Gulf Coast aerospace
DECEMBER 2014

Contract: Raytheon, $18.7M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded an $18,744,712 fixed-
priced-incentive-fee contract for HARM targeting system (HTS) contractor logistic support.
Contractor will provide depot repair services and sustaining engineering for HTS pods, as
well as a variety of other HTS sustainment-related services and supplies. Work will be
performed at Tucson and is expected to be completed by Nov. 30, 2015. This award is the
result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the
amount of $13,236,118 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8675-15-C-
0004). (Source: DoD, 12/30/14)

Contract: Cubic, $15.2M
Cubic Defense Applications, Inc, San Diego, Calif., has been awarded a $15,200,000 firm-
fixed-price contract. Contractor will design, develop, integrate, and test hardware and
weapons simulations source code software solely for the Royal Saudi Air Force P5 combat
training system (P5 CTS). They will also provide contractor logistics support of on-site
advice and informal training in operation and maintenance of Saudi P5 CTS equipment at
King Abulaziz, King Faisal, King Khalid and King Fahad Air Bases in Saudi Arabia. Work will
primarily be performed at San Diego and Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and is expected to be
completed by Oct. 17, 2017. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales and is the
result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8678-15-C-0067). (Source: DoD, 12/29/14)

Contract: Jacobs, $42.4M
Jacobs Technology Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is being awarded a $42,383,852 cost-plus-
fixed-fee contract for the development of a launch test set complex for prototype testing and
qualification of a launcher subsystem for the U.S. Navy and the government of the United
Kingdom. Work will be done in China Lake, Calif., and is expected to be completed in
December 2019. Navy working capital funds in the amount of $200,000 will be obligated at
time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract
combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (90 percent) and the government of the United
Kingdom (10 percent) under the foreign military sales program. This contract was not
competitively procured pursuant to FAR.6.302-1. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons
Division, China Lake, California, is the contracting activity (N68936-15-C-0026). (Source:
DoD, 12/29/14)

KC-46 tanker has first test flight
EVERETT, Wash. -- Boeing and the Air Force successfully completed the first flight of the
KC-46 tanker test program Sunday. The Boeing 767-2C took off from Paine Field, Wash.,
and landed three hours and 32 minutes later at Boeing Field. The aircraft will receive its
military systems following certification. Boeing is on contract to deliver the first 18 of 179 KC-
46 aircraft to the Air Force by 2017. (Source: Boeing, 12/28/14) Gulf Coast note: Boeing
won the tanker contract over Airbus Group, then called EADS, which planned to build the
tanker in Mobile, Ala. Airbus later opted to build A320 family jetliners in Mobile. The
assembly line will open in 2015.

Wicked Wanda logs final flight
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – An AC-130H Spectre gunship named “Wicked Wanda” flew her
last flight here Dec. 19 and is scheduled to officially retire in 2015. The gunship, Tail
Number 6575, has deployed in nearly every conflict the U.S. has been involved in, officially
and unofficially, since the end of the Vietnam War. Eventually the plane with a 43-year
combat history will be displayed in the Hurlburt Field Air Park. (Source: 1st Special
Operations Wing Public Affairs, 12/23/14)

AF range study under way
WASHINGTON — The Air Force has launched a major study into the future of its test
ranges, one that could decide how the service runs its live-flight testing for the next 20
years. Steven Pennington, director of Bases, Ranges, and Airspace for the Air Force, said
the focus of the review is finding how much operational infrastructure is needed to enable
current and future readiness. Pennington made clear that big ranges, such as Nellis Air
Force Base, Nev., and Eglin Air Force Bases, Fla., won't be going anywhere as they remain
vital for composite force training and testing of high-tech jets such as the F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter. Part of the need for the new infrastructure is the increasingly advanced technology
being fielded by the service. The real indicator has been the F-35, which challenges the
traditional ranges in a way other jets have not. Earlier combat aircraft were not that much
different. "But we've seen a leap of magnitude in the capability of 5th gen, and our ranges
have to make the same leap." (Source: Defense News, 12/23/14) Eglin is home of the F-35
integrated training center.

Larger Fire Scout gets sea legs
NORFOLK, Va. -- The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman successfully flew the MQ-8C Fire
Scout unmanned helicopter for the first time off the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason
Dunham (DDG 109) last week off the Virginia coast. After more than a year of land-based
testing at Point Mugu, Calif., the MQ-8C performed 22 takeoffs and 22 landings while being
controlled from the ship's ground control station. (Source: PRNewswire, 12/23/14) The MQ-
8C, which uses a Bell 407 airframe, is a larger version of the MQ-8B Fire Scout, which uses
a Schweizer helicopter airframe. The B variant has tested aboard ships on numerous
occasions. Final assembly for both variants is done in Moss Point, Miss.

F-35 target deliveries met
Lockheed Martin met its 2014 target of delivering 36 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to the U.S.
military paving the way to collecting most performance fees. That’s according to DOD’s F-35
program office. The U.S. accepted the last of the 36 jets Monday, the first carrier-variant
built for the Marine Corps. Lockheed Martin has delivered 109 operational F-35s to the U.S.
and partner-nations since 2001. Lockheed is building three variants of the jet for the U.S.
military. Eight other countries that helped fund its development are Canada, Britain,
Australia, Italy, Turkey, Norway, the Netherlands and Denmark. Israel, South Korea and
Japan have also placed orders.
(Source: Reuters, 12/22/14) The first Marine F-35C will be assigned to the Navy’s VFA-101
“Grim Reapers” squadron of the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. After
delivery, it will be used for F-35C maintenance and pilot training at Eglin. (Source: Global
Aviation Report, 12/23/14)

Contract: UTC, $270.5M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney, East Hartford, Conn., has been awarded a
not-to-exceed $270,542,568 modification (P00128) to previously awarded contract FA8611-
08-C-2896 for F119 engine sustainment. Work will be performed at East Hartford; Edwards
Air Force Base, Calif.; Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; Hill
Air Force Base, Utah; Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.; Langley Air Force Base, Va.; Nellis Air
Force Base, Nev.; Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.; and
Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2015. Fiscal 2015
procurement; fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance; fiscal 2015 Air National Guard; and
fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $88,535,000
are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-
Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/22/14)

Contract: Raytheon Missile Systems, $21.9M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $21,900,000 cost-plus-fixed-
fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract
for advanced medium range air to air missile (AMRAAM) technical support. Contractor will
provide technical services and analysis supporting the AMRAAM weapon system. Work will
be performed at Tucson and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2020. This award is
the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2014 missile procurement funds in the amount
of $847,230 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8675-15-D-0019). (Source:
DoD, 12/22/14)

Contract: Raytheon, $491.5M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $491,478,068 fixed-price incentive firm
type contract for Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM) production Lot 28.
Contractor will provide AMRAAM missiles and other AMRAAM system items. The AMRAAM
system includes the missile, captive air training missile, common munitions
bit/reprogramming equipment, and non-developmental item airborne instrumentation unit.
Work will be performed at Tucson and is expected to be completed by Feb. 28, 2017. This
contract involves foreign military sales to Korea, Oman, Singapore, and Thailand. This
award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2014 Air Force and Navy production
funds in the amount of $278,874,197 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life
Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8675-15-
C-0022). (Source: DoD, 12/22/14)

First A350 XWB delivered
Rolls-Royce joined Airbus and Qatar Airways today in celebrating delivery of the first Airbus
A350 XWB to enter service. The jetliner is powered by Trent XWB engines, the sole power
plant available for the A350 XWB. More than 1,500 engines have already been sold to 40
customers. Sales of the Trent XWB account for over half of the Rolls-Royce civil aerospace
order book. (Source: Rolls-Royce, 12/22/14) Gulf Coast note: Trent engines, including the
XWB, are tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Pratt neo engine certified
Pratt and Whitney's engine for the Airbus A320neo family of jetliners has won certification
from the Federal Aviation Administration. The certification is a milestone for the engine and
the A320neo, scheduled to enter service in the 2015 fourth quarter. Pratt and Whitney's
engine powered the A320neo when it took its maiden test flight in September. Pratt is a unit
of United Technologies Corp. Airbus has listed more than 3,300 orders for the A320neo
family as of November, according to the company's website. (Source: Reuters, 12/19/14)
Gulf Coast note: The company's newest A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., will open in
2015. Previous

UTC wins DLA award
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – United Technologies Corp. Aerospace Systems was recognized as a
Gold Tier supplier for the Defense Department’s Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) as part of
DoD’s Superior Supplier Incentive Program. UTC Aerospace Systems currently has spare
parts contracts with the DLA that span across all of UTC Aerospace Systems' segments,
including actuation and propeller systems, nacelle systems, air management systems,
electric systems, ejection seats, sensing systems, landing gear, engine systems, sensor
systems, and wheels and brakes. (Source: United Technologies, 12/22/14) Gulf Coast note:
UTC’s Aerospace System’s aerostructures business unit at Foley, Ala., designs, builds and
supports nacelle systems for commercial and military aircraft. The Foley site houses original
equipment work as well as the Alabama Service Center, a maintenance, repair and overhaul
site for nacelle components.

Contract: UTC, $47.2M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded a $47,208,684 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to the previously awarded fixed-
price-incentive-firm target contract N00019-13-C-0016. This modification is for sustainment
efforts and operations and maintenance services in support of Low Rate Initial Production
Lot VIII F135 propulsion systems, including repair of repairables and replenishment spares.
Work will be performed in Hartford (50 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (36 percent); and
Oklahoma City, Okla. (14 percent); and is expected to be completed in November 2015.
Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds (Navy, Air Force) and international partner
funds in the amount of $10,911,399 will be obligated at the time of award, $6,720,832 of
which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchase for
the U.S. Air Force (29 percent); the U.S. Navy (62 percent); and the international partners (9
percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 12/19/14)

Dutch commit to 1st operational F-35
The Netherlands said this week that it will sign a contract in April 2015 for an initial eight
Lockheed Martin F-35 fighters. In total the Netherlands is planning to buy 37 F-35s, with the
first of the eight initial aircraft expected to enter service in 2019. Full operational capability is
expected to be attained in 2024 with all aircraft delivered. According to the Dutch Ministry of
Defence, the intended contract will stay within the stated total budget of $5.6 billion.
(Source: IHS Jane’s 360, 12/17/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of
the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Utilis, $200M
Utilis USA, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., has been awarded a maximum $200,000,000 firm-fixed-
price, indefinite-delivery contract for commercial shelters. This contract was a competitive
acquisition and 20 offers were received. This is a one-year base contract with three one-
year option periods. Location of performance is Florida with a Dec. 16, 2015, performance
completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Type
of appropriation is fiscal year 2015 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is
the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa. (SPE1C1-15-D-1018).
(Source: DoD, 12/17/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $34.9M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $34,893,266
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0031) for
modification management of deployable spares packages for F-35 Low Rate Initial
Production Lot VI aircraft. In addition, this contract provides for unit level augmentation and
delivery of technical, administrative, and associated financial data. This modification
combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force (46 percent); the U.S. Marine Corps (39
percent); the U.S. Navy (8.6 percent) and the international partners (6.4 percent). Work will
be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (50 percent); Ogden, Utah (16 percent), Burton, S.C. (13
percent), Yuma, Ariz. (5 percent); Havelock, N.C. (5 percent); Rosamond, Calif. (4 percent);
Valparaiso, Fla. (4 percent); Glendale, Ariz. (2 percent); and Las Vegas, Nev. (1 percent),
and is expected to be completed in March 2016. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/17/14)

A-3 stand back in headlines
Nearly a year after Bloomberg reported that the $350 million A-3 test stand at Stennis Space
Center, Miss., would be completed then mothballed for lack of a mission, the Washington
Post and ABC News both revisited the issue. The Post used the 300-foot tall tower as an
example of NASA’s “drift,” or what happens when the federal agency has no clear-cut goal.
In January 2014, Bloomberg wrote that Congress ordered NASA to complete the stand even
though it no longer needs it. At that time, $292 million had been spent and another $57
million was needed to complete it. It was designed to test the J-2X engine’s performance at
high altitudes. But the testing requirement ended when the Constellation program was killed
in 2010. But backers, including Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., point out that it might still be
used under a new administration or by private companies that are planning missions beyond
supplying the International Space Station. (Sources: ABC News, 12/16/14, Washington Post,
12/15/14, Bloomberg News, 01/08/14)     

Contract: Northrop, $657.4M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., has been awarded a $657,400,000
hybrid contract including firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee
undefinitized contract action for aircraft for the Republic of Korea. Contractor will provide
four RQ-4B Block 30 Global Hawk air vehicles, two spare engines, and the applicable
Ground Control Environment elements. Each will contain an Enhanced Integrated Sensor
Suite. Work will be performed at San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be complete by June
28, 2019. This contract involves foreign military sales. This award is the result of a sole-
source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force
Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-15-C-3001). Gulf Coast note: Center
fuselage work on Global Hawks is done in Moss Point, Miss.

Lighter airliner seat available
Three Frenchmen have created a titanium seat that could save airlines millions and cram
more seats into jetliners. The seat, which consists of 30 parts and is "pre-reclined" by 18
degrees, is designed for use in the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 family of aircraft. Saving
fuel is a key concern for airliners, and some have switched to lighter, thinner seats made by
Germany’s Recaro. But Benjamin Saada, Jean-Charles Samuelian, and Vincent Tejedor
created Expliseat in 2011 and have now started selling it. Made from titanium and
composites, it’s 8.8 lbs, three times lighter than the Recaro seat. (Source: Business Insider,
12/15/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., that
will open in 2015.

1st SOW getting new leader
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Col. William West, commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing
and the installation commander at Hurlburt, will hand over command of the wing to Col. Sean
Farrell, current commander of the 27th Special Operations Group at Cannon Air Force
Base, N.M. The change of command is Jan. 6. West assumed command of the 1st SOW in
July 2013. Farrell, born at Eglin Air Force Base, is a command pilot with more than 3,200
hours in the C-130E and AC-130H. He’s flown combat missions in Afghanistan and Bosnia.
(Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 12/15/14)

Trent engines chosen
Rolls-Royce has been selected by AirAsia X to power 10 Airbus A330ceo and 55 Airbus
A330neo aircraft with engines and support worth $6.2 billion. The A330ceos will be powered
by the Trent 700 and the A330neos will be powered by the Trent 7000 engine. In July this
year, Rolls-Royce welcomed an initial AirAsia X decision to select 50 A330neo aircraft. The
airline had previously ordered 25 A330ceos, powered by another provider, and this has now
been altered to 10 aircraft, powered by the Trent 700. It's the largest order for the Trent
7000 engine since it was launched earlier this year. (Source: Rolls-Royce, 12/15/14) Gulf
Coast note: Trent engines are tested at the Rolls-Royce outdoor test facility at Stennis
Space Center, Miss.

Contract: Lockheed, $169.3M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $169,335,580
modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-12-C-0004)
to provide Depot Phase I-IV services to support Low Rate Initial Production Lot VII F-35
aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and international partners. Work will be
performed in East Aurora, N.Y. (24 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (20 percent); Nashua, N.H.
(17.4 percent); Torrance, Calif. (9 percent); Samlesbury, U.K. (6.5 percent); Irvine, Calif.
(6.2 percent); Cheltenham, U.K. (3.7 percent); North Amityville, N.Y. (3.7 percent); Palmdale,
Calif. (3.6 percent); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (3.4 percent); Orlando, Fla. (1.7 percent); and
Grand Rapids, Mich. (0.8 percent), and is expected to be completed in June 2018. Fiscal
2013 aircraft procurement funds (Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy) and international
partner funds in the amount of $169,335,580 will be obligated at time of award, of which
$159,476,476 will expire this fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Air
Force (47 percent), the U.S. Navy (33 percent); U.S. Marine Corps (14 percent); and
international partners (6 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/12/14)

Whiting slates command change
WHITING FIELD, Fla. – Capt. Todd Bahlau will take the reins Dec. 17 as Naval Air Station
Whiting Field’s 41st commanding officer. He takes over from Capt. Matthew Coughlin during
a change of command ceremony. Bahlau, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and aviator,
comes to Northwest Florida from duty with the U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force
Base, Neb. Coughlin, who served for three years as Whiting Field command, will retire after
27 years of naval service. Commander Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Mary Jackson will
serve as the guest speaker for the 10 a.m. ceremony. (Source: NAS Whiting Field, 12/12/14)

Canada report sees no edge for F-35
OTTAWA - The Lockheed Martin F-35 has no clear edge over three other jet fighters
Canada is considering to replace its aging fleet, a declassified government report says. The
F-35, Eurofighter Typhoon, Dassault Rafale and Boeing Super Hornet are all able of
accomplish missions envisioned by Canadian military leaders. The only exception would be
going to war with another state, but the reports' authors concluded that an unlikely scenario.
F-35 proponents have said the stealth fighter jet is the only one capable of countering
threats by advanced militaries. A purchase decision is not expected until after next year's
general election. Canada is one of the original nine partner nation in the F-35 program and
for now still intends to buy 65 F-35s beginning in 2020. (Sources: Agence France Presse via
Yahoo, Flightglobal, 12/11/2014) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the
F-35 integrated training center.

Norway F-35 fuselage completed
PALMDALE, Calif. – Northrop Grumman earlier this month completed the center fuselage for
the first F-35 to be ordered by Norway, a conventional takeoff and landing variant
designated AM-1. As a principal member of the Lockheed Martin-led F-35 industry team,
Northrop Grumman designed and produces the center fuselage for all three F-35 variants.
The AM-1 center fuselage is the first of 52 fuselages Northrop Grumman will produce for
Norway. It is the 166th center fuselage that the company has produced at its Palmdale site.
Lockheed Martin will perform final assembly and checkout of the Norwegian F-35s in Fort
Worth, Texas. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 12/10/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base
is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Coast Guard saves man on raft
NEW ORLEANS – A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter
and aircrew rescued a man from a life raft 30 miles south of Venice, La., Wednesday.  A
crewman aboard the vessel Harvey Pacer notified CG Sector New Orleans after receiving a
‘Mayday’ from the sailing vessel Amsheet, which reported striking an unknown object. There
were no reported injuries. (Source: U.S. Coast Guard, 12/10/14)

Contract: Reliable, $8.4M
Reliable Contracting Group LLC, Louisville, Ky., was awarded a $8,417,693 firm-fixed-price
contract with options for replacing the fuel pipeline at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., with an
estimated completion date of March 21, 2014. Bids were solicited via the Internet with five
received. Fiscal 2014 military construction funds in the amount of $8,417,693 are being
obligated at the time of the award. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting
activity (W91278-15-C-0005). (Source: DoD, 12/11/14)

Italy, Turkey to service F-35s
Italy and Turkey were chosen by the Pentagon to provide initial heavy maintenance of F-35
fighter jets in Europe starting in 2018. That paves the way for billions of dollars of work by
companies in those countries, and several others in coming years, as the new stealth
warplane starts operating around the world. Air Force Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, who runs the
F-35 program for the Defense Department, said the countries involved would release details
about which companies would do the work. Italy will provide initial heavy maintenance, with
Britain providing backup airframe maintenance. Heavy maintenance on the F135 engine will
be done in Turkey, but Norway and the Netherlands will also set up sites in a few years.
(Source: Reuters, 12/11/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $12.5M
Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, California, has been awarded a $12,463,696
modification (P00649) to previously awarded contract F04701-02-C-0002 for the Advanced
Extremely High Frequency system. Contractor will provide protected key management
architecture (KMA) for installation, integration and factory test of the replacement KMA
system with the existing AEHF control and space segments. Work will be performed at
Sunnyvale, California; Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; and Valley Forge,
Pennsylvania, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2017. Fiscal 2014 research,
development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $3,979,384 are being obligated at
the time of award. Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base,
California, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/10/14) Gulf Coast note: Lockheed
Martin does a portion of the work on the AEHF system at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Contract: Composite Eng., $72.4M
Composite Engineering Inc., Sacramento, California, has been awarded a $72,367,482 firm-
fixed-price contract for Air Force Subscale Aerial Target Lots 11-13 production. Contractor
will produce the AFSAT BQM-167A that will be used by the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group
to test and evaluate air-to-air and surface-to-air weapons systems. Work will be performed
at Sacramento, California, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2017. This award is
the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2013 and 2014 Department of Defense
procurement funds in the amount of $24,309,430 are being obligated at the time of award.
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting
activity (FA8678-15-C-0069). (Source: DoD, 12/10/14)

Pentagon spending bill OK’d
The House and Senate have agreed to provide $554.2 billion in funding for the military in
fiscal 2015. The funding includes money for additional F-35A and F-35C Joint Strike
Fighters. The bill includes $224 million for two additional F-35A fighters for the U.S. Air
Force and $255 million for two additional Navy F-35Cs. The measure funds a total of 38 F-
35 fighters, nine more than in FY-14. (Source: Reuters, 12/10/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Italy-built F-35 rollout in March
Italy is preparing for the rollout of its first F-35A from the final assembly and checkout facility
at Cameri Air Base in northern Italy. The first aircraft is scheduled to come off the line by
March 2015. Italy invested about $1 billion in building the facility, which began operations
last year. The original plan called for about 250 planes, 113 for Italy and 85 for the
Netherlands, to be built at the plant. But the final number is up in the air. The facility,
however, has been built with expansion in mind. Cameri is also the site of Italy’s hub for
Eurofighter Typhoon and Tornado work. (Source: Aviation Week, 12/10/14) Gulf Coast note:
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Visit will highlight French investments
MOBILE, Ala. -- Denis Barbet, France's Atlanta-based Consul General to the Southeast, will
visit Mobile this week. In a released statement, Barbet said that with recent investments by
companies like Airbus and Safran, it’s likely there will be an increase in the French presence
in Alabama and Mobile in coming years. Barbet's trip will be hosted by business leaders from
the region, including the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, which will host an event to
spotlight the European country's existing investments, including chemical maker Arkema and
Technip, which makes products for the oil and gas industry. Barbet also will tour the $600
million Airbus A320 final assembly line that will open in the fall of 2015, and the Port of
Mobile. (Source: al.com, 12/09/14)

The one that’s knocking
CARRABELLE, Fla. -- Aerospace recruiting seldom tops the to-do list for Northwest Florida’s
smaller counties, but Alabama’s Airbus plant provides a unique chance to show off on a
world stage. Feature story. (Source: GCRL Newsletter, 12/09/14)

Mobile company defining its niche
MOBILE, Ala. -- With a corporate history that includes being a key supplier during World
War II, Continental Motors is on a path for growth under the ownership of Chinese
aerospace giant AVIC. Feature story. (Source: GCRL Newsletter, 12/09/14)

Small company with a big task
CANTONMENT, Fla. -- Its forte of overhaul, fabrication and remanufacturing help keep one
of the military’s key assets airborne, but leaders also hope to grow the Cantonment
company’s portfolio beyond the C-5. Feature story. (Source: GCRL Newsletter, 12/09/14)

Niceville company paving new ground
NICEVILLE, Fla. -- A new FAA-approved asphalt that’s more durable, stronger and fuel
resistant is making some inroads at airports, but it will take more time to overcome
skepticism about P-601. Feature story. (Source: GCRL Newsletter, 12/09/14)

Blue Angels release schedule
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team announced updates
to its 2015 Air Show season and the release of the 2016 schedule. The team will perform 65
shows at 35 locations in 2015, and 69 shows at 36 locations in 2016. The schedules
including two shows in Pensacola, one on the beach in the summer and the other the
homecoming at Naval Air Station Pensacola. (Source: Blue Angels, 12/09/14)

Presidential plane visits Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Boeing 747 aircraft that’s known as Air Force One
when it’s carrying the president spent a portion of the weekend at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
undergoing recertification testing, according to Eglin Air Force Base spokeswoman Lois
Walsh. The plane, assigned to the Presidential Airlift Group at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.,
arrived Friday and left Sunday. The plane recently completed a year-long maintenance
cycle and is being tested before its return to service. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
12/08/14)

Airport eyeing name change
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Northwest Florida Regional Airport is considering changing
its name to Destin-Fort Walton Beach International Airport. The Department of Airports
plans to ask Okaloosa County Board of Commissioners to consider the name change during
a January meeting. The new name was suggested by Market Dynamics Research Group of
New Orleans, on grounds the current name is too generic. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 12/08/14)

Fire Scout work intensifies
WASHINGTON – A new level of activity is taking place with the Navy's Fire Scout unmanned
helicopter, according to Defense News. For the first time, Fire Scouts will be at sea on four
ships at the same time. Two East Coast-based frigates are deployed, each with four MQ-8B
models. The LCS Forth Worth recently left San Diego for a planned 16-month deployment
with a hybrid aviation detachment of one MQ-8B and one MH-60R Seahawk manned
helicopter. Early this month the California-based Coast Guard National Security Cutter
Bertholf got underway carrying two Fire Scouts, a first for an NSC. There are two variants of
Fire Scout: the B model uses a Schweizer 333 airframe, and the much larger C model uses
a Bell 407. Procurement of the B model has ended, with a total of seven test and 23
operational aircraft delivered by Northrop Grumman. Seven of those aircraft have been lost
in accidents or stricken. Two Fire Scouts were damaged in October at Wallops Island, Va.,
when their hangar was damaged in the explosion of an Antares rocket. One of those already
has been repaired and is deployed aboard Bertholf. The other is being repaired. (Source:
Defense News, 12/06/14) Gulf Coast note: Final assembly of Fire Scouts is done in Moss
Point, Miss.; Bertholf was built in Pascagoula, Miss.; LCS Independence class ships are built
in Mobile, Ala.

