Gulf Coast aerospace
DECEMBER 2013

Future weapons topic of meeting
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The 2014 Armament Industry Days will be held March 11
and 12 at Eglin Air Force Base and will provide stakeholders in the weapons development
community a better understanding of current threats, technologies, and possible solutions to
meet warfighter needs. The gathering will provide interested defense contractors with insight
into future armament considerations for Air Force acquisition. One-on-one appointments are
also available March 13. The event is hosted by the Program Executive Officer for Weapons
and the Armament Systems Development Eglin Satellite Office. The review will be from 8 a.
m. to 5 p.m. at the Eglin Air Force Base Enlisted Hall, Building 1763, formerly the Base
Theater. Activities will be conducted at the Secret Security level and will feature comments
by Brig. Gen. Scott Jansson, Air Force PEO for Weapons. (Source: Industry Day website,
FBO)

Airport runway shut down briefly
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- A private plane’s landing gear malfunctioned Monday night while
touching down at Pensacola International Airport. The landing gear of the single-engine
plane gave way during the landing and the plane skidded partway down the runway on its
belly. The pilot, the only one on board, was not injured, but the airport’s north-south runway
was closed for several hours. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 12/31/13)

Florida No. 1 in aviation index
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida is ranked No. 1 overall in U.S. aviation manufacturing
attractiveness in a PricewaterhouseCoopers index, according to a release from the office of
Florida Gov. Rick Scott. The index ranked Florida's talent first, its industry ninth and cost six
for an overall ranking of first in the nation in the index. Texas was ranked second and
Washington State third. The index is titled, Aviation's Second Gold Age: Can the U.S. aircraft
industry maintain leadership? Florida's manufacturing sector is a leading industry with more
than 17,500 manufacturing companies employing 311,300 workers around the state. Florida
during the spring eliminated the sales tax on manufacturing equipment. (Source: Gov. Rick
Scott, 12/30/13)

FAA picks drone sites
The FAA announced today that six organizations in Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota
and Virginia, will develop unmanned aerial system test and evaluation sites that will help
integrate drones into the nation's air space. The University of Alaska's proposal includes
seven climatic zones and test site range locations in Hawaii and Oregon. New York's site at
Griffiss International Airport will look into integrating drones into congested airspace. Virginia
Tech's proposal includes test ranges over both Virginia and New Jersey. The
congressionally-mandated test sites will conduct research into the certification and
operational requirements necessary to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace over
the next several years. (Source: FAA, 12/30/13) Previous; FAA Roadmap

Contract: Raytheon, $40.9M
Raytheon Technical Services Co., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded $40,911,284 ceiling
priced delivery order 7000 against previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00383-14-
G-006D) for the repair of 40 Weapon Replaceable Assemblies of the APG 65/73 Radar
System used in support of the F/A-18 aircraft. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Ind.
(57 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (24 percent); Forest, Miss. (17 percent); Andover, Maine (2
percent), and work is expected to be completed no later than December 2015. Naval Supply
Systems Command, Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 12/27/13)

Camp Shelby gets 1,522-acre buffer
CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- The Army National Guard is buying 1,522 acres of land to protect
Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center from any encroachment. The land is being
purchased through the Army Compatible Use Buffer program from Weyerhauser. It will be
placed into conservation through the Compatible Lands Foundation, a land trust that
performs conservation activities around military installations and through the Department of
Defense's Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program. Camp Shelby's
participation in the Compatible Use Buffer program will be announced Dec. 30 at the
Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at 1 p.m. Camp Shelby, south of Hattiesburg, is the
largest state-owned training centers in the nation at some 137,000 acres. (Source: Camp
Shelby, 12/27/13) Previous

Textron, Beechcraft reach deal
Textron, maker of Cessna aircraft, reached an agreement to buy Beech Holdings LLC,
parent of Beechcraft Corp., for some $1.4 billion. Textron is based in Providence, R.I., and
Beechcraft in Wichita, Kan. Adding Beechcraft models such as the twin-engine King Air will
complement a Cessna lineup that ranges from two-seaters to the Caravan turboprop used
to fly people and cargo to small airports. Beechcraft, with estimated 2013 revenues of $1.8
billion, is a manufacturer of business, special mission, light attack and trainer aircraft. The
transaction is expected to close during the first half of next year, subject to customary
closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. (Sources: Business Wire, Bloomberg,
12/27/13) Gulf Coast note: Textron owns Texas-based Bell Helicopter, which said this month
it will build a new line of helicopters in Lafayette, La.; Textron Marine and Land Systems has
a plant in New Orleans.

Contract: Boeing, $43.2M
The Boeing Co., Oklahoma City, Okla., is being awarded a $43,200,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee,
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide engineering and technical field
services to inform, instruct and train Navy and Marine Corps military and civilian personnel
at various fleet and shore activities on how to install, operate and maintain equipment on AV-
8B, EA-18G and F/A-18 aircraft. Eight percent of the work will be done in New Orleans and 8
percent in Pensacola. Other work will be performed in Whidbey Island, Wash. (16 percent);
Oceana, Va. (12 percent); Cherry Point, N.C. (8 percent); Lemoore, Calif. (8 percent);
Miramar, Calif. (8 percent); Yuma, Ariz. (8 percent); Atsugi, Japan (8 percent); Kuwait (8
percent); Beaufort, N.C. (4 percent), and Fort Worth, Texas. (4 percent) and is expected to
be completed in December 2018. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (70
percent); U.S. Marine Corps (22 percent); and the Government of Kuwait (8 percent) under
the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China
Lake, Calif. is the contracting activity (N68936-14-D-0010). (Source: DoD, 12/26/13)

Rockwell ARINC purchase done
Rockwell Collins has finished its acquisition of ARINC Inc. The aviation and military
electronics producer said it finished its purchase of ARINC from asset-management firm The
Carlyle Group for $1.4 billion. “The acquisition represents an exciting new growth platform
for Rockwell Collins and shifts the balance of the company toward the expanding commercial
aviation sector,” said Kelly Ortberg, CEO and president of Rockwell Collins, in a statement.
Rockwell Collins, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, said it expects the majority of integration to be
completed during the next six to nine months. Annapolis, Md.-based ARINC provides
communications, engineering and integration solutions for the aviation, defense and other
industry sectors. Rockwell Collins announced it would acquire ARINC back in August.
(Source: Des Moines Register, 12/23/13) Gulf Coast note: ARINC has operations in
Northwest Florida.

Contract: Raytheon, $70M
Raytheon Co., Goleta, Calif., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $70,000,000 firm-fixed-
price contract for eight Advanced Countermeasures Electronic Systems (ACES) full systems
for in country spares, three full systems to support software sustainment activities, 13 ACES
Line Replaceable Units to create a repair and return spares pool, and 21 ACES LRUs to
support operation of ACES reprogramming benches at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and
Warner Robins Air Force Base, Ga., plus a lifetime supply of diminishing manufacturing
source parts to support future repair and return and production. Work will be performed at
Goleta, Calif., and is expected to be completed March 2017. This award is the result of a
sole-source acquisition. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales for the
governments of Morocco, Egypt and Iraq. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WWMK,
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8615-14-C-6022). (Source: DoD,
12/23/13)

Contract: EDO, $13.1M
EDO Corp., Panama City, Fla., is being awarded a $13,168,340 firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for depot level repair, maintenance and modifications of
the MK105 Magnetic Minesweeping Gear and MH-53E Airborne Mine Neutralization System
(AMNS53) Launch and Recovery System and tracking system to support the Navy for the
currently deployed Airborne Mine Countermeasures legacy systems. The contract includes
the technical support, analysis, repair, modification, interface equipment, and engineering
support for the MK105 and AMNS53 systems. The MK105 and AMNS53 are currently fielded
for use in the Navy's capability to conduct quick response, high speed airborne mine
countermeasures. This includes all depot repairs and incorporation of engineering change
proposals, including the generation of all Integrated Logistics Support documentation to
support the conversions. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the
cumulative value of this contract to $53,877,327. Work will be performed in Panama City and
is expected to be completed by December 2014. Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama
City Division, Panama City, is the contracting activity (N61331-14-D-0002). (Source: DoD,
12/23/13)

Hurlburt Ospreys hit by gunfire
Three Hurlburt Field CV-22 Ospreys were hit by gunfire on Saturday in South Sudan while
trying to evacuate American citizens from a remote region, officials reported. Four U.S.
service members were injured but are in stable condition. Air Force Col. Bill West,
commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt, confirmed the wing’s aircraft
were involved in the operations. “This is not uncommon for us as we are the most deployed
wing in the Air Force currently conducting operations all over the world,” he said. The
Ospreys are assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron. (Source: Northwest Florida
Daily News, 12/22/13)

IHMC brings more attention to region
While Airbus promises to make the Gulf Coast region a showcase in the field of aerospace,
a home-grown organization that's attracted some of the best scientific talent in the world is
making this region a showcase in the dynamic and growing field of robotics. The Pensacola-
based Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition came in second in a two-day
robotic competition at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend, beaten only be a team
from Japan. Sixteen teams competed, and IHMC outscored every team from the United
States, including Carnegie Mellon, MIT, NASA and other internationally known names.
(Source: GCAC, 12/22/13)

Airport looks for new name
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- Many passengers flying in and out of Northwest Florida
Regional Airport consider the airport’s name as “too vague, generic and wordy.” It’s also
easy to confuse with Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in Panama City,
according to a recent study by Market Dynamics Research Group. The initial findings were
presented to Okaloosa County commissioners Tuesday as part of a six-month study to
create a better branding campaign for the airport. Airports Director Sunil Harman expects to
present MDRG’s recommendations to the board by next summer. (Source: Northwest Florida
Daily News, 12/19/13)

Airport gets new parking option
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport marked the
completion of construction on the new covered parking project. The airport now provides
nearly 300 covered parking spots, as well as shading on the walkway leading to the terminal.
Airport passengers now have three parking options available: covered, short-term and long-
term. The airport (ECP), is in West Bay, less than 30 minutes from Panama City, Panama
City Beach and the beaches of South Walton. (Source: Northwest Florid Beaches
International Airport, 12/18/13)

Contract: UTC, $231.5M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney, East Hartford, Conn., has been awarded an
undefinitized contract action via a not-to-exceed $231,465,987 modification (P00116) for an
existing contract (FA8611-08-C-2896) for F119 engine sustainment. The contract
modification is for calendar year 2014 sustainment of F119-PW-100 Engines. Work will be
performed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla..; East Hartford, Conn.; Edwards AFB, Calif.;
Elmendorf AFB, Alaska; Hickam AFB, Hawaii; Hill AFB, Utah; Holloman AFB, N.M.; Langley
AFB, Va.; Nellis AFB, Nev., Sheppard AFB, Texas; and Tinker AFB, Okla., and is expected
to be completed by December 31, 2014. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WWUK,
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/20/13)

SSC ranks high in best places survey
A survey of best places to work in the federal government shows NASA’s John C. Stennis
Space Center as second among organizations within large agencies. SSC scored 84.3, up
from 84.2 last year. The Commerce Department’s Patent and Trademark Office was the only
subcomponent of a large agency to do better. The Partnership for Public Service’s 2013
rankings is based on a survey of 2 million federal employees. It shows NASA ranked number
one in the large agency list. NASA scored 74, up from last year’s 72.8 and bucking a
general trend. In fact, the survey shows federal employees throughout the government are
increasingly dissatisfied with the jobs and workplaces. Job satisfaction and commitment level
dropped for the third year in a row. This year's government-wide ranking was an all-time low
since the Best Places to Work rankings began in 2003. (Source: GCAC, 12/19/13)

Global Hawk over Canada a first
Northrop Grumman, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and a team of international
science organizations flew a NASA Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system through
Canadian airspace as part of a mission to collect environmental data in the Canadian Arctic.
The Global Hawk was equipped with an Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar
(UAVSAR) as well as a high resolution camera to conduct ground mapping and visual
observation of Arctic ice caps during the 21-hour flight. Information collected during this
flight will be used by American and Canadian scientists to study changes in topography and
Arctic ice caps. This flight marks the first time the NASA Global Hawk has flown through
Canadian civil airspace. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 12/19/13) Gulf Coast note: Global
Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Raytheon, $40M
Raytheon Missiles Systems, Tucson Ariz., has been awarded a $40,000,000 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for system improvements to include design,
development, and test of the AIM-120D missile. Work will be performed at Tucson, Ariz., and
is expected to be complete by March 31, 2015. Fiscal 2013 and 2014 research,
development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $3,993,942 are being obligated at
time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBA, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
the contracting activity (FA8675-14-D-0082). (Source: DoD, 12/19/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $216.5M
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a
$216,475,072 firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Joint Air to Surface
Standoff Missile (JASSM) Baseline Missiles (150 each) and JASSM Extended Range (ER)
Missiles (60 each), ER Avionics Bulkhead Value Engineering Change Proposal - Cost Share
Savings, and Obsolescence Management Oversight. Work will be performed at Orlando,
Fla., and Troy, Ala., and expected to be completed by Nov. 30, 2016. Fiscal 2013 and 2014
missile procurement funds in the amount of $216,475,072 are being obligated at time of
award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBJK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity (FA8682-14-C-0084). (Source: DoD, 12/19/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $232.5M
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a
$232,545,447 firm-fixed price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the joint air to surface
standoff missile (JASSM) baseline missiles (190 each) and JASSM extended range (ER)
missiles (40 each), systems engineering, foreign military sales test assets, ER avionics
bulkhead value engineering change proposal - cost share savings, tooling and test
equipment, Baseline JASSM Weapon Systems Evaluation Program and Obsolescence
Management Oversight. Work will be performed at Orlando, Fla., and Troy, Ala., and
expected to be completed by Nov. 30, 2016. This contract is three percent foreign military
sales for Finland and Australia. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/ EBJK, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-14-C-0069). (Source: DoD, 12/19/13)

Airport getting helo repair company
ENTERPRISE, Ala. -- Enterprise is getting about 200 helicopter maintenance jobs in the next
year-and-a-half. Alabama Aircraft Support plans to build a $12 million hangar at the
Enterprise Municipal Airport. The company does military and civilian helicopter repair work.
Enterprise was reportedly one of a dozen Wiregrass and Northwest Florida cities looking to
land the company. The facility is expected to open in October 2014. A formal
groundbreaking is next month. (Sources: Dothan Eagle, WTVY-TV, 12/19/13)

Drone site decision coming soon
Economic development offices and major research universities across the nation are waiting
great anticipation for a decision by the Federal Aviation Administration on where to place
research and test sites for drones. The FAA decision could be worth billions of dollars in
economic activity and tens of thousands of new jobs. Mississippi's site would be at Camp
Shelby, near Hattiesburg, where the National Guard has been testing Predator drones for
years, said James Poss, a retired Air Force major general who now directs strategic init
iatives at the High Performance Computing Collaboratory at Mississippi State University.
(Source: Washington Post, 12/19/13) Previous related

Small plane crash kills one
CALLAWAY, Fla. – A small plane lost power and crashed shortly before 7:30 a.m.
Wednesday in a heavily wooded area of southeast Bay County, killing the pilot. No
passengers were on board when the plane crashed a mile east of the Sandy Creek Airpark.
The Bay County Sheriff's Office said the victim was Larry Eli Caison, 52, of Destin. The
aircraft was identified as a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza G36 single registered to Grey
Aviation of Destin. (Sources: News Herald, WMBB-TV, 12/18/13)

Airbus moves ahead on eTaxi
Airbus signed a memorandum of understanding with EGTS International, a joint venture of
Safran and Honeywell Aerospace, to further develop and evaluate an autonomous electric
pushback and taxiing solution for the A320 family. The agreement marks the selection of
EGTS International’s Electric Green Taxiing System to be evaluated as a new option on the
A320 family, referred to by Airbus as eTaxi. This option would allow the aircraft to push-back
from the gate without a tug, taxi-out to the runway, and return to the gate after landing
without operating the main engines. (Source: Airbus, 12/18/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is
building an A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

First Dutch F-35 pilot takes off
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The first Netherlands pilot took to the skies in an F-35A,
making the Netherlands the second partner country to operate the fifth-generation multirole
fighter. Maj. Laurens J.W. Vijge, Royal Netherlands Air Force F-35 Integrated Training
Center training lead, completed his first flight after 210 hours of classroom training and 13
flights in the simulators. The Netherlands has two aircraft stationed here where they will
continue to train pilots for operational testing and evaluation of the aircraft starting 2015.
The Netherlands' aircraft and personnel are incorporated into the U.S. Air Force's 58th
Fighter Squadron at the 33rd Fighter Wing. The F-35 program completed some 7,400 flights
and 11,600 hours to date. More than 3,200 flights and 4,250 hours of the F-35 program
were completed at Eglin Air Force Base's F-35 Integrated Training Center within the last two
years. (Source: 33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 12/18/13)

Joint plane too costly?
The F-35 jet fighter, designed for the Air Force, Navy and Marines, is likely to end up
costing more than it would to build separate planes for each service. That’s according to a
Rand Corp. study. The report questions the idea that building different versions on a
common base will reduce costs. The initial goal was to have 80 percent of the airframe
components in common, but by 2008 that had dropped to between 27 percent and 43
percent. (Source: Bloomberg, 12/17/13) At a briefing for the rollout of the 100th F-35,
Lockheed Martin’s general manager for the F-35 pledged that by 2019, the F-35A will cost
$75 million a copy in current dollars, “less than any fourth generation fighter in the world.”
(Source: Breaking Defense, 12/18/13)

ST Aerospace expanding to Pensacola
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Mayor Ashton Hayward announced Tuesday that he has signed a
memorandum of understanding with ST Aerospace to expand with an operation at
Pensacola International Airport’s Commerce Park. The non-binding agreement is the result
of 18 months of talks and would eventually bring 300 jobs to Pensacola. Hayward said the
next step is for the city to enter contract negotiations with ST executives, which could take
several months. ST Aerospace operates a 1,500-employee operation at Mobile Aeroplex at
Brookley in Mobile, Ala. The aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul company has been
in Mobile since 1991. Part of Singapore Technologies, customers include FedEx, Delta
Airlines, American Airlines and UPS. The Mobile operation will be a neighbor of Airbus, which
is opening an A320 final assembly plant. (Sources: WEAR-TV, Pensacola News Journal, al.
com, 12/17/13)

Southwest adding direct flight
NEW ORLEANS -- Southwest Airlines will add a direct flight from New Orleans to San Diego,
Louis Armstrong International Airport officials said Monday. The service will begin in April on
Boeing 737s. The airline also is starting a non-stop flight to Atlanta in January. Aviation
Director Iftikhar Ahmad said the San Diego flight will raise the number of direct flights from
New Orleans to 39. (Source: nola, 12/16/13)

Alcoa, Airbus ink agreement
Alcoa has signed a multi-year supply agreement with Airbus valued at $110 million for value-
add titanium and aluminum aerospace forgings. Alcoa will produce the parts using its
recently modernized 50,000-ton press in Cleveland, Ohio. This press uses state-of-the-art
controls to meet stringent aerospace specifications and is capable of producing the world’s
largest and most complex titanium, nickel, steel and aluminum forgings. Alcoa will supply
titanium parts, including forgings used to connect the wing structure to the engine, for the
A320neo, Airbus’s most fuel-efficient single-aisle jet. The agreement also includes several
large aluminum forgings for the A330 and A380—including the A380 inner rear wing spar,
which is the largest aerospace forging in the world. (Source: Business Wire, 12/16/13) Gulf
Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

TAI delivers F-35 center fuselage
Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc., a subcontractor to Northrop Grumman, delivered its first
F-35 center fuselage at a Dec. 11 ceremony at TAI's facilities in Ankara, Turkey. This is the
first F-35 center fuselage made by TAI as a partner of Northrop Grumman. It will be installed
into a U.S. Air Force F-35 at Lockheed Martin's facilities in Fort Worth, Texas. At full rate
production, TAI will support F-35 final assembly lines in the United States and Italy by
shipping one center fuselage every 10 days. In addition to building center fuselages, TAI is
the single source for center fuselage metallic assemblies for F-35A, selected composite
components for all F-35 variants, and is one of two sources for composite air inlet ducts for
F-35A, and air-to-ground alternate mission pylons for all F-35 variants. (Source: Northrop
Grumman, 12/12/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
training center.

NASA picks SpaceX for launchpad
NASA selected Space Exploration Technologies Corp., SpaceX, of Hawthorne, Calif., to
begin negotiations on a lease to use and operate historic Launch Complex 39A at the
agency's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Permitting use of the pad by a private-sector,
commercial space partner will ensure its continued viability and allow for its continued use in
support of U.S. space activities. NASA will keep 39B for its own use. NASA is transforming
KSC to make it capable for use by both government and commercial users. Since the late
1960s, Kennedy's launch pads 39 A and B have served as the starting point for America's
most significant human spaceflight endeavors -- Apollo, Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz and all 135
space shuttle missions. LC-39A is the pad where Apollo 11 lifted off from on the first manned
moon landing in 1969, as well as launching the first space shuttle mission in 1981 and the
last in 2011. (Source: NASA, 12/13/13) Gulf Coast note: SpaceX will be testing its Raptor
engine at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Lockheed marks 100th F-35
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Lockheed Martin celebrated the production of its 100th F-35 in an
event attended by 2,000 employees and guests. The first 100 planes include 44 F-35A
conventional takeoff and landing variants, 42 F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing variants
and 14 F-35C carrier variants. The Department of Defense gets 95 of the first 100 jets from
the F-35 assembly line here. Three F-35B aircraft were delivered to the United Kingdom and
two F-35As have been delivered to the Netherlands. The 100th aircraft, an F-35A
designated AF-41, is the first of 144 F-35s scheduled for delivery to Luke AFB beginning in
2014. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 12/13/13)

UAV research program launched
CAMP SHELBY, Miss. – A program launched Friday could help attract companies interested
in unmanned systems to South Mississippi. That’s according to John Weathersby, executive
director of the Open Source Software Institute. The institute, along with the military and
Department of Homeland Security, launched the program Friday that merges two leading
technology trends: unmanned vehicle systems and open source software. The Open Source
Unmanned Remote and Autonomous Vehicle Systems (OS-URAVS) program is designed to
drive innovation while reducing costs, in part by utilized open source software. That’s softare
whose license agreement grants the user specific rights to access the human-readable
source code and to modify and distribute the software without restriction or requirement to
pay license fees. The research program is based at Camp Shelby and administered in
conjunction with the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, DHS, Defense Acquisition University and
non-government entities. Weathersby said economic development opportunities are very
likely, especially with a UAS conference tailored specifically for the OSS community that’s
planned for fall 2014. “As a trade association, we look forward to working with Camp Shelby
and inviting commercial entities down to visit and hopefully setting up shop throughout the
South Mississippi Defense Corridor in support of this effort,” Weathersby said. (Source:
GCAC, 12/1313)

Union rejects new Boeing offer
The machinists union in Washington State has rejected a “best and final” contract proposal
that would ensure Boeing would build its next-generation 777X airliner in the state. The
announcement came after the third day of meetings between Boeing and the International
Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 751. The talks were the first
between the two sides since the union overwhelmingly voted to reject a eight-year contract
extension last month. (Source: Los Angeles Times, 12/12/13) Gulf Coast note: Boeing has
been looking at other locations to build the 777X, including Huntsville, Ala. Boeing rival
Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Huntsville gets Boeing R&D center
CHICAGO -- Boeing today announced it will establish technology research centers in
Alabama, California, Missouri, South Carolina and Washington as it continues to lay the
foundation for increased competitiveness and future growth. The company will restructure its
Boeing Research & Technology organization, the company's central R&D unit, through the
establishment of research centers in Huntsville, Ala.; Southern California; St. Louis; North
Charleston, S.C.; and Seattle. The new centers will operate independently but cooperatively
with one another and with Boeing technology centers in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Spain
and Russia. The international centers conduct research to benefit the environment, aviation
safety, air traffic management and other areas. Huntsville’s center will be Simulation and
Decision Analytics and Metals and Chemical Technology. BR&T employee totals are
expected to grow between 300-400 each in Alabama, Missouri and South Carolina. BR&T
jobs in Washington are expected to decrease by 800-1,200, and BR&T jobs in California are
expected to decrease by 200-300. (Source: Boeing, 12/12/13)

Group opposes military plan
MILTON, Fla. – An Air Force plan to use Blackwater State Forest for training drew a crowd
os about 200, many of them opposed to the plan. The meeting, originally scheduled for two
hours at the Milton Community Service, went about 45 minutes over schedule as two dozen
people stood to ask pointed questions and voice concerns. The Air Force said the
maneuvers would only be held with monitoring by the Florida Forest Service. But some in
the audience criticized that state agency too. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 12/11/13)

Air Canada goes to Boeing
Air Canada will buy up to 109 of Boeing Co's 737 MAX under its narrow-body fleet renewal
plan, a major win for the aircraft maker and significant shift in supplier for Canada's largest
carrier. The agreement, which includes 61 firm orders valued at $6.5 billion, will replace Air
Canada's existing mainline fleet of Airbus narrow-body aircraft, the carrier said. The deal
marks a substantial competitive victory for Boeing over Airbus and a rebound on its home
turf after Airbus displaced it at low-cost Mexican airline VivaAerobus in a fierce contest
earlier this year. (Source: Reuters, 12/11/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320
final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Will region be robotic powerhouse?
SHALIMAR, Fla. -- It may be the most powerful indication to date of where the future of
robots is heading. Amazon, which has already changed the field of retailing, is looking into
using drones to deliver packages to customers. Whether it eventually happens is unclear,
but it does point out how drones will one day become a part of daily life. And it underscores
why Okaloosa County is considering building a $4.5 million indoor unmanned systems R&D
center in Shalimar. (Source: Gulf Coast Reporters’ League aerospace quarterly, 12/10/13)

Contract: Circle City, $7.9M
Circle City Telcom Inc., Ala., was awarded a $7,870,392 firm-fixed-price contract to complete
the installation and testing of upgrades to the information technology infrastructure at Fort
Rucker, Ala. Estimated completion date is Dec. 11, 2014. Bids were solicited via the Internet
with one received. Work will be performed at Fort Rucker. Army Contracting Command,
Rock Island Arsenal Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-14-C-0063).
(Source: DoD, 12/11/13) Fort Rucker is a center for Army aviation training.

Thriving in the shadow of a giant
FOLEY, Ala. -- When it comes to aerospace in the Gulf Coast region, the spotlight
has been and will continue to be on the $600 million A320 final assembly line being
built in Mobile, Ala. But across the bay in the primarily rural bedroom county of Baldwin
County, aerospace companies are carving a niche and an international reputation. It’s home
to a plant owned by the world’s 9th largest defense contractor, and it has smaller operations
that are looking to expand. (Source: Gulf Coast Reporters’ League aerospace quarterly,
12/10/13)

First nacelles component delivered
ELLISVILLE, Miss. -- The Nexcelle joint venture of Safran’s Aircelle and GE Aviation’s Middle
River Aircraft Systems, which is building engine nacelles for the next generation of
integrated propulsion systems, marked a key program milestone by shipping its initial major
production component: the No. 1 inlet for GE Aviation’s Passport business jet engine. It’s
also the first element to be completed at the new GE Composites factory in Ellisville, near
Hattiesburg. The plant was inaugurated earlier this year and is GE’s latest production
facility. The Nexcelle air inlet was transported from Ellisville to GE Aviation’s Peebles Test
Operation in Ohio, where it will be integrated with a Passport engine for propulsion system
icing testing in Canada. Nexcelle was created 2008, and supplies the nacelle systems for the
Passport for Bombardier’s Global 7000 and Global 8000 business aircraft and the CFM
International LEAP-1C on COMAC’s C919 airliner. (Source: Business Wire, 12/11/13)

6,200 acres eye shovel-ready status
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- When competing for new and expanding businesses, especially the
aviation industry, Northwest Florida needed to fix a deficiency: It had no industrial sites that
were “shovel ready.” But today, 13 sites totaling nearly 6,200 acres have completed a
review and are moving toward certification, including some sites designed to appeal to the
very hot and growing aerospace/aviation sector. (Source: Gulf Coast Reporters’ League
aerospace quarterly, 12/10/13)

Lafayette gets Bell plant
LAFAYETTE, La. – Texas-based Bell Helicopter has chosen Lafayette Regional Airport over
several other locations as site where the company will assemble the company’s new line of
Short Light Single (SLS) helicopters. The announcement was made by Gov. Bobby Jindal
and Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison. Bell will lease space for its SLS assembly operation
in a new $26.3 million, 82,300-square-foot hangar facility at the airport that's being funded
by the State of Louisiana but owned by Lafayette Regional Airport. The facility will be built
on a 14.5-acre site. Bell will invest $11.4 million in equipment and tooling in the project,
which will create 115 direct jobs, and 136 indirect jobs. The SLS is a five-seat, single-
engine, turbine helicopter. (Source: nola.com, KLFY, 12/10/13) Gulf Coast note: The
decision places another aircraft assembly plant along the Interstate 10 corridor.

SSC hitting on all cylinders
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- It was a big win for John C. Stennis Space Center when
SpaceX, one of the hottest commercial spaceflight companies, said in October that it would
use SSC to test its Raptor engine. That added another commercial company to SSC’s
already impressive roster of companies using SSC facilities. Fifty years after South
Mississippi was transformed by the U.S.-Soviet space race, a new race between
entrepreneurial companies promises another boost. In fact, it appears SSC is hitting on all
cylinders as several operations are seeing growth. (Source: Gulf Coast Reporters’ League
aerospace quarterly, 12/10/13)

UAV innovation program launched
CAMP SHELBY, Miss. – The military, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and private
sector will meet at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center Friday to launch a multi-
agency research program designed to drive innovation while reducing costs of technology
systems used by the government for unmanned vehicles, an industry worth $8.1 billion. The
Open Source Unmanned Remote and Autonomous Vehicle Systems program will be from 12
p.m. to 2 p.m. at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center. The program is a collaborative
program to be based at Camp Shelby and administered in conjunction with the Army, Navy,
Air Force, Department of Homeland Security and non-government entities. As the nation's
largest Reserve Component mobilization station, Camp Shelby maintains exclusive access to
nearly 100 square miles of restricted air space and currently operates training and testing
facilities for a variety of military, government, and other organizations. (Source: Camp
Shelby, 12/10/13)

Aerospace quarterly available
The Gulf Coast Reporters’ League has published the December issue of its 8-page
aerospace quarterly newsletter. The entire publication is available as a PDF, and individual
stories can also be accessed. It has stories about the growing commercial space enterprise
at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; the effort by 13 Northwest Florida sites get shovel-ready
certification; Baldwin County, Ala.’s aerospace niche in the shadow of Mobile’s Airbus plant,
and a story about the region’s strength in unmanned systems. (Source: Gulf Coast
Reporters’ League, 12/10/13) Full-size file (8.13MB), compressed (1.07MB)

J-2X undergoes test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – A Rocketdyne J-2X engine was tested Friday for 325
seconds on the A-2 test stand at Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi. The engine is
planned for use on the upper stage of NASA's Space Launch System, which will take
astronauts further into space then every before. The J-2X was also tested in early
November. (Source: GCAC, 12/09/13) Previous

EADS cutting 5,800 jobs
Airbus parent EADS will cut 5,800 jobs in Europe in a three-year restructuring of its defense
and space activities. The company said the restructuring would lead to a substantial
consolidation of sites across Germany, France, Spain and the UK, where cuts will be made.
To cushion the impact, EADS pledged to open up 1,500 posts at Airbus and helicopter
division Eurocopter for the redeployment of affected staff. The restructuring coincides with
plans to merge the company's defense and space divisions into one unit combining its share
of Eurofighter combat jets and Ariane space rockets as the defense industry absorbs
government budget cuts. The move will put EADS on a potential collision course with a
French union that pledged to resist forced cuts. (Sources: Reuters, EADS, 12/09/13) Gulf
Coast note: Airbus is building a 1,000-worker A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala. It will
open in 2015. Previous related

SERE training coming to Tyndall
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- A Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape refresher
course is coming February to Tyndall. The SERE course teaches pilots and service
members who are at high risk of capture, the skills to survive, evade, resist and escape
while upholding the code of conduct. The course will be conducted for members of the 325th
Fighter Wing, 337th Air Control Squadron and 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group who need
SERE training. The re-opened 95th Fighter Squadron's members will be the primary
participants, as they require additional training to stay current in combat survival techniques.
(Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 12/04/13)

919th gets new leader
DUKE FIELD, Fla. -- The only special operations wing in the Air Force Reserve has a new
leader. Col. James Phillips took command of the 919th Special Operations Wing during a
ceremony here Saturday morning. Phillips succeeds Col. Anthony Comtois, who left in
September to become commander of the Joint Special Operations Air Component for
Special Operations Command Africa. The wing recently converted from MC-130E Combat
Talon I operations to the C-145. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 12/07/13)

Panhandle team heads to Germany
Some 30 leaders from five counties will be in Hamburg, Germany, this week to pitch
Northwest Florida to aerospace suppliers. Some members of the Gulf Coast Aerospace
Coalition have been in Germany since last week. They attended the aviation forum, as did
representatives from South Alabama. Other delegates from Northwest Florida started
heading out this weekend for Hamburg. They will be attending the Coalition-sponsored
leadership forum that begins Monday. (Sources: Pensacola News Journal, Northwest Florida
Daily News, 12/08/13) Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said upon his return from Germany
late last week that folks will have to be patient, that it will take time for suppliers to follow
Airbus to Mobile. About 300 of the 1,000 Airbus suppliers have operations in Hamburg,
where Airbus has an assembly line, but it took years to develop.

Land swap deal moves forward
Escambia County has approved the purchase of 601 acres in Santa Rosa County that will
be swapped for the Navy’s 640-acre Outlying Field 8 in Escambia County’s Beulah. The land
in Santa Rosa will be purchased from RMS Timberlands. It’s appraised at $1.88 million, and
is being bought for development of a helicopter training facility. Escambia County wants the
current OLF 8, adjacent to the Navy Federal Credit Union campus, for use as a commerce
park. The county commission authorized the county attorney and administrator to execute a
sales contract with RMS with the goal of closing by Dec. 31. (Source: Pensacola News
Journal, 12/05/13)

UAV launched from sub
The Naval Research Laboratory demonstrated the launch of an all-electric, fuel cell-
powered, unmanned aerial system from a submerged submarine. The eXperimental Fuel
Cell Unmanned Aerial System (XFC UAS) was fired from USS Providence’s torpedo tube
using a Sea Robin launch vehicle system, which fits within a Tomahawk launch canister used
for launching cruise missiles. Once deployed, the Sea Robin and XFC rose to the surface
where it appeared as a spar buoy, then XFC vertically launched from Sea Robin and flew a
successful several hour mission demonstrating live video capabilities streamed back to
Providence (SSN 719). The XFC later landed at the Naval Sea Systems Command Atlantic
Undersea Test and Evaluation Center, Andros, Bahamas. (Source: Business Wire,
12/05/13) Gulf Coast note: NRL has a detachment at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; the Gulf
Coast region is heavily involved in unmanned systems.

Airbus teams with MIT
Airbus signed an agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to explore using
digital manufacturing in aerospace. Airbus will evaluate how the technique being developed
at MIT can be applied to the design and construction of aerospace vehicles. Digital material
technology is based on the idea that a complex structure can be built by assembling a
simple set of components, similar to how the body builds all of its proteins from amino acids.
When the parts developed by MIT are assembled, much like snap-together building blocks,
the resulting structure is lightweight, durable and easy to disassemble and reassemble. The
technique could lead to lighter aircraft and lower construction and assembly cost. Airbus is
also exploring the use of 3D digital printing of some parts or potentially larger airframe
structures. (Source: Airbus, 12/05/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final
assembly line in Mobile, Ala.; A 3D printed component has been tested on an engine at
Stennis Space Center, Miss: 3-D printed part on rocket engine; 3-D printing grabbing
headlines

Contract: M1, $38.7M
M1 Support Services LP, Denton, Texas, was awarded a $38,722,328 firm-fixed-price
contract for advanced instructor pilot support services for the U.S. Army Aviation Center of
Excellence, 110TH Aviation Brigade Support at Fort Rucker, Ala. Work will be performed in
Alabama with an estimated completion date of Dec. 12, 2017. Funds will be determined with
each order. Bids were solicited via the Internet with seven received. Army Contracting
Command, Fort Eustis, Va., is the contracting activity (W911S0-14-D-0001). (Source: DoD,
12/05/13)

Eglin sets sortie record
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The F-35 program at the joint training center reached a
new single-day record for sorties on Wednesday with 45 training missions for all three
variants. The Marine F-35B variant completed 32 of the flights, the Air Force F-35A had 10
flights and the Navy F-35C flew three missions. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 12/05/13)

Airbus, Boeing by the numbers
PARIS -- Airbus is in front of Boeing in the first 11 months of the year in the number of
orders that have been placed. Airbus chalked up 1,373 orders since January, more than
100 better than Boeing’s 1,212 orders, according to data from the companies. But after
cancellations, Airbus logged 1,314 net orders. Boeing remained ahead on deliveries, which
drive revenue and are the most widely used benchmark for ranking the top two jetmakers. It
delivered 580 planes compared with 562 from Airbus and looked on course to maintain the
industry's No.1 spot for a second year when full 2013 data is released in January. (Source:
Reuters, 12/05/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile,
Ala.

AF: R&D funding faces cuts
The Air Force may have to cut funding for research and development unless Congress
reverses across the board spending cuts. That’s what Lt. Gen. Charles Davis, No. 2 Air
Force acquisition official, said Wednesday at a conference hosted by Credit Suisse in New
York. He said Pentagon leaders are determined to protect funding in new technologies, but
the Air Force would have to cut funding to ensure the readiness of its forces if sequestration
remains. The Pentagon is bracing for additional mandatory cuts in fiscal 2014, but
lawmakers are working on a budget deal that could ease the extent of those cuts. (Source:
Reuters, 12/04/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is where aerial weapons are
developed, tested and evaluated. R&D expenditures in FY 2013 was around $601.1 million.

Operational F-35s go to Utah
The Air Force will base the first operational F-35As at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the service
announced Tuesday. Hill was selected because of its location near training ranges and
because the base is home to the F-35 depot. Hill is home to the active-duty 388th Fighter
Wing and the reserve 419th Fighter Wing, and will be flown by both components.
Construction on the base will start immediately, with F-35s arriving beginning in 2015. The
base will receive 72 F-35As, which will replace 48 F-16s already assigned to Hill. (Source:
Military Times, 12/04/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base is home of the F-35 training
center. Related

UAV startup sees opportunity
Amazon got a lot of attention over the weekend when it said it may one day deliver packages
by drone, and while there are a lot of hurdles, at least one drone maker thinks the attention
will help. Charles Easterling, CEO of Crescent Unmanned Systems, helped found the drone
startup in 2010. Crescent Unmanned Systems, based in the Michoud Assembly Facility in
eastern New Orleans, plans to finish development of its drone at a testing ground in Utah
this month. Called Bravo 300, the unmanned aerial system is designed to carry surveillance
cameras and is being marketed to police departments and the military. But recently
Easterling started getting calls about potential commercial uses, and that’s likely to continue
because of the buzz over Amazon deliveries. (Source: nola.com, 12/03/13)

States offer billions to Boeing
States drooling over the thought of landing a Boeing 777X jetliners plant are putting billions
in incentives on the table. Alabama, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington
State all want the plant and the thousands of jobs it could bring. Huntsville, Ala., is also in
the running. Boeing already owns 300 acres at Huntsville International Airport. Boeing
began looking for other locations after the union in Washington State rejected the company’
s contract offer. Dec. 10 is the deadline for responses to Boeing’s request for proposals.
Boeing rival Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala. It got a state
incentives package worth about $158.5 million. (Source: al.com, 12/03/13)

Vermont Guard getting F-35s
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- The Vermont National Guard said Tuesday that 18 F-35 jets will be
based at Burlington International Airport by the year 2020. That’s according to Vt. Adjutant
Gen. Steve Cray. Gov. Peter Shumlin and Sen. Patrick Leahy celebrated the decision at a
news conference at the Vermont National Guard base. "Most likely, our pilots will go down to
Eglin Air Force Base [in Florida] and learn how to fly the F-35," said Air Guard Col. David
Baczewski. (Source: Vermont Public Radio, 12/03/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base
is home of the F-35 training center.

NATO Global Hawk under way
MOSS POINT, Miss. -- Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems Center started production on
the first NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) Block 40 Global Hawk. NATO
representatives, state dignitaries, community leaders and employees celebrated the start of
production for the first of five aircraft. The system will provide NATO with near real-time
terrestrial and maritime situational awareness information throughout the full range of NATO
military and civil-military missions. NATO is acquiring the system with 15 nations participating
including Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania,
Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United States. Northrop
Grumman was awarded the contract in May 2012 during the NATO Summit. The company's
industrial team includes EADS Deustchland GmbH (Cassidian), Selex ES and Kongsberg, as
well as leading defense companies from all participating nations. (Source: PRNewswire,
12/03/13) The Moss Point facility also does finishing work on the B and C models of the Fire
Scout unmanned helicopter. Previous: Northrop reorganizes sector; Block 40 Global Hawk in
trouble; Finmeccanica gets AGS contract

SpaceX launches satellite
A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla., on Tuesday, marking
the first successful SpaceX launch of a commercial satellite. The mission is SpaceX's first to
a high geostationary transfer orbit needed for commercial satellites. The mission was
delayed two previous times because of technical issues. The $100 million satellite is owned
by a Luxembourg company, SES. The company had previously used European Ariane
rockets or the Russian Proton for its satellite launches. "The entry of SpaceX into the
commercial market is a game-changer," SES chief technology officer Martin Halliwell said
before the earlier launch attempts. SpaceX, which has successfully resupplied the
International Space Station, also wants to enter the $190 billion a year commercial satellite
launch industry. (Sources: AFP via Space Daily Express, 12/04/13, Space.com via Fox
News, 12/03/13) Gulf Coast note: SpaceX will test its Raptor methane rocket engine at
Stennis Space Center, Miss. Previous

Airline moves forward on deal
Kuwait Airways Co. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus to
buy 15 A320neo and 10 A350-900 planes and an option on 10 more planes. The deal also
calls for KAC to lease seven A320 and five A330-200s. State-owned KAC, which is being
privatized, signed a letter of acceptance for the deal in May. (Source: AFP via Economic
Times, 12/03/13, Reuters, 12/02/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final
assembly line in Mobile, Ala. Previous

Airbus seeks conformity manager
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas is seeking candidates for an aircraft conformity manager
for the A320 final assembly line under construction at Mobile Aeroplex. Minimum
requirements include an associate’s/technical degree with preference given to those with
degrees in aerospace/industrial engineering or business/quality management. In addition,
successful candidates must have at least five years’ experience in aircraft inspection,
configuration management or quality management. Experience with an international aviation
company is preferred. (Source: al.com, 12/02/13)

Navy accepts MUOS-2
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Lockheed Martin has completed on-orbit testing of the second Mobile
User Objective System (MUOS) satellite and handed over spacecraft operations to the U.S.
Navy. The handover also includes acceptance of three MUOS ground stations that will relay
voice and high-speed data signals for mobile users worldwide. MUOS-2 was launched July
19, 2013 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station, Fla. The system improves secure communications, delivering simultaneous and
prioritized voice, video and data for the first time to users on the move. (Source:
PRNewswire, 12/02/13) Gulf Coast note: Work on the core propulsion system for the MUOS,
an A2100 satellite-based spacecraft, is done by Lockheed Martin at Stennis Space Center,
Miss. Previous


NOVEMBER 2013

Alabama group going to Germany
MOBILE, Ala. – The new mayor of Mobile is going to Germany next week to meet with
potential suppliers and Airbus representatives. Sandy Stimpson will join local and state
business leaders at the Aviation Forum 2013 in Hamburg, where he will be one of the
speakers to an audience of global aerospace experts and company executives. There will
also be representatives from the Mobile County Commission, Mobile Area Chamber of
Commerce, Mobile Airport Authority, Alabama State Docks, Alabama Power Co., and the
Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance. In addition, a delegation of state officials
will be led by Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield. (Source: al.com, 11/29/13)

Workers protest EADS restructuring
More than 20,000 EADS workers at 30 locations took to the streets in Germany on Thursday
to protest restructuring plans they fear could cost thousands of jobs. Protests sites included
the company’s Airbus factories near Hamburg and the Eurofighter plant in Manching. EADS,
part-owned by the French and German governments, is planning to combine its defense
and space subsidiaries next year and might sell some operations. EADS, which has some
140,000 workers worldwide, including 50,000 in Germany, wants to streamline the collection
of German, French and Spanish businesses that created the company in 2000. The
reorganization follows the company's decision this year to scrap a decades-old Franco-
German ownership pact to reduce government interference and give management more
freedom to reshape the group. The name EADS is being dropped in favor of Airbus Group,
after its best-known product. (Source: Reuters, 11/28/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building
an A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Re-up bonus ends in 45 fields
The Air Force is eliminating the selective reenlistment bonus (SRB) for 45 career fields,
officials said Tuesday. Airmen in fields with canceled bonuses have until Dec. 4 to reenlist
and still receive the bonuses typically used to encourage retention. Ten career fields still in
high demand with low manning, such as battlefield airmen and cyberspace specialties,
remain on the SRB list. The changes are being blamed on sequestration and the push for a
smaller Air Force. (Sources: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs, 11/26/13, Pensacola
News Journal, 11/27/13) Gulf Coast note: Tyndall AFB, Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field, Duke Field
and Keesler Air Force Base are all in the Gulf Coast region.

MRC gets $10M SSC contract
The Mississippi Research Consortium has been awarded a $10 million contract to provide
engineering and scientific research to NASA, other government agencies and various
tenants at John C. Stennis Space Center. Areas of work include rocket propulsion testing
research and development, project formulation, new business development, remote sensing
applications, ecosystem integration and analysis, coastal community resiliency and
sustainable development, water quality, climate change and variability effects on regional
ecosystems, acoustics, image analysis, geographic information systems, computational fluid
dynamics, polymers/ceramics, electron microscopy, micro-electromechanical systems,
magneto hydrodynamics, diagnostics instrumentation, and other associated scientific,
computational and engineering areas. The consortium is a collaboration of Jackson State
University, Mississippi State University, University of Southern Mississippi and University of
Mississippi. The period of performance shall be a one-year Base Period with four (4) one-
year options through November 30, 2018. (Source: FBO, 11/27/13)

Contract: Northrop, $13.9M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded
a $13,857,607 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for logistics services in support of the MQ-8B/C
Fire Scout unmanned air vehicle. This work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md., and Pt.
Mugu, Calif., and is expected to be completed in November 2014. This contract was not
competitively procured pursuant to 10U.S.C. 2304 (c) (1). The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, is the contracting activity (N00019-14-C-0012). (Source: DoD, 11/27/13)
Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Spring adds 30 A320s
Spring Airlines Co., China’s biggest non state-controlled carrier, agreed to buy 30 additional
A320 jets and may buy more as government policy shifts to favor discount airlines. The
Shanghai-based airline signed an agreement on Nov. 22 for the A320 single-aisle jets due
from 2015, pending government approvals. The purchase has a list price of about $2.75
billion, though customers typically get discounts. (Source: Bloomberg, 11/26/13) Gulf Coast
note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

South Korea eyes 40 F-35s
South Korea's plan to buy 40 Lockheed Martin F-35s will save the U.S. military about $2
billion by driving down the per-plane cost. The decision will also help offset any move by the
U.S. military to deal with mandatory budget cuts by postponing orders for up to 54 jets over
the next five years. Seoul's decision must still be approved by a committee chaired by its
defense minister. One analyst said Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand might follow suit
and order F-35s. (Source: Reuters, 11/26/13) South Korea also plans to buy four Northrop
Grumman Global Hawk unmanned systems. Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the F-35 training center; Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.
Previous: Things looking up for F-35; F-35 courts foreign customers

AJ26 tested on E1
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- An Aerojet AJ26 engine had a successful hot fire test at
Stennis Space Center Nov. 21. The test on the E1 test stand lasted the full duration 54
seconds, officials said. The AJ26 provides the power for the first stage of 133-foot tall
Antares launch vehicle, built by Orbital Sciences Corp. In October, the Antares launched
Orbital's Cygnus spacecraft on a successful mission to the International Space Station.
Earlier this month at SSC, J-2X engine E10003 had a successful 50-second test on the A-2
test stand. (Source: GCAC, 11/26/13)

Another MQ-8C delivered
Northrop Grumman has delivered the second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to the
U.S. Navy after completing final assembly at the company's unmanned systems center in
Moss Point, Miss. The aircraft is joining the first one delivered to Naval Base Ventura
County, Point Mugu, Calif., to conduct flight testing before using the system for operational
missions in 2014. "Since 2006 we have conducted final assembly of the earlier MQ-8B Fire
Scout aircraft from our Moss Point facility, so we have a lot of manufacturing experience
there," said George Vardoulakis, vice president for medium range tactical systems, Northrop
Grumman. "With the MQ-8C variant being assembled there as well, we can use the same
expertise and quality processes already developed." The MQ-8C Fire Scout is the Navy's
newest unmanned helicopter that can fly twice as long and carry three times more
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance payloads than the existing variant. (Source:
Northrop Grumman via PRNewswire, 11/25/13)

Last Phantom returns to service
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 82nd Aerial Target Squadron received the last of
the "new" QF-4 aerial targets Nov. 19. The Vietnam-era Phantom, Aircraft 68-0599, spent
more than 20 years in the Air Force "Boneyard" at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.
before being brought back to life for this new role. The supersonic, reusable QF-4 provides
a realistic full-scale target for air-to-air weapons system evaluation, development and
testing. Since the QF-4 replaced the QF-106 in 1998, more than 300 of the idle planes
found a new purpose to continue to serve the Defense Department. The plane was
converted to unmanned capability, so it can be flown remotely, by BAE Systems. Ultimately,
250 of the Phantoms succeeded in their missions and been successively destroyed over the
Gulf of Mexico and the ranges near Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The QF-4s will eventually
be replaced by QF-16s. The 82nd ATRS is part of the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group,
which falls under the 53rd Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing
Public Affairs, 11/22/13)

RR gets contract for lift system
Rolls-Royce was awarded a $215 million contract to produce and support LiftSystems for the
F-35B, the Marine Corps variant that can take off and land vertically. The new agreement
with Pratt and Whitney for the sixth production lot includes six LiftSystems, plus sustainment,
program management, engineering and field support. Pratt and Whitney’s F135 engine
powers all three variants of the F35. Rolls-Royce has delivered 42 LiftSystems and has
expanded field support to include five locations where F-35B aircraft are flown, including
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., center for F-35 training. (Source: Rolls-Royce, 11/25/13)

Museum gets 4D simulator
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The National Naval Aviation Museum has a new motion simulator ride. It’
s the Blue Angels 4D simulator, with the 4D the bucket seats that move to aid the feeling of
flight. The simulator gives the rider a feeling of what it’s like to fly with the Blue Angel F/A-18
Hornets. The ride opened Nov. 8, and while getting into the museum is free, it costs $7 to go
on the simulator. Created by a California company, it cost more than $500,000 and used
private donations and BP oil-spill-restoration grant money. It’s the second flight simulator
ride to open at the museum since July 2012. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 11/24/13)

Kennedy’s space legacy
President John F. Kennedy's commitment in the '60s to space exploration ended up turning
parts of the rural South into science hotspots. Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and
Texas all benefited when the federal government established NASA centers in Dixie with the
task of landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Areas like Huntsville, Ala., and
Bay St. Louis, Miss., changed forever by being part of the “space crescent.” (Sources:
Stateline, 11/20/13, Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor 2013-2014, Chapter III, June 2013)

Oops. Wrong plane
A group encouraging Washington state to keep up its fight to secure work on the new
version of the Boeing 777 jetliner had an “oops” moment in an ad that appeared in
Wednesday's edition of the Seattle Times. At the top of the full-page ad, under the all-caps
text "The Future of Washington," is pictured not a Boeing jet, but rather an A320 built by
rival Airbus. Washington state supporters are concerned that Boeing may place production
of the plane in another state after a union earlier this month rejected a contract with
significant labor concessions. (Source: Reuters, 11/20/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is
building an A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Airport ponders growth plan
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- With passenger traffic projected to double in 20 years, Northwest
Florida Beaches International Airport officials examined a growth concepts at a workshop
Wednesday. Project manager Paul Puckli presented six layout concepts for terminal
expansion that would remedy expected deficiencies in concession space, public space,
passenger screening areas and baggage areas. The concepts also map out two new
terminal gates and reconfigure the seven existing gates to accommodate new airlines. Only
four of the gates are currently utilized. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 11/20/13)

Enterprise getting aviation jobs
ENTERPRISE, Ala. -- Enterprise will be getting 200 helicopter maintenance jobs in the next
year-and a-half, thanks to a resolution approved by the city council Tuesday night for a new
facility at the Enterprise Municipal Airport. Brightwater Aviation Lender LLC of Chicago,
parent company of Alabama Aircraft Support, was authorized a loan of $3.5 million from the
city council for infrastructure of a $12 million project that would include a 60,000 square foot
hangar. The city passed a bond issue in 2011 for $12 million, $7.5 million of which was
allotted for economic development. The $3.5 million loan will come out of those funds. The
company will refurbish helicopters. The airport is not far from Fort Rucker, home of Army
helicopter training. (Source: Dothan Eagle, 11/20/13)

Airbus may increase A320 build rate
Airbus is considering an increasing in the production rate of its A320 single-aisle, medium-
haul aircraft. That would take it beyond 42 planes per month, sales chief John Leahy told
Reuters on Tuesday, but declined to say when a decision would be made. Boeing recently
raised its production target for the competing 737 aircraft to 47 per month from a previous
target of 42 per month. (Source: Reuters, 11/19/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an
A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala. Plans are to produce four aircraft per month, or 40
to 50 per year.

Crew program inches forward
WASHINGTON – NASA requested proposals from U.S. companies to complete development
of crew transportation systems that meet NASA certification requirements. This phase of the
Commercial Crew Program is the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap),
designed to ensure a company's crew transportation system is safe, reliable and cost-
effective. "NASA is committed to launching American astronauts from U.S. soil in the very
near future, and we're taking a significant step toward achieving that goal today," NASA
Administrator Charles Bolden said. The certification process will assess progress throughout
the production and testing of one or more integrated space transportation systems, which
include rockets, spacecraft and ground operations. Requirements under CCtCap also will
include at least one crewed flight test to the space station before certification can be
granted. NASA has not been able to launch astronauts in space from U.S. soil since the end
of the Space Shuttle program. The crew program is part of the Space Launch System
program. (Source: PRNewswire, 11/19/13) Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center, Miss.,
and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, both are involved in NASA's SLS program,
designed to take astronauts deeper in space than ever before.

