Gulf Coast aerospace
DECEMBER 2012

Contract: MacAulay-Brown, $30.9M
MacAulay-Brown Inc., Dayton, Ohio, is being awarded a $30,913,181 contract modification
that exercises the first option year of the original contract. The option modification provides
the same intelligence services to process, exploit and disseminate support services for
Headquarters, Air Force Special Operations Command. The location of the performance is
Hurlburt Field, Fla. Work is expected to be completed by Jan. 15, 2014. The contracting
activity is AFSOC/A7KQ, Hulburt Field. (Source: DoD, 12/31/12)

The year in review
No doubt the headline-grabber for the Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor in 2012 was the
decision of Europe's Airbus to build a $600 million A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala. It will
forever change the face of the already considerable aerospace activity in this region. But
there were other significant aerospace stories for the region, including major steps in
development of NASA's Space Launch System, progress in establishing the F-35 training
center, an uptick in unmanned systems activities and corporate moves that over the long-
run will have an impact on the region. (Source: Gulf Coast Perspectives, 12/29/12)

Contracts: Lockheed Martin, $5B
Lockheed Martin, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded five contracts related to the F-35 with
a total value of some $5 billion. The first is a not-to-exceed $3,677,916,910 undefinitized
modification to the previously awarded low rate initial production lot 6 advance acquisition
contract for the procurement of 18 conventional take-off and landing aircraft for the Air
Force; six short take-off vertical landing aircraft for the Marine Corps; and seven carrier
variant aircraft for the Navy. The modification provides for all associated ancillary mission
equipment. Work will be completed in February 2015. The second is a not-to-exceed
$753,420,000 undefinitized modification to the previously awarded F-35 low rate initial
production lot 6 advance acquisition contract to provide non-recurring sustainment and
logistics support for delivered and projected air systems. This modification includes site
stand-up and depot activation activities and the procurement of Autonomic Logistics
Information System hardware and software; training systems; support equipment and
spares. Work will be completed December 2015. The third is a not-to-exceed $374,495,232
undefinitized modification to the previously awarded low rate initial production lot 6 advance
acquisition contract the manufacture and delivery of initial air vehicle spares in support of 60
low rate initial production lot VI and VII air vehicles (37 Air Force conventional; 12 Marine
Corps short take-off aircraft; and 11 Navy carrier variants. Work will be completed November
2015. The fourth is a $48,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity
contract to perform engineering, programmatic, and logistics tasks supporting investigations
or studies to determine the feasibility, practicality, desirability, or supportability of various F-
35 air systems. Work will be completed December 2015. The fifth is a not-to-exceed
$17,106,385 undefinitized modification to the previously awarded low rate initial production
lot 5 contract. This modification provides for the manufacture and delivery of initial air
vehicle spares in support of LRIP lot 5 air vehicles for the Air Force. Work will be completed
in November 2015. Work on all five contracts will be done in Texas, California, Florida, New
Hampshire, Maryland and the United Kingdom. The Naval Air Systems Comman, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/28/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Contract: Bell-Boeing, $1.4B
Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $1,405,744,559
modification to the previously awarded V-22 lot 17 advance acquisition contract for 17 fiscal
2013 MV-22 tiltrotor aircraft for the Marine Corps and four fiscal 2013 CV-22 tiltrotor aircraft
for the Air Force. In addition, this modification provides funding for long lead components
required for the manufacture and delivery of 19 fiscal 2014 lot 18 MV-22 tiltrotor aircraft for
the Marine Corps and three fiscal 2014 lot 18 CV-22 tiltrotor aircraft for the Air Force. Work
will be performed in a wide range of locations and is expected to be completed in September
2016. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 12/28/12) Gulf Coast note: The Air Force Special Operations Command at
Hurlburt Field, Fla., uses CV-22 tiltrotors.

New exec has F-35 background
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – A retired rear admiral and former Lockheed Martin F-35 program
director has been appointed executive vice president of shipbuilder VT Halter Marine. John
J. Prendergast III, who spent more than 30 years in the Navy, will be responsible for a range
of activities, including government contracts. After retiring from the Navy, Prendergast was
named director of sustainment business operations for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike
Fighter with Lockheed Martin. VT Halter Marine designs, builds and repairs a variety of
ocean vessels. (Source: Mississippi Press, 12/26/12)

Contract: Composite Eng, $32.8M
Composite Engineering Inc., Sacramento, Calif., modification number P00007 is being
awarded a $32,834,295 contract modification for the Lot 9 Sustainment and Lot 10
Production in support of the Air Force sub-scale aerial target program. The location of the
performance is Sacramento, Calif. Work is expected to be completed by Apr. 30, 2014. The
contracting activity is AFLCMC/EBYA, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 12/26/12)

S. Korea buying Global Hawks
The Defense Department has proposed selling South Korea four Global Hawk surveillance
drones in an order valued at $1.2 billion. The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation
Agency said it notified Congress of the proposed sale, which includes infrared and electro-
optical sensors, imagery analysis systems and moving target indicators on board the Block
30 Global Hawks. The sale would be the first order in the Asia-Pacific region. Australia,
which has expressed interest in buying the aircraft since 2008, has yet to place an order.
(Source: Bloomberg, 12/24/12) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are made in part in Moss
Point, Miss.

Work to begin on SLS
NEW ORLEANS -- Construction is set to begin at Michoud Assembly Facility on the major
components of NASA’s Space Launch System, which will transport astronauts to deep
space. The work is expected to bring hundreds of high-paying jobs to the Michoud when
construction reaches its peak, starting next year and leveling off in 2015. The rocket's core
stage will be built at Michoud, and the engines that will power the vehicle will be test-fired at
Stennis Space Center, Miss. In Huntsville, Ala., a technical review of the core stage, called a
preliminary design review, was successfully completed at Marshall Space Flight Center
Thursday. (Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, NASA, 12/21/12)

Contract: Boeing, $118M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $118,049,122 firm-fixed-price contract to
procure Lot 17 Guided Vehicle kits for the Joint Direct Attack Munition weapon system. The
location of the performance is St. Charles, Mo. Work is expected to be completed by March
31, 2015. The contracting activity is AFLCMC/EBDK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source:
DoD, 12/21/12)

Orion backup chute tested
NASA completed the latest in a series of parachute tests for its Orion spacecraft Thursday
at the Army Yuma Proving Ground in southwestern Arizona, a step toward a first flight test in
2014. The test verified Orion can land safely even if one of its two drogue parachutes does
not open during descent. Orion, which will take humans further into space than ever before,
uses five parachutes. The 21,000-pound capsule needs only two main parachutes and one
drogue. The extra two provide a backup in case one of the primary parachutes fails. The
next Orion parachute test is scheduled for February and will simulate a failure of one of the
three main parachutes. (Source: NASA, 12/20/12) Gulf Coast note: The Orion capsules are
made in part in New Orleans; Stennis Space Center, Miss., tests the rocket engines for the
Space Launch System.

OFP awarded for test program
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Operational Flight Program Combined Test Force was
recently recognized with the Ferguson Award for Engineering for developing F-15 aircraft
modernization system, Suite 7E. Suite 7E included software for the newly developed F-15
missile capability, the AIM 120D. The system has been approved by Air Combat Command
to be operational on all 219 F-15s nationwide. The F-15 OFP CTF at Eglin is part of the
53rd Test Management Group and 46th Operations Group and is responsible for testing F-
15 software upgrades to enhance air-to-air and air-to-ground combat. With the continued
development of the F-22 and F-35, the plan is for the F-15 to be around for a while. OFP
CTF is the first organization from Eglin to win the award since its inception in 2003. (Source:
Eglin Public Affairs, 12/20/12)

County OKs incentives
The Mobile County Commission approved contributing $24,000 toward a trilateral
compensation package to bring Airbus supplier Labinal Engineering Inc. to Mobile. The
contribution is part of $106,000 in incentives made to the engineering company by the city,
county and state in recent weeks. Labinal is a subsidiary of Safran Engineering Services of
France. The company plans to build a $2 million engineering center at Brookley Aeroplex.
(Source: Mobile Press-Register, 12/20/12)

GE buying Avio aerospace
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – GE has agreed to purchase the aviation business of Avio S.p.A., an
Italy-based manufacturer of aviation propulsion components and systems for civil and
military aircraft, for $4.3 billion. GE will acquire Avio’s aviation business from Cinven, a
European private equity firm that has owned Avio since 2006, and Finmeccanica, the Italian
aerospace group. The transaction is subject to regulatory and governmental approvals. GE
will not be purchasing Avio’s space unit. (Source: Business Wire, 12/21/12) Gulf Coast note:
GE Aviation is building an aircraft parts plant near Hattiesburg, Miss.; Finmeccanica owns
Selex Galileo in Kiln, Miss.

SSC deputy director named
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Jerry Cook has been selected as the deputy director of
NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, the agency's primary testing ground for rocket
engines and propulsion systems, and its systems engineering center for applied science
activities. Cook served as the associate program manager of the Space Launch System
(SLS) Program Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. He has
served in a dual role as manager of the SLS Program Planning and Control Office. (Source:
NASA/SSC, 12/20/12)

Contracts: Northrop Grumman, $52.5M
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems of San Diego, Calif., was awarded two contracts
related to the MQ-8B Fire Scout vertical take-off and landing unmanned system. One was a  
$19,166,627 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for logistics services, and the other a $33,270,000
cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the development, production, integration, and testing of
nine radar systems. Work on both contracts will be done in San Diego, Calif., and Patuxent
River, Md., with the first expected to be completed in November 2013 and the second in
June 2014. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 12/20/12) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point,
Miss.

Lockheed Martin marks 100 years
BETHESDA, Md. -- Lockheed Martin is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the
founding of the Lockheed Company, incorporated Dec. 19, 1912, in San Francisco, Calif.
Brothers Allan and Malcolm Lockheed founded the company out of a garage, where they
built their Model G seaplane. Their second plane, the F-1 Flying Boat, earned the company
its first military contract. In 1995, Lockheed merged with Martin Marietta, also founded in
1912 as the Glenn L. Martin Co., to form Lockheed Martin. The Martin anniversary was
celebrated in August. Lockheed Martin employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is
principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and
sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. It had net sales in
2011 of $46.5 billion. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 12/19/12) Gulf Coast note: Lockheed
Martin has operations in the Gulf Coast region, including the Space and Technology Center
at Stennis Space Center, Miss. It's the builder of the F-35, which has a training center at
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

AF can use more state land
The Air Force will be allowed to conduct non-hazardous missions on additional state-owned
land. The state Department of Environmental Protection agreed last week to let the Air
Force us pockets of land across the region. The agreement is part of an effort to ease
competition for range space on Eglin Air Force Base’s 450,000-acre reservation. In October,
the Air Force signed its first agreement to use Florida Forest Service land. The Air Force
plans to sign a similar agreement with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission in the near future. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 12/18/12) Previous

Scott lauds L-3 expansion
CRESTVIEW, Fla. – L-3 Crestview Aerospace and Gov. Rick Scott said the company will
create 340 jobs within two years through the expansion of the company’s manufacturing
operation in Okaloosa County. The project is an investment of more than $13.7 million,
including $7 million in facilities upgrades and the retrofit of hangar space at Bob Sikes
Airport in 2013 and 2014. L-3 first announced the $7 million upgrade in November. (Source:
Governor’s office, 12/18/12) Previous; Related column

County gives nod to sue Vision
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- Okaloosa County commissioners voted Tuesday to sue
Vision Airlines to recoup more than $146,000 in unpaid fees. The board authorized Airports
Director Greg Donovan to work with county attorneys to take Vision to court if it doesn’t pay
its debt by Dec. 31. Vision Airlines, which began offering flights at Northwest Florida
Regional Airport in December 2010, suspended its service locally last February. The
discount carrier owes the county $146,973, most of which are unpaid passenger facility
charges. The rest is unpaid utility, rent and fuel expenses. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 12/18/12) Previous

Contract: Boeing, $8.9M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $8,916,113 firm-fixed-price and cost-
plus-fixed-fee contract for procurement of Laser Small Diameter Bombs (LSDB) retrofits,
LSDB guided test vehicles, production, engineering, integration and test support and
storage/shipping containers. The location of the performance is St. Louis, Mo. Work is
expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2013. The contracting activity is AFLCMC/PZJ, Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 12/18/12)

Contract: United Technologies, $85.3M
United Technologies Corp., East Hartford, Conn., is being awarded an $85,282,562 contract
modification for the F119 Engine Sustainment. Among locations of performance is Tyndall
Air Force Base, Fla. Other locations are East Hartford; Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.;
Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; Hill Air Force Base, Utah;
Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.; Langley Air Force Base, Va.; Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.;
Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; and Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. Work is expected to be
completed by Dec. 31, 2013. The contracting activity is AFLCMC/WWUK, Wright-Patterson
Air Force Base, Ohio. (Source: DoD, 12/18/12)

Pegasus getting 100 A320neos
Pegasus Airlines, second largest airline in Turkey, signed for up to 100 A320neo  aircraft
(58 A320neo and 17 A321neo models), of which 75 are firm orders. Pegasus becomes a
new Airbus customer and the first Turkish airline to order the A320neo. This is the largest
single commercial aircraft order ever placed by an airline in Turkey. Last week AirAsia
ordered 100 A320s. (Source: Airbus, 12/18/12) Previous. Gulf Coast note: Airbus will begin
construction in the spring on an A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

X-47B completes at-sea tests
USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, at sea -- The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS)
demonstrator completed its first at-sea test phase aboard the nuclear powered aircraft
carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Dec. 18. The first aircraft of its kind aboard a Navy
vessel, the Northrop Grumman-built X-47B was put through myriad trials to assess the
viability of an unmanned system's operation aboard a carrier. Among the tests, the X-47B
was towed using carrier-based tractors, taxied on the flight deck via its arm-mounted control
display unit and had its digital engine controls tested within environments pervaded by
electromagnetic fields. "The system has performed outstandingly," said Don Blottenberger,
program manager for the N-UCAS Program Office. "We validated our capabilities on an
aircraft carrier," said Mike Mackey, Northrop Grumman's program director. (Source: NNS,
12/18/12) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman builds portions of the Global Hawk and Fire
Scout UAVs in Moss Point, Miss.

40th to test F16 software
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- For the first time, developmental testing for an F-16
operational flight program (OFP) will occur at the 40th Flight Test Squadron at Eglin. The
testing for Block 40 and 50 model F-16s is scheduled to begin in 2014. It will also be the first
time developmental testing (DT) and operational testing (OT) of the OFP will be conducted
at the same base. An OFP is the software in the F-16 that controls the avionics and allows
the jet to interface with external weapons. It is currently in the design-try-out phase here.
This phase is primarily to help the software developers. This new software package will be
incorporated in all active-duty F-16s and many Reserve aircraft. (Source: Eglin Public
Affairs, 12/18/12)

F-35 pilot training to begin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Gen. Edward Rice, commander of Air Education and
Training Command, said Eglin Air Force Base is ready to start training pilots in the Air Force’
s variant of the Joint Strike Fighter beginning next month. Training is slated to begin Jan. 7
with four 58th Fighter Squadron pilots and two operational test pilots. The Air Force is
tentatively planning initial operating capability by 2016 when the first operational base
opens, wing commander Andrew Toth said. An AETC Joint Operational Test Team
conducted an operational utility evaluation this fall, and presented its findings to Rice. The
OUE lasted 46 days and focused on classroom and simulator training, along with six flights.
(Sources: Eglin, Air Force Times, 12/17/12)

Incentives come up for vote
MOBILE, Ala. – The city and county vote next week on the economic incentives used to lure
the first Airbus supplier to Mobile. A $70,000 benefit from the city will be voted on by the
Mobile City Council Tuesday, and a $24,000 incentive will be voted on by the Mobile County
Commissioners Thursday. The state is providing $12,000 to Labinal Engineering, a
subsidiary of Safran Engineering Services, a France-based aerospace and defense firm
that will create 50 jobs at Brookley Aeroplex. Airbus plans to build an A320 assembly line.
(Source: Mobile Press-Register, 12/14/12)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $127.7M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $127,740,214 fixed-price-incentive-fee and cost-plus-incentive-fee modification
to the previously awarded F-35 Air System Low Rate Initial Production Lot 5 contract. This
effort is required to complete the definitization for the previously announced Undefinitized
Contractual Action (UCA) for a total of 32 F-35 Air Systems. This modification procures LRIP
5 production requirements including: manufacturing support equipment; two program array
assemblies; ancillary mission equipment, including pilot flight equipment; preparation for
ferry of aircraft; and diminishing manufacturing sources redesign. This effort includes
requirements for the international partner governments as well as for the Air Force, Marine
Corps, and Navy. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; El Segundo, Calif.; Warton,
United Kingdom; Orlando, Fla.; Nashua, N.H.; and Baltimore, Md., and is expected to be
completed in October 2014. The contracting activity is Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md. (Source: DoD, 12/14/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base is home
of the F-35 training center.

Powerpack tests concluded
Engineers conducted the final test-firing of the J-2X powerpack assembly Thursday at NASA’
s Stennis Space Center, Miss. The powerpack assembly, a system of components on top of
the engine that feeds propellants to the bell nozzle of the engine to produce thrust, has
burned millions of pounds of propellants during a series of 13 tests totaling more than an
hour and a half in 2012. The testing team set several records for hot-firing duration at
Stennis test stands during the summer. NASA engineers will remove the assembly from the
test stand to focus on tests of the fully integrated engine. Installation on a test stand at
Stennis will begin in 2013. The J-2X, developed by Rocketdyne, will power the upper stage
of the Space Launch System that will take astronauts into deep space missions. (Source:
NASA, 12/14/12)

Shumlin thinks F-35 quieter
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin arrived at Eglin Air Force Base on Wednesday to check out the
new F-35 in action. Shumlin, several staff members and two mayors made the trip to Eglin to
see how the noise level of the F-35 compares to the F-16, which is currently housed at their
National Air Guard Base in Burlington, Vt. The base is a contender to get operational F-35s.
The group brought instruments to measure the noise, and Shumlin concluded the F-35
would be quieter than the F-16. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 12/12/12)

AirAsia orders 100 A320s
Airbus said it has received an order for 100 Airbus A320 aircraft from AirAsia. Asia's largest
budget airline is expanding its fleet to tap into the robust growth in air travel in the region.
The order had been widely anticipated in recent months. The price was not disclosed, but
the list price would come to $9.37 billion. (Source: Fox Business, 12/13/12) Gulf Coast note:
Airbus plans to build an A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

NASA best place to work
NASA was named the best place to work in the federal government among large agencies in
a survey released today by the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit, non-partisan
organization. This ranking, which reflects NASA's highest results since this index was
developed, makes clear that the agency's work force is focused on carrying out the nation's
new and ambitious space program. The rankings are based on responses from nearly
700,000 federal workers. The Best Places to Work rankings are based on data from the
Office of Personnel Management's annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey conducted
from April through June 2012 and additional survey data from nine agencies plus the
Intelligence Community. This is the seventh edition of the Best Places to Work rankings
since the first in 2003. NASA's Stennis Space Center was ranked second in the sub-agency
component category. (Source: NASA, 12/13/12)

Contract: BAE Systems, $400M
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- BAE Systems has been selected by the U.S. Navy to
maintain and service T-34, T-44 and T-6 trainer aircraft under a contract valued at about
$400 million over five years. The company will perform scheduled inspections, along with
required repairs, modifications and logistical support, for more than 300 aircraft operated by
the Chief of Naval Air Training. The contract was awarded by the Naval Air Systems
Command at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. The work will be done at Naval Air Station
Corpus Christi, Texas, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., and Naval Air Station Whiting Field,
Fla. BAE Systems will be actively recruiting from the existing skilled workforce at each site to
fill maintenance positions. (Source: BusinessWire, 12/13/12)

Officer announcement made
Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta announced today that the President has nominated
Air Force Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, and
for assignment as director, Air National Guard, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Va. Clarke
is currently serving as commander, First Air Force (Air Force North), and commander,
Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, Tyndall Air Force
Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 12/12/12) Tyndall is near Panama City, Fla. It's the home of F-22
training as well as the First Air Force.

Forestry tool wins award
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- The ForWarn forest monitoring and assessment tool
developed by NASA’s Stennis Space Center’s Applied Science & Technology Project Office
and other federal and university partners was selected to receive a prestigious technology
transfer award. The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer announced
Nov. 26 that the ForWarn early warning system will receive the 2013 FLC Interagency
Partnership Award. One of the organization’s highest honors, the award recognizes the
efforts of laboratory employees from at least two different agencies who have collaboratively
accomplished outstanding work in the process of transferring a technology. The U.S.
Department of Agriculture, in partnership with Stennis Space Center, released ForWarn
earlier this year as a satellite-based monitoring and assessment tool for tracking changes in
forest vegetation across the country, and providing a strategic, national overview of
potential forest disturbances and environmental threats. (Source: SSC, 12/12/12) For a
background story on the system, see Pages 7-8 of the April 2010 issue of Alliance Insight)

Contracts: multiple, $315M
Two Fort Walton Beach, Fla., companies, InDyne Inc. and Williams Electric Co., were among
10 companies awarded a $315,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract to provide for the services
in support of various security and control systems. The other companies were BAE Systems
Technology Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Md.; Honeywell HBS Solutions LLC,
Minneapolis, Minn.; Johnson Controls BAS LLC, Huntsville, Ala.; M.C. Dean Inc., Dulles, Va.;
Siemens Government Technologies Inc., Arlington, Va.; Smith and Wesson Security
Solutions, Franklin, Tenn.; Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va.; and
American Systems Corp., Chantilly, Va. Work location will be determined with each order,
with an estimated completion date of Dec. 6, 2017. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/11/12)

Contract: Boeing, $17M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $17 million contract modification for
engineering, manufacturing and development phase option 1. The location of the
performance is St. Louis, Mo. Work is expected to be completed by March 2014. The
contracting activity is AFLCMC/EBYK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 12/11/12)

X-47B taxis on carrier
ATLANTIC OCEAN -- An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator aircraft for the
first time taxied aboard a carrier Sunday. During the test aboard the USS Harry S. Truman,
deck operators used an arm-mounted control display unit to remotely control the aircraft. Lt.
Cmdr. Larry Tarver, Truman's aircraft handling officer, said every test on the aircraft brings
the Navy one step closer to unmanned carrier aviation. "Nobody has ever done this before,"
said Tarver. The Northrop Grumman built X-47B is scheduled to complete taxi testing before
Truman returns to its homeport in Naval Station Norfolk. (Source: NNS, 12/10/12) Gulf Coast
note: Northrop Grumman builds portions of two other UAVs, Global Hawk and Fire Scout, in
Moss Point, Miss. Previous Related

Tyndall cancels air show
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Next year’s air show at Tyndall Air Force Base has
been canceled because of budget constraints. Lt. Melanie Holiday confirmed Friday base
officials had been planning for the March show when the word came down from senior
officials to terminate the plan. Tyndall officials said they made the decision to stop planning
for the event after careful review and consideration of fiscal responsibility of taxpayer dollars
and mission requirements. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 12/07/12)

Officer announcements made
Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta announced that the President has nominated Air
Force Col. Walter J. Sams for appointment to the rank of brigadier general and for
assignment as mobilization assistant to the commander, 1st Air Force, Tyndall Air Force
Base, Fla. Sams’ appointment was among 21 announced Friday. (Source: DoD, 12/07/12)

UT terminates sale
HARTFORD, Conn. – The objection of the Justice Department prompted United
Technologies and TransDigm Group Inc. to terminate the previously announced sale of the
Goodrich Corp. pump and engine control systems business to TransDigm of Cleveland. Sale
of the pump and engine control systems unit is one of the divestitures required by regulatory
authorities as a condition of UTC's acquisition of Goodrich. UTC intends to comply with its
obligation to sell this business to a buyer acceptable to the U.S. Department of Justice and
European Commission. (Source: PRNewswire, 12/06/12) Gulf Coast note: The Goodrich
Alabama Service Center is in Foley, Ala. Rocketdyne, a United Technologies company that
is being sold to GenCorp, assembles and tests rockets at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Vision to offer non-stop to Orlando
GULFPORT, Miss. -- Vision Airlines and the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi will
bring nonstop flights from Orlando to Gulfport starting Feb. 6. Service will be three days a
week, Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays, on 136-seat Boeing 737 aircraft from Orlando
Sanford International Airport. (Source: Sun Herald, 12/06/12)

UAVs touted at dinner
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. – Unmanned aerial systems were the focus of the Jackson County
Economic Development Foundation dinner at the Ocean Springs Civic Center. George
Freeland, executive director of JCEDF, said that in economic development, it’s important to
pursue fields with high potential. And that’s the case with UAVs. The county does finishing
work on Fire Scouts and builds the fuselage for Global Hawk, including the Navy’s version,
Triton. The featured speakers were Walt Kreitler, director of the Triton program for Northrop
Grumman, and Michael Toscano, president and CEO of Unmanned Vehicle Systems
International. (Source: Mississippi Press, 12/06/12)

EADS deal ends state grip
Ownership of EADS is changing, with France and Germany ending their grip on the board
room two months after the collapse of merger talks with BAE Systems. The first beneficiary is
German auto group Daimler, which raised over $2 billion selling holdings. Despite that,
share prices rose. The European Aeronatuc Defense and Space company owns aircraft
maker Airbus, along with businesses that build rocket and missile lauhers, satellites, fighter
aircraft and helicopters. Under the new plan, German and French state interests will hold 12
percent each, and Spain will hold 4 percent. (Sources: multiple, including AFP via Space
Wars; Reuters, 12/06/12)

Mobile gets supplier
MOBILE, Ala. -- The first Airbus-related supplier announced it will build a $2 million
engineering facility at Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex. Word from Safran Engineering Services
came five months after Airbus said it will build an A320 assembly line in Mobile. The Safran
facility will open in 2013 and employ 50 engineers. Bruno Bernard, chief executive officer of
Safran Engineering Services, said the company’s plans to “continue to grow with Mobile in
its upward trajectory.” (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 12/06/12)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $386.7M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a not-to-exceed $386,694,924 modification to the previously awarded F-35 Low
Rate Initial Production Lot 6 Advance Acquisition Contract to provide sustainment support
for delivered air systems. This effort includes but is not limited to: ground maintenance
activities; action request resolution; depot activation activities; Automatic Logistics
Information System operations and maintenance; reliability, maintainability and health
management implementation and support; supply chain management; activities to provide
and support pilot and maintainer initial training; and procurement of replenishment spares
and depot level repairs in support of flight operations. Work will be performed in Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla. (35 percent); Ft. Worth, Texas (25 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (8 percent);
Warton, United Kingdom (5 percent); and various locations throughout the United States (27
percent); and is expected to be completed in October 2013. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/06/12)

Mobile getting Safran
Global aerospace and defense company Safran Group of France, will announce Thursday
plans for a $2 million engineering center in Mobile. The center at Brookley Aeroplex will
create 50 high-paying engineering jobs and will be operated under Labinal Inc., a Safran
subsidiary and Airbus supplier. Airbus is building a $600 million A320 assembly line at
Brookley. A news conference is slated for 3:30 p.m. (Source: Mobile Press-Register,
12/06/12)

F-35 leadership changing
Defense News reports that U.S. Air Force Gen. Christopher Bogdan will officially be named
as head of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Joint Program Office on Dec. 6. Bogdan is currently
the F-35 deputy program manager. In August, he was nominated to head the program by
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. He takes over for retiring Vice Adm. David Venlet. The
news was confirmed by program office spokesman Joe DellaVedova. (Source: Defense
News, 12/04/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base is home of the F-35 training center.

Germany trip discussed
Birmingham has begun its courtship of potential suppliers of a planned $600 million Airbus
Americas plant in Mobile. Rick Davis, Birmingham Business Alliance senior vice president of
economic development, joined the Alabama delegation in a trip to an aviation conference in
Hamburg, Germany, last month. A Q&A. (Source: Birmingham Business Journal, 12/04/12)

Defense grants announced
The state of Florida has awarded $1.58 million in Defense Infrastructure Grants for fiscal
year 2012-13 to local community organizations that support Florida military installations. The
grants work to protect a $60 billion economic impact and more than 686,000 direct and
indirect jobs, which the defense industry annually infuses into Florida. Eight military
installations will benefit. In Northwest Florida, awards were given to Bay County Board of
County Commissioners, Santa Rosa County, Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce and
Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners. Okaloosa received awards for both
Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base. Other communities in Florida with awards are the
City of Jacksonville, Highlands County Economic Development Commission, and the
Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast. The grants are performance-
based and will be distributed after the recipient has fulfilled its project requirements. The
funds provide support for local infrastructure projects that have a positive impact on the
community and enhance an installation’s military value. They may be used for projects
related to encroachment, transportation and access, utilities, communications, housing,
environment and security. (Source: Enterprise Florida, 12/03/12)

Airman gets Silver Star
A Hurlburt Field airman who rescued an injured Marine then was himself severely wounded
by an improvised explosive device received the Silver Star last month at a ceremony at the
Pentagon. Tech Sgt. Joe Deslauriers, an explosive ordnance technician with the 1st Special
Operations Civil Engineering Squadron, lost both legs in the September 2011 explosion in
Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 12/04/12)

Fire Scout breaks record
PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- The Navy's fourth Fire Scout detachment returned to Mayport,
Fla., Dec. 1, after achieving several milestones during its five-month deployment aboard
USS Klakring (FFG 42). The Fire Scout unmanned helicopter detachment logged more than
500 flight hours in the U.S. Africa Command Area of Responsibility in support of anti-piracy
operations and providing real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
support. With a record number of unmanned helicopters aboard Klakring, Fire Scout
regularly maintained 12-hour days on station and regularly switching aircraft to provide
continuous support. The system accomplished a new single-day endurance record,
providing continuous ISR support for an entire 24-hour period. For the first time, Helicopter
Anti-submarine Squadron Light 42 conducted dual air vehicle operations, allowing the ship's
commander to keep a constant watch on targets of interest. (Source: NNS, 12/03/12) Gulf
Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss., by Northrop Grumman.

Airport deputy chief named
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport has named John Van
Etten as the new deputy chief of police. He’ll work with Chief of Police Barbara Montgomery
to oversee Airport Police Department. Van Etten has 28 years experience in law
enforcement, and for the past eight years was police chief for the Panama City Police
Department. (Source: Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, 12/03/12)

States team up for UAV site
The governors of Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia are partnering in an effort to establish
a Federal Aviation Administration-designated test site for unmanned aerial systems. The
Mid-Atlantic Unmanned Aerial Systems Coalition is hoping that an FAA designation could
make the region a focal point for contractors and start-ups alike. The FAA is set to select six
unmanned system test sites. (Source: Washington Post, 12/02/12)

7th SFG gives economy a boost
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Army’s 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), which
officially opened its cantonment in October 2011, should pump about $3.2 billion into the
Okaloosa County economy between 2010 and 2016, according to a report from the Haas
Center at the University of West Florida. The 7th SFG moved to Eglin from its former home
at Fort Bragg, N.C. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 12/01/12)


NOVEMBER 2012

F-35C hits weapons milestone
PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- The F-35 integrated test force aboard Naval Air Station Patuxent
River completed a weapons ejection milestone for the F-35 carrier variant Wednesday. CF-
2, the second F-35C test aircraft, ejected a 2,000-pound inert GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack
Munition (JDAM) and a 500-pound GBU-12 Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb from an internal
weapons bay into a foam-covered concrete pit, completing the series of first-ever ground
weapons ejections for the F-35C. In addition to the GBU-31 and GBU-12, the CF-2 team
successfully ejected the AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM).
Overall, the team completed eleven weapon releases, split between the left and right
weapon bays, earlier than planned. (Source: NNS, 11/30/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the F-35 training center.

Pensacola airport director leaving
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Melinda Crawford is leaving her post as director of Pensacola
International Airport to take a similar job in Charlottesville, Va. She’ll remain airport director
in Pensacola until mid-February. She was named airport director in 2009. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 11/30/12)

Contract: CCI, $10M
CCI Group LLC, Shalimar, Fla., is being awarded a $10,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-
quantity contract for simplified acquisition of base engineering requirements-maintenance,
repair and minor construction efforts. The location of the performance is Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla. Work is expected to be completed by Nov. 30, 2013. The contracting activity is
AFTC/PZIO, Eglin Air Force Base. (Source: DoD, 11/30/12)

Contract: BAE Systems, $76.6M
BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Md., is being awarded a
$76,599,316 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for organizational, intermediate,
depot level maintenance to support to support T-34 and T-44 aircraft. In addition this
contract provides logistics support including labor, services, facilities, equipment, tools,
related support equipment, and direct and indirect material to support 124 T-34, 55 T-44, 42
T-6A, and 141 T-6B aircraft based primarily at Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi,
Texas, NAS Whiting Field, Fla., and NAS Pensacola, Fla. Work will be performed in Corpus
Christi (50 percent), Whiting Field (39 percent), Pensacola (8 percent), and various sites
within the continental U. S. (3 percent) including: NAS Lemoore, Calif.; Strike Fighter
Weapons School, NAS Oceana, Va.; Marine Corp Air Station Miramar, Calif.; Naval Air
Facility El Centro, Calif.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Huntsville, Ala.; and NAS Fallon, Nev. Work is
expected to be completed in September 2013. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/30/12)

Test stand contract awarded
NORWALK, Conn. – EMCOR Group Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Harry Pepper and
Associates, has been awarded a task order by NASA under a previously awarded contract.
The task order is for restoration of the B-2 Rocket Test Stand at NASA’s John C. Stennis
Space Center, Miss. Harry Pepper and Associates will be responsible for all repairs and
alterations necessary to restore the original functionality of the B-2 test stand. The work
includes demolishing one of the major levels/decks of the test stand, reconstructing it with
stainless steel structural framing and deck plate, and restoring its various areas of fixed
deck by replacing the carbon steel, galvanized grating, and structural steel. (Source:
Business Wire, 11/28/12)

Museum gets space-themed exhibit
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola is opening a new
space-themed exhibit to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the last walk on the moon.
John Glenn, Buzz Aldrin, James Lovell, Gene Krantz, Fred Haise, Eugene Cernan and more
are all scheduled to attend the Dec. 15 opening of the exhibit, which will feature a full-scale
replica of an Apollo Lunar Excursion Module. (Source: al.com, link, 11/29/12)

UNO gets NASA grant
NEW ORLEANS – The University of New Orleans is getting a three-year, $1.5 million grant
from NASA to develop improvements to the nation's air traffic control system. A UNO news
release says the research is for the federal government project called "NextGen," a
comprehensive overhaul of the air traffic system to increase capacity and safety. UNO
researchers will be joined on the project by colleagues from LSU and Southern University. A
goal of "NextGen" is to provide more information to pilots on the trajectory of their planes
and other nearby planes so that they don't have to rely solely on air traffic controllers.
(Source: UNO, 11/29/12)

X-47B launched by catapult
PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- Northrop Grumman and the Navy conducted the Navy’s first
catapult launch of an unmanned system. The test of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air
System (UCAS) demonstrator was conducted Thursday at a shore-based catapult facility at
Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. It marks the first of several shore-based catapult-to-
flight tests that will be performed before the Navy's UCAS Carrier Demonstration (UCAS-D)
program catapult launches the X-47B from a ship. Northrop Grumman is the Navy's prime
contractor for the UCAS-D program. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 11/29/12) Gulf Coast
note: Northrop Grumman builds portions of two other UAVs, Global Hawk and Fire Scout, in
Moss Point, Miss.

NASA evaluating Orion cracks
NASA is evaluating options for repairing the first Orion crew capsule scheduled to fly in
space after it sustained cracks during pressure testing at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The
test was designed to demonstrate weld strength and structural performance at maximum
flight operation pressures. The damage is not expected to delay a 2014 test flight, where the
capsule without a crew will be launched atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV to a distance
3,600 miles above the Earth. Orion is being developed to fly astronauts on deep space
exploration missions. (Source: Florida Today, 11/28/12) The olive green aluminum alloy
core of the Orion was built at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

Bentley touts workforce
HAMBURG, Germany – In a speech at the Aviation Forum 2012, Alabama Gov. Robert
Bentley touted the state's workforce and training programs as benefits for suppliers
considering a move to the U.S. Bentley is in Germany this week leading a delegation of
economic developers and elected officials who are trying to lure suppliers and other
business related to Airbus' planned $600 million, 1,000-job aircraft assembly plant in Mobile.
He said the entire state is poised for growth. He said suppliers can benefit from the same
positive business climate that helped attract Airbus. (Source: al.com, link, 11/28/12)

Airline may be sued
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- Northwest Florida Regional Airport officials say they have
tried to work with Vision Airlines to settle its debt for more than a year. But that may be
coming to an end. Vision owes the Northwest Florida Regional $146,973, and is no longer
communicating with the airport. Okaloosa County Airports Director Greg Donovan plans to
ask the county commission at its second meeting in December for permission to send the
airline a notice that legal action will be filed if it doesn’t repay its debt. (Source: Northwest
Florida Daily News, 11/28/12)

Groundbreaking scheduled
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal will host a
ground breaking ceremony at 9 a.m. Dec. 5 for the future site of the Ground Ordnance
Division and Tools and Methods Division’s building. The hour-long ceremony will take place
directly behind the Kauffman Training Complex, Building 8840, Range Road, Niceville, Fla.
(Source: NAVSCOLEOD public affairs, 11/29/12)

Keesler finalist for award
The Pentagon has selected Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., as one of two top finalists in the
U.S. Air Force for the Commander-in-Chief's Installation Excellence Award. Keesler will
compete against McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., for the award. The final selection board
will visit both bases in January. The winner will receive a $1 million award to invest in a
quality-of-life element of the base, such as its fitness facilities or dorms. (Source: Sun
Herald, 11/28/12)

Contract: Sikorsky, $12.5M
Sikorsky Support Services Inc., Pensacola, Fla., is being awarded a $12,522,539
modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery, requirements contract for additional
logistics services and materials for organizational, intermediate, and depot level
maintenance to support 179 T-34, 54 T-44 and 192 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 (50 percent), Whiting Field (39 percent), Pensacola, (8
percent), and various sites within the continental United States (3 percent) including NAS
Lemoore, Calif.; NAS Patuxent River, Md.; Oceana, Va.; Marine Corp Air Station Miramar,
Calif.; Naval Air Facility El Centro, Calif.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Huntsville, Ala.; and NAS Fallon,
Nev. Work is expected to be completed in January 2013. Funds will be obligated on
individual task orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/28/12)

Alabama pushes for Airbus suppliers
A contingent led by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has met with nine companies in Germany
about a possible move to the state, Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of
Commerce, said from Hamburg. That’s according to al.com. The group is at the Aviation
Forum, a supplier conference that has drawn more than 300 people representing about 150
companies, Canfield said. Alabama economic developers and elected officials are working to
lure suppliers tied to Airbus’ planned $600 million A320 assembly line at Brookley Aeroplex,
which will begin producing planes in 2015. (Source: al.com, link, 11/27/12)

J-2X test conducted
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- A J-2X power pack assembly had a hot fire test Nov. 27
at NASA's Stennis Space Center. Engineers pulled the assembly from the test stand in
September to install additional instrumentation in the fuel turbopump. The test, which ran for
278 seconds, verified the newly installed strain gauges designed to measure the turbine
structural strain when the turbopump is spinning at high speeds that vary between 25,000
and 30,000 rotations-per-minute. The J-2X engine, built by Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne of
Canoga Park, Calif., will power the upper stage of NASA's Space Launch System, managed
at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The new heavy-lift rocket system will
launch the Orion spacecraft and enable humans to explore new destinations beyond low
Earth orbit. (Source: NASA/SSC, 11/27/12)

X-47B makes history on carrier
NORFOLK, Va. -- The Navy hoisted an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS)
demonstrator on board aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Monday in
preparation for the unmanned aircraft's first carrier-based testing. The X-47B, built by
Northrop Grumman, has a wingspan of more than 62 feet, wider than an F/A-18 Super
Hornet. It will undergo a variety of tests and will be controlled remotely via a hand-held unit.
Truman will be the first modern aircraft carrier to host test operations for an unmanned
aircraft. Capt. Jaime Engdahl, N-UCAS program manager, said the X-47B's delivery aboard
Truman was among the most historic moments in the program's history. "The moment the
aircraft set down on Truman's deck was the moment it officially met the fleet," said Engdahl.
The test will be conducted over three weeks and will include in-port and underway
demonstrations. (Source: NNS, 11/27/12) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman builds
portions of two other UAVs, Global Hawk and Fire Scout, in Moss Point, Miss.

Test complex has busy week
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – The E Test Complex at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space
Center was busy the week of Nov. 5. Twenty-seven tests were conducted in a three-day
period on three different rocket engines/components and on three E Complex test stands.
These included tests on the three stands during a 24-hour period Nov. 6-7 and during a
nine-hour-plus period on Nov. 8. Test managers characterized the convergence of tests as
historic. (Source: Lagniappe, November issue)

Contract: Boeing, $178.6M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $178,575,114 cost-plus-incentive fee
contract for Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) Phase 1 of the B61-12
Tailkit Assembly. This contract also includes a priced option for (EMD) Phase 2 and price
goals for the production phase. The location of the performance is St. Louis, Mo. Work is
expected to be completed by October 2015. The contracting activity is AFLCMC/EBBC, Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 11/27/12)

UAV site contest shelved
The Federal Aviation Administration has indefinitely shelved a competition to select six test
sites to assess whether unmanned aerial vehicles can be integrated into manned airspace.
The agency was to have named the six sites by next month, but previously missed a July
deadline for requesting applications. Now the FAA is saying it needs to delay the competition
because it needs to first address privacy concerns raised by the use of drone aircraft in the
nation’s airspace, reported the Springfield News-Sun. The goal of the test sites is to
determine whether UAVs can safely be operated alongside manned aircraft by 2015.
(Source: Defense Communities, 11/26/12)

UK pilots begin training
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Last week, the first two United Kingdom pilots started
training with the F-35. Royal Air Force squadron leader Franki Buchler said he feels
privileged and lucky. Buchler and fellow pilot, Royal Navy Lt. Cdr. Ian Tidball, have joined
the U.S. Marines Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, which is conducting initial training
and instruction on the F-35B at Eglin Air Force Base. The U.K. pilots will take academic
courses for about six weeks before they go on their first flights. (Source: Northwest Florida
Daily News, 11/23/12)

QF16 arrives for testing
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group marked an
important milestone with the Nov. 19 arrival of the first QF-16 drone for developmental
testing. "The work done prior to today and the test work that is forthcoming will enable the
Air Force to transition from a 3rd generation, Vietnam-era aerial target performance to 4th
generation threat replication and beyond," said Lt. Col. Lance Wilkins, 82nd Aerial Targets
Squadron commander. The QF-16 is a supersonic reusable full-scale aerial target drone
modified from an F-16 Fighting Falcon. At this time, the 53rd WEG uses QF-4s, made from
1960s F-4 Phantom, to conduct their full-scale aerial target missions. The targets allow the
Air Force and allied nations to have a realistic understanding of what they could face on the
battlefield. Boeing Global Services and Support will conduct testing on the QF-16. (Source:
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 11/20/12)

F-22s back to normal operations
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 325th Fighter Wing resumed normal flight
operations with the wing commander, Col. David Graff, flying one of the first F-22 Raptor
missions. The colonel stood the wing flying operations down following last week's F-22 crash
on Tyndall Air Force Base. The pilot ejected safely and nobody was injured on the ground.
(Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 11/19/12)

Op F-35 squadron forms
The first operational squadron of F-35s began forming this week at Marine Corps Air Station
Yuma, Ariz., with the redesignation of a Hornet F/A-18 squadron as Marine Fighter Attack
Squadron 121. The squadron has received two F-35Bs, which can take off and land like a
helicopter, and 14 more will arrive over the next year. (Source: Defense Communities,
11/21/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Resource for suppliers
MOBILE, Ala. -- Suppliers interested in working with Airbus now have a tool at their disposal.
The company's website has a tab "Airbus for Suppliers," which allows companies to register
to become a supplier, either for the company's global operations or specifically for the $600
million assembly facility that will be built in Mobile, Ala., at Brookley Aeroplex. (Source:
Mobile Press Register, 11/20/12)

Report: EADS ownership accord near
France and Germany are discussing a compromise in the ownership split of Airbus parent
EADS. According to Reuters, each country would hold around 12 percent of the aircraft
maker, people familiar with the matter said. Problems in the complex ownership structure
came to light during the failed attempt to merge EADS and the UK’s BAE Systems, a $45
billion merger that would have created the world’s largest aerospace and defense
conglomerate. (Source: Reuters, 11/20/12) Airbus is building a $600 million A320 assembly
line at Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Ala.

Fort Rucker opts for solar array
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- A photovoltaic array being installed at Fort Rucker is expected to
save the Army money and help the installation take a step toward achieving net zero status.
The 51-kilowatt array is directly connected to Alabama Power’s electrical grid, so any energy
that is generated at Hatch Stage Field that isn’t used can be fed back onto the grid.
(Source: Army, 11/15/12) Fort Rucker is the primary flight training base for Army aviation.

Contract: Raytheon, $6.4M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $6,417,221 cost-plus fixed-fee contract to
provide flight support for the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air missile. The location of the
performance is Tucson, Ariz. Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2013. The
contracting activity is AFLCMC/EBAD, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 11/19/12)

Architect for training facility picked
MOBILE, Ala. -- Mobile-based Watermark Design Group was chosen to design the first
structure associated with Airbus’ $600 million assembly plant at Brookley Aeroplex. The
35,000-square-foot, multi-story training facility for the Alabama Industrial Development
Training program will house labs and classrooms to train potential Airbus employees. The
plant, announced in July, will employ 1,000. The first plane will be delivered in 2016.
(Source: Mobile Press-Register, 11/14/12)

Hallett announces retirement
MOBILE, Ala. – Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce President Win Hallett announced his
retirement during the annual board of directors meeting Friday. Hallett, who has been
president since 1991, will retire sometime in 2013 when a successor is on board. The
chamber is the lead industry recruiter for the Mobile area, and has played a prominent role
in a string of Mobile job recruitment wins, most notably the decision of Airbus to build an
A320 assembly plant at Brookley Aeroplex. "It has been an exhilarating ride. I have had the
opportunity to travel literally all over the world meeting people and making friends in pursuit
of having them come to Mobile and invest in our area to create jobs,” he said in a chamber
release. (Source: Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor, 11/16/12)

Holiday Inn to go on AF land
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – A $25 million hotel that will be built on Eglin Air Force Base
property on Okaloosa Island will be a Holiday Inn, with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians
partnering with Innisfree. A groundbreaking for the 152-room Holiday Inn Resort, Destin
West, was held Friday. For years after the announcement that a hotel would be built on
Eglin’s A-5 test site was referred to as the Emerald Breeze Resort. The hotel will have two
towers. The Air Force will have radar stations on the roofs of the buildings. The Air Force will
continue to own the property and will collect rent from the developers. (Source: Northwest
Florida Daily News, 11/15/12)

L-3 Crestview Aerospace expanding
CRESTVIEW, Fla. -- L-3 Crestview Aerospace has announced its intention to expand the
company’s aircraft manufacturing operations in Okaloosa County, Fla. L-3 CA is investing
more than $7 million in facilities upgrades, including the retrofit of hangar space, at the
Crestview/Bob Sikes airport. As part of these expansion activities, L-3 CA has increased its
workforce at the Crestview facility by 158 full-time equivalent jobs in Florida. The company
conducted six major recruiting activities between June 2011 and October 2012. (Source: L-3
CA, 11/13/12)

Contract: Raytheon, $18.4M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems Division, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded an $18,391,146
contract modification for the high-speed, anti-radiation Missile Targeting System R7
contractor logistics support services. The location of the performance is Tucson, Ariz. Work
is expected to be completed by Nov. 30, 2013. The contracting activity is AFLCMC/EBAK,
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 11/15/12)

F-22 crashes; no injuries
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – An F-22 on a routine training mission crashed inside
the perimeter of the base Thursday around 3:30 p.m., but the pilot safely ejected. Col. David
Graff, commander of the 325th Fighter Wing at Tyndall, said the pilot had a problem about
five miles southeast of Tyndall while returning to the base. F-22 fighters were grounded for
five months last year after some pilots grew dizzy at the controls. The Air Force blamed a
shortage of oxygen delivered to pilots. Restrictions have been gradually removed. Graff told
the Panama City News Herald there is nothing to indicate the crash is related to that issue.
(Sources: multiple, including Panama City News Herald, Reuters, 11/15/12)

Command changes at Tyndall
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Col. David Graff, previous 325th Fighter Wing vice
commander, took command of the 325th FW from Brig. Gen. John K. McMullen in a change
of command ceremony Wednesday. McMullen will head for Ramstein Air Base, Germany, to
become Deputy Chief of Staff Operations at North Atlantic Treaty Organization's
Headquarters Allied Air Command. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing, 11/14/12)

Money OKd for roadwork
MOBILE, Ala. – Some $12 million could be spent to repave or completely restore roads near
Brookley Aeroplex in preparation for the 2015 beginning of Airbus' Mobile operations. The
City Council approved an engineering portion on one of those contracts Tuesday: a
$105,000 with Geotechnical Engineering-Testing Inc., for soil and concrete testing along the
deteriorated Broad Street between 15th Street and Interstate 10. (Source: Mobile Press-
Register, 11/14/12) Airbus plans to build a $600 million assembly line for the family of A320
passenger jets.