Site first to get certification
VentureCrossings in Bay County is the first industrial site to complete Gulf Power’s “Florida
First Sites” program. Fourteen sites were initially submitted, and nine are still working
towards certification. Most expect to be certified by the end of February. St. Joe Co. owns
VentureCrossings Enterprise Centre, adjacent to Northwest Florida Beaches International
Airport. The site has proper zoning, service to utilities and met numerous other qualifications
that make it ready for development. St. Joe, Gulf Power and local, regional and state
economic development agencies will now work to market the site to prospective companies.
(Source: Gulf Power, 12/05/14)

Contract: Speegle, $7.7M
Speegle Construction, Inc., Niceville, Fla., was awarded a $7,740,000 firm-fixed-price
contract, with options, to construct a satellite dining facility. Work will be performed at
Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., with an estimated completion date of May 8, 2016. Bids were
solicited via the Internet, with seven received. Fiscal 2011, 2014 and 2015 military
construction funds in the amount of $7,740,000 are being obligated at the time of the award.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District, Albuquerque, N.M., is the contracting
activity (W912PP-15-C-0001). (Source: DoD, 12/05/14)

Orion test a success
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA’s unmanned Orion space capsule, designed to eventually
carry astronauts into deep space, had a picture-perfect splashdown in the Pacific Ocean
today to finish a first test flight. After two laps of Earth, Orion plunged through the
atmosphere at 20,000 mph, enveloped in a fireball that scorched its heat shield. The
capsule emerged intact from its 3,600-mile fall and deployed three orange-and-white
parachutes to brake its speed to 20 mph as it hit the water at 11:29 a.m. EST, 270 miles
west of Baja California. (Sources: multiple, including USA Today, NBC News, 12/05/14) Gulf
Coast note: Lockheed Martin built the capsule at Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans;
the Delta IV, built in Decatur, Ala., is powered by RS-68 engines tested at Stennis Space
Center, Miss. Previous

33rd gets simulation award
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The National Training and Simulation Association selected the F-35
Lightning II Training System for the 2014 Modeling & Simulation Award. The award
recognizes the 33rd Fighter Wing, the F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin for
delivering an effective, immersive training experience for F-35 pilots and maintainers. The F-
35 team is one of six winners, across industry and defense, honored for advancing modeling
and simulation technologies. The 33 FW at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., was re-designated
under the Air Education and Training Command on Oct. 1, 2009, to establish the F-35
Lightning II training mission. The pilot and maintainer qualifications are accomplished
through simulations to ensure efficient mission readiness. As the first of its kind in the
Department of Defense, the wing is responsible for F-35 pilot and maintainer training for
DoD and, in the future, at least eight coalition partners. Recently, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.,
also established an F-35A training mission. To date, more than 140 pilots and 1,500
maintainers from the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, the United Kingdom and the
Netherlands have graduated from the 33 FW's F-35 Integrated Training Center. (Source:
33rd Wing Public Affairs, 12/03/14)

ONR awarded for F-35 innovation
ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Office of Naval Research received one of the nation's top
manufacturing awards for an innovative, cost-saving method for making advanced cockpit
canopies, for the F-35 program. Officials from ONR's Manufacturing Technology (ManTech)
program accepted the Department of Defense's Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology
Achievement Award at the Defense Manufacturing Conference in San Antonio. The
automated process will be used to make canopies for more than 2,000 aircraft, saving
nearly $125 million over the life of the F-35 program.(Source: NNS, 12/03/14) Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center; ONR's Naval
Research Laboratory has a detachment at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Finnair getting more XWBs
Finnair has firmed up an order for eight further Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, a decision that
means additional Trent XWB engine business worth $450 million at list prices. The aircraft
are in addition to 11 Airbus A350 XWBs that the airline already has on order, powered by
the same engine. Finnair was the first airline to select the A350 XWB and will be the first
European airline to receive the aircraft. The Trent XWB is the fastest-selling widebody
engine ever with more than 1,500 engines already sold. It will power the first A350 XWB into
service later this year. (Sources: Rolls-Royce, Airbus, 12/03/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $97.8M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $97,832,182 modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract
(N00019-13-C-0008) for a financial arrangement implementing a Foreign Military Sales
Letter of Offer for the government of Israel in support of the F-35 Lightning II joint program.
Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and expected to be completed in December
2022. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $30,296,783 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, Maryland, is the contracting authority. (Source: DoD,
12/02/14)

SSC research helps MRI, fuel-cells
Could NASA research at Stennis Space Center help hospital MRI machines and fuel-cell
cars of the future? Perhaps. Engineers are testing an innovative technology that could yield
new sources of both expensive helium gas required for cooling MRI machines and purified,
high-pressure hydrogen gas, the fuel for fuel-cells. SSC, which tests rocket engines in South
Mississippi, produces a large quantity of hydrogen and helium gas mixture in its rocket tests
which right now is just burned or vented into the air. But using Sustainable Innovations'
electrochemical Hydrogen Recovery System (HRS), NASA will be able to extract hydrogen
from rocket fuel line purge gas, leaving behind high-value helium, a purified stream
compressed to commercial storage pressure. And with helium's price only expected to rise
as global supplies plateau, the helium extraction technology will become more and more
valuable to NASA in the coming years and provide a possible revenue stream. Sustainable
Innovations, of East Hartford, Conn., developed HRS for NASA under a Phase II Small
Business Technology Transfer program. The same technology on which HRS is based will
also be useful for separating hydrogen from CO2 and CO in the life support technologies
now being tested and developed for its manned spaceflight missions. (Source: PRNews,
12/02/14)

Orion set to launch Thursday
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA will launch an unmanned Orion space capsule Thursday,
weather permitting, on two orbits of Earth in the first space test of the deep-space vehicle.
The vehicle will be launched by a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket, which is
substituting for the still-being-developed NASA Space Launch System. The flight, which will
take the capsule 3,600 miles out into space, will splash down some four hours later in the
Pacific off the California and Mexico’s Baja coast. Orion will be recovered by Navy ships.
(Sources: multiple, including al.com, Fox News, 12/02/14) Gulf Coast note: Lockheed Martin
built the capsule at Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans; the Delta IV, built in Decatur,
Ala., is powered by RS-68 engines tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.


NOVEMBER 2014

Contract: Bering Sea Env., $7.1M
Bering Sea Environmental LLC, Anchorage, Alaska, has been awarded a $7,149,346
modification (P00051) to exercise an option on previously awarded contract FA4890-11-C-
0004 to provide program support for Air Combat Command's Air Combat Training System
Operations and Maintenance support services. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla.; Langley Air Force Base, Va.; Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.; Shaw Air
Force Base, S.C.; Barksdale Air Force Base, La.; Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.; Mountain
Home Air Force Base, Idaho; Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England; Spangdahlem Air Base,
Germany; and Aviano Air Base, Italy, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2015.
Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Newport News, Va., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 11/28/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $492M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $492,008,803
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-12-C-0004)
to provide non-air vehicle spares, support equipment, Autonomic Logistics Information
System hardware and software upgrades, supply chain management, full mission simulators
and non-recurring engineering services to support Low Rate Initial Production Lot VII F-35
aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and international partners. Work will be
performed in Orlando, Fla. (81 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (9 percent); Fort Worth, Texas
(5 percent); Owego, N.Y. (4 percent); and Samlesbury, United Kingdom (1 percent), and is
expected to be completed in December 2021. This contract combines purchases for the U.S.
Air Force (37 percent), the U.S. Navy (23 percent); U.S. Marine Corps (20.5 percent); and
international partners (19.5 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/26/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $64.3M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $64,283,943 cost-
plus-incentive-fee contract for the modification of 14 F-35A air vehicles for the U.S. Air
Force (13) and the government of the Netherlands (1), and 13 F-35B air vehicles for the U.
S. Marine Corps (11) and the government of the United Kingdom (2). This contract includes
procurement for 528 modification kits, installation, and labor. Work will be performed in Fort
Worth, Texas (40 percent); Cherry Point, N.C. (12 percent); San Diego, Calif. (10 percent);
Cedar Rapids, Iowa (7 percent); Ogden, Utah (6 percent); Nashua, N.H. (4 percent); Eglin,
Fla. (3 percent); Greenville, S.C. (3 percent); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (3 percent);
Edwards, Calif. (2 percent); Marabar, Fla. (2 percent); Tucson, Ariz. (2 percent); Redondo
Beach, Calif. (2 percent); Orlando, Fla. (2 percent); Baltimore, Md. (1 percent); and Owego,
N.Y. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2017. This modification
combines purchases for the U.S. Marine Corps (48 percent); U.S. Air Force (39 percent),
and international partners (13 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Md., is the contracting authority (N00019-15-C-0016). (Source: DoD, 11/26/14)

Contract: UTC, $11.5M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded an $11,473,337 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-
incentive-fee contract (N00019-13-C-0016) for annualized sustainment, procuring
operations and maintenance services for Low Rate Initial Production VIII F-135 propulsion
systems for F-35 aircraft. This effort will include supply chain management, inventory
optimization, flight service representatives at operational sites, oversight and planning of
training activities, and aircraft retrofit activities. Work will be performed at the Oklahoma City
Air Logistics Complex, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. (6 percent), and various locations within
the continental United States (94 percent), and is expected to be completed in December
2015. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force (52 percent), the U.S. Navy
(46 percent), and international partners (2 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/26/14) Gulf Coast note:
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: UTC, $105.5M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded a $105,492,976 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to the previously awarded
fixed-price-incentive-firm target contract N00019-13-C-0016. This modification exercises an
option for sustainment efforts and operations and maintenance services in support of Low
Rate Initial Production Lot VIII F135 propulsion systems, including hardware and training
course materials and equipment. Work will be performed in Hartford (55 percent); Edwards
Air Force Base, Calif. (12 percent); Oklahoma City, Okla. (7 percent); Palmdale, Calif. (5
percent); and various locations throughout the continental United States (21 percent); work
is expected to be completed in December 2015. This contract combines purchase for the U.
S. Marine Corps (49 percent); the U.S. Air Force (33 percent); the U.S. Navy (10 percent);
and the international partners (8 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/25/14)

RR wins $5B order
Rolls-Royce won a $5 billion order for Trent engines to power 50 new Airbus planes ordered
by Delta Air Lines. Trent XWB engines will power 25 Airbus A350s and Trent 7000 engines
will power 25 Airbus A330neo aircraft. Rolls Royce is the only supplier of engines for both
aircraft. The Trent XWB will power the first A350 XWB into service later this year. (Sources:
Rolls-Royce, 11/20/14, Reuters, 11/21/14) Gulf Coast note: Rolls-Royce tests the XWB and
Trent engine lines at its outdoor test facility at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

801st SOAMXS wins award
A Hurlburt Field maintenance squadron received the Secretary of Defense Maintenance
Award for field-level medium category units. The 801st Special operations Aircraft
Maintenance Squadron received the award for superior aircraft maintenance during the
period of Oct.1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2013. The squadron, comprised of more than 480
Air Commandos, maintained 16 CV-22 Osprey and nine MC-130H Talon II aircraft during
that period. (Source: 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs, 11/21/140

Contract: Lockheed, $7M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $7,011,951 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract
(N00019-12-C-0004) to exercise an option for interim contractor support for the F-35
Lightning II Program Low-Rate Initial Production Lot VII air systems. Work will be performed
at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina (55 percent), and Marine Corps Air
Station Yuma, Arizona (45 percent), and is expected to be completed in November 2015.
Fiscal 2015 aircraft procurement (Navy and Marine Corps) funds in the amount of
$7,011,951 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, Maryland, is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/24/14)

Making way for Lakotas
FORT RUCKER, Ala. - On one of the coldest days of the year in southeast Alabama, three
OH-58D Kiowa Warriors Army aviation training helicopters geared up for their final flights
from Fort Rucker. But despite of their departure, “aviators will continue to be trained to top
standards at the home of Army Aviation,” said Lt. Col. Mark Gillespie, 1st Battalion, 14th
Aviation Regiment commander, an OH-58D pilot for 20 years. The Army is developing AH-
64D/E helicopter models as well as continuing to develop pilots at nearby Hanchey Army
Airfield using the UH-72A Lakota helicopter as the primary training aircraft. (Source: Fort
Rucker, 11/21/14) Airbus Helicopters produces Lakotas in Columbus, Miss.

F-35C squadron passes 1,000 flight hours
The “Grim Reapers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, the Navy's first F-35C Lightning
II carrier variant squadron, reached a milestone this month by surpassing 1,000 mishap-free
flight hours in the F-35C. As the F-35C Fleet Replacement Squadron, VFA-101 at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., trains Navy aircrew and maintenance personnel to fly and repair the
aircraft. The unit became the Navy's first F-35C squadron after receiving the aircraft June
22, 2013, from Lockheed Martin, and completed the first check flight, Aug. 14. (Source:
NNS, 11/21/14)

Contract: Raytheon, $32.2M
Raytheon Co., Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $32,221,204
modification (P00010) to previously awarded contract FA8681-13-C-0196 for Enhanced
Paveway II guided bomb unit kits and a 10-year warranty for each kit. Contractor will provide
500 Enhanced Paveway II guided bomb units 49 and 50 kits (each kit includes an enhanced
computer control group and an air foil group) and a 10-year warranty for each kit to be
supplied to the Royal Saudi Air Force. Work will be performed at Tucson and is expected to
be completed by July 1, 2016. This contract involves foreign military sales. Air Force Life
Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8681-13-
C-0196). (Source: DoD, 11/21/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $4.1B
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $4,123,746,486
modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive firm-target contract (N00019-13-C-
0008) for the production of 43 Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot VIII F-35 aircraft. This
includes manufacture and delivery of 29 F-35A aircraft for the U. S. Air Force (19),
government of Italy (two), government of Norway (two), government of Japan (four) and
government of Israel (two). In addition, this modification provides for 10 F-35B aircraft for the
U.S. Marine Corps (six) and government of the United Kingdom (four); and four F-35C
aircraft for the U.S. Navy (three) and U.S. Marine Corps (one). This modification also
provides for LRIP Lot VIII production requirements, including diminishing manufacturing
sources redesign and management, ancillary mission equipment, including pilot flight
equipment, and concurrency changes to LRIP Lot VIII aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort
Worth, Texas (55 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (15 percent); Warton, United Kingdom (10
percent); Orlando, Fla. (5 percent); Nashua, N.H. (5 percent); Baltimore, Md. (5 percent);
and Cameri, Italy (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2017. Fiscal 2014
aircraft procurement funds (Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy), international partner funds,
and foreign military sales funds in the amount of $4,120,352,986, will be obligated at the
time of this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This
contract combines purchases for the Air Force (41 percent); Marine Corps (14 percent);
Navy (12 percent); international partners (19 percent); and foreign military sales (14
percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting authority.
(Source: DoD, 11/21/14)

Contract: Kaman, $28.9M
Kaman Precision Products, Inc., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $28,892,973 firm-fixed-
price modification (P00023) to exercise the option for Lot 11 production of joint
programmable fuze systems. Contractor will provide an additional quantity of 7,846 state-of-
the-art fuze systems being produced under the basic contract. Work will be performed at
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2016. Fiscal 2014
and 2015 ammunition procurement funds in the amount of $28,892,973 are being obligated
at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the
contracting activity (FA8681-13-C-0029). (Source: DoD, 11/20/14)

Contract: Boeing, $64.4M
The Boeing Corp., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $64,391,684 cost-plus-
incentive-fee, firm-fixed price contract for research and development leading to the
procurement of 60 long delay fuzes and development of an embedded fuze system. Work
will be performed at St. Louis and is expected to be completed by March 31, 2017. This
award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and
evaluation, and ammunition procurement funds, in the amount of $28,443,116 are being
obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8681-15-C-0050). (Source: DoD, 11/20/14)

Navy project moves forward
FOLEY, Alabama – The Baldwin County Commission Tuesday endorsed vacating a portion
of a county owned road to allow the Navy to extend a runway for a new, more capable Navy
training aircraft. The nearly $30 million project has been in the works for a long time, and the
Navy now believe the project can be finished by summer. The existing Doc McDuffie needs
to be vacated so the Navy can expand its east-west runway at Barin Field to accommodate
more advanced training aircraft that need longer runways. In return, the federal government
will build a new road for residences and businesses located nearby. (Source: al.com,
11/18/14)

Tyndall area development OK’d
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- A beachfront neighborhood of up to 195 homes could be allowed in
the flight path of Tyndall Air Force Base after the Bay County Commission on Tuesday
approved a land-use plan amendment. The request from Sugar Sands Partners to make a
large-scale amendment to its comprehensive land-use plan for 165 acres would increase
the maximum number of units from the current 16 residential units. Base officials said the
best protection for the base’s mission would be leaving the zoning as it is, but recommended
several changes if the amendment is approved, including height restrictions and buildings
with enhanced noise and vibration restriction standards. (Source: Panama City News Herald,
11/18/14)

Fifth gens jointly train
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Four F-22 Raptors from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.,
were deployed to Eglin Air Force Base earlier this month for the unit's first operational
integration training mission with the F-35A Lightning II’s of the 33rd Fighter Wing here. The
training was to improve integrated employment of fifth-generation assets and tactics. The
training allowed both units to gain operational familiarization and capture lessons learned to
improve future exercises. The F-35s and F-22s flew offensive counter air, defensive counter
air and interdiction missions together, exploring ways to maximize their fifth-generation
capabilities. (Source: 33rd Fighter Wing, 11/17/2014)

Airbus to supply Orion module
Airbus Group will develop and build a service module for the U.S. space capsule, Orion, the
first marking the first time a European firm will provide system-critical elements for a U.S.
space project. Airbus Defense and Space, Europe's largest aerospace group, said the
contract signed with the European Space Agency is worth around $488 million. The service
module will provide propulsion, power supply, thermal control and the central elements of
the life support system of the capsule designed for deep space missions. The module is
based on the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) developed and constructed by Airbus on
behalf of ESA as a supply craft for the International Space Station. (Source: multiple,
including Reuters, 11/17/14, Space Daily, 11/18/14) Gulf Coast connections: The first space-
bound Orion, slated to launch next month atop a Delta IV, was built at Michoud Assembly
Facility, New Orleans. The Delta IV's RS-68 engines were tested at Stennis Space Center,
Miss.; Future Orion launches will be aboard NASA's massive Space Launch System, being
built in part at Michoud Assembly Facility. The SLS's RS-25 engines will be tested at Stennis
Space Center; Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., where it also
has an engineering center and an Airbus Military operation.

Contract: Airbus D&S, $18.5M
Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded an $18,541,542 modification
(P00858) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for contractor logistic support to include flying
hours, mission equipment packages and direct labor support. Fiscal 2015 operations and
maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $18,541,542 were obligated at the time of the
award. Estimated completion date is Dec. 31, 2015 .Work will be performed in Columbus,
Miss. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 11/17/14)

Job postings continue
MOBILE, Ala. – Four classifications of hourly manufacturing positions at the Airbus final
assembly line were posted Monday.  The jobs include ground handling technicians, aircraft
mechanics structure installation, aircraft cabin interior installation and aircraft electrical
installation. For a complete list of Airbus jobs in Mobile, visit the Alabama Industrial
Development Training website. (Source: al.com, 11/17/14)

Navy marks first with Fire Scout
When the Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) departs next week for a lengthy
deployment to the Western Pacific, it will mark the first deployment of the Navy's manned MH-
60R Seahawk helicopter with the unmanned MQ-8B Fire Scout helicopter. Detachment 1 of
Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35 (HSM-35) will be ship's aviation detachment and
operate one MH-60R and one MQ-8B in the ship's first deployment. HSM-35 of Naval Air
Station North Island in Coronado, Calif., is the Navy's first squadron to operate both the MH-
60R and MQ-8B. The same pilots who fly the Seahawk also are tried to fly the Fire Scout.
(Sources: Seapower, 11/12/14, Washington Times, Times of San Diego, 11/14/14) Gulf
Coast note: Final assembly of Northrop Grumman Fire Scouts is done in Moss Point, Miss.

More jobs available
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus posted two more jobs Friday for the A320 final assembly line being
built at the Mobile Aeroplex. One is for an aircraft conformity manager, the other for a flight
line and ground handling manager. For a complete list of Airbus jobs in Mobile, visit the
Alabama Industrial Development Training website. (Source: al.com, 11/14/14)

F-35 makes first night flight off carrier
The Navy version of the F-35 fighter made its first night flight off an aircraft carrier on
Thursday as it neared the end of two weeks of sea-based testing aboard the USS Nimitz,
Navy and Pentagon officials said. Two F-35C jets on board the carrier have already met 95
percent of the requirements for the first of three rounds of sea-based tests, proving to be
more reliable and performing better than expected, Navy test pilots told reporters. By midday
Thursday, the jets had carried out over 101 catapult launches from the carrier, 214 planned
"touch and go" landings, and 104 arrested landings using a redesigned tailhook. (Source:
Reuters, 11/13/14) Gulf Coast note: Navy and Marine pilots receive initial training in
Pensacola and Milton, Fla.; Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated
training center.

FAL powerhouse comes online
MOBILE, Ala. – Work on the powerhouse for the Airbus A320 final assembly line was
completed this week, officials said Wednesday. The powerhouse will provide utility services
for the firm's plant under construction at the Mobile Aeroplex. Honeywell designed and built
the powerhouse, which will require five full-time technicians to oversee the facility when it
reaches full operation. Honeywell will also manage and maintenance the facility under a 10-
year service agreement with Airbus. The $600 million plant will open next year and produce
its first plane, an A321, in 2016. (Source: al.com, 11/12/14)

Global Hawk sustainment pact inked
SAN DIEGO – The Department of Defense awarded Northrop Grumman a $306 million
contract to continue logistics and sustainment services on the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned
aircraft system, an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. This contract
comes on the heels of Global Hawk winning the Dr. James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence
Award for the second year in a row. The new agreement continues an existing contract for
Global Hawk maintenance, inventory management, parts procurement and other tasks
necessary to ensure the availability of the Global Hawk. (Source: Northrop Grumman,
11/12/14) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawk fuselages are built in Moss Point, Miss.

Orion hoisted atop rocket
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA's Orion spacecraft is at its launch pad after completing its
penultimate journey in the early hours Wednesday. It arrived at Space Launch Complex 37
at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 3:07 a.m. EST, where the spacecraft then was lifted
onto a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket in preparation for its first trip to space.
Orion will travel almost 60,000 miles into space Dec. 4 during an unmanned flight designed
to test many of the spacecraft's systems before it begins carrying astronauts on missions to
deep space. (Source: NASA, 11/12/14) Gulf Coast note: Orion was built at NASA's Michoud
Assembly Facility, New Orleans; the Delta IV is powered by Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-68
tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Flight Design team visits Mobile
MOBILE, Ala. – German light sport aircraft maker Flight Design, getting ready for the proof-
of-concept flight of its new four-seat C4 aircraft, sent a team to the Continental Motors
engine manufacturing plant at the Mobile Aeroplex. Flight Design’s technical team attended
a weeklong session covering detailed operational knowledge about the Continental IO-360-
AF powerplant that was selected for the all-composite C4. The six cylinder 180 horsepower
alternate fuels engine is progressing towards FAA Part 33 certification allowing operation on
unleaded fuels meeting the UL91 specification or higher. All certification work is complete
and FAA approval is expected in 2014. (Source: Aviation Pros, 11/10/14)

Bell 505 has maiden flight
Bell Helicopter announced that the new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopter had a successful
30-minute first flight at the company’s Mirabel, Quebec, manufacturing facility. The 505 is a
five-seat, single-engine turbine helicopter. Bell Helicopter unveiled the Jet Ranger X at HELI-
Expo 2014 in February and has already received more than 240 letters of intent for the new
model. (Source: Business Wire, 11/10/14) Bell in August broke ground on an 82,300 square-
foot helicopter assembly plant in Lafayette, La., about 135 miles west of New Orleans, that
will assemble the Bell 505.