NASA tests SLS autopilot
NASA completed the first tests with an F/A-18 research jet to evaluate the autonomous flight
control system for the Space Launch System rocket. Called the Adaptive Augmenting
Controller, the system will allow SLS to respond to vehicle and environmental variations such
as winds or vehicle flexibility after it leaves the launch pad. It’s the first time a flight control
system for a NASA rocket is being designed to adjust autonomously to unexpected
conditions during actual flight rather than pre-flight predictions. Tests were Nov. 14-15 out of
NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. More than 40 tests
were conducted using SLS-like trajectories. (Source: PRNewswire, 11/19/13) Gulf Coast
note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, both are
involved in NASA's SLS program, designed to take astronauts deeper in space than ever
before.

PW: F-35 interest strong
Pratt & Whitney, which builds the F135 engine that powers the Lockheed Martin's F-35, said
it’s seeing strong interest in the radar-evading warplane, but it would likely be several years
before exports to the Gulf region are approved. Carrol Chandler, a retired Air Force general
who now serves as vice president of business development for PW, said the U.S.
government would evaluate any requests from Gulf countries to buy the F-35, and then
decide on a case-by-case basis. (Source: Reuters, 11/18/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $300M
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $300,000,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for development and production of multiple
foreign military sales test vehicles and equipment, mission planning, mission operational
flight program, test support, logistics support, sustainment, and non-recurring engineering.
Work will be performed at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., and
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Troy, Ala., with an expected completion date of
Nov. 19, 2018. This contract involves foreign military sales with Finland and Australia. The
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting
activity (FA8682-13-D-0049). (Source: DoD, 11/19/13)

7th SFG soldier killed in action
A soldier from the 7th Special Forces Group at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., died when his unit
was attacked with an improvised explosive device. He is the second soldier from the same
unit to die in the last four days. The Department of Defense announced Monday that Staff
Sgt. Alex A. Viola, 29, of Keller, Texas, died Nov. 17, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. His unit was
attacked while on dismounted patrol. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special
Forces Group (Airborne) at Eglin. (Source: DoD, 11/18/13)

New airline orders Airbus
Newly launched Libyan Wings signed a memorandum of understanding to buy four A320neo
jetliners and three A350-900s. The purchase was announced at the 2013 Dubai Airshow.
Libyan Wings, based in Tripoli, will start operations for passenger charter and freight from
the beginning of 2014. The A320neo incorporates new more efficient engines and wing tip
devices that together deliver up to 15 percent in fuel savings. At the end of October 2013,
firm orders for the NEO was 2,487 from 44 customers. (Source: Airbus, 11/18/13) Gulf Coast
note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

GE-led engine venture gears up
CFM International, the General Electric engine venture with Safran SA, will increase output
by more than 10 percent by 2019 to meet growing demand from Airbus, Boeing and China's
Comac. Production, due to exceed 1,500 turbines this year, will hit 1,700 in six years, CFM
Executive Vice President Chaker Chahrour said at the Dubai Air Show. CFM International is
the exclusive engine provider for Boeing 737 and Comac C919 and competes for orders
with the Pratt and Whitney-led International Aero Engines joint venture on the Airbus A320.
Boeing announced plans to boost 737 output 24 percent to 47 jets per month by 2017, with
Airbus considering a move beyond a build rate of 42 planes. (Source: Bloomberg, 11/17/13)
Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala.; Safran has an
operation in Mobile; GE Aviation has engine parts plants in Ellisville, Miss., Batesville, Miss.,
and Auburn, Ala. Previous: Mobile planes in Delta order; American picks up A319; Airbus to
offer wider seats

Errant drone strikes cruiser
Two sailors were treated for minor burns after the guided missile cruiser USS
Chancellorsville was struck by an errant BQM-74 target drone. The Northrop Grumman-built
drone struck the left or port side of the ship Saturday while it was conducting tests of its
radar system off the coast of Port Mugu in Southern California. The Ticonderoga class
cruiser returned to its San Diego homeport on its own power Sunday. (Sources: multiple,
including AP via CSMonitor, 11/18/13; Los Angeles Times, RT com, 11/17/13) Gulf Coast
note: Chancellorsville (CG 62) was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss.; Tyndall
Air Force Base and Eglin AFB use BQM-74 drones for training over the Gulf of Mexico.

RR wins $5B engine order
Rolls-Royce won a $5 billion order from Etihad Airways for Trent XWB engines to power 50
Airbus A350 XWB aircraft. The national airline of the United Arab Emirates ordered 24 A350-
900 Regional, 16 A350-900 and 10 A350-1000 aircraft. The order takes the total number of
Etihad A350 aircraft on order to 62, all powered by the Trent XWB. The Trent XWB,
specifically designed for the Airbus A350 XWB, powered the first test flight of the A350 XWB
at Toulouse on 14 June this year. Etihad has also ordered Trent 700 engines to power one
Airbus A330 freighter aircraft (Source: Rolls-Royce, 11/17/13) Gulf Coast note: Rolls-Royce
tests XWB and other Trent series engines at Stennis Space Center, Miss. Previous: A350
XWB takes to the air; RR XWB takes to the skies; JAL orders 31 350 XWBs; New RR test
stand opens

Airbus, Boeing post sales
The battle for single-aisle dominance between Airbus and Boeing continued at the opening
day of 2013 Dubai Airshow with both companies announcing sales. Etihad Airways, national
airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced a firm order for 36 A320neo aircraft, 50
A350 XWBs and one A330-200F as part of its fleet modernization strategy. (Source: Airbus,
11/17/13) Boeing and flydubai announced a commitment for up to 100 737 MAX 8 airplanes
and 11 next-generation 737-800s. The commitment from the airline of the emirate of Dubai
is valued at $11.4 billion at list prices, the largest ever Boeing single-aisle airplane purchase
in the Middle East. (Source: Boeing, 11/17/13) Gulf Coast note: Sales of A320 family aircraft
are of interest to the Gulf Coast, where Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line. Both
companies have operations in the region.

Missile motor hits milestone
Raytheon received the 1,000th AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-To-Air Missile
(AMRAAM) rocket motor from Nammo Group of Raufoss, Norway. The motor is scheduled to
be installed in a production AIM-120C7 missile later this month. Following a lengthy
qualification process in October 2012, Nammo was certified as an AMRAAM rocket motor
supplier for Raytheon and has been delivering motors at the rate of about 90 motors per
month. (Source: Raytheon via PRNewswire, 11/17/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is where aerial weapons systems are developed and tested. Previous

Science center to host launch event
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA's Infinity Science Center just outside Stennis
Space Center is among five NASA centers that will host events and activities Nov. 18 for the
public to view the launch of the agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN)
spacecraft and learn about its mission. MAVEN is set to launch at 1:28 p.m. EST from Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. It will take measurements of the Martian upper atmosphere
to help scientists understand climate change over the Red Planet's history. For more
information on the Infinity activities, call 228-533-9025, ext. 311. (Source: PRNewswire,
11/15/13)

IHMC scientist wins book award
PENSACOLA, Fla. – A scientist from the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
has won an aerospace history literature award. Dr. William J. Clancey won the award from
the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for his book, "Working on Mars:
Voyages of Scientific Discovery with the Mars Exploration Rovers." The 2014 Gardner-
Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award honors the best original contribution to the field
of aeronautical or astronautical historical non-fiction literature. The book is being hailed as
giving a new perspective on remote planetary exploration. science, technology and/or
impact of aeronautics and astronautics on society. It details how scientists in the Mars
Exploration Rovers (MER) program conducted field science using mobile robotic
laboratories, in the process conducting the first overland expeditions on another planet.
Clancey will receive the award in January, in conjunction with the AIAA Science and
Technology Forum and Exposition in National Harbor, Md. (Source: IHMC, Pensacola News
Journal, 11/15/13)

Contract: Bell, $8.3M
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded an $8,266,644 firm-fixed-price
contract for the manufacturing and delivery of three Bell 407 analog helicopters in support
of the endurance upgrade of the vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned aerial
vehicle MQ-8C Fire Scout. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; Mirabel, Canada;
and Ozark, Ala., and is expected to be completed in June 2014. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-14-C-0022). (Source:
DoD, 11/14/13) Gulf Coast note: Portions of the work on the larger Fire Scouts will
eventually be done in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Raytheon, $18.8M
Raytheon Missile Systems Division, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded an $18,795,695 firm-
fixed-price modification on an existing contract (FA8675-12-C-0001) for High-speed Anti-
Radiation Missile (HARM) Targeting System (HTS) contractor logistics support services. The
contract modification provides for the final HTS CLS option to repair HTS pods beginning
Dec. 1, 2013. Work will be performed at Tucson, Ariz., and is expected to be completed by
Nov. 30, 2014. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBAS, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/15/13)

7th SFG soldier dies
A soldier from the 7th Special Forces Group at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., has died after his
unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device. The Department of Defense
announced today that Staff Sgt. Richard L. Vazquez, 28, of Seguin, Texas, died Nov. 13 in
Kandahar, Afghanistan. His unit was attacked while on dismounted patrol in Panjwai,
Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at
Eglin. (Source: DoD, 11/15/13)

Lockheed consolidating sites
Lockheed Martin said Thursday that it will close and consolidate several of its U.S. facilities
and reduce its workforce by 4,000 to cut costs in response to declines in U.S. government
spending. Operations will be closed in Newtown, Pa.; Akron, Ohio; Goodyear, Ariz.; and
Horizon City, Texas; and four buildings on the Sunnyvale, Calif., campus, also will be closed
by mid-2015. The closures will eliminate 2,000 positions. Other initiatives will eliminate an
additional 2,000 positions in the Information Systems and Global Solutions, Mission System
and Training and Space Systems business areas by the end of 2014. (Source: Lockheed
Martin, 11/14/13) Gulf Coast note: Lockheed Martin has operations across the Gulf Coast,
including Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans; Stennis Space Center, Miss.; and
multiple offices of Lockheed Martin's Northwest Florida Operations, tied to the F-35, F-22
and other defense programs.

NASA has most satisfied workers
If you're a federal government worker, like those who work at Stennis Space Center, Miss.,
you're most satisfied if you work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
That's according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's 2013 Federal Employee
Viewpoint Survey. In this year's survey, 376,577 federal employees provided their opinions
on all aspects of their employment. There were twenty-nine items identified as strengths,
and from 2012 to 2013, the highest increasing trend involved the commitment and respect
of supervisors to their employees. But the 2013 responses demonstrate a significant drop in
employee satisfaction and continue last year's declines across the majority of questions.
(Source: GCAC, 11/14/13) Survey. Previous: NASA among best places to work; NASA best
place to work

Machinists turn down contract
Despite warnings from Boeing and pleas from politicians, members of the Machinists union
Wednesday voted 67 percent to reject a contract offer that would have assured the
company builds the new 777X jet in Washington state. They said no to the proposed eight-
year contract extension because it was laced with cuts to benefits. Many members said they
refused to be forced into a hasty and radical decision under a management threat that they
would lose future work. The vote leaves in limbo an incentive package, including $8.7 billion
in new tax breaks over 16 years, that was hurriedly passed last weekend in a special
session of the Legislature to comply with one of Boeing’s conditions for put the jet work
here. Boeing has said that if the IAM vote went against it, the company would seek other
sites for the 777X project. Sources close to Boeing said this week its analysis of alternatives
focused on Long Beach, Calif.; Salt Lake City; and Huntsville, Ala. Charleston, S.C., where
Boeing has a 787 plant, has also been mentioned in the past. Looking for other locations for
the 777 plant doesn’t preclude further negotiation with the state and the union. (Source:
Seattle Times, 11/13/13)

First A319 with ROPS delivered
Airbus has achieved Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification of its Runway
Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) for the Airbus A320 family, allowing for Tuesday’s
delivery of the first A320 family member featuring ROPS – an A319 to American Airlines.
American has elected to equip all of its A320 family fleet with Airbus’ ROPS. This on-board
cockpit technology increases pilots’ situational awareness during landing, reduces exposure
to runway excursion risk, and, if necessary, provides active protection. The European
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified ROPS on the A320ceo family in August of this year.
It was announced earlier this month that the Airbus team responsible for the design and
implementation of ROPS has been nominated as a finalist for an Aviation Week Laureate
Award, with the winner to be named in March 2014. (Source: Airbus, 11/12/13) Gulf Coast
note: Airbus is building an A320 family final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., which is to build
A319, A320 and A321 jetliners beginning in 2015. Previous: Airline ops for Airbus’ ROPS;
ROPS OK’d for A320ceo

F-35 CNI team honored
The National Defense Industrial Association has selected the F-35 communications,
navigation and identification (CNI) team from Northrop Grumman for the 2013 Ferguson
Systems Engineering Excellence Group Award. The award is given for outstanding
achievement in the practical application of systems engineering principles. Northrop
Grumman's integrated CNI system provides F-35 pilots with the capability of more than 27
avionics functions. Northrop Grumman accepted the award, established in 2003, on Oct. 29
at NDIA's 16th Annual Systems Engineering Conference in Arlington, Va. (Source: Northrop
Grumman via PRNewswire, 11/13/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of
the F-35 training center.

Commercial space success hailed
WASHINGTON -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Wednesday hailed the success of the
agency's public-private partnership with American companies to resupply the International
Space Station, and announced the next phase of contracting with U.S. companies to
transport astronauts is set to begin next week. The United States now has two space
transportation systems capable of delivering science experiments and supplies from U.S. soil
to the International Space Station. Commercial companies could begin ferrying NASA
astronauts to ISS as soon as 2017. The Commercial Orbital Transportation Services
program is now over. SpaceX and Orbital Sciences have successfully flown missions to ISS.
Now the push is on for carrying astronauts. On Nov. 19, the agency will issue a final Request
for Proposals for the new Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract. (Source:
NASA via PRNewswire, 11/13/13) Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., and
Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, are both involved in NASA and commercial space
programs. Previous: SpaceX picks SSC for engine R&D; Crew abort test reviewed; Dream
Chaser has landing snafu

Expedited screening expanded
A program to expedite screening of U.S. service members at some domestic airports is being
expanded to include all U.S. Armed Force service members, including the Coast Guard,
Reserves and National Guard, beginning Dec. 20. The list of airports, which started with 10
when the Transportation Security Administration’s Precheck was launched in October 2011,
was expanded to 40 and is being expanded again to 100. TSA Precheck allows service
members to keep their footwear on as well as light outerwear, belts, laptop in its case and
their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry on in select screening lanes. More than 18
million passengers have experienced TSA Precheck since it launched. (Source: DoD,
11/13/13) Gulf Coast note: Pensacola International Airport, Pensacola, Fla., and Louis
Armstrong New Orleans International Airport are among the airports with TSA Precheck.

Merger of interest to region
The merger of American Airlines and US Airways is of interest to the Gulf Coast region. With
the exception of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport near Panama City, Fla., five
other commercial airports along the Interstate 10 corridor have both American Airlines and
US Airways. They are Northwest Florida Regional Airport at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.;
Pensacola International Airport in Pensacola, Fla.; Mobile Regional Airport in Mobile, Ala.;
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport in Gulfport, Miss., and Louis Armstrong International
Airport in New Orleans. American and US Airways reached an antitrust settlement with the
federal government to allow their $17 billion merger with limited concessions. The merged
airline plans to use the American name. (Source: GCAC, 11/13/13) U.S. Department of
Justice release

Airport OKs new parking lot
Circling the road at Northwest Florida Regional Airport until your party leaves the terminal
will be a thing of the past. Okaloosa County commissioners approved building a new parking
area where visitors can park while they wait for arriving parties. County Airports Director
Sunil Harman said the lot, which will be free and have 40 spaces, will ease congestion and
improve customer service. The airport plans to build the new parking area adjacent to the
existing credit card lot. Construction will begin after a 90-day design phase and should be
completed by March 2014. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 11/12/13)

Mississippi Raytheon expanding
FOREST, Miss. -- Raytheon plans to increase the size of its Forest manufacturing facility by
more than 20,000 square feet and hire more than 150 new workers. That's according to an
announcement today by Raytheon and state officials. The expansion is to support
anticipated growth in airborne radar and electronic warfare markets. At 340,000 square feet,
the plant already is one of the largest defense manufacturing plants in Mississippi. This
year, the Forest plant ramped up its fighter jet radar production rates 10-fold. It also
delivered more than 500 Active Electronically Scanned Array aircraft radars. In addition to
fighter jet radars, the facility makes the Sentinel air defense radar, with 57 additional ones in
production for the U.S. Army. (Source: Raytheon via PRNewswire, 11/11/13)

X-47B tested on carrier Roosevelt
A third carrier has now conducted flight operations of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air
System Demonstrator (UCAS-D). The tail-less robotic aircraft built by Northrop Grumman
conducted flight operations aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Nov. 10. The
aircraft performed touch-and-go maneuvers, flight deck handling drills, arrested landings
and catapult launches. Carrier-based tests of the X-47B began in December 2012 with flight
deck operations aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Carrier testing resumed in May
2013 aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), where the X-47B completed its first carrier-
based catapult launch, followed by its first carrier-based arrested landing in July. (Source:
NNS, 11/10/13) Gulf Coast note: Two other Northrop Grumman unmanned aerial systems,
Fire Scout and Global Hawk, are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

AF buys more Global Hawks
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $114 million advance procurement
contract in preparation to build three more RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft systems
and associated sensors. The advance procurement of items associated with three Block 30
aircraft includes three enhanced integrated sensor suites, three airborne signals intelligence
payload and two ASIP retrofit kits to be installed on previously purchased aircraft. Work
under this contract is expected to be completed in 2015. (Source: Northrop Grumman,
11/08/13) Gulf Coast note: Central fuselage work on the Global Hawks is done in Moss
Point, Miss.

Grant will help protect mission
NICEVILLE, Fla. -- The city was awarded a $25,000 grant to prevent future development
from impeding missions at Eglin Air Force Base. The grant is from the Florida Defense
Support Task Force. Niceville will use it to upgrade mapping software to track data on where
the city should regulate development so as not to interfere with any base missions,
especially regarding the F-35 fighter jets that fly over the city. (Source: Northwest Florida
Daily News, 11/07/13) Related

St. Joe sells most of land
WATERSOUND, Fla. – The St. Joe Co. announced an agreement Thursday to sell more
than two-thirds of its Northwest Florida landholdings. Utah-based AgReserves Inc. will buy
382,834 acres of rural timberland for $565 million, leaving St. Joe with about 184,000 acres
of land primarily between Tallahassee and Destin. The acreage being sold is in Bay,
Calhoun, Frankly, Gadsden, Gulf, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties.
AgReserves intends to maintain timber and agricultural uses of the lands. (Sources: News
Herald, St. Joe, 11/07/13) St. Joe, originally a paper company and second largest landowner
in Florida, in recent years became a real estate developer. It donated land to establish
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport near Panama City. Previous: New Panama
City airport set to open; Panama City airport gets Southwest

Contract: CTC, $14.2M
CTC Enterprise Ventures Corp., Johnstown, Pa., is being awarded a $14,205,582 firm-fixed-
price modification to previously awarded contract (N61331-12-C-0007) for the production of
10 carriage, stream, tow and recovery system kits in support of the MH-60S Airborne Mine
Countermeasures program. Work will be done in Johnstown and is expected to be
completed by October 2016. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division,
Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/07/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $19.8M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $19,763,075 option
exercise (P0050) to an existing cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (FA8611-08-C-2897) to retrofit
fielded mission training centers with visual systems upgrade and night vision goggles
capability. Effort includes upgrades for F-22 training systems at Tyndall Air Force Base,
Fla., Sheppard AFB, Texas, Langley AFB, Va.; Hickam AFB, Hawaii, and Elmendorf AFB,
Alaska. Work will be performed at St. Louis, Mo., with an expected completion date of Dec.
31, 2016. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/07/12)

Pensacola gets research grant
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Greater Pensacola Chamber was awarded a $200,000 grant from
the Florida Defense Support Task Force to establish a center of excellence for information
dominance to stimulate science and technology research and cyber warfare training. “The
Center of Excellence is the culmination of our on-going relationship and collaboration with
our federal partners at Corry Station,” said Craig Dalton, Vice President of Armed Services,
Greater Pensacola Chamber. Statewide, the task force awarded more than $2 million in
grant initiatives to local community organizations supporting Florida military installations,
according to a press release from Gov.  Rick Scott’s office. The grants are designed to
protect Florida’s military bases ahead of any potential realignment or closure actions. The
bases have a $73 billion economic impact. Nearly 760,000 jobs in the state are due to the
defense industry. (Source: GCAC, 11/07/13)

FAA releases drone roadmap
The Federal Aviation Administration has developed a roadmap for allowing widespread use
of unmanned aircraft in the national airspace, but it will take longer than Congress wants.
The FAA said that for the next several years access of robotic aircraft will be limited to
permits the FAA grants on a case-by-case basis to operators who agree to procedures to
reduce safety risks. Congress last year directed the FAA to grant drones widespread access
by September 2015. Six sites nationwide will be chosen by FAA as test sites for the
integration process. (Sources: multiple, including FAA, Bloomberg, AP, 11/07/13) UAS
Roadmap; UAS Comprehensive Plan. Gulf Coast note: The I-10 region is heavily involved in
unmanned systems. Fire Scout and Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss., and
the military uses drones in training, from hand-held types to full-scale target drones at
Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.

States up R&D spending
A National Science Foundation study shows state government expenditures for research
and development hit $1.4 billion in fiscal year 2011, up 11 percent from the previous year.
Individual state government expenditures on R&D in FY 2011 varied widely, with New York,
Ohio, Florida, California and Pennsylvania accounting for 51 percent of all state government
R&D. For this region, Florida spent $150.8 million, Texas spent $47.4 million, Alabama spent
$19.7 million, Louisiana $9.2 million and Mississippi $7.4 million. (Source: NSF, 11/05/13)

Blue Angels start new season
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Blue Angels Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron will perform a
flyover of Naval Air Station Pensacola Saturday at 2 p.m., marking the end of the team’s
truncated 2013 season and the beginning of the 2014 air show season. The 2013 season
was canceled for the team, based at NAS Pensacola's Sherman Field, as a result of
sequestration. (Source: GCAC, 11/07/13) Previous

Contract: URS Group, $13M
URS Group Inc., Mobile, Ala. was awarded a $13,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery
contract for architect-engineering services for the Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District,
to support the Air Force KC-46C aircraft beddown in the continental United States.
Estimated completion date is Nov. 14, 2018. Work location and funding will be determined
with each order. Bids were solicited via the internet with 57 received. Army Corps of
Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting agency (W91278-14-D-003). (Source: DoD,
11/05/13)

Triton wing durability tested
The wings on the Navy MQ-4C Triton unmanned surveillance aircraft are strong enough to
descend from high altitudes, even in poor weather, Northrop Grumman said Monday. Based
on the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle, Triton's wings are made by Triumph
Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division. Each wing, made of a single piece of composite
material, was tested in Dallas by bending the wing to the point that it breaks. The process
revealed that the wing is 22 percent stronger than the Navy’s requirement. The entire
airframe will be fatigue tested in 2017. The Navy plans to buy 68 Tritons, plus two
demonstrators. (Source: IHS Jane’s 360, 11/03/13) Gulf Coast note: Central fuselage work
the Triton done in Moss Point, Miss.

Officer ousted over behavior
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The maintenance commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing was
removed from the post Monday and put on staff duty for allegedly engaging in inappropriate
behavior with subordinate female officers on his staff. Navy Capt. Lance Massey II oversaw
about 400 maintainers who work on the F-35s. He held the position since January. An initial
investigation determined Massey engaged in a pattern of inappropriate behaviors, including
initiating personal conversations with female officers and sending unsolicited, off-duty,
personal text messages to officers’ personal cellphones. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 11/04/13)

Airbus posts new HR job
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus is seeking its second on-site human resources employee for the final
assembly line it’s building at Brookley Aeroplex. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s
degree in business, human resources or a related field plus at least five years’ experience in
human resources. The successful candidate will manage all recruitment activities and new
employee orientation. (Source: al.com, 11/05/13)

F-35A does first AMRAAM live fire
An F-35 executed its first live-fire launch of a guided air-to-air missile over a military test
range off the California coast on Oct. 30. The AIM-120 advanced medium range air-to-air
missile (AMRAAM) was fired from an F-35A (AF-6) conventional take-off and landing (CTOL)
variant fighter operating from the F-35 Integrated Test Facility at Edwards Air Force Base,
Calif. The test pilot employed the AIM-120 radar-seeking missile from the internal weapons
bay against an aerial drone target in restricted military sea test range airspace. Moments
before the missile was about to destroy the target, a self-destruct signal was sent to the AIM-
120 in order to preserve the aerial drone for use in future tests. The test occurred the day
after an F-35B variant successfully dropped and air-to-ground 500-pound Guided Bomb
Unit-12 (GBU-12) Paveway II laser-guided bomb over a test range. (Source: AFNS, 10/30/13)

1 SOAOS activates at Hurlburt
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- The 1st Special Operations Air Operations Squadron stood up
during a squadron activation ceremony at the Soundside Club Nov. 1. The 1st SOAOS
mission is to integrate 1st Special Operations Wing assets into Special Operations Forces
training events, support U.S. Special Operations Command-direct missions, and execute
tactical-level command and control of all U.S aircraft and deploying 1st SOW aircraft. Col.
William West, 1st SOW commander, presided over the ceremony and passed the 1st
SOAOS guideon to Lt. Col. Phil Forbes, 1st SOAOS commander. (Source: 1st Special
Operations Wing, 11/01/13)

S. Korea Global Hawk buy nearing
South Korea plans to buy four Northrop Grumman Global Hawk unmanned aircraft for about
$848 million, an official at the country's defense acquisition agency confirmed Monday. The
contract will be signed next year, officials said. The U.S. Congress approved the export of
Global Hawks to South Korea earlier this year. (Source: Reuters, 11/03/13) Gulf Coast note:
Global Hawk central fuselage works is done by Northrop Grumman in Moss Point, Miss. S.
Korea buying Global Hawks; NG sees global sales opportunities

Two hurt in T-45 accident
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Two people were seriously hurt in a plane accident this morning at
Naval Air Station Pensacola’s Sherman Field.  The accident happened around 10:30 a.m. A
base spokesperson said the T-45C Goshawk training jet was attempting to land when
something went wrong. The two people on board were taken to Baptist Hospital, one by
Lifeflight, the other by ambulance. The plane belongs to Training Squadron 86 of Training
Air Wing 6. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, WEAR-TV, 11/04/13)

Contract: Cubic, $25M
Cubic Defense Applications Inc., San Diego, Calif., has been awarded a $24,999,949 firm-
fixed-price contract for foreign military sales P5Combat Training System (P5CTS), combined
hardware buy. Contractor will provide (P5CTS) hardware to provide an instrumented training
capability that increases, maintains, and assesses combat proficiency in the following
mission areas: counter air, close air support, strategic attack, air interdiction, and electronic
combat. Work will be performed at San Diego, Calif., and Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and is
expected to be complete by July 20, 2015. This award is a result of a sole-source
acquisition. This award is for the governments of Singapore, Morocco, Oman and Saudi
Arabia under the FMS program. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBYK, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8678-14-C-0046). (Source: DoD, 11/01/13)


OCTOBER 2013

Larger Fire Scout takes flight
POINT MUGU, Calif. -- The Navy's newest variant of the Fire Scout unmanned helicopter
completed its first day of flying Thursday at Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu. At 12:
05 p.m. PDT the MQ-8C Fire Scout, built by Northrop Grumman, flew for seven minutes in
restricted airspace to validate the autonomous control systems. The second flight that took
off at 2:39 p.m. was also flown in a pattern around the airfield, reaching an altitude of 500
feet. The MQ-8C upgrade, based on a Bell 407 airframe, will eventually replace the MQ-8B,
based on a Schweizer airframe (now Sikorsky). The MQ-8B is currently operating aboard
USS Samuel B. Roberts. The MQ-8C is larger, has a range of 150 nautical miles and a
payload capacity of more than 700 pounds. (Source: NNS, 10/31/13) Gulf Coast note: The
MQ-8B is built in part in Moss Point, Miss., where work also will be done on the MQ-8C.

Contract: Lockheed, $422M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $422,063,723
modification with cost-plus-incentive-fee line items to a previously awarded advance
acquisition contract (N00019-12-C-0004) for recurring sustainment support for F-35 aircraft.
Sustainment support to be provided includes 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, and activities to provide and support pilot and
maintainer initial training. Work will be performed in Ft. 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. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force
(44.6 percent), U.S. Marine Corps (29.7 percent), the U.S. Navy (15.8 percent); and the
governments of the United Kingdom (4.3 percent); the Netherlands (2 percent); Australia
(1.2 percent); Turkey (.7 percent); Italy (.6 percent); Canada (.5 percent); Norway (.4
percent); and Denmark (.2 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md.,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/31/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Airline having good launch
DESTIN, Fla. -- Southern Airways Express’ flights to the Destin Airport the past five months
have been popular enough that the Memphis-based  startup will make Destin a cornerstone
of its service next year. The airline started offering direct flights between Destin and
Memphis, Oxford, Miss., Birmingham, Ala., and New Orleans in May. It also serves Panama
City. Keith Sisson, chief operating officer for Southern Airways Express, said the flights to
and from Destin have been its most popular and have outpaced the forecast. Southern
Airways uses nine-seat turboprop Cessna Caravans with luxury executive-style seating for
all its flights. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 10/31/13)

777X decision a blow to Seattle
Boeing said it will place a significant amount of design work for its new 777X jetliner in five U.
S. cities and Moscow, but no decision has been made about using its Washington state
facilities, where the current 777 was designed and is being built. "It has been decided that
much of the detailed design will be carried out by Boeing engineering teams in Charleston
(South Carolina), Huntsville (Alabama), Long Beach (California), Philadelphia and St. Louis,"
Boeing told employees on Wednesday in an internal memo obtained by Reuters and
confirmed by Boeing. The Boeing Design Center in Moscow will also perform some of the
work. "However, at this time, no decisions have been made about 777X design or build in
Puget Sound," the memo said. Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee called Boeing's decision
"disappointing" and vowed to "compete boldly and aggressively to win this work." (Source:
Reuters, 10/31/13)

Airbus offers wingtip retrofit
Airbus plans to offer to retrofit fuel-saving wingtips on older versions of its A320 jets
beginning in 2015. The upward-slanted wingtips, which Airbus calls sharklets, have become
an increasingly common sight. By bending wingtips, planemakers can reduce drag and
create more lift, reducing the consumption of fuel. Airbus says the wingtips cut fuel costs by
up to 4 percent and increase range by up to 185 kilometers. Airbus is matching Boeing in
making the wingtips available on older models as an option. Boeing also has an open-jawed
design for the 737 MAX, where the wingtip is split at the end and angled both upwards and
downwards. (Sources: Airbus, Reuters, 10/29/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an
A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., that will produce its first A320 in 2016.

FAL training begins for group
MOBILE, Ala. -- The first 10 manufacturing-related employees hired for the Airbus final
assembly line in Mobile reported this week for orientation. The group includes six
manufacturing engineers, three station managers and a quality conformance manager. Four
are from Mobile and Baldwin counties. Classroom training will begin the first full week of
November. Local training will last two months before the group goes to the final assembly
line in Hamburg, Germany, for hands-on training that could last as many as nine months.
(Source: al.com, WLOX-TV, 10/30/13)

F-35 drops first guided bomb
An F-35 dropped a 500-pound guided bomb this week, hitting a tank at Edwards Air Force
Base, Calif. The F-35B released the laser-guided GBU-12 Paveway II from its internal
weapons bay while flying at around 25,000 feet. The Pentagon's top arms buyer this week
said the F-35 program had made sufficient progress to budget for higher production in fiscal
year 2015. (Source: Reuters, 10/30/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home
of the F-35 training center. Previous: F-35 has missile launch milestone; F-35 drops 2,000-
pounder; F-35 drops AIM-120; F-35 has external weapons test

Airport holds Southwest party
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Pensacola International Airport is holding a formal inaugural party
Monday to mark Southwest Airlines’ new daily, nonstop service to Nashville, Tenn., and
Houston. The first flight will arrive Sunday from Nashville. The airport had courted Southwest
for years, and got the airline when Southwest bought AirTran, which had been serving the
airport. Southwest chose to keep the Pensacola service. (Source: GCAC, 10/30/13)
Previous: Southwest announces flights; Pensacola getting Southwest; Panama City airport
gets Southwest

Oldest CV-22 retiring
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- The oldest CV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft in the Air Force inventory will
conduct its last test flight with the 413th Flight Test Squadron on Thursday at Hurlburt Field.
The Additional Test Asset CV-22 has been used to test every major upgrade and
modification of the CV-22 fleet. After the sortie the tilt-rotor will become a display piece at
the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The
first operational CV-22 was delivered to the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt in
January 2007. (Source: 1st Special Operations Wing, 10/29/13)

Orion avionics fired up
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- NASA's deep space craft, Orion, has been powered on
for the first time in a major milestone in the final year of preparations for flight. Orion's
avionics system was installed on the crew module and powered up for a series of systems
tests last week. Preliminary data indicate Orion's vehicle management computer, as well as
its innovative power and data distribution system -- which use state-of-the-art networking
capabilities -- performed as expected. All of Orion's avionics systems will be put to the test
during its first mission, Exploration Flight Test-1(EFT-1), targeted to launch in the fall of
2014. (Source: NASA, 10/28/13) Gulf Coast note: Orion is built in part at Michoud Assembly
Facility, New Orleans.

919th SOW gets new leader
DUKE FIELD, Fla. -- The Air Force Reserve selected Col. James Phillips to take command of
the 919th Special Operations Wing. Phillips, previously the 919th Special Operations Group
commander, takes charge of the wing Dec. 7. He succeeds Col. Anthony Comtois, who left in
September to become commander of the Joint Special Operations Air Component for
Special Operations Command Africa. Phillips separated from active duty in 1999 and
entered the Air Force Reserve in the 711th Special Operations Squadron at Duke Field,
flying the MC-130E. He participated in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern
Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
10/28/13)

10,000th A320 family ordered
JetBlue JetBlue Airways has placed a new order for 15 A321ceo (current engine option) and
20 A321neo (new engine option) aircraft. In addition, the airline has opted to upsize 8
A320ceo and 10 A320neo aircraft currently on backlog to 8 A321ceo and 10 A321neo,
respectively. This order marks the 10,000th order for an Airbus A320 family aircraft. Since
its launch in the 1984, the A320 Family has continued to evolve with the demands of the
market, with the latest innovations being the A320neo and the Sharklets fuel saving wing tip
devices. JetBlue will be the first airline in the world to take delivery of an aircraft from Airbus’
newest assembly facility, currently under construction in Mobile, Alabama. The facility will
create 1,000 new jobs in the U.S. Gulf Coast region, and is part of the strategy to enhance
Airbus’ global competitiveness by meeting the growing needs of its customers in the United
States and elsewhere. Deliveries at the Mobile facility will begin in 2016. Airbus anticipates
the facility will produce between 40 and 50 aircraft per year by 2018. (Source: Airbus,
10/29/13)

Crew abort test reviewed
Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, recently laid out its plan to NASA to
demonstrate the Dragon spacecraft's ability to carry astronauts to safety in the event of an
in-flight emergency. In the test, which will take place along Florida's space coast next
summer, a Dragon spacecraft will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket and an abort command will be
issued about 73 seconds into the flight, when it’s flying through the area of maximum
dynamic pressure. The test spacecraft will be retrieved from splashdown and returned to
Port Canaveral by barge so data can be incorporated into the system's design. SpaceX is
one of three companies working under NASA's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability
initiative to develop spaceflight capabilities that eventually could provide launch services to
transport NASA astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil. SpaceX has
already flown successful cargo missions to the ISS. (Source: Space Travel, 10/28/13) Gulf
Coast note: SpaceX will test its developing Raptor engine at Stennis Space Center, Miss.,
beginning in 2014. Previous

Dream Chaser has landing snafu
Sierra Nevada’s prototype Dream Chaser spacecraft had its first free-flight test Saturday,
but sustained damage when its landing gear failed to deploy properly while landing at
Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The spacecraft, which looks like NASA's space shuttle, was
unmanned during the test. It was released from an air-crane helicopter at 12,000 feet and
adhered to the design flight trajectory throughout the flight profile. The landing gear in the
test flight was adapted from an F-5E fighter, but future versions will use a different design.
Sierra Nevada is one of the commercial companies contracted by NASA to develop
spacecraft to bring supplies and personnel to the International Space Station. (Sources:
NBC News, 10/27/13, Space Travel, 10/28/13) Gulf Coast note: Sierra Nevada contracted
with Lockheed Martin to assemble the composite structure for the first space-bound Dream
Chaser at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

96 TW tests new warhead
A Kinetic Energy Projectile, an advanced conventional precision effects warhead, was
successfully tested at hypersonic speed at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., according to the
Pentagon. The 846th Test Squadron, a geographically separated unit of Florida’s Eglin Air
Force Base’s 96th Test Wing, conducted the high-speed sled test of the precision weapon.
During the test, the sled train exceeded 3,500 feet-per-second greater than Mach 3 or three
times the speed of sound. Susan Hurd, special assistant to the director of strategic warfare,
called the test a significant technology development advancement. She said the test was
"critical" in order to subject the warhead to the "dynamic environment it would see in flight."
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was responsible for the design and development of
the warhead itself, while the event was managed by the U.S Air Force Space and Missile
Systems Center. (Source: American Forces Press Service, 10/28/13)

Eglin has first STOVL mission
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron-501 completed its
first short take-off and vertical landing mission in an F-35B at Eglin Air Force Base Oct. 24.
Maj. Brendan M. Walsh flew the hour-long mission where the aircraft remained in the STOVL
configuration the entire flight. The aircraft flew pattern procedures around the base before
gliding in, stopping in mid-air about 100 feet off the Eglin runway, performing a stationary
right turn and slowly lowered to the ground. Walsh is the only pilot at Eglin qualified to fly in
the STOVL configuration, but he said the flight paved the way to locally train F-35B
instructors and new students in STOVL operations. Walsh qualified in vertical landing
operations six months ago at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. Eglin is home of the F-35
training center. Pilots and maintainers train on all three variants of the F-35. (Source: Team
Eglin Public Affairs, 10/28/13)

Command restructure complete
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, commander of
Air Force Materiel Command, announced earlier this week the full operational capability of
the command's five-center system. Prior to the reorganization, AFMC was made up of 12
centers. The reduction to five centers netted an immediate operating efficiency through
reduced overhead of more than $109 million per year. The command's five centers are the
Air Force Research Laboratory and the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, both
headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB; Air Force Test Center, headquartered at Edwards
AFB, Calif.; Air Force Sustainment Center, headquartered at Tinker, AFB, Okla.; and the Air
Force Nuclear Weapons Center, headquartered at Kirtland AFB, N.M. In Florida, Eglin Air
Force Base's Armament Directorate falls under the AFLCMC, and the 96th Test Wing
reports to the AFTC. (Source: Air Force Materiel Command Public Affairs, 10/22/13)

Airport eyes crosswind runway
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Officials at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport envision
having a $17 million crosswind runway constructed by 2017. The board Wednesday
accepted a $5.5 million grant from the Florida Department of Transportation. Airport Director
Parker McClellan called it the first step towards getting funding line up. A crosswind runway
is needed to provide better wind coverage for smaller aircraft. The airport’s current runway
does not meet the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) wind coverage requirement for
smaller general aviation aircraft. (Source: News Herald, 10/23/13)

Comau picked for Airbus FAL
Airbus chose Italy's Comau Aerospace to supply the aircraft main assembly and test stations
for the A320 plant being built at Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Ala. The $600 million final
assembly line will produce A319, A320 and A321 aircraft. Comau Aerospace will provide all
jigs and tooling for the Mobile plant, and plans to open an integration center near the plant
that will offer full project support. Comau, a subsidiary of the diversified manufacturer Fiat
Group, was founded in 1973. It makes automation systems for the aerospace and
automotive industries and operates in 23 locations in 13 countries. Headquartered in Turin,
Italy, its North American operation is in Southfield, Mich. (Source: PRNewswire, 10/24/13)

Bolden visits SSC
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden was at Stennis
Space Center Wednesday to welcome employees back to work after the U.S. government
shutdown. Bolden held separate meetings with SSC and NASA Shared Services Center
workers. He also toured the B-2 Test Stand, which is being prepared to test the core stage
of NASA’s new Space Launch System, which will carry humans deeper into space than ever
before. Stennis employees returned to work Oct. 17 following a 16-day furlough. (Source:
NASA/SSC, 10/24/13)

Washington aerospace firms courted
Alabama and South Carolina officials are in Seattle this week to develop relationships with
aerospace suppliers, according to the Seattle Times. It’s happening at the annual
aerospace conference of the British-American Business Council. The newspaper said
economic development officials in Washington state are nervous about the Southeast.
Boeing has a 787 assembly line in Charleston, S.C., and Airbus is building an A320
assembly line in Mobile, Ala. A big concern is where Boeing will build the 777X, a bigger,
more capable 777 now built in Everett. At least one company, Aviation Technical Services of
Everett, is actively looking for a site in the Southeast to expand its aircraft maintenance and
repair business and service jets flying on the East Coast. The paper also reports that a top
Airbus executive was in Washington state to tell local suppliers the company is eager to
bring work to Washington state. (Source: Seattle Times, 10/23/13)

X-47B mockup now at museum
PENSACOLA, Fla. – A full-scale mockup of Northrop Grumman’s X-47B unmanned combat
air system arrived at the National Naval Aviation Museum Wednesday to be put on display.
The Navy and Northrop are still developing the combat system designed to launch and land
on aircraft carriers. In May 2013 the pilotless X-47B made its first successful catapult launch
from the USS George H.W. Bush, and in July it made its first successful arrested landing
aboard the same ship. In August the Navy decided to delay the retirement of the prototype
aircraft. (Source: WEAR-TV, 10/23/13) Previous: Drone catapults from carrier; Drone makes
arrested carrier landing; X-47B retirement delayed to 2014; Mag lauds X-47B innovators

Contract: EML, $9.6M
Electronic Metrology Laboratory LLC, Franklin, Tenn., is being awarded a $9,638,498 firm-
fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for base operating support
services at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla. The work to be performed provides for
facilities management, facilities investment, pest control, grounds maintenance, other
(swimming pools), pavement clearance, electrical, gas, wastewater, water, environmental
services, and base support vehicles and equipment. Work will be performed in Milton, Fla.,
and is expected to be completed by November 2014. The Naval Facilities Engineering
Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (N69450-14-D-8000).
(Source: DoD, 10/23/13)

Contract: Pratt and Whitney, $508.2M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded a $508,214,419 modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lot VI low rate initial
production advance acquisition contract (N00019-12-C-0090). This modification provides for
the procurement of 18 F135 conventional take off and landing (CTOL) propulsion systems
for the U.S. Air Force; six short take-off and vertical landing propulsion systems for the U.S.
Marine Corps; and seven carrier variant propulsion systems for the U.S. Navy. In addition,
this contract procures three F135 CTOL propulsion systems for Italy; two CTOL propulsion
systems for Australia; one F135 CTOL spare propulsion system for Italy; and one F135
spare propulsion system for Australia. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Conn. (67
percent); Bristol, United Kingdom (16.5 percent); and Indianapolis, Ind. (16.5 percent), and
is expected to be completed in June 2016. This contract combines purchases for the U.S.
Navy and Marine Corps (42 percent); the U.S. Air Force (41 percent); and the international
partners (17 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/23/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the F-35 training center.

Talbot takes new post
A long-time newspaper reporter and co-founder of a group that has published three books
on aerospace activities in the Gulf Coast region will become spokesman for Mobile’s new
mayor Nov. 4. George Talbot, an award-winning former business reporter for the Mobile
Press-Register and currently lead state and national political reporter for al.com and
Alabama Media Group, will become Mayor-elect Sandy Stimpson’s director of
communications and external affairs. As a co-founder of Gulf Coast Reporters’ League,
Talbot helped develop the content for the book that covers a region between New Orleans
and Northwest Florida. It was first published in 2011. (Source: GCRL, 10/23/13)

SpaceX picks SSC for engine R&D
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – SpaceX, the first commercial company ato successfully
fly a cargo mission to the International Space Station, has chosen Stennis Space Center for
its rocket engine testing program. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant made the announcement
today. SpaceX will use SSC to test its Raptor methane rocket engines, capable of
generating nearly 300 tons of thrust. SpaceX will upgrade the E-2 test stand at SSC with
methane capability. Another commercial company involved in flying cargo to the ISS, Orbital
Sciences, tests AJ-26 engines that power its Antares launch vehicle at SSC. Commercial
company Blue Origin also tests engine at SSC. (Source: GCAC, governor's press release,
10/23/13) Previous: Cygnus leaves ISS; Blue Origin tests thrust chamber

Unmanned systems center decision nears
A decision on whether the University of Florida and the Economic Development Council of
Okaloosa County will build a dedicated robot vehicle testing center is expected by early
2014. UF and the EDC have been exploring building an unmanned aerial vehicle test facility
just south of the college’s Research and Engineering Education Facility outside Eglin Air
Force Base. They’ve been conducting feasibility studies, needs assessments and
conceptual designs for more than two years. Nathan Sparks, the EDC’s executive director,
said a decision to go forward with the project could be made in the next two to three months.
The project has an estimated cost of $4.5 million, but the college and EDC are evaluating
ways to lower that. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 10/22/13) The military at Tyndall
Air Force Base, Eglin AFB, Naval Support Activity Panama City (Naval Surface Warfare
Center), all in Florida, Camp Shelby and Stennis Space Center, Miss., all work with
unmanned systems. In addition, Pensacola’s Institute for Human and Machine Cognition is
internationally known for its work with robotic systems and two unmanned aerial vehicles,
Fire Scout and Global Hawk, are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Japan inches toward F-35 assembly
Flightglobal reports that a $30 million contract awarded to Lockheed Martin will enable
Japan to perform the local assembly of its first two F-35s. In December 2011 Tokyo picked
the conventional take-off and landing F-35A for a 42-aircraft requirement. The first four will
be delivered from Lockheed’s Fort Worth site in Texas, with the remainder to be completed
using a final assembly and check-out (FACO) line being established with Mitsubishi Heavy
Industries in Nagoya. (Source: Flightglobal, 10/21/13)

Cygnus leaves ISS
A private cargo ship built by Orbital Sciences left the International Space Station and will re-
enter the atmosphere Wednesday and self-destruct. Unlike the Dragon spacecraft of
SpaceX, Cygnus is designed to burn up upon re-entry. It has been loaded with items no
longer needed at the ISS. The unmanned spaceship attached itself to the ISS on September
29, the first successful resupply flight by Orbital Sciences. Dragon was the first private
company to successfully dock with ISS. Both companies have billion-dollar NASA contracts
to deliver cargo to the ISS on multiple missions over the coming years. Cygnus launched
Sept. 18 atop an Antares rocket. (Sources: Space Travel, 10/21/13, NBC, 10/22/13)
Previous: Cygnus docks with ISS. Gulf Coast note: The Antares is powered by AJ-26
engines tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Mexican airline, Airbus ink deal
Mexican budget airline VivaAerobus has ordered 52 Airbus A320-family jets, the company
said Monday, in a record deal worth $5.1 billion. The order includes 40 A320neo jets, said
Rafael Alonso, Airbus executive vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean. Airbus
said the deal was the biggest ever order for its aircraft by a single airline in Latin America.
News that VivaAerobus would place a large order with Airbus was previously reported by
Reuters as far back as June. (Source: Reuters, 10/22/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building
an A320 Final Assembly Line in Mobile, Ala.

Tarracon wins FAL work
MOBILE, Ala. -- Hoar Program Management awarded the Mobile office of Terracon
Consultants Inc. the latest Airbus A320 assembly line contract. Terracon will provide
construction material testing and special inspections to support the prime contractor for the
$600 million project’s Package A, which includes the final assembly line hangar, logistics
building and service building at Brookley Aeroplex. Terracon is an employee owned
engineering consulting firm that employs more than 3,000 at 140 offices in 40 states.
(Source: al.com, 10/21/13)

Vitter puts hold on nominee
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., put a hold Monday on President Obama's
nominee for undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Energy because she’s been slow to
approve contracts for work at the Michoud Assembly Facility  during her tenure at NASA, he
said. The nominee, Elizabeth Robinson, currently is the chief financial officer at NASA.
Vitter said he wants answers from Robinson before allowing her nomination to proceed. He
said NASA has been stalling on a job-creating project at the Michoud for no apparent
reason. (Source: Times Picayune, 10/21/13)

Blue Angels to perform in 2014
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team is funded for 2014
and expected to return to a full demonstration schedule, according to the Pensacola News
Journal. “We’re excited to be out there again for the public and representing the Navy,” said
Lt. Katie Kelly, a spokeswoman for the team. Kelly said the team received the news Monday
afternoon. The team is scheduled to perform 65 shows at 34 locations in 2014. They’ve
been grounded most of 2013 due to sequestration. (Source: Pensacola News Journal,
10/21/13)

EW Group wins major awards
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 36th Electronic Warfare Squadron of the 53rd
Electronic Warfare Group earned an Air Force Outstanding Unit award and five individual
awards from the Association of Old Crows. The AOC is a non-profit that promotes the
exchange of new ideas and information and the dissemination of new research and
knowledge in the fields of electronic warfare and information operations. The outstanding
unit award was for accomplishments from 2011 through 2012. The award citation said the
36th EWS released 91 electronic warfare mission data updates in support of various
overseas operations and 301 total mission data loads, supporting aircrew training and test
programs and ensuring the combat air force was prepared for contingency operations. The
squadron led 13 lab, ground and flight exploitations of foreign threat systems developing
new self-protection jamming techniques and increasing the survivability of combat aircraft
while supporting 14 aircraft and software upgrade programs. (Source: Team Eglin Public
Affairs, 10/21/13)

96th passes 2,000th sled mission
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 96th Test Wing reached an historic testing milestone
this summer. The 2,000th sled test mission was conducted at the 96th TW's Kinetic Energy
Munitions Test Facility (KEMTF) at the Eglin Test and Training Complex Test Area C-74.
The 2,000th test was conducted in support of fuze development for the Hard Target Void
Sensing Fuze program. The sled tests were to demonstrate performance and shock
survivability of the fuze during simulated target environments at both ambient and cold
temperatures when installed in two different warheads. The variety of testing that can be
conducted at the KEMTF, operated and maintained by InDyne, includes penetration tests,
warhead survivability, fuze function, aeroballistics, simulated loft dispersion, transportation
container evaluation, and simulated captive flight test of systems. The KEMTF offers test
customers the ability to test inert and live, fuzed munitions against a variety of targets at
operational velocities up to 3,000 feet per second.
(Source: 96th Range Group, 10/21/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $26.8M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $26,772,401 modification to
the existing cost-plus fixed fee contract (FA8611-08-C-2897) to retrofit fielded Mission
Training Centers with Out the Window visual systems upgrade and night vision goggles
capability. Effort includes upgrades for F-22 Training Systems at Tyndall Air Force Base,
Fla., Sheppard AFB, Texas; Langley AFB, Va.; Hickam AFB, Hawaii, and Elmendorf Air
Force Base, Alaska. Work will be performed at Fort Worth, Texas, with an expected
completion date of Dec. 31, 2016. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-
Patterson AFB, Ohio is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/18/13)

Contract: Boeing, $24.7M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., was awarded a $24,726,375 modification for an existing
contract (FA8678-10-C-0100) for QF-16 Full-Scale Aerial Target low rate initial production.
The contract modification is for the exercise of the LRIP option under the basic contract, and
is for the purchase of 13 QF-16s, 12 drone peculiar support equipment, and integration
engineering support. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo., and is expected to be
completed by Oct. 9, 2015. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBYK (Aerial Targets),
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. This contract was awarded Oct. 10,
2013, but publication was delayed by the government shutdown. (Source: DoD, 10/18/13)

Contract: M1 Sup. Svc., $16.9M
M1 Support Services, Denton, Texas, was awarded a $16,893,372 modification to exercise
option year two under a previously existing contract (FA4890-11-C-0005) for T-38 support
for the T-38 Companion Trainer program. The contract modification is for program
management, organizational and intermediate maintenance services for T-38 aircraft. Work
will be performed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Beale AFB, Calif., Holloman AFB, N.M.,
Langley AFB, Va., and Whiteman AFB, Mo., and will be completed Sept. 30, 2014. Air
Combat Command/Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Langley AFB, Va., is the
contracting activity. This contract was awarded Oct. 1, 2013, but publication was delayed by
the government shutdown. (Source: DoD, 10/18/13)

Contract: Aerojet Rocketdyne, $16M
Aerojet Rocketdyne Inc., Rancho Cordova, Calif., was awarded a $16,085,503 firm-fixed-
price undefinitized contract action for the procurement of a classified quantity of BLU-129
warhead casings. Work will be performed at Rancho Cordova, Calif., and will be completed
by Dec. 30, 2014. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. The Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8656-13-C-
0235). This contract was awarded Sept. 30, 2013, but publication was delayed by the
government shutdown. (Source: DoD, 10/18/13)

Contract: DSS, $14.9M
Defense Support Services LLC, Marlton, N.J., was awarded a $14,878,790 modification
exercising option year five under an existing Aerial Targets firm-fixed-price with award fee
provisions contract (FA4890-09-C-0004). The modification provides for Air Combat
Command AMIC contracting and program management oversight to include functional and
quality assurance support for the Aerial Targets program which directly supports live-fire
weapons system testing and enables the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group in the
developmental and operational weapons testing for all air-to-air missiles and for the F-22, F-
35, F-16, and F-15 aircraft. Work will be performed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and
Holloman AFB, N.M., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2014. This action is
subject to availability of fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance funding. Air Command
Command/AMIC/PKCA, Newport News, Va., is the contracting activity. This contract was
awarded Oct. 1, 2013, but publication was delayed by the government shutdown. (Source:
DoD, 10/18/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $30M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $30,000,000 fixed-
price-incentive modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-
13-C-0014) to provide long lead-time parts, materials and components required for the
delivery of two additional Low Rate Initial Production Lot VIII F-35 conventional takeoff and
landing aircraft for the government of Japan. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas,
and is expected to be completed in July 2014. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting authority. This contract was awarded Oct. 11, 2013, but
publication was delayed by the government shutdown. (Source: DoD, 10/18/13)

Contract: Asset Group, $7.3M
Asset Group Inc., Oklahoma City, Okla., was awarded $7,307,000 for firm-fixed-price task
order 0003 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N69450-10-D-
0784) for renovations to building 600 at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. Work will be
performed in Pensacola and is expected to be completed by January 2015. Three proposals
were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast,
Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. This contract was awarded Sept. 30, 2013, but
publication was delayed by the government shutdown. (Source: DoD, 10/18/13)

Airbus one of three honored
The French-American Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta chapter, will honor three companies
in the 9th Annual Crystal Peach Awards luncheon Nov. 6 at the Georgia Institute of
Technology. Airbus Americas Inc. and AGCO Corp. are to receive economic development
awards and MAINTag Inc., an innovation award. The awards recognize companies providing
inbound investment in the Southeast and outbound investment in France. Airbus is building
an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala. (Source: Global Atlanta, 10/16/13)

ST Aerospace third quarter orders
Singapore Technologies Engineering said its aerospace arm secured new contracts totaling
$600 million in the third quarter of 2013. The contracts range from airframe, component and
engine-maintenance contracts to freighter conversions and cabin retrofits for commercial
airlines. ST Aerospace Mobile employs about 1,500 at Brookley Aeroplex, where it maintains
and overhauls large aircraft. (Source: al.com, 10/16/13)

LEAP engines on track
Development of the engine designed for fuel-efficient versions of the Airbus A320 and
Boeing 737 jet families are running smoothly, according to leaders of CFM International.
CFM, a joint venture between GE and Safran, is making the new LEAP engines for the
Airbus A320neo, the Boeing 737MAX and the COMAC C919 jet. The first test engine for the
Airbus A320 was started up last month at GE’s outdoor test facility in Peebles, Ohio, and so
far has been operated for more than 170 hours. (Source: Seattle Times, 10/16/13) Gulf
Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., and Safran has an
engineering center; GE has an engine parts plant near Hattiesburg, Miss., and Auburn, Ala.