EADS gets Lakota option
The U.S. Army awarded EADS North America a $181.8 million contract option to deliver 34
more UH-72A Lakota helicopters, bringing the total aircraft ordered to date to 312. Army
plans call for buying 347 Lakotas through 2016. EADS North America has delivered 243
Lakotas on time and on budget from its American Eurocopter plant in Columbus, Miss.,
where up to five aircraft per month are produced by a workforce that is more than 50
percent U.S. military veterans. (Source: EADS, 11/14/12) Gulf Coast note: American
Eurocopter is part of EADS North America. Another EADS company, Airbus, plans to build a
$600 million A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

F-35 operational eval completed
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The last of 24 sorties of the Operational Utility Evaluation
of the F-35 was completed Wednesday afternoon, a major step towards opening the F-35
training pipeline. Lt. Col. Brian O’Neill, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron director of
operations and a “student” in the OUE at Eglin, was at the controls. The Air Force
Operational Test and Evaluation Center at Kirkland Air Force Base, N.M., will certify the OUE
is complete in the near future. Air Force officials started the F-35A OUE Sept. 10. In the
evaluation data is collected from all facets of F-35 training, including maintenance,
classroom, simulator and flights as a precursor for the Air Force to train other services and
allies. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 11/14/12) Previous

Sassano reflects on future
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Larry Sassano, long-time head of Okaloosa County
economic development who is going to Florida’s Great Northwest to head up that 16-county
group, reflected on the future in an interview with the Northwest Florida Daily News. Sassano
said his first duties with Florida’s Great Northwest will be to meet with representatives from
the 16 counties and their economic development groups to determine the best way for them
to work together. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 11/13/12)

McMullen takes final flight
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Brig. Gen. John K. McMullen, 325th Fighter Wing
commander, took his final flight at Tyndall in an F-22 Raptor, Nov. 9. The final sortie,
referred to as a 'fini flight,' marks the end of a pilot's flying time at a unit. McMullen will
permanently change stations to Ramstein Air Base, Germany at the end of this month.
Command will be relinquished to Col. David Graff, current 325th FW vice commander,
during a change of command ceremony Nov. 14. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs,
11/09/12)

More certifications expected
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The F-35 training program took a big step forward last
week when Maj. Joseph Scholtz became the first outside pilot to fully complete his training on
the F-35. Three more pilots are expected to be fully certified by Tuesday. Scholtz is one of
two operational evaluators who have been assessing the training system, which involves six
weeks of class work and simulators and six weeks of flights. Reports will be provided to the
Air Education and Training Command, and if approved, training will begin in earnest at Eglin
in January. (Source: Defense News, 11/12/12)

Incoming CEO resigns
The incoming chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin, vice chairman and president
Christopher E. Kubasik, has resigned at the request of the company board of directors, for
having an affair with a subordinate. Kubasik, 51, who was to become chief executive officer
in January, is being replaced by Marillyn Hewson, 58. Lockheed Martin has operations
throughout the Gulf Coast region, including Tyndall Air Force Base and Panama City and
Stennis Space Center, Miss., and the company builds the F-35 and F-22 fighters. (Sources:
multiple, including Wall Street Journal, 11/09/12, Bloomberg, Panama City News Herald,
11/11/12)

Airbus spillover discussed
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Airbus assembly line in Mobile will have an impact across Alabama
and the Southeast through new suppliers, new jobs and new business for the state's existing
industrial base. That’s according to Allan McArtor, chairman of Airbus Americas Inc., who
was keynote speaker Friday at a Birmingham Business Alliance luncheon. McArtor said
Birmingham is well within the supply-chain radius for the plant. Airbus will build a $600
million, 1,000-job aircraft assembly plant in Mobile that will produce the A320 family of jets.
McArtor also said there's potential for Airbus to collaborate with Alabama's universities.
(Sources: al.com, link, Birmingham Business Journal, 11/09/10)

Camp Shelby big on UAV training
CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- This huge training center south of Hattiesburg has become a key
center for training with unmanned aerial systems, thanks, in part, to the fact that the base
controls its own air space. National Guard, reserve and active duty soldiers come to the
flight center, which opened in the spring, for training with small unmanned systems like
Puma, Raven and Shadow, before returning to their units to perform their missions. (Source:
Hattiesburg American, 11/10/12) Camp Shelby Joint Training Center is 137,000 acres and
has about 3,000 personnel. It's the nation's largest state-owned mobilization center.

Contract: Raytheon, $12.3M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $12,278,400.00 contract
modification for the delivery of modified control sections for the High-Speed Anti-Radiation
Missile (AGM-88). The location of the performance is Tucson, Ariz. Work is expected to be
completed by Sep. 9, 2014. The contracting activity is AFLCMC/EBAS, Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla. (Source: DoD, 11/09/12)

Airbus posts ad for Mobile job
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus posted its first ad for a job at the plant it will build at Mobile’s Brookley
Aeroplex. It’s for a director of human resources. The $600 million plant will eventually employ
1,000 people at full production. The announcement was released in cooperation with
Alabama Industrial Development Training, Airbus' Alabama-based recruiting partner.
Construction will begin in summer 2013, with aircraft assembly is planned to start in 2015.
The first delivery will be in 2016. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 11/08/12)

Report: Boeing to outsell Airbus in 2012
Boeing reported it’s secured more than 1,000 net new orders so far this year, putting it on
course to sell more aircraft than rival Airbus for the first time since 2006. Boeing recorded
1,009 net orders through November 6, the planemaker said on its website, primarily driven
by airliner demand for 737 narrow-body jets. Boeing sales are running at more than double
those of Airbus, a unit of European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. (Source: Reuters,
11/09/12) Gulf Coast note: Airbus will assemble the A320 family of aircraft in Mobile, Ala.,
beginning in 2016.

A320neo to highlight China show
Airbus will show off the A380 and its best selling single aisle aircraft the A320neo at the 9th
China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition. The Zhuhai Airshow is Nov. 13-18 in the
southern Chinese city of Zhuhai. A 1:20 scale cutaway A380 model and a 1:20 scale
A320neo model will be displayed at the EADS stand. It’s the first time for Airbus to showcase
an A320neo model in China. The A320neo is a new engine option for the A320 family, which
is to enter into service from 2015. The A320neo incorporates latest generation engines and
large "Sharklet" wing tip devices, which together will deliver 15 percent in fuel savings.
(Source: Airbus, 11/06/12) Gulf Coast note: Airbus will assemble the A320 family of aircraft
in Mobile, Ala., beginning in 2016.

Boeing shake up
Boeing is restructuring its defense, space and security businesses with plans to reduce
management positions 30 percent and close and consolidate several facilities in California. It’
s an effort to cut $1.6 billion in costs by the end of 2015 and stay competitive. The company
says the change is not directly related to sequestration or the presidential election. (Source:
Reuters, 11/07/12) Gulf Coast note: Boeing has operations along the Gulf Coast.

Triton production begins
MOSS POINT, Miss. -- Northrop Grumman's Unmanned Systems Center has begun
production of the Triton unmanned system, a variant of the Global Hawk being built for the
Navy for maritime surveillance. The 101,000 square-foot plant has begun work on the
central fuselage of the first three of what will eventually be 68 Navy Tritons. (Source: Sun
Herald, 11/06/12) The MQ-4C Broad Area Maritime Surveillance aircraft has a different
sensor payload than the Air Force, German or NASA versions of the Global Hawk. The Moss
Point plant does central fuselages work for all variants of the Global Hawk. It also does
finishing work on the Fire Scout unmanned helicopter. Previous: Australia eyes Triton;
Global Hawk Triton unveiled.

F-35 marks 500th sortie
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The F-35 surpassed its 500th sortie 16 days after reaching
the 400 mark and only 238 days from the beginning of the program. Maj. Matthew Johnston
of the 58th Fighter Squadron completed the 500th combined sortie for both the F-35A and
F-35B at the 33rd Fighter Wing Nov. 2. The wing started flight operations March 6. (Source:
Eglin Public Affairs, 11/06/12)

F-35 early performance praised
Initial feedback about the F-35 from Air Force pilots and maintainers at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., indicate it performs better than its predecessors did at a similar stage of development.
The F-35 is proving to be relatively stable from a maintenance standpoint, said Col Andrew
Toth, commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing. In the air there are "very limited" issues. The
aircraft's hardware, software and Pratt & Whitney F135 engine all perform well, he said.
(Source: Flightglobal, 11/06/12)

Memorial service held
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – A memorial service was held Monday for Maj. Garrett
Knowlan on Eglin’s flightline. Knowlan died Oct. 11 while participating in Air Force Survival,
Evasion, Resistance, and Escape training at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. The
memorial service brought family, friends and co-workers together to say their final good-
byes. At the time of his death, Knowlan was serving as the executive officer for Brig. Gen.
David Harris, the 96th Test Wing commander. (Source: Eglin Public Affairs, 11/06/12)

Sassano moving to FGNW
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- Larry Sassano has resigned as head of Okaloosa County’s
economic development group to take the top spot at Florida’s Great Northwest. Sassano’s
last day with the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County is Nov. 30. He’ll join
Florida’s Great Northwest Dec. 1. Kay Rasmussen, vice president of community and
economic development for the Okaloosa County EDC, was named interim director of the
organization.
Florida’s Great Northwest was founded in 2000 to market the 16-county Northwest Florida
region. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 11/05/12)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $28.4M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace L.L.C., Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$28,363,341 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 2013. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 11/05/12)

Blue Angels change commanders
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Capt. Greg McWherter, who has led the Blue Angels for the past four
years, turned over command during a ceremony Sunday, the day after their final show of the
season. The new leader is Cmdr. Tom Frosch, who’s been in the Navy for 20 years. The
team, based at Naval Air Station Pensacola, has its winter training in El Centro, Calif.
(Source: WALA-TV, 11/04/12)

NASA at Wal-Mart
PICAYUNE, Miss. -- John C. Stennis Space Center is holding an event on space travel and
the center’s role in space at the Picayune Wal-Mart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Activities
include learning about how people live and work in space, hands-on educational activities
and facts about the International Space Station. More than 5,000 people are employed at
SSC, which has a $682 million in economic impact. (Source: Picayune Item, 11/03/12)

Contract: Raytheon, $18.3M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded an $18,306,962 cost plus incentive fee and
firm fixed price contract for integration and weapon verification support. The location of the
performance is Tucson, Ariz. Work is expected to be completed by December 2016. The
contracting activity is AFLCMC/EBDK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The contract involves
foreign military sales to Saudi Arabia. (Source: DoD, 11/01/12)

State forests will be used for training
The Air Force will be allowed to conduct training exercises on state forest lands in the
Florida Panhandle. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Florida Forest
Service signed an agreement late last month that allows the Air Force to use some areas in
the Blackwater River State Forest and Tate’s Hell State Forest near Apalachicola. Air space
has been used for years, but this is the first time the military can use the state forest.
(Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 11/01/12)


OCTOBER 2012

Progress on F-35 helmet
A Lockheed Martin official reported progress Tuesday with its cutting-edge helmets that will
be used with the F-35. Executive VP Tom Burbage says its night-vision performance was the
"only real question" left in resolving the helmet issues, but progress has been made on that.
The helmet, which integrates data from all sensors and cameras aboard the jet, was
designed by a joint venture between Rockwell Collins Inc. and Israel's Elbit Systems.
(Source: Reuters, 10/30/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
training center.

Blue Angels to perform
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Blue Angels will be performing their final show of the season this
weekend at Naval Air Station Pensacola. The air shows, on Friday and Saturday, begin at 9:
30 a.m. with aerial performances throughout the day. The Blue Angels perform at 2 p.m.
(Source: al.com, 10/29/12, Blue Angels)

SLS update provided
NEW ORLEANS -- NASA provided businesses an update on the Space Launch System
during a seminar at Michoud Assembly Facility last week. It drew about 150 people -- 90
businesses from 10 states and the District of Columbia. The core stage of the 70-ton SLS,
designed to carry astronauts into deep space, will be built at Michoud by Boeing. The
engines that will power two stages will be tested at Stennis Space Center, about 40 miles
away in Mississippi. An unmanned test of SLS is scheduled for 2017. (Sources: New Orleans
Times Picayune, 10/24/12, Baton Rouge Advocate, 10/28/12) Previous

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $34.7M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$34,689,207 firm fixed price contract for acquisition of aircraft maintenance support services
for T-1A, T-6A, T-38C SUPT and T-38C IFF. The location of the performance is Columbus
Air Force Base, Miss. Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 29, 2019. The contracting
activity is AETC CONS/LGCK, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (Source: DoD, 10/26/12)

County gets encroachment report
MILTON, Fla. -- Santa Rosa County commissioners on Thursday received  the final version
of the Eglin Air Force Base Small Area Studies report on encroachment. The Northwest
Florida Military Sustainability Partnership, which includes Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton
counties and Eglin, has been conducting the study since May 2011. It recommends Santa
Rosa amend land development code and enact 35- to 50-foot height restrictions, depending
on the location in the proposed Eglin Military Airport Zone. Officials also should identify land
uses that would be compatible with the base’s mission and reduce the maximum allowable
density of developments. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 10/25/12)

Crash blamed on disorientation
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- An investigative board concluded that spatial disorientation
caused a plane crash in Africa that killed four airmen. Capt. Ryan P. Hall, Capt. Nicholas S.
Whitlock, 1st Lt. Justin J. Wilkens and Senior Airman Julian S. Scholten of Hurlburt Field died
Feb. 18 when their U-28A troop support aircraft crashed near Ambouli International Airport
in Djibouti. Spatial disorientation is the failure to correctly sense the position, motion or
attitude of the aircraft in relation to the surface. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
10/25/12)

Eglin RDT&E not at risk
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- The consolidation of Air Force Materiel Command from 12
to five centers was not intended to pave the way for moving Eglin Air Force Base’s research,
development, test and evaluation function to Edwards AFB, Calif. That’s what Brig. Gen.
Arnold Bunch, director of Edwards’ Air Force Test Center, told the Florida Defense Support
Task Force during a Wednesday meeting. Instead, Bunch said he’s striving to keep Eglin’s
RDT&E function “flyable and viable.” Since the reorganization was announced late last year,
leaders in Northwest Florida have been concerned about the fate of Eglin’s RDT&E function.
The consolidation was carried out in July. The Florida Defense Support Task Force was
established in January to protect the state’s 20 bases. The task force also met behind
closed doors to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the state’s bases. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 10/24/12)

Control tower within reach?
DESTIN, Fla. -- After years of discussion, an air traffic control tower at the Destin Airport is
closer. A traffic tower would allow for simultaneous launches of planes at Destin and the
Northwest Florida Regional Airport at Eglin Air Force Base. Right now planes at Destin must
wait while traffic clears at the Eglin airport. An air traffic control tower was approved earlier
this year by the Federal Aviation Administration. The county commission still have to vote to
proceed, and an environmental assessment will have to be done. (Source: Destin Log,
10/23/12)

Task force meeting
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- Florida’s Defense Support Task Force, created in 2010 to
protect the state’s military bases, meets Wednesday at 9 a.m. on Okaloosa Island. Among
the items to be considered is an application through which entities can seek funding from
the task force. Companies or agencies eligible would be those that can prove their existence
enhances the mission of an area military base. The task force was created with a $5 million
legislative appropriation. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 10/22/12)

Airman identified
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- An active-duty Hurlburt airman who was found dead Sunday after
a boating accident has been identified as Airman 1st Class Colby Siegel, 1st Special
Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. His body was found near the waters by the
Cedars condominium, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's office. The cause of the
accident is under investigation. (Source: 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs,
10/22/12)

Keesler is AETC nominee
For the second year in a row, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., won the highest command-level
honor it can receive. Air Education and Training Comand Commander Gen. Edward A. Rice
Jr., announced that the 81st Training Wing at Keesler as the AETC winner of the
Commander-In-Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence. The Commander-in-Chief's
Installation Excellence Award is a presidential award for exemplary support of Defense
Department missions, and is the highest award a military installation can receive. The CINC's
IEA was created in 1984. The AETC winner was selected by a board of command senior
leaders from many different career fields. (Source: AETC Public Affairs via Keesler,
10/22/12)

53rd TSS changes command
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Lt. Col. Joseph P. Kendall assumed command of the
53rd Test Support Squadron during a change of command ceremony Oct. 19. Kendall was
previously the director of operations at the 308th Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base,
Ariz. He is replacing Lt. Col. James A. Sukenik, who is now the deputy commander of the
53rd Weapons and Evaluation Group. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 10/22/12)

F-35 releases AIM-120
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An F-35A test aircraft completed the first aerial
weapons release of an AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile) from
a conventional takeoff and landing aircraft Friday. The aircraft, known as AF-1, jettisoned
the instrumented AIM-120 over the China Lake test range from an internal weapons bay.
This was the second in-flight weapons release in three days for AF-1 as it completed the
release of a 2,000 pound GBU-31 BLU-109 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) Oct. 16.
(Source: Lockheed Martin, 10/22/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the F-35
training center.

Two more F-35s arrive at Eglin
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The second United Kingdom F-35 along with an 11th Marine Corps
F-35B are now at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The two jets left Naval Air Station Fort Worth
Joint Reserve Base Friday for the 90-minute flight. The aircraft are known as ZM136 and BF-
16. The UK F-35B joints another UK F-35B that arrived at the base in July. (Source:
Lockheed Martin, 10/19/12)

Exelis office opens
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- ITT Exelis officially opened its full-service mine defense production
facility Friday in West Bay. Exelis systems, towed by helicopters or minesweepers or
operated remotely, are used to find clear multiple types of mines. The Exelis mine defense
business moved from New York state to Panama City in 2005 and now employs nearly 100.
Exelis is in a 105,000 square-foot building at VentureCrossings, near Northwest Florida
Beaches International Airport. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 10/20/12)

F-35 drops 2,000-pounder
An F-35 dropped its first-ever 2,000-pound bomb on Wednesday over Naval Air Weapons
Station China Lake’s test range in the California Mojave Desert. It was a key milestone for
the Lockheed Martin-built jet. Lockheed Martin is building versions for the Air Force, Navy
and Marines. The Air Force version is designed to carry 18,000 pounds of munitions using
10 weapons stations. (Source: Los Angeles Times, 10/17/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the F-35 training center.

Safran to buy Goodrich activity
Reuters reports that French aerospace company Safran said it will buy the electrical power
systems activities of parts maker Goodrich for an estimated $401 million. Safran officials
estimate the Goodrich operations will generate 2012 revenue of more than $200 million. The
acquisition comes less than three months after Hartford, Conn.-based United Technologies
completed its $16.5 billion purchase of Goodrich Corp. Some 750 Foley employees, who
make and repair engine cowlings called nacelles, are not impacted by that acquisition.
(Source: Mobile Press-Register, 10/16/12)

Airman killed during survival training
An officer assigned to the 96th Test Wing was killed during an accident Oct. 11 while
training at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Maj. Garrett Knowlan died while participating in Air
Force Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape training. The training is operated by
Detachment 2, 66th Training Squadron which conducts a water survival course for those
aircrew members going to parachute-equipped airframes. Knowlan was the executive officer
for Brig. Gen. David Harris, 96th Test Wing commander. He was a 2002 graduate of the Air
Force Academy and a 2010 graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School. The cause of the
accident is currently under investigation. (Source: 96th Test Wing, 10/17/12)

Move could take 18 months
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The squadron of F-22s scheduled to move to Tyndall
early next year could take up to 18 months to arrive. Arlin Ponder of the 49th Wing public
affairs office at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico confirmed Air Force officials have
discussed an 18-month window. Budget constraints have delayed the move. (Source:
Panama City News Herald, 10/15/12)

Blue Origin test thrust chamber
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Blue Origin successfully fired the thrust chamber
assembly for its new 100,000 pound thrust BE-3 liquid oxygen, liquid hydrogen rocket
engine. As part of Blue's Reusable Booster System (RBS), the engines are designed
eventually to launch the biconic-shaped Space Vehicle the company is developing. The test
took place early this month on the E-1 test stand. Blue Origin engineers successfully
completed the test by powering the thrust chamber to its full power level. Blue Origin is one
of the companies involved in developing commercial space transportation systems. (Source:
NASA, 10/15/12)

Budget halts plane movements
The transfer of F-22 fighters from New Mexico to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., is being
delayed because of a spending freeze. The aircraft and personnel from Holloman Air Force
Base were to move to Tyndall next spring. At least 17 bases are waiting to welcome or retire
aircraft. The freeze is keeping older aircraft such as C-5As and C-130Es in service at Air
National Guard bases, along with blocking the movement of F-22 and F-16 squadrons at
active bases. (Source: multiple, including Panama City News Herald, 10/13/12, Air Force
Times, 10/12/12)

GE Aviation taking applications
ELLISVILLE, Miss. -- GE Aviation will begin taking applications next month for its new
composites parts factory. The announcement was made Thursday as Gov. Phil Bryant
visited the nearly completed plant. The company expects to hire 250 workers within five
years to make composite parts for aircraft engines and systems. GE Aviation is investing
$56 million in the 340,000 square-foot Ellisville plant to meet growing aerospace demand.
(Source: Hattiesburg American, 10/11/12)

F-15 team marks 10 years
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – A team put together to test improvements for the F-15
Eagle marks 10 years today. The F-15 Operational Flight Program Combined Test Force is
composed of active/reserve military, civilian and contractor personnel from the 53rd Wing
and 96th Test Wing. They test F-15 software upgrades to enhance air-to-air and air-to-
ground combat performance, improve weapons-avionics integration and simplify aircrew
displays and controls. They also develop test concepts, prepare test plans, manage test
execution, analyze data, and produce test briefings, reports, and recommendations on F-15
developmental and operational tests. Some of the items the team has tested include better
satellite communications and new radar. (Source: Team Eglin Public Affairs, 10/09/12)

Pilot does 2,000 hours in F-4
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Matthew LaCourse, 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron pilot
and controller, recently reached 2,000 flying hours in the F-4 Phantom, a milestone rarely
accomplished. In addition to the hours spent in the F-4, he has also accumulated about
1,500 hours in the T-37, AT-38, F-16C and E-9A. LaCourse spent 22 years in the Air Force
and retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2000. For several years he tried jobs in other career
fields, including a test engineer at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and program manager at the
Panama City Naval Support Activity. Then Lockheed Martin had an opening for an E-9 pilot
as a contractor. He applied and was hired. Through attrition he ended up in an F-4. The
82nd ATRS does weapons evaluation testing for Air Combat Command, the Defense
Department and foreign military programs. It’s the last squadron in the Air Force flying F-4s.
(Source: 325th Fighter Wing, 10/10/12)

New wing commander chosen
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Col. David E. Graff has been selected as the next
325th Fighter Wing commander. He replaces Brig. Gen. John K. McMullen, who was
selected to serve as the deputy chief of staff, Operations, Allied Air Command, Ramstein Air
Base, Germany. The change of command ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 14. Graff will lead
more than 4,000 personnel who train and prepare F-22 pilots, intelligence officers,
maintainers, and other support specialties. This is Graff's third assignment to the 325th FW.
(Source: Air Force, 10/11/12)

NASA, IHMC develop skeleton
A new robotic space technology spinoff derived from NASA's Robonaut 2 project may help
astronauts stay healthier in space and aid paraplegics on Earth. Robonaut 2, the first
humanoid robot in space, currently is working with astronauts aboard the International
Space Station. NASA and the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition of
Pensacola, Fla., with the help of engineers from Oceaneering Space Systems of Houston,
have jointly developed a robotic exoskeleton called X1. The 57-pound device is a robot that
a human could wear over his or her body either to assist or inhibit movement in leg joints. In
the inhibit mode, the robotic device would be used as an in-space exercise machine to
supply resistance against leg movement. The same technology could be used in reverse on
the ground, potentially helping some individuals walk for the first time. Worn over the legs
with a harness that reaches up the back and around the shoulders, X1 has 10 degrees of
freedom, or joints -- four motorized joints at the hips and the knees, and six passive joints
that allow for sidestepping, turning and pointing, and flexing a foot. There also are multiple
adjustment points, allowing the X1 to be used in many different ways. (Source: NASA,
10/11/12)

EADS, BAE deal dead
Reuters is reporting that the proposed $45 billion merger between EADS and BAE Systems
has been called off. It would have been the world's largest defense and aviation merger.
BAE said it had become clear the interests of the French, British and German governments
could not be reconciled. It would have merged commercial powerhouse EADS, owner of
Airbus, with BAE Systems, a major defense company. (Source: Reuters, 10/10/12) Gulf
Coast note: Both companies have multiple activities in the Gulf Coast region.

SLS industry day set
NEW ORLEANS -- NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center will host a Space Launch System
Industry Day at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans on Oct. 24. The event will begin
with registration at 7:00 a.m., and adjourn at 2:00 p.m. to be followed by a tour of MAF. For
those interested, there will be another tour of the Stennis Space Center, Miss., some 30
miles away, on the morning of Oct. 25. Those in attendance will be provided SLS Program
updates, and will be afforded an opportunity to network with SLS prime contractors, NASA
and Huntsville, Ala.'s, MSFC procurement and technical personnel, and representatives
from federal and state organizations throughout the day. To register, click here. (Source:
Space Ref, 10/09/12)

Contract: Boeing, $10M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $10,000,000 cost plus fixed fee contract
to provide systems studies, analyses integrations and demonstrations with the unmanned
aerial system termed dominator and common smart sub-munition to assess the capabilities
of the system in meeting Air Force Research Laboratory requirements. The location of the
performance is St. Louis, Mo. Work is expected to be completed by Jan. 25, 2017. The
contracting activity is AFRL/RWK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 10/09/12)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $28.6M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $28,620,000 modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract
to provide additional funds for long lead-time parts, material and components required to
protect the delivery schedule of four Low Rate Initial Production Lot VII F-35 Conventional
Takeoff and Landing aircraft for Italy. Work will be performed in Texas, California, Florida,
New Hampshire, Maryland and the United Kingdom, and is expected to be completed in June
2013. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 10/09/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the F-35 training
center.

County amends airline contract
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Walton County will spend $750,000 less next year for advertising
flights after Southwest Airlines broke an agreement on flights. Walton County has been
using more than $1 million annually in bed tax collections to subsidize Southwest after the
company agreed to fly to and from Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in 2009.
In exchange, Southwest agreed to provide direct flights from four destinations daily. In
January the company will cut back and cease flights to and from Orlando. (Source: Panama
City News Herald, 10/08/12)

UAV refueling moves forward
A series of flight tests were completed to demonstrate the ability of two unmanned aircraft to
refuel in flight. The tests, which did not involve any fuel transfer, were conducted by
Northrop Grumman, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and NASA using two
NASA Global Hawks, one configured as a tanker and the other as a receiver. The tests at
Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., were done between January and May. Among other things,
the tests show the tanker could extend and retract its refueling hose, and the two Global
Hawks were able to fly as close as 30 feet. The $33 million DARPA program aims to
demonstrate autonomous fuel transfer between two Global Hawks, enabling flights of up to
one week endurance. Northrop Grumman is also developing the technology to help extend
the operating range and flight duration of future carrier-based unmanned systems like the X-
47B unmanned demonstrator aircraft. (Source: Globe Newswire, 10/05/12) Gulf Coast note:
Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Master plan workshop set
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- The Panama City/Bay County Airport and Industrial District will hold a
6 p.m. public workshop Tuesday at the Bay County Library to discuss the Northwest Florida
Beaches International Airport master planning process. The meeting will provide an
introduction to the up to 18-month process that will outline 5, 10 and 20-year planning
horizons for the airport. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 10/06/12)

33rd gets Tyndall squadron
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin took command of a new
squadron Wednesday at Tyndall Air Force Base with some 300 people. The move to take
command of the 337th Air Control Squadron, formerly the 325th, is part of the process to
reassign Tyndall’s 325th Fighter Wing from education and training to air combat command.
The reassignment officially took effect Monday. Because the 337th Air Control Squadron will
remain a training center, it will fall under command of the training wing at Eglin Air Force
Base while continuing to operate at Tyndall. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
10/03/12)

Mobile adding direct Chicago flight
MOBILE, Ala. -- Beginning April 9, 2013, United Airlines will add one daily round-trip flight
between Mobile and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, providing direct connectivity to
139 domestic and international markets. In addition, the new United Express flight will use
the 50-seat Embracer Regional Jet. Bill Sisson, executive director of the Mobile Airport
Authority, said the new flight is a clear example of air service development following
economic development. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 10/03/12)

Sides fight for EADS-BAE HQ
France and Germany are at odds over the location of the headquarters for a new
aerospace giant with the planned merger of Europe's EADS and the UK’s BAE Systems.
Reuters, citing sources, said France wants the headquarters in Toulouse, its southwestern
aerospace capital where the Airbus subsidiary of EADS is based. Germany wants it near
Munich. It’s just another hurdle to overcome before the Oct. 10 deadline. (Source: Reuters,
10/02/12) Gulf Coast note: EADS and BAE Systems both have operations in the Gulf Coast
region.

Unmanned collision avoidance tested
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A joint team of government, a not-for-profit research and
development organization and academia has completed two weeks of flight testing "sense
and avoid" technology that could help unmanned aircraft integrate into the national air
space. The MITRE Corp. and the University of North Dakota developed automatic sense and
avoid computer software algorithms that were uploaded onto a NASA Langley Research
Center Cirrus SR-22. It flew 147 maneuvers during 39 hours of flight tests. A supporting
UND aircraft flew more than 40 hours during the tests. The NASA aircraft demonstrated how
technology onboard allowed it to sense and avoid the UND Cessna 172 "intruder" plane,
flown by a university instructor pilot. The Cirrus, developed to mimic unmanned aircraft
systems, had a safety pilot in the cockpit, but researchers say computer programs
developed by MITRE and UND automatically maneuvered the aircraft to avoid conflicts. More
than 100 leaders from academia, industry, government, the military and the general aviation
community came to the Grand Forks Airport to observe the LD-CAP flight demonstration.
(Source: PRNewswire, 10/02/12) Gulf Coast note: This region is heavily involved in work on
unmanned systems.

Boeing forecasts cargo growth
ATLANTA -- Boeing said the global air cargo market will expand at a 5.2 percent annual rate
over the next 20 years. That’s according to the Boeing World Air Cargo Forecast
2012/2013, which says growth will be driven by world gross domestic product that will nearly
double over the forecast period. Boeing released the biennial forecast at the International
Air Cargo Forum and Exhibition 2012 in Atlanta. Boeing forecasts the world freighter fleet will
increase to 3,198 airplanes from 1,738 by 2031. Large freighters will represent 36 percent
of the fleet, compared to 31 percent today. Markets connecting Asia-Pacific will lead the
industry in growth. (Source: PRNewswire, 10/02/12) Gulf Coast note: Boeing competitor
Airbus plans to assemble A320 aircraft in Mobile, Ala.

6th SOS moves from Hurlburt to Duke
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – After a long history with the 1st Special Operations Wing at
Hurlburt Field, the 6th Special Operations Squadron has made the transition to the 919th
Special Operations Wing at Duke Field, Fla., and transferring command to the Air Force
Special Operations Training Center. The squadron is receiving a new fleet of a single
aircraft instead of moving its current assortment of rotary wing and turboprop aircraft. The
new aircraft, the C-145A Skytruck, is a light-cargo and passenger plane. The 6th SOS is a
combat aviation advisory unit whose mission is to assess, train, advise and assist foreign
aviation forces in airpower employment, sustainment and force integration. (Source: 1ST
Special Operations Public Affairs, 10/01/12)

Huey makes final 1st SOW flight
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- It's been a fixture on the base's flightline for decades, marked by
its noticeable difference in design from the larger C-130s and elaborate CV-22s operated by
1st Special Operations Wing. But now it’s history. The final flight of a UH-1 Huey at Hurlburt
Field took place last month over Northwest Florida and South Alabama. The Huey was one
of the aircraft flown by combat aviation advisers of 6th Special Operations Squadron. The
Huey has been the most popular light utility helicopter ever produced, with some variant
being operated by the military in nearly 60 nations. (Source: 1st Special Operations Wing
Public Affairs, 10/01/12)

1st SOW gets new vice commander
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- The 1st Special Operations Wing welcomed a new wing vice
commander Oct. 1. He’s Col. William Holt. His previous assignments include commander of
the combined joint special operations air component. He’s also a former commander of the
319th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field. (Source: 1st Special Operations Wing
Public Affairs, 10/01/12)

Tyndall welcomes ACC
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Tyndall is now part of Air Combat Command.
The ceremony that folded the 325th Fighter Wing into the Air Combat Command (ACC)
became official Monday in a ceremony inside Hangar 1. The new F-22 fighter squadron will
slowly be arriving at Tyndall beginning in January. Major Gen. Lawrence L. Wells,
commander of the 9th Air Force, spoke after the official transfer. The 9th Air Force is
comprised of eight active duty wings including Tyndall’s 325th Fighter Wing. Wells is based
at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. The pilot training mission at Tyndall will remain,
Wells said. There will be about 800-1,000 new people coming to work at Tyndall as the new
F-22 squadron is put in place. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 10/01/12)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $16.6M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., is being awarded $16,565,914 modification to a cost
plus fixed fee contract. This modification was issued under the joint DARPA/ONR Long
Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) demonstration program. This modification adds additional
effort to perform risk reduction enhancements in advance of the upcoming flight test of the
air launch LRASM A version. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla. (97.97%); Crestview,
Fla. (1.40%); Santa Clarita, Calif. (0.63%); and Bothell, Wash. (.003%). The work is
expected to be completed by Sept. 13, 2013. The Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/01/12)

Contract: CC Distributors, $9M
CC Distributors, Corpus Christi, Texas, is being awarded a $9,000,000 fixed price with
material reimbursable contract for a simplified method for authorized civil engineer
personnel and self-help customers to purchase materials, equipment and supplies. The
location of the performance is Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Work is expected to be completed
by Sept. 30, 2013. The contracting activity is AFTC PZI/PZIOA, Eglin Air Force Base.
(Source: DoD, 10/01/12)

Contract: L3 Vertex, $12.1M
L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$12,111,176 contract modification for trainer maintenance services. The location of the
performance is Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, and Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.
Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2013. The contracting activity is 82
CONS/LGCA, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. (Source: DoD, 10/01/12)

43rd sets flying record
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Tyndall's 43rd Fighter Squadron set a new flying record
Sept. 24, accomplishing 53 local sorties in one day. The previous record was 24 sorties.
With several instructor pilots in danger of becoming noncurrent due to delays and
cancellations throughout the year, the 43rd's increased sortie efforts served to ensure
instructor pilots' currency and proficiency were met before the end of the fiscal year in
October. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 09/25/12)


SEPTEMBER 2012

Battalion activated
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The fourth and final battalion of the Army 7th Special
Forces Group (Airborne) officially has been activated. More than 100 people attended a
ceremony at the Special Forces cantonment Friday morning. The activation of the 4th
Battalion will enable the 7th Special Forces Group to sustain repeated deployments around
the world. The new battalion now has 348 soldiers but is expected to be at its full strength of
436 soldiers by December. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 09/28/12)

Contract: Draper, $13M
Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, Mass., is being awarded a $13,000,000 cost
plus fixed fee contract for research and development of an advanced secure micro digital
data link unit. The location of the performance is Cambridge, Mass. Work is expected to be
completed by Sept. 27, 2017. The contracting activity is AFRL/RWK, Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla. (Source: DoD, 09/28/12)

Contract: PRI-DJI, $12.5M
PRI-DJI, Las Vegas, Nev., is being awarded a $12,508,199 modification under a previously
awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to exercise option two
for Base Operations Support services at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla., and sub
communities. The work to be performed provides for public works administration including
labor, management, supervision, materials, supplies, and tools for facilities management,
facilities investment, facility maintenance services, pest control and more. The total contract
amount after exercise of this option will be $84,637,994. Work will be performed in Milton,
Fla., work for is expected to be completed September 2013. The Naval Facilities
Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 09/27/12)

Contract: Pratt and Whitney, $89.2M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded an estimated $89,226,102 advance acquisition contract for long lead components,
parts and materials associated with the Lot VII Low Rate Initial Production of 19 F135
Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) propulsion systems for the Air Force; 6 Short
Take-off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) propulsion systems for the Marine Corps; and 4
Carrier Variant (CV) propulsion systems for the Navy. In addition, this contract provides for
the procurement of two CTOL propulsions systems for Turkey; three CTOL propulsion
systems for Italy; one F135 STOVL propulsion system for the United Kingdom; and two
CTOL propulsions systems for Norway. Work will be performed in Connecticut, Indiana and
the United Kingdom and is expected to be completed in September 2013. This contract
combines purchases for the Air Force, Navy/Marine Corps, and the governments of Turkey,
Italy, United Kingdom and Norway. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
is home of the F-35 training center.

DAGR tested at Eglin
Lockheed Martin recently conducted two separate DAGR missile flight tests, successfully
firing the missiles from a prototype pedestal launcher and hitting a stationary target. The
tests, which took place at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., demonstrated DAGR’s capability as a
ground-based weapon. In each flight test, an inert DAGR missile locked onto the laser spot
illuminating the target before launch. Upon launch, each missile flew 3.5 kilometers and hit
the target within one foot of the laser spot. Lockheed Martin has conducted more than 30
DAGR flight tests from ranges of 1 to 5.1 kilometers. DAGR has been launched from multiple
HELLFIRE-equipped rotary-wing platforms, including the AH-64D Apache, AH-6 Little Bird
and OH-58 Kiowa Warrior. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 09/25/12)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $27.3M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$27,293,685 indefinite-delivery requirements contract for logistics services support of the
TH-57 aircraft fleet. Services to be provided include repair and/or overhaul of aircraft,
engines, avionics and related components. Funds will not be obligated at time of award.
Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Fla., and is expected to be
completed in March 2013. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity (Source: DoD, 09/26/12)

Summit: Aerospace taking off
SANDESTIN, Fla. -- Northwest Florida has to step up its game if it wants to join the global
race for billions of dollars headed for civilian and military aerospace projects over the next
two decades. That’s what an aviation expert told more than 400 area business and political
leaders Tuesday at Gulf Power Co.’s 16th annual Economic Summit. Aerospace industries
the Panhandle should pursue include aircraft manufacturing, rockets and missiles, search
and navigation, Tier 1 and 2 parts and service suppliers and unmanned aerial systems.
Over the next 20 years more than 5,000 civilian aircraft will be built worldwide, and with a lot
of aerospace workers reaching retirement, there will be a demand for new workers. Among
the positive things Northwest Florida has is a lot of former military. (Source: Pensacola News
Journal, 09/26/12)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $126.4M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$126,477,094 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery, requirements type
contract to exercise an option for logistics services and materials for organizational,
intermediate, and depot level maintenance required to support 28 T-45A and 171 T-45C
aircraft based at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville, Texas; NAS Meridian, Miss.; and NAS
Pensacola, Fla. Work will be performed in Kingsville (57 percent); Meridian (36 percent);
and Pensacola (7 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2013. The Naval
Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
09/25/12)

Contract: EADS NA, $10.8M
EADS NA, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $10,851,124 firm-fixed-price contract. The award
will provide for the modification of an existing contract for services in support of the UH-72A
Lakota. Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of
September 28, 2013. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/25/12)

Scheuermann leaving SSC
Patrick Scheuermann, director of NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, Miss., since 2010,
is moving to Huntsville, Ala., to become director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. He’
ll be replaced at SSC by Richard J. Gilbrech, who is currently deputy director and a former
director of SSC. At Marshall Scheuermann will replace Robin Henderson, who filled the
position in Huntsville temporarily when Gene Goldman retired Aug. 3. The changes were
announced Tuesday by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. (Source: NASA, 09/25/12)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $11.4M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded an
$11,392,043 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery
requirements contract to exercise an option for maintenance and logistics services, including
labor, services, facilities, equipment, tools, direct and indirect material required to support
and maintain the T-39N and T-39G aircraft and related support equipment. Work will be
performed in Pensacola, Fla., and is expected to be completed in March 2013. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/24/12)

Source: BAE won’t risk relationship
BAE Systems doesn’t want to jeopardize its special relationship with the Pentagon and will
walk away from the proposed merger with EADS to protect it. That’s according to a report in
Financial Times of London, quoting an unnamed source. The relationship is a Special
Security Arrangement and that has allowed UK’s BAE to work on many U.S. projects,
including the F-35. It’s allowed BAE to build a 40,000-employee network in 40 states and
make $14 billion a year in the U.S. France and Germany’s EADS has a more strict special
security arrangement. It has 3,000 employees and makes $1.4 billion a year in the U.S.
(Source: Financial Times, 09/23/12) Gulf Coast note: Both companies have operations in
the Gulf Coast I-10 region. EADS also plans to build an A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

NASA picks 26 proposals
NASA has selected 26 proposals from academia and industry for advanced development
activities for the nation's next heavy lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). Proposals
from universities in the four-state Aerospace Alliance region were among the programs
selected. They are Auburn University, Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University
and the University of Florida. Proposals selected under this NASA Research Announcement
seek innovative and affordable solutions to evolve the launch vehicle from its initial
configuration to its full lift capacity capable of sending humans farther into deep space than
ever before. NASA sought proposals in a variety of areas, including concept development,
trades and analyses, propulsion, structures, materials, manufacturing, avionics and
software. (Source: NASA, 09/21/12) Stennis Space Center, Miss., will be testing the engines
for the SLS; Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, is fabricating Orion crew capsules and
will be building the core stage for the SLS.

Boeing: EADS-BAE merger raises issues
WASHINGTON – National security and industrial questions would be raised by a merger of
EADS and BAE Systems. That’s what the head of Boeing’s defense operations, Dennis
Muilenburg, told Reuters at the annual Air Force Association conference. He said it must be
reviewed carefully by regulators. Europe’s EADS and the UK’s BAE said last week that they
are in talks about a $48 billion merger. (Source: Reuters, 09/20/12) Gulf Coast note: BAE
Systems' North American operation is a major defense contractor with operations along the
Gulf Coast; EADS has operations in the region as well, including Mobile, Ala., and an
American Eurocopter plant in Columbus, Miss.

Contract: Del-Jen, $25.4M
Del-Jen Inc., Clarksville, Tenn., is being awarded a $25,417,061 modification under a
previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to exercise
option 1 for base operations support services at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., and
surrounding areas including Saufley Field, Corry Station and Bronson Field. The work to be
performed provides for public works administration including labor, management,
supervision, materials, supplies, and tools for facilities management, facilities investment,
facility maintenance services (non-family housing), pest control, street sweeping, utility plant
and distribution operations and maintenance (chiller, electrical, gas, wastewater, steam and
water), environmental services, centrally managed safety services, and base support
vehicles and equipment. The total contract amount after exercise of this option will be
$144,538,806. Work will be performed in Pensacola, Fla., and is expected to be completed
by September 2013. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville,
Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/20/12)

Contract: Rolls-Royce, $103.3M
Rolls-Royce Defense Services Inc., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $103,322,238
modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price; indefinite-delivery 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. 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 done at the Naval Air Station
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 2013. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 09/20/12)

Foreign attaches visit Pensacola
The Naval Education and Training Command hosted 20 foreign naval attaches during the
week at Naval Air Station Pensacola during the group’s fall tour of U.S. Navy installations.
The command provided an overview of Navy training, including aviation, flight physiology,
enlisted aviation technical schools, and water survival training, according to NETCs. The
attaches were from Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Germany, Guatemala, Japan,
Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka,
Sweden, Thailand, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Many of those countries send students
to train at NAS Pensacola. (Source: Naval Education and Training Command, 09/19/12)

A first: F-35, F-22 share sky
Two of the most lethal combat aircraft in the world, the F-35 Lightning and F-22 Raptor, flew
together for the first time Wednesday in a 90-minute sortie over Northwest Florida. One took
off from Eglin Air Force Base near Fort Walton Beach, the other from Tyndall Air Force Base
near Panama City. The two planes, tailed by an F-16, flew within 35 feet of one another.
Eglin has 19 F-35s of 59 it will eventually get. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
09/19/12) Northwest Florida is where pilots for both fifth-generation jets train. Eglin is home
of the F-35 training center and Tyndall is where pilots learn to fly the F-22.

Nine shops seeing big change
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 325th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground
equipment (AGE) shop is one of nine shops in the squadron making the transition from
contracted personnel to active duty. The swap is to accommodate the Oct. 1 mission change
from Air Education and Training Command to Air Combat Command. With a combat-coded
F-22 Raptor squadron coming, the shop must be ready to deploy. The first airmen started
arriving in the spring. AGE is home to more than 800 pieces of equipment supporting
around 60 aircraft. The shop will also be making the switch to a 24/7 operations. The other
eight shops making the transition are Egress, Fuels, Wheel and Tire, Low Observable, Non-
Destructive Inspection, Metals Technology, Crash Recovery and Armament. (Source: 325th
Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 09/17/12)

Crowd watches flyover
The Space Shuttle Endeavour, riding piggyback on a 747, flew low over Stennis Space
Center, Miss., today just before 8:30 a.m. CDT on its final ferry flight. More than 1,000
center employees and visitors were outside to watch. Endeavour left Florida early this
morning. (Source: Sun Herald, 09/19/12) The pair then moved on to Michoud Assembly
Facility in New Orleans, where others watched as the youngest shuttle of the fleet passed
overhead. Endeavour is heading for Los Angeles where it will spend its retirement years.
(Source: Times-Picayune, 09/19/12)

AT-6 weapons test completed
Phase III assessment testing of the AT-6 light attack aircraft’s weapons systems was
successfully completed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., according to a Sept. 17 announcement
from Hawker Beechcraft Defense. Phases I and II assessments included computer-aided
deliveries of general purpose and laser-guided bombs. All weapons testing was
accomplished with oversight from the Air Force Air Armament Center and the Air National
Guard and Air Reserve Command Test Center. (Source: Defence Professionals, 09/18/12)

Endeavour flight delayed again
The ferry flight of space shuttle Endeavour atop the 747 is rescheduled for Wednesday due
to an unfavorable weather forecast along the flight path. Endeavour now is expected to
arrive at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, Sept. 21. The pair will still make low
level flyovers at about 1,500 feet over Stennis Space Center, Miss., Michoud Assembly
Facility, New Orleans, and other locations along the way. The flight was originally planned
for Monday. (Source: NASA, 09/17/12)

Eglin’s “narco sub”
A surrogate semi-submersible engineered to mimic the design of drug-running vessels is
helping the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate
develop better devices to detect them. Called "Pluto," it's homeported at Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., and being kept operational by the 46th Test Squadron. The vessels are
popularly called "narco subs," build by South American drug cartels. They are actually low-
riders, barely visible on the surface of the ocean. The Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force and
other federal agencies are using Pluto to test remote sensing capabilities on the 45-foot
long vessel in the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic and Pacific. (Source: Department of Homeland
Security, 09/16/12) Eglin is best known as the base where the Air Force develops and tests
aerial weapons, and more recently as home of the F-35 training center.

Grants awarded to protect bases
Gov. Rick Scott said $850,000 in grants will go to 11 Florida communities with military bases.
The grants are designed to protect the bases and diversity the economies. In Northwest
Florida, Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties will receive a combined
$335,000 in 2012-2013 Defense Reinvestment Grants, administred by Enterprise Florida.
The military/defense sector has a $60 billion economic impact on the state, providing more
than 686,181 jobs. The Bay Defense Alliance will get $100,000, the Greater Pensacola
Chamber of Commerce will receive $70,000, the Economic Development Council of
Okaloosa County will get $125,000 and Santa Rosa County will receive $40,000. (Source:
WMBB, 09/17/12) The Northwest Florida counties are home to Eglin and Tyndall Air Force
bases, Hurlburt and Duke fields, Naval Air Station Pensacola and Whiting Field, the Naval
Surface Warfare Center and Corry Station.

Armed Fire Scout nears
NASHUA, N.H. -- For the first time, the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System will be
integrated onto an unmanned aerial vehicle, BAE Systems said today. The company, which
designed and manufactures the guidance section of the laser-guided rocket, was recently
awarded a U.S. Navy contract to add the APKWS onto the MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV. The
system is being integrated onto the Fire Scout in response to an urgent operational need
and is being prepared for rapid deployment. (Source: Business Wire, 09/17/12) Gulf Coast
note: Northrop Grumman Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Endeavour flight delayed a day
NASA's planned ferry flight of space shuttle Endeavour atop the 747 has been pushed back
a day due to an unfavorable weather forecast. The decision was made Sunday to push back
the departure from Monday to Tuesday. The pair will still make low level flyovers at about
1,500 feet over Stennis Space Center, Miss., Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, and
other locations along the route to Los Angeles. Endeavour completed 25 missions, spent
299 days in orbit, and orbited Earth 4,671 times while traveling 122,883,151 miles. (Source:
NASA, 09/16/12) Previous

Squadron returns to Keesler
BILOXI, Miss. – The 345th Airlift Squadron returned home to Keesler Air Force Base
Saturday after a four-month deployment in Afghanistan. The 30-member squadron, an
active duty member Keesler’s 815th Airlift Squadron, deployed May 9 and performed 261
airdrops in the battle zone. (Source: WLOX-TV, 09/ 15/12) The 815th is part of the 403rd
Reserve Wing at Keesler.