Tests begin on shape-changing wing
NASA has begun testing a aircraft wing surface that can change its shape in flight. NASA's
green project could make future jetliners quieter and more fuel-efficient. The Adaptive
Compliant Trailing Edge, ACTE, replaces the current trailing edge and moving parts with an
assembly that bends and twists to maneuver an aircraft through the air. The lighter ACTE
promises improved aerodynamics, which in turn improves fuel efficiency. The lighter weight
also allows for larger fuel tanks in the wings, improving an aircraft's range. It also promises
noise reduction during takeoff and landing. The ACTE project at Armstrong Flight Research
Center, Calif., is a joint effort between NASA and the Air Force Research Laboratory using
flaps designed and built by FlexSyst Inc., of Ann Arbor, Mich. The airfoil can be retrofitted to
existing wings or integrated into new ones. (Source: NASA, 11/07/14) Gulf Coast note:
Airbus, which will build A320 family aircraft in Mobile, Ala., and Boeing use winglets on the
end of wings to improve fuel efficiency by reducing drag; the Air Force Research Lab has its
munitions directorate at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

Pilot of fatal crash identified
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE — The pilot who died when his F-16C Fighting Falcon crashed
into the Gulf of Mexico Thursday has been identified as Matthew J. LaCourse, a civilian pilot
assigned to the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron. The plane went down 50 to 75 miles south of
Panama City during a routine training mission. LaCourse, 58, retired from the Air Force as a
lieutenant colonel in 2000. He lived in Panama City Beach. In 2012 he marked 2,000 flying
hours in an F-4. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 11/07/14) Previous

United to serve Panama City
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – United Airlines said this week that it will serve Northwest Florida
Beaches International Airport (ECP) in early 2015. The airline will provide twice-daily, year-
round service to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Operated by United’s
regional branch, United Express, the first flight is scheduled to take off March 5. The
company plans to use ExpressJet Airlines’ 50-seat Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft. The airport is
also served by Southwest Airlines. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 11/07/14)

MoU signed for 100 A320s
China Aircraft Leasing Co. signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for 100
A320 family aircraft. The agreement involves 74 A320neo, 16 A320ceo and 10 A321ceo
jetliners. Including this commitment, CALC’s total order with Airbus is 140 A320 family
aircraft. (Source: Airbus, 11/06/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 family final
assembly line in Mobile, Ala. The first jetliner that will roll out in 2016 will be an A321 for
JetBlue.

Body, wreckage recovered
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Wreckage of an F-16 fighter that crashed in the Gulf of
Mexico Thursday morning and the remains of the pilot have been recovered, Air Force
officials said. The jet fighter was on a routine training mission when Tyndall lost contact with
the pilot. The search area was at a location some 57 miles south of Panama City, Fla. The
plane, a single-seat F-16C, was assigned to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Squadron. The
name of the pilot is being withheld pending notification of relatives. Tyndall, home of the
325th Fighter Wing, trains F-22 pilots and has an operational F-22 squadron. The base
provides air dominance training and, along with nearby Eglin Air Force Base, performs
weapons evaluation missions. (Sources: multiple, including Panama City News Herald,
11/06/14)

F-16 believed down over Gulf
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – An F-16 fighter is believed to have crashed in the Gulf
of Mexico today. A news release from Tyndall said the jet was on a routine training mission
Thursday morning when contact was lost. The Coast Guard is leading the search and said
crews first responded to a location some 57 miles south of Panama City, Fla. Tyndall is
home of the 325th Fighter Wing and its mission is air dominance training and operations.
The base's aircraft inventory include F-22 fifth-generation fighters. (Sources: multiple,
11/06/14)

Contract: Airbus D&S, $71.4M
Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $71,358,549 modification
(P00857) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to acquire UH72A Lakota
helicopters with ARC 231 radios. Fiscal 2015 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount
of $71,713,665 were obligated at the time of the award. The cumulative total for the
contract, with this modification, is $2,734,932,786. Estimated completion date is June 30,
2016. Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss. Army Contracting Command, Redstone
Arsenal (Aviation), Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
11/06/14)

Eglin scientist best in AF
An Eglin Air Force Base scientist, Dr. Don Grundel, was named the Air Force’s 2013 Senior
Civilian Scientist and Engineer of the Year. Under Grundel's leadership, the Systems
Integration and Interface branch of the Armament Directorate was responsible for many high-
level achievements, ranging from major cost-saving initiatives to enhancing the way
warfighters operate in the field. Among the achievements cited was improving survivability of
the BLU-109 bunker-busting bomb by 80 percent at a cost of $50 per weapons. Also cited
was qualification of the first medium-caliber ammunition, a 25mm non-energetic tungsten
penetrating round, for the F-35 gun. Grundel was recognized at an Oct. 23 ceremony.
(Source: Eglin Public Affairs, 11/06/14)

Orbital: Antares ditching AJ26?
Orbital Sciences Corp. has decided it's likely to discontinue using the Aerojet Rocketdyne
AJ26 engine to power future Antares space launch vehicles. The company said today that
preliminary review of the date from last week's explosion of an Antares rocket after liftoff
from Wallops Island, Va., indicates a probable turbopump-related failure in one of the two
AJ26 engine. Orbital said it still plans to fulfill its contract commitments to NASA to resupply
the International Space Station through one or two non-Antares launches of the company's
Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the ISS in 2015-2016. Orbital Sciences said it plans an early
introduction of a previously selected Antares engine upgrade in 2016. (Source: Orbital
Sciences via Business Wire, 11/05/14) Gulf Coast note: Aerojet tests the AJ26 engine at
Stennis Space Center, Miss. Previous

Airbus seeks procurement pros
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus is seeking procurement professionals for its A320 final assembly line
being built at Mobile Aeroplex. The buyer positions will be responsible for the acquisition of
goods and/or services while securing and maintaining vendor relationships. The position
requires a bachelor's degree in business, engineering or a related field or the equivalent
combination of education and experience. For a complete list of Airbus America jobs in
Mobile, visit the Alabama Industrial Development Training website. (Source: al.com,
11/04/14)

Rolls-Royce shedding jobs
Rolls-Royce will be shedding 2,600 jobs over the next 18 months, part of an intensified
program to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs. The company said in a news
release Tuesday that the cuts will come principally in the aerospace division. The majority of
the reductions will be achieved in 2015, the company said. (Source: Rolls-Royce, 11/04/14)
A company spokesman said through an email that he could not specify where cuts would
occur, but said a union in the U.K. has said they expect two-thirds to be in the U.K. The
company has 8,500 workers in the United States. Rolls-Royce has an engine test facility at
Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Custom software for F-35 partners
Foreign nations buying the F-35 will be able to customize the mission data packages loaded
onto their aircraft, marking what may be a solution to a long-standing bone of contention
among partners developing the F-35. The Pentagon, paying the lion’s share of development
costs, has a strict policy of never sharing the source codes for any U.S. weapons system
even with close allies. But partners want to be able to modify data packages to meet their
needs. Data packages hold terrain and threat information for particular regions, along with
data on friendly forces – everything an F-35 pilot would need to have battle space
awareness. F-35 program manager U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan said last week that
a compromise had been reached through labs where partners will be able to do their own
software work. The U.S. Navy will operate a mission data lab at Naval Air Station Point Mugu,
Calif. Right now, the Air Force’s Air Combat Command reprogramming lab at Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., creates all of the F-35 mission data packages. Building additional
reprogramming labs will help to alleviate pressure on the Air Force lab. Partner nations will
also be building facilities to reprogram their F-35s in the United States. (Source: USNI,
11/04/14)

Booz Allen to support 96th TW
The Air Force has selected Booz Allen Hamilton Engineering Services LLC to provide
technical support to the 96th Test Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Under the terms of the
$53 million contract, Booz Allen will provide the 96th TW with command, control,
communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR)
capabilities, as well as other technical, engineering and research management support. The
96th Test Wing is the test and evaluation center for Air Force delivered weapons; navigation
and guidance systems; command and control systems, and Air Force Special Operations
Command systems. The wing provides expert evaluation and validation of the performance
of systems throughout the design, development, acquisition, and sustainment process to
ensure the warfighter has technologically superior, reliable, maintainable, sustainable and
safe systems. (Source: Business Wire, 11/04/14)

F-35 makes first arrested landing
SAN DIEGO -- The Navy made history Nov. 3 as an F-35C conducted its first arrested
landing aboard an aircraft carrier off the coast of San Diego. Navy test pilot Cmdr. Tony
Wilson landed F-35C test aircraft CF-03 at 12:18 p.m. aboard USS Nimitz's (CVN 68) flight
deck. The arrested landing is part of initial at-sea Developmental Testing I (DT-I) for the F-
35C, which commenced Nov. 3 and is expected to last two weeks. (Source: NNS, 11/03/14)
Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $50M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $49,999,799
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-02-C-3002)
for operational and engineering support required to integrate the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
operations with the Queen Elizabeth Class carrier for the government of the United
Kingdom. Work will be performed in Samlesbury, U.K. (64 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (26
percent); and Orlando, Fla. (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in December
2017. International partner funds in the amount of $10,832,900 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 activity. (Source: DoD, 11/03/14)

Contract: Raytheon, $85.5M
Raytheon Company Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a not-to-exceed
$85,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Griffin missiles and support.
Contractor will provide procurement of Griffin A and B Block II/III missiles and test/support
equipment under firm-fixed-price contract line item number along with engineering support
under a cost-plus-fixed-fee CLIN. Work will be performed at Tucson and is expected to be
completed by Oct. 30, 2017. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8656-15-D-0241). (Source: DoD, 11/03/14)

Contract: L3, $22.4M
L3 Communications Corp., Systems Field Support, Madison, Miss., has been awarded an
estimated $22,354,202 firm-fixed-price and cost-reimbursement modification (P00028) to
previously awarded contract FA8106-11-D-0002 to exercise the option for C-12 contractor
logistics support. Work will be performed at Accra, Ghana; Andrews Air Force Base, Md.;
Ankara, Turkey; Bangkok, Thailand; Bogota, Columbia; Brasilia, Brazil; Budapest, Hungary;
Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cairo, Egypt; Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; Elmendorf Air Force
Base, Alaska; Gaborone, Botswana; Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.; Islamabad, Pakistan;
Manila, Philippines; Nairobi, Kenya; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; San Angelo, Texas; Tegucigalpa,
Honduras; Yokota Air Base, Japan, and is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, 2015. Air
Force Life Cycle Management Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 11/03/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $7.3M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $7,313,618
modification (P00573) to previously awarded contract FA8611-08-C-2897 for F-22
sustainment training systems hardware retrofits. Work will be performed at Tyndall Air Force
Base, Fla.; Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; and Langley Air Force Base, Va., and is
expected to be completed by Nov. 3, 2015. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hill Air
Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/03/14)

Contract: Multiple, $99.8M
Catalyst Professional Services Inc., Colorado Springs, Colo. (N62645-15-D-5014); Donald L.
Mooney Enterprises LLC doing business as Nurses Etc. Staffing,  San Antonio, Texas
(N62645-15-D-5017); Loyal Source Government Services LLC, Orlando, Fla. (N62645-15-D-
5015); Magnum Opus Technologies Inc., San Antonio, Texas (N62645-15-D-5016); and
Potomac Healthcare Solutions LLC, Woodbridge, Va. (N62645-15-D-5018), are each being
awarded a 42-month, firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award
task order contract for various medical services that include the labor categories of Allied
Health, Technologist, Technician and Assistant services at Military Treatment Facilities in
the Southeastern Region of the United States. The aggregate not-to-exceed amount for
these multiple award contracts combined is $99,773,371. These five companies will have the
opportunity to bid on each individual task order. Work will be performed at the Naval Hospital
Jacksonville, Fla. (25 percent); Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi, Texas (25 percent); Naval
Hospital Pensacola, Fla. (25 percent); Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, N.C. (10 percent);
Naval Hospital Beaufort, S.C. (3 percent); Naval Hospital Cherry Point, N.C. (3 percent);
Naval Health Clinic Charleston, S.C. (3 percent); Navy Medicine Operational Training Center
Pensacola (3 percent); and associated branch clinics (3 percent). Work is expected to be
completed July 31, 2018. The Naval Medical Logistics Command, Fort Detrick, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/03/14)

Blue Angels set to close season
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Blue Angels will end the show season with a homecoming at
Sherman Field at Naval Air Station Pensacola Nov. 7 through Nov. 9. The air show draws an
average of 50,000 people on Friday and 100,000 on Saturday. Friday’s show is at 4 p.m.
and Saturday and Sunday’s will be at 9 a.m. The Blue Angels will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday. Admission is free. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 11/02/14)

F-35 engine fix coming
The head of the F-35 program office said that by the end of December he expects to have
decided on a permanent solution for a design issue that caused an F-35A engine to fail in
June at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Engine-maker Pratt and Whitney has offered several
potential fixes, some of which already are being tested, said Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher
C. Bogdan. The engine failure and subsequent fire were the result of micro fractures in one
of the three-stage fan sections that compress air before it enters the engine. These sections
are lined with a polyimide material that is designed to rub against the fan blades to reduce
pressure loss. In the case of AF-27, the third fan rubbed in excess of tolerance during
maneuvers several weeks before the failure, causing the blades to heat to about 1,900
degrees -- 900 more than ever expected, Bogdan said. This led to micro fractures in the
titanium part of the rotor, which grew over the next few weeks of flying before finally failing.
(Source: AFNS, 10/31/14)


OCTOBER 2014

Contract: Pratt and Whitney: $793M
Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being awarded a $793,051,336
modification to the previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target Low Rate Initial
Production Lot VIII F135 propulsion systems contract (N00019-13-C-0016). This modification
provides for the procurement of 19 F135-PW-100 Conventional Take Off and Landing
propulsion systems for the U.S. Air Force; six F135-PW-600 Short Take-off and Vertical
Landing propulsion systems for the U.S. Marine Corps; and four F135-PW-100 propulsion
systems for the U.S. Navy. In addition, the modification provides for four F135-PW-100
propulsion systems and four F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for international partners,
eight F135-PW-100 propulsion systems, and three F135-PW-100 spare propulsion systems
for foreign military sales countries. This modification further provides for program
administrative labor, engineering assistance to production, and spare modules. Work will be
performed in Middletown, Conn. (67 percent); Bristol, U.K. (16.5 percent); and Indianapolis,
Ind. (16.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2018. Fiscal 2014 aircraft
procurement (Navy and Air Force), international partner, and foreign military sales funds in
the amount of $793,051,336 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at
the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchase for the U.S. Air Force
(33 percent); the U.S. Navy (30 percent); international partners (19 percent); and foreign
military sales (18 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/30/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $411.1M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $411,111,649
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0031)
for the repair and replenishment of government-owned F-35 fighter assets, including spare
parts for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and international partners. In
addition, this modification provides for sustainment analysis and training related efforts.
Work will be performed in Fort Worth (35 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (25 percent); Warton,
U.K. (20 percent); Orlando, Fla. (10 percent); Nashua, N.H. (5 percent); and Baltimore, Md.
(5 percent), and is expected to be completed by November 2015. Fiscal 2014 aircraft
procurement (Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force); fiscal 2015 aircraft procurement (Navy
and Air Force); fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Navy, Marine Corps, and Air
Force); and international partner funds in the amount of $159,958,125 are being obligated
at time of award, $55,569,144 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This
contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (17 percent); the U.S. Marine Corps (27
percent); the U.S. Air Force (49 percent); and the international partners (7 percent). The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contract activity. (Source: DoD,
10/30/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated
training center.

Whiting holds fly-in
MILTON, Fla. – A host of aircraft have gathered at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla., for
the 25th annual Fleet Fly-In. The event is designed to let military student pilots see the
aircraft they will fly once they go out in the fleet. Some two dozen Coast Guard, Navy and
Marine Corps aircraft will be at the base for three days taking students on familiarization
flights. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 10/29/14)

War game growing in popularity
GULFPORT, Miss. – Military aircraft and vessels from across the country are participating in
a two-week training exercise at the National Guard’s Trent Lott Combat Readiness Training
Center. More than 52 units are reportedly involved in the war games. Called Southern
Strike, the exercise involves no large land force, but does involve special operations units
calling in mock air strikes. The exercise has grown each of its first three years, first involving
just the Air National Guard and then expanding across the U.S. military branches over the
following two years to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, FBI and Special
Operations Forces. (Source: Sun Herald, 10/29/14)

First Mobile-built will be A321
The first plane that will come out of the Airbus final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., will be an
A321 rather than an A320 as originally planned. That’s what Airbus Americas President
Barry Eccleston told an audience in Seattle Tuesday. The move reflects the rising demand
for the bigger jet. It will be an A321ceo, or “current engine option,” and it will come out of the
plant in April 2016. In the year through September, Airbus has booked 311 gross orders for
the A321, which seats about 185 passengers in a two-class configuration but can
accommodate up to 220 for economy carriers. (Source: Reuters, 10/28/14) The Mobile plant
will open in the fall of 2015.

Antares blows up on liftoff
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. – An Orbital Science Antares rocket exploded just after liftoff
Tuesday night, destroying the rocket, cargo and causing damage on the launch pad. The
rocket, on a mission to bring supplies to the International Space Station, was unmanned and
blew up about six seconds after leaving the launch pad at NASA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional
Spaceport. The Cygnus spacecraft had some 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments
aboard. (Sources: multiple, including WKMG-TV, CBS News, CNN, 10/28/14) Gulf Coast
note: The Antares first stage is powered by twin AJ26 engines tested at Stennis Space
Center, Miss. In May 2014, an AJ26 engine being tested at the E complex reportedly
exploded halfway through a test. Previous

Contract: Lockheed, $391.6M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $391,607,952
cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to provide recurring sustainment support for delivered air
systems for the F-35 Lightning II program including, but not limited to: ground maintenance
activities; action request resolution; depot activation activities; Automatic Logistics
Information System operations and maintenance; reliability, maintainability and health
management implementation and support; supply chain management; and activities to
provide and support pilot and maintainer initial training for the U.S Air Force, U.S. Marine
Corps, U.S. Navy, and international partners. Work will be performed at Fort Worth (35
percent); El Segundo, Calif. (25 percent); Warton, U.K. (20 percent); Orlando, Fla. (10
percent); Nashua, N.H. (5 percent); and Baltimore, Md. (5 percent), and is expected to be
completed by Nov. 30, 2015. Fiscal 2014 and 2015 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Navy
and Marine Corps) funds, and international partner funds in the amount of $360,313,730,
are being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal
year. This contract was not competitively procured according to FAR 6.302-1. The Naval Air
System Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contract activity (N00019-15-C-0031).
(Source: DoD, 10/28/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $220.7M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $220,748,611
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-12-C-0070).
This modification provides for the System Development and Demonstration Phase I
Increment 2, to continue support of F-35A Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) air
system for the government of Israel under the foreign military sales program. This
modification includes the development and demonstration of the hardware and software for
the Israel F-35A CTOL air system. Work will be performed at Fort Worth and is expected to
be completed in March 2019. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $77,777,441 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 activity. (Source:
DoD, 10/28/14)

Contract: Raytheon, $35M
Raytheon Technical Services Co. LLC, Indianapolis, Ind., has been awarded a $35,000,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Joint Miniature Munitions Bomb Rack Unit
(JMM BRU) aircraft integration and lifecycle technical support. Contractor will provide aircraft
integration and life cycle technical support throughout the technology development and
engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD); and EMD F-15 flight test and
production phases. Work will be performed at Indianapolis and is expected to be completed
by Aug. 31, 2021. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2014 Navy
research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $634,398 are being
obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8672-15-D-0054). (Source: DoD, 10/28/14)

Aviation Center open house
MOBILE, Ala. –Alabama Aviation Center is holding its inaugural career fair and open house
Saturday at 1975 Avenue C at Mobile Aeroplex. Participating companies are AMRO,
Aerostar, Airbus, Segers Aero, UTC Aerospace Systems and VT Mobile Aerospace
Engineering. The job fair begins at 8 a.m. and open house at 10. Employers are seeking
current and future A/P mechanics, composite technicians, avionic technicians and
mechanics and lead mechanics, sheet metal assemblers, design engineers, master
structure technicians, IT specialists, ground test engineers, flight test engineers and team
leaders. The center is a division of Enterprise State Community College. (Source: al.com,
10/27/14)

Eglin expands aerostat program
A company in Jacksonville, Fla., Drone Aviation Corp, said last week that it’s been hired to
expand the capabilities of the state-of-the-art lighter-than-air balloon it provided to Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., earlier this year. The aerostat systems can be fitted with cameras,
communications equipment, sensors and other information-gathering systems. At Eglin, they’
re used to gather information about a weapons or munitions test. They can collect data,
including visuals, on an area up to 5 miles away. The Army has signed many contracts with
the company for their products, but Eglin’s is the only current Air Force contract. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 10/26/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $486.5M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, has been
awarded a $486,506,664 modification to exercise an option year (P00566) to previously
awarded contract FA8611-08-C-2897 for F-22 sustainment activities. Work will be performed
at Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2015. Fiscal 2014
research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,000,000 are being
obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hill Air Force Base,
Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8611-08-C-2897). (Source: DoD, 10/27/14)

53rd Wing wins science awards
LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Airmen from the 53rd Wing earned two Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) awards this year. Air Combat Command
earned four of the 15 awards despite representing only three percent of the Air Force’s
entire STEM career field. The 2014 Air Force Outstanding Scientist/Engineer STEM award
winner in the Junior Civilian category, David Barnette, 36th Electronic Weapons Squadron at
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., led several electronic countermeasure testing and process
improvement techniques for various pod systems. The winner of the Air Force Outstanding
Scientist/Engineer Team, the 36th Electronic Weapons Squadron, led several electronic
countermeasure testing and process improvement techniques for various pod systems. The
team performed similar advances for the B-1B, B-52 and B-2 bombers, producing innovative
solutions and quick turnaround results crucial in supporting our Nation’s long range and
strategic bombing requirements. (Source: Air Combat Command PAO, 10/21/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $33.4M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, has been
awarded a not-to-exceed $33,402,219 undefinitized contract action (P00559) to previously
awarded contract FA8611-08-C-2897 for AIM-9X Configurable Rail Launcher (CRL)
modification to the F-22. Contractor will provide upgrade to 220 AIM-9 CRLs with AIM-9X
capability. Work will be performed at Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed by
Feb. 28, 2017. Fiscal 2014 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $5,783,310 are
being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hill Air Force
Base, Utah, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/24/14) Gulf Coast note: F-22 pilots
are trained at Tyndall Air Force Base, which is also home of an operational F-22 squadron.