Airbus, Mexican airline deal nears
Airbus is poised to win a $5 billion order as Aeroenlaces Nacionales SA, the Mexican airline
known as VivaAerobus, expands and upgrades its fleet of Boeing 737s. The deal is for 40
single-aisle A320neos with new engines and 12 of the current A320 models. VivaAerobus,
Mexico’s fourth-biggest carrier, may announce the transaction as soon as next week.
(Source: Bloomberg, 10/16/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly
line in Mobile, Ala.

New RR test stand opens
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Rolls-Royce North America today officially opened its
second test stand at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center, an investment of $50 million
that will mean 35 new jobs when fully operational. SSC is where NASA and commercial
companies test rocket engines, but Rolls-Royce opened its first jetliner engine test stand
here in 2007. "Our decision to first build, and now expand, the Rolls-Royce Outdoor Jet
Engine Test Stand here at Stennis embraces the spirit of partnership with the state of
Mississippi," said James M. Guyette, President and CEO of Rolls-Royce North America.
"Rolls-Royce is investing in America because our collective innovation, competitiveness and
cooperative spirit – and we find the state of Mississippi is the perfect location to expand our
operations." The site conducts jet engine testing, including noise, crosswind, endurance and
other tests, on the latest and most sophisticated Rolls-Royce civil aircraft engines. That
includes the Trent 1000 that powers the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Trent XWB that
powers the Airbus A350 XWB. (Source: Business Wire, 10/16/13)

Aerospace summit begins
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Organizers of the Aerospace Alliance Fall Summit say Alabama Gov.
Robert Bentley and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant will be at the event that gets underway
tomorrow. The third aerospace summit will be held at the Von Braun Center. The agenda
includes discussions about unmanned aerial systems, a session on composites
manufacturing, commercial space programs and an update on the $600 million Airbus final
assembly line being built in Alabama's port city of Mobile. (Source: GCAC, 10/16/13)
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New Airbus FAL with be efficient
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Airbus A320 final assembly line will be so efficient that when it swings
into production in 2015, one shift will be able to handle four planes per month by working
five days a week with no night work or weekends. That’s what Jennifer Ogle, human
resources director, said Tuesday during the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s
Roundtable. An aircraft can be made, start to finish, including delivery to a customer, in two
weeks, she said. (Source: al.com, 10/15/13)

APKWS variant tests wrap up
The U.S. Central Command confirmed the success of recent tests conducted with a fixed
wing variant of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS) laser-guided rocket.
Fixed wing APKWS uses a different guidance control system to compensate for the higher
altitude and longer range employments of the weapon. The deployment mechanism had to
be redesigned to overcome higher aerodynamic forces. During the tests held since the
spring of 2013 at the Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., APKWS rockets were fired from various
aircraft at different altitudes. Flight launches were tested from the A-10 Thunderbolt II, AV-
8B Harrier II, and F-16 Fighting Falcon. BAE Systems is the prime contractor for the APKWS.
(Source: Defense Update, 10/15/13)

F-22s log milestone
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Less than two weeks after the F-22's 10-year
anniversary of arriving here, Team Tyndall achieved their 25,000th F-22 sortie during a
43rd Fighter Squadron Basic Course training mission Oct. 7. A sortie begins when an
individual aircraft takes off and ends when it lands. The 43rd FS is the only squadron in the
world that trains and develops F-22 pilots. The students learn air-to-air combat techniques
during their B-course training by primarily flying sorties against the T-38 Talon from the
325th Training Support Squadron and other fighters replicating adversary aircraft. (Source:
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 10/08/13)

New F-22 squadron named
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The base’s new F-22 Raptor squadron was officially
named the 95th Fighter Squadron Oct. 11. The 95th FS was the leading squadron at
Tyndall for three decades and is easily identified by its symbolic mascot, Mr. Bones, a
skeleton with a top hat and cane, adorning the unit patch. The unit is currently preparing for
the transfer of 24 F-22s and more than 1,100 positions to the base. The additional F-22s
bring the total number of the fifth generation fighters to more than 50 at Tyndall. This is the
largest contingent of F-22s at one location. Aircraft for the new squadron will start arriving in
early 2014; however, opening the 95th FS for business early allows for the bed-down of
incoming personnel and permits time for the development of a road-map to combat
readiness. The squadron has started receiving an average of 50 to 60 personnel per month
and will continue to do so for the next several months. The F-22 arrived at Tyndall 10 years
ago with the mission of training pilots on the first fifth-generation air dominance platform.
The new squadron's arrival, which has been years in the making, will take Tyndall air power
directly into a combat role. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 10/08/13)

X-47B wins award
The Navy’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator was named one of Popular
Mechanics Magazine’s 2013 Breakthrough Award recipients. Popular Mechanics said
landing a fighter on the deck of an aircraft carrier is a Navy pilot’s toughest challenge. But In
July the pilot-less X-47B built by Northrop Grumman landed aboard the USS George H.W.
Bush. The magazine listed the jet under awards for innovators who changed the world in
2013. The X-47B is the first Navy system to receive the prize since the awards began in
2005. (Source: Defense News, 10/14/13) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman builds
portions of the unmanned Fire Scout and all variants of the Global Hawk in Moss Point, Miss.

Airports team up for trade show
Airports from Pensacola to Tallahassee next week will team up at a trade show in a single
exhibit as part of a new marketing strategy to draw aerospace companies to the Panhandle.
The National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in
Las Vegas is Oct. 22-24, and it’s one of the largest trade shows in the country. Pensacola
International Airport, Okaloosa County Airports, Northwest Florida Beaches International
Airport and Tallahassee Regional Airport will be working together under the Florida’s Great
Northwest banner. It’s the first time the group has joined together like this. (Source: GCAC,
10/15/13)

Shutdown and Boeing, Airbus
The government shutdown hasn’t hurt Boeing Co., but it is hurting Airbus. That’s according
to Financial Times. It reports that Airbus has been unable to deliver four jetliners to U.S.
customers. That’s because the aircraft need certificates or registrations from the Federal
Aviation Administration. But Boeing has been approved by the FAA to inspect and approve
several well-established aircraft types for delivery on the government’s behalf. (Source: Wall
Street Cheat Sheet, 10/13/13, Financial Times, 10/11/13, Business Insider of Australia,
10/09/13)

Dutch to begin F-35 training
The Dutch air force will begin training its pilots and ground personnel in the F-35A at the
end of October at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. That’s what Netherland’s Defence Minister
Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said to parliament at the Hague on Oct. 9. Royal Netherlands
Air Force personnel will initially begin with class-room training, then pilots and maintenance
personnel will move to the tarmac in December to begin flying the F-35A and hands-on
mechanical training. (Source: HIS Jane’s Defense Weekly, 10/13/13)

Minor cracks found in F-35B
Two small cracks the Pentagon described as minor were found during ground tests of the F-
35B in August. The cracks were in one of four load-bearing wing carry-through bulkheads.
The short-takeoff and vertical landing variant, which will be flown by Marines, the U.K., and
Italy, is being tested on the ground to determine airframe durability. Airframes are designed
to last through 8,000 flight hours, and the cracks were found after the plane accumulated
9,400 hours. (Source: Bloomberg, 10/10/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the F-35 training center.

F-35 helmet design picked
The Pentagon has selected a helmet design for the F-35, going with the original team of
Lockheed Martin, Rockwell Collins and Elbit Systems and dropping development of an
alternate design. The helmet team provided a cost guarantee at the same time confidence
in the technology has risen. The helmet is key to the F-35’s advanced technologies. It
provides a 360-degree digital view, letting a pilot “look” through the cockpit floor and walls.
In addition, data is projected directly onto the visor of the pilot, providing enhanced
situational awareness. Following a series of technical failures on the original helmet, the
Pentagon requested that BAE Systems develop a traditional, lower-tech helmet in case the
primary system could never be perfected. (Source: Defense News, 10/10/13) Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

First Aussie F-35 takes shape
Lockheed Martin and the Royal Australian Air Force celebrated the beginnings of the first F-
35 for Australia this week. The aircraft, AU-1, officially began the process where major
components of the aircraft are joined together to form the aircraft’s structure. AU-1 will then
make its way down the assembly line and roll out of the factory for delivery to the RAAF in
the summer of 2014. The global supply chain for the F-35 currently has 14 Australian
companies under contract and building parts for the F-35. Every F-35 built will have some
Australian parts and components. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 10/08/13) Meanwhile, the F-35
surpassed 10,000 flight hours in September, with more than half accumulated in the past 11
months. This milestone was set by aircraft operating at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Marine
Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Edwards AFB, Calif., Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.,
and Nellis AFB, Nev. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 10/09/13)

Armament Museum closed
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Air Force Armament Museum closed to the public today
as part of the government shutdown. The museum was opened Monday, but following a
review of guidance from both the Air Force and the Department of Defense, it was
determined that opening the museum did not fit within the list of operations that can continue
to be supported during the lapse in appropriations. (Source: 96th Test Wing Public Affairs,
10/08/13)

Airbus: On track for 1,200 jet sales
Airbus surpassed its full-year goal of selling 1,000 planes in the first nine months of 2013,
and is on track for selling more than 1,200 aircraft in 2013. That’s what sales chief John
Leahy said on Monday. Before Leahy’s comment, Japan Airlines announced a $9.5 billion
order for 31 Airbus A350s, buying aircraft from the European manufacturer for the first time.
(Source: Reuters, 10/07/13) In July Leahy raised the expected sales figure from 800 to
1,000. Airbus is building an A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala. Previous: JAL orders 31 A350
XWBs; Enders ups Airbus sales goal; Airbus revises numbers.

DeFuniak airport expanding
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. -- The Municipal Airport will break ground this week for one of
several projects to keep up with the community’s growth. Construction will begin on 10 T-
hangars to house an additional 20 planes. Several more hangars are expected in the near
future. The airport runway is 4,146 feet long and 60 feet wide. Officials are planning an
extension that will make it at least 5,000 feet long and 75 feet wide. The project, which is not
expected to be complete until 2018, will cost an estimated $9 million. (Source: Northwest
Florida Daily News, 10/07/13)

DoD employees return
Most of the civilian employees furloughed at Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field
returned to work Monday. On Saturday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the end of
furloughs for almost all of the 350,000 defense department civilians who had been sent
home last week as the federal government went into partial shutdown. Over 3,750
employees from Eglin and Hurlburt were furloughed. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
WEAR-TV, 10/07/13)

DFC to be presented
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Distinguished Flying Cross will be presented to Capt.
John D. Easton Oct. 11. Easton is assigned to the 86th Fighter Weapon Squadron, and is
being honored for achievement while participating in aerial flight to successfully strike a
strategic surface-to-air missile site in Libya. The DFC is awarded to any officer or enlisted
man of the Armed Forces of the United States who distinguishes himself in actual combat in
support of operations by heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an
aerial flight. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 10/07/13)

RR to mark second stand opening
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Rolls-Royce North America will officially open its second
jet engine test stand at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi Oct. 16.
The test stand represents a $50 million investment and high technology jobs. The same
day, Rolls-Royce will donate a Trent 1000 jetliner engine to Infinity Science Center, just
outside SSC. The engine, which was tested at SSC, will serve as a centerpiece for aviation
engineering & STEM career education. 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: Rolls-Royce, 10/07/13)

JAL orders 31 A350 XWBs
Japan Airlines (JAL) signed a purchase agreement for 31 A350 XWBs, plus options for a
further 25 aircraft. It was JAL’s first ever order for Airbus aircraft, and the first order Airbus
has received from Japan for the A350 XWB. Rolls-Royce welcomed the decision. The
aircraft are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. The Trent XWB will power 18 A350-
900 and 13 A350-1000 aircraft. The engine powered the A350 XWB to its first test flight in
June this year at the Airbus base in Toulouse, France. (Source: Rolls-Royce, 10/07/13)

No contract announcements for now
The Pentagon has stopped publicly announcing contract awards because of the
government shutdown Oct. 1, but that doesn’t mean the Pentagon has stopped awarding
contracts. The Pentagon won’t resume contract announcements until the shutdown ends.
When it does end, the Pentagon plans to catch up with one big announcement. The military’
s awards notices, which reveal competitive and sometimes market-moving information, are
closely followed by contractors, attorneys, investors and the media. (Source: Bloomberg,
10/04/13) Gulf Coast note: Nearly every day contracts of interest to the Gulf Coast region
are announced.

Airport wants to extend runway
PICAYUNE, Miss. -- Picayune Municipal Airport hopes to expand its runway to accommodate
larger planes and produce more economic growth for the city. Director of Operations Andy
Greenwood asked the council to approve a letter to Stennis Space Center to expand the
airport runway further into the buffer zone around NASA’s primary rocket engine testing
facility. The request is to extend the runway south by 2,000 feet to 7,000 feet. (Source:
Picayune Item, 10/03/13)

Global Hawks to nest in Japan
The Japanese government has agreed to base two to three U.S.-operated Global Hawk
unmanned surveillance aircraft on Japanese soil beginning in 2014. The deployments at a U.
S. base will not be year-round. The announcement was part of a sweeping defense
cooperation effort between the two countries that will also include F-35 fighters, new ballistic
missile radars, and increased bilateral cyber and ISR programs. (Source: Defense News,
10/03/13) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are made in part in Moss Point, Miss.; Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center. Previous: Drone foreign sales
discussed; F-35 courts foreign customers; F-35 deal near; Japan opts for F-35

Bases prep for rough weather
Military bases in Northwest Florida evacuated some aircraft and placed others in hangars in
preparation for the possible arrival of Tropical Storm Karen. Hurlburt Field and Duke Field
officials decided to fly aircraft to locations away from the path of Karen, while officials at
Eglin Air Force Base decided to move aircraft inside. Karen is expected to reach land over
the weekend somewhere between Louisiana and Northwest Florida as a tropical storm or
Category 1 hurricane. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 10/03/13)

50th anniversary events postponed
PENSACOLA, Fla. – All the events surrounding the 50th anniversary celebration at the
National Naval Aviation Museum have been postponed to a date yet to be determined. The
postponement of the Oct. 4-5 celebration is due to the government shutdown. The
anniversary included a black-tie gala planned for Saturday evening. The museum itself is
also closed until further notice due to the furlough of museum employees. (Source: National
Naval Aviation Museum, 10/02/13)

F-35C formally rolled out
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Navy’s version of the F-35 fighter was officially rolled
out during a ceremony Tuesday. The long-planned ceremony went on despite a shutdown
of the federal government. Hundreds of guests attended in a hangar at Eglin, home of the F-
35 training center. Strike Fighter Squadron 101 hosted the ceremony. (Source: Northwest
Florida Daily News, WEAR-TV, WMBB-TV, 10/01/13) Previous

Paris show cost tops $86K
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The state's participation in the Paris Air Show last summer cost
$86,609, according to records released by the Alabama Department of Commerce. The total
expense of the June trip, including a booth at the show, travel, lodging and meals for seven
people, was $222,015. But it was offset by $135,406 in income from the sale of
sponsorships, reception passes and more bought by communities and companies who
participated. (Source: al.com, 10/01/13) Previous

The body heat charger
Smart phones could one day be charged in a pocket using only body heat. Even sooner
than that, rocket sensors needed to monitor an engine's health while launching it into space
could feature sensors powered solely by the heat generated from the rocket. Those
opportunities are within the realm of possibility thanks to a new patent-pending Loyola
University New Orleans invention by physics professor Patrick Garrity. A $74,523 NASA
grant from Stennis Space Center, Miss., will allow the invention to enter prototype or beta
testing at SSC. Thermoelectric technology, turning heat into electricity, has been around for
years but it's inefficient. But Garrity aims to change that with a system that redirects the heat
and raises the efficiency. (Source: Loyola University, 09/30/13)

Report critical of F-35 program
The Pentagon Inspector General found hundreds of flaws in the way defense contractors
produced the F-35 fighter jet, flaws that led to a higher pricetag for the fifth-generation
fighter. The IG’s 126-page report describes 719 "issues" with the jet's primary manufacturer,
Lockheed Martin, and five other major contractors. It also listed failures of the F-35 Joint
Program Office for not ensuring the prime and subcontractors were applying rigor to design,
manufacturing, and quality assurance." Both Lockheed Martin and the JPO said the report
was old news and that the issues have been mostly addressed. (Source: multiple, including
ABC News, AFP via Space Mart, Reuters, 09/30/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Region can define itself
SANDESTIN, Fla. -- Workforce training was the most consistent theme during the
opening day of an economic development symposium in Northwest Florida. But the vision
of a region on the cusp of change was the most compelling message. And much of that is
because of the Airbus’ A320 assembly plant being built in Mobile, Ala. The 17th annual Gulf
Power Economic Symposium attracted a record of nearly 600 movers and shakers to the
Sandestin Resort Monday. The event continues today. (Source: GCAC, 10/01/13)


SEPTEMBER 2013

Contract: CCI, $11.6M
CCI Solutions, LLC, Shalimar, Fla., was awarded an $11,556,752 non-multi-year, firm-fixed-
price contract with options to repair airfield and roadway pavements. Funding is from fiscal
year 2013 military construction appropriation. The performance location is Homestead Army
Reserve Base, Fla. There was one solicitation with one bid received. The U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers Mobile District, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-13-C-0039).
(Source: DoD, 09/30/13)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $11M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison Miss., has been awarded an
$11,094,779 modification (P00043) to exercise option four of the existing contract (FA3002-
10-C-0001) for helicopter maintenance. Work will be performed at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.
M., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2014. Fiscal 2014 operations and
maintenance funds will be obligated when they become available. The Air Force Nuclear
Weapons Center, Directorate of Contracting, Specialized Branch, Kirtland AFB, N.M., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/30/13)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $65M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$64,982,586 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery, requirements contract
(N00019-08-D-0014) to exercise an option for additional logistics services and materials for
organizational, intermediate, and depot level maintenance required to support 36 T-45A and
168 T-45C aircraft based at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., NAS Meridian, Miss., NAS
Kingsville, Texas; and Patuxent River, Md. This requirement also includes the organizational
level maintenance for the engine. Work will be performed in Kingsville (57 percent), Meridian
(36 percent), Pensacola (6 percent), and Patuxent River (1 percent), and is expected to be
completed in March 2014. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/30/13)

Cygnus docks with ISS
DULLES, Va. – Orbital Science Corp. said its Cygnus cargo spacecraft successfully
completed its rendezvous and approach maneuvers with the International Space Station and
was grappled and berthed with the station by the Expedition 37 astronaut crew earlier this
morning. Cygnus was launched by Orbital’s Antares rocket Sept. 18 from NASA’s Wallops
Flight Facility. Final approach to the station began at about 3:00 a.m. EDT, culminating with
the station’s robotic arm grappling the spacecraft at 7:00 a.m. when it was about 10 meters
away. Cygnus was then guided to its berthing port on the nadir side of the ISS’ Harmony
module where its installation was completed just before 8:45 a.m. (Source: Orbital Sciences
via Business Wire, 09/29/13) Cygnus is the second commercial spacecraft to dock with ISS.
The SpaceX Dragon capsule was the first. Gulf Coast note: The Antares engines were
tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss. Previous

Pilot error blamed in 2012 crash
MOBILE, Ala. -- Pilot error has been identified as the primary cause of the Feb. 28, 2012
helicopter crash that killed four crewmembers. The U.S. Coast Guard said there also were
contributing factors, and said investigators concluded there was no misconduct involving the
crash of the MH-65C helicopter. (Source: AP via Mobile Press Register, 09/28/13) Previous

Contract: Lockheed, $29.4M
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a
$29,361,640 modification under an existing contract (FA8621-06-C-6300) for the fiscal 2014
C-130J aircrew instruction and contractor logistic support for the C-130J Maintenance and
Aircrew Training System devices. Work will be performed at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.,
Little Rock AFB, Dyess AFB, Texas, and Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and will be
completed on Sept. 30, 2014. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WNS, Wright-
Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $96.3M
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, Calif., was awarded a $96,287,882
modification (P00011) on a previously existing contract (FA8810-13-C-0002) for Space
Based Infrared Systems contractor logistics support. The contract provides for operations
crew support and organizational and depot maintenance. Work will be performed at Boulder,
Colo. and Buckley Air Force Base Colo., and is expected to be completed on Sept. 30,
2014. Infrared Space Systems Contracts Division, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los
Angeles AFB, Calif., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/13) Gulf Coast note:
Portions of the work on the A2100-based SBIRS satellites is done at Stennis Space Center,
Miss.

Contract: Northrop, $114.2M
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems of Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego,
Calif., has been awarded an $114,217,221 firm-fixed-price contract for Global Hawk Low
Rate Initial Production Lot 11 advance procurement. This contract provides for advance
procurement of long lead items associated with three Block 30 Global Hawk Air Vehicles,
three in-line Airborne Signals Intelligence Payloads (ASIP), three in-line Enhanced
Integrated Sensor Suite (EISS) Sensors, two ASIP retrofit kits, and other items and activities
required to protect the production schedule for Lot 11. Work will be performed at San Diego,
Calif., and is expected to be completed by Feb. 28, 2015. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center/WIGK, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-13-C-3018).
(Source: DoD, 09/27/13) Gulf Coast note: Central fuselage work on Global Hawks is done in
Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Gulf Coast Arch., $30M
Gulf Coast Architectural Group Inc., Pensacola, Fla., is being awarded a maximum amount
$30,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity architect-engineering
contract for complete architect and engineering services in the Naval Facilities Engineering
Command (NAVFAC) Southeast area of responsibility. Task order 0001 is being awarded at
$117,879 for full design specification for the demolition of four buildings at Naval Air Station
Meridian, Miss. Work for this task order is expected to be completed by March 2014. Work
will be performed at various Navy and Marine Corps facilities and other government facilities
within the NAVFAC Southeast AOR including, but not limited to Texas (50 percent),
Louisiana (25 percent), and Mississippi (25 percent), and is expected to be completed by
September 2018. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla.,
is the contracting activity (N69450-13-D-0012). (Source: DoD, 09/27/13)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $55.6M
L-3 Communications Systems Field Support, Vertex Aerospace, LLC, Madison, Miss., is
being awarded a $55,627,456 firm-fixed-price, cost reimbursable modification to a previously
awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity requirements contract (N00019-11-D-0010) to
exercise an option for aircraft maintenance and logistical life cycle support for 54 C-12
aircraft for the U.S. Navy (48) and the U.S. Marine Corps (6). Work will be performed in
Corpus Christi, Texas (46 percent); Patuxent River, Md. (8 percent); Manama, Bahrain (5.5
percent); Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (5.5 percent); Atsugi, Japan (5.5 percent); New Orleans,
La. (4 percent); Kadena, Japan ( 3.7 percent); Yuma, Ariz.(3.7 percent); Iwakuni, Japan (3.7
percent); Beaufort, S.C. (3.5 percent); New River, N.C. (3.5 percent); Manassas, Va. (2
percent); Miramar, Calif. (1.8 percent); Futenma, Japan (1.8 percent); and Misawa, Japan
(1.8 percent). Work is expected to be completed in September 2014. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activities. (Source: DoD, 09/27/13)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $742.7M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $742,657,068
cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive modification to the
previously awarded F-35 Lot VI advance acquisition contract (N00019-11-C-0083). This
modification provides for the manufacture and delivery of two F-35 Conventional Take-Off
and Landing (CTOL) aircraft for the government of Australia and three F-35 CTOL aircraft
for the government of Italy. In addition, this modification provides for LRIP Lot VI production
requirements, including manufacturing support equipment, diminishing manufacturing
sources management, ancillary mission equipment including pilot flight equipment, and
concurrency changes to LRIP Lot VI aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, the U.
S. Navy, and the non-U.S. DoD Participants in the F-35 Program. Concurrency changes are
changes to the LRIP Lot VI configuration baseline resulting from the F-35 development
effort. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; El Segundo, Calif.; Warton, United
Kingdom; Orlando, Fla.; Nashua, N.H.; Baltimore, Md.; and Cameri, Italy, and is expected to
be completed in April 2016. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force (17.60
percent); Navy/Marine Corps (8.92 percent); and the governments of Italy, Australia, United
Kingdom, Turkey, the Netherlands, Canada, Norway and Denmark (73.49 percent). The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
09/27/13)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $3.4B
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $3,405,427,661
modification with fixed-price-incentive-firm, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost-plus-incentive-fee
line items to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-12-C-0004) for
Low Rate Initial Production Lot VII F-35. This provides for the manufacture of 19 F-35
Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) for the U.S. Air Force; six F-35 Short Take-Off
and Vertical Landing (STOVL) aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps; four F-35 Carrier Variant
(CV) aircraft for the U.S. Navy; two F-35 CTOL aircraft for Norway; three F-35 CTOL aircraft
for Italy; and one (1) F-35 STOVL for the United Kingdom. This modification also provides
for LRIP Lot 7 production requirements, including manufacturing support equipment,
diminishing manufacturing sources management, ancillary mission equipment, including Pilot
Flight Equipment, and concurrency changes to LRIP Lot 7 aircraft for the Air Force, Marine
Corps, and Navy, and for non-U.S. DoD Participants in the F-35 Program. Concurrency
changes are changes to the LRIP Lot 7 configuration baseline resulting from the F-35
development effort. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; El Segundo, Calif.;
Warton, United Kingdom; Orlando, Fla.; Nashua, N.H.; Baltimore, Md.; and Cameri, Italy.
Aircraft deliveries are expected to be completed in October 2016. This contract combines
purchases for the Air Force (53.55 percent), Marine Corps (16.67 percent), Navy (11.79
percent); and the governments of Italy, Norway, United Kingdom, Australia, Turkey, the
Netherlands, Canada, and Denmark (34.46 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/13)

FGNW launches 18-month campaign
NICEVILLE, Fla. -- Florida's Great Northwest, a regional economic development group
representing 16 counties, has launched an 18-month strategy to market the Panhandle to
aerospace companies. It includes a postcard campaign, a promotional video and attendance
at industry events. The program was crafted in cooperation with local economic
development organizations, Gulf Power and PowerSouth. (Source: FGNW, 09/26/13)
Context: The Panhandle has a long history of involvement in aerospace, including military
pilot training and weapons development. Efforts to push for more were spurred in large part
by the Airbus decision to build a $600 million Airbus assembly line in Mobile, Ala., to the west
of the Panhandle. Earlier in the month, five Panhandle counties formed the Gulf Coast
Aerospace Coalition, which plans to attend several events in Europe in coming weeks. (Post)

Ground broken on aviation center
FAIRHOPE, Ala. -- Ground was broken Friday on a $2.7 million aviation training facility at the
H.L “Sonny” Callahan Airport in Fairhope. The school will teach students from Baldwin
County high schools aviation technical skills, industrial maintenance and welding. The center
is a partnership of Baldwin County Board of Education, Falkner State Community College,
Enterprise State Community College and the Fairhope Airport Authority. The first phase will
be a 15,000-square-foot building. (Source: WALA-TV, 09/27/13) Previous. Context:
Construction of an Airbus A320 final assembly line to the west in Mobile, Ala., has sparked a
lot of interest in aerospace. Background story on careers in aerospace

Contract: Del-Jen, $26.7N
Del-Jen, Inc., Clarksville, Tenn., is being awarded a $26,679,395 modification under a
previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N69450-
07-D-0770) to exercise option two for base operation support services at Naval Air Station
Pensacola, Fla., and surrounding areas including Saufley Field, Corry Station, and Bronson
Field. The total contract amount after exercise of this option will be $171,418,002. Work will
be performed in Pensacola and work is expected to be September 2014. The Naval
Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 09/26/13)

Contract: Chemring, $16.1M
Chemring Ordnance Inc., Perry, Fla., was awarded a $16,100,832 non-multi-year, contract
with options for procurement of the Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System (APOBS) MK
7 MOD 2, National Stock Number 1375-01-508-4975. APOBS is an explosive live charge
system that allows safe breaching through complex antipersonnel obstacles, particularly
land mines. This procurement is in support of critical U.S. Army, Marine, and Navy
requirements. The performance location is Perry, Fla. The U.S. Army Contracting Command,
Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting office (W52P1J-11-C-0037).
(Source: DoD, 09/26/13)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $102.6M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., has been awarded a
$102,586,003 modification to an existing firm-fixed-price contract (FA8106-09-C-0001) for
logistics support of the T-1A aircraft at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Columbus Air
Force Base, Miss., Vance AFB, Okla., Randolph AFB, Texas, and Laughlin AFB, Texas. The
contract modification is for the exercise of an option for an additional year of services under
the basic contract. Work will be performed at Madison and is expected to be completed by
Oct. 1, 2014. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WLKLA, Tinker AFB, Okla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/26/13)

Airbus inks more orders
Wednesday was a busy day for Airbus A320 purchases, with 43 orders valued at $4.2 billion
announced at the 15th Aviation Expo China in Beijing, and another $10 billion memorandum
of understanding announced outside the expo. The $10 billion deal is with Vietnam’s
VietJetAir, which signed a MoU for 42 A320neo, 14 A320ceo and six A321ceo, plus 30
purchase rights for the A320 family (Source: Airbus, 09/25/13). At the expo, BOC Aviation,
the Singapore-based aircraft leasing subsidiary of Bank of China, announced a firm order
for the purchase of 13 A320ceo and 12 A320neo. The order comprises A320 and A321
variants. BOC Aviation will make its engine selection at a later date (Source: Airbus,
09/25/13). Newly established Qingdao Airlines signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for
five A320ceo and 18 A320neo (Source: Airbus, 09/25/13), and Zhejiang Loong Airlines
signed a Memorandum of Understanding for 11 A320ceo and nine A320neo. (Source:
Airbus, 09/25/13). Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile,
Ala., to help meet demand for the popular family of aircraft.

Dothan airports gets $1M grant
Dothan-Houston County Airport Authority Inc. on Wednesday was awarded a $1 million
federal grant for infrastructure upgrades by the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
The money will be used for roadway and water system improvements to support an aircraft
maintenance and inspection business. It’s expected that the investment will help create 300
jobs and generate $7.5 million in private investment. Dothan was one of 16 projects in 11
states to get $21.1 million to support economic development projects expected to create
more than 2,500 jobs and grab an estimated $505 million in private investment. (Source: al.
com, U.S. Economic Development Administration, 09/25/13)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $8.3M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded an
$8,271,023 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-13-D-4001) for contractor logistics services in
support of T-39N and T-39G aircraft and associated equipment used in student naval flight
officer training. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., and is
expected to be completed in March 2014. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/25/13)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $11M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$10,956,633 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery
requirements contract (N00019-12-D-0016) to exercise an option for logistics support
services in support of the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department at the Naval Air
Station Pensacola, Fla., and NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. Half the work will be done in
Pensacola and half in Corpus Christi, and is expected to be completed in September 2014.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 09/25/13)

Contract: Rolls-Royce, $50.7M
Rolls-Royce Defense Services Inc., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $50,728,950
modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery requirements
contract (N00019-09-D-0002) to exercise an option for intermediate and depot level
maintenance and related logistics support for about 223 in-service T-45 F405-RR-401
Adour engines. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian, Miss. (47
percent); NAS Kingsville, Texas (46 percent), NAS Pensacola, Fla. (6 percent), and NAS
Patuxent River, Md. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2014. The Naval
Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
09/25/13)

Art deco restoration completed
NEW ORLEANS -- The restoration of the 1930-era Lakefront Airport terminal in New Orleans
will be publicly unveiled Saturday at 10 a.m. The building is steeped in history. Construction
on the original building began around 1929, and the airport started taking commercial flights
in 1933, although it wasn't officially christened until 1934. During the Cold War the building
was remodeled, turned into a virtual fortress with concrete two inches thick. But the
architects recognized the importance of the art deco design and were careful to protect it.
Damage from Hurricane Katrina led to the decision to restore the terminal to its original
Depression-era look. (Source: Times Picayune, 09/25/13)

F-35C fleet intro rollout planned
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Navy will mark the F-35C’s introduction to the fleet with
a roll-out ceremony Oct.1 at this joint training base. Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA-101),
the fleet readiness squadron responsible for training F-35C pilots and maintenance
personnel, will host the ceremony. The squadron stood up last year with 20 personnel and
now has more than 100. The initial cadre of aviators will become instructor pilots to prepare
for the transition of the first fleet squadron from the F/A-18 Hornet to the F-35C. (Source:
Seapower, 09/24/13)

ABMs learning what F-35s need
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Air battle managers from the 337th Air Control
Squadron have begun working with the F-35. The fifth-generation plane, based at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., with the 33rd Fighter Wing, requires a different set of operating rules than
other fighters. The new set of rules is being written by air battle manager instructors who
have had the chance to control the F-35. Air battle managers provide pilots with information
they may not have. It could include vectors to the nearest refueling tanker. Information a
pilot may need varies from aircraft to aircraft. Air battle managers must know the different
capabilities of each aircraft, and making sure the information they pass is relevant. Air battle
managers go through a nine month training course at the 337th ACS at Tyndall, home to the
Air Force's other 5th generation fighter, the F-22 Raptor. As they learn exactly what an F-35
pilot needs, they are able to instruct students on what has to be communicated. (Source:
325th Fighter Wing, 09/24/13)

Things looking up for F-35
Lockheed Martin anticipates dozens of international orders or commitments for the F-35 in
coming months, according to U.S. government officials and industry executives. The
program got a boost Tuesday when South Korea rejected the Boeing F-15 and said it
needed a fifth-generation fighter. Singapore may also announce an order for a dozen F-35s
during the Singapore air show in February. (Source: Reuters, 09/24/13) Gulf Coast note:
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Airbus ups demand forecast
Airbus raised its long-term jet demand forecast on Tuesday, saying the world would need to
double its fleet as Asia's increasingly affluent middle class takes to the skies. The latest
Global Market Forecast said airlines, lessors and cargo operators would need over 29,220
new passenger and freighter jets worth $4.4 trillion over the next 20 years. Its latest forecast
includes 28,355 passenger jets valued at $4.1 trillion, up 3.7 percent from its previous
estimate a year ago, and 871 freighters, up 1.6 percent. In June, Boeing revised up its own
20-year market demand forecast by 3.8 percent as the industry looks beyond the financial
crisis. Both planemakers anticipate a surge in Asian travel that is expected to keep
production at their factories rising. (Sources: multiple, including Airbus, Reuters, 09/24/13)
Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line at Brookley Aeroplex in
Mobile, Ala.

Contract: Raytheon, $11.2M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded an $11,206,567 firm-fixed-price contract for
16 GBU-49 telemetry, 17 GBU-50 telemetry and a ten year warranty. Work will be performed
at Tucson, Ariz., and is expected to be completed by July 1, 2025. This is a 100 percent
foreign military sales for Saudi Arabia. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBDK,
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/24/13)

Contract: Summit, $26M
Summit Construction Inc., Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., is being awarded two contracts. One is a
$13,085,132 firm-fixed-price contract to add/alter the commissary at Joint Base Langley-
Eustis, Fort Eustis, Va. The contract is for a 594-day period based on the issuance of the
notice-to-proceed which is expected in November 2013. The other contract is a $12,905,184
firm-fixed-price contract for the architectural/refrigeration upgrade to the commissary at Joint
Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The contract is for a 597-day period based on the
issuance of the notice-to-proceed which is expected in November 2013. The contracting
activity for both contracts is the Defense Commissary Agency, Enterprise Acquisition
Division, Construction Design Branch, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. (Source:
DoD, 09/24/13)

Personnel chief visits Pensacola
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The chief of naval personnel visited Naval Education and Training
Command's tenant commands at Naval Air Station Pensacola today. It was Vice Adm. William
F. Moran's first visit to Pensacola as CNP. As he worked his way through the aviation and
information dominance training pipelines, he addressed questions on the current budget
discussions taking place in Washington. Moran said Navy leadership was focused on the
situation and would continue keep the fleet informed on the impacts of a potential
government shutdown, continuing resolution and sequestration. (Source: NNS, 09/24/13)

Two more Airbus positions posted
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas posted two new managerial job openings for the $600
million assembly line being built at Brookley Aeroplex. One position is director of aircraft
delivery, and the other is manufacturing engineer manager. Both positions require a
minimum of nine months' training abroad. Airbus also has openings for three liaison
engineer positions. Airbus will do the final assembly of the A320 family of passenger liners at
the Mobile plant. Eventually it will have about 1,000 workers. (Source: al.com, 09/24/13)

Summit landing in Huntsville
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- A city long known as one of the nation’s premiere aerospace and
defense centers will host the third aerospace summit of the four-state Aerospace Alliance
next month at the Von Braun Center. The agenda includes discussions about unmanned
aerial systems, a session on composites manufacturing, commercial space programs and an
update on the $600 million Airbus final assembly line being built in Alabama’s port city of
Mobile. Two previous summits were held in Destin, Fla., and New Orleans, along the
Interstate 10 aerospace corridor. (Source: GCAC, 09/24/13)

QF-16 drones makes unmanned flight
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – A QF-16 drone made its first unmanned sortie at
Tyndall Air Force Base last Thursday, officials said. The 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron and
Boeing conducted the flight, the first step in a two year process to phase out the QF-4 Full
Scale Aerial Target. A pilot performed all the normal preflight checks before climbing out of
the cockpit and locking the canopy from the outside. Control was then turned over to
Thomas Mudge, 82nd ATRS pilot controller, sitting in a control room on the opposite side of
base. The QF-16 took off at 3 p.m. for an hour long sortie, conducting a series of simulated
maneuvers and reaching supersonic speeds before returning to base and landing. The first
QF-16 was delivered to Tyndall in November 2012 for operational and developmental
testing to ensure their viability for aerial targets. (Source: Tyndall Air Force Base, 09/23/13)

MQ-8C power turned on
Northrop Grumman turned on the power to the U.S. Navy's first MQ-8C Fire Scout
unmanned helicopter and rotated the aircraft's four blades for the first time during initial
ground testing and engine runs at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu, Calif., Sept. 20.
Conducting initial engine runs of the aircraft allows engineers to collect data to ensure that
all the aircraft's systems are functioning and communicating properly prior to its first flight.
The C model upgrade to the Fire Scout system provides the Navy with more than twice the
endurance and three times the payload carrying capacity. Northrop Grumman is the Navy's
prime contractor for the Fire Scout program and is currently under contract to produce MQ-
8C aircraft for deployment beginning in 2014. (Source: PRNewswire, 09/23/13) Gulf Coast
note: Fire Scouts are made in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Triton sensor tested
Northrop Grumman completed more than 25 flight tests of the U.S. Navy Triton unmanned
aircraft system's primary maritime surveillance sensor in preparation for its installation on
the aircraft. The company is conducting risk-reduction tests of the Multi-Function Active
Sensor using a Gulfstream II surrogate aircraft off the California coast. The radar will provide
the Triton with a 360-degree view of ocean and coastal regions. The Navy's program calls
for 68 aircraft to be built. (Source: Space Daily, 09/22/13) Gulf Coast note: Tritons are
variants of the Global Hawk and are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Raytheon, $39M
Raytheon Co., El Segundo, Calif., is being awarded $39,000,000 for firm-fixed-price delivery
order 0048 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for the procurement of 15
AN/APG-79 AESA radar systems for the F/A-18 E/F aircraft. Work will be performed in
Forest, Miss. (80 percent), and El Segundo, Calif. (20 percent), and is expected to be
completed in November 2015. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/23/13)

Contract: UTC, $214.8M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded a $214,843,107 modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lot VI low rate initial
production advance acquisition contract. This modification provides for initial spare modules,
initial spare parts, replenishment spare parts, and production non-recurring efforts,
including tooling, for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, the United
Kingdom, Italy, The Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark, and Norway. Work
will be performed in East Hartford, Conn. (67 percent); Bristol, United Kingdom (16.5
percent); and Indianapolis, Ind. (16.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in April
2016. This contract combines purchases for the Navy and Marine Corps (51 percent); Air
Force (34 percent); Italy (4 percent); the United Kingdom (3 percent); Australia (3 percent);
The Netherlands; Turkey; Canada; Denmark; and Norway (each 1 percent). The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/23/13)
Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Food fight starts at airport
PENSACOLA, Fla. – A fight is brewing over what group will land a 10-year food concession
contract at Pensacola International Airport. On one side is a group that wants to bring five
national brands to the airport, and on the other a team that wants local eateries
represented. The issue boils down to money, but there’s even a disagreement between the
two sides over that. The issue goes before the city council Thursday. (Source: Pensacola
News Journal, 09/22/13)

Economic symposium nearing
DESTIN, Fla. -- The 2013 Gulf Power Economic Symposium will be held Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 at
the Sandestin Resort in Destin, Fla. The topic is “Building the Future.” On the agenda
Monday is “Airbus – Building Today for Tomorrow’s Future.” Airbus is building an A320 final
assembly line in Mobile, Ala., and it will have an impact on an area well beyond Mobile.
Michelle Hurdle, director of economic and community development for Airbus Americas Inc.,
and Larry Sassano, president of Florida’s Great Northwest, will discuss the topic. Other talks
during the event include creating a culture of innovation, the role of the state in economic
development, Northwest Florida talent development initiatives and a range of other topics.
(Source: GCAC, 09/22/13) Agenda

Stopgap space observation plan working
Changes to the existing U.S. space-object tracking network, adopted to replace the recently
shuttered Air Force Space Surveillance System, appears to be working. That’s what Gen.
William Shelton, commander of Air Force Space Command, said at a conference in Hawaii.
The Air Force expects to save about $14 million a year by shutting down Space Fence, a
line of radars stretching across the southern United States and a key part of the overall U.S.
Space Surveillance Networks. To compensate for the loss, the Space Command modified
operating modes for some of its other space tracking assets, specifically the Perimeter
Acquisition Radar Characterization System at Cavalier Air Force Station in North Dakota and
the space surveillance radar at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Shelton said, the Air Force has
retained certain tracking capabilities that were thought to be unique to the AFSSS. He said
that at Eglin there was one day during which the number of observations of space objects
doubled. (Source: Space News, 09/20/13)

Contract: L3 Vertex, $11.8M
L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison Miss., has been awarded an
$11,781,299 modification to previously awarded FA3002-11-C-0001 for trainer maintenance
services. Work will be performed at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas and Naval Air Station
Pensacola, Fla., with an expected completion date of Sept. 30, 2014. The 82nd Contracting
Squadron, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
09/20/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $24.9M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $24,851,082 modification
to previously awarded FA8611-08-C-2897 for technology upgrades to facilitate a new
operating system. Effort includes technology refresh for F-22 training systems at Tyndall Air
Force Base, Fla., as well as Sheppard, Langley, Nellis, Hickam, and Elmendorf Air Force
bases. Work will be performed at Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, with an
expected completion date of March 30, 2018. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center,
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/20/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $10.8M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $10,774,083
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to provide initial non-
prime mission equipment and interim technical support for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
United States Reprogramming Laboratory. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla. (70 percent) and in Fort Worth, Texas (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in
August 2015. Fiscal 2012 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount
of $10,774,083 will be obligated at time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 09/20/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $20.5M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $20,461,696
modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement and
delivery of electronic components needed to support F-35 production and sustainment
requirements due to current diminishing manufacturing sources. Work will be performed in
Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in December 2013. This contract
combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force ($9,252,671); U.S. Navy and Marine Corps
($23,752,211); and international partners ($6,775,872). The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/20/13) Gulf Coast note:
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $46M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $46,018,410
modification to the previously awarded F-35 low rate initial production Lot VI advance
acquisition contract. This modification provides for the non-recurring technical efforts for
manufacturing technology transfer and planning tasks required to ensure a manufacturing
base with sufficient technical knowledge is established to support F-35 production
requirements. Work will be performed in California, Texas, United Kingdom, New Hampshire,
Georgia, Florida, New York, and Canada and is expected to be completed in June 2013.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 09/20/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training
center.

Engine partnership dropped
Rolls-Royce and United Technologies Corp. have agreed not to proceed with a joint venture
to develop an engine to power future mid-size aircraft. A press release from Rolls-Royce
said it was because of the current regulatory environment. The partnership between Rolls-
Royce and UTC unit Pratt & Whitney was originally announced in the fall of 2011. At the time
the prediction was that there would be a need for nearly 45,000 engines over the next 20
years. In addition to the joint-venture agreement in 2011, Rolls-Royce agreed to sell its
stake in the International Aero Engines venture to Pratt & Whitney. That $1.5 billion deal
closed in June 2012. (Source: Rolls-Royce, 09/19/13) Previous; related

Lufthansa picks XWB engines
Lufthansa selected Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines worth $1.5 billion, including service
support, to power 25 Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The airline also has options for a further 30
of the aircraft. The Trent XWB is the fastest-selling member of the Rolls-Royce Trent engine
family, with more than1,400 ordered prior to its entry into service next year. Lufthansa has
60 Trent-powered Airbus A380s, A330s and A340s either in service or on order. (Source:
Rolls-Royce, 09/19/13) Gulf Coast note: Rolls-Royce tests engines, including the XWB, at its
outdoor test stand at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Third AEHF takes off
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The third in a series of secure U.S. military
communications satellites successfully launched today aboard a United Launch Alliance
Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The Advanced Extremely High
Frequency-3 satellite faces 110 days of orbit-raising operations and 60 days of testing,
according to a U.S. Air Force press release. Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Sunnyvale,
Calif., is building six AEHF satellites under a contract worth some $9 billion. When fully
deployed, the AEHF constellation will consist of four satellites in geostationary orbit and
secure communications payloads hosted aboard classified satellites in polar orbit. (Source:
Spacenews, 09/18/13) Gulf Coast note: Core propulsion system work on the AEHF satellite
is done at Stennis Space Center, Miss. Previous

Cygnus heads toward ISS
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. – After a one-day delay, Orbital Science's Cygnus spacecraft took
off today atop an Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. The commercial
spacecraft is heading for the International Space Station with about 1,500 pounds of
clothes, food, water and other items. The spacecraft is due to arrive early Sunday, when it
will be captured by astronauts using the outpost's robotic arm. If everything goes as
planned, Cygnus will be the second commercial spacecraft to dock with ISS. SpaceX's
Dragon capsule was the first. (Sources: multiple, including Space.com, Washington Post,
09/18/13) Gulf Coast note: The Antares engines were tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.
Previous

Contract: Lockheed, $99M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $99,010,000
modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract to provide long lead-time
parts, material and components required for the delivery of 19 conventional take off and
landing F-35 aircraft for the U.S. Air Force. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas,
and is expected to be completed in June 2014. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting authority. (Source: DoD, 09/18/13)

Dutch agree to F-35 buy
The Netherlands will buy 37 F-35s to replace its fleet of F-16s, the Dutch defense ministry
said Tuesday. The new aircraft will enter service from 2019. The number of jets the
Netherlands agreed to buy is sharply lower than the 85 it had initially sought to purchase,
but the purchase has long been anticipated since the Netherlands has participated in the F-
35 development. But the Netherlands’ defense minister said the government chose the
plane purely for operational reasons. (Source: Financial Times, 09/17/13)

Pentagon: F-35 tires wear out too soon
Landing-gear tires made by Dunlop Aircraft Tyres Ltd. for the Marine Corps version of the F-
35 have “been experiencing an unacceptable wear rate when operating as a conventional
aircraft,” according to Joe DellaVedova, spokesman for the Defense Department’s F-35
program office. He said the tire, which costs about $1,500 apiece, demonstrates “adequate
wear” when the aircraft performs short takeoffs and vertical landings intended for
amphibious warfare vessels and improvised runways. The Pentagon is working with
Lockheed Martin and Birmingham, U.K.-based Dunlop Tyres on a new design for the landing-
gear tires that will be introduced next year. (Source: Bloomberg, 09/17/13) Gulf Coast note:
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Eglin slates POW/MIA ceremony
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --  In recognition of National POW/MIA Day, Eglin Air Force
Base will honor America's former prisoners of war and missing in action with a ceremony
Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. Retired Col. John Steit, a Korean War POW, will be the guest speaker at
the event at the Air Force Armament Museum, outside the main gate. (Source: Eglin Public
Affairs, 09/16/13)

Contract: EMR, $11.4M
Environmental Management Resources Inc., Lawrence, Kan., is being awarded $11,444,076
under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract for renovation and repair
of Corry "A" School Bachelor Quarters 3707 and 3708 at Corry Station, Naval Air Station
Pensacola, Fla. Work is expected to be completed by March 2015. The Naval Facilities
Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 09/16/13)

Contract: Mississippi DRS, $6.8M
The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, Madison, Miss., has been awarded a
$6,827,220 modification to previously awarded contract for full food services. The contract
modification exercises the first option for full food services being procured under the base
contract. Work will be performed at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., with an expected
completion date of Sept. 30, 2017. The 81st Contracting Squadron, Keesler Air Force Base,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/16/13)

Fire station to serve military, airport
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – A Federal Aviation Administration grant of $2.74 million will
be used to build a new $3 million Eglin Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting station on military
land south of the Northwest Florida Regional Airport terminal. Okaloosa County will
contribute $154.8 million from passenger facility charges, and the state Department of
Transportation will provide $150,000. County Airports Director Sunil Harman said the station
will serve the needs of the airport and the base. Both have seen an increase in operations.
(Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 09/14/13)

First vertical steel column raised
MOBILE, Ala. -- Following the completion of the ground work at Brookley Aeroplex for the
Airbus final assembly line, the first steel column was raised to a vertical position Thursday.
The steel support, rising 100 feet into the air, is the first of many that will form the frame for
the final assembly building. A320 family aircraft assembly in Mobile is scheduled to begin in
2015, with first deliveries from the facility in 2016. Airbus anticipates the facility will produce
between 40 and 50 aircraft per year by 2018. (Source: Airbus, 09/13/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $75.7M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed
$75,726,105 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lightning II
Low Rate Initial Production Lot VI Advance Acquisition contract. This modification provides
for the diminishing manufacturing sources redesign efforts in support of the Joint Strike
Fighter Lot VI effort. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif. (29 percent); Fort Worth,
Texas (21 percent); Cheltenham, United Kingdom (13 percent); Melbourne, Fla. (9 percent);
Baltimore, Md. (9 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (7 percent); Orlando, Fla. (6 percent);
Nashua, N.H. (2 percent); Owego, N.Y. (1 percent); Rockville, Md. (1 percent); Camden, N.J.
(1 percent); and Sarasota, Fla. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in December
2018. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 09/13/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $149M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $149,041,442
fixed-price-incentive-firm modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract
for the redesign and qualification of replacement F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter
Electronic Warfare system components due to current diminishing manufacturing sources.
One percent of the work will be done in Crestview, Fla. Other work performance sites are
Nashua, N.H. (73 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (23 percent); Orlando, Fla. (2 percent); and
Greenville, S.C. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2018. This contract
combines purchases for the Air Force (63 percent), Navy (8.3 percent), Marine Corps (7.4
percent), and international partners (21.3 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/12/13)

Contract: Northrop, $169.9M
Northrop Grumman Corp., Aerospace Systems Sector, San Diego, Calif., has been awarded
a $169,851,218 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification on a definitization of an undefinitized
contract action for contract logistics support for the RQ-4 Global Hawk. The contractor shall
provide all logistics support activities which includes fielded air vehicles, engines, payloads,
ground segments and support segments. Work will be performed at San Diego, Calif., and is
expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2014. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center/WIKBA, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
09/12/13)

AEHF encapsulated for launch
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The third Advanced Extremely High
Frequency (AEHF) satellite built by Lockheed Martin has been encapsulated into its payload
fairing in preparation for a Sept. 18 liftoff aboard an Atlas V from Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station, Fla. The system is the nation's only protected strategic and tactical satellite
communications program. It works in concert with its predecessor, Milstar, for global
coverage. Lockheed Martin is under contract to deliver six AEHF satellites and the Mission
Control Segment. AEHF-1 and AEHF-2 are both in orbit and AEHF-4 is progressing on
schedule. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 09/11/13) Gulf Coast note: Work on the AEHF core
propulsion system is done at Stennis Space Center, Miss. Previous

NASA to televise resupply launch
NASA will provide live coverage of the Sept. 17 launch of Orbital Science Corp.’s cargo
resupply demonstration mission to the International Space Station. Orbital is the second
commercial company to send a mission to the ISS. The company's Cygnus cargo carrier will
be launched aboard Orbital's Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. Cygnus will deliver about 1,300 pounds of cargo to the
Expedition 37 crew aboard the space station. Rendezvous with the space station is
scheduled for Sept. 22. (Source: NASA, 09/10/13) Gulf Coast note: Antares’ first-stage is
powered by twin AJ26 engines tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

SSC does what’s needed to ready stand
Need a massive rocket engine tested without disturbing the neighbors? Yeah, they can do
that at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. Need to fabricate a 7,000-pound part, or how about
miles of piping? Well, sure, they can do that, too. Call it a can-do attitude at SSC, NASA’s
premier rocket engine test facility since the 1960s. Work is well under way to prepare for the
next big project – testing the RS-25 engines that will power the core stage of NASA’s next
generation Space Launch System. (Source: Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor Quarterly,
09/10/13)

New drones a quantum leap in capability
Retired F-16 Fighting Falcons, among the most lethal warplanes to roll off an assembly line,
are getting a new lease on life that will let them go out with a bang. About 200 of the planes
are being converted into full scale, pilotless aerial targets. They’ll help the military gauge the
effectiveness of new weapons and perfect the skills of military aviators. And while drones
may seem like the newest of the new in some areas, for Tyndall Air Force Base they’re old
hat. (Source: Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor Quarterly, 09/10/13)

No college, no future? Think again
The expansion of the aerospace industry across the Gulf Coast is creating demand for
skilled production workers, and local business and educational leaders say the future has
never been brighter for students interested in aviation careers. “I tell all my incoming
students: Aviation is not just a job, it’s a profession,” said Kyle Cook, director of Mobile’s
Alabama Aviation Center. “It truly can take you above and beyond a lot of other jobs –
including a few that might surprise you.” (Source: Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor Quarterly,
09/10/13)

Pensacola airport’s 300-acre lure
Greg Donovan is a bit enthusiastic. But consider this: he’s the director of the second busiest
airports in the region; Airbus is building an assembly line 60 miles away; the U.S. has
become a more cost-effective site for manufacturers and his airport has 350 acres that can
be put on the table. The Pensacola City Council has approved the land use plan, and all
systems are go for attracting aviation companies to the airport. (Source: Gulf Coast
Aerospace Corridor Quarterly, 09/10/13)

Northrop marks UAV milestone
Northrop Grumman’s portfolio of high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aircraft
systems have achieved 100,000 flight hours, more than 88 percent of which were logged by
the U.S. Air Force Global Hawk. The remaining hours were flown by the NASA Global Hawks,
the German Euro Hawk and the U.S. Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator
and, more recently, Triton. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 09/09/13)

MAA hires projects manager
MOBILE, Ala. -- Russell L. Stallings has joined the Mobile Airport Authority as director of
capital projects and improvements. Stallings brings three decades of construction industry
experience to the position. Among other things, he’ll coordinate the $600 million Airbus
construction project and oversee other projects at the Brookley Aeroplex. Roger Wehner,
the airport authority’s executive director, applauded the “world-class” experience Stallings’
brings to Brookley. Airbus broke ground in April on the final assembly line project. (Source:
al.com, 09/09/13)

Airbus seeks liaison engineers
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas is seeking liaison engineers for the $600 million aircraft
assembly line being built at Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex. Liaison engineers who specialize in
installation, structure and systems are needed for the Mobile facility. All three positions
require a minimum of 10 months training abroad. All three positions require a minimum of a
bachelor’s degree in engineering with a focus on aerospace, electrical, mechanical or
aircraft construction. (Source: al.com, 09/09/13)

J-2X tests on A-1 end
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – A series of hotfire tests on the next generation J-2X
rocket engine came to an end Thursday. The gimbal test of Rocketdyne J-2X No. 10002 was
a 330-second test fire on the A-1 test stand. Now NASA has its sights on testing the
Rocketdyne RS-25. Both engines will be used with NASA's Space Launch System. The J-2X
will be used on the upper stage and the RS-25 on the core stage. (Source: NASA/SSC,
09/05/13) Previous

Aerospace coalition formed
Economic development officials in five counties formed the Gulf Coast Aerospace Coalition
in a bid to work together to attract aerospace companies to Northwest Florida. The group
includes Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton and Bay counties. In December,
members of the coalition will travel to Hamburg, Germany, to attend the Global Aerospace
Supply Chain Conference in Hamburg on Dec. 4-5, and a Northwest Florida Leadership
Forum will be held in Hamburg on Dec. 8-11. (Sources: Panama City News Herald, Greater
Pensacola Chamber, 09/05/13)

Contract: Northrop, $10M
Northrop Grumman Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a not-to-exceed $9,981,663
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for additional operations
and maintenance services in support of the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance -
Demonstrator, Unmanned Aircraft System, also known as the Global Hawk Maritime -
Demonstrator. The services include manpower to increase BAMS-D operational tempo from
the current nine maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions per month
to a sustained level of 15 missions per month. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md.
(70 percent), and outside continental United States (30 percent), and is expected to be
completed in May 2014. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/06/13)

Mobile planes in Delta order
Delta Air Lines plans to buy 40 Airbus jetliners from 2015-17, including 30 single-aisle A321
and 10 wide-body A330s, company officials said. The airline has selected CFM56-5B
engines from CFM International to power its A321s. As a result of the merger of Delta and
Northwest Airlines, the Delta fleet includes 126 A320 aircraft. Airbus' new final assembly line
being built in Mobile, Ala., will deliver its first A321 jets in the fall of 2016 to Jet Blue Airlines,
but Airbus said many of Delta's A321s are expected to be assembled in Mobile at Brookley
Aeroplex. Delta's first three A321s will be delivered in the first quarter of 2016, with 12 more
throughout the year. The other 15 are scheduled for 2017. (Sources: PRNewswire, Airbus,
09/04/13)

A2100 satellite reaches milestone
The Lockheed Martin A2100 communications satellite series has reached a milestone by
chalking up over 400 cumulative years of successful, in-orbit operations. The orbiting fleet
consists of 45 commercial and U.S. government communication satellites equipped with over
1,500 transponders transmitting data, video and audio for operators worldwide. In addition
to commercial applications, the A2100 satellite is the platform for communications programs
for the U.S. government, including the Advanced Extremely High Frequency and Mobile User
Objective System. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 09/03/13) Gulf Coast note: Core propulsion
system work on the A2100 is done at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

MAA, lawyer at odds over Airbus info
The FOIA Group Inc., threatens to take legal action against the Mobile Airport Authority for
denying a Freedom of Information Act request pertaining to Airbus' assembly line being built
at Brookley Aeroplex. Roger Wehner, the authority’s executive director, said the request was
denied to protect the proprietary interests of current and future Brookley tenants, not just
Airbus. He said that if MAA, which is in the economic development business, handed over
proprietary information, “we wouldn’t be in the economic development business much
longer,” Wehner said. (Source: al.com, 09/03/13)

Euro Hawk sets record
MANCHING, Germany -- The Euro Hawk unmanned aircraft system set an endurance record
last month when it flew for 25.3 hours in European airspace. Built by Northrop Grumman,
operating through its subsidiary Northrop Grumman ISS International Inc. and Cassidian, the
UAS climbed to 58,600 feet over Manching Air Base, Germany. Europ Hawk has completed
19 flights and about 200 flight hours. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 09/03/13) Gulf Coast
note: Euro Hawks were built in part in Moss Point, Miss.