Fixing a key missile
A key air-to-air weapon is in trouble because of a problem with a component. But a fix is
being worked. Raytheon’s Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) is used by
the U.S. and allies, but some of the solid-fuel rocket motors have failed tests at high
altitudes. ATK is working the problem, and a supplier from Norway, NAMMO, is providing an
alternate motor. Col. Jason Denney, manager of the AMRAAM program at Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., said the importance of the AMRAAM can hardly be overstated. With its fire-and-
forget, "beyond visual range" capability, the AMRAAM is the main air-superiority weapon for
the U.S. Air Force, Navy and 35 allied nations. (Source: Arizona Daily Star, 09/15/12)

Talks over Saufley end
The Navy ended negotiations with a developer over an enhanced use lease to turn 104
acres at a former air station into a research/business park. Navy officials say it would have
been too costly to move three commands from Saufley Field, Fla., to nearby Naval Air
Station Pensacola. That would have required costly renovations. Uncertainty surrounding
funding for the relocation forced the Navy to cancel the project with DCK Worldwide. Saufley
Field is an active Navy facility 10 miles north of NAS Pensacola. It opened in 1940 and
during the Vietnam War was a full-fledged air station. In 1976 it became an outlying landing
field. (Source: Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast, 09/12/12)

SLS marks first year
NASA’s Space Launch System, designed to bring astronauts further into space than ever
before, has marked its first year of progress. The heavy-lift program was announced Sept.
14, 2011. It borrowed pieces from the canceled Constellation program and other proven
NASA systems. Along the Gulf Coast, both Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud
Assembly Facility in New Orleans are involved. SSC has run a series of tests on the J-2X
that will power the upper stage, and will also test the RS-25s that will power the first stage.
Michoud has been building Orion crew vehicles, and will also build the core stage. (Source:
Marshall Space Flight Center, 09/12/12)

Chamber scouts suppliers
BERLIN, Germany – The international business community is now associating Airbus with
Mobile. That’s according to Troy Wayman of the Mobile Chamber of Commerce, who spoke
to the Mobile Press-Register by phone Wednesday from the ILA Berlin Air Show. Airbus in
July said it would build an A320 assembly line in Mobile, and the connection between Mobile
and Airbus is getting firmly established. On Wednesday alone chamber officials met with four
potential Airbus suppliers. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 09/12/12)

Lockheed marks 10 years at SSC
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Lockheed Martin Mississippi Space & Technology
Center on Wednesday marked its 10th anniversary at the NASA facility. Site director Dave
Hartley said the center has delivered four satellite propulsion systems this year and has six
more in production. The propulsion systems are for the popular A2100 satellites and
maneuver the craft in space. Dennis Little, vice president at Lockheed Martin headquarters
in Bethesda, Md., said future projects include propulsion systems for the next generation of
GPS and weather satellites and the Orion crew vehicle. (Source: Sun Herald, WLOX-TV,
09/12/12)

Huntsman expanding
McINTOSH, Ala. -- Hundreds of jobs are headed to Washington County north of Mobile.
Huntsman Advanced Materials says they need to expand their operations, meaning 225
additional full time and contractor positions. The plant produces resin used in aerospace
parts as well as oil and gas exploration. Currently 200 employees work at the McIntosh plant.
(Source: WKRG-TV, 09/12/12)

BAE, EADS in talks
BAE Systems said it's in talks with EADS about a combination of the two companies,
according to Bloomberg. BAE would own 40 percent and EADS, the European Aeronautic,
Defence and Space Co., would own the rest. A combination of BAE and EADS, parent of
Airbus, would be a return to plans for a single European aerospace business. It would
create the world's largest aerospace business. (Source: Bloomberg, 09/12/12) Gulf Coast
note: BAE Systems' North American operation is a major defense contractor with operations
along the Gulf Coast; EADS has operations in the region as well, including Mobile, Ala., and
an American Eurocopter plant in Columbus, Miss.

AirAsia will be first to use sharklets
Low-cost carrier AirAsia of Malaysia will be the first operator of the A320 to use the model
with “sharklets” on the wingtips. The announcement was made at the Berlin air show. AirAsia
will take delivery of the first A320 equipped with the fuel-saving wing-tip devices at the end
of this year. Sharklets will be fitted on previously ordered, newly-built A320s for AirAsia,
scheduled for delivery from the end of 2012. The tips will result in close to 4 percent fuel
savings for the most popular Airbus aircraft. (Source: EADS, Reuters, 09/11/12) Gulf Coast
note: Mobile, Ala., will be the future home of an A320 assembly line.

Endeavour’s ‘ride’ arrives
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The modified Boeing 747 that will haul the space shuttle
Endeavour piggyback-style to Los Angeles next week arrived at Kennedy Space Center on
Tuesday to pick up its passenger. Endeavour is the Vehicle Assembly Building and will be
towed to the landing strip Friday morning. A lifting structure will hoist it so the 747 can pull
underneath. It will take off Monday morning for its trip to California, which will include low fly-
bys at multiple locations, including Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly
Facility, New Orleans. Infinity Science Center, just outside Stennis Space Center, is opening
at 8 a.m. and is offering a bus tour to the space center to view the event between 9 and 9:
30 a.m. The cost is $5. (Source: Spaceflight Now, Infinity Science Center, 09/11/12)

Contract: Alutiiq, $11.6M
Alutiiq 3SG LLC, Anchorage, Ark., is being awarded an $11,596,067 firm fixed price contract
to procure support for the Acquisition of Civil Engineering Base Operations Support at
Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. The location of the performance is Tyndall AFB. Fla. Work is to
be completed by Sept. 29, 2013. The contracting activity is AETC CONS/LGCK, Randolph
AFB, Texas. (Source: DoD, 09/11/12)

Unmanned squadron a Navy first
The Navy is launching its first unmanned helicopter squadron next month in Coronado, Calif.
HUQ-1 Hydras will train current pilots and enlisted non-pilots to fly the unmanned helicopters
likely to become common on Navy ships. MQ-8C Fire Scouts, built by Northrop Grumman,
will arrive at North Island Naval Air Station in 2014. The larger version of the Fire Scout will
be operated off destroyers and frigates. The Navy has tested the MQ-8B version of the Fire
Scout on frigates and have deployed them in Afghanistan. (Source: UTSanDiego, 09/10/12)
Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss. Previous on Fire Scout

RF seeker sought for HVPW
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Northrop Grumman and the Air Force are working on a
precision guidance system for a rocket-propelled bomb for the F-35 that attacks deeply
buried targets. Northrop Grumman won a $1.8 million contract to gather data to support
development of an RF seeker for the future High Velocity Penetrating Weapons. It aims to
develop a 2,000-pound bunker-buster with the punch of a 5,000-pound gravity bomb.
(Source: Military & Aerospace Electronics, 09/11/12)

Supply chain limits production
Airbus is facing a backlog of 4,400 aircraft, but may be limited in ramping up production
because of the supply chain. Airbus, which will be building an assembly line in Mobile, Ala.,
produces 42 single-aisle planes every month. It would like to push that to 44 a month, but it’s
worried about overstretching the supply chain, said John Leahy, chief operating officer of
customers at Airbus. (Source: Air Transport World, 09/10/12)

Land near planned plant available
MOBILE, Ala. – More than 300 acres near the planned $600 million Airbus assembly line is
being put on the market. Local contractor Jerry Lathan has partnered with the National
Auction Group for the sale. Calling the site a "rare opportunity to acquire substantial
acreage" near Airbus, the National Auction Group's website lauds Lathan's property for its
"unlimited potential for industrial, commercial and residential endeavors." (Source: Mobile
Press Register, 09/10/12)

Empty buildings concerns officials
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – The number of empty buildings in the Commerce and
Technology Park concerns some city officials. Councilman Dennis Reeves said he was
driving through the industrial park recently and was surprised. But Kay Rasmussen of the
Okaloosa County Economic Development Council said the EDC is aware and continually
marketing the park. One councilman wondered why an indoor unmanned systems test
center wasn’t being placed in an empty building at the park. Rasmussen pointed out that
none of the buildings meets the needs of the UAV center. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 09/09/12)

Air fares up in Pensacola
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Pensacola’s average air fare is 11th highest among the 100 largest
airports in the nation, according to figures from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
The Pensacola News Journal reports that the average ticket price out of Pensacola as of
April 1 was nearly $447, up 15 percent from a year ago. Driving it are fuel prices and
reduced seating capacity. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 09/08/12)

Wing commander leaving
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Air Force announced Friday that Brig. Gen. John
K. McMullen will be leaving after serving a year as commander of the Tyndall's 325th Fighter
Wing. McMullen will be reassigned to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, as the deputy chief of
staff operations for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Headquarters Allied Air Command.
The News Herald reports that no timetable has been set. (Source: Panama City News
Herald, 09/07/12)

Report: Airbus close to major deal
Reuters is reporting that sources tell it AirAsia is close to a deal to buy up to 100 Airbus jets.
That puts Asia's largest budget carrier on course for expansion. The deal for A320 family
jets is potentially worth $9 billion. Demand from Asian low-cost carriers is helping to drive
production at Airbus and Boeing to record levels. (Source: Reuters, 09/08/12) Gulf Coast
note: Airbus said in July that it's building a $600 million A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala., to
help meet demand.

Endeavour’s final ferry flight set
Space Shuttle Endeavour, mounted atop NASA's modified 747, will make its final ferry flight
when it leaves Sept. 17 from Kennedy Space Center, Fla., for a flight to Los Angeles
International Airport. Plans are for low-level fly-overs at multiple locations, including Stennis
Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. SSC is where all the
shuttle main engines were tested and Michoud is where all the external tanks were built. The
747 will fly at about 1,500 feet at each location, depending upon conditions. Stops are also
scheduled in Houston, El Paso and Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force
Base, Calif., before it's final touchdown at Los Angeles. (Source: NASA, 09/07/12)

F35A reaches milestone
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Air Force officials begin the F-35A Operational Utility
Evaluation Sept. 10, a step towards beginning F-35 pilot and maintenance training for the
service. The review is expected to last about 65 days. Since February 11 pilots checked out
in basic F-35A operations. In the evaluation data will be collected from all facets of F-35
training, including maintenance, classroom, simulator and flights. It will be a precursor for the
Air Force to train other services and allies. Initially, 59 aircraft and three flying squadrons,
one for each service/aircraft variant, will be established at Eglin. (Source: Team Eglin Public
Affairs, 09/07/12)

Foundation ponders property
MOBILE, Ala. -- The decision of Airbus to build an A320 assembly line at Brookley Aeroplex
is likely to play a role in how the University of South Alabama Foundation develops its 300
acres at the complex. Director Maxey Roberts said the foundation wants to talk with
stakeholders, the city of Mobile and Mobile Airport Authority for input on how to develop the
property. She said the foundation wants the property to contribute to the economic
development for the region. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 09/06/12)

Contract: Composite Eng, $7.3M
Composite Engineering Inc., Sacramento, Calif., is being awarded a $7,317,122 indefinite
delivery/indefinite quantity, firm fixed price contract to procure 54 peculiar reparable spares
for the Air Force Subscale Aerial Target BQM-167. Location of performance is Sacramento.
Work is to be completed by Nov. 9, 2015. The contracting activity is AFLCMC/EBYK, Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 09/06/12)

ACS to remain under AETC
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 325th Air Control Squadron is scheduled to be the
only squadron within Tyndall's 325th Fighter Wing to remain under Air Education and
Training Command after the wing transitions to Air Combat Command. "We are staying with
the current command because we are an initial skills training course and that falls under the
mission of AETC," said Lt. Col. Gary Smith, 325th ACS commander. The squadron will
become the 337th Air Control Squadron two days after the 325th FW transitions to the ACC.
The squadron graduates around 150 students a year, with a course length of nine months.
(Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 09/05/12)

Parts storage facility nears completion
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – A project to build a new addition and repaire the F-22
Raptor parts storage facility is scheduled for completion March 2013. GCC Enterprises Inc.,
of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was awarded the $1 million contract in September 2011 and
began work in April 2012. The 3,000-square-foot vault is designated for securing F-22 parts
and 800 square foot weapons vault expansion, said Jerry Spivey, 325th Civil Engineer
Squadron project manager. The new vault construction has been completed and the
expansion on the weapons vault is scheduled to begin within the week. Tyndall will undergo
a transition from Air Education and Training Command to Air Combat Command Oct. 1. The
change requires adding additional support facilities, aircraft and personnel to the
installation. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 09/05/12)

Forecast bodes well for region
With Airbus revising its forecast upward about the growth of the global airline and freighter
market, what could it mean for Mobile, Ala., and the surrounding region that’s going to be
home to the newest Airbus assembly line. The Mobile Press-Register spoke to some local
and regional economic development leaders to get their read on what may be in store.
(Source: Mobile Press-Register, 09/05/12)

Summit slated for next month
NEW ORLEANS -- The four-state Aerospace Alliance is holding its second annual summit
Oct. 25-26 in New Orleans at the Marriott Convention Center. The alliance was formed more
than three years ago by the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi to
encourage growth of aerospace activities in the four states. This year’s summit, among
other things, will include sessions on opportunities in the fields of unmanned aerial vehicles
as well as the growth of the nation’s commercial space activities. The inaugural fall summit
last year was held at Sandestin Beach Resort, Fla., and was attended by a variety of
aerospace companies, economic development officials and business leaders from the four
states. To register, click here. (Source: GCAC, 09/05/12) Previous

F-35B completes air start testing
The F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the fighter has completed
a series of engine air start tests, which involve shutting down and restarting the Pratt &
Whitney F135 turbofan in flight. Aircraft BF-2 successfully completed a series of 27 air starts
at various altitudes and using various methods on Aug. 15 at Edwards Air Force Base,
Calif., according to the US Naval Air Systems Command. Air start testing is required for the
F-35B to undertake high angle-of-attack trials next year. The US Air Force's F-35A variant
had earlier completed its air start testing at Edwards AFB. (Source: Naval Air Systems
Command, Flightglobal, 09/04/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base is home of the F-35
training center.

Airbus ups estimate of aircraft need
Airbus has increased its 20-year production forecast by 5 percent. The company’s latest
Global Market Forecast cites a need for some 28,200 passenger and freighter aircraft of
100 seats or more between 2012 and 2031, worth nearly $4 trillion. Of those, more than
27,350 will be passenger aircraft valued at $ 3.7 trillion. Passenger traffic will grow at an
average annual rate of 4.7 percent in the next 20 years and 10,350 aircraft will be replaced
by new efficient models. By 2031 the world’s passenger fleet will have expanded by 110
percent from slightly over 15,550 today to over 32,550. (Source: Airbus, Reuters, 09/04/12)
Gulf Coast note: Airbus in July said it would build a $600 million A320 assembly line in
Mobile, Ala.

Blanket to shield SLS engines
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- The heat shield around the Space Launch System RS-
25 engines will not be the same as the Space Shuttle Program. The decision was made to
move to a lighter, more flexible blanket, similar to the ones used on other vehicles and on
the aft skirt of the Solid Rocket Boosters. The new blanket design will save about 700
pounds and will be easier to produce, assemble and install. The design change will debut
during the test firings at NASA’s Stennis Space Center, known as “Green Run” testing.
(Source: NASA Spaceflight, 09/03/12)

Australia eyes Tritons
Radio Australia reports that the country is resurrecting plans to buy seven Northrop
Grumman maritime surveillance spy drones. The country first considered buying 12 Global
Hawk unmanned aircraft in 2004, but in 2009 the plan was canceled. The next year three
were considered, and the latest plan calls for seven of the Triton models. (Source: Radio
Australia, 09/04/12) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks in all variants are built in part in Moss
Point, Miss.

Reserve unit joining Tyndall
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 325th Fighter Wing marks the transition to Air
Combat Command from Air Education and Training Command Oct. 1, a move that adds
additional personnel and aircraft. The 44th Fighter Group, Detachment 2 from Holloman Air
Force Base, N.M., is one unit to be added to Team Tyndall. It’s a Reserve unit and schedule
to operate as a support function to the new combat-coded F-22 Raptor squadron standing
up in early 2013. The 44th FG is descended from the historic 44th FG, and the 301st
Fighter Squadron derives its lineage directly from the Tuskegee Airmen. They are now
merged into one unit. About 250 members will comprise the 44th FG and reside in and
around Tyndall. Reserve personnel assigned to the 44th FG specifically, are nearly 25
percent full-time. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 08/31/12)

100th A320 comes off China line
The 100th A320 came off the line Friday at the final assembly plant in Tianjin, China.
Dignitaries from China and Europe were there for the event. The assembly line is the third
one for the A320, built after lines in Toulouse, France, and Hamburg, Germany. In July this
year Airbus has announced its decision to establish an A320 assembly line in the United
States in Mobile, Ala. (Source: Avionics Intelligence, ETN Global Travel Industry News,
08/31/12)


AUGUST 2012

Contract: DTS, $8M
DTS Aviation Services Inc. is being awarded an $8,015,039 contract modification for aircraft
maintenance at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. Location of performance is Columbus Air
Force Base. Work is to be completed by Nov. 30, 2012. The contracting activity is 14
CON/LGC, Columbus Air Force Base. (Source: DoD, 08/31/12)

CV-22 crash blamed on crew error
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Crew failure caused the CV-22 Osprey crash near Navarre that
injured five airmen in June. An Air Force investigation cited no mechanical problems. The
airmen, assigned to the 1st Special Operations Wing, were injured when the aircraft went
down June 13. The Osprey was flying in formation on a routine training mission over the
Eglin reservation when it failed to keep clear of the leading aircraft’s wake, went into a roll,
crashed and burned. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 08/30/12)

Airbus gets big A320 order
China signed an agreement with Airbus for 50 A320 family aircraft, including 30 A320ceo
and 20 A320neo aircraft. The deal between Airbus and ICBC Financial Leasing Co. is worth
some $4 billion and came during German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Beijing. “We
decided to order more Airbus A320 Family aircraft … to enhance our portfolio in anticipation
of increasing demand of the aviation markets in China, Asia Pacific region and the world as
well,” said Li Xiaopeng, Senior Executive Vice President of ICBC and Chairman of ICBC
Leasing. Airbus and Chinese authorities also reached a $1.6 billion framework deal to
extend an Airbus A320 assembly line at Tianjin near Beijing. (Source: Reuters, Airbus,
08/30/12) Gulf Coast note: Airbus plans to build an A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Orion chute tested again
NASA this week completed another test of the Orion spacecraft parachutes at the Yuma
Army Proving Ground in southwestern Arizona. The test was to examine the maximum
pressure that Orion's parachutes might face when returning to Earth. A C-130 dropped a
dart-shaped test vehicle with a simulated Orion parachute compartment from 25,000 feet.
Orion will be launched in 2017 by NASA's Space Launch System. (Source: NASA, 08/29/12)
Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., will test the engines for SLS; Michoud
Assembly Facility in New Orleans is building the Orion and will build the core stage of SLS.

Tomassetti on the F-35
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Col. Arthur Tomassetti, vice commander of the 33rd
Fighter Wing, has been a part of the Joint Strike Fighter program since its inception. He
knows a lot about the industry’s effort to create a plane that could perform short takeoffs
and vertical landings while still being able to fly at speeds and be missile-capable.
“Whatever you want to believe about the F-35 today, we finally built the STOVL airplane we’
ve been trying to build for 60 years,” he said. A feature story. (Source: Defense
Professionals News, 08/30/12)

Gulfport airport to reopen
GULFPORT, Miss. -- The first plane is expected to land at Gulfport-Biloxi International
Airport around 2 p.m. today as operations return to normal after Hurricane Isaac. Clay
Williams, airport executive director, said the air traffic control tower has reopened and the
runways are now open. (Source: Sun Herald, 08/30/12)

NAS Whiting reopens Thursday
MILTON, Fla. – Naval Air Station Whiting Field will resume normal work hours beginning at 6
a.m. Thursday. NAS Whiting Field personnel should return to work at the normal work
schedule.  Active duty personnel, contractors, government civilians and other authorized
persons assigned to tenant commands on the base should contact their supervisors to
determine the authorized time to return to work. NAS Whiting suffered no visible damage
from Hurricane Isaac. (Source: NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs, 08/29/12) Whiting Field is
one of the Navy’s two primary pilot training bases.

Contract: Harbert, $8.9M
B.L. Harbert International LLC, Birmingham, Ala., was awarded an $8,897,000 firm-fixed-
price contract. The award will provide for the construction of a Troop Medical Clinic at Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla. Work will be performed in Eglin, Fla., with an estimated completion date
of Aug. 29, 2014. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 08/29/12)

SSC remains closed
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA’s Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi will
remain closed through Thursday, Aug. 30 due to Hurricane Isaac. The center is currently
planned to reopen Friday, Aug. 31, for normal business operations. Employees should call
228-688-3777 for updates on center status. (Source: NASA/SSC, 08/29/12)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $206.8M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Ft. Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $206,821,828 modification to a previously awarded cost-reimbursement contract.
This modification provides for the System Development and Demonstration Phase I
Increment 1, in support of F-35A Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) Air System for
the Government of Israel under the Foreign Military Sales Program. This modification
includes the development of the hardware and software for the Israel F-35A CTOL Air
System from the initial requirements development to the Preliminary Design Review (PDR).
In addition, the post PDR of hardware only, will continue through finalized requirements,
layouts, and build to prints, including production planning data. Work will be performed at
Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); Los Angeles, Calif. (20 percent); Nashua, N.H. (15 percent);
and San Diego, Calif. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2016. The Naval
Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
08/28/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Contract: EADS-NA, $33.5M
EADS-NA, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $33,512,268 firm-fixed-price contract. The award
will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure Security and Support
Mission Equipment Packages for the UH-72A Weapon System. Work will be performed in
Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2014. The U.S. Army
Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
08/28/12)

PAL places Airbus orders
Philippine Airlines has placed a firm order with Airbus covering 34 A321ceo, 10 A321neo
and 10 A330-300s. The aircraft are being purchased under a fleet modernization program,
with deliveries starting in 2013. To date, over 8,500 A320 family aircraft have been ordered
and more than 5,200 delivered to 365 customers and operators worldwide, according to
Airbus. (Source: Airbus, 08/28/12) Gulf Coast note: Airbus will build an A320 assembly line
in Mobile, Ala., at Brookley Aeroplex.

SSC to close for Isaac
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA’s Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi will
close after normal business hours Monday due to the approach of Tropical Storm Isaac. The
center plans to reopen Thursday for normal business operations. Employees should call
228-688-3777 for recorded updates. Naval personnel at SSC should contact the Navy
Stennis Emergency Information number at 866-996-0382 or 808-684-5478. (Source:
NASA/SSC, 08/27/12)

Eglin jets being moved
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Eglin pilots will move aircraft out of the local area ahead of
Hurricane Isaac. Ten F-16’s will be going to Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., and 9 F-15’s will be
headed to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N. C. Other military aircraft have left or are
also leaving the region. In a related matter, a building dedication that was scheduled for
Wednesday has been canceled because of the weather threat. (Source: Eglin Air Force
Base, 08/27/12)

Military moves aircraft
Military units in the Southeast are preparing for Tropical Storm Isaac, which may become a
hurricane before it makes landfall along the Gulf Coast Tuesday. Aircraft from the 919th
Special Operations Wing have relocated from Duke Field, Fla., to Fort Campbell, Ky.; the
325th Fighter Wing is sending its F-22 fighters from Tyndall Air Force base, Fla., to
Sheppard Air Force Base, Kan.; the 403rd Wing will fly its WC-130Js for weather
reconnaissance from Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., to Ellington Field, Texas. (Source:
American Forces Press Service, 08/26/12) The Pensacola News Journal also reported
planes from Naval Air Station Pensacola were being moved to inland locations.

Eglin in Hurricane Condition 4
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Hurricane Condition Four has been declared at Eglin Air
Force Base because of the possible threat posed by Tropical Storm Isaac. Condition Four
means destructive winds of 58 mph or greater are possible by 1 p.m. Tuesday. The
condition simply warns military and civilians at the base to monitor television or radio
broadcasts for the National Hurricane Center's latest forecast. (Source: Eglin Air Force
Base, 08/24/12) Related

Engineers testing SLS
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Marshall Space Flight Center engineers and engineers at Langley
Research Center in Hampton, Va., are using wind tunnel tests to enhance NASA’s Space
Launch System. That’s the heavy lift launch vehicle that will take astronauts into deep space
aboard the Orion spacecraft. Engineers at MSFC’s Trisonic Wind Tunnel have spent the
past four months putting scale SLS models through more than 900 tests of different crew
and cargo configurations. (Source: Science Daily, 08/23/12) Gulf Coast note: The SLS
engines will be tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; Michoud Assembly Facility in New
Orleans builds the Orion and will build the core stage of SLS

Hotel on AF land gets OK
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- A plan to build a hotel on Air Force property is inching
forward. Okaloosa County approved a development order for Emerald Breeze Resort, a
privately managed, $24 million dollar hotel to be built on Gulf front property owned by Eglin.
Building permits will be withheld until a lease agreement is finalized between the Air Force
and the manager of the Emerald Breeze Resort Group. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, WEAR-TV, 08/24/12)

NAS keeps eyes on Isaac
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Naval Air Station Pensacola officials are pondering the possibility of
evacuating some assets, notably students and aircraft, if Tropical Storm Isaac threatens.
Relocations would include 4,600 to 5,000 military students who live in barracks that are on
relatively low ground. They would be evacuated to a Marine Corps base in Georgia. Some of
the 100 planes at the base will be placed in hangars, while others will be moved to bases
outside the threatened zone. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, WALA-TV, 08/23/12)

FAA misses drone deadline
With the FAA under pressure to allow unmanned aerial vehicles in the national airspace, an
advocacy group is complaining that the agency is behind schedule. The Association for
Unmanned Vehicle Systems International wrote to the FAA that legislation passed earlier this
year set a deadline of Aug. 12 to designate six test ranges where certification standards
could be developed, but the deadline has passed. In May the FAA said it was making
progress in its site selection process and expects to name the sites in December. (Source:
AVWeb, 08/22/12) Gulf Coast note: The region is heavily involved in UAVs, including
production and training, and efforts are under way to build an indoor unmanned systems
center near Eglin Air Force Base. Previous: Test site selection starts; Drones in national
airspace?; UAVs become college majors; Global Hawk gets airworthiness certificate

Building to be dedicated
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – There will be a building dedication Aug. 29 in memory of
Tech Sgt. Daniel Douville, an airman assigned to the 96th Explosives Ordnance Disposal
Flight. He was killed while on this third deployment June 26, 2011, from injuries suffered from
an improvised explosive device on the border of the Nad 'Ali district of Helmand province,
Afghanistan. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with Valor and
the Air Force Combat Action Medal. Maj. Gen. Timothy A. Byers of the Civil Engineer,
Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., will be the guest speaker. (Source: 96th
Test Wing Public Affairs, 08/23/12)

Marines readying to start F-35 training
Marine pilots at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., will soon begin training flights in F-35B jets. That’
s the variant of the plane that can take off and land vertically, according to unidentified
sources cited by Reuters. Test pilots began preliminary orientation flights of the F-35B at
the air base in May and have completed nearly 200 limited flights, none involving vertical
landings. (Source: Reuters, 08/22/12) Previous

Recovery ship gets new home
A ship that for 30 years has been a player in the space program will now serve the Merchant
Marines. NASA signed an agreement with the Maritime Administration to transfer the
recovery ship M/V Liberty Star to the National Defense Reserve Fleet for use in training at
the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. The ship is best known for retrieving
space shuttle boosters that splashed down in the Atlantic, but in the past year was used to
retrieve the Orion crew capsule, being developed for NASA’s Space Launch System. Liberty
Star was a regular to the Gulf Coast. Shuttle external tanks built at Michoud Assembly
Facility in New Orleans were placed on barges and towed to Kennedy Space Center by
Liberty Star and its sister ship, M/V Freedom Star. NASA is still working to identify a new use
for Freedom Star. (Source: Space.com, NASA, 08/21/12) Previous item mentioning Freedom
Star

Contract: Coastal Helicopter, $9M
Coastal Helicopter Inc., Panama City, Fla., is being awarded a $9,043,184 firm-fixed price,
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for aircraft flight test support of programs such
as the Advanced Littoral Reconnaissance Technologies, Office of Naval Research. Work will
be done in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. (70 percent) and Panama City, Fla. (30 percent), and is
expected to be completed by August 2017. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City
Division is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/22/12)

Contract: Raytheon, $81.8M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded $81,839,791 firm-fixed price
contract for Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammers. Work is to be completed by Aug. 31,
2014. The contracting activity is AFLCMC/EBJM of Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD,
08/22/12)

Group to hire base consultant
DOTHAN, Ala. -- Dothan will join other cities in southeast Alabama to pay for a consultant to
protect Fort Rucker in a future base closure round. The city commission will spend $130,992
a year for three years. A spokesman for "Friends of Fort Rucker" said the idea is to take the
offense on the next base closing round in order to capture additional missions. The Base
Realignment and Closure Commission, the last one was in 2005, determines how to realign
military resources. In the last round Fort Rucker was set to gain 2,000 jobs, but lost it at the
last minute to Huntsville, Ala., and Redstone Arsenal. (Source: Dothan Eagle, 08/21/12) Fort
Rucker is the primary training base for Army aviation.

AF begins using satellite
The Air Force Space Command said it would begin operational use of a Boeing satellite built
to monitor space debris. It's been nearly two years since the Space Based Surveillance
Satellite was launched, and a problem with onboard electronics prevented its use until a fix
was made. The system is the only space-based sensor capable of monitoring debris without
weather or atmospheric disruptions. (Source: Reuters, 08/20/12) Gulf Coast note: The 20th
Space Control Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., tracks space debris with the world's
most powerful radar.

Florida, New Mexico counties partner
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – Two counties in Florida and two in New Mexico that are home to
the Air Force Special Operation Command bases joined forces as sister counties through a
proclamation ceremony at 1st Special Operations Wing headquarters Aug. 15. Civic leaders
from Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties in Florida and Curry and Roosevelt counties near
Cannon Air Force Base, N. M., said the intent is to open lines of communication on key
issues that affect the AFSOC communities. Topics that could be addressed included the
preservation of ranges and means to help preserve the AFSOC mission. (Source: 1st
Special Operations Wing Public Affairs, 08/16/12)

A&D workforce study released
Aviation Week today released its 16th Annual Workforce Study, which analyzes current
aerospace and defense workforce issues, trends and opportunities. Among other things, the
study notes that A&D manufacturing has been the strong point of the American economy for
the past four years, and this country is one of the hottest spots for off-shoring. The study
says companies have landed new manufacturing facilities in Virginia, North Carolina, South
Carolina, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. The study is produced by Aviation Week in
collaboration with the Aerospace Industries Association, American Institute of Aeronautics
and Astronautics, NASA and National Defense Industrial Association. (Source: PRNewswire,
08/20/12)

Lifting the aerospace workforce
The Mobile Press-Register poses the question, can a top-tier aerospace company co-exist
with existing mid-wage companies in the same industry? The question came up after Airbus
announced it’s building an A320 assembly line in Mobile, which  is also home to several
smaller aerospace companies. At least one of those companies is looking to expand into
Pensacola, perhaps because of concerns about keeping workers with a new kid on the
block. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 08/20/12)

Marine Aviation tower up
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The 30-foot tall Marine Aviation Memorial Tower is now standing at its
new home at Veterans Memorial Park in Pensacola. The bell tower, funded by donations,
was installed on its base Friday and a dedication was held Sunday, attended by about 400
people. The company that built the tower, the Verdin Co. of Cincinnati, hopes to build 100
similar towers and place them nationwide. (Sources: multiple, including WEAR-TV,
Pensacola News Journal, 08/18/12, WALA-TV and Pensacola News Journal, 08/19/12)

Land use to be discussed
The Tri-County Small Area Studies will be discussed at three public meetings in Okaloosa,
Santa Rosa and Walton counties during the week. The study, a joint venture of three
counties and Eglin Air Force Base that was commissioned in 2011, deals with encroachment
issues affecting Northwest Florida’s military bases. It’s a supplement to the Eglin Joint Land
Use Study, published in 2009, which noted that encroachment – civilian development around
bases – remained a serious issue. The idea behind the study is to balance the needs of the
military mission with civilian development. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 08/18/12)

Contract: EADS, $19.8M
EADS-NA, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $19,811,574 firm-fixed-price contract to provide for
the modification of an existing contract to procure contractor logistic support for the UH-72A
program. Work will be done in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Dec.
31, 2012. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 08/17/12)

Pilot flies 100th F-35 sortie
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Lt. Col. Lee Kloos, commander of the 58th Fighter
Squadron at the 33rd Fighter Wing, flew the 100th sortie of the F-35A variant at the base
Thursday. The 90-miunute flight took Kloos over southern Alabama, Tyndall Air Force Base
and Destin before he returned to Eglin about 10 a.m. He was accompanied on the flight by
another F-35 piloted by Col. Andrew Toth who took off moments later. (Source: Northwest
Florida Daily News, 08/16/12) Eglin is home of the F-35 training center.

Refinancing OKd for parking
The State Bond Commission Thursday approved a request by officials of New Orleans
International Airport to refinance existing bonds for additional parking. The panel approved
the proposal to issue up to $40 million in bonds to refinance existing ones at a lower rate for
an additional five years. The move will save airport officials about $500,000 a year in
existing costs but tack another five years onto the life of the bonds, now set to mature in
2031. (Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 08/16/12)

Bunker buster program moves forward
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Boeing Co. Defense, Space and Security segment in
St. Louis will help the U.S. Air Force design a rocket-propelled bomb for the F-35 that can
destroy enemy bunkers, tunnels and other deeply buried targets. Boeing won a $1.4 million
contract earlier this month for concept development of the High Velocity Penetrating
Weapon (HVPW) program to develop a 2,000-pound bomb with the punch of a 5,000-pound
gravity bomb. Boeing joins a list of defense contractors working on the program, including
Lockheed Martin of Bethesda, Md.; MBDA Missile Systems of Paris and Raytheon of
Waltham, Mass. Boeing also is working on a separate bunker-busting munitions program
called the Massive Ordnance Penetrator. Previous on MOP (Source: Military and Aerospace
Electronics, 08/16/12) Previous on HVPW

Indoor UAV center sparks interest
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Some companies have already said they want to lease
space at a proposed indoor unmanned vehicle test center once it’s built. Larry Sassano,
president of the Okaloosa County Economic Development Council, attended the Association
for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s show in Las Vegas last week and met with
more than two dozen companies developing air and ground systems. Some expressed
interest in the 45,000-square-foot Autonomous Vehicle Center, a venture between the EDC
and the University of Florida that is planned for the UF’s Research and Engineering
Education Facility. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 08/15/12) Previous

Airline swaps A380 for A330, A320
Hong Kong Airlines is canceling an order for 10 A380 aircraft and switching to the smaller
A330 and A320 aircraft, according to Financial Times. The switch came after the airline
canceled its all-business class service to London. Industry watchers were surprised when
the relatively small carrier ordered the world’s largest passenger jet. Now it’s going back to
focusing on short, regional routes. (Source: Financial Times, 08/15/12) Gulf Coast note:
Mobile, Ala., will become the home of an Airbus A320 assembly line. Previous

UT selling Goodrich assets soon
United Technologies will start taking bids soon on some Goodrich assets it has to sell as a
condition of winning regulatory approval for its $16.5 billion takeover of Goodrich. UT closed
its largest-ever acquisition last month, but has to sell assets like Goodrich's power
generation and small-engine control units. Those assets could earn more than $500 million.
The sale has attracted interest from rival aerospace companies. (Source: Reuters,
08/14/12) Previous. Gulf Coast note: The Goodrich Alabama Service Center in Foley, is now
part of UT Aerospace Systems; the former UT-owned Rocketdyne, which has an operation
at Stennis Space Center, Miss., is being sold to GenCorp.

Range squadron changes command
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Lt. Col. Bruce Bunce assumed command of the 81st
Range Control Squadron Aug. 10 from Lt. Col. Ryan Frederick. Bunce previously served as
the deputy squadron commander, 960th Airborne Air Control Squadron; director of
operations, 522nd Training Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. Frederick will be
assigned to Ramstein Air Base, Germany. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs,
08/14/12)

First Mobile A320 customer known
What airline will be the first to get an A320 rolling off the assembly in Mobile, Ala.? According
to Flightglobal, Virgin America will take delivery of an A320neo from Mobile during the first
quarter of 2016. The low-cost carrier will be the U.S. launch customer, and has 30 of the
type on order. (Source: Flightglobal, 08/14/12) Airbus said in a July announcement that it’s
establishing a seven-building, 116-acre assembly line at Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex, the first
assembly line for Airbus in the United States.

Eglin F-35 training accelerates
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Flight training on the F-35 continues to accelerate at the
33rd Fighter Wing. Lt. Col. Lee Kloos, commander of the wing’s 58th Fighter Squadron, said
that in the first week of flying in March there were two flights scheduled. Now in August the
plan is for sixteen F-35 sorties a week and in September it go up to 21. There are nine F-
35As, nine U.S. F-35Bs and one UK F-35B at Eglin. (Source: Flightglobal, 08/13/12) Eglin is
home of the F-35 training center. Luke Air Force Base has also been chosen as a training
center.

Morpheus crashes in test
A small NASA lander being tested for missions to the moon and other destinations beyond
Earth crashed and burned after veering off course during a trial run at the Kennedy Space
Center last week. There were no injuries after the prototype, known as Morpheus, burst into
flames near the runway formerly used by NASA's space shuttles. Designed and built by
engineers at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, it made several flights attached to a
crane before Thursday's attempted free-flight. The engines appeared to ignite as planned,
but a few seconds later Morpheus rolled over on its side and plummeted to the ground.
(Source: Reuters, 08/10/12) Gulf Coast note: The engine that powers the lander was tested
at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

325th preparing for F-22 Raptor
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- In preparation for the arrival of a new operational F-22
Raptor squadron, Hangar 1 is undergoing renovations to support the new 325th  mission.
The 325th transition from Air Education and Training Command to Air Combat Command will
require that the hangar be modified for the F-22. In the past, Hangar 1 was primarily used
for the F-15C Eagle training squadron's mission, but will now be utilized for the 325th
Maintenance Group in support of the 22 additional jets. The project is expected to be
finished by the middle of September. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing, 08/10/12)

NG readies for UAV refueling
Northrop Grumman has flown two Global Hawks in formation under its KQ-X program to
develop the concept of air-to-air refueling for unmanned aerial systems. One aircraft in the
exercise was equipped with a belly-mounted refueling system. The two aircraft did not make
dry contacts or exchange fuel. Under a $33 million deal in 2010 with the Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency, Northrop agreed to demonstrate refueling with a pair of Global
Hawks the company shares with NASA. (Source: Flightglobal, 08/09/12) Gulf Coast note:
Unmanned systems, including Global Hawk, are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

325th changes commander
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Maj. Shawnn Martin assumed command of the 325th
Maintenance Squadron during a change of command ceremony today. Martin was
previously the commander of the 7th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, Dyess Air Force
Base, Texas. He is replacing Maj. Andre Lecours who is retiring. (Source: 325th  Fighter
Wing, 08/10/12)

Guard has F-35 instructor pilot
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Florida Air National Guard Maj. Jay Spohn on Aug. 3 flew
his final of six flights to become the first Guard pilot to qualify as an F-35A instructor pilot at
the multi-service, multi-national Integrated Training Center. Spohn is assigned to the 33rd
Fighter Wing as the assistant director of operations for the 58th Fighter Squadron and the
chief of standards and evaluation for the 33rd Operations Group. Spohn was selected in
November of 2009 to be initial F-35A cadre and help pave the way by developing syllabus
for flight training. It was March 6 this year that the first F-35A flight took place at Eglin.
(Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 08/09/12)

Contract: Sikorsky, $39.3M
Sikorsky Support Services Inc., Pensacola, Fla., is being awarded a $39,297,082
modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery, requirements contract for logistics
services and materials for organizational, intermediate, and depot-level maintenance to
support 148 T-34, 54 T-44, and 178 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), including: NAS
Lemoore, Calif.; NAS Oceana, Va.; Marine Corp Air Station Miramar, Calif.; Naval Air Facility
El Centro, Calif.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Huntsville, Ala.; and NAS Fallon, Nev. Work is expected to
be completed in December 2012. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/08/12)

Company gets contract
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- The airport authority awarded the stormwater management system
augmentation contract to Phoenix Construction of Lynn Haven. Phoenix submitted a bid of
$3.219 million, lowest of five bids. The board and Phoenix spent two years fighting over who
was responsible for problems at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport with sod,
erosion, sand and filtration ponds during construction, and then a year more of litigation
after the airport opened. Eventually, the two reached an agreement. (Source: Panama City
News Herald, 08/07/12)

Mobile offers lessons
Mobile’s successful recruitment of Airbus along with past efforts to attract foreign
investments offers a playbook on how to create U.S. jobs. The United States is still the
premier destination for international firms, but its lead is slipping. A decade ago it attracted
more than 40 percent of global foreign investment, but today it’s 18 percent, according to
the Organization for International Investment. OFII president Nancy McLernon said in an
interview with the Mobile Press-Register that the Airbus deal is an example of how the U.S.
can regain its competitive edge. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 08/07/12)

Bentley wants Airbus suppliers
MOBILE, Ala. – Gov. Robert Bentley said the state has been courting Airbus's growing
supply chain. "As important as bringing Airbus is," Bentley said in a phone interview with
WPMI-TV, the "the suppliers are just as important." Bentley said Florida and Mississippi are
racing to play host to companies that make up the jetliner's supply chain, and he has has
been chatting with company representatives since the Farnborough Airshow last month.
Meanwhile, Mobile County neighbor Baldwin County is also in the race. Economic
Development Alliance President & CEO Lee Lawson said a supply chain opportunity is one
the county has been ready for since EADS lost the Air Force tanker contract to Boeing two
years ago. (Source: WPMI-TV, 08/07/12)

Contract: United Technologies, $9.5M
United Technologies, Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded a $9,557,346 modification to a previously awarded advanced acquisition contract.
This modification is under the previously awarded low rate initial production Lot V
modification contract and includes both fixed-price incentive and cost-plus-incentive contract
line items. This modification is for two additional conventional take-off and landing engines;
associated engineering assistance to production; a mock-up engine; slave modules for
engine depot test cells at Tinker Air Force Base; initial stand-up of a propulsion system
repair capability at Hill Air Force Base; and additional contractor logistics support at Fort
Worth, Texas, and Palmdale, Calif., production sites, and at Eglin, Yuma, Nellis, and
Edwards Air Force bases. Work is expected to be completed in February 2014. The Naval
Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
08/07/12)

Airbus to double U.S. supplier spending
WICHITA, Kan. -- European aerospace giant Airbus said it wants to double the $12 billion it
spends with U.S. suppliers over the next 10 years. Airbus officials were at the Air Capital
Supplier Summit Monday meeting with representatives from 114 companies. Airbus, which
has an engineering center in Wichita, said it would hold a second summit somewhere in
Kansas soon. The summit comes months after Airbus rival Boeing said it would close its
Wichita plant. (Source: Wichita Eagle, 08/06/12) Gulf Coast note: Airbus announced last
month that it would build a seven-building, 116-acre A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala., at
Brookley Aeroplex. Airbus also has an engineering center in Mobile. Previous: Boeing
leaving Wichita; Airbus eyes Washington suppliers

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $210M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a not-to-exceed $209,800,000 modification to a previously awarded contract. This
modification provides for the manufacture and delivery of initial air vehicle spares in support
of 32 F-35 low rate initial production Lot V air vehicles. Work will be performed in Texas,
California, United Kingdom, Florida, New Hampshire and Maryland and is expected to be
completed in June 2015. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/06/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the F-35 training center.

Pemco deal halted
Vision Technologies Aerospace, the aerospace arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering
Ltd., halted its acquisition of Pemco's Tampa aerospace maintenance facility. The company
ended its asset purchase agreement with Pemco World Air Services Inc., after some closing
conditions could not be fulfilled by the seller before the closing deadline. ST Engineering is
the parent company of Mobile's ST Aerospace and Pascagoula's VT Halter Marine. ST
Aerospace Mobile employs about 1,500 at Brookley Aeroplex, where it maintains and
overhauls large airplanes. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 08/06/12)

Boeing, SpaceX, Sierra Nevada win
NASA will provide $1.1 billion in contracts to Boeing, SpaceX and Sierra Nevada to develop
spacecraft to ferry crews to and from the International Space Station. Boeing gets $460
million, SpaceX gets $440 million and Sierra Nevada will receive $212 million. The
announcement was made Friday at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The awards are part of
NASA's Commercial Crew Development program, a potentially multibillion-dollar job of
ferrying astronauts. While NASA works with industry partners to develop commercial
spaceflight capabilities to low Earth orbit, it's also is developing the Orion crew vehicle and
the Space Launch System for deep space exploration. (Sources: NASA, Los Angeles Times,
Boeing, SpaceX via PRNewswire, Sierra Nevada via PRNewswire, 08/03/12) Gulf Coast note:
Stennis Space Center, Miss., tests rocket engines for NASA and commercial companies;
Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans builds Orion and will build the core stage of the
SLS.

Fuel farm gets USDA grant, loan
A $300,000 grant and $740,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be used by
the Hancock County Development Commission to buy an industrial site and build a fuel farm
for a jet engine test facility, which Rolls Royce will lease at NASA's Stennis Space Center.
The USDA program is designed to support job creation and strengthen economic growth in
rural counties. Projects in 12 states are receiving money through Rural Economic
Development Loan and Grant program, which provides zero-interest loans to local utilities
which, in turn, provide funds to local businesses for projects to create and retain
employment in rural areas. (Source: USDA, 08/02/12)

NCAM partnership renewed
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- NASA and Louisiana leaders Thursday committed to a five-year
extension of the partnership in the National Center for Advanced Manufacturing, which
supports aerospace manufacturing research, development and innovation. NCAM was
formed in 1999 and includes NASA, NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility, the state of
Louisiana and the University of New Orleans. This new agreement expands the partnership
to include Louisiana State University, which has engineering and research capabilities that
can assist NCAM in fulfilling the nation's aerospace technology needs. (Source:
PRNewswire, 08/02/12)

Luke gets F-35 training center
Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz., has been selected as an F-35 pilot training center,
joining Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., The base west of Phoenix was competing with bases in
Tucson, Ariz., New Mexico and Idaho for the mission. Glendale officials said the base will get
72 F-35s to train U.S. and foreign pilots. Air Force officials said in a statement that Luke was
chosen because of facility and ramp capacity, range access, weather, as well as capacity for
future growth. (Source: Air Force Times, Arizona Republic, 08/01/12)

Pensacola expects aero company
Reuters is reporting that Pensacola's mayor expects to announce a deal soon with an
aerospace company to bring more than 300 jobs to Northwest Florida. The mayor declined
to name the company, but said it involves an expansion of the company now operating in
Mobile, Ala. The Mobile Press-Register reported in June that officials from Pensacola, some
60 miles to the east, went to Mobile to talk to ST Aerospace about a possible move of all or
part of the 1,000-worker operation to Pensacola. Singapore-owned ST Aerospace, which
repairs aircraft at Brookley Aeroplex, has operated for years in Mobile. (Source: Reuters,
08/01/12) Previous reports indicated the company is concerned about being able to keep
workers once Airbus establishes its A320 assembly line at Brookley Aeroplex. Previous:
Neighbor courts ST Aerospace, Ng: Just a meeting; Related: UPS leaves Mobile for
Pensacola

Indoor UAV test site eyed
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – With the use of unmanned aerial vehicles expected to climb,
Okaloosa County economic development leaders hope to develop an indoor UAV test site.
The Economic Development Council is working to develop the 45,000-square-foot
Autonomous Vehicle Center that will be used to test small unmanned air and ground
vehicles. The $4.5 million Autonomous Vehicle Center will be built on the University of
Florida's Research and Engineering Education Facility near Eglin Air Force Base. The vision
is to have a diverse group use it, from high school students to private companies. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 07/31/12) The Gulf Coast region is heavily involved in UAVS.
Fire Scout and Global Hawk UAVs are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.; the military trains
with UAVs at Stennis Space Center and Camp Shelby, Miss; the Coast Guard has
developed a UAV training course in Mobile, Ala.; Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is involved in
navigation systems for micro unmanned systems.


JULY 2012

Navy tests X-47B
PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- The Navy conducted its first test of the X-47B Unmanned Combat
Air System (UCAS) demonstrator. The tailless, unmanned aircraft built by Northrop
Grumman launched from Pax River and flew for 35 minutes, reaching an altitude of 7,500
feet and an air speed of 180 knots. One of the testing facilities at Pax River is a simulated
aircraft carrier environment, which will allow team members to ensure the aircraft is ready to
operate in testing at sea. Land-based testing will establish X-47B has the ability to conduct
precision approaches and to perform arrested landings and catapult launches prior to actual
aircraft carrier operations. (Source: NNS, 07/29/12) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman
does a portion of the work on its Fire Scout and Global Hawk unmanned systems in Moss
Point, Miss.

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $9.9M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC., Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$9,931,132 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery requirements contract for the Aircraft
Intermediate Maintenance Department support for Chief of Naval Air Training aircraft,
transient aircraft, and other services activities at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., and
NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. Work will be performed in Pensacola, Fla. (60 percent), and
Corpus Christi, Texas (40 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2017.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 07/30/12)

787 engine issues
Rolls-Royce and GE engines used in Boeing's 787 have caused some issues for the new
aircraft. On Saturday, debris shot from the back of a GEnx engine during a ground test at
the Charleston (S.C.) airport. The incident is being investigated. In an earlier incident, All
Nippon Airways temporary grounded five 787s due to gearbox corrosion in the Rolls Royce
Trent 1000 engines. Rolls-Royce is replacing the gearbox units. (Sources: multiple,
including Heraldnet, Seattle Times, 07/29/12, Charleston Regional Business Journal,
07/30/12, Wall Street Journal, 07/23/12) Gulf Coast note: Rolls-Royce engines are tested at
an outdoor facility at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; composite fan platforms and cases for
the GEnx are made by GE Aviation in Batesville, Miss. Previous: Aeromexico orders
Boeings; Airliner picks GEnx engines; Rolls-Royce wins orders; More orders for Rolls-Royce

Saturn V engines eyed for rocket
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Could the engines that powered Saturn V be used again for new NASA
heavy-lift rocket? Dynetics Inc. of Huntsville thinks modified F-1 engines may be just right.
It's negotiating a contract with NASA that could lead to construction of the biggest piece of
rocket hardware in Huntsville since the Apollo program. NASA will use solid rocket boosters
for the first flights of the 70-metric-ton Space Launch System. But it's letting industry
compete over which boosters will be used on the 130-metric-ton version. Dynetics is teaming
with Rocketdyne, which has three modified F-1 turbopumps in storage. Should the project
go all the way through to engine manufacturing and testing, they will be tested at the Stennis
Space Center, Miss. (Source: Huntsville Times, 07/29/12) Rocketdyne has an operation at
SSC. Related: Historic engines to be recovered?