Site offers company room to expand
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Edge Aerodynamix Inc., which has chosen a site near Northwest
Florida Beaches International Airport for a manufacturing operation, said it chose the site
because it will allow it room to grow. The project represents a $77.92 million capital
investment and will create 120 manufacturing, research and development, and marketing
jobs. The company develops products designed to save fuel. In addition to manufacturing
products in West Bay, northwest of Panama City, it also will have an R&D and marketing
operation at the site. According to the governor’s office, the company considered a range of
domestic and international sites. “Northwest Florida has grown to be one of the top regions
for aviation and aerospace companies to expand and establish operations,” said Gray
Swoope, president and CEO of Enterprise Florida. (Sources: multiple, including Panama City
News Herald, 10/17/14, Area Development, 10/20/14)

MQ-8C set for shipboard testing
POINT MUGU, Calif. – The MQ-8C Fire Scout, a larger, more capable version of the heavily
tested MQ-8B unmanned helicopter, is preparing for at-sea testing after successfully
completing flight testing and validation in California. The tests performed by the MQ-8C,
based on a Bell helicopter airframe, are the same as those performed by the smaller MQ-
8B, which has been extensively tested at sea. The MQ-8C is utilizing the same proven
autonomous system for takeoff and landings as the current MQ-8B model. Final assembly
for both helicopters is done in Moss Point, Miss. Since its first flight Oct. 31, 2013, the MQ-
8C has flown 219 flights and 287 hours. The MQ-8C's first ship-based series of flights are
planned for later this year. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 10/23/14)

Lockheed, Pentagon in F-35 deal
Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon reached agreement on the terms of a contract worth
about $4 billion for an eighth batch of 43 F-35 fighter jets. The contract will lower the cost of
the plane by about 3 percent and includes jets to be built for the U.S. military, Britain and
other U.S. allies. The cost of the U.S. Air Force model of the plane, which accounts for 27 of
the 43 aircraft, will go down by nearly 4 percent. The deal was expected earlier, but talks
slowed after a June engine failure on an F-35 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. It grounded the
fleet several weeks. (Source: Reuters, 10/23/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin in Northwest Florida
is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Airbus D&S, $82.9M
Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded an $82,917,199 modification
(P00852) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to acquire 17 72A Lakota helicopters with
airborne radio communications 231 radios. Fiscal 2014 other procurement (Army) funds in
the amount of $82,917,199 were obligated at the time of the award. After award of this
modification, the total cumulative contract value will be $2,660,632,872. Estimated
completion date is Jan. 31, 2016. Work will be performed at Columbia, Miss. Ten bids were
solicited, with five offers received. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal (Aviation),
Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/22/14)

Contract: Whitesell-Green, $9.9M
Whitesell-Green Inc., Pensacola, Fla., is being awarded a $9,947,000 firm-fixed-price
contract for repairs to Bachelor Quarters 3709 and 3710 at Corry Station, Naval Air Station
Pensacola. The work to be performed provides for interior demolition, minor structural
repairs, drywall replacement on walls and ceilings, interior electrical repairs, interior
plumbing replacement, installation of fire suppression system and detection systems, window
replacement, floor covering replacement, interior and exterior door replacement, roof
replacement, heating, ventilation and air conditioning system replacement, miscellaneous
interior repairs, and construction of exterior walkways with handrails. Work will be performed
in Pensacola and is expected to be completed by May 2016. Fiscal 2015 operations and
maintenance (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $9,947,000 are obligated on this award
and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured
via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with seven proposals received. The Naval
Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity
(N69450-15-C-0601). (Source: DoD, 10/22/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $110.5M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed
$110,515,999 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering
agreement (N00019-14-G-0020) for the procurement and installation of 281 retrofit
modification kits to incorporate into designated aircraft and supporting subsystems that are
critical to meeting F-35 requirements. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (45
percent); Ogden, Utah (20 percent); Cherry Point, N.C. (20 percent); Yuma, Ariz. (5
percent); Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (5 percent); and Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (5
percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2018. Fiscal 2013, 2014, and 2015
aircraft procurement (Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force) funds, fiscal 2015 research,
development, test and evaluation funds (Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force), and Joint
Strike Fighter partner funds in the amount of $55,976,500 are being obligated on this
award, $759,000 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/22/14)

Northrop to supply Airbus Helicopters
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Northrop Grumman has been selected by Airbus Helicopters to certify
and deliver its new LCR-350 Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) for several
helicopter platforms. Developed by Northrop Grumman's subsidiary in Germany, LCR-350
AHRS can be used in civil and military applications on rotary- and fixed-wing platforms,
providing flight control data regarding an aircraft's heading and attitude. (Source: Northrop
Grumman, 10/21/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus Helicopters has an operation in Columbus,
Miss.

F-35 load crew qualified
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Three airmen with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit
loaded training munitions onto an F-35A during a qualification load Oct. 10, becoming the
first qualified operational weapons load crew for the F-35A. With the first operational
weapons load crew qualified, the F-35A is now one step closer to its initial operational
capability. The F-35 training program here currently serves as the primary source of F-35
expertise to new F-35A units across the Air Force. A total of 10 weapons load crews are in
the wings, and the plan is to bring a new crew through every month. The newly qualified
teams will continue to hone their skills and become experts at their jobs so they can go train
the weapons load crews at those bases receiving the F-35A. (Source: 33rd Fighter Wing
PAO, 10/21/14)

Jobs at Airbus
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus is seeking an aircraft manager for the A320 final assembly line being
built at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. It requires three months of training abroad, and the
successful candidate will have two to five years' experience in aeronautics. A bachelor's
degree is preferred. (Source: al.com, 10/21/14) Also, Airbus is seeking a human resource
worker to support the facility’s human resources director. (Source: al.com, 10/20/14)

Contract: Jacobs, $45M
Jacobs Technology Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was awarded a $45,000,000 modification
(P0002) to cost-plus-fixed-fee contract W52P1J-13-D-0041 to provide support functions to
the Army Sustainment Command Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP), and the
Army Contracting Command-Rock Island LOGCAP and reachback divisions. Funding and
work location will be determined with each order. Estimated completion date is Oct. 20,
2015. Army Contracting Command - Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 10/20/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $7.7M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $7,730,824
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-02-C-3002)
to provide updates to the non-recurring effort required to develop a Common F-35A Air
System, including the Air Vehicle and the Autonomic Logistics Global Sustainment system,
for the government of Israel under the Foreign Military Sales program. Work will be
performed in Orlando, Fla., (70 percent), and Fort Worth, Texas (30 percent), and is
expected to be completed in December 2017. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of
$2,576,941 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 10/20/14)

Contract: DynCorp, $83.4M
DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded an $83,373,932 firm-fixed-
price, indefinite-delivery, requirements contract to provide organizational, intermediate,
depot-level maintenance and logistics services for 53 T-34, 54 T-44, and 288 T-6 aircraft in
support of the Chief of Naval Air Training. Support to be provided includes labor, services,
facilities, equipment, tools, related support equipment, direct and indirect material. Work will
be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas (50 percent); Whiting Field, Fla., (39 percent);
Pensacola, Fla. (8 percent), and additional locations within the continental United States (3
percent); work is expected to be completed in September 2015. No funds are being
obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated on individual delivery orders as they are
issued. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for proposals; five
proposals were received. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity (N00019-15-D-0003). (Source: DoD, 10/20/14)

NASA partners with innovators
NASA selected four teams of agency technologists for participation in the Early Career
Initiative (ECI) pilot program. The program encourages creativity and innovation among
early career NASA technologists by engaging them in hands-on technology development
opportunities needed for future missions. NASA created the ECI to enable a highly
collaborative, joint-partnering work environment between the best and brightest NASA early
career innovators and leading innovators in industry, academia and other government
organizations. Among the teams selected was NASA’s Stennis Space Center, Miss., with
partner Innovative Imaging and Research (I2F) of Mississippi. The team will develop and
demonstrate a system for high-speed, 3-D, High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging. Video
imaging will be performed at the chip level using computational photography, providing
NASA with advanced visualization technologies to meet future needs. (Source: NASA via
PRNewswire, 10/17/14)

Second Triton flies
The second MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft, a maritime version of the Northrop Grumman
Global Hawk, has now been flown by the Navy. This aircraft enters testing 17 months after
first flight of the original prototype, and a month after the first aircraft completed a cross-
country flight from Southern California to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. This second
aircraft will now be prepared to complete the same cross-country flight later this month. Data
gathered from these two aircraft and a third one will be used by the Navy to decide on
whether to launch production in fiscal 2017. (Source: Flightglobal, 10/16/14) Gulf Coast
note: Central fuselage work on the Triton and all other variants of the Global Hawk is done
in Moss Point, Miss.

More Airbus jobs posted
MOBILE, Ala. -- Support positions are among the latest job descriptions posted by Airbus for
the A320 final assembly line being built in Mobile. The company is seeking candidates for
both business systems analyst and administrative assistant. For a complete list of Airbus
America jobs in Mobile, visit the Alabama Industrial Development Training website. (Source:
al.com, 10/14/14) Previous

CTi equipped engine has test flight
Rolls-Royce has completed the first flight test of aircraft featuring its composite
carbon/titanium (CTi) fan blade with advance and ultrafan engine design. The CTi fan
blades were integrated into a Trent 1000 'donor' engine of the Rolls-Royce 747, which
recently completed its successful flying test at Tucson, Ariz. The engine design provides a
20 percent fuel consumption savings.
In September Rolls-Royce completed crosswind testing on this fan system at the company's
outdoor jet engine test facility at Stennis Space Center, Miss. Established in 2007, the SSC
test facility is one of three company testing sites worldwide. It conducts noise, crosswind,
thrust reverse, cyclic and endurance testing on all current Rolls-Royce large engine types.
(Source: Aerospace Technology, 10/16/14)

Airbus gets record order
IndiGo has agreed to buy 250 A320 jetliners from Airbus, a purchase that could be worth
nearly $25.7 billion at list price and rank as the largest single order of jets from the
European aerospace giant. The budget airline, India’s largest, is expanding aggressively as
it seeks to win more market share in one of the world's fastest growing aviation markets. The
airline will start taking delivery of the planes from 2018 and has secured rights to buy a
further 100 A320-family aircraft. (Sources: Wall Street Journal, 10/15/14, Reuters, 10/16/14)
Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., that will open
in 2015 and employ about 1,000 workers.

Northwest Florida shares in grants
Five counties in Northwest Florida will get a combined $1.15 million through Florida’s
Defense Infrastructure and Reinvestment Grant Program. They are among 14 counties
awarded $2.45 million in the 2014-2015 Defense Grant program. The money will support
community projects at 19 Florida military installations, according to state officials. In
Northwest Florida, Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties each were awarded
two grants, and Walton was awarded one. Okaloosa County is getting $300,000, including
$100,000 for Team Eglin Research, Development, Acquisition, Test and Evaluation Center
of Excellence Collaborative Support Program and $200,000 for the Shoal River Military
Installation Buffering Project. Bay County is getting $272,000 to support initiatives at Naval
Support Activity Panama City and Tyndall Air Force Base. Escambia County is getting
$266,000, including $66,000 to promote economic growth in the defense sector and
$200,000 for encroachment protection for Pensacola Naval Air Station. Santa Rosa County
is getting $250,000, including $50,000 for the economic development of Whiting Field Naval
Air Station and $200,000 for encroachment protection. Walton County is getting $60,000 to
develop a countywide strategic plan on how to make better use of Eglin Air Force Base,
Hurlburt Field and Tyndall Air Force Base. Other counties receiving grants are Polk,
Brevard, Duval, Clay, Pinellas, Orange, Miami-Dade, Hillsborough and Highland. The state’s
military and defense sectors is responsible for 9.4 percent of the state’s economy. The
Florida Defense Grants Programs are administered by Enterprise Florida, Inc. The grants
are awarded annually through a competitive process to communities hosting military
installations. (Source: Florida Governor’s Office, Enterprise Florida, Pensacola News
Journal, Bay County News Herald

Airbus, university cooperation in works
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas Engineering is interested in working with the University of
South Alabama’s research division. That’s according to university officials after returning
home following last week’s visits to Airbus in Germany and France. Airbus is particularly
interested in the school’s work in cybersecurity and composites, officials said. The
delegation included Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson, who is on the board of trustees, and
David Trent, site director for Airbus Americas Mobile Engineering office. They visited with
Airbus executives in Toulouse, France, and in Munich, Germany. Airbus is building an A320
final assembly line in Mobile. (Source: al.com, 10/15/14)

Contract: UTC, $592M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Military Engine, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded a $591,919,496 modification to the previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm
target Low Rate Initial Production Lot VII F135 propulsion systems contract (N00019-12-C-
0060). This modification provides for the procurement of 19 F135-PW-100 Conventional
Take Off and Landing propulsion systems for the U.S. Air Force; six F135-PW-600 Short
Take-off and Vertical Landing propulsion systems for the U.S. Marine Corps; and four F135-
PW-100 propulsion systems for the U.S. Navy. In addition, this modification provides for five
F135-PW-100 propulsion systems, one F135-PW-100 spare propulsion system and one
F135-PW-600 propulsion system for international partners, including program administrative
labor, engineering assistance to production, initial spare modules and long-lead hardware.
Work will be performed in Middletown, Conn. (67 percent); Bristol, U.K. (16.5 percent); and
Indianapolis, Ind. (16.5 percent). Work is expected to be completed in September 2016. This
contract combines purchases for the Air Force (41 percent); the Navy/Marine Corps (40
percent); international partners (18 percent); and foreign military sales (1 percent). The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
10/14/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Optech adds to string of innovations
KILN, Miss. -- Remote sensing powerhouse Optech celebrated its 40th anniversary in May,
and in recognition of the milestone, company founder Dr. Allan Carswell declared it was
entering "a new era of continued innovation and development with ever more exciting active
and passive sensor solutions to meet real-world project requirements." (Source: GCRL
Newsletter, 10/14/14)

Growing base tech outside the fence
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- Col. Jimmy Doolittle flew into history at America's darkest
hour when he led a bombing raid on the Japanese homeland in April 1942. But even before
the raid, Doolittle had already earned a doctorate in aeronautics and set multiple flying
records, and was known as an innovator. Now the newly established Doolittle Institute hopes
to continue his tradition for innovation by bringing military, academic and company experts
together under one roof. (Source: GCRL Newsletter, 10/14/14)

Value of Gulf Coast bases climbing
Aviation-focused military bases and sites in the Gulf Coast aerospace corridor between New
Orleans and Northwest Florida saw their replacement value increase significantly this year
over last, soaring to a combined $18.4 billion. That’s up 9.8 percent over 2013, according to
newly available Pentagon figures. The region’s seven “billion-dollar” bases increased their
replacement value from $13.61 billion in the 2013 to $15.1 billion in the 2014 Base Structure
Report. One base alone, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., near Fort Walton Beach, would cost
$805 million more to replace in 2014 than in 2013. That’s an increase of more than 20.5
percent to $4.7 billion. (Source: GCRL Newsletter, 10/14/14)

One that didn’t get away
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- When an aerospace company that’s had an operation in this
region for 23 years decided it needed to expand, it could have looked anywhere. But
it focused on this region, an affirmation of the value of doing business here. VT Mobile
Aerospace Engineering, previously called ST Aerospace Mobile, scoured South Mississippi,
South Alabama and Northwest Florida to find a location for an additional facility to repair
large aircraft. In the end, it decided on Pensacola. (Source: GCRL Newsletter, 10/14/14)

Symposium takes look at region
DESTIN, Fla. – The 18th annual Gulf Power Economic Symposium got under way Monday
with about 600 in attendance, and while aerospace was not a specific topic, it did come up.  
One audience member asked University of West Florida economist Rick Harper about
Airbus, which is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., some 60 miles west of
the Florida Panhandle.  “Airbus is a long term investment,” said Harper, pointing out that
Airbus projects that in the next 20 years there’s going to be a worldwide need for about
6,000 narrow-body commercial passenger jets. He said that over time each of the 1,100 final
assembly line jobs will create four additional jobs, or 4,000 to 6,000 jobs in South Alabama,
South Mississippi and Northwest Florida. He thinks Northwest Florida will get about 1,500 of
those jobs.  The symposium continues Tuesday. (Source: GCAC, 10/13/14)

China buying 70 A320s
China Aviation Supplies Holding Company has signed an agreement to buy 70 A320 family
aircraft worth $6.6 billion at list price. Airbus has an assembly facility in Tianjin, where it has
already assembled and delivered 190 A320s. In addition, Airbus said it signed a letter of
intent with its Chinese partners to build an assembly facility for A330 family aircraft. The
letter of intent was signed Friday with heads of the Tianjin Free Trade Zone and AVIC, the
Aviation Industry Corporation of China. (Sources: AFP via Industry Week, Airbus, 101014)
Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.; AVIC owns
Continental Motors.

Contract: Atlas NA, $8M
Atlas North America LLC, Virginia Beach, Va., is being awarded an $8,022,044 firm-fixed-
priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity requirements contract for depot level repair,
maintenance, modifications, engineering services and spare parts for the AN/ASQ-232
Airborne Mine Neutralization System (AMNS) to support the Navy for the currently deployed
Airborne Mine Countermeasures legacy systems. The AMNS provides neutralization of
shallow and deep-water mines located by the AN/AQS-24A Mine Detecting Set, and/or other
mine countermeasures assets. The system is used by Navy ships and helicopters. This
contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this
contract to $43,294,929. Work will be performed in Panama City Beach, Fla. (60 percent);
Bahrain (25 percent); Virginia Beach (10 percent); South Korea (2.5 percent); and Japan
(2.5 percent); and is expected to be completed by October 2015. Naval Surface Warfare
Center Panama City Division, Panama City, is the contracting activity (N61331-15-D-0002).
(Source: DoD, 10/10/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $30.9M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $30,927,881
modification to the previously awarded F-35 Low Rate Initial Production Lot VI contract
(N00019-11-C-0083). This modification provides for non-recurring efforts associated with
the procurement of two full mission simulators in support of Israel's F-35A Conventional
Take-Off and Landing Air System for pilot training. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla.
(70 percent), and Fort Worth (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in September
2017. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $30,927,881 will be obligated at time of
award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/09/14) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $37.1M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $37,129,230
modification to the previously awarded F-35 Low Rate Initial Production Lot VI contract
(N00019-11-C-0083). This modification provides for non-recurring efforts associated with
the procurement of training spares for Israel and Japan and two full mission simulators in
support of Japan's F-35A Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) Air System for pilot
training. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla. (70 percent), and Fort Worth (30 percent),
and is expected to be completed in September 2017. Foreign military sales funds in the
amount of $37,129,230 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the
end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the governments of
Japan (92.8 percent) and Israel (7.2 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
10/09/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated
training center.

Contract: Jacobs, $80M
Jacobs Technology Inc., Tullahoma, Tenn., has been awarded an estimated $80,000,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity modification to exercise an option (P00017) to
previously awarded contract FA9200-12-D-0085 for additional engineering, technical and
acquisition support services being provided under the basic contract. Work will be
performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by Oct. 18, 2015.
This contract involves foreign military sales. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is
the contracting activity (FA9200-12-D-0085). (Source: DoD, 10/09/14)

Navy AIRWorks launched
PATUXANT RIVER, Md. – The Navy this month launched AIRWorks, an initiative to more
quickly develop and bring to the field weapons to meet U.S. military needs. It’s modeled after
Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works and Boeing’s Phantom Works. AIRWorks has completed
several projects over the past year as the organization was taking shape, including
bulletproofing V-22 tiltrotor aircraft for the Air Force and adding rockets to the Fire Scout
unmanned helicopter. (Source: Reuters, 10/08/14) Gulf Coast note: V-22s are used by Air
Force Special Operations at Hurlburt Field, Fla.; finishing work on Fire Scouts is done in
Moss Point, Miss., by Northrop Grumman

Norway moves ahead on F-35
Norway, a relative newcomer to the F-35 program, says it will cost 20 percent more to own
and operate a fleet of F-35 fighters than it does its aging F-16 fleet, but the government is
moving forward. The reason? Norway’s F-35 Program Office said modern threats demand
the F-35’s fast response, adding that today’s crises are “come as you are conflicts.” Norway
is on its way to having one of the largest F-35 forces with plans to acquire 52. The initial
aircraft are on the assembly line in Fort Worth, Texas. Four of Norway’s F-35s will remain in
the U.S. to support pilot training. (Source: Aviation Week and Space Technology, 10/06/14)
Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the F-35 integrated training center.

More Airbus jobs posted
MOBILE, Ala. – Three more jobs were posted Tuesday for the A320 final assembly line
being built at the Mobile Aeroplex. The new positions are for a supply chain and logistics
manager, key account manager for procurement and structural manufacturing engineer. For
a complete list of Airbus America jobs in Mobile, visit the Alabama Industrial Development
Training website. (Source: al.com, 10/07/14)

Boeing leads Airbus in orders
Boeing leads Airbus in the number of jetliner orders in the first nine months of the year,
1,000 net for Boeing compared to 791 for Airbus. The U.S. company also delivered more
aircraft, 528 compared to 443. Most of the orders booked by Airbus so far this year are for
the fuel-efficient A320neo (new engine option), which accounts for 512 orders, along with
the A321neo, chalking up 146 orders. (Sources: multiple, including AFP via Economic
Times, Reuters, 10/06/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 family final assembly
line in Mobile, Ala., that will open next year and produce its first aircraft in 2016.

Lemoore will get 100 F-35s
The Navy will base 100 F-35C variants at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., the Navy said
Thursday. They’ll replace replace 70 FA-18 Hornets, increasing the number of aircraft at
Lemoore by 30 by 2028. The Navy’s joint strike fighter variant will be assigned in seven
Navy Pacific Fleet squadrons of 10 jets each, and a Fleet Replacement Squadron will have
30 jets.
The move will begin in 2016. (Source: Stars and Stripes, 10/02/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center, which trains pilots and
maintainers from all branches and allied nations.

Boeing to up 737 production
RENTON, Wash. -- Boeing said today that it will increase production of 737 jetliners to 52
airplanes per month in 2018 in response to strong market demand from customers
worldwide. Once the increase is implemented, the 737 program is expected to build more
than 620 airplanes per year, the highest rate ever for the commercial airplane. Boeing
currently produces 42 airplanes per month at its Renton, Wash., factory, and the company
previously announced plans to increase the production rate to 47 airplanes per month in
2017. (Source: Boeing via PRNewswire, 100214) Gulf Coast note: The Airbus A320, a
competitor of the 737, will be built in Mobile, Ala., beginning in 2015. Previous related

Contract: L3 Vertex, $12.3M
L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., has been awarded a
$12,336,919 modification to exercise option A00053 to previously awarded contract FA3002-
11-C-0001 for trainer maintenance services. Work will be performed at Sheppard Air Force
Base, Texas, and Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., and is expected to be completed by
Sept. 30, 2015. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $1,028,076
are being obligated at the time of award. The 82nd Contracting Squadron, Sheppard Air
Force Base, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/01/14)

Contract: Northrop, $306.1M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., has been awarded a $306,133,056
definitive contract for Global Hawk contractor logistic services and sustainment III. Contractor
will provide contractor logistics support of the Global Hawk fielded weapon system, to include
providing material and services for planning, operations and maintenance support. Work will
be performed at San Diego and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2015. This award
is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance funds in
the amount of $73,496,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity (FA8528-15-C-
0003). (Source: DoD, 10/01/14) Gulf Coast note: Fuselage work on Global Hawks is done in
Moss Point, Miss.