AUGUST 2013

Trend story singles out Airbus plant
A CNBC report on a global manufacturing trend pointed to the decision by Airbus to expand
production into the United States as a prime example. The report focused on the Boston
Consulting Group's recent report indicating the United States is rapidly becoming a low-cost
leader for manufacturing. Part of the reason is that exports have been growing more than
seven times faster than GDP since 2005. It used the Airbus A320 final assembly line being
built at Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Ala., as an example of the trend. (Source: CNBC,
08/28/13, al.com, 08/30/13)

Marines like F-35 progress
ABOARD USS WASP -- Two F-35B fighter jets completed dozens of test flights from the
deck of this amphibious assault ship over the past three weeks. But several flights were
scrapped Wednesday for maintenance issues. Marine Corps officials said the jets had made
more than 90 successful vertical landings on the USS Wasp this month, including many at
night. The officials said groundings were rare during the recent 19-day test period. Marines
plan to use their version – one of three variants – in mid-2015. (Source: Reuters, 08/29/13)
Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center. Previous:
Night vertical lands? Check; F-35 marks 500th vertical landing; F-35 makes at-sea landing;
Wasp concludes JSF testing

Training at Tate’s Hell discussed
APALACHICOLA, Fla. -- Air Force officials held a meeting in Apalachicola to discuss making
Tate's Hell State Forest a site for some Eglin Air Force Base training. Dozens of residents
showed up Thursday to express concern about the land north of the coast in Franklin
County. Ron Harper, a local resident who attended the meeting, said the land is "one of the
most ecologically sensitive areas in the state of Florida." But Mike Penland, chief of
operational basing for the Air Force, said Eglin has a good track record with the
environment. He said the land has unique features, including abandoned logging roads that
make good runways for small aircraft. (Source: WCTV-TV, 08/29/13) Previous

Contract: Lockheed, $7M
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a
$7,013,937 modification on contract for upgrade of the Visual and Joint Precision Airdrop
systems on the C-130J maintenance and aircrew training system devices. The total
cumulative face value of the contract is $289,492,046. Work will be performed at Little Rock
Air Force Base, Ark., and Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and is expected to be completed by
Dec. 31, 2014. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WNSK Simulators Division, Wright-
Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/29/13)

Fairhope firm tapped for project
MOBILE, Ala. – An architectural firm in Fairhope has been chosen by Hoar Program
Management to work on portions of the Airbus A320 final assembly line campus being built
at Brookley Aeroplex. Walcott Adams Verneuille Architects will be lead architectural firm for
design of the transshipment hangar, main entry gate building and renovation of Brookley’s
existing warehouse and receiving facility. Eleven construction and design consultant
packages for the project have been awarded so far, and all have included Alabama-based
firms. (Source: al.com, 08/29/13)

Most Airbus plant pilings now in place
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas’ latest project update shows 85 percent of the more than
2,100 pilings for the final assembly line hangar and service building has been driven at the
Brookley site. Once the remaining pilings are in place at the Mobile site, steelwork is slated
to being in September, meaning the buildings’ frames, skins and roofs will be constructed.
The $600 million plant is scheduled to come online in 2015, and the first A320 will be
assembled in 2016. It will have about 1,000 workers when it reaches full annual production
in 2018. (Source: al.com, 08/28/13)

Delta IV Heavy launched
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket
carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch
Complex-6 at 11:03 a.m. PDT today. The Delta IV Heavy configuration Evolved Expendable
Launch Vehicle features a center common booster core along with two strap-on common
booster cores. The common booster cores are powered by RS-68 engines, and RL10
engines power the second stage. Both engines are built by Aerojet Rocketdyne. ULA
constructed the Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle in Decatur, Ala. (Source: United Launch
Alliance via PRNewswire, 08/28/13) Gulf Coast note: RS-68 engines are assembled and
tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

F-35 weapons load verification done
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- After months of preparation, the weapons troop
Standardization Load Crew from the 33rd Maintenance Group performed the first munitions
load verification Tuesday on the F-35A. It involves loading and unloading laser-guided and
GPS-guided bombs, and air-to-air missiles into the weapons bays of the aircraft. The
Standardization Load Crew has been practicing load verification using a series of tabletop
exercises for several months. This marked the first hands-on load verification for the crew.
Ultimately, this is the work that is performed down range. Eglin is laying the foundation.
(Source: 33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 08/28/13)

Contract: InDyne, $250.3M
InDyne Inc., Reston, Va., has been awarded a $250,323,919, modification for a contract for
Eglin Test & Training Complex (ETTC) range operations and maintenance services. This
modification provides for the exercise of an option for ETTC test and training areas and
technical facilities to include test and training mission support, engineering support for range
system design/modification/range configuration, and range support services to accomplish
authorized range activities. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is
expected to be completed by March 31, 2016. Air Force Test Center/PZZB, Eglin AFB, Fla.,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/28/13)

Aviation center opening delayed
FAIRHOPE, Ala. -- Baldwin County school officials have moved the opening date to fall 2014
for their $2.7 million aviation training facility at the H.L. “Sonny” Callahan Airport in Fairhope.
The school board has approved an operating lease for the training center, which will be built
as part of a partnership with Faulkner State Community College, Enterprise State
Community College and the Fairhope Airport Authority. School officials had originally
planned to start classes in January. (Source: al.com, 08/27/13)

Blues at November show?
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Blue Angels flight demonstration team is offering a bit of hope that
the team may make an appearance at a November air show before the hometown crowd.
But how much of an appearance is unclear. It may be to sign autographs, it may be a fly-
over, or perhaps a partial demonstration. The show, Wings Over Pensacola, is being
planned for Nov. 8-11. The Navy has restricted the flight demonstration team’s practice time
this summer in the wake of federal budget cuts. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 08/28/13)

Contract: A&D, $9M
A&D GC, Inc., Santee, Calif., is being awarded $9,077,608 for firm-fixed-price task order
under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract for Triton Maintenance
Training Facility PM50 renovation at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif. The
work to be performed provides for renovation of the west wing of PM50 into a maintenance
training facility for the Triton Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The facility will provide training
device classrooms, high bay aircraft trainers, instructors work area, and administrative
spaces to support the training efforts. The task order also contains one planned
modification, which if exercised would increase cumulative task order value to $9,909,608.
Work will be performed in Point Mugu, and is expected to be completed by November 2014.
The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 08/27/13) Gulf Coast note: Triton UAVs are built in part in Moss
Point, Miss.

Contract: Pratt & Whitney, $69.6M
Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being awarded an advance
acquisition contract with an estimated value of $69,604,842 for long-lead components, parts
and materials associated with the Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot VIII of 19 F135
Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) propulsion systems for the Air Force; six Short
Take-off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) propulsion systems for the Marine Corps; and four
Carrier Variant propulsion systems for the Navy. In addition, this contract provides for long
lead components, parts and materials associated with LRIP Lot VII of four F135 CTOL
propulsion systems for Italy; four STOVL propulsion systems for the United Kingdom; and
two CTOL propulsions systems for Norway. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Conn.
(67 percent); Bristol, United Kingdom (16.5 percent); and Indianapolis, Ind. (16.5 percent),
and is expected to be completed in September 2016. This contract combines purchases for
the Air Force (56 percent); the Navy/Marine Corps (11 percent); and the governments of
United Kingdom; (14 percent); Italy (12 percent); and Norway (7 percent). The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/27/13)
Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Pelli joins airport design team
NEW ORLEANS -- Cesar Pelli, an international architecture star, has joined the team
redesigning the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. The $826 million project
will result in a new 30-gate terminal, complete with hotel, parking garage, highway access
and other amenities. The ambitious airport rebuild is supposed to be finished by New
Orleans’ 300th anniversary on May 5, 2018. Pelli joins New Orleans’ William Raymond
Manning of Manning Architects and Lionelle Hewitt of Hewitt Washington Architects in the
Armstrong airport redesign. (Sources: Times Picayune, 08/26/13, New Orleans International
Airport, 08/22/13)

Steps taken to address worker shortage
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- One of the biggest challenges facing many manufacturing
businesses in Northwest Florida has been finding qualified local workers. To combat that,
manufacturers across 12 counties formed the Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council,
dedicated to the development of a manufacturing workforce. The council estimates that
3,400 new skilled workers will be needed in the next five years, but regional education and
workforce development programs forecast producing only 860 in that time. Greg Britton,
CEO of Fort Walton Machining and chairman of the new council’s board of directors, said
manufacturing isn’t like it was 20 years ago. Higher skills are needed today to run complex
equipment. The council, which will act as a voice for manufacturers across Northwest
Florida, is working with the school districts, technical centers and state colleges to help
develop curricula focused on providing students the skills they need to work at a high-tech
manufacturing business. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 08/26/13)

NASA holding Mobile forum
MOBILE, Ala. -- Doing business with NASA will be the topic of a Sept. 4 business-to-business
forum at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center. NASA and an entourage of its
agencies and prime contractors will give presentation and participate in a trade show to
meet with small- and medium-sized companies interested in doing business with NASA. In
addition to Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., NASA also operates Stennis
Space Center in Mississippi and Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Participants in
the Mobile event include representatives from 25 prime contractors looking to partner with
local small businesses on federal contracts. These include: Northrop Grumman, ATK
Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Teledyne Brown Engineering, Boeing and others. The agenda
includes Fairhope native Todd May, manager of NASA's Space Launch System program.
The event, hosted by the Mobile Area Chamber, is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and open to area
and regional businesses. The cost is $75. For more information, call 251-431-8607.
(Source: Mobile Area Chamber, 08/26/13)

Deal reached on F-35 engines
The Pentagon and Pratt & Whitney have researched an agreement on a contract to build 39
engines for the sixth batch of F-35 fighters, sources familiar with the deal told Reuters. The
knowledgeable sources were not authorized to speak publicly. In July, DoD had agreed on a
contract with Lockheed Martin for a sixth and seventh order of the F-35s. DoD buys the jet
engines directly with Pratt and Whitney. (Source: Reuters, 08/26/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center. Previous

Second captive-carry test
Sierra Nevada of Louisville, Colo., successfully completed a captive-carry test of the Dream
Chaser spacecraft Aug. 22 at Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif. During the
two-hour test, an Erickson Air-Crane helicopter picked up a test version of the Dream
Chaser flight vehicle and flew it a distance of three miles over a dry lake bed at Edwards Air
Force Base at a maximum altitude of about 12,400 feet. The spacecraft followed the
projected path it will fly during future approach and landing tests at Dryden. Dream Chaser's
flight computer, along with its guidance, navigation and control systems were tested. The
landing gear and nose skid also were deployed during flight. (Source: NASA, 08/22/13) Gulf
Coast note: Lockheed Martin is assembling the composite structure for the first space-
bound Dream Chaser at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

F-35C marks first KC-135 refuel
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- On Aug. 20 an F-35 carrier variant refueled
from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 for the first time. With the completion of this test, the F-35C
joins the A and B models in proving that all three variants of the F-35 can be refueled from a
common tanker platform, despite different methods. The aircraft, known as CF-1, was
piloted by Lt. Col. Patrick Moran. Earlier this month, the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101,
the Navy's first F-35C carrier variant aircraft squadron, completed its first flight at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 08/23/13)

Higby takes command at Keesler
BILOXI, Miss. – Keesler Air Force Base had a change of command ceremony Friday to
transfer command of the 81st Training Wing to Brig. Gen. Patrick C. Higby. He replaced
Brig. Gen. Brad Spacy, who has been reassigned as director, logistics and mission support
at Headquarters United States Air Forces at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. (Source: Sun
Herald, 08/23/13)

Animation shows asteroid capture
NASA released new conceptual photos and a video animation showing how an asteroid
capture mission might look. The images show crew operations including the Orion spacecraft’
s trip to and rendezvous with the relocated asteroid, as well as astronauts maneuvering
through a spacewalk to collect samples from the asteroid. The Space Launch System will
carry astronauts into space aboard the Orion capsule for the nine day trip to an asteroid
that may have been positioned after a robot capture. (Sources: NASA, 08/22/13) Gulf Coast
note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, are both
involved in the SLS program.

Contract: Lockheed, $34.5M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed
$34,500,000 undefinitized modification to the previously awarded Low Rate Initial Production
Lot 6 Advance Acquisition contract for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. This modification
provides for the procurement of Autonomic Logistics Information System equipment, training
devices and sustainment and logistics support for non-recurring engineering activities for
the government of Italy. Work will be performed in Texas, California, Florida, New
Hampshire, Maryland, and the United Kingdom and is expected to be completed in October
2018. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 08/22/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
training center.

Museum now operating seven days
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The National Naval Aviation Museum is now operating seven days a
week. The museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola began closing on Mondays in early July
to cut costs during sequestration. Federal civilian employees were required to take 11
furlough days off without pay through the summer and early fall. But earlier this month, the
Pentagon found other alternatives to save money and reduced the number of furlough days
to six. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 08/21/13)

Scott signs off on land purchase
Gov. Rick Scott and his cabinet on Tuesday approved the purchase of a conservation
easement on a 21,000-acre tract on the east side of Eglin Air Force Base. The $12.5 million
purchase is being accomplished through a partnership with DOD's Readiness and
Environmental Protection Integration Program, with the department contributing $1.75 million
and the Air Force $550,000. The Trust for Public Land also is a project partner. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 08/20/13)

Boeing gives SLS update
NEW ORLEANS -- By the summer of 2016 the Michoud Assembly Facility will complete
construction on the massive tank that will help power NASA's new rocket, a Boeing executive
said Wednesday. Gordon Bergstue, production director for Boeing, said the company is well
underway, on schedule and in budget to build the core stage at the eastern New Orleans
plant. The core stage is more than 200 feet tall and will store liquid hydrogen and oxygen to
power four engines of the Space Launch System. Bergstue provided the update on the
opening day of the New Orleans TechNOLAgy TechFest 2013, a three-day science and
technology conference at the University of New Orleans. (Source: The Advocate, 08/21/13)
The RS-25 engines that will power the SLS will be tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.,
some 35 miles from Michoud. Previous: SSC building RS-25 test component, NASA to show
off weld center, B-2 being prepped for SLS

Boeing hits JDAM milestone
Boeing marked its recent production of the 250,000th Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM)
guidance kit, a major milestone for a program that since 1998 has converted unguided
munitions into near-precision weapons. “The JDAM remains a valuable asset to warfighters
around the world,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott W. Jansson, Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. With a range of more than 15 nautical miles,
JDAM can defeat high-value targets in any weather, day or night, with minimal risk to air
crews. (Source: Boeing, 08/20/13)

Night vertical landings? Check
Marine Corps test pilot Lt. Col. Russell Clift last week performed the first F-35B night-time
vertical landing aboard the USS Wasp. As of August 18, the two F-35Bs participating in
Developmental Test Phase Two, known as BF-1and BF-5, had completed 40 short takeoffs
and 41 vertical landings. At the conclusion of DT-II, it is expected the Navy and Marine
Corps will have sufficient data to support certification for future F-35B Lighting II shipboard
operations in anticipation of initial operating capability in 2015. (Source: Lockheed Martin,
08/20/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Mobile No. 2 in growth potential
Alabama’s Mobile and Huntsville placed in the top five of a list ranking 10 U.S. metropolitan
areas with the highest economic growth potential in the July/August 2013 issue of Business
Facilities magazine. Mobile ranked No. 2 and Huntsville No. 4 in the magazine. Mobile was
cited for landing the Airbus assembly line. Business Facilities Editor in Chief Jack Rogers
said Airbus will "be a powerful engine for growth in the Mobile region for decades to come."
Other metros in the top five were Baton Rouge, La.; McAllen, Texas; and Provo-Orem, Utah.
(Source: al.com, 08/19/13)

AF solicits for laser system
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Air Force researchers are asking industry to supply a high-
power laser system. The Air Force Material Command AFTC/PZIO Operational Contracting
Division at Eglin issued a solicitation for a High Power Laser System. The laser should have
output power of 1 to 1.5 Watts, operate at a wavelength of 2.95 microns, with a circular
beam shape. The laser should be rugged enough to withstand shock of about six Gs, and
have a rack-mount controller with 40-foot control cable. (Source: Military & Aerospace
Electronics, 08/19/13)

Eglin does maritime tests
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Air Force's 96th Operations Group will run munitions
tests in the Gulf of Mexico about 20 nautical miles south of Destin from Monday through to
Sept. 13. The morning tests will be Mondays through Thursdays. The tests are part of the
53rd Wing's Maritime Strike Program. The Air Force has commissioned 25 local boats to
protect the mission area. The boats and their crews will mark the border and warn any
approaching vessels to stay out of the drop zone. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
08/18/13, 96th Test Wing, 08/14/13)

Tyndall impact: $617.8M
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Tyndall Air Force Base has a $617.8 million economic
impact on Bay County and the surrounding area, according to Air Force officials. There are
an estimated 3,395 active duty military personnel at the base and 4,132 dependents. The
economic impact considers payrolls, expenditures for contracts, materials, equipment,
services, construction and other procurement actions on the economy of the region. The
base is home to 31 F-22 Raptor fighter jets, 10 T-38s and about 98 aerial drone targets.
(Source: News Herald, 08/18/13) According to DoD, Tyndall's 2013 plant replacement value
is $1.46 billion. 2012 Economic Impact Analysis

Commission takes lead in land swap
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The Escambia County Commission unanimously agreed to take the
lead in a $16 million to $25 million deal to obtain the Navy’s 640-acre helicopter training field
in Beulah known as Outlying Field 8. The plan is to eventually convert that land into a
commerce park and provide a home for aerospace companies tied to the Airbus’ final
assembly line being built in Mobile, Ala. The commission set aside $200,000 to find and pay
for a consultant to help conduct due diligence and to cover the cost of taking over other
responsibilities on the agreement from the Greater Pensacola chamber, which initiated the
land swap that will take about two years to complete. Escambia County would buy and
develop 640 rural acres in Santa Rosa County near Naval Air Station Whiting Field, provide
it to the Navy and get the Beulah site in return. Congress must also agree to the land swap.
(Source: Pensacola News Journal, 08/15/13). Previous

Base must pay water bill
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- A federal judge ruled in favor of Bay County over a
water and sewer rate dispute with Tyndall Air Force Base. Tyndall refused to pay at higher
levels for sewer and water service when the county increased rates, saying system
upgrades did not directly benefit the base. The county said Tyndall owes $850,000 dating to
the first rate increase in 2007. Tyndall said the county functioned as an “unregulated utility”
and based on language in one of the contracts, the base could refuse to pay the higher
rate. While the ruling sided with the county, it said Tyndall is obligated to pay the higher rate
back to March 14, 2011, when the lawsuit was filed. Tyndall has 30 days to file paperwork if
it wants to appeal the ruling to the 9th Circuit Court. (Source: News Herald, 08/15/13)

Airbus blue-collar postings near
The first blue-collar job postings are expected as early as October for the final assembly line
being built at Brookley Aeroplex. That’s what Lee Hammett, Alabama Industrial Development
Training program’s assistant director for South Alabama, told members of the Aviation and
Aerospace Industry Advisory Council Thursday. He said his organization is working with
Airbus to finalize guidelines and protocol for pre-employment training. If Airbus OKs AIDT’s
hiring guidelines, orientations could begin in November followed by interviews in December
and pre-employment training as early as January. The blue-collar workers will be the hourly
employees who assemble the aircraft. The plant will open in 2015 and deliver its first A320 in
2016. (Source: al.com, 08/15/13)

Airbus secures huge order
The London-based International Airlines Group said it has secured orders and options for
up to 220 of Airbus A320 family short-haul aircraft, a deal worth to some $20 billion. The
airlines group, which is the parent of British Airways and Iberia, said up to 120 of these
orders will be for Spanish subsidiary Vueling, which joined IAG in April. The Vueling
agreement comprises 62 firm orders and 58 options. The firm orders will be delivered to
Vueling between 2015 and 2020. IAG also has secured 100 A320neo options, which could
be used for any of its airlines for aircraft replacement requirements. (Sources: Wall Street
Journal, Reuters, 08/14/13, Channel News Asia, Bloomberg, 08/15/13)

Carrier drone contracts awarded
Four defense companies each have been awarded $15 million to continue work on a new
unmanned combat plane for the Navy. Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Boeing and
General Atomic each won awards Wednesday for preliminary design review assessment for
the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) Air Vehicle.
Work runs through June 2014. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting authority. Under a separate contract, Northrop Grumman's X-47B has already
logged a catapult launch and arrested landing from the deck of a carrier. (Source: GCAC,
08/14/13) The four separate contracts can be found at DoD contracts. Previous

Contract: Whitesell-Green, $15.9M
Whitesell-Green Inc., Pensacola, Fla., is being awarded a $15,949,000 firm-fixed-price
contract for construction of a Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) Mission Control
Complex at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. The work provides for a freestanding two-
story structure with two Electromagnetic Interference Shielded Mission Control Systems, a
Tactical Operations Center with sensitive compartmented information facility spaces, and
numerous roof-top mounted antennas. Within the scope of this project antenna
infrastructure will be constructed at a remote site south of the new facility construction site.
Work is expected to be completed by December 2014. The Naval Facilities Engineering
Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/14/13)

Navy F-35 logs first training flight
An F-35C, the Navy variant of the stealth fighter, completed its first training flight
Wednesday at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The 1.3-hour flight was made by Strike Fighter
Squadron (VFA) 101 naval aviator Chris Tabert. The flight followed a decision by
Commander, Naval Air Force, Pacific, Vice Adm. David Buss Aug. 8, granting the Fleet
Replacement Squadron interim "safe for flight" status. The squadron received the Navy's
first F-35C from Lockheed Martin June 22. Today's flight was the first in the new Navy
aircraft flown by a VFA-101 pilot at Eglin. VFA-101 will now begin to schedule and perform
sorties under their own charter from their facilities at Eglin. (Source: NNS, 08/14/13)

Crash prompts Airbus to send team
Airbus is sending a team of specialists to Alabama in the wake of the crash today of a twin-
engine A300-600F UPS cargo plane near Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
The crash killed the pilot and co-pilot of Flight 1354 from Louisville, Ky., to Birmingham. The
plane, powered  by Pratt & Whitney engines, has been in service with UPS since 2003, and
accumulated some 11,000 flight hours in about 6,800 flights, according to Airbus. (Source:
Airbus, 08/14/13)

SSC to put thrusters in spacecraft
Aerojet Rocketdyne has shipped to NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss., the first set of four
Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) thrusters for the Geostationary Operational Environmental
Satellite-R Series (GOES-R). At SSC, Lockheed Martin will integrate the thrusters and
associated power conditioning units and electrical cabling with the GOES-R spacecraft. It will
then be shipped to Lockheed Martin's facility near Denver, Colo. where it will undergo final
integration and testing. The completed satellite will ultimately be shipped to Cape Canaveral
Air Force Station, Fla., for a planned late 2015 or early 2016 launch on an Atlas V 541
expendable launch vehicle. (Source: Aerojet Rocketdyne, 08/13/13) Aerojet Rocketdyne, a
GenCorp company, also has an operation at SSC.

MQ-8B Fire Scout hits milestone
The Northrop Grumman-built MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter surpassed 5,000 flight
hours while providing surveillance to field commanders in Afghanistan. Since deploying to
Afghanistan in 2011, the MQ-8 Fire Scout system has provided real-time airborne
surveillance and targeting supporting counter improvised explosive devices (IEDs), provided
targeting support and delivered real-time video to military forces on the ground. Northrop
Grumman is under contract to the Navy to build the first eight of 30 planned MQ-8C versions
of the Fire Scout, which will have twice the endurance, three times the payload capability,
and will be ready for operation next year. (Source: Northrop Grumman via PRNewswire,
08/13/13) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Base will get a look at F-35s
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- Military and community leaders will get a chance to see F-35 fighters
during an invitation-only event next week. Two F-35B fighters, flown up from Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., will be on display during the showcase Tuesday. The event will also include a
tour of some of the new facilities on the base. Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort will
eventually be home to three combat squadrons and two training squadrons of the next-
generation jets, which will replace the F-18 Hornets currently flown at the air station. The air
station is expected to get its first group of the fifth-generation fighters in January 2014, when
its first training squadron will arrive. Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, now at
Eglin, will relocate to MCAS Beaufort as part of the air station's new role. (Source: Beaufort
Gazette, 08/13/13)

Command chief gets new post
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- After two years as the 81st Training Wing's command
chief, Chief Master Sgt. Angie Johnson is leaving Keesler to become the command chief for
Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force
Base, Calif. Prior to coming to Keesler, the chief was the command chief for the 30th Space
Wing at Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Johnson, who joined the Air Force in 1985, was promoted
to the top enlisted rank six years ago. Johnson's successor will be Chief Master Sgt. Farrell
Thomas, who has served for the past three years as the special assistant to the Chief
Master Sergeant of the Air Force at the Pentagon. (Source: 81st Training Wing Public
Affairs, 08/13/13)

Move of C-130Js delayed
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- The Air Force Reserve will delay the move of C-130Js
from Keesler Air Force Base to Pope Field, N.C. The movement of planes from 815th and
345th airlift squadrons was originally scheduled for Oct. 1, but has been delayed until April
2014 and could be further delayed until Oct. 2014, according to Keesler. The aircraft are
used for tactical airlift missions locally and overseas. In addition to the loss of aircraft, the
815th Airlift Squadron and its active duty partners, the 345th Airlift Squadron, are also
slated to shut down. The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, the Hurricane Hunters,
will not lose aircraft or personnel. (Source: Sun Herald, 08/13/13) Previous: Keesler to lose
planes, squadron; 403rd to get new leader

Contract: Lockheed, $852.3M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed
$852,298,021 undefinitized modification to the previously awarded Low Rate Initial
Production Lot 6 Advance Acquisition contract. This modification provides for the
procurement of special tooling and special test equipment for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force
and the international partners, which is critical to preserving the current F-35 delivery
schedules and meeting future production rates. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas
(30 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (20 percent); Wharton, United Kingdom (20 percent); Turin,
Italy (15 percent); Nashua, N.H. (8 percent); and Baltimore, Md. (7 percent), and is expected
to be completed in December 2016. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md.,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/12/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Hopes high for land swap deal
The Greater Pensacola Chamber is working on a project to acquire 640 acres of Navy land
in Escambia County’s Beulah community and turn it into a commerce park. In exchange, the
chamber would provide the Navy with 640 acres land in neighboring Santa Rosa County not
far from Naval Air Station Whiting Field. The land the chamber wants in Escambia County is
used for military helicopter training and is adjacent to the 308-acre Navy Federal Credit
Union campus. Close to Interstate 10, the chamber sees it as a potential lure for businesses,
especially those that may be interested in moving to the region because of the Airbus
assembly line in Mobile, Ala., across the state line. If everything falls in place it will take two
years to complete. Still needed is final purchase of the Santa Rosa County land,
improvements to suit the Navy’s Training Wing 5, and final approval of the swap by the
Navy. The project cost is between $16 million to $25 million. (Source: Pensacola News
Journal, 08/11/13)

Shuttle hangars to be reused?
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Space Florida on Wednesday moved forward with plans
to renovate two former shuttle hangars. The board approved spending up to $4 million to
overhaul Orbiter Processing Facilities 1 and 2 at Kennedy Space Center, on top of $5
million committed last year from state Department of Transportation funds. The future tenant
was not identified, but is believed to be the Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, a
reusable unmanned system that resembles a small space shuttle. Previously the Air Force
confirmed studying consolidation of X-37B operations at Kennedy or the Cape. (Source:
Florida Today, 08/08/13) Gulf Coast note: NASA also has centers in Bay St. Louis, Miss.,
and New Orleans.

F-35B marks 500th vertical landing
A Lockheed Martin F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft, BF-1, completed its
500th vertical landing August 3. It’s the same plane that marked the variant's first vertical
landing in March 2010 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Next week Developmental
Test 2 (DT-2) sea trials are scheduled to begin onboard the USS Wasp. DT-2 is the second
of three planned tests aimed at defining and expanding the F-35B's shipboard operating
envelope for the U.S. Marine Corps. The first shipboard testing phase was successfully
completed in October 2011, when an F-35 successfully completed an at-sea landing. The
successful completion of the upcoming Sea Trials is key to declaring F-35 Initial Operating
Capability (IOC) for the U.S. Marine Corps in 2015. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 08/08/13)

Two drones OKd for commercial use
The Federal Aviation Administration's recent certification of two unmanned aircraft for
commercial use further opens up the U.S. market for drones. The agency in late July gave
the green light to Boeing’s Insitu ScanEagle and AeroVironment's Puma. The approval is
seen as a first step in unleashing a potentially multibillion-dollar industry that so far has
been largely limited to military and law enforcement applications. Congress in early 2012
called on the FAA to write rules by 2015 that would govern the commercial operation of
drones that can be used for everything from spraying pesticides on farmland to monitoring
sport events. The FAA said a major energy company plans to fly the ScanEagle off the
Alaska coast to survey ice flows and whale migration, and the Puma will be used for oil spill
monitoring and wildlife surveillance over the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic Ocean. The Teal
Group has estimated that annual spending on drones around the world will almost double to
$11.4 billion by 2022. (Source: Reuters, 08/08/13) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scout and Global
Hawk UAVs are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.; Camp Shelby is home of a UAV regional
flight center for the Army National Guard. The Puma is among the UAVs used at Camp
Shelby; Special Forces fly UAVs at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Space Fence shutting down?
SpaceNews reports that the Air Force is shutting down a part of its network for tracking
satellites and orbital debris, possibly as soon as Oct. 1. Gen. William Shelton, commander of
Air Force Space Command, directed that the Air Force Space Surveillance System, known
as Space Fence and a component of the U.S. space surveillance network, be closed and all
sites vacated. A memo obtained by SpaceNews to Five Rivers Services of Colorado Springs,
Colo., operator of the Space Fence tracking system, said the Air Force was not exercising
its option for a fifth year of a contract to provide management and logistical support for the
nine field stations. Space Fence is responsible for about 40 percent of all observations of
the space surveillance network. Shelton said in July that engineers at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., home of the 20th Space Control Squadron, were looking for ways to improve the
current Space Fence as a contingency plan should the Pentagon elect not to go forward
with the next-generation system. Efforts to award a contract to build and updated version of
the Space Fence system have been held up by budgetary concerns. (Sources: multiple,
including Space News, 08/06/13, International Business Times, 08/07/13, NPR, 08/08/13)
Previous: Group tackling space debris; AF begins using SBSS

Contract: CACI-ISS, $8.7M
CACI-ISS Inc., Chantilly, Va., has been awarded a $8,742,643 firm-fixed-price contract for
healthcare facilities support to support Air Force Medical Support Agency mission in areas
of program management, materiel management, which encompass receipt, storage, and
distribution of material in all Air Force medical treatment facilities worldwide and in support of
wartime contingency operations. Facility management capabilities range from basic
inventory (facility, room and real property installed equipment), work requests and project
management to regulatory compliance and graphical space management. The long list of
bases where work will be performed includes Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, and
Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, and Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Work is expected to be
completed by Aug. 31, 2016. 773 Enterprise Sourcing Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio,
Lackland AFB, Texas, is the contracting activity (Source: DoD, 08/08/13)

F-35 training ramps up
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The F-35s are continuing to ramp up training operations
and have started to simulate some combat-type missions. For the first time last month, the F-
35 was controlled by an air battle management squadron on the ground at Tyndall Air Force
Base, Fla. “It’s much more realistic. It’s what we would do in the real world,” said Col.
Stephen Jost, commander of the 33rd Operations Group at Eglin Air Force Base. As more F-
35s arrive, more sorties are flown and more students put through the F-35 training program.
The air battle managers are with the 337th Air Control Squadron, which falls under the 33rd
Operations Group but is stationed at Tyndall in Panama City. The 337th trains about 130
students a year to become air battle managers. Their radar equipment provides a much
broader view than the radars inside the F-35. The equipment can pick up anything flying
over the Gulf of Mexico from Houston to down and around the Florida peninsula and then up
the East Coast to Virginia Beach. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 08/07/13)

Navy eyes flying X-47B into 2014
The U.S. Navy hopes to continue flying its two Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat
air system demonstrators into 2014. The service had earlier said that the prototypes would
be retired after the type had demonstrated the ability to make carrier arrested recoveries
onboard the USS George H.W. Bush, accomplished July 10. The two X-47Bs will stay at
Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., while the program continues to assess potential
opportunities for additional tests at Pax River and at-sea, according to the Naval Air Systems
Command. Analyst Mackenzie Eaglen of the American Enterprise Institute said many critics
had charged that the Navy was prematurely retiring the two testbeds. (Source: Flightglobal,
08/06/13) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman Fire Scout and Global Hawk unmanned
aerial systems are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.; the Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air
Station Pensacola, Fla., eventually will get one of the X-47Bs to put on display. Previous:
Drone catapults from carrier; Drone lands on carrier

Airbus passes Boeing in July
A bulk order from easyJet in July allowed Airbus to overtake Boeing in orders for commercial
aircraft in the first seven months of this year. Airbus booked new orders for 174 jetliners in
July, thanks to a bulk order from easyJet for 135 A320 single-aisle planes. July's orders
brought to 892 the number of firm orders booked by Airbus over the first seven months of
this year, and put it well over the net firm order total of 833 recorded in 2012. All but seven
of July's new orders were for the A320 jets, a workhorse for low-cost airlines. (Source: Wall
Street Journal, 08/06/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 assembly line in
Mobile, Ala.

Reduction in furloughs announced
WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of thousands of Defense Department civilian employees who
have had to take a weekly unpaid day off from work since July 8 are getting some relief, as
the total number of furlough days has been reduced from 11 to six, Defense Secretary
Chuck Hagel announced today. (Source: DoD, 08/06/13) Gulf Coast note: Civilian workers in
the Gulf Coast’s multiple bases have been subjected to furloughs.

Contract: Nova Group, $14.9M
Nova Group Inc., Napa, Calif., was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum value
of $14,952,400 for the construction of a fuel storage facility at Hurlburt Field in Mary Esther,
Fla. A combination of fiscal 2009, fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2013 military construction funds are
being obligated on this award. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with eight bids
received. The Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (Source:
DoD, 08/06/13)

Armament director gets second star
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Newly promoted Maj. Gen. Scott Jansson received his new
stars during a pin-on ceremony Aug. 2 at Eglin. Jansson, the Air Force Program Executive
Officer for Weapons, Armament Directorate, pinned on the rank of major general in a
ceremony officiated by Lt. Gen. C.D. Moore II, commander, Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center. There are just more than 100 major generals in the entire Air Force.
(Source: Team Eglin Public Affairs, 08/05/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $39.4M
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded a
$39,427,558 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide
flight test, technical, management, and process support services necessary to update and
maintain operational software, vendor software, maintenance-related software, and
laboratory support software in support of the MH-60R/S and SH-60B aircraft. Work will be
performed in Owego, N.Y. (85 percent); Patuxent River, Md. (12 percent); Pascagoula, Miss.
(1.5 percent); and Bath, Maine (1.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in September
2015. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 07/31/13)

Another Mobile firm tapped
MOBILE, Ala. -- Mobile-based Thompson Engineering has been selected to provide
engineering services for Package D of the Airbus final assembly line being built at Brookley
Aeroplex. Birmingham-based Hoar Program Management announced the contract Thursday.
It will include design for utilities, parking lots, airfield pavements, security, electrical,
communications, infrastructure and landscaping. The infrastructure involved includes
taxiways, aprons, traffic and logistics areas as well as green areas. (Source: al.com,
08/01/13)

ROPS OKd for A320ceo
Airbus has achieved initial EASA certification of its Runway Overrun Prevention System
(ROPS) technology on A320 current engine option family aircraft. This on-board cockpit
technology, which Airbus has pioneered over several years and is now in service on the
A380, increases pilots’ situational awareness during landing, reduces exposure to runway
excursion risk, and if necessary, provides active protection. In March American Airlines
selected ROPS to equip its A320 Family fleet. European Aviation Safety Agency certification
of ROPS on the A320ceo is the next step in making ROPS available for line-fit and retrofit to
other Airbus models including very soon the A320ceo with Sharklets, the A330 Family, and
also the A320 new engine option. (Source: Airbus, 08/01/13) Gulf Coast note: A320 aircraft
will be built in Mobile, Ala., beginning in 2015.

Airbus posts two job openings
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus America posted two more job openings related to manufacturing
activities at its developing assembly line at Brookley Aeroplex. The company is seeking one
person to fill the role of Avionics/Electrical Installation Station Coordinator and another to fill
the role of Mechanical Installation Station Coordinator. In both jobs, during the project phase
of the assembly line, these individuals will help coordinate preparation of the assembly
process of the stations these roles support and help ensure a smooth start-up of Airbus' U.
S. assembly line. Once production starts they will direct and coordinate work on the stations
they support. Ground was broken in April on the $600 million A320 assembly line. (Source:
Airbus, 07/29/13) Full job description

R&D important for EADS
MOBILE, Ala. – The chief technology officer from aerospace giant EADS told an audience in
Mobile, Ala., that cybersecurity, alternative fuels and aerodynamics are key research and
development areas for the company. And the company wants to develop partnerships with
the University of South Alabama and others to develop those areas in the coming decades.
Jean Botti was a speaker at the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce’s Advisors and
Directors Summer Meeting. “We need to bring research into (the mix) to maximize
opportunities with Alabama,” Botti told the capacity crowd. EADS has more than 350 global
partnerships that have led to products needed by the aerospace company. Earlier, Botti
toured USA facilities, including the College of Engineering and School of Computing.
(Source: al.com, 07/31/13)


JULY 2013

SLS core segment completed
NEW ORLEANS -- The first liquid hydrogen tank barrel segment for the core stage of
NASA's new launch vehicle, the Space Launch System (SLS), recently was completed at the
agency's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The segment is considered a
"confidence" barrel segment because it validates the vertical weld center is working the way
it should. The vertical weld center is a friction-stir-weld tool for wet and dry structures on the
SLS core stage. Friction stir welding uses frictional heating, combined with forging pressure,
to produce high-strength bonds virtually free of defects. NASA and The Boeing Company
engineers have been conducting friction-stir-welding tests at Michoud to ensure quality and
safety of flight hardware. Boeing is the prime contractor for the SLS core stage, including its
avionics. Marshall manages the SLS Program for the agency. (Source: Space Travel,
07/31/13)

EADS getting new name
The parent of Airbus is changing its name from EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and
Space Co.) to Airbus Group and shuffling its space and military units into one division.
Airbus Group, renamed after its highly successful commercial airliner subsidiary, will consist
of three divisions: Airbus, comprising all commercial operations; defense and space, which
combines the company's Cassidian defense division with aerospace unit Astrium; and
helicopters. The changes will begin in January and be completed during the year. EADS was
formed from French, German and Spanish aerospace companies 13 years ago. (Sources:
Wall Street Journal, BBC, Financial Times, 07/31/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an
A320 assembly line at Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Ala.

F-35 comment period ends
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The time for residents to comments on a proposal to allow
more F-35 jets to fly over Valparaiso ended Monday. The Northwest Florida Daily News
reports that nearly 70 people, most from Valparaiso or nearby, lodged comments, according
to a preliminary analysis provided by Mike Spaits, environmental spokesman for Eglin Air
Force Base. About 20 percent favored lifting restrictions on the runway that would send F-
35 traffic over Valparaiso. The main concerns of those opposed to the plan are noise and
impacts to property values, Spaits said. A final report is expected to be released to the
public this fall. The 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin now hosts 30 of the military’s newest fighter
jets. Eglin is home of the integrated training center for all F-35 training. (Source: Northwest
Florida Daily News, 07/30/13)

Contract: Multiple, $300M
Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions, Owego, N.Y., TYBRIN Corp.,
Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; Harris IT Services Corp., Dulles, Va.; SRA International, Fairfax,
Va.; Raytheon, Garland, Texas; and L-3 National Security Solutions, Reston, Va., were
awarded a $960,000,000 multiple award contract for Network-Centric Solutions-2
(NETCENTS-2) Application Services. This contract will provide services such as
sustainment, migration, integration, training, help desk support, testing and operational
support. The period of performance is seven years, and the ordering period is a three year
basic period with four 12-month options, if exercised. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center/HICK, Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 07/29/13)

Deal reached on F-35s
The Defense Department and Lockheed Martin reached agreement on orders for 71 more F-
35s worth as much as $7 billion, according to a report by Reuters. The deal includes 36 jets
in the sixth lot and 35 in the seventh, with 60 going to the U.S. military and 11 for Australia,
Italy, Turkey and Britain. The government negotiates separately with Pratt & Whitney for the
plane's engines. (Source: Reuters, 07/29/13)

100th CNI delivered for F-35
SAN DIEGO -- Northrop Grumman delivered its 100th AN/ASQ-242 communications,
navigation and identification (CNI) system to Lockheed Martin Corp. for integration into the F-
35. The CNI system provides pilots with the capability of more than 27 avionics functions.
The design allows the simultaneous operation of multiple functions, including Identification
Friend or Foe, navigation, and various voice and data communications. Northrop Grumman
also produces the center fuselage, radar and electro-optical subsystem, software and more
for the F-35. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 07/29/13) Gulf Coast note: The F-35 Integrated
Training Center is at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

Italy begins F-35 assembly
Assembly of the first F-35 to be produced outside the United States has begun in Italy at a
22-building complex with more than a million square feet of covered space. Manufacturers
delivered major structural components to the new final assembly and check-out (FACO)
facility at Cameri Air Base, west of Milan. The facility will assemble the first F-35A
conventional takeoff and landing variant, designated AL-1, for the Italian air force and
eventually those for the Netherlands, if that country confirms acquisitions. The plant is
operated by a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Alenia Aermacchi. It will also build the
wings for all F-35 partner nationals and other potential customers. (Source: AINonline,
07/26/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated
training center.

NASA told to go slow on lease
Two congressmen are concerned NASA might award use of a Kennedy Space Center
launch pad in Florida to a company that wants exclusive use. The two members of the
House subcommittee that approves NASA budgets said Launch Complex 39A is a unique,
tax-funded asset that should be available to multiple rocket launchers. NASA doesn't need
the former shuttle pad, one of two at KSC, and is offering it to companies to operate and
maintain by Oct. 1. SpaceX and Blue Origin are known to have submitted proposals.
SpaceX, which has already brought cargo to the International Space Station, wants exclusive
use of the pad to accommodate a steady pace of launches. Blue Origin won't be ready to
launch before 2018, but proposes to operate and modify the pad and make it available to
interested users by 2015. (Source: Florida Today, 07/25/13) Gulf Coast note: NASA’s
Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, are both
involved in NASA and commercial space programs. Blue Origin has done testing at SSC.

100th F-35 in final production
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The 100th F-35, the first aircraft destined for Luke Air Force Base
in Glendale, Ariz., has entered the last stage of final assembly. The conventional takeoff and
landing aircraft, AF-41, is scheduled to arrive at the base next year. In June, the Air Force
announced its decision to increase the number of squadrons at Luke to six with 144 aircraft,
which will make it the largest F-35 base worldwide. Luke will also serve as an F-35A
International Training site. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 07/25/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the training center for all variants of the F-35 and all the services as well
as international partners.

335th TRS changes command
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – Lt. Col. Dorene Ross took over as commander of the
335th Training Squadron from Lt. Col. Bradley McAlpine during a change of command
ceremony July 22. Col. George Tombe, 81st Training Group commander, was the officiating
officer for the event at the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility. (Source:
Keesler, 07/23/13)

F-35 courts international customers
Lockheed Martin is looking toward international sales to keep the F-35 program aloft in an
age of sequestration. Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed President and CEO, said that over the
next five years "close to 50 percent of our orders will come from international customers." In
the pre-sequestration fiscal 2014 budget, the Pentagon plans to order just more than 300 F-
35s in all three variants in the next five years. International customers are expected to place
multiyear orders for most or all of their planned fleets, so Hewson's prediction is likely to be
accurate if Australia, Britain, Japan and other customers maintain their current plans and the
campaign to sell the F-35 to South Korea is successful. (Source: Aviation Week, 07/25/13)

F-35 deal near
Lockheed Martin is making progress in negotiations with the Pentagon about the next two
batches of F-35 fighter jets and hopes to reach agreement soon, Chief Executive Marillyn
Hewson said on Tuesday. Lockheed is building three models of the F-35 for the U.S. military
and eight international partner countries: Britain, Australia, Canada, Norway, Turkey, Italy,
Denmark and the Netherlands. Israel and Japan have also ordered the jet. The total number
of jets involved is 71, with 36 planes to be purchased in the sixth production lot, and 35 in
the seventh, said Joe DellaVedova, spokesman for the Pentagon's F-35 office. He said that
number includes 60 F-35s for the U.S. military, and 11 for Australia, Italy, Turkey and Britain.
(Source: Reuters, 07/23/13) Gulf Coast note: Pilots and maintainers of F-35 fighters are
trained at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

American gets first A320
American Airlines on Tuesday took delivery of its first A320 family aircraft at a ceremony at
Airbus facilities in Hamburg, Germany. Representatives from American Airlines, Airbus and
CFM International celebrated the first of 260 Airbus single-aisles the airline has selected.
American’s A319s will seat 128 passengers in a two-class configuration, and will be used
initially on the airline’s domestic route network. The aircraft, powered by two CFM56
engines, is the first A319 to feature sharklets, composite wingtip devices that improve fuel
efficiency. Sharklets are an option on all new A320 family aircraft, and will be standard on all
A320neo family. (Source: Airbus, 07/23/13) Gulf Coast note: An A320 final assembly line is
being built in Mobile, Ala., at Brookley Aeroplex.

AVIC buys Thielert
Aviation Industries Corp. (AVIC), China’s biggest aerospace company, agreed to buy
Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH, shifting the insolvent German supplier’s focus from military
drones to private aircraft. Bloomberg reports that AVIC International Holding Ltd. plans to
leverage Thielert’s civil engine operations to capitalize on an anticipated private aviation
boom. The sale finalizes insolvency proceedings for the Hamburg, Germany-based propeller-
engine maker. AVIC purchased Mobile-based engine makter Continental Motors for $186
million in April 2011 and also bought Minnesota-based planemaker Cirrus Aircraft. (Sources:
al.com, Bloomberg, 07/23/13)

AF team leaves Whiting
NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. -- A 19-year arrangement ended when the last
Air Force pilot finished his instrumentation test this week. Nearly 100 Air Force student pilots
annually have taken the main phase of their flight training at Naval Air Station Whiting Field
while the same number of Navy pilots have trained at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Okla.
But the services decided to end the reciprocal agreement to save travel expenses and trim
other associated costs. Although the Air Force’s exit means no more of its student pilots at
Whiting, 18 of that branch’s instructors will continue to be based there to help train Naval
and Coast Guard students. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 07/24/13)

AF addressing pilot shortage
A salary up to $97,400 and a signing bonus of $225,000 may help the Air Force replenish
its thinning rank of fighter pilots. The shortfall of 200 this year could grow to 700 by 2021 if
something isn't done, officials said. The Air Force, which has about 3,000 fighter pilots,
wants veteran pilots to make a nine-year commitment to fly fighters. The problem is, many
military pilots find the lure of being a commercial pilot hard to resist. It costs about $6 million
to train a fighter pilot. The competition between the military and airlines for pilots promises to
be fierce in the future as airlines seek out young talent to replace retirees. Boeing last year
estimated a global need for 460,000 new commercial pilots over the next two decades.
(Source: Los Angeles Times, 07/22/13) Gulf Coast note: Pilots from all branches are
learning to fly F-35s at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and Air Force pilots train on F-22s at
Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Naval aviators have initial training in Florida at Pensacola and
Milton.

Astronauts climb in CST-100
HOUSTON -- Astronauts at Johnson Space Center got a first look at Boeing's CST-100
space capsule Monday. A Boeing manager said the primary mission of astronauts who use
CST-100 isn't flying the spacecraft but going to the International Space Station for six
months. Boeing is one of the companies building spacecraft to fly astronauts to and from
ISS. SpaceX and Sierra Nevada are also building them. (Source: al.com, 07/23/13) Gulf
Coast note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility, La., are both
involved in NASA and commercial space programs.

