Thursday. The company is one of NASA's
commercial partners developing systems to reach low Earth orbit as part of the Commercial
Crew Development Program. Garver said Blue Origin has delivered its BE-3 engine thrust
chamber assembly, the engine's combustion chamber and nozzle, to SSC, where testing will
begin in April 2012 on the E-1 Test Stand. The company is developing a reusable launch
vehicle, designed to take off and land vertically, and an escape system for its crewed
spacecraft. "We're delighted Blue Origin is taking advantage of Stennis, a center with a long
record of propulsion testing from the dawn of the Space Age, to test the rocket engines of
the future," Garver said. (Source: NASA, 12/08/11)

Base marks 20th as “Tree City”
MILTON, Fla. -- Naval Air Station Whiting Field marked its 20th consecutive year as a
National Arbor Day Foundation "Tree City, USA." The base celebrated the platinum
anniversary of its green leadership by planting a sapling river birch on the grounds of the air
station's fire department Tuesday. The National Arbor Day Foundation sets four standards
that a town or installation must meet in order to achieve the designation. Whiting is the
longest-serving military "Tree City USA." (Source: NNS, 12/08/11) The base in Northwest
Florida trains naval helicopter and fixed-wing aviators.

Workers OK contract extension
Unionized Boeing machinists approved a four-year contract extension that likely ends a
federal complaint over the opening of a non-union assembly plant in South Carolina. Union
officials say that 74 percent of voting members chose to approve the deal. The union
represents 28,000 workers in Washington, Oregon and Kansas. Boeing promised that if
workers approved the pact, the company would build the new version of the 737 in the
Puget Sound region. (Source: AP via Fox News, News Tribune, Business Wire, Seattle
Times, 12/07/11) Gulf Coast note: Boeing has several operations in the Gulf Coast.

SLS booster to be discussed
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- NASA will host an industry day at the Marshall Space Flight Center to
share information on an upcoming NASA Research Announcement for the Space Launch
System's advanced booster. Marshall is leading the design and development of the SLS.
The 130-metric ton vehicle will require an advanced booster with a significant increase in
thrust over existing U.S. liquid or solid boosters. Its first full-scale test flight is set for 2017.
The industry day is Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. CST in the Morris Auditorium in Marshall's building
4200. (Source: NASA, 12/07/11) Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud
Assembly Facility, New Orleans, are involved in the SLS project.

Contract: Raytheon, $34.6M
Raytheon Co., Andover, Mass., was awarded a $34,627,623 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to
provide for the development and management services for the systems under the Product
Management Office for Integrated Tactical Systems. Work will be performed in Andover,
Mass., Huntsville, Ala., and Pensacola, Fla., with an estimated completion date of May 31,
2012. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 12/07/11)

Upgraded J-2X powerpack ready to test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – An upgraded J-2X powerpack has been installed on the
A-1 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center and will be tested next month, NASA said. The
powerpack that was installed Monday consists of a gas generator and turbopumps. The
powerpack pumps liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen into the J-2X’s main combustion
chamber to produce the needed thrust. The Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne J-2X is designed
to provide 294,000 pounds of thrust, up from the 230,000-pound capability of the original J-
2 used in the Apollo program. It took two years to modify the A-1 stand for the test series.
(Source: NASA, 12/06/11)

Manned, unmanned share intel
SAN DIEGO -- A Fire Scout unmanned helicopter successfully sent sensor data to the
cockpit display of a MH-60 helicopter during a Navy and Northrop Grumman demonstration
in October. The demonstration near Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., paves the way for
improving the speed at which field commanders can make decisions during military
operations. Until now, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data gathered by Fire
Scout has been sent to its host ship for further dissemination. During the demonstration,
crew members aboard a nearby Coast Guard boat also viewed Fire Scout's sensor data in
real time using a remote terminal. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 12/06/11) Previous: New
squadron to use MH-60 and Fire Scout. Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in
Moss Point, Miss.

Third area flight academy launched
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Escambia High School has become the third school in Escambia and
Santa Rosa counties to create a flight academy. The National Flight Academy at Naval Air
Station Pensacola partnered with the district to create an Aviation Classroom Experience, a
game-based learning environment that aims to teach students skills in science, technology,
engineering and math. The classroom is equipped with 31 computers with flight simulator
software, along with three full-sized flight simulators. The other area schools with flight
academies are Warrington Middle School in Escambia County and Milton High School in
Santa Rosa County. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 12/05/11)

Millions in work on the table
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center is ready to put $200 million of
work for the heavy launch Space Launch System on the table. NASA announced its
intentions Dec. 1 and modified the announcement Dec. 2 on the government contracting
website fbo.gov. The agency said it will issue a "Draft Research Announcement" around
Dec. 12. NASA is seeking research proposals to meet the "goal of reducing risk in the areas
of affordability, performance, and reliability" in the new rocket's booster, scheduled to make
its first flight in 2017. (Source: Huntsville Times, 12/05/11) Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space
Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, are both involved in the SLS
project.

Big biofuel purchase made
WASHINGTON -- The Defense Logistics Agency is buying 450,000 gallons of drop-in
biofuel, accelerating demonstration of a homegrown fuel source that can reduce
dependence on foreign oil. The biofuel is made from a blend of non-food waste from the
Louisiana-based Dynamic Fuels LLC and algae produced by Solazyme. The fuel will be
used in the Navy's demonstration of a Green Strike Group in the summer of 2012 during the
Rim of the Pacific Exercise. The biofuel will be mixed with aviation gas or marine diesel fuel
for use in the demonstration. In preparation for the demonstration, the Navy recently
completed testing of all aircraft, including F/A-18 and all six Blue Angels and the V-22
Osprey, and has successfully tested the RCB-X (riverine command boat), training patrol
craft, self defense test ship, and conducted full-scale gas turbine engine testing. (Source:
NNS, 12/05/11) Gulf Coast note: Dynamic Fuels, a joint venture of Tyson Foods Inc., and
Syntroleum Corp., is building a synthetic fuels plant in Geismar, La., between Baton Rouge
and New Orleans, to turn animal byproducts such as beef tallow and pork and chicken fat
into renewable diesel; the Blue Angels are based at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.;
riverine craft are used by special warfare units at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Orion water landing test set
A test version of the Orion crew capsule will take its final splash of the year Dec. 13 at the
Hydro Impact Basin of NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Testing began this
summer to certify the Orion spacecraft for water landings. Since July, engineers have
conducted six tests from different angles, heights and pitches to simulate varying sea
conditions and impacts Orion could face upon landing in the Pacific Ocean. The Hydro
Impact Basin is 115 feet long, 90 feet wide and 20 feet deep. (Source: NASA, 12/05/11) Gulf
Coast note: Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans assembles the Orion crew capsule.

Crestview firm to provide fuel
CRESTVIEW, Fla. – Emerald Coast Aviation was selected to provide aviation fuel at
Northwest Florida Regional Airport. The company, which started as a fixed-base operator at
DeFunak Springs Airport in Walton County, beat four other bidders for the contract. Emerald
Coast now has operations at all three Okaloosa County airports. The company also will
supply gas for the rental car fleet. (Source: Crestview Bulletin, 12/01/11)

F-35 alt engine work ends
General Electric and Rolls Royce stopped financing their F136 turbofan designed for the F-
35. The two companies had been privately funding the developmental effort after the
Defense Department formally terminated the project in April. The decision marks the end of
a 15-year effort to develop an alternative to the Pratt and Whitney F135 engine that powers
the Joint Strike Fighter. (Source: Defense News, 12/02/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is the F-35 training center; Rolls-Royce and GE have operations in the Gulf
Coast region.

Measure protects Eglin research
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said he succeeded in passing a measure he believes can prevent Eglin’
s Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation function from being snatched away by
another base during any pending Pentagon cuts. There is no companion measure in the
House version. A conference committee is to be selected to combine the House and Senate
versions of the bill. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 12/02/11)

Contract: Boeing, $125.9M
Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $125,917,979 firm-fixed-price contract for a
quantity of 4,977 Lot 16 Guided Vehicle kits procured for Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM)
purposes. The JDAM weapon system provides the Air Force and Navy with an improved
aerial delivery capability for existing 500-, 1,000-, and 2,000-pound bombs. The JDAM is a
strap-on kit with Inertial Navigation System/Global Positioning System capability. This
procurement action is an option exercised as a separate contract. Work will be performed at
St. Charles, Mo., and is expected to be completed May 31, 2014. ACC/EBDK, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/02/11)

Contract: GCC and CCI, $10M
GCC/Thomco 1, LLC JV, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and CCI Group, LLC, Shalimar, Fla., are
being awarded a $10,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to contract for
Simplified Acquisition of Base Engineering Requirements maintenance, repair, and minor
construction efforts. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. AAC/PKO, Eglin Air
Force Base is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/02/11)

JSF testing reveals “hot spots”
Testing of the F-35 has shown more "hot spots" in the airframe than expected, the program
chief said. Vice Adm. David Venlet recommends slowing production of the fighter until the
issues are resolved. The fatigue hot spots are not a threat to safety or the mission, but need
to be fixed to make sure the plane's structural parts last the 8,000 hours of service life
required, he said. (Source: AOL Defense, 12/01/11). Meanwhile, a senior Defense
Department official said the Marine Corps could start training new students to fly the F-35B
short take-off vertical landing version of the F-35 in August 2012. (Source: Defense News,
11/30/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the center that will train F-35 pilots.

J-2X combustion stability tested
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA conducted a stability test firing of the J-2X rocket
engine Thursday on the A-2 test stand at Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi. The
upper-stage engine is being developed to carry humans farther into space than ever before.
The 80-second test firing focused on characterizing the new engine's combustion stability.
During the test, a controlled explosion was initiated inside the engine's combustion chamber
to introduce an energetic pulse of vibrations not expected during nominal operations. Data
from this and future combustion stability tests will help engineers understand more about the
engine's performance and robustness during operation. The engine is being developed by
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and will provide upper-stage power for NASA's new Space
Launch System. The SLS will carry the Orion spacecraft, its crew, cargo, equipment and
science experiments to space. (Source: NASA, 12/01/11)

SSC security contract awarded
NASA has selected ISS Action Inc. of Jamaica, N.Y., to provide protective services at the
agency's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss. The firm, fixed price contract
consists of a base period of eight months and four one-year option periods; with a total
value of $25.9 million. ISS Action Inc. will provide security services at Stennis, including
physical security operations, personnel security, access control, badging, 911 dispatch
center, access monitoring, traffic control and locksmith services. (Source: PRNewswire,
12/01/11)

Video game features MOAB
A bomb developed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is a featured weapon in a video game. A
digital version of the Massive Ordinance Air Blast, or MOAB, is a featured weapon in the
game “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3,” published by Activision for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
and Microsoft Windows. When the 30-foot, 21,600-pound MOAB was developed in 2003, it
was the largest non-nuclear weapon in the Air Force’s inventory. It was detonated at Eglin
twice. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 11/30/11)


NOVEMBER 2011

Solar powers Whiting field
MILTON, Fla. - Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Northwest Florida marked a step on its path
to energy independence Nov. 29 with a ribbon-cutting for the air station's first large-scale
photovoltaic power system. At the time of the ceremony, the power system was generating
sufficient energy to reduce the host structure's energy consumption to "net zero." The solar
array is designed to provide primary power to building 2981, which houses Training Air Wing
5's fixed-wing Training Squadron 2 and Training Squadron 6. A duplicate of the solar array
has been installed to service a similar facility containing two of the air station's three south
field-based helicopter training squadrons. The solar generators are the culmination of a
Navy-wide initiative to expand the energy independence of its stateside installations.
(Source: Naval Air Station Whiting Field, 11/30/11)

Boeing, union reach agreement
Boeing and its biggest union reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract
extension that would ensure the 737MAX is built in Renton, Wash., and would likely lead to a
settlement of the National Labor Relations Board case against the company over a 787
production line in South Carolina. The deal could also bring Air Force tanker work to Puget
Sound if Boeing decides to shut down a Wichita, Kan., plant. The 28,000 members of the
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers are due to vote on the deal
next week. (Sources: Seattle Times, Reuters, 11/30/11)

NASA picks SBIR proposals
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA selected 300 small business proposals to enter
into negotiations for possible contract awards through the agency's Small Business
Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
Eight of the proposals involve technologies being developed for the Office of the Chief
Technologist at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, including one involving Innovative
Imaging and Research at SSC and the University of Southern Mississippi. The programs
encourage small businesses and research institutions to engage in federal research,
development and commercialization to address NASA needs. Program results have
benefited many NASA efforts, including modern air traffic control systems, Earth-observing
spacecraft, the International Space Station and the Mars rovers. (Source: NASA Stennis
Space Center, 11/30/11, NASA release, 11/29/11)

12-pound UAV bomb flies
TUCSON, Ariz. - Raytheon has completed captive carry tests of its Small Tactical Munition
Phase II configuration, paving the way for flight tests of the bombs for Shadow-class
unmanned systems. The 12-pound, 22-inch, precision-guided, gravity-dropped bomb is
designed to engage moving and static targets, and can be used by manned and unmanned
aircraft. It has foldable fins and wings, enabling deployment from common launch tubes.
(Source: Raytheon, 11/30/11) Gulf Coast note: Portions of the Global Hawk and Fire Scout
are built in Moss Point, Miss.; the Navy is developing an armed version of the Fire Scout;
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., develops aerial weapons; the Coast Guard in Mobile, Ala., has a
UAV training program.

AICUZ study to be released
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. - Keesler Air Force Base's updated Air Installation
Compatible Use Zone (AICUZ) study will be released at a public meeting next month. Keesler
officials point out that as surrounding cities grow, it’s important that government, businesses
and Keesler work together to implement mutually-beneficial planning for the future. The
study addresses aircraft noise and accident potential zones created by current flying
operations at Keesler, and contains information on building height restrictions and other
data. A question-and-answer period follows the 6:30 p.m. presentation Dec. 12 at the Biloxi
Visitors Center. (Source: 81st Training Wing Public Affairs, 11/30/11)

Another J-2X test slated
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – NASA at Stennis Space Center is scheduled to conduct
another test on the J-2X, the upper-stage rocket engine being developed by Pratt and
Whitney Rocketdyne. Earlier this month NASA conducted a successful 500-second test of
the J-2X, which will be used to carry humans, cargo and equipment beyond low-Earth orbit
on the agency's new heavy lift Space Launch System. The J-2X uses liquid hydrogen and
liquid oxygen propellants. (Source: NASA, 11/30/11)

Decoy jammer to begin production
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Air Force has authorized Raytheon to begin low rate initial production
of the Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer variant. MALD is a modular, air-launched,
programmable system that weighs less than 300 pounds and has a range of about 575
miles. It protects aircrews and their aircraft by duplicating the combat flight profiles and
signatures of U.S. and allied aircraft, and the new model adds radar-jamming capability that
allows it to perform stand-in jamming missions instead of using manned aircraft. Raytheon
will begin delivering MALD-J in 2012. (Source: Raytheon via PRNewswire, 11/29/11) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., has been the contracting activity for development of
the system.

Hurlburt general to lead probe
Brig. Gen. Stephen A. Clark of the Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field,
Fla., has been appointed to head an investigation into the Nov. 26 deaths of Pakistani
soldiers during an engagement near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan. Marine Corps Gen.
James N. Mattis, commander of U.S. Central Command, directed Clark to provide an initial
report on the incident by Dec. 23. NATO, the Afghan and Pakistan governments are also
invited to name representatives to the team. (Source: American Forces Press Service,
United States Central Command, 11/28/11, Northwest Florida Daily News, 11/29/11)

Contract: Raytheon, $19.6M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $19,639,651 firm-fixed-
price contract to provide High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile Targeting System (HTS)
contractor logistics support depot support for the HTS pod. AAC/EBAS, Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/29/11)

Jacobs gets AAC contract
PASADENA, Calif. - Jacobs Engineering Group received a follow-on contract to provide
advisory and assistance services for the Air Armament Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
The Technical and Engineering Acquisition Support (TEAS) 6 contract contains a ceiling of
$662 million, and has a total ordering period of three years, beginning Dec. 11. With a staff
of nearly 600 personnel, Jacobs provides technical expertise to help AAC develop, acquire,
test, deploy and sustain air delivered munitions. Work includes systems engineering and
integration support of virtually all Air Force air-launched weapon systems; test and training
range systems; and numerous air combat support systems. (Source: Jacobs via
PRNewswire, 11/29/11) Note: The Air Armament Center is being eliminated in a
restructuring, but the base will continue to have a directorate and remain the Air Force’s
center for aerial weapons development.

U.K. tests Tomahawk at Eglin
A British submarine, HMS Astute, earlier this month test fired Tomahawk cruise missiles from
a location in the Gulf of Mexico to a target at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The test on Nov. 9
and 10 was designed to show the new class of sub capable of using the Tomahawk cruise
missile. The first launch tested a Block III Tomahawk, followed by a torpedo tube-launched
Block IV Tomahawk. The Astute class of sub is built by BAE Systems. The sub will continue
trials in the US until the early spring before returning to the UK for more training before her
first operational deployment. (Sources: Wired, 11/17/11, BayNet, 11/28/11)

Permit issued for airport project
A building permit has been issued for a $6.1 million terminal and hangar at Stennis
International Airport in Hancock County, Miss. GM&R Construction Co. of Bay St. Louis was
the successful bidder. Jack Zink, executive director of the Hancock County Development
Commission, expects work to start any day on the 10,000-square foot, two-story terminal
and 24,000-square foot hangar to replace the hangar destroyed during Hurricane Katrina.
The airport supports business and executive jets and military flight training, and is used by
Roll-Royce to support engine testing at Stennis Space Center. (Source: Sun Herald,
11/28/11)

Airline files bankruptcy
AMR, parent of American Airlines, the nation’s third largest airline, filed for chapter 11
bankruptcy Tuesday. The company said that American, American Eagle and all other
subsidiaries will operate normal flight schedules during the bankruptcy filing process.
(Source: Multiple, 11/29/11) Gulf Coast note: American serves Mobile (Ala.) Regional
Airport, Pensacola (Fla.) International Airport, Gulfport-Biloxi (Miss.) International Airport,
New Orleans International Airport and Northwest Florida Regional Airport in Valparaiso, Fla.

F-35 launches from EMALS
LAKEHURST, N.J. -- The Navy launched an F-35C test aircraft with the new electromagnetic
aircraft launch system (EMALS) in a Nov. 18 demonstration. The test of aircraft CF-3
provided an early opportunity to evaluate technical risks and began the process to integrate
the carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter with the future carrier fleet aircraft launching system
being developed for the new Gerald R. Ford class of carrier. Aircraft for years have used
steam catapults, and the F-35C has completed more than 50 steam catapult launches. But
EMALS uses magnetic fields to propel a carriage down a track, allowing a more gradual
speed increase and reducing airframe stress. In the past year the EMALS team launched a
T-45 Goshawk, an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, a C-2A Greyhound and several F/A-18
aircraft. (Source: NNS, 11/28/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home to the
F-35 training center.

Second X-47 takes flight
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The second Northrop Grumman unmanned X-47B
fighter logged its first flight Nov. 22 at Edwards Air Force Base. Air Vehicle 2 (AV-2) climbed
to 5,000 feet, flew racetrack patterns and landed after a half-hour flight. The X-47B is being
developed for the Navy's Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration program.
The tailless AV-2 autonomous aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s F100-PW-220U
engine and exhaust system. (Sources: Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney, 11/28/11) Gulf
Coast note: Northrop Grumman and Pratt and Whitney have aerospace operations in this
region; Fire Scout and Global Hawk unmanned systems are build in part in Moss Point,
Miss.; multiple companies in the region are involved in UAV-related activities.

New squadron to use Fire Scouts
SAN DIEGO - The Navy's first composite squadron equipped with manned and unmanned
helicopters for expeditionary missions will form in San Diego next year. Nicknamed the
"Magicians," Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35 will be the first to support littoral combat
ships and other ships with both the manned MH-60R Seahawk and unmanned MQ-8B Fire
Scout. The composite squadron will deploy detachments of both aircraft to LCSs, cruisers,
destroyers and frigates. (Source: Navy Times, 11/27/11) Gulf Coast note: Northrop
Grumman Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.; Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., builds
a version of the littoral combat ships.

Tanker may break ceiling $500M
The Defense Department says Boeing may exceed by as much as $500 million the cost
ceiling on its contract for new refueling tankers for the Air Force. That’s $200 million more
than previous estimates. Boeing, which is developing the tanker from its 767 airliner,
absorbs the cost over the contract’s $4.8 billion ceiling. Government officials in June told
Bloomberg News that Boeing was projected to exceed the ceiling by $300 million. The new
estimate is in the Selected Acquisition Report, the Pentagon’s first official cost review for the
179-aircraft, $51.7 billion program. (Source: Bloomberg via Washington Post, 11/27/11) Gulf
Coast note: Boeing won the contract over EADS, which planned to assemble the planes in
Mobile, Ala.

Huge bombs delivered
The Pentagon has taken delivery of huge bunker-busting bombs designed to penetrate
deep to reach underground facilities. Boeing delivered 20 of the Massive Ordnance
Penetrators to the Air Force. Each GPS-guided penetrator is 20 feet long, weighs 30,000
pounds and carries a 5,300-pound payload. The explosive power of a MOP is 10 times that
of its predecessor, the BLU-109. The Air Force began taking delivery of the bombs, which
can be carried in a B-2, in September. (Source: Los Angeles Times, Fox News, Bloomberg
via SF Chronicle, 11/16/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., has been involved
in developing and deploying the MOP.

Airport to begin improvements
DESTIN, Fla. - Okaloosa County commissioners approved the use of a $250,000 grant from
the Florida Department of Transportation to get a runway improvement project started at
Destin Airport. Okaloosa County Airports Director Greg Donovan said he estimates the cost
of refurbishing the 5,000-foot runway and improving the lighting and navigational signage
will be about $4 million. Donovan said his staff is lobbying the Federal Aviation
Administration to obtain money from the agency’s aviation trust fund to pay for the
remainder of the runway replacement. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 11/22/11)

Airport Web site redesigned
PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport will launch a new
website that Airport Authority board members hope will strengthen the region's brand. The
new site, to be online in December, is a complete redesign and will contain a feature that
allows site visitors to track on a map in real time a plane’s position. (Source: Walton Sun,
11/23/11)

First test done of on-orbit AEHF
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. - Raytheon Co. became the first to successfully test with the
Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite. Raytheon's Army Secure Mobile Anti-jam
Reliable Tactical Terminal is the first operationally-fielded terminal to interoperate with an on-
orbit AEHF satellite. Raytheon will deliver 364 AEHF SMART-T terminals to the U.S. armed
services. The first AEHF satellite, launched in August 2010, recently began an set of
operational tests. The AEHF, designed to replace the Milstar system, is a joint service
satellite communications system that provides secure communications for high-priority
military ground, sea and air assets. (Source: Raytheon, 11/22/11) Gulf Coast note: The
Lockheed Martin AEHF satellite's core propulsion module is build at Stennis Space Center,
Miss.

CID establishes commands
PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Center for Information Dominance stood up two new commands
Nov. 14. The request for the new commands, the Center for Information Dominance Unit
(CIDU) Corry Station and CIDU Monterey, was approved by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus Oct.
31. The new commands are in response to the "expanded size of the detachment and
assigned cyber training mission." Annually, CID Unit Corry Station, Pensacola, Fla., trains
about 9,000 Navy and Joint Cryptologists, Information Systems Technicians and Information
Warfare and Information Professional officers, while CID Unit Monterey, Calif., trains about
1,200 Cryptologic Technicians and Foreign Language Officers. In remarks during the stand-
up ceremony at Corry Station, CID Commanding Officer Capt. Susan K. Cerovsky compared
the shore-based commands to that of a newly-commissioned ship. With a staff of nearly
1,300 military, civilian and contracted staff members, CID Corry Station oversees the
development and administration of more than 168 courses at four commands, two
detachments and 16 learning sites throughout the United States and in Japan. CID Corry
Station provides training for about 24,000 members of the U.S. Armed Services and allied
forces each year. (Source: NNS, 11/21/11)

Lockheed hits F-35 test target
Lockheed Martin passed its 2011 flight-test targets for the F-35, with aircraft now flying at a
pace that will allow the company to exceed its target for a significantly higher number of
flights in 2012. The test program completed its 875th flight for the year on Nov. 17, passing
the full-year target of 872. A total of 6,809 test points were accumulated on those flights,
exceeding the year-end target of 6,622. Training on the F-35A at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
has yet to begin. (Source: Aviation Week, 11/21/11)

First international F-35 rolls out
FORT WORTH, Texas - The first international Lockheed Martin F-35 rolled out of the factory
Sunday evening. The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence will use the short takeoff/vertical
landing jet, known as BK-1, for training and operational tests. BK-1 will undergo functional
fuel system checks before being transported to the flight line for ground and flight tests in
the coming months. The jet is scheduled to be delivered in 2012. (Source: Lockheed Martin,
11/22/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center

Security contract awarded
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - NASA awarded Excalibur Associates Inc. of Alexandria, Va., a contract
to provide protective services at Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., and Michoud
Assembly Facility, New Orleans. The contract begins Jan. 1, 2012, with a nine-month base
period, followed by option periods. Excalibur will provide support for physical and personnel
security, technology protection and emergency management and training. (Source:
PRNewswire, 11/21/11)

Supercommittee fails
A special congressional super committee acknowledged failure Monday in efforts to cut the
federal deficit by at least $1.2 trillion. President Obama warned that he would veto any
attempt to undo a resulting round of across-the-board spending cuts. (Source: Washington
Post, 11/21/11) Defense Secretary Leon Panetta released a statement noting his concern.
“If Congress fails to act over the next year, the Department of Defense will face devastating,
automatic, across-the-board cuts that will tear a seam in the nation’s defense,” he said.
(Source: DoD release, 11/21/11) “We are now working on a plan to minimize the impact of
the sequester on the Department of Defense and to ensure that any cuts do not leave us
with a hollow military,” Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in a
statement. “The first responsibility of any government is to provide for the common defense;
we will pursue all options to make certain that we continue to fulfill that solemn commitment.”
(Source: Washington Post, 11/21/11) The Pentagon’s belt-tightening has already been felt
through workforce reductions. Now comes word that Boeing may close a military-aircraft
plant in Wichita, Kan. About 2,100 people work for Boeing in Wichita, modifying and
upgrading military aircraft. Kansas is one of the states that expected to benefit with a Boeing
win over EADS to build tankers for the Air Force. (Source: Bloomberg, 11/21/11)

Airport traffic continues growth
PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Total passenger traffic in October at the Northwest Florida Beaches
International Airport near Panama City, Fla., rose about 4 percent from October 2010,
continuing an upward trend of since the airport moved from the Panama City field on May
23, 2010. Traffic totaled 77,389 for October this year, compared to 74,372 in October 2010,
airport Executive Director John Wheat told board members. (Source: Panama City News
Herald, 11/20/11)

NASA gauging interest in E-4 stand
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA is seeking to identify industry interest in Stennis
Space Center's underutilized E-4 Test Facility. Originally designed to conduct ground tests
of propulsion systems in support of NASA's Rocket Based Combined Cycle Program, the E-4
Test Facility was partially built but has not been completed and further development is not
planned. It consists of concrete-walled test cells and associated hard stand, a high-bay work
area with a bridge crane and adjacent work area, control room space and personnel offices.
The facility was designed to provide low-pressure hydrocarbon fuel and oxidizer to test
articles having a thrust in the horizontal plane up to 50,000 lbf maximum. Pending the level
of interest in a leasing or partnering arrangement, a site visit will be conducted on Jan. 12,
2012. (Source: Tcp, 11/21/11)

AJ26 undergoes test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Engineers at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center
conducted a test firing on an Aerojet AJ26 flight engine Thursday. Orbital Sciences Corp. is
testing the engines for the commercial cargo missions to the International Space Station.
AJ26 engines will be used to power Orbital's Taurus II rocket. Orbital is part of NASA's
ongoing Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) contract. The AJ26 flight
engines are being tested on the E-1 Test Stand. After the engines are successfully tested,
inspected and test data reviewed, the engines are shipped to the Wallops Flight Facility
launch site in Virginia for installation on the Taurus II rocket. (Source: NASA, 11/17/11)

NASA among best place to work
NASA is one of the best places to work in the federal government, according to a survey
released Wednesday. NASA, which has operations at Stennis Space Center, Miss., and
Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, is ranked No. 5 among 308 federal agencies. The
Departments of the Navy, Army and Air Force – which have bases scattered throughout the
Gulf Coast, are ranked 15, 16 and 18, respectively. The survey was done by Partnership for
Public Service, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization. The agencies ranked higher than
NASA are the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Nuclear Regulatory Commission,
Government Accountability Office and Smithsonian Institution. The survey found that
satisfaction among federal workers is down for the first time in four years, in part because of
budgetary uncertainties. (Sources: NASA, Partnership for Public Service, Washington Post,
11/16/11)

X-47B gets magazine award
The editors of Popular Science magazine selected the U.S. Navy/Northrop Grumman X-47B
Unmanned Combat Air System to receive a 2011 Best of What's New award in the Aviation &
Space category. The award was formally announced in the magazine's Dec. issue. Two
tailless, autonomous X-47B unmanned aircraft are currently undergoing testing. The X-47B
is designed to operate from a Navy aircraft carrier. Northrop Grumman's UCAS-D industry
team includes GKN Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Pratt and Whitney, Eaton, GE, Hamilton
Sundstrand, Dell, Honeywell, Goodrich, Moog, Wind River, Parker Aerospace and Rockwell
Collins. (Source: Globe Newswire, 11/16/11) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman's Fire
Scout unmanned helicopter, built in part in Moss Point, Miss., has been successfully
deployed aboard Navy ships.