Plans of developer hit snag
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Plans to lease 104 acres of Saufley Field to a private developer have
stalled because of the cost of moving several Saufley commands to Naval Air Station
Pensacola, some 10 miles away. The Department of Defense’s Enhanced Use Leasing
program is designed to produce civilian jobs and provide revenue from under-utilized military
land. Saufley is used for Navy education and training support programs, and its two runways
are used for flight training. The private developer, DCK Worldwide of Pittsburg, envisions a
research/commercial park at Saufley. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 07/29/12)

School board OKs aviation center
BAY MINETTE, Ala. -- The Baldwin County Board of Education approved a resolution to take
part in creation of an aviation training center for public high school students at Fairhope
airport. The board will pay the annual cost of the bond to build the $2 million facility at the
Sonny Callahan Airport, about $144,000 a year. The facility will provide technical training to
prepare students for jobs in the aviation industry, such as those expected to be produced
when Airbus begins building A320 aircraft at Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex. Enterprise
Community College and Faulkner State Community College will provide instructors. Training
will begin in August 2013. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 07/28/12)

SSC tests lander engine
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA engineers recently conducted tests on a liquid
methane, liquid oxygen engine used to power the Project Morpheus lander, which could one
day carry cargo to the moon, asteroids or Mars. The tests on SSC's E-3 Test Stand over
several days marked the first time the Morpheus engine has been tested on its own.
Previous tests were done with the engine installed on the lander. Morpheus could carry a
variety of payloads, including robots, small rovers and labs, to the moon or other celestial
bodies. Morpheus, a NASA-designed vehicle, is one of 20 small projects comprising NASA's
Advanced Exploration Systems Program. Morpheus is a full spacecraft with all the
associated subsystems. The lander has been undergoing tether tests at NASA's Johnson
Space Center in Houston, where it was built. Free flight testing is scheduled this year at
Kennedy Space Center, Fla. (Source: NASA, 07/26/12)

UT finalizes Goodrich deal
HARTFORD, Conn. -- United Technologies Corp. has completed its $18.4 billion acquisition
of Charlotte, N.C.-based Goodrich Corp. To satisfy antitrust concerns, United Technologies
must sell several units, including Goodrich’s engine control systems unit, and Goodrich’s
shares of Aero Engine Controls, an aircraft turbine manufacturing joint venture with Rolls-
Royce. Goodrich will be combined with Hamilton Sundstrand to create the new UTC
Aerospace Systems business unit, headquartered in Charlotte. (Source: PRNewswire,
07/26/12, Charlotte Observer, 07/27/12) Gulf Coast note: Goodrich operates a center in
Foley, Ala.

Contract: Army Fleet Support, $1.9B
Army Fleet Support, Fort Rucker, Ala., was awarded a $1,979,297,394 cost-plus-incentive-
fee contract. The award will provide for the aviation maintenance services. Work will be
performed in Fort Rucker, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2017. The bid was
solicited through the Internet, with five bids received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command,
Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/26/12)

Seeking the propulsion holy grail
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Scientists here are working on a project that has the potential to
revolutionize space travel: a thermonuclear propulsion system. Researchers from the
University of Alabama in Huntsville, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and Boeing are
assembling in the Aerophysics Research Center at Redstone Arsenal a huge piece of
machinery that in a past life tested nuclear weapons effects. "Charger-1 Pulsed Power
Generator" will be one of the largest and most powerful pulse power systems in the
academic world, according to university officials. Scientists consider nuclear fusion the "Holy
Grail" of spacecraft propulsion. As envisioned, multiple launch vehicles would put the
required components into orbit, where the spacecraft would be assembled and a pulsed
fusion engine would launch the spacecraft from high Earth orbit. Nuclear fusion propulsion,
an idea that’s been around for a long time, would cut fuel needed to a few tons instead of
thousands of tons. (Source: University of Alabama in Huntsville, 07/25/2012) Gulf Coast
note: NASA and commercial companies test propulsion systems at Stennis Space Center,
Miss.

Kiplinger: Eglin at risk
Is Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., at risk of being closed in any new round of base closings? That’
s what a recent Kiplinger Report says. The report, which cited unnamed sources on Capitol
Hill and others, lists Eglin along with eight other bases. The article said Eglin’s work could be
transferred to bases in the Northwest, including Montana and Idaho. But it shouldn’t be
taken seriously, according to Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla. He points out that Congress has no
appetite for another base closing round. David Goestch, chairman of the Florida Defense
Support Task Force, also disagreed with the assessment of the risk to Eglin, which received
additional missions from the last base closing round. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
07/26/12)

SLS passes major review
WASHINGTON -- NASA's Space Launch System, which will launch humans farther into space
than ever before, passed a major NASA review Wednesday with completion of a combined
System Requirements Review and System Definition Review. SLS now moves ahead to its
preliminary design phase. The SLS will launch NASA's Orion spacecraft and other payloads,
and provide a new capability for human exploration beyond low Earth orbit. NASA's Marshall
Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., manages the SLS program. The RS-25 core stage
and J-2X upper-stage rocket engine in development by Rocketdyne for the two-stage SLS
will be tested at NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss. Testing has already begun on the J-2X.
The Boeing Co. in Huntsville is designing the SLS core stage, to be built at NASA's Michoud
Assembly Facility in New Orleans and tested at Stennis Space Center before being shipped
to Kennedy Space Center, Fla. (Source: NASA, PRNewswire, 07/25/12) Previous

Aeromexico orders Boeings
Aeromexico plans to buy up to 100 planes from Boeing worth $11 billion. It placed a
provisional order for 90 737 MAX jets and 10 787s. Each 787 will use two GE Aviation GEnx
engines, and each MAX aircraft will be powered by two LEAP engines made by CFM
International, GE Aviation’s joint venture with France’s Safran. The estimated total list price
for the engine orders is $2.65 billion. (Sources: AP, Reuters, ATW Daily News, Dayton
Business Journal, 07/25/12) Gulf Coast note: Composite fan platforms and cases for the
GEnx are made by GE Aviation in Batesville, Miss., and turbine ignitions components,
sensors and harnesses for the GEnx are made in Jacksonville, Fla. GE Aviation is building
engine parts facilities near Hattiesburg, Miss., and Auburn, Ala.; Airbus is building an
assembly line for A320s in Mobile, Ala., which competes with the 737; GE Aviation competes
with Rolls-Royce to power the 787. Rolls-Royce airliner engines are tested at its outdoor
facility at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

J-2X powerpack sets new mark
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- A J-2X powerpack was test fired Tuesday for 1,350
seconds on the A-1 test stand, surpassing the 1,150-second firing of June 8. The
powerpack sits atop the J-2X engine and feeds the thrust chamber, which produces the
engine fire and thrust. The advantage of testing the powerpack without the thrust chamber
is to operate over a wide range of conditions to understand safe limits. The test Tuesday
gathered data on performance of the liquid oxygen and fuel pumps during extreme
conditions. The Rocketdyne J-2X engine will power the upper-stage of a planned two-stage
Space Launch System, which will launch NASA's Orion spacecraft and other payloads for
missions beyond low Earth orbit. (Source: NASA, 07/24/12) Previous: J-2X goes the
distance; Powerpack test sets record

F-22 restrictions lifted
The Air Force has identified the cause of hypoxia-like symptoms a dozen F-22 pilots
suffered, and flight restrictions gradually will be lifted. The Air Force ruled out contaminants
as the cause, and made two changes to solve the hypoxia problem. The first was to order
pilots not to wear the pressure garment vest during high-altitude missions. The vest inflates
to stop blood from pooling, which would cause pilots to black out during high-speed turns.
The Air Force found that a faulty valve caused the vest to inflate and remain inflated under
conditions where it was not designed to inflate. The Air Force also removed a canister filter
from the oxygen delivery system, increasing the volume of air flowing to pilots. (Source:
American Forces Press Service, Reuters, 07/24/12) Gulf Coast note: F-22 pilots are trained
at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.

AF to discuss F-35 bunker buster
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- U.S. Air Force weapons experts will brief industry Oct. 4,
2012 on the progress and future needs of a program to develop a rocket-propelled bomb
for the F-35 that can attack and destroy enemy bunkers, tunnel complexes, and other
buried targets. The briefings will concern progress on the Air Force High Velocity
Penetrating Weapon Flagship Capability Concept (HVPW FCC) program, and future needs
for bunker-busting munition guidance, navigation and control; propulsion; explosives; and
systems integration. The HVPW FCC program seeks to develop technologies for a future
hard-target munition in preparation for a 2014 weapon demonstration. The goal is to build a
2,000-pound weapon with solid-rocket propulsion with the power of a 5,000-pound gravity
bomb. (Source: Avionics Intelligence, 07/24/12)

Airport eyes opportunities
ST. ELMO, Ala. -- Supporters of St. Elmo Airport hope to market the 738-acre general
aviation airport as a job creator for the south-Mobile County community. The airport some
18 miles from Brookley Aeroplex is state-owned and has 20 hangars and a 4,000-foot
landing strip. John Eagerton, bureau chief for the Alabama Department of Transportation's
Aeronautics Bureau, said the state has been positioning the airport take advantage of
opportunities such as Airbus' decision to locate its first U.S. assembly plant at Brookley. The
state has invested between $6 million and $8 million in capital improvements at the airport in
the last 15 years. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 07/24/12)

UK F-35 now at Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The first international F-35 arrived at Eglin Air Force Base
this morning. It’s now with the Marine Strike Fighter Training Squadron 501 at the 33rd
Fighter Wing. ZM135, an F-35B, took off from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve
Base in Texas for the 90-minute flight to Eglin. It was piloted by Royal Air Force Squadron
Leader Jim Schofield. The F-35B combines short take off and vertical landing technology
with supersonic speed and stealth. The STOVL jets will also be flown by the U.S. Marine
Corps. The F-35B pairs a Pratt and Whitney F135 engine and the Rolls-Royce LiftSystem.
The UK was the first of eight international partners to join the F-35 program and plans to
acquire the F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing aircraft. (Source: GCAC, 07/23/12)

Rocketdyne being sold to GenCorp.
United Technologies reached an agreement to sell Rocketdyne, currently part of Pratt and
Whitney, to aerospace manufacturer GenCorp Inc. for $550 million. Rocketdyne, based in
Canoga Park, Calif., and the world's largest maker of liquid-fueled rocket propulsion
systems, will nearly double GenCorp's size. GenCorp also ownes Aerojet, which produces
solid-fuel rocket motors. Rocketdyne is one of three units UT put on the block in an effort to
fund the manufacturer's $16.5 billion takeover of Goodrich Corp. of Charlotte, N.C.
(Sources: PRNewswire, Reuters, 07/23/12) Gulf Coast note: Rocketdyne has an operation
at Stennis Space Center, Miss., that assembles and tests rocket engines. Aerojet engines
are tested at SSC; Goodrich has a service center in Foley, Ala.

Guard pilots gets turn with F-35
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Air National Guard took its first turn at the controls of
an F-35 last week. Maj. Jay Spohn, the chief of standards and evaluation at the 33rd
Operations Group, flew on July 16. He’s one of two Guard pilots and two Reserve pilots in
training with the 33rd Wing at Eglin. Spohn’s first flight came five days after the 33rd Fighter
Wing flew its 100th sortie. (Source: Air Force Times, 07/22/12)

Change of command at Tyndall
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Lt. Col. R. Travis Koch took over command of the 43rd
Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base Friday. Koch takes over for Lt. Col. Bradley
Bird, who will be leaving to attend the Eisenhower School in Washington, D.C. Koch is a
command pilot with more than 2,000 flight hours, primarily in the F-15C and F-22. (Source:
Panama City News Herald, 07/21/12)

UK accepts first F-35
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The United Kingdom accepted the first international Lockheed
Martin F-35 in a ceremony with senior representatives of the U.K. Ministry of Defence and
the U.S. Department of Defense. The U.K. was the first of eight international partners to join
the F-35 program and plans to acquire the F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL)
aircraft. Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners,
Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace the A-
10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV8-B
Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least 10 other countries.
(Source: Lockheed Martin, 07/19/20) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of
the F-35 training center.

SDB II finds, hits moving target
Raytheon’s GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) program achieved a milestone when it
successfully engaged and hit a moving target during a flight test at the White Sands Missile
Range, N.M. Currently in engineering and manufacturing development, SDB II is designed to
engage moving targets in adverse weather and through battlefield obscurants. Raytheon
said Thursday that during a test on Tuesday, the crew of an Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle
fighter jet operating from Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico released an SDB II, which
then tracked and guided itself to a moving vehicle, scoring a direct hit. The Air Force runs
the program from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. "The excitement level here (at Raytheon) is only
matched by the excitement level at Eglin," said John O'Brien, Raytheon's SDB II program
director, adding that the program remains on schedule and budget. (Source: PRNewswire,
07/19/12, Arizona Daily Star, Military and Aerospace Electronics, 07/20/12)

AAC is no more
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Air Armament Center was formally deactivated during
a ceremony Wednesday. Eglin Air Force Base’s aerial weapons development missions now
falls under the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
in Ohio, and its test missions is now under the Air Force Test Center at Edwards Air Force
Base, Calif. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, affirmed
that Eglin’s missions, notably the economically vital research, development, testing, and
evaluation tasks, will remain at Eglin, and only the leadership structure was changing.
(Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 07/18/12)

RR flying test bed at Tucson
TUCSON, Ariz. -- A Rolls-Royce Boeing 747 "flying test bed" is at Tucson International
Airport as part of a project with Raytheon Technical Services to test the Trent 1000.
Raytheon won a contract with Rolls-Royce to provide site test and maintenance operations
services for the flying test bed, Raytheon spokeswoman Melissa Cleary said. The Rolls-
Royce engine is designed for the Boeing 787. Boeing also offers customers the GE Aviation
GEnx for the fuel-efficient 787. (Source: Arizona Daily Star, 07/17/12) Gulf Coast note: Rolls-
Royce tests jetliner engines at its outdoor test stand at Stennis Space Center, Miss.;
Raytheon Technical Services has an operation at SSC.

Airbus, and then some
The Mobile Press-Register’s George Talbot, who went to the Farnborough International Air
Show, came back with some fresh insight, including that the Airbus decision to place an
assembly line at Brookley Aeroplex may be an even bigger deal than first imagined. (Source:
Mobile Press-Register, 07/18/12)

On-orbit testing of MUOS completed
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Lockheed Martin completed on-orbit testing of the first Mobile User
Objective System (MUOS) satellite, designated MUOS-1, paving the way for the U.S. Navy's
multi-service operational test and evaluation phase in preparation for the start of operations
in August 2012. MUOS-1 was launched Feb. 24, 2012 atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V
rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. A narrowband tactical satellite
communications system, MUOS will provide communications, including simultaneous voice,
video and data. (Source: PRNewswire, 07/17/12) Gulf Coast note: Work on the propulsion
system for the MUOS, an A2100 satellite-based spacecraft, is done at Stennis Space
Center, Miss. Previous

Study warns of job losses
The four states that have a piece of the Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor would lose a
combined 158,341 jobs as a result of automatic governments spending cuts due to kick in
Jan. 2. That’s according to a study commissioned by the Aerospace Industries Association,
a trade group of aerospace manufacturers. Of the four states, Florida would lose the most
with 79,456 jobs eliminated, followed by Alabama with 38,778. Louisiana would see 28,432
jobs go away and Mississippi 11,672. The report by George Mason University says 2.14
million jobs could be lost in the nation in one year if the $1.2 trillion in mandated cuts take
effect under the Budget Control Act of 2011. (Source: GCAC, 07/18/12) AIA news release;
study

Contract: EADS NA, $9.7M
EADS North America Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $9,706,114 firm-fixed-price contract
to provide engineering support services. Work will be done in Columbus, Miss., with an
estimated completion date of June 30, 2016. One bid was solicited, with one bid received.
The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 07/17/12)

F-35 talks continue
Talks between the Pentagon and Lockheed Martin over the next F-35 production contract
may wrap up soon. “I’m hopeful we’ll have a settlement before too much time goes by,”
Undersecretary for Acquisition Frank Kendall told reporters Monday. Negotiations for the
fifth production contract of as many as 30 F-35s have been under way since last year. The
first four contracts for 63 jets are exceeding their combined target cost by $1 billion,
according to congressional auditors. (Source: Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 07/17/12) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base is home of the F-35 training center.

Airbus impact explored
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus’ A320 assembly line at Brookley Aeroplex will have a measurable
impact on the city’s economy, enough to make the city a better bet for lenders, according to
a recent report by Moody’s Investor Service. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 07/16/12)
Meanwhile, an economic development official in Columbus, Miss., said he thinks Mobile is in
for a big ride. He should know. The small city in Mississippi saw a lot of growth after the
same company that owns Airbus established a helicopter manufacturing plant a decade ago.
(Source: Mobile Press-Register, 07/16/12)

Wing chalks up 100th F-35 sortie
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Marine Lt. Col. David Berke, commanding officer for the
Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, completed the 100th F-35 sortie at the 33rd
Fighter Wing July 11. The 33 FW’s flights completed include 74 F-35A sorties and F-35B
sorties. Current flying operations at the wing consist of Marine and Air Force fighter pilots
checking out in the F-35 variants for each service. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 07/12/12)

Change coming Wednesday
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Air Armament Center missions will officially become
part of two other Air Force Materiel Command centers during a ceremony Wednesday at 9 a.
m. Eglin’s air armament development and acquisition mission will align to the Air Force Life
Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and the test mission
will be part of the Air Force Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Eglin’s 96th Air
Base Wing will be redesignated the 96th Test Wing. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 07/16/12)

Schwartz at Hurburt for “fini flight”
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz made his final flight
as an active duty officer aboard an MC-130E Combat Talon last week. During a visit to
Hurlburt to meet with airmen and Air Force Special Operations Command leadership,
Schwartz joined an MC-130E crew on a local training sortie, which served as Schwartz's "fini
flight" in the Air Force. The MC-130E he flew, No. 64-0568, belongs to the 919th Special
Operations Wing, an Air Force Reserve wing at Duke Field, Fla. "This is more than a little
sentimental for me to be back in this seat again," said Schwartz, whose retirement ceremony
will be held Aug. 10 at Joint Base Andrews, Md. (Source: AFNS, 07/14/12)

53rd WEG changes command
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Col. James Vogel assumed command of the 53rd
Weapons Evaluation Group during an assumption of command ceremony Friday. Vogel was
previously the commander of Detachment 6, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation
Center, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 07/13/12)

Airbus to learn from Eurocopter
COLUMBUS, Miss. – An American Eurocopter plant that opened less than a decade ago to
assemble helicopters is now more efficient than its European counterpart. And officials from
Airbus, which plans to build an A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala., are taking a close look to
benefit from that plant’s experience. The Mississippi plant, which builds helicopters from the
ground up for the U.S. military, law enforcement and others, is a subsidiary of EADS, which
is also the parent of Airbus. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 07/15/12)

Cochran: Rehabilitate test stand
Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., said he supports NASA's proposal to rehabilitate and reuse
the B-2 rocket test stand at Stennis Space Center, Miss. NASA proposes spending $12
million to initiate the project that would support NASA's Space Launch System program,
designed to send astronauts into deep space. NASA is expected to make significant
investments in the B-2 test stand, an estimated $168 million through 2014, to prepare it for
core stage testing. Cochran said the decision to reuse the B-2 test stand followed an SLS
program evaluation of the costs and benefits of options for required testing of SLS engines.
(Source: Sen. Thad Cochran, 07/13/12)

J-2X goes the distance
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA engineers conducted a 550-second test of the J-
2X rocket engine at the A-2 Test Stand, the latest in a series of firings to gather data for
engine development. This was the first flight-duration test of the engine's nozzle extension, a
bell shaped device to increase engine performance. Operators collected data about the
extension's performance in conditions that simulated heights up to 50,000 feet. Additionally,
operators introduced different propellant pressures at startup. The Pratt and Whitney
Rocketdyne J-2X engine will power the upper-stage of a planned two-stage Space Launch
System, which will launch NASA's Orion spacecraft and other payloads. (Source: NASA/SSC,
07/13/12)

Contract: Logistics Svcs, $11.6M
Logistics Services International, Jacksonville, Fla., was awarded an $11,602,225 firm-fixed-
price contract. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure
UH-60M Black Hawk Maintenance Trainers. Work will be done in Pensacola, Fla., with an
estimated completion date of June 28, 2017. The U.S. Army Contracting Command,
Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/13/12)

Crew capsule design review done
SpaceX has completed a design review of the crewed version of the Dragon spacecraft that
in May successfully docked with the International Space Station. The concept baseline
review presented NASA with the primary and secondary design elements of the Dragon
capsule that will carry astronauts into low Earth orbit, including the ISS. SpaceX is one of
several companies working to develop crew transportation capabilities under the
Commercial Crew Development Round 2 agreement with NASA's Commercial Crew Program.
While NASA works with private companies, the agency is developing the Orion spacecraft
and Space Launch System for deep space missions. (Source: NASA, 07/12/12) Gulf Coast
note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., tests rocket engines for NASA's SLS program, as well as
engines for commercial companies; Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans builds the
Orion crew vehicle and will build the core of the SLS.

Tyndall wing gets new vice commander
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Col. David Graff, the new vice commander of the 325th
Fighter Wing, is happy to be back in Bay County. Graff, who became vice commander June
25, is on his third tour at Tyndall. His first time was in 1995 as a student in the F-15 Eagle
program, and he came back to the 325th Fighter Wing in 1998 as an instructor pilot with the
2nd Fighter Squadron, then later served as a weapons officer with the 95th FS. (Source:
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 07/12/12)

325th MOS changes command
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Maj. Brady Poe accepted command of the 325th
Maintenance Operations Squadron from Maj. Christopher Cullen during a change of
command ceremony Thursday. Poe arrived from the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron,
509th Maintenance Group at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. where he served as the
operations officer. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 07/12/12)

Airbus wins $16.9B at show
FARNBOROUGH, England -- Airbus said Thursday that it had won orders and commitments
for a total of 115 aircraft worth $16.9 billion at this week's Farnborough International Air
Show. The orders confirm strong recent demand for revamped versions of its A320 and
A330 passenger jets from airlines hungry for more fuel-efficient jets, but far below the record
$72.2 billion in orders notched up at the Paris air show last year. The plane maker's tally
also lags that of rival Boeing, which has announced orders for 220 jetliners worth $20.6
billion at list prices, mostly for current and new versions of its 737 single-aisle plane.
(Source: MarketWatch, 07/12/12)

Airbus incentives OK’d
MOBILE, Ala. – The Mobile City Council and Mobile County Commission approved incentives
for Airbus worth $29 million. The aircraft maker is building an A320 assembly line at
Brookley Aeroplex. The state and the Mobile Airport Authority have pledged $129.5 million,
bringing the total incentive package to $158.5 million. The bulk of the county's and city's
incentives, $10 million each, will be payable over the next five years. (Source: Mobile Press-
Register, 07/12/12)

Airline picks GEnx engines
Germany's second largest airline, airberlin, selected the GEnx-1B engine to power its fleet of
15 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners for which orders are confirmed. The airline also signed a 12-
year agreement to cover the maintenance, repair and overhaul of its GEnx engines in a deal
valued at more than $1.2 billion over the life of the contract. The GEnx-1B engine entered
service in April with Japan Airlines and has accumulated more than 3,000 flight hours and
close to 900 cycles. More than 800 GEnx-1B engines have been sold to more than 25
customers. (Source: GE Aviation, 07/10/12) Gulf Coast note: GE Aviation’s plant in
Batesville, Miss., makes composite fan stator, acoustic panels and fan platforms for GE90
engines and composite fan platforms and fan cases for GEnx engines. GE Aviation’s
Ellisville plant, near Hattiesburg, when finished, will build advanced composite components
for jet engines. The plant in Auburn, Ala., when built, will make precision machined parts for
commercial and military engines.

More orders for Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce won a $630 million contract with Brazil-based Synergy Aerospace to provide
Trent 700 engines and long-term engine service support for nine Airbus A330s. Of the nine
aircraft, six will be passenger jets and three freighters. More than 1,400 Trent 700 engines
are now in service or on firm order. (Source: Rolls-Royce, 07/12/12) Gulf Coast note: Rolls-
Royce tests airliner engines at its outdoor facility at NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss. It's
currently constructing a second facility at SSC. Previous

Eglin medics get Bronze Stars
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Two combat medics received Bronze Stars during a
ceremony Wednesday at Eglin Air Force Base. Between them, Lt. Col. Patrick Brannan and
Maj. Richard Barnett performed more than 1,000 surgeries on wounded service members
and nationals in Afghanistan. The Bronze Star is the ninth highest honor conferred by the
armed services. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 07/11/12)

Hypoxia issues continue
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – There were two more incidents involving F-22 pilots suffering from
hypoxia when they flying an F-22. One incident was in Virginia and the other in Hawaii. Two
members of Congress issued a letter of concern to the secretary of the Air Force. The letter
also makes reference to a “grounding incident” of an F-22 at Tyndall Air Force Base in May,
which the Air Force contends was not a crash. (Source: Panama City News Herald,
07/12/12) Tyndall is the home of the 325th Fighter Wing, which provide training for F-22
Raptor pilots, maintenance personnel and air battle managers. Previous

Airbus, Alcoa ink deal
Alcoa has signed new multiyear agreements valued at about $1.4 billion to supply Airbus
with products for virtually all of the passenger-jet maker's commercial programs. Alcoa will
supply aluminum and aluminum-lithium wing parts and fuselage panels for Airbus's A320
and A380 jetliners as well as the A350 wide-body jet that is still in development. Alcoa has
stepped up its aluminum-lithium offerings as competition has intensified from carbon-fiber
reinforced plastic. (Source: MarketWatch, NASDAQ, 07/11/12) Gulf Coast note: Airbus plans
to build an assembly line for A320 jetliners at Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Ala.

SELEX Galileo gets AGS contract
SELEX Galileo, a Finmeccanica company, has been awarded a contract worth $171 million
by Northrop Grumman for NATO's Alliance Ground Surveillance program, which uses a
Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle platform. Thirteen NATO countries are participating in
the program: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania,
Luxembourg, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United States. SELEX Galileo will
be responsible for the fixed mission operational support and transportable general ground
station components of the AGS system's ground-based element, and contribute to the
telecommunications suite. (Source: defpro, 07/11/12) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman
builds the Global Hawk center fuselage in Moss Point, Miss.; SELEX Galileo has an
operation in Kiln, Miss., near NASA's Stennis Space Center.

Rolls-Royce wins orders
Rolls-Royce was selected by Cathay Pacific Airways to provide Trent XWB engines for 10
Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, subject to the approval of the Cathay board. The airline also will
convert 16 orders for Airbus A350-900 aircraft to A350-1000s. All 26 aircraft will be powered
by the higher-thrust version of the Trent XWB engine. (Source: Rolls-Royce, 07/10/12) Rolls-
Royce also won an order worth $280 million at list prices from Avianca for Trent 700 engines
to power four Airbus A330 freighter aircraft, (Source: Rolls-Royce, 07/11/12), and an order
from Garuda Indonesia Airlines for Trent 700 engines to power 11 Airbus A330 aircraft.
(Source: Rolls-Royce, 07/12/12) Gulf Coast note: Rolls-Royce tests airliner engines at its
outdoor facility at NASA's Stennis Space Center. It's currently constructing a second facility
at SSC.

Leasing company commits to A320
China Aircraft Leasing Co., a Hong Kong based aircraft leasing company, signed a
Memorandum of Understanding at the Farnborough International Air show for 36 current
generation A320s. CALC currently owns 11 Airbus aircraft including five A320s, five A321s
and one A330. It also has three A330s and five A320s aircraft in its delivery pipeline.
(Source: Airbus, 07/11/12) Gulf Coast note: Airbus plans to build an A320 assembly line in
Mobile, Ala.

AFMC changes continue
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- The Air Force Global Logistics Support Center officially
became part of the Air Force Sustainment Center of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., during a
ceremony Wednesday. The change is part of the Air Force Materiel Command
reorganization, announced in November, that consolidates the command's number of
centers from 12 to five. (Source: AFNS, 07/11/12) Gulf Coast note: At Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., the 96th Air Base Wing will be re-designated the 96th Test Wing on July 18. Previous
related

Hurlburt gets new commanders
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Maj. Ronald Kolodziekczyk became the new commander of the 1st
Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron June 25. Previous assignments
include 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Hurlburt and 1st Special
Operations Maintenance Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: 1st Special
Operations Wing Public Affairs, 07/11/12) On June 5, Lt. Col. Richard Carrell became
commander of the 15th Special Operations Squadron. Previous assignments include
operations officer, 1st Special Operations Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, and
evaluator navigator of the 15th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt. (Source: 1st
Special Operations Wing Public Affairs, 07/11/12)

Airbus eyes Washington suppliers
Airbus is looking for suppliers in Boeing’s home state, according to a story in the Seattle
Times. David Williams, vice president of procurement at Airbus Americas, met with
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire to discuss opportunities. His job is to find more U.S.
suppliers for Airbus and its parent, EADS. Williams said in an interview at the Farnborough
International Air Show that Washington is a key aerospace state, “an obvious pond to fish.”
The state has 740 aerospace suppliers. (Source: Seattle Times, 07/11/12)

Governor: A good kind of fatigue
Alabama’s governor traveled 6,000 miles from Montgomery to Germany then on to London
for the Farnborough air show. In the past two days alone, Gov. Robert Bentley met with two
dozen companies, conducted a dozen interviews and delivered half as many speeches. The
Mobile Press-Register talked to the governor as he started the long trek back home.
(Source: Mobile Press-Register, 07/11/12)

F-35: Pilot and software
The 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., schoolhouse for the F-35, is ready to
graduate its first non-cadre student F-35 pilot. It's Marine Lt. Col. Roger Hardy, the first non-
test pilot, non-initial cadre pilot to qualify in the fighter. (Source: Flightglobal, 07/11/12)
Meanwhile, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter team has started to test fly the Lockheed Martin-
built jet's Block 2A software. The test team has already started to undertake maturity flights
for that software in order to release it to the F-35 training unit at Eglin. (Source: Flightglobal,
07/11/12)

Pensacola temp home for pilots
PENSACOLA, Fla. – F/A-18 pilots from the USS Harry S Truman are in Pensacola using an
outlying field for carrier landing practice while repairs are made to their field in Oceana, Va.
About 100 aviators, some using Super Hornets and others the previous generation Hornet,
are in Northwest Florida for three weeks of training that will take them though most of July.
They are using an outlying field called Choctaw near Naval Air Station Whiting Field.
(Source: Pensacola News Journal, 07/11/12)

Fire Scout training center established
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A new training facility for the Navy’s Fire Scout unmanned helicopter
opened Tuesday at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. The Fire Scout Training Center will
meet increasing demands for trained operators as the system is used more during
deployments. New flight simulators were placed in the facility to improve the quality of
training, incorporating lessons learned during the MQ-8B Fire Scout's recent land- and sea-
based deployments. Typical training lasts about six weeks. (Source: Northrop Grumman,
07/10/12) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part at the Northrop Grumman Unmanned
Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss.

More F-35s arriving at Eglin soon
The first four F-35s manufactured as part of the low rate initial production Lot 3 will begin
ferrying to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in coming days. They will bring the total F-35s at Eglin
to 16. The Department of Defense now has more operational-coded F-35s than test aircraft.
A total of nine F-35s have been delivered for the year, giving DoD 30 aircraft – 16
operational and 14 test planes. DOD has eight test aircraft at Naval Air Station Patuxent
River, Md., and six test aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (Source: Lockheed Martin,
07/10/12)

Contract: EADS, $15.2M
EADS North America Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $15,221,000 firm-fixed-price
contract. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure
contractor logistic support. Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated
completion date of June 30, 2016. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal,
Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/09/12)

Union will try to organize Mobile plant
The International Association of Machinists will try to organize Airbus' workers in Mobile, Ala.,
when the A320 assembly line opens. That’s what IAM President Tom Buffenbarger told The
Street. Airbus announced just over a week ago that it plans to build a new seven-building,
116-acre complex at Brookley Aeroplex to build A320 jetliners. Buffenbarger said the union
has a good relationship with Airbus, and that he’s surprised it’s taken the company this long
to establish an assembly line in the United States. (Source: The Street, 07/09/12)

Goldman leaving NASA for Aerojet
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Acting Marshall Space Flight Center Director Gene Goldman Monday
said he's retiring from the space agency in August to lead Aerojet's southeast regional
operations. He'll head up Aerojet's Southeast Space Operations. Taking over at MSFC will
be current Marshall Associate Director Robin Henderson. Aerojet and Teledyne Brown
Engineering will built a new rocket engine in Huntsville that will be marketed to NASA and the
Air Force. Goldman is the former director of Stennis Space Center, Miss. (Sources:
Huntsville Times, SpaceRef, Globe Newswire, 07/09/12) Gulf Coast note: Aerojet tests its AJ-
26 engine at SSC.

Ng: Just a meeting
MOBILE, Ala. – ST Aerospace Mobile President Joseph Ng said the rumor that the company
is considering a move to Pensacola, Fla., is just that, a rumor. He confirmed meeting with
Pensacola officials, but provided no details. Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward, through a
spokesman, declined to comment. Ng said his company, which has 1,500 workers, looks
forward to opportunities with Airbus, which plans an A320 assembly line at Brookley
Aeroplex, which is also the home of ST Aerospace Mobile. (Source: Mobile Press-Register,
07/09/12) Previous. In Pensacola, a columnist wrote Sunday that sources said ST
Aerospace initiated the contact. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 07/08/12) Meanwhile,
Singapore Technologies Aerospace, parent of ST Aerospace Mobile, said it secured $370
million in new contracts in the second quarter of 2012, including contracts for aircraft
maintenance and modification. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 07/09/12)

Fort Rucker gets new leader
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- The Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker will be
getting a new commander. It’s Maj. Gen. Kevin W. Mangum, who most recently served as
commanding general of the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command at Fort Bragg,
N.C. Mangum replaces Maj. Gen. Anthony G. Crutchfield, who is being assigned as chief of
staff, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii. (Source: DoD, 07/09/12) Fort
Rucker, near Dothan, Ala., is the primary flight training base for Army aviators.

AFFTC being renamed
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Air Force Flight Test Center will become the Air
Force Test Center during a ceremony July 13. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, commander of Air
Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, will preside. The
redesignation results from the command's consolidation of 12 centers to five. The Air Force
Test Center will oversee work at Edwards as well as Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and Arnold
Air Force Base, Tenn. The Arnold operation was redesigned the Arnold Engineering and
Development Complex July 6. At Eglin, the 96th Air Base Wing will be re-designated the 96th
Test Wing on July 18. Missions at each location will continue. (Source: AFNS, 07/08/12)

A320neo production begins
TOULOUSE, France -- Less than a week after the announcement that Airbus will build an
A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala., the first "cutting of metal" for the A320neo version has
taken place in Toulouse. It marks the start of manufacturing of the fuel-efficient version of
the popular A320. The event was the machining of the first component for the engine pylon,
the structures that hold the engine to the wing. The pylon has much in common with the
existing type, but incorporates more titanium and new features tailored for fuel-efficient
engines. (Source: Airbus, 07/08/12)

Research gets NASA funding
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – A University of Southern Mississippi marine science professor is
embarking on a year-long project to determine if life is possible on Mars. Scott Milroy will
attempt to grow blue-green algae, cyanobacteria, in incubation chambers at Stennis Space
Center, Miss., that mimic Mars’ surface conditions. The experiment is one of five university
projects nationwide that NASA is funding to provide science and engineering opportunities
to university students. Experiments in two of the projects will eventually be flown on the
International Space Station. (Source: Hattiesburg American, 07/07/12)

Reception draws 500
The Mobile Press-Register’s George Talbot, in London for the Farnborough International Air
Show, reports about a reception in London that drew 500 dignitaries Sunday. Airbus’
decision to build an assembly line in Mobile, Ala., made the reception, hosted by the
Aerospace Alliance, a must event. Delegates from Mobile said they have a full dance card of
meetings with prospects beginning early Monday. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 07/08/12)
Meanwhile, Reuters reports that Ray Conner, Boeing’s new commercial planes chief, on
Sunday downplayed plans by rival Airbus to open its first U.S. assembly line. He said airline
customers don’t care where planes are built, just the value they offer. (Source: Reuters,
07/08/12)

Alabama reps arrive in London
LONDON -- Alabama business and political leaders are arriving in England looking to
capitalize on the announcement last week that Airbus will build a $600 million A320 assembly
line in Mobile. The announcement continues to generate headlines, giving the state
momentum heading into the Farnborough International Air Show. A delegation of 80
Alabamians, including about two dozen from Mobile, is led by Gov. Robert Brantley. The
group will kick off the week with a reception Sunday night hosted by the Aerospace Alliance,
a trade association representing the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.
“We’re actually having to turn away guests because we don’t have enough space,” said Neal
Wade, chairman of the Aerospace Alliance and director of the Bay County (Florida)
Economic Development Alliance. He said the reception will draw many of the top Airbus
suppliers that are expected to locate near the new plant, which is scheduled to begin
production in 2016. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 07/07/12)

Airport sees boost from Airbus
FAIRHOPE, Ala. -- The H.L. "Sonny" Callahan Airport in Baldwin County may be in good
position to benefit from Airbus' decision to build an A320 assembly line in nearby Mobile. For
years the airport authority has worked to turn the airport into an economic development
engine, including buying 250 acres adjacent to the runway in 2007. The runway itself was
expanded a few years earlier to handle commercial or military aircraft. Airport Authority
chairman Charles Zunk the Fairhope airport and the airport in Moss Point, Miss., are both
well-positioned. He said Fairhope is qualified for secondary vendors for Airbus. Aviation
entities already located at or near Fairhope include Continental Motors, Segers Aero, the
Alabama Department of Public Safety, AMRO, PHI and John Ward Flight Training. About 50
aircraft are based at Fairhope. Also in the works is an aviation training facility. (Source:
Mobile Press-Register, 07/05/12)

Airbus good for USA students
MOBILE, Ala. – The announcement that Airbus will build an assembly line for A320 jetliners
in Mobile will mean University of South Alabama’s College of Engineering students will have
a better chance staying in the area. A partnership between Airbus and USA was already in
place prior to the announcement, but the latest news boosts the relationship, meaning more
USA engineering graduates could be hired on by Airbus. (Source: Mobile Press-Register,
07/06/12)

Aerospace book updated
The second annual "Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor 2012-2013," published early last month,
has been updated to include details about the major announcement that Airbus will built an
A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala., a move that promises to be a watershed event for the
Gulf Coast region. The book focuses on the considerable aerospace activities in the region
between New Orleans and Northwest Florida, including space, pilot training, weapons
development and more. It's available as a free PDF or as a printed book at cost. (Source:
Gulf Coast Reporters’ League, 07/05/12)

World air fleet to double in 20 years
Boeing is projecting a $4.5 trillion market for 34,000 new airplanes over the next 20 years as
the current world fleet doubles in size, according to the Boeing 2012 Current Market Outlook
released Tuesday. The company's annual forecast reflects the strength of the commercial
aviation market. Airline traffic is forecasted to grow at a 5 percent annual rate over the next
two decades, with cargo traffic projected to grow at an annual rate of 5.2 percent. The
single-aisle market will continue its robust growth. (Source: Boeing, 07/03/12) Gulf Coast
note: Boeing competitor Airbus is establishing an A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala., in part
because of the high demand for single-aisle jetliners. It competes with Boeing’s 737.

PW welcomes Airbus plant
Among those congratulating Airbus for its decision to build an assembly line for A320s in
Mobile, Ala., was Pratt & Whitney. The company, part of United Technologies, provides
engines for the A320 family of aircraft: the PW1100G-JM and the V2500 engine made by the
International Aero Engines collaboration. "Airbus' decision to open a new production facility
and create high-tech jobs here in the United States is a very positive sign for the entire
aerospace industry," said UTC Chairman and Chief Executive, Louis Chênevert. Pratt &
Whitney President David Hess said his company "looks forward to building on our
longstanding partnership with Airbus and powering many of the aircraft being assembled in
Mobile." (Source: Pratt and Whitney, 07/02/12) In a related matter, Rolls-Royce late last
month completed the restructuring of its participation in International Aero Engines
Collaboration. The company sold its equity to Pratt & Whitney, though Rolls-Royce
continues to manufacture high-pressure compressors, fan blades and discs as well as the
provision of engineering support and final assembly of 50 per cent of V2500 engines. Other
IAE shareholders are Pratt & Whitney Aero Engines International GmbH, Japanese Aero
Engines Corp., and MTU Aero Engines GmbH. (Source: Rolls-Royce, 06/29/12) UT's Pratt &
Whitney Rocketdyne assembles and tests rocket engines at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

MAF-built Orion now at KSC
The first space-bound Orion spacecraft crew module has been delivered to the Operations
and Checkout Building on NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The crew module structure
recently underwent its final friction stir weld at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New
Orleans, and was transported to KSC to be readied for its Exploration Flight Test in 2014.
Over the next year and a half the crew module will undergo final assembly, integration and
testing at KSC in preparation for the Exploration Flight Test. Additional subsystems will be
installed, including propulsion, thermal protection, environmental control, avionics, power,
mechanisms, and landing and recovery systems. The EFT-1 flight will be NASA’s first orbital
flight test beyond low Earth orbit since the 1960s. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 07/02/12) Gulf
Coast note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., tests the rocket engines that will be used in the
Space Launch System that will launch future Orion flights.

46th tests alcohol fuel in A-10
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The 40th Flight Test Squadron made history June 28 flying
the first aircraft to use a new fuel blend derived from alcohol. The fuel, known as ATJ
(Alcohol-to-Jet) is the third alternative fuel to be evaluated by the Air Force for fleet-wide
use as a replacement for standard petroleum-derived JP-8 aviation fuel. "The A-10 is the
first aircraft ever to fly on this fuel," said Jeff Braun, Chief for the Air Force Alternative Fuel
Certification Division, at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio. It flew without any issues. ATJ is a
cellulousic-based fuel that can be derived using wood, paper, grass, anything that is a cell-
based material. The sugars extracted from these materials are fermented into alcohols,
which are then hydro-processed into the aviation-grade kerosenes used for aviation fuel.
(Source: Team Eglin Public Affairs, 07/02/12)

Mobile welcomes Airbus
MOBILE, Ala. -- In an announcement that sounded at times like a pep rally and patriotic
celebration, Europe's Airbus and Alabama dignitaries today made it official: Mobile is getting
a $600 million A320 assembly plant. It will eventually make 40 to 50 aircraft a year. Building
the Airbus complex at Brookley Aeroplex will create 3,200 construction jobs alone, and the
plant will eventually employ 1,000 people, but official said the ripple effect will mean 5,000
jobs in the region. The Airbus complex will include seven buildings on 116 acres. Sections of
the aircraft built in Europe will be shipped to the Alabama State Docks in Mobile and
fabricated at Brookley. The project, which includes state and local incentives, puts Mobile,
Alabama and the Gulf Coast region in a select club of locations producing commercial
airliners. The arrival of the world's largest aircraft manufacturer on to the home turf of its
chief rival, Boeing, is likely to change the dynamics of the aerospace industry for years to
come. Airbus opted to build the U.S. plant to satisfy the growing need of airliners for fuel-
efficient short to medium-haul replacement jets. (Source: GCAC, 07/02/12)

Airbus chief toasts Mobile
MOBILE, Ala. – After days of official silence, Airbus and Alabama dignitaries today will
confirm what everyone already knows: Mobile is getting a $600 million A320 assembly plant
that will make up to four aircraft a month beginning in 2016. Late Sunday European
business executives and Alabama politicians gathered in the historic Battle House Hotel in
Mobile, where Airbus President Fabrice Bregier toasted his hosts, according to the Mobile
Press-Register. The project will put Mobile, Alabama and the Gulf Coast region in a select
club of locations producing narrow-body commercial jets. An airliner plant owned by the
world’s largest aircraft manufacturer on to the home turf of its chief rival, Boeing, is likely to
change the dynamics of the aerospace industry for years to come. (Source: GCAC, Mobile
Press-Register, 07/02/12)

Mobile to build A319, A320, A321
MOBILE, Ala. – The Mobile Press-Register reports that Airbus has approved plans to build a
plant at Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex to assembly A319, A320 and A321 aircraft. The formal
announcement will be Monday. The $600 million plant will employ 1,000 full-time workers at
full capacity, according to an internal briefing document obtained by the Press-Register,
producing up to 50 aircraft per year by 2017. Construction will begin in 2013, creating 2,500
jobs over two years, with aircraft assembly beginning in 2015 and the first aircraft deliveries
in 2016. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 06/30/12)




JUNE 2012

Record four Fire Scouts deploy
The guided missile frigate USS Klakring left Mayport, Fla., on Friday with a record four Fire
Scout unmanned helicopters for a six-month deployment. The drones will operate up to 12
hours per day, testing their ability to linger in the air for long periods to provide real-time
surveillance. Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 42 will operate the drones in
support of operations off the Horn of Africa. HSL-42 has worked with the MQ-8B since 2008
when the USS McInerney was retrofitted for the Fire Scout's first deployment. Last year HSL-
42 deployed with two Fire Scouts and an H-60 helicopter aboard USS Halyburton. Three
Fire Scouts are also operating in Afghanistan. (Sources: Naval Air Systems Command, UT
San Diego, 06/29/12) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss., at
the Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems Center.

Contract: Raytheon, $8.8M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded an $8,796,079 cost-plus-
fixed-fee contract to procure hardware in the loop facility upgrade and study. The location of
the performance is Tucson, Ariz. Work is to be completed by June 30, 2013. AAC/EBAD,
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/29/12)

Contract: Sierra Nevada, $45M
Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nev., is being awarded a $45,000,000 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost-no-fee contract to
procure products and services in support of the Precision Strike Package Program. The
location of the performance is Englewood, Colo. Work is to be completed by Oct. 29, 2012.
AAC/PKES, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/29/12)

Plant would be watershed event
There will be no official announcement until Monday regarding the reports that Airbus will
build an A320 assembly plant in Mobile, Ala. But there’s little doubt the addition of an airliner
assembly plant would provide the already active Gulf Coast aerospace region with an
entirely new capability that could mark a watershed event for the region. (Source: GCAC,
06/29/12)

Neighbor courts ST Aerospace
MOBILE, Ala. -- As Mobile chased new aerospace projects this spring, officials from nearby
Pensacola, Fla., were in town courting ST Aerospace Mobile. Win Hallett, president and
chief executive officer of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, told the Press-Register
that a Pensacola delegation visited with ST Aerospace executives this spring to lure part or
all of the 1,000-employee airplane repair company's operations. It's not clear which side
initiated the contact. ST Aerospace Mobile President Joseph Ng did not immediately return
calls requesting comment. Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward, through a spokesman,
declined to comment. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 06/28/12) Previous post of Mobile
operation moving to Pensacola.

Reports: Airbus coming to Mobile
Airbus will build its first assembly line in the United States in Mobile, Ala., according to the
New York Times and Bloomberg. The plan calls for an investment of several hundred million
dollars in a plant that could eventually assemble dozens of Airbus 150-seat A320 jets each
year. The Mobile Press-Register reported the announcement will be made Monday in Mobile
that Airbus plans to build A320neo aircraft at Brookley Aeroplex. Multiple company, state
and local officials confirmed that an agreement was in place and that company president
Fabrice Bregier was scheduled to announce the project at a 10 a.m. news conference at the
Mobile Convention Center. (Source: New York Times, Bloomberg via Seattle Times, Mobile
Press-Register, 06/27/12) Airbus parent EADS had planned to build a plant at Mobile's
Brookley Aeroplex to assemble tankers for the Air Force, but Boeing won the contract and is
building the planes in Washington state. Mobile officials continued to maintain a close
relationship EADS/Airbus after the tanker loss. Mobile is also the home of an Airbus
Engineering Center and military aircraft maintenance facility.

Contract: Raytheon, $34M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $34,064,647 cost-plus-
fixed-fee with performance incentives contract to procure electronic protection improvement
program. The location of the performance is Tucson, Ariz. Work is to be completed by Oct.
31, 2015. AAC/EBAD, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
06/26/12)

Major awarded DFC
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- A weapons flight commander with the 85th Test and
Evaluation Squadron was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for action May 2, 2011
when deployed to Nuristan Province, Afghanistan. Maj. John Caldwell, at the time a captain
piloting an F-16, responded to an ambush on a special operations team that was taking
casualties. His award citation said the pilot employed an immediate, nonstandard, danger
close strafe run into the rugged, midnight black valley as the enemy continued to fire with
rounds impacting inches from the trapped allies. Caldwell then re-attacked with an expertly
placed, danger close Joint Direct Attack Munition, completely neutralizing the ambush. The
DFC narration said the presence of Caldwell prevented a catastrophic loss of American lives
and directly turned the tide of this engagement. (Source: Eglin Public Affairs, 06/25/12)

Machinists to vote Thursday
FORT WORTH, Texas – Machinists will vote Thursday on a tentative agreement reached by
Lockheed Martin and the union to end a nine-week strike at a fighter jet plant in Fort Worth
and two other sites. About 3,600 workers went on strike in April over proposed changes in
health benefits and a Lockheed plan to stop offering a traditional pension to newly hired
workers. The plant builds F-35s and F-16s. (Source: multiple, including Reuters, 06/25/12,
New York Times, 06/24/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
training center.