RAK mulls three plane types
RAK Airways of the northern Gulf emirate of Ras Al Khaimah said it's in talks with Boeing,
Airbus and Bombardier about an order for at least 10 single-aisle aircraft to meet expansion
plans. State-backed RAK is looking at the Boeing 737-800, Airbus A320 and the CSeries jet
from Bombardier. It hopes to make a choice by the end of the year or early next. The United
Arab Emirates home to five separate airlines operating full-size jets, four of them offering
short-haul services. RAK Airways currently serves nine cities including Cairo, Doha in Qatar,
Kathmandu in Nepal, Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and Chittagong in Bangladesh using two
A320s and two 737-400s. (Source: Bloomberg, 07/22/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building
an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

FTC OKs Avio purchase
The Federal Trade Commission has given a thumbs up to General Electric's purchase of the
aeronautics unit of engine-maker Avio SpA. GE agreed not to interfere with the development
of a key engine component for United Technologies Pratt & Whitney, an aircraft engine
maker that competes with GE. The agreement resolves FTC charges that the proposed $4.3
billion acquisition unveiled in December would be anticompetitive.The concerns stemmed
from the fact that GE and Pratt & Whitney are the sole firms that make engines for the
Airbus A320neo. The FTC's move follows a decision earlier this month by the European
Commission to clear the purchase, saying possible conflicts of interest had been addressed.
Avio makes components for commercial and military jet engines as well as propulsion
systems for satellite-launch vehicles. (Source: WSJ, 07/19/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus will
be building A320neo jets in Mobile, Ala. Previous

Airbus posts for new job
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas is seeking a quality conformance specialist for its final
assembly line being built at the Mobile Aeroplex. The successful candidate will work with the
company’s quality project team in Hamburg, Germany, responsible for designing how quality
inspections will be performed at Airbus’ first U.S. assembly line. Airbus broke ground in April
on the $600 million A320 assembly line, which will employ 1,000 people directly when it
reaches full annual production. (Source: al.com, 07/22/13)

Airbus revises numbers
Airbus has raised its order target for 2013 to more than 1,000 aircraft, compared with a
previous goal of over 800, sales chief John Leahy told Reuters on Friday. The new target
puts Airbus on course to beat its 2012 gross order tally of 914 aircraft, Leahy said on the
sidelines of an event to mark the 1,000th delivery of an Airbus A330 aircraft. Airbus is trying
to regain leadership of the $100 billion annual jet market after Boeing grabbed the top spot
in both orders and deliveries last year. So far Boeing is winning this year's order race.
(Source: Reuters, 07/19/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line
in Mobile, Ala.

Navy gets upgraded Fire Scout
Northrop Grumman delivered the first upgraded version of the Fire Scout unmanned
helicopter to the U.S. Navy earlier this month in preparation for ground and flight testing.
The new MQ-8C delivered to the Naval Air Systems Command uses a Bell helicopter
airframe, which is larger than the airframe used in the MQ-8B. But both aircraft share proven
software, avionics, payloads and ship ancillary equipment. The upgraded Fire Scout
responds to an urgent need to provide the Navy with increased endurance, range and
payload. It has three times the payload and double the endurance of the MQ-8B, which
currently operates on Navy frigates and in Afghanistan, where it provides intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to maritime and ground commanders. The first
deployment of the upgraded MQ-8 system with the MQ-8C Fire Scout aircraft will be in 2014.
(Source: Northrop Grumman via PRNewswire, 071913) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built
in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Navy’s second MUOS launched
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The Navy's second Mobile User Objective
System (MUOS) satellite was launched Friday at 9 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex
41. The launch of the satellite atop an Atlas V is a key step in providing enhanced satellite
communications for the Navy and Department of Defense. MUOS is a next-generation
narrowband tactical satellite communications system designed to improve beyond-line-of-
sight communications for U.S. forces. MUOS will provide military users 10 times more
communications capacity over the existing system by leveraging 3G mobile technology,
including simultaneous voice and data capability. (Source: NNS, 07/19/13) Gulf Coast note:
Work on the core propulsion system for the MUOS, an A2100 satellite-based spacecraft, is
done at Stennis Space Center, Miss. Previous

EADS eyes name change
The European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co., EADS, is considering changing the
company's name to the Airbus Group, Reuters reports. The change would reflect the
success of the company's commercial aircraft sales. Airbus, a subsidiary of EADS, accounts
for two thirds of EADS revenue and continue to increase as airlines move towards more fuel-
efficient models. Airbus broke ground in April on an A320 assembly line at Brookley
Aeroplex in Mobile, Ala. The name change possibility is part of a broader move to reorganize
some business units. Changes will be discussed by the board of directors at the end of July.
(Sources: al.com, Reuters, 07/18/13)

Resort taking shape
Construction crews are less than a year away from completing a resort in Northwest Florida
being developed under an enhanced use lease (EUL) with the Air Force. The Holiday Inn
Resort, slated to open in the spring of 2014, is being built on 17 acres of land on Santa
Rosa Island owned by Eglin Air Force Base. The land is used to perform telemetry testing by
the 96th Test Wing. The 50-year lease agreement the Emerald Breeze Resort Group
entered into with the Air Force in November calls for the developer to make monthly lease
payments based on hotel revenue. In addition, the developer will provide infrastructure for
Eglin’s 96th Test Wing to install test monitoring equipment on the hotel’s roof that previously
sat at ground level. The construction team is getting ready to pour the fifth floor sometime
before August. (Source: AFCEC Public Affairs, 07/18/13)

Measure to close MSFC withdrawn
WASHINGTON -- A measure to create a commission to look at consolidating Alabama's
Marshall Space Flight Center and Mississippi's Stennis Space Center was withdrawn at the
last minute Thursday. Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., who represents an area where Goddard
Space Flight Center is located, was reportedly upset over cuts in programs managed by
Goddard. Her amendment would have directed the BRAC-like panel to study MSFC and
SSC "to determine if their rocket-related activities should be combined in one location." The
measure also directed the panel to look at moving Marshall's work to Stennis or Houston's
Johnson Space Center. (Sources: SpaceNews, WAFF-TV, al.com, 07/18/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $70.4M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $70,358,000 modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract
to provide long lead-time parts, material and components required for the delivery of seven
conventional take off and landing F-35 aircraft and one short take-off vertical landing F-35
for the government of Italy. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to
be completed in February 2014. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is
the contracting authority. (Source: DoD, 07/18/13)

Cygnus to visit ISS this fall
Orbital Sciences' cargo spacecraft is set to make its first flight to the International Space
Station in September. The Dulles, Va., company has a launch window between Sept. 14 and
19 for the Cygnus cargo ship. It will be launched atop an Orbital Science Antares rocket,
which made its first test flight in April from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia.
Orbital was awarded a NASA contract to provide at least eight resupply flights to the ISS.
(Source: Space.com, 07/16/13) Gulf Coast note: The first stage Antares is powered by twin
Aerojet AJ26 engines tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss. Previous

Tyndall target drone crashes
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- An unmanned Air Force QF-4 target drone assigned to
the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group crashed on the drone runway during take-off at 8:25 a.
m. Wednesday. No personnel were injured. U.S. 98 was closed and will remain so up to 24
hours. Target drones are equipped with a self-destruct charge powered by a short-life
battery that will be fully depleted in 24 hours. The crash occurred while a second drone was
in the air. That drone, as planned, was destroyed by a missile over the Gulf of Mexico. The
drones assigned to the 53rd WEG run about 100 missions each year. A QF-4, which will
ultimately be replaced by QF-16s, is 63 feet long 16 feet high and weighs 30,328 pounds.
With fuel it's about 35,000 pounds. Just a week ago another QF-4 was destroyed near Port
St. Joe after it veered from its planned flight path. (Source: Panama City News Herald,
Northwest Florida Daily News, 07/17/13) Previous

100th F-35 targeting system delivered
Lockheed Martin recently delivered the 100th Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) for
the F-35. It combines forward-looking infrared and infrared search and track functionality to
provide pilots with situational awareness and air-to-air and air-to-surface targeting from a
safe distance. "F-35 pilots can use the imagery to determine exactly where to strike while
staying out of harm's way," said Ken Fuhr, director of fixed wing programs at Lockheed
Martin Missiles and Fire Control. Lockheed Martin is producing EOTS under the seventh low-
rate initial production contract. Components of EOTS are manufactured at the company's
Ocala, Fla., and Santa Barbara, Calif., facilities. Lockheed Martin also manufactures the low
observable window for the aircraft at the company's Orlando, Fla., facility. (Source:
Lockheed Martin, 07/12/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
Integrated Training Center.

McArtor: Relationship the key
Relationships. That’s what it all boils down to, according to Airbus Americas Chairman Allan
McArtor, as the reason his company chose Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Ala., for its A320
final assembly line. He wrote in a guest column for CNBC that accompanied CNBC’s
“America’s Top States for Business 2013.” McArtor wrote that Airbus felt Mobile and
Alabama would be the ones to stand with the company and meet its needs. He wrote that
Airbus builds strong relationships with its customers, who work closely with the Airbus
through the many years a plane serves the carrier. That’s the same kind of relationship
Alabama and Mobile formed with Airbus going back to the days the company was trying to
win a contract to build Air Force aerial tankers. The first Mobile-assembled A320 will be
delivered in 2016. (Source: al.com, CNBC, 07/15/13, al.com, 07/16/13)

505th CCW gets new commander
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – Col. Daniel J. Orcutt, former Strategy Division chief of the 609th
Air Operations Center in Southwest Asia, received the guidon and command of the 505th
Command and Control Wing during a change of command ceremony July 9. He took over
from Col. Mustafa Koprucu. Maj. Gen. Jeffery Lofgren, the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center
commander, presided over the ceremony. The 505th CCW is the Air Force's only wing
dedicated to operational-level command and control testing, training and tactics
development. The Wing's units are distributed across 14 locations in 12 states. The wing is
headquartered at Hurlburt. (Source: 1st SOW, 07/16/13)

F-35 equipment team named best
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- One of the Air Force's newest aircrew flight equipment
teams is now the Air Force's best. The 33rd Fighter Wing's aircrew flight equipment flight
was chosen the best in the Air Force in the small program category for 2012. The wing is the
only unit to fly and train on the F-35A fifth generation fighter. "This outstanding feat was
accomplished amidst a year of numerous challenges in stand-up operations for the F-35,"
said Col. Todd Canterbury, the 33rd Fighter Wing commander. "It shows how hard their
team worked to be considered the best in the Air Force." (Source: AFNS, 07/16/13)

Cherry Point depot gets F-35B
CHERRY POINT, N.C. -- The first F-35B is now at Cherry Point Fleet Readiness Center East
to undergo modifications. The FRC East is the first Naval Aviation Depot to do the first
modifications on the F-35. FRC workers will reinforce hinges on doors that allow the F-35B
to take off and land vertically as part of the first modification to the jets. Such modifications
are common once an aircraft joins the fleet. Lt. Col. Steve C. Gillette, of Marine Fighter
Attack Training Squadron 501, flew the F-35 unescorted from Elgin Air Force Base, Fla., to
Cherry Point on July 9. Eglin is home of the Integrated Training Center for the F-35.
(Source: Havelock News, 07/15/13)

EasyJet firms up orders
The U.K.’s easyJet firmed up an order for 135 A320 medium-haul, single-aisle aircraft from
Airbus. The initial agreement was announced in June. EasyJet signed firm contracts for 35
A320s with currently available engines and 100 that will be powered by new, more fuel-
efficient engines. EasyJet is the U.K.’s largest airline, carrying 55 million passenger a year. It’
s also the largest A320 family customer and operator in Europe. (Source: Airbus, 07/11/13)

Pilot cadre grows to 100
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Maj. Robert Miller became the 100th pilot to fly the
Lockheed Martin F-35 when he took to the skies above Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., for a
training flight on July 9. Miller’s 90-minute familiarization flight included normal operations for
aircraft handling and landings in an F-35A fighter. The flight followed academic and
simulator instruction at Eglin’s Integrated Training Center, which provides pilot and
maintainer training for the three F-35 variants. The joint service partners at Eglin have flown
2,292 F-35 hours and have 28 aircraft, the largest fleet of F-35s in the world. About 100
pilots and 2,200 maintainers will be qualified annually through the training system at the
base. The Lockheed Martin training system is also operational at Marine Corps Air Station
Yuma, Ariz. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 07/11/13)

Wade says hangars needed
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport needs new hangars
to lure a top tier aerospace company. That's according to Bay County Economic
Development Alliance Director Neal Wade. Although Wade would not name names because
of a confidentiality agreement, he said there's one contender to bring 700 aerospace jobs to
the West Bay area near the airport. Wade wants two hangars. The cost is in the vicinity of
$30 million, airport officials said. Wade said a couple of potential sources for funding are
being worked. Airport Executive Director Parker W. McClellan agreed. "We have 50 acres
ready to go tomorrow ... All we need is one hangar to get started." McClellan said if one
hangar opened, there could be 50 to 200 additional acres of property that could be
developed. Wade noted that in April, Commercial Jet, an aircraft maintenance company,
announced the opening of a 400,000-square-foot facility at Alabama's Dothan Regional
Airport. "Commercial Jet is in Dothan because they have hangars there and that's the
reason they are not here," Wade said. (Source: News Herald, 07/10/13)

Drone destroyed after malfunction
PORT ST. JOE, Fla. – A drone aircraft out of Tyndall Air Force Base plunged into the Gulf of
Mexico near St. Joseph Peninsula State Park after it was destroyed by ground controllers. A
Gulf County sheriff’s office dispatcher received a call about 10:30 a.m. that a flaming object
had plunged into the water just off shore. Tyndall officials said an unmanned Air Force QF-4
target drone assigned to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group was destroyed after it went
“haywire” and left its safety zone. The drone, an F-4 Phantom converted to fly without a
pilot, carries a self-destruct charge and was destroyed as it returned to base after a routine
operation. (Source: The Sun, 07/10/13)

Contract: SRI, $230M
SRI International, Menlo Park, Calif., has been awarded a $230,000,000 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for hardware, software, prototype systems, spiral
software enhancements and installation training support for the Digital Video Laboratory III.
The basic contract is a five-year contract; with the work for the first delivery order performed
at Princeton, N.J., and is expected to be completed by July 9, 2014. Air Force Test
Center/PZIE, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/10/13)

Drone lands on carrier
A robot aircraft made history when its tailhook caught a cable and it made a successful
arrested landing on the flight deck of a moving aircraft carrier off the coast of Virginia today.
"It isn't very often you get a glimpse of the future. Today, those of us aboard USS George H.
W. Bush got that chance,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. The Northrop Grumman-
built X-47B, a tail-less, unmanned combat aircraft about the size of a fighter, landed
autonomously using GPS and sophisticated software. Named "Salty Dog 502," the
unmanned aircraft took off from the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., and headed for
the carrier, the same ship where an X-47B for the first time executed a catapult launch in
May. Two arrested landings were successful, but after reporters and VIPs left, a third
landing was aborted when the aircraft itself detected a navigation computer issue. It landed
safely back on land. (Sources: Navy, NBC News, Los Angeles Times, Breaking Defense,
07/10/13) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman builds portions of two unmanned aircraft,
Fire Scout and Global Hawk, in Moss Point, Miss.

Air show goes on
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Although sequestration has grounded the Navy Blue Angels from
participating in the summer air show at Pensacola Beach, the show is being held with an all-
civilian lineup. Twenty-four civilian aircraft will participate in the show Friday and Saturday.
The big question for beach businesses is whether a show without the Navy flight
demonstration team, based at nearby Naval Air Station Pensacola, will draw as many
visitors. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 07/10/13)

Drone’s arrested carrier landing
An unmanned X-47B is scheduled to make its first arrested landing aboard an aircraft carrier
in a historic first on Wednesday. The Northrop Grumman-built aircraft, called “Salty Dog
502,” will leave Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., and head for the USS George H.W.
Bush, sailing off the coast of Virginia, for the arrested landing aboard CVN 77. Landing on a
carrier deck is one of the most challenging tasks for a naval aviator. There will be nobody on
the surface controlling the landing. Rather, the X-47B will land autonomously using precision
GPS navigation, a high-integrity network connection and advanced flight control software to
guide itself through the turbulent air behind the aircraft carrier and onto the moving flight
deck. (Source: Navy Live, 07/09/13) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman builts portions of
the Fire Scout and Global Hawk unmanned systems in Moss Point, Miss. Previous: Drone
catapults from carrier; Drone makes arrested landing

403rd to get new leader
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- Col. Jay Jensen, commander of the 403rd Wing at
Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., is being reassigned to the Pentagon. Jensen will be
senior Air Force policy administrator for the Reserve Forces Policy Board. In that job he’ll
advocate for the role of reservists. A new commander will take over the 403rd at the end of
this month. The makeup of the 403rd is changing. The Hurricane Hunters will stay at Keesler
but 10 of the C-130J planes in the 403rd are being transferred to North Carolina. The active
duty 345th will be reassigned to other active duty posts and the 815th Flying Jennies will be
dissolved. (Source: Sun Herald, 07/08/13)

Budget closes museum on Mondays
NAVAL AIR STATION PENSACOLA – The National Naval Aviation Museum will be closed
Mondays because of sequestration. The first day of the closing was this week, and it will
remain in effect through September. The museum, which has no cover charge, is closed on
Mondays because federal employees handle management of the museum. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 07/09/13)

Civilian jobs being cut
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Twenty-nine civilian positions will be eliminated at Naval Air Station
Pensacola later this year. Another 15 will be eliminated at Naval Air Station Whiting Field. In
Pensacola, jobs are being cut from force protection, command management and morale,
welfare and recreation. The Reduction in Force will occur Nov. 30. (Source: WEAR-TV,
07/08/13)

Accelerator drawing businesses
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- GE Aviation, which opened its Ellisville plant in May, is now renting
laboratory space in The Accelerator innovation center to train new employees to make
components for jet engines. The first course, Composites 101, consists of two eight-hour
days where trainees learn the fundamentals of working with composites such as carbon fiber
and resins. Composites 102 is several more eight-hour classes. Two other new businesses
are Vatican Capital, a private equity investment firm that moved to The Accelerator in March,
and Radiance Technologies, which moved in at the beginning of the year. Radiance,
established in Huntsville in 1999, develops electronics, polymers and military applications.
(Source: Hattiesburg American, 07/07/13) The Accelerator business incubator was
developed by the University of Southern Mississippi.

NASA seeks lunar partners
NASA is offering its expertise and test facilities to potential lunar-lander partners who might
be able to help mount scientific missions to the Moon as early as 2018. A request for
information published July 2 seeks concepts for "an industry-developed robotic lander that
can be integrated with a launch vehicle for the purposes of supporting commercial (and
potentially future NASA) missions." The responses are due Aug. 2. NASA is proposing no-
exchange-of-funds partnerships under Space Act agreements or other mechanisms, offering
its technical expertise, test facilities, and some hardware and software to private companies
willing to put up funding for lander development. NASA is piggybacking on the Google Lunar
X Prize, $30 million in prizes to teams that can land a robotic spacecraft on the lunar
surface. Right now 22 teams worldwide are in the running, working against a deadline of
Dec. 31, 2015. (Source: Aviation Week, 07/05/13) Gulf Coast note: NASA has two facilities
in the Gulf Coast region: Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility, New
Orleans.

Contract: UT, $134M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded a $133,979,288 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to a previously awarded
advance acquisition contract. This modification provides for non-recurring and recurring
sustainment, site activation and depot activation efforts in support of the Joint Strike Fighter
F135 Propulsion System Low Rate Initial Production Lot VI. Work will be performed in East
Hartford, Conn. (63 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (25 percent), and Bristol, United Kingdom
(12 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2015. This contract combines
purchases for the U.S. Air Force (44.1 percent); U. S. Marine Corps (23.5 percent); the U.S.
Navy (21.6 percent); and the governments of the United Kingdom (2.1 percent); Italy (2
percent); Turkey (1.6 percent); Australia (1.6 percent); the Netherlands (1.3 percent);
Canada (1 percent); Norway (.8 percent); and Denmark (.4 percent). The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/05/13) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Syphax orders six A320 jetliners
Tunisia's Syphax Airlines ordered six aircraft from the Airbus A320 family, an order worth
about $575 million. Syphax has confirmed its order to buy three A320neo, which
incorporates more fuel efficient engines and “sharklet” wing tip devices, and three A320
aircraft. The aircraft will be powered by CFM engines, according to Airbus. The list price of
an A320neo is $100.2 million and the standard A320 is $91.5 million. At the end of June
2013, firm orders for the NEO stood at 2245 from 40 customers. (Sources: Airbus, Wall
Street Journal, 07/04/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus broke ground in April on a $600 million
A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Northrop gets simulator contract
Northrop Grumman last week won a training-simulation contract potentially worth $490
million to support the Air Force's next-generation air-combat virtual-training network.
Northrop Grumman Information Systems of Herndon, Va., was awarded the follow-on support
for the Combat Air Force Distributed Mission Operations and Integration program, according
to the Defense Department. The company will develop and manage the "Distributed Mission
Operations Network 2.0" at its Orlando operation with work to be completed by June 30,
2018. The system will connect dissimilar combat-aircraft simulators, from fighters to refueling
aircraft, to the same interactive trainer. Lockheed Martin also competed for the project,
according to a senior defense analyst for the Frost & Sullivan consulting firm. Lockheed's
Mission Systems & Training unit in Orlando, among other projects, manages the F-35 pilot-
training center at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., one of the centers that would connect to the Air
Force's mission-operations training network. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Agile
Combat Support, Simulators Division, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the
contracting activity. Northrop Grumman's simulation division lost a bid earlier this year for a
trio of contracts related to virtual-training systems for the Littoral Combat Ship, the Navy's
new, advanced warship. (Sources: DoD, 06/27/13, Orlando Sentinel 07/03/13) The
Independence-class variant of the LCS is built in Mobile, Ala., by Austal USA.

West takes over 1st SOW
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Col. Bill West took command of the 1st Special Operations Wing
during a change of command ceremony Wednesday. West, a navigator, comes to Hurlburt
from his position as commander of the 27th Special Operations Group at Cannon Air Force
Base in New Mexico. West succeeds Col. Jim Slife, who has headed the wing for two years.
The 1st SOW oversees operations at Hurlburt Field, the most deployed installation in the Air
Force. It employs more than 8,700 airmen and almost 2,000 civilians. During Slife’s two
years, the wing was in a near-constant state of deployment, conducting combat operations
in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Libya, South America and the Horn of Africa. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 07/03/13)

7th SFG gets new leader
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Col. Christopher Riga became the latest commander of the
7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) during a change of command ceremony Wednesday.
He becomes the group’s third commander since they moved from Fort Bragg, N.C., to its
new 500-acre cantonment in Eglin Air Force Base. Riga replaces Col. Antonio Fletcher, who
has served as commander of the 7th Special Forces Group for two years. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 07/03/13)

Harman to lead Okaloosa airports
Sunil Harman, Okaloosa County’s new airports director, is scheduled to start work July 23.
County commissioners unanimously approved Harman’s selection Tuesday night. Harman,
who has worked as Tallahassee’s aviation director since 2011, was chosen from an original
pool of 175 applicants. He will oversee Northwest Florida Regional Airport, Destin Airport
and Bob Sikes Airport in Crestview. Harman replaces Greg Donovan, who left in March 1.
(Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 07/03/13)

Lockheed delivers 3rd HEO
Lockheed Martin has delivered the third of four highly elliptical earth orbit (HEO) satellite
payloads contracted by the U.S. Air Force as part of the Space Based Infrared System
(SBIRS). Featuring a mix of satellites in geosynchronous orbit, the SBIRS program provides
improved missile warning capabilities. The contracts include four HEO payloads, four GEO
satellites, and ground assets to receive, process, and disseminate the infrared mission data.
The first two HEO payloads were delivered in 2004 and 2005. Prior to its delivery, the HEO 3
payload successfully completed environmental and functional testing to demonstrate
performance in family with HEOs 1 and 2. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 07/01/13) 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.

Contract: EADS, $12.9M
EADS North America, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $12,921,227 modification to a
previously awarded firm-fixed-price, option-filled contract for contractor logistics support for
the Army's aviation assets. The cumulative total face value of this contract is
$2,265,423,694. Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss. Fiscal 2013 operations and
maintenance funds are being obligated on this award. The Army Contracting Command,
Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/01/13)

Sequester hits commissaries
Sequestration will force military and retiree families into revising their weekday food
shopping routines at base commissaries. In Florida, commissaries at Pensacola Naval
Exchange near Corry Station and Eglin Air Force base will be among 247 commissaries that
will be closed on Mondays when civilian defense workers begin forced, unpaid furloughs July
8. The commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Miss., will also be closed Monday.
About 148 others will close Tuesdays as well. The list includes Naval Air Station Whiting
Field, Hurlburt Field and Tyndall in Florida, Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport,
Naval Air Station Columbus and Naval Air Station Meridian, all in Mississippi, and Naval Air
Station/Joint Reserve Base New Orleans in Belle Chasse, La. Commissaries employ 14,000
U.S.-based civilian employees who will be affected by furloughs. The changes will remain
through Sept. 30. (Source: Defense Commissary Agency, store locator)

F-22 mod contract awarded
Lockheed Martin received a $12.7 million contract modification to supply the final batch of
automatic backup oxygen supply (A-BOS) systems for the F-22 Raptor fleet. The contract
includes 72 retrofit kits for operational aircraft, two for test aircraft, trainer kits, support
equipment and spares, according to a Department of Defense announcement. The total
cumulative face value of the overall contract is $5.1 billion. (Source: Flight Global, 06/28/13)
Gulf Coast note: F-22 pilots are trained at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.


CRESTVIEW, Fla. -- Okaloosa County Administrator Ernie Padgett has recommended hiring
Tallahassee aviation director Sunil Harman as the county’s next airports director. Padgett
will present the recommendation to county commissioners at their Tuesday meeting in
Crestview. Harman, who has worked as Tallahassee’s aviation director since 2011, was
selected from an original pool of more than 100 applicants. Harman has spent more than 26
years in the industry. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/28/13) The spot has been
vacant since Greg Donovan left to become director of Pensacola International Airport.

Test stand work awarded
NASA selected Healtheon Inc. of New Orleans to provide a high pressure industrial water
line at Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi. The firm-fixed price task order has a total
value of $29.8 million and a performance period of 530 days. Work is scheduled to begin in
July. The water line provides cooling water and acoustic suppression to Stennis' B Test
Complex, which will be used to test the core stage of NASA's Space Launch System in 2016.
The work under this task order includes the demolition of all piping systems, including its
valves and valve vaults. The contractor also will build a 96-inch diameter high pressure
industrial water line from Stennis' High Pressure Industrial Water Plant to the test complex,
which spans over a mile. (Source: PRNewswire, 06/28/13)

IHMC wins robotic challenge
PENSACOLA, Fla. – A team from the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
(IHMC) took first place in the initial stage of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, coming out on
top of a roster of 26 of the top robotics research groups in the world. IHMC’s team scored 52
out of a possible 60 points in the DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge, a computer simulation
using software that will power a real-life humanoid robot in the future. Members of the top
nine teams in the scoring will move on to the next competition, with the top six getting
funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and provision of a humanoid
robot, built by Boston Dynamics, for the next stage of the two-year competition, which is
almost halfway completed. The next competition, using actual robots, is scheduled for
December 2013. The final challenge is set for December 2014, with $2 million in prize
money at stake. (Source: IHMC, Pensacola News Journal, 06/28/13) IHMC has worked with
NASA for years on multiple projects, including creating the algorithms to provide locomotion
for a walking version of Robonaut2, the humanoid aboard the International Space Station.

Group gets new commander
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Col. Charles Corcoran, commander of the 325th
Operations Group, relinquished command during a Friday ceremony to Col. Max Marosko.
The 325th Operations Group is responsible for directing the flying and support operations
for an F-22 Raptor fighter squadron, a training and support squadron, and an operations
support squadron. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/28/13)

Security forces training center picked
The Air Force wants to build a training center for its security forces at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Camp Guernsey, Wyo., is second choice for the Security Forces Ground Combat Training
Center, which is expected to train 8,500 students per year by October 2014. Regional
training centers at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., Fort Wolters, Texas, Joint Base McGuire
Dix Lakehurst, N.J., and Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., would close. Camp Guernsey, which
specializes in nuclear training, would continue to be the center for Nuclear Training
Excellence. The final decision will be made after an environmental study is completed this
summer. (Sources: AFNS, Air Force Times, 06/27/13)

Luke getting three more squadrons
Luke Air Force Base in Arizona will receive three additional squadrons of the F-35A, the
Defense Department said. The 72 additional jets will give the base in Glendale six
squadrons totaling 144 F-35As, more than any other Air Force installation. All F-35A pilots
will train at either Luke or at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., location of the current schoolhouse
for instructor pilots.  The first three F-35A squadrons are scheduled to begin arriving at
Luke AFB next year. Luke’s selection continues its tradition of pilot training. It’s currently the
site of active duty F-16 pilot training, along with the training for Fighting Falcon pilots from
partner countries. Foreign F-35A pilots also will train at the base. (Sources: Air Force Times,
Fighter Country Partnership, 06/28/13)

Contract: Boeing, $39.5M
The Boeing Co., Saint Louis, Mo., has been awarded a $39,464,977 modification to the
contract for Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM). This modification is an option exercised
under the Lot 17 JDAM contract to add 1,601 JDAM tailkits. The total cumulative face value
of the contract is $141,914,216. Work will be performed at Saint Charles, Mo., and is
expected to be completed by March 31, 2015. The contracting activity is Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center/EBDK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 06/27/13)

Second F-35C arrives at Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Less than a week after getting its first Navy variant of the F-
35, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 received its second F-35C Tuesday. The F-35C
arrived after a 90-minute flight from the Lockheed Martin production line in Fort Worth,
Texas. It was in the same formation that brought the U.K.'s third F-35 to Eglin. The Navy's
first F-35C at Eglin arrived Saturday. VFA 101 will serve as the F-35C Fleet Replacement
Squadron, training both aircrew and maintenance personnel to fly and repair the F-35C.
(Source: GCAC, 06/27/13) Previous: UK F-35 arrives at Eglin; First Navy F-35 arrives at
Eglin

Medical group gets new leader
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Col. Chris Weaver has taken over from Col. Paul Skala
as commander of the 325th Medical Group. The change of command ceremony was
Tuesday. Skala leaves Tyndall to be the command administrator and director of medical
support at U.S. Air Forces in Europe. The 325th Medical Group staff operates as an
outpatient medical facility with family practice, pediatrics, dental, flight medicine and women’s
health clinics. (Sources: 325th Fighter Wing, 06/25/13, News Herald, 06/26/13)

County: Vision owes $40K
Okaloosa County officials again are pursuing legal action against Vision Airlines to recover
almost $40,000 in unpaid fees. The airline owes the county $39,701.25 in unpaid rent, fuel
and utility charges that accrued while the discount carrier was flying out of Northwest Florida
Regional Airport. “We had filed suit against Vision Airlines and they failed to respond to our
complaint, so we had a default entered against them,” said attorney Greg Stewart, the
county’s special counsel. “We have filed a motion to have that default converted to an actual
money judgment.” Stewart said the county is awaiting a hearing on that judgment. He said
Vision Airlines has not responded to the county’s inquiries since it paid off $117,000 in
overdue passenger facility charges in February. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
06/26/13)

UK F-35 arrives at Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The third F-35B for the United Kingdom arrived at Eglin Air
Force Base on Tuesday. U.S. Marine pilot Lt. Col. Roger Hardy delivered the aircraft known
as BK-3 (ZM137) from Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Fort Worth, Texas. The flight
was 90 minutes. Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners,
Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems, headquartered in the U.K. The program’s more than
500 British suppliers will build 15 percent of each F-35 produced. The first Navy variant
arrived at Eglin Saturday. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 06/26/13) Previous

Price tag for Paris released
It cost Alabama between $88,000 and $97,000 to participate in the Paris Air Show,
according to the Alabama Department of Commerce. The bill will include travel costs for
Gov. Robert Bentley and his wife, Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield, two members of the
governor's security staff and two Commerce Department employees. But most of the costs
are for the Alabama booth, graphics and set-up. The Alabama delegation numbered about
90, and most participants were from cities, counties and companies who did not travel at
state expense. Nineteen communities, economic development groups, and chambers
attended. At least 20 other states had a significant presence at the air show, the department
said, including Florida, North Carolina, Mississippi, South Carolina and Virginia. (Source: al.
com, 06/25/13)

Honeywell to handle Airbus powerhouse
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus awarded Honeywell a $37 million powerhouse operation contract for
the A320 final assembly line being built at Brookley Aeroplex. The project will begin in the fall
and completed in mid-2014. It will be managed from the Birmingham branch of Minnesota’s
Honeywell Building Solutions. Honeywell will design and build, and through a 10-year service
agreement operate and maintain the facility that will supply utilities to the assembly line.
Ground was broken in April on the $600 million plant that will employ 1,000. (Source: al.com,
06/26/13)

Board approves Embry-Riddle contract
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide will
continue to operate programs at two local schools. The Okaloosa County School Board
voted unanimously to approve an agreement with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Institutes at Choctawhatchee and Crestview high schools following a brief discussion
Monday night. Ron Garriga, who will serve as the director of local program, said that for the
upcoming school year Embry-Riddle expects to have 200 students enrolled and hopes the
program’s popularity will increase with more on hands-on learning. Under the new contract,
10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders at Choctaw and Crestview can enroll in a variety of college
level courses in the aviation field as long as they have a 2.5 GPA and two teacher
recommendations. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/25/13)

Contract: UT, $11.4M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., has
been awarded a $11,408,838 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery, requirements type contract,
with fixed-price, man-month rates and cost-reimbursable line items for travel and relocation
for 15 contractor engineering and technical services representatives for Air National Guard
(ANG) (5); Navy (1), and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) (9) in support of the F100 engines on
the F-15/F-16 (U.S. Air Force and FMS); and the JT9D and J52 engines on the C-9 (Navy)
aircraft. One of the five ANG locations where work will be performed is in New Orleans. Work
is expected to be completed by June 25, 2016. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center/HBBI, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity (Source: DoD,
06/25/13).

Small F-35 group wins award
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- A group of airmen won a national award from the Air Force
for work maintaining the new state-of-the-art equipment for F-35 pilots. Earlier this month,
the 10-person 33rd Operations Support Squadron’s Aircrew Flight Equipment group
received the Air Force’s Outstanding Aircrew Flight Small Equipment Program award for
their work in 2012. The crew maintains the helmet, flight jacket and g-suit for instructor pilots
and students learning to fly the Air Force’s variant of the F-35 at the training school at Eglin,
the first of its kind for all branches of the military. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
06/24/13)

Contract: Raytheon, $10M
Raytheon Technical Services Co., LLC, Indianapolis, Ind., has been awarded a $10,031,657
fixed-price-incentive-firm contract for the Joint Miniature Munitions Bomb Rack Unit (JMM
BRU). The contractor shall conduct a Technology Development Phase to initiate JMM BRU
design activities, mature JMM BRU technologies, initiate production process development to
determine the appropriate set of technologies to be integrated into a full system, and
conduct prototyping in a relevant environment. Work will be performed at Indianapolis, Ind.,
and is expected to be complete by July 2015. Fiscal 2013 Research Development Test and
Evaluation funds are being obligated on this award. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center/EBMK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/24/13)

Hurlburt command changes
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- The 801st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
held a change of command ceremony June 17. Maj. Jeffrey Johns took over from Lt. Col.
Felix Johnfinn. The 801st SOAMXS performs all equipment maintenance in support of
worldwide special operations missions. It supports the CV-22B Osprey hybrid aircraft and
MC-130H Talon II aircraft (Source: 1st Special Operations Wing, 06/20/13). The 1st Special
Operations Medical Operations Squadron held a change of command ceremony June 20. Lt.
Col. David Byer took over from Lt. Col. Christopher Patrick. The 1st SOMDOS promotes and
maintains the health of 8,000 active-duty, reserve, civilian personnel, and 22,000
beneficiaries (Source: 1st Special Operations Wing, 06/21/13). The 1st Special Operations
Maintenance Squadron hosted a change of command ceremony June 21. Maj. James
Cooper took over from Maj. Michael Campos. The 1st SOMXS conducts special operations
airlift, helicopter air refueling and psychological operations throughout the United States,
South America, Africa and Middle East. (Source: 1st Special Operations Wing, 06/21/13)

Two squadrons now history
Two maintenance squadrons, one at Eglin Air Force Base and the other at Tyndall Air Force
Base, have been inactivated. The 33d Maintenance Operations Squadron (MOS) was
inactivated June 13. The unit was the only military maintenance organization to house
airmen, Marines and sailors in the Department of Defense's first of its kind for the F-35
program (Source: 33rd Maintenance Group, 06/20/13). At Tyndall, the 325th MOS was
inactivated June 20. The squadron provided key maintenance analysis data, flying and
maintenance scheduling management and flight line operations oversight (Source: 325th
Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 06/20/13). The inactivations resulted from the Air Force’s
decision last year to reorganize maintenance support in part because of a lack of field-grade
officers in the maintenance career field.

First Navy F-35 arrives at Eglin
Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 received the Navy's first F-35C from Lockheed Martin
today at the squadron's home at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. VFA 101 will serve as the F-35C
Fleet Replacement Squadron, training both aircrew and maintenance personnel to fly and
repair the F-35C. The F-35C is a fifth generation fighter outfitted to land on a carrier. It
combines advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information,
network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Once in the fleet, it will complement
the capabilities of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, which currently serves as the Navy's premier
strike fighter. (Source: NNS, 06/22/13)

Airbus, Embraer top sellers
PARIS – Aviation companies at the 50th Paris Air Show announced deals for about 1,460
aircraft over the show's four business days, signaling a healthy global aerospace industry
and the growing importance of small-to-medium-sized regional passenger jet aircraft. The
show's top aircraft sales performer was Airbus, which made deals for 536 single-aisle and
widebody passenger jets during the show. The company places the figure at 466 aircraft.
South American aircraft manufacturer Embraer. It held the top spot in aircraft sales over the
first two days of the show with strong sales of the recently introduced E2 family of regional
passenger jets. (Source: Avionics Intelligence, 06/20/13)

AF releases new F-35 study
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The final draft of a report analyzing the impact of the F-35
program on the surrounding community has been released. The report, first released in
September 2010, is available for review and comment through July 29. Eglin is the training
center for F-35 flight and maintenance students across all branches of the military and
several partner nations. Flight operations began in 2012, but restrictions were in place until
more information could be gathered. One was limiting flights that send air traffic over
Valparaiso, where residents and businesses were concerned about noise. The
environmental impact statement provides several alternatives, but lifting restrictions on the
runway is the preferred alternative. But because there are fewer F-35s and more is known
about operations of the plane, the noise impact estimates across the board dropped by 2 to
3 decibels from the 2010 assessment. Also, training simulating an engine burnout and
emergency landings will be done at Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, Fla.. Of 90,000
estimated annual flight operations at the program's peak, 44,000 would take place at Eglin
and 6 percent of those would occur on the runway that sends aircraft over Valparaiso. Also,
night flights have been reduced from 5 percent to 3 percent. (Source: Northwest Florida
Daily News, 06/19/13)

Contract: State agency, $29M
The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, Madison, Miss., has been awarded a
$29,072,700 firm-fixed-price, multi-year contract for full food services, including providing all
personnel, supervision, and any items and services necessary to operate three full dining
facilities, one flight kitchen, and one central preparation kitchen in support of organizational
missions as needed. Work will be performed at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and is
expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2017. This award is the result of a competitive
acquisition and 12 offers were received. The 81st Contracting Squadron/LGCB, Keesler
AFB, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/20/13)

Output boost; early plane debut
Boeing said Wednesday that it moved up the delivery date for the 737 Max, which sports
new engines, by six months to the third quarter of 2017. Airbus said it may increase A320
production by 19 percent by 2020 from 42 a month now to satisfy rising demand. Tom
Williams, the Airbus executive vice president for programs, said in an interview with
Bloomberg at the Paris Air Show that suppliers need to start thinking about a rate of 50
aircraft a month. (Source: Bloomberg, 06/19/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus broke ground in
April on an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala. Previous: Boeing ups demand forecast

Two hired for Airbus team
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus has chosen two more people for its management team for the
company’s new A320 final assembly line at Brookley Aeroplex. Mark Smith has been named
manager of health, safety and environment, and Darren Gates has been named facilities
manager. The company broke ground in April on its $600 million assembly line that will
eventually have 1,000 workers. (Source: al.com, 06/18/13)

Navy picks GE ethernet switches
PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, Md. -- GE Intelligent Platforms of Huntsville, Ala.,
will supply Ethernet switches for the Navy's MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned helicopters. Officials
of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., announced
their intention to issue a new sole-source contract to GE for 15 RES-210 Ethernet switches
for the Northrop Grumman-built Fire Scout. The Fire Scout can operate from land bases or
a variety of surface ships. The GE RES-210 Ethernet switch is designed for harsh
environments, such as on military platforms that are subject to high altitudes, vibration,
shock, temperature extremes, humidity, and salt fog. (Source: Military and Aerospace
Electronics, 06/18/13) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are assembled in part in Moss Point,
Miss.

EasyJet to buy 135 A320s
No-frills airline easyJet announced a deal to purchase 135 Airbus single-aisle A320
passenger planes, including 100 new generation neo aircraft for $11.9 billion, after agreeing
sizeable discounts. EasyJet, issuing a statement amid the Paris Air Show, said that is has
secured an option to buy an additional 100 A320neo planes. EasyJet is to acquire 35
current generation A320 aircraft for delivery between 2015 and 2017 under an existing
option agreement, and 100 new generation A320neo planes for delivery between 2017 and
2022 under a new deal. It added that 85 of the 135 ordered aircraft will be used to replace
ageing passenger planes, with the remaining 50 used to build on easyJet's strategy of
increasing its seat capacity of between three and five percent annually. (Source: AFP via
FoxNews, 06/18/13)

Lufthansa firms up order
PARIS -- The Lufthansa Group has firmed up a previous decision from March this year and
signed for 100 A320 family aircraft (35 A320neo, 35 A321neo and 30 A320ceo with
sharklets) at the Paris International Air Show in Le Bourget, France. The Lufthansa Group
has been operating the A320 family since October 1989. They were the launching customer
for the A321 and belonged to the first operators of the A319 and A320. The new order
confirms Lufthansa’s leading position as the largest Airbus airline customer and operator in
Europe, increasing its order for the A320 type to 299. Over 150 of these aircraft have
already been delivered. (Source: Airbus, 06/17/13)

NASA to show off weld center
NEW ORLEANS -- A new machine for manufacturing the core stage of NASA's Space
Launch System will be shown to the media Friday at Michoud Assembly Facility. NASA
Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations William Gerstenmaier and
other agency officials will be on hand for the ribbon-cutting for the vertical weld center,
where friction-stir weld tooling will be used to assemble the core stage. Officials from Boeing
of Huntsville, Ala., prime contractor for the SLS core stage and its avionics, will take part in
the ribbon-cutting. The 200 foot-tall core stage will store cryogenic liquid hydrogen and
liquid oxygen to feed the rocket's RS-25 engines. The vertical weld center will stand about
three stories tall and weigh 165 tons. The event also will include a tour of the SLS area
where work is done on the Orion crew capsule. (Source: NASA, 06/17/13) Engines for the
SLS are tested at NASA's Stennis Space Center, some 35 miles from Michoud in Mississippi.

Rocket motor source certified
PARIS -- Raytheon Co. continues to exceed renegotiated delivery schedule requirements of
the AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) to the U.S. Air Force
following the renewal of contract payments in December 2012, a successful live-fire test and
certification of a second rocket motor source. Nammo Group, the second AMRAAM rocket
motor source based in Raufoss, Norway, was officially certified by the Nonnuclear Munitions
Safety Board earlier this year. In 2010, Raytheon and Nammo began development and
qualification of an alternative rocket motor for the AIM-120 AMRAAM. The live-fire test was
performed in January 2013 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. All test objectives were successfully
accomplished, according to U.S. Air Force officials. (Source: PRNewswire, 06/17/13)

Military announces furloughs
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Military officials say at least 2,100 civilian employees working at
Tyndall Air Force Base and Naval Support Activity Panama City will be impacted when
furloughs begin July 8. About 700 U.S. Department of Defense civilians work at Tyndall, with
furloughs scheduled through Sept. 30. There are about 1,474 people at the Navy base who
will be furloughed. According to the DoD, the cuts would reduce pay about 20 percent over
the furlough period. The numbers of those furloughed could rise and there is no guarantee
the furloughs will end Sept. 30, the beginning of the next fiscal year, according to the DoD.
(Source:  News Herald, 06/17/13)

Rocketdyne deal to save $1B
PARIS -- Aerojet Rocketdyne, the company formed with GenCorp's purchase of Pratt &
Whitney Rocketdyne, on Sunday said it has promised the U.S. government $1 billion in
savings over the next decade as a result of the deal. Aerojet Rocketdyne President Warren
Boley told Reuters that the new company, a wholly owned unit of GenCorp, expected to
double its revenues over the next five years from a current combined estimate of $1.7
billion. (Source: Reuters, 06/16/13) Gulf Coast note: Aerojet Rocketdyne has an operation
at Stennis Space Center, Miss. Previous

Green taxiing system to be shown
PARIS -- Honeywell and Safran, having completed the first major phase of testing of their
electric green taxiing system (EGTS), are publicly demonstrating the technology for the first
time on an Airbus A320 aircraft at the 50th International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget
Airport. Developed by EGTS International, a joint venture between Honeywell and Safran,
the technology enables aircraft to taxi autonomously using its own electrical power, avoiding
the use of the main engines during taxiing. EGTS is designed to improve airline operating
efficiency during taxi operations and cut fuel consumption by up to four percent per flight
cycle. EGTS enables aircraft to push back autonomously and taxi between gate and runway
without engaging the main engines by using the auxiliary power unit (APU) generator to
power electric motors in the main landing gear. Each of an EGTS-equipped aircraft's
powered wheels is fitted with a control system, giving pilots total control of the aircraft's
speed and direction during taxi operations. (Source: Avionics Intelligence, 06/17/13) Gulf
Coast note: Airbus will build A320s in Mobile, Ala., where Safran also has an office.

ILFC exercises option for A320neos
PARIS -- International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC), a wholly owned subsidiary of American
International Group, Inc., announced that it has exercised options to purchase 50
incremental A320neo aircraft from Airbus that were part of the agreement signed in April
2011 for 100 firm A320neo Family aircraft. Deliveries of ILFC’s neo aircraft are expected to
commence in 2015. Officially launched in December 2010, the A320neo family aircraft
incorporate greater fuel-efficiency and eco-friendly technology, providing reductions in
engine noise and emissions. (Source: Business Wire, 06/17/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus
broke ground in April on an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Exelis gets F-35 contract
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – ITT Exelis has been awarded a multimillion-dollar contract from
Lockheed Martin to fabricate composite blade seal components for all variants of the F-35.
This award will support production for LRIP 6 and 7 through 2015. Production of the blade
seals will take place at the new Exelis composite design and manufacturing center in Salt
Lake City, Utah. Exelis has more than 40 years of experience in the design and manufacture
of composite structures. (Source: Business Wire, 06/17/13) Gulf Coast note: Exelis has an
operation in Panama City, Fla.; the F-35 training center is at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

J-2X engine tested
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- J-2X engine No. 10002 was tested Thursday on the A-1
Test Stand at NASA's South Mississippi rocket engine test complex. The 60-second test
signals the start of a series of firings to collect data on performance of the engine that will
power a stage of the launch vehicle in NASA's Space Launch System. By the time the J-2X
tests conclude later this summer, the engine will have been fired at full power and for the
total time it would operate during an actual flight, while being gimbaled in the same way it
must move during flight. (Source: NASA/SSC, 06/14/13)

A350 XWB takes to the air
TOULOUSE, France -- An A350 flew for the first time Friday just days before the Paris Air
Show in a maiden flight that went without a hitch. The jetliner took off from Toulouse-Blagnac
airport for a flight that lasted four hours. The A350, fitted with a Rolls-Royce Trent XWB
engine built specifically for the A350, will compete with Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. Airbus
hopes to have the plane certified for commercial flight in 12 to 13 months. (Sources:
multiple, including CNN, Airbus, Engadget, Business Wire, 06/14/13) Gulf Coast note: The
Trent XWB engine is tested at Rolls-Royce's outdoor test facility at Stennis Space Center,
Miss. Previous: RR XWB takes to skies; Goodrich ships XWB thrust reverser; Rolls engine
testing booms at Stennis

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $9.9M
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $9,899,914
delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for JASSM Common
Unique Planning Component software. Work will be performed at Orlando, Fla., and is
expected to be completed by June 25, 2015. Foreign Military Sales contract funds in the
amount of $9,899,914 are being obligated at time of award for Finland and Australia. Air
Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBJK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 06/14/13)

Contract: Raytheon, $534.8M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $534,795,962 firm-fixed-price
contract for AMRAAM Production Lot 27. Work will be done in Tucson, Ariz., and is expected
to be completed by Jan. 31, 2016. Fifty one percent of the production effort is Foreign
Military Sales (AIM-120 C7s for Oman and Saudi Arabia). This award is the result of a sole
source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBA, Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/14/13)

MC-27J Phase 1 testing complete
ATK and Finmeccanica’s Alenia Aermacchi successfully completed the first phase of ground
and flight tests of their MC-27J multi-mission aircraft. A roll-on/roll-off gun system pallet was
installed and tested on the Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan airlifter. The tests at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., demonstrated the ability of the C-27J to host the self-contained, modular
pallet utilizing ATK's GAU-23 30mm cannon in a side-firing configuration. The tests were
designed and certified by the U.S. Air Force and deemed successful by Air Force Special
Operations Command. (Source: PRNewswire, 06/14/13)

Mississippi to attend air show
Mississippi will have a delegation at the upcoming Paris Air Show. The seven-member group
will include Gov. Phil Bryant and the Mississippi Development Authority. The delegation has
meetings set up with dozens of companies to discuss expansion opportunities, including
some suppliers for the Airbus jetliner assembly line being built in Mobile, Ala. The Aerospace
Alliance, an organization that helps market Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi, will
host a Sunday reception on the Seine River. (Source: The Associated Press via Miami
Herald, 06/11/13) Related: Alabama team to attend air show; FGNW-led group to attend air
show

Alabama team to attend air show
Alabama leaders, economic development specialists and local officials from around the state
will head to the Paris Air Show in a bid  to expand Alabama’s aerospace industry. The show
begins Monday and runs through June 23. The delegation from Alabama will meet with more
than 20 companies over the course of the show. Some of the companies already have a
presence in Alabama, while others represent prospects. The Department of Commerce says
more than 300 aerospace and aviation companies and organizations operate across
Alabama. One of the most high profile is the Airbus assembly plant that is being built in
Mobile. (Source: Made in Alabama, 06/12/13)

USV-towed mine sonar progressing
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract to support the Navy's integration onto an
unmanned surface vehicle the AQS-24A Side Look Sonar System to look for mines
remotely. The repackaging of the sonar for USV use will build upon proven capabilities of
the AQS-24A and its predecessors airborne minehunting search systems used by the Navy
for 28 years. The AQS-24A is primarily towed from the MH-53E helicopter, but has been
tested from USVs since 2002. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, R.I., Naval
Surface Warfare Center in Panama City, Fla., NSWC Carderock Division in West Bethesda,
Md., NSWC Combatant Craft Division in Norfolk, Va., and Northrop Grumman jointly
developed an 11-meter USV that launched, recovered and towed the AQS-24A. (Source:
Space War, 06/12/13)

325th sets command change
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Lt. Col. Patrick Godfrey will assume command of the
325th Communications Squadron from Lt. Col. Wayne Wisneski during a change of
command ceremony Thursday morning. The 325th Communications Squadron, one of five
squadrons assigned to the 325th Mission Support Group, provides the 325th Fighter Wing
and 29 associate units with advanced communications, computer and information
management systems, air traffic control maintenance systems, postal and visual information
support and communications security. (Source: News Herald, 06/11/13)

FGNW-led group to attend air show
A four-member delegation from Northwest Florida will leave Friday to attend the Paris Air
Show. Led by Florida’s Great Northwest, the group has meetings scheduled with 14 aviation
companies to discuss opening operations in Northwest Florida. The group is coordinating
efforts with Enterprise Florida, the state’s economic development organization. The state
delegation has meetings with more than 40 companies, and the state will have a booth at
the show. More than 290 delegations from 82 countries will attend the air show. (Source:
Florida’s Great Northwest, 06/12/13)

Israeli supplier delivers component
Israel's Elbit Systems-Cyclone delivered its first advanced composite component for the F-
35 center fuselage made by Northrop Grumman. The component delivered is one of 16
parts to be manufactured by Elbit Systems-Cyclone under a seven-year agreement with
Northrop Grumman. Northrop Grumman is a principal member of the Lockheed Martin-led F-
35 industry team. It manufactures the center fuselage, designed and produces the radar
and other avionics, including electro-optical and communications, navigation and
identification subsystems. Northrop Grumman also develops mission systems and mission-
planning software, leads the team's development of pilot and maintenance training system
courseware, and manages the team's use, support and maintenance of low-observable
technologies. (Source: Space Mart, 06/11/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
the F-35 training center.

Mobile passenger traffic up
MOBILE, Ala. -- Year-over-year passenger traffic at the Mobile Regional Airport increased
five percent to more than 191,000 by the close of April. Bill Sisson, executive director of the
Mobile Airport Authority, said several economic development successes, including the
Airbus final assembly line project, have raised the regional airport’s profile but are not solely
responsible for the uptick in traffic. According to the authority’s data, traffic has increased
incrementally each month in 2013, and the airport is on track to record a landmark year for
enplanements. (Source: al.com, 06/10/13)

Boeing ups demand forecast
Global demand for aircraft in the next 20 years will be stronger than estimated so far, thanks
to demand in the Asia-Pacific region and from low-cost carriers. Boeing on Tuesday raised
its estimate of global demand by 3.8 percent to 35,280 aircraft and in value by 7 percent to
$4.8 trillion. Boeing and rival Airbus compete for most of the existing market, but they face
new competition from manufacturers in emerging economies. Airbus estimated in its last
forecast in September that from 2012-2031, demand for new airliners would total 28,200
worth $4 trillion. Boeing, publishing its market estimates before the Paris Air Show opens on
Monday, said that from 2013-2032, demand in the segment for medium-range airliners with
a single aisle, typically supplied by the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320, would total 24,670
aircraft worth $2.29 billion. (Source: AFP via France24, Reuters, 06/11/13) Gulf Coast note:
Airbus broke ground in April on a $600 million final assembly plant for A320s in Mobile, Ala.

Eglin F-35 program changing leader
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Changes are coming to the F-35 program at Eglin Air
Force Base’s Integrated Training Center. One is a change of command, the other a
retirement. On Friday, Air Force Col. Todd Canterbury will assume command of the 33rd
Fighter Wing from Col. Andrew Toth in the F-35A Saylor Hangar. Canterbury, a former
Thunderbird demonstration pilot, was the executive officer for the Deputy Commander
United States Forces Korea, United Nations Command, Seoul, South Korea., prior to his
arrival at Eglin. Also on Friday, Marine Col. Arthur Tomassetti retires at 1 p.m. in the Marine
Fighter Attack Training Squadron -501 F-35B Hangar. He has been with the F-35 program
for almost 15 years and flew all three variants of the F-35. (Source: 33rd Fighter Wing,
06/11/13)

FTC OKs GenCorp Rocketdyne buy
The Federal Trade Commission said Monday it's going to allow GenCorp, owner of rocket-
engine maker Aerojet, to purchase Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne despite potential monopoly
concerns. FTC voted to close its 10-month probe over national security concerns and allow
the $550 million sale after the Defense Department requested approval. Both firms make
rocket engines for spacecraft and components for military missile defense systems. They
are also the only main suppliers of a high-performance liquid rocket propulsion system that
the military uses for missile defense. (Source: The Hill, Reuters, 06/10/13) Gulf Coast note:
Rocketdyne has an operation at Stennis Space Center, Miss., where Aerojet tests its AJ-26
engines. Previous: Rocketdyne being sold to GenCorp; UT completes unit sale to Safran;
Antares has successful launch

Orion passes static load tests
NASA's Orion crew module has successfully passed its static loads tests. Orion will sit atop
the launch vehicle in NASA's Space Launch System program, designed to take astronauts
further in space than ever before. Engineers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., built a
20-foot-tall static loads test fixture for the crew module with hydraulic cylinders that slowly
push or pull on the vehicle. The fixture produced 110 percent of the load caused by eight
different types of stress Orion will experience during Exploration Flight Test-1 in September
2014. More than 1,600 strain gauges recorded how the vehicle responded. The loads
ranged from as little as 14,000 pounds to as much as 240,000 pounds. Orion also was
pressurized to simulate the effect of the vacuum in space, allowing engineers verify repairs
made to superficial cracks in the vehicle's rear bulkhead caused by previous pressure
testing in November. (Sources: SpaceTravel, 06/11/13, NASA, 06/06/13) Gulf Coast note:
Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, builds Orion and the core stage of the Space
Launch System; Stennis Space Center, Miss., is testing engines for the SLS that will carry
Orion into space.