Company picks Niceville
North Eastern Aeronautical Company Inc., NEANY, announces the opening of its newest
office in Niceville, Fla. The company is a research, design, test and evaluation firm
specializing in unmanned aerial systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance,
sensors and electro-optics. “With Eglin and Tyndall Air Force Bases, the Pensacola Naval
Air Station, and numerous universities all located in the panhandle, I believe the area is a
perfect fit for NEANY,” said company president Steven Steptoe. NEANY also has offices in
Patuxent River, Md., Arlington, Va., and Scottsdale, Ariz. (Source: ECN Magazine, 11/16/11)

Navy to buy land for runway extensions
FOLEY, Ala. – The Navy has begun efforts to buy property needed to expand two
Baldwin County airfields to accommodate new training aircraft. Work is scheduled
to start next summer to extend four runways, two at Barin Field in Foley and two at
Summerdale Field. The runways are needed to accommodate the T-6A, which is
replacing the T-34 training aircraft. The Navy operates several outlying fields in
Baldwin County for training flights out of Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla.
(Source: Mobile Press Register, 11/15/11)

Goodrich hosts jobs fair
FOLEY, Ala. - Foley’s Goodrich Aerostructures plant is hosting a job fair Saturday
to find workers to construct housing for Airbus engines. Baldwin County’s largest
industrial employer, with roughly 800 employees at the site, Goodrich is looking to
hire 40 workers who have experience in heavy construction, automotive, sheet
metal or heating/air conditioning. In the apprenticeship, workers would learn to
construct a nacelle, the cover housing that encases the engine for the Airbus
A320. The new jobs came about because of increased demand. (Source: Mobile
Press-Register, 11/15/11)

Senators: Further cuts unacceptable
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., pointed to Defense
Secretary Leon Panetta’s dire description of the impact of further cuts in defense
spending as the latest evidence that up to $600 billion in automatic defense
spending cuts “should not be allowed to occur.” The senators’ comments came in
response to a letter Panetta sent Monday listing cuts in weapons programs, end
strength and the civilian workforce that most likely would occur under a worst-
case budget scenario. Meanwhile, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, is urging
the congressional deficit-reduction supercommittee to consider closing unneeded
overseas bases, rather than slashing force structure or weapons systems. Last
year, the president’s bipartisan deficit reduction commission estimated that
responsible overseas base closings could save taxpayers $8.5 billion through
2015. (Source: Defense Communities 360, 11/14/11)

Panetta: F-35, shipbuilding at risk
Two military programs of high interest to the Gulf Coast, shipbuilding and the F-35,
could be at risk with additional defense cuts. In a letter to Sens. John McCain and
Lindsey Graham, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said reductions beyond the $450
billion, 10-year defense budget cuts already planned would reduce the size of the
military sharply. If a special committee of lawmakers fails to reach agreement by
Nov. 23 on deficit reduction, that would trigger a so-called sequestration that
would involve at least another $500 billion in defense cuts over a decade and cut
military programs in 2013 by 23 percent. In addition to the F-35, other programs
that face termination include shipbuilding, space initiatives, silo-based nuclear
missiles and ground combat vehicle modernization. (Source: Bloomberg via
Business Week, 11/14/11) Gulf Coast note: The F-35 training center is at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla.; Gulfport and Pascagoula, Miss., and Mobile, Ala., build ships for
the military.

GE gets orders for engines
At the Dubai Air Show Monday, the United Arab Emirates announced that it ordered
50 aircraft powered by two GE90-115B engines, and agreed to a 12-year
maintenance, repair and overhaul contract for those engines. The total value over
the life of the contract is $6 billion. The order will have an impact on multiple GE
Aviation operations nationwide, including the 258-worker GE Aviation plant in
Batesville, Miss. Workers there manufacture composite engine parts – fan stator,
acoustic panels and fan platforms – for the GE90. (Source: GE Aviation, 11/14/11)
Gulf Coast note: GE Aviation is also building a composite engine parts facility in
Hattiesburg, Miss., and Auburn, Ala.

Airbus, Boeing see demand hike
Rivals Boeing and Airbus both anticipate a huge demand increase in the Middle
East over the next 20 years for passenger and cargo aircraft. Airbus' latest Global
Market forecast says carriers in the Middle East will need 1,921 new passenger
and freighter aircraft between 2011 and 2030 valued at $347.4 billion. Boeing
forecasts that airlines in the Middle East will need an estimated 2,520 airplanes
worth $450 billion by 2030. The forecasts come as the region's carriers continue to
surpass global air traffic and capacity growth rates. (Sources: Boeing, EADS/Airbus,
11/14/11) Gulf Coast note: Speakers at the Aerospace Alliance Summit in Sandestin,
Fla., in September also projected growth. An Airbus official said there would be a
demand worldwide for 26,000 new commercial aircraft; another from GE Aviation
noted the company is opening new facilities in Mississippi and Alabama because
of the backlog and expected growth of the industry.

U.S. astronaut aboard Soyuz
U.S. astronaut Dan Burbank has become the first American to fly to the
International Space Station since the retirement of space shuttle fleet. Burbank
and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin launched Sunday
(Monday Kazakhstan time) from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. They'll dock
with the ISS Tuesday. NASA is paying the Russian Federal Space Agency $1.5 billion
to fly U.S. and partner nation astronauts while waiting for U.S. commercial
companies to begin round-trip supply missions, likely no earlier than 2016.
(Sources: Florida Today, NASA, 11/13/11) Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center,
Miss., tests NASA and commercial rocket engines.

Hotel on AF land raises concerns
Resort owners who will be competing against a proposed hotel on Air Force land
on Okaloosa Island are raising some concerns. They’re concerned about the
bidding process, and whether other Eglin holdings on the island might end up on
the market. The $24 million hotel is to be built, owned and run by the developers,
though the land will remain in military hands. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 11/12/11)

The growing aerospace footprint
The past few months have brought some encouraging developments for South
Mississippi’s aerospace activities. That includes NASA’s plans to build heavy-lift
rocket using space shuttle main engines and the J-2X engines that are tested at
Stennis Space Center, and the transfer of the former Mississippi Army Ammunition
Plant to NASA, adding a 1.6 million-square-foot facility to NASA’s inventory at SSC.
Other encourage activities include the plans of GE Aviation to build a plant near
Hattiesburg, and other developments. (Source: Sun Herald, 11/13/11)

BAE closing Texas plant
BAE Systems plans to close its commercial aircraft electronics manufacturing plant
in Irving, Texas, next year, resulting in the loss of 160 jobs. The company in March
2009 began shifting much of the work done at the plant to Fort Wayne, Ind., and
Mexico. BAE has surplus capacity in Fort Wayne, the company said. (Source: Fort
Worth Star-Telegram, 11/10/11) Gulf Coast note: BAE Systems has multiple
operations in the Gulf Coast, including Gautier, Miss., Mobile, Ala., and Fort Walton
Beach, Fla.

Coast Guard trains with A-team
A crew from the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Ala., last month
trained with the Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha, called the A-Team,
and the 7th Special Forces Group of Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in series of high
altitude jumps from an HC-144A Ocean Sentry. ATC Mobile requested a waiver from
Coast Guard Headquarters to allow parachute jumps from the Ocean Sentry.
Daytime jumps were done at Eglin and near Meridian, Miss., and night insertion
jumps were done around Foley, Ala. It was all in preparation for the 7th Group’s
Unconventional Warfare exercise Oct. 26 through Nov. 12. (Source: Coast Guard
Heartland, 11/07/11) The HC-144, based on a CN-235 transport, is a medium-range
surveillance aircraft manufactured by Airbus Military.

Whiting gets new commander
MILTON, Fla. - Capt. Matthew Coughlin took over from Capt. Pete Hall as
commanding officer at Naval Air Station Whiting Field. The change of command
ceremony, attended by about 400 people, was Thursday at the air station near
Milton. Coughlin's first time at the base was 22 years ago. He received his wings in
1990. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 11/10/11) Whiting Field trains student
naval aviators in the primary and intermediate phases of fixed-wing aviation and in
the advanced phases of helicopter training.

Shuttle gear bound for Stennis
The 266-foot-long Pegasus barge, used to transport space shuttle external tanks
from Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, to Kennedy Space Center, Fla., is on
its way to NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss. Pegasus, which will arrive at SSC
Nov. 16 after a 900-mile journey, is carrying space shuttle main engine ground
support equipment. The NASA barge and shuttle equipment will remain in storage
at SSC until final disposition is determined. Pegasus left Kennedy manned by a
crew of four and towed by NASA's space shuttle solid rocket booster recovery ship
Freedom Star. The barge sailed 41 times between 1999 and 2011 for the shuttle
program. The shuttle main engine ground support equipment was used at
Kennedy to install shuttle engines into orbiters. The Kennedy shop where the
equipment was stored is among the facilities turned over to Space Florida for
future use by Boeing, which plans to use the facility to build its CST-100
commercial crew capsule. The shuttle main engines will be used in the Space
Launch System engine testing program. (Source: Space Ref, Florida Today,
11/10/11)

Utah balks at AFMC changes
Members of Utah's congressional delegation are calling for at least a year delay in
implementing the restructuring of the Air Force Materiel Command. In a Nov. 2
letter to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley, the delegation said the Air Force
failed to follow procedures, which calls for an impact analysis of changes costing
more than $500 million. The delegation is concerned about the impact on Hill Air
Force Base. The letter was signed by Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee; U.S. Reps.
Jim Matheson, Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert.
(Sources: Deseret News, 11/07/11, The Patriot, 11/10/11) Gulf Coast note: The
restructuring also hit Gulf Coast bases in Northwest Florida and South Mississippi.
For previous stories, see Eglin losing AAC, 96th ABW, Keesler to lose 68 civilian
positions, Leader worried about Eglin future or the column/analysis, Week in
Review (10/30 to 11/5)

Blue Angels show this weekend
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show will be held Friday and
Saturday, Nov. 11 and 12, at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. Gates open at 8 a.m.
each day and admission is free. The show begins at 9 a.m. with the Blue Angels
flight demonstration team scheduled to fly around 2 p.m. Over 100,000 people are
expected to view the show each day. In addition to the flying, the show includes
static display of aircraft and vendor booths. (Source: Tcp, 11/10/11) More
information

J-2X passes 500-second test firing
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA conducted a successful 500-second test of
the new upper-stage rocket engine today at John C. Stennis Space Center. The
engine will be used to carry humans, cargo and equipment beyond low-Earth orbit
on the agency’s new heavy lift Space Launch System. Data from the test will be
analyzed as operators prepare for additional engine firings. The J-2X and the RS-
25D/E engines for the SLS core stage will be tested for flight certification at
Stennis. Both engines use liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen propellants. The core
stage engines were developed originally for the space shuttle. The J-2X engine is
being developed by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. (Source: NASA, 11/09/11)

Airport gets a new name
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The airport in Pensacola now has a new name: Pensacola
International Airport. The airport, long known as Pensacola Regional Airport,
changed its name a few years ago to Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport. Now it’
s dropped “Gulf Coast” and replaced it with “international.” Mayor Ashton Hayward
said that while the airport has no international flights, it reflects an effort to raise
the profile of the city. The airport also dedicated a new terminal expansion, part of
an $82 million, five-year capital improvements project. (Source: Pensacola News
Journal, 11/09/11)

GD gets contract robot mine system
General Dynamics Advanced Informational Systems has been awarded a Navy
contract to design and build the Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned
Underwater Vehicle system. The development and manufacturing will be done in
Panama City, Fla., Greensboro, N.C., Fairfax, Va., and Quincy and Braintree, Mass.
GD will hire 10 new employees. The system will initially be a part of the Littoral
Combat Ship Mine Warfare mission package. The $86.7 million contract awarded by
the Naval Sea Systems Command calls for one Engineering Development Model
and five low-rate initial production systems if all options are exercised. The system
will be able to identify mines in high-clutter underwater environments in a single
pass. It also will gather environmental data that can provide intelligence support
for other mine warfare systems. (Source: General Dynamics, 11/09/11) Gulf Coast
note: The Naval Surface Warfare Center in Panama City and the Naval Meteorology
and Oceanography Command, Naval Oceanographic Office and a Naval Research
Lab detachment are at South Mississippi's Stennis Space Center.

Scott joins in ITT groundbreaking
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Ground was broken Tuesday for the new ITT Exelis facility at
the VentureCrossing Enterprise Centre in Bay County. The 105,000-square-foot
facility will be used by the company’s mine defense systems work. The event was
hosted by St. Joe Co., which is developing the 75,000-acre mixed use business
park near the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. The park will
include office, industrial, manufacturing, hotel, retail and residential uses. Gov.
Rick Scott, who attended the event, said the project is important to Florida
because of its strong ties to the defense industry. Last month, ITT Corp. spun off
its defense and information solutions business. ITT Exelis currently has about 100
employees in the Panama City area. (Source: Panama City News Herald, Business
Wire, 11/08/11)

Florida gears up to protect bases
Six people from Northwest Florida will join six other military and civic leaders from
elsewhere in the state to serve on the Florida Defense Support Task Force. The
panel, created by legislation sponsored by Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, will
advocate for Florida’s military bases and missions, including research and
development, at a time of Pentagon belt-tightening and the threat of another base
realignment and closure commission looming. The defense industry is Florida’s
third largest job producer. There are 21 military bases and missions, bringing $58
billion into the economy every year. In Gaetz’s Northwest Florida district, base
personnel and contracts tied to five installations pump $14.5 billion of economic
activity into the region. A $5 million appropriation will help fund research and
advocacy on behalf of the uniformed and civilian jobs tied to the state’s bases.
(Source: Press release, Sen. Don Gaetz, 11/08/11)

Navy extends Fire Scout tour
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Navy has extended the tour of duty of the Fire Scout
unmanned helicopter through most of next year. The Northrop Grumman-built
system has improved ground commanders' ability to see potential threats and
increase fighting effectiveness in Afghanistan, company officials said. A team of
sailors and Northrop Grumman employees began their mission in May to gather
300 hours per month of full-motion video surveillance, and deliver it in real time to
ground forces. George Vardoulakis, Northrop's vice president for tactical
unmanned systems, said the team has established itself as the go-to asset for
intelligence, surveillance and recon in northern Afghanistan. (Source: Northrop
Grumman, 11/08/11) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point,
Miss.

Northrop now arming Fire Scouts
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Northrop Grumman has started work outfitting the Navy's MQ-
8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter with a weapons system. The Advanced
Precision Kill Weapons System laser-guided 70mm rocket will allow ship
commanders to identify and engage hostile targets without calling in other aircraft
for support. With delivery set for March 2013, Fire Scout will be Navy's first sea-
based unmanned system to carry weapons. (Source: Northrop via Globe Newswire,
11/08/11) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

NASA: Orion test flight in 2014
WASHINGTON - NASA plans to add an unmanned flight test of the Orion spacecraft
in early 2014 to its contract with Lockheed Martin Space Systems for the multi-
purpose crew vehicle's design, development, test and evaluation. The test
supports the new Space Launch System that will take astronauts farther into space
than ever before. The Exploration Flight Test will fly two orbits to a high-apogee,
with a high-energy re-entry through Earth's atmosphere, then make a water
landing. The test mission will be launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The agency
has posted a synopsis explaining its intention on NASA's procurement website.
(Source: NASA, 11/08/11) Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., is testing
engines for the SLS and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, will build
portions of the heavy lift launch vehicle.

Aviation park $12M away
MILTON, Fla. - Santa Rosa County is $12 million away from an aviation park near
Naval Air Station Whiting Field. The county commission received the master plan
for the 269-acre Whiting Aviation Park this week from the architect. In an
arrangement with the Navy, tenants would be able to use Whiting's 6,000-foot
south air field. TEAM Santa Rosa, the economic development group of the county,
thinks the $12 million, which would be used for infrastructure, could be covered by
grants. The county began buying land for the park in 2001. (Source: Pensacola
News Journal, 11/08/11)

Panetta hints at BRAC round
One likely consequence of the budget-trimming exercise the Pentagon is
conducting is a new round of base closures, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told
the New York Times last week. Panetta painted a broad picture of the kinds of
spending categories that would be slashed as DOD officials search for $450 billion
in savings over the coming decade. Panetta said priorities that could gain funding
include special operations, unmanned aircraft and cyber operations. (Source: New
York Times, 11/06/11) Gulf Coast note: The region has a dozen bases involved in a
range of activities, including the priority fields mentioned by Panetta. Last week
cuts were announced for Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Hurlburt Field, Fla., Tyndall Air
Force Base, Fla., and Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.

J-2X may do 500-second burn
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - It's not an official objective, but the J-2X rocket
engine being test fired at NASA's Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi
Wednesday may fire for 500 seconds. The media has been invited to see the test,
and officials from several NASA centers also will be there, according to the
Huntsville (Ala.) Times. The J-2X, which will power the upper stage of the heavy-lift
rocket NASA is developing, has already been tested at SSC, but not for the
duration that would occur during a space mission. (Source: Huntsville Times,
11/07/11)

Offensive cyberweapons sought
Pentagon researchers plan to bolster their efforts to create offensive weapons for
cyber warfare, U.S. officials said Monday. "Malicious cyber attacks ... are a real
threat to our physical systems, including our military systems," Regina Dugan,
director of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, told a conference.
"To this end, in the coming years we will focus an increasing portion of our cyber
research on the investigation of offensive capabilities to address military-specific
needs," she said. (Source: AFP via SpaceWar, 11/07/11) Gulf Coast note: Keesler
Air Force Base, Miss., is a cyber security training center; Corry Station in
Pensacola, Fla., is home of the Navy's Center for Information Dominance.

Eglin’s space junk trackers
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – It's not one of the better-known space-related
programs in the Gulf Coast, but tucked in the woods of Eglin Air Force Base is the
20th Space Control Squadron. Its mission is to track space debris. There's about
25,000 separate objects circling earth, with one re-entry into the atmosphere a
week. Most burn up. The radar is behind a 9-story wall, and personnel use a
screen with objects assigned numbers, similar to an air traffic control screen.
(Source: WEAR-TV, 11/03/11) Note: The phased array radar at Site C-6, some 35
miles east of the main gate, is one of the most powerful in the world and has been
tracking debris in near and deep space for 40 years. For background, see Gulf
Coast Aerospace Corridor 2011-2012, Part II, Space Activities, pages 36-37.

F-35 testing picking up
FORT WORTH, Texas - October was the busiest month yet for flight tests of all
variants of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, with 122 completed flights and significant
progress on a number of fronts, Lockheed Martin reported Friday, according to
the Star-Telegram. Overall, 837 test flights were completed this year through
Thursday. Both the number of individual flights and number of test points are
running about 9 percent ahead of a restructured plan set out in January by the
Pentagon's F-35 Joint Program Office. (Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 11/05/11)
Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the JSF training center.

334th TRS gets new ATC simulator
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. - A radar approach control simulator was
delivered by the 81st Training Support Squadron late last month for use in the
334th Training Squadron's air traffic control course. Officials say it saves costs
while increasing course capacity. The new radar approach control simulator
features a touch entry display platform to replicate a real-world ATC console at a
significantly lower cost, $278,000 compared to $2.1 million. The simulator,
developed over 18 months by the 81st, has the look and feel of the real thing,
using identical cabinetry. (Source: 81st Training Wing Public Affairs, 11/03/11)

Singapore Technologies 3Q profit up
MOBILE, Ala. – Singapore Technologies Engineering Inc., which employs more than
3,000 in South Alabama and Mississippi through its aerospace and marine
subsidiaries, boosted third quarter profit this year despite a decline in sales. ST
Engineering owns ST Aerospace Mobile at Brookley Aeroplex and VT Halter Marine
shipyards in Mississippi’s Pascagoula, Moss Point and Escatawpa. ST Engineering
earned profit of $105 million in the three months that ended Sept. 30, up from a
year ago. That came despite overall revenue falling 6 percent in the quarter. The
aerospace division saw revenue fall about 4 percent, but operating profit rose 18
percent. (Source: Mobile Press Register, 11/04/11)

Leader worried about Eglin future
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - At least one local leader is looking past the
announcement of a workforce reduction at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is
concerned about the base’s future. David Goetsch, an economist, college vice
president and the newly sworn chairman of the Okaloosa County Economic
Development Council, anticipates a future battle for Eglin’s valuable, multimillion-
dollar research, development, test and evaluation function. (Source: Northwest
Florida Daily News, 11/05/11)

Media invited to J-2X engine test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - The media has been invited to NASA's John C.
Stennis Space Center, Miss., next week to see the next test firing of the J-2X
rocket engine, which will be used by NASA's Space Launch System. The test is
Wednesday, Nov. 9. The SLS will carry the Orion spacecraft, its crew, cargo,
equipment and science experiments beyond Earth orbit. Pratt and Whitney
Rocketdyne is developing the J-2X for NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in
Huntsville, Ala. The SLS rocket engines will use a liquid hydrogen and liquid
oxygen propulsion system, which will include the J-2X engine for the upper stage
and RS-25D/E engines, Space Shuttle Main Engines, for the core stage. (Source:
NASA, 11/03/11)

Keesler to lose 68 civilian positions
BILOXI, Miss. - Keesler Air Force Base is slated to lose 68 civilian positions in 2012
as part of mandated cuts affecting thousands of Department of Defense workers.
The cuts at Keesler are part of about 9,000 civilian jobs being eliminated
throughout the Air Force. While the Air Force is cutting those jobs, which are in
management, staff and support areas, there are plans to add 5,900 positions
across the Air Force in acquisition, nuclear enterprise, intelligence, surveillance,
reconnaissance and other areas deemed a higher priority. About 3,600 civilians
currently work at Keesler. (Source: Sun Herald, 11/03/11) Keesler is home of the Air
Force's electronics training, including cyber training. It's also home to the 403rd
Reserve Wing and a huge medical complex.

Airport shows new scanner
PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Transportation Security Administration began using its new
Advance Imaging Technology machines Thursday at Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional
Airport. TSA officers have been training on the two AIT machines over the past two
weeks. Passengers who chose to opt out of going through the AIT will be
subjected to alternative screening methods, which will include a pat-down by a
TSA screener. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 11/03/11)

Eglin losing AAC, 96th ABW
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Air Armament Center is being eliminated at Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., but the Florida Panhandle base will remain the Air Force's
center for aerial weapons development. Maj. Gen. Kenneth Merchant, Air
Armament Center commander, told reporters Thursday that 351 positions at Eglin
are being eliminated as a result of the restructuring of the Air Force Materiel
Command, but most of those positions are already vacant. Only 43 jobs remain in
question. The changes are a result of the Air Force's bid to find more efficient
ways of doing business. At least 9,000 positions Air Force-wide are being
eliminated beginning next October. As part of the streamlining, the Materiel
Command is consolidating 12 centers, including AAC, into five. In addition to the
stand down of AAC, the 96th Air Base Wing, which serves as the Eglin commander,
will be integrated into an expanded 46th Test Wing, which will take over
installation management next October. Meanwhile, at nearby Hurlburt Field, home
of U.S. Air Force Special Operations, 100 civilian positions in base support career
fields are being eliminated. Over half those positions are already vacant. (Source:
Tcp, 11/03/11)

Restructuring hits Eglin, others
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., will lose civilian positions as a result of restructuring of
the Air Force Materiel Command. The command is eliminating the position now
filled by Maj. Gen. Kenneth Merchant and 136 staff positions associated with the
Air Armament Center. The Air Force Materiel Command is consolidating 12 centers
to five. It’s all part of an effort to eliminate at least 9,000 positions Air Force-wide
beginning next October. Leadership will change, but rank-and-file Air Armament
Center employees at Eglin will continue to do their mission, said Ron Fry, a
spokesman for the Materiel Command. (Source: Air Force Materiel Command
Public Affairs, Northwest Florida Daily News, 11/02/11)

Contract: Raytheon, $9.3M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $9,321,529 firm-
fixed-price contract modification to procure additional Griffin missiles in support
of U.S. Special Operations Command. The following Griffin missiles are being
purchased via this modification:70 Griffin Block II A all up rounds, and 21 Griffin
Block II A telemetry rounds. The primary location of performance is Raytheon,
Tucson, Ariz. Air Armament Center Contracting, Advanced Programs Division, Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/02/11)

Contract: Speegle, $24.6M
Speegle Construction Inc., Niceville, Fla., was awarded a $24,645,000 firm-fixed-
price contract. The award will provide for the construction of a Special Operation
Forces Operation and Training Facility and an Unmanned Aerial Support Squad
Operations Facility at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Work will be performed in Curry
County, N.M., with an estimated completion date of Jan. 7, 2014. The bid was
solicited through the Internet, with 19 bids received. The U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, Albuquerque, N.M., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/01/11)

Delay sought in F-35 flight training
The Air Force secretary and his chief of staff have been asked to decide what to
do about a disagreement over when F-35 flight training should begin at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla. Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon's top official for weapons testing,
thinks the fall target date should be delayed by 10 more months of development.
But Lt. Gen. Thomas Owen, the general who oversees aircraft development for the
Air Force, and Vice Adm. David Venlet, who overseeing the F-35 program, disagree
and said changing plans would drive up the program's cost. It boils down to
whether the kinks in the F-35 system have been worked out. Gilmore said the JSF
team at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., racked up 1,000 hours in F-35As, but
historically flight training didn't begin until 2,000 to 5,000 hours of monitored flight
tests. Right now the F-35 experiences in-flight problems three times higher.
(Sources: multiple, including Reuters, Wired, Time (Battleland), 10/31/11) Gulf Coast
note: Six F-35s have been delivered to Eglin, where pilots of all variants of the F-
35 will be trained.

Terminal expansion nears completion
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Northwest Florida Regional Airport’s terminal
expansion construction is slightly behind schedule but expected to be completed
under budget in the next week. The expansion adds two jet bridges to the terminal
and two additional ground boarding gates. The expansion also includes new office
space for the Transportation Security Administration, replacing the trailers they
now use. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 10/31/11)


OCTOBER 2011

Florida gets key Boeing program office
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - Boeing said Monday that it plans to consolidate its
Commercial Crew program office, manufacturing and operations at the Kennedy
Space Center, Fla. Boeing, in partnership with Space Florida, will use the Orbiter
Processing Facility-3 to manufacture, assemble, and test the company's Crew
Space Transportation spacecraft. The 15-year use permit with Space Florida is the
latest step Kennedy is making as the center transitions from a historically
government-only launch complex to a multi-user spaceport. (Sources: multiple,
including PRNewswire, Brevard Times, 10/31/11) Gulf Coast note: Boeing has
multiple operations in the Gulf Coast; NASA operates facilities at Stennis Space
Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans.

GE Aviation breaks ground in Auburn
AUBURN, Ala. - GE Aviation is breaking ground on a 300,000 square-foot advanced
manufacturing plant in Auburn, Ala. It will produce precision, super-alloy machined
parts for GE jet engines that will power future commercial and military aircraft, and
also to support the fleet of GE jet engines already in service. Site construction is
set to begin Monday and the facility is scheduled to open in 2012. Auburn was
selected in part because of its access to skilled workforce and proximity to
Alabama's university system. (Source: GE Aviation via PRNewswire, 10/31/11) Gulf
Coast note: GE Aviation is also building a composite parts plant in Hattiesburg,
Miss., and operates another engine parts facility in Batesville, Miss.

Sixth F-35 arrives at Eglin
AF-13, a conventional takeoff and landing variant F-35A, has been delivered to
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The plane departed Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint
Reserve Base Wednesday for delivery to the 33rd Fighter Wing. The plane, piloted
by Marine Corps Maj. Joseph Bachmann, touched down at 11:44 a.m. after a 90-
minute ferry flight. AF-13 is the sixth F-35A delivered to Eglin, where it will be used
for pilot and maintainer training at the base’s new F-35 Integrated Training Center.
(Source: Lockheed Martin, 10/27/11)

ORI results good news for wing
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The 96th Air Base Wing received good news about
the Operational Readiness Inspection. The ORI by the Air Force Material Command
was the culmination of more than six months of preparation in four major graded
areas. The units were scored using a five-tier rating scale. The ratings in specific
areas cannot be released, but the wing received overall results of excellent for
positioning the force, employing the force, sustaining the force and the ability to
survive and operate. Col. Sal Nodjomian, commander of the wing, said the
inspectors reported they have never seen a wing sweep every graded category.
(Source: 96th Air Base Wing Public Affairs, 10/28/11)

Aircrews drop hammer in exercise
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. - Aircrews from the 37th Bomb Squadron
employed two Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles from a pair of B-1 bombers at
White Sands Missile Range, N.M., as part of the Air Force's air to ground Weapon
System Evaluation Program known as Combat Hammer. The goal of the Oct. 25
exercise, managed by the 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is to evaluate the effectiveness, maintainability, suitability, and accuracy of
precision guided munitions and other advanced air to ground weapons. (Source:
28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs, 10/27/11)

CSC to continue NSSC work
CSC  has received a $41 million modification that exercises the second option
period for the NASA Shared Services Center contract at Stennis Space Center,
Miss. The contract modification applies to the contract NASA awarded CSC in 2005.
CSC will continue to provide financial management, human resources,
procurement and information technology support services to NASA. The NSSC is a
cooperative partnership between NASA, CSC and the States of Mississippi and
Louisiana. The NSSC performs selected business activities for all 10 NASA centers.
(Source: Business Wire, 10/27/11)

Airport opens new concourse
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans' airport unveiled the expansion to Concourse D on
Thursday. The $27 million expansion at Louis Armstrong International Airport
includes six new gates and a pyramid-shaped central skylight. (Source: Times-
Picayune, 10/27/11)

Drone in a drone
InsideDefense reports that researchers from the Naval Air Systems Command,
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and Navmar Applied Science Corp. are working on a
micro-UAV designed to be carried in another drone. The armed, electric drone
would detach from a 13-foot TigerShark and relay real-time video to ground
support as it heads for the target. Researchers at Eglin were working on the micro-
UAV as part of the Precision Acquisition and Weaponized System when the U.S.
Special Operations Command said it needed a weapon that would minimize
collateral damage. NAVAIR started working on the effort to integrate the micro-UAV
with the TigerShark surveillance drone. A $12 million design and assembly effort is
supposed to be done in the spring of 2012. After that comes testing at Eglin and at
the Army Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. (Source: InsideDefense, Wired News,
10/27/11)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $26.3M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$26,344,361 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to
exercise an option for organizational, selected intermediate, and limited depot
level maintenance for F-16, F-18, H-60, and E-2C aircraft operated by the adversary
squadrons based at Naval Air Station, Fallon, Nev. Work will be performed in
Fallon, Nev., and is expected to be completed in October 2012. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
10/27/11)

Partner progress report released
NASA's industry partners continue to meet established milestones in developing
commercial crew transportation capabilities that will ferry U.S. astronauts to and
from the International Space Station, according to NASA’s third status report. NASA
will rely on private industry to transport cargo and crew to the International Space
Station, while NASA focuses on deep space exploration. NASA has posted the third
status report on its Commercial Crew Development 2 (CCDev2) program to the
agency's Commercial Space Transportation website. (Source: NASA, 10/25/11) Gulf
Coast note: The region is home to Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud
Assembly Facility, New Orleans.