A350 XWB EASA certified
The Airbus A350 XWB received type certification for airworthiness from the European
Aviation Safety Agency on Sept. 30. Federal Aviation Administration certification of the
plane, also called the A350-900, will follow. The A350 XWB is Airbus' all-new mid-size long
range product line and the newest member of the wide-body family. Launch customer Qatar
Airlines is expected to begin flying the plane before the end of the year. (Sources: Airbus,
Derby Telegraph, 09/30/14) Gulf Coast note: The jetliner is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent
XWB engines built in Derby, U.K., and tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; the plane was
put through extreme weather testing at McKinley Climatic Lab at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
Previous: A350 pays fly-over visit; A350 XWB being tested at Eglin

General officer qualifies in F-35
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The first general officer has qualified to pilot the fifth
generation F-35 fighter. Maj. Gen. Jay Silveria, commander of the U.S. Air Force Warfare
Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., wrapped up his seven-week training program when he
touched at the base down Sept. 26. The general had some five hours of F-35 “seat time”
with back-to-back sorties and a hot pit refuel. The general was chosen to become qualified
based on his position at the USAFWC and pilot experience. The center he leads is
responsible for current and future F-35A operational testing, tactics development and
eventual advanced training exercises and weapons school. (Source: Team Eglin Public
Affairs, 09/30/14)


SEPTEMBER 2014

Contract: Webb, $9.2M
Webb Electric Co., Pensacola, Fla., has been awarded a $9,220,349 firm-fixed-price
contract to repair airfield lighting system and to add/repair airfield lighting vault. This
contract provides for expanding the existing lighting vault building and update the existing
lighting vault by replacing the existing regulators and generator with new ones. The existing
pad mounted transformers will be replaced with new ones and the electrical service to the
existing lighting vault will be replaced with a new 480Y/277 volt three-phase four-wire
service; all the new regulators will operate with an input voltage of 480 volts. The existing
regulators must remain in operation until the new ones are installed. Project also consists of
upgrading the existing airfield wiring and testing of the existing regulators for Polychlorinated
Biphenyl (PCB). Work will be performed at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., with an
expected completion date of Sept. 30, 2015. This award is the result of a competitive
acquisition, with four offers received. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance funds in the
amount of $9,220,349 are being obligated at the time of award. The 319th Contracting
Flight, Grand Forks Air Force Base is the contracting activity (FA4659-14-C-C011). (Source:
DoD, 09/30/14)

Contract: Mark Dunning, $6.8M
Mark Dunning Industries, Dothan, Ala., is being awarded a $6,837,585 modification under a
previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N69450-
11-D-7577) to exercise option three for base operations support services at Naval
Submarine Base, Kings Bay, Ga. The work to be performed provides for all management,
supervision, labor hours, training, equipment and supplies necessary to perform grounds
maintenance and landscaping, integrated solid waste management, custodial and pest
control services. The total contract amount after exercise of this option will be $26,845,307.
Work will be performed in Kings Bay and work is expected to be completed September 2015.
No funds will be obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated on individual task orders
as they are issued. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville,
Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/30/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $100M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $100,000,000 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile production
support. Contractor will provide JASSM system upgrades, integration, sustainment,
management and logistical support. Work will be performed at Orlando, Fla., and is
expected to be completed by Sept. 29, 2019. This award is the result of sole-source
acquisition. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-14-D-
0029). (Source: DoD, 09/30/14)

Contract: ACE, $20M
ACE Engineering, Inc., La Verne, Calif., is being awarded a maximum amount $20,000,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for installation and repair of asphalt and
concrete pavement at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla.,
Naval Support Activity Panama City, Fla., Naval outlying fields located in Florida and
Alabama, and Naval Operations Support Center Tallahassee, Fla. The paving work
includes, but is not limited to, streets, parking lots, and sidewalks, and bridge or airfield
requirements. Task order 0001 is being awarded at $65,131 for repair of ditch G at Naval
Air Station Whiting Field, and $96,124 for mill and overlay asphalt near the ball fields at
Naval Air Station Pensacola. Work for this task order is expected to be completed by
January 2015. All work on this contract will be performed primarily within the Naval Facilities
Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast area of responsibility (AOR) which includes
Florida (70 percent) and Alabama (25 percent). Work may also be performed in the
remainder of the NAVFAC Southeast AOR (5 percent). The term of the contract is not to
exceed 60 months, with an expected completion date of September 2019. Fiscal 2014
operations and maintenance (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $161,255 are obligated
on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities
Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (N69450-14-
C-0761). (Source: DoD, 09/30/14)

Contract: Northrop, $19M
Northrop Grumman, Annapolis, Md., is being awarded an $18,970,332 delivery order under
a previously awarded contract (N61331-10-D-0009) for the procurement of field
upgradeable kits and fleet support for conversion of the AN/AQS-24A systems to the
AN/AQS-24B configuration in support of the Airborne Mine Countermeasure Systems
Program. Work will be performed in Annapolis, Md., and is expected to be completed by
March 2016. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance (Navy) funding in the amount of
$18,970,332 will be obligated at time of award and will 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, 09/30/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $246.6M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $246,613,000 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee
contract (N00019-12-C-0004) to develop, test, and certify two Drag Chute Systems for the
Low Rate Initial Production Lot VII F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. Work will be
performed in Fort Worth, Texas (70 percent), and Edwards Air Force Base, Edwards,
California (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in July 2019. International partner
funds in the amount of $90,000,000 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, Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/30/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

More Airbus jobs posted
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus America is seeking an information technology specialist and aircraft
systems installation workers for the A320 final assembly line being built at the Mobile
Aeroplex. The IT specialist must have at least a bachelor's degree in information technology
or an equivalent combination of education and experience plus three or more years'
experience with SAP applications. System installers must have a high school diploma or
GED and at least two years experience with aircraft maintenance. For a complete list of
Airbus America jobs in Mobile, visit the Alabama Industrial Development Training website.
(Source: al.com, 09/29/14) Previous

Countermeasures pod certified
Exelis received official certification for an electronic countermeasures and radar warning
system pod for the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Exelis’ AN/ALQ-211(V)9 Advanced Integrated
Defensive Electronic Warfare System (AIDEWS) was OKd to fly aboard Pakistani F-16
fighters. The ALQ-211(V)9 is an external pod variant of the Exelis ALQ-211 family of
electronic self-protection systems. The AIDEWS pod is a self-contained integrated electronic
countermeasures and radar warning receiver system designed to protect the F-16 from
radio frequency (RF) threats. Lockheed Martin and the Air Force conducted tests at Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., to achieve certification. The AIDEWS electronic self-protection system
is produced at the Exelis facility in Clifton, N.J. (Source: Business Wire, 09/29/14) Exelis has
an operation in Bay County, Fla., that works with the Navy on mine systems.

Airbus ups demand figures again
Airbus Group predicted airlines will buy planes worth $4.6 trillion over the next 20 years, with
Chinese domestic travel surpassing the U.S. as the largest single aviation market within a
decade. Airlines will need 31,400 new jetliners and freighters during the period, 2,180 or 7
percent more than suggested in Airbus's previous 20-year forecast a year ago, with
passenger growth remaining at 4.7 percent annually, the company estimates. (Sources:
multiple, including Airbus, Bloomberg, 09/25/14) Previous related. Gulf Coast note: Airbus is
building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., which is expected to play a large role in
satisfying the higher demand.

FBO gets more space
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Demand for private air travel at Northwest Florida Beaches
International Airport prompted fixed base operator Sheltair to seek for more space. At a
meeting last week, the Airport Authority approved a new, larger lease agreement for
Sheltair, which has provided general aviation services at the airport since 2010. Sheltair’s
new lease adds about five acres of space, mostly paved ramp space, and shifts operations
to the south. The FBO will give up a portion of land in the process, which will be marketed by
economic development officials as a potential site for aviation maintenance, repair and
overhaul companies. The Fort Lauderdale- based company operates 14 facilities in the U.S.
(Source: News Herald, 09/28/14)

Contract: C.W. Roberts, $9M
C.W. Roberts Contracting Inc., Tallahassee, Fla., has been awarded a $9,000,000 firm-fixed-
price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for paving. Contractor will furnish all
plant, materials, labor, equipment, and all operations required. The work may consist of
resurfacing, full depth reconstruction, and new full depth construction of bituminous
concrete and portland cement concrete pavements to include airfield pavements, roadways,
parking lots, and sidewalks. It may also include coldplaning of bituminous concrete
pavement, construction of curb return widenings, new construction of bituminous concrete
ramp-downs, crack repair in bituminous concrete pavement, and new construction of
concrete foundation walls and footings. It may also include other requirements as written in
the contract. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be
completed by Sept. 28, 2015. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting
activity (FA2823-14-D-4008). (Source: DoD, 09/29/14)

Orion-boosting rocket assembled
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. – Assembly of the Delta IV rocket that will
boost the Orion crew capsule on its maiden test flight in December has been completed.
The Orion, without a crew, is slated to launch on Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) in
December atop the United Launch Alliance Delta IV. Orion is NASA’s spaceship designed to
carry a crew further into space than ever before. Engineers from ULA recently completed
the integration of the three primary core elements of the rockets first stage with the single
engine upper stage. All of the rocket integration work and preflight processing took place
inside ULA’s Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF), at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in
Florida. The Delta IV will be rolled out to SLC-37 launch pad this week. Orion eventually will
be boosted into space by NASA's Space Launch System. (Sources: NASA, 09/25/14,
Universe Today, 09/28/14) Gulf Coast note: The space-bound Orion was built at Michoud
Assembly Facility, New Orleans, which is also building the core stage of the SLS; the RS-68
engines that will power the core boosters are assembled and tested by Rocketdyne at
Stennis Space Center, Miss., which will also test the RS-25 engines that will power the core
stage of SLS.

Contract: Exelis, $71.5M
Exelis Inc., Clifton, N.J., has been awarded a $71,498,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-
price contract. The contractor will provide Countermeasures System Operational Flight
Program software deficiency analysis, block cycle software support, enhanced maintenance
test set software support, original equipment manufacturer system sustaining engineering
services and maintainability and reliability system line replaceable unit-10 final redesign.
Work will be performed at Clifton; Robins Air Force Base, Ga.; Wright-Patterson Air Force
Base, Ohio; and Hurlburt Field, Fla., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 27, 2018.
This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2014 consolidated sustainment
activity group working capital funds in the amount of $25,620,885 are being obligated at the
time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the
contracting activity (FA8540-14-D-0002). (Source: DoD, 09/26/14)

Contract: Raytheon, $11M
Raytheon Company Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded an $11,026,125
modification (P00002) to previously awarded contract FA8682-14-C-0004 for GPS-Aided
Inertial Navigation System II Phase III. Work will be performed at Tucson and is expected to
be completed by Sept. 30, 2015. Fiscal year 2012 and 2014 procurement funds in the
amount of $11,026,125 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
09/26/14)

Contract: Zodiac Data, $9.9M
Zodiac Data Systems Inc., Alpharetta, Ga., has been awarded a $9,900,000 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for sustainment of the current Airborne Data Recorder
fleet. This includes spare recorders, spare parts, repair and upgrade of existing data
recorders. Contractor will provide spare parts, technical support, repair services, and
upgrade support to the existing airborne data recorder fleet. Work will be performed at Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 26, 2019. This award is the
result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation
funds in the amount of $137,391 are being obligated for task order 0001 at the time of
award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base is the contracting activity (FA2487-14-D-
0106). (Source: DoD, 09/26/14)

Contract: Jacobs, $171.6M
Jacobs Technology, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is being awarded a $171,559,893 modification
to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract
(N68936-10-D-0034) for services in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons
Division’s Combat Environment Simulation Division. Services to be provided include the
development and acquisition of new range systems, integration of various range systems,
and the upgrade and modernization of existing range systems. The estimated level of effort
for this modification is 1,060 man-years. Work will be performed at NAWCWD China Lake,
Calif. (85 percent), and NAWCWD Point Mugu, Calif. (15 percent), and is expected to be
completed in May 2015. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake,
Calif., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/26/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $331.4M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $331,408,457 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded advance
acquisition contract (N00019-13-C-0008) for the procurement of production non-recurring
items, including special tooling, special test equipment items and software lab upgrades in
support of F-35 aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, international
partners, and foreign military sales. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (32 percent);
Nashua, N.H. (12 percent); Orlando, Fla. (11 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (11 percent); San
Diego, Calif. (10 percent); Cameri, Italy (6 percent); Palmdale, Calif. (5 percent);
Samlesbury, United Kingdom (3 percent); Irvine, Calif. (2 percent); Baltimore, Md. (2
percent); Cheltenham, United Kingdom (2 percent); East Aurora, N.Y. (2 percent); and
Marietta, Ga. (2 percent). Work is expected to be completed in December 2017. Fiscal 2014
aircraft procurement (Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps), and international partner and
foreign military sales funds in the amount of $331,408,457, are being obligated at time of
award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification
combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force (34 percent); U.S. Navy (17 percent); the U.S.
Marine Corps (17 percent); international partners (19 percent); and foreign military sales
(13 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
authority. (Source: DoD, 09/25/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of
an F-35 training center.

Contract: Fluor Federal, $27.2M
Fluor Federal Solutions, LLC, Greenville, S.C., is being awarded a $27,209,971 modification
under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract
(N69450-07-D-0770) to exercise option three for base operations support services at Naval
Air Station Pensacola, Fla., and the surrounding areas of Saufley Field, Corry Station, and
Bronson Field. The work to be performed provides for all management, supervision, labor,
equipment, materials, supplies, and tools necessary to perform facilities management,
facilities investment, facility maintenance services (non-family housing), pest control, utility
plant and distribution system operations and maintenance (chiller, electrical, gas,
wastewater, steam and water), environmental services, centrally managed safety services,
and base support vehicles and equipment. The total contract amount, after exercise of this
option, will be $199,704,743. Work will be performed in Pensacola and work is expected to
be completed September 2015. No funds will be obligated at time of award; funds will be
obligated on individual task orders as they are issued. The Naval Facilities Engineering
Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/25/14)

Contract: Raytheon, $15M
Raytheon Missiles Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $15,057,012 modification
(P00015) to previously awarded contract FA8675-12-C-0040 for the Advanced Electronic
Protection Improvement program. Contractor will provide a schedule extension of the AEPI
contract for design, development, integration, test and implementation of performance
enhancements to the AIM-120C-7 missile. Work will be performed at Tucson and is expected
to be completed by May 1, 2017. Fiscal 2013 and 2014 research, development, test and
evaluation funds in the amount of $2,687,800 are being obligated at the time of award. Air
Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: 09/25/14)

Contract: Raytheon, $12.9M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $12,872,815 modification (P00030) to
previously awarded contract FA8675-13-C-0003 for Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air
Missile production lot 27. This contract is for Life-of-Type-Buy parts for AMRAAM contract
line item number 6020 being produced under the basic contract. Work will be performed at
Tucson and is expected to be completed by Sept. 22, 2015. This contract involves foreign
military sales. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: 09/25/14)

Hurlburt squadron wins award
Hurlburt Field’s 801st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron was among the
winners in the 2014 Department of Defense Maintenance Awards announced Friday. The
awards for depot and field-level units are presented annually to recognize outstanding
achievements in weapon system and military equipment maintenance. The Hurlburt
squadron was one of two award winners of the field-level maintenance award in the medium
category. The awards will be presented to the winners Nov. 18 in Birmingham, Ala., during
the 2014 DoD Maintenance Symposium. (Source: DoD, 09/26/14)

A320neo has maiden flight
The A320neo, developed as a more fuel efficient version of the popular single-aisle Airbus
jetliner, had a successful maiden flight Thursday in southwest France. The plane, powered
by Pratt and Whitney PW1100G-JM engines, flew for two hours and 22 minutes, kicking off a
year of flight trials. Airbus expects to generate hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue from
the latest version of the plane. The original version of the A320 had its first flight 27 years
ago. The A320neo will also offer LEAP-1A turbofans built by CFM International, a joint
venture of General Electric and Safran. (Sources: multiple, including Reuters, USA Today,
Airbus, 09/25/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building a fourth final assembly line for its A320
family of aircraft in Mobile, Ala.

SLS and deep space
The October issue of Air and Space Smithsonian magazine takes a close look at the Space
Launch System and the role being played by Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud
Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Among the places visited by the writer was the room no
larger than a convenience store that houses more than a billion dollars worth of
irreplaceable RS-25 engines that will power the core stage of the largest rocket ever built.
(Source: Air and Space Smithsonian, October 2014)

Mobile FAL seeks test pilot
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus is seeking a test pilot for the A320 final assembly line being built at
the Mobile Aeroplex. The position is responsible for carrying out all test flights associated
with the production and acceptance of the jetliners. Successful candidates will be test pilot
graduates holding a valid license from a recognized test pilot school and have earned a
Class 1 medical certificate. The position requires a minimum of six to nine months' training
abroad. The plant will open in 2015 and produce its first aircraft in 2016. It will produce 40 to
50 aircraft each year. For a complete list of Airbus jobs, visit the Alabama Industrial
Development Training website. (Source: al.com, 09/24/14) Previous

Contract: Lockheed, $9M
Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $9,078,498
sole-source, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Subminiature Flight Safety System integration
onto the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile. The contractor will complete all activities
necessary to design, develop and qualify an SFSS demonstration unit via ground, captive-
carry and flight test demonstration activity in the JASSM weapon system. Work will be
performed at Orlando and is expected to be completed by March 24, 2018. This award is the
result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2013 and 2014 research, development, test and
evaluation funds in the amount of $7,972,733 are being obligated at the time of award. Air
Force Life Cycle Management Center, Armament Directorate, Advanced Programs Division,
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8677-14-C-0137). (Source: DoD,
09/24/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $7.3M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $7,340,410 modification
(P00106) for extension of services for the C130J Maintenance and Aircrew Training System.
Contractor will provide an additional three months of aircrew instruction and contractor
logistic support. Work will be performed at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.; Keesler Air
Force Base, Miss.; and Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, and is expected to be completed by
Dec. 31, 2014. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity
(FA8621-06-C-6300). (Source: DoD, 09/24/14)

Contract: PowerSecure, $8.3M
PowerSecure, Inc., Wake Forest, N.C., has been awarded an $8,300,000 firm-fixed-price
contract to repair and relocate an 115 kV transmission line. Contractor will furnish all plant,
materials, labor, equipment and operations in connection with the removal of the existing
115 kV transmission line and wooden poles from the Valparaiso substation to the main base
substation. The installation of a new 115 kV transmission line will be rerouted overhead,
where possible, to avoid the clear zone and routed underground only where not possible to
avoid the clear zone. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected
to be completed by Oct. 10, 2015. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition, with
three offers received. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of
$8,300,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force
Base, is the contracting activity (FA2823-14-C-4011). (Source: DoD, 09/24/14)

Contract: Alion, $49.9M
Alion Science and Technology Corp., Burr Ridge, Ill., has been awarded a $49,928,409 cost-
plus-fixed-fee delivery order (0084) to previously awarded contract FA4600-06-D-0003 for
the F-35 Lightning II program. The contractor will provide the application of materials,
manufacturing and testing to increase supportability, survivability, producibility and
affordability of the program. They also will develop, implement and enhance the analytical
capabilities necessary to evaluate system performance, perform root cause analyses and
identify failure modes or other support system deficiencies of components and end items
modified through the application of advanced material, manufacturing and testing
technology. Work will be performed at Arlington, Va., and Rome, N.Y., and is expected to be
completed by Dec. 29, 2016. Fiscal 2014 Navy aircraft procurement funds in the amount of
$13,100,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Installation Contracting
Agency, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/24/14)

Contract: Sikorsky, $19.1M
Sikorsky Support Services, Inc., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $19,144,382
modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-14-D-
0003) for organizational, intermediate, depot-level maintenance for T-34 and T-44 aircraft,
and organization and intermediate maintenance for T-6 aircraft. In addition, this modification
provides for logistics support, including labor, services, facilities, equipment, tools, related
support equipment, direct and indirect material to support 36 T-34s, 54 T-44s, 42 T-6As,
and 207 T-6B aircraft, based primarily at the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas; Naval
Air Station Whiting Field, Fla.; and Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. Work will be performed
in Corpus Christi (50 percent), Whiting Field (39 percent) Pensacola (8 percent) and various
sites within the continental United States (3 percent), and is expected to be completed in
December 2014. Contract funds will not be obligated at time of award. Funding will be
obligated upon issuance of task orders. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Md, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/24/14)

F-22 sees first combat
The F-22 Raptor has flown its first combat operation, a milestone for the air dominance
fighter. An Air Force official confirmed that the Raptor was used over Syria Monday during
nighttime operations against the Islamic State and other militant groups as part of a joint
force of U.S. and Arabian Gulf region allies. The F-22 fleet is relatively small. While the
Pentagon originally planned on a major buy of the Lockheed Martin-built jets, former
Defense Secretary Robert Gates pushed to end the plane’s production in the early days of
the Obama administration. (Source: Defense News, 09/23/14) Gulf Coast note: F-22 pilots
are trained at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.

Korea to buy 40 F-35 fighters
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Republic of Korea has decided to buy 40 F-35 fighter aircraft.
Korea finalized its formal selection of the conventional take off and landing variant, the F-
35A, for its F-X fighter acquisition program. It intends to sign the Letter of Offer and
Acceptance (LOA) between the U.S. and Korean governments with with initial deliveries
beginning in 2018. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 09/24/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Northrop, $78M
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, San Diego, Calif., has been awarded a
$78,066,102 firm-fixed-price delivery order under a basic order agreement for initial Global
Hawk Block 40 spare parts. Work will be performed at Warner Robins Air Force Base, Ga.,
and is expected to be complete by Sept. 24, 2018. This award is the result of a sole-source
acquisition. Fiscal year 2012 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $78,066,102 are
being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-
Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (FA8620-13-G-0001) Gulf Coast
note: Central fuselage work on Global Hawks is done in Moss Point, Miss.

A320neo slated for first flight
The first flight on the new A320neo jetliner is scheduled for Thursday in France, according
to a report in USA Today. The maiden flight is slated for 10:30 a.m. local time in Toulouse,
depending on weather conditions. Neo is short for new engine option, and is a more fuel-
efficient variant of the “ceo” model, or current engine option. Airbus has received more than
3,000 orders for the new model. Airbus plans to deliver its first one in 2015. (Source: USA
Today, 09/22/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building a final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

More engineers sought
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus is seeking additional liaison engineers for the A320 final assembly
line being built at the Aeroplex in Mobile. The three positions posted in the latest hiring
Monday afternoon include liaison systems engineers for both cabin systems and power plant
and electrical as well as liaison engineers for structure. For a complete list of Airbus jobs,
visit the Alabama Industrial Development Training website. (Source: al.com, 09/22/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $60M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $60,000,000 modification to
the previously awarded Lot IX F-35 Lightening II Joint Strike Fighter advance acquisition
contract (N00019-14-C-0002) to procure long lead parts, materials and components in
support of the procurement of four additional F-35A Air Systems for the government of
Japan under the Foreign Military Sales program. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is
expected to be completed in February 2015. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of
$60,000,000 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, Maryland, is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/22/114)

Tax to help airport to expire
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Walton County officials are letting the sun set on a half-cent tourist
development tax levied since 2009 to help recruit and promote low-cost air carriers at
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. The tax, part of the county bed tax, will
expire at the end of the month, but officials with the Walton County Tourist Development
Council say it won’t hurt their capability to market the airport. (Source: Northwest Florida
Daily News, 09/21/14)

Contract: Textron, $15.2M
Textron Marine & Land Systems, New Orleans, La., was awarded a $15,221,528 firm-fixed-
price, foreign military sales contract (Bulgaria) for mobile strike force vehicles, related
fielding hardware, and technical services, for the Bulgarian National Military Forces
deployed in support of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Work will
be performed in New Orleans and Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of June
30, 2015. One bid was solicited, with one received. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in
the amount of $15,221,528 are being obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting
Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-14-C-0239). (Source: DoD,
09/19/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $7M
Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions, King of Prussia, Pa., has been
awarded a $7,023,625 cost-plus-fixed-fee for Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM)
software maintenance. Contractor will provide enhancements to the software package
known as the JASSM Enterprise Management System (JEMS) Phase 3B. Work will be
performed at King of Prussia, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 14, 2015. This
award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance
funds in the amount of $7,023,625 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force
Lifecycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-
14-C-0264). (Source: 09/19/14)

Contract: Lakeview Center, $11.9M
Lakeview Center, Inc., Pensacola, Fla., is being awarded $11,945,653 for modification
P00009 under previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N68836-13-F-0106) to exercise
option year two for the procurement of "Full Food Galley Services" for U.S. Navy galleys at
Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.; the Explosive Ordnance Disposal School, Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla.; and Naval Construction Battalion Command, Gulfport, Miss. Work is expected to
be completed no later than Sept. 30, 2015. With the exercise of option year two, the total
amount of this contract will be $28,234,271. The award was issued to Lakeview Center
under the AbilityOne Program supporting the blind and severely disabled. Naval Supply
Systems Command, Fleet Logistics Center, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 09/19/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $24.9M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $24,868,359 modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lightning II Low Rate
Initial Production (LRIP) Lot VI contract (N00019-11-C-0083). This modification is to realign
and increase concurrency funding for post-production concurrency changes to LRIP Lot VI
aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in November
2016. Fiscal 2012 aircraft procurement (Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force) funds in the
amount of $24,868,359 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, 09/19/14)

Airbus posts engineering jobs
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus posted two new engineering positions Thursday for its A320 final
assembly line being built in Mobile. The company is seeking a flight test engineer and
ground test engineer, both of which require six to nine months training abroad. For a
complete list of Airbus jobs, visit the Alabama Industrial Development Training website.
(Source: al.com, 09/18/14)

Contract: Telspan, $10M
Telspan Data, LLC, Concord, Calif., has been awarded a $9,967,063 basic indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for data replay systems (DRS) for the Air Force Test
Center. The DRS system is used to configure, compile and replay telemetry captured from
various sources during flight testing. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
with an expected completion date of Oct. 6, 2014. This contract was a sole-source
acquisition under the authority of justification and approval. Fiscal 2012 research,
development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $39,790 are being obligated at the
time of award. The Air Force Test Center/PZIE, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting
activity (FA2487-14-D-0120). (Source: DoD, 09/18/14)

Contract: Calculex, $9.8M
Calculex, Inc., Las Cruces, N.M., has been awarded a $9,752,281 basic indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to support existing airborne data recorders (ADR) for the
Air Force Test Center. The ADR system is used to capture, record, and relay various inflight
telemetry feeds during flight testing. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
with an expected completion date of Jan. 31, 2015. This contract was a sole-source
acquisition. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of
$52,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Test Center/PZIE, Eglin Air
Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2487-14-D-0104). (Source: DoD, 09/18/14)

Contract: Northrop, $9.6M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Amherst Systems Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., has been
awarded a $9,600,000 basic indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (FA2487-14-
D0233) and the first delivery order (0001) at $1,011,704, for spares and system
engineering support. Work will be performed at Buffalo and Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., with
an expected completion date of Sept. 15, 2015. This contract was a sole-source. Fiscal
2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,011,704 are
being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center/PZIE, Eglin Air Force Base, is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/18/14)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $12M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded an
$11,961,245 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract
(N00019-12-D-0016) to exercise an option for maintenance, repair, and logistics support for
the chief of Naval Air Training Aircraft's intermediate maintenance departments located at
the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., and Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. Support
to be provided includes labor, equipment, tools, services, and direct and indirect material.
Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Pensacola (60 percent), and Naval Air Station
Corpus Christi (40 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2015. No funds
are being obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated against individual task orders as
they are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 09/18/14)

Contract: Summit, $10.6M
Summit Construction, Inc., Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., is being awarded a $10,604,051 firm-
fixed-price contract to perform an architectural/refrigeration project on the commissary at
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Work will be performed in Hawaii with an estimated completion
date of February 2016. This was a competitive acquisition, and two offers were received.
Fiscal 2014 defense commissary surcharge funds in the amount of $10,604,051 are being
obligated at award. The contracting activity is the Defense Commissary Agency, Enterprise
Acquisition Division, Construction Design Branch, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
(HDEC03-14-C-0002). (Source: DoD, 09/18/14)

Triton aces cross-country
PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- The MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft arrived at Naval Air Station
Patuxent River today after completing its inaugural cross-country flight. The flight marked
the transition from initial flight test, which established basic safety of flight, to testing that will
demonstrate Triton's capability to perform operational missions in the maritime domain.
During the 11-hour, 3,290 nautical mile flight originating from Northrop Grumman's
Palmdale, Calif., facility, the Triton flew along the southern U.S. border, the Gulf of Mexico
and across Florida via an approved instrument route. Operators navigated the aircraft up
the Atlantic Coast and Chesapeake Bay at altitudes in excess of 50,000 feet to ensure there
were no conflicts with civilian air traffic. (Source: NNS, 09/18/14) Gulf Coast note: The Triton
central fuselage work is done in Moss Point, Miss.