AF seeks drone control software
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Air Force will hold an industry day June 28 in advance
of a pending Request For Proposals for systems engineering and software engineering
support for custom software to operate unmanned aircraft. According to a revised pre-
solicitation notice, the software is for the automated control of full-scale and sub-scale aerial
targets as part of the Gulf Range Drone Control System (GRDCS). It covers system
programming, drone control software, calibration, graphics and more. The GRDCS is used
to control drones, ground vehicles, collect and display time space position information data
for aircraft and surface vehicles, and control aircraft instrumentation. GRDCS support will be
provided by the contractor at the Central Control Facility at Eglin, but support may be
required at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., White Sands Missile Range, N.M., or the Utah Test
and Training Range or other locations. The Air Force anticipates issuing an RFP for a
single, three-year and 45-day contract and two, one-year option periods. (Source: Defense
Systems, 06/25/12) Solicitation

Florida wants drone test site
Count Florida among the states interested in landing one of six unmanned aerial system test
sites. Space Florida’s board recently approved spending up to $1.4 million to try to win one
of the sites Congress has directed the Federal Aviation Administration to establish by the
end of the year. The test sites will have the goal of finding ways to let unmanned systems
operate in the same space as piloted aircraft. (Source: Florida Today, 06/23/12) Right now,
drones can only fly in military airspace and locations that have received FAA Certificates of
Authorization. Previous posts: Test site selection starts; Shelby picked for UAV center;
Mississippi player in growing field

Hotel on AF property raises issues
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Questions have been raised about whether the developer of
a hotel on land owned by Eglin Air Force Base will have to pay property taxes. The Emerald
Breeze Resort Group signed a 50-year deal with the Air Force under the enhanced use
leasing program to build and manage a resort on Okaloosa Island, home to a number of
hotels that pay the tax since they are not on Air Force land. Hotels that pay the tax are
afraid they’ll be at a disadvantage. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/19/12)

The next Austin?
The two-year-old Gulf Coast Patent Association held its summer meeting at Pensacola
Beach Friday to explore "the economic development wheel." The meeting attracted about 30
participants from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, including patent attorneys,
technology transfer professionals, angel investors and others who discussed bringing
innovations to the marketplace. At least one patent attorney said he thinks there's a big
future for the Gulf Coast region, pointing out how Austin, Texas, changed over time to a
booming technology center. He and others think the same thing can happen in this region.
The Gulf Coast has R&D activities in a host of fields, including aerospace, marine science,
advanced materials and more. The Patent Association was launched at Stennis Space
Center, Miss., and has expanded to draw in members from across the Gulf Coast region.
(Source: GCAC, 06/23/12)

Squadron commander dismissed
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- The commander of the Osprey squadron that lost one of its
aircraft in a crash last week has been dismissed. Lt. Col. Matt Glover headed Hurlburt Field’
s 8th Special Operations Squadron since May 2011. The dismissal comes in the wake the
Osprey crash June 13 on Eglin Air Force Base’s reservation that injured five airmen and
destroyed the CV-22 tiltrotor aircraft. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, AOL Defense,
06/21/12)

SLS core passes review
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- The core stage of the Space Launch System has passed a major
technical review. The core of the heavy-lift launch vehicle will be more than 200 feet tall.
Engineers from NASA and Boeing of Huntsville presented a full set of system requirements,
design concepts and production approaches to technical reviewers and the independent
review board. The core is being designed and developed at NASA's Marshall Space Flight
Center in Huntsville and built at the agency's Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans.
(Source: PRNewswire, 06/21/12)

Airman released from hospital
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – A Hurlburt Field Airman was released from the hospital, and two
remain hospitalized for injuries received when their tilt-rotor aircraft crashed during a routine
training mission north of Navarre, Fla. on the Eglin Range June 13. Captain Brett Cassidy
was discharged from Sacred Heart Hospital on June 19. Tech. Sgt. Edilberto Malave was
moved to West Florida Rehab. Staff Sgt. Sean McMahon remains hospitalized at Sacred
Heart Hospital in Pensacola, in stable condition. (Source: 1st Special Operations Wing,
06/20/12)

Congress balks at base closings
WASHINGTON -- Both the House and Senate Armed Services committees have produced
spending bills that deny Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta's request to set up a Base
Realignment and Closure Commission next year. Panetta has said he needs to close bases
and small installations to help him achieve $487 billion in congressionally mandated
spending cuts over 10 years. (Source: Washington Times, 06/20/12)

Michoud team recognized
NEW ORLEANS -- NASA's Orion Program hosted an employee recognition event for the
Michoud Assembly Facility Orion team members to coincide with a milestone. The NASA
team has been putting the finishing touches on the first space-bound Orion capsule. They
completed the Orion pathfinder weld, essentially a practice operation, in preparation for the
final weld. Then the team will do final inspections before preparing the capsule for its move
to Florida's Kennedy Space Center at the end of June for final assembly and checkout.
NASA's unmanned Exploration Flight Test-1 is scheduled for 2014. The first Orion
spacecraft will be launched atop a Delta IV rocket operated by United Launch Alliance. The
mission will take Orion to an altitude of more than 3,600 miles, more than 15 times farther
away from Earth than the International Space Station. (Source: NASA, 06/20/12) Stennis
Space Center, Miss., tests the engines that will be used in the Space Launch System, the
rocket that will be used for future Orion missions.

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $20M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $20,103,000 advance acquisition contract to provide long lead-time parts,
material and components required for the delivery of two Low Rate Initial Production Lot VII
F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Conventional Takeoff and Landing aircraft for the
government of Norway. Work will be performed in Texas, California, the United Kingdom,
Florida, New Hampshire and Maryland. Work is expected to be completed in June 2013. The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
06/20/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Khobar Towers service set
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 33d Fighter Wing community is hosting the annual
Khobar Towers Memorial Ceremony June 25 at 8 a.m. at the Nomad Memorial. Members of
the tri-service F-35 Joint Strike Fighter team will honor the 12 Nomads and seven other
airmen killed in the Khobar Towers terrorist bombing in Saudi Arabia on June 25, 1996.  
This year’s keynote speaker is Air Force retired Chief Master Sgt. Troy A. Lowe, who was
the senior enlisted advisor to the wing during the bombing. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base
Public Affairs, 06/20/12)

Contract: Alfab, $96.5M
Alfab, Inc., Enterprise, Ala., was awarded a contract with a maximum $96,507,000 for pallets
and matting. Using services are Air Force and Army. The date of performance completion is
June 19, 2017. The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/19/12)

Contract: Raytheon, $40.3M
Raytheon Technical Services Co., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded $40,333,510 under a
previously issued basic ordering agreement for the repair of 35 weapons repairable
assemblies and shop replaceable assemblies of the APG 65/73 Radar System used in
support of the F/A-18 aircraft. Work will be done performed in Indianapolis, Ind. (56.93
percent); El Segundo, Calif. (33.79 percent); Forest, Miss. (7.25 percent); and Andover,
Mass. (2.03 percent). Work is expected to be completed by June 30, 2014. NAVSUP
Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
06/19/12)

Command readies for transitions
The reduction of the Air Force Materiel Command from 12 to five centers is fast
approaching. Centers will be activated at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and Tinker
Air Force Base, Okla., in the coming weeks. At Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., the Air Force
Flight Test Center will become the Air Force Test Center to reflect an expanded mission,
and Wright-Patterson will activate the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center July 9. At
Eglin, the dual mission of test and air armament development at the Air Armament Center
will fall under the Air Force Test Center at Edwards, which will oversee the command's test
mission maintained at Eglin, Edwards and Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. The air armament
development portion of Eglin’s AAC will become part of AFLCMC on July 18. The same day,
the 96th Air Base Wing will be redesignated the 96th TW. The people and mission of Eglin's
current 46th TW will transition to the newly designated 96th TW. Both the Eglin and Edwards
AFBs' test wings will then align to the AFTC. The consolidations were announced in
November 2011. (Source: Air Force Materiel Command, 06/18/12, Northwest Florida Daily
News, 06/16/12)

FAA, NASA agree on standards
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Aviation Administration and NASA signed an agreement to
coordinate standards for commercial space travel of government and non-government
astronauts to and from low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station. The agencies will
collaborate to provide a stable framework for the U.S. space industry, avoid conflicting
requirements and multiple sets of standards, and advance both public and crew safety.
(Source: NASA, 06/18/12) Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., tests rocket
engines for commercial companies.

Pemco deal nears
MOBILE, Ala. -- Vision Technologies Aerospace Inc. received approval from U.S. Bankruptcy
Court to acquire the Tampa aerospace maintenance facility and certain assets of Pemco
World Air Services Inc. It will be held under a newly incorporated entity owned by VT
Aerospace, which operates ST Aerospace Mobile. The acquisition is expected to close in
July. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 06/18/12)

RR breaks ground on test facility
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Rolls-Royce today broke ground on a new $50 million jet
engine test facility at the company’s outdoor testing site at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space
Center in South Mississippi. When fully operational, the facility is expected to create 35
highly-skilled jobs. The Mississippi Development Authority is helping to support construction
and workforce training with additional support from Hancock County. It's the company's
second outdoor jet engine test facility to be built-from-the-ground-up in the U.S., and will be
used to conduct research, development, crosswind, thrust reverse, cyclic and endurance
tests on all Rolls-Royce civil aerospace engines. The outdoor test facility opened in October
2007 and is one of only three of its kind in the world. (Source: Rolls-Royce, 06/18/12)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $489.5M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $489,528,000 advance acquisition contract to provide long lead-time parts,
material and components required for the delivery of 35 low rate initial production Lot VII F-
35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. It includes 19 conventional takeoff and landing
(CTOL) aircraft for the U.S. Air Force; three CTOLs for the government of Italy; 2 CTOLs for
the government of Turkey; six short take-off vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft for the Marine
Corps; one STOVL for the United Kingdom; and four carrier variant aircraft for the Navy. In
addition, this contract provides long lead-time efforts required for the incorporation of a drag
chute in CTOL air systems for the government of Norway. Work will be performed in Fort
Worth, Texas, El Segundo, Calif., Warton, United Kingdom, Orlando, Fla., Nashua, N.H., and
Baltimore, Md. Work is expected to be completed in June 2013. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/15/12) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Eglin FD best in AF
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- For the past four years, Eglin's Fire Department was the
best large department in Air Force Materiel Command. Now for the first time it's the best in
Air Force. Eight fire stations protect more than 724 square miles and support 18 local
communities through mutual aid agreements. The next step is for Eglin's fire department is
to compete at the Department of Defense level. That award will be announced Aug. 3 at the
fire chiefs' convention in Denver, Colo. (Source: Team Eglin Public Affairs, 06/14/12)

X-47B finishes first test series
The first major phase of flight tests of the Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air
System demonstrator aircraft concluded May 15 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The
airworthiness test phase included 23 flights by two air vehicles and showed the X-47B
performed properly at all speeds, weights and altitudes needed for the Navy's UCAS Carrier
Demonstration program. Flights of the tailless, pilotless plane included tests of maneuvers
required in the carrier environment. The aircraft reached altitudes exceeding 15,000 feet
and maneuvers included extending and retracting a tail hook and completing an
autonomous touch-and-go landing. The second of the two X-47Bs was moved to Naval Air
Station Patuxent River, Md., where carrier suitability testing will begin later this summer.
(Source: Globe Newswire, 06/14/12) Gulf Coast note: The Gulf Coast region is heavily
involved in military aviator training.

CV-22 crew injuries not life-threatening
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – None of the five aircrew members injured when a CV-22 tilt-rotor
aircraft crashed at the Eglin Air Force Base Range has life-threatening injuries. The crew
members have been identified as Maj. Brian Luce, a pilot, who is in stable condition at Eglin
Air Force Base hospital; Capt. Brett Cassidy, a pilot, in stable condition at Sacred Heart
Hospital in Pensacola; Staff Sgt. Sean McMahon, flight engineer, in guarded condition at
Sacred Heart Hospital; Tech. Sgt. Christopher Dawson, flight engineer, in stable condition at
the Eglin hospital; and Tech. Sgt. Edilberto Malave, flight engineer, who is in stable condition
at Sacred Heart. The 1st Special Operations Wing CV-22, which can hover like a helicopter,
crashed north of Navarre around 6:45 p.m. during a routine training mission. (Source: 1st
Special Operations Wing Public Affairs, 06/14/12)

F-22 pilot vest scrutinized
Published reports say a potentially faulty pressure vest is the latest clue in the mystery over
why pilots of F-22 Raptors get dizzy and disoriented. Pilots of the Lockeed Martin-built plane
have been told to stop using the vest for routine flights until a fix is worked out. The vest
may make it hard for pilots to breath under some circumstances. (Sources: multiple,
including Bloomberg, NBC News, 06/14/12) Gulf Coast note: F-22s are located at six bases,
including Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., near Panama City in Northwest Florida. The base
also trains F-22 pilots.

Global Hawk Triton unveiled
PALM DALE, Calif. -- The U.S. Navy's MQ-4C Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS)
unmanned aircraft was unveiled during a ceremony Thursday at Northrop Grumman's
Palmdale, Calif., plant. Called the Triton, the MQ-4C's unveiling caps more than four years
of development with Northrop Grumman for the surveillance aircraft, a Global Hawk
configured for the Navy's maritime needs. The Triton's new features include the AN/ZPY-3
multi-function active-sensor radar system, the primary sensor on the Triton. The aircraft will
be an adjunct to the P-8A Poseidon as part of the Navy's Maritime Patrol and
Reconnaissance Force family of systems. (Source: NNS, 06/14/12) One of the Navy's BAMS
demonstrator aircraft crashed Monday in a marsh in southern Maryland. (Post) Gulf Coast
note: Global Hawks fuselage work is done in Moss Point, Miss.

CV-22 crashes with five aboard
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- An Air Force CV-22 Osprey assigned to the 1st Special
Operations Wing crashed at about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday on the Eglin Range north of
Navarre, Fla. The accident occurred during a routine training mission. Five aircrew members
on board were taken to area hospitals. Two were taken by ambulance and three by air. A
board of officials will investigate. (Source: 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs,
06/13/12)

Wing activated at Hurlburt
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- The 24th Special Operations Wing was activated during a
ceremony Tuesday at Hurlburt Field's Freedom Hangar. The wing's missions will include
airfield reconnaissance and personnel recovery. It's the third active duty special operations
wing presently headquartered at Hurlburt Field. In addition, Col. Kurt W. Buller took over the
720th Special Tactics Group during a change of command. The 720th is the major
operational unit under the 24th wing. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/12/12)

Navy Global Hawk crashes
A Navy Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle crashed in a marsh in southern Maryland on
Monday after the ground pilot lost control of the aircraft. There were no injuries and no
property damage at the site near Salisbury. The RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance
Demonstrator (BAMS-D) was on a test mission from Naval Air Station Patuxent River when
contact was lost. The Navy’s version of the Northrop Grumman-built Global Hawk, which can
fly 11 miles up for 30 hours, is for maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
mission. (Sources: multiple, including Los Angeles Times, CNN, 06/11/12) Gulf Coast note:
Global Hawk central fuselages are built in Moss Point, Miss.

RR buying joint venture
Rolls-Royce is buying out Goodrich in its engine controls joint venture, gaining full
ownership of the fuel pumps and metering units business. The two companies combined
their controls businesses in 2009 to form Aero Engine Controls. United Technologies, which
is in the process of buying aircraft components maker Goodrich, agreed to the deal.
(Source: Reuters, 06/08/12) Meanwhile, UT has offered to sell assets to secure European
Union approval of the Goodrich purchase. UT has already said it plans to sell portions of its
business, including Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne. (Source: Reuters, 06/11/12) Gulf Coast
note: Rocketdyne has an operation at Stennis Space Center, Miss; Goodrich has an
operation in Foley, Ala.; Rolls-Royce tests engines at Stennis Space Center and has a
propeller foundry in Pascagoula.

Drone control switching to Linux
The Navy awarded a $27.9 million contract to Raytheon Intelligence and Information
Systems, Dulles, Va., to complete the installation of Linux ground control software for its fleet
of unmanned helicopters. The Navy currently has the Northrop Grumman-built MQ-8B Fire
Scout in the fleet, but it’s also acquiring the larger MQ-8C variant, which uses a Bell 407
airframe. Both are built in part in Moss Point, Miss. Work on the ground control system will
be done at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., and is expected to be completed in
February 2014. (Source: DoD, GCAC, 06/10/12)

Legal action considered
Okaloosa County may take legal action against Vision Airlines to collect passenger facilities
charges owed to Northwest Florida Regional Airport. The airline owes some $144,000, and
agreed to a payment plan, but has reportedly failed to make consistent payments. Vision
started offering flights from the airport in December 2010 and expanded to serve 17 cities.
Flights were cut in half the following year and service to the airport ended earlier this year.
(Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/09/12) Meanwhile, the airport is trying to attract
new airlines. The deputy director recently attended a three-day conference in Sacramento,
Calif., which offers airport officials and opportunity to meet airline executives. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/09/12)

ST Mobile parent eyes purchase
Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd., parent of Mobile's ST Aerospace, said ST
Engineering's aerospace arm -- Vision Technologies Aerospace Inc. -- made a $49.7 million
bid for the Tampa aerospace maintenance facility Pemco World Air Services Inc., at a
bankruptcy auction. The facility will be held under wholly owned VT Aerospace, which
operates ST Aerospace Mobile and ST Aerospace San Antonio. ST Aerospace Mobile
employs 1,500 people at Brookley Aeroplex, where it maintains and overhauls large
airplanes. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 06/08/12)

Powerpack test sets record
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA's Stennis Space Center broke its own record
Friday when it conducted a test on the new J-2X powerpack that lasted for 1,150 seconds,
surpassing the previous record by more than a minute. For NASA the test marked a
milestone step in development of a next-generation rocket engine to carry humans deeper
into space than ever before. For SSC, the 19-minute, 10-second test represented the
longest duration firing ever conducted in the center's A Test Complex. The powerpack is on
the top of the J-2X engine and includes the gas generator, oxygen, fuel turbopumps and
related ducts and valves. (Source: SSC/NASA, 06/08/12)

Special Forces group growing
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Army 7th Special Forces Group will stand up a fourth
combat battalion this fall, bringing the total number of soldiers at the cantonment to 2,200.
The new battalion will have 400 soldiers, and about 100 already have arrived. With the
addition, there will be four combat battalions and one general support battalion at the
cantonment on Eglin Air Force Base’s reservation south of Crestview. (Source: Northwest
Florida Daily News, 06/07/12)

Eglin to keep two-star
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Air Armament Center won’t lose its two-star general
after all. The Air Force said Thursday that Maj. Gen. Kenneth Merchant will remain at Eglin
Air Force Base as its Program Executive Officer for Weapons. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.,
hailed the announcement as significant, but Rep. Jeff Miller R-Fla., remains leery. Last fall
the Air Force announced changes for the Materiel Command, which included shrinking the
command from 12 to five centers. Under the consolidation, Merchant’s job would have been
eliminated along with the Air Armament Center. Merchant himself said he’s pleased to
remain in charge of the weapons programs. “I look forward to continuing my role in weapons
development, production and sustainment, and leading this group of men and women who
are so dedicated to our nation’s defense,” he said. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
06/07/12)

F-22 mishap probed
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The military is looking into a “ground incident” last week
involving an F-22 Raptor. The plane was in a “touch and go” session when it was put out of
commission, according to the Panama City News Herald. The plane was sidelined and the
pilot benched. Tyndall is the home of the 325th Fighter Wing, whose primary mission is to
provide air training for F-22 Raptor pilots, as well as maintenance personnel and air battle
managers. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 06/05/12)

Technology and the F-35
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Northwest Florida Daily News has a feature story
about some of the technology being used to prepare pilots to fly the F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter. Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the F-35 training center, and among the cutting-edge
items being used is a scanner that reads the contour of a pilot's face and skull to come up
with a custom-designed helmet that provides on the visor all the information usually found in
a heads-up display. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/05/12)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $19.2M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $19,154,000 cost-plus-fixed-
fee contract for automatic backup oxygen supply in the F-22 Life Support System. Effort
includes 40 retrofit kits, plus non-recurring engineering and 10 spares. The location of
performance is Marietta, Ga. Work is to be completed April 30, 2013. ASC/WWUK, Wright
Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/05/12) Gulf
Coast note: Tyndall Air Force Base is home of an F-22 squadron and the location where
aviators train to fly the aircraft.

Northrop honored for safety
Northrop Grumman's Moss Point, Miss., plant is among nine of the company's facilities to
receive the Aerospace Industries Association Excellence in Aircraft Manufacturing 2012
Worker Safety Award. Northrop Grumman earned top honors in the aircraft manufacturing
category. This is the second such award for the company in as many years, and the third in
the past five years. (Source: Globe Newswire, 06/04/12)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $111.6M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded an $111,612,964 cost reimbursement modification to a previously awarded
advanced acquisition contract. This modification provides additional funding for recurring
support activities such as initial training, aircraft maintenance operations, stand-up of
sustainment capability at specified locations, technical data management, and sustaining
engineering for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. Sixty percent of the work will be
performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The remainder will be done in Fort Worth, Texas, El
Segundo, Calif., Warton, United Kingdom, Orlando, Fla., Nashua, N.H., and Baltimore, Md.
(5 percent). Work is expected to be completed in October 2012. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/04/12)

Eglin, Tyndall, Hurlburt want tankers
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Hurlburt Field, Eglin Air Force Base and Tyndall Air Force
Base are among nearly 60 installations being considered as operating bases for the KC-46A
tanker, according to the Northwest Florida Daily News. Three bases will be selected initially
by December, but 10 will eventually receive the Boeing-built planes. (Source: Northwest
Florida Daily News, 06/02/12)

First non-test pilot F-35 certified
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The first non-test pilot of the F-35 in the armed services
was approved Thursday morning after flying his sixth and final “cadre checkout.” Air Force
Lt. Col. Lee Kloos, commander of the 58th Fighter Squadron at the 33rd Fighter Wing, also
earned certification as a flight instructor for the Joint Strike Fighter program’s crowning
jewel. Kloos has been certified for the Air Force “A” variant. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 06/01/12)


MAY 2012

Dragon ends successful mission
The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft splashed down Thursday in the Pacific after a successful
cargo mission to the International Space Station. The historic nine-day mission, the first
privately owned and operated spacecraft to dock with the ISS, has ushered in what is
expected to be a highly competitive field of private space flight. The capsule splashed down
west of Baja California. It delivered cargo to the ISS and brought back cargo that will be
turned over to NASA. SpaceX is short for Space Exploration Technologies, based in
Hawthorne, Calif. (Sources: multiple, including Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, CNET,
05/31/12) Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., is testing rocket engines for other
companies planning commercial space flights.

Enders named EADS chief
Tom Enders on Thursday was elected chief executive officer of the European Aeronautic
Defence and Space Co. at a meeting of the company's board of directors in Amsterdam. He
replaces Louis Gallois, who held the position for the past five years and is retiring. (Source:
Reuters, 05/31/12)

Canada considers Polar Hawk
Canada is considering a variant of the Northrop Grumman Block 30 Global Hawk unmanned
surveillance aircraft, dubbed "Polar Hawk." As many as three aircraft could wind up patrolling
the nation's far northern regions. Northrop Grumman is teaming up with L-3 MAS in the
effort. The aircraft's satellite communications system will be modified to cope with spotty
coverage found in the arctic, and it will have wing deicing and engine anti-icing capability.
(Source: multiple, including Flightglobal, PR Newswire, The Globe and Mail, 05/30/12) Gulf
Coast note: Global Hawk fuselage work is done in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: ASRC, $10M
ASRC Primus, Greenbelt, Md., was awarded a $10,115,260 firm-fixed-price contract to
provide for the services in support of aircraft refuel/defuel at Fort Rucker, Ala. Work will be
performed in Fort Rucker, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 16, 2013. The Mission
and Installation Contracting Center, Fort Bragg, N.C., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 05/29/12)

Contract: EADS, $26M
EADS - NA, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $26,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract. The award
will provide for the modification of an existing contract to supply contractor logistics in
support of the Light Utility Helicopter Program. Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss.,
with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2012. The U.S. Army Contracting Command,
Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/29/12)

3-D scanner a big hit at Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 46th Test Wing's Air Force SEEK EAGLE Office
bought a 3-D laser scanner system six months ago, but they had no idea it would make such
a difference. The $150,000 Leica HDS 7000 3-D laser scanner and Rapidform reverse
engineering software program was purchased to quickly build accurate digital models of Air
Force aircraft and weapons for use in aircraft-weapon compatibility analyses. After a month
of trial use, they were able to use it to quickly scan an entire aircraft. The lead contract
engineer said that four years ago it took six people two weeks to manually collect 3-D data
for an A-10 aircraft, but with this scanner two people can collect the same amount of data in
two days. Word of the success of the system has spread and other branches are contacting
Eglin. Two weeks ago Eglin scanned 13 Navy aircraft in eight days. (Source: Team Eglin
Public Affairs, 05/25/12)

Lockheed delivers core structure
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Lockheed Martin received the core structure for the U.S.
Air Force's fourth Space Based Infrared System geosynchronous satellite. SBIRS delivers
improved missile warning capabilities, while simultaneously providing intelligence and
battlespace awareness missions. The structure was delivered to Lockheed Martin's
Mississippi Space and Technology Center, where engineers and technicians will integrate
the spacecraft's propulsion subsystem, essential for maneuvering the satellite during
transfer orbit to its final location and conducting on-orbit repositioning maneuvers
throughout its mission life. The integrated core propulsion module will then be shipped to
Sunnyvale, Calif., for final assembly, integration and test. SBIRS GEO-4 is on schedule to be
available for launch in 2015. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 05/24/12)

Hurlburt Field bustling
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – The commander of the Air Force Special Operations Command
told a chamber breakfast gathering that the base is bustling, and it will only get busier. Lt.
Gen. Eric Fiel said Hurlburt right now has more active duty than much larger Eglin Air Force
Base. He said Eglin’s 9th Special Operations Squadron will be brought over to Hurlburt in
the next year. He also pointed out that Hurlburt airmen are deployed to more places than
Afghanistan, and mentioned the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Uganda. (Source: Northwest
Florida Daily News, 05/25/12)

J-2X marks first in test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – A J-2X engine that will eventually be used in the NASA
Space Launch System had a 40-second test on the A-2 Test Stand Friday. For the first time,
test conductors fired the J-2X in both the secondary and primary modes of operation, 20
seconds in each. Previous tests were run in one mode only; combining the two allowed
operators to collect critical data on engine performance. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is
developing the J-2X engine for NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
(Source: NASA/SSC, 05/25/12)

ISS captures Dragon
The cargo-carrying spacecraft Dragon successfully hooked up to the International Space
Station Friday. It’s a major first for a commercial space ventures. SpaceX's unmanned
Dragon capsule was captured by the space station's 58-foot robotic arm by astronaut Don
Pettit aboard the space station. The linkup took place about 250 miles above northwest
Australia. (Sources: multiple, 05/25/12)

Strike in fifth week
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The strike of machinist union workers at the Lockheed Martin plant
that builds F-35s is now in its fifth week. Lockheed is under contract to build about 100
planes for the U.S. and foreign governments in five "low-rate initial production" lots. It's
delivered 14 of the first 31 aircraft on order, including three since the strike began April 23.
Lockheed is trying to maintain production and testing by having salaried employees fill in.
(Source: Star Telegram, 05/23/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of
the F-35 training center. It currently has 12 of the 59 F-35s it's scheduled to receive.

Segers, R-R pact announced
FAIRHOPE, Ala. – Segers Aero Corp. is now an authorized maintenance center for the
popular Rolls-Royce T56 series of engines. That could open new markets in Central and
South America for the Fairhope company, which repairs and overhauls turbine engines. The
company has about 104 workers and handles about 45 engines a year. Rolls-Royce of
Indianapolis announced the 10-year agreement naming Segers Aero as a new member of
the Rolls-Royce AMC Global Network. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 05/23/12)

Guard F-35 pilots ready to fly
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Two Florida National Guard pilots are now assigned to the
33rd Operations Group at Eglin and will be the first Guard aviators to fly the F-35. Lt. Col.
Randal Efferson and Maj. Jay Spohn will be among the first to learn how to fly the stealth
fighter. Once trained, they’ll help develop the training and standards for other F-35 pilots.
Spohn will be the fifth member of the 33rd to fly the F-35, and the second to train at Eglin;
about three months later Efferson will be the 10th military cadre pilot to fly. (Source: Florida
National Guard Public Affairs Office, 05/23/12)

Medic joins “Hunters” on tour
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- An 81st Aerospace Medicine Squadron flight surgeon
recently participated in the annual 403rd Wing Caribbean Hurricane Awareness Tour. Maj.
(Dr.) Rhodora Beckinger joined the "Hurricane Hunters" of the Air Force Reserve
Command's Keesler-based 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron during their travel to
six locations in Mexico, Costa Rica, St. Maarten and Puerto Rico to perform hurricane
awareness and coordinate with local emergency managers and weather services in the host
countries. (Source: 81st Medical Group Public Affairs, 05/23/12)

Silver Airways to serve airports
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport will have a new commercial
carrier and a new destination as its hub. Silver Airways of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will take
over routes currently served by Delta Air Lines connecting to Memphis through three
Mississippi regional airports. Delta had notified the United States Department of
Transpiration in July that it intended to drop 24 routes in smaller markets across the nation,
including Hattiesburg-Laurel, Greenville and Tupelo. Now, all three will connect to Atlanta-
Hartsfield International Airport.
Hattiesburg-Laurel Executive Director Thomas Heanue said he expected Silver Airways to
begin service sometime in August. (Source: Hattiesburg American, 05/22/12)

F-35B notches first Eglin flight
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- An F-35B made its first flight at Eglin Air Force Base
Tuesday, two months after 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing officially introduced the Marine Corps'
variant at the 33rd Fighter Wing. The goal for Marines was to start local area operations and
conventional flights, beginning the process of gradually expanding the envelope to short
takeoffs and vertical landings and more complex aerial training. Maintainers have been
preparing for the flight with engine runs and taxi operations for about eight months since F-
35 aircraft began arriving at Eglin last summer. (Source: Eglin Public Affairs, 05/22/12)

APKWS successfully tested
NASHUA, N.H. -- BAE Systems announced that the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System
scored its first-ever penetrating guided-rocket shots with the M282 warhead during recent
tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The tests, deemed successful by Army and Navy
representatives, illustrate the product's ability to engage targets at close range and
penetrate complex targets. Using inert M282 warheads with unmodified flight software,
APKWS engaged six targets from airborne helicopters at ranges of 1.5 to 4 kilometers. All
six shots hit the target less than two meters from the laser spot. During two live warhead
ground shots, APKWS rockets with the M282 warheads penetrated a triple brick wall and an
M114 armored personnel carrier. (Source: Business Wire, 05/22/12)

SpaceX launches rocket
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The SpaceX rocket launched Tuesday from a pad at Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station for a cargo mission to the International Space Station. Falcon 9
lifted the Dragon capsule at 3:44 a.m. Eastern Time. Before docking with the ISS, the
capsule will undergo a series of tests to determine if the vehicle is ready to berth with the
station. (Sources: multiple, 05/22/12) Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., tests
rocket engines for other private companies involved in space flight.

Michoud holds networking
NEW ORLEANS -- Michoud Assembly Facility on Thursday will hold a free networking
conference for government agencies, prime contractors and small businesses. It will be held
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Michoud Assembly Facility to showcase the facility's
manufacturing community and to help small businesses find opportunities to grow. (Source:
New Orleans Times Picayune, 05/21/12)

NATO getting 5 Global Hawks
Northrop Grumman and NATO signed a $1.7 billion contract Sunday for a new surveillance
and intelligence system that will include five unmanned Global Hawk Block 40s. Called the
Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) system, it's designed to support a broad range of
missions for the alliance. The deal was signed during the meeting of NATO members in
Chicago. Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg,
Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United States are expected to participate in
the system's acquisition, but all 28 alliance nations are to participate in long-term support.
The first aircraft will arrive at Sigonella air base in Sicily in 2015 with full operational
capability in 2017. It will be co-located with U.S. Air Force Global Hawks and U.S. Navy Broad
Area Maritime Surveillance aircraft. (Source: multiple, including Reuters, Northrop Grumman
via PRNewswire, 05/20/12) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawk center fuselages are built in Moss
Point, Miss.

Contract: Raytheon, $85M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded an $85,500,000 firm-fixed-price/cost-plus-
fixed-fee contract to procure of Griffin missiles. First delivery order is for the procurement of
22 all-up-rounds and 43 telemetry rounds. The location of the performance is Tucson, Ariz.
Work is to be completed by July 31, 2013. AAC/PKES, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/18/12)

NASA eyes Delta IV stage
NASA plans to use a modified Delta IV second stage atop an early version of the Space
Launch System for the unmanned Orion test flight in 2017, and for a manned flight four
years later. In a May 3 procurement notice, NASA said the Boeing-designed Delta IV second
stage is the only means available to support the immediate propulsion needs, and it’s the
only one that requires relatively minor modifications to launch astronauts by 2021. (Source:
Florida Today, 05/16/12; NASA procurement notice, 05/03/12) Gulf Coast note: The Orion
crew vehicle is built at Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans; the SLS first stage will use
four RD-25 engines, tested at Stennis Space Center; Delta IV is built in Decatur, Ala., by
Boeing and Lockheed Martin's United Launch Alliance. The first stage is powered by RS-68
engines, tested at SSC, and the second by a Pratt & Whitney RL-10; NASA and the Air
Force are studying a replacement for the RL-10 class.

Hurlburt losing civilian workers
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – Eighteen civilian workers at Hurlburt Field will be let go as a result
of cutbacks announced in November 2011. Most of the positions were vacant when the cuts
were first announced, but voluntary retirements and separation incentives did not reach the
goal of 100, leaving 18 people without jobs at the end of September 2012. Before then,
however, they may be placed in other positions. The cuts are designed to return Hurlburt
Field to 2010 employment levels. (Sources: WEAR-TV, WTVY-TV, Northwest Florida Daily
News, 05/17/12)

Keesler to get new commander
BILOXI, Miss. -- Brig. Gen. Bradley Spacy will assume command of the 81st Training Wing
during a ceremony at Keesler Air Force Base on Friday. Spacy will replace Brig. Gen.
Andrew Mueller, who has been selected for a new command assignment at the North Atlantic
Treaty Organization Air Base Geilenkirchen in Germany. Spacy comes to Keesler from the
Office of the Secretary of the Air Force in Washington, D.C., where he served as chief of the
Senate Liaison Office and was responsible for communicating Air Force priorities and
programs to the U.S. Senate. (Source: Sun Herald, 05/16/12)

J-2X tested seven second
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- A Rocketdyne J-2X had a seven-second test firing
Wednesday that focused on a modified nozzle extension that dissipates heat generated by
the engine. The Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne J-2X is being developed for use in the
second stage of NASA's Space Launch System. Another J-2X test, this one a powerpack, is
expected next week. The powerpack sits on top of the engine and feeds the thrust chamber
system, which produces engine thrust. (Source: GCAC, 05/16/12) Previous

RS-68A tested at SSC
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- A Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne RS-68A engine was
tested Tuesday at Stennis Space Center, Miss. The engine, an upgrade of the RS-68
engine, is a liquid-hydrogen/liquid-oxygen booster engine designed to provide increased
thrust and improved fuel efficiency for the Delta IV family of launch vehicles. Each RS-68A
provides 702,000 pounds of lift-off thrust, or 39,000 more pounds of thrust than a basic RS-
68 engine. After testing at Stennis Space Center, the engines are shipped to Decatur for
integration into a United Launch Alliance Delta IV to lift government payloads. (Source:
GCAC, 05/16/12)

12th F-35 arrives
The 12th Lockheed Martin F-35 that will be used for the training fleet at Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., arrived Tuesday after a 90-minute flight from Fort Worth, Texas. The pilot of BF-
11 was U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Fred Schenk. The F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing
production jet is now assigned to the Marine Fighter/Attack Training Squadron 501 residing
with the host 33d Fighter Wing, where it will be used for pilot and maintainer training. Eglin
now has 12 F-35s. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 05/15/12)

Keesler in running for school
Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, are candidate bases for
the Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) and Air Liaison Officer (ALO) School. Recent and
current operations have created an increase in demand for TACPs to support Army units.
The current TACP/ALO School at Hurlburt Field, Fla., lacks adequate facilities and ranges to
train the required number of TACP Airmen. Both bases will be evaluated and officials expect
to announce the preferred location this summer. The final decision will be made after
environmental impacts are analyzed. (Source: AFNS, 05/15/12)

F-22s get short leash
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered the Air Force to take additional steps to mitigate
risks to F-22 pilots in light of an unresolved problem related to the oxygen system. Some
pilots of experienced hypoxia-like symptoms, and some have refused to fly the Lockheed
Martin built aircraft. Beginning immediately, F-22 flights will remain near potential landing
locations, and the Air Force will expedite installation of an automatic backup oxygen system.
(Sources: multiple, including American Forces Press Service, MSNBC, Los Angeles Times,
05/15/12) Gulf Coast note: Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., is among the six bases were F-22s
are based, and also trains F-22 pilots.

Gulf Coast bases valued at $20.3B
Military facilities along the Gulf Coast Interstate 10 corridor have a combined replacement
value of $20.3 billion, with three bases accounting for nearly $8.2 billion of that amount.
According to the fiscal year 2012 Department of Defense Base Structure Report, the region
between Southeast Louisiana and Northwest Florida has 47 DoD sites with a combined
723,297 acres – more than 1,130 square miles. Many of the sites, notably in South Alabama
and Northwest Florida, are outlying fields used by aviators for training. (Source: Gulf Coast
Aerospace Corridor, 05/15/12)

Study eyes mission, local development
Final recommendations are expected in June from a study about the impact on local
communities from the expected increase in military training at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The
Tri-County Small Area Studies is a joint project of Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton
counties, along with Eglin. The expected increase in air traffic at Eglin prompted the look at
future planning and development to ensure it doesn't conflict with Eglin's mission. Eglin's
2009 Joint Land Use Study projected the number of flights in the base's air space will
increase to 427,000 a year by 2014, more than doubling the 192,000 in 2009. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 05/13/12)

NG’s environmental stewardship
MOSS POINT, Miss. -- The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality selected
Northrop Grumman's Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point for membership in enHance,
the department's voluntary stewardship program. Northrop Grumman earned the enHance
designation of "Leader" by voluntarily implementing two environmental enhancement
projects and a community service project. The 101,000-square-foot facility, part of Northrop
Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector, opened in 2006 and does assembly work on the
Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and ground control stations for the Navy. It also builds
center fuselages for the Global Hawk for the Air Force, the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance
system for the Navy and the Euro Hawk for Germany. (Source: Northrop Grumman,
05/14/12)

Tyndall mission statement changed
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Brig. Gen. John McMullen, the 325th Fighter Wing
commander, has announced the wing mission statement has changed to “Train and Project
Unrivaled Combat Power.” The change better reflects the current and future missions at
Tyndall, the general said. “On any given day, Tyndall has more than 100 of its members
deployed to a variety of combat arenas. With the transition to Air Combat Command in
October, Tyndall will also be tasked to provide a full combat F-22 Raptor squadron when
called on by the combatant commanders," said McMullen. (Source: 325th Public Affairs,
05/10/12)

Contract: Enterprise Ventures, $12.5M
Enterprise Ventures Corp., Johnstown, Pa., is being awarded a $12,529,511 firm-fixed-price
contract for the production of 12 carriage, stream, tow, and recovery system kits in support
of the Naval Air Systems Command, MH-60S Airborne Mine Countermeasures Program. The
objectives of the program are to design, fabricate, test, and integrate a system for the
carriage, stream, tow and recovery of all five airborne mine countermeasures sensors to
support the mission of the MH-60S helicopter. The contract includes an option that would
bring the cumulative value to $31,969,022. Work will be performed in Johnstown, Pa., and is
expected to complete by November 2014. Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City
Division, Fla., is the Contracting Activity. (Source: DoD, 05/11/12)

Flight academy launches
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The National Flight Academy at Naval Air Station Pensacola welcomed
its first class Thursday afternoon. The $45 million academy near the National Naval Aviation
Museum creates a science, technology, engineering and math learning environment within a
center that replicates the feel of an aircraft carrier. The first class has students from
Escambia and Milton High schools. Astronaut Mark Kelly gave the keynote speech Friday
morning. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 05/11/12) Previous

Exploreum gets Airbus grant
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Airbus Corporate Foundation awarded a second $50,000 grant to the
Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center in keeping with its goal to "inspire disadvantaged
children and young adults through aviation." The Exploreum will use the funds to expand its
first year pilot youth mentoring and aeronautics program. Dubbed ExploreAIR, the
Exploreum's expanded program will focus on students, grade 6-12, and support the science
center's ongoing Workforce Development initiatives. (Source: Mobile Press-Register,
05/10/12)

Eglin gets two F-35Bs
Two F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing production aircraft arrived at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., Thursday after a 90-minute flight from Fort Worth, Texas. It brings to 25 the number of
production F-35 deliveries to the Department of Defense. The Marine Corps F-35s,
designated BF-9 and BF-10, are now assigned to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing's Marine
Fighter/Attack Squadron 501 residing with the host 33d Fighter Wing. Eglin now has 11 F-
35s. Both jets will be used for pilot and maintainer training at the F-35 Integrated Training
Center. Another F-35B, BF-11, is also slated to arrive soon at Eglin. (Source: PRNewswire,
05/10/12)

J-2X powerpack tested
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA conducted a 340-second test of the J-2X
powerpack Thursday as part of the development of the next-generation rocket engine for
the Space Launch System. Thursday's test is part of a series of firings on the J-2X
powerpack, a system of components on the top of the J-2X, including the gas generator,
oxygen and fuel turbopumps, and related ducts and valves. On the full J-2X engine, the
powerpack feeds the thrust chamber system, which produces engine thrust. The test was to
operate the turbopumps over a range of speeds by varying the gas generator valve
positions. (Source: NASA/SSC, 05/10/12) Previous

Contract: Raytheon, $11.4M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded an $11,435,796 cost-plus-fixed-
fee contract for central processing unit, circuit card assembly spike extension on the Lot 24
advanced medium-range air-to-air missile production lot. The location of the performance is
Tucson, Ariz. Work is to be completed by Jul. 31, 2013. AAC/EBAC, Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/10/12)

Contract: McDonnell Douglas, $24M
McDonnell Douglas Corp., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $23,999,000 cost-plus-fixed-
fee and firm-fixed-price contract for indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity for technical
support for the Joint Direct Attack Munition weapon system to include non-warranty induction
and repair, annual software updates, mission planning support and studies/analysis. The
location of the performance is St. Louis, Mo. Work is to be completed by Dec. 31, 2013.
AAC/EBDK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/10/12)

Senate panel gets F-35 update
Senior leaders from the Air Force and Navy told the Senate Armed Services Committee’s
airpower panel that the F-35 remains the centerpiece of the services’ modernization
program. Navy Vice Adm. David J. Venlet, F-35 program executive officer, said technical and
cost issues remain, but the F-35 is an impressive marriage of engine and airframe, and
carrier test pilots have lauded its handling characteristics. (Source: American Forces Press
Service, 05/09/12) Venlet told the panel the next contracts for F-35s will be tied more closely
than previous ones to testing, assembly and software progress. Six of the 31 aircraft in the
next round won't be awarded until Lockheed Martin meets at least five criteria, including
successful review this year of the latest software release. (Source: Bloomberg, 05/08/12)
Venlet later touted a fix for the jet’s troubled, high-tech helmet, which officials hope will solve
jitter picture and lag time issues. A “micro-inertial measurement unit” is expected to fix the
jitter, while “signal processing changes in the software and the architecture” could fix the lag.
Program officials also plan to improve a camera installed on the helmet which they believe
will fix “the acuity and night vision,” he said. (Source: Navy Times, 05/09/12) Meanwhile,
Lockheed Martin issued a press release about the milestones in the F-35 flight test
program, noting progress in the first four months of 2012 ranging from a record number of
flight hours in March to the 30 local area orientation flights at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
(Source: Lockheed Martin, 05/08/12)

MSU hosting UAS symposium
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Some of the nation's leading experts in unmanned aerial systems will
be at Mississippi State University May 14-16 for the 2012 UAS Symposium. The symposium
will focus on the impact of unmanned aircraft technology on research, defense, homeland
security, law, and public policy. The university and the Association of Unmanned Aerial
Systems International-Mississippi are co-hosts. The program features a lineup of speakers,
panel discussions, flight demonstrations, and tours. Maj. Gen. James O. Poss, U.S. Air
Force assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, will
deliver the keynote address Tuesday. (Source: MSU, 05/09/12) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scout
and Global Hawk UAVs are built in part in Moss Point, Miss., and bases in the region are
involved in UAV activities.

NG gets NETC contract
HERNDON, Va. -- The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a three-year, $84 million
indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract to support the Naval Education Training
Command at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. Northrop Grumman will provide planning and
assessment, curriculum development, and computer-based modeling and simulation training
solutions. The team will also be responsible for providing program management and staff
support. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 05/07/12) Previous

The election and Airbus
The political columnist of the Mobile Press-Register takes on the question of whether the
election of Francois Hollande as president of France might have an impact on "The Project,"
shorthand for the effort to get an aircraft assembly plant in Mobile. He concludes the change
in leadership at Airbus parent EADS is more relevant. (Source: Mobile Press-Register,
05/09/12)

Chamber unveils economic plan
DAPHNE, Ala. -- The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce has unveiled its new Blueprint
for a Better Tomorrow economic development strategy. At a news conference Tuesday,
Bradley Byrne, the chamber board's vice chairman for economic development, outlined four
areas of concentration, including aerospace. The chamber also wants to leverage the
higher educational attainment level of Baldwin County residents. (Source: Mobile Press-
Register, 05/08/12)

Contract: Northrop Grumman, $25.7M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Integrated Systems Sector, San Diego, Calif., is being
awarded a $25,709,758 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to
purchase three Fire Scout vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicles Lot
5 low rate initial production and one ground control station. Work will be performed in Moss
Point, Miss. (55 percent), and San Diego, Calif. (45 percent), and is expected to be
completed in December 2013. The Naval Air Systems Command is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 05/08/09)

Report puts new focus on F-22
A report on television’s 60 minutes about pilots who refuse to fly the F-22 because of
hypoxia-related safety issues has pulled attention back to the advanced aircraft. Air Combat
Command in Langley, Va., said it was inundated with requests for response regarding the
Sunday report. Investigators have yet to pin down what’s wrong with the planes oxygen
system that grounded the aircraft, including those at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., for
months. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., issued a statement Monday vowing to work to help to
solve the problems. He also wants the entire training mission at Tyndall. (Source: Panama
City News Herald, 05/07/12)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $237.7M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $237,740,000 modification to the previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-fee F-
35 Low Rate Initial Production IV contract for changes to the configuration baseline
hardware or software resulting from the JSF development effort. This modification increases
the concurrency cap for the U.S. Marine Corps and United Kingdom short take-off vertical
landing aircraft; Air Force and Netherlands conventional take-off and landing aircraft; and
Navy carrier variant aircraft. The concurrency cap establishes the threshold at or under
which the contractor is obligated to incorporate government-authorized changes. Work will
be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to span multiple years. This contract
modification combines purchases for the Navy (64.5 percent); Air Force (29 percent); the
United Kingdom (3.5 percent); and the Netherlands (3 percent). The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/07/12) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Contact: Lockheed Martin, $14.2M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Ft. Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $14,165,940 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract
to implement required design changes that allow coalition training operations for the F-35.
Work will be performed at Orlando, Fla. (55 percent), Fort Worth, Texas (34 percent), and El
Segundo, Calif. (11 percent). Work is expected to be completed in December 2016. Naval
Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
05/07/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

2nd AEHF launched
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The 45th Space Wing on Friday
successfully launched the second Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite onboard a
United Launch Alliance Atlas V vehicle. AEHF-1 was launched from here in August of 2010.
AEHF is a joint service satellite communications system that will provide communications for
high-priority military ground, sea and air assets. The AEHF system is the follow-on to the
Milstar system. (Source: 45th Space Wing Public Affairs, 05/04/12) United Launch Alliance is
a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing. Previous on AEHF. Gulf Coast note: Core
propulsion work for the AEHF is done at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

GD gets NETC contract
FAIRFAX, Va. -- General Dynamics Information Technology has been awarded a contract by
the Navy to deliver education and training support services to the Naval Education and
Training Command and the Naval Education and Training Professional Development and
Technology Center. The three-year, multiple-award contract has a potential value of $97.4
million to all nine awardees, if all options are exercised. General Dynamics will provide
personnel to support training services including instructional designers, computer
programmers, computer graphics specialists, military analysts and senior training analysts.
Work will primarily be performed in Pensacola, Fla., Gulfport, Miss., Hampton Roads, Va.,
and Port Hueneme, Calif. (Source: General Dynamics, 05/07/12)

AJ26 has acceptance test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Engineers at NASA's Stennis Space Center conducted a
55-second hot-fire engine acceptance test of the Aerojet AJ26 engine E9 on Thursday. The
test on the E-1 test stand, and involved engineers from NASA, Orbital Science Corp. and
Aerojet. After test data is reviewed and the engine inspected, it will be shipped to the
Wallops Flight Facility launch site in Virginia for installation on Orbital's Antares rocket. A
pair of Aerojet engines will provide first-stage power for the rockets on missions to the
International Space Station. Orbital is a partner in NASA's Commercial Orbital
Transportation Services joint research and development program. (Source: NASA/SSC,
05/03/12)

TRSS changes command
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Lieutenant Col. Jason Costello assumed command of
the 325th Training Support Squadron from Lt. Col. Douglas Kugler during a change of
command ceremony Friday. Prior to the change of command, Costello was the 325th Fighter
Wing Chief of Safety. Kugler is now the 325th Operations Group Action Officer. (Source:
325th Public Affairs, 05/04/12)

Contract: L-3, $29.8M
L-3 Communications Aerospace LLC., Madison, Miss., was awarded a $29,787,008 labor-
hour contract. The award will provide for the labor and administration services in support of
aircraft production at the Corpus Christi Army Depot. Work will be performed in Corpus
Christi, Texas, with an estimated completion date of April 28, 2014. Eighteen bids were
solicited, with eight bids received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal,
Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/04/12)

Contract: L-3, $48.2M
L-3 Communications Aerospace, LLC, Madison, Miss., was awarded a $48,219,927 labor-
hour contract. The award will provide for the labor services in support of aircraft production
at the Corpus Christi Army Depot. Work will be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas, with an
estimated completion date of April 28, 2014. Sixteen bids were solicited, with five bids
received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 05/04/12)

State funds base support programs
The state of Florida will have $4.6 million to spend on programs supporting its defense
installations in the fiscal year starting July 1. Funding includes money for three grant
programs and the Florida Defense Support Task Force, The task force was created last
year by the legislature to help the state prepare for a future BRAC round and attract more
R&D and other defense activities. The state last year allocated $5 million for the task force,
and the FY 2012-2013 budget adds $2 million more. The grant programs will get $2.6
million. Florida is home to 21 military bases and missions, making defense Florida's third-
largest job producer. The state's military presence brings $58 billion into its economy
annually. (Source: Defense Communities, 05/04/12) Northwest Florida is home to Naval Air
Station Pensacola, Corry Station, Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Hurlburt Field, Duke Field,
Eglin Air Force Base, Tyndall Air Force Base and Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama
City.