Hot air balloon festival set
FOLEY, Ala. – Forty-five balloonists will take to the air as part of the 9th Annual Gulf Coast
Hot Air Balloon Festival this weekend. Weather will determine if flights take place Friday
night and Saturday, but there will be other activities at the Foley Sports Complex on U.S. 98,
including musical entertainment and arts and crafts. (Source: al.com, 06/10/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $104.7M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $104,734,081 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for
the procurement and delivery of 83,169 Xilinx field programmable gate arrays for the U.S. Air
Force (35,842), U.S. Marine Corps (10,517); U.S. Navy (9,517), and the governments of
Italy (5,992); Turkey (6,370); Australia (5,952); Norway (4,905); United Kingdom (3,530); the
Netherlands (61); and Denmark (483). These FPGAs are required for the manufacture of
the low rate initial production Lot VII through full rate production Lot III Joint Strike Fighter
aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in
September 2014. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force (44.3 percent); U.
S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps (22.7 percent); and the governments of Italy (7.7 percent);
Turkey (7.2 percent); Australia (6.6 percent); Norway (6.3 percent); United Kingdom (4.9
percent); the Netherlands (.11 percent); and Denmark (.10 percent). The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/10/13) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Contract: Pratt and Whitney, $648.8M
Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being awarded a $648,769,404
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to extend the F135
System Development and Demonstration contract period of performance. In addition this
modification is for the procurement of the technical baseline review design, verification,
validation and qualification tasks; two spare flight test engines, and additional spare parts to
support the F-35 Flight Test Program. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Conn. (72
percent); Bristol, United Kingdom (22 percent); and Indianapolis, Ind. (6 percent), and is
expected to be completed in December 2016. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/10/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Further Brookley development eyed
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Mobile Airport Authority has launched preliminary talks with two partner
firms to develop as many as 215 acres at Brookley Aeroplex. Baltimore-based Cordish
includes Mobile-based JMG Realty as part of its development team. Brookley, a former Air
Force base, now hosts aerospace and other companies. Airbus, which has an engineering
center at Brookley, broke ground in April for a $600 million A320 final assembly line. The
authority envisions a total build-out of the aerospace hub that nearly doubles commercial
space to 6 million square feet, creates a net increase of more than 4,000 jobs and houses
as many as 10,000 employees. Buddy Rice, the authority's spokesman, said negotiations
are in the preliminary stage so specifics regarding the scope of the work are speculative at
this time. (Source: al.com, 06/10/13)

Plane makes emergency landing
GULFPORT, Miss. -- A United Airlines flight bound for Houston made an emergency landing
Friday at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport after a tire blew out as it took off from the
airport. No injuries were reported to the 50 passengers and three crew members, said Clay
Williams, airport executive director. The plane circled the airport several times before
landing safely just before 2 p.m., officials said. (Sources: Sun Herald, 06/07/13)

F-35 has missile launch milestone
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An F-35A on Wednesday completed the first in-flight
missile launch of an AIM-120 over the Point Mugu Sea Test Range. It paves the way for
targeted launches in support of the Block 2B fleet release capability later this year. The F-
35A is designed to carry a payload of up to 18,000 pounds using 10 weapon stations. It
features four internal weapon stations located in two weapon bays to maximize stealth
capability, and can also utilize an additional three external weapon stations per wing if
required. (Source: Military.com, Defense News blog, Lockheed Martin, 06/07/13) Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

State gets land to protect Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The state bought a 20,850-acre buffer zone to help protect
Eglin Air Force Base from any development that could interfere with its missions. The land,
on the eastern side of Eglin in Walton County, was bought from M.C. Davis for $12.5 million.
Davis will continue to own and manage the land, but it will not be developed. The buffer was
purchased through a partnership of state and federal governments and agencies. Florida
committed $10.2 million, the federal government $1.75 million and Eglin $550,000. Eglin is
474,000 acres, but its footprint in the air is larger and includes special use airspace for test,
evaluation and training missions done out of Eglin, Hurlburt Field and Duke Field. Airspace
over the new buffer is primarily used for low-level flying. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 06/06/13)

Revamped jet could mean higher output
TOULOUSE, France -- Airbus could increase narrow body aircraft production once a
revamped version of its A320 medium-haul jet enters service in late 2015, a senior executive
said. “After we introduce the A320neo we could easily imagine going to rates like 44 per
month, and in fact as we go towards the end of the decade, 50 a month,” said Tom Williams,
executive vice-president of programs at Airbus, in a media briefing. Airbus said on Thursday
it had sold 517 aircraft in the first five months of this year, just ahead of Boeing’s tally. Both
companies are expected to unveil orders at the June 17-23 Paris Air show. (Source: Reuters
via euronews, 06/06/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building a $600 million final assembly line
for the A320 family of jets in Mobile, Ala.

SSC building RS-25 test component
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Fabrication recently began at Stennis Space Center on
a new 7,755-pound thrust frame adapter for the A-1 Test Stand to enable testing of the RS-
25 engines that will provide core-stage power for Space Launch System. NASA will begin
testing the engines that were used to power the Space Shuttle in the fall of 2014. Gary
Benton, RS-25 test project manager at SSC, said the initial thought was that they would
have to go offsite to have the stand component equipment built. But the design team came
up with a way to build it at SSC. Each rocket engine type requires a thrust frame adapter
unique to its specifications. On the test stand, the adapter is attached to the thrust
measurement system. A rocket engine then is attached to the adapter, which must hold the
engine in place and absorb the thrust produced during a test, while allowing accurate
measurement of the engine performance. NASA and the Lockheed Martin Test Operations
Contract Group team worked together in designing the new adapter, and communicated
closely with Jacobs Technology welding and machine shop teams to make sure what was
being designed actually could be built. The adapter is slated to be finished and installed on
the stand in November 2013.(Source: NASA, 06/06/13)

Eglin F-35 fleet grows
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The largest fleet of F-35 aircraft grew to 25 with the arrival
Wednesday of two F-35A variants at the F-35 Integrated Training Center. More than 30
pilots from all three variants have been trained at the training center. The Air Force has 12
F-35A joint strike fighters, the Marine Corps has 11 and the United Kingdom embedded with
the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron-501 has two F-35Bs. The Navy is slated to get
its first two F-35C variants in the coming weeks. About 72 pilots from the Air Force, Marine
Corps and Navy are slated to graduate F-35 transition pilot training this year. (Source: 33rd
Fighter Wing, 06/06/13)

Sergeant gets Bronze Star
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – A sergeant with the 33rd Fighter Wing was awarded the
Bronze Star Tuesday for his service during his nearly year-long deployment in Southwest
Asia. Senior Master Sgt. Jamie Jordan oversaw maintenance for the 380th Air Expeditionary
Wing at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates from March 10, 2012, to Feb. 28,
2013. He and his squadron of 1,400 maintenance personnel prepared aircraft for aerial
refueling and collecting images for reconnaissance and surveillance, had fighter aircraft on
hand if needed and deployed command and control aircraft to the battlefield. Jordan was
hand-picked as one of the first maintainers to arrive at Eglin to work in the F-35 program
before his deployment. He will return to that work now that he is home. (Source: WEAR-TV,
Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/04/13)

USCG gets 15th HC-144A
The U.S. Coast Guard took delivery of its 15th HC-144A Ocean Sentry maritime patrol
aircraft from prime contractor EADS North America. The Ocean Sentry is based on the
Airbus Military CN235 tactical airlifter, currently in operation in 29 countries. The latest
aircraft joins a fleet of Ocean Sentries performing in a range of different roles from Coast
Guard Air Stations in Cape Cod, Mass., Mobile, Ala., and Miami. The plane can remain
airborne for more than 10 hours and performs a range of patrol missions for the Coast
Guard, including drug and migrant interdiction, disaster response, and search and rescue.
(Source: EADS, 06/05/13)

RAF has first vertical landing
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- Squadron Leader Jim Schofield became the
first Royal Air Force pilot to complete a vertical landing of a Lockheed Martin F-35B short
takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) Lightning II on May 28. Schofield said the F-35 has
revolutionized STOVL flying. He said that with the press of a button, the aircraft transforms
to STOVL mode and the plane can take off or hover hands-off. The U.S. Marine Corps plans
to declare Initial Operational Capability with the STOVL in 2015. (Source: Lockheed Martin,
06/04/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base is home of the F-35 training center.

New MAA chief chosen
MOBILE, Ala. -- Veteran economic developer Roger Wehner will take over as executive
director of the Mobile Airport Authority later this month. Wehner, the current president of
Global Resource Group of Birmingham, Ala., replaces Bill Sisson, who in April was named
president of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. Wehner was formerly with Alabama
Power and on loan to the airport authority while Airbus parent EADS and then-partner
Northrop Grumman built their case for building tankers in Mobile at Brookley Aeroplex. EADS
didn’t win the competition, but Wehner learned a lot about recruiting a supply chain. Wehner
is also a former vice president for business development with Safran USA, which now has an
operation in Mobile. (Source: al.com, 06/04/13)

Plans move forward on aviation school
The Baldwin County Board of Education plans to approve a lease agreement Thursday for a
$2.5 million aviation center at H.L. “Sonny” Callahan Airport. Groundbreaking should take
place before the end of the month, according to officials. Faulkner State Community
College, Enterprise State, Baldwin County Public Schools and the Fairhope Airport Authority
announced plans for the 15,000-square-foot aviation center in February. Dual-enrollment
classes for high school students and courses for adults are expected to begin in January.
(Source: al.com, 06/04/13)

Fuzing research topic of briefing
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- U.S. Air Force weapons experts will brief industry June 25
and 26 on fuze technology research efforts for specific applications, as well as on research
programs in the mid- and far-terms. The Fuze Technology Days event will enable
government and industry to discuss research and development efforts in fuzing technology,
and encourage collaboration among attendees. Briefings will be by experts in the Air Force
Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., at the University of
Florida Research and Engineering Education Facility adjacent to Eglin. (Military and
Aerospace Electronics, 06/04/13)

Defunct business admits fraud
GULFPORT, Miss. -- A former Diamondhead business admitted making false statements on
concrete-stress tests on jobs at Stennis Space Center. Corporate representative Robert C.
Miller pleaded guilty on the company's behalf Tuesday in U.S. District Court, said a
spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office. Miller was doing business as Gulf Cities Testing
Laboratories LLC, a subcontractor on projects at Stennis in 2011. The company, which
faces a fine of up to $250,000 Sept. 4, was indicted in April on charges involving work for
NASA on three diffuser pads on a flight-engine test stand and for the Army Corps of
Engineers at the Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant. (Source: Sun Herald, 06/04/13)

F-35 operational dates revealed
The F-35 will reach operational milestones in 2015 for the Marine Corps, 2016 for the Air
Force and 2019 for the Navy, according to details formally provided to Congress. Those are
the dates that F-35 will achieve initial operational capability, the point when the services
have enough planes on hand to go to war if needed. Actual deployments usually lag initial
operational capability by about a year. (Source: Reuters, 06/03/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin
Air Force Base is home of the F-35 training center.

Airbus Americas chairman reaches out
MOBILE, Ala. – The chairman of Airbus Americas was in Mobile to talk about the
opportunities presented by the new Airbus assembly line being built at Brookley Aeroplex.
Mobile County school system officials and members of 100 Black Men of Greater Mobile
gathered at B.C. Rain High School to welcome Allan McArtor. The school is the site of the
county’s new Aviation and Aerospace Academy. Construction of the plant will mean 3,000
jobs, and then there will be about 1,000 working at the plant when it’s finished. There are
also the spinoff jobs associated with suppliers. Also on Monday, the company announced
postings for its first manufacturing related positions. Airbus is seeking 10 manufacturing
engineers. There was a groundbreaking in May for the training facility, a 15,500 square-foot
building. It’s scheduled to be completed in the fall. (Source: WPMI-TV, al.com, 06/03/13)


MAY 2013

Contract: Sikorsky, $435M
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $435,315,279 modification to a
previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to procure four CH-53K System
Demonstration Test Article aircraft. Two percent of the work will be done in Fort Walton
Beach,  Fla., and two percent in Jackson, Miss. Seventeen percent of the work will be done
in West Palm Beach, Fla. Other work sites are in Connecticut, Kansas, Utah, Missouri, West
Virginia, Washington, Ohio, Wisconsin, California, Arizona, Iowa, Pennsylvania, United
Kingdom and Canada. Work is expected to be completed in June 2017. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/30/13)

Enders ups Airbus sales goal
Airbus is on course to sell more than 800 aircraft in 2013, beating its initial order target by
more than 100 units. That's what Tom Enders, chief executive of Airbus parent EADS, told
shareholders Wednesday, according to Reuters. His words come less than three weeks
before the Paris Air Show, traditionally a robust ordering period for Airbus. Airbus broke
ground in April on a $600 million final assembly line in Mobile, Ala. It will build the A320
family of jetliners. (Sources: al.com, 05/30/13, Reuters, 05/29/13)

Defense contractor opens Niceville office
NICEVILLE, Fla. -- Huntsville, Ala.-based aerospace company Cummings Aerospace has
opened an office in Niceville to leverage opportunities at Eglin Air Force Base. Cummings
Aerospace, formed in November 2009 as a defense contractor specializing in missiles, has
about 45 employees in Huntsville and Orlando and now one in Niceville. The Niceville office
opened in April. Sheila Cummings, the company founder and owner, said she thinks the
office will have 12 to 15 workers by this time next year. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 05/29/13)

Pensacola eyes airport grant
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Transportation is offering Pensacola
International Airport a three-year, $11 million grant for infrastructure improvements city
officials think will make the airport a competitor for aerospace companies. Mayor Ashton
Hayward said the airport has great services and facilities, but needs apron space airside
infrastructure to draw the aerospace sector and other commercial enterprises. The deal,
which would require the city to pay half of a grant-funded project, has to be approved by the
Pensacola City Council. Local leaders hope to benefit from the $600 million Airbus assembly
line being built in Mobile, Ala., at Brookley Aeroplex. Pensacola has been courting
Singapore-owned ST Aerospace to set up an operation in Pensacola. ST Aerospace
provides maintenance services and has a major operation at Brookley. (Source: Pensacola
News Journal, 05/29/13) Previous

3-D printing grabbing headlines
3-D printing is beginning to grab a lot of headlines. In a story in Armed Forces Journal, Lt.
Cmdr. Michael Llenza says rapidly evolving technology may soon make 3-D printer warfare a
reality. In 3-D printing, a part is built layer by layer from powdered ingredients. For the Navy,
it means ships would be able to make their own parts instead of pulling into port. (Source:
Yahoo News, 05/28/13). Last week NASA said it’s given a grant to a company working on a
3-D foot printer. It could transform the way astronauts eat in space. (Source: Space,
05/24/13). Next year, a 3-D printer is scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station.
It will produce the first parts ever made off planet Earth. (Source: NBC News, 05/24/13).
Earlier this year a J-2X with a 3-D part was tested at Stennis Space Station, Miss. Pratt &
Whitney crafted the part with a 3-D print method called Selective Laser Melting to make the
exhaust port cover.

53rd change of command
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Col. Alexus Grynkewich will assume command of the 53rd
Wing from Col. David Hicks during a change of command Thursday. Grynkewich was the
vice commander of the 57th Wing at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., prior to his arrival at Eglin.
Hicks will ransfer to North American Aerospace Defense Command, Peterson Air Force
Base, Colo. The wing comprises about 2,300 military and civilian people at 29 locations
throughout the United States. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 05/27/13)

Airbus gets more A320 orders
Air China has ordered 100 Airbus A320 family aircraft worth $8.8 billion at list price,
according to reports. Sixty of the single-aisle planes will be used by the airline itself, while
the other 40 are being purchased for its subsidiary Shenzhen Airlines. The planes are the
type that will be built in Mobile, Ala. Airbus broke ground April 8 on a final assembly line at
Brookley Aeroplex. (Sources: al.com, Economic Times, 05/24/13) Meanwhile, AirAsia, Asia's
largest budget carrier, could buy another 50 planes as it targets aggressive expansion in
India. Discussion of an order for another 50 A320-family jets, worth $5 billion at list prices,
comes weeks ahead of the Paris air show and five months after the Malaysian carrier added
100 jets to its order book to lift total purchases to 475 planes. (Source: Reuters, 05/24/13)

Panel rejects BRAC 2015
The House Armed Services' Readiness Subcommittee made it clear Thursday that it
opposes the Pentagon's request for a base realignment and closure round in 2015. The
panel approved language in its portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill that
would preclude the Defense Department from using FY 2014 appropriations "to propose,
plan for or execute an additional BRAC round." Subcommittee Chairman Rob Wittman, R-
Va., said further review would be required before the committee could consider endorsing a
new BRAC round. (Source: Defense Communities 360, 05/24/13) Gulf Coast note: The
region is home to multiple military bases, many aviation-related.

Aging workforce a concern
MOBILE, Ala. – Collaboration with the Alabama Industrial Development Training program
and aggressive development of diversified career paths will be key to ST Aerospace Mobile’
s longevity as it grapples with an aging workforce. That’s what Bill Hafner, vice president of
operations for STA Mobile, told members of the Aviation and Aerospace Advisory Council
Thursday at its quarterly meeting. The council was formed to identify and address skills
gaps and working to meet the needs of the state’s growing aerospace sector. (Source: al.
com, 05/23/13)

Sky’s Profile features Alabama
Alabama's aerospace, automotive, health care and financial industries will be the focus of a
44-page section in Delta's Sky magazine in June. It will reach the millions who fly Delta. Sky's
"Profile" section highlights a state or city each month, and this is the first time Alabama has
been featured. The size of the profile section is determined by the level of support Sky gets
from the featured community. This has 22 pages of ads and 22 pages of editorial. Gov.
Robert Bentley said the timing is ideal since aerospace leaders from around the world will be
flying to Paris in June for the 50th annual International Paris Air Show. (Source:
MadeinAlabama, 05/23/13)

Contract: L-3, $53M
L-3 Communications, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $53,002,714 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. Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Fla., and is
expected to be completed in June 2014. This contract was competitively procured via
electronic request for proposals; five offers were received. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/23/13)

Contractor picked for training center
MOBILE, Ala. – Mobile’s Rod Cooke Construction will serve as general contractor for the
Alabama Aviation Training Center at Brookley Aeroplex. The $6 million, 35,600-square-foot
facility is for the Alabama Industrial Development Training program. It will house labs and
classrooms to train potential Airbus employees. The project is slated for completion by
March 2014. Airbus is building a $600 million final assembly line at Brookley that will produce
A320 jetliners and have about 1,000 workers. (Source: al.com, 05/22/13)

Triton completes first flight
PALMDALE, Calif. -- The Navy's MQ-4C Triton unmanned surveillance aircraft today
completed its first flight from Palmdale, Calif. The flight marks the start of tests that will
validate the Northrop Grumman-built system for fleet operations. During the 80-minute flight,
the Triton, controlled by ground-based personnel, reached an altitude of 20,000 feet. Triton
will provide persistent maritime and littoral data collection and dissemination in the Navy’s
Asia and Pacific regions. The Triton, an adjunct to the manned P-8A Poseidon, will fly
missions for 24 hours at altitudes greater than 10 miles, allowing the monitoring of 2,000
nautical miles of ocean and littoral areas at a time. Flight tests will continue in California for
the next several months before the team transitions the aircraft to Patuxent River, Md., in the
fall. The MQ-4C Triton UAS will be based at five locations around the globe. (Source: NNS,
05/22/13) Gulf Coast note: Central fuselage work on Tritons is done in Moss Point, Miss.

Airbus hires customs manager
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas named Christopher “Kit” Johnson customs manager for the
A320 final assembly line under construction at Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex. He is the second
hire for the $600 million facility and joined the company May 20. He served most recently as
foreign trade zone and customs group manager for John S. James Co. at Mercedes-Benz U.
S. International Inc. in Vance, Ala. Johnson will be responsible for securing and improving
the Toulouse, France-based planemaker’s customs activities in the United States. (Source:
al.com, 05/22/13)

Flight changes may mean less noise
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Changes to local military flight procedures may mean less
noise on the ground. The changes, which began last week, include raising minimum flight
altitudes over populated areas. Col. Don Johnson, commander of the 96th Operations
Group at Eglin, said his primary concern was safety and carrying out the Air Force’s mission,
but added that the new policies also should help make things quieter. (Source: Northwest
Florida Daily News, 05/21/13)

Company wins B-2 task order
Sauer Inc., of Jacksonville, Fla., won a $6.5 million NASA task order to renovate the B-2
rocket test stand at Stennis Space Center, Miss. Sauer expects to complete the project in 10
months, the company said in a news release. The B-2 Test Stand at Stennis was originally
built to test Saturn rocket stages. It’s being completely renovated to test NASA’s new Space
Launch System core stage in late 2016 and early 2017. (Source: Jacksonville Business
Journal, 05/21/13)

Dream Chaser tests underway
A Colorado company developing a spaceship to take astronauts to the International Space
Station is testing landing-related elements at NASA facilities. Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser
will carry seven people and land like a plane. Astronauts are using a flight simulator at the
Langley, Va., facility to simulate what it would be like to land Dream Chaser. The company
has also delivered a Dream Chaser engineering test craft to NASA's Dryden Flight Research
Center in Edwards, Calif., to test the craft's nose strut, brakes and tires. (Source: AP via
Washington Post, 05/16/13) Gulf Coast note: Lockheed Martin will assemble the composite
structure for the first space-bound Dream Chaser at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in
New Orleans.

Two squadrons move to Hurlburt
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Two Air Force squadrons moved to a new hangar Monday
morning by running about 15 miles across town. More than 50 people from the 9th Special
Operations and the 1st Special Operations Maintenance squadrons ran a relay to carry their
official flags, or guidons, from their hangar at Eglin Air Force Base to their new home at
Hurlburt Field. The move, which has been discussed for more than 20 years, finally reunites
all 1st Special Operations Wing squadrons under one roof. About 400 people and eight MC-
130P Combat Shadow aircraft relocated. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 05/20/13)

3 Gulf Coast bases win awards
Three bases in the Gulf Coast were among five that won the Commander in Chief’s Annual
Award for Installation Excellence. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced today that
the 2013 award winners are the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Rucker, Ala.; Naval Support Activity
Panama City, Panama City, Fla.; and Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Miss. The other winners
are Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., and Defense
Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Columbus, Ohio. The Commander in Chief’s Annual
Award for Installation Excellence recognizes the outstanding and innovative efforts of the
people who operate and maintain U.S. military installations. The five recipients of this highly
competitive presidential award were selected for their exemplary support of Department of
Defense missions. (Source: DoD, 05/20/13)

728th ACS victim of cuts
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- One of the oldest squadrons in the Air Force has been
shelved. The Air Force was just three years old when 728th Air Control Squadron was
activated Sept. 2, 1950, at Turner Air Force Base in Albany, Ga. The squadron was
inactivated Friday at Eglin Air Force Base as part of broad budget cuts in the Department of
Defense. The 728th provided command and control of joint air operations by conducting
surveillance, identification, weapons control, battle management and theater
communications data links. The squadron was known as the 728th Aircraft Control and
Warning Squadron when it was formed. It moved to Duke Field in 1977 then Eglin in 1994.
(Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 05/17/13)

Drone does first touch and go on carrier
ATLANTIC OCEAN -- The Navy's X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-
D) has performed touch-and-go landings aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush
(CVN 77). It marks another first for the drone. Earlier in the week the ship conducted the first-
ever launch of an unmanned aircraft. The UCAS-D program plans to conduct shore-based
arrested landings of the X-47B at NAS Patuxent River, Md., in the coming months before
final carrier-based arrestments later in 2013. (Source: NNS, 05/17/13) Gulf Coast note:
Northrop Grumman builds portions of two drones in Moss Point, Miss.; naval aviators receive
initial training in Northwest Florida.

Female chair chosen
The New Orleans Aviation Board, which governs the city-owned Louis Armstrong
International Airport, picked New Orleans lawyer Cheryl Teamer to be its first female
chairperson. She will oversee the launch of an $826 million overhaul the airfield that Mayor
Mitch Landrieu has dictated must be done in five years. Teamer was selected Thursday.
(Source: New Orleans Times Picayune, 05/17/13)

Army SFG opens doors to public
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Army 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) opened its
doors Wednesday to show the public what it does. About 2,000 people showed up at the
Special Forces’ cantonment south of Crestview. The event was part of the group’s Red
Empire Week, designed to reunite soldiers with their families after year-long deployments to
Afghanistan and to show appreciation for the community. Wednesday’s Visitors Day
featured about 15 displays for the public to inspect the weapons, vehicles and technologies
soldiers use and to let them explain their day-to-day duties. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 05/15/13)

Contract: Jacobs, $8.5M
Jacobs Technology Inc., Lincoln, Mass., was awarded an $8,527,294 cost-plus-fixed-fee and
cost-reimbursable contract for interim support of services to provide engineering and
technology acquisition support services. The types of services to be acquired under this
contract includes but are not limited to: engineering services, engineering support, technical
support, provisioning and logistics, modeling and simulation, configuration and data
management, architectural support, test and evaluation, security engineering and
certification, capability based planning, commercial-off-the-shelf integration, integrated
master plans and scheduling and technical reviews. Work will be done at Hanscom Air Force
Base, Mass., with primary geographically separated units at Peterson AFB, Colo.; Langley
AFB, Va.; Eglin AFB, Fla.; Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala.; and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, with
an expected completion date of Nov. 15, 2013. The Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center/PZM is the contracting activity. Contract has an FMS component as the contract
requires company to travel overseas for host nation support. (Source: DoD, 05/16/13)

Australia eyes Triton again
Australia is back on board and again considering buying a Northrop Grumman Triton long-
range surveillance drone. The government will issue a letter of request to the United States
to gain access to detailed cost, capability and availability information on the U.S. Navy's MQ-
4C Triton. The drone is a variant of the long-range Global Hawk, but configured for maritime
surveillance. Australia could buy six or seven Tritons, according to Reuters. The United
States plans to buy 68. (Source: The Australian, 05/16/13) Previous: Germany axes Euro
Hawk. Gulf Coast note: All variants of the Global Hawk are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

A-1 houses full engine
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- For the first time in almost a decade, a full engine is in
the A-1 test stand. The installation of J-2X engine E10002 is in preparation for a series of
tests where the engine will be gimbaled, or pivoted, during test firings. When this upper
stage engine is used in space, it will need to be able to move freely to steer NASA's Space
Launch System, or SLS, a heavy-lift launch vehicle that will carry humans in deep space. It's
the first time gimbal tests will be done since testing on the space shuttle main engines. A
series of tests was completed on the E10002 engine in the A-2 test stand prior to its
installation on the A-1 test stand. Once these tests are done, preparations will be made to
begin testing the RS-25 engine on the A-1 stand in 2014. RS-25 engines from the shuttle
inventory will power the core stage of SLS, while the J-2X engine will power the upper stage.
(Source: NASA, 05/14/13)

Germany axes Euro Hawk
Germany's defense ministry plans to abandon the $1.3 billion Euro Hawk reconnaissance
program. Flight clearance issues in European airspace were key factors, according to
reports. One Euro Hawk demonstrator, a variant of the unmanned Northrop Grumman-built
Global Hawk, has already been purchased. But plans to buy three more will now be
canceled, officials said. (Sources: Deutsche Welle, AP via Fox News, AFP via Defense News,
05/15/13) Gulf Coast note: The central fuselage of the Euro Hawk was built by Northrop
Grumman in Moss Point, Miss.

F-35s do aerial refueling
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Air Force F-35 instructor pilots are qualifying this week in
aerial refueling, bringing to the F-35 Integrated Training Center, a new capability for student
pilot training. An Air Force Reserve KC-135 Stratotanker is providing the fuel to formations
of the F-35As over the Eglin training ranges. (Source: 33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs,
05/14/13)
Previous

Drone launches from carrier
In a historic first, the Navy successfully launched the X-47B unmanned aircraft from an
aircraft carrier Tuesday. It was the first-ever catapult launch of a UAV, popularly called a
drone. The Northrop Grumman-built demonstrator aircraft launched at 11:18 a.m. EDT from
the George H.W. Bush off the coast of Maryland, then safely landed at Naval Air Station
Patuxent River after a 65-minute flight. (Sources: C/NET, Wall Street Journal, 05/14/13) Gulf
Coast note: Northrop Grumman builds portions of the Global Hawk and Fire Scout drones in
Moss Point, Miss.; naval aviators are trained in part in Northwest Florida. Previous

Orion repair under scrutiny
Engineers are putting NASA's first space-bound Orion capsule through tests to stress the
capsule's structural shell and check repairs to cracks in the pressurized module's aluminum
bulkhead. It’s set to fly in orbit in 2014. The static loads testing began May 3 and will run
through June inside the Operations and Checkout Building at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
The pressure shell of the Orion spacecraft, comprised of welded olive-green aluminum-
lithium metal panels, is being put through the tests to verify the capsule can withstand loads
it will encounter during launch, re-entry and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. The 16.5-foot-
diameter spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin Corp., was delivered to KSC in June 2012.
Engineers put the capsule through its first test at KSC in November, when they pressurized
the Orion crew module to check its integrity. The test was halted after technicians heard
audible cracking sounds, and inspections showed three small cracks in the aft bulkhead on
the lower half of the Orion spacecraft's pressure shell. The cracks materialized in three
adjacent radial ribs of the aluminum bulkhead, according to NASA. Engineers designed
structural braces to resolve the problem, and those repairs are being tested now. (Source:
Spaceflight Now, 05/12/13) Gulf Coast note: The aluminum alloy core of the Orion was built
at Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans. Previous: MAF-built Orion at KSC, NASA
evaluating Orion cracks

Contract: Northrop Grumman, $555.6M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems Sector, San Diego, Calif., is being
awarded a maximum ceiling $555,600,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for
Global Hawk modernization. The tasks on each delivery or task order will fall into, but are not
limited to, the following categories: management, including program, business and technical
areas; engineering efforts, including configuration management, data management,
reliability, availability & maintainability, and related areas of concern such as technical
refresh, diminishing manufacturing sources , etc.; studies and analyses; design,
development, integration, test and evaluation; retrofit requirements; and integrated logistics
support. Work will be performed in San Diego, and is expected to be completed by May 14,
2015. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition. Type of appropriation is fiscal
2012 and 2013 and obligations will be on subsequent individual task/delivery orders. The
contracting activity is Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WIGK, Wright-Patterson Air
Force Base, Ohio. (Source: DoD, 05/13/13)

Kuwait to sign Airbus deal
Kuwait Airways will buy 25 new Airbus jets and aims to lease a further 13 to upgrade its fleet,
the Kuwaiti newspaper Daily Al-Watan reported. The deal is for 10 wide-bodied A350-900
jets and 15 of the A320neo, the newspaper said. The paper placed the value at $3.1 billion.
The lease is for 13 of the A330 and A320 models for six years, the paper said. Bloomberg
also wrote that the deal between Airbus SAS and the airline is close and could be signed
this month, but it placed the value at $4.4 billion based on list price. Deliveries would start in
2019. (Sources: Globe and Mail, Bloomberg, 05/12/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus broke
ground last month in Mobile, Ala., on an A320 final assembly line.

Plans for old airport unveiled
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- The St. Andrew Bay Land Co. unveiled plans for a large development,
including homes, commercial space, a school and marina, on the old airport property. The
Panama City Planning Board and Commission likely will vote on Phase I of the project this
month. Construction is slated to begin in June. The 704-acre development called SweetBay
will include 3,200 homes, 700,000 square feet of commercial space and the University
Academy (Florida State University’s charter school in Bay County), parks, ponds and green
space. The airport is now located in West Bay. The Airport Authority sold the property to St.
Andrew Bay Land Co. for $51.4 million in February 2011. (Source: Panama City News
Herald, 05/09/13)

Dothan facility lands client
DOTHAN, Ala. – A month after Commercial Jet announced plans to open a $12 million facility
at Dothan Regional Airport, the provider of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul
services landed its first big contract. Aeronautical Engineers Inc. of Miami announced Friday
its selection of the 400,000-square-foot Alabama facility as its fourth authorized conversion
center. Commercial Jet’s Dothan facility will provide passenger-to-freight conversions for the
737-300SF, 737-400SF and MD80SF as well as maintenance services to AEI customers.
(Sources: al.com, 05/10/13)

FAA finds funding for towers
Small airport towers, including ones in Dothan, Ala., and Kiln, Miss., will remain open at least
through the end of the fiscal year – September 30. In a statement released Friday,
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the recent passage of a bill to free up funds and
avoid sequester-related furloughs of some 47,000 FAA employees also provided the money
to keep 149 airport towers open. The airport in Kiln is near NASA’s Stennis Space Center,
was slated to close in June. (Sources: al.com, Sun Herald, 05/10/13)

Construction set to begin
As Airbus readies for the first concrete pour for its new A320 final assembly line in Mobile,
Ala., the company is empowering plant managers to make decisions to assure that its supply
chain runs like clockwork. That's what Airbus North America President and CEO Barry
Eccleston said May 8 during Aviation Week's Civil Aircraft Manufacturing Conference in
Charlotte, N.C. The first concrete footings are to be poured next week for the plant, the fifth
Airbus fifth facility in the U.S. but the first to assemble aircraft. It will be a carbon-copy of the
A320 factory in Hamburg, Germany, mirroring the process used when the Tianjin, China,
plant was built. (Source: Aviation Week, 05/09/13)

Airbus lands Air China deal
Asia's biggest carrier by market value, Air China, will add 100 Airbus jetliners to help meet
rising travel demand. The Beijing-based airline didn't specify a timeframe or the type of
aircraft it's buying. But analysts believe the order is mainly A320 for short-haul routes.
Carriers in China will need 5,260 new planes worth $670 billion through 2031, Boeing
forecast in September. China has become the world's biggest source of tourists, overtaking
Germany and the United States. (Source: Bloomberg, 05/07/13) Gulf Coast note: The
newest A320 final assembly line is being built in Mobile, Ala.

Baton Rouge has NASA day
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Patrick Scheuermann, director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight
Center in Huntsville, Ala., met with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and key members of the
state Legislature Wednesday as part of "NASA Day in Baton Rouge." NASA's history in the
state is tied to Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, where workers have long
assembled large space structures for NASA programs, from Apollo-era rockets to the 136
external fuel tanks that lifted the space shuttle to orbit during its 30-year history. Now MAF
workers are making hardware for the Space Launch System heavy-lift launch vehicle and
the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. The Michoud Assembly Facility alone employs an
estimated 2,700 people. (Source: NASA, 05/08/13)

Eglin gets upgraded F-35
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- An F-35 with upgraded software arrived here Monday. The
58th Fighter Squadron will get 13 more of the Block 2s by the end of the year. For the first
time, F-35 pilots will be able to use a series of six sensors embedded in the skin of the F-35
that provide a complete spherical view around the jet, day or night. The addition of at least
16 new aircraft this year will add more permanent personnel to the 33rd Fighter Wing, which
oversees the schoolhouse that will train personnel from all military branches as well as
international students. The wing now employs more than 1,300 people, but that's projected
to go to 1,900 by the end of the year. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 05/07/13)

Alabama firms land contracts
MOBILE, Ala. -- Hoar Program Management said Tuesday it has tapped two Alabama
contractors for the $600 million Airbus final assembly line at Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex.
Birmingham’s Brasfield and Gorrie will construct the piles and foundations for the project’s
hangar and service building, while Dothan’s Covenant Steel will be responsible for the
building steel and the envelope. Airbus broke ground April 8 on the plant that will build A320
jetliners. (Source: al.com, 05/07/13)

Drone makes arrested landing
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. –  Northrop Grumman and the Navy
conducted the first fly-in arrested landing of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System
demonstrator. The May 4 test at the Navy's shore-based catapult and arresting gear
complex was the first arrested landing by an unmanned aircraft. The event also marks the
start of the final phase of testing prior to carrier-based trials, which are planned for later this
month. Northrop Grumman's UCAS-D industry team includes Pratt & Whitney, Lockheed
Martin, GKN Aerospace, Eaton, General Electric, UTC Aerospace Systems, Dell, Honeywell,
Moog, Wind River, Parker Aerospace, and Rockwell Collins. (Sources: Avionics Intelligence,
05/06/13, U-T San Diego, 05/07/13) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scout and Global Hawk
unmanned aerial systems are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.; Northwest Florida is major
training location for naval aviators.

EOD school gets new leader
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Capt. Joseph Polanin relinquished command of the Naval
School Explosive Ordnance Disposal school at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., to Capt. William
Noel on Monday. The change of command ceremony was at the EOD Memorial across from
the school attended by every military bomb technician. Noel comes to NAVSCOLEOD from
Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, Norfolk, Va. Polanin had led NAVSCOLEOD since
May 2011, and will now serve as commanding officer of the Center for Explosive Ordnance
Disposal and Diving in Panama City, Fla. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 05/06/13)

Orbital delays first cargo flight
Orbital Sciences said the first full-up test flight of its Cygnus cargo ship to the International
Space Station will likely slip to September due to a variety of factors, including an engine
replacement on the mission's Antares rocket and a scheduling conflict with a Japanese
logistics spacecraft. The first flight of Orbital's Cygnus resupply freighter, an automated
cargo carrier developed in partnership with NASA, was expected this summer. But Orbital
officials decided to swap out one of the AJ26 first stage engines on the spacecraft's Antares
rocket, adding up to four weeks of prep time. The first Cygnus mission is a demonstration
flight under NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program. Orbital's Antares
rocket launched for the first time April 21. (Source: Spaceflight Now, 05/06/13) Gulf Coast
note: Aerojet AJ26 engines are tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Southwest announces flights
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Southwest Airlines will offer daily nonstop flights to and from Nashville,
Tenn., and Houston from Pensacola International Airport. Beginning Nov. 3, the Dallas-
based airline will offer daily nonstop flights to Nashville International Airport at 11:20 a.m.
and 5:20 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 12:05 p.m. and 4:10 p.m. Saturday. It also will
offer a daily nonstop flight at 4:10 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 10:15 a.m. Saturday to
William P. Hobby Airport in Houston. Bob Montgomery, vice president of airport affairs for
Southwest, said customers will be able to reach 65 destinations from Nashville and Houston,
12 more than the 53 available through Atlanta. Delta still offers daily nonstop service to
Atlanta, which is that airline’s primary hub. (Source: WEAR-TV, 05/06/13, Pensacola News
Journal, 05/07/13)

11 honored at memorial
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The school that trains bomb technicians from all branches
of the military held a ceremony over the weekend to mark the deaths of 11 graduates killed
in the line of duty last year. Since World War II 298 military bomb technicians have been
killed in the line of duty. Everyone in the military who volunteers for the job of locating
explosives and disarming them attends the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal school at
Eglin. More than 1,000 students go through the program each year. The annual memorial
ceremony Saturday honored the military’s explosive ordnance disposal technicians killed last
year. The 11 men killed last year ranged from 22 to 39 years old. They came from all across
the country, serving with the Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force. (Source: Northwest Florida
Daily News, 05/04/13)

Hurlburt getting new commander
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Col. Jim Slife will be leaving his post as commander of the Air
Force’s 1st Special Operations Wing this summer and will be replaced by Col. William West,
who commands the 27th Special Operations Group at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Slife,
commander at Hurlburt since June 2011, earlier this spring was selected for promotion to
brigadier general. His new assignment will be as deputy director of special plans working
group at U.S. Central Command headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 05/05/13)

Airbus project, chamber honored
Site Selection magazine named the Airbus final assembly line being built at Mobile’s
Brookley Aeroplex among its top 10 U.S. deals for 2012. Top deals were selected based
upon the level of capital investment, degree of high-value jobs, creativity in negotiations and
incentives, regional economic impact, competition for the project and speed to market.
Meanwhile, the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce among its "Best to Invest" U.S. economic
development groups for 2012. (Source: al.com, 05/03/13)

Vector Aerospace expanding
Vector Aerospace on Friday was to announce a $3 million expansion of its Andalusia
operation, creating as many as 75 jobs. The company, which opened the Andalusia
operation in 2008, maintains Army TH-67 helicopters from Fort Rucker near Dothan and
repairs Navy TH-57 helicopters from Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Fla. Toronto-
based Vector was purchased in March 2011 by Eurocopter, a subsidiary of Airbus parent
EADS. (Source: al.com, 05/03/13) Eurocopter builds Lakota helicopters in Columbus, Miss.

Rolls-Royce aerospace chief quits
The head of Rolls-Royce's prestigious aerospace division has resigned just four months
after being promoted to lead the division that makes engines for commercial and military
aircraft. Mark King, 48, will leave by the end of June. Rolls-Royce did not provide a reason
for the departure. King will be replaced by Tony Wood, head of the company's ship engine
business. Aerospace is the biggest Rolls-Royce division, accounted for more than 70
percent of 2012 revenues. In December the company said it was cooperating with a probe
by Britain's Serious Fraud Office into allegations of bribery in some of the company's Asian
business operations. (Source: The Guardian, New York Times, Financial Times, 05/02/13)
Gulf Coast note: Rolls-Royce tests jetliner engines at its outdoor test facility at Stennis
Space Center, Miss.

Drone sale to S. Korea OKd
SEOUL, South Korea -- The United States approved the sale of four Global Hawks to South
Korea, eight years after its request, Seoul's acquisition agency said Thursday. But the
purchase may be reconsidered due to the cost. The Defense Acquisition Program
Administration said it has received the letter of offer and acceptance for Global Hawks made
by Northrop Grumman Corp. from the Pentagon in mid-April after it won congressional
approval. Although the proposed price for four drones hasn't been made public, it reportedly
well exceeds the $435 million initially set by the Seoul government. (Source: Yonhap,
05/02/13) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are made in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Hybrid squadron launched
SAN DIEGO -- The Navy Thursday introduced its first squadron combining manned and
unmanned helicopters. Helicopter Maritime Strike 35, "the Magicians," with 140 sailors, will
combined eight manned MH-60R Seahawks with 10 unmanned MQ-8B Fire Scouts and will
work off coastal combat ships. The Navy expects the squadron to make its first deployment
in early 2014 on the littoral combat ship Fort Worth, with two Fire Scouts and one Seahawk.
Pilots will fly the drones from a control room inside the ship or even on shore. The Fire
Scouts will reside at the Rancho Bernardo campus of Northrop Grumman, said the
squadron's commanding officer. Fire Scouts can stay aloft at least eight hours, compared to
the Seahawk's 3.3 hours. The Navy has been testing the Fire Scout since 2007 and
deploying it since 2009, using it for counter-narcotics operations and in Afghanistan.
(Source: Reuters, UT-San Diego, 05/02/13) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in
Moss Point, Miss.; Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., builds one version of the littoral combat ships.
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Contract: Lockheed, $20.1M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $20,100,000 fixed-price-incentive, firm-target, advance acquisition contract to
provide long lead parts, materials and components required for the delivery for two low rate
initial production Lot II F-35 conventional takeoff and landing aircraft for the government of
Israel. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in May
2014. Foreign Military Sales funding in the amount of $20,100,000 are being obligated on
this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting authority. (Source: DoD,
05/02/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

General officer assignment
Col. James C. Slife, who has been selected for the rank of brigadier general, commander,
1st Special Operations Wing, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., is
being assigned as deputy director, Special Plans Working Group, Headquarters U.S. Central
Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 05/02/13)

Orion parachute tests continue
NASA's Orion spacecraft safely landed during a simulation of two types of parachute failures
Wednesday in Yuma, Ariz. The capsule was traveling about 250 mph when the parachutes
were deployed. Engineers rigged one of the test capsule's two drogue parachutes not to
deploy and one of its three main parachutes to skip its first stage of inflation after being
extracted from a plane 25,000 feet above the Arizona desert. Orion has the largest
parachute system ever built for a human-rated spacecraft. Orion's next Earth-based
parachute test is scheduled for July, when the test capsule will be released from 35,000 feet.
The first test of the parachutes after traveling in space will be during Exploration Flight Test-
1 in 2014, when an uncrewed Orion will be return from 3,600 miles above Earth's surface.
The spacecraft will be traveling at about 340 mph when the parachutes deploy. (Source:
NASA, 05/01/13) Gulf Coast note: Orion is built at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

Garver to visit SSC, MAF
Deputy Administrator Lori Garver on Friday will visit NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss.,
and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans. Both facilities are critical to the construction
and testing of NASA's Space Launch System rocket and Commercial Crew Program.
Michoud and Stennis also are important to partnerships with private industry, which is
helping maximize the use of NASA facilities. At 9 a.m. CDT, Garver will visit MAF to see
progress being made to support the SLS and Orion spacecraft programs. At 1:30 p.m.
Garver will tour testing facilities and the B-2 test stand, which is being restored in
preparation for testing of the SLS core stage. (Source: NASA, 05/01/13)

Retired colonel to head group
Retired Air Force Col. Kim Wintner was named to head a tri-county committee that works to
protect the military and defense industry in Northwest Florida. Wintner, of Destin, has served
on the Defense Support Initiative committee for 10 years. The committee works to protect
local military bases and their economic contributions to Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa
counties. Before Wintner retired from the Air Force 13 years ago, he served as a
commander at Hurlburt Field and as a vice commander at Eglin Air Force Base. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 04/30/13)

Lockheed Huntsville marks 50 years
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Lockheed Martin Corp. celebrated 50 years of space and defense work
in Huntsville Wednesday. About 1,000 employees, retirees and dignitaries marked the event
at the company’s 57-acre, nine-building complex at Cummings Research Park. The
company, one of the first tenants in the park, has about 800 employees. (Source: al.com,
05/01/13) Gulf Coast note: Lockheed Martin also has operations along the Gulf Coast,
including the Mississippi Space and Technology Center at Stennis Space Center, Miss.


APRIL 2013

Gorgon Stare gets thumbs up
The Air Force's wide-area surveillance sensor, Gorgon Stare, is performing with at least a
90 percent availability rate in Afghanistan and has been well-received by commanders in the
field. "The combatant commanders love it," Lt. Gen. Larry James, the chief of USAF
intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, told IHS Jane’s in an April 18 interview. More
than two years ago a leaked Department of Defense report blasted the sensor, which is
intended to provide 'city-size' images taken twice per second. The report said the sensor,
made by Sierra Nevada, received a poor operational assessment from testers at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla. (Source: IHS Jane’s, 04/30/13)

B-2 being prepped for SLS
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Before NASA's new Space Launch System (SLS) flies to
space on its inaugural mission in 2017, it will fly in place at Stennis Space Center, Miss. The
B-2 Test Stand at Stennis, originally built to test the Saturn rocket stages that propelled
humans to the Moon, is being renovated to test the SLS core stage in late 2016 and early
2017. When ready, the SLS stage, with four RS-25 rocket engines, will be installed on the
stand for propellant fill and drain testing and two hot fire tests. The site's engineers spent 18
months assessing the cost of the work needed to upgrade the B-2 Test Stand from Apollo-
and space shuttle-era testing specifications. After NASA made the decision to proceed,
engineers began the first of three project phases. NASA is developing the SLS to send
humans to asteroids and Mars. The SLS, once operational, will launch NASA's Orion
spacecraft from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The first test flight of SLS will be in 2017,
when the rocket will send an unmanned Orion spacecraft around the Moon. (Sources:
Astronomy, Space Fellowship, 04/29/13)

Nepal buying two A320s
Nepal Airlines signed a deal with Airbus to buy two A320 aircraft equipped with sharklet fuel-
saving wing tips. The deal is valued at $183 million at catalogue prices. Nepal Airlines,
founded in 1958, currently flies to four international destinations and 25 domestic airports in
the heart of the Himalayas. Last week Airbus announced an $8 billion deal to provide 60
planes to China Aviation Supplies Holding Co. (Sources: al.com, hindu business line,
04/29/13)

GE Aviation opens plants
ELLISVILLE, Miss. -- Gov. Phil Bryant and GE Aviation President/CEO David Joyce will be on
hand Tuesday for the grand opening of the company's new 340,000-square-foot aviation
components factory in Ellisville, northeast of Hattiesburg. The event is in the Howard
Technology Park. 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
plant to meet growing aerospace demand. The state is providing $8 million in incentives.
The plant originally was to be 300,000 square feet to 340,000 square feet. (Source:
Hattiesburg American, 04/28/13) GE Aviation also officially opened on Monday a $50 million
facility in Auburn, Ala., that will make parts for jet engines. It’s in Auburn Technology Park
West. GE Aviation also has a plant in Batesville, Miss.

Exelis tapped for MK105
VAN NUYS, Calif. -- ITT Exelis has been awarded a contract valued at more than $10 million
to provide one MK 105 Mod 4 airborne minesweeping system for the Naval Surface Warfare
Center Panama City Division in Panama City, Fla. Introduced to the Navy fleet in 1972, the
Exelis MK 105 system has been used in every major mine-clearance operation. The Navy’s
MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter tows the system through the water, and twin magnetic tails,
consisting of open-electrode magnetic sweeps, are towed behind the sled, detonating mines
to clear the water for vessels. The work will be done in Panama City by the Exelis radar,
reconnaissance and undersea systems business area, which designs and develops
integrated minesweeping systems for the U.S. and allied navies. (Source: Business Wire,
04/29/13)

China buying Airbus jetliners
China Aviation Supplies Holding Co. (CAS) signed a deal with Airbus for 60 aircraft. Airbus
said the deal includes 18 wide-body A330s and 42 single-aisle A320s. The deal is worth at
least $7.7 billion based on list prices. The A320's high reliability and low operational cost
has appealed to Chinese airlines, while the A330 offers a solution to airport congestion in
large Chinese cities as larger planes can carry more passengers with fewer flights, said
Fabrice Bregier, president and chief executive officer of Airbus. As of the end of March,
there were some 750 A320 aircraft in operation with 14 airlines in China and more than 110
A330 planes in service with six air carriers. (Sources: Reuters, Xinhua, 04/25/13) Gulf Coast
note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Bolden: SLS on track
WASHINGTON – NASA Administrator Charles Bolden reassured lawmakers Thursday that
the agency isn't foot-dragging on developing a rocket to take astronauts into deep space.
"We need a 70 metric-ton vehicle and we are on schedule, on target and on cost," Bolden
told members of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees NASA funding.
NASA is asking for $17.7 billion for fiscal 2014, which begins Oct. 1. That includes $2.73
billion to develop the Space Launch System (SLS) consisting of an Orion multi-purpose
crewed vehicle and the deep-space rocket that will carry it. (Source: Florida Today,
04/25/13) Gulf Coast note: SLS rocket engines are tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss;
Orion is built in part at Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, which will also build the core
stage of SLS.

Airport accepts BP settlement
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – When the Deepwater Horizon exploded in April 2010, officials at
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport were preparing for a grand opening. Now
three years later, the airport board put the oil spill in the past Wednesday by accepting a
$5.98 million economic-loss settlement from BP instead of seeking litigation. Airport Attorney
Franklin Harrison expects ECP to receive the check no later than May 1. (Source: Panama
City News Herald, 04/24/13)

Residents may hear exercise
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Air Force Special Operations Command is hosting a field exercise to
train forces in combat scenarios through May 3. Training events for the “Emerald Warrior”
will take place in parts of Liberty, Calhoun and Franklin counties but some may spill into Bay
County airspace. Most of the exercises will take place at night, said Don Arias, a special
operations command spokesman. In addition to hearing aircraft noise at night, residents
may also hear simulated munitions fire. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 04/24/13)

Orders for 60 F-35s eyed
Lockheed Martin may receive a U.S. order in June for 60 F-35 jets, consolidating the sixth
and seven production contracts, said the Pentagon’s program manager. The contract may
be valued at about $9 billion. The number of F-35s may rise to as many as 71 if orders from
other nations are included. Some of the money for the next group of fighters already has
been obligated, sparing those funds from the across-the board reductions of sequestration.
The F-35’s estimated cost for a fleet of 2,443 aircraft has risen to $395.7 billion, up 70
percent from $233 billion in 2001 in current dollars, according to the Pentagon. Air Force
Lieutenant General Christopher Bogdan, manager of the Pentagon’s F-35 program, has
pressed Lockheed Martin to do a better job containing costs for the F-35. He gave a
generally upbeat assessment of the F-35’s progress. Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s chief
weapons buyer, said he feels “much more comfortable” about the F-35 program than he did
a year and a half ago. (Source: Bloomberg, 04/24/13) Gulf Coast tie: Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Hyatt Place at airport open
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The new Hyatt Place Hotel Pensacola Airport is now open More than
200 showed up for the grand opening Wednesday of the 127-room hotel. Developed by
Innisfree Hotel owner Julian MacQueen, the hotel is located adjacent to the airport on land
leased through a long-term contract. The hotel’s interior is themed around the city’s Five
Flags history and extensive aviation past. Airport Director Greg Donovan said the Hyatt’s
amenities are “exclusive to Pensacola International as no other airport in the region has the
convenience of an on-site hotel or the high levels of service that Hyatt is known for.” The
hotel is projected to generate over $420,000 annually in non-airline revenue for the airport
through lease fees, and $100,000 in local option sales taxes for the city. It will also create
over $4 million in payroll revenues through 235 new jobs. (Source: WEAR-TV, Pensacola
News Journal, 04/24/13) It’s the 18th Hyatt Place branded property in Florida. "Having this
premier hotel at our international airport is a distinct advantage for our business and leisure
travelers," said Airport Director Greg Donovan. (Source: TravelWorld.com, 04/10/13)

Jets retired from displays
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Two F-101 Voodoo jets are being removed from their display perches
at the city marina and Gulf Coast State College. There was a ceremony Wednesday marking
the occasion. The jets will be disassembled and taken by the U.S. Air Force to a temporary
storage location. The jets are being moved to make way for redevelopment and because of
the cost of ongoing maintenance. The F-101 Voodoos were originally designed as deep
penetration bomber escorts, but later served as a reconnaissance aircraft. (Source:
Panama City News Herald, 04/24/13)

Key F-35 data link tested
SAN DIEGO -- The Northrop Grumman Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL) waveform
was successfully demonstrated in a Lockheed Martin F-35 flight test, validating an eight-
year development effort. MADL is a key capability provided by Northrop Grumman's F-35
integrated communications, navigation and identification (CNI) avionics. The F-35 CNI
avionics on two F-35 aircraft established the MADL link between two airborne platforms for
the first time. Data passed between aircraft via MADL was correlated with data from other F-
35 sensors by Lockheed Martin's fusion system to form a simplified situational awareness
picture on the cockpit displays. Northrop Grumman's integrated CNI system provides to F-35
pilots the equivalent capability of more than 27 avionics subsystems. Northrop Grumman
also produces the center fuselage for the F-35; designed and produces the aircraft's radar
and electro-optical subsystem; develops mission systems and mission planning software;
leads the team's development of pilot and maintenance training system courseware; and
manages the team's use, support and maintenance of low-observable technologies.
(Source: Northrop Grumman, 04/23/13) Gulf Coast ties: The F-35 training center is at Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla.