Lufthansa, easyJet order A320s
German aviation group Deutsche Lufthansa AG said Wednesday that it has approved an
order to purchase 25 more A320 family aircraft as part of the modernization of its aircraft
fleet. The order is valued at about 2.5 billion euros at list prices. The airline will fund the
purchase with its cash reserves or through external funding arrangements. The airline's
supervisory board approved the purchase of 15 fuel-efficient Airbus A320neo aircraft and
ten Airbus A320ceo aircraft at its meeting earlier in the day. (Source: Airbus, RTT, 09/17/14)
In addition, easyJet has placed an order for 27 additional current engine option A320s,
taking its combined total order for the type to 315 aircraft. (Source: Airbus, 09/18/14) Gulf
Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Contract: Alion, $24.9M
Alion Science and Technology Corp., Burr Ridge, Ill., has been awarded a $24,926,478 cost-
plus-fixed-fee delivery order (0083) on the Advanced Materials, Manufacturing, and Testing
Information Analysis Center (AMMTIAC) indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-
fee, sole-source contract (FA4600-06-D-0003) for technical analysis, logistics and
sustainment for Headquarters U. S. Marine Corps. AMMTIAC shall provide research and
development expertise in areas such as non-destructive testing, corrosion, thermal-
protection systems, rapid prototyping, integration and testing of experimental systems, low-
volume production, condition-based maintenance, and real-time system monitoring. The
work will be performed at Panama City, Fla., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 29,
2016. Defense working capital funds in the amount of $135,450 are being obligated at time
of award. Air Force Installation Contracting Agency/KD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/17/14)

ULA, Blue Origin team up
Blue Origin is teaming up with United Launch Alliance to develop a rocket engine to replace
the Russian-built RD-180, a workhorse that powers the ULA heavy-lift Atlas V rocket. Blue
Origin is an often secretive space company run by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos. ULA is a
joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin that has an impressive track record for
successful satellite launches. A scale model of the liquid natural gas and liquid oxygen BE-4
engine developed by Blue Origin was unveiled at a Washington news conference on
Wednesday. ULA CEO Tory Bruno said a baseline Atlas would work just as well if not better
with a pair of 550,000-pound thrust BE-4 engines than with the RD-180. ULA plans to invest
in the BE-4 development. The engine could be ready in four years and would cost
considerably less than the RD-180. (Sources: multiple, including NBC News, Reuters,
Seattle Times, Space.com, 09/17/14) Gulf Coast note: Another ULA rocket, the Delta IV,
uses RS-68 engines tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; Blue Origin has tested engine
components for its BE-3 engine at Stennis Space Center, Miss. Previous Meanwhile, Aerojet
Rocketdyne on Tuesday announced it would open a rocket propulsion development office in
Cummings Research Park in Huntsville, Ala., with plans to deliver a new rocket engine to
replace the RD-180. The office will be led by Dr. Jerrol Littles in coordination with former
acting Marshall Space Flight Center director and Stennis Space Center director Gene
Goldman. The company said the new AR 1 rocket it plans to develop will be the first
advanced hydrocarbon liquid-fuel rocket engine made by Aerojet Rocketdyne since it was
formed by the merger of Aerojet and Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne in 2013. (Source: al.
com, 09/17/14) Aerojet Rocketdyne has an operation at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

AF expanding Global Hawk fleet
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $354 million contract to expand its
RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system fleet by three aircraft. The high-flying Global
Hawk operates multiple sensors simultaneously to gather intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance data. The newest aircraft will bring the Air Force RQ-4 fleet to 37 aircraft in
2017. All RQ-4 fuselages are built at Northrop Grumman's plant Moss Point, Miss., with final
assembly and acceptance testing in Palmdale, Calif. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 09/15/14)
The Moss Point plant also does finishing work on Northrop Grumman’s Fire Scout
unmanned helicopter.

GDP up across coast
All but one metro area along the Gulf Coast aerospace corridor had a higher gross domestic
product in 2013 over 2012. According to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Commerce
Department, Alabama’s Daphne-Fairhope-Foley MSA’s GDP improved 6.34 percent in 2013.
The next largest was the 5.34 percent improvement in Baton Rouge, La. The other metro
areas, from largest increase to smallest, was Panama City, Fla., up 4.9 percent; Mobile, Ala.,
up 4.25 percent; Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Miss., up 4.22 percent; Dothan, Ala., up 4.14
percent; Hattiesburg, Miss., up 2.88 percent; Tallahassee, Fla., up 2.68 percent; Pensacola-
Ferry Pass-Brent up 2.15 percent; and Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin up 1.14
percent. The only metro area to drop was New Orleans-Metairie, which dropped 0.69
percent between 2012 and 2013. (Source: GCAC, 0917/14)

Space taxi teams chosen
NASA announced today that it's picked Boeing and SpaceX to transport U.S. crews to and
from the International Space Station using the CST-100 and Dragon spacecraft,
respectively. The goal is to end in 2017 the nation's reliance on Russia for transportation to
the ISS. The contracts include at least one crewed flight test per company with at least one
NASA astronaut aboard to verify the fully integrated rocket and spacecraft system can
launch, maneuver in orbit, and dock to the space station, as well as validate all its systems
perform as expected. Once each company's test program has been completed successfully
and its system achieves NASA certification, each contractor will conduct at least two, and as
many as six, crewed missions to the space station. Boeing's contract is for $4.2 billion and
SpaceX's is for $2.6 billion. The companies will own and operate the crew transportation
systems and be able to sell human space transportation services to other customers in
addition to NASA, thereby reducing the costs for all customers. (Source: NASA, 09/16/14)
Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans,
are both involved in NASA and commercial space programs.

Contract: CACI-ISS, $14.8M
CACI-ISS, Inc., Chantilly, Va., was awarded a $14,816,251 modification (P00014) to contract
W81K04-13-F-0013, a follow-on requirement for medical logistics non-personal services in
support of the Air Force Expeditionary/Contingency Medical Materiel Program performed at
Department of Defense and Air Reserve/Guard installations within the continental United
States and in the Pacific theater of operations. Work will be performed at Pope Air Force
Base, N.C.; Langley Air Force Base, Va.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; McChord Air Force Base,
Wash.; March Air Force Base, Calif.; Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.; McGuire Air Force Base,
N.J.; Kelly Consolidated War Reserve Materiel Storage and Deployment Center, San
Antonio, Texas; Charleston, S.C.; Fort Detrick, Md.; Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla.; Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; Moody Air Force Base, Ga.; Travis Air Force Base,
Calif.; Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.; Andrews Air Force Base, Md.; Keesler Air Force
Base, Miss.; MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.; Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Alpena,
Mich.; Topeka Air National Guard, Kan.; Willow Grove, Pa.; Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash.;
and Charleston APS, S.C. Army Medical Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/16/14)

Contract: Rehab. Svcs., $6.9M
The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, Madison, Miss., has been awarded a
$6,915,012 modification (P00019) to exercise the second option for the firm-fixed-price
contract FA3010-13-C-0005 for full food services. Work will be performed at Keesler Air
Force Base, Miss., with an expected completion date of Sept. 30, 2017. Fiscal 2015
operations and maintenance funds will be obligated when funds are made available. This is
a multiple-years contract. The 81st Contracting Squadron, Keesler Air Force Base, is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/16/14)

GE avoided geared design
General Electric Co avoided using a geared design for its new engine for narrow-body jets
because of concerns about weight and reliability, said a top GE executive on Monday as it
battles with rival Pratt and Whitney for billions of dollars in engine orders. Pratt developed a
geared turbofan that relies on a gearbox and lets the front fan operate at a different speed
than the rest of the engine, while on GE's traditionally configured engines the fans run at the
same speed. Through its joint venture called CFM with France's Safran, GE is competing
against Pratt for airline and other customers that choose Airbus' new A320neo single-aisle
plane. Both engines promise significant fuel savings over older models, and Airbus buyers
can choose the Pratt or CFM engine. CFM's LEAP, among other improvements, uses new
materials designed to reduce weight and add durability. (Source: Reuters, 09/15/14) Gulf
Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.; GE has engine
parts plants near Hattiesburg, Miss., and in Auburn, Ala.

Next F-35 engines to cost less
Pratt and Whitney said its contracts with the Pentagon for the next two batches of engines
for the F-35 fighter jet will result in combined cost savings of up to 8 percent. The president
of Pratt's military engines division told reporters the company had already more than halved
the cost of the F135 engine, and the savings from the next two contracts would come on top
of that. (Source: Reuters, 09/15/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is an F-35
training center.

Education partnership announced
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus Americas and the United Way of Southwest Alabama announced their
joint participation in a new national education partnership and awarded four grants totaling
$12,000 to local schools and programs. Funding went to Gilliard Elementary School’s
Accelerated Reader Program, Mobile Area Education Foundation’s Engaging Youth
Through Engineering at Pillans Middle School, B.C. Rain High School’s Jubilee BEST
Robotics Inc., and a program to expand the free book program “Dolly Parton’s Imagination
Library.” (Source: al.com, 09/15/14)

Airbus to provide training
Mexican low-cost carrier VivaAerobus signed a 10-year contract for training with Airbus.
Under the deal, Airbus will provide training for maintenance personnel and flight operations
engineers, as well as for pilots and cabin crew. Training courses will be held at Airbus’
training center in Miami and a new facility in Monterrey, Mexico, which will be opened in early
2016. VivaAerobus has 52 A320 family aircraft on order. (Source: MRO Network, 09/12/14)
Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala. Previous

Contract: Northrop, $28M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Ill., has been awarded a $27,988,682
modification (P00078) to previously awarded contract FA8625-12-C-6598 for the Large
Aircraft Infrared Counter Measures C-130 Group A Kits and Installations. The contractor will
provide the kits and the associated installations to 28 C-130 aircraft (11 AC-130H, 12 MC-
130U, and five EC-130J). Work will be performed at Crestview, Fla., and is expected to be
completed by April 30, 2017. Fiscal 2014 and 2012 overseas contingency operations funds
in the amount of $27,988,682 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 09/12/14)

Aero corridor states make list
Area Development published its fifth annual Top States for Doing Business survey of site
consultants, ranking the states based on their number of mentions by the consultants in
three overall categories and 18 subcategories. Three states with a piece of the Gulf Coast
aerospace corridor were listed. Alabama was ranked No. 4, Louisiana No. 6 and Mississippi
No. 10. (Source: Area Development Online, 09/12/14)

Buildings would be a plus
MOBILE, Ala. -- Baldwin County to the east of Mobile has a diverse landscape and plenty of
shovel-ready Advantage Sites to lure prospects, but it would also benefit from large
commercial buildings and office space. That’s what Lee Lawson, executive director of the
Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, told the Coast Economy Outlook on
Wednesday. The event was sponsored by the University of South Alabama’s Center for Real
Estate and Economic Development. Lawson said many companies don’t want to build from
scratch. He said an aerospace company visited a couple of weeks ago and needed a
50,000 square-foot building. “We’re missing out on opportunities every day,” he said.
(Source: al.com, 09/11/14) Baldwin County is home of multiple aerospace companies,
including UTC Aerospace.

Renovations continue at MOB
MOBILE, Ala. -- Facility improvements and renovations continue at Mobile Regional Airport
starting Sept. 15, according to airport officials. The road construction project which will be
completed in phases, and will involve closing all lanes of traffic on the departures side of the
terminal. During this time, departure and arrival traffic will operate on the arrivals side of the
terminal. The construction will cause a change in foot traffic between the terminal building
and parking lots, as well as a change in traffic flow for general parking access, passenger
drop off and pick-up, and rental car drop off and pick-up. (Source: Mobile Airport Authority,
09/12/14)

Show highlights museum plane
The Travel Channel program "Mysteries at the Museum" on Friday will have a story about a
small plane on display at the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Fla. The two-
seat Cessna was used to evacuate a South Vietnamese family of seven during the fall of
Saigon in 1975. What makes the plane noteworthy is the pilot managed to land the single-
engine plane on the deck of the carrier USS Midway after the ship’s captain ordered the
crew to push some helicopters overboard to make room. (Source: Pensacola News Journal,
09/12/14)

Ex-Im would back Airbus sales
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Export-Import Bank would provide financing for exports of Airbus
jetliners, provided they’re assembled in the United States with sufficient content from
domestic suppliers. That’s what Ex-Im Bank President Fred Hochberg said at the Reuters
Aerospace and Defense Summit. "We're about U.S. jobs," Hochberg said. The bank, which
supports loans for U.S. manufacturers selling products to foreign companies, is the subject
of a debate over whether Congress should renew its authority to operate. That authority
expires Sept. 30. About 46 percent of the bank's financial exposure is for jetliners made by
Boeing, according to U.S. Government Accountability Office figures. Airbus is setting up a
factory in Mobile, Ala., to make A320 jetliners, and will begin deliveries in 2016. It intends to
sell the aircraft to U.S. airlines, but there would be no restriction against U.S. export credit
support for foreign airlines buying U.S.-manufactured Airbus planes, Hochberg said. Airbus
has said the U.S. supplies more than 40 percent of its aircraft-related purchasing, including
engines. (Source: Reuters, 09/10/14) Previous

AF starts newest ad campaign
The Air Force is bringing back its “Aim High” ad slogan after a 15-year hiatus. It launched
the “I am an American Airman” recruiting campaign, which consists of three commercials,
Sept. 8. One of the commercials, “I knew one day,” features current active duty airmen from
Northwest Florida’s Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field, as well as Nevada’s Nellis Air
Force Base. The three commercials will be broadcast on major cable television and prime-
time channels, to include airing during the NFL season. (Source: Air Force Link, 09/09/14,
Northwest Florida Daily News, 09/08/14)

Steelcase picked by Airbus
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas chose a Grand Rapids., Mich., company with an Alabama
presence to furnish and provide space design for its A320 final assembly line being built at
the Mobile Aeroplex. Steelcase Inc. will design a variety of individual and team spaces for all
of Airbus' assembly line work areas at the FAL, and then manufacture and provide furniture
from its other facilities, including one in Athens, Ala. Financial terms were not disclosed. The
$600 million plant will open next year and produce its first A320 in 2016. It will eventually
have 1,000 workers. (Source: al.com, 09/10/14)

Pensacola, VT MAE sign lease
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The city of Pensacola signed a lease today with VT Mobile Aerospace
Engineering to establish a 300-employee maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at
Pensacola International Airport. The city council approved the lease at a special meeting
before the signing ceremony. "This partnership aligns well with our regional goals to create
a robust aerospace cluster and will help create greater business and job opportunities for
the citizens of Pensacola and Escambia County," said Mayor Ashton Hayward. The city will
build an aircraft hangar complex on 18.66 acres and lease it to VT MAE for 30 years. The
complex will be big enough for two wide-body aircraft and is expected to be ready for
operations in mid-2016. VT MAE, a subsidiary of Singapore's ST Engineering, was
previously known as ST Mobile Aerospace. It has a 1,000-employee MRO, nine hangar
complex at Alabama's Mobile Aeroplex Brookley, which is also the home of several other
aerospace companies. The Aeroplex is where Airbus Americas is building a $600 million
A320 final assembly line that will open next year. (Source: GCAC, 09/09/14) Previous: PNS
getting ST Aerospace; ST Aerospace decision close

Company gets fast-track training
DOTHAN, Ala. -- A new fast-track to work program was announced Monday in Dothan for
Commercial Jet. The program is called CJET Academy . It partners Dothan ’s Commercial Jet
along with Alabama Industrial Development Training, the Dothan Area Chamber of
Commerce and others in a training course allowing selected applicants to complete a free
eight-week training course and receive a job offer from Commercial Jet upon graduation.
John Schildroth , vice president and general manager of Commercial Jet’s Dothan
operations, said the program arose out of a need for workers, now. The training will be
taught by AIDT and Commercial Jet personnel. It will be targeted to aircraft structure and
sheet metal work, the jobs needed immediately at Commercial Jet. It will cost about $2,500 to
$3,000 per student, including manuals, equipment and tools. It will be paid for through state
and private funds. Classes are set to begin Oct. 22. They will be taught on campus at
Commercial Jet, most likely in the AIDT mobile training rooms. (Source: Dothan Eagle,
09/08/14)

Research center has ribbon cutting
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – The Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate
(AFRL/RW) at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., had an official ribbon cutting ceremony Monday at
the Doolittle Institute, an organization in the works for several years that brings together
military, business and academic experts to collaborate on munitions and weapons research.
It’s located at Uptown Station on Eglin Parkway. (Source: GCAC, Northwest Florida Daily
News, 09/09/14)

NASA picks STTR projects
NASA picked 23 proposals from small business and research institution teams to continue
the development of innovative technologies that will support future agency missions and
may prove viable as commercial products and services. The Phase II selectees in NASA's
Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program are permitted to enter negotiations
for possible contract awards, worth a combined total of approximately $17.2 million. Two
proposals involve technology being administered by the Office of the Chief Technologist at
NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss. Both projects focus on innovative means to harvest
energy from various forms of "waste" energy and convert it into a different new usable form
of energy. A third proposal originated with Stennis Space Center but now is being
administered by Kennedy Space Center, Fla. But SSC will still benefit from its development
of ultra-high temperature refractory materials that can be used on test stand flame trenches
and other components. (Source: NASA, 09/08/14)

Bolden to visit region
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will be in New Orleans and South Mississippi for two
events next week related to NASA's Space Launch System program. He'll be at Michoud
Assembly Facility Sept. 12 for a ribbon cutting for the newly finished Vertical Assembly
Center, or VAC. The 170-foot-high marvel will be used to join domes, rings and barrels
segments to complete the SLS fuel tanks. The tool also will be used to perform evaluations
of the completed welds. Towering more than 200 feet tall, with a diameter of 27.6 feet, the
core stage is being built by prime contractor Boeing. It will store cryogenic liquid hydrogen
and liquid oxygen to feed the launch vehicle's RS-25 engines. Bolden will then go to NASA's
Stennis Space Center, some 40 miles away in South Mississipp, to talk to the media at the
base of the historic B-2 Test Stand. That stand was used to test the S-1C stage on the
Saturn V moon rocket and the Main Propulsion Test Article, the configuration of three main
engines flown on space shuttle missions. The stand will next be used to test the core stage
of SLS and its configuration of four RS-25 engines. SLS will be used by NASA to send
humans deeper into space than ever before. (Source: NASA, 09/05/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $42.9M
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, Calif., has been awarded a $42,880,040
modification (P00003) to previously awarded contract FA8810-13-C-0001 for dual band
telemetry, tracking and communications capability for the Space-Based Infrared System
Geosynchronous Earth Orbiting 5-6 space vehicles. Contractor will redesign the interfacing,
software, power, thermal, and structures to accommodate the new dual band capable
transponder box and cabling. This effort also adds a Unified S-Band uplink frequency and
modulation scheme to the existing Space to Ground Link System L-Band uplink capability.
Work will be performed at Sunnyvale and is expected to be completed by July 31, 2021.
Fiscal 2012 missile procurement funds in the amount of $10,673,074 are being obligated at
the time of award. Space and Missile System Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base,
California, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/05/14) Gulf Coast note: Work on the
internal propulsion system for the SBIRS is done by Lockheed Martin at Stennis Space
Center, Miss.

Company expands air service
DESTIN, Fla. -- Southern Airways Express plans to shift its service at Destin Airport from
seasonal to year-round. This fall, Southern Airways will provide daily service from Destin to
Memphis, Tenn., Atlanta and Jackson, Miss., and weekend service to Oxford, Miss. The
Memphis, Tenn.-based airline launched its first flight in June 2013 and has been growing,
recently adding the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport in Atlanta to its list of destinations. The
company operates a fleet of three, 10-seat Cessna Caravans. (Source: News Herald,
09/03/14)

Boeing leads Airbus in orders
Airbus and Boeing both topped 1,000 new jet orders in the first eight months of the year, but
Boeing is far ahead after adjusting for cancellations. Chicago-based Boeing also has
delivered more planes this year than its European rival, hanging on to the title of world's
largest plane maker. The planemaking subsidiary of Airbus Group sold 21 aircraft in August,
a traditionally quiet month following the busy Farnborough Airshow in July, bringing its total
gross orders for the year to 1,001 aircraft, monthly data showed. Boeing Co. booked 107
orders in the same month, bringing total gross orders for the year to 1,004. Adjusting for
cancellations, Airbus reported 722 net orders between January and August. That compares
with 941 net orders for Boeing from Jan. 1 to Sept. 2, after accounting for 63 cancellations.
(Source: Reuters, 09/04/14) Gulf Coast note: Both companies have operations in the
region, including an Airbus A320 final assembly line being built in Mobile, Ala.

Contract: Integrated Solutions, $10M
Integrated Solutions for Systems Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $10,000,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for enhanced lethality ordnance and modeling.
Contractor will provide research and development in three research weapons core
competencies: weapon effectiveness, damage mechanisms and energetic materials. Work
will be performed at Huntsville and is expected to be completed by Sept. 3, 2019. This award
is the result of a competitive acquisition with 48 offers received. Fiscal 2013 and 2014
research, development, test and evaluation funds in the combined amount of $348,000 are
being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate,
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8651-14-D-0094). (Source: DoD,
09/04/14)

Three I-10 utilities singled out
Three utilities that serve the I-10 region were singled out by  Site Selection magazine as
having the top 10 economic development teams. Alabama Power, Entergy and Gulf Power
were singled out for, among other things, job creation, innovative programs and incentives
for business. Alabama Power, based in Birmingham, Ala., serves 1.4 million customers
across the southern two-thirds of Alabama. It helped create 1,810 new jobs in 2013.
Entergy, based in New Orleans, was singled out for 9,221 new jobs and more than $20.7
billion in corporate facility investment for 2013. Gulf Power, headquartered in Pensacola,
Fla., serves 10 counties across Northwest Florida and helped companies create 3,436 jobs
last year with total facility investments of $386 million. (Source: GCAC, 09/04/14)

Boeing: China will lead in plane deliveries
Boeing, China's leading provider of jetliners, projects a demand in the country for 6,020 new
airplanes over the next 20 years, valued at $870 billion. The company released its annual
China Current Market Outlook today which shows Chinese carriers will take delivery of
nearly 45 percent of the total demand for airplanes in the Asia Pacific region during the
forecast period. Tourism in China and intra-Asia travel support a strong demand for single-
aisle airplanes, with total deliveries reaching 4,340 through 2033, the report said. (Source:
Boeing via PRNewswire, 09/04/14) Gulf Coast note: Boeing rival, Airbus, is building an A320
final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.; Boeing has operations in several locations in the Gulf
Coast.