Hawker Beechcraft files Ch 11
Hawker Beechcraft, the company Louisiana tried 17 months ago to lure to Baton Rouge,
filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday. The company said it reached an agreement with
many creditors on a plan to restructure its debt. Hawker Beechcraft, based in Wichita, filed
for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in federal bankruptcy court in New York. It secured
funding to continue to pay workers, vendors and others. The company employs some 7,400
people, with 4,700 working in Wichita. It also has factories in Little Rock, Ark., Britain and
Mexico, as well as more than 100 service centers worldwide. (Source: Baton Rouge
Advocate, 05/04/12, Wichita Eagle, PRNewswire, 05/03/12)

Kelly to address academy class
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Retired astronaut Mark Kelly will be the keynote speaker during the
May 11 grand opening for the first class of students attending the National Flight Academy.
Kelly is the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, wounded in a shooting during an
outdoor event last year. Kelly, a former combat pilot, will be joined by retired astronauts Neil
Armstrong and Gene Cernan. The flight academy, a replica of the inside of an aircraft
carrier, is designed to interest students in careers in science, technology, engineering and
math. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 05/03/12)

Science center has first harvest
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Infinity Science Center on May 7 will show off its first
major aeroponically-grown lettuce harvest from the Controlled Environment Agriculture
exhibit. The exhibit demonstrates methods astronauts on long-duration space missions can
use to grow food, in this case lettuce grown without the use of soil. The prototype exhibit was
developed and built by Innovative Imaging and Research with funding from the Chief
Technologist’s Office and the University of Southern Mississippi’s Business and Innovation
Assistance Center, in partnership with the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology. (Source:
NASA/SSC, 05/03/12)

Airport gets improvements grant
KILN, Miss. -- Stennis International Airport, just outside NASA's Stennis Space Center, is
receiving a federal grant of $855,000 for several improvement projects associated with a
new terminal. The projects include construction of a new aircraft parking apron,
rehabilitation of part of another apron and repainting taxiway markings. Some of the funds
also will be used to improve a runway safety area, according to the Federal Aviation
Administration. (Sources: Sun Herald, 05/02/12, FAA, 05/03/12)

UT eyes one Rocketdyne buyer
United Technologies' talks to sell its Rocketdyne space unit are focused on one possible
buyer, the head of the company's Pratt & Whitney engine unit told Reuters. UT in March put
up for sale Rocketdyne, which makes engines for space programs. It's part of an effort to
avoid selling new common shares to fund its $16.5 billion pending takeover of aerospace
components maker Goodrich Corp. (Source: Reuters, 05/02/12) Gulf Coast note:
Rocketdyne has an operation at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; Goodrich has an operation in
Foley, Ala.; UT unit Sikorsky has an operation in Pensacola, Fla.

Rubio touts Eglin’s importance
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – It would be foolish to move any of Eglin Air Force Base’s
mission elsewhere, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told a crowd at the Air Force Armament
Museum Wednesday. He said investments have been made at Eglin for decades, and
affirmed his support of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Bill marker requiring the Air
Armament Center to stay at Eglin unless a future Base Realignment and Closure Act
declares otherwise. An Air Force reorganization proposes eliminating AAC, merging the 46th
Test Wing and 96th Air Base Wing and having it report to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
Many fear that’s a first step towards moving more Eglin operations to Edwards. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 05/02/12)

SpaceX launch delayed again
The launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 is being delayed again while software issues are worked
out. The rocket, carrying the Dragon capsule, is the first attempt by a private company to
send cargo to the International Space Station. It was originally scheduled for April 30,
delayed until May 7 and now delayed again. SpaceX in December 2010 launched a Dragon
into orbit and back, a first for a commercial outfit. SpaceX has a $1.6 billion NASA contract to
fly 12 cargo missions to the ISS. Orbital Sciences has a similar contract and is developing a
rocket for a test flight this summer from Wallops Islands, Va. (Sources: multiple, including
AFP via Space Travel, Washington Post, Huntsville Times, 05/02/12) Gulf Coast note: NASA’
s Stennis Space Center, Miss., tests rocket engines for Orbital Sciences.

L3 unveils military tribute
CRESTVIEW, Fla. -- L3 Crestview Aerospace on Wednesday unveiled the Armed Forces
Tribute Memorial, designed and built by its workers. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., said it’s an
outstanding thing for the company to have at its gate. He said the products of L3 go to the
warfighter, and the memorial will serve as a reminder of this important work. L3 Crestview
Aerospace employs about 900 people at its facility at the Bob Sikes Airport. (Source: WEAR-
TV, 05/02/12)

NAS Whiting eyes utility savings
MILTON, Fla. -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Works Department
Pensacola awarded a $3.6 million Utility Energy Services Contract to Gulf Power of
Pensacola for an energy conservation project aboard Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton,
Fla. The project, designed to reduce energy consumption and upgrade energy management
infrastructure of 12 facilities, will start in July and is expected to be completed by April 2013.
(Source: NNS, 05/02/12)

NASA picks 10 STTR projects
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA selected 10 proposals, one involving technology
for Stennis Space Center, from small business and research institution teams to continue
work on innovative technologies that could advance future missions. The Phase II winners in
the agency's Small Business Technology Transfer Program now can enter negotiations for
possible contract awards, with a total for all projects of about $7.49 million. The Stennis-
related project is for technology being developed for the Office of the Chief Technologist by
Combustion Research and Flow Technology of Pipersville, Pa., and the University of
Alabama in Huntsville, Ala. (Source: NASA/SSC, 05/02/12)

PW delivers 50th F135
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Pratt & Whitney has delivered the 50th production F135 engine
for the Lockheed Martin's F-35. The engine is scheduled to be installed in a F-35C carrier
variant for the Navy. The F-35C will be delivered to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., this summer
for Navy pilot training. To date, the F135 propulsion system has powered more than 330
vertical landings, 2,000 test flights producing more than 3,000 flight hours. Pratt & Whitney
is a United Technologies Corp. company. (Source: PRNewswire, 05/02/12)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $7.5M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $7,516,372 modification to the previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm
target F-35 Low Rate Initial Production IV Sustainment contract. This modification provides
for the procurement of 1,198 active matrix liquid crystal displays, a diminishing
manufacturing source part, for all low rate initial production variants. Work will be performed
in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in May 2012. This contract combines
purchases for the Air Force (29.8 percent); the Marine Corps (14.4 percent); the Navy (12.1
percent); and the Cooperative Program Participant (43.7 percent). The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/30/12) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Contract: Qualis, Spectrum, $77M
Qualis Corp., Madison County, Ala., and Spectrum Comm. Inc., Newport News, Va., are
being awarded a $77,000,000 cost indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity with cost-plus-fixed-
fee and cost reimbursement task orders contract to procure operational test and evaluation
services to support Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center in accomplishment of
operational test and evaluation activities. The locations of performance are Kirtland Air
Force Base, N.M., Eglin, Air Force Base, Fla., Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., and Edwards,
Air Force Base, Calif. Work is to be completed by Oct. 31, 2017. AFOTEC/A-7K, Kirtland Air
Force Base, N.M., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/30/12)

Blue Angels next leader named
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Navy announced Tuesday that the new commander of the Blue
Angels flight demonstration team for the 2013-2014 season will be Cmdr. Thomas Frosch,
who succeeds Capt. Greg McWherter. Frosch, a native of Michigan, joins the Blue Angles
after serving as commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 146 at Naval Air Station
Lemoore, Calif. The change of command will be Nov. 4, 2012. The Blue Angels flight
demonstration team is based at Naval Air Station Pensacola. (Sources: multiple, including
WALA-TV, WKRG-TV, WEAR-TV, 05/01/12)


APRIL 2012

Afghan kills Eglin soldier
A soldier assigned to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., died April 25 in Afghanistan when he was
shot by a rogue Afghan soldier. The Department of Defense said Staff Sgt. Andrew T.
Britton-Mihalo, 25, of Simi Valley, Calif., died in Kandahar province. He was assigned to the
2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group at Eglin. The Ventura County Star in California
reported that Britton-Mihalo is the soldier that was killed when an Afghan soldier turned his
weapon on mentors. Several others were injured. (Source: DoD, 04/28/12, Shadow Spear,
Ventura County Star, 04/29/12)

Marine F-35 to start local fights
The Marine Corps will start local area flights on the F-35B this week at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla. Local area flights at Eglin are on-going with the F-35A conventional take-off and landing
version, and the Marine’s F-35B will be joining the F-35A in the air once Naval Air Systems
Command gives its consent. "[We] expect to be flying on or about 1 May," a senior USMC
official told Flightglobal. (Source: Flightglobal, 04/27/12)

SpaceX to launch May 7
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to take off May 7 from
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in a demonstration project for NASA's Commercial Orbital
Transportation Services. During the flight, SpaceX's Dragon capsule will conduct a series of
check-out procedures to test and prove its systems, including the capability to rendezvous
and berth with the International Space Station. (Source: NASA, 04/27/12)

Boeing marks 50 years in Alabama
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Boeing today celebrates 50 years in Alabama. It's the largest
aerospace company in the state, where it maintains its Strategic Missile and Defense
Systems headquarters in Huntsville, as well as its largest program, Ground-based Midcourse
Defense. Huntsville also hosts Boeing Exploration Launch Systems, which oversees NASA's
Space Launch System and support to the International Space Station. (Source: Boeing,
04/30/12) Gulf Coast note: Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and Stennis Space
Center, Miss., are involved in NASA's SLS program.

Contract: Sikorsky, $63.3M
Sikorsky Support Services Inc., Pensacola, Fla., is being awarded a $63,331,119
modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract for logistics
services and materials for organizational, intermediate, and depot-level maintenance on 179
T-34, 54 T-44, and 192 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, 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 September 2012. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/27/12)

Language added to keep AAC
Under a provision in the draft version of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill, the Air
Force would have to keep a key research, development, test and evaluation facility at Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla. Local officials say a reorganization announced in November jeopardizes
the base. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., sponsored the language requiring the Air Force to retain
the Air Armament Center at Eglin unless a future base closure action rules otherwise. The
Air Force is consolidating the Air Force Materiel Command's 12 centers into five,
disestablishing the Air Armament Center and combining the 46th Test Wing and 96th Air
Base Wing and having it report to the Air Force Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base,
Calif. Local officials fear the reorganization is a precursor to moving the operations of the
46th Test Wing to Edwards. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 04/26/12)

Orion test vehicle arrives
The Orion Ground Test Vehicle is now at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Operations and
Checkout Facility after traveling 1,800 miles from Lockheed Martin's Waterton Facility near
Denver, Colo., where it completed a series of acoustic, modal and vibration tests. The
ground test vehicle will now be used for pathfinding operations at the O&C in preparation for
the Orion spaceflight test vehicle's arrival this summer. The spaceflight vehicle is being
fabricated at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La., and is slated for
NASA's Exploration Flight Test (EFT-1) in 2014. (Source: NASA, 04/25/12)

Blue Origin tests craft design
KENT, Wash. -- Blue Origin, one of four companies working on technologies for commercial
space transportation, said it successfully tested the design for its orbital spaceship in a
series of wind-tunnel tryouts. More than 180 tests were done over the past several weeks at
Lockheed Martin's High Speed Wind Tunnel Facility in Dallas. Blue Origin, backed by
Amazon.com billionaire Jeff Bezos, soon will be conducting tests of the thrust chamber
assembly for the BE 3 100,000-lbf liquid oxygen, liquid hydrogen rocket engine recently
installed on the E 1 complex test stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center. In addition to Blue
Origin, other companies receiving $320 million from NASA for work on space transportation
are Boeing, Sierra Nevada, and SpaceX. (Source: MSNBC, Blue Origin press release,
04/26/12)

J-2X starts test series
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA kicked off the next round of testing on the Pratt
and Whitney Rocketdyne J-2X rocket engine Thursday, gathering data on the performance
of the newly-installed engine nozzle extension and test stand "clamshell" as well as on the
engine start and shutdown sequences. The test on the A-2 Test Stand begins a second,
more extensive round of testing for the next-generation engine selected as part of the
Space Launch System. The nozzle extension and clamshell equipment allow operators to
test the engine at simulated altitudes up to 50,000 feet. (Source: NASA/SSC, 04/26/12)

Navy demonstrates blimp to relay data
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – An SUV-sized white helium-filled blimp has been catching some
attention in Panama City over the past few days. Suspended 500 feet in the air, the Aerostat
is tethered to a mobile base equipped with technology to operate unmanned vehicles from
shore. The Aerostat acts as a satellite, relaying signals that would otherwise be out of range
of the Naval Surface Warfare Center. The primary purpose of the Aerostat tests by the
NSWC is to map the range and area in which an Aerostat can be effectively used to extend
the range for relaying data. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 04/25/12)

United opting for Boeing?
Boeing has the upper hand against rival Airbus in the battle to win an aircraft order from
United Continental Holdings. The potential value is $15 billion. Sources told Reuters that
Boeing is the front-runner for orders for about 180 narrow body jets, and Bloomberg was
told  by sources that Airbus has dropped out of the contest. The deal could be concluded
this summer. Talks had been underway for at least six months about a mix of current-
generation Boeing 737s or Airbus A320s. (Sources: Reuters, Bloomberg, 04/23/12) Gulf
Coast note: Airbus has an engineering center in Mobile, Ala.

Global Hawk Block 30 hangs on
The Air Force is proceeding "prudently" on the RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 30 program, even
though it's targeted for cancelation in the president's fiscal 2013 budget request. That
request cancels the Block 30 order, originally planned for 42, and puts 18 existing Block 30s
into storage. But Col. Karl Rozelsky, the Air Force's director for the Global Hawk program,
said the service is not going to make any major changes until Congress acts. (Source: Air
Force Times, 04/25/12) And some action is occurring. While the president's budget request
provided no funds to operate the 18 drones, the House Armed Services Committee is
providing money and marching orders. The HASC's mark-up of the National Defense
Authorization Act for 2013 includes $260 million towards keeping the Block 30s operational.
(Source: AOL Defense, 04/25/12) The marked bill adds 560 personnel to the strength of the
Air Force to maintain the 18 UAVs. Another House Armed Services panel would have to add
funds to operation and maintain the aircraft. (Source: Washington Post, 04/25/12) Gulf
Coast note: Global Hawk center fuselages are built in Moss Point, Miss.

Contracts: Lockheed Martin, $114.2M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded
two contracts totaling $114.2 million for the F-35. It was awarded a $68,284,013 modification
to the previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee F-35 Low Rate Initial Production II contract
for changes to the configuration baseline hardware or software resulting from the JSF
development effort. This modification defines the contractor's responsibility to incorporate
government-authorized changes for the U.S. Air Force conventional take-off and landing
and the U.S. Marine Corps short take-off vertical landing aircraft and provides funding for
such efforts. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force (55.2 percent) and the
Navy (44.8). The company also was awarded a $45,900,000 modification to the previously
awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee F-35 Low Rate Initial Production III contract for changes to
the configuration baseline hardware or software resulting from the JSF development effort.
This modification defines the contractor's responsibility to incorporate government-
authorized changes for the U.S. Marine Corps and United Kingdom short take-off vertical
landing aircraft, and provides funding for such efforts. This contract combines purchases for
the Navy (77.8 percent) and the United Kingdom (22.2 percent). Work will be performed in
Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to span multiple years. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/24/12) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

J-2X set for next test series
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- The J-2X engine that will power the second stage of
NASA’s Space Launch System will undergo a series of tests beginning Wednesday, the first
of 16 tests scheduled for this year. The Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne engine, called E10001,
is at the A-2 Test Stand for an extensive round of tests that will build on the initial round of
sea-level tests on the first developmental engine last year. This second test series will
simulate high-altitude conditions where the atmospheric pressure is low. The SLS will use J-
2X engines on the second stage of flight after the first stage is jettisoned. In its first round of
testing, the J-2X engine reached 100 percent power in just four tests and achieved a full
flight-duration firing of 500 seconds in its eighth test, faster than any other U.S. engine. The
engine was fired a total of 10 times for a cumulative 1,040 seconds of testing various
aspects of performance. (Source: NASA, 04/24/12) Previous

SpaceX delays launch
Next week's launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule will be delayed at least
a week, the company said. The delay will allow for additional testing. Space Exploration
Technologies, better known as SpaceX, planned to launch its demonstration mission
Monday from Cape Canaveral, Fla., to the International Space Station as part of NASA's
Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program. (Sources: multiple, including Florida
Today, Space, Huntsville Times, 04/24/12) Gulf Coast note: NASA's Stennis Space Center,
Miss., tests rocket engines for some of the companies involved in commercial space
ventures.

Memorial service set
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Department of Defense Explosive Ordnance Disposal
community is hosting the Annual EOD Memorial Ceremony on May 5 at 9 a.m. at the EOD
Memorial, Range D-51 in Niceville, Fla. This year’s keynote speaker is Air Force Chief of
Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz. The EOD Memorial Foundation was established in 1969 to
honor the men and women of the EOD community, and the ceremony adding names is held
each year. The memorial currently honors 269 EOD technicians died in the line of duty since
1942, 92 of them since September 11, 2001. Eighteen names will be added. (Source: Eglin
Public Affairs, 04/24/12)

F-35 faces more turbulence: strike
The F-35 program is facing another hurdle. Assembly workers at the Lockheed Martin plant
in Fort Worth, where the F-35s are built, went on strike Monday. Members of the
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 776, which represents
3,600 workers at the plant, voted Sunday to reject Lockheed Martin’s final contract offer and
walk off their jobs. The workers do nearly all the aircraft assembly and manufacturing
functions at the plant that builds the F-16 and F-35. (Sources: multiple, including Fort Worth
Star Telegram, 04/22/12, WFAA-TV, NBC5, 04/23/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

$262.3M Fire Scout contract won
A $262.3 million contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego,
Calif., for work on eight Fire Scout unmanned helicopters, the Defense Department
announced Monday. Nearly half the work will be done at the Northrop Grumman Unmanned
Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss. The contract provides for the development,
manufacture, and testing of two Fire Scout MQ-8C, the larger version of the Fire Scout that
uses a Bell 407 airframe, and production of six air vehicles. It also calls for spare parts in
support of the endurance upgrade rapid deployment capability effort. Work on the Fire
Scouts will be performed in Moss Point, Miss. (47 percent); San Diego, Calif. (46 percent);
and Yuma, Ariz. (7 percent). Work is expected to be completed in May 2014. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/23/12)
Story by GCAC

New airport chief named
GULFPORT, Miss. -- Clay Williams has been named the new executive director of Gulfport-
Biloxi International Airport, replacing Bruce Frallic, who will retire in August after serving as
executive director for 26 years. Williams currently works as a government relations
representative for Capitol Resources LLC, managing the firm’s Gulf Coast office. (Source:
Sun Herald, 04/23/12)

SSC: Leveraging NASA assets
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Stennis Space Center is the most capable of four
facilities where NASA tests rocket engines, and much of the growth of the facility has been in
non-propulsion activities. But with commercial companies grabbing a larger piece of the
space flight field, SSC’s assets might prove to be a lure. The latest carrot is the E-4 test
facility. (Source: Sun Herald, 04/22/12)

Harris to head 96th Test Wing
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Brig. Gen. David A. Harris, vice commander of the Air
Armament Center at Eglin Air Force Base, will be the commander of the 96th Test Wing, Air
Force Materiel Command, at Eglin, the Air Force announced Friday. Harris’ assignment was
one of 11 general officer assignments announced Friday by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen.
Norton Schwartz. (Source: DoD, 04/20/12)

Whiting Field ends T-34 training
MILTON, Fla. – Naval Air Station Whiting Field had its final training flight of a T-34 Turbo
Mentor Thursday, marking the transition to the T-6B Texan II. The student pilot was 1st Lt.
Sarah Horn, and her flight instructor was Cmdr. John Hensel. Most of the remaining Whiting
Field T-34s will be sent to Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, where the Navy continues
to train with that model. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 04/20/12, WEAR-TV, 04/19/12)

Raiders to return to Eglin
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – The surviving members of the Doolittle Raiders will hold their
71st reunion in Fort Walton Beach next year. The last time Fort Walton Beach hosted the
reunion was 1968. Eglin Field is where the Raiders trained for the daring April 1942 mission
to bomb Japan. They launched their B-25 bombers from the deck of the USS Hornet four
months after the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. (Source: Northwest Florida
Daily News, 04/18/12) The 70th reunion was held this week at the National Museum of the U.
S. Air Force near Dayton, Ohio. Four of the five surviving members of the bomber crews
attended the event. The raid boosted American morale and showed the Japanese populace
the homeland was not invulnerable. (Sources: Reuters, 04/18/12, Washington Times,
04/19/12)

Hearing set in suit
Alabama Aircraft Industries will try to convince a federal judge in Birmingham, Ala., next
month to allow its $100 million lawsuit against Boeing to proceed. The small company filed
suit in September in which it argued that its former business partner, Boeing, stole
proprietary data that let the aerospace giant win $1.3 billion in contracts to maintain KC-135
refueling aircraft. Boeing has filed a motion to dismiss the suit. (Source: Reuters, 04/18/12)

Scandal reaches Eglin
The prostitution scandal in Colombia is now touching Northwest Florida. There are reports
that the U.S. Southern Command is investigating the role of five soldiers from the 7th
Special Forces Group, based at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Eleven members of the Secret
Service that protects the president and other top officials have been linked by the agency to
the scandal. They are accused of bringing prostitutes to a hotel in Colombia ahead of last
week's Summit of the Americas, which was attended  by President Barack Obama. (Sources:
multiple, including CNN, Fayetteville Observer, 04/19/12)

Circling plane crashes in Gulf
A twin-engine Cessna on a flight between Slidell, La., and Sarasota, Fla., crashed in the
Gulf of Mexico Thursday. The pilot was unresponsive for several hours and radar tracked
the plane flying in loops over the Gulf of Mexico. Military jets from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
and a Coast Guard aircraft from Mobile, Ala., were sent to the scene to monitor the situation.
Officials believe the pilot, the only person in the plane, was incapacitated. (Source: multiple,
including ABC News, CBS News, 04/19/12)

SLS main to sport 4-engine setup
The main stage of NASA's Space Launch System being developed for deep space
exploration will use four RD-25D space shuttle main engines. Engineers also considered
three- and five-engine versions, Boeing officials said at the National Space Symposium in
Colorado. After the RD-25D supply is used up, a throwaway version, the RD-25E, will be
used. The main stage of SLS will be assembled at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New
Orleans using friction-stir welders, and probably will be built of aluminum lithium. The first
unmanned SLS flight is scheduled for 2017, and the first flight carrying the Lockheed Martin
developed Orion crew capsule is slated for 2021. (Source: Aviation Week, 04/18/12) Gulf
Coast note: Michoud also is building the Orion crew capsule; the RD-25 engines will be
tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss., which is also testing the J-2X that will be used in the
second stage.

Airport chief retiring
GULFPORT, Miss. – Longtime Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport executive director Bruce
Frallic is retiring in August. He served in his current position for 26 years. Frallic began his
aviation career in 1967 in the Marine Corps. Of his 45 years in the aviation industry, 40
have been in commercial and airport management. He also has worked at airports in
Pensacola, Fla., and Hattiesburg, Miss. (Source: Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport,
04/18/12)

BRAC discussed at meeting
CRESTVIEW, Fla. – An executive with the Okaloosa County Economic Development Council
told the Crestview City Council that a trip to the nation’s capital last month included more
than 50 area leaders from five counties. Kay Rasmussen, vice president of community and
economic development, said the annual Northwest Florida Defense Coalition meeting
included officials from Okaloosa, Escambia, Santa Rosa, Walton and Bay counties who met
with government and military officials. “We do this to speak with one voice for our
communities,” Rasmussen said, according to the Crestview Bulletin. Topics discussed with
the congressional delegation included the possibility of another Base Realignment and
Closure round and the Air Force Material Command reorganization affecting the Eglin Air
Force Base Air Armament Center. (Source: Crestview Bulletin, 04/18/12)

Orion parachute testing continues
NASA on Tuesday successfully conducted a drop test of the Orion crew vehicle's entry,
descent and landing parachutes in preparation for the vehicle's orbital flight test, Exploration
Flight Test -1, in 2014. A C-130 dropped a dart-shaped test vehicle with a simulated Orion
parachute compartment from an altitude of 25,000 feet above the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving
Grounds in Arizona. Orion will carry astronauts deeper into space than ever before, provide
emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and ensure a safe re-entry
and landing. (Source: NASA, 04/17/12) Gulf Coast note: The Orion capsule is built in New
Orleans at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility.

Contract: Boeing, $9.4M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $9,353,862 firm-fixed-price contract to
procure focused lethality munitions Small Diameter Bomb I variant. The location of the
performance is St. Louis, Mo. Work is to be completed by Dec. 31, 2013. AAC/EBMK, Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/17/12)

UAVs become college major
Top flight-training school Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and other universities have
created majors for students interested in unmanned aerial vehicles. As the Federal Aviation
Administration prepares to let unmanned aircraft operate in the national airspace,
universities are getting into the act with programs to fly and build drones. They’re catering to
a new generation of pilots who have no interest in getting airborne themselves. The drone
industry worldwide is expected to grow to $11.3 billion annually by 2021. (Source:
Bloomberg, 04/16/12) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts and Global Hawks are built in part in
Moss Point, Miss.; military base in the region are involved in using UAVs.

F-35 center begins formal training
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The integrated joint strike fighter training team has opened
the doors for the first Air Force certification courses on the logistical support behind the F-
35 Joint Strike Fighter. The 33rd Fighter Wing has eight basic familiarization courses now in
session at the academic training center with courses currently scheduled through early next
year. About 100 maintenance students from three branches of service began the inaugural
classes March 19. (Source: Team Eglin Public Affairs, 04/11/12)

First UK F-35 takes flight
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The UK's first production F-35, the short take-off and vertical
landing jet, completed its 45-minute inaugural flight April 13. The plane, BK-1, will undergo a
series of tests before being handed over to the UK's Ministry of Defence, which will then
begin training and further testing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., later this year. BK-1 is the
first of three F-35 jets that the UK has committed to buy -- two F-35Bs and one F-35C -- but
the final size and makeup of the F-35 fleet order has yet to be determined. (Source:
Defence Management Journal, Lockheed Martin, 04/16/12)

F-35 draft EIS released
The Air Force has released the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed
operational basing of F-35s. That kicks off a series of public hearings at impacted
communities. Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the preferred alternative for the active duty
operational location and Burlington Air Guard Station, Vt., is the preferred alternative for the
Air National Guard. The other active and Air National Guard alternatives under
consideration are Jacksonville AGS, Fla.; Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; and Shaw
AFB/McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. “The Air Force is analyzing the impacts of
basing three squadrons of 24 aircraft each at the active duty location and one squadron of
24 aircraft at the Air National Guard location,” said Kathleen Ferguson, deputy assistant
secretary of the Air Force for Installations. A final decision is expected in the fall of 2012.
(Source: AFNS, 04/13/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
training center.

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $258.8M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $258,800,000 not-to-exceed undefinitized modification to the previously awarded
F-35 low rate initial production Lot 5 contract, including one additional conventional take-off
and landing aircraft for the Air Force and one additional carrier variant aircraft for the Navy.
Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; El Segundo, Calif.; Warton, United Kingdom;
Orlando, Fla.; Nashua, N.H.; and Baltimore, Md. Work is expected to be completed in
February 2014. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 04/13/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the
F-35 training center.

NASA, AF to study joint engine
NASA and the Air Force will study next-generation upper stage propulsion, formalizing their
interest in a new upper stage engine to replace the Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RL-10.
Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., hopes to find a less expensive RL-10-class
engine for a third stage of the Space Launch System. Two engines have already been
pegged for the SLS: the Space Shuttle Main Engines will power the first stage and the
Rocketdyne J-2X will power the second stage. The Air Force Space and Missile System
Center's Launch Systems Directorate in Los Angeles hopes to replace the RL-10 engines
used on the upper stage of the Atlas V and Delta IV used to launch satellites. Partnering will
help reduce costs and strengthen the nation's rocket propulsion industrial base, NASA said.
"In recent years, it's become apparent that the rocket propulsion industry is in a state of
distress,” said Dale Thomas, Associated Director for Technical Issues at Marshall.
“Collaborating, especially in a time of declining budgets, helps to grow and strengthen the
knowledge base which is important for our nation's technical pre-eminence." (Source:
NASA/Marshall, Flightglobal, AvioNews, 04/12/12) Gulf Coast note: Michoud Assembly
Facility, New Orleans, is building portions of the SLS, including the Orion crew vehicle;
Stennis Space Center, Miss., tests NASA and commercial rocket engine systems, including
the J-2X and SSME.

F-35s have first formation sortie
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Two F-35As from the 33rd Fighter Wing had their first
formation flight over Eglin’s range April 10. Lt. Col. Eric Smith, 58th Fighter Squadron
director of operations, flew the lead aircraft while Marine Maj. Joseph Bachmann, Fighter
Attack Training Squadron 501 aircraft maintenance officer, flew wingman. The pilots, both
first in their service qualified to fly the F-35, were validating pilot syllabus objectives in
preparation for future training. The 33rd FW is responsible for F-35 A/B/C pilot and
maintainer training for the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and in the future, at least eight
coalition partners. (Source: Air Force, 04/13/12)

Airport ponders two carriers
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport is expected to make a
decision within a month on a replacement carrier to take over for Delta Air Lines. Airport
Director  Thomas Heanue said the airport is considering bids submitted to the U.S.
Department of Transportation by Silver Airways and Air Choice One Airlines. The airport had
until May 10 to make a decision. Delta notified the transportation department last July that it
intended to drop 24 routes in smaller markets across the nation. The announcement
triggered a 90-day window for DOT to find an alternative carrier. (Source: Hattiesburg
American, 04/12/12)

Airmen to get medals
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Four members of the 96th Explosive Ordnance will get five
medals in a ceremony April 19 at 9 a.m. Tech Sgt. James Fitzgerald and Staff Sgt. Kelly
Badger will be awarded Bronze Stars. Staff Sgts. Kevin Parke and Christopher Lacy will be
awarded the Purple Heart. Parke was injured in two separate incidents in Afghanistan and
will receive two Purple Hearts. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 04/13/12)

Cyber will help Keesler
BILOXI, Miss. -- The heavy emphasis on cyberwarfare and other high-tech subjects taught at
Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., should ensure the installation plays a key role for the U.S.
military into the future, a top Air Force intelligence official said in an interview with the Sun
Herald. "Keesler is one of the most important bases in the Air Force," said Maj. Gen. James
Poss, assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The
Air Force set up its undergraduate cyberspace training unit at Keesler in 2010. Poss said
the Gulf Coast is turning into the "Cyber Coast," noting that the Navy is involved in
cyberwarefare traininge in Pensacola, Fla., two hours away. (Source: Sun Herald, 04/11/12)
Cyber training also is done at Hurlburt Field, Fla., less than an hour from Pensacola.

DRS drops 150 workers
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Defense contractor DRS Technologies laid off about a
quarter of its staff Thursday as a result of the defense spending downturn.  Richard
Goldberg, senior vice president of public affairs, said the cut was across the board in every
department, including hourly employees and managers. The company still employs about
450 people in its operation at the Fort Walton Beach Commerce and Technology Park. “We
hope business will improve and we’ll be able to bring some people back,” Goldberg said.
DRS, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., is a supplier of integrated products, services and
support to military forces. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 04/12/12)

Contract: Boeing, $98.8M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $98,800,000 not-to-exceed cost-plus-
incentive-fee and firm-fixed-priced contract to procure enhanced threat response redesign
for the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, a quick reaction capability program. The location of
performance is St. Louis, Mo. Work is to be completed by March 30, 2014. AAC/EBDK/EDBJ,
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/12/12)

SSC getting new research center
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA's Stennis Space Center will be the home of the
National Oceans and Applications Research Center, Gov. Phil Bryant said Wednesday at
the ribbon-cutting for the Infinity Science Center. NOARC will combine the capabilities of
NASA, NOAA and the Navy to analyze and understand the Gulf of Mexico watershed and
other oceans NOAA monitors. Bryant said the center will be the "Woods Hole of the South,"
a reference to the world-renown center in Massachusetts. NOARC data could be used to
develop environmental management best practices, identify optimal sites to build
infrastructure and help guide coastal restoration efforts. NOARC will leverage a partnership
with the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology to help encourage the development of small
businesses that benefit from NOARC data. NOARC will be funded with remaining monies that
BP granted to Mississippi during the response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion.
The center will receive initial funding of $500,000 to provide for basic startup needs.
(Sources: Sun Herald, WLOX-TV, press release, 04/11/12) Stennis Space Center is home to
30 agencies, including NASA and NOAA. It's also the center for the Navy's oceanographic
work.

Drone use up in 30-year plan
Bloomberg reports that the military will increase its fleet of unmanned aerial aircraft at least
45 percent over the next 10 years. That information is contained in the Pentagon’s 30-year
aviation report. The inventory of pilotless aircraft will grow from 445 in fiscal year 2013 to
645 in fiscal year 2022. Bloomberg said the Defense Department plans to spend $770 billion
on aviation assets from 2013 to 2022, a figure that includes drones and all other aviation
assets like fighters, helicopters, tankers and more. (Source: Bloomberg, 04/10/12) Gulf
Coast note: Fire Scout and Global Hawk unmanned aircraft are built in part in Moss Point,
Miss.

Infinity opens this week
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. – The $30 million, 72,000-square-foot Infinity Science Center opens
to the public at 10 a.m. Thursday. Infinity is just west of the Mississippi Welcome Center, off
Interstate 10 at Exit 2, and officials expect it to be a major tourist attraction. The center
showcases the activities of NASA and the 30 agencies at NASA’s nearby Stennis Space
Center. Exhibits include the Science Express, Science on a Sphere and the Space Gallery.
The outdoor exhibits include an F-1 rocket engine, like the ones that powered Saturn V
rockets used in the Apollo program. The ribbon-cutting, not open to the public, is set for
Wednesday. (Sources: Mississippi Press, 04/09/12, New Orleans Times-Picayune, 04/10/12)

Fire Scout mishaps probed
PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- The Navy has temporarily suspended Fire Scout flight operations
while it investigates two unrelated operational mishaps with the MQ-8B unmanned
helicopter. A Fire Scout operating off USS Simpson late last month was ditched at sea after
a mission when it was unable to lock on to the landing system. The crew later recovered the
Fire Scout. Then in an April 6 incident, a Fire Scout crashed in northern Afghanistan while
on a surveillance mission. The Navy has 14 Fire Scouts in inventory. Since 2006 Fire Scouts
have accumulated more than 5,000 flight hours with more than 3,000 in operational
deployments. (Source: NNS, 04/10/12) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman Fire Scouts are
built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: EADS, $12.8M
EADS - NA, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $12,830,935 firm-fixed-price contract. The award
will provide for the contractor logistic support services. Work will be performed in Columbus,
Miss., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2012. Five bids were solicited, with
three bids received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/09/12)

Contract: Roy Anderson, $26M
Roy Anderson Group, Gulfport, Miss., was awarded a $25,942,000 firm-fixed-price contract.
The award will provide for the construction of a terminal high altitude area defense
instructional facility at Fort Sill, Okla. Work will be performed in Lawton, Okla., with an
estimated completion date of Sept. 1, 2014. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with
12 bids received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa, Okla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 04/09/12)

Contract: L&M Welding, $8.5M
L&M Welding, Mobile, Ala., was issued a fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract
with a maximum $8,500,000 for torch repair kits. There are no other locations of
performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. There was one
response to the Web proposal. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2012 Defense Working
Capital Funds. The date of performance completion is April 8, 2014. The Defense Logistics
Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/09/12)

Airport police officer search narrows
VALPARAISO, Fla. -- Northwest Florida Regional Airport officials are a step closer to
standing up the new in-house police force. Airport Police Chief Melvin Tennyson and Sgt.
Richard Noiseux recently completed interviews with 12 officer candidates. Okaloosa County
plans to hire eight officers. Airport and county officials hope to make offers to candidates in
the next two to three weeks. The county received 548 applications for the officer positions
and narrowed that down to a dozen. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 04/08/12)

NASA appointments
Mississippi native Arthur E. "Gene" Goldman has been named acting director of the Marshall
Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. He was named to the post last month after serving as
deputy director from March 2010. From 2008 until 2010 Goldman was the director of Stennis
Space Center, Miss. In addition, Robert Champion, a native of Woodstock, Ala., has been
appointed deputy director of Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, where he was
acting deputy director and chief operations officer from 2010 until this latest appointment.
Earlier, Chris M. Crumbly, a native of Rome, Ga., was appointed director of Michoud, where
he had been deputy director from March 2011. (Sources: NASA, 04/05/12, 04/06/12,
04/03/12)

Fire Scouts to get smarter
Navy Fire Scout unmanned helicopters will be getting smarter about hunting pirates thanks
to an Office of Naval Research-funded project that will help the robots autonomously
distinguish pirate boats from other vessels. The Navy plans to upgrade Fire Scouts with the
Multi-Mode Sensor Seeker, a mix of cameras, infrared sensors and LIDAR that will provide 3-
D laser images. The MMSS is designed to reduce the workload of sailors operating Fire
Scouts from control stations aboard Navy ships. Testing begins this summer off the coast of
California. (Source: Office of Naval Research, 04/05/12) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are
built in Moss Point, Miss., by Northrop Grumman; Fire Scouts will eventually serve on the
Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships, a version of which is being built in Mobile, Ala., by Austal USA;
the Office of Naval Research’s Naval Research Laboratory has an operation at Stennis
Space Center, Miss.

New squadron preps for F-35
EGLIN AIR FORCE  BASE, Fla. – While Navy personnel are busy preparing to teach the next
generation of sailors how to work with and fly the F-35C, Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA-
101) readies for its stand-up ceremony on Eglin Air Force Base May 1. The original Fighter
Squadron 101 was established May 1, 1952 and flew various aircraft, including the F-4
Phantom and F-14 Tomcat. It was disestablished in 2005 with retirement of the F-14. VFA-
101 will be re-established May 1 at a new hangar and training facility on Eglin and will serve
as the Fleet Replacement Squadron, training pilots and maintainers for the fleet. VFA-101 is
a part of the 33rd Fighter Wing, a joint-service graduate flying and maintenance training
wing responsible for F-35 A/B/C pilot and maintenance training for the Navy, Marine Corps,
and the Air Force. Initially, 59 aircraft and three flying squadrons, one for each service's
aircraft variant will be based at Eglin. The F-35 Academic Training Center serves as the
schoolhouse, where wing personnel expect to train more than 2,000 maintenance students
and 100 pilots each year. (Source: NNS, 04/05/12)

Contract: Northrop Grumman, $27M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems, Melbourne, Fla., is being awarded
a $27,058,492 modification to previously awarded contract for the procurement of the
AN/AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) low rate initial production. Work
will be performed in Melbourne, Fla. (36.2 percent); Tucson, Ariz. (34 percent); St. Charles,
Mo. (12.5 percent); Irvine, Calif. (8 percent); San Clarita, Calif. (5 percent); and Edgewood,
N.Y. (4.3 percent). Work is expected to be completed by April 2014. The Naval Surface
Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 04/05/12)

First Dutch F-35 rolls out
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The first F-35 for The Netherlands rolled out of the F-35
production facility earlier this month in Texas. This is the latest step in the production
process leading to its eventual assignment this summer to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., home
of the F-35 training center. The Netherlands will use the conventional takeoff and landing
jet, known as AN-1, for training and operational tests for pilots and maintainers. AN-1 will
undergo functional fuel system checks before being transported to the flight line for ground
and flight tests in the coming weeks. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 04/04/12)

Contract: ALFAB, $150M
ALFAB Inc., Enterprise, Ala., is being awarded a not-to-exceed $150,000,000 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of AM-2 matting packages: F-71, F-
72, F-73, and F-78 for the expeditionary airfield. The AM-2 matting packages include the
end frames, stampings/markings, end sheets, and locking bars. AM-2 matting is designed to
interlock in a brickwork type pattern and provides for the construction of portable runways
and taxiways for aircraft launch and recovery. Work will be performed in Enterprise, Ala.,
and is expected to be completed in April 2017. This contract was competitively procured via
electronic request for proposals as a 100 percent small business set-aside; three offers
were received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/04/12)

BRAC request sent to Congress
The BRAC process would look very similar to the 2005 round under the legislative proposal
the Defense Department sent to Congress for base closure rounds in 2013 and 2015. The
process for appointing commissioners, milestones and reports DOD must meet and more
are essentially unchanged from the last round, based on a preliminary analysis of DoD’s 36-
page proposal. Lawmakers have made it clear that they have no appetite to authorize a
BRAC round in 2013. (Source: Defense Communities 360, 04/04/12) Gulf Coast note: BRAC
is of high interest to the Gulf Coast region, which has multiple military bases.

County eyes new airport road
CRESTVIEW, Fla. -- Okaloosa County airport officials hope to secure $12 million in federal
stimulus money to build a road that would connect Bob Sikes Airport to U.S. Highway 90.
The money is part of $500 million that will be made available through the U.S. Department of
Transportation's Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery program.
County Airports Director Greg Donovan said more than 1,200 people enter and exit the
airport daily, and driving along a residential area is inadequate. He said the road would
open the door for other businesses at the airport. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
04/03/12)

Moss Point site recognized
Northrop Grumman’s Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss., is among eight sites
in the company’s Aerospace Systems sector to earn distinction in environmental
management and employee health and safety. The eight locations will receive International
Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 registration. The other sites are in San Diego,
El Segundo and Palmdale, Calif.; Melbourne and St. Augustine, Fla.; Bethpage, N.Y.;  and
New Town, N.D. In addition, Moss Point, San Diego and New Town received the
Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 certification for
managing employees' health and safety in the workplace. Moss Point recorded zero injuries
two of the last three years and reduced hazardous waste generation by 10 percent year
over year between 2008 and 2010. The registrations and certifications are renewals from
previous years. (Source: Globe Newswire, 04/03/12)

Alabama eyes spaceport
Alabama lawmakers are looking at the possibility of establishing a commercial spaceport
somewhere in the state. Legislators from Alabama's state Senate and House of
Representatives met in the joint committee room to announce they would introduce joint
resolutions to set up a nine-member panel to look at creating a spaceport authority and the
possibility of bringing commercial spaceflight to the state. (Source: multiple, including AP via
Montgomery Advertiser, Birmingham News, WHNT-TV, 03/03/12)

New AAS unveiled
EADS North America unveiled its Armed Aerial Scout 72X+ (AAS-72X+) at the annual Army
Aviation Association of America convention in Nashville, Tenn., during a press conference.
The armed derivative of the Army’s UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter will be built by the
company's American Eurocopter business unit in Columbus, Miss. Three Armed Aerial Scout
Technical Demonstrator Aircraft have already been developed, tested and flown by EADS.
(Source: EADS North America, 04/02/12) EADS is one of several competitors for the
program to replace the OH-58 Kiowa Warriors.

Integrated assembly line produces
PALMDALE, Calif. -- Northrop Grumman's first F-35 center fuselage produced by its auto-
industry inspired Integrated Assembly Line was delivered to Lockheed Martin last month.
The company has delivered 69 center fuselages since 2005, but this is the first from the IAL.
It was developed and designed with the help of the Detroit-based KUKA Robotics Aerospace
Division, a commercial automation integrator. As a principal member of the Lockheed Martin-
led F-35 industry team, Northrop Grumman, among other things, produces the center
fuselage and designed and produces the aircraft's radar and other avionics. (Source: Globe
Newswire, 04/02/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base is home of the F-35 training
center.

Suit blames engine maker
MOBILE, Ala. -- Continental Motors has been accused of making a defective engine that
caused a 2010 plane crash that killed a jogger on the beach in Hilton Head, S.C. Attorneys
for the Mobile-based manufacturer, know as Teledyne Continental Motors before its sale to
China’s AVIC last year, say the engine had nothing to do with the accident. The pilot of the
kit-built plane and several other companies involved in the manufacturer and maintenance
of the plane are also defendants in the suit filed in South Carolina. (Source: Mobile Press-
Register, 04/02/12)


MARCH 2012

Passenger counts up
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport Executive Director
John Wheat told Airport Authority board members this week that Panhandle airports saw a
rise in passenger traffic for February after two straight months of decline. The passenger
count at the airport near West Bay rose 1.5 percent last month compared to February 2011,
he said. Passenger counts were also up in Pensacola and Tallahassee, and down at the
airport near Fort Walton Beach. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 03/30/12)

Contract: Raytheon, $497.1M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $497,131,017 firm-fixed-
price contract to procure missiles, instrumentation units, test equipment, guidance sections,
hardware, and contractor logistics support. The location of the performance is Tucson, Ariz.
Work is to be completed by Jan. 31, 2015. AAC/EBAC, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/30/12)

F-22 oxygen issue a mystery
The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board can't explain what caused blackouts and dizziness
among pilots flying F-22 Raptors. A separate investigation of the oxygen problem by
Lockheed Martin is continuing. The F-22 is considered safe and continues to fly, with pilots
using sensors, filters and other safety steps to mitigate potential problems. The fleet was
grounded for four months last year after pilots complained of lack of oxygen. Tyndall Air
Force Base, Fla., is the home of the 325th Fighter Wing, whose primary mission is to
provide air training for F-22 pilots, as well as maintenance personnel and air battle
managers. (Sources: multiple, including AP via Business Week, Military, 03/30/12, ABC
News, Panama City News Herald, 03/29/12)

Eglin’s top civilian retiring
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Bruce Simpson, executive director of the Air Armament
Center, plans to retire April 3 after a 31-year tenure. As head of AAC, Simpson was the
center acquisition chief in charge of buying and developing weapons systems and the top-
ranking civilian on base. His retirement comes on the eve of a planned reorganization. The
Air Force wants to absorb the Air Armament Center and two other centers into the new Life
Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (Source: Northwest
Florida Daily News, 03/29/12)

Historic engines to be recovered?
The five Rocketdyne F-1 engines that in July 1969 powered the first stage of the Saturn V
rocket that launched Apollo 11 for its rendezvous with the moon have been found in the
Atlantic Ocean. They were found by Bezos Expeditions, owned by Jeff Bezos, founder of
Amazon.com. He said he hopes to raise one or more of the engines, which are owned by
NASA, to put on display. The five engines, built in California, were assembled into the first
stage at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Michoud was the manufacturing center
for the entire Saturn V system. (Sources: multiple, including MSNBC, Time, New Orleans
Times Picayune, 03/29/12) The F-1 engines were tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.
When the five-engine cluster was test-fired for the first time in March 1967, windows
shattered in nearby communities from the 7.5 million pounds of thrust; Bezos also founded
Blue Origin of Kent, Wash., which soon will test its BE-3 engine thrust chamber assembly at
Stennis Space Center’s E-1 test stand.

New type plastic bleeds, heals
A self-repairing plastic that turns red to show it’s damaged could be important for big
structures like bridges, aircraft and even battlefield weapons systems. Self-healing plastic
isn’t a new concept, but researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg,
Miss., developed one that keeps repairing itself. Professor Marek Urban presented the
results of the research at the national meeting and exposition of the American Chemical
Society in San Diego, Calif., this week. The research is partly funded by the Department of
Defense. (Sources: PCWorld, 03/27/12, CNET, 03/28/12)

F-35 lifetime cost: $1.45 trillion
The government projects that the total cost to develop, buy and operate the Lockheed
Martin F-35 will be $1.45 trillion over 50-plus years, according to a Pentagon document
obtained by Reuters. The estimate is up from about $1 trillion a year ago, and includes
inflation -- a third of the projected F-35 operating costs. Military officials and industry
executives point out that no other weapons program's costs have been calculated over such
a long period. (Source: Reuters, 03/29/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the F-35 training center.