Passenger counts up
With one exception, airports in Northwest Florida experienced higher passenger
counts this September over the previous year. The busiest airport was Pensacola
Gulf Coast Regional Airport, with 121,409 passengers in September, up .73
percent, followed by Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in Panama
City, with 73,470 passengers in September, up 8.1 percent. The airport in Okaloosa
County, Northwest Florida Regional Airport, had 66,258 passengers in September,
an increase of 10.4 percent. Tallahassee Regional Airport had 50,025, a 5.2 percent
drop. (Source: Walton Sun, 10/26/11)

Contract: Northrop Grumman, $119.7M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Northrop Grumman Information Systems,
Herndon, Va., is being awarded an $119,715,682 cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-
price contract for the design, development, test, and deployment of Increment
10.2, modernization of the Air and Space Operations Center Weapon System.
Increment 10.2 is intended to bring net-centric capabilities to the Geographic Air
and Space Operations Center Weapons Systems, allowing data to flow seamlessly
across various platforms and process workflows rather than being locked in
separate information technology system "silos" to be accessed and retransmitted
by humans. Increment 10.2 capabilities will be fielded to the Geographic Air and
Space Operations Centers; a help desk at Langley Air Force Base, Va.; and the
Formal Training Unit at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Electronic Systems Center (ESC/HSGK),
Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/26/11)

Contract: L3, $21.3M
L3 Communications Corp., Systems Field Support, Madison, Miss., is being
awarded a $21,296,938 firm-fixed-price and cost-reimbursable, no-fee contract
modification for contractor logistics support for the C-12 aircraft for Pacific Air
Forces, Air Force Materiel Command, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and
Defense Security Cooperation Agency, consisting of maintenance, repair, and
support functions for one year from Nov. 1, 2011, through Oct. 31, 2012. The
location of performance is L3 Communications, Systems Field Support, Madison,
Miss. Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center (OC-ALC/GKSKH), Tinker Air Force Base,
Okla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/26/11)

Contract: Gulfport Aviation Partners, $6.6M
Gulfport Aviation Partners LLC, Houston, Texas, was awarded a fixed-price with
economic price adjustment contract for a maximum $6,603,727 for jet fuel. Other
location of performance is Gulfport Biloxi International Airport, Gulfport, Miss.
Using service is Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian
agencies. The date of performance completion is March 31, 2015. The Defense
Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
10/25/11)

Wasp concludes JSF testing
Amphibious assault ship USS Wasp returned to Naval Station Norfolk Oct. 21 after
spending three weeks at sea hosting the initial sea trials of the F-35B Joint Strike
Fighter. The first F-35B landed on WASP's flight deck Oct. 3, beginning an 18-day
test period. During the testing, two F-35B Marine Corps test jets accomplished
vertical landings and short take-offs under various conditions. While underway,
the world's first supersonic short take-off, vertical landing fighter logged more
than 28 hours of flight time and completed 72 short take-offs and 72 vertical
landings. (Source: NNS, 10/25/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the JSF training center, where training will be done on all variants of the
F-35.

NASA tries to make room for SLS in budget
NASA will store some rocket engines, slow work on others and study still more as it
tries to fit the Space Launch System into a $3 billion annual budget for
development. Early flights of the SLS will use surplus space shuttle main engines
and, as side-mounted strap-ons, the five-segment solid-fuel motors developed for
the terminated Ares I crew launch vehicle's first stage. The J-2X upper-stage
engine will be slowed as managers try to maintain enough development
momentum to avoid a costly stop and restart in engine development as the big
new rocket evolves. (Source: Aviation Week, 10/24/11) Gulf Coast note: Stennis
Space Center, Miss., is where space shuttle main engines were tested and where
the J-2X is being assembled and tested. Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans,
is where portions of the SLS will be built.

Million Air facility opens this week
GULFPORT, Miss. – The $12 million, 52,500-square-foot Million Air facility officially
opens at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport this week. It will serve as the fixed
base operation at the airport, providing fuel, support services for charters and
private planes and other services. Company and airport officials expect the
operation to boost the revenue base at the airport and the region by more than
$10 million with fuel and activity fees and increase the casino customer base by up
to 25 percent. (Source: Sun Herald, 10/24/11)

Contract: Boeing, $11.1M
The Boeing Co., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is being awarded an $11,129,648 firm-
fixed-price contract for spares and will provide five major subassemblies required
to build-up six AC-130U 25 mm ammunition storage handling systems assemblies.
These subassemblies are conveyor assembly, loader/downloader, magazine
transfer unit, magazine driver gearbox, and the gun drive gearbox. Air Force
Global Logistics Support Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 10/24/11)

Resolution honors SSC
The U.S. Senate Friday approved a resolution sponsored by senators from
Mississippi and Louisiana honoring the 50th anniversary of the John C. Stennis
Space Center, Miss., and its economic impact on the region. The testing facility in
Hancock County was established in 1961 and today is home to more than 30 federal
organizations, including the biggest tenant, the Navy. It will continue to play a role
as the test site for NASA programs and commercial ventures (Source: Sun Herald,
10/23/11)

AF to become landlord
Under an "enhanced lease program" designed to let the Air Force collect rent on
an under-used portion of beachfront land, the military next year will become
landlord of a hotel, according to the Northwest Florida Daily News. "This will be a
new way of doing business for us," said Glenn Wagner, manager of Eglin Air Force
Base's enhanced lease program. The $24 million hotel near Sheraton Four Points
will be owned by the Department of Defense and managed by Emerald Breeze
Resort Group. Eglin's 46th Test Wing will be able to place a telemetric receiving
dish and optical equipment on the top of the building so it can "see" further out
into the Gulf of Mexico. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 10/23/11)

Fifth F-35 now at Eglin
A fifth F-35 Joint Strike Fighter arrived at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., during the
week. The aircraft took off from Fort Worth, Texas, for the 90-minute flight for
delivery to the 33rd Fighter Wing. The conventional variant of the fighter will be
used for pilot and maintainer training at the base’s F-35 Integrated Training
Center, where pilots from all the branches and foreign nations will receive initial
training. (Source: Second Line of Defense, 10/20/11)

Contract: Jacobs, $135.5M
Jacobs Technology Inc., Tullahoma, Tenn., is being awarded an estimated
$135,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Technical and
Engineering Acquisition Support Program, providing a wide range of diverse, high-
quality engineering, technical, and acquisition support required for development,
production, and sustainment of various highly complex munitions systems within
the Air Armament Center and other organizations at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. This
effort supports Foreign Military Sales programs to Australia, India, Turkey, Greece,
Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Germany, France, Poland,
Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Chili, Malaysia, and
Singapore (2.7 percent). Air Armament Center/PKES, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/20/11)

SSMEs bound for SSC
All fifteen Space Shuttle Main Engines are together inside NASA's Engine Shop at
Kennedy
Space Center, Fla., and are being prepped for shipment to Stennis Space
Center, Miss. At SSC, they'll become part of the propulsion used on NASA's next generation
heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System. The engines are built by Pratt & Whitney
Rocketdyne, and each is 14 feet long and more than 7 feet in diameter at the end of its
nozzle. (Source: Universe Today, 10/19/11) In addition to testing the SLS engines at SSC,
NASA will have portions of the SLS fabricated at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

LM center officially opens
CLINTON, Miss. - Lockheed Martin held a ceremonial opening Wednesday for its new
33,000 square-foot technology support center at South Pointe Business Park. Lockheed
Martin announced in April that it planned to create 350 new jobs at the center in Clinton,
Miss. The mission support center will serve several of Lockheed Martin’s federal customers.
The center is in part of the former corporate headquarters of WorldCom, the
telecommunications company that went into bankruptcy in 2002. (Source: multiple, including
Clarion-Ledger, WJTV, 10/19/11) Gulf Coast note: Lockheed Martin assembles satellite
components at Stennis Space Center.

Keesler in running for award
BILOXI, Miss. - The Texas-based Air Education and Training Command selected Keesler Air
Force Base, Miss., as its nominee for the Air Force 2011 Commander-in-Chief's Installation
Excellence Award. The winner, chosen in January, will get a $1 million prize and the runner-
up $500,000 for quality of life improvements. The base will competed against the nominees
from nine other major commands for the Air Force level award. Each finalist base will be
visited by an inspection team next year. (Source: Sun Herald, Keesler Air Force Base,
10/17/11) Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the nominee from the Air Force Material Command.

Helos gather for fleet fly-in
MILTON, Fla. – Two dozen helicopters are coming to Naval Air Station Whiting Field
this week for the base’s annual Naval Helicopter Association Fleet Fly-in. The
event is designed to let student aviators learn about potential career paths.
Among the helicopters will be the H-53 Sea Stallion, H-60 Seahawk, MH-60S
Knighthawk and more. The event is not open to the public. (Source: Pensacola
News Journal, 10/17/11)

Eglin gets F-35 weapons load trainer
Lockheed Martin delivered and installed the first weapons load training device at
the F-35 Integrated Pilot-and-Maintenance Training Center (ITC) at Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla. Configured in all three variants of the F-35, the system allows
maintenance students to hone their skills loading munitions, fuel tanks and missile
systems onto the aircraft. The simulators enable training to take place without
removing aircraft from the flight schedule. Earlier this year the first two F-35 full
mission simulators were installed. The ITC at Eglin will be home to the latest
courseware, electronic classrooms, simulators and flight events. (Source:
Lockheed Martin via PRNewswire, 10/17/11)

NG pulls out of Farnborough
In a move that underscores tight budgets, aerospace powerhouse Northrop
Grumman Corp. had decided not to participate in the 2012 international air show in
Farnborough, England, according to Reuters. Northrop spokesman Randy Belote
said pulling out completely will save millions of dollars. (Source: Reuters, 10/15/11)
Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman’s Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point,
Miss., builds portions of the Global Hawk and Fire Scout unmanned systems.

New Orleans OKd for Cuba service
NEW ORLEANS – Louis Armstrong International Airport was approved to join a
select group of U.S. airports that can fly to and from Cuba. The U.S. government
has loosened restrictions, allowing New Orleans and other international airports in
the United States to apply to host flights. New Orleans and seven other airports
were approved. Travel is restricted to those with close relatives in Cuba, or those
involved in the medical or agricultural business sectors. Travel for educational or
religious activities is also permitted. The longstanding U.S.-imposed trade
embargo and travel restrictions were designed to pressure the communist nation
to move toward democracy. (Sources: CNN, 10/12/11, Times-Picayune, 10/13/11)

Delta canceling P.C. flight
PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Delta Air Lines is eliminating all of its direct flights from
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport to Memphis beginning Jan. 4,
according to airport Executive Director John Wheat. (Source: Panama City News
Herald, 10/13/11) Also being cut are Delta direct flights from Gulfport-Biloxi
International Airport, Miss., and Mobile Regional Airport, Ala., to Memphis.

Company picks Continental Motors engines
MOBILE, Ala. – Continental Motors was chosen by Germany’s Flight Design to
provide engines for its new four-seat airplane. Continental, located at Brookley
Aeroplex, hopes to sell engines for 50 of the planes in 2013, when production
begins. That's projected to grow to 100 engines in 2014 and 200 in 2015.
Continental's six-cylinder IO-360-AF engine will burn traditional leaded aviation gas
as well as unleaded fuel. Earlier this year, China’s AVIC International Holding Corp.
bought Continental from Teledyne Technologies. (Source: Mobile Press-Register,
10/13/11)

MUOS satellite tested
The first Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) military communications satellite
built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy has successfully completed a major end-
to-end system test, validating satellite performance and functionality with user
ground terminals. Completion of this key milestone confirms the system meets
requirements and allows the satellite to proceed to final factory test activities
prior to launch. MUOS will augment and replace the Ultra High Frequency (UHF)
Follow-On system (UFO) providing communications, including simultaneous voice,
video and data, for mobile warfighters. (Source: Lockheed Martin via PRNewswire,
10/12/11) Gulf Coast note: Work on the propulsion system for the MUOS, an A2100
satellite-based spacecraft, is done at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

PW, RR agree to joint venture
Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney announce an agreement to form a new
partnership to power future mid-size aircraft (120 to 230 passengers). The two
companies will establish a joint venture company, in which each will hold an equal
share, to develop new engines for the next generation of aircraft that will replace
the existing mid-size fleet. The prediction is a need for nearly 45,000 engines over
the next 20 years. (Source: Business Wire, 10/12/11) Gulf Coast note: Rolls Royce
tests jet engines and Pratt & Whitney assembles and tests rocket engines at
Stennis Space Center, Miss.; Pratt & Whitney is part of United Technologies, which
is buying Goodrich Corp. Goodrich’s Alabama Service Center is in Foley, Ala.; RR
and PWR competitor GE Aviation is building a composites parts center near
Hattiesburg, Miss.

Cyber battle lab among grant projects
Eight state grants totaling $1.03 billion will be used by groups in Northwest Florida
to protect and improve military assets, including $300,000 to develop a prototype
cyber warfare battle laboratory at the Navy's Corry Station in Pensacola, Fla. The
Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce will use a $100,000 defense
reinvestment grant and $200,000 defense infrastructure grant to enhance Corry's
Center for Information Dominance and help the chamber's efforts to retain and
create jobs. Another group, TEAM Santa Rosa, will get two grants totaling $257,726,
one to be used for land acquisition near Naval Air Station Whiting Field. A third
group, the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County, is getting two
grants totaling $287,500 for projects related to Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field
and Duke Fields, and the Bay County Board of County Commissioners and Bay
Defense Alliance will get $93,519 and $87,500, respectively, for projects associated
with the Naval Support Activity and Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City. (Sources:
multiple, including Pensacola News Journal, Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of
Commerce, Office of the Governor, Florida Defense Alliance, 10/10/11) The Air
Force’s center for cyber training is at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss.

Wind top user of advanced composites
Wind energy will overtake aerospace as the largest user of advanced composite
materials, according to a research report. The overall market for advanced
composites, based on carbon fibers, carbon nanotubes, and grapheme, will more
than triple to $25.8 billion by 2020, according to a report by Lux Research. In 2020,
wind energy will account for nearly 60 percent of the market for composites,
compared to the current 35 percent. (Source: Lux Research via Business Wire,
10/12/11)

One flight cut, another added
GULFPORT, Miss. - Delta Air Lines is scheduled to cut direct flights from Gulfport
and Mobile, Ala., to Memphis in January, a Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport
official said. But US Airways is adding a flight from Gulfport to Charlotte, N.C. The
director of air service for the Gulfport airport said that while planes have usually
been full flying from Gulfport to Memphis, Memphis is not the final destination for
most passengers, and Delta likely can save money routing passengers through
Atlanta instead. (Source: Sun Herald, 10/10/11)

UPS leaves Mobile for Pensacola
UPS will close a sorting operation at Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Ala., and move
the hub to Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport in Pensacola, Fla. Pensacola
officials said the new sorting facility will create 30 jobs and open Oct. 31. UPS
competitor FedEx still has a regional operation at Brookley. (Sources: multiple,
including Pensacola News Journal, Mobile Press-Register, 10/10/11)

BAE chosen for F-35 display solution
LONDON - BAE Systems was selected by Lockheed Martin to supply a Night Vision
Goggle Helmet Mounted Display (NVG HMD) system for the F-35 during the next
phase of its development. The NVG HMD will incorporate the latest Q-SIGHT
waveguide display and feature detachable Night Vision Goggles for night
operations. It will also incorporate an optical Head Tracking System for precise
weapons delivery and carrier and land-based operations. BAE Systems will begin
delivery of test assets in 2012 to support the F-35 development and integration
laboratories, flight simulators, and flight-test platforms. (Source: BAE via Business
Wire, 10/10/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the Joint
Strike Fighter training center.

T-38s arrive at Tyndall
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Two T-38 Talon jets from Holloman Air Force Base,
N.M., arrived at Tyndall on Thursday afternoon. A total of 20 of the twin-engine jets
slated to arrive over time will be used to aid in the training of F-22 pilots. An
estimated 100 jobs will be brought to Tyndall because of the T-38s arrival. The T-38
is a high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer used by the Texas-based Air Education
and Training Command. Instead of F-22s, F-15s or F-16s to simulate an enemy
fighter, the Air Force employs the T-38 at a fraction of the cost of the other aircraft.
(Source: Panama City News Herald, 10/07/11) The Air Force will eventually replace
the T-38 and companies are jockeying for position to compete.

First openings at science center coming soon
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – The restaurant and initial exhibit showcasing
earth and space science will open at Infinity Science Center in early 2012. The
building will be finished in late October, said John Wilson, education program
development director for Infinity. The exhibits were created by ESI Design and
interactive designer Edwin Schlossberg, who also designed the Ellis Island
experience and other major interactive exhibits across the country. Infinity
Science Center, expected to cost $42 million, is at Exit 2 of Interstate 10, south of
the entrance to NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center. It will be both a state-of-the-
art science center and a major visitor attraction. (Source: Sun Herald, 10/06/11)

Weapons developer sees huge cuts coming
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – The commander of the Air Armaments Center at Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., warned participants at the 37th Air Armament Conference Oct.
4 that there’s a “big target” painted on weapons development. Major Gen.
Kenneth D. Merchant told the military officers, government employees and
contractors that while the projected cuts for fiscal year 2012 are relatively small,
weapons programs can expect to take a disproportionate share of hits compared
to personnel and operations accounts. “It’s not looking good, I’ve got to tell you,”
Merchant said. “The next few years are going to be very lean.” The Air Armaments
Center oversees the development, procurement and testing of all Air Force air-
delivered weapons. (Source: National Defense magazine, 10/04/11)

F-35 makes successful at sea landing
A Marine F-35B marked a first when it made a safe vertical landing on the deck of
the USS Wasp (LHD 1). The first vertical landing is part of the initial ship trials for
the F-35B, which started Monday and is expected to last two weeks. The tests will
collect data on the aircraft's ability to perform short take-offs and vertical landings
on a ship at sea, as well as determine how the aircraft integrates with the ship's
landing systems, and deck and hangar operations. This test period will also collect
environmental data on the deck through added instrumentation to measure the F-
35B's impact to flight deck operations. The F-35B is the variant of the Joint Strike
Fighter capable of short take-offs and vertical landings for use on amphibious
ships or expeditionary airfields. (Source: NNS, 10/03/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the Joint Strike Fighter training center.

FBI hosts blast training at Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The FBI held a week-long post-blast school at Eglin
Air Force Base late last month. The Large Vehicle Bomb Post Blast School was
attended by more than 50 state and local law enforcement officers as well as Navy
and Air Force explosive ordnance disposal technicians. Crime scene investigators
from 18 U.S. agencies participated. There were four explosions, creating distinct
“crime scenes” that included a roadside bomb. It was the 128th post-blast school
class held by the FBI and only the second at Eglin. The class was dedicated to
Tech. Sgt. Daniel Douville, an Eglin EOD technician who fell in the line of duty in
June. (Source: TEAM Eglin Public Affairs, 10/03/11)

Astronaut applicants sought
HOUSTON – Early next month NASA will seek applicants for its next class of
astronaut candidates who will support long-duration missions to the International
Space Station and future deep space exploration activities. "For scientists,
engineers and other professionals who have always dreamed of experiencing
spaceflight, this is an exciting time to join the astronaut corps," said Janet
Kavandi, director of flight crew operations at the Johnson Space Center in
Houston. "This next class will support missions to the station and will arrive via
transportation systems now in development. They also will have the opportunity to
participate in NASA's continuing exploration programs that will include missions
beyond low Earth orbit." A bachelor's degree in engineering, science or math and
three years of relevant professional experience are required. Typically, successful
applicants have significant qualifications in engineering or science, or extensive
experience flying high-performance jet-aircraft. Additional information about the
Astronaut Candidate Program is available by calling the Astronaut Selection Office
at 281-483-5907. (Source: NASA, 10/03/11) Gulf Coast note: NASA tests rocket
engines and Stennis Space Center and builds space structures at Michoud
Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

StenniSphere closed Oct. 8
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - StenniSphere, the visitor center at NASA’s John C.
Stennis Space Center, will be closed to the general public Oct. 8 for an onsite
event. The visitor center will reopen Oct. 12 and resume normal operating hours.
StenniSphere is open to the public 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday,
and is closed on major holidays. Public tours run throughout each day from the
Launch Pad at the Hancock County Welcome Center, Interstate 10, Exit 2. (Source:
NASA, 10/03/11)


SEPTEMBER 2011

Shelby: Airbus eyeing Mobile
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - EADS is looking into whether it's feasible to build commercial
airplanes in Mobile, Ala. That's according to U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. In an
interview with the Birmingham News after a symposium address, Shelby said that
while EADS didn't win the competition against Boeing to build tankers for the Air
Force -- a loss that ended EADS' plans to put an assembly plant in Mobile -- the
senator said EADS's Airbus may end up building commercial airplanes in Mobile.
"They're looking to see if it's feasible," Shelby said. Shelby was a participant at a
symposium in Tuscaloosa hosted by GE Aviation, which is building an engine
coatings plant in Auburn. (Source: Birmingham News, 09/30/11) Gulf Coast note: GE
Aviation also has an engine components plant in Batesville, Miss., and is building
another one near Hattiesburg in South Mississippi.

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $139M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC of Madison, Miss. is being awarded a
$138,968,513 firm fixed price contract modification to exercise FY12 options for
logistics support for the T -1A aircraft at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla., and
several Air Force bases. Services included are contractor operated maintained
supply, over and above, on-equipment, maintenance, data and field services
representatives. This action is to exercise option period 1, Oct. 1, 2011 through
Sept. 30, 2012. OC-ALC/GKSKA, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 09/30/11)

Contract: Sikorsky, $49.6M
Sikorsky Support Services Inc., Pensacola, Fla., is being awarded a $49,578,210
modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery, requirements contract to
exercise an option for logistics services and materials for organizational,
intermediate, and depot level maintenance to support 273 T-34, 54 T-44 and 62 T-6
aircraft based primarily at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, NAS Whiting
Field, Fla. and NAS Pensacola, Fla. Work will be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas
(50 percent), Whiting Field, Fla. (39 percent), Pensacola, Fla. (8 percent), and
various sites within the continental United States (3 percent).Work is expected to
be completed in February 2012. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/30/11)

Fire Scout completes flight on biofuel
PATUXENT RIVER, Md. - The Navy reached a milestone in its quest to gain energy
independence today when an MQ-8B Fire Scout, built in part in Mississippi,
successfully flew the first unmanned biofueled flight. The Fire Scout was fueled
with a combination of JP-5 aviation fuel and plant-based camelina. The biofuel
blend reduces carbon dioxide output by 75 percent when compared to
conventional aviation fuel. The unmanned helicopter provides situational
awareness, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting data to
forward deployed warfighter, and can operate from all air capable ships and is
currently providing ISR support during its first-land based deployment in U.S.
Central Command area of responsibility. Fire Scout is the seventh aircraft to
demonstrate the versatility of biofuel through its use in all facets of naval aviation.
(Source: NNS, 09/30/11) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part at the
Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss.

Vitter: Michoud will build SLS components
NASA has chosen Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to build components
of its new heavy-lift rocket, according to Sen. David Vitter, R-La. Vitter released a
statement today saying the decision is “big big news for southeast Louisiana.”
Earlier this month NASA unveiled the design of the rocket. NASA plans to build
several components at Michoud, including manufacturing core stage and upper
stage, the instrument ring and integrating engines with core and upper stages.
(Source: Sen. David Vitter, 09/29/11) Stennis Space Center, Miss., is testing the
engines for the SLS.

Hawk trainer to visit AF bases
Two United Kingdom Royal Air Force Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers will demonstrate
their advanced capabilities at U.S. Air Force bases nationwide, according to BAE
Systems Inc. BAE is offering the Hawk AJTS as the replacement for the T-38 trainer
as part of the U.S. Air Force’s T-X program. BAE announced last week that it will be
the prime contractor and Northrop Grumman will serve as the manufacturing
partner for the new Hawk aircraft, which will be built in the United States. (Source:
BAE Systems via Business Wire, 09/29/11) Gulf Coast note: Although BAE and
Northrop are mum about where the Hawk would be built, Aviation Week reports
that Northrop has been hoping to secure work for its Lake Charles, La., plant.

NASA tests commercial AJ26 engine
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Engineers at NASA's Stennis Space Center
conducted a test of an Aerojet AJ26 flight engine Sept. 28 that will power the first
stage of Orbital Sciences Corp's Taurus II space launch vehicle. The AJ26 engine
test supports Orbital's development activities to provide commercial cargo
resupply flights to the International Space Station that are scheduled to begin in
2012. The company is scheduled to demonstrate its Taurus II rocket and its Cygnus
cargo transportation system in a mission scheduled for later this year under the
Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) research and development
initiative. The test on the E-1 Test Stand was performed by a team of Orbital,
Aerojet and Stennis engineers. Data from the test will be reviewed and verified
before the engine is delivered to the Wallops Flight Facility launch site in Virginia
for installation on the Taurus II rocket's first-stage core. (Source: NASA, 09/28/11)

NASA conducts J-2X test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA conducted a 40-second test of the J-2X
rocket engine Sept. 28, the most recent in a series of tests of the next-generation
engine selected as part of the Space Launch System designed to carry humans
into deep space. It was a test at the 99 percent power level to gain a better
understanding of start and shutdown systems as well as modifications that had
been made from previous test firing results. The test came two weeks after NASA
announced plans for the new SLS to be powered by core-stage RS-25 D/E and
upper-stage J-2X engines. The liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen J-2X is being
developed for NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., by Pratt &
Whitney Rocketdyne. (Source: NASA, 09/28/11)

Contract: Amherst Systems, $11.4M
Amherst Systems Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., is being awarded an $11,400,000 maximum firm-
fixed-price contract to provide sustaining engineering services support (SESS) on
government-owned B-1, B-2, B-52, and fighter test facilities' threat simulations.
SESS will consist of recurring and non-recurring engineering tasks in support of
the combat electromagnetic environment simulators and the advanced multiple
environment simulators threat simulators located in various test facilities.
AAC/PKES, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
09/27/11)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $187M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is
being awarded an $187,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously
awarded advance acquisition contract. This modification provides additional
funding for recurring sustainment support, and system engineering sustainment
activities necessary to meet the requirement and delivery schedule of this low
rate initial production, lot five, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Work will be performed in
Eglin, Fla. (60 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (15 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (5
percent); Warton, United Kingdom (5 percent); Orlando, Fla. (5 percent); Nashua, N.
H. (5 percent); and Baltimore, Md. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in
May 2012. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/11)

Contract: Rolls-Royce Defense, $99.9M
Rolls-Royce Defense Services Inc., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a
$99,919,152 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price requirements
contract to exercise an option for intermediate and depot-level maintenance and
related support for in-service T-45 F405-RR-401 Adour engines under the power-
by-the-hour arrangement. In addition, this modification provides for inventory
control, sustaining engineering and configuration management, as well as
integrated logistics support and required engineering elements necessary to
support the F405-RR-401 engine at the organization level. Work will be performed
at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville, Texas (48 percent); NAS Meridian, Miss.
(47 percent); NAS Pensacola, Fla. (4 percent); and NAS Patuxent River, Md. (1
percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2012. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
09/27/11)

Contract: Intergraph Gvt Sol, $9.9M
Intergraph Government Solutions, Madison, Ala., is being awarded a $9,950,000
firm-fixed-price, time-and-material contract for procurement of information
technology engineering systems, hardware, software, systems integration/design,
and software development support services, related training, maintenance, and
spare parts. Work will be performed in Philadelphia, Pa.; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii;
Hampton Roads, Va.; Puget Sound, Wash.; and Kittery, Maine. Work is expected to
be completed by September 2011. This contract was not awarded through full and
open competition. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support,
Mechanicsburg, Pa., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/11)

Contracts: L-3 Vertex, $123.1M; $23.6M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC., Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$123,180,168 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery,
requirements contract to exercise an option for logistics services and materials
for organizational, intermediate, and depot-level maintenance required to support
36 T-45A, and 168 T-45C, aircraft based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian, Miss.;
NAS Kingsville, Texas; NAS Pensacola, Fla., and NAS Patuxent River, Md. This
requirement also includes the organizational level maintenance for the engine.
Work will be performed in Kingsville, Texas (57 percent); Meridian, Miss. (36
percent); Pensacola, Fla. (6 percent); and Patuxent River (1 percent), and is
expected to be completed in September 2012. In addition, the company is being
awarded a $23,539,003 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery requirements contract
for contractor logistics support and Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department
(AIMD) support for the T-39 Undergraduate Military Flight Officer (UMFO) Training
Program. This effort includes support of the UMFO government-owned T-39N and
T-39G aircraft and associated equipment, including organizational and depot-level
repair. In addition, this provides intermediate level maintenance and support for
Chief of Naval Air Training aircraft, transient aircraft, tenant, and other services
activities at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., and NAS Corpus Christi,
Texas, and surrounding areas through the AIMD. Work will be performed in
Pensacola, Fla. (75 percent), and Corpus Christi, Texas (25 percent), and is
expected to be completed in March 2012. This contract was not competitively
procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-1. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity for both awards. (Source: DoD, 09/27/11)

Eglin chosen for installation excellence
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - For the second year in a row, Air Force Materiel
Command selected Eglin Air Force Base for the Commander-in-Chief's 2012 Annual
Award for Installation Excellence. "This is a tremendous honor," said Col. Sal
Nodjomian, the 96th Air Base Wing commander. "Our Team Eglin warriors produce
award-worthy work each and every day ... whether it's bedding down our new
mission partners, providing world-class medical support, training tomorrow's
warriors, or turning jets on the flightline." Eglin will compete against other
command winners for the Air Force level award. Each finalist base will be visited
by an inspection team next year. The winner is traditionally announced in April.
(Source: Team Eglin Public Affairs, 09/27/11)

F-35 inches closer to training role
Four F-35s at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., could be flying next month, according to
Aviation Week. F-35 program officials are awaiting a clearance from the
procurement community to begin flight operations at Eglin, a step closer to pilot
training. The Air Force’s Aeronautical Systems Center in Ohio, which oversees
procurement of service aircraft, are reviewing data collected during a period of
"maturity flights" using two conventional-takeoff-and-landing F-35As at Edwards
Air Force Base, Calif. Tom Burbage, executive vice president of F-35 integration at
Lockheed Martin, says he hopes to have the first F-35 flying at Eglin by Oct. 31. The
four F-35As at Eglin right now are supporting maintenance training. (Source:
Aviation Week, 09/27/11)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $11.3M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, Madison, Miss., is being awarded an
$11,345,639 firm-fixed-price contract modification for trainer maintenance at
Sheppard Air Force-Base, Texas, and satellite site at Naval Air Station Pensacola,
Fla. This action is to exercise option period one, Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30,
2012. 82nd Contracting Squadron/LGCA, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/26/11)

NASA restructuring contracting program
NASA is restructuring its contracting program as the agency's missions change.
Contractors are anticipating a new initiative worth millions over nearly 10 years.
The initiative, known as the Test and Operations Support Contract, covers ground
systems work now being done by Boeing and the United Space Alliance. The new
program would provide NASA with services related to managing the ground
systems used for flight launches, such as maintaining equipment, overseeing
landings and performing simulations and experiments. (Source: Washington Post,
09/25/11) Gulf Coast note: In this region NASA has Stennis Space Center, Miss., and
Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans.