A2Research wins NASA award
A2Research of Huntsville, Ala., is NASA's Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year. The
award was one of three presented Tuesday to top contractors by NASA Administrator
Charles Bolden in Washington. A2Research is a joint venture of Alcyon Inc. of Huntsville and
Alutiiq Inc. of Anchorage, Alaska. The joint venture performs test stand calibration and
support at NASA's Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi, where NASA tests rocket
engines. The Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year was Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
of East Hartford, Conn., which also has an operation at SSC. (Source: al.com, 04/23/13)

Tyndall to lose 14 positions
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Air Force will trim 16,000 civilian employees from
its ranks, but only a few will come from Tyndall Air Force Base. Herman Bell, chief of Tyndall’
s 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, said there are about 14 civilian employees that may be
impacted. Bell said positions lost at Tyndall most likely will be eliminated through attrition.
The Defense Department announced last week the civilian force at about 60 Air Force
installations would be impacted by a reduction in force. Officials pointed out the reductions
are not part of the sequestration cuts, which would come later. (Source: Panama City News
Herald, 04/22/13) Previous related: RIF impacts AF, Eglin; Keesler budget cut 20 percent

RR, Safran agree on RTM322
Rolls-Royce today said it reached agreement to sell its shareholding and interest in the
RTM322 helicopter engine program to Turbomeca, a Safran company. Rolls-Royce's 50
percent interest in the engine program will be progressively transferred to Turbomeca, which
will then hold 100 per cent of the RTM322 program. The RTM322 engine powers the
Apache, EH101 Merlin and NH90 helicopters. The RRTM Adour engine program, which
powers Hawk and Jaguar aircraft, is unaffected by this agreement, as are the other
helicopter engine programs in the Rolls-Royce portfolio. The sale is expected to complete
before year end, subject to closing conditions. (Source: Rolls-Royce, 04/23/13) Gulf Coast
ties: Rolls-Royce has its outdoor jet engine test facility at Stennis Space Center, Miss.;
Safran has opened an engineering center at Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Ala.

J-2X: Steering to the future
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Engineers developing NASA's next-generation rocket
closed one chapter of testing with the completion of a J-2X engine test series on the A-2 test
stand at the agency's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Now begins the new chapter of
full motion testing on test stand A-1. The J-2X will drive the second stage of the 143-ton
heavy-lift version of the Space Launch System. The rocket will provide an entirely new
capability for human exploration and send humans in NASA's Orion spacecraft into deep
space. J-2X engine 10002 was fired for the last time on the A-2 test stand April 17. This
engine set a duration record for J-2X engine firings at Stennis' A-2 test stand on April 4
when it fired for 570 seconds, beating the previous mark set less than a month earlier on
March 7, when the same engine ran for 560 seconds. This is the second J-2X engine
Stennis has test fired. Last year, test conductors put the first developmental J-2X engine,
called 10001, through its paces. According to J-2X managers, both performed extremely
well. When the engine is eventually used in space, it will need to be able to move to help
steer the rocket. (Source: NASA, 04/22/13)

RR wins IAG Trent order
Rolls-Royce won a $1.6 billion order from International Airlines Group (IAG) for Trent XWB
engines to power 18 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. In addition, IAG has placed options for a
further 18 A350 aircraft. The A350-1000 aircraft is powered exclusively by the higher-thrust
version of the Trent XWB. The engine, specifically designed for the A350 XWB, is the fastest
selling Trent engine ever with more than 1,200 sold. (Source: Rolls-Royce, 04/22/13) Gulf
Coast note: Rolls-Royce Outdoor Jet Engine Test Facility at Stennis Space Center tests the
Trent series of Rolls-Royce engines, including the XWB; the thrust reverser for the XWB was
built by Goodrich, since purchased by United Technologies. It has a service center in Foley,
Ala; Airbus will be building A320 jetliners in Mobile, Ala.

Vice commander retires
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE,  Miss. -- Col. Andrew Cain, 2nd Air Force vice commander,
retired with 30 years of military service Friday at the Bay Breeze Event Center. Maj. Gen.
Len Patrick, 2nd Air Force commander, was the presiding officer for the event. (Source:
Keesler AFB, 04/22/13)

Contract: Northrop Grumman, $35.7M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems Sector, San Diego, Calif., is being
awarded a $35,696,841 contract modification for Global Hawk engineering and
manufacturing development. The total cumulative face value of the multi-year contract is
$2,297,747,550. Work will be performed at San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be
completed by January 2017. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WIGK, Wright-
Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/22/13) Gulf
Coast note: Fuselage work on Global Hawk is done in Moss Point, Miss.

Antares has successful launch
The 133-foot tall Antares rocket built by Orbital Sciences launched from the Virginia coast
Sunday, setting the stage for space station cargo delivery missions starting later this year.
The rocket launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport adjacent to NASA's Wallops
Island Flight Center. Three minutes and 50 seconds after liftoff, the two first-stage Aerojet
AJ26 engines shut down as planned and the first stage fell away. A solid-fuel second stage
ATK Castor-30B motor ignited to continue the push to space. Orbital hopes to have a
demonstration flight in June or July using a Cygnus cargo capsule that will carry about a ton
of equipment and supplies to the International Space Station. SpaceX was the first
commercial company to successfully resupply the ISS. The addition of Antares bodes well
for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services established in 2006 with the
retirement of the space shuttle. (Source: CBSNews, 04/21/13) Gulf Coast note: AJ26
engines are tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Chamber picks new director
MOBILE, Ala. – The executive director of the Mobile Airport Authority will succeed Win Hallett
as president of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. Bill Sisson, who has led the airport
authority since 2008, is the former head of economic development for the chamber. Hallett is
retiring after 22 years leading the chamber. The chamber made the announcement after an
eight-month search. Chamber Chairman Mike Saxon said Sisson is “absolutely the right
person for the job at the right time.” Hallett will stay on at the chamber until a replacement
for Sisson at the airport authority is found, officials said. (Source: al.com, 04/19/13)

Leaders heading to Germany
More than 80 business leaders are heading to Hamburg, Germany, this weekend to learn
more about how the impact an Airbus assembly plant can have on a community. Ginny
Russell, vice president of community and governmental affairs for the Mobile Area Chamber
of Commerce, said Friday that 86 delegates from the Mobile area were expected to arrive in
Germany by April 21. Russell helped organize the trip, and said all participants paid their
own expenses. Delegates will visit several areas and facilities through April 24. Participants
include officers from area banks, engineering and construction firms, shipping concerns,
human resource companies, the Port of Alabama and the Mobile Airport Authority, to name
a few. (Source: al.com, 04/19/13)

Doolittle Raiders honored
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- The extraordinary service of 80 men was remembered April
18 at the tribute to the Doolittle Raiders on the 71st anniversary of the Army Air Force
squadron's flight from a Navy aircraft carrier to bomb Japan during World War II. At a
luncheon held at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds in Fort Walton Beach, Rear Adm. Don
Quinn, commander, Naval Education and Training Command in Pensacola, Fla., addressed
more than 600 people who had come to honor the remaining Raiders. Of the original 80
members of the Doolittle Raiders, four are still living and three attended the events
scheduled over several days in Fort Walton Beach, including luncheons, dinners and a
parade. Raiders present included Lt. Col. Richard Cole, co-pilot with Col. Jimmy Doolittle;
Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, an engineer and gunner on crew 7; and Lt. Col. Edward Saylor,
engineer for crew 15. The fourth Raider who was unable to attend is Lt. Col. Robert Hite, co-
pilot of crew 16. (Source: NNS, 04/19/13)

Antares to launch Saturday
The test flight of a new private cargo-carrying rocket will come no earlier than Saturday
afternoon due to weather delays and a technical glitch. Private aerospace firm Orbital
Sciences Corp. wanted to fly the two-stage Antares rocket Wednesday from Virginia's Mid-
Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, but a data cable separated from the booster
and forced a delay. Orbital then tried for Friday but weather got in the way. (Source: Space.
com, 04/19/13) Gulf Coast note: The AJ26 engines that power Antares are tested at Stennis
Space Center, Miss. Previous

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $45.2M
L-3 Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a not-to-exceed $45,202,205
firm-fixed-price contract modification to extend FA8I06-IO-C-0012 for 12 months for
contractor logistic support for the Iraqi Air Force C208 and C172 aircraft and for
maintenance students training on both aircraft without a break in service. Work will be
performed at Tikrit Air Base, Iraq, and work is expected to be completed by April 20, 2014.
The contract involves foreign military sales. The contracting activity is Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center/WLKLC, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. (Source: DoD, 04/19/13)

Florida limits drone use
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida is the newest state to pass legislation restricting the use of
unmanned aerial vehicles by local or state agencies except in cooperation with
investigations authorized by the Department of Homeland Security or in short-term
emergencies. The bill, unanimously passed by the House, prevents law enforcement use of
drones unless a judge has issued a warrant or in cases where there is a “high risk of
terrorist attack,” or a case of imminent danger, such as in a missing person case where the
person is thought to be in immediate danger. The Senate passed the bill a week ago.
Virginia has also put restrictions on drone use by police. Seattle and Charlottesville, Va.,
have also banned them. (Sources: The Florida Current, 04/17/13, Pensacola News Journal,
04/18/13)

Combat Talons fly for last time
DUKE FIELD, Fla. – The Air Force's last four MC-130E Combat Talon I's had their final
mission from their home at Duke Field on April 15. The Talons will be officially retired in a
ceremony at Duke Field on April 25 and the aircraft will then be flown to the "boneyard" at
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. April 25 commemorates the 33rd anniversary of the
Desert One mission to free the hostages from Iran. Several of the MC-130E's at Duke Field
took part in that mission. The four Talons took off as two 2-ships carrying more than 40 of
the wing's airmen who had a long association with the Talon I's and wanted to be a part of
the historic final flight. The retirement of the Talons are steps in the transition to the new
Aviation Foreign Internal Defense mission for Air Force Special Operations Command. More
than five of the wing's new aircraft, the C-145A, are already on the Duke flightline. (Source:
919th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs, 04/18/13)

RIF impacts AF, Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Ten civilians will be affected by a civilian Reduction in
Force, scheduled to go into effect Aug. 23. Of the 10 civilians, seven are assigned to the
96th Test Wing and three to tenant organizations. About 1,000 positions Air Force wide at
60 installations are affected by workforce shaping. (Source: Eglin Public Affairs, 04/18/13)

Antares launch rescheduled
Orbital Sciences confirmed the next probable attempt to test launch its Antares rocket from
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va., will be no earlier than April 19. Orbital
Science is one of the commercial companies chosen by NASA to shuttle cargo to the
International Space Station. This will be the first launch of the two-stage Antares. It was to
have launched Wednesday, but a data cable popped loose and forced a delay. The plan is
to hit an orbit of 155 miles. (Source: Space Travel, Space.com 04/18/13) Gulf Coast note:
The Aerojet AJ26 rocket engines that power Antares are tested at Stennis Space Center,
Miss.

Tyndall pilot to be No. 1 Thunderbird
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Tyndall's own Lt. Col. Matthew "Pipper" Bradley, 83rd
Fighter Weapons Squadron operations director, has been selected to be Thunderbird No. 1.
Bradley will be joining the team in 2014, the 61st year of the Air Force’s flight demonstration
team. In his current job, Bradley is in charge of planning visits from 30 squadrons to Tyndall
each year. The squadrons come for two weeks to shoot missiles and scrimmage with drones
as part of Combat Archer. Bradley has logged more than 1,300 flying hours in the F-15C
Eagle, but as Thunderbird No. 1, he’ll be flying the F-16C Fighting Falcon and will also be in
the commanding position in the team. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 04/18/13)

Airbus seeks facilities manager
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas is seeking a facilities manager for the Mobile assembly line.
Minimum requirements include an associate’s degree and at least five years’ of facility
management experience, but preference will be given to candidates with a bachelor’s and
five years’ supervisory experience. Ground was broken April 8 on the plant at Brookley
Aeroplex that will eventually employ 1,000 people and will produce A320 jetliners. (Source:
al.com, 04/17/13)

Keesler budget cut 20 percent
BILOXI, Miss. -- The commander at Keesler Air Force Base said the base will ground planes
and reduce training to deal with a 20 percent reduction in its budget caused by
sequestration. Brig. Gen. Brad Spacy, commander of the 81st Training Wing, said Tuesday
during the Biloxi Chamber’s “Morning Call” that a third of the fleet will be parked and long-
term maintenance on planes will be cut by 18 percent. (Source: Sun Herald, 04/16/13)

NASA eyes smaller workforce
NASA expects a slightly reduced civil servant workforce, facility consolidations and less
spending on consultants, according to the agency's proposed 2014 budget. The goal is a
civil servant workforce of 17,700, a decline of about 275 and a target NASA plans to achieve
with buyouts that will permit it to continue some hiring of young engineers, scientists and
other specialists. Of NASA's centers, Johnson Space Center in Houston, which manages
International Space Station operations and leads development of the Orion Multi-Purpose
Crew Vehicle, would be the top recipient of 2014 funding with $4.5 billion. Stennis Space
Center, Miss., which hosts much of the agency’s propulsion testing, would receive the least,
$182 million. Personnel declines would be distributed evenly. SSC, the center with the
fewest civil servants, would fall by five to 313. (Source: Aviation Week, 04/15/13)

X-47B aerial refueling axed
Plans to demonstrate autonomous aerial refueling of the Northrop Grumman X-47B
unmanned combat air system demonstrator (UCAS-D) have been axed from the Navy’s fiscal
2014 budget. Previous plans called for the X-47B to conduct autonomous probe-and-drogue
and boom-and-receptacle refueling tests in 2014. The refueling tests were to follow the main
demonstration of unmanned aircraft-carrier operations, which is still funded and slated for
next month. The two X-47Bs are at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., completing land-
based carrier qualification. Arrested landings are to begin ahead of deployment to the
carrier USS Bush in May. Previously, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
ended a program to demonstrate autonomous refueling between two Northrop Grumman
RQ-4 Global Hawks. (Source: Aviation Week, 04/15/13) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman
Fire Scout and Global Hawk UAVs are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

2nd Airbus supplier announces
MOBILE, Ala. -- Kuehne + Nagel North America plans to open an office in Mobile, the second
Airbus-related supplier for the Alabama port city. Kuehne + Nagel, the world’s largest logistic
company, is the principal logistical supplier for Airbus in Hamburg, Germany. A Kuehne +
Nagel release said the Mobile office will offer logistics to companies from the aerospace
industry as well as from the oil and gas and marine sectors. Airbus broke ground April 8 on
its A320 final production line at Brookley Aeroplex. The first supplier, Safran Engineering
Services, opened its Brookley office before the Airbus groundbreaking. (Source: al.com,
04/15/13)

Daimler selling stake in EADS
Daimler is set to sell its remaining 7.5 percent stake in EADS, cutting the vehicle maker’s
equity ties with the company it helped found. Daimler is offering shares in the parent of
Airbus to institutional investors through an accelerated book build, which involves offering
shares in a short time period, with little to no marketing. The sale will allow Daimler to focus
on its core car and truck making operations. France, Germany and Spain are reducing state
interests in EADS, which in March approved a change in shareholder structure. Changes
were pushed through after EADS’ attempted merger with BAE Systems failed. Earlier this
month French media group Lagardere sold a 7.4 percent EADS stake. EADS has set aside
billions for share buybacks to compensate for the large stake sales by Lagardere and
Daimler. (Source: Financial Times, 04/16/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320
assembly line in Mobile, Ala.; Daimler operates a Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Wing to dedicate hangar to Raiders
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – On Wednesday in a hangar at Eglin Air Force Base, the
military’s newest stealth aircraft, the F-35, will line up facing one of the military’s first twin-
engine bombers, the World War II-era B-25. The Air Force’s 33rd Fighter Wing planned the
historic pairing as part of the ceremony to dedicate an F-35 hangar to Ret. Lt. Col. Ed
Saylor, one of the last surviving Doolittle Raiders, who will be in town for their 71st and final
reunion this week. The hangar dedicated to Saylor is where the F-35 gets worked on every
day. Saylor was a maintenance crew chief for one of the 16 crews that participated in the
raid. On April 18, 1942, 80 airmen took off in B-25s from the USS Hornet to bombs Tokyo. It
was the first American attack on Japan after Pearl Harbor was attacked in December 1941.
The Raiders trained for the mission at Eglin Air Force Base, specifically on how to conduct
short takeoffs from atop an aircraft carrier. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 04/15/13)
Bob Greene column, A final toast for the Doolittle Raiders, 04/14/13)

LM expanding in Troy
TROY, Ala. -- Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Pike County Operations is
expected to expand, bringing some 100 additional jobs over seven years. According to
Lockheed Martin, the company determined that an expansion of the Troy facility would
provide capability to meet anticipated production schedules over the next decade. The
expansion would also allow for continued production of the Terminal High Altitude Area
Defense (THAAD) and the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM), as well as support
for potential new production awards. The plant employs 360 workers. (Source: Dothan
Eagle, 04/14/13)

Another Mobile firm tapped
MOBILE, Ala. -- Mobile-based Hargrove Engineers and Contractors has been tapped by
Hoar Program Management to assist with Package B of the Airbus final assembly line at
Brookley Aeroplex. The local company will work alongside Frankfurt Short Bruza Associates
P.C. to provide architectural and engineering services for the $600 million project’s flight
line, final phase, gauging hangar and delivery center. It’s the fifth Mobile area firm now tied
to the $600 million project. The assembly line will employ 1,000 when in full production
making A320 jetliners. (Source: al.com, 04/15/13)

Q&A with EADS’ Enders
MOBILE, Ala. -- EADS chief executive Tom Enders was in Mobile during the week to formally
break ground on a $600 million Airbus aircraft assembly plant at the Brookley Aeroplex. The
1,000-worker factory will assemble A320 passenger jets for the EADS subsidiary. Enders
shared his thoughts on the project in an exclusive interview with Mobile Press-Register/al.
com columnist George Talbot. (Source: al.com, 04/11/13)

Contract: Boeing, $65.9M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $65,877,538 firm-fixed-price contract for
2,701 Lot 17 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tailkits. Work will be done at St. Louis, Mo.,
and is expected to be completed by March 31, 2015. The contract involves foreign military
sales; this effort is 100 percent FMS for Israel. The contracting activity is AFLCMC/EBDKI,
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 04/12/13)

Airbus to offer wider seats
Airbus plans to offer airlines the option of an extra-wide 20-inch seat on its A320 aircraft.
Currently the planemaker configures narrow-body jets with three 18 inch-wide seats in each
row of the economy-class cabin. Under the new concept, two seats would be reduced to 17
inches with the third 20. (Source: Flightglobal, 04/11/13) In another Airbus matter, American
Airlines will split its order for 130 Airbus A320 aircraft equally between the A319 and A321,
according to engine supplier International Aero Engines (IAE). American will take 65 A319s
with CFM International CFM56-5B engines and 65 A321s with IAE V2500-A5 engines, says
Jon Beatty, president and chief executive of IAE. American previously had not disclosed how
many of each type it planned to take delivery of beyond 2013. It will accept 15 A319s and
five A321s from the manufacturer this year. (Source: Flightglobal, 04/11/13) Gulf Coast
note: Airbus broke ground this week on its new A320 plant in Mobile, Ala. It also has aircraft
manufacturing plants in France, Germany and China.

HMM brought into Airbus project
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Mobile office of Hatch Mott MacDonald is providing aviation and
engineering design management for the Airbus final assembly plant at Brookley Aeroplex.
Birmingham-based Hoar Program Management, chosen Feb.1 to oversee the Airbus project,
said Wednesday that HMM is overseeing all architectural and engineering partners involved
with the $600 million A320 plant. Based in Millburn, N.J., Hatch Mott MacDonald has a staff
of 22 in the Mobile metropolitan area. Expertise includes passenger and cargo terminals,
airside infrastructure, aircraft maintenance facilities, aviation fueling systems and more. The
Brookley plant will be at full production in 2017. There was a ceremonial groundbreaking
Monday for the plant that will eventually employ 1,000 workers. (Source: al.com, 04/11/13)
Previous

General officer announcement
Air Force Brig. Gen. Scott W. Jansson has been nominated for appointment to the rank of
major general. Jansson is currently serving as Air Force program executive officer for
weapons and director, Armament Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air
Force Materiel Command, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 04/11/13)

UK student pilot flies F-35
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The first United Kingdom Royal Navy student aviator at the
33rd Fighter Wing training to be an F-35B instructor pilot completed his first sortie in the
joint strike fighter here April 10. Royal Navy Lt. Cdr. Ian Tidball flew with the Marine Fighter
Attack Training Squadron-501. "From a handling perspective, it is a responsive and smooth
airplane to fly with an awful lot of thrust and power," said Tidball. "Everything I trained for,
especially taking advantage of the full mission simulator made this an easy flight." Tidball’s
preparation included about six weeks of academics and kinetically-based simulators at the F-
35 Academic Training Center. The center is the high-tech hub in a campus designed
especially for fifth-generation joint strike fighter maintainer and operator training. It is hosted
at the 33rd FW. (Source: 33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 04/10/13)

Eglin radar fills gap
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Radar at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is operating in Space
Fence mode to make up for the shut down of a third of the Space Fence radar coverage
because of sequestration. That’s what Gen. William Shelton, head of Air Force Space
Command, said during the 29th annual National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs.
East Coast radar receivers that provide data about satellites and space debris have been
turned off as part of an effort to save $508 million from the budget of Shelton’s command. A
radar at Eglin is capable of countering that loss of a third of the radars, Shelton said, but
doing so takes that radar out of its regular rotation. “So there’s some risk we’re taking here,
but it’s prudent risk,” he said. Shelton said models show that more than 500,000 man-made
objects are in orbit today, with U.S. systems tracking “less than” 5 percent. Most of those
objects are too small to be picked up by current sensors, but represent potentially
catastrophic dangers to satellites. (Sources: Air Force Times, AOL Defense, 04/09/13)

Design challenge this month
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Air Force Research Laboratory will host teams from all
three service academies and 17 universities for the Annual AFRL Design Challenge April 15-
20 at the Air Force Enlisted Village in Shalimar, Fla. The demonstrations begin 1 p.m. each
day. AFRL collected input from warfighters to identify problems with real-world application
and rapid transition potential. In August 2012, teams were given the engineering design
challenge, Portable Bridge Technology, $20,000, and nine months to create a demonstrable
solution. This year’s challenge is to design a system for a team of four Special Operations
Force personnel to cross irrigation canals, go rooftop-to-rooftop, cross snow and glacier
crevasses, etc., under a variety of conditions. Each team will partner three students with one
battlefield airman from Hurlburt Field Air Force Base, Fla., to complete the obstacle course
using their prototype design. The AFRL Design Competition allows AFRL and the warfighter
to benefit from some creative ideas that address a real military need while also giving
students an opportunity to work under real-world conditions.  The students gain experience
in rapid prototyping and engineering a solution for a real customer-need, while knowing that
their contribution can make a difference. (Source: 96th Test Wing Public Affairs, 04/10/13)

Chicago direct flights back
MOBILE, Ala. – Mobile now has direct daily flights to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport
after a 10-year absence. The first flight from Mobile Regional Airport was Tuesday. “United
Airlines is one of our longest airline partnerships, and this will greatly improve our
connectivity to the west, north, northeast and even international destinations,” said Patricia
G. Edington, secretary of the Mobile Airport Authority. Bill Sisson, the authority’s executive
director, called United’s decision to resume daily, nonstop service between Mobile and
Chicago a “timely” one in light of Monday’s groundbreaking for a $600 million Airbus
assembly line. (Source: al.com, 04/09/13)

Blue Angles 2013 season over
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Navy has canceled all 2013 air shows and practices for the Blue
Angles flight demonstration team. Team Cmdr. Tom Frosch spoke about the cancelations
Tuesday at Sherman Field at Naval Air Station Pensacola. With a signature F/A-18 serving
as a backdrop, Frosch expressed hope the team will be back next year. In Pensacola the
Blues will fly up to 11 hours a month, just over a quarter of the 40 hours a month they
normally fly. It’s a level to keep the pilots safe and efficient. (Source: Pensacola News
Journal, 04/10/13)

NG gets $71M contract
Northrop Grumman received an undefinitized contract award valued at more than $71 million
for its Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system from the Air Force. Issued by the Global Hawk
Systems Program Office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, the award is
an add-on to a previous Lot 10 contract for block load and production acceptance
infrastructure. "This contract modification covers a 22-month period of performance from
March 2013 through the end of December 2014, bridging the current Lot 10 contract
through completion. It will provide engineering support for the production and final
acceptance testing of the Lot 10 aircraft and sensors," said George Guerra, vice president
of the Global Hawk program for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. (Source:
Northrop Grumman, 04/09/13) Previous. Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are built in part in
Moss Point, Miss.

X-47B catapult launch planned
The Navy plans to conduct the first catapult takeoff of its X-47B unmanned fighter from an
aircraft carrier next month and other shipboard tests despite mandatory budget cuts this
year, according to the admiral who runs the programs. Rear Adm. Mathias Winter, program
executive officer for unmanned aviation and strike weapons, said Northrop Grumman's X-
47B program and other unmanned aircraft programs should survive the fiscal 2013 budget
cuts largely intact because they are still early in development. But the Navy may buy fewer
unmanned planes and helicopters in coming years unless Congress reverses budget cuts
required over the next decade, Winter said in a recent interview at Naval Air Station
Patuxent River in southern Maryland. (Source: Reuters, 04/08/13)

Airport adds international flight
NEW ORLEANS -- Louis Armstrong International Airport on Tuesday announced it’s adding
a second direct international destination through the summer vacation season, offering
flights to Cancun every Sunday from May 26 through Aug. 11. While Cancun will be the
airport's 40th non-stop destination, an announcement said it will serve as the second
international route, joining flights that already link New Orleans and Toronto. (Source: New
Orleans Times Picayune, 04/09/13)

Contract: Raytheon, $35.1M
Raytheon Co., Goleta, Calif. is being awarded a $35,166,810 firm-fixed delivery order for
AN/ALE-50 towed decoys. Work will be performed at Forest, Miss., and is expected to be
completed by March 31, 2015. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.
AFLCMC/WNKCB, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
04/09/12)

Ground broken on Airbus plant
MOBILE, Ala. – Ground was broken today at Brookley Aeroplex on the $600 million Airbus
A320 final assembly line. Industry, state and local officials were in town to mark the official
start of the plant that will eventually employ 1,000 workers and build the most popular
passenger airplane in the Airbus lineup. "We have the commitment here to create a world-
class product and our work force is key," said Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, adding that the
facility is going to benefit the entire region. "Thanks to Mobile, the sun will never set on
Airbus," said Fabrice Bregier, president and CEO of Airbus. Officials from JetBlue, which will
take the first delivery of a plane assembled at the Brookley plant, were also on hand for the
groundbreaking. (Source: al.com, 04/08/13)

Safran opens Mobile office
MOBILE, Ala. – On the same day Airbus slated a groundbreaking for its new assembly line,
supplier Safran Engineering Services officially opened its Mobile office today with a ribbon-
cutting. In Mobile, Safran will provide engineering services for Airbus, including mechanical
and electrical engineering work. The company will start with 20 engineers, but program
manager Israel Perez said the goal is to expand to 50. Jobs are currently being advertised
through the Alabama Industrial Development Training program. (Source: al.com, 04/08/13)

Steps taken to sell Global Hawks to Korea
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon has formally informed Congress of a plan to sell four Global
Hawk surveillance drones to South Korea. The deal under the Foreign Military Sales
program, if sealed, would be worth up to $1.2 billion, according to the Defense Security
Cooperation Agency affiliated with the Department of Defense. It includes four RQ-4 Block
30 Global Hawk remotely-piloted aircrafts equipped with the Enhanced Integrated Sensor
Suites (EISS), associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support, added the DSCA.
Such a notification to Congress is mandatory for FMS sales. Congress is expected to
approve the plan, a diplomatic source said. (Source: The Korea Times, 04/08/13) Gulf
Coast note: Global Hawks central fuselages are built in Moss Point, Miss.

Orbital rolls out Antares rocket
Orbital Sciences rolled out the first fully integrated Antares rocket from its assembly building
at NASAs Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia Saturday in preparation for its inaugural
flight slated for April 17 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. The Antares test flight,
the A-ONE mission, is the first of two Orbital is scheduled to conduct in 2013 under its
Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Space Act Agreement with NASA. Following a
successful A-ONE launch, Orbital will carry out a full flight demonstration of its new
Antares/Cygnus cargo delivery system to the International Space Station around mid-year.
(Source: Orbital Sciences Corp., 04/06/13) Gulf Coast note: The Antares AJ26 rocket
engines are tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss. The latest test was April 4. That engine
will be shipped to Wallops for an upcoming Commercial Resupply Services mission.

County puts $65K into UAV project
SHALIMAR, Fla. -- Work continues on plans to build a center to develop small unmanned air
and ground vehicles. Construction is targeted to start next year. Okaloosa County
commissioners approved $65,000 to pay for site assessment and conceptual design of the
facility being developed by the University of Florida and the Economic Development Council
of Okaloosa County. The University of Florida and the EDC have been working on the UAV
center, which would be located just south of UF’s Research and Engineering Education
Facility on land the college owns. The 45,000-square-foot center will consist of two
connected buildings, one for administrative offices and research labs and the other for flight
and ground tests. The complex will feature space for temporary or permanent offices and
labs, depending on clients’ needs. The test center is intended to attract the high-paying
science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs. (Source: Northwest Florida
Daily News, 04/05/13)

Keesler wins AF award
BILOXI, Miss. -- Keesler Air Force Base was told Friday it’s been selected for the
Commander-in-Chief's Installation Excellence Award. Rep. Steven Palazzo's office made the
announcement Friday afternoon. Keesler will represent the Air Force in competition for the
Commander-in-Chief's (CINC) Annual Awards for Installation Excellence. The award comes
with a $1 million prize that will be used for quality of life improvements. (Source: Sun Herald,
04/05/13)

Contract: Jacobs, $128.4M
Jacobs Technology Inc., Tullahoma, Tenn., is being awarded a $128,450,000 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract modification. The total estimated cumulative face value
of the contract is $263,950,000. This modification provides for the exercise of an option for
additional diverse engineering, technical and acquisition support services being provided
under the basic contract. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., with an
expected completion date of April 19, 2014. The contracting activity is AFTC/PZZ, Eglin Air
Force Base. This contract involves foreign military sales. (Source: DoD, 04/05/13)

Towers set to close get reprieve
The Federal Aviation Administration said it will delay until June 15 the closure of the air
traffic control tower at Stennis International Airport in Hancock County and 148 others
across the country. Last month the FAA directed the Stennis tower to be among the first to
close on Sunday as part of the agency's cost-cutting effort. Now all facilities will close June
15 unless the airports decide to continue operations as a nonfederal contract tower, the
FAA said. Officials from about 50 airports have indicated they may fund the tower operations
themselves. The Stennis airport serves, among others, NASA's nearby Stennis Space
Center. (Source: Sun Herald, 04/05/13) Previous

$12M investment in Dothan MRO
DOTHAN, Ala. – Commercial Jet Inc. will invest $12 million to open a new 400,000-square-
foot facility at Dothan Regional Airport in Dale County that will employ hundreds. Alabama
Gov. Robert Bentley, House Speaker Mike Hubbard and Alabama Department of Commerce
Secretary Greg Canfield joined company and community leaders to make the
announcement Friday. The facility will more than triple the company's capacity to provide
freighter conversion and maintenance, repair and overhaul, or MRO, services. The
expansion will include multiple hangars, back shops and offices and extensive apron space.
The final building will be delivered in October. (Source: MadeinAlabama, 04/05/13)
Commercial Jet Inc. website

Airbus closing in on goal
Airbus is closing in on its 2013 order target four months into the year after already winning
more than 600 orders from airlines snapping up the fuel-efficient A320 single-aisle
bestseller. Airbus targeted 700 gross orders for the year. After opening 2013 with a
prediction for as many as 650 orders, Airbus Chief Operating Officer John Leahy has raised
the goal by a further 50 planes. Airbus is most likely to exceed even that target, given the
Paris Air show, a one-week event in June that typically coincides with large-scale orders.
(Source: Bloomberg, 04/04/13) As if to underscore the popularity of the model, Airbus on
Monday will break ground on its newest A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala. The
ceremony is slated for 10 a.m. CDT at Brookley Aeroplex.

Contract: EADS NA, $21M
EADS North America of Herndon, Va., was awarded a $20,994,308 modification to a
previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for security and support mission equipment
package production cut-in services. The cumulative total face value of this contract is now
$2,260,811,397. Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss. Fiscal 2013 Other Procurement,
Army contract funds are being obligated on this award. The Army Contracting Command,
Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/04/13)

NASA picks 295 proposals
NASA selected 295 research and technology proposals from 216 American small
businesses for negotiations that may lead to contract awards worth a combined $38.7
million. The proposals are part of NASA's Small Business Innovation Research Program
(SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program. Nine proposals involve
technology being developed for the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA’s John C.
Stennis Space Center, Miss., including nanocomposite protective coatings for nuclear
thermal propulsion systems; advanced prognostic tools; power-generating coverings and
casings and more. For a list of selected companies, click here. (Source: NASA, 04/04/13)

Australian F-35s progressing
Australia’s first two F-35 Joint Strike Fighters are progressing down the US production line
and approaching the stage where they will start looking like planes rather than a collection
of components. David Scott, Lockheed Martin's director of F-35 international customer
engagement, said the planes, AU-1 and AU-2, were on schedule for delivery in the U.S. in
2014. He said the wings are under construction at the Lockheed Martin plant in Forth Worth,
Texas. Forth Worth is also constructing the forward fuselage, while the centre and aft
fuselages are under construction at separate Northrop Grumman and BAE plants. The first
Australian F-35 pilots will likely start training at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., later this year.
(Source: AAP via The Australian, 04/03/13)

Third UK F-35 takes to air
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The third United Kingdom F-35 embarked on its first flight Monday.
The aircraft, known as ZM137, departed at 10:16 a.m. with Lockheed Martin F-35 Chief Test
Pilot Alan Norman at the controls. ZM137 will complete a series of company and government
checkout flights prior to its acceptance by the U.K. Ministry of Defence. ZM137 will join U.K.
aircraft ZM135 and ZM136 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., later this year where it will be used
for pilot and maintainer training. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 04/02/13)

Eglin A-10 fires laser-guided APKW
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- A light-weight, long-range precision rocket from BAE
Systems has successfully been tested on an A-10 Thunderbolt II. The laser-guided
Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II had previously been used in Afghanistan by U.S.
Marine Corps helicopters. The 40th Flight Test Squadron performed three sorties to
demonstrate the capability and ensure the rocket could be fired safely from a fixed wing
aircraft, a test that had never been done before. The rockets were launched at altitudes
10,000 feet and 15,000 feet and hit within inches of the target. In tests next month at China
Lake Test Range, Calif., 22 rockets will be fired from an A-10 and an F-16 at moving and
stationary targets. The Navy is also testing the system on a fixed-wing aircraft. (Source:
Team Eglin Public Affairs, 04/02/13)

Tuskegee Airman visits Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- A highly decorated member of the Tuskegee Airmen was at
Eglin Air Force Base Monday to participate in the promotion ceremony for Maurice Lee,
commander of the 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Lee was promoted from major to
lieutenant colonel. During the ceremony, he was flanked by Harvey, his 89-year-old
predecessor. Harvey, the first black fighter pilot to fly in the Korean War, was awarded the
Distinguished Flying Cross and 11 air medals. During his visit he also took a close-up look
at the F-35. (Source: Multiple, including WEAR-TV, Northwest Florida Daily News, 04/01/13)

Spring brings more flights
GULFPORT, Miss. -- Airlines are adding more flights and larger planes at Gulfport-Biloxi
International Airport. On Monday, Delta Airlines added a later flight from Gulfport to Atlanta's
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on a 50-seat regional jet. Six flights a day on Delta to
Atlanta now begin at 6 a.m. and continue to leave South Mississippi through 6:45 p.m.
American Airlines is going from four to five daily flights serving Dallas-Fort Worth
International. US Airways passengers flying to the hub in Charlotte, N.C., will ride larger jets.
The airline is replacing two of its 50-seat planes to Charlotte Douglas International Airport
with 67-seat regional jets for the season. (Source: Sun Herald, 04/01/13)


MARCH 2013

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $10.6M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC., Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$10,606,604 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery requirements contract for maintenance and
logistics services, including labor, services, facilities, equipment, tools, direct and indirect
material, and related support equipment required to support and maintain the T-39N and T-
39G aircraft. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., and is
expected to be completed in September 2014. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/29/13)

Former Blue Angle takes command
PENSACOLA, Fla. – A former member of the Blue Angels flight demonstration team took the
helm as commanding officer of Naval Air Station Pensacola. Capt. Keith Hoskins, 47, who
flew with the Blues from 1999 to 2001, took over from Capt. Chris Plummer. Hoskins is not
only the first former Blues aviator to command Pensacola Naval Air Station, he is also the
first African American to hold that job. The base has had 56 previous commanding officers
since 1914. His career includes a combat stint in Iraq, a total of 3,400 flight hours and 570
aircraft carrier landings. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 03/28/13)

Funding ends April 7 for tower
Funding to operate the control tower at Stennis International Airport near Stennis Space
Center, Miss., will end April 7. Stennis is one of 149 airports nationwide whose tower
operation is ending due to sequestration. Elsewhere in Mississippi, Greenville's airport tower
will lose funding April 21, and the towers in Olive Branch, Tupelo and Hawkins in Jackson will
be cut off May 5. The Federal Aviation Administration also released guidance for airports
affected by the closures. It said the operators can operate as non-towered airports or keep
towers working without federal funding. (Source: Sun Herald, 03/27/13) Previous

Interest in UAV test site high
The Federal Aviation Administration has received 50 applications from 37 states for its
nationwide competition to select six research and test sites for integrating unmanned aircraft
systems (UAS) with manned aircraft. Some states have pooled their resources with
neighbors, including Ohio and Indiana, reports Stars and Stripes. Communities and states
competing believe gaining a test-site designation will help them build a UAS R&D and
manufacturing cluster or expand an existing one. Sites will be evaluated based on
geographic and climatic diversity, ground infrastructure, research needs, population and air
traffic density, according to FAA spokesman Les Dorr. FAA drone rules will govern such
things as certification of aircraft, training and medical checks for operators, allocation of
bandwidth for command and control, and standards for automated systems that unmanned
aircraft use to sense danger and avoid collisions, Dorr said. The FAA is coordinating its
efforts with the Department of Defense, NASA and Congress, as well as public agencies.
Currently, the FAA has issued only a few hundred certificates for drone operators, but it
forecasts that as many as 7,500 unmanned aircraft could be flying over the U.S. within five
years, Dorr said. To ensure the drones are being used properly, the FAA plans to test the
aircraft at six sites, which will be selected by the end of the year. (Sources: Defense
Communities, Stars and Stripes, 03/28/13) Gulf Coast note: This region has a high level of
UAV activity, including building portions of the Global Hawk and Fire Scout in Moss Point,
Miss.

EADS shareholders back changes
Airbus parent EADS won backing from shareholders for sweeping changes in its structure
that emancipate it from political interference. Shareholders Wednesday tore up a Franco-
German ownership pact in favor of greater management freedom. Created from a merger of
French, German and Spanish assets with a tight rein on strategy, Europe's answer to
Boeing has often been swept up in Franco-German industrial tensions. It's the biggest
shake-up since EADS was founded in 2000. EADS Chief Executive Tom Enders said the
new rules would limit government involvement to the roles of regulator or customer, giving
EADS management the independence of a "normal" company despite the fact that core
government stakes are rising to 28 percent from 20 percent. The changes follow last year’s
failed attempted merger of EADS and BAE Systems, which would have given the company a
stronger role in defense activities. (Source: Reuters, 03/27/13) Gulf Coast note:
Groundbreaking for the Airbus A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala., is slated for April 8.

NASA poorly managed explosives
NASA's inspector general said in a report released Wednesday that Stennis Space Center,
Miss., stored explosives in an unsafe building during part of 2012, but the situation has
since been changed. Inspector General Paul Martin's report said NASA's overall Explosives
Safety Program "was poorly managed and exposed personnel and facilities to unnecessary
risk." Inspectors identified 155 violations of regulations, policies and procedures at four
NASA centers that routinely procure, store, transport, and handle explosive materials,
pyrotechnics, and propellants, or energetic materials. The primary locations for the audit
were Glenn Research Center, Ohio, Stennis Space Center, Wallops Flight Facility, Va., and
White Sands Test Facility, N.M. All had violations. "To NASA's credit, personnel at each site
quickly addressed the issues we uncovered that presented an immediate threat to
personnel and facilities." (Sources: al.com, IG report, 03/27/13)

Groundbreaking will attract big names
Airbus is bringing its top guns to Mobile, Ala., on April 8 for the groundbreaking of Airbus’
$600 million assembly line. Tom Enders, CEO for Airbus parent EADS, Fabrice Bregier,
president and CEO of Airbus; and John Leahy, COO Customers-Airbus, are all expected to
attend. The Mobile plant, the fourth that will be assembling A320s, will start delivering its
A320s by 2016. The A320 competes with Boeing’s 737. Airbus has retained a big lead in
orders for the A320neo over Boeing’s 737 Max. (Source: Puget Sound Business Journal,
03/26/13)

Singapore to buy F-35s
Singapore is expected to announce sometime in the next 10 days that it plans to buy its first
squadron of Lockheed Martin's F-35Bs. The Singaporeans decision will eventually leave
China facing 50 to 100 Australian F-35As, 42 F-35As in Japan, 75Bs in Singapore and
however many of the three versions built and fielded by the United States are regularly in
the Pacific. Singapore and the other Pacific countries have concluded that, despite the
problems the F-35 program has faced, it’s effective. One senior official from the region, who
has access to the most sensitive classified information about the system, told Colin Clark of
AOL Defense that the F-35 is "simply undefeatable." And this official said the aircraft is
expected to maintain its dominance for at least one quarter of a century. (Source: AOL
Defense, 03/25/13)

UT completes unit’s sale to Safran
HARTFORD, Conn. -- United Technologies Corp. said today that it completed the sale of the
former Goodrich electric power systems business to Safran for about $400 million. Sale of
the electric power systems unit was one of the two divestitures required by regulatory
authorities as a condition of UTC's acquisition of Goodrich Corp. UTC completed the sale of
the other unit, the legacy Goodrich pumps and engine controls business, earlier this month.
(Source: PRNewswire, 03/26/13) Previous Gulf Coast note: UT's Rocketdyne, which has an
operation at Stennis Space Center, Miss., is being sold to GenCorp.; Goodrich has an
operation in Foley, Ala.; Safran is building a $2 million engineering center in Mobile, Ala.

Dragon spacecraft returns
The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft successfully completed the company's second cargo flight
to the International Space Station with a 12:36 p.m. EDT splashdown Tuesday in the Pacific
Ocean a few hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico. The capsule will be returned to
the SpaceX test facility in McGregor, Texas. Some cargo will be removed at the port in
California and returned to NASA within 48 hours. This includes a freezer packed with
research samples collected in the space station's unique microgravity environment. The
remainder of the cargo will be returned to Texas with the capsule. The spacecraft lifted off
from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on March 1, carrying about 1,268 pounds
of supplies and investigations. It returned about 2,668 pounds of science samples,
equipment and education activities. (Source: NASA, 03/26/13) Previous Gulf Coast note:
NASA's Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi, in addition to testing rocket engines for
NASA, tests rocket engines for some commercial space companies. Lockheed Martin will
assemble the composite structures for Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser at Michoud Assembly
Facility in New Orleans. Previous Michoud is also involved in NASA's Space Launch System
project.

Contract: Northrop, $433.5M
Northrop Grumman Corp., Aerospace Systems, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a
$433,518,021 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for contractor logistics support for the RQ-4
Global Hawk fielded weapon system. The location of the performance is San Diego, Calif.
Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2014. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013.
The contracting activity is AFLCMC/WIKBA, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (Source: DoD,
03/25/13) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are make in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $40.2M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $40,200,000 fixed-price-incentive, advance-acquisition contract to provide long
lead-time parts, materials and components required for the delivery of four Low Rate Initial
Production Lot VIII F-35 conventional takeoff and landing aircraft for the government of
Japan. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in
February 2014. Foreign Military Sales contract funds in the amount of $40,200,000 are
being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to the FAR 6.302-4. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting authority. (Source: DoD,
03/25/13)

Contract: L-3, $12.9M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC., Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$12,946,025 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, 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. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station, Whiting Field, Milton, Fla., and
is expected to be completed in June 2013. Funds are not being obligated at time of award.
Funds will be obligated on individual delivery orders as they are issued. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/25/13)

Nellis gets three F-35
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – Three F-35s were formally accepted last week during a
ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base. The aircraft will be assigned to the 422nd Test and
Evaluation Squadron where they will undergo operational testing. One of the focus areas for
the 422nd TES will be to develop tactics for the aircraft and pilots. Orlando Carvalho,
executive vice president Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, said the group's and squadron's
pilots and maintainers "would take the F-35's performance to new heights and define the
very tactics the F-35 will one day use to defend freedom around the world." Maj. Gen.
Jeffrey Lofgren, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center commander, said he expects to see the
same dramatic new tactics development with the F-35A as was seen with the F-22. Nellis is
slated to get 36 F-35A Lightning IIs by 2020. The 422nd TES and 53rd TEG are
geographically separated units of the 53rd Wing, headquartered at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla. (Source: 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs, 03/21/13)

H2 gets GSA Schedule 70
H2 Performance Consulting (H2) of Pensacola, Fla., was awarded Schedule 70 for
Professional IT Services from the General Services Administration. IT Schedule 70 is a long-
term contract issued  by the GSA to a commercial technology vendor. It signifies that the
GSA has determined the vendor’s pricing is fair and reasonable and the vendor is in
compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. Buying from pre-approved vendors
allows agencies to cut through red tape and receive goods and services faster. (Source: H2
Performance, 03/21/13)

International student flies F-35
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The first international student aviator at the 33rd Fighter
Wing training to be an F-35B instructor pilot completed his first sortie in the joint strike
fighter March 19. United Kingdom Royal Air Force Squadron Leader Frankie Buchler flew
with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron-501. "The ground school training package at
the Academic Training Center with the flight simulators prepared me for smooth flying," said
Buchler. The ATC is part of the F-35 Integrated Training Center hosted by the 33rd FW. It is
the hub for U.S. and international partner operators and maintainers of the joint strike
fighter. It takes 10 flight hours, or about six to seven sorties, for a student pilot transitioning
from other aircraft to become a qualified F-35 pilot. Buchler's last time flying was a year ago,
coming from a background with the SEPECAT Jaguar and Eurofighter Typhoon. (Source:
33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 03/21/13)

NASA awards contract modification
NASA signed a one-year contract option with Jacobs Technology Inc., of New Orleans to
continue manufacturing support and facilities operations at the agency's Michoud Assembly
Facility in New Orleans. The one-year contract option begins on May 1. With the exercise of
Option 2, the mission services value increases by about $38 million, and the IDIQ potential
maximum order value increases by $100 million for a new maximum potential contract value
of approximately $477 million. The contract was awarded in May 2009. The contract will
support critical operations under way at Michoud to advance the nation's human spaceflight
endeavors, including work on the Orion spacecraft and modifications to manufacture the
core stage of NASA's Space Launch System rocket. (Source: PRNewswire, 03/22/13)

New assignment at Tyndall
Brig. Gen. Jack L. Briggs II, deputy commander, Canadian North American Aerospace
Defense Region, and deputy commander for Operations, 1st Air Division, North American
Aerospace Defense Command, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to vice commander, 1st Air
Force (Air Forces Northern), Air Combat Command, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. (Source:
DoD, 03/22/13)

Contract: EDO, $11M
EDO Corp., Panama City, Fla., is being awarded a $10,984,400 firm-fixed-price contract to
build and deliver one MK-105 Mod 4 Magnetic Minesweeping System for the Airborne Mine
Countermeasures Program. This system upgrade provides a significant reliability and
performance improvement to the current MK-105, increasing the Navy's capability to
conduct quick response, high speed airborne mine countermeasures for the next decade.
Work will be performed in Panama City, Fla., and is expected to be completed by October
2014. Fiscal 2012 Other Procurement, Navy funding in the amount of $10,984,400 will be
obligated at time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/22/13)

FAA has new tower closing lists
Federal contract towers at Stennis International Airport in Kiln, Miss., Hawkins Field in
Jackson, Miss., and Dothan, Ala., are among 149 that will close beginning April 7 as part of
a sequestration plan. A press release Friday from the Federal Aviation Administration said
the agency chose to keep open 24 towers that were previously proposed for closing
because it would have a "negative impact on national interest." The 24 towers saved from
the chopping block include towers at Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Ala., Meridian, Miss., and
Columbus/Starkville, Miss. Another 16 federal contract towers under the “cost share”
program will remain open because Congressional statute sets aside funds every fiscal year
for these towers. These cost-share program funds are subject to sequestration but the
required 5 percent cut will not result in tower closures. ated to close are in Dothan, Ala.; ort
in Greenville, Hawkins Field in Jackson, Olive Branch Airport in Olive Branch and Tupelo
Regional Airport in Tupelo. (Source: Sun Herald, FAA, 03/22/13)

Contract: H2 Performance, $4M
H2 Performance Consulting (H2) of Pensacola, Fla., announced the award of a five-year,
$4M contract to provide the Navy Manpower Personnel Training and Education with support
for its Authoritative Data Environment. Authoritative data is mandated by Department of
Defense. The DoD IT Strategy and Roadmap sets forth a fundamental change in the way
the DoD acquires, develops, fields, and maintains applications through consolidation of
applications and data services. Key to this is the identification of authoritative data sources
and elimination of duplicative data systems through the use of data warehouse best
practices. H2 experts and advisors are tasked with preparing and supporting ongoing
development of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and the application of SOA capability.
(Source: H2 Performance, 03/22/13)

Boeing buys more S.C. land
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Boeing said on Thursday it would pay $12.5 million for about 320
acres of land near its current 787 Dreamliner final assembly plant in North Charleston, S.C.
Boeing doesn’t have specific plans, but the purchase will provide land for possible future
use, the company said in a statement. Boeing South Carolina performs final assembly for
the 787 Dreamliner. The facility also makes aft and mid-body sections for the 787. A deal
Boeing signed in December provides Boeing the option to buy 750 more acres in several
parcels, including the 260 acres it sits on, currently leased for $1 a year from Charleston
International Airport. If it exercises the option, by 2025 Boeing could own almost 1,100
acres, a near quadrupling in size. (Source: Reuters, 03/21/13)

Airbus makes first Mobile hire
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas filled its first position for Mobile’s $600 million A320 final
aircraft assembly plant. Jennifer Ogle, 49, is the new director of human resources for the
Mobile operation. She’ll join Airbus on April 15 and report to Linda Herbert, vice president of
HR for Airbus Americas. Ogle joins Airbus from Taylor-Wharton Cryogenics in Theodore,
where she has been the human resources director since July 2011. Groundbreaking for the
Mobile facility at Brookley Aeroplex is slated for April 8.  Hiring for manufacturing jobs at the
assembly line will begin during the fourth quarter of 2013 and continue into 2014. (Source:
Airbus, 03/21/13)

Airline ops for Airbus’ ROPS
American Airlines will equip all of its A320s with Airbus’ Runway Overrun Prevention System
(ROPS) technology. This on-board cockpit technology, which Airbus has pioneered
independently over several years, increases pilots’ situational awareness during landing,
reduces exposure to runway excursion risk, and if necessary, provides active protection.
ROPS was first approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency on the A380 in October
2009 and is in service or ordered on around 70 per cent of the A380 fleet. ROPS is part of
the A350 XWB’s basic configuration and is also being applied on the other Airbus types
being produced today, starting with the A320 Family, with certification on this type expected
later this year. (Source: Airbus, 03/20/13) Gulf Coast note: Groundbreaking is April 8 for an
A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

3-D printed part on rocket engine
The latest in cutting-edge manufacturing is already having an impact on space exploration.
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne of Canoga Park, Calif., prime contractor for the J-2X engine,
recently used an advanced 3-D printing process called Selective Laser Melting, or SLM, to
create an exhaust port cover for the engine. SLM uses lasers to fuse metal dust into a
specific pattern to build the cover, which is essentially a maintenance hatch for the engine's
turbo pumps. On March 7, this part was exposed to the strenuous conditions of a rocket
engine firing during a test at NASA’s Stennis Space Center, Miss., and will be a part of the
rest of this test series. The J-2X is undergoing rigorous testing in support of the agency's
Space Launch System Program, or SLS, managed at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
in Huntsville, Ala. (Source: NASA, 03/19/13)

Keesler to lose planes, squadron
BILOXI, Miss. -- The Air Force Reserve Command has decided 10 C-130Js from Keesler Air
Force's 403rd Wing will be transferred to Pope Field, N.C., and the 815th Airlift Squadron
will shut down. Keesler officials made the announcement Wednesday, according to the Sun
Herald. A press release from Keesler said the base will lose the aircraft in October, the
beginning of the 2014 fiscal year. The aircraft are primarily being used for tactical airlift
missions. (Source: Sun Herald, 03/20/13) The 815th “Flying Jennies,” a tactical airlift unit
that has been at Keesler since 1973, is responsible for delivering cargo to combat zones
and provides humanitarian relief in disaster areas.