EU balks over merger
The European Commission is taking a closer look at the proposed $16.5 billion merger
between United Technologies and Goodrich. One of the concerns is the high market share
of a combined UT/Goodrich in areas such as engine controls and power generators, where
UT's Hamilton Sundstrand unit and Goodrich are competitors. UT unveiled the takeover in
September last year, which would reinforce its presence in the civilian aerospace market.
Goodrich parts are used on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus' A320neo. The probe,
which could last until August, may lead to the sale of assets to get approval for the deal.
Hartford, Conn.-based UT's aviation activities include Sikorsky and Pratt and Whitney. It
makes an array of products, including rocket engines, helicopters and elevators. Charlotte,
N.C.-based Goodrich makes aircraft equipment including landing gears and electrical power
systems. (Sources: Reuters, Bloomberg, 03/27/12) Previous. Gulf Coast note: UT's Pratt
and Whitney Rocketdyne has an operation at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; Goodrich has a
service center in Foley, Ala.

Ribbon-cutting set for expansion
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Aircraft company LSI’s Pensacola branch operation will have a ribbon-
cutting Thursday for its newest expansion. The company retrofits helicopters for the military
to use as training platforms. LSI operates out of a 20,000 square foot building and is
expanding into a recently completed 10,000 square foot adjacent building. The company
has said it expects to add 20 workers over the next year to the 40 now working there. LSI is
based in Jacksonville, Fla. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 03/27/12)

Group tackling space debris
Although the U.S. Air Force tracks space debris swirling around the planet, some of the
world's biggest commercial satellite operators are sharing data to help prevent collisions in
what's considered a growing problem. They've formed the Space Data Association to create
computer tools that help in what's called "space situational awareness." The swirling mass
around Earth includes operational spacecraft and debris, and it's getting harder to track,
much less clean up. (Source: Aviation Week, 03/27/12) Gulf Coast note: The 20th Space
Control Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., tracks some 22,000 orbiting satellites with
the world's most powerful radar. Previous post

CHARTS used in survey
BELIZE CITY, Belize -- The Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) has been using
airborne laser and imagery systems since early February to conduct cooperative
hydrographic surveys in the coastal waters of Belize. It's part of a long-term project to survey
the western Caribbean Sea off the coasts of Belize, Honduras and Nicaragua. The surveys
are designed to improve safety of navigation by mapping the seafloor and locating shallow
reefs and other obstructions in the approaches to Belize's major ports, Belize City and Big
Creek, and are being conducted in cooperation with the government of Belize. The airborne
laser system, called Compact Hydrographic Airborne Rapid Total Survey (CHARTS) system,
uses light to map the bottom. U.S. and Belize governments will use the data for new charts.
(Source: NNS, 03/27/12) NAVOCEANO is based at Stennis Space Center, Miss., and the
CHARTS program is run by the Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of
Expertise at Stennis International Airport in Kiln, Miss.

Mississippi company showcased
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NVision, a Mississippi company that partnered with
Stennis Space Center to create a disaster information system, is one of seven companies
that will be highlighted in the 2012 NASA Technology Day on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
NVision, located at the Stennis Technology Park adjacent to SSC, teamed with NASA to
create the Real-time Emergency Action Coordination Tool (REACT), which incorporates
maps, reports, Internet-driven data and real-time sensor date into a geographical
information system-based display to provide information during emergency and disaster
situations. NASA Technology Day on Capitol Hill is sponsored annually by the agency's
Office of the Chief Technologist to showcase technologies that improve life, and to inform
Congress and the public about the secondary benefits of NASA partnerships and
technology. (Source: NASA/SSC, 03/27/12)

F-35s continue sorties
F-35 pilots at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., have flown more than a half-dozen local area
orientation flights around the base since flight operations began March 6, Flightglobal
reports. Two pilots, one from the Air Force and the other from the Marine Corps, are flying
the local sorties to gauge the readiness of the 33rd Fighter Wing's new F-35A, a
conventional take-off and landing variant. (Source: Flightglobal, 03/27/12) Eglin will train
pilots and maintainers from all branches of the services that will use the F-35, as well as
pilots and maintainers from foreign purchasers.

Is BRAC 2013 dead?
Lawmakers are taking issue with the Pentagon over the request for two new BRAC rounds.
One reason lawmakers are balking is the high cost of a BRAC at a time of belt tightening.
Savings won't come for years. Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., the
chair and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Armed Services' Readiness and
Management Support Subcommittee, both denounced the Pentagon's request for a base
closure round in 2013. McCaskill said she's willing to allow the closure of bases overseas,
but not domestic bases at this point. Unless the Pentagon can change her mind, her
opposition kills a 2013 BRAC round. (Sources: Defense Communities Daily, Navy Times,
03/21/12) Meanwhile, the Pentagon said the request for two new rounds of BRAC should be
compared to the cost effectiveness of the first four BRAC rounds, not those done in 2005 to
transform installations to match force structure. (Source: American Forces Press Services,
03/21/12)

Forest threat tool released
A Web tool that tracks threats to the nation's forests has been released by the USDA Forest
Service. Called ForWarn, it's a satellite-based monitoring and assessment tool that can
detect threats from fire, disease or other causes before the threat increases in severity or
extent. It provides information on weekly changes in forest canopy conditions as they are
impacted by insects, diseases, wildfires or extreme weather events. NASA's Stennis Space
Center, Miss., worked with the Forest Service to develop the system. The prototype has
successfully operated since January 2010 and uses NASA Moderate Resolution Imaging
Spectroradiometer satellite to track changes in vegetation. ForWarn uses a web-based map
tool, the Forest Change Assessment Viewer, to provide an 8-day coast-to-coast snapshot of
the landscape. The coverage area is immense. According to the U.S. Forest Service, there
are some 747 million acres of forest in the United States. (Source: Tcp, 03/22/12) Website
and release. Background story

SBIRS beats expectations
The first Space Based Infrared System geosynchronous earth orbit satellite is exceeding
performance requirements in a series of tests. SBIRS GEO 1 was launched by an Atlas V in
May 2011 from Florida. Within two months it began sharing initial data with mission partners
to determine performance. Sensors are detecting targets 25 percent dimmer than
requirements, and payload pointing is nine times more precise than required. SBIRS
provides early missile warning capability and improves other critical mission areas. "We've
been extremely pleased with the performance of this first-of-its-kind spacecraft," said Col.
James Planeaux, director of the Infrared Space Systems Directorate. (Sources: Spaceflight,
03/19/12, Space War, 03/21/12) Gulf Coast note: SBIRS is an A2100 satellite-based
spacecraft, and work on the A2100 core's propulsion system, which positions the spacecraft
in orbit, is done at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

US Airways to add flight
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- The start of daily direct flights between Northwest Florida
Regional Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is still a few days away.
But it’s popular enough US Airways plans to add a second flight. The late afternoon flights
start next week on a 50-seat regional jet. Starting July 11 the airline will add a second,
morning flight. Northwest Florida Regional Airport is at Eglin Air Force Base. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 03/20/12)

CSG test shows fix needed
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Testing of a vital component for the A-3 test stand did
exactly what it was intended to do: it showed a problem in the chemical steam generator
(CSG) that needs to be fixed. In testing at the E-2 facility, the two-inch angle-globe valves
supplied with the unit were unable to stand up to operating conditions. Pieces of the seat
material were "liberated" from the seat and valve stem, possibly allowing propellants to leak
into the combustion chambers after minimal operational cycles, according to NASA. The
procurement office is issuing a request for proposal from small businesses for 27 liquid
oxygen (LOX) valves, 27 isopropyl alcohol (IPA) valves and related items. The new A-3 test
stand will use nine three-module CSG units to generate superheated steam needed to
create a vacuum that allows operators to test next-generation rocket engines at simulated
high altitudes up to 100,000 feet. (Source: Tcp, 03/21/12) NASA solicitation; Previous
related post

Blue Angels back home
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team is back in Pensacola
after 12 weeks of training in El Centro, Calif. The team’s practice sessions are open to the
public. Regular practice takes place most Tuesdays and Wednesday through November.
(Source: Pensacola News Journal, 03/19/12)

Robot to robot refueling tested
WASHINGTON -- The Naval Research Laboratory successfully demonstrated the robotic
fluids transfer from a stationary platform to an unmanned surface vehicle in wave heights
greater than three feet. The Rapid Autonomous Fuel Transfer project was able to track the
motion of a Sea Fox naval vessel, emplace a magnetic refueling fitting to an on-board
receptacle and complete fluids transfer. The testing was done at the Army Aberdeen Test
Center wave simulator facility. Further robotic transfer tests may include land-based
autonomous vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicle. (Source: NRL via Business Wire,
03/20/12) Gulf Coast note: This region is heavily involved in unmanned systems, including
aerial and maritime, and is a major shipbuilding region; the NRL has an operation at Stennis
Space Center, Miss.

NASA: E-4 a “great opportunity”
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- A NASA official says an under-utilized test stand at
Stennis Space Center is a "great opportunity" for a company interested in a partnership with
NASA. The federal agency since November has been gauging industry interest in the E-4
Test Facility, which consists of a high-bay work area, control room space, personnel offices
and concrete test cells. It also has road and barge canal access and utilities. The E-4 Test
Facility can also be expanded to meet future requirements. "This is a great opportunity for a
commercial company to explore partnership possibilities with NASA," said Stennis
Engineering and Test Directorate Associate Director John Stealey. Projects conducted at
the E-4 Test Facility also will have the ability to access Stennis onsite amenities and support
capabilities, including cafeteria, medical clinic, laboratory, component, information
technology, institutional and other services. (Source: NASA/SSC, 03/19/12) Previous

Contract: L-3, $21.2M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$21,209,470 modification to a previously awarded an indefinite-delivery requirements
contract for logistics services support of 119 TH-57B/TH-57C aircraft. Services to be
provided include repair and/or overhaul of aircraft, engines, avionics, and related
components. Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Fla., and is
expected to be completed in September 2012. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/15/12)

Bases off limits for exercise
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- About 90 percent of workers at Naval Air Station Pensacola will stay
home next week as the base enacts tight security measures as part of a nationwide naval
preparedness exercise. The base's commanding officer said access to most base facilities
will be unavailable from noon Thursday until noon Saturday of next week due to Exercise
Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield. Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton will also be
participating. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 03/15/12)

NRL opens robotic lab
WASHINGTON -- The Naval Research Laboratory held a ribbon cutting for its Laboratory for
Autonomous Systems Research, which will focus on autonomous systems research for the
Navy and Marine Corps. The lab will bring together scientists and engineers from diverse
backgrounds. The one-of-a-kind lab has specialized facilities to support research in
intelligent autonomy, sensor systems, power and energy systems, human-system
interaction, networking and communications and platforms. It has multiple bays providing
environments from desert to littoral and more. (Source: Business Wire, 03/16/12) Gulf Coast
note: The NRL has a lab at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; unmanned systems are built in
Moss Point, Miss.; there are multiple UAV-related activities in the region; a lab in Pensacola,
Fla., does research on artificial intelligence and human-machine interaction.

It’s official: Rocketdyne for sale
Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne is officially up for sale by its parent company, United
Technologies. On Thursday, Rocketdyne's parent company, Hartford, Conn.-based United
Technologies, announced it was selling the company to help finance its $16.5-billion
purchase of aerospace supplier Goodrich Corp. Rocketdyne was first formed by North
American Aviation. North American later merged with Rockwell International, which became
part of Boeing. In 2005, Boeing sold Rocketdyne to United Technologies Corp. (Source: Los
Angeles Times, 03/15/12) Previous: Shareholders OK merger; UT eyeing sale. Gulf Coast
note: Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne assembles and tests engines at Stennis Space Center;
Goodrich has an operation in Foley, Ala.

Material for booster tested
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- A sub-scale solid rocket motor designed to mimic NASA's Space
Launch System booster design successfully was tested Wednesday at NASA's Marshall
Space Flight Center. The 20-second firing tested new insulation materials on the 24-inch-
diameter, 109-inch-long motor. The motor is a scaled down, low-cost replica of the solid
rocket motors that will boost SLS off the launch pad. ATK of Brigham City, Utah, is the prime
contractor for the booster. (Source: NASA, 03/14/12, Huntsville Times, 03/15/12) Gulf Coast
note: Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans builds the Orion crew capsule for the SLS
and Stennis Space Center, Miss., will test the RS-25 and J-2X engines for the SLS.

Contract: Raytheon, $7M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $6,973,286 firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-
fixed-fee contract for 18 range safety systems with jammer compatibility for Low Rate Initial
Production 3, Reliability Assessment Program and initial operational flight tests. The location
of the performance is Tucson, Ariz. Work is expected to be completed Feb. 15, 2014.
AAC/EBJM, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/15/12)

Military council re-established
The Mississippi Military Communities Council has been re-established by Gov. Phil Bryant.
The commission will advise Bryant and staff on legislative issues that could impact
Mississippi's bases as well as "promote Mississippi's military missions at the national level"
and develop growth opportunities. The Pentagon is tightening its belt and two new Base
Realignment and Closure rounds are expected. (Source: Sun Herald, 03/14/12) South
Mississippi has military aviation activities at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Gulfport
International Airport and Camp Shelby near Hattiesburg. South Mississippi is also home to a
Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport and has a large Navy presence at NASA's
Stennis Space Center.

Direct Air suspends flights
GULFPORT, Miss. – Direct Air, which said last month that it will provide three non-stop
flights a week beginning June 15 between Gulfport and Lakeland, Fla., suspended
operations for two months. The Myrtle Beach, S.C.-based air carrier is working through
contract issues with a fuel provider, officials said. (Source: Sun Herald, 03/13/12) The
sudden suspension caused some problems in other airports already served by the carrier.
(Source: Myrtle Beach online, 03/14/12) Previous

F-35 takes to air again
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – An F-35 jet had a successful second flight Tuesday, a
week after a flight was aborted because of a fuel leak. U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Joseph
Bachmann flew the 93-minute local orientation flight in aircraft AF-13, a conventional takeoff
and landing variant. The F-35 Integrated Training Center at Eglin is scheduled to train about
100 F-35 pilots and 2,200 maintainers annually. (Sources: Star-Telegram, BayNet,
03/13/12) Previous

Abort engine hot fired
CANOGA PARK, Calif. -- Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne completed mission-duration hot-fire
tests on a launch abort engine on Friday, March 9. The engine is in support of Boeing's
CST-100 spacecraft being developed for NASA's Commercial Crew Development Round 2.
Boeing's Crew Space Transportation system is a reusable, capsule-shaped spacecraft
designed to take up to seven people or a combination of people and cargo to low Earth
orbit, including the International Space Station. The abort propulsion system is designed to
push the crew capsule to safety if an abort becomes necessary during launch or ascent.
(Source: PRNewswire, 03/13/12) The CST-100 is compatible with the Atlas V, Delta IV and
Falcon 9 launch vehicles. Gulf Coast note: NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss., tests RS-68
engines for United Launch Alliance's Delta IV, and also has a Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne
operation.

Jacobs awarded contract option
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. announced today that it's been awarded its first option year
by NASA for its Manufacturing Support and Facility Operations Contract at the Michoud
Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The option year has a potential value of $137 million.
MAF, capable of manufacturing large aerospace structures at a single location, has played
a key role in the design, assembly and manufacture of the Space Shuttle external tank and
continues to support the development and manufacture of hardware for future spaceflight
programs. (Source: PRNewswire, 03/13/12)

Building named for Hurlburt pilot
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- The Air Force's 23rd Flying Training Squadron named its new
consolidated operations center after a Hurlburt Field, Fla., airman. The building was named
after Maj. Randell Voas, a CV-22 Osprey pilot who died April 9, 2010, near Kandahar,
Afghanistan, in a crash during a combat operation. Voas, stationed at Hurlburt at the time of
the crash, had been a pilot instructor for the 23rd at Fort Rucker, which trains helicopter
pilots for special operations, combat search and rescue and more. All Air Force helicopter
pilots start rotary wing training with the 23rd. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
03/12/12)

Shareholders OK merger
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Goodrich Corp. announced that shareholders today approved the
proposed merger with United Technologies Corp. More than 98 percent of votes were cast
in favor of the transaction, or some 75 percent of the outstanding shares of Goodrich
common stock as of February 6, 2012. Upon completion of the merger, Goodrich will
become a wholly owned subsidiary of United Technologies. (Source: Goodrich via
PRNewswire, 03/13/12) Gulf Coast note: UT owns Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, which has
an operation at Stennis Space Center; Goodrich operates the Alabama Service Center in
Foley, Ala.

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $56.3M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $56,329,396 cost reimbursement modification to previously awarded contract to
provide additional funding for the sustainment effort necessary to meet the requirements
and delivery schedule for the F-35 Low Rate Initial Production V. Sixty percent of the work
will be done at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and 15 percent at Fort Worth, Texas. El Segundo,
Calif.; Warton, United Kingdom; Orlando, Fla.; Nashua, N.H.; and Baltimore, Md., each will do
5 percent. Work is expected to be completed in May 2012. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/12/12)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $38.6M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $38,599,999 modification to the previously awarded low rate initial production Lot
6 advance acquisition contract to provide additional funding for the procurement of long
lead items for F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter low rate initial production conventional
take-off and landing (CTOL) aircraft for the Air Force, and the governments of Italy and
Australia. Work, which will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, is necessary to protect the
delivery schedules of CTOL aircraft planned for delivery through January 2015. The Naval
Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
03/12/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Orion EFT-1 nears completion
NEW ORLEANS -- The initial construction of the Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 vehicle
being built at Michoud Assembly Facility is nearing completion, NASA said. The EFT-1 will be
launched in 2014 by a United Launch Alliance Delta IV. The test will be conducted by
Lockeed Martin Space Systems for NASA. The unmanned capsule will be launched to an
altitude of more than 3,600 miles above Earth. When EFT-1 is finished in May, it will be
shipped to NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., for final assembly and launch preparations.
The capsule is designed to carry astronauts into deep space. (Source: NASA, New Orleans
Times-Picayune, 03/08/12) Previous. The Orion will eventually be launched by NASA's
Space Launch System. The SLS engines are being tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Cause of F-35 fuel leak found
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Three loose fasteners caused the fuel leak that shortened
the first flight of an Eglin F-35 earlier this week. The 90-minute flight was cut to 15 minutes
Tuesday when the pilot of an F-16 chase plane saw the leak from the F-35. Maintainers also
found residual water from an earlier wash of the aircraft. The F-35 is expected to fly next
week, with the goal of two flights a week. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, WEAR-TV,
03/09/12) Eglin, in northwest Florida, is home of the Joint Strike Fighter training center,
which will train all aviators and maintainers from all three branches of service that will use
the F-35. Previous

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $24.1M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $24,138,848 modification to a previously awarded cost-reimbursement contract
for the development of a data farm for the Joint Strike Fighter U.S. Reprogramming
Laboratory to be located at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The data farm will interface with lab's
prime mission equipment and is used to store software and data from the F-35 mission data
testing. The ability to store and retrieve data is critical for mission data production which is
vital to program execution. Work will be performed at Fort Worth, Texas (95 percent), and
Orlando, Fla. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in November 2014. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/09/12)

Bunker buster against Iran?
The huge 30,000-pound bunker-buster bomb designed to penetrate deep in the ground
before exploding is one of the weapons in an arsenal that could be used in a clash with Iran
over its nuclear program. That’s what Lt. Gen. Herbert Carlisle, Air Force deputy chief of
staff for operations, told a conference on U.S. defense programs. The Pentagon is working
on options if sanctions and diplomacy fail to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons.
(Sources: multiple, including Reuters, Bloomberg, The Hill, 03/08/12) Gulf Coast note: The
bomb, called the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, were developed at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla. Previous post

J-2X returned to A-2
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- J-2X engine 10001 is returned to the A-2 Test Stand at
NASA's Stennis Space Center for its second round of tests. The developmental engine
underwent an initial series of tests last year. Both the engine and test stand have been
modified to begin simulated altitude testing in the coming months. The J-2X engine is
designed and built by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. The J-2X will provide upper-stage power
for NASA's Space Launch System, a new heavy-lift vehicle capable of missions beyond low-
Earth orbit. (Source: NASA/SSC, 03/08/12)

Test site selection starts
The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking public comments on the agency's selection
process for picking six unmanned aircraft system test sites around the United States.
Comments are due by May 9. The FAA is required to create the sites based on language in
both a defense spending bill and the FAA reauthorization bill. The test sites will help the FAA
develop the regulatory framework to govern the widespread use of UAVs in the national
airspace. Congress called for full integration of unmanned systems into the national
airspace by 2015. (Sources: Los Angeles Times, 03/08/12 Space War, 03/09/12) Previous
related posts: Shelby picked for Guard UAV center; Mississippi player in growth field; Drones
in national airspace?

Fourth crewmember recovered
MOBILE, Ala. – The body of the fourth crewmember of a Coast Guard helicopter that
crashed last week in Mobile Bay has been recovered. Flight mechanic Petty Officer 3rd  
Class Andrew Knight’s body was recovered more than two miles southwest of the crash site.
Four crewmen were aboard the MH-65C that was on a training mission out of the Coast
Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 03/08/12)

728th ACS faces decommissioning
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 728th Air Control Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base
will be decommissioned as a result of force structure changes. About 375 airmen are
assigned to the squadron, which falls under the 552d Air Control Group at Tinker Air Force
Base, Fla. Air Combat Command determined divesting the 728th is the most feasible option
because it's not co-located with operational aircraft and live, air-to-air training opportunities
are limited. The changes will take place Sept. 1. (Source: 96th Air Base Wing, 03/07/12)

F-35 has short first flight
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The first sortie of an F-35 from Eglin Air Force base today
was short-lived when the pilot bought the jet back after 15 minutes because of an in flight
emergency. Pilots and maintainers are meeting today to discuss the potential fuel leak that
shortened the planned 90-minute flight. "Our first sortie is truly a milestone for the program,"
said Col. Andrew Toth, 33rd Fighter Wing commander. "Unfortunately things happen. We
didn't want it to happen today but we were prepared. Our pilot did the exact right thing in
returning the jet back to Eglin. Although there were issues we are doing whatever we can to
move the program forward safely and effectively." Eglin is home of the Joint Strike Fighter
training center, which will train all branches of the military to fly the stealth fighter. The F-35A
received an airworthiness certification from the Air Force Aeronautical Systems Center Feb.
27, allowing the advanced fighter aircraft to begin flights at Eglin. (Source: Eglin Air Force
Base, 03/06/12)

Rotary wing testing moves to Duke
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 46th Test Wing's UH-1N Hueys have left Eglin main to
join the 413th Flight Test Squadron's operating location eight miles north at Eglin's Duke
Field. While still under the 46th Test Wing, the helicopters will operate from Duke Field
rather than from Eglin to allow the test wing to support a 250 percent increase in helicopter
developmental test programs beginning in June. The move will centralize all Air Force
helicopter developmental test and evaluation in one squadron, according to Capt. Garrett
Knowlan, a flight commander and major architect of the helicopter bed-down. (Source: 46th
Test Wing, 03/02/12)

Shelby picked for UAV center
CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- Add another piece to Mississippi's unmanned aerial vehicle
footprint. Camp Shelby, the nation's largest, state-owned military training site, was selected
as the site of a new $48 million regional flight center for the Army National Guard's
Unmanned Aircraft System. Shelby, picked from 19 sites nationally, has been used by many
tactical unmanned air system units for training prior to overseas deployment. It's also home
to a company of the 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, which has one of the Army's 30
TUAS units. But the training center won't be tied to mobilization but instead will train soldiers
nationwide in the operation of UAVs. (Source: Hattiesburg American, 03/02/12)

Magazine notes Baldwin successes
Site Selection magazine ranked Baldwin County as the eighth most successful micropolitan
area in the United States in 2011. The March online edition listed the county for expanding
or attracting corporate entities. Among the projects that led to the listing was Aero-Mark
MRO, a maintenance and repair aerospace company that located in the existing Fokker
Airinc facility. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 03/01/12) A micropolitan area is a county
whose largest city does not exceed a population of 50,000. The U.S. has 576 micropolitan
areas.

SSC future looks bright
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA's Stennis Space Center hosted a breakfast
Thursday for community leaders from Mississippi and Louisiana to talk about the future, and
it looks bright. Patrick Scheuermann, director SSC, said the center, where rocket engines
are tested, has a $1 billion impact on the region. Work is booked on every test stand, he
said. But the NASA center also hosts activities from other federal and state agencies and
commercial companies. Martin Flinders, facilities engineering manager for the Rolls-Royce
North America Outdoor Test Facility, said it was the 125,000-acre acoustical buffer zone
surrounding Stennis Space Center that prompted the company to pick South Mississippi to
test airliner engines. The first stand opened in 2007 and work will begin soon on a second
stand. (Sources: Sun Herald, Times-Picayune, 03/01/12)

Two more bodies recovered
MOBILE, Ala. -- The bodies of two crewmembers of a Coast Guard helicopter that crashed
Tuesday into Mobile Bay have been recovered. Pilot Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor and co-pilot Lt. j.
g. Thomas Cameron were found 100 yards from the crash site. Still missing is the flight
mechanic, Petty Officer 3rd Class Drew Knight. Rescue swimmer Fernando Jorge was found
Tuesday but was unresponsive and declared dead. (Source: multiple, including Mobile
Press-Register, 03/01/12) Previous post

Leader picked for new center
An Air Force Materiel Command general has been nominated by President Obama to lead a
new center that will be created in October as part of the AFMC restructuring. Lt. Gen. C.D.
Moore II will serve as commander of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-
Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The center will manage Air Force weapon systems and
foreign military sales, consolidating the Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson,
Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Air Armament Center at Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., and functions at other AFMC bases. (Sources: Dayton Daily News,
02/29/12, Dayton Business Journal, 03/01/12) Previous related post

200th Lakota delivered
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- EADS North America delivered the 200th UH-72A Lakota Light Utility
Helicopter to the U.S. Army during a ceremony at the American Eurocopter production
facility in Columbus. It's the first production aircraft to be delivered with the new Security and
Support Battalion Mission Equipment Package. The plant in Columbus, in addition to
building Lakotas, is also where the initial S&S Battalion Lakotas were retrofitted. The
Lakotas equipped with the S&S Battalion MEP will be operated by Army National Guard units
across the country. (Source: EADS, 03/01/12) Gulf Coast note: EADS also has operations in
Mobile, Ala.

More flights announced
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- American Airlines soon will more than double flights between
Northwest Florida Regional Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. American
Airlines, through its American Eagle affiliate, now flies to and from Dallas/Fort Worth three
times a day during the week and twice a day on the weekend. Starting April 3, the airline will
add four round-trip flights a day. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/29/12)

Bentley: No active project yet
Alabama's governor said Wednesday that his administration is in constant contact with
Airbus about establishing an assembly plant Mobile, but Gov. Robert Bentley said no active
project exists and no formal negotiations have been conducted. Airbus parent, EADS, had
hoped to build an aerial tanker assembly plant in Mobile, but those plans vanished when
Boeing won the Air Force contract last year. Airbus has an engineering center and a service
center for military aircraft in Mobile. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 03/01/12)

Boeing gets AC-130U contract
Boeing received an $11.4 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract from the Air
Force. The first delivery order under is worth $4.6 million and will provide parts to be used to
complete installation of 25mm Ammunition Storage and Handling Systems on four AC-130U
gunships. The Boeing Fort Walton Beach facility will build the components for delivery to
Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (Source: Boeing, 02/29/12)


FEBRUARY 2012

F/A-18s practicing in region
PENSACOLA, Fla. - F/A-18 Hornets from Carrier Air Wing Seven are temporarily calling
Naval Air Station Pensacola home while repairs are made to a landing field at Naval Air
Station Oceana, Va. The Hornets will do field carrier landing practice at the Navy's Outlying
Field Choctaw in nearby Santa Rosa County through March 10. Several carrier air wings are
expected to use NAS Pensacola until repairs to Navy Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress are
finished later this year. The initial group is from Fighter/Attack Squadrons 143, 103, 83 and
131. (Sources: WEAR-TV, Pensacola News Journal, WKRG-TV, Navarre Press, various
dates, including 02/29/12)

Schwartz: Eglin losing nothing
The Air Force is not migrating anything from Eglin Air Force Base, according to Air Force
Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz. Plans to merge Eglin's 96th Wing and 46th Test Wing
and put the new super wing under the command of a general at Edwards Air Force Base,
Calif., has caused concerns that the wing will eventually be moved to California, bringing
with it millions of dollars worth of research, development, test and evaluation work. But
Schwartz told the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, in response to a question
by Rep. Jeff Miller, that "Nothing is migrating from Eglin with respect to the proposal for the
Air Force Materiel Command reorganization," Schwartz said. (Source: Northwest Florida
Daily News, 02/28/12)

Search continues for crew
MOBILE, Ala. -- The search continues today for three crewmembers missing in the Tuesday
crash of a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65C helicopter in Mobile Bay. A fourth crewmember's body
has been recovered from the crash site about three miles from Point Clear. The Coast
Guard initially said one person was rescued, but later said the crewmember was
unresponsive and pronounced dead. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 02/29/12)

CG helicopter crashes in bay
MOBILE, Ala. -- A Coast Guard MH-65 helicopter with four people aboard crashed in Mobile
Bay Tuesday evening. One person was being taken to shore and three are missing,
spokesman Lt. J.G. Timothy Williams told the Mobile Press-Register. The helicopter was on
a training mission out of the Aviation Training Center at Mobile Regional Airport. The crash,
about three miles southwest of Point Clear, was reported about 8:30 p.m. (Source: Mobile
Press-Register, 02/28/12)

A-29 contract canceled
The Air Force is canceling a $355 million contract to Sierra Nevada Corp. of Sparks, Nev.,
and Brazil's Embraer to build 20 Super Tucano A-29 light support aircraft, citing problems
with documentation. The Air Force said it will investigate the December award for the planes
to be used in Afghanistan. A stop-work order was issued in January after Hawker Beechcraft
of Wichita, Kansas, filed suit when its AT-6 was kept out of the competition. (Sources:
multiple, including Reuters, 02/28/12) Sierra Nevada and Embraer planned to assemble the
planes in Jacksonville, Fla. Previous post

Eglin F-35A OKd to fly
The F-35As at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., have been cleared to fly. Officials at the
Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, issued a Military
Flight Release Tuesday to allow the F-35A to begin initial operations at Eglin, home of the
Joint Strike Fighter training center. The decision was made after an airworthiness board
conducted an assessment that evaluated potential risks and the mitigation actions for
unmonitored flights. Flying the Air Force variant of the F-35 will increase pilot and maintainer
familiarity with the aircraft, exercise the logistics infrastructure and continue to develop
aircraft maturity. These initial F-35A flights will be limited, scripted, conducted within the
restrictions and stipulations of the MFR and flown by qualified pilots, officials said. Eglin also
has three F-35B aircraft, the Marine Corps variant. (Source: AFNS, 02/28/12)

Termination fee still unsettled
Four years after Northrop Grumman and EADS won a contract to build tankers for the Air
Force – a contract canceled 11 days later – a termination fee is still in the works, according
to Air Force Times. Under the 2008 award, EADS planned to assemble the planes in Mobile,
Ala. Work began on the airframes. But the contract was overturned and Boeing won the new
competition. The Air Force still partly owns two Airbus A330 airframes built as part of the
original contract. One is in storage in Spain and the other in France. Air Force officials said
they expect the contract termination issues to be settled soon. (Source: Air Force Times,
02/29/12)

Airport plans facelift
MOBILE, Ala. -- Mobile Regional Airport is getting a $2.9 million facelift. The Airport Authority
plans to install canopies along the front of the building made from the same pipe-and-plastic-
covering material used in front of the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel in downtown
Mobile. The canopies will have LED lights so they can be highlighted with different colors, as
is the case with the downtown RSA Tower and RSA-BankTrust Building. The facelift should
take about seven months to complete. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 02/27/12)

BAMS hits milestones
Flight tests have begun for the first developmental multifunction active sensor (MFAS) radar
destined for the Navy's MQ-4C Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System
-- BAMS. The sensor has been integrated a Gulfstream II testbed aircraft at the Northrop
Grumman facility in Palmdale, Calif. The system finished ground station testing in late
November. In addition, the wings and landing gear were installed on the first BAMS at the
company's Palmdale Manufacturing Center. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 02/27/12) Gulf
Coast note: BAMS central fuselage work is done in Moss Point, Miss.

Second AEHF delivered
Lockheed Martin delivered the second Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) military
communications satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., where it will be readied
for an April 2012 liftoff aboard an Atlas V. The AEHF system will replace the five-satellite
Milstar constellation. One AEHF satellite will provide greater total capacity than the entire
Milstar system. Individual user data rates will be five times improved, providing transmission
of tactical military communications, such as real-time video, battlefield maps and targeting
data. (Source: Lockheed Martin via PR Newswire, 02/27/12) Gulf Coast note: Core
propulsion work for the AEHF is done at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Contract: Industria Paschen, $48M
Industria Paschen Group J.V., Chicago, Ill., is being awarded a $48,000,000 firm-fixed-price,
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity with economic price adjustment contract for simplified
acquisition of base engineering requirements, such as minor, noncomplex construction
projects, maintenance, alternation, or repair of real property at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.,
and its associated sites. Work is expected to be completed by Feb. 26, 2017. The 325th
CONS/LGCC, Tyndall Air Force Base is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/27/12)

Orion drop test Wednesday
The Orion Parachute Test Vehicle is slated for a drop test Wednesday in Yuma, Ariz., at the
Army proving grounds. The vehicle will be dropped from a C-17 aircraft for the test of the
parachute system. Elsewhere, the Exploration Flight Test Orion is continuing construction in
New Orleans, while the Ground Test Article is undergoing vibration testing in Denver.
(Source: Spaceflight, 02/26/12)

Hurlburt officer one of two shot
One of the two U.S. officers shot in the head at a ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan, has been
identified as an officer with the Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field,
Fla. Lt. Col. John Darin Loftis, 866th Air Expeditionary Squadron, died Saturday. Loftis, 44,
of Paducah, Ky., and a major were found shot inside the heavily guarded Afghan Ministry of
the Interior building. The Taliban claimed responsibility and said the killings were in
retaliation for the burning of Korans. Loftis was the chief plans advisor and part of a cadre of
specially trained U.S. service members skilled in Afghan and Pakistani culture and language.
(Sources: from combined reports, including AFNS, 02/26/12)

F-35B rollout marked
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Marine Corps on Friday hosted a rollout ceremony to
celebrate the arrival of the F-35B, the short takeoff-vertical landing variant of the Joint Strike
Fighter. Hundreds attended the event at Eglin Air Force Base. Officials said military training
flights could be approved by late March or early April. There are three F-35Bs at Eglin,
along with six Air Force F-35A versions of the fighter. The first Marine Corps versions
arrived in early January. The F-35B is slated to replace the Marine Corps’ F/A-18 Hornet,
AV-8B Harrier and EA-6B Prowler. Eglin is home of the JSF training center, which will train
pilots and maintainers for all branches of the military and foreign allies. (Sources: Reuters,
Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/24/12)

Contract: Composite Engineering, $32.7M
Composite Engineering Inc., Sacramento, Calif., is being awarded a $32,701,017 firm-fixed-
price contract to procure a quantity of 35 BQM-167As, also known as the Air Force
Subscale Aerial Target. The location of the performances is Sacramento, Calif. Work is
expected to be completed by April 30, 2014. AAC/EBYK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/24/12)

Eglin F-35s to fly soon
The F-35s at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., could begin flying in a matter of weeks, the Air
Force’s top training officer said. Gen. Edward Rice, commander of Air Education and
Training Command, made the comment during a news conference at the Air Force
Association’s winter conference in Orlando, Fla. But it could be much longer before student
pilots begin flying. (Source: DoD Buzz, 02/23/12) Turkey still plans to buy 100 F-35 fighter
jets for $16 billion, with an initial order of two planes for delivery in 2015, according to
Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz. (Source: Reuters, 02/23/12) Lockheed Martin opened a new
57,000 square-foot facility in Pinellas Park, Fla., to produce canopy components for the F-
35. The facility is an annex to Lockheed Martin’s existing 197,000 square-foot building that’s
been making structural components for more than 10 aircraft since 1997. (Source:
SpaceWar, 02/24/12)

Dempsey visits NAS Pensacola
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, saw joint
training in action and spoke with students, staff and family members during a Feb. 22 visit to
several commands at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Dempsey visited the Naval Education and
Training Command, Training Air Wing 6, the Air Force 479th Flying Training Group and the
National Museum of Naval Aviation. Dempsey also held a town hall meeting in the museum
atrium. Topics included military transition, the defense budget, leadership, training and
building the force of the future. (Source: NNS, 02/22/12)

RAF marks first with F-35
PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- A Royal Air Force squadron leader became United Kingdom's first
military test pilot to fly the F-35C, the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. Jim Schofield,
RAF squadron leader, said the F-35 is the best handling of any jet he's flown. Schofield's
Feb. 21 flight is the latest in a series of milestones for the UK's program, which included the
first F-35C launch on the test electromagnetic aircraft launch system Nov. 18 and the rollout
of the first UK F-35 from the production line four days later. EMALS is the launching system
of record for the future HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, currently under construction.
(Source: Naval Air Systems Command, 02/22/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Garver visits SSC
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver was at Stennis
Space Center today, and said the proposed NASA budget "will keep us on the cutting edge
of the space program, the very best space program in the world." She said the $17.7 billion
budget, $70 million less than the previous year, allows NASA to continue to utilize the
International Space Station and develop the space vehicles -- the Space Launch System
and Orion crew vehicle -- that will allow NASA to explore further into space than ever before.
Stennis Space Center tests the rocket engines for the Space Launch System and Michoud
Assembly Facility in New Orleans is involved in building both Orion and the SLS. (Source:
Tcp, 02/23/12)

New Orleans’ VAW-77 targeted
NEW ORLEANS -- The Navy proposes to decommission a squadron at Naval Air Station
Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse, eliminating a flying unit that focuses on stemming the
flow of drugs to the United States. Under the 2013 spending plan released this week, the
Navy Reserve’s Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 77 would cease to exist Sept. 30.
VAW-77 has about 100 active duty and reserve Navy personnel and about 55 civilian
contractors. (Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 02/20/12)

RR XWB takes to skies
The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine took to the skies for the first time, powering an Airbus
A380 test aircraft in Toulouse, France. The aircraft flew with one of its four Trent 900
engines replaced by a Trent XWB. The Trent XWB will power the new Airbus A350 XWB.
(Source: Rolls-Royce, 02/18/12, Aviation Week, 02/21/12) Gulf Coast note: The Trent XWB
engine type has been tested at Stennis Space Center.

F-35 has external weapons test
The first external weapons test mission was flown by an F-35A last week during a mission at
Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The Feb. 16 test involved the Air Force version of the F-35
carrying two air-to-air AIM-9X missiles on the outboard wings stations, as well as two GBU-31
guided bombs and two AIM-120 air-to-air missiles carried inside the weapons bays. The jet
also had mounted four external pylons that can carry 2,000-pound air-to-ground weapons.
No weapons were fired in the test. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 02/20/12) Gulf Coast note:
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Unmanned A-10 in the works
Raytheon picked Aurora Flight Sciences to join the team that will create an unmanned
version of the battle-tested A-10. The Persistent Close Air Support program is funded by the
U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency. Other members of the team include
Rockwell Collins and GE Aviation. (Source: Aurora Flight Sciences, 02/16/12) Gulf Coast
note: Aurora Flight Sciences has a UAV manufacturing center in Columbus, Miss.; Raytheon
has multiple activities along the Gulf Coast; GE Aviation is building engine parts plants near
Hattiesburg, Miss., and Auburn, Ala., and also operates a parts plant in Batesville, Miss.

Four Hurlburt airmen die
Four airmen from Hurlburt Field, Fla., died Saturday in an accident near Camp Lemonnier,
Djibouti involving their U-28. Killed were Capt. Ryan P. Hall, 30, of Colorado Springs, Colo.,
assigned to the 319th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt; Capt. Nicholas S. Whitlock,
29, of Newnan, Ga., assigned to the 34th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt; 1st Lt.
Justin J. Wilkens, 26, of Bend, Ore., also with the 34th; and Senior Airman Julian S.
Scholten, 26, of Upper Marlboro, Md., assigned to the 25th Intelligence Squadron. The U-28
is a single engine aircraft that provides intelligence and surveillance for special operations
forces. The cause of the accident is under investigation. Hurlburt Field is home of the Air
Force Special Operations. (Sources: DoD, Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/20/12)

Two states team on megasite
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Four economic development groups in two states are working
together on a megasite along the Interstate 10 corridor on a road linking Dothan, Ala., to
Panama City, Fla. The organizations are the Bay County Economic Development Alliance,
Alabama Development Office, Enterprise Florida and the Dothan Area Chamber of
Commerce. Neal Wade, executive director of the Bay EDA, told the Panama City News
Herald that representatives have been meeting for more than six months to prepare for the
project along State 77 and I-10. Wade described the megasite as an industrial
manufacturing center. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 02/16/12)

ET-1 tested at Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army
Forces Strategic Command successfully completed a test flight of the new Economical
Target-1, Feb. 15 at Eglin Air Force Base. The Economical Target-1 missile was launched
from the Santa Rosa Test Site with the support of the 46th Test Wing on Eglin into the
ocean area within the test range. The target missile's flight was tracked by several range
sensors and preliminary indications are that all data collection objectives were met. (Source:
Army, 02/15/12)

NASA tests J-2X powerpack
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Engineers conducted an initial test of the J-2X engine
powerpack Feb. 15, launching a series of tests in development of the rocket engine that will
help power the Space Launch System. This test is the first of about a dozen that will be
conducted throughout the year at SSC. The first test was the first time cryogenic fuels were
introduced into the powerpack to ensure the integrity of the facility and the test article in
preparation for full power, longer duration testing. The powerpack is on the top portion of
the J-2X and includes the gas generator, oxygen and fuel turbopumpts along with related
ducts and valves. (Source: NASA, 02/16/12)

Marines roll out F-35B
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 will host the
Marine Corps' official F-35B Lightning II rollout ceremony Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. at its Eglin
hangar. Gen. James Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, is scheduled to be the
presiding officer. U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller and Robert Stevens, Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer of Lockheed Martin, will also be speaking. The F-35B is slated to replace the Marine
Corps’ F/A-18 Hornet, AV-8B Harrier and EA-6B Prowler. Eglin Air Force Base is home to
the F-35 training center for all branches of the military and allied nations that will be using
the F-35. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 02/16/12)

Eglin needs to prep for inflow
DESTIN, Fla. -- The commander of the 96th Air Base Wing said Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
isn't worried about hits Eglin might take in any Base Realignment and Closure round.
Instead, Col. Sal Nodjomian wants to base to take steps to ensure it can take in new
missions. Nodjomian, speaking at Tuesday's Leaders in Business Lunch organized by the
Destin Area Chamber of Commerce, played down the Air Force Material Command's
decision announced in November to close the Air Armament Center and merge the 96th
mission into the 46th Test Wing. He said the only impact for Eglin was the elimination of
management positions. He said the 46th and 96th will be combined into a "super wing" that
would now report to the Air Force Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (Source:
Destin Log, 02/14/12) Previous related post

New flight added
GULFPORT, Miss. – A new direct flight will be offered between the Gulfport-Biloxi
International Airport and the Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Fla., beginning in June.
The 90-minute flight will be offered three times a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and
Sundays. A special promotional fare of $99 is being offered through Feb. 22. (Source: Sun
Herald, 02/15/12)

Airbus, ST Aerospace team up
SINGAPORE – Airbus, ST Aerospace and EADS EFW will work together on a program to
convert A330 passenger jets into cargo freighters, officials said. A memorandum of
understanding was signed at the Singapore Airshow. The P2F program will cover the
conversion of A330-200 and A330-300 jets. ST Aerospace will lead the engineering
development and Germany’s EADS EFW will carry out “most” of the conversions in Dresden.
The first converted aircraft could enter service in 2016. About 2,700 freighters will be
required over the next 20 years, officials said. About half of these will be in the mid-sized
freighter segment, including 900 conversions. EADS-EFW chief executive Andreas Sperl
said that once the program is up and running, Dresden would be capable of converting 15-
18 A330s a year. EADS EFW will become the European center for ST Aerospace’s global
maintenance, repair and overhaul operations. (Source: Wall Street Journal,
ChannelNewsAsia, ST Aerospace, Flightglobal, 02/16/12) Gulf Coast note: EADS, Airbus
and ST Aerospace have operations in Mobile, Ala.

Contract: Boeing, $111.4M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded an $111,397,676 predominantly firm-fixed-
price contract for procurement of 4,844 joint direct attack munitions. The location of the
performance is St. Charles, Mo. Work is expected to be completed by May 2014.
AAC/EBDK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/14/12)

AT-6 has a first at Eglin
Hawker Beechcraft said its AT-6 light attack aircraft successfully fired laser-guided rockets
during tests last month at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., making the AT-6 the first fixed-wing
aircraft to launch a laser-guided rocket. The 2.75” laser-guided rocket testing included BAE
Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System and Raytheon’s TALON. The weapons
were fired from about three nautical miles and guided to their targets using either an
airborne laser from the AT-6 or a ground laser from the Eglin range. Both rockets were
scored as hits on their respective targets. Hawker is fighting a decision by the Air Force to
award a contract for light attach aircraft to Sierra Nevada and Embraer. A stop work order
on the contract as issued after Hawker took the matter to federal court. (Source: Wichita
Business Journal, Hawker Beechcraft, 02/13/12)

Eglin gets new lab
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The new High Pressure Particulate Physics Facility officially
opened this month at Eglin Air Force Base. The facility was built to enhance the role of
science and technology in smart munitions development, and contains a 60-mm smooth
bore gun, complemented with high-resolution, high-precision, time-resolved diagnostics for
use with various imaging technologies. The gun will be able to launch a few kilogram mass at
high speed and will address basic questions on material behavior, as it relates to munition
weapon systems and weapon effects. (Source: Air Force Materiel Command, 02/14/12)

Contract: Jacobs, $36M
Jacobs Technology, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was awarded a $36,097,935 firm-fixed-price
and level-of-effort contract. The award will provide for the technical and administrative
services in support of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protection vehicle. Work will be performed
in Kuwait; Warren, Mich.; Stafford, Va.; Aberdeen, Md.; Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Fort
Benning, Ga.; Afghanistan; Camp Atterbury, Ind.; and Red River Army Depot, Texas, with an
estimated completion date of Feb. 6, 2013. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren,
Mich., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/13/12)

Contract: Jacobs, $157.2M
Jacobs Technology, Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was awarded a $157,209,880 cost-plus-
fixed-fee contract to provide for the systems engineering and technical assistance support
services. Work will be performed in Fort Belvoir, Va.; Natick, Mass.; Eatontown, N.J.;
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; Springfield, Va.; Fort Lewis, Wash.; Fort Knox, Ky.; and Fort
Benning, Ga., with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2015. The U.S. Army
Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 02/13/12)

Budget wants two BRAC rounds
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon's 2013 budget calls for two rounds of base closings,
according to documents released Monday. The last Base Realignment and Closure round
was in 2005. All BRACS have pit communities and states against each other because bases
are major employers. The budget asks for BRAC rounds in 2013 and 2015. (Source: USA
Today, 02/13/12) Gulf Coast note: This region is home to a heavy concentration of military
bases, as well as military activities at non-DoD facilities. Previous on BRAC

GE Aviation growth
GE Aviation's production rates are expected to grow from about 3,000 commercial and
military engine deliveries in 2011 to 3,400 in 2012 and 3,800 in 2013, according to the
company. "We're firing on all cylinders," said David Joyce, president and CEO of GE
Aviation. The company, which has about 25,000 workers in the U.S., is investing some $580
million in plant, equipment, and tooling across 55 U.S. operations. It will add more than 400
employees over the next three years. By the end of the year GE Aviation will complete
construction of a 300,000-square-foot factory in Ellisville, Miss., to make composite
components for jet engines, and another 300,000 square-foot facility in Auburn, Ala., that
will make machined parts for commercial and military engines. Construction is also under
way on GE's new electric power integrated systems R&D center in Dayton, Ohio. (Source:
GE Aviation via Business Wire, 02/13/12)

Mississippi player in growth field
Mississippi is a key player in the growing unmanned aerial systems field. In addition to the
Global Hawks and Fire Scouts built in Moss Point, Mississippi has two other companies
building four types of UAVs, as well as airspace where UAV flights are permitted and
companies that work on sensors and advanced materials, both important to the industry.
(Source: Sun Herald, 02/12/12)

Airbus to build in Mobile?
SEATTLE -- There was speculation at the aerospace suppliers' conference this past week
that Airbus could announce this summer that it will build commercial jets in the United States.
The heavy favorite is Mobile, Ala., where Airbus parent EADS had planned to build aerial
tankers until it lost the competition to Boeing. Two people who have contact with Airbus and
its suppliers said they believe Mobile will build up to 10 A320 jets a month. Last month, the
chief financial officer of EADS raised the possibility that Airbus will soon resurrect the idea of
building jets in the U.S. (Source: Seattle Times, 02/11/12) Previous related post

Carroll: Committed to Eglin
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll told fellow task force members she's
committed to work with them to help preserve the Air Armament Center and 46th Test Wing
at Eglin Air Force Base. State Sen. Don Gaetz, who sponsored the bill to create and fund
the task force, had been critical of Carroll, saying he thought she was hesitant to engage in
effective lobbying in Washington. He said he welcomed her "change of view" on the Eglin
issue. The task force is hoping to prevent the Air Force from placing Eglin's 46th Test Wing
under the command of a two-star general at California's Edwards Air Force Base. They fear
it's a first step toward moving the wing's research, development, test and evaluation function
to California. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/11/12) Previous post

Bill has NATO Global Hawk funds
Bloomberg reports that the Pentagon proposes in its new budget spending $1.2 billion for
the first three NATO variant Global Hawk unmanned aircraft and three more Navy variants,
according to an official. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization said this month it planned to
buy five Alliance Ground System through 2017. The Navy already has two demonstration
versions of the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance System. Congress will get the budget Feb.
13. (Source: Bloomberg, 02/09/12) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman builds the Global
Hawk fuselages in Moss Point, Miss. Previous related posts: NATO getting Global Hawks;
Global Hawk variant to be cut; NATO to ink AGS deal in May

Drone foreign sales discussed
Navy leaders are considering selling Scan Eagle unmanned drones to Kuwait, Pakistan and
the Netherlands, according to a presentation by Marine Corp. Col. James Rector of the
Naval Air Systems Command. He made the comment during the Association for Unmanned
Vehicles Systems International's annual program in Washington. There are also informal
talks involving Australia and Japan to buy Global Hawk fixed-wing reconnaissance drones
built by Northrop Grumman. (Source: AOL Defense, 02/09/12) Gulf Coast note: Global
Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss. Correction note: AOL Defense initially reported
the drone being considered for sale was Fire Scout, rather than Scan Eagle.