GE Aviation encouraged about future
Ohio-based GE Aviation is marking 40 years in the commercial aviation business
and feeling good about the future. The company landed orders for more than $27
billion in engines and services at the Paris Air Show in June, and GE Aviation is
ramping up production. It added 1,000 jobs across its U.S. manufacturing
operations over the past three years and plans to add another 1,000 over the next
three years. That includes 200 jobs in Dayton, Ohio, 400 new jobs at two
component plants in Mississippi and 400 more across its 20 U.S. operating plants.
(Source: Cincinnati Enquirer, 09/25/11) Gulf Coast note: One of the Mississippi
plants is in Ellisville, near Hattiesburg.

Aero medical lab moves to Ohio
PENSACOLA, Fla. - A long-time member of Naval Air Station Pensacola closed its
doors earlier this month for points north. The Naval Aerospace Medical Research
Laboratory closed Sept. 2 and moved to new facilities at Wright-Patterson Air
Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The move of the lab, which employed 65, was dictated
by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission in 2005. Wright-Patterson is
headquarters of the Air Force Research Laboratory. (Source: Pensacola News
Journal, 09/25/11)

Contract: Jacobs Technology, $42.4M
Jacobs Technology Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is being awarded $42,442,430
under a previously awarded contract. This effort is for the continuity of services
contract to continue information technology services until the transition to the
next generation Enterprise Network is accomplished. Work will be performed in
Quantico, Va., and is expected to be completed in June 2014. This contract was
competitively procured via an electronic request for proposals with two offers
received. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 09/23/11)

Contracts: L-3 Vertex, $48.8M
L-3 Communications Systems Field Support, Vertex Aerospace, L.L.C., Madison,
Miss., is being awarded a $48,797,627 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously
awarded ontract to exercise an option for aircraft maintenance and logistical life
cycle support for 66 C-12 aircraft for the Navy (55) and the Marine Corps (11). Work
will be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas; Lincoln, Neb.; and Winnipeg, Canada.
Work will also be performed in various locations both inside and outside the
continental United States, including: Yuma, Ariz.; Washington, D.C.; New Orleans,
La.; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Jacksonville, Fla.; Miramar, Calif.; New River, N.C.;
Norfolk, Va.; Patuxent River, Md.; Andrews Air Force Base, Md.; Manassas, Va.;
Japan; Cuba; and Bahrain. Work is expected to be completed in September 2012.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 09/22/11)

Contracts: Northrop Grumman, $17M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a
$17,098,027 contract for the Rapid Deployment Capability Weaponization Program
in support of the MQ-8B Fire Scout System. This contract includes the installation,
engineering, manufacturing, and data development of the weapons systems. Work
will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and Grand Rapids, Mich., and is expected to
be completed in March 2013. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/22/11) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts
are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

RS-68A completes test series
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully
completed a series of hot-fire tests on the certified RS-68A engine, the world’s
most powerful hydrogen-fueled engine, at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center,
Miss. The tests demonstrated the capability of the engine to operate for 4,800
seconds of cumulative run time, four times the design life of the engine and more
than 10 times what's needed to boost a United Launch Alliance heavy-lift rocket
into space. The RS-68A, which evolved from the RS-68, is a liquid-hydrogen/liquid-
oxygen booster engine designed for the Delta IV family of launch vehicles. In
addition, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and NASA has begun testing on the upper-
stage J-2X engine. To date, five hot-fire tests have been conducted on the J-2X,
which could be used to boost humans beyond low-Earth orbit. (Source: Pratt &
Whitney via PRNewswire, 09/22/11)

United Technologies to buy Goodrich
United Technologies Corp. will buy Goodrich Corp. for $18.4 billion, including $1.9
billion in net debt assumed. Closing is subject to customary approvals. Once
completed, United Technologies, of Hartford, Conn., is expected to have
worldwide sales of $66 billion based on projected 2011 results, and a stronger
position in the aerospace and defense industry. Goodrich, based in Charlotte, N.
C., supplies landing gear, aircraft wheels and brakes to the aerospace and
defense industry. United Technology builds engines, helicopters and other
aviation-related products. (Source: PRNewswire, 09/21/11) Gulf Coast note:
Goodrich has its Alabama Service Center in Foley, Ala. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne,
a United Technologies company, assembles and tests rockets at Stennis Space
Center, Miss.

New STEM curriculum released
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – The Stennis Education Office has released its
new "Food for Thought" teaching curriculum and interactive website. It uses the
idea of food in space to teach students such topics as caloric content and
nutritional value of food, while challenging them to build space robots, design a
better microgravity coffee cup and create a space cookie recipe. The curriculum is
the third produced by the Stennis education team, all within the last 15 months. It's
part of NASA's Teaching from Space initiative, designed to promote science,
technology, engineering and mathematics learning by students. (Source: NASA,
09/09/11)

Contract: Del-Jen, $24.6M
Del-Jen Inc., Clarksville, Tenn., is being awarded a $24,640,037 modification under
a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity
contract to exercise option four, for base operations support services at Naval Air
Station Pensacola and surrounding areas (Saufley Field, Corry Station, and
Bronson Field). The work to be performed provides for public works
administration including labor, management, supervision, materials, supplies and
more. The total contract amount after exercise of this option will be $118,523,007.
Work will be performed in Pensacola, Fla., and is expected to be completed by
September 2012. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast,
Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/21/11)

Florida joining Aerospace Alliance
SANDESTIN, Fla. – The inaugural Aerospace Alliance Summit drew about 140
participants to Sandestin Beach Resort over two days to discuss ways expand the
industry in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. Florida officials said the
entire state will be joining the Alliance formed more than two-years ago. Up to now,
Florida was represented by Florida's Great Northwest, an economic development
group. "Florida is proud to be a partner, a full partner," said Florida lieutenant
governor Jennifer Carroll. The summit was attended by a variety of aerospace
companies, economic development officials and business leaders from the four
states. Organizers say plans are to hold another summit next year in one of the
four states that are part of the group. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, Northwest
Florida Daily News, 09/16/11)

Contract: Rehabilitation Svcs, $8.1M
Rehabilitation Services Mississippi, Madison, Miss., is being awarded an
$8,113,168 firm-fixed-price contract modification to provide full food services at
Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The 81st Contracting Squadron, Keesler Air Force
Base, Miss., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/15/11)

NASA unveils SLS
NASA has unveiled plans for the Space Launch System rocket, designed to take
astronauts into deep space. Administrator Charles Bolden said during a
Wednesday news conference that the heavy-lift SLS, more powerful than the
Saturn V that launched astronauts to the Moon, will fly in 2017. It will allow
astronauts to reach asteroids and Mars. SLS will be designed to carry the Orion
Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, as well as cargo, equipment and science
experiments. It will serve as a backup for commercial and international partner
transportation services to the International Space Station. It will use technologies
from the Space Shuttle and Constellation programs to leverage proven hardware
and tooling and manufacturing technology. It will use a liquid hydrogen and liquid
oxygen propulsion system, which will include the RS-25D/E from the Space Shuttle
for the core stage and the J-2X engine for the upper stage. (Sources: Multiple,
including Huntsville Times, Space Travel, Los Angeles Times, 09/14/11) Gulf Coast
note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., does rocket engine testing and assembly of the
J-2X. Michoud Assembly Facilities has been working on Orion.

Flight worthy Orion build begins
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Construction began last week on the first new NASA
spacecraft built to take humans to orbit since space shuttle Endeavour left the
factory in 1991. Engineers at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans
started welding together the first space-bound Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.
The first welds were completed Friday using an innovative new friction stir
welding process, developed especially for Orion construction. The process
creates a seamless, leak-proof bond that has proven stronger and higher in
quality than can be achieved with conventional welding. After welding is
completed at Michoud, the Orion spacecraft orbital test article will be shipped to
NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where the heat shield will be installed. At
Kennedy, it will undergo final assembly and checkout operations for flight. The
first “flight worthy” Orion is set to launch in the summer of 2013. (Source: NASA,
09/09/11)

Navy to buy larger Fire Scouts
The Navy is to award Northrop Grumman a contract to supply 28 MQ-8C Fire Scout
"rapid deployment capability" unmanned helicopters using the larger Bell 407
helicopter airframe to increase endurance and payload. The notice of intent says
the aircraft are to be fielded by the first quarter of 2014. The Navy also evaluated
the Boeing Hummingbird and Lockheed Martin/Kaman K-Max, but opted for the 407
airframe jointly developed by Northrop Grumman and Bell as the Fire-X and first
flown in December. The MQ-8C will use the same systems as the MQ-8B, which is
on the smaller Schweizer 333 helicopter airframe. (Source: Aviation Week,
09/09/11) Gulf Coast note: The MQ-8B is built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Development gets mine defense business
PANAMA CITY, Fla. - The St. Joe Co. on Thursday officially welcomed ITT Corp.'s
mine defense business to the VentureCrossings Enterprise Centre at West Bay,
the development's first corporate tenant. ITT will be moving into a 105,000-square-
foot facility. VentureCrossings is St. Joe's initial project in the West Bay Sector
Plan, a 75,000-acre development that will include office, industrial, manufacturing,
hotel, retail and residential uses. Sites offer direct ramp access and access to the
10,000-foot runway at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. (Source:
Panama City News Herald, 09/08/11)

Contract: CYE, $25M
CYE Enterprises Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., is being awarded a $25,000,000 firm-fixed-
price contract to furnish all plants, materials, labor, equipment, and all operations
in connection with repairing and replacing roofs, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., per the
statement of work and roofing specifications. AAC/PKOA, Eglin Air Force Base, is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/08/11)

Contract: Jacobs, $20.2M
Jacobs Technology Inc., Tullahoma, Tenn., is being awarded a $20,255,460
indefinite-delivery, quantity cost-plus-award-fee, and cost-reimbursement contract
modification to provide technical, engineering, and acquisition support at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla. AAC/PKES, Eglin Air Force Base is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 09/08/11)

NG sees global sales opportunities
Northrop Grumman CEO Wes Bush said his company, which builds the Global Hawk
surveillance plane, can bolster its international sales of unmanned systems. He
also said at the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit that he felt the U.S.
government was taking steps to try to loosen export curbs on some arms. The
Obama administration has been consulting Congress on plans to sell unmanned
Global Hawks to South Korea. International sales currently are less than 10
percent of Northrop Grumman’s overall sales. (Source: Reuters, 09/07/11) Gulf
Coast note: Global Hawks are made in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: MacAulay-Brown, $26M
MacAulay-Brown, Inc., Dayton, Ohio, is being awarded a $25,969,228 firm-fixed-
price delivery order with estimated cost line items under General Services
Administration multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity alliant
government-wide acquisition contract for information technology and intelligence
services. Specialized Contracting, HQ AFSOC/A7KQ, Hurlburt Field, Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/02/11)

Two more F-35s arrive
Two Lockheed Martin F-35As arrived at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., this week,
joining two earlier arrivals that will be used for training pilots and maintainters at
the new F-35 Integrated Training Center. The jets left Wednesday from Fort Worth,
Texas, along with two F-16 escorts for the 90-minute flight. The two F-35s are AF-10
and AF-11 from the second lot of low-rate production aircraft. (Source: Lockheed
Martin, 08/31/11)

Recycler plans Pensacola operation
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Pennsylvania-based stainless steel scrap recycler Cronimet
Corp. plans to locate a manufacturing facility in Pensacola in early November,
creating 15 manufacturing and administrative jobs. Cronimet recovers and
reprocesses stainless steel and high-grade alloys for manufacturers, including the
aerospace industry. The announcement was made by Pensacola Bay Area Chamber
of Commerce CEO Jim Hizer and chamber Chairman Collier Merrill. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 09/01/11)

Accurate hurricane forecasts at risk?
There are concerns that budget cuts could jeopardize future accurate hurricane
forecasting. Proposed cuts in the budget of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration and in funding for new satellites could undermine the National
Hurricane Center's forecasting ability. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson told reporters in a
visit to NHC headquarters in Miami that defunding NOAA programs was "like
cutting off your nose to spite your face." Nelson said there was also talk about
possible Defense Department cuts to funding for the 10 C-130 Super Hercules
"hurricane hunter" planes based in Biloxi, Miss. He vowed that the proposed cuts
would be halted in the Senate, saying the "hurricane hunter" program was about
"saving lives and trying to lessen property damage." (Source: Reuters, 09/01/11)


AUGUST 2011

Contract: Raytheon, $569M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $569,021,288 firm-
fixed-price contract modification for 234 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air
Missile Air Intercept Missile (AIM)-120D All-Up-Round (AUR) missiles; four AIM-120D
air vehicles instrumented; eight integrated test vehicles; 101 AIM-120D Captive Air
Training Missiles (CATM); 203 AIM-120C7 Foreign Military Sales (FMS) AURs;
warranty for 100 CATMs; warranty for 25 AIM-120C7 AURs (Bahrain); 103 non-
developmental item-airborne instrumentation units; test equipment; Air Force AIM
120D guidance section; Personnel Reliability Program Phase IV; and FMS software
and contractor logistics support. This contract supports foreign military sales (23
percent). AAC/EBAC, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 08/31/11)

Contract: InDyne, $192.8M
InDyne Inc., Reston, Va., is being awarded a $192,811,018 cost-plus-award-fee
contract which exercises option two, fiscal 2012 and 2013, of Eglin Test and
Training Complex Range operations and maintenance for test and training areas,
and technical facilities, to include test and training mission support; engineering
support for range system design, modification, configuration; and range support
services to accomplish authorized range activities. AAC/PKET, Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/31/11)

Contract: Boeing, $14.4M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $14,370,342 firm-fixed-price
contract modification to provide a quantity of 602 Joint Direct Attack Munitions. Air
Armament Center/EBDK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 08/31/11)

Contract: EADS, $43.8M
EADS North American Defense, Arlington, Va., was awarded a $43,811,456 firm-fixed-
price contract. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract
to procure 32 security and support mission equipment package production cut-in.
Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of
Aug. 31, 2013. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/29/11)

Mk 38 Tactical Laser System concept tested
BAE Systems, Boeing, and the Navy recently conducted a successful test of the Mk
38 MOD 2 Tactical Laser System concept at Eglin Air Force Base in Eglin, Fla. The
concept is a proposed high energy laser addition to the Mk 38 naval gun systems
currently deployed on most surface combatants. The results of the field testing
demonstrated a capability to identify and classify targets and provide rapid hand-
off to the Mobile Active Targeting Resource for Integrated Experiments system for
interdiction. The test system fired against air and surface maritime targets.
Additionally, swarm tests were conducted to simulate an attack by a large number
of fast, maneuvering small boats, intermingled with neutral boat traffic. These
tests demonstrated a consistent ability to detect, track, classify and engage threat
vessels at tactically relevant ranges. (Source: BAE Systems via Business Wire,
08/30/11)

NG to add to Fire Scout workforce
Northrop Grumman will add 100 workers in Rancho Bernardo, Calif., to enable the
company to continue developing its Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle and a
larger version called Fire-X. About 200 employees are already assigned to the
program. The company also is negotiating with the Navy to add weapons to Fire
Scout, says George Vardoulakis, Northrop's vice president of tactical unmanned
systems. (Source: Signon San Diego, 08/28/11) Gulf Coast note: The Unmanned
Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss., builds portions of the Fire Scout.

LM, AF sign sensors deal
The Air Force and Lockheed Martin signed a five-year deal to further sensors
technology. The cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with
Air Force Research Laboratory will assess the viability of Lockheed's cooled tri-
mode seeker for integration onto Air Force weapon platforms. The seeker
combines several sensors and a radar that run simultaneously and share
information in flight. The work will be done with AFRL's Munitions Directorate at
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., according to the Dayton Business Journal. AFRL, the U.
S. Air Force's science and technology program, has a $2.2 billion annual budget
and performs an additional $2 billion a year in customer funded research and
development. (Source: Dayton Business Journal, Lockheed Martin, 08/26/11)

F-35 gets official roll out
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Air Force officially rolled out the F-35 Lightning II
Joint Strike Fighter during a ceremony Friday at the 58th Fighter Squadron Hanger.
Hundreds of people attended the event, hosted by Gen. Edward Rice, Air
Education and Training Command commander. Eglin is home of the F-35 training
center, where pilots and maintainers from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and foreign
nations will train with three variants of the fighter. Florida Sen. Don Gaetz said the
F-35 will have a big impact on Northwest Florida. (Sources, multiple, including
WEAR-TV, WALA-TV, 08/26/11) In a related matter, the production version of the F-
35 has been cleared to fly, according to Lockheed Martin. The entire JSF fleet was
grounded Aug. 2 after one jet suffered a malfunction of the integrated power
package. A dozen instrumented test aircraft were OKd to fly Aug. 18, and now a
half-dozen production jets, including two at Eglin, can take to the air. (Source: Air
Force Times, 08/25/11)

NASA takes over plant
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - The 1.6 million square-foot former Mississippi
Army Ammunition Plant was formally turned over to NASA's John C. Stennis Space
Center Wednesday, increasing NASA's total facility space at SSC by about a third.
The Army plant hasn't made munitions since 1990 and was deactivated in 1992.
About half the space is already occupied by a dozen employers, including Pratt &
Whitney Rocketdyne, the Government Printing Office, Department of Energy and
the Department of Homeland Security's National Center for Critical Information
Processing and Storage. The ceremony was held in the Pratt & Whitney
Rocketdyne engine assembly portion of the plant. Attending were NASA Deputy
Administrator Lori Garver and Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, who said the
economic development potential is "tremendous for the Gulf Coast." (Source: Sun
Herald, 08/24/11)

PC airport planning for future growth
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, which
opened in May 2010, hopes a $475,000 federal grant will help it plan for future
expansion. The Transportation Department grant will be used to hire a company to
develop short- and long-term forecasts for future passenger traffic. Last month
the airport, north of Panama City, marked the million-passenger milestone.
(Source: Panama City News Herald, 08/22/11)

F-35 “roll out” scheduled
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Air Force will officially "roll out" the F-35
Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter during a ceremony Friday, Aug. 26, at Eglin Air
Force Base. The event will be hosted by Gen. Edward Rice, Air Education and
Training Command commander. Other guest speakers include Larry Lawson,
Lockheed Martin Executive Vice President and General Manager, F-35 Program,
and Col. Andrew Toth, 33rd Fighter Wing commander. Eglin is home of the F-35
training center. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 08/22/11)

Huge plant being turned over to NASA
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – The former Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant will
be formally turned over to NASA's Stennis Space Center during a ceremony Aug.
24. Acquisition of the 1.6 million square-foot plant, which hasn't made munitions
since 1990, will increase NASA's total facility space at Stennis Space Center by
about 33 percent. The Army plant, deactivated in 1992, today has a dozen
employers, including Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne, the Government Printing
Office and the Department of Energy, and there's room for more operations. The
ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. CDT. Participants include Sen. Thad Cochran of
Mississippi and NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver. (NASA, 08/19/11)

Feds to set up UAS test airspace
The Pentagon and the Federal Aviation Administration plan to carve out between
four and 10 "bubbles" in civilian airspace to test unmanned aerial systems, said
Steve Pennington, executive director of the Defense Policy Board on Federal
Aviation. They’ll provide DoD and the FAA space to show that unmanned systems
can fly in heavily-traveled commercial airspace in all conditions. The sites will not
be co-located with existing DoD sites that have been cleared to fly UAS in the
United States, but the new airspace sites will likely butt up against those DoD-
owned sites. DoD will begin preliminary site selection by the end of 2012,
Pennington said. (Source: AOL, 08/18/11) Gulf Coast notes: South Mississippi has
two locations cleared for unmanned flights, and unmanned systems are also
tested at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

Fire Scout with a bite coming soon
The MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter may soon head to sea with air-to-
surface missiles. The Navy's drone helicopter, which recently finished its second
deployment, will start carrying either Raytheon Griffin or BAE Advanced Precision
Kill Weapon System, two small missiles that would give an aircraft designed for
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance some teeth. Capt. Patrick Smith,
Fire Scout program manager, said at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle
Systems International conference that Northrop Grumman is working to integrate a
Griffin onto the UAV and will likely demonstrate the system later this month.
(Source: Navy Times, 08/18/11) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are made in part in
Moss Point, Miss.

F-35 test fleet OKd to fly
The F-35 test fleet has been cleared for flight, but the Air Force’s production
aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., are still grounded, the Pentagon said
Thursday. An Air Force safety board is continuing its investigation of the failure of
the AF-4’s Integrated Power Package on Aug. 2, which led to the grounding of the
fleet of 20 aircraft. Ground operations of the test fleet resumed Aug. 10. (Source:
Air Force Times, 08/18/11)

AAC change of command set
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Maj. Gen. Kenneth A. Merchant will assume
command of the Air Armament Center from Maj. Gen. C.R. Davis Friday, Aug. 19 at 1
p.m. Merchant's previous assignment was director at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.,
where he was director of Logistics, Headquarters, Air Mobility Command. Davis will
assume command of the Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base,
Mass., Sept. 1, the same day he's promoted to lieutenant general. In another Eglin
event Friday, Col. David A. Harris, Vice Commander, Air Armament Center, will pin
on the rank of brigadier general in a 10 a.m. ceremony at Eglin's Club. (Source:
96th Air Base Wing, 08/15/11)

Ferguson: SSC future most secure
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Crew members from the final mission of space
shuttle Atlantis visited NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center on Thursday to thank
employees and their families for their part in the success of the mission. "Of all the
NASA centers that are involved in human space flight, I think Stennis' future is
probably the most clear at this point," said mission commander Chris Ferguson.
Stennis tested all the space shuttle main engines, and continues to test rocket
engines for commercial companies. "The space shuttle (main engines) that you've
tested and operated here for probably at least 35 years was really one of the
success stories," said pilot Doug Hurley. Hundreds crowded the auditorium of
StenniSphere to hear Hurley, Ferguson and mission specialists Sandra Magnus
and Rex Waldheim share their appreciation and their experiences in space.
(Source: Sun Herald, 08/11/11)

FWB ranks 20th on list of geek cities
The Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin metro area is ranked 20 on Forbes list of
America’s Geekiest Cities. That means it has a lot of people with degrees in
science and engineering-related fields. Of the workforce in the Fort Walton Beach
Metropolitan Statistical Area, 8.8 percent or some 7,200 workers are employed in
the science, technology, engineering or mathematics field. Much of that is due to
Eglin Air Force Base, which acts as a magnet for technology-oriented defense
contractors. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 08/10/11)

Aerospace summit scheduled
DESTIN, Fla. - The future of aerospace and aviation in the region and nation will be
the focus of the Aerospace Alliance Summit, Sept. 15-16 at Sandestin Golf and
Beach and Resort in Florida. The summit is hosted by the Aerospace Alliance, a
partnership of the states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida’s Great
Northwest. (Source: Aerospace Alliance, 08/10/11)

Tower work to resume
GULFPORT, Miss. - Construction will resume at the air traffic control tower at
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport on Monday, an airport official said Wednesday.
Work on the $12 million project in Gulfport and at airports across the country was
halted last month when Congress failed to provide funding for infrastructure
projects. Congress has since approved a budget and the work can now proceed.
(Source: Sun Herald, 08/10/11)

Vision Airlines shuffles cities it serves
Vision Airlines will discontinue service from Northwest Florida Regional Airport to
selected destinations during the fall and winter. The reduced schedule will start
Aug. 19, when the airline cuts service to Lafayette and Shreveport, La.,
Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tenn., and Asheville, N.C. Vision made the
announcement as it released its fall and winter flight schedule. The airline said it
will continue to serve the Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Fla., area with flights from
Atlanta, Louisville, Ky., Memphis, Orlando, and the St. Petersburg-Tampa-
Clearwater area throughout the fall and winter. Service to Little Rock, Ark., will
continue until Nov. 2. The company will add routes to its winter schedule.
(Sources: Knoxville News Sentinel, Northwest Florida Daily News, PRNewswire,
08/08/11)

Rolls-Royce looks to expand test sites
Rolls-Royce Group is studying locations in the United States and Germany for new
engine test sites, a newspaper reported Monday. The company told workers in
Derby, England, where it employs 11,000, that it was considering sites outside of
the United Kingdom, The Telegraph reported. Derby is the company's "center of
excellence" for large engines. It builds and tests the Trent XWB, which will go in
the new Airbus A350. That program will continue in Derby as it expands, but the
company says it's looking at new locations to help fulfill orders worth about $98
billion. Rolls-Royce could open test sites either in the United States or Germany or
both, the Telegraph reported. (Source: Indianapolis Business Journal, 08/08/11)
Gulf Coast note: Rolls-Royce currently tests jet engines at NASA's John C. Stennis
Space Center, Miss.

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $535.3M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is
being awarded a $535,315,000 advance acquisition contract to provide long lead
parts and components required for the manufacture of 38 Low Rate Initial
Production Lot VI F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft (19 Conventional
Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) aircraft for the Air Force; 4 CTOLs for the government
of Italy; 2 CTOLs for the government of Australia; 6 Short Take-Off Vertical Landing
(STOVL) aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps; and 7 Carrier Variant (CV) aircraft for the
Navy). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 08/08/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home
of the F-35 training center.

Atlantis crew to visit SSC
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Crew members of space shuttle Atlantis' final
mission, STS-135, will visit NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center on Thursday, Aug.
11, at 8:45 a.m. to thank employees for their part in a safe mission. Atlantis
completed its final flight on July 21.The mission also marked the final flight of
NASA's Space Shuttle Program. Atlantis was launched on its maiden STS-51-J
mission in October 1985. During its 26 years in service, the orbiter flew 33
missions and logged more than 131 million miles in space. Atlantis and sister crafts
Discovery and Endeavour now are being prepared for permanent display at
selected sites.(Source: NASA, 08/08/11)

Hurlburt preferred site for Predator unit
Hurlburt Field, Fla., is the preferred alternative for the Air Force Reserve
Command MQ-1 remote split-operations squadron, Air Force officials said. Hurlburt
Field will get a single MQ-1 RSO squadron consisting of 140 personnel and
associated equipment. This action does not involve remotely piloted aircraft, only
ground control systems. The MQ-1 Predator's primary mission is to provide
intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and precision-strike capability for joint
force commanders. Predator flight operations are split between launch and
recovery element aircrews overseas and mission-control element crews based in
the United States. LRE crews launch and recover the aircraft within the area of
responsibility. MCE crews operate the aircraft via satellite data links from locations
within the States. Air Force officials said an environmental assessment will
determine the final basing selection. The Air Force announced in May 2011 that the
Eglin Complex in Florida was the candidate location for the Air Force Reserve
Command MQ-1 remote split-operations squadron. The Eglin complex includes
Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, Duke Field, Camp Rudder and Choctaw Field.
Site survey teams evaluated the bases at the candidate location for feasibility,
timing, cost and planning purposes to meet initial operational capability
requirements.(Source: AFNS, 08/5/11)

Runway light go out; flights diverted
Seven flights coming into Northwest Florida Regional Airport had to be diverted to
other airports or canceled Wednesday night when the runway lights went out
shortly after 8 p.m. and remained out overnight. Eglin Air Force Base officials, who
maintain the runway, reported at about 11 a.m. that they had found the problem
and would have it repaired by the time lights were needed for Thursday evening
landings, Okaloosa County Airports Director Greg Donovan said. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 08/04/11)

F-35s grounded
Flight and ground operations for the Joint Strike Fighter were suspended after the
secondary power system of F-35A AF-4, an Air Force variant test aircraft, failed on
Aug. 2 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., during a ground maintenance engine run.
The problem was in the F-35's integrated power package, an F-35-unique system
that combines the functions of engine starter, emergency and auxiliary power unit,
environmental control system and back-up generator. (Source: Aviation Week,
08/04/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the Joint Strike
Fighter training center. Two production units have already been delivered to the
base.