High energy laser tested at Eglin
Boeing and the U.S. Army have proven the capabilities of the High Energy Laser Mobile
Demonstrator (HEL MD) in maritime conditions, successfully targeting a variety of aerial
targets at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. In these recent demonstrations, HEL MD used a 10-
kilowatt, high energy laser installed on an Oshkosh tactical military vehicle. The
demonstrator is the first mobile, high-energy laser, counter rocket, artillery and mortar (C-
RAM) platform to be built and demonstrated by the U.S. Army. Throughout two series of
demonstrations at Eglin and White Sands Missile Range, N.M., HEL MD engaged more than
150 aerial targets including 60 mm mortars and unmanned aerial vehicles. The next step will
be to install a 50 or 60-kilowatt laser on HEL MD to demonstrate counter RAM and UAV
capability at this tactically significant power level. (Source: Boeing, 09/04/14)

Training center to open in 2015
FAIRHOPE, Ala. -- Nearly a year after the groundbreaking, the Baldwin County school
system's $2.7 million aviation training facility is still under construction at the H.L. "Sonny"
Callahan Airport in Fairhope. Masonry work has taken longer than anticipated, said school
system spokesman Terry Wilhite. If there are no weather delays, the building should be
completed by the end of December. Students will begin classes at the site in January,
according to Wilhite. (Source: al.com, 09/03/14)

Sections for 200th plane reach FAL
The Airbus assembly line in China's Tianjin has received parts for the 200th A320 family
aircraft, which will be delivered to China Eastern Airlines in December, Airbus said.
Sections including the forward and aft fuselage, horizontal and vertical tail, main landing
gear doors, inner flaps and engine pylons reached the final assembly line on Tuesday.
Those parts and components were produced at different Airbus sites in Europe and carried
by a commercial cargo vessel from Hamburg to Tianjin, Airbus said. The wings for the
jetliners assembled in Tianjin are produced in Tianjin by Xi'an Aircraft Industry (Group) Co.,
while the engines will arrive at a later date directly from the engine supplier. (Source: Xinhau
via Global Post, 09/02/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is also building an A320 final assembly
line in Mobile, Ala., that will open in 2015.

Airbus posts more jobs
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus posted three new positions Tuesday morning for its A320 final
assembly line being built at the Mobile Aeroplex. The company is seeking power plant
systems coordinator, engine quality inspector and paint quality inspector. (Source: al.com,
09/02/14) The $600 million plant will open next year and produce its first plane in 2016. It
expects to have 1,000 workers when it reaches full production.

RR tests fan system at SSC
The Rolls-Royce composite carbon/titanium (CTi) fan system for the Advance and UltraFan
engine designs has completed its most recent phase of testing at Stennis Space Center,
Miss. The fan system underwent crosswind testing on a Trent 1000 Advanced Low Pressure
System technology engine, ahead of flight testing on the 747 flying test bed based in
Tucson, Ariz. The CTi fan system includes carbon/titanium fan blades and a composite
casing that reduce weight by up to 1,500 pounds per aircraft. Opened in 2007 and
expanded in 2013 to include a second test stand, the 50-employee Rolls-Royce Outdoor Jet
Engine Testing Facility at SSC is one of three Rolls-Royce test sites in the world. It conducts
specialist development engine testing including noise, crosswind, thrust reverse, cyclic and
endurance testing on all current Rolls-Royce large engine types. (Source: Rolls-Royce,
09/01/14) Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi is NASA's rocket engine test center.

AUGUST 2014

Airbus awards security contract
Airbus awarded a $10 million contract to Alaska’s Alutiiq Pacific to provide security services
at its A320 final assembly line being built in Mobile, Ala. Alutiiq Pacific, a subsidiary of
Afognak Native Corp., will begin work in September. It will provide security officers, fire and
rescue services, surveillance, control center operation, entry and exit control, reception and
more. Open positions will be posted at the Alutiiq jobs site. (Sources: Globe Newswire, al.
com, 08/29/14) The $600 million FAL is the fourth one operated by Airbus for the A320. The
others are in Germany, France and China. It will open next year and produce its first jetliner
in 2016.

Titanium question halts shipments
United Technologies Corp's Pratt and Whitney briefly suspended delivery of the engine for
the F-35 in May because of questions about titanium provided to a parts supplier. Pratt said
on Friday it discovered conflicting documentation in late May that raised questions about the
origin of the titanium, which was also used in parts for engines made by its Pratt and
Whitney Canada division. Pratt determined very quickly that the material did not pose a flight
safety risk. The part will be replaced by attrition. A federal investigation is being conducted
into the source of the titanium. Pratt and Whitney said it was no longer accepting parts made
from material provided by the supplier, A&P Alloys. (Source: Reuters, 08/29/14) Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Defense Sup. Svc., $14.9M
Defense Support Services LLC, Marlton, N.J., has been awarded a $14,857,926 modification
(P00133) exercising option year six under the Aerial Targets contract FA4890-09-C-0004
The modification provides for Air Combat Command Acquisition Management and
Integration Center 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, 2015. This action is
subject to availability of fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funding. Air Command
Command/AMIC /PKCA, Langley Air Force Base, Va., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 08/29/14)

Contract: UTC, $9.5M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney, Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded a $9,468,406 modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lightening II Lot VI Low
Rate Initial Production cost-plus incentive fee contract N00019-12-C-0090. This modification
provides for support equipment for the F135 propulsion systems to include handling, testing,
and maintenance equipment and parts required to keep systems operational such as
borescope inspection kits, main engine inlet covers, lift nozzle module slings, lift gearbox
adapters, and water wash cart systems. Work will be performed in East Hartford (90
percent), and Indianapolis, Ind. (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in December
2015. Fiscal 2012 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps and Air Force) and international
partner funds in the amount of $9,468,406 will be obligated at time of award, $8,139,299 of
which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for
the U.S. Marine Corps ($5,455,280; 58 percent); the Air Force ($2,684,019; 28 percent);
and the international partners ($1,329,107; 14 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/29/14)

Contract: SAIC, $144M
Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va., has been awarded a maximum
$144,000,000 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-
quantity contract for supply chain management of industrial hardware used in aviation
maintenance, repair and overhaul. This contract was a competitive acquisition, and five
offers were received. This is a three-year base contract, with two two-year options and one
three-year option periods. Locations of performance are Virginia, North Carolina, Florida,
and California, with a Sept. 30, 2017, performance completion date. Using military service is
Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2015 defense working capital funds. The contracting
activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa. (SPE5EY-14-D-
0562) (Source: DoD, 08/29/14)

Airbus, Boeing vie for order
India’s Air One Aviation Pvt. is seeking $2 billion worth of jets to take on Singapore Airline
Ltd’s venture in the country. Air One, among six companies that last month got initial
approval to start airlines in India, is looking at Airbus A320s and Boeing 737s. Air One plans
to start full-service flights in mid-2015. (Source: Bloomberg, 08/28/14) Gulf Coast note:
Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., the fourth A320 family FAL that
will be operated by the planemaker.

PW close to F135 engine fix
Pratt & Whitney is close to performing tests on a potential design change for its F135 engine
following a June fire aboard an F-35 fighter as it was getting ready to take off at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla. The June 23 fire was caused by “excessive” rubbing of a fan blade inside
the engine of an F-35A model. Inspectors are still investigating the root cause of the incident
to determine if it was a manufacturing or design flaw, but in the meantime the company has
begun design on a potential solution. Speaking to Defense News on Aug. 25, Gen. Mark
Welsh, the Air Force chief of staff, expressed confidence that the issue was close to being
resolved. Just what that fix will be remains unclear. The fire forced the grounding of the F-
35, which was not able to make two shows in the UK. Eglin is home of the F-35 integrated
training center. (Source: Navy Times, 08/28/14)

Contract: Multiple, $537.8M
AMG S&P JV San Antonio, Texas (W9126G-14-D-0045); AWA Wilson JV, Cincinnati, Ohio
(W9126G-14-D-0046); Whitesell-Green Inc., Pensacola, Fla. (W9126G-14-D-0047); JSR
ECC LLC, Schertz, Texas (W9126G-14-D-0048); SGS LLC, Oklahoma City, Okla. (W9126G-
14-D-0049); and Solis Constructors Inc., Austin, Texas (W9126G-14-D-0050), were
awarded a $537,840,000 firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for
construction services for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division and other
Southwestern Fort Worth and Southwestern Division on a limited nationwide basis. Work
and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Aug.
27, 2019. Bids were solicited via the Internet with 60 received. Army Corps of Engineers,
Fort Worth, Texas is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/28/14)

Contract: Bell-Boeing, $21.4M
Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $21,395,545 for cost-plus-
fixed-fee delivery order 0096 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement
(N00019-12-G-0006) for non-recurring engineering in support of the MV-22 Integrated
Aircraft Survivability Equipment Universal Urgent Needs Statement Effort. This order
provides for the replacement of the warning system and radar warning receiver system and
upgrades the capabilities of the programmer and associated software. Work will be
performed in Ridley Park, Pa. (86 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (4 percent); Hurst,
Texas (2 percent); and Salisbury, Md. (2 percent); and various locations throughout the
United States (6 percent), and is expected to be completed in April 2016. Fiscal 2014
aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $21,395,545 will be obligated at time of
award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/28/14)

Contract: Arete, $10.3M
Areté Associates, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $10,316,696 modification to previously
awarded contract (N61331-11-C-0007) for engineering services in support of AN/DVS-1
Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) Block 1 program. The primary
mission of AN/DVS-1 COBRA is to conduct unmanned aerial tactical reconnaissance in
littoral battle space for detection and localization of mine fields and obstacles in the surf
zone and beach zone prior to amphibious assault. Work will be performed in Tucson and is
expected to be completed by March 2017. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and
evaluation contract funds in the amount of $3,446,156 will be obligated at the time of award
and 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, 08/28/14)

QF-16 nears LRIP
The Air Force next week will finalize the conversion of a fleet of F-16s into unmanned target
drone aircraft by shooting one with an air-to-air missile fired from an F-15. The missile will
not be armed with a warhead. It will mark the final test of the engineering and manufacturing
development (EMD) phase of the QF-16 target program. Boeing in March 2010 was
awarded the contract to convert retired F-16 A and C models into QF-16 drones to replace
QF-4s that use Vietnam-era F-4 Phantoms. The test will clear the way for low-rate initial
production, the first batch of which will begin conversions in September in Jacksonville, Fla.
LRIP 1 calls for 13 aircraft. The Air Force has identified a need for 210 QF-16s over the life
of the program. In addition, Boeing is studying the suitability of using the F-16 as an
operational unmanned air vehicle like the General Atomics MQ-1 Predator or MQ-9 Reaper.
(Source: Flightglobal, 08/27/14) Gulf Coast note: Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., has a
growing fleet of QF-16s. Background: New drones a quantum leap, September 2013
newsletter

Helicopter plant ground broken
LAFAYETTE, La. -- Bell Helicopter broke ground Wednesday on an 82,300-square-foot
helicopter assembly plant in Lafayette, La., that will assemble the company's new line of
Short Light Single helicopters. The Texas-based company also confirmed receipt to date of
more than 200 purchase agreements for the Bell 505, the five-seat, single-engine, turbine
helicopter. The $26.3 million Lafayette Aircraft Assembly Center will be funded by the state
of Louisiana, owned by Lafayette Regional Airport and leased by Bell Helicopter. The
company will make an additional capital investment of $11.4 million in equipment and tooling
at the 14.5-acre airport site, adjacent to U.S. 90. The new Bell Helicopter site will create 115
new direct jobs. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the aerospace project will
result in another 136 new permanent indirect jobs, for a total of more than 250 new jobs in
the Acadiana Region and surrounding areas. Bell Helicopter will retain more than 60 jobs in
the Lafayette area at two existing facilities that perform rotor blade and composite repair and
overhaul. Lafayette is about 135 miles west of New Orleans and 60 from Baton Rouge.
(Source: Times-Picayune, 08/27/14)

Qantas changes jetliner orders
SINGAPORE -- Qantas Airways said today that it has converted orders for 21 Airbus A320
aircraft into the re-engined A320neo variant and deferred the delivery by four years. This
means Australia's flag carrier now has orders for 99 Airbus A320neos, and the airline said
the move is part of the latest restructuring of its order book. The decision will help cut capital
expenditure at Qantas. The airline also said  it has delayed the first of its options and
purchase rights for 50 Boeing 787 planes by a year to 2017. (Source: Reuters, 08/28/14)
Gulf Coast connections: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.;
Boeing has non-commercial airline operations in New Orleans and Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

GE designs new 777X blades
General Electric has redesigned the engines that will power the Boeing 777X to have thinner
and stronger blades than any GE engine in service. GE has designed advanced carbon-
fibre composite fan blades for its GE9x engine, and the 777X will have two of them. The
engine component redesign comprises carbon fibre and improved epoxy resin fan blades.
The blades’ leading-edge material also will be made from a steel alloy rather than titanium to
increase strength. It has been a decade since GE designed a new composite fan blade for
the GEnx engine. IHI Corp., Snecma and Techspace Aero and MTU Aero Engines have also
joined the effort to develop the GE9X. (Source: Flightglobal, 08/26/14) Gulf Coast note: GE
Aviation has engine parts plants in Ellisville and Batesville, Miss., and Auburn, Ala.

Tyndalls T-38s bring back Beagles
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The American Beagle Squadron returned to Tyndall
after being deactivated for four years. The 325th Operations Group Adversary Air program
became the 2nd Fighter Training Squadron during a reactivation ceremony Aug. 22,
marking the return of the famed World War II American Beagle Squadron. The Beagles
originally joined Team Tyndall in 1974. The new 2nd FTS' mission is to provide adversary
threat replication enabling Team Tyndall to train and project unrivaled combat power. The
Beagles fly T-38 Talons as adversaries against Tyndall's F-22 Raptors during training. The
T-38 costs around six to seven times less than the F-22, and cost far less to fly. The 2nd
FTS has 18 T-38s. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing, 08/26/14)

Contract: M1 Support, $17.7M
M1 Support Services, Denton, Texas, has been awarded a $17,723,476 modification
(P00075), exercising option year three to the fixed-price-plus-award-fee contract FA4890-11-
C-0005 to continue T-38 program management, organizational and intermediate
maintenance services support for Air Combat Command's T-38 Companion Trainer
program. Work will be performed at Beale Air Force Base, Calif.; Holloman Air Force Base, N.
M.; Langley Air Force Base, Va.; Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.; and Whiteman Air Force
Base, Mo., and will be completed Sept. 30, 2015. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance
funds will be awarded subject to availability of funds. Air Combat Command/Acquisition
Management and Integration Center, Newport News, Va., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 08/27/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $122.2M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $122,217,252
modification to a previously awarded F-35 Lightning II Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot
VI cost-plus incentive fee contract (N00019-11-C-0083) for the procurement of support
equipment for the F-35 aircraft such as sensor covers, tool sets, vacuum clamp sets, and
heat gun assemblies. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla. (73 percent); Redondo Beach,
Calif. (25 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (2 percent), and is expected to be completed in
November 2016. Fiscal 2012 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of
$122,217,252 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, 08/27/14)

Quality inspectors sought
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas is hiring quality inspectors for its $600 million A320 final
assembly line being built at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. The company, which will
eventually build 40 to 50 A320s a year in Mobile, is seeking both final assembly line and
flight line quality inspectors. Hourly pay for the positions is between $20 to $23.50 based on
skills, education and experience. (Source: al.com, 08/27/14)

Defense contractors slim down
Major defense contractors are getting smaller, according to an analysis by Politico. The
number of employees at the five largest U.S. defense firms dropped 14 percent from a peak
in 2008, and 10 percent over the past decade, according to an analysis of employment
figures filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The analysis included Lockheed
Martin, Boeing’s defense unit, Raytheon, General Dynamics and Northrop. The five have in
total eliminated 70,000 jobs since 2008, largely through layoffs, buyouts, attrition or, in the
case of Boeing, moving employees to the commercial side of the business. Some companies
have also made significant divestitures; the most prominent is Northrop’s spinoff of
Huntington Ingalls, but it also sold TASC in 2009. (Source: Politico, 08/25/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $20M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $19,994,879
modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lightning II Low Rate Initial Production Lot VI
contract (N00019-11-C-0083). This modification provides site activation efforts required for
the stand-up of the United Kingdom Joint Strike Fighter Academic Training Center at Royal
Air Force Marham, United Kingdom. Work will be performed in Marham (55 percent); Fort
Worth (35 percent); and Orlando, Fla. (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in
December 2015. International partner funds in the amount of $19,994,879 will be obligated
at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/26/14)
Gulf Coast connection: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 Integrated Training
Center, where pilots and maintainers from all branches and all allied nations are trained.

BOC places huge Boeing order
Bank of China’s aircraft leasing subsidiary, Singapore-based BOC Aviation, announced an
order for 82 Boeing planes with a listed value of $8.8 billion. It includes 50 737 MAX 8s, 30
737-800s and two 777-300ERs. The announcement came less than six weeks after the
company ordered 43 A320s from Airbus at the Farnborough International Airshow. BOC
Aviation, the world's fourth largest by fleet value, currently has 251 planes, mostly B737 and
A320 family aircraft with an average age of less than four years. (Source: South China
Morning Post, 08/26/14) Meanwhile, French aerospace group Safran said BOC Aviation
placed an engine order worth an estimated $2 billion with CFM International, a joint venture
between Safran and General Electric. The order is for 100 LEAP-1B engines to power 50
new 737 Max 8 aircraft and 60 CFM56-7BE engines to power 30 next generation 737s.
(Source: Reuters, 08/25/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line
in Mobile, Ala., where Safran has an engineering center; GE Aviation has engine parts
plants near Hattiesburg, Miss., and Auburn, Ala.

Agreement reached for A320s
China Aircraft Leasing reached an agreement with Airbus to buy four A320 jetliners for an
aggregate basic price of about $375.6 million, it said on Tuesday. The company also said in
a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange that it had signed agreements to lease two
Airbus A320 aircraft to Sichuan Airlines and another four to Chengdu Airlines. (Source:
South China Morning Post, 08/26/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $8.2M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded an $8,167,322 modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lightning II Low Rate
Initial Production (LRIP) Lot VI contract (N00019-11-C-0083). This modification provides for
the maintenance and support for the F-16 chase aircraft supporting the F-35. Work will be
performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in June 2015. Fiscal 2012 aircraft
procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $8,167,322 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, 08/25/14) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 pilot and maintainer training
center.

UTC aero shipments up
Rising demand for new airplanes from airlines around the world has increased shipments of
engines and airplane parts from United Technologies’ aerospace division, consisting of Pratt
and Whitney and UTC Aerospace System segments. P&W which makes airplane engines
and UTAS which is a leading global supplier of airplane components such as landing brakes
and nacelles will likely constitute around 45 percent of United Technologies’ top line in the
current year. (Source: Forbes, 08/22/14) Gulf Coast note: UTC Aerospace Systems in
Foley, Ala., is Baldwin County’s largest manufacturing employer, and does original
equipment work and maintenance, repair and overhaul work on nacelle components.

Contract: OroconCarothers, $28.4M
OroconCarothers, JV1, Oxford, Miss., is being awarded $28,370,000 for firm-fixed-price task
order 0002 under a multiple award construction contract (N69450-14-D-0755) for renovation
and repairs of Building 603, Saufley Field, at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. The work to
be performed provides for renovation of administrative space and compliance with current
life safety and fire codes, which includes, but is not limited to, reconfigure non-load bearing
interior walls, replace suspended ceilings and floor coverings, renovate fire suppression
system, paint walls, replace windows with new windows, hurricane and energy reduction
standards, resurface existing parking, replace energy inefficient direct expansion and chilled
water air conditioning systems with central chilled water system, remove and dispose of
abandoned furniture, fixtures and equipment, and replace east and west side elevators
within existing shafts. Work will be performed in Pensacola and is expected to be completed
by August 2016. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla.,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/22/14)

Lakotas bound for Fort Rucker
Lawmakers have approved the Army's request to reprogram $111 million to pay for 21 more
UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters for training at Fort Rucker, Ala., according to multiple
sources. (Source: InsideDefense, 08/22/14). The helicopters are made by Airbus
Helicopters in Columbus, Miss., which earlier this month signed an contract to lease office
space in the former main location at the Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union in
Daleville, Ala., not far from Fort Rucker. The space will be occupied Sept. 1. (Source: WTVY-
TV, 08/22/14) The Lakotas will replace the Bell TH-67 as the Army’s primary training
helicopter at Fort Rucker. The plan is part of a broader plan to streamline the Army’s
helicopter force from seven helicopter types to four. (Source: Dothan Eagle, 08/13/14) Gulf
Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 jetliner final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., where it
also has an engineering center; Airbus Group owns Vector Aerospace, which has an
operation in Andalusia, Ala.

European eye Global Hawk
Northrop Grumman is in talks about selling its high-altitude surveillance drones in Europe,
with Britain, Germany and Norway seen as the likeliest customers, a top executive said
Wednesday. A $1.7 billion contract the company signed with NATO for a five-drone
surveillance and intelligence system in 2012 will help boost European sales, according to
Andrew Tyler, Northrop’s UK and European chief. It will let Europe get familiar with the UAV’s
capabilities, said Tyler. Germany is already familiar with it. Northrop remains in long-running
talks with the country about a stalled $1.6 billion purchase of four Euro Hawks, which
Northrop developed with Europe's Airbus based on the Global Hawk design. (Source:
Reuters, 08/20/14) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: L-3, $15.5M
L-3 Communications Corp., Link Simulation & Training Division, Arlington, Texas, is being
awarded $15,548,954 for cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price delivery order 0005 against a
previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N61340-12-G-0001) for the procurement of
25 system configuration sets, Navy Aviation Simulation Master Plans, Next Generation
Threat System upgrades and 25 liquid crystal display spare kits in support of the F/A-18
Tactical Operational Flight Trainer Suites. Work will be performed in Naval Air Station
Oceana, Va. (25 percent); Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif. (15 percent); Marine Corps Air
Station Miramar, Calif. (15 percent); Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C. (15 percent);
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan (10 percent); Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, La.
(10 percent); and Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas (10 percent), and is expected to be
completed in August 2016. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division,
Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/21/14)

Contract: Nova Tech, $55M
Nova Technologies, Panama City, Fla., was awarded a $55,000,000 modification (P00007)
to contract W900KK-12-D-0005 for modification of the fire training system for simulated
battlefield training of fire support specialists, joint fire observers and soldiers at the
institutional and unit level. Funding and work location will be determined with each order.
Estimated completion date is Aug. 14, 2017. Army PEO Simulation, Training, and
Instrumentation, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/21/14)

Airbus awards networking contract
MOBILE, Ala. – Information Transport Solutions Inc., of Wetumpka, Ala., was awarded the
networking contract for the A320 final assembly line being built in Mobile. ITS will provide
Airbus with network components for its local area network, fixed port and wireless, IP
telephony and video teleconferencing. The agreement now makes ITS a global provider of
services and equipment for Airbus around the world. ITS will conduct the Airbus project from
its Mobile offices and provide backup redundancy from the Wetumpka headquarters near
Montgomery. The $600 million final assembly line will begin production in 2015 and roll out
its first jetliner in 2016. It will eventually produce 40 to 50 aircraft each year and employ
1,000 workers. (Source: al.com, 08/20/14) Also, Airbus posted two more job openings, one
for a site security manager and one is for a tool shop manager. (Source: al.com, 08/20/14)

Aviation center eyes expansion
MOBILE, Ala. -- Enterprise State Community College's Alabama Aviation Center wants to
expand its footprint at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. It currently offers the state's only aviation
maintenance program, provides both airframe and powerplant training as well as dual-
enrollment programs in both Mobile and Baldwin counties for high school students. Kyle
Cook, the center's director, said the program has outgrown its longtime facility adjacent to
the recently opened AIDT Alabama Aviation Training Center and is working with the Mobile
Airport Authority to secure possible new space in the Aeroplex’s warehouse district. (Source:
al.com, 08/19/14)

Eglin buys from Hawaii boat builder
Navatek Boat Builders, the Honolulu-based shipbuilder and designer whose parent company
built the popular dinner cruise boat that bears its name, has sold and delivered its
“Bladerunner 35” high-speed vessel to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., for use as a military target
support boat, according to a Navatek spokesman. The 35-foot rigid-hull inflatable boat was
built in 2006 by Navatek Ltd. in Honolulu, parent of Navatek Boat Builders. With a top speed
of more than 50 knots, the Bladerunner 35 will be used in simulated missions and military
exercises. (Source: Pacific Business News, 08/18/14)

Milton airport expanding
MILTON, Fla. -- The Peter Prince Airport in Milton is growing. Santa Rosa County got a grant
from the Federal Aviation Administration to resurface and expand the tarmac at Peter Prince
Airport. The grant will cover 90 percent of the $400,000 cost. One business at the airport,
Trident Aviation, broke ground today on a new hanger and office building. In a deal with the
Navy, Trident provides aviation students with their first training in the cockpit before they
start flying in military aircraft. (Source: WEAR-TV, 08/18/14)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $13.7M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$13,744,643 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract
(N00019-13-D-0007) to provide logistics services for aircraft availability of 96 TH-57 aircraft.
Services to be provided include pre-flighting and fueling of the aircraft, as well as safe for
flight release for designated missions. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station
Whiting Field, Milton, Fla., and is expected to be completed in May 2015. No funds are being
obligated at time of award. Funds will be obligated against individual delivery orders as they
are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 08/18/14)

Orbital completes cargo mission
DULLES, Va. -- Orbital Sciences today announced the successful completion of its third
cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station in the past 10 months, including
the initial demonstration flight completed in October 2013 and the first two operational
missions under the company's $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract
with NASA. The Cygnus spacecraft was launched July 13 atop the company's Antares rocket
from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in east Virginia. (Source: Business Wire, 08/18/14) Gulf
Coast note: The Antares rocket is powered by AJ-26 engines tested at Stennis Space
Center, Miss.