UT eyeing sales
United Technologies is studying the sale of a pump- and compressor-making division to
raise cash for the planned purchase of aerospace supplier Goodrich Corp., according to
Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Also under way is an effort to find a
buyer for Pratt and Whiteny Rocketdyne, which makes engines for civilian and military
rockets, the same sources said. (Source: Bloomberg, 02/09/12) Gulf Coast note: Pratt and
Whitney Rocketdyne has an operation at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; Goodrich owns the
Alabama Service Center in Foley, Ala.

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $14.8M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $14,800,000 modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract
to procure long lead items for F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter low rate initial production
Lot 6 short take-off vertical landing aircraft for the Marine Corps. Work will be performed in
Fort Worth, Texas, and is necessary to protect the delivery schedules of STOVL aircraft
planned for delivery through December 2014. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/09/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Contracts: 2020, Oasis, COLSA
2020 Co. LLC., Falls Church, Va.; Oasis Systems LLC., Lexington, Mass.; and COLSA
Corp., Huntsville, Ala. are each being awarded a $53,511,834 firm-fixed price, labor-hour,
cost-reimbursement contract for the Technical and Acquisition Management Support
Program. This program provides a wide range of diverse non-engineering, technical, and
acquisition management support required in the acquisition, development, production, and
support of various equipment and weapon systems within the Air Armament Center and
other organizations at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The location of the performance is Eglin.
Work is expected to be completed by Feb. 28, 2013. AAC/PKES, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/08/12)

Gaetz wants more base advocacy
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- State Sen. Don Gaetz is critical of how Lt. Gov. Jennifer
Carroll is handling her role as the state's advocate for the Defense Support Task Force. "I
think the lieutenant governor has been hesitant to engage in effective lobbying in
Washington on Eglin issues," Gaetz told the Northwest Florida Daily News. The task force
was created to preserve Florida's military bases and missions in an age of Pentagon cuts.
Members decided the first priority should be lobbying to prevent the Air Force from placing
Eglin’s 46th Test Wing under the command of a two-star general at California's Edwards Air
Force Base. They fear it's a first step toward moving the wing's research, development, test
and evaluation function to California. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/06/12)

Contract: Boeing, $18.3M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded an $18,300,000 cost-plus-incentive-fee
and firm-fixed-priced items contract for an acceleration effort, regression testing, and a fuze
risk reduction effort. The location of the performance is Saint Louis, Mo. Work is expected to
be completed by Feb. 28, 2013. AAC/EDBK/EDBJ, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/07/12)

Old airport to transfer this week
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- The final transfer of the old airport in Panama City to its new owners
will take place Wednesday or Thursday, officials said. The sale will help the airport pay off a
number of debts and eliminate some $120,000 per month in costs at the old site. St. Andrew
Bay Land Co. plans a village-type development at the 700-acre site. Air operations
transferred to the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport near West Bay on May
23, 2010. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 02/06/12)

Group to take base fight to D.C.
MILTON, Fla. – The Santa Rosa County Commission was given an update Monday on local
plans to protect area bases from a possible Base Realignment and Closure round and other
military cuts. Pete Gandy, a consultant with TEAM Santa Rosa, praised the work that Santa
Rosa County commissioners have done for nearly 10 years to purchase and preserve the
land around Naval Air Station Whiting Field, which trains military aviators. He said a five-
county delegation supporting the military bases will go to Washington at the end of February
to meet with congressional leaders to discuss issues facing Northwest Florida military bases.
(Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/06/12)

Drones in national airspace?
The House passed a bill Monday that starts the clock on safely integrating unmanned aerial
vehicles into the national airspace, with full integration by the Sept. 30, 2015. The bill,
previously passed by the Senate and now awaiting President Obama's signature, provides a
number of deadlines for the Federal Aviation Administration. One is to establish six UAV test
sites within six months. (Source: Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International,
USA Today, 02/06/12) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawk and Fire Scout UAVs are built in part in
Moss Point, Miss.; several companies at Stennis Space Center, Miss., work with UAV
sensors; the Coast Guard Aviation Center is involved in UAV training in Mobile, Ala.; Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is involved in UAV navigation systems.

Contract: Sikorsky, $26M
Sikorsky Support Services, Inc., Pensacola, Fla., was awarded a $26,063,162 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 161 T-34, 54 T-44, and 172 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 (50 percent); Whiting Field (39 percent); Pensacola (8 percent);
and various sites within the continental United States. Work is expected to be completed in
April 2012. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 02/06/12)

Tyndall to get new F-22 squadron
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- A new combat F-22 squadron will be coming to Tyndall Air Force
Base in Northwest Florida beginning this summer, bringing up to 1,000 additional personnel.
That's according to Brig. Gen. John K. “Jack” McMullen, commander of the 325th Fighter
Wing. He provided an assessment of Tyndall during the Bay County Chamber First Friday
meeting. McMullen said the first personnel will begin arriving in July and aircraft in January
2013. McMullen also said 20 T-38s will be coming to the base over the next year. (Source:
Panama City News Herald, 02/03/12)

NATO getting Global Hawks
NATO broke a nearly 20-year logjam and agreed to jointly fund operations of an airborne
ground- surveillance system, including five Northrop Grumman Global Hawks. The 28-
member North Atlantic Treaty Organization approved a plan this week for all members to pay
for support and operations, according to a statement Friday. The Alliance Ground
Surveillance project, which is scheduled to come into use from 2015, will have its main base
at Sigonella, Italy, and several associated command-and-control base stations. Virginia-
based Northrop is the prime contractor. The drone is powered by Rolls-Royce engines.
(Sources: Bloomberg, Reuters, 02/03/12) Previous

Cuts hit Keesler AFB
The proposed 2013 military budget designed to save the Air Force $8.7 billion over five
years will eliminate hundreds of fighters, cargo planes, surveillance drones and surveillance
planes from bases nationwide, according to details released Friday. Keesler Air Force Base,
Miss., best known for its electronics training and home of the 403rd Reserve Wing, will lose
10 C-130Js in fiscal year 2014. The wing transports personnel and equipment and was a
major player in combat operations in Southwest Asia. Another Mississippi base, Key Field Air
National Guard in Meridian, will lose six C-27J in FY13 and one RC-26 in FY14. They'll be
replaced by between nine and 11 MC-12s in FY14. Also of interest to the Gulf Coast region
is the FY13 retirement of 18 Block 30 Global Hawks stationed at Beale Air Force Base, Calif.
Fuselage work on Global Hawks is done in Moss Point, Miss. The force structure changes
also affirms the Air Force's commitment to the F-35. Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of
the joint training center. (Source: Tcp, 02/03/12) Details

Becoming astronaut still popular
More than 6,300 people applied between Nov. 15, 2011 and Jan. 27 to become a NASA
astronaut, the second highest number of applications ever received by the agency. The
highest response occurred in 1978 with 8,000 applicants. After a thorough selection
process, which includes interviews and medical examinations, nine to 15 people will be
selected to become part of the 21st astronaut class. NASA expects to announce a final
selection in the spring of 2013. The new astronauts will be the first to launch aboard a
commercial rocket to the space station, said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. (Source:
NASA, 02/03/12) Gulf Coast note: This region is involved in space programs through NASA’s
John C. Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi and Michoud Assembly Facility in New
Orleans.

Contract: SRI, $13.2M
International, Menlo Park, Calif., is being awarded a $13,200,000 cost-plus-award-fee, firm-
fixed-price contract for the acquisition of a five-year research and development program.
The Digital Video Laboratory (DVL) provides highly specialized hardware/software for data
/video transmission, video compression, video data manipulation, image sensors, data/video
storage, data/video retrieval and data/video searches. This contract will be used to acquire
hardware, software, prototype systems, spiral software enhancements, installation and
training support to support the 46 Test Wing's requirement to improve and modernize
potential capabilities using digital data. The location of the performance is on an as required
basis by delivery order. Work is expected to be completed by March 12, 2014. AAC/PKET,
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/02/12)

Training squadron changes command
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 will have a
change of command ceremony Friday. Lt. Col. David R. Berke will take command from Lt.
Col. James B. Wellons in a ceremony at the Department of Navy and Marine Corps Hangar
at Eglin Air Force Base. Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, is the first Marine
Corps squadron to receive F-35B aircraft for pilot and maintainer training at the 33rd Fighter
Wing F-35 Integrated Training Center. (Source: Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.,
02/02/12)

Eglin to get 17 F-35s this year
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Eglin Air Force Base is scheduled to get another 17 F-35
jets this year, according to a Lockheed Martin official. Stephen O’Bryan, vice president of
Lockheed’s F-35 program integration, provided the local media with an update Wednesday.
Eglin, where pilots and maintainers from all branches of the military will be trained, already
has nine of the jets, three of them the Marine Corps variant F-35B and the other six Air
Force F-35A. The jets to arrive this year will include the first Navy version, the F-35C.
(Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/01/12)

Contract: EADS, $10.1M
EADS - NA, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $10,128,500 firm-fixed-price contract. The award
will provide for the modification of an existing contract for contract logistic support services.
Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30,
2013. Five bids were solicited, with three bids received. The U.S. Army Contracting
Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/01/12)

Tyndall to test ceramic coatings
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Air Force engineers and researchers are hoping to find
out whether a ceramic coating can help the military reach energy savings goals. Engineers
at the Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency will test the coating in April using two nearly
identical buildings. The ceramic coating product, which is flexible, has been around for 20
years, but was never mass marketed. It performs well in a lab setting, and if it does the same
in the field it could have multiple applications in warm climates, possibly even in an
expeditionary setting. (Source: AFCESA, 01/31/12)


JANUARY 2012

Contract: Textron, $13.6M
Textron Defense Systems, Wilmington, Maine, is being awarded a $13,600,000 firm-fixed-
price contract for 143 monition control units; 5 MCU test sets; 15 munitions application
program cards; one wind corrected munitions dispenser dual system support simulator; one
WCMD telemetry ground station; 10 WCMD telemetry kits; two instrumented measurement
kits; and 1552 lanyard connectors. The locations of the performance are Wilmington, Maine,
and Tucson, Ariz. Work is expected to be completed by February 2014. AAC/EBJK, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/31/12)

Contract: Kaman, $24.2M
Kaman Precision Products Inc., Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a $24,171,717 firm-fixed-
price contract action, which tasks the contractor to provide the Air Force with a quantity of
6,067 of the Joint Programmable Fuze Systems to meet munitions requirements. The
location of the performance is Orlando, Fla. Work is expected to be completed by December
2013. AAC/EBDK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
01/31/12)

Contract: CSC, $26.9M
CSC Applied Technologies LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $26,870,070 cost-
plus-award-fee contract for the exercise of option for the base operating support service
contract at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The location of the performance is Keesler. Work
is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2012. 81 CONS, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/31/12)

GD gets gun system contract
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products was awarded a
$23.6 million contract by Lockheed Martin for production of more than two dozen GAU-22/A
gun systems for the F-35. The GAU-22/A is based on the GAU-12/U 25mm Gatling gun,
which the company has made for more than 40 years. The GAU-22/A is a lighter-weight,
four-barrel version mounted internally on the F-35A variant and externally on the B and C
models. General Dynamics has been manufacturing GAU-22/A guns for F-35s since 2009.
(Source: General Dynamics via PRNewswire, 01/31/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin is home of the
F-35 training center.

Parachute grounds F35
Lockheed Martin F-35 fighters have been grounded due to improper loading of parachutes
in their ejection seats. The suspension of flight and high-speed ground testing began Jan.
26 and affects six aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., nine at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., and three nearly completed planes at Lockheed's production facility in Fort Worth,
Texas. It does not affect eight F-35 aircraft at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., which
have older ejection seats. (Sources: Aviation Week, Reuters, 01/30/12)

Contract: L-3, $23.9M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$23,959,388 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery
requirements contract to exercise an option for contractor logistics support and Aircraft
Intermediate Maintenance Department support for the T-39 Undergraduate Military Flight
Officer 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 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 September 2012. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/30/12)

More powerful MOP sought
A huge bomb is not capable of destroying the most fortified underground facilities, so the
military wants to make the Massive Ordnance Penetrator even more powerful, according to
the Wall Street Journal. The 13.6-ton bunker buster is the nation’s largest conventional
bomb. The Pentagon wants funding to enhance the bomb's ability to penetrate deeper into
rock, concrete and steel before exploding, The Journal reported. The Defense Department
has spent about $330 million so far to develop about 20 of the bombs built by Boeing Co.
The Pentagon wants about $82 million more. (Source: Wall Street Journal, 01/28/12) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base is involved in developing MOP. Previous post

StenniSphere closing
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- StenniSphere, the museum and visitor center at NASA's
John C. Stennis Space Center, is closing Feb. 15. The closure of the facility within the gates
of SSC comes as the Infinity science center moves forward. Various exhibits from
StenniSphere are being moved into Infinity to prepare for an opening this spring. Infinity is
outside SSC, just south of Interstate 10. StenniSphere opened to the public in May 2000
and has hosted tens of thousands of visitors each year. The facility housed 14,000 square
feet of interactive and informational exhibits highlighting NASA’s space missions and the
work of other key resident agencies at Stennis. (Source: NASA, 01/30/12)

GE Aviation plant update
ELLISVILLE, Miss. -- The ground work for the new GE Aviation in Ellisville is nearly complete
and company officials will soon make a decision on a general contractor for the 300,000-
square-foot plant. "We hope to have the building complete by the end of the year and move
our equipment in by early 2013," said Rick Kennedy, GE Aviation's media relations
manager. The $56 million project is in the Howard Technology Park, not far from
Hattiesburg, and is the second GE Aviation plant in the state. The other, in Batesville,
produces composite components for aircraft engines. (Source: Laurel Leader-Call, 01/29/12)

Wade: Bay County next hotspot
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- The new executive director of the Bay County Economic Development
Alliance said one of the reasons he took the job was his belief that Bay County is in a good
position to be the next growth area in Northwest Florida. Neal Wade, during an interview with
the Panama City News Herald, said he hopes to snag a major aerospace company for a spot
by the new airport in West Bay. He said with assets like the Air Force and Navy bases
nearby and major defense contractors in the area, the West Bay area is ideal for an
aerospace company to open up a new facility. "We believe this will be a breakout year
especially in aerospace, aviation and defense," said Wade, the former senior vice president
of economic development for the St. Joe Co. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 01/29/12)
When he worked in economic development in Alabama, Wade played a role in that state
landing Mercedes-Benz.

Aircraft company finds niche
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Aircraft company LSI, operating out of a 20,000 square-foot building, is
weeks away from expanding into an adjacent 12,000 square-foot facility. Plant manager
Steve McNair said the operation has 40 employees and he expects it will add 20 or more
over the next year. The company was launched as Aviation Systems of Northwest Florida in
1994 and was sold to LSI of Jacksonville, Fla., in 2010. The operation converts Army
helicopters that are no longer flight-worthy into ground-based platforms to train aviation
technicians. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 01/29/12)

Asking the right questions
When the Air Force explains to Congress in February its rationale for a mission
consolidation announced in November, the Florida delegation will have some hard questions
supplied by two members of the Defense Support Initiative task force. Jim Breitenfeld and
retired Lt. Gen. Gordie Fornell have worked for years with Okaloosa County Economic
Development Council and were there in the past when attempts were made to move the 46th
Test Wing from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. They see a
plan to keep the wing at Eglin but place it under a two-star at Edwards as an effort to move
valuable research, development, test and evaluation functions to Edwards. They want the
consolidation reversed. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 01/28/12) Previous post
about task force; previous post about consolidation

Academy slates first class
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The National Flight Academy, 25 years in the making, will have a test
class in March followed by its first full class in May. The academy at Naval Air Station
Pensacola’s is designed to pique the interest of students in science, technology,
engineering and math. The 102,000 square-foot academy is designed to look like the inside
of an aircraft carrier. The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation raised $18.5 million for
construction of the academy and $15 million to outfit it. A feature story (Source: Pensacola
News Journal, 01/29/12)

ABM students get new building
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – There was a grand opening Thursday for the new 325th
Air Control Squadron building. Brig. Gen. John K. “Jack” McMullen cut the ribbon, which
officially opened the 36,000 square-foot building to train air battle managers. The students
will provide critical information about enemy activities to both air and ground forces. It’s the
only schoolhouse that will teach air battle managers in the country. Tyndall is near Panama
City. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 01/26/12)

Enders picked to head EADS
EADS has named Tom Enders to take over as chief executive officer when Louis Gallois
retires in May. Enders, nominated to a five-year term, was a strong advocate for Mobile,
Ala., during the competition between EADS and Boeing to build Air Force tankers. EADS
planned to build a 1,500-worker assembly plant at Brookley Aeroplex to build tankers and
freighters if it won the competition. Although EADS lost, it has continued to express interest
in establishing an assembly facility in the United States because of a backlog of orders from
airlines. Enders was expected to be named to the post. Enders, of Germany, and Gallois, of
France, served as co-CEOs until opting for an American-style structure with one chief
executive officer. (Sources: Mobile Press-Register, 01/26/12, Bloomberg, 01/27/12)

Block 30 cut disappoints NG
Northrop Grumman said it’s disappointed with the Pentagon’s plans to cancel the Global
Hawk Block 30 program and perform its missions with the U-2. But the company said it will
work with the Pentagon to assess alternatives to the program’s termination. The company
said that just a few months ago the Pentagon published an acquisition decision
memorandum that said continuation of the program is essential to national security.
Northrop, however, also said it’s pleased with the continued support for the Global Hawk
Block 40 and the Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance system. (Source: Northrop
Grumman, 01/26/12) Gulf Coast note: Central fuselage work on the Global Hawk is done in
Moss Point, Miss.

Pentagon budget plans released
The Pentagon will ask Congress for $525 billion for the military in 2013, $6 billion less than
the current budget. Congress will also be asked to approve a new round of base closures.
The request announced Thursday would eliminate some 100,000 ground troops, mothball
ships and trim squadrons, but increase special forces, improve cyber defense and put more
emphasis on drone aircraft. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, previewing plans that will be
revealed in more detail next month, said the proposal "will impact all 50 states and many …
congressional districts across America." The proposed budget has the Navy keeping 11
carriers, but retires seven cruisers earlier than planned and delays purchases of subs,
amphibious assault ships and other vessels. It also slows the purchase of F-35s. Congress
controls the Pentagon budget, which is 20 percent of total federal spending, and regularly
intervenes. (Sources: multiple, including AP, Reuters, 01/26/12) Gulf Coast note: The Gulf
Coast region builds military vessels and portions of drone aircraft, and has several special
operations bases and activities. It's also involved in cyber security training at several
locations.

Contract: Raytheon, $17.4M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $17,424,398 cost-plus-
fixed-fee contract to provide test integration of software to enhance the system performance
of the AIM 120D missile. The location of the performance is Tucson, Ariz. Work is expected
to be completed by Dec. 31, 2013. AAC/EBAK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 01/26/12)

Embry-Riddle to open new campus
CRESTVIEW, Fla. -- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is opening a Crestview campus to
meet a growing need for students in the north end of Okaloosa County. “ERAU is the front
runner in knowing the needs of the workplace when it comes to aviation related jobs, and we
have seen the growth around the Crestview Airport and in aviation related contracts that
make up this area of Florida," said Ron Garriga, director of academic support of Embry-
Riddle Fort Walton Beach campus. The new campus is on the second floor of a building at
the corner of South Ferdon Boulevard and Southview Drive. (Source: Crestview News
Bulletin, 01/26/12)

Two BRAC rounds possible
The Pentagon is planning to request two new base closure rounds, one in 2013 and another
in 2015, to help cut almost a half a trillion dollars in spending over the next decade. That’s
according to Air Force Times. The spending cuts imposed on the military are expected to
result in the elimination of tens of thousands of troops and cuts in aircraft orders, further
reducing the need for military infrastructure. (Source: Air Force Times, 01/25/12) Gulf Coast
note: This region is home to a heavy concentration of military bases and military activities at
non-DoD locations.

SSC starts powerpack tests
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- A new series of tests on the J-2X engine that will power
the upper stage of NASA's Space Launch System will begin next week. The tests will be on
the J-2X powerpack, which is on the top portion of the J-2X. It includes the gas generator,
oxygen and fuel turbopumps and related ducts and valves that bring the propellants
together to create combustion and generate thrust. About a dozen powerpack tests of
varying lengths are slated through summer at Stennis' A-1 Test Stand. The J-2X is being
developed by Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne. (Source: NASA, 01/25/12)

Vision suspends local service
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- Vision Airline’s flights to and from Northwest Florida
Regional Airport will end Feb. 29, and it’s not known when or if those flights will resume.
Vision started service at Northwest Florida Regional in December 2010 with direct flights to
and from Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Miami. Service was expanded in January 2011, then in the
summer some destinations were dropped, others were added. (Source: Northwest Florida
Daily News, 01/24/12)

Fire Scouts on 3rd deployment
MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopters departed last week aboard the USS Simpson on a
third operational deployment. The frigate is scheduled to spend six months off the coast of
West Africa and in the Mediterranean. Two airframes are deployed and provide the ship's
sole aviation capability. On previous deployments the Fire Scouts were accompanied by MH-
60 Seahawk. (Source: Flightglobal, 01/23/12) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part
in Moss Point, Miss., by Northrop Grumman.

Global Hawk variant to be cut
The Air Force's Block 30 variant of the Global Hawk unmanned surveillance plane is being
terminated in the budget request that will be sent to Congress in February, according to
reports. But one report says the proposed fiscal 2013 budget also includes $1.2 billion for
three additional Block 40 variants. The Air Force already has 11 of the latest models
delivered or on contract. In addition, the Pentagon wants to continue an $11 billion Navy
Global Hawk program. (Sources: AP, Reuters, Bloomberg, 01/24/12). Gulf Coast note:
Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss. Previous Global Hawk post

Contract: L-3, $69.2M
L-3 Communications Corp., Systems Field Support, Madison, Miss., was awarded a
$69,277,000 firm-fixed-price contract to provide for the support of the worldwide fleet of
C12/RC12/UC35 aircraft. Work will be performed in Madison, Miss., with an estimated
completion date of Jan. 31, 2013. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal,
Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/24/12)

NATO to ink AGS deal by May
NATO's long process to order an Alliance Ground Surveillance capability could achieve a
contract signature within the next few months. A 13-nation deal should be signed before the
next NATO summit in Chicago in May. U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Steve Schmidt, commander
of the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force, valued the pending acquisition at
about $1.3 billion for five Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 40 unmanned air
vehicles, each equipped with a Northrop/Raytheon surveillance payload. (Source:
Flightglobal, 01/20/12) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Operation leaving Destin
DESTIN, Fla. -- Emerald Coast Aviation has closed its operations at Destin Airport. It
subleased services for Miracle Strip Aviation, one of two fixed-base operators at the airport.
Emerald Coast Aviation, which opened the branch at Destin Airport in April, handled aircraft
maintenance and repairs and flight instructions for Miracle Strip Aviation. The company also
is a full fixed-base operator at Bob Sikes Airport in Crestview and provides fueling services
at Northwest Florida Regional Airport. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 01/20/12)

Pensacola getting Southwest
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Pensacola International Airport’s Air Tran will be converting to
Southwest Airlines. The change will occur over the next several months. Southwest bought
AirTran in May, and there has been a lot of anticipation about what will happen in markets
served by AirTran. Pensacola's airport is among 22 non-Southwest destinations that the
company will keep. A half dozen other cities will see service end. Pensacola had been trying
to get Southwest for years, including several years ago when the airliner chose Panama City
over Pensacola. (Sources: Pensacola News Journal, WEAR-TV, 01/20/12) Southwest also
serves New Orleans.

F-35B probation ends
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Friday lifted the probation on the Marine Corps version
of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, according to the AP. The probation was put in place last
year by then-Secretary Robert Gates because of technical issues of the most complex
version of the F-35. The program has been plagued with cost overruns and development
delays. (Source: AP, 01/20/12) Gulf Coast note: Lockheed Martin is building three versions
of the plane, the F-35A for the Air Force, the F-35C for the Navy and the F-35B for the
Marines. Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the JSF training center. It currently has three
F-35B and six F-35A jets.

SSC to show off J-2X
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA's Stennis Space Center has invited the media to
take a look next week at the facilities used to test the J-2X engines that will be used with the
Space Launch System. On Wednesday they'll see the test control center, the A-1 Test
Stand where the J-2X powerpack will be tested soon, as well as the facility where the final
assembly is done on the J-2X. The SLS will launch the Orion crew capsule that will take
astronauts into deep space. NASA officials will provide a briefing on the SLS and J-2X and
what goes into testing the engine. (Source: NASA, 01/20/12)

Eglin now has largest F-35 fleet
A ninth F-35, this one a Marine Corps version, has arrived at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
after a 90-minute flight from Fort Worth, Texas. BF-7 was piloted by U.S. Marine Corps Maj.
Joseph Bachmann. Eglin, home of the F-35 Integrated Training Center, now has the largest
F-35 fleet in the Department of Defense. BF-7 is assigned to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing’s
Marine Fighter/Attach Training Squadron 501 with the host 33rd Fighter Wing. The Marine
Corps variant, F-35B, is a short takeoff/vertical landing version of the plane. (Source: AP,
01/19/12)

F-35 EIS to be released
The Air Force will file a draft Environmental Impact Statement Jan. 20 for the proposed
establishment of a second F-35 pilot training center. The Air Force and Air National Guard
bases under consideration are Boise Air Terminal Airport Air Guard Station, Idaho; Holloman
Air Force Base, N.M.; Luke AFB, Ariz.; and Tucson International Airport Air Guard Station,
Ariz. Luke is the Air Force's preferred alternative, but no final decision has been made. The
draft statement opens a 45-day public comment period ending March 14. There will be 13
public hearings near the bases. (Source: AFNS, 01/19/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is the initial training site.

New career field pilots graduate
BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Two members of Beale Air Force Base were recognized
as the first RQ-4 Global Hawk pilots in the new 18X career field during a winging Jan. 13.
They began training in October 2011 after a decision to establish undergraduate training for
remotely piloted aircraft pilots across the service. The new career field is designated for
RPA pilots coming from non-rated career fields as well as newly commissioned officers. The
pilots will begin flying operational and humanitarian missions immediately in support of
combatant commanders worldwide. (Source: AFNS, 01/19/12) Gulf Coast note: Global
Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.; military aviators are trained in Northwest Florida;
the Coast Guard trains unmanned systems pilots at the Aviation Training Center in Mobile,
Ala.

Controller blamed for close call
GULFPORT, Miss. -- The National Transportation Safety Board found a near-midair collision
at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport in June was likely caused by errors made by an air-
traffic controller. He cleared a Cessna for takeoff and 16 seconds later cleared a
Continental Express jet to take off on a different runway. While both aircraft were about 300
feet above the airfield the jet passed in front of the Cessna, coming as close as about 300
feet. (Source: Sun Herald, 01/18/12)

F-35 has tailhook issue
Lockheed Martin is working on a solution to a problem with the tailhook on the F-35C,
officials said. According to published reports, the carrier variant of the F-35 can't land on a
carrier because the tailhook is too short, too close to the landing gear and can't grab
arresting cables. Leaked Pentagon documents claim the design flaw has caused eight
simulated landings to fail. (Source: Daily Telegraph, 01/16/12) Lockheed Martin has traced
the problem to the tailhook design and efforts to fix the problem under way. Tom Burbage,
Lockheed program manager, said the problem is limited to the hook design itself. The hook
system is being modified and tests will be done in the second quarter of the year. (Source:
Navy Times, 01/17/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the site of the F-35
training center.

Airbus thinking of U.S. plant?
Airbus may add a final assembly line in the United States to increase visibility in the largest
market for single-aisle planes, according to one executive. Airbus parent, EADS, would have
had an assembly line in the U.S. in Mobile, Ala., had it not lost the aerial refueling tanker
competition to Boeing. Airbus currently has final assembly lines in France, Germany and
China. The comment about a possible U.S. assembly line came from Hans Peter Ring, chief
financial officer of EADS, in an interview with Bloomberg. (Source: Bloomberg, 01/17/12)
Meanwhile, Airbus is adding fuselage work in Wichita, Kan. Airbus North American
Engineering Inc. said it’s looking to hire 30 new engineers to work at its Wichita
headquarters. The Wichita site, which has primarily done wing engineering since it opened
in 2002, will now have some fuselage design work on the A350-1000 program. (Source:
Wichita Business Journal, 01/17/12) Previous posts of interest: Airbus, Boeing see demand
increase; Shelby: Airbus still eyeing Mobile; Boeing leaving Wichita

Eglin accomplishments noted
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The commander of the Air Armament Center at Eglin Air
Force Base issued a commentary Tuesday about the base's accomplishments in 2011. Maj.
Gen. Kenneth Merchant listed the arrival of the first F-35 fighter and bed down of the Army's
7th Special Forces Group. He also cited the base's rating of excellent in an operational
readiness inspection along with several other excellence awards. Merchant said the 46th
Test Wing verified the performance of multiple Air Force and Joint weapon systems, aircraft
avionics, aircraft survivability, and command, control, communication and computer systems.
It oversaw about 15,000 ground, flight test, and training missions supporting 689 programs.
(Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 01/17/12) Note: Previous post on changes at Eglin

Florida targets UAVs
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Two speakers at the Okaloosa County Economic
Development Council’s symposium Friday said the field of unmanned aerial systems is a
target area for the state and Northwest Florida. Gray Swoope, president and CEO of
Enterprise Florida, the agency responsible for attracting new businesses, said the
development and operation of unmanned vehicles is one of the fastest growing fields in the
country. Mark Bontrager, vice president of Space Florida, said the federal government soon
will designate six areas around the country for unmanned air flights, and he hopes one or
more will be in Florida. The EDC already has made unmanned vehicles a priority and
created a group last year focused on bringing more development to the area. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 01/13/12)

Two agencies push STEM training
For NASA and the Navy, ensuring there's a pool of talent versed in science, technology,
engineering and math is crucial, and both agencies have programs in place to pique the
interest of the next generation of workers. The National Aeronautics and Space
Administration, with a center at Stennis Space Center, Miss., and the Navy, a tenant at SSC,
are reaching Mississippi students through several programs. Between January and
November 2011, nearly 1,000 educators and 10,000 students have been served through
SSC programs. And this year the Navy will launch "Mission Ocean," a year-long submarine-
related program. (Source: Alliance Insight, "NASA, Navy push STEM training," January 2012)

Interest in SSC increasing
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- The announcement in early December that Blue Origin
of Kent, Wash., would test its engines at NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss., was the latest
in a series of stories over the past few months that point to an intriguing future for the rocket
propulsion test center. Stennis Space Center Director Patrick Scheuermann said word is
getting out about the test stands, the land available for development and the expertise at
SSC, and commercial companies are showing interest. "We had been hearing on sort of an
infrequent basis,” Scheuermann said about companies interested in working with SSC, "but
in the last couple of years the frequency has picked up quite a bit." SSC is home not only to
NASA, but a host of other federal and state science and technology operations. (Source:
Alliance Insight, Companies looking at SSC, January 2012)

Would-be astronauts sign up
Applications close at the end of the month for a new group of astronauts to fly NASA's Orion
capsule to points still to be decided. So far more than 1,300 people have applied,
comparable to the response NASA received from its calls for space shuttle crews, according
to Aviation Week. The capsule, along with the heavy-lift Space Launch System, is
envisioned as being able to support missions to a variety of destination. The first Orion flight
on an SLS, tentatively set for 2017, probably will go around the Moon, and the first flight with
a crew, in 2021, may follow suit. It's also possible that the capsule will dock with the
International Space Station, as a backup crew-transport vehicle to the private spacecraft
under development. (Source: Aviation Week, 01/13/12) Gulf Coast note: Orion and portions
of the SLS are being built at Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans; the propulsion
systems for SLS are being tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Two rivals have record year
Boeing and Airbus had a record year for aircraft deliveries in 2011, with combined deliveries
totaling more than 1,000 jets for the first time. The latest orders included confirmation of a
44-plane Airbus deal from Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris and an order for 10 Boeing 787
Dreamliners from an unidentified buyer. The two rivals increased deliveries to airlines by
around 3 percent versus 2010, and have set out plans for record production of short-haul
passenger jets to meet demand from emerging markets. (Source: Reuters, 01/12/12)
Previous post on expected growth. Gulf Coast note: Boeing and Airbus both have
operations in the region.

Engine moves under way
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - The relocation of the RS-25D space shuttle main engine
inventory from Kennedy Space Center's Engine Shop in Cape Canaveral, Fla., to Stennis
Space Center, Miss., is under way. The RS-25D flight engines will be used in NASA's Space
Launch System, the new heavy-lift launch vehicle that will expand human presence beyond
low-Earth orbit and enable new missions of exploration across the solar system. SLS will
carry the Orion spacecraft, its crew, cargo, equipment and scientific experiments to
destinations in deep space. "The relocation of RS-25D engine assets represents a
significant cost savings to the SLS Program by consolidating SLS engine assembly and test
operations at a single facility," said William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s Associate Administrator
for Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. The 15 RS-25D engines at
Kennedy are being transported on the 700-mile journey using existing transportation and
processing procedures that were used to move engines between Kennedy and Stennis
during the Space Shuttle Program. (Source: NASA, 01/12/12)

SAIC gets NASA contract
Science Applications International Corp. was awarded a prime contract to build out the
Facilities Management Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The
award is for construction phase services, value engineering and total building
commissioning services. The follow-on contract has a one-year base period of performance,
four one-year options, and a contract value of more than $11 million if all options are
exercised. Work will be done at MSFC and NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New
Orleans, La. SAIC is based in McLean, Va. (Source: PRNewswire, Washington Technology,
01/11/12)

39 Lakotas ordered
The Army has awarded EADS North America a $212.7 million contract for 39 UH-72A Lakota
Light Utility Helicopters. Thirty-two of them will be produced in the Army's Security and
Support Battalion configuration and will be used by the National Guard nationwide. EADS
North America has already delivered 198 UH-72A Lakotas to the Army along with five H-72A
versions to the Navy for test pilot training. The Lakotas are built at EADS North America's
American Eurocopter facility in Columbus, Miss. The S&S Battalion MEP was integrated and
tested at American Eurocopter's Grand Prairie, Texas facility. The program of record calls
for 345 UH-72A Lakotas to be delivered to the Army and Army National Guard through 2015,
along with five already delivered to the Navy. (Source: EADS, 01/10/12) Gulf Coast note:
EADS also has operations in Mobile, Ala.

Marine F-35s now at Eglin
The first two Lockheed Martin production model F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing
(STOVL) aircraft were delivered to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Wednesday. The two jets are
assigned to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing's Marine Fighter/Attack Training Squadron 501
residing with the host 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin. The aircraft, BF-6 and BF-8, made a 90-
minute flight from Fort Worth, Texas. Both fighters will be used for pilot and maintainer
training at the new F-35 Integrated Training Center. Eglin now has eight F-35s. (Source:
PRNewswire, 01/11/12)

Keesler announces more cuts
BILOXI, Miss. – Keesler Air Force Base is eliminating another 38 civilian positions, base
officials said Wednesday. In November the base announced the elimination of 68 positions
from the 1,607 civilian authorizations in the 81st Training Wing and 403rd Wing. The Air
Force is offering another round of voluntary separation incentive pay and voluntary early
retirement authority programs. Keesler is a major technical training center for the Air Force,
including cyber security. (Sources: Sun Herald, WLOX-TV, 01/11/12)

Task force meets
A task force formed to protect Florida's military bases, in particular its role in research,
development, test and evaluation, met for the first time Monday in Tallahassee. Northwest
Florida's David Goetsch was named to chair the 12-member Florida Defense Support Task
Force when Gov. Rick Scott isn't available. The group decided it needs to move quickly in
light of the announced consolidation of the Air Force Material Command. Among other
things, the consolidation eliminates Eglin Air Force Base's Air Armament Center and places
the base's 46th Test Wing under the command of a two-star general at Edwards Air Force
Base, Calif. The overriding concern is these are steps towards moving the wing to Edwards.
The task force wants to ensure Eglin maintains its valuable RDT&E mission. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 01/09/12)

Engine prepped for SSC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Kennedy Space Center has invited the media to be on hand
Thursday, Jan. 12, for a photo opportunity as one of the space shuttle man engines is
prepared for shipment to Stennis Space Center, Miss. Each engine, built by Pratt & Whitney
Rocketdyne, is 14 feet long and more than 7 feet in diameter at the end of the nozzle. All 15
of the SSMEs will be sent to SSC, where they’ll be stored for use on NASA's new heavy-lift
rocket, the Space Launch System. (Source: Kennedy Space Center, 01/09/12)

KSC takes on new role
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Work is ramping up at the Orion spacecraft facility at Kennedy
Space Center, Fla., expanding the spaceport's role beyond launch operations to include
final assembly. Tooling to assemble the spacecraft is being put in place in the renovated
high bay, first erected for the Apollo project. About 260 people already work on Orion at
KSC. The number will increase to about 400 by June in preparations for the first flight test in
early 2014. (Source: Florida Today, 01/07/12) Gulf Coast note: Technicians at Michoud
Assembly Facility, New Orleans, are putting the finishing touches on the second Orion
capsule, and will also be doing work on portions of the Space Launch System. “Orion will
use MAF for construction of the crew module and other portions. KSC will be used for final
assembly of the entire spacecraft,” said Jennifer Morcone Stanfield, public affairs officer at
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

RR to add new test stand
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Rolls-Royce North America is adding a second jet
engine test stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center, a company investment of at least $50
million. The announcement was made Monday by Gov. Haley Barbour. Rolls-Royce currently
employs 45 workers at the initial test stand operation, and the new stand will add 35
additional jobs. James M. Guyette, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Rolls-
Royce North America, said this type of public-private partnership "make it possible for us to
invest in America and compete in a global economy." Headquartered in Reston, Va., Rolls-
Royce North America opened its Outdoor Jet Engine Testing Facility at SSC in 2007, the
first outside the United Kingdom. Testing at SSC includes noise, crosswind, thrust reverse,
cyclic and endurance testing on all current Rolls-Royce engine types. (Source: Mississippi
Development Authority, 01/09/12)

Contract: Raytheon, $11M
Raytheon Co., El Segundo, Calif., is being awarded an $11,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee
contract for robust navigation technology. This contract supports anti-jam Global Positioning
System development for the High Velocity Penetrating Weapon Program. The objective of
this program is to study, investigate, simulate, develop, design, build, and demonstrate
technologies capable of operating in a GPS degraded environment. This effort shall provide
enough design flexibility to allow for integration with other advanced technologies to help
maintain position, navigation, and timing when GPS is denied. The location of the
performance is El Segundo, Calif., and is expected to be completed during December 2013.
AFRL/RWK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/06/12)

Contract: UT, $194M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded a $194,097,296 advance acquisition contract with fixed-price line items for long
lead components, parts, and materials required for the delivery of 37 propulsion systems for
the Lot VI F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program (18 conventional take-off and landing for the Air
Force; six short take-off and vertical landing for the Marine Corps; seven carrier variant for
the Navy; four CTOL for the Italian Air Force; two CTOL for the Royal Australian Air Force;
and associated spares). Work will be performed in East Hartford, Conn.; Bristol, United
Kingdom; and Indianapolis, Ind., and is expected to be completed in September 2012. This
contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (19.1 percent), the U.S. Marine Corps (43.6
percent), the U.S. Air Force (28.3 percent), and the governments of Italy (6 percent) and
Australia (3 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/06/12)

F-35 runway decision delayed
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Air Force has postponed until 2013 where at the Eglin
reservation the F-35 training will take place and which runways will be used. The
reassessment of the impact of flight training is due to changes in operational tables, or how
aircraft will be used, including the number and types of takeoffs, landing and sorties. The
reassessment will include a second Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and
another round of public hearings. The first SEIS in 2010 listed Duke Field, Choctaw Field
and Eglin main as possible locations for the bed-down. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 01/05/12)

New defense strategy released
The new U.S. military strategy calls for a leaner military, reducing lower-priority forces and
duplicative operations and ending the practice of maintaining a force that can fight and win
in two theaters. The report, released at a press conference Thursday, calls for investments
in special forces and technological innovation, including cyber defense. The new strategy
streamlines the military in an era of tighter budgets and reassesses defense priorities in light
of China's rise and other global changes. Some leaders on Capitol Hill were critical. Rep.
Randy Forbes, R-Va., said it's not the strategy for a superpower but "more a menu for
mediocrity." Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said the announcement sends a signal to friend and
foe alike about "America's diminished ability to project power on a global scale." (Sources:
multiple, including CBS/AP, USA Today, Palm Beach Post, 01/05/12) Gulf Coast note: The
Gulf Coast region has multiple military bases, including those involved in cyber security and
special operations.

F-35 program set for restructure
The Pentagon is set to restructure F-35 program for a third time in three years, sources told
Reuters, with production of more than 120 planes delayed to save money and allow more
time for development. The Pentagon had planned for 423 planes from 2013 through 2017,
excluding international orders. Those foreign orders could offset the impact of the
restructuring on Lockheed. Japan plans to buy 42 F-35s and Turkey said Thursday it will
buy two, according to Bloomberg. Israel also said it would buy F-35s. Lockheed is building
the F-35 for the United States and eight international partners: Britain, Australia, Norway,
Denmark, Turkey, the Netherlands, Italy and Canada. Lockheed estimates it could sell 800
to 1,500 F-35s internationally. (Sources: Reuters, 01/04/12, Bloomberg, 01/05/12) Gulf
Coast note: A spokesman for the Pentagon's F-35 program office said an F-35B, the first
short-takeoff production plane, is scheduled to arrive Friday at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. It
had been expected to arrive last month. Previous post

F-15 deal brings in Saudi students
Saudi Arabia's $29.4 billion deal to buy 84 F-15SA fighters and upgrade a fleet of 70 F-15S
aircraft will bring additional students to three bases in the Gulf Coast: Keesler Air Force
Base, Miss., Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. The Saudi
students also will train at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, and Seymour Johnson Air Force
Base, N.C., and will receive English language training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. In
2012, the service expects to train more than 300 Saudi airmen under the agreement. The
Air Force has been training members of the Royal Saudi Air Force on U.S. soil for more than
25 years. (Source: AFNS and 81st Training Wing, 01/04/12)

35 years of accreditation
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training at Naval Air Station
Pensacola is celebrating 35 years of accreditation by the Council on Occupational
Education. The council is a nonprofit serving post-secondary education and training
institutions to provide quality assurance reviews of workforce training programs. CNATT
provides operational and maintenance training, including all facets of aviation maintenance
and support. Courses cover maintenance and repair of avionics and electronics; rotary and
fixed wing aircraft engines and structures; ordnance maintenance and support, flight deck
operations and firefighting, crash and salvage training; shore and shipboard air traffic
control; and radar operations and repair. (Source: NNS, 01/04/12)

Creativity saved AEHF
For months military personnel tried to save the Advanced Extremely High Frequency 1
satellite after it failed to launch into geosynchronous orbit in 2010. Valued at over $1 billion,
AEHF 1 is the first in a series of nuclear-survivable spacecraft designed to ensure American
leadership with communications. It was launched in August 2010. But when debris in the
propellant line prevented the Liquid Apogee Engine from firing, the satellite seemed doomed
to remain in the transfer orbit. But after more than a year, the satellite was coaxed into orbit
thanks to engineering creativity. The team used smaller hydrazine thrusters to lift the orbit a
bit, then electric thrusters were used in a way never planned: fired for days, weeks and
months to push AEHF 1 into a circular geosynchronous orbit on Oct. 24, 2011. (Source:
Spaceflight, 01/03/12) Gulf Coast note: The Lockheed Martin AEHF satellite's core
propulsion module is built at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Airport air centers sold
MOBILE, Ala. -- Florida-based Signature Flight Support Corp. has acquired Azalea
Aviation's operations at Mobile Regional Airport and Downtown Air Center at Brookley
Aeroplex from Taylor and Harris Morrissette. Taylor Morrissette will remain with Signature to
oversee the two centers. Azalea Aviation, which operates executive terminals at both
locations, has fueling infrastructure and more than 100,000 square feet of hangar space
between its two locations. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 01/04/12)

Boeing leaving Wichita
WICHITA, Kan. -- Boeing plans to close its Wichita facility by the end of 2013 and move the
work to other sites, employees were told Wednesday, according to the Wichita Eagle.
Boeing, which has been in Wichita 80 years, had previously said Wichita would become the
finishing center for Air Force tankers if Boeing beat EADS in the contest for the contract.
Kansas officials supported Boeing over EADS, which planned to build the tankers in Mobile,
Ala. (Source: Wichita Eagle 01/04/12)

Larger Fire Scout funded
Congressional appropriators set aside $191 million for the Navy to buy a dozen long-range
variants of the Northrop Grumman Fire Scout unmanned helicopter. Called the Fire-X during
development, the Fire Scout MQ-8C uses a Bell 407 airframe in place of the smaller
Schweizer 333 of the MQ-8B. The newer Fire Scout uses many of the systems of the smaller
version, which is now a part of the Navy fleet. The Navy and Northrop are working out details
of the deal to buy the C model, which can fly further and carry a larger payload. (Source:
AOL Defense, 01/03/11) Gulf Coast note: The MQ-8B version is built in part in Moss Point,
Miss.

Blue Angels back in El Centro
EL CENTRO, Calif. - The Blue Angels are back in El Centro, Calif., for winter training. The
flight demonstration squadron left their home base at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.,
Tuesday and arrived at El Centro after a three-hour flight. The team will train in Southern
California over the next couple of months. (Source: Imperial Valley Weekly, 01/03/12)

More flights to DC slated
US Airways is expanding jet service in Northwest Florida with three new flights beginning
March 25. The airline will provide two daily nonstop flights from Pensacola International
Airport and one daily flight from Fort Walton Beach's Northwest Florida Regional Airport to
Washington Reagan National Airport. The airline said the new service is the result of more
than two years of negotiations with the FAA and DOT. (Source: Pensacola News Journal,
WEAR-TV, 01/03/12)

UT shakes up aerospace field
United Technologies made some bold business moves in 2011, analysts say. It acquired
Goodrich, creating a "super-supplier" with a vast product line, and unveiled a joint venture
between subsidiary Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce. One analyst said the Goodrich buy is
a sizable bet on commercial aerospace. UT CEO Louis R. Chenevert was chosen by
Aviation Week editors as the person who had the most impact on the industry in 2011.
(Source: Aviation Week, 12/30/11) Gulf Coast note: Goodrich operates the Alabama Service
Center in Foley, Ala.; Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne assembles and tests rocket engines at
Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Rolls-Royce tests commercial aircraft engines at SSC.

Major cuts require notice
The Defense Department will be required to provide Congress two weeks notice before
reducing by more than 1,000 the number of military personnel at an installation, under
language in the final version of the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill approved by
Congress last month. DoD also will need to submit a justification and evaluation of the local
strategic and operational impact of the reduction in forces. The requirement will not apply
during a BRAC round. (Source: Defense Communities 360, 01/02/12) Gulf Coast note: The
Gulf Coast is home to multiple military bases, including aviation-related activities.

AF picks Super Tucano
The Air Force chose the A-29 Super Tucano as the light air support aircraft, according to
Sierra Nevada Corp. of Sparks, Nev., and Brazil's Embraer. The planes will be built at
Jacksonville International Airport in Jacksonville, Fla. The $355 million contract is for 20
aircraft, training and support. The single-engine turboprop planes will be used in
Washington’s partner building efforts in Afghanistan and other nations. The planes are for
advanced flight training, aerial reconnaissance and light air support. Embraer also has a
facility in Melbourne, Fla., that assembles executive jets. Last week Hawker Beechcraft of
Wichita, Kan., filed suit against the Air Force to negate a November decision to excluse the
Beechcraft AT-6 from the competition. (Source: PRNewswire, 12/30/11) Gulf Coast note:
Jacksonville is on the eastern end of Interstate 10.