Frigate returns with drones
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – USS Halyburton, its two Fire Scout unmanned helicopters
and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron returned to Naval Station Mayport
Wednesday after a seven-month deployment. The ship conducted numerous
counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and intelligence, surveillance, and
reconnaissance missions in support of Operation Unified Protector, employing the
MQ-8B Fire Scouts. MQ-8B operators set records for maximum altitude, range, and
endurance, with 438 hours flown by Fire Scout. One of the drones was lost over
Libya in June and later replaced. The Libyan government has claimed its forces
downed the remotely operated vehicle, but neither the Navy nor NATO will say
what caused the MQ-8B Fire Scout to go down. (Sources: NNS, Florida Times-
Union, 08/03/11) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Museum gets Marine One helicopter
PENSACOLA, Fla. – A helicopter that served as Marine One is the newest display at
the National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola. The green and
white Sikorsky VH-3A Sea King was one of several similar models used by the
White House beginning in 1962 to transport the president. It was acquired two
years ago and went through months of restoration. It’s on display in Hangar Bay
One. The museum will host a dedication ceremony for this helicopter in the
upcoming weeks that will be open to the public. (Source: WEAR-TV, Pensacola
News Journal, 08/03/11)


JULY 2011

AIRINC to close Fairhope facility
FAIRHOPE, Ala. - The Fokker AIRINC parts repair facility will close by October,
shifting operations to a larger, sister aircraft parts repair facility in LaGrange, Ga.
Fokker Technologies said that some of the 55 Fairhope employees could be
offered transfers. Frans van de Pol, vice president of component repair, said the
parent company continues to wait for its business to recover from the recession.
Fokker Services mainly repairs parts for U.S. airlines and other parts suppliers.
(Source: Mobile Press-Register, 07/29/11)

Contract: Boeing, $32.5M
Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $32,480,252 cost-plus-incentive-fee
contract modification to provide additional aircraft closure redesign. The
AAC/EDBK/EDBJ, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 07/28/11)

Contract: Raytheon, $70M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems Division, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a
$70,000,000 maximum firm-fixed-price contract to provide Small Diameter Bomb II
technical support. AAC/EBMK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 07/28/11)

F-35C has first catapult launch
LAKEHURST, N.J. - In another first for the new Joint Strike Fighter, an F-35C test
aircraft, designated CF-3, was launched by a land-based steam catapult during a
test Wednesday in Lakehurst, N.J. The jet was flown by Navy test pilot Lt.
Christopher Tabert. The F-35C carrier variant of the JSF has larger wing surfaces
and reinforced landing gear that make it different from the Air Force A version or
the Marine Corps B variant. The F-35C is undergoing test and evaluation at Naval
Air Station Patuxent River prior to delivery to the fleet. Initial ship trials are
scheduled for 2013. (Source: Naval Air Systems Command, 07/27/11) Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the JSF training center.

GE Aviation to open new Mississippi plant
GE Aviation will open a second manufacturing facility in Mississippi, this one in
Ellisville in Jones County. GE Aviation, based in Ohio, will invest $56 million in a
300,000-square-foot facility that will make advanced composite components for
aircraft engines and systems. It's expected to begin production in 2013, creating
about 250 jobs by 2016. GE Aviation, a subsidiary of General Electric, opened a
manufacturing facility in Batesville in 2008, which now has 300 workers. (Sources:
Leader-Call, Reuters, RD magazine, 07/27/11)

Contract: EADS, $10.2M
EADS North American Defense, Arlington, Va., was awarded a $10,166,300 firm-fixed-
price contract. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract
to provide logistic support coverage for the UH-72A aircraft. Work will be
performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2011.
The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 07/25/11)

Cyber strategy Website launched
The Department of Defense today launched a new website to highlight DoD's
unified strategy for cyberspace, announced on July 14. The website helps explain
and consolidate DoD's cybersecurity accomplishments and new way forward for
military, intelligence and business operations in cyberspace. The site is designed
to help users explore the five pillars of DoD’s cyber strategy: treating cyberspace
as an operational domain; employing new defense operating concepts; partnering
with the public and private sector; building international partnerships; and
leveraging talent and innovation. (Source: DoD, 07/25/11) Gulf Coast note: The Gulf
Coast has multiple DoD cyber training operations, including Keesler Air Force
Base, Miss., Corry Station, Fla., and Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Tower work halted
GULFPORT, Miss. - Work has halted on the nearly completed air traffic control
tower at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. The Federal Aviation
Administration told contractors to stop work on the nearly $12 million project in
Gulfport and others at airports nationwide after Congress failed Friday to pass
legislation for the work to continue. The current control tower is handling flights.
(Source: Sun Herald, 07/25/11)

Panama City airport wins award
WEST BAY, Fla. - Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport has received this
year's Florida Department of Transportation Airport Project of the Year Award. The
award was handed out at the annual conference of the Florida Airport Council. It
recognized the project for its "significant contribution to airport development,
sustainability, efficiency, capacity and/or safety," according to the award
nomination criteria. The airport near West Bay opened May 23, 2010, to replace the
smaller airport in Panama City. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 07/22/11)

Aerospace startup opens at Brookley
MOBILE, Ala. - AeroStar Inc., a startup located at Mobile's Brookley Aeroplex, plans
to repair and overhaul hydraulic and pneumatic airplane components. The
company is led by Greg Guzman, a former sales executive for Fokker Airinc, a
components repair firm in Fairhope, Ala. The company wants to employ 10 people
by the end of the year. The 8,000 square-foot building that AeroStar renovated on
the south end of Michigan Avenue could hold up to 25 employees, Guzman said.
(Source: Mobile Press-Register, 07/22/11)

Euro Hawk arrives in Germany
MANCHING, Germany - The Euro Hawk unmanned aerial system, built in part in
Mississippi, was delivered to the German Bundeswehr Thursday. The signals
intelligence aircraft is based on the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk. It took
off Wednesday from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., for the flight to Manching Air
Base. The Euro Hawk will carry a new SIGINT mission system developed by EADS
Deutschland, which will be integrated in Manching. Delivery of the first
demonstrator to the Bundeswehr is scheduled for mid-2012, with another four
systems scheduled tentatively between 2015 and 2017. Euro Hawk is the first
international version of the RQ-4, which has been serving the U.S. military for a
number of years. The second international version will be NATO’s AGS. (Source:
Northrop Grumman via PRNewswire, 07/21/11) Gulf Coast note: The Euro Hawk was
built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Second F-35 delivered to Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Lockheed Martin's second F-35A Lightning II
production jet arrived Wednesday at Eglin Air Force Base, less than a week after
delivery of the first jet to the base in Northwest Florida. Marine Corps Maj. Joseph
T. "OD" Bachmann piloted the aircraft, known as AF-8, arriving at 11:50 a.m. CDT.
AF-8 joins AF-9, which Lockheed Martin delivered to the 33rd Fighter Wing last
Thursday after a flight from Fort Worth, Texas. The jets will be used for training F-
35 pilots and maintainers who are slated to begin course work at the base's new F-
35 Integrated Training Center this fall. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 07/20/11)

Shuttle lands safely, era ends
The space shuttle Atlantis landed safely at Florida's Kennedy Space Center early
Thursday. The 135th flight marked the end of three decades of service. The shuttle
and its four crew members touched down at 5:56 a.m. after a 13-day mission to the
International Space Station. (Source: Multiple, 07/21/11) Gulf Coast note: All shuttle
main engines were tested at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center, Miss.

53rd change of command set
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The 53rd Wing at Eglin Air Force Base will have a
change of command Tuesday, July 26. Col. David Hicks will take command of the
wing from Col. Michael Gantt at 8:53 a.m. in Hangar 102. The 53rd Wing serves as
the focal point for the Combat Air Forces in electronic warfare, armament and
avionics, chemical defense, reconnaissance, and aircrew training devices. The
wing is also responsible for operational testing and evaluation of new equipment
and systems. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 07/21/11)

Boeing, Airbus share record order
American Airlines is ordering 460 new single-aisle planes from U.S.-based Boeing
and Europe's Airbus in a deal valued at more than $38 billion. Fort Worth, Texas-
based American plans to acquire 260 of the Airbus A320 and 200 Boeing 737s. The
deal includes options and purchase rights for 465 additional planes through 2025.
Airbus has not sold new planes to American Airlines in more than two decades.
The company retired its last Airbus in 2009. At least one newspaper said Airbus
could dust off plans to build a plant in Mobile, Ala., but CEO Tom Enders was
noncommittal on that prospect. (Sources: Multiple, including New York Times,
Bloomberg, News Tribune, Hartford Courant, 07/20/11)

Delta cutting 24 markets
Three regional airports in Mississippi - Greenville, Tupelo and Hattiesburg - are
among 24 small markets that face losing service from Delta Air Lines. The company
said it's lost $14 million a year serving the 24 airports because of insufficient
passenger loads. Service to 16 of the 24 airports is subsidized by the federal
Essential Air Service program. Weak demand in some markets led to flights
occasionally operating with no passengers on board. Greenville has a 27.6 percent
load factor, Tupelo 41 percent and Hattiesburg has a 53.7 percent. The Department
of Transportation is now looking for alternative carriers. (Source: PRNewswire
07/15/11)

46th schedules change of command
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The 46th Test Wing at Eglin Air Force Base will have
a change of command on July 22. Col. Colin Miller will take command of the wing
from Col. Michael Brewer. Miller has served as an operational pilot in the F-15C
and F-117, and as a test pilot in the F-15C, F-15E, F-16, and F-22. Brewer
relinquishes command after serving two years with the 46th Test Wing and more
than 25 years with the Air Force. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 07/18/11)

Flight Academy gets $250,000 gift
PENSACOLA, Fla. - The University of Florida has pledged $125,000 to the National
Flight Academy at Pensacola Naval Air Station, an amount matched by an
anonymous Florida Gator booster. The $250,000 will be used for scholarships and
tuition to the academy, which is expected to open to students in May 2012. The
academy, an educational program of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, will
offer week-long sessions to students in seventh through 12th grades. Students
will focus on science, technology, engineering and math. (Source: Pensacola News
Journal, 07/15/11)

StenniSphere to open at noon July 20
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - StenniSphere, the visitor center at NASA's John C.
Stennis Space Center, will delay opening on July 20 due to a special event. The
visitor center will open at noon that day. StenniSphere is open to the public 10 a.
m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and is closed on major holidays. Public
tours run throughout each day from the Launch Pad at the Hancock County
Welcome Center, Interstate 10, Exit 2. The last tour leaves the Launch Pad at 2 p.m.
each day. (Source: NASA, 07/15/11)

NASA begins testing J-2X
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA conducted a combined chill test and 1.9-
second ignition test Thursday of the next-generation J-2X rocket engine that could
help carry humans beyond low-Earth orbit to deep space. The test is the first in a
series that will be conducted on the J-2X, which is being developed by Pratt and
Whitney Rocketdyne. The ignition test on the A-2 Test Stand is the first of a series
of firings over the next several months. Collected data will verify the engine
functions as designed. The J-2X uses liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen as fuel,
which can be mixed to generate 294,000 pounds of thrust to lift a spacecraft into
low-Earth orbit or 242,000 pounds of thrust to power a spacecraft from low-Earth
orbit into deep space. The engine is designed to start and restart in space.
(Source: NASA, 07/14/11)

Contract: Raytheon, $9.1M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems of Tucson, Ariz. is being awarded a $9,118,430
contract modification for procurement of 4 Griffin Block II A telemetry rounds, part
number 2292000-25, and 74 Griffin Block II A all up rounds (Part Number 2292000-
26) to include shipping, engineering services, and proposal development costs.
AAC/PKES, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
07/14/11)

Eglin reaches out to industry
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Air Force simulation experts are reaching out to
industry to find companies able to develop simulations to help the Air Force
evaluate concepts for new weapons. The Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions
Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base issued a sources-sought notice Tuesday for the
Technology Research for Integrated Guidance Simulation (TRIGS) program. The Air
Force is asking for research ideas and capabilities in hardware-in-the-loop
simulation development, weapon engagement research, hardware-in-the-loop
simulator technology development, and virtual environment phenomenology
modeling. The Air Force expects to negotiate one five-year indefinite delivery
indefinite quantity research contract for the TRIGS weapons simulation program
worth about $45 million. (Source: Military and Aerospace Electronics, 07/14/11)

F-35 arrives at Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The first F-35 Lightning II that will be used by the
Integrated Training Center landed at Eglin Air Force Base today at 1:15 p.m. It took
off earlier in the day from Fort Worth, Texas, for the 90-minute flight. The plane,
known as AF-9, is a conventional takeoff and landing version of the fifth
generation fighter. It's one of six that will be coming to the base in coming months.
Eventually, Eglin will have 59 of the Lockheed Martin-built jets. They’ll be used by
the 33rd Fighter Wing to train pilots and maintainers from all branches of the
military, as well as allied nations. The Eglin plane is the third production model
delivered to the Air Force. The first two are assigned to Edwards Air Force Base,
Calif. (Source: Tcp, 07/14/11) Press release

Eglin ADC’s DOD installation of year
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., was named Department of Defense Installation of the
Year by the Association of Defense Communities. According to ADC, Eglin has
forged partnerships with local governments and nonprofits to protect natural
resources, enhance wildlife corridors and expand opportunities for biodiversity,
while at the same time preserving its mission. As home to 19 federal and 95 state
listed, rare or local endemic species, Eglin places a high priority on conserving its
natural resources. The base occupies much of the Florida panhandle, controls
120,000 square miles of airspace over the Florida Gulf and provides a unique
atmosphere for threatened and endangered species. The Defense Community
Awards lunch is at the ADC 2011 Annual Conference in Norfolk on Tuesday, July 19.
(Source: ADC, 07/13/11)

Nodjomian: Eglin future bright
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The commander of the 96th Air Base Wing at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., in a recent interview reflected on his first year heading up the
wing that provides support for the Air Force’s largest base. “Eglin has an
extremely bright future,” said Col. Sal Nodjomian. “We will continue to integrate
research, developmental and operational test, training and many other significant
mission sets at Eglin.” (Source: Team Eglin Public Affairs, 07/13/11)

Command change set for July 21
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – Brig. Gen. Leonard Patrick, current commander
of the 502nd Air Base Wing at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, will become the new
leader of the 2nd Air Force during a change of command July 21. Patrick replaces
Maj. Gen. Mary Kay Hertog, who is going to the Pentagon to direct the Sexual
Assault and Response Office for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. (Source:
81st Training Wing, 07/11/11)

Two schools launch aerospace program
Pre-engineering students at two high schools in Baldwin County, Ala., will get a
chance to participate in a new aerospace curriculum this fall. Baldwin County High
School and Foley High School are among four schools in Alabama to offer courses
as part of the "Preparation for Tomorrow" aerospace engineering pilot program.
The Alabama Department of Education’s Career and Technical Education section
and the Atlanta-based Southern Regional Education Board last fall designed the
aerospace curriculum to prepare high school students for aerospace technology
and engineering careers. Alabama is among the first states selected to participate
in the initiative. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 07/08/11)

F-35s to arrive at Eglin “shortly”
Eglin Air Force Base's first two F-35 Joint Strike Fighters have completed test
flights and are in their final review to be accepted by the Department of Defense.
Representatives from Lockheed Martin said last month that the first F-35s would
arrive in June. They now say AF-8 and AF-9, the Florida base's first two JSFs, will
"arrive shortly" but provided no time frame. Lockheed Martin is expected to
deliver six F-35s to Eglin this fiscal year. The other four jets are in various stages
of development, including some still on the production line. Lockheed Martin
plans a ceremony for sometime in August after the first jets arrive. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 07/03/11)


JUNE 2011

Contract: MI Support Services, $13.9M
MI Support Services, Denton, Texas, is being awarded a $13,926,048 fixed-price-
award-fee contract with cost reimbursable line items for program management,
organizational and intermediate maintenance services for T-38 aircraft for the
Companion Trainer Program for aircraft assigned to five locations. The locations of
performance are Beale Air Force Base, Calif.; Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.;
Langley Air Force Base, Va.; Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.; and Whiteman Air Force
Base, Mo. The Air Combat Command AMIC/PKCA, Newport News, Va., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/30/11)

Contract: Raytheon, $10.6M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems Division, is being awarded a $10,573,352 cost-plus-
fixed-fee contract modification for the Processor Replacement Program Foreign
Military Sales software extension probability of weapon effectiveness. The
location of performance is Tucson, Ariz.  AAC/EBAC, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/29/11)

Near collision being probed
GULFPORT, Miss. – The Federal Aviation Administration and National
Transportation Board are investigating an incident this month over Gulfport-Biloxi
International Airport where a single-engine plane and airliner were at the same
altitude and just 300 feet apart. The near-miss happened June 19 between a
Continental Express jet carrying 50 passengers and three crew and a Cessna 172
with a student pilot and instructor. FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the
controller who was working with the aircraft when the incident occurred has been
restricted from working air traffic until the FAA investigation is complete. (Source:
Sun Herald, 06/28/11)

Vision dropping five cities
Vision Airlines is dropping service to five of the two dozen cities it serves, citing
lower than expected demand. Service is ending July 17 to Greenville/Spartanburg,
S.C., Columbia, S.C., and Savannah, Ga., Huntsville, Ala., and Baton Rouge, La.
Vision’s hub is at the Northwest Florida Regional Airport at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla. (Source: Multiple, including USA Today, Cheapflights, Huntsville Times)

AFSOC gets new leader
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. - Lt. Gen. Eric Fiel took over leadership of the Air Force
Special Operations Command on Friday from the retiring Lt. Gen. Donald Wurster.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz presided over the ceremony at the
Freedom Hangar. Wurster took command of AFSOC in November 2007. Fiel comes
to Hurlburt after serving as vice commander at the U.S. Special Operations
Command in Washington, D.C. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/24/11)

Eglin remembers Khobar
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – More than 100 people gathered Friday at the 33rd
Fighter Wing Memorial at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., to honor those killed in the
1996 attack at Khobar Towers at Dharan Air Base in Saudi Arabia. The attach was on
the evening of June 25, 1996. Just before 10 p.m., a car bomb exploded at the
tower were members of Eglin’s 33rd Fighter Wing were wrapping up a three-month
deployment. The blast killed 19 airmen and wounded 105. Twelve of the men who
died were members of the 33rd. A total of seven airmen from Patrick, Offutt and
Wright-Patterson air force bases also were killed. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 06/24/11)

Exports, STEM highlight Mississippi ranking
Among the states, Mississippi ranks No. 5 for export growth, according to the
Enterprising States 2011 study just released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Mississippi is also ranked 10th in cost of living, 11th in per capita income growth
and higher education efficiency, and 12th in productivity growth and business
birth rate. Mississippi is also ranked 20th in science, technology, engineering and
math job growth as well as 20th in entrepreneurial activity. (Source: Tcp, 06/23/11)
Study: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Crash victims identified
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The two victims of that plane crash today at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., have been identified. They are Col. (ret.) David A. Miles of
Shalimar, Fla., and Thomas E. Lewis of Apalachicola, Fla. The Aero Club Beechcraft
crashed around 4:30 a.m. into a grassy area next to the 46th Test Wing side of the
runway at Eglin. The plane was owned by Eglin Air Force Base and rented to pilot
through the base's Aero Club. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 06/23/11)

Fire damaged engine
An Aerojet AJ26 engine that will power the Orbital Sciences Corp. Taurus II launch
vehicle was badly damaged in a fuel fire June 9 at Stennis Space Center, Miss.
NASA is counting on the Taurus II/Cygnus and the Space Exploration Technologies
Falcon 9/Dragon combinations to help resupply the International Space Station
when the space shuttle fleet retires after the upcoming final flight of shuttle
Atlantis. The AJ26 engine shut down prematurely after a fuel leak developed
during a hot-fire acceptance test, and the leaking kerosene fuel ignited. The test
stand at Stennis Space Center suffered only minor damage. A team of experts from
Aerojet, Orbital and NASA is investigating the cause of the mishap and the extent
of the damage to the engine. (Source: Aviation Week, 06/23/11) Previous story

Two killed in Eglin crash
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - An Aero Club Beechcraft crashed around 4:30 a.m.
into a grassy area next to the 46th Test Wing side of the runway at Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla. A civilian pilot and civilian passenger were killed, according to an Eglin
Air Force Base press release. The plane was owned by Eglin Air Force Base and
rented to the civilian pilot through the base's Aero Club. The victims names have
not been released. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/23/11)

Eglin gets first F135 spare engine
Pratt and Whitney has delivered the first F135 spare engine to the U.S. Air Force at
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., to support F-35 Lightning II training operations to begin
this summer. Eglin's 33rd Fighter Wing is a joint unit with Air Force, Navy and
Marine squadrons that will conduct F-35 training for their respective services as
well as the eight F-35 program international partners. Lockheed Martin is
scheduled to deliver the first F-35A aircraft to Eglin in the coming weeks. Pratt &
Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. company. (Source: PRNewswire, 06/20/11)

Fire Scout lost over Libya
A Northrop Grumman-built Fire Scout was lost over the central coastal area of
Libya while conducting surveillance operations, according to NATO officials. The
MQ-8B lost contact with ground controllers Tuesday. The Fire Scout, built in part in
Moss Point, Miss., is equipped with cameras and sensors and was monitoring pro-
Kadafi forces when it was lost. The cause of the crash is not known. Last year
Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., lost contract with a Fire Scout and it
wandered into restricted airspace. Operators regained control. It was later blamed
on a software problem. (Source: Multiple, including AFP via Space War, CNN, Los
Angeles Times, 06/21/11)

Contract: Raytheon, $7.3M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $7,318,143 cost-
plus-fixed-fee contract for the High Speed Anti Radiation Missile Targeting System
software upgrade two risk reduction study. Work will be performed at Tucson, Ariz.
AAC/EBAS, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
06/20/11)

Contract: Raytheon, $36M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., was awarded a $36,087,425 cost-plus-incentive-fee
contract. The award will provide for M982 Excalibur 155mm precision engagement
projectiles. Work will be performed in Niceville, Fla.; Tucson, Ariz.; Healdsburg,
Calif.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Baltimore, Md.; Joplin, Mo.; McKinney,
Texas; and the United Kingdom, with an estimated completion date of March 15,
2012.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny, N.J. is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 06/20/11)

U.S. to keep robotic edge despite cuts
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn said the U.S. will maintain its lead in
unmanned robotic technology in the face of a $400 billion reduction in defense
spending. Lynn said during the Paris Air Show that robotics and unmanned
technology “is a key future” for the U.S. military. The U.S. will also seek to maintain
a lead in cyber security and the capability to strike long-range targets, he said in a
briefing. (Source: Bloomberg, 06/19/11) Gulf Coast note: The region is involved in
both unmanned systems and cyber security.

Ceremony shifted back one day
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Air Force Research Laboratory's Munitions
Directorate’s change of command ceremony has been pushed back one day to
Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Air Armament Museum. Col. Kenneth L. Echternacht, Jr.,
will relinquish his position as commander to Dr. John Wilcox. Maj. Gen.William
McCasland, Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air
Force Base, Ohio, will officiate. AFRL Munitions Directorate performs research on
precision guidance, missile guidance and control, computational mechanics, smart
sub-munitions, warheads, and explosives. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 06/20/11)

Lockheed Martin launches F-35 web site
Lockheed Martin announced a new website for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft at the
Paris Air Show Monday. The site provides the most up-to-date information on the F-
35 program, including history, program updates, news, photos and videos.
Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners,
Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems. Pratt & Whitney’s F135 propulsion system
powers all F-35 variants. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 06/20/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Blue Angels performing again
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Nearly a month after the unsafe performance of a maneuver led
to the grounding of the Navy’s Blue Angels and a change in command, the team
performs again this weekend at the Quad-City Air Show in Davenport, Iowa. The
grounding was prompted by a maneuver where the F/A 18 Hornets passed too
close to the ground. The team is now under the command of Capt. Greg
McWherter, who commanded the group from November 2008 to November 2010.
(Source: Pensacola News Journal, 06/17/11)

Hot air balloons gather in Foley
FOLEY, Ala. – The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival is underway this weekend in
Foley. It’s the event’s seventh year. The festival is held at the Foley Soccer Field
on U.S. 98, and includes arts and crafts vendors, food tents, music and other
attractions. The festival attracts about 60,000 visitors a year, according to
organizers. Counts for the 2011 celebration were not available. (Source: Mobile
Press-Register, 06/18/11)

Contract: BAE Systems, $33M
BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Md., is being
awarded a $33,286,477 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee
contract to exercise an option for engineering and technical services and
supplies for the design, development, integration, test and evaluation,
maintenance and logistics support of communication-electronic platform,
equipment, systems and subsystems in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center
Aircraft Division's Special Communications Requirements Division. Two percent of
the work will be done in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Other work locations are
Chesapeake, Va. (41 percent); Spring Lake, N.C. (22 percent); California, Md. (11
percent); San Diego, Calif. (10 percent); St. Inigoes, Md. (7 percent); Afghanistan
(2.3 percent); Iraq (2.2 percent); Hollywood, Md. (1 percent); Fort Bragg, N.C. (1
percent); and Panzer Kaserne, Germany (0.5 percent). Work is expected to be
completed in June 2012. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, St. Inigoes,
Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/17/11)

Contract: EADS, $74M
EADS North American Defense, Arlington, Va., was awarded a $74,390,932 firm-fixed-
price contract to provide 14 light utility helicopters and 14 airborne radio
communication systems. Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an
estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2012. One bid was solicited with one bid
received. The U.S. Army Contracting Center, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/16/11)

Airport traffic up dramatically
Fort Walton Beach's Northwest Florida Regional Airport reported a record-setting
May passenger count. The total number of commercial passengers topped 111,550,
far exceeding any previous monthly traffic level, according to airport Director
Greg Donovan. The increase, 57.2 percent over May 2010, was due largely to the
new air service by Vision Airlines, Donovan noted. The airport is located at Eglin
Air Force Base. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 06/15/11)

Weapons lab getting new commander
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Munitions
Directorate will have a change of command ceremony June 20 at 2 p.m. at the Air
Armament Museum. Col. Kenneth L. Echternacht, Jr., will relinquish his position as
commander, AFRL, to Dr. John Wilcox. Maj. Gen.William McCasland, Commander,
Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, will officiate. AFRL
Munitions Directorate performs research on precision guidance, missile guidance
and control, computational mechanics, smart sub-munitions, warheads, and
explosives. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 06/16/11)

Company to relocate to Crestview
CRESTVIEW, Fla. – A satellite office for Capital Avionics will open at Bob Sikes
Airport in Crestview this week, the first step in moving the entire business to
Okaloosa County from Tallahassee. Capital Avionics employs 15 people, but Larry
Sassano, president of the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County,
said it is an important one for the area. Capital Avionics creates custom-designed
testing equipment for companies in the aviation field, and the company already
has clients in Okaloosa County. Owner Al Ingle said he expects to hire four
employees for the Okaloosa County branch. He then plans to build a new 15,500-
square-foot hangar and 12,000-square-foot component repair and equipment
testing facility at Bob Sikes and move the remaining Capital Avionics employees
once that is completed. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/13/11)

Upper stage engine ready for SSC testing
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA's new J-2X rocket engine, which could
power the upper stage of a future heavy-lift launch vehicle, is ready for its first
round of testing. The fully assembled engine was installed Saturday in Stennis' A-2
Test Stand, originally used to test Saturn V rockets for the Apollo Program.
Beginning in mid-June, the engine will undergo a series of 10 test firings that will
last several months. The test stand, which supported the space shuttle main
engine project, has been modified for the J-2X's different shape. In addition to the
structural, electrical and plumbing modifications, a new engine start system was
installed and control systems were upgraded on the stand. The liquid oxygen and
liquid hydrogen transfer lines that dated back to the 1960s were replaced. Pratt &
Whitney Rocketdyne designed and built the J-2X for NASA. (Source: NASA, 06/13/11)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $100M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla.,
is being awarded a not-to-exceed $100,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-
quantity contract to provide technical support for the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff
Missile. Delivery orders under this basic contract may be firm-fixed-price, cost-
plus-fixed-fee, or cost-plus-incentive-fee contract types.  Air Armament
Center/EBJK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
06/13/11)

AJ26 shuts down early in test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - An Aerojet AJ26 engine, the propulsion system for
one of NASA's commercial space-cargo haulers, shut down early in a test firing at
the Stennis Space Center. The test was conducted Thursday on the E-1 Test Stand.
The AJ26 is the main engine for Orbital Science Corp.'s Taurus 2 rocket, which will
launch the company's Cygnus capsule for commercial resupply missions to the
international space station. Orbital and Aerojet are investigating the cause, and
Stennis will perform checkouts to the facility to ensure its operational integrity.
"This is the reason we test engines here at Stennis before they are installed on
launch vehicles," said David Liberto, AJ26 engine project manager at Stennis.
Three AJ26 have been successfully test fired to date. (Source: NASA, Space News,
06/10/11)

First F-35 to arrive soon
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics says it's days away from sending Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., the first of 59 Joint Strike Fighters. Mike Rein, a spokesman for the
company, said he believes it will happen in June. The arrival of the first F-35 will
start a string of deliveries. Six jets are slated for delivery by the end of the fiscal
year, Rein said. The base will receive the majority of the jets within the next three
years. Eglin is home of the Joint Strike Fighter training center. The first pilots who
will train on the F-35 will be instructors. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
06/07/11)