Report: Boat hit Eglin officer
A report released by a ground accident investigation board shows an Air Force officer was
struck and killed by a government-contracted boat in October while participating in a one-
man life raft training exercise near Pensacola, Fla. Maj. Garrett Knowlan was killed
immediately when he was struck by a 41-foot MonArk tow boat involved in the Air Force
Water Survival Training Course. Knowlan was a 2002 graduate of the Air Force Academy
and a 2010 graduate of the Air Force Test Pilot School. He was then-assigned as the
executive officer for the commander of the 96th Test Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
(Source: Air Education and Training Command, 03/19/13)

Airbus eyes Spirit plant in France
French media are reporting that Airbus is talking with Spirit AeroSystems about the
possibility of buying Spirit’s A350 XWB assembly plant in Saint-Nazaire, France. Spirit
spokesman Ken Evans said the company doesn’t speculate on business transactions that
have not been announced. Airbus spokeswoman Mary Ann Greczyn said discussions with
the company’s suppliers are private. French newspaper Les Echos quoted a French union
leader, Francoise Vallin, on the talks. Workers at Spirit’s 90,000-square-foot French plant
assemble the composite fuselage panels and central sections of the A350 that are
designed, built and shipped from Spirit’s larger facility in Kinston, N.C. (Source: Wichita
Eagle, updated 03/19/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus will break ground next month on an A320
assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

New chief for Lockheed F-35
Lockheed Martin named Lorraine Martin its new leader for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
program. Martin, 50, replaces her former boss, Orlando Carvalho, 54. He becomes
executive vice president in charge of the aeronautics business. From 2004-08, Martin was
VP of flight solutions, simulation and support for aircrew training programs for the Air Force
Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field in Northwest Florida. (Source: Bloomberg
News, 03/18/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training
center.

Airbus lands $24B Indonesian deal
PARIS, France -- Airbus has snagged a “landmark order” from Indonesia’s Lion Air Group
this week. The two companies finalized the $24 billion purchase of 234 A320’s. Lion Air’s
Airbus order actually exceeds the order that the Indonesian carrier placed with the plane-
maker’s U.S. rival, Boeing, in 2011 for 201 planes valued at $22 billion.Airbus is due to
break ground on April 8 on a $600 million final assembly line at Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex
that will be dedicated entirely to the production of the A320 family of aircraft. (Source: al.
com, 03/18/13)

Budget may ground the Blue Angels
After traveling from their winter base in El Centro, Calif., the Blue Angels have arrived in
Pensacola amid a storm of uncertainty. Federal budget cuts threaten to cancel the Blue
Angels annual July show at Pensacola Beach and perhaps being grounded for the rest of
the season. The Navy has not informed the team of the fate of their air show schedule. The
Navy has so far cancelled four air shows scheduled for April, but five practices in Pensacola
in March are tentatively still scheduled. The sequestration cuts for the Navy, released in
January, requires cancelation of all appearances through the end of the federal fiscal year
which occurs in September. This includes the July Pensacola Air Show. The cancelations
save an estimated $20 million. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 03/18/13)

Firm to settle with county
DESTIN, Fla. -- Miracle Strip Aviation, one of two fixed-base operators at Destin Airport, has
agreed to a plan that would settle its $485,000 debt with the county by 2019. The Okaloosa
County Commission is scheduled to vote on the plan at its Tuesday meeting. Under the
plan, Miracle Strip Aviation, recently purchased by Mississippi-based Regal Capital, would
pay the county $150,000 upfront, make $100,000 in major renovations to the county-owned
terminal at Destin Airport and repay the remaining $235,382 at 4 percent interest over six
years. Miracle Strip Aviation amassed the $485,382 debt because of an error in the county’s
billing system. The company was billed for an amount lower than the actual lease payment.
(Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 03/17/13)

Operator announces terminal
CRESTVIEW, Fla. -- Bob Sikes Airport’s fixed-base operator anticipates breaking ground on
a $600,000 terminal by April. Jonathan Dunn, Emerald Coast Aviation’s president, said his
company recently sent the project out to bid. The terminal will replace a small facility that
Emerald Coast Aviation and Sunshine Aero, its predecessor, have used for decades. The
5,600-square-foot, single-story building will house a reception area, offices for Dunn and his
staff, a lounge with a fireplace, a pilots’ “snooze room” with shower, a conference room and
an outdoor enclosed courtyard overlooking the airport. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 03/17/13)

STEMM school has new tool
VALPARAISO, Fla. – Science-minded middle school students in Okaloosa County now have
a jet engine to use as a learning tool. Airmen from Eglin Air Force Base delivered the engine
Friday to the Okaloosa County STEMM Center, which focuses on science, technology,
engineering, math and medical studies. It will be used to demonstrate a variety of principals.
The STEMM Center plans to invite teachers from across the Panhandle to use the engine in
their own programs. The F100 engine is from the U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service at
Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala. Rick Soria is director of the STEMM Center.
(Sources: WEAR-TV, Okaloosa County schools, 03/15/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $105.9M
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, Calif., is being awarded a $105,868,182
cost-plus incentive-fee and fixed-price incentive-firm contract for contractor logistics support,
legacy sustainment and combined task force support for the Space Based Infrared Systems.
The location of the performance is Colorado Springs, Colo. Work is expected to be
completed by Sept. 30, 2016. The contracting activity is SMC/ISK, Los Angeles Air Force
Base, Calif. (Source: DoD, 03/15/13) Gulf Coast note: Work on the core propulsion system
of the SBIRS is done by Lockheed Martin at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Contract: Boeing, $100M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $99,900,000 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-
fixed-fee and indefinite- quantity/indefinite-delivery contract for production assets, spares,
repairs and sustainment for the joint direct attack munitions system. The location of the
performance is St. Louis, Mo. Work is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2016. Type of
appropriation is foreign military sales funding. The contracting activity is AFLCMC/EBDK,
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Contract involves foreign military sales. (Source: DoD, 03/15/13)

Airbus gets big orders
Two airlines put in orders for 184 Airbus aircraft within two days. Lufthansa will buy 100
A320s and two A380s worth about $11.2 billion at list price, according to Airbus. The
Lufthansa Group is the biggest Airbus operator worldwide. (Source: Airbus, 03/14/13) In
addition, Turkish Airlines is buying 82 A320 family aircraft. The order is worth about $9.3
billion, based on the current list price. Airbus will break ground April 8 on a $600 million final
assembly line at Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex. The Mobile facility, expected to employ 1,000
directly and generate several thousand construction, supplier and support positions, will
produce the A320 family aircraft. (Source: al.com, link, 03/15/13)

General officer assignments
Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Leahy, who has been selected for the rank of major general,
commander, 23rd Air Force and director, operations, Air Force Special Operations
Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., to director, operations, J-3, Headquarters U.S. Special
Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Also, Brig. Gen. John M. Hicks, director,
command, control, communications and cyber, J-6, Headquarters U.S. Pacific Command,
Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, to commander, 23rd Air Force and director, operations, Air Force
Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla. (Source: DoD, 03/15/13)

Boat operations scheduled
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Residents in the local area may experience low-flying
aircraft or noise when the 96th Operations Group conducts boat operations March 18-22 in
the Gulf of Mexico south of Destin in the morning and the Choctawhatchee Bay in the
afternoon.  The operations are part of the 53rd Wing’s Weapon System Evaluation Program.
Fighter aircraft will release various munitions in the Gulf of Mexico during the morning test
missions about 20 nautical miles south of Destin. In the Choctawhatchee Bay during the
afternoon test missions, about 30 boats will operate as visual simulated targets for fighter
aircraft. Aircraft will conduct low altitude operations and residents in the local area may
experience low-flying aircraft or noise. No bombs or munitions will be released during these
Choctawhatchee Bay test operations.  The boats will transverse the Choctawhatchee Bay
between the Mid-Bay Bridge and the Highway 331 Bridge. (Source: 96th Test Wing Public
Affairs, 03/14/13)

Officials to see Hamburg plant
MOBILE, Ala. -- Some local officials are leaving Friday for a four-day trip to Hamburg,
Germany, to tour an Airbus final assembly plant for the A320 jet airliner. The trip includes
two days, Monday and Tuesday, in which officials will tour the German plant considered as a
comparable facility to the $600 million plant that will be built at Brookley Aeroplex.
Groundbreaking for the Mobile plant is slated for April 8. The group will include the mayor,
city attorney, four city council members, three county commissioners and representatives of
the Mobile Airport Authority. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 03/13/13)

Report sees more UAV jobs
A new study by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) finds
that more than 70,000 new American jobs will be created in the first three years following
integration of unmanned systems into the national airspace. For the four states with a piece
of the Gulf Coast Interstate 10 aerospace corridor, it will mean a combined 6,690 jobs and
economic impact of $1.3 billion by 2017. That breaks down to 3,251 jobs and an economic
impact of $632 million in Florida; 1,510 jobs and an economic impact of $294 million in
Alabama; 1,097 jobs and an economic impact of $213 million in Louisiana; and 832 jobs and
an economic impact of $162 million in Mississippi. (Source: GCAC, 03/13/13) Study

MAF to build LNG tanks
NEW ORLEANS -- Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin said Tuesday it will build two liquefied
natural gas tanks at the Michoud Assembly Facility in eastern New Orleans, adding 400
jobs. Each 88-foot-long tank, designed to carry 295,000 cubic meters of liquid gas, will serve
as fuel tanks for propulsion engines built by the Finnish company Wartsila, Lockheed
President Gerry Fasano said. Those engines are built to power commercial transport ships.
Fasano added that the two companies are discussing contracts to build another six tanks of
various sizes at Michoud that could serve as storage tanks to transport gas overseas. MAF
is also used by the British company Blade Dynamics to build wind turbine blades, and more
recently, Sierra Nevada Corp. said it had partnered with Lockheed Martin to build structures
for the Dream Chaser commercial space vehicle. MAF is also where Orion and the core
stage of the Space Launch System are being built. (Source: Times-Picayune, 03/12/13)

Airport director resigns
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- After two years of leadership at the Northwest Florida Beaches
International Airport, airport Executive Director John Wheat has resigned. Wheat announced
Tuesday that he accepted a new position as the director of the Sacramento County (Calif.)
Airport System, where he will oversee one international airport and three reliever airports.
Wheat was recruited by officials in the Sacramento County Airport System, which boasts a
passenger traffic count of about 9 million per year with 14 airlines. His resignation is
effective April 5 and he is expected to begin his new job April 14. (Source: Panama City
News Herald, 03/121/13)

Charges against Vision dropped
Criminal charges against Vision Airlines have been dropped. State Attorney Bill Eddins said
Tuesday that his office had dropped the first-degree grand theft charge against the airline
after it paid more than $160,000 in fines and fees to Okaloosa County in the past month.
The state attorney’s office filed the grand theft charge after the county tried unsuccessfully
for months to get Vision to pay $117,660 in unpaid passenger facility charges owed to
Northwest Florida Regional Airport. Vision paid more than $43,000 in legal fees and other
charges Monday. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 03/12/13)

Airbus project snags piece of award
Trade & Industry Development named the Airbus assembly plant project in Mobile, Ala.,
among its top 15 corporate advancement award winners for 2013. The magazine selected
the Airbus project as one of only 30 Corporate Investment and Community Impact winners
nationwide for the transformational effect it’s expected to have on the city of Mobile. Several
hundred projects announced during 2012 were considered. Groundbreaking is slated for
April 8 for the $600 million, 1,000-employee plant that will be the final assembly location for
single-aisle A320 family of aircraft. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 03/12/13)

Contract: Enola, $20M
Enola Contracting Services, Chipley, Fla., was awarded a $20,000,000 firm-fixed-price
contract. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure
maintenance and repair services at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. Work will be
performed in Fort Stewart, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2014. The bid
was solicited through the Internet, with 15 bids received. The U.S. Army Contracting
Command, Fort Stewart, Ga., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/12/13)

Contract: Speegle, $12.4M
Speegle Construction Inc., Niceville, Fla., was awarded a $12,358,500 firm-fixed-price
contract. The award will provide for the construction of a squadron operations facility at
Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Work will be performed at Luke AFB, with an estimated
completion date of Sept. 16, 2014. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with 16 bids
received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles, Calif., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 03/12/13)

Contract: Northrop, $30M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Md., is being awarded a $30,000,000
indefinite-quantity/indefinite-delivery contract for contractor logistics support services in
support of the AN/ASQ-236 aircraft pod. The location of performance is Linthicum, Md. Work
is expected to be completed by March 11, 2016. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013. The
contracting activity is AFLCMC/EBSK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 03/12/13)

Contract: Northrop $71.6M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $71,623,427
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for the
modification and delivery of six vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned aerial
vehicles (VTUAV) and seven ground control stations in support of the VTUAV endurance
upgrade rapid deployment capability effort. Work will be performed in Dallas, Texas (32
percent); Ozark, Ala. (27 percent); Rancho Bernardo, Calif. (25 percent); Moss Point, Miss.
(15 percent); and Point Mugu, Calif. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in
September 2014. Fiscal 2012 and 2013 Aircraft Procurement Navy contract funds in the
amount of $71,623,427 are being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the
end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/11/13)

Two units moving to Hurlburt
Two squadrons at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., are moving across town to Hurlburt Field.
About 400 people with the 9th Special Operations Squadron and the 1st Special Operations
Maintenance Squadron are moving this spring and taking their fleet of MC-130P Combat
Shadow aircraft with them. The move will at last unite all 1st Special Operations Wing
squadrons at Hurlburt. It also will allow for more efficient aircraft maintenance because the
newcomers will be able to work closely with squadrons maintaining very similar planes at
Hurlburt. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 03/07/13)

2nd Dutch F-35 rolls out
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The second Lockheed Martin F-35 for the Netherlands rolled out of
the F-35 production facility on March 2. It will be assigned to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., later
this summer. The Netherlands is planning to use this conventional takeoff and landing
(CTOL) jet, known as AN-2, for training and operational tests for pilots and maintainers. AN-
2 will undergo functional fuel system checks before being transported to the flight line for
ground and flight tests later this year. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 03/07/13)

Stennis tower in jeopardy
The air traffic control tower at Stennis International Airport in Kiln, near NASA's Stennis
Space Center, is among seven in Mississippi set to be closed in April as the Federal Aviation
Administration moves to reduce spending by $600 million under automatic federal budget
cuts. The FAA said it will consider keeping some towers open on a case-by-case basis.
Other Mississippi airports on the list are Tupelo Regional, Golden Triangle in Columbus, Mid-
Delta in Greenville, Hawkins Field at Jackson, Key Field in Meridian and Olive Branch
Regional. (Source: AP via Hattiesburg American, 03/07/13) Stennis International serves
NASA's Stennis Space Center, and among other things is the airport Rolls-Royce uses to
receive and ship out engines that it tests at SSC.

Airport sets post-Katrina record
New Orleans’ airport surpassed 8.6 million passengers in 2012, a post-Katrina record that
maintains an upward trend even as similar airports across the nation experienced a slight
decline, according to airport figures. But the good year at Louis Armstrong New Orleans
International still fell short of its passenger totals before the 2005 hurricane. (Source: New
Orleans Times-Picayune, 03/06/13)

General: Furloughs just one part
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- The civilian furloughs have been announced, but more
impacts from the $45 billion in sequestration cuts to the Department of Defense could soon
hit Eglin Air Force Base. That’s according to Brig. Gen. David Harris, commander of the 96th
Test Wing. He was guest speaker at Wednesday’s lunch meeting of the Rotary Club of Fort
Walton Beach. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 03/06/13)

NVision building warfare simulator
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. – It's cutting edge and designed to replace multiple other simulator
systems in military aircraft. A while back the Naval Air Systems Command awarded NVision
Solutions Inc. of Bay St. Louis a $35 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to
design, build, test, and manufacture the Handheld Radar Simulator (HRS). The company
has been working the project for seven months now. HRS will replace multiple systems used
to test electronic counter measures in military aircraft. NVision is designing, prototyping and
later will manufacture this next-generation system through an agreement with partners
Loglinear LLC and Applied Geo Technologies, also of Mississippi. NVision is headquartered
near NASA’s Stennis Space Center and is a member of the EIGS geospatial technology
cluster of the Magnolia Business Alliance (MBA). (Source: NVision/Magnolia Business
Alliance, 03/04/13)

JSTARS, GH demonstrate interoperability
MELBOURNE, Fla. -- Northrop Grumman late last month completed a successful exchange
of radar data during a flight test involving the U.S. Air Force's E-8C Joint Surveillance Target
Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) and the RQ-4B Global Hawk Block 40 unmanned
aircraft system. The Feb. 25 exchange is the first collaborative effort to stream ground
moving target radar data from a Global Hawk Block 40 to a Joint STARS aircraft. Information
can then be relayed from Joint STARS to ground forces. The flight successfully
demonstrated the interoperability of both platforms to potentially improve and expand
surveillance capabilities for deployed forces. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 03/06/13) Gulf
Coast note: Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

More F-35 issues raised
A February report from the Defense Department’s Operational Test and Evaluation
department provides raises issues about the survivability of the F-35 in a dogfight. The
issues came up during training at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., including a lack of “aft visibility”
and in gernal less out of cockpit visibility than in other Air Force fighter aircraft. The 68-page
report was posted on the Project on Government Oversight website. The Air Force did its
own Operational Utility Evaluation last year. The high-tech helmet mounted display was also
criticized for some technical problems. (Sources: Time, Washington Times, Defense News,
03/06/13)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $72.2M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed
$72,200,000 undefinitized modification to the previously awarded Low Rate Initial Production
Lot 6 advance acquisition contract. This modification provides for the procurement of
support equipment at Pilot Training Center 1, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., for the F-35
Conventional Take-Off and Landing air system program. In addition, this modification
provides for the associated Data Quality Integration Management supplier support tasks,
and all other sustainment data products for the U.S. Air Force and the governments of Italy
and Australia. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (35 percent); El Segundo, Calif.
(25 percent); Warton, United Kingdom (20 percent); Orlando, Fla. (10 percent); Nashua, N.
H. (5 percent); and Baltimore, Md. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in August
2014. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force (76.2 percent); and the
governments of Italy (14.3 percent); and Australia (9.5 percent). The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/05/13) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Contract: Textron, $113.4M
Textron Marine & Land Systems, New Orleans, La., was awarded a $113,431,277 firm-fixed-
price contract. The award will provide for the procurement of Mobile Strike Force vehicles to
support the Afghanistan National Security Forces. This contract is in support of Foreign
Military Sales for Afghanistan. Work will be performed in New Orleans, with an estimated
completion date of Feb. 28, 2014. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with one bid
received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 03/05/13)

Northrop reorganizes sector
FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- Northrop Grumman designated five centers of design and
integration excellence in a reorganization of the Aerospace Systems sector's manned
aircraft, unmanned systems and electronic attack businesses. Changes include closing an
Information Systems sector facility in Dominguez Hills, Calif. The Manned Aircraft Design
Center of Excellence will be in Melbourne, Fla., and will include aircraft design work currently
being done at the company's Bethpage, N.Y., facility. The B-2, F/A-18 and F-35 programs
will remain in Palmdale, El Segundo and Redondo Beach, Calif., respectively. The
company's Unmanned Systems Center of Excellence will be at the Rancho Bernardo facility
in San Diego, Calif. Two programs will transition to that center: the MQ-4C Triton program
from Bethpage, and the NATO Airborne Ground Surveillance program from Melbourne. An
Electronic Attack Center of Excellence will be in Bethpage and will include the Aerospace
Systems' Electronic Attack program team. The company has designated two Aircraft
Integration Centers of Excellence, one in Palmdale, Calif., and the other in St. Augustine,
Fla. Current integration activities in Moss Point, Miss., and New Town, N.D., are not included
in this transition. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 03/04/13)

Okaloosa considers contract change
About two and a half years after voting to contract with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Worldwide to provide high school students opportunities to explore math and science
through aviation, the Okaloosa County School Board has opted to go into contract
negotiations with the university’s main campus in Daytona rather than the satellite campus.
The concern is declining enrollment. The school system had previously contracted with the
main campus of Embry-Riddle, but in the summer of 2010 opted to contract with Embry-
Riddle Worldwide, which has campuses at Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 03/04/13)

Blue Angles April shows gone
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Blue Angels air shows in April were canceled due to Pentagon belt-
tightening, and what beyond that will still be canceled is unclear at this point. But only one of
the Blue Angels’ five scheduled practices in Pensacola during March is still definite. The
Navy is still trying to determine the amount of flight training the team will be able to do when
they return from El Centro, Calif. (Source: WEAR-TV, Pensacola News Journal, 03/04/13)

Dragon arrives at ISS
A privately-owned unmanned U.S. space capsule docked Sunday at the International Space
Station bringing more than 1,200 pounds of food, scientific materials and equipment to the
space outpost. NASA said that SpaceX's Dragon capsule linked up with the ISS at 8:56 a.m.
It was captured by the ISS’s robotic arm. NASA said a hatch between Dragon and the ISS
would be opened Monday as the capsule commenced its three-week-long stay at the
orbiting space station. (Sources: Multiple, including AFP via SpaceTravel, CNN, 03/03/13)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $8M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded an
$8,076.281 contract modification for aircraft flightline maintenance for the F-16 aircraft in
support of Taiwan's F-16 program. The location of performance is Luke Air Force Base,
Ariz. Work is expected to be completed by Feb. 28, 2014. Type of appropriation is
international funding. The contracting activity is AETC CONS/LGCI, Randolph Air Force
Base, Texas. Contract involves Foreign Military Sales. (Source: DoD, 03/01/13)

Memorial dedicated at ATC
MOBILE, Ala. -- A memorial to the four crewmembers of a Coast Guard helicopter that that
crashed last year in Mobile Bay was dedicated Friday. The memorial was dedicated to the
crew of CG-6535. Hundreds turned out at the U.S. Coast Guard's Mobile Aviation Training
Center. for the private ceremony, which honored pilot Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor, co-pilot Lt. j.g.
Thomas Cameron, rescue swimmer Chief Petty Officer Fernando Jorge, and flight mechanic
Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew "Drew" Knight. The MH-65C helicopter crashed after a
training mission. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 03/01/13)

DoD wants two new base closure rounds
The Defense Department plans to ask Congress for two new military base closure rounds in
for 2015 and 2017, according to a former defense official. The Pentagon made the same
request last year, but it went nowhere. Only Congress can authorize a Base Realignment
and Closure (BRAC) round. Critics say closing bases does not produce immediate savings
and costs more upfront. The 2005 BRAC was not completed until the fall of 2011. (Source:
Politico, 02/28/13) Gulf Coast note: The Naval Medical Research Laboratory at Naval Air
Station Pensacola was realigned in the last BRAC, and only last year was it moved to Wright-
Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

F-35 cleared to fly
The Pentagon said on Thursday it would resume flights of its F-35 following a week-long
precautionary grounding imposed after a crack was found on an engine blade on a test
plane in California. No additional cracks were found during inspections of engines on the
remaining 50 planes in the Pentagon's fleet, or any spare engines. The conclusion was the
crack was caused from overuse in test operations. It was the program's second engine-
related flight ban in less than two months. The Marines Corps version of the plane was
grounded for nearly a month from mid-January because of a faulty hose in the engine, later
blamed on manufacturing errors. (Source: New York Times, 02/28/13, Reuters, 03/01/13)


FEBRUARY 2013

Airbus meets with potential suppliers
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus met with potential suppliers during a gathering to Wednesday in the
city where the company will build a $600 million A320 assembly line. David Williams, vice
president of procurement for Airbus Americas, told a crowd of nearly 1,000 gathered for the
supplier briefing that the Mobile facility will help the company further execute its globalization
strategy by bringing production directly to one of its strongest markets. “We want to be a
global player,” Williams said, noting suppliers will play a key role in meeting that goal.
Williams said the procurement process for the Mobile facility is “moving along quickly, as it
should be,” but a strict protocol must be followed to be considered. Interested suppliers
should visit the Airbus Alabama website, send a “request for information” where prompted
and any company that takes those steps is included in a broad database. (Source AL.com
link, 02/27/13)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $333.8M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $333,786,000 fixed-price-incentive, advance acquisition contract to provide long
lead-time parts, materials and components required for the delivery for the 35 Low Rate
Initial Production lot VIII F-35 aircraft: 19 conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) aircraft for
the U.S. Air Force; six short takeoff vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft for the U.S. Marine
Corps; four Carrier Variant aircraft for the U.S. Navy; four STOVL for the United Kingdom;
and two CTOL aircraft for the Government of Norway. Work will be performed in Fort Worth,
Texas, and is expected to be completed in February 2014. Contract funds in the amount of
$333,786,000 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force (46 percent);
the U. S. Marine Corps (26 percent); and the U.S. Navy (8 percent); the United Kingdom (14
percent); and Norway (6 percent). This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to
the FAR 6.302-1. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
authority. (Source: DoD, 02/28/13)

Global Hawk wins award
The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft program was recently awarded the
2012 Dr. James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award for the most improved
performance in aircraft maintenance and logistics readiness. Capable of flying for more than
30 hours at an altitude over 60,000 feet, Global Hawk provides intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance and communications relay capabilities. It's accumulating more than 88,000
total flight hours, 80 percent in combat. A total of 37 Global Hawks have been delivered to
the Air Force, with additional aircraft scheduled for delivery this year. (Source: PRNewswire,
02/25/13) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss. Previous

Orbital tests rocket at new pad
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. -- NASA commercial partner Orbital Sciences of Dulles, Va.,
successfully conducted an engine test of its Antares rocket Friday at the nation's newest
launch pad. The company fired dual AJ26 rocket engines for the full duration 29 seconds
while the rocket was bolted down on the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad-0A at
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. Known as a "hot fire" test, it
demonstrated the readiness of the rocket's first stage and launch pad fueling systems to
support upcoming test flights. (Source: NASA, 02/22/13) Gulf Coast note: Aerojet tests AJ26
engines at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

White House details cuts in states
The White House on Sunday released state-by-state reports on the impact it says the
sequester will have if Congress fails to avert it by Friday. The impact on military readiness in
the four states with a piece of the I-10 aerospace corridor: 74,000 civilian Defense
Department employees would be furloughed in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi,
reducing gross pay by around $445.9 million in the four states. The total cut in funding for
the military operations in all four states is $336.8 million. (Sources: Multiple. Details for
Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, 02/24/13)

New military assignments
The chief of staff, Air Force announced several assignments of interest to the Gulf Coast
region. Maj. Gen. Norman J. Brozenick Jr., commander, Special Operations Command -
Pacific, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, is being assigned to vice
commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Brig. Gen.
Marshall B. Webb, selected for the rank of major general, director, plans, programs,
requirements, and assessments at headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command,
Hurlburt Field, is being assigned to commander, Special Operations Command -
Europe/director, Special Operations, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen,
Germany; Col. Albert M. Elton II, selected for the rank of brigadier general, commander, 27th
Special Operations Wing, Air Force Special Operations Command, Cannon Air Force Base,
N.M., is being assigned as director, plans, programs, requirements, and assessments,
headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field. (Source: DoD,
02/22/13)

Crack leads to F-35 flights suspension
A routine engine inspection revealed a crack on an engine blade of the F135 engine
installed in F-35A aircraft AF-2 operating at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Engineering
teams are shipping the engine's turbine module and its associated hardware to Pratt &
Whitney's Engine Facility in Middletown, Conn., to conduct more thorough evaluation and
root cause analysis. As a precaution, all F-35 flight operations have been suspended until
the investigation is complete. The F-35 Joint Program Office is working closely with Pratt &
Whitney and Lockheed Martin at all F-35 locations to ensure the integrity of the engine, and
to return the fleet safely to flight as soon as possible. (Source: DoD, 02/22/13) Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center and currently has 22 F-
35s. Previous: F-35C production model takes flight; Previous: Contract: UT, $65M

Space travel revolution?
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Gov. Robert Bentley was in Huntsville Friday to unveil a "fusion power
generator" developed by the University of Alabama in Huntsville that could revolutionize
space travel. The ceremony at Redstone Arsenal was to announce the $300,000 grant from
the Alabama Innovation Fund and to unveil the device, called Charger 1. Officials say the
device will be instrumental in advancing propulsion technology and maintaining Alabama's
status as one of the leading states in the nation in aerospace and propulsion research.
(Source: AL.com link, 02/22/13) Gulf Coast note: NASA and commercial companies test
propulsion systems at Stennis Space Center, Miss. Previous

New round of tests begin
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA conducted the first in a new round of tests on the
J-2X rocket engine Feb. 15 at Stennis Space Center. The 35-second test continued
progress in development of the engine that will power the upper-stage of NASA's new Space
Launch System. The new round of tests on J-2X engine number 10002 on the A-2 Test
Stand will provide performance data. Once the series is completed, the engine will be
transferred to the A-1 Test Stand at SSC to undergo a series of gimbal (or pivot) tests for
the first time. The J-2X engine is the first human-rated liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen
engine developed in the United States in decades. It is being designed and built by NASA
and partner Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne of Canoga Park, Calif. (Source: NASA, Space
Travel, 02/21/13) Previous

NASA creates new directorate
WASHINGTON – NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced creation of the Space
Technology Mission Directorate, which will be a catalyst for the creation of technologies and
innovation needed to maintain NASA leadership in space while also benefiting America's
economy. The directorate will develop the cross-cutting, pioneering new technologies
needed for NASA's current and future missions, many of which also benefit America's
aerospace industries, other government agencies. NASA will focus leadership responsibility
for the existing Space Technology Program in the mission directorate, improving
communication, management and accountability of critical technology investment activities
across the agency. Associate Administrator Michael Gazarik will head the organization. The
Space Technology Mission Directorate will employ a portfolio approach, spanning a range of
discipline areas and technology readiness levels. Research and technology development
will take place within NASA centers, in academia, and industry, and leverage collaboration
with other government and international partners. (Source: NASA, 02/21/13) Gulf Coast
note: NASA's Stennis Space Center is in South Mississippi and its manufacturing center,
Michoud Assembly Facility, is in east New Orleans.

Inert launch abort motor delivered
ATK delivered a launch abort motor to Kennedy Space Center, Fla., for Exploration Flight
Test (EFT-1) of NASA's Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, scheduled to fly next year. The
test flight abort motor is configured with inert propellant since EFT-1 will have no crew but
otherwise replicates the launch abort system that will ensure astronaut safety. ATK's abort
motor is part of Orion's Launch Abort System (LAS) designed to pull the Orion crew module
away from the launch vehicle in the event of an emergency on the launch pad or during the
initial ascent. Having an inert abort motor in the LAS stack for EFT-1 helps NASA achieve its
goals simulating the same weight, structure and aerodynamics of the live motor
configuration. The launch abort motor is more than 17 feet tall, measures three feet in
diameter, and includes a revolutionary turn-flow rocket manifold technology. ATK is on
contract to Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor building the Orion spacecraft. (Source:
PRNewswire, 02/21/13) Gulf Coast note: Orion was built in part at Michoud Assembly Facility
in New Orleans.

Bolden to tour rapid prototyping
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will see some of the cutting-edge
techniques being used to create parts for the engines of the Space Launch System during a
visit Friday to Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. SLS is a heavy-launch rocket, the
most powerful ever built. Bolden will tour the National Center for Advanced Manufacturing
Rapid Prototyping Facility for a look at the equipment used in selective laser melting, similar
to 3-D printing. Laser melting is enabling the production of complex, strong metal parts
without welding, while reducing manufacturing time and costs. (Source: NASA, 02/21/13)
Gulf Coast note: NASA's National Center for Advanced Manufacturing is at Michoud
Assembly Facility, New Orleans.

NASA seeks small propulsion systems
NASA's Space Technology Program is seeking proposals to develop miniaturized
electrospray propulsion technologies that could revolutionize small satellite propulsion
systems. Electrospray thrusters use electricity to energize material and then disperse a
resulting liquid or aerosol through an emitter to create thrust. The development of low-mass,
lightweight micro thruster technologies has the potential to radically change propulsion
capabilities of small satellites. Such micro thrusters also might be of use for very fine
pointing aboard future large space-based observatories. "Small spacecraft are a dominant
trend in aerospace today," said NASA's Space Technology Program Director Michael
Gazarik . U.S. organizations, including NASA centers and other government agencies;
federally funded research and development centers; educational institutions; industry and
nonprofit organizations can submit ideas. This solicitation is an appendix to NASA's Game
Changing Opportunities in Technology Development research announcement and can be
found through the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System
website by going to "Solicitation" and then "Open Solicitations" at: http://nspires.nasaprs.
com (Source: PRNewswire, 02/20/13) Gulf Coast note: The region is involved in propulsion
technology. NASA tests large rocket engines at Stennis Space Center, Miss. It's also where
Rolls-Royce tests jet engines; GE Aviation is building an engines parts plant near
Hattiesburg, Miss.; FSU's Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion is in Tallahassee,
Fla.

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $284.4M
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, Calif., is being awarded a $284,439,355
fixed-price incentive firm target contract for advanced procurement for the Space-Based
Infrared Systems GEO 5-6 program. The location of performance is Sunnyvale, Calif. Work
is expected to be completed by June 19, 2016. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2011 and
2012. The contracting activity is SMC/IS, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. (Source: DoD,
02/20/13) Gulf Coast note: Lockheed Martin's facility at Stennis Space Center, Miss., works
on the SBIR propulsion subsystem. Previous

Airline pays money it owed
Less than 24 hours after it was charged with grand theft, Vision Airlines paid the money it
owed Okaloosa County. The Nevada-based carrier sent a check for $117,659.98 to
Northwest Florida Regional Airport via Federal Express early Tuesday, county Airports
Director Greg Donovan said. State Attorney Bill Eddins said he was pleased to hear that
Vision had paid the county. “It is certainly a mitigating factor in the criminal case,” he said.
“But it’s premature for me to indicate where this leaves us.” Vision Airlines owed the county a
portion of the passenger facility charges it collected while operating at Northwest Florida
Regional from December 2010 to July 2012. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
02/19/13)

Block 40 in trouble?
In early talks on the forthcoming fiscal 2014 budget request, the Air Force proposes closing
the book on Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk franchise, according to Aviation Week. The
Block 40 aircraft is being proposed for termination in favor of higher-priority programs,
according to multiple program officials. The company declined to comment. Northrop
Grumman has delivered eight of 11 Block 40s on order. Sixteen Block 30s of 30 planned
have been delivered. Early work on the next of each block is under way at the company’s
Moss Point, Miss., facility, and both are slated for delivery in 2014. NATO’s work on the
Global Hawk-based Alliance Ground Surveillance program continues as does the Navy’s
program to outfit a Global Hawk for maritime surveillance. (Source: Aviation Week, 02/19/13)
In a related matter, a Global Hawk support unit at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., will be
deactivated Sept. 29 due to Pentagon budget cutbacks. There are 80 full-time and 115
traditional Air Force reservists serving in the affected 13th Reconnaissance Squadron.
(Source: News10, 02/19/13)

F-35C production model takes flight
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The first Lockheed Martin production model F-35C carrier variant,
known as CF-6, flew its first sortie Thursday. Upon delivery later this year, the jet will be
assigned to Navy Fighter Attack Squadron 101 (VFA-101) at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The
unit will serve as the Fleet Replacement Squadron, training Navy F-35C pilots and
maintainers. While CF-6 will be the first carrier variant jet assigned to Eglin, it will join a fleet
of nine F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) jets and 13 F-35B short takeoff and
vertical landing (STOVL) jets already on station. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 02/15/13)

Aerospace training facility planned
MOBILE, Ala. -- Officials with Mobile County schools unveiled plans on Monday for the new
Aerospace Training Facility to be built at B.C. Rain High School. The 15,500-square-foot
building, which will cost $1.9 million, will be able to accommodate a variety of training
programs. The Aerospace Training Facility is part of the school system’s signature
academies initiative. Davidson High has an engineering academy, while Murphy High offers
programs in international studies and culinary arts. (Source: Mobile Press Register,
02/18/13)

Airport traffic up
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Passenger traffic at Pensacola International Airport increased by more
than four percent in January. Airport marketing spokeswoman Belinda Zephir said a total of
101,647 passengers passed through the city-owned facility last month, an increase of
4,098. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 02/18/13)

Grants will help bases
The state is sending funds to Escambia, Santa Rosa and Bay counties to help support the
military. The Florida Defense Support Task Force is providing $500,000 to the Bay Defense
Alliance in Panama City to acquire land to buffer Naval Support Activity Panama City from
encroachment. It’s also providing $250,000 the Greater Pensacola Chamber to help outfit a
lab for cyber security analysis. The Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze will receive $225,000 to
help Wounded Warriors recuperate, and Santa Rosa County is getting $160,000 to build a
fence separating Naval Air Station Whiting Field from the New Whiting Aviation Park.
Another $1.5 million was awarded to six other projects in Orlando, Highlands County and
Jacksonville. (Sources: WEAR-TV, WMBB-TV, Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/18/13)

Airport reopens after runway overhaul
DESTIN, Fla. – Destin’s refurbished runway opened Friday morning, and within minutes
planes were touching down. Crews from C.W. Roberts and RS&H spent the past month
resurfacing the 5,000-foot-long, 100-foot-wide runway. The airport had been closed to fixed-
wing air traffic since Feb. 4 during the runway’s first major overhaul since it opened in 1963.
The airport sees about 60,000 flights a year. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
02/17/13)

FAA now seeking UAV sites
The federal government Thursday began to solicit proposals for six test sites where
unmanned aircraft will be put through tests in preparation for their eventual integration into
U.S. airspace. The six locations, which have generated interest from more than 30 states,
will become the primary testing grounds for unmanned aerial systems, scheduled to enter U.
S. airspace in September 2015. The sites also will be used to address safety concerns, such
as what happens if a drone has an equipment failure or operator error, according to FAA
officials. The FAA is behind schedule. It had given itself a Dec. 31, 2012, deadline to name
the six sites but it is delayed due to “privacy issues.” It’s unclear when the six winners will be
chosen. (Source: Washington Times, 02/14/13) Gulf Coast note: The region is involved in
building and using UAVs. Fire Scouts and Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.;
a UAV flight center opened at Camp Shelby, Miss., last spring; UAVs are used at Stennis
Space Center, Miss.; Okaloosa County, Fla., is developing an indoor unmanned systems
center; Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is involved in drone navigation systems.

Contract: USRA, $24.9M
Universities Space Research Association, Columbia, Md., is being awarded a $24,900,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Air Force Research Lab Scholars Program.
The location of performance is Kirtland Air Force Base N.M., Sunspot, N.M., and Maui,
Hawaii. Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2018. Type of appropriation is fiscal
2013 Research, Development, Test and Evaluation funds. This agreement is optional use
and allows for decentralized ordering by other AFRL Technical Directorates located in
Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, Eglin AFB, Fla., and Rome, N.Y. The contracting activity is
AFRL Phillips Research Site. (Source: DoD, 02/14/13)

Contract: Oasis Systems, $54.5M
Oasis Systems LLC, Lexington, Mass., is being awarded a $54,533,104 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract modification for technical and acquisition management
support services. The location of the performance is Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Work is
expected to be completed by Feb. 28, 2014. Type of appropriation is multiple funding at the
task order level. The contracting activity is AFTC/PZZ, Eglin AFB. Fla. Contract involves
Foreign Military Sales. (Source: DoD, 02/14/13)

Contract: COLSA, $54.5M
COLSA Corp., Huntville, Ala., is being awarded a $54,533,104 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-
quantity contract modification for technical and acquisition management support services.
The location of performance is Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Work is expected to be completed
by Feb. 28, 2014. Type of appropriation is multiple funding at the task order level. The
contracting activity is AFTC/PZZ, Eglin AFB. Fla. Contract involves Foreign Military Sales.
(Source: DoD, 02/14/13)

Contract: UT, $65M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is
being awarded a $64,999,589 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to a previously awarded
advance acquisition contract for the Joint Strike Fighter F135 Propulsion System Low Rate
Initial Production Lot VI recurring sustainment, operations, and maintenance efforts. Efforts
include labor and materials required to maintain and repair F135 propulsion systems;
sustainment labor consisting of fleet and material management, sustaining engineering, and
joint services technical data updates; and material required to support fielded propulsion
systems and support equipment after unit and depot activations at production, training, and
operational locations. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Conn. (54 percent);
Indianapolis, Ind. (31 percent); and Bristol, United Kingdom (15 percent), and is expected to
be completed in December 2013. Fiscal 2012 and 2013 contract funds in the amount of
$55,348,405 are being obligated on this award, $11,772,218 of which will expire at the end
of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Marine Corps (69
percent); the U.S. Air Force (26 percent); and the U.S. Navy (5 percent). The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/14/13)

Hawkeye squadron disbanding
NEW ORLEANS -- Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 77, VAW-77, will be
ceremonially disbanded next month, the Navy confirmed Wednesday. Its six E-2C Hawkeye
airplanes and many of its personnel already have been redistributed elsewhere in the U.S.
Navy’s fleet, a Navy spokesman said. Its aircrews made their last flights out of the Naval Air
Station-Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse late last month. The Navy Reserve aviation
squadron is credited with saving more than 1,840 New Orleans-area residents during
Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Hawkeyes follow the path of Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II and
Navy P-2 Orion airplanes, all of which had been based in Belle Chasse until recent years.
The squadron’s disestablishment ceremony is March 9 at the air station. (Source: New
Orleans Times Picayune, 02/13/13)

Airlines merger formally announced
American Airlines and US Airways are merging, paving the way for the creation of the nation’
s largest airline. The deal, formally announced Thursday morning, is valued at $11 billion.
Under the terms of the deal, US Airways shareholders would own 28 percent of the
combined airline, while American Airlines shareholders, creditors, labor unions and
employees would own 72 percent. The larger company will operated under the American
Airlines name, with headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. (Source: Multiple, including New York
Times, Los Angeles Times, 02/14/13) Gulf Coast note: Both airlines serve New Orleans,
Gulfport, Mobile, Pensacola and Eglin.

Spinoff 2012 available
NASA for years has pointed out how space technology has made its way into commercial
products. The latest issue of Spinoff 2012 illustrates more of the same. It includes details
about a plant that texts a farmer to say it needs more water; an invisible coating that scrubs
pollutants from the air; a robot that roams a hospital's halls, aiding doctors and nurses by
recording vital signs. (Source: PRNewswire, 02/13/13) Spinoff publication. Gulf Coast note:
NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss., was involved in developing the air-cleaning coatings.

F-35B restrictions lifted
Flight restrictions have been lifted on the F-35B, the Marine Corps version of the stealth
fighter, clearing the way for testing and training flights to resume after a nearly month-long
grounding. Col. Kevin Killea, who oversees aviation requirements for the Marine Corps, said
the Navy and F-35 program office had more work to do to resolve the manufacturing issues
blamed for the grounding. All 25 F-35Bs were grounded Jan. 18 after a fuel line detached
just before a training flight at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., on Jan. 16. The Pentagon later said
the issue stemmed from a manufacturing defect, not maintenance or design issues. (Source:
Reuters, Defense News, 02/13/13)

Orion lands safely in parachute test
NASA engineers demonstrated the Orion spacecraft can land safely if one of its three main
parachutes fails to inflate during deployment. The test was conducted Tuesday in Yuma,
Ariz., with the parachutes attached to a test article. Engineers rigged the parachutes so only
two would inflate, leaving the third to flag behind, when the test capsule was dropped from a
plane at 25,000 feet. The test was the eighth parachute engineering development drop test.
The next is scheduled for May. The system also will be put to the test in 2014 when Orion,
the crew capsule for the Space Launch System, makes its first flight test. During the mission,
an uncrewed capsule will travel 3,600 miles from Earth. (Source: NASA, 02/12/13) Gulf
Coast note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, are
both involved in the Space Launch System program.

AFSOC prepares for cuts
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Air Force Special Operations Command will be required to
implement spending cuts that will have substantial impact on its mission if sequestration
takes effect March 1. The command has undertaken several near-term actions to save
money such as implementing a temporary civilian hiring freeze, releasing non-mission critical
term and temporary employees, cancelling non-mission critical travel, limiting supply
purchases, reducing service contracts, postponing non-emergency facility sustainment,
curtailing flying not directly related to readiness, and reviewing Overseas Contingency
Operation requirements. (Source: AFSOC Public Affairs, 02/12/13)

Tyndall hosts visitors
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- More than 30 community leaders last week attended a
briefing about the future arrival of an additional F-22 Raptor squadron. The purpose of
briefing community leaders was to keep them informed of the changes the base is currently
undergoing, the projected changes in the year ahead, fiscal responsibility and
environmental protection. The F-22s are coming from Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.
(Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 02/11/13) Two days before that, 19 members
from Bay County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Bay received a tour of Tyndall and its
units. They were briefed on an F-22 Raptor ground instructional training aircraft, toured the
601st Air and Space Operations Center, flight tower and radar approach control. (Source:
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 02/12/13)

RR wins V-22 engine contract
Rolls-Royce has been awarded an $83.7 million contract for engines to power 19 V-22
aircraft operated by the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force. The contract, a modification of a
prior agreement, includes a total of 38 Rolls-Royce AE 1107C engines manufactured in
Indianapolis, Ind. The contract was awarded through the Naval Air Systems Command in
Patuxent River, Maryland. (Source: Business Wire, 02/12/13) Gulf Coast note: Air Force CV-
22s operate out of Hurlburt Field, Fla.

New round of J-2X testing
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA's is getting ready for a new round of tests on the
next-generation J-2X rocket engine that will help power the agency's Space Launch System
(SLS) to new destinations in the solar system. Beginning this month, engineers will conduct
a series of tests on the second J-2X development engine, designated number 10002, on the
A-2 Test Stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center. Once the series is completed, the engine
will be transferred to the A-1 Test Stand to undergo a series of gimbal, or pivot, tests for the
first time. NASA already has conducted successful tests on engine number 10001 and on
the J-2X powerpack assembly. In total, 34 tests were conducted on the J-2X engine and
powerpack, with the J-2X achieving a full flight-duration firing of 500 seconds in the eighth
test, earlier than any rocket engine in U.S. history. (Source: NASA, 02/11/13)

New warfare center welcomed
At a ceremony Monday, the Air Force dissolved the Special Operations Training Center at
Hurlburt Field, Fla., and rolled its mission into the Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare
Center. The new center will combine training and education with weapons testing and
evaluation, as well as preparing airmen to deploy for counter-insurgency operations. The Air
Warfare Center will oversee the missions of all the units that fell under the former training
center at Hurlburt, and add the 919th Air Reserves Special Operations Wing at Duke Field,
Fla., and two Air Guard units in Mississippi and Alabama. Headquarters for the Air Warfare
Center will be at Hurlburt Field, with operating locations at Duke Field and Robins Air Force
Base, Ga. About 850 active-duty and 900 reserve airmen will fall under the center's
command. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/11/13)

NASA awards engineering contract
NASA selected Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, Tenn., for an engineering, technology
and science contract at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The cost-plus-
award-fee services contract has a potential value of $1.93 billion, including options. The
contract begins May 1 with a five-year base period followed by two two-year options and
includes indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity task orders. Companies that will support
Jacobs on this contract include HX5 of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Aerodyne Industries of
Oldsmar, Fla.; Hamilton Sundstrand of Windsor Locks, Conn.; and Barrios Technology, ERC
Inc., GeoControl Systems Inc., Oceaneering Space Systems and MRI Technologies, all of
Houston. (Source: NASA, 02/08/13)

Contract: L-3, $57.1M
L-3 Communications Corp., Madison, Miss., was awarded a $57,141,401 firm-fixed-price
contract. The award will provide for the Life-Cycle Contractor Support maintenance for the
Army's fleet of C-12, RC-12 and UC-35 fixed-wing aircraft. Work will be performed in
Madison, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2014. The Army Contracting
Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/08/13)

Contract: Multiple, $7.8M
B3H, Shalimar, Fla.; Decypher -PSI Government Solutions, San Antonio, Texas; Monterey
Consultants, Dayton, Ohio; Sawdey Solutions Services, Beavercreek, Ohio; and ExecuTech
Strategic Consulting, Woodbridge, Va., are being awarded a $7,813,187 firm-fixed-price,
cost-reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for advisory and assistance
services for all multiple skill sets and tasks in support of Air Mobility Command and tenant
units. The primary location of the performance is Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Work is expected
to be completed by June 30, 2016. The contracting activity is AMC/A7KQA, Scott Air Force
Base, Ill. (Source: DoD, 02/08/13)

728th has final mission
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The 62-year-old 728th Air Control Squadron completed its
final mission late last month and will have its official deactivation ceremony May 17. Air
Combat Command early last year was directed to reduce its number of U.S. based Control
and Reporting Centers from three to two. The ACS provides persistent battle management
for aircraft packaged to support ground forces as well as enforce air dominance. The 728th
was selected for deactivation because it was not collocated with operational aircraft and live,
air-to-air opportunities were limited here, according to a statement released by the
Secretary of the Air Force when the closure was announced. For their final mission, the
728th ACS provided communications and data to a four-ship of F-35s from the 33rd Fighter
Wing. (Source: Team Eglin Public Affairs, 02/07/13)

ATK completes SLS test
NASA and ATK completed the second in a series of development tests for NASA's Space
Launch System booster program late last month at ATK's Promontory, Utah, facility. The
avionics and controls test, Flight Control Test 2, included a hot fire of the fully integrated
heritage thrust vector control, the new SLS booster avionics subsystem and new electronic
support equipment. FCT-2 focused on replacement of heritage test equipment with new
electronic support equipment. Much of the equipment replaced was designed and built
during the mid- to late-1970s and was successfully used on all Space Shuttle reusable solid
rocket motor (RSRM) and five segment RSRM static motor firings. (Source: ATK, 02/01/13)
Gulf Coast note: SLS engines will be tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; the core stage
of the SLS and the Orion launch vehicle are built at Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans.

Fire Scout avionics gets shield
A protective cage to store and protect electronic components of the next-generation MQ-8C
Fire Scout unmanned helicopter has been received by Northrop Grumman. Known as a
Faraday cage and produced by Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, it
shields aircraft electronic systems from possible electromagnetic interference. A total of 28
new MQ-8Cs will be built using a Bell 407 airframe. It's a larger, more capable version of the
Fire Scout MQ-8B that is now serving aboard Navy ships and in Afghanistan. Prior to
installation on the MQ-8C airframe, integration and testing of the Faraday cages will be
done at the Northrop Grumman's Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss. (Sources:
Northrop Grumman, 01/31/13; Military & Aerospace Electronics, 02/01/13; naval-technology.
com link, 02/04/13)

Pakistani officers visit EOD
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- A delegation of four Pakistani military officers toured the
Naval School of Explosive Ordnance Disposal recently for a familiarization trip and visit with
students from Pakistan. The delegation were from the Pakistani army and air force and
toured several divisions and practical training areas of the school to observe the basic EOD
training received by students from partner nations. Each year up to 125 students from 94
countries attend NAVSCOLEOD and are held to the same curriculum standards as their U.S.
counterparts. NAVSCOLEOD at Eglin provides high-risk, specialized, basic and advanced
EOD training to more than 2,100 U.S. and partner nation military and selected U.S.
government personnel each year. (Source: Naval School of Explosive Ordnance Disposal,
02/06/13)

Vice commander visits Tyndall
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – To familiarize himself with the newest member of Air
Combat Command, Lt. Gen. William Rew, ACC vice commander, paid Tyndall a visit from
Jan. 31 through Feb. 1. He visited a host of activities, including the 325th Fighter Wing
Headquarters and the First Air Force, which ensures the air sovereignty and air defense of
the continental United States, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. This was the general's
initial visit since the transition from Air Education and Training Command to ACC, which
occurred on Oct. 1, 2012. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 02/05/13)

Engine deal finalized
Reuters reports that Pratt & Whitney finalized a contract with the Pentagon for 32 engines to
power a fifth batch of F-35s, according to sources familiar with the negotiations. The
agreement was reached late last week after more than a year of negotiations, and Pratt &
Whitney agreeing to lower its price by about $20 million, said one of the sources. The
Pentagon awarded PW a preliminary contract or "undefinitized contract action" valued at
$1.12 billion for 30 engines in December 2011, and industry and military officials have been
trying to work out the details since then. PW had an additional $9.5 million added to the
preliminary contract in August 2012 for the two extra engines. (Source: Reuters, 02/04/13)
Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Blue Angels at risk?
The Blue Angels flight demonstration team could be impacted by sequestration, Navy
officials said. Air shows scheduled between April 1 and Sept. 30 would be canceled if the
proposed military spending cuts known as sequestration become reality. That would save
the Navy $20 million by canceling the shows in its fiscal third and fourth quarters. Lt. Katie
Kelley, the public information officer for the Blue Angels, said the team is aware of the
possible budget cuts but is continuing to prepare for the 2013 air show season. The Blue
Angels are based at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. (Sources: Pensacola News Journal,
WEAR-TV, 02/04/13)

Ribbon-cutting held for tower
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday for the
Keesler Medical Center’s new Back Bay Tower. The tower contains state-of-the art medical
and surgical inpatient wards, intensive care and recovery/peri-anesthesia care units as well
as a new emergency department, physical-occupational therapy-chiropractic clinic, two new
operating rooms and two cardiac catheterization labs. Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Kory Cornum, 81st
Medical Group commander, also announced that the Keesler Hospital has been officially re-
designated “Keesler Medical Center.” (Source: Keesler, 02/01/13)

Airbus awards contract
Airbus has selected Birmingham’s Hoar Program Management (HPM) to manage design and
construction of the $600 million aircraft assembly plant Airbus plans to build in Mobile, Ala.
Construction of the plant, which will assemble A320 aircraft at Brookley Aeroplex and employ
about 1,000 workers, is expected to begin this summer. The first aircraft will be delivered in
2016. HPM has offices in Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile, Ala.; Houston, Texas; Nashville,
Tenn.; Tampa, Fla.; and Charlotte, N.C. (Sources: AL.com, Airbus press release, 02/01/13)

LM joins Dream Chaser team
Lockheed Martin has joined Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser team, officials said last week.
Jim Crocker, vice president and general manager for civil space at Lockheed Martin Space
Systems Co., said the Sierra Nevada partnership will leverage Lockheed Martin's expertise
in human spaceflight and composite aerospace structures. Lockheed Martin will assemble
the composite structure for the first space-bound Dream Chaser vehicle at NASA's Michoud
Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The company will use composites developed for the F-22
and F-35 fighter planes, Crocker said. Sierra Nevada is developing the Dream Chaser
under NASA's commercial crew program, vying to transport astronauts to the International
Space Station. (Source: Spaceflight Now, 01/31/13)

Hoewing retiring from foundation
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Gerald Hoewing, a retired Navy vice admiral, announced Thursday that
he plans to step down as president and chief executive of the foundation that manages and
provides financial support for the National Museum of Naval Aviation. The foundation also
supports the National Flight Academy at Naval Air Station Pensacola, adjacent to the
museum. Hoewling, 63, will step down in May. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 01/31/13)

Lockheed F-35 chief retiring
The head of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 program plans to retire, ending a decade-plus run in
charge of the program. Tom Burbage will step down from his role at the end of March,
Lockheed spokeswoman Laura Siebert confirmed to Defense News. The news was initially
reported by Aviation Week. Nothing has been announced on his replacement. (Source:
Defense News, Aviation Week, 01/31/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the F-35 training center.