Manned, unmanned work together
USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, At Sea (NNS) -- The Navy's unmanned X-47B returned to
carrier operations aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Aug. 17 and completed a
series of tests, operating safely and seamlessly with manned aircraft. Building on lessons
learned from its first test period aboard TR in November 2013, the X-47B team is now
focused on perfecting deck operations and performing maneuvers with manned aircraft in
the flight pattern. The first series of manned/unmanned operations began when the ship
launched an F/A-18 and an X-47B. After an eight-minute flight, the X-47B executed an
arrested landing, folded its wings and taxied out of the landing area. The deck-based
operator used newly developed deck handling control to manually move the aircraft out of
the way of other aircraft, allowing the F/A-18 to touch down close behind the X-47B's
recovery. (Source: NNS, 08/17/14) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman builds portions of
two other UAVs, Global Hawk and Fire Scout, in Moss Point, Miss.; naval aviators begin
initial training in Northwest Florida.

Contract: Northrop, $240.7M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., has been awarded a $240,653,315
primarily firm-fixed-price modification (PZ0001) for FA8620-13-C-3018 for three Block 30M
RQ-4B Global Hawk air vehicles, each containing an Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suite and
an Airborne Signals Intelligence Payload (ASIP), plus two additional ASIP sensors as retrofit
kits. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $354,870,536. The contract
modification is for the definitization of the advance purchase agreement. Work will be
performed at San Diego and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2017. Air Force Life
Cycle Management Center/WIG (Global Hawk Program Office), Wright-Patterson Air Force
Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/15/14) Gulf Coast note: Global
Hawk central fuselage work is done in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Lockheed, $232.8M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $232,794,734
cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to the previously awarded F-35 Low Rate Initial
Production Lot VI contract (N00019-11-C-0083). This modification provides for non-
recurring sustainment activities, to include procurement of 19 training devices and 69 items
of complex support equipment. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla. (96 percent); Owego,
N.Y. (2 percent); and Fort Worth (2 percent) and is expected to be completed in June 2017.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 08/15/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the multi-
service F-35 training center.

Airbus posts more jobs
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus has posted its latest round of hourly manufacturing positions for its
A320 final assembly line being built at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. The positions cover
seven categories with starting hourly training rate ranges from $12 to $16 depending on the
job. Airbus is seeking candidates for systems installation, cabin interiors, sheet metal
specialists, corrosion protectors, ground handling technicians, tool shop attendants and
composite rework specialists. Successful candidates will be placed in training programs of
Alabama Industrial Development Training that could lead to employment. For job posting
information click here. (Source: al.com, 08/14/14)

JetBlue eyeing Panhandle
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Officials at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) in
West Bay hope a federal transportation grant will be key to landing daily air service from Bay
County to New York City, and one airline is supporting the effort. ECP Director Parker
McClellan said a letter of support from low-cost airline JetBlue will give the Airport Authority
some teeth as it seeks funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Small
Community Air Service Development Grant. The letter says the airline is considering service
to Northwest Florida from Kennedy International Airport as part of its five-year growth plan.
The airport is requesting $400,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of
Transportation (DOT) to supplement the $1.8 million incentive package to entice JetBlue
and other airlines. The remainder of the package would come from both cash and in-kind
contributions. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 08/13/14)

Contracts: Multiple, $36M
HDR Engineering Inc., Pensacola, Fla. (W91278-14-D-0056); HCS Group P.C.,
Montgomery, Ala. (W91278-14-D-0057); Thompson Engineering Inc., Mobile, Ala. (W91278-
14-D-0067); Patriot Design LLC-A Fort Hill HCS Group Joint Venture, Montgomery, Ala.
(W91278-14-D-0073); and Baskerville-Donovan Inc.,* Mobile, Ala. (W91278-14-D-0075),
were awarded a $36,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite- delivery contract for architect and
engineering services to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers design program for the Mobile
District's Central, South America, Caribbean, and South Atlantic Division. Funding and work
location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of Aug. 12,
2018. Bids were solicited via the Internet with 14 received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/13/14)

First F-35 crew chiefs graduate
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Nine Airmen are now the first Air Force recruits to graduate
initial skills technical training as F-35 Lightning II crew chiefs after completing Mission-Ready
Airmen training at Eglin earlier this month. The airmen went through months of training within
the 82nd Training Wing that spanned two bases and three squadrons. After completing
basic training, they headed to Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, for aircraft fundamentals
with the 362nd Training Squadron. Then it was on to Eglin Air Force Base, first for F-35-
specific training with the 359th Training Squadron followed by Mission-Ready Airmen
training with Detachment 19, 372nd Training Squadron, which tested their ability to apply
their training in an operational environment. (Source: 82nd Training Wing, 08/12/14)

Tyndall graduates F-22 pilots
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 43rd Fighter Squadron graduated eight F-22
Raptor B-course students in a ceremony Aug. 9. The students of Class 14-BBR completed
an eight-month course of instruction, including 388 academic hours, 26 examinations, 39
sorties and 47 simulator missions. The B-course entails transition and emergency
procedures, instrument tasks, as well as day and night air-to-air refueling. The students are
also educated on air-to-air employment, air-to-ground employment, basic low altitude
employment and night employment. At course completion, students have flown
approximately 55 hours and are prepared to begin mission qualification training in their
combat unit. Once complete with MQT these students will be fully qualified to employ the F-
22 in an air dominance role. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing, 08/11/14)

A320neo Leap-1As enter production
Core assembly of the first pair of CFM International Leap-1A engines to power the Airbus
A320neo is underway, marking the start of a production run that has already amassed firm
orders for more than 7,500 engines across all three new-generation variants. The flight-test
engines are being assembled at General Electric’s production facility in Durham, N.C. The
engine competes with Pratt & Whitney’s PW1100G for the A320neo market. CFM
International is a joint venture of GE Aviation, a division of General Electric, and Snecma,
and division of France’s Safran. (Source: Aviation Week and Space Technology, 08/11/14)
Gulf Coast note: An A320 final assembly line is being built in Mobile, Ala.; Safran has an
engineering center in Mobile; GE Aviation has an engine parts plant in Auburn, Ala., Ellisville
and Batesville, Miss.

TPR settles in, mulls expansion
MILTON, Fla. -- TPR Systems Inc. is preparing for the future, a future it expects to
soar with more aerospace business. That’s why the company, begun in 2002 and formerly
named Turbine Parts & Repair, recently relocated to the Santa Rosa County Industrial Park
in Milton. Its new site has an extra 2.5 acres for expansion for the company that specializes
in machining and manufacturing, but can also do repairs and testing on existing equipment.
TPR Systems Chief Operations Manager Chuck Pyritz expects the company to need the
space in two years. Like many companies in the region, it foresees the aerospace sector on
the rise with Airbus building a final assembly line for its popular A320s in Mobile, Ala., just an
hour away. (Source: GCRL Newsletter, 08/12/14)

Aeroplex rising star’s goal: 50% growth
MOBILE, Ala. -- The ability to text, email and surf the Web on a jet flying tens of
thousands of feet above the earth is taken for granted by travelers these days. But behind
the scenes there are companies working diligently to make that happen. And one major
player is Star Aviation of the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. It’s celebrating its 15th
anniversary this month, and has grown from a five-man operation to a company with 115
employees and counting. Gordon Smart, executive vice president of operations, says the
goal over the next five years is to growt the company by 30 to 50 percent. (Source: GCRL
Newsletter, 08/12/14)

Eglin’s F-35 wingman: Lockheed FWB
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- While much of the world is turning to unmanned
aerial vehicles for weapons delivery, reconnaissance and more, Lockheed Martin in
Fort Walton Beach is focused on the F-35 program, the military's most advanced manned
fighter that's expected to be around at least another 50 years. Lockheed, the nation’s
largest defense contractor, opened its Fort Walton Beach shop less than 20 years ago and
now has 1,000 workers in the area. Lockheed provides much of the maintenance and
support for the F-35 at Eglin, as well as most of the academic and simulator training. But it’s
also involved in Eglin’s weapons programs, as well as other aircraft programs. (Source:
GCRL Newsletter, 08/12/14)

Two Michoud proposals eyed
NEW ORLEANS -- With plans to develop about 300 underutilized acres of green space
around Michoud Assembly Facility, NASA could be just 18 months away from seeing new
tenants at the 43-acre manufacturing facility in east New Orleans. The space agency is
looking for developments that would complement the varied work that’s under way at
Michoud while helping to pay for its operations. It issued a notice in early May seeking input
from parties interested in developing the green space around Michoud. It has two proposals
from developers that it’s studying and says it is open to accepting more. Though no details
are available at this early stage, potential tenants could include the manufacturers of new
types of rocket engines or space habitats. (Source: GCRL Newsletter, 08/12/14)

Airbus exec at school opening
MOBILE, Ala. -- Dave Trent, site director for Airbus Americas, was among the greeters
Thursday morning as B.C. Rain High School students returned to campus for the first day of
school. Airbus is the school’s “Signature Business Partner” for its Aviation and Aerospace
Academy, which is beginning its second year as one of the Mobile County school system’s
career-focused courses of study in its high schools. (Source: al.com, 08/07/14)

Contract: L-3, $15.8M
L-3 Communications Corp., SFS, Madison, Miss., was awarded a $15,832,848 modification
(P00124) to contract W58RGZ-10-C-0107 to add eight C-12s to the life cycle contractor
support maintenance contract for the Army's fleet of C-12/RC-12/UC-35 aircraft. Fiscal 2014
operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $15,832,848 were obligated at
the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Jan. 31, 2015. Work will be performed in
Madison. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 08/07/14)

Wing production shift to China
China's Xian Aircraft Industry is now sole supplier of wings to the Airbus A320 final assembly
line in Tianjin. After starting with system installation on Broughton, UK-made wings in 2009,
Xian Aircraft started producing certain wing structures that were shipped to Broughton for
integration with the remaining structure and then ferried back to China for system installation
and final aircraft assembly. Later, Xian Aircraft began manufacturing entire wing boxes.
Since this summer, all wings for the Tianjin FAL are supplied by XAIC. Production at the
Tianjin site began in 2008. (Source: Flightglobal, 08/06/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is
building its fourth A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Fuselage for 1st NATO Global Hawk done
NATO says the fuselage of the first Global Hawk Block 40 unmanned aerial vehicle for the
alliance has been completed by Northrop Grumman. The fuselage was completed at the
company’s Moss Point, Miss., facility and its being transferred to California, where
production of the long-endurance aircraft will be completed. The aircraft is for NATO's
Alliance Ground Surveillance project to provide intelligence to deployed and non-deployed
operational personnel. The air segment of the project will feature five Northrop Grumman
Global Hawks and flight control stations, which will be located at the AGS main operating
base at Sigonella Air Base in Italy. (Source: UPI, 08/05/14)

Latest in Airbus vs Boeing orders
Airbus overtook Boeing in unadjusted aircraft orders for 2014 after last month's
Farnborough Airshow, but continued to lag when taking into account
cancellations, company data showed on Monday. Airbus won 980 aircraft orders
between January and July, and said it had 705 net orders, beating its newly
introduced net order target for the year. Airbus has said its haul of orders at
Farnborough marked its best ever performance at the UK's biennial aerospace
event. Boeing reported 837 gross orders and 783 net sales after cancellations
between Jan. 1 and July 29. (Source: Reuters, 08/04/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is
building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Contract: Veteran Corps, $10M
Veteran Corps of America, O'Fallon, Ill., has been awarded a $10,070,960 firm-fixed-
price contract for TruDefender FTX Handheld Fourier Transform Infrared
Spectroscopy (FTIR) for chemical identification. Contractor will provide rugged
handheld FTIR chemical identification system, including one-year warranty, one-
year support, on-site training (one four-hour course per instrument for up to 10
students; training must be accomplished no later than nine months after date of
award). This also includes a two-year extension of warranty and support. Work will
be performed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be completed by
Jan. 28, 2015. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and offers were
solicited on FedBizOps; three offers were received. Fiscal 2014 operations and
maintenance funds in the amount of $10,070,960 will be obligated at time of award.
772 Enterprise Sourcing Squadron/PKD, Tyndall Air Force Base is the contracting
activity (FA8051-14-P-0016). (Source: DoD, 08/04/14)

Asphalt mix hits milestone
NICEVILLE, Fla. – A new, fuel-resistant asphalt mix that’s already being used at
several airports has now been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Called P-601 Fuel Resistant Hot Mix Asphalt Pavement, it was developed by
Niceville-based engineering firm AVCON and retired engineer Bob Boyer. The
mixture uses smaller pieces of rock than traditional asphalt, and plastic is added to
make it more rigid. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 08/01/14)

Orion “thinks” it has flown
NASA's Orion spacecraft is not ready for liftoff, but the spacecraft thinks it's
already flown six missions. Since Orion's crew module was stacked on top of its
service module in June, the vehicle has been put through a series of tests
designed to verify all the individual systems work on their own in the new
configuration and that they'll work together as a functional unit during flight. And
the best way to do that is to trick the vehicle into thinking that it's flying, so that it
will perform exactly the same functions it will be called upon to perform in
December, when Orion launches into space for the first time. (Source: Space
Travel, 08/01/14) Gulf Coast note: The Orion capsule was built at Michoud Assembly
Facility, New Orleans; Stennis Space Center, Miss., will test the RS-25 engines that
will be power the first stage of the Space Launch System, which will eventually be
used to launch Orion.

F-35B aces wet runway, crosswind tests
FORT WORTH, Texas – The F35B recently completed required wet runway and
crosswind testing at Edward Air Force Base, Calif. It’s an important program
milestone enabling U.S. Marines Corps Initial Operational Capability (IOC)
certification. The testing, completed in 37 missions during a 41-day period,
achieved 114 test points, including 48 of 48 wet runway test points, four of four
performance STOs, 12 of 18 unique flight test conditions for STO, 19 of 23 unique
flight test conditions for SLs and all directional control and anti-skid wet runway
testing. All testing was performed with BF-4, based at Naval Air Station Patuxent
River, Md. In other achievements, four aircraft surpassed flight hour milestones,
demonstrating program maturity and reliability: F-35C aircraft CF-1 and F-35A
aircraft AF-4 achieved 500 flight hours, and F-35C aircraft CF-5 achieved 100 flight
hours. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 07/30/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is home of the F-35 training center for all three variants of the plane.


JULY 2014

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $29.8M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$29,803,395 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements
contract (N00019-14-D-0019) to provide organizational, intermediate, and depot
level maintenance and logistics support for T45TS aircraft based at Naval Air
Station Meridian, Miss., Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, and Naval Air Station
Pensacola, Fla. This requirement also includes the support and maintenance of the
T-45 aircraft at all operational sites, numerous outlying fields, and various
detachment sites. Work will be performed in Kingsville (58 percent), Meridian (36
percent), and Pensacola (6 percent), and is expected to be completed in
September 2014. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/31/14)

Spirit announces new service
NEW ORLEANS -- Spirit Airlines announced plans for nonstop flights from Louis
Armstrong International Airport to Chicago and Detroit. The flights to Chicago's
O'Hare International Airport and Detroit begin Nov. 6, said an announcement from
the Miramar, Fla.-based airline. Also, beginning Friday, Spirit plans to add direct
flights to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport. When
all the flights are running, Spirit will have five nonstop flights from New Orleans,
including an existing route to the Dallas and Ft. Worth metropolitan area. (Source:
New Orleans Times-Picayune, 07/30/14)

FBO seeks more space
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Relocation of the Panama City–Bay County International
Airport to West Bay, further from Panama City itself, hindered general aviation
activity. But officials at the new airport's fixed-base operator are seeing
improvement and now need more space. Sheltair provides services for general
aviation at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, including fuel
services, airplane storage and other ground support services. Thanks to steady
customer growth, Sheltair is now seeking to significantly increase the amount of
land leased from the Airport Authority. The request will go before the authority
next month. Sheltair, a Fort Lauderdale-based company, operates 14 facilities
across the U.S., with locations in Florida, Georgia and New York. (Source: News
Herald, 07/30/14)

Assystem opening Mobile site
MOBILE, Ala. – French engineering company Assystem has become the latest
Airbus-related company to announce plans for a Mobile. The Paris-based company
has 11,000 employees in 19 countries and is expected to have about 10 people in
Mobile. The company has worked with the likes of Airbus, Areva, Alstom, General
Electric, Peugeot, Rolls Royce, Safran, Thales and others. (Source: al.com,
07/29/14). The company offers aerospace, energy, automotive and other clients
project consulting and IT services, specializing in outsourced research and
development. Research projects encompass such fields as embedded computing,
optics and infrared, digital modeling and simulation and ergonomics.

815th remains at Keesler for now
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- The 815th Airlift Squadron will remain at
Keesler Air Force Base for now, and when it might be deactivated is up in the air.
Community leaders are waiting to hear whether the decision to delay deactivation  
of the 815th could lead to C-130 aircraft remaining at Keesler Air Force Base. The
Air Force has been planning to move 10 C-130s from Keesler to Arkansas, but
those plans have been tabled for now. The Air Force has rescinded restrictions on
the 815th, meaning it can now replace personnel. (Sources: WLOX-TV, Sun Herald,
07/29/14)

Rising demand for pilots, techs
Boeing is forecasting continued strong growth in demand for commercial pilots
and maintenance technicians as the global fleet expands over the next 20 years.
Boeing's 2014 Pilot and Technician Outlook says that between 2014 and 2033, there
will be a need for 533,000 new commercial airline pilots and 584,000 new
commercial airline maintenance technicians. Pilot demand is up about 7 percent
compared to 2013 and maintenance demand is up just over 5 percent. North
America is projected to need 88,000 pilots and 109,000 technicians. (Source:
Boeing, 07/30/14)

Triton development costs up
The cost to develop the Triton unmanned reconnaissance plane for the Navy has
increased by at least 25 percent, or $720 million, according to Navy estimates and
congressional investigators. As development costs have risen to at least $3.9
billion, the scheduled dates to begin production and then deployment of the
Northrop Grumman-built drone have each slipped by more than two years,
according to a Senate committee. The Navy plans to buy some 70 of the MQ-4
Tritons, which are based on the Global Hawk unmanned aircraft. The projected
start of initial production has been delayed by 31 months to December 2015 from
the original goal of May 2013. The target date to declare an initial squadron of the
drones ready for combat has slipped to April 2018 from December 2015, according
to Navy documents. The projected start of full-rate production -- the most lucrative
phase for a contractor --has slipped to January 2018 from December 2015. (Source:
Bloomberg, 07/28/14) Gulf Coast note: Triton central fuselage work is done in Moss
Point, Miss.

Contract: SAIC, $10.4M
Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va., is being awarded a
$10,437,025 modification under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-
quantity contract (N00033-10-D-6506) with firm-fixed-price and/or firm, fixed-price,
level-of-effort task orders for information technology ashore operations support
services in support of Military Sealift Command's Command, Control,
Communications and Computer Systems directorate. Work will be performed in
Washington, D.C. (74.7 percent); Norfolk, Va. (16.9 percent); San Diego, Calif. (5.9
percent); Pensacola, Fla. (2.4 percent); Scott Air Force Base, Ill. (less than 1
percent); Yokohama, Japan (less than 1 percent); and Naples, Italy (less than 1
percent), and is expected to be completed by July 2015. Fiscal 2015 working capital
funds in the amount of $10,437,025 will be obligated on individual task orders
subject to the availability of fiscal 2015 funds, and will not expire at the end of that
fiscal year. The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command, Washington, District of
Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00033-10-D-6506). (Source: DoD, 07/28/14)

FAA proposes $12M fine for Southwest
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a $12 million civil
penalty against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with regulations in three
separate enforcement cases related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners operated by
the Dallas-based airline. The FAA alleges that beginning in 2006, Southwest
conducted alterations to eliminate potential cracking of the aluminum skin on 44
jetliners. The FAA conducted an investigation that included both the airline and its
contractor, Aviation Technical Services, Inc., (ATS) of Everett, Wash. The FAA
determined that ATS failed to follow proper procedures for replacing the fuselage
skins on these aircraft. Southwest has 30 days to respond to the allegations.
(Source: FAA, 07/28/14) Gulf Coast note: Southwest Airlines serves New Orleans,
Pensacola and Panama City.

Transfer of F-35Bs has begun
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Most of the Marines who have been stationed at the
F-35 training center at Eglin have moved to South Carolina, part of the relocation
of VMFAT-501 from Eglin to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. The squadron was
welcomed to its new base late last week. Fifteen of the 33rd Fighter Wing’s 49 F-
35s belong to the Marines. Those aircraft will stay at Eglin for about a year while
the Marines work to get the proper infrastructure in place at Beaufort, said Air
Force Lt. Hope Cronin, a spokeswoman for the wing. (Source: Northwest Florida
Daily News, 07/25/14)

Contract: B3H, $7M
B3H Corp., Shalimar, Fla., has been awarded a $7,069,922 modification (0003) to
FA4890-12-D-0014-SK02 for English language instructors and an English language
training program using Defense Language Institute English Language Center
courseware, methodology and processes. The total cumulative face value of the
contract is $20,326,840. This modification provides for the exercise of the second
option year; no option years remain. Work will be performed in Saudi Arabia, and at
King Abdul Aziz Air Base, Dhahran, and is expected to be completed by Jan. 31,
2016. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales for the Saudi Arabia.
Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $7,069,922 are being obligated at time
of award. The 338 Specialized Contracting Squadron/PKB, Joint Base San Antonio,
Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/25/14)

Contract: Lakeview Center, $10.3M
Lakeview Center Inc., Pensacola, Fla., as awarded a $10,280,538 modification
(P00015) to contract W9124D-10-D-0031 for dining facility/cook support. Funding
and work location will be determined with each order. Estimated completion date
is Aug. 31, 2015. Army Contracting Command, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Ft. Lewis,
Wash., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/25/14)

First Aussie F-35s roll out
Fort Worth, Texas -- A ceremony was held Thursday at Lockheed Martin
commemorating the official roll out of the first two F-35 aircraft for the Royal
Australian Air Force. The F-35 will provide the RAAF with a transformational fifth
generation fighter capability and provides benefits to the Australian aerospace
industry, with more than $412 million already contracted and up to $6 billion in
expected manufacturing orders over the life of the program. AU-1 and AU-2 will
undergo functional fuel system checks before being transported to the flight line
for ground and flight tests in the coming months. They’ll be delivered to the RAAF
later this year and will be based at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., where they’ll be used
for Australian and partner country pilot training. (Source: Lockheed Martin,
07/24/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the training center for the
Air Force, Navy and Marine variant of the F-35.

JAGM dual-mode tested
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated its Joint Air-to-Ground
Missile (JAGM) dual-mode guidance section during a second internally funded
flight test at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the test, the rail-mounted JAGM flew
6.2 kilometers and initially acquired the target using its precision strike, semi-
active laser. The dual-mode guidance section then engaged its millimeter wave
radar, and the moving target was destroyed. This flight test is a risk reduction
milestone critical to Lockheed Martin's performance on the U.S. Army's 27-month
Continued Technology Development program. (Source: PRNewswire, 07/23/14)

Huge weld tool nearly complete
NEW ORLEANS -- The 170-foot Vertical Assembly Center (VAC) is near completion
and will soon be ready to build the core stage of NASA's Space Launch System, the
most powerful rocket in history and designed for deep space missions. VAC is the
world's largest spacecraft welding tool, part of a family of tools at NASA's Michoud
Assembly Facility designed to build the core stage. The core stage will store
cryogenic liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen that will feed the vehicle's RS-25
engines, which will be tested at nearby Stennis Space Center, Miss. The core
stage, comprised of the forward skirt, the liquid oxygen tank, the intertank, the
liquid hydrogen tank and the engine section, recently passed its critical design
review. (Source: Space Travel, 07/23/14) Previous

Airline selects Trent 7000
Hawaiian Airlines selected six Airbus A330