LM demos seeker against sea targets
Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) tri-mode seeker
successfully acquired and tracked multiple moving maritime vessels during recent
high-speed, captive flight tests.
The tests were in the Gulf of Mexico off the shore of Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
against multiple maritime targets, including a Revenge Advanced Composites
(RAC), low-signature, high-speed patrol craft. The RAC performed a series of
evasive maneuvers against the JAGM mounted in the nose section of a Sabreliner
Series 60 jet aircraft. JAGM is the next-generation air-to-surface guided missile
that is being competed as the replacement for the currently fielded Airborne TOW,
Maverick and HELLFIRE missiles for the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps.
(Source: PRNewswire, 06/07/11)

Squadron saves lives, money
BILOXI, Miss. - When the five-member "Hurricane Hunter" crews of the 53rd
Weather Reconnaissance Squadron out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., head into
the heart of storms, they're not only working to save lives, but also millions of
dollars. A feature story. (Source: Mississippi Press, 06/05/11)

Shuttle work gone, but Orion remains
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The launch of the 135th and final space shuttle mission, now
slated for July 8, will mean the elimination of most of the 300 remaining Michoud
Assembly Facility jobs connected to work on the project's external tanks. But the
announcement two weeks ago that NASA is moving forward with the Orion project
means continued space-related work at Michoud, though a small fraction of the
numbers employed for the space shuttle program. (Source: New Orleans Times-
Picayune, 06/04/11)

Airport to get money for improvements
MOBILE, Ala. - The federal government is sending nearly $3.2 million to three
southwest Alabama airports, including Mobile Regional Airport. The money for
safety and infrastructure improvements was announced Wednesday by Sen.
Richard Shelby, R-Ala. Mobile’s airport is slated to receive $1.8 million from the
Federal Aviation Administration. (Source: Mobile Press Register, 06/01/11)

Vector expands in Covington County
ANDALUSIA, Ala. - Vector Aerospace held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday
for a new facility that will bring an estimated 125 jobs to Covington County. Gov.
Robert Bentley and ADO Director Seth Hammett were among those attending the
event. Vector, a Canadian-based helicopter repair company, currently employs 150
people. The expansion will allow the company to nearly double the number of
employees and the amount of workspace at the South Alabama Regional Airport.
(Source: Andalusia Star News, 06/02/11)


MAY 2011

Airport eyes military contract
MOSS POINT, Miss. - Trent Lott International Airport, now equipped with a control
tower and fire station, plans to go after a military contract that could increase its
revenue by 25 percent. Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard planes already use the
airport’s one runway for touch-and-gos, but they can’t stop or refuel because the
airport doesn’t have a military fuel contract. That may be about to change. Carol
Snapp, airport director, said they have begun the process to acquire one. (Source:
Sun Herald, 05/29/11)

Blue Angels boss steps down
The commander of the Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team, Navy Cmdr.
Dave Koss, voluntarily stepped down from the team after some of its jets flew at a
lower altitude than allowed at a Virginia air show last weekend. The team is on
indefinite safety stand-down because of the error. Four of the six F/A-18 Hornets
flew below their specified altitude in a diamond formation at the Lynchburg, Va.,
show. They all landed safely. The team cancelled performances at Friday's
graduation at the U.S. Naval Academy and a Memorial Day weekend performances
in Millville, N.J. Koss is being replaced by Navy Capt. Greg McWherter, who
commanded the team before Koss took over in November 2010. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 05/28/11)

Contract: Raytheon, $82.9M
Raytheon Missile Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded an $82,972,665 firm-fixed-
price contract modification for the Miniature Air Launched Decoy low rate initial
production lot four. Work will be performed at Tucson, Ariz. AAC/EBJM, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/27/11)

Images show extent of river sediment
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA’s Applied Science and Technology Project
Office at the John C. Stennis Space Center has provided satellite images to the
Army Corps of Engineers and Louisiana showing large amounts of sediment
throughout coastal Louisiana as a result of flooding on the Mississippi River. The
images show three large areas of sediment, or plumes, moving through the
floodwaters across Louisiana. The U.S. Geological Survey and NASA are providing
satellite imagery to help in flood response efforts. It’s part of the Applied Science
and Technology Project Office’s commitment to use data from agency satellites to
help communities address issues of concern. (Source: NASA, 05/27/11)

Contract: Textron, $9.9M
Textron Systems Corp., Wilmington, Mass., is being awarded a $9,890,927 contract
modification for the Sensor Fuzed Weapon India Foreign Military Sales case
integration phase one eight-month effort. This effort supports foreign military
sales to India. AAC/EBJI, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 05/26/11)

Eglin JSF maintainers train at Pax
Future JSF maintainers Air Force maintainers are getting hands-on experience
with the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter at Naval Air Station Patuxent River,
Md. Seven airmen from the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., were at
the Navy station for 75 days to gain first-hand experience maintaining the F-35B
and F-35C variants, while those aircraft continue flight test and evaluation. They
are the second group from the Wing to visit the F-35 test facility at Pax River. The
crew arrived April 19 and another group is expected to follow this summer.
Lockheed Martin is scheduled to deliver the F-35A aircraft AF-8 to Eglin later this
year. (Source: Joint Strike Fighter Public Affairs, 05/26/11)

Regent suspends Mobile operations
Regent Aerospace, which overhauls aircraft seats and interiors, said it's
temporarily suspending operations at Brookley Aeroplex because it has yet to
obtain a required Federal Aviation Administration approval. Mike Lilley, vice
president of California-based Regent, said seats now being worked on will be
taken back to the firm's Indianapolis facility, and that the 20 Mobile workers will
also be relocated there temporarily. Regent hopes to get the approval from the
FAA and reopen in Mobile within two weeks. (Source: Mobile Press-Register,
05/24/11)

New spacecraft based on Orion
NASA said Tuesday that a new spacecraft to take humans into deep space will be
based on designs for the Orion crew exploration vehicle, and be built by Lockheed
Martin. Orion, originally designed to take astronauts back to the moon, is a
surviving component of the Constellation manned space exploration program
canceled by President Barack Obama last year. The new spacecraft is called the
Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) and will carry four astronauts for 21-day
missions and be able to land in the Pacific. NASA has spent some $5 billion on
Orion since it awarded Lockheed Martin the prime contract in September 2006.
NASA still needs to finalize plans for a heavy lift vehicle. (Sources: NASA, AFP via
Montreal Gazette, Space News, 05/24/11) Gulf Coast note: Lockheed Martin built
the Orion ground test article at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

Contract: Aerojet, $31.8M
Aerojet General Corporation of Rancho Cordova, Calif. is being awarded a not to
exceed $31,778,418 firm fixed price contract modification for the procurement of
warhead cases and internal components to support the Precision Lethality MK82
Quick Reaction Capability program. This effort will cover delivery of 50 test
warhead cases and internal components as well as post initial operation capability
support for the Air Force and up to 70 test warhead cases and internal
components for the Navy. This effort also includes the procurement of 400
warhead cases and internal components, support for first article inspection of
warheads manufactured on steel mandrels and configuration control boards. Work
will be performed at Rancho Cordova, Calif. The contracting activity is AAC/EBSK,
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 05/24/11)

Blue Angels cancel performance
PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Navy's Blue Angles flight demonstration squadron have
canceled the practice demonstration and air show scheduled for Tuesday and
Wednesday at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. The cancelation is due to a
safety stand down period imposed by the team's commanding officer after a lower-
than-normal maneuver that took place during the team's last performance at
Lynchburg Regional Air Show Sunday in Lynchburg, Va. Following this low
maneuver all aircraft landed safely without damage or injury to personnel. During
the training stand-down the team will remain in Pensacola for additional training
and air show demonstration practice. It has yet to be determined if the Blue Angels
will perform the flyover at the Naval Academy graduation Friday. (Source: Blue
Angels, 05/23/11)

Airport sets record in April
Northwest Florida Regional Airport had the busiest month in its 54-year history in
April. The airport at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., had 96,788 passengers, up 43
percent from April 2010. Last month’s figure also outpaced the airport’s previous
high set in July 2001 by more than 13 percent. Greg Donovan, the airport director,
said Vision Airlines, which expanded its service to 15 new destinations in late
March and early April, was the overwhelming reason for the large increase.
(Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 05/21/11)

Contract: System Studies, $10.3M
System Studies and Simulation, Inc., Huntsville, Ala., was awarded a $10,277,453
firm-fixed-price contract to provide advanced aircraft flight training services at the
U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Fort Rucker, Ala. Work will be performed
in Fort Rucker, Ala., with an estimated completion date of May 22, 2012.  The U.S.
Army Mission and Installation Contracting Center, Fort Rucker, Ala., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/18/11)

Lakota delivered to SD Guard
EADS North America delivered the first of six UH-72A Lakota Light Utility
Helicopters to the South Dakota Army National Guard during a delivery ceremony
at the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota’s Black Hills. The UH-72A Lakota is
produced by American Eurocopter in its Columbus, Miss., manufacturing facility at
the Golden Triangle Regional Airport. The South Dakota Army National Guard will
ultimately receive six Lakota helicopters, four in the Medical Evacuation
configuration and two in the Security and Support Battalion configuration. (Source:
EADS, 05/16/11)

Contract: Northrop Grumman, $42M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems Unmanned Systems, San
Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $42,000,000 modification to a previously awarded
firm-fixed-price contract to convert eight Army Vertical Takeoff and Landing
Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to Navy configuration.  Work will be performed
in Moss Point, Miss. (71 percent), and San Diego, Calif. (29 percent), and is
expected to be completed in February 2013.  Contract funds will not expire at the
end of the fiscal year.  The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/16/11)

Contract: Boeing, $9.2M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $9,285,819 firm-fixed-price
contract modification to provide 389 MK-82 SAASM/AJ Joint Direct Attack Munitions
under production Lot 15. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal
year. AAC/EBDK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
05/16/11)

403rd gets new commander
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – The 403rd Wing now has a new commander. It’s
Col. Jay D. Jensen. The command changed during a ceremony at the Event Center,
during which the flag passed from Brig. Gen. James Muscatell Jr. to Jensen. From
April 1999 to July 2008, Jensen served with the 403rd at Keesler, working with the
815th Airlift Squadron. Muscatell commanded the wing since January 2009. He’s
heading for Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. (Source: Sun Herald, 05/12/11)

AF picks privatized housing contractor
While it’s still is undecided where to build privatized housing at Eglin Air Force
Base and Hurlburt Field, there’s now a contractor to do the job. The Air Force
announced that Picerne Military Housing will build the homes and then be the
landlord to active-duty service members for the next 50 years. In addition to Eglin
and Hurlburt, the Air Force contract includes bases in California, Alaska, Kansas
and North Carolina. The deal is valued at more than $545 million. The developer
will build up to 929 homes at Eglin and 484 homes on Hurlburt. (Source: Northwest
Florida Daily News, 05/12/11)

DRS Technologies cuts workers
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - New Jersey-based DRS Technologies has laid off
about 65 workers from its Fort Walton Beach office. The layoffs were the second
time this year that workers were let go. DRS cut 38 employees in February. Officials
blame it on the ebb and flow of contracts. The office in Commerce and Technology
Park specializes in communications, unmanned aircraft and boarder security
products. It now has about 790 people. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
05/11/11)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $45.8M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla.,
is being awarded a $45,757,735 firm-fixed-price contract modification for an
increase quantity buy of 75 baseline missiles for the Joint-Air-to-Surface-Missiles
Program Office. Work will be performed in Orlando. The AAC/EBJK, Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (Source: DoD, 05/09/11)

Eglin a Predator squadron candidate
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is a candidate for an Air
Force Reserve Command MQ-1 Remote Split-Operation squadron, officials said.
The base is the candidate for a single MQ-1 squadron of 140 personnel and
associated equipment. There are no remotely-piloted aircraft associated with this
action, only ground control systems. The primary mission of an MQ-1 RSO
squadron is to support the MQ-1 Predator aircraft operations that conduct close
air support, air interdiction, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
Remote split-operations consist of launching a drone via line-of-sight operations
from one location, and controlling the aircraft remotely from a mission control
element that is operated at another location beyond line-of-site. Officials will begin
conducting evaluations of Eglin, covering a range of operational and facility
issues. Based on the results of these efforts, officials expect to announce the
preferred alternative in summer 2011. (Source: AFNS, 05/04/11)

Airport to promote Vision
Northwest Florida Regional Airport at Eglin Air Force Base/Valparaiso will spend
more than a half-million dollars to market Vision Airlines in its five newest
destinations. The $550,000 will pay for billboard, newspaper and television
advertising for the new flights to and from Las Vegas, St. Louis, Fort Lauderdale,
Memphis, Tenn., and Lafayette, La. The flights are scheduled to start the week of
June 1. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 05/03/11)

NASA awards services contract
NASA has awarded five indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity sole source
contracts to Aerospace Corp. of El Segundo, Calif., for specialized engineering,
evaluation and test services. These five cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts will support
eight NASA centers, including John C. Stennis Space Center, Miss., and have a
total maximum value of $658.25 million. The period of performance is from the date
of award through Nov. 30, 2018. (Source: NASA, 04/29/11)

Blue Angels to perform
PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team will perform
over Pensacola Bay Tuesday and Wednesday in commemoration of the centennial
of naval aviation. The Blue Angels will perform at noon Tuesday and at 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday. Both shows will also feature vintage aircraft fly-bys and various flight
demonstrations. Viewing areas are at Fort Pickens and the seawall at Naval Air
Station Pensacola. (Source: Pensacola News Journal via Navy Times, 05/01/11,
Baldwin County Now, 05/02/11)

NASA facility named for Estess
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA and community officials paid tribute to the
late John C. Stennis Space Center Director Roy S. Estess on May 2, naming a site
facility in his memory and announcing establishment of the annual Roy S. Estess
Public Service Leadership Award. Estess, a Mississippi native and graduate of
Mississippi State University, served as director of Stennis Space Center from 1989
to 2002, gaining a reputation as an agency pioneer, as well as a mentor and coach
to many who later led or still lead throughout NASA. “His legacy will not be
forgotten,” Stennis Director Patrick Scheuermann said during a May 2 ceremony at
the south Mississippi facility. “The significant contributions of Roy Estess will be
etched in our memories for generations.” (Source: NASA, 05/02/11)


APRIL 2011

SBIRS encapsulated in fairing
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. - The first Lockheed Martin-built Space
Based Infrared System geosynchronous spacecraft was encapsulated into its
payload fairing April 20 in preparation for an early May liftoff aboard an Atlas V
rocket. SBIRS GEO-1 will enhance the nation's missile warning capabilities and
improve other critical mission areas. The GEO-1 satellite includes sophisticated
scanning and staring sensors that will deliver enhanced infrared sensitivity and a
reduction in area revisit times over the current constellation. (Source: Lockheed
Martin, 04/26/11) Gulf Coast note: SBIRS is an A2100 satellite-based spacecraft.
Work on the A2100 core's propulsion system, which positions the spacecraft in
orbit, is done at Stennis Space Center, Miss. (Source: Alliance Insight, pp 4-5, July
2009)

RS-68A completes design certification
CANOGA PARK, Calif. - Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed the
design certification review for the upgraded RS-68A engine configuration,
demonstrating the hydrogen-fueled engine has met all requirements to power
heavy-lift vehicles into space. The first three flight engines, 30003, 30004 and
30005, have completed acceptance testing. Engine 30003 has already been
integrated onto a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle in Decatur,
Ala. Integration activities for engine 30004 have been initiated, and the third
engine, 30005, has successfully completed its processing at Stennis Space Center,
Miss., and is awaiting shipment to Decatur in May. The three engines are
scheduled to boost a future Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle into orbit carrying a
government payload. (Source: PRnewswire, 04/26/11)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $10M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$10,000,000 firm-fixed-price task order under General Services Administration
Federal Supply Schedule contract for T/AV-8B aircraft maintenance and logistics
support for Marine Attack Training Squadron 203 at Marine Corps Air Station
Cherry Point, N.C. This task order includes options which, if exercised, would bring
the cumulative value of this order to $10,009,858. Work will be performed at MCAS
Cherry Point, N.C., and is expected to be completed by April 2016. The Cherry Point
Satellite Contracting Office at MCAS Cherry Point, N.C., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 04/22/11)

Fire Scouts to fly Afghan missions
Navy Fire Scouts have been shipped to the Central Command to support Army and
coalition forces in Afghanistan, the Navy said. The unmanned helicopter system,
under development by the Naval Air Systems Command to operate from ships, will
be land-based in CENTCOM for about a year. Fixed-wing drones have performed
missions in the region and elsewhere ranging from surveillance to air strikes. Fire
Scout is a small helicopter able to stay aloft more than eight hours, fly up to about
17,000 feet and travel about 115 knots. The system deployed to Central Command
includes three MQ-8B aircraft, two ground control station and other hardware.
Personnel from Northrop Grumman will operate the system. (Source: Navy Times,
04/21/11) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are made in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Vision adding more flights
Vision Airlines plans to offer direct flights to five new locations from Northwest
Florida Regional Airport at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Vision has announced plans
to add flights the week of June 1 to and from Las Vegas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., St.
Louis, Memphis, Tenn., and Lafayette, La. In addition to the new destinations,
Vision Airlines will expand its service to and from Atlanta from four trips a week to
daily. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 04/20/11)

NASA picks projects for development
NASA has selected 27 small business proposals that address critical research and
technology needs for agency programs and projects for final contract
negotiations. The proposals have a combined value of about $16.2 million. The
selected proposals were submitted by 27 high-tech firms in 18 states, partnering
with 24 research institutions in 19 states. Negotiated individual awards, each with
a value of up to $600,000, will be for research projects for two years. Three of the
proposals involve technologies being developed for the Office of the Chief
Technologist at NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss. (Source: NASA, 04/20/11)

Sale of piston engine business completed
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Teledyne Technologies Inc. said Tuesday that it's
completed the divestiture of its piston engine businesses, Teledyne Continental
Motors Inc. and Teledyne Mattituck Services Inc., in a stock sale to Technify Motor
(USA) Inc., a subsidiary of China's AVIC International Holding Corp. The purchase
price is $186 million, prior to customary working capital adjustments.
Headquartered in Mobile, Ala., Continental Motors makes piston engines, as well
as spare parts and components, used in small propeller-driven general aviation
aircraft, and employs about 400 workers. Continental Motors also maintains
service centers in Fairhope, Ala., and Mattituck, N.Y. (Source: Business Wire,
04/19/11)

Contract: L-3, $51.8M, $32.3M
L-3 Communications Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., was awarded two related
contracts. One was a $51,847,145 labor-hour contract to provide for the mechanical
support, quality control inspection and other services to aircraft production at
Corpus Christi Army Depot, Texas. The other is a $32,303,071 labor-hour contract to
provide for services including stock clerks, supply technicians, computer
operators, clerks, site manager, production supervisor, to directly support aircraft
production at the Corpus Christi Army Depot. Both have an estimated completion
dates of April 28, 2014. The Corpus Christi Army Depot, Corpus Christi, Texas, is the
contracting activity for both. (Source: DoD, 04/19/11)

Discovery crew to visit SSC
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Crew members of space shuttle Discovery's final
mission, STS-133, will visit NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center Wednesday to
thank employees for their part in a safe mission. Commander Steve Lindsey led the
13-day mission to the International Space Station. Other crew members were Pilot
Eric Boe and Mission Specialists Nicole Scott, Alvin Drew, Steve Bowen and
Michael Barratt. Discovery completed its final flight on March 9. During the
mission, the crew delivered and installed the Permanent Multipurpose Module and
the Express Logistics Carrier 4 to the space station, and also delivered critical
spare components. Discovery is the first craft of the three-shuttle fleet to be
retired. During its 27 years in service, it flew 39 missions and logged more than
148 million miles in space. (Source: NASA, 04/18/11)

First F-35 full mission simulator arrives
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The first F-35 full mission simulator system has been
delivered by Lockheed Martin to Eglin Air Force Base's 33rd Fighter Wing.
Preparation and assembly is underway at the base's F-35 Integrated Training
Center for training to begin this fall. The Joint Strike Fighter simulator includes a
high-fidelity 360-degree visual display system and a reconfigurable cockpit that
simulates all three aircraft variants for U.S. and international partner services. The
system is the highest fidelity trainer in the F-35 pilot-training-device suite,
replicating all F-35 sensors and weapons deployment. In all F-35 simulators, actual
aircraft software is used to give pilots the most realistic experience and allow
software upgrades in step with the F-35 development. Small group training events
with pilot and maintenance instructors are currently being held at the ITC using
maintenance, desktop and mission trainers. (Source: PRNewswire, 04/18/11)

Lockheed Gulf Coast tech hub announced
JACKSON, Miss. - Lockheed Martin announced Tuesday plans to open a new
Mission Support Center in the Greater Jackson, Miss. area in September 2011. It
will create up to 350 jobs and provide diverse technology services for federal
customers. The center establishes Lockheed Martin's Gulf Coast Technology Hub
and increases the corporation's presence in the state. Lockheed Martin has
existing operations in Biloxi, Stennis Space Center and Vicksburg. The new facility
will work with Lockheed Martin's East Coast and West Coast Technology Hubs in
Rockville, Md. and Altadena, Calif. to offer enhanced technology capabilities such
as cloud computing, business continuity and disaster recovery services. "The
state of Mississippi offers the right workforce and facility to create a world-class
operation that will deliver enhanced technology services and best value to
customers," said Linda Gooden, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin
Information Systems & Global Solutions. (Source: PRNewswire, 04/19/11)

Lockheed expanding at FWB
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - Lockheed Martin is preparing to expand its operations
at Eglin Air Force Base to prepare for the incoming F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and
needs more workers. Lockheed Martin is teaming up with JobsPlus One-Stop
Career Center for a series of job fairs later this week. The company needs 91 full-
time workers in a number of technical positions. The job fair is scheduled from 8 a.
m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday at JobsPlus’ Fort Walton Beach location. (Source:
Destin Log, 04/18/11) Eglin Air Force Base will be the home of the JSF training
center for all branches of service.

Airport OKd for UAS flights
COLUMBUS, Miss. - The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a Certificate of
Authorization (COA) to Mississippi State University for Stark Aerospace to fly the
Heron Unmanned Aerial System from Golden Triangle Regional Airport. The COA
allows limited unmanned flights in the national air space, in this case inside the
traffic control area of Golden Triangle Regional Airport. The Heron medium altitude
long endurance UAS is produced by Stark Aerospace. The aircraft provides
reconnaissance and can fly at 30,000 feet. It’s in use in 27 countries. (Source: Stark
Aerospace, 04/13/11) Gulf Coast note: Trent Lott International Airport in Moss Point,
Miss., and Stennis Space Center, Miss., also have COAs.

Goodrich to add workers
FOLEY, Ala. – Goodrich Corp. will hire about 20 people at its Foley operation as it
prepares to make more aircraft parts for Airbus and Boeing Co. The new
employees would help make thrust reversers and exhaust systems that cover
aircraft engines in a unit called a nacelle. Goodrich, based in Charlotte, N.C., has
730 employees in Foley. Airbus and Boeing plan to ramp up production of the A320
and 737, respectively, in the coming year, meaning they will need more nacelles.
(Source: Mobile Press-Register, 04/16/11)

Pall wins $14M order
PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. - Pall Corp., which makes filtration, separation and
purification systems, was awarded an Army contract to supply its Centrisep engine
advanced protection system for 59 Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters. Centrisep is
designed to protect CH-47 helicopter engines from particle erosion by
continuously separating dust and sand from inlet air. This order is valued at about
$14 million. Shipments will begin in December 2011 and be completed by
November 2012. (Source: Business Wire, 04/14/11) Gulf Coast note: Pall has an
operation in Pensacola, Fla.

Topping out done on A-3 stand
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - The new A-3 Test Stand being built at NASA's John
C. Stennis Space Center reached a milestone Wednesday with the placement of
the test cell dome atop the stand. It's known as the "topping out." NASA broke
ground in 2007 for the new stand, which is being built to provide simulated high-
altitude testing for next-generation rocket engines that will carry humans into
deep space. The stand will use a series of chemical steam generators to create a
vacuum that allows operators to test full-scale engines at simulated altitudes up to
100,000 feet. The A-3 stand, scheduled for activation in 2013, is the first large test
structure to be built at Stennis since the facility was established to test the Saturn
V rocket stages that helped carry Apollo astronauts to the moon. (Source: NASA,
04/13/11)

Aviation Days scheduled
GULF SHORES, Ala. – The first of what officials hope to become an annual Aviation
Days festival starts Friday at the Jack Edwards National Airport in Gulf Shores. The
two-day event offers children and adults the chance to take the controls of an
aircraft in flight, ride in a 1928 biplane, observe 35 different planes, including a
“Hurricane Hunter” from Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Admission is free, and the
hours are noon to 4:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. (Source:
Mobile Press-Register, 04/14/11)

Cochran: Bolden gives SSC assurances
Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., said NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr.,
offered additional assurances that his agency intends to complete construction of
test stands at Stennis Space Center, Miss. Cochran, vice chairman of the Senate
Appropriations Committee, questioned Bolden during a Senate subcommittee
hearing late Monday afternoon to review the FY2012 budget request for NASA.
Cochran sought Bolden’s views on the future of NASA’s test stands and its
development of 130-ton Heavy Lift Vehicle in light of the funding uncertainties for
the remainder of FY2011, as well as FY2012. “The 2012 budget that I have put forth
will support the continued development of our testing capability at Stennis. We
intend to complete the construction of the A-3 test stand. I think, as you are
probably very well aware, Stennis has become rejuvenated and reinvigorated,”
said Bolden, citing recent rocket tests and the increased testing capabilities that
will be offered with a completed A-3 test stand. (Source: Sen. Thad Cochran,
04/12/11)

Fire Scout marks single-day endurance record
The Northrop Grumman-built MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter marked a
new single-day flight record of 18 hours. Navy operators achieved the record
using a single aircraft in a series of endurance flights Feb. 25 from the USS
Halyburton. Fire Scout is providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
data to support anti-piracy missions while deployed on the ship for the Navy's 5th
Fleet. Last April Fire Scout concluded a military utility assessment on board the
USS McInerney, a frigate similar to the Halyburton. Fire Scout has flown twice as
much in the first two months on the Halyburton than the entire McInerney
deployment. The system also completed initial flight tests on board the littoral
combat ship USS Freedom in November. (Source: Globe Newswire, 04/12/11) Gulf
Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

C-21 training leaving Keesler
The 458th Airlift Squadron at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., will become the Air Force's
sole C-21 formal training unit within the next four months. The squadron will regain
the C-21 training mission from the 45th Airlift Squadron at Keesler Air Force Base,
Miss. The 45th AS will dissolve as a unit under Air Education and Training
Command and will once again fall under Air Mobility Command's 375th Operations
Group. The C-21 training mission had belonged to Scott Air Force Base up until the
early 1990s. (Source: AFNS, 04/07/11)

Flight academy given challenge
PENSACOLA, Fla.- The National Flight Academy received a $3 million challenge
grant from Hilton Hotels founder Conrad N. Hilton’s foundation. It will be paid when
the academy, now under construction at Naval Air Station Pensacola, meets its
current $15 million fundraising goal. The academy is set to open in 2012 and will be
a naval aviation-themed educational camp for students in grades 7-12. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 04/06/11)

Contract: Boeing, $28.3M
Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $28,297,174 cost-plus-incentive-fee
contract modification for eight massive ordnance penetrator assets, 16 separation
nuts, eight MOP loading adapters, and an aft closure redesign. Work will be
performed at St. Louis, Mo. The ACC/EDBK/EDBJ, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/07/11)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $162.7M
Lockheed Martin Corp., of Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a $162,742,115 firm fixed
price contract modification for a Lot 9 production contract for approximately 95
baselines and 30 extended range missiles to support the Air Force, which also
includes warranty and systems engineering. Work will be performed at Orlando,
Fla. The contracting activity is AAC/EBJK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD,
04/04/11)

Contract: Kaman Precision, $19.8M
Kaman Precision Products of Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a $19,818,294 firm
fixed price contract modification which will provide the Air Force with an additional
quantity of 6,000 of the Joint Programmable Fuze systems to meet munitions
requirements. The JPF is a fuze system used with precision weapons systems
such as the Joint Direct Attack Munition, and equipped with variable delay systems
that may be programmed manually or from the cockpit through its in-flight
reprogrammability feature. Work will be performed at Orlando, Fla. The contracting
activity is AAC/EBDK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 04/04/11)

Contract: Raytheon, $172.6M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., was awarded a $172,571,968 firm-fixed-price contract
that will provide for the procurement of a block of M982 Excalibur unitary 155mm
precision engagement projectile. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz.;
McAlester, Okla.; Farmington, N.M.; Niceville, Fla.; Healdsburg, Calif.; Anniston,
Ala.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Anaheim, Calif.; Williamsport, Penn.; Joplin, Mo.; Lowell,
Mass.; Karlskoga, Sweden; and the United Kingdom; with an estimated completion
date of Jan. 31, 2013. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny, N.J., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/04/11)

Goodrich to buy Italian company
Goodrich Corp. plans to buy Italian aerospace control system maker Microtecnica
for $462 million. Microtecnica, which employs 700 people in Italy and the United
Kingdom, makes flight control actuation systems for helicopters, regional and
business aircraft and missiles, as well as thermal and environmental control
systems. The sale is scheduled to close before the end of June. Goodrich, based
in Charlotte, N.C., employs more than 700 people in Foley, Ala. (Source: Mobile
Press-Register, Goodrich, 04/01/11)


MARCH 2011

Lockheed rolls out new Combat Shadow
MARIETTA, Ga. – Lockheed Martin rolled out the first aircraft in a new fleet of MC-
130J Combat Shadow IIs for the U.S. Air Force’s Special Operations Command
during a ceremony in Georgia Tuesday. Lockheed Martin is contracted to build 15
MC 130Js to begin replacing the current fleet. The U.S. Air Force is authorized to
acquire up to 20 MC-130Js against an approved requirement for 37. (Source:
Lockheed Martin, 03/29/11) Gulf Coast note: The Air Force Special Operations
Command is headquartered at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Contract: Raytheon, $9M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $9,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee
contract for technical support of the use of Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air
Missile (AMRAAM) special test vehicles, special test equipment, and test positions
to include AMRAAM modeling and simulation. Work will be performed at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla.  AAC/PKES, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 03/31/11)

WTO raps Boeing for subsidies
The World Trade Organization in a report published today said Boeing received at
least $5.3 billion in improper subsidies from the United States to develop jets,
including the 787. That gave it an unfair advantage against European rival Airbus.
The European Union claimed research and development grants from the federal
government’s NASA and Defense Department, including development of carbon
composites, contributed to the technologies to build the 787. An appeal by
Washington is being considered. The ruling is the latest round in a six-year battle
between Boeing and Airbus, part of EADS. In a case decided last June, the WTO
found that Airbus had benefited from improper subsidies as well. (Source:
Multiple, including New York Times, Reuters, 03/31/11)

33rd Wing commander relieved of duty
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Col. David A. Hlatky has been relieved as
commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., effective today.
Maj. Gen. Mark Solo, 19th Air Force commander at Randolph Air Force Base, lost
confidence in Hlatky’s ability to command as a result of an investigation following
allegations of personal misconduct. Col. Andrew J. Toth assumed command of the
wing today. He previously served as the executive officer to the commander of Air
Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base, Va. (Source: Air Education and
Training Command, 03/31/11)

Contract: EADS, $21.5M
EADS North American Defense, Arlington, Va., was awarded a $21,468,420 firm-fixed-
price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of four UH-72A light
utility helicopters; four airborne radio communication 231 system production cut-
in; and one engine inlet barrier filter production cut-in. Work will be done in
Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2012. The U.S. Army
Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 03/30/11)

Contract: Sikorsky, $84.1M
Sikorsky Support Services, Inc., Pensacola, Fla., is being awarded an $84,100,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for logistics services and materials
for organizational, intermediate, and depot level maintenance to support 273 T-34,
54 T-44, and 62 T-6 aircraft based primarily at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi,
Texas; NAS Whiting Field, Fla.; and NAS Pensacola. Work will be performed in
Corpus Christi, Whiting Field, Pensacola and various sites within the continental
United States. Work is expected to be completed in October 2011. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
03/30/11)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $42.3M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$42,285,583 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-
delivery requirements contract for logistics support of 124 TH-57B/TH-57C aircraft.
Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Fla. (99 percent),
and NAS Patuxent River, Md. and is expected to be completed in September 2012.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 03/30/11)

Ribbon cut on cryogenics control building
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA cut the ribbon on a new cryogenics control
center at John C. Stennis Space Center today, marking near completion of a
project to strengthen protection for liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen barges in
the event of a natural disaster. The new structure consolidates LH and LOX
operations and provides a safe shelter for a disaster ride-out crew. In the wake of
Hurricane Katrina in 2005, NASA conducted a study to identify support systems at
the site that should be "hardened" to withstand the impacts of future storms. The
study cited the need to provide a safe haven for LH and LOX cryogenic barges
needed to perform rocket engine testing at the south Mississippi facility. The
project ensures a safe haven for all six LOX and three LH barges at Stennis.
(Source: NASA, 03/30/10)

Contract: ATK, $35.8M
Alliant Techsystems Inc., Plymouth, Minn., is being awarded a $35,796,194 fixed-
price incentive contract which will provide the hard target sensing fuze, an
advanced fuze system for use with BLU-109, BLU-113, and BLU-122 warheads and
their associated guidance systems. The fuze system will be capable of surviving
penetration through 5,000 to 15,000 pounds per square inch of multiple soil layers
and/or reinforced concrete, and detonating within a specific void inside the target
or at a specific delay time programmed into the fuze. The fuze will also provide in-
flight programmability, safing and arming, multi-mode function capability (time-
delay and void sensing), and multi-delay arming. AAC/EBDK, Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/29/11)

EADS’ Eurocopter buys Vector
Eurocopter, the helicopter unit of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space
group, EADS, said Monday it entered an agreement to buy all the outstanding
shares of Canada's Vector Aerospace Corp. The deal for the helicopter overhaul
and repair company is valued at $638 million. (Sources: Multiple, including AFP,
Wall Street Journal, Reuters, 03/28/11) Gulf Coast note: Vector Aerospace has an
operation at the South Alabama Regional Airport in Andalusia, Ala., which opened
in 2008. EADS has a helicopter production facility in Columbus, Miss., and two
operations in Mobile, Ala.

Faulty F-35 procedure fixed
Faulty maintenance procedures caused the in-flight failure of the engine
generators on an F-35, the program office said. Those procedures have now been
revised, and the entire fleet of F-35s has been cleared to resume flight
operations. The problem was found in a test flight earlier this month in California in
an F-35 with an alternate generator configuration. (Source: Defense News,
03/25/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training
center.

USCG training for unmanned systems
MOBILE, Ala. - The U.S. Coast Guard doesn’t have any unmanned systems in its
inventory, but the service is forging ahead with some training, according to the
service’s unmanned aerial system platform manager. The skeleton of the service’s
program is taking shape at Aviation Training Center, Mobile, Ala. The Coast Guard
has trained three pilots in Mobile to operate the MQ-9 Guardian, a variant of the
Air Force’s Reaper. The program is in its infancy and there’s no training pipeline
yet, pending funding. One of the systems the Coast Guard is eyeing is the Fire
Scout unmanned helicopter, built in part in nearby Moss Point, Miss. (Source: Navy
Times, 03/26/11)

EADS eyes Vector Aerospace
EADS on Thursday said that it was in exclusive talks to purchase Vector
Aerospace, a Canadian company that repairs and maintains civil and military
helicopters. The move comes as EADS is attempting to revive hopes of expanding
its footprint in North America through a mix of organic growth and deals following
its loss last month to Boeing of the $35 billion Air Force aerial tanker project.
(Source: Financial Times, 03/24/11) Gulf Coast note: Vector Aerospace has an
operation at the South Alabama Regional Airport in Andalusia, Ala., which opened
in 2008. EADS has a helicopter production facility in Columbus, Miss., and two
operations in Mobile, Ala.

F-136 engine stop work order issued
WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense Thursday issued a stop work order on
the F-136 engine being developed by General Electric and Rolls-Royce for the F-35
Joint Strike Fighter. The administration and DoD oppose the extra engine as a
waste of taxpayer dollars. The stop work order will remain in place pending final
resolution of the program's future, for a period not to exceed 90 days, unless
extended by agreement of the government and the contractor. The F-35's primary
engine is the Pratt & Whitney F135. (Source: DoD, 03/24/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the JSF training center.

J-2X assembly in full swing
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Assembly of the first J-2X, called engine 10001, is
in full swing at NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss. Managed by the Marshall Space
Flight Center, the J-2X engine is a rocket engine with the performance
characteristics to power the upper-stage of a heavy-lift launch vehicle. Fueled by
liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, the J-2X engine will generate 294,000 pounds
of thrust to propel a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit to the moon, an asteroid, or
other celestial destination. This week, the Stennis Space Center's A-2 test stand
was certified ready to support J-2X development testing. Pratt & Whitney
Rocketdyne of Canoga Park, Calif. is the prime contractor for the design and
manufacture of the J-2X. Hot fire testing of Engine 10001 is targeted for later this
summer at Stennis. (Source: NASA, 03/24/11)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $7.3M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$7,261,201 firm-fixed-price contract for contractor logistics support for the C-12
aircraft for Pacific Air Force, Air Force Material Command, Defense Intelligence
Agency, and Defense Security Corporation Agency, consisting of maintenance,
repair, and support functions for seven months from April 1, 2011 through Oct. 31,
2011. Work will be performed at L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, Madison,
Miss. OC-ALC/GKSKH, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 03/23/11)

Vision to announce new destinations
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Vision Airlines plans to announce new destinations
Friday. In December the airline launched direct flights from Northwest Florida
Regional Airport to Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Miami. On Friday it will expand service
to 10 additional destinations, with five more to start the following week. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 03/23/11)

Turkish supplier sends first duct
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc., a major international F-35
Joint Strike Fighter supplier to Northrop Grumman, has delivered its first
production air inlet duct for the jet. The all-composite duct, a major structural
element of the F-35's center fuselage, will support Northrop Grumman's
production of F-35 center fuselages for conventional takeoff and landing variants
at its aerospace production facility in Palmdale, Calif. TAI produced the air inlet
duct at its composites manufacturing facility in Ankara, Turkey, as part of a five-
year, $28.4 million contract awarded to the company in September 2009 by
Northrop Grumman, a principal subcontractor of the Lockheed Martin-led F-35
industry team. (Source: Globe Newswire, 03/22/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is home of the JSF training center.

Marines take to air to prep for F-35
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Marine aviators of Marine Fighter Attack Training
Squadron 501 completed four sorties this week in F-16 Fighting Falcons to ensure
readiness and efficiency in the transition to the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. The F-
16s from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., were brought to the 33rd Fighter Wing
because of its flying characteristics are similar to the F-35. The Marine variant of
JSF, the F-35B, contains a short take-off and vertical landing engine. The STOVL
variant will replace the Marine Corps inventory of F/A-18s and AV-8s. The F-35B will
be the world's first operational supersonic STOVL aircraft. Eglin Air Force Base is
home of the JSF training center. (Source: AFNS, 03/21/11)

AJ26 tested over weekend
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA supported acceptance testing Saturday on
an Aerojet AJ26 flight engine that will power the first stage of Orbital Sciences
Corp.'s Taurus II space launch vehicle. The test of the AJ26 engine supports
Orbital Sciences' effort to demonstrate its commercial cargo transportation system
in preparation for future International Space Station cargo resupply missions.
NASA has partnered with Orbital as part of the agency's ongoing Commercial
Orbital Transportation Services initiative. The test on the E-1 Test Stand at NASA's
John C. Stennis Space Center was performed by a team of Orbital, Aerojet, and
Stennis engineers. Once test data has been reviewed and verified, the engine will
be sent to the Wallops Flight Facility launch site in Virginia for integration with the
Taurus II rocket's first-stage core. Orbital is scheduled to carry out the first of
eight cargo missions to the space station in early 2012. (Source: NASA, 03/21/11)

Contract: Boeing, Raytheon, $20M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., and Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz.,
are being awarded a $20,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for integrated
precision ordinance delivery system Phases II-IV; research and development.
Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo., and Tucson, Ariz. Contract funds will not
expire at the end of the current fiscal year. AFRL/RWK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/18/11)

Contract: JDA, $8M
JDA LLC, Concord, Calif., is being awarded an $8,000,000 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for a data replay system. Work will be
performed at Concord, Calif. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. AAC/PKO, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 03/17/11)

Contract: Vertex, $314,000
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$314,623.67 firm-fixed-price contract for contractor logistics support for the C-12
aircraft for Pacific Air Force, Air Force Material Command, Defense Intelligence
Agency, and Defense Security Corporation Agency, consisting of maintenance,
repair and support functions for seven months (including phase-in) from April 1
through Oct. 31, 2011. The location of performance is Madison, Miss. OC -
ALC/GKSKH, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
03/17/11)

Contract: Vertex, $20.3M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$20,293,345 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements
contract to provide logistics services and materials for organizational,
intermediate, and depot-level maintenance of 14 T39N and six T-39G aircraft at the
Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. In addition, this modification provides for aircraft
intermediate maintenance services in support of Chief of Naval Air Training
aircraft and transient aircraft at NAS Pensacola and NAS Corpus Christi, Texas.  
Work will be performed in Pensacola (99 percent), and Corpus Christi (1 percent),
and is expected to be completed September 2011. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/16/11)

Airbus gives grant to Exploreum
MOBILE, Ala. - Airbus Corporate Foundation announced a $50,000 initial grant to
the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center in Mobile, seeding a new advanced
aerospace engineering program for students. Staff members at the Airbus
Engineering Center in Mobile will work hands-on with students as mentors.
(Source: Mobile Press-Register, 03/16/11)

Contract: Vertex, $25.6M
L-3 Communications Systems Field Support, Vertex Aerospace, LLC, Madison
Miss., was awarded a $25,607,255 contract for aircraft maintenance and logistical
life cycle support for 65 Navy C-12 aircraft at 21 global locations. Services include
scheduled/unscheduled organizational maintenance; aircraft servicing; depot
level maintenance; support equipment maintenance; modifications; and
engineering support. Work is expected to be completed in September 2011. The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 03/15/11)

Seven F-35s return to flight
Seven of 10 F-35 test planes have been cleared to resume flights after a
grounding was ordered. The grounding came after one plane experienced an in-
flight failure of two electrical generators and an oil leak last week. The suspension
was lifted on seven aircraft with older-model generators. The three using a newer
version remained grounded. In another F-35 related matter, the Navy said it would
buy 680 F-35s, half suited for aircraft carrier landings and half short-takeoff and
vertical-landing versions for the Marines. (Source: Bloomberg via Fort Worth Star-
Telegram, 03/14/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., will be home of the
F-35 training center.

Blue Angels to perform in Biloxi
BILOXI, Miss. - The Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team will perform in
Mississippi at the Keesler Air Force Base air show Saturday and Sunday. It's the
first Keesler show for the Blue Angles since 1978. The U.S. Army Golden Knights
Parachute Team is also on the schedule along with several other demonstration
teams and aerobatics performers. (Source: Sun Herald, 03/13/11) The Blue Angles
returned home to Pensacola, Fla., Monday after spending the winter training in El
Centro, Calif.

Contract: Kaman, $23.8M
Kaman Precision Products Inc., Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a $23,834,070 firm-
fixed-price contract modification which will provide the Air Force with 6,000 of the
Joint Programmable Fuze (JPF) systems to meet munitions requirements. The JPF
is a state-of-the-art fuze system used with precision weapons systems such as the
JDAM, and equipped with variable delay settings that may be programmed
manually or from the cockpit through its in-flight reprogrammability feature.
AAC/EBDK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
03/14/11)

Glitch grounds F-35s
The military has grounded fleet of 10 F-35s while Lockheed Martin looks into a dual
generator failure and an oil leak that occurred during a flight last week at Edwards
Air Force Base, Calif. The incident came just as military officials were reporting
significant progress on the program after a major restructuring that slowed
development to allow more flight testing before the plane goes into production.
(Source: Reuters, Air Force Times, 03/12/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Week in review column
The story didn't have direct ties to the Gulf Coast aerospace corridor, not yet at
least, but it was interesting in light of Mobile, Ala.'s recent loss of the Air Force
aerial refueling tanker project. I'm talking about the $33 million KQ-X project,
designed to show the ability of one unmanned aircraft to refuel another. Could it
have implications for the Gulf Coast? (Source: Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor,
03/12/11)

Garver: Stennis a role model
NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver was in South Mississippi Thursday to
reinforce the importance of NASA’s Stennis Space Center and to meet with
employees there. She told the Sun Herald at an editorial board meeting that it’s a
unique facility that should be fully utilized. She held up Stennis, where up to 30
percent of the costs are borne by other government agencies and companies, as
an example of how capabilities can be share. (Source: Sun Herald, 03/10/11)

First BAMS fuselage finished
MOSS POINT, Miss. - The first Global Hawk fuselage that will be used for a Navy
BAMS aircraft has been finished and will be shipped to Northrop Grumman's
Palmdale, Calif., facility for finishing work. The fuselage was finished a week ahead
of schedule, officials said. The Navy plans to have more than 60 Broad Area
Maritime Surveillance aircraft providing watch for the fleet. The Northrop
Grumman Moss Point facility also does finishing work on Fire Scout unmanned
helicopters. (Source: Sun Herald, WLOX, Mississippi Press, 03/10/11). Previous

UAV refueling inches closer
A program to show the ability of one unmanned aircraft to refuel another inched
forward when a Global Hawk and Proteus flew within 40 feet of one another in late
January. A manned Scaled Composites Proteus test aircraft, owned by Northrop
Grumman, and a Northrop Grumman-built unmanned Global Hawk owned by NASA
flew at 45,000 feet. Wake turbulence between the two aircraft as well as engine
performance and flight control responsiveness in the stratosphere were
evaluated. Simulated breakaway maneuvers were also conducted. The flight is key
to reducing risks as the program prepares for autonomous aerial refueling of two
Global Hawks in the spring of 2012. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 03/09/11) Gulf
Coast note: Global Hawks are now built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Early end to F-35 probation sought
The Marine Corps' top general said he wants and early end to the two-year
probation imposed on the Marine version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Gen.
James Amos told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week that the
Marines need the short-takeoff version to carry out the Marine mission. The
Marine variant was put on probation because of technical issues. But Amos said
he's encouraged by its progress. (Source: Reuters, 03/08/11) Meanwhile, the Navy
version of the F-35 broke the sound barrier last week. The carrier variant flew out
of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., reaching Mach 1.02. The Navy's version is
the last of the three variants to break the sound barrier. (Source: Defense News,
03/08/11)

Guardian tested on KC-135
Northrop Grumman and the Air National Guard’s 190th Air Refueling Wing have
finished the first round of flight testing with the company’s Guardian anti-missile
system on a Boeing KC-135, Northrop said Tuesday. The laser-based Guardian
System, contained almost entirely in a single pod mounted to the underside of the
fuselage, is designed to detect launched missiles and then disrupt their guidance
signals using a non-visible laser, said Northrop Grumman. The Air Force is
scheduled to continue an Operational Utility Evaluation through the second
quarter, with additional flights and system tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
(Source: GlobeNewswire, 03/08/11)

New Orleans gets nod for Cuba flights
Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans has been approved to
schedule charter flights to and from Cuba. In addition to New Orleans, U.S.
Customs and Border Protection officials said the charter flights can now be
scheduled as well from airports in Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore, Dallas/Fort Worth,
Pittsburgh, Tampa, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Previously flights were only allowed
from Los Angeles, Miami and New York. (Source: AP via New Orleans Times-
Picayune, 03/08/11)

First RS-68A production unit ready
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne completed a series of Hardware Acceptance Reviews
on the first RS-68A production rocket engine, validating the hydrogen-fueled
engine is ready to power a heavy-lift vehicle into space. Engine 30003, the first of
three RS-68A production engines to undergo a review, has been shipped to
Decatur, Ala., for integration onto a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy launch
vehicle. RS-68A production engines 30004 and 30005 will undergo hardware
reviews in March and April 2011 after completion of hot-fire testing at Stennis
Space Center, Miss. The three engines are scheduled to boost the Delta IV Heavy
next year carrying a government payload into orbit. (Source: PRNewswire, 03/08/11)

Uncertainty concerns PWR
The failure to devise a spaceflight plan for NASA after the shuttle fleet is retired
raises the specter of more workforce cuts in the U.S. launch industry, according to
the head of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. Jim Maser estimates that NASA, the White
House and Congress have "four to eight months" to choose a way forward. After
that, he expects layoffs at PWR he begins to roll up unfunded rocket engine
programs like the J-2X cryogenic upper-stage engine. Developed for the Ares I
crew launch vehicle under the old Constellation program, the first full-up J-2X is
set to begin testing at Stennis Space Center, Miss., next month. (Source: Aviation
Week, 03/08/11)

Runway expansion effort inches forward
A Navy plan to extend four runways at outlying fields in Baldwin County, Ala., is
moving forward. Naval Air Station Whiting Field, in Milton, Fla., said the project's
environmental assessment has been completed. The 1,000-foot runway extensions
would cross land now occupied by 23 homes and 203 acres of other people's
property in Foley and Summerdale. After a review by the Naval Facilities
Engineering Command, the Navy will begin talking to residents about land
acquisition. The Navy is replacing T-34C training aircraft with the T-6A, which
requires longer runways. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 03/07/11)

Stennis team set for key test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - The E-2 Test Stand team at John C. Stennis Space
Center is preparing to test a vital component designed for another rocket engine
test stand under construction at the NASA facility. Testing on the three-module
chemical steam generator (CSG) is designed to confirm it will perform as needed.
The tests also will provide critical data about operating the unit. The new A-3 Test
Stand will use nine three-module CSG units to generate superheated steam
needed to create a vacuum. The vacuum will allow operators to test next-
generation rocket engines at simulated high altitudes up to 100,000 feet. Testing at
such simulated altitudes is critical for next-generation engines necessary to carry
humans into deep space. (Source: NASA, 03/04/11)

EADS won’t protest tanker loss
Europe's EADS said today that it won't file a protest with the Government
Accountability Office over last week's decision by the Air Force to award the $35
billion aerial tanker project to rival Boeing. The move is likely to dismay EADS
supports in the Gulf Coast region, where EADS planned to assemble the aircraft.
The company had planned to build a $600 million aircraft assembly plant in Mobile,
Ala. (Sources: Multiple, including New York Times, Bloomberg Business Week,
03/04/11)

Tanker contract signed; protest out?
The Air Force and Boeing have signed the contract to develop a new fleet of aerial
refueling tankers, while EADS continues to ponder whether to protest the award.
The Air Force last week awarded the contract to Boeing to build the tankers, a
decision that was a disappointment in Mobile, where EADS planned to build an
assembly plant. EADS was briefed on the decision earlier this week and has 10
days to decide whether to protest. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 03/03/11)
Reuters is reporting that EADS is poised to concede defeat and could announce as
early as Friday that it will not protest the award. (Source: Reuters, 03/03/11)


FEBRUARY 2011

First production F-35 takes to air
FORT WORTH, Texas - The first production model of the Lockheed
Martin F-35 made its inaugural flight Friday in preparation for
delivery to the Air Force this spring. The jet will head to Edwards
Air Force Base, Calif., to support developmental testing shortly
after the Air Force takes delivery. During the flight, the
conventional takeoff and landing F-35A variant underwent basic
flight maneuvering and engine tests. The jet will continue flight
tests in Fort Worth for about a month before it is accepted by the
Air Force. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 02/25/11) Gulf Coast note:
Eglin Air Force Base is home to the F-35 training center.

Debriefing will determine next step
EADS will decide after a debriefing on Monday whether it will
appeal a decision by the Air Force to buy aerial tankers from rival
Boeing. EADS has 10 days after that meeting to appeal with the
Government Accountability Office, and GAO has to rule within 100
days. EADS had said before the announcement that it will appeal
only if it found “egregious” problems. The $35 billion contract to
build 179 tankers for the Air Force was seen by EADS as a chance
to increase its share of the lucrative U.S. defense market. EADS
would have built a $600 million plant in Mobile, Ala., to assemble
not only tankers, but Airbus freighters. EADS is also the world’s
largest manufacturer of helicopters, and has a plant in Columbus,
Miss., that builds helicopters for the U.S. military. (Source: Tcp,
02/25/11)

Boeing wins tanker contract
Boeing beat out EADS North America for the $35 billion contract to
build 179 aerial tankers for the U.S. Air Force, officials said
Thursday. Michael Donley, secretary of the Air Force, made the
formal announcement at the Pentagon. He said the first 18 aircraft,
designated KC-46A, will be delivered by 2017. "This is a sad day,"
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley told a gathering in Mobile, Ala.,
which would have assembled the tankers had EADS won. The
modified Boeing 767s will be built in Washington State and Kansas
and create 50,000 jobs in the United States. The decision was
based on price. Boeing's was more than 1 percent below EADS'
price, so non-mandatory capabilities were not taken into
consideration. In 2008 Boeing lost the competition to EADS, the
European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co., but a protest was
upheld by the General Accountability Office. The Air Force has
been trying to replace its fleet of Eisenhower-era KC-135s for
more than a decade. (Source: Tcp, 02/24/11)

Event marks mentor-protégé agreement
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – A ceremony is scheduled for Friday
marking the mentor-protégé agreement between Lockheed Martin
and Fort Walton Machining. Under the Defense Department
program, mentor companies help prepare small businesses with
capabilities and know-how to perform as prime or subcontractors
to the federal government. Fort Walton Machining is a supplier for
Lockheed Martin’s F-35, F-16, F-22 and C-130J programs. (Source:
Lockheed Martin, 02/24/11)

Tanker announcement Thursday
The Air Force will announce a decision Thursday on the $35 billion
tanker contract, according to multiple media reports. The Puget
Sound Business Journal attributes confirmation to a spokesman
for Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash; the Mobile Press-Register attributes
it to industry and military officials; and WALA-TV cites the Mobile
Chamber of Commerce. Boeing, which plans to build planes in
Washington and Kansas, and EADS North America, which plans to
assemble them in Mobile, Ala., are competing to build the 179
planes. (Sources: Multiple, 02/22/11)

Brookley eyes improvements
MOBILE, Ala. - The Mobile Airport Authority is considering
borrowing $8 million to improve streets, drainage, signs and
landscaping at Brookley Aeroplex. If EADS wins the contract to
build tankers for the Air Force, the industrial park will see
increased traffic and demand for industrial space. But even if
EADS doesn't get the contract the work needs to be done, said Bill
Sisson, executive director of the authority. (Source: Mobile Press-
Register, 02/22/11)

Contract: BAE, $7.7M
BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services, Inc., Rockville,
Md., is being awarded a $7,745,712 modification to a previously
awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to exercise an option for the
procurement of maintenance, logistics, and life cycle services in
support of communication-electronic equipment/systems and
subsystems for various Navy, Army, Air Force, Special Operations
Forces and other federal agencies. Two percent of the work will
be done in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. The Naval Air Warfare Center
Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 02/18/11)

IG: AF acted properly in bid mix-up
The Pentagon’s inspector general’s office said Friday that it
finished a review of an Air Force mix-up that sent details of
Boeing’s tanker bid to EADS and vice versa, and found no reason
to further investigate. The IG said in a letter to seven U.S.
senators, all Boeing backers who requested the probe, saying the
Air Force handled the mistake appropriately and in compliance
with federal law. Boeing and EADS are competing for the $35
billion contract to build new tankers for the Air Force. If EADS
wins, it plans to assemble its planes in Mobile, Ala. (Source:
Mobile Press-Register, 02/18/11)

Air show performer list growing
BILOXI, Miss. – The lineup of performers and aircraft is growing for
the Angels Over the Bay Air Show at Keesler Air Force Base. The
March 19-20 show will celebrate the 70th anniversary of Keesler.
Headlining the show is the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. The Army
Golden Knights parachute team, which opened the Thunder on the
Bay air show at Keesler in 2009, will be back again. (Source: Sun
Herald, 02/16/11)

Navy wants Fire-X
The Navy is requesting funds in fiscal year 2012 to buy the first 12
Fire-X unmanned helicopters. Called MQ-8C, Fire-X is based on
the Bell 407, a larger version of the Fire Scout, MQ-8B, which uses
the Schweizer S-333 airframe. In December, Northrop and Bell
flew the Fire-X demonstrator to show that a new airframe could be
integrated into the unmanned architecture developed for the Fire
Scout. The MQ-8C is to be an engineering change proposal to the
existing system, using the existing avionics, payloads, command-
and-control links and ground control station. (Source: Aviation
Week, 02/17/11) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in
Moss Point, Miss.

House says no to second engine
The House on Wednesday approved an amendment that would
eliminate funding for a second engine for the F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter, a move that would contribute an additional $450 million to
the estimated $61 billion in federal spending cuts that House
Republicans have proposed for the rest of the current fiscal year.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates criticized the alternative
engine as unnecessary and wasteful. The second F-35 engine was
to be built by General Electric and Rolls Royce. The primary
engine is built by Pratt & Whitney. (Sources: Multiple, including
Washington Post, AFP, 02/16/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

EADS cut tanker price
EADS North America Chairman Ralph Crosby on Wednesday said
the company had lowered its bid price for a $35 billion Air Force
aerial refueling tanker contract. EADS is offering a version of the
A330 against Boeing’s 767. Both companies sent their best
proposals last week to build 179 tankers. Boeing last week
described its bid as “aggressive.” A decision is expected next
month. (Source: AFP, 02/16/11) Gulf Coast note: If EADS wins it
would assemble its tankers in Mobile, Ala.

DRS reduces workforce
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Defense contractor DRS
Technologies has laid off 38 people from its Fort Walton Beach
location in the wake of a staff reassessment. Like with other
defense companies, the size of the workforce ebbs and flows
based on contracts. The Fort Walton Beach operation specializes
in communications, unmanned aircraft and border security
products. DRS, based in New Jersey, still has 850 workers in Fort
Walton Beach. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/14/11)

Navy wants more Fire Scouts
The Navy Department's fiscal 2012 budget calls for 12 Fire Scout
unmanned helicopters, nine more than originally planned. By 2016
the Navy plans to purchase 57, up from the 31 included in earlier
budgets, according to Navy Times. The Navy on Monday
requested a baseline of $161.4 billion for fiscal 2012, up $800
million from last year's proposal. (Source: Navy Times, 02/14/11)
Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Scheuermann: Budget reflects commitment
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – The president's proposed $18.7
billion budget for NASA in fiscal year 2012 reflects a commitment
to long-term job growth, said Stennis Space Center Director
Patrick Scheuermann. "As in the past, the unique test facilities
and technical expertise at the John C. Stennis Space Center will
continue to play a key role in the development and certification of
new rocket propulsion systems," said Scheuermann. He added
that the center's Applied Science and Technology Project Office
will support essential scientific research while managing the Gulf
of Mexico Initiative for NASA's Applied Sciences Program.
(Source: NASA, 02/14/11)

Week in review
The final bids from Boeing and EADS to build aerial tankers for the
Air Force have been submitted as the Pentagon ponders looking
into the November bid data mix-up. Also during the week, an AJ26
rocket engine was tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss., and the
Orion
crew vehicle shipped out from New Orleans' Michoud Assembly Facility.
(Source: Gulf Coast
Aerospace Corridor, 02/12/11)

Contract: BAE, $15.7M
BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Inc. of Rockville, Md. was awarded a
$15,713,984 contract modification to exercise the Lot 17 option to procure a quantity of 9-
QF-4 full scale aerial targets. At this time, $15,713,984 has been obligated. AAC/EBYK at
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/11/11)

Lockheed ships out Orion
NEW ORLEANS - Lockheed Martin shipped out the first Orion crew module Thursday from
NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. It's bound for Lockheed's Denver, Colo.,
facilities, where it will be integrated with a heat shield and thermal protection backshell, then
tested to confirm Orion's ability to safely fly astronauts through deep space missions. It will
later undergo simulated water landings at Langley's Hydro Impact Basin in Hampton, Va.
This Orion ground test vehicle has already validated advanced production processes,
equipment and tools required to manufacture the Orion crew module space flight hardware.
(Source: Lockheed Martin, 02/10/11)

Fire Scout to hunt pirates, gather intel
The Navy’s Fire Scout unmanned helicopter this year will look for pirates in the Middle East
and gather intelligence for troops in Afghanistan, according to a report in Aviation Week.
Three aircraft and two ground control stations will participate in the Afghanistan deployment.
Builder Northrop Grumman will operate and maintain the system under the guidance of Navy
officers. Two Fire Scouts are also aboard the USS Halyburton, which sailed to Southwest
Asia in early January. A Fire Scout was credited with a humanitarian save last week, when it
spotted a wayward boat and hovered until help arrived. The Navy will determine Fire Scout’s
suitability after operational evaluation in October. A full-rate production decisions would
follow. The Navy plans to buy 168 Fire Scouts. (Source: Aviation Week, 02/09/11) Gulf
Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Boeing, $15.1M
Boeing Co. of St Louis, Mo., was awarded a contract modification not-to-exceed
$15,150,000 for additional Massive Ordnance Penetrator Integration to include flight test
support, three additional test assets, an alternative/modified fuse design and sixteen fuses.
At this time $5,984,488 has been obligated. AAC/EBDK/EBDJ – MOP Tiger Team at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/08/11)

IG asked to probe tanker bid mixup
The Pentagon's watchdog agency will respond "as soon as possible" to a request by seven
senators to investigate whether a data mix-up could mar the aerial tanker competition.
Boeing and EADS are competing for a $40 billion contract to build 179 tankers for the Air
Force. The Air Force insists the mix-up last November involved no pricing data that could
comprise the process. Meanwhile, Air Force Gen. Duncan McNabb, who heads the
Pentagon's Transportation Command, on Monday said new tankers would help cut the
military's fuel bills sharply. (Source: Reuters, 02/07/11) Gulf Coast note: EADS North
America plans to assemble the aircraft in Mobile, Ala., if it wins all or part of the contract.

Eglin expansion will clog roads
Added missions for Eglin Air Force Base will significantly congest Florida 85 and could
disrupt travel along U.S. 98, a report by the National Research Council's Transportation
Research Board warns. The report looked at Eglin and five other large bases that are
expanding as a result of the base realignment plan. Eglin was chosen as the new home of
the Army 7th Special Forces Group and the Joint Strike Fighter training center. The 7th SF
will bring more than 6,000 people and the JSF center about 4,900. The report urges
Congress to consider a special appropriation of federal stimulus money to pay for near-term
improvements. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/07/11)

Airport seeks fee increase
GULFPORT, Miss. - Officials with Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport are asking Congress to
increase a passenger fee and are seeking support from Gulfport, Biloxi and Harrison County.
The airport authority wants to increase the Passenger Facility Charge from $4.50 to $7 per
passenger in order to pay its debt. The fee hasn’t been raised since 2000. (Source: Sun
Herald, 02/07/11)

Engine tested without a hitch
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - A 52-second test of an Aerojet AJ26 rocket engine
Monday went without a hitch. Executives from NASA, Aerojet and Orbital Sciences Corp.
were on hand for the flight acceptance test of the AJ26, which will be the Stage 1 engine for
Orbital's Taurus II space launch vehicle. NASA formed a $1.9 billion contract with Orbital to
launch eight cargo missions to the International Space Station through 2015. The Aerojet
AJ26, originally made in Russia 50 years ago, was tested at the E-1 test stand at Stennis,
which had to be adapted to fire the engine in the vertical position. (Source: Sun Herald,
02/07/11)

Contract: Boeing, $23.1M
The Boeing Co. was awarded a $23,127,911 contract modification which will procure various
test assets and hardware for aircraft integration efforts for the F-16 Block 40/50, F-22, F-35,
and the Small Diameter Bomb Increment I programs. At this time, the entire amount has
been obligated. AAC/EBMK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 02/07/11)

Week in review column
By Friday, Boeing and EADS North America will have to submit their best and final proposals
to the Air Force in the contest to build 179 aerial refueling tankers for the U.S. Air Force.
Under normal circumstances, one might say the contest is drawing to a close. But this
contest has been anything but normal. (Source: Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor, 02/05/11)

Crestview airport upgrading
CRESTVIEW, Fla. - Planned upgrades at Bob Sikes Airport will help boost the economy,
local officials and business representatives said. Improvements include widening the
taxiways up to 75 feet to accommodate any size aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration
provided $5.1 million, the Florida Department of Transportation put up $3.6 million and $3
million came from a state infrastructure bank loan. The weather Friday forced the
groundbreaking into the BAE Aerospace Solutions hangar. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 02/04/11)

Competing tanker ads appear
With the competition to build tankers for the Air Force heating up, competitors Boeing and
EADS have launched ad campaigns. Boeing's newspaper ad defends itself against EADS'
claims that a World Trade Organization report found that the company received at least $5
billion in illegal subsidies, while EADS's radio ad criticizes Boeing's ads as being
"misleading." A decision is expected early this year, and a protest by the losing side is
possible. At least one analyst said the only solution may be buying tankers from both
companies. (Source: Reuters, 02/03/11) Gulf Coast note: EADS North America wants to
assemble its tankers in Mobile, Ala.

AJ26 test scheduled
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and executives from
Orbital Science Corp. and Aerojet will be on hand Feb. 7 for a flight acceptance test of an
Aerojet AJ26 rocket engine at Stennis Space Center. Members of the media have been
invited to see the 4 p.m. test. The engine will be used in Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Taurus II
space launch vehicle. Once flight acceptance testing on the engine is complete, it will be
delivered to Orbital at the Wallops Flight Facility launch site in Virginia for integration with
the rocket's first stage core power. NASA has partnered with Orbital to provide eight cargo
missions to the International Space Station, with the first scheduled for early 2012. (Source:
NASA, 02/04/11)

Satellites examined for contamination
Lockheed Martin has been conducting exoneration exercises for A2100-based satellites in
various stages of manufacturing to ensure that foreign object debris (FOD) wasn’t
introduced during manufacturing, according to Aviation Week. FOD in the oxidizer line is
thought to have caused the failure of the liquid apogee engine on the first Advanced
Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite. The propulsion system for AEHF-1 was built at
Lockheed Martin’s facility at the Stennis Space Center, Miss., in 2006. (Source: Aviation
Week, 02/02/11)

1,000th 767 rolled out
EVERETT, Wash. - Boeing marked the rollout of the 1,000th 767 Wednesday at the
company's Everett factory. Hundreds were on hand for the event. The 1,000th plane is a
767-300ER passenger model for All Nippon Airways, and was the final 767 to finish
assembly on the current production line. The next 767 is being built in a new, smaller and
more efficient bay. Boeing is offering the 767s as its entry in the tanker competition.
(Source: Boeing via PRNewswire, 02/02/11) Gulf Coast note: Boeing's competition in the
tanker contest is EADS North America, which plans to assemble planes in Mobile, Ala., if it
wins the competition.

NG signs up Aussie F-35 supplier
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Northrop Grumman signed a long-term agreement with advanced
materials company Quickstep Technologies, North Coogee, Australia, to produce composite
subassemblies that include F-35 lower side skins, maintenance access panels and fuel tank
covers. Northrop Grumman is a principal subcontractor on the Lockheed Martin-led F-35
industry team. Australia is one of nine countries, including the United States, contributing to
the funding and production of the F-35 aircraft. (Source: Northrop Grumman via Globe
Newswire, 02/02/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base is home of the F-35 training
center.

AETC chief visits 33rd FW
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The commander of Air Education and Training Command,
Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr., visited the 33rd Fighter Wing last week. During his tour, the
general received a status report on the wing and it's integrated Academic Training Center
that is the school house for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter pilots and maintainers for the Air Force,
Navy, Marines and future coalition partners. He said the 33rd "represents the first time we've
engaged deeply in joint fighter training and could be a template for future endeavors." It will
train fighter pilots for the Air Force, Navy and Marines, and affords "a great opportunity for
us to demonstrate this concept can work. It's too early to tell whether joint training facilities
like the 33rd will be the way of the future." (Source: Team Eglin Public Affairs, 02/01/11)

Boeing to submit final tanker bid Feb. 11
Boeing will submit a final proposal Feb. 11 in the contest to build 179 aerial refueling tankers
for the U.S. Air Force, a company spokesman said. Members of Boeing’s tanker team met
with Air Force officials Monday at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio to discuss the
interim evaluation. Boeing and EADS North America are competing for the $40 billion
contract. If EADS wins, it plans to assemble the tankers in Mobile, Ala. (Source: Tcp,
02/01/11) Boeing post


JANUARY 2011

Contract: Raytheon, $15M
The Raytheon Co., Tuscon, Ariz., was awarded a $15,000,000 contract for the Advanced
Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile technical support for systems engineering, small software
enhancements, test support, maintenance and modification of special test assets, support to
the Navy hardware in the loop simulation, aircraft integration, and other technical
engineering requirements. AAC/EBAK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 01/31/11)

WTO: Boeing received subsidies
The World Trade Organization ruled Monday that U.S. federal and local governments
provided billions of dollars in illegal subsidies to plane-maker Boeing for the 787 and other
aircraft. The money gave Boeing an unfair advantage against Europe's Airbus, the panel
said. The findings are similar to those in an interim report released in September. The WTO
has now found that both Boeing and Airbus, a unit of EADS, received illegal aid. Both
companies are competing to build aerial tankers for the U.S. Air Force. (Sources: Wall Street
Journal, New York Times, Reuters, Associated Press, 01/31/11) Gulf Coast note: EADS
North America wants to assemble the tankers in Mobile, Ala.

Week in review column
The role Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., played in pointing out problems with an unmanned
aircraft surveillance system, and the successful end to testing an AJ26 rocket engine at
Stennis Space Center, Miss., and start of a new round of testing are just two of the
aerospace news items that occurred during the week. The column this week also recaps
other science and technology news of interest to the Gulf Coast. (Source: Gulf Coast
Aerospace Corridor, 01/29/11)

Orbital: Third AJ26 test not needed
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Two tests of an Aerojet AJ26 engine were so successful
that Orbital Science Corp. engineers decided a planned third test unnecessary. The AJ26
engine was removed from the E-1 test stand Jan. 24 and will be returned to Aerojet to be
refurbished and used on an upcoming Taurus II mission. The same day the engine was
removed, the first flight engine was installed to begin regularly planned "acceptance testing"
at SSC. The AJ26 flight unit will be tested in February, and then delivered to Orbital at the
Wallops Flight Facility launch site in Virginia for integration with the rocket's first stage core.
Orbital's Taurus II rocket will first be used to carry out commercial cargo supply mission to
the International Space Station. Orbital is developing the cargo logistics system under the
joint Commercial Orbital Transportation Services research and development project with
NASA, and is scheduled to carry out the first of eight cargo missions under the Commercial
Resupply Services contract beginning in early 2012. (Source: NASA, 01/28/11)

Contract: CSC, $24.9M
CSC Applied Technologies, Fort Worth, Texas. was awarded a $24,887,735 contract
modification which will exercise an option for the Base Operating Support service contract at
Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., from Feb. 1, 2011 through Jan. 31, 2012. At this time, the
entire amount has been obligated. 81 CONS/LGCM, Keesler Air Force Base is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/2710)

Wing marks 70th anniversary
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The 53rd Wing will host a 70th anniversary celebration Feb.
3 at Hangar 1343. Festivities include a brief history of the wing, time capsule dedication and
guest speaker Brig. Gen. (ret.) Douglas Richardson, 53rd Wing commander from 1998-
2000. Combat aircraft from many of the operational test wing units will be on display during
the ceremony, including an F-16, F-15, F-4, B-1, B-52 and others. (Source: Eglin Air Force
Base, 01/26/11)

F-15E flies with new radar system
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The F-15E Strike Eagle flew its first sortie with a new radar
system that replaces the 24-year-old APG-70 radar system. The 46th Test Wing fighter flew
with the APG-82(V)1 Jan. 18. The new radar uses active electronically scanned array radar
technology composed of numerous small solid-state transmit and receive modules. The
standard radar, APG-70, is a mechanically scanned array housed in the nose of the aircraft.
The new radar removes the motors and hydraulics of the old system and includes a new
avionics and cooling system. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 01/24/11)

Contract: Hamilton Sundstrand, $24.6M
Hamilton Sundstrand Corp., Windsor Locks, Conn., is being awarded a $24,636,056 firm-
fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for procurement and installation of
Electronic Propeller Control System kits into the C-130T aircraft for the Navy Reserves (up
to 20) and the LC-130H aircraft for the Air Force National Guard (up to 5), including non-
recurring engineering, technical and logistics services. Thirty-five percent of the work will be
done in Crestview, Fla., and the rest in Windsor Locks, Conn., and is expected to be
completed in December 2013. This contracts combines purchases for the Navy Reserves
and the Air Force National Guard. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/25/11)

Eglin testers find Gorgon Stare flaws
Gorgon Stare, an airborne surveillance system that would vastly increase the area a drone
can see, was deemed "not operationally effective" when tested in the fall by the 53rd Wing
at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. But military officials say such tests are done to find problems
beforehand, and fixes are being put in place. The problems, including low image quality and
an inability to sufficiently track people on the ground, were detailed in a six-page December
draft report obtained by the Center for Defense Information's Winslow Wheeler. The memo,
marked as a draft and pre-decisional, found more than a dozen problems. Gorgon Stare,
being developed by Sierra Nevada and the Air Force, uses nine or more cameras aboard a
Reaper unmanned system to survey a city-sized area. (Sources: Wired, 01/24/11, Los
Angeles Times, Washington Post, Air Force Times, 01/25/11)

Palazzo to chair subcommittee
Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., has been named chairman of the House Science and
Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, a key appointment for a
freshman congressman who represents an area that includes NASA’s Stennis Space
Center. The appointment must still be approved by the full committee. Palazzo defeated
incumbent Gene Taylor, a Democrat, in the November elections. (Sources: Multiple,
01/24/11)

Vision details Gulfport service
GULFPORT, Miss. - Vision Airlines announced the expansion of its low-fare air service from
Atlanta, Houston and St. Petersburg, Fla., into the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport
beginning Feb. 9. Vision Airlines’ service to Gulfport will use Boeing 737s. "We are excited to
work with Vision Airlines as they expand low-cost, scheduled service to the Mississippi Gulf
Coast," said Bruce Frallic, executive director of Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. (Source:
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, 01/24/11)

More delays in tanker?
Defense industry sources told The Hill in recent weeks that the $35 billion contract to build
Air Force tankers won't be awarded until mid-February. Now a defense insider says it may
not come until March or later. That's because of a Senate probe into the inadvertent release
of bidders' information to the competing bidders, Boeing and EADS. An initial hearing by the
Senate Armed Services Committee is scheduled for Jan. 27. (Source: The Hill, 01/23/11)
Gulf Coast note: EADS North America wants to assemble the plans in Mobile, Ala.

Airport renovations expected by 2013
NEW ORLEANS – The new head of New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong International Airport has
scaled back a $755 million modernization plan that was put in place before his arrival.
Instead, Aviation Director Iftikhar Ahmad is opting for a $200 million effort he expects will be
done in time for New Orleans to host the Super Bowl in two years. (Source: New Orleans
Times-Picayune, 01/23/11)

Week in review column
Creation of a hub at a Northwest Florida airport, an Airbus tanker boom problem, good news
and bad for F-35 fighter and the launch of a year-long celebration of naval aviation
highlighted aerospace stories for the Gulf Coast region during the week. (Source: Gulf
Coast Aerospace Corridor, 01/22/11)

McCain to see son get wings
MILTON, Fla. - Sen. John McCain will be at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla., next Friday
to attend a winging ceremony. His son, Ensign John S. McCain, is one of more than a dozen
graduates who will receive wings of gold at the ceremony. The Arizona senator will speak at
the event, which is not open to the public. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 01/22/11)

Mobile MRO subject of PBS story
MOBILE, Ala. – ST Aerospace Mobile was the subject of a Public Broadcasting Service
investigative report that aired Tuesday on “Frontline.” The report alleged, among other
things, that workers falsified records and failed to follow FAA rules to track parts. Company
officials called the report shallow, biased and sensationalized, and responded point by point
to questions posed by the Mobile Press-Register. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 01/22/11)

Celebration marks birth of flight training
PENSACOLA, Fla. – About 500 people gathered at Naval Air Station Pensacola Thursday to
mark the birthday of the establishment of the Navy’s first flight school. The ceremony
featured speeches by Navy officers and politicians, including Gov. Rick Scott. Pensacola,
which launched its school with 32 aviators 97 years ago, has events spread throughout the
year to mark 100 years of naval aviation. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 01/21/11)

Contract: Composite Engineering, $34.7M
Composite Engineering, Inc., of Sacramento, Calif. was awarded a $34,674,848 contract
modification which will exercise the Lot 8 option to procure a quantity of 40 additional BQM-
167As, also known as the Air Force Subscale Aerial Target. At this time, the entire amount
has been obligated. AAC/EBYK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 01/20/11)

Tanker boom breaks off
A large part of a refueling boom broke off from an Airbus tanker during an exercise
Wednesday. Airbus said the cause of the accident off the coast of Portugal was not yet
clear. Both the tanker, which was to be delivered to the Australian air force, and a
Portuguese F-16 were damaged. The boom fell into the Atlantic Ocean. (Sources: New York
Times, Bloomberg, Reuters, 01/20/11) Gulf Coast note: The U.S. Air Force is expected to
pick Boeing or Airbus aircraft for its new tankers. If Airbus is chosen, EADS North America
plans to assemble them in Mobile, Ala.

F-35 interest up; more problems unveiled
China’s military buildup is apparently causing Japan, South Korea and Singapore to engage
in bilateral talks with government officials to discuss the F-35. The immediate cause may be
recently published images showing China’s J-20 stealth aircraft. (Source: Wall Street
Journal, 01/18/11) Meanwhile, a report by the Pentagon’s Director of Operational Test and
Evaluation shows the F-35 has previously undisclosed problems with its handling, avionics,
afterburner and helmet-mounted display. (Source: Defense News, 01/18/11) Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Vision Airlines adding flights
Atlanta-based Vision Airlines is growing its commercial passenger service with new flights
beginning March 25. The airline on Monday said it would add flights between Destin-Fort
Walton Beach, Fla., and cities including Asheville, N.C., Atlanta, Miami, Orlando, Huntsville,
Ala., Gulfport-Biloxi, Miss., and more. A company route map now shows 23 cities. (Sources:
AP via Bloomberg, 01/16/11 St. Petersburg Times, 01/18/11, Huntsville Times, 01/17/11,
company map)

Week in review column
The ongoing debate over the direction of NASA, some good news about the F-35 Joint
Strike Fighter, and the arrival of F-16s at Florida's Eglin Air Force Base were among the
aerospace news items that came down the pike during the week. There was even something
about the tanker project: nobody can yet say when a winner will be announced. (Source:
Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor, 01/15/11)

Car crusher demilitarizes bombs
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Environmental restoration officials are using a commercial
car crusher to “demilitarize” practice bombs prior to recycling. So far, they’ve recycled more
than one million pounds of metal from the BDU 33 and Mark 106 bombs. The crushing
operation is part of an agreement between the crushing company, the recyclers and Eglin
Air Force Base's contractors, and has resulted in savings of more than $1 million. (Source:
96th Air Base Wing Environmental PA, 01/13/11)

Contract: McDonnell Douglas, $88M
McDonnell Douglas Corp., a subsidiary of the Boeing Co. of St. Louis, Mo., was awarded an
$87,996,491 contract which will procure 3,500 guided vehicle kits for Joint Direct Attack
Munition (JDAM) purposes. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. AAC/EDBK,
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/14/11)

Amos sure F-35B can be fixed
Marine Corps Gen. James Amos said he's confident Lockheed Martin will solve problems
with the service's version of the F-35 and save it from cancellation. The short takeoff,
vertical landing model of the F-35 has been put on probation for two years to fix significant
problems, with cancelation possible. "I completely support that," Amos told the annual
conference of the Surface Navy Association. Amos said he intends to keep a close eye on
the F-35B because of its importance to the Marine Corps. (Source: Reuters, 01/13/11)

JSF training center gets F-16s
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Four F-16s on loan from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., arrive
at Eglin today to support the F-35 training mission. The planes, from the 56th Fighter Wing,
will be used by the Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Training Center. Col. David Hlatky,
commander of the 33rd at Eglin, said the aircraft are needed for training before the arrival of
F-35s. Eglin has 17 F-16 Falcons, 10 assigned to the 46th Test Wing and seven to the
53rd. (Sources: Eglin Air Force Base media advisory, 01/10/11, Destin Log, 01/12/11)

Tanker award date unclear
When will the aerial tanker award be announced? Depends on who you ask. EADS North
America Chief Executive Officer Sean O'Keefe expects it next month, but Boeing Commercial
Airplanes CEO Jim Albaugh said he’s not expecting the decision soon. Air Force Secretary
Michael Donley declined to give a firm date for the contract award, saying only that the
source selection is moving toward completion. Boeing and EADS are competing for the $35
billion deal to build jets for the U.S. Air Force. Boeing would build them in Washington and
Kansas, and EADS would assemble them in Mobile, Ala. (Source: Air Force Times, SeattlePI,
Reuters, 01/12/11)

Blade Dynamics begins hiring
NEW ORLEANS - Blade Dynamics, the wind turbine manufacturer at the Michoud Assembly
Facility, plans to hire 40 salaried, technical operator positions. The positions require a
minimum of one-year manufacturing or production experience, performance of industrial
math and the ability to work rotating shifts. By 2015 Blade Dynamics plans to have some 600
employees on its payroll with an annual salary of about $48,000. (Source: The Advocate,
01/12/11)

Hunter unmanned system hits milestone
Northrop Grumman’s Hunter unmanned aircraft, in use with the Army since 1996, recently
surpassed 100,000 flight hours in service, with more than 72,000 hours in combat. The MQ-
5B Hunter is currently deployed supporting contingency operations across the globe,
provides warfighters with reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition, communications
relay and weapons delivery. The RQ-5A Hunter was the Army’s first fielded UAS. The next
generation MQ-5B is outfitted with updated equipment. (Source: Northrop Grumman via
Globe Newswire, 01/12/11) Gulf Coast note: The Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems
Center, Moss Point, Miss., has done refurbishing work on Hunter aircraft.

NASA names deputy chief technologist
WASHINGTON - NASA Chief Technologist Bobby Braun has announced the appointment of
Michael J. Gazarik as the agency's deputy chief technologist. Gazarik, who was deputy
director for programs in the Engineering Directorate at NASA’s Langley Research Center in
Hampton, Va., will be a key member of the office responsible for coordination, integration
and tracking of all technology investments across the agency, as well as management of
NASA's Space Technology programs. (Source: NASA, 01/12/11) Gulf Coast note: NASA has
facilities at Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

Web site highlights naval aviation
Florida’s Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and Naval Air Station Pensacola have
launched a new Web site highlighting the history of naval aviation in Pensacola. It features a
list of local events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of naval aviation. Visitors can log on
and share stories and photographs. Centennial events include a Blue Angles demonstration
and visit by the USS Iwo Jima. (Sources: WEAR-TV, Pensacola News Journal, the site,
01/11/10)

Airline’s first month exceeds expectations
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - Nearly a month after Vision Airlines started offering service
at Northwest Florida Regional Airport, sales have exceeded expectations. The marketing
and business development director for the airline said occupancy rates for the flights are
good. Vision Airlines offers service to Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Miami, and plans to announce
new destinations later this month. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 01/10/11)

Week in review column
When it comes to defense spending, the Gulf Coast region is all ears. That’s not surprising,
given that the region between South Louisiana and Northwest Florida has a wealth of
military bases and activities, large and small contractors and businesses that rely on the
military. It’s a safe bet a lot of folks were paying attention when Defense Secretary Robert
Gates during the week announced some additional spending cuts. (Source: Gulf Coast
Aerospace Corridor, 01/08/11)

PW engine powers biofuels test
A Pratt and Whitney F100-PW-220 engine recently powered its first biofuel test flight of an
Air Force F-15 Eagle at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. This flight test, powered by alternative jet
fuel, comes on the heels of engine ground testing earlier this year at Arnold Engineering
Development Center in Tennessee. The Air Force's goal is to acquire half of its domestic jet
fuel requirements from alternate sources by 2016. This is Pratt and Whitney's second
military engine to successfully complete ground and flight tests using biofuels. A C-17
Globemaster III powered by four Pratt and Whitney F117 engines completed testing in
August. Similar tests are planned for the F119. Pratt and Whitney is a United Technologies
Corp. company. (Source: Pratt and Whitney via PRNewswire, 01/06/11)

Date set for Orbital’s COTS mission
NASA has set Dec. 14 as the target launch date for Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Commercial
Orbital Transportation System cargo demonstration mission. The company says it continues
to make progress toward attaining safety clearance for the mission, in which its Cygnus
spacecraft will dock with the International Space Station. Tests of the Aerojet AJ26 engine
that will power the first stage also continue at NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss., where
engineers are preparing for a third hot-fire test of the engine following earlier runs in
November and December. "Every month we'll be bringing another AJ26 through Stennis,"
said Carl Walz, Orbital's vice president of human spaceflight operations. (Source: Aviation
Week, 01/06/11)

DoD “efficiencies” announced
Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates today announced a series of moves designed to
save the Department of Defense more than $150 billion over the next five years by reducing
overhead and cutting excess and troubled programs. The bulk of the savings will be used in
areas such as shipbuilding, long-range strike, missile defense, intelligence, reconnaissance
and surveillance and more. Among other things, the Air Force will buy more simulators for F-
35 Joint Strike Fighter air crew training. But the Marine Corps short take-off and vertical
landing variant of the F-35 is being placed on a two-year probation because of testing
problems, putting the Marine variant to the back of the overall JSF production sequence. In
addition, the Navy will develop a new generation of sea-borne unmanned strike and
surveillance aircraft. (Source: DoD, 01/06/11) Gulf Coast note: The Gulf Coast is a major
military shipbuilding center; Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the JSF training center;
Moss Point, Miss., builds portions of unmanned aircraft.

Marine F-35 put on probation
Defense Secretary Robert Gates is putting the Marine Corps version of the F-35 on a two-
year probation to give Lockheed Martin more time to demonstrate its reliability, according to
two defense officials and a lawmaker. It's part of Gates' plan to save $102 billion in military
spending through 2016. There are three variants of the F-35, but the short take-off and
vertical landing version is the most complex and has had more problems. (Source:
Bloomberg, eCanadaNow, 01/06/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the site
of the F-35 training center.

Pensacola marks aviation centennial
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Pensacola is celebrating a century of naval aviation, with a kickoff and
party slated for Jan. 20 at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Other activities during the year
include Aviation Week in May with the arrival of the USS Iwo Jima and a special performance
by the Blue Angels flight demonstration team. The Blue Angels will also perform at
Pensacola Beach in July. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 01/05/11)

Blue Angels arrive for winter training
The Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team arrived early this week at Naval Air Facility
El Centro, Calif., the team's winter training facility. The team is based at Naval Air Station
Pensacola, Fla., but does its winter training in California. That training wraps up in mid-
March. The team will perform in more than 37 shows this year, with the season ending in
Pensacola Nov. 12. (Source: KXO radio, 01/04/11)

Flight academy gets grant
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The National Flight Academy received a $1.7 million grant buy 42 flight
simulators. The grant is from the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust. The $26.5 million flight
academy is being built next to the National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station
Pensacola. The academy is designed to interest young people in science, technology,
engineering and math careers, including aerospace. (Source: Pensacola News Journal,
01/05/11)

Contract: EADS, $52.9M
EADS North American Defense, Arlington, Va., was awarded a $52,509,992 firm-fixed-price
contract to provide for 12 UH-72A Light Utility Helicopters, 12 Airborne Radio Communication
systems and two Engine Inlet Barrier Filters. Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with
an estimated completion date of April 30, 2012. The U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command,
Contracting Center, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
01/04/11)

F-35 STOVL engine hits milestone
Pratt and Whitney's F135 engine used in the vertical take-off and landing version of the F-
35 Joint Strike Fighter passed a testing milestone known as initial service release. That
means the engine is now certified as the production configuration. The company received
initial service release for the conventional take off and landing/carrier variant (CTOL/CV) in
February 2010. The Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) version of the F-35 will
be used by the Marine Corps. Pratt and Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. company.
(Source: Pratt and Whitney, 01/03/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home
of the JSF training center.

Moret sees new tenants at Michoud
Louisiana's chief economic development official told the Press Club in Baton Rouge that
several entities are interested in locating at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. But
Stephen Moret declined to name names. Michoud is NASA's huge manufacturing facility that
built the external tanks for the Space Shuttle. At its height it had 5,000 workers, but now has
1,000 as Lockheed Martin ends its shuttle work. "We will attract thousands of private-sector
jobs," said Moret, secretary of the Department of Economic Development. Turbine-maker
Blade Dynamics announced last year it would set up shop at Michoud. (Source: New
Orleans Times-Picayune, 01/04/11)

Week in review column
Aerospace is the focus on this column, but it's hard not to pay attention to the major Navy
contract that was awarded during the week to Austal USA of Mobile, Ala. The contract to
build littoral combat ships underscores the importance of shipbuilding to the Gulf Coast
region. But beyond that, it shows contracts can be split between competitors and highlights
the crucial role companies with foreign roots play in the U.S. defense industry. (Source: Gulf
Coast Aerospace Corridor, 01/01/11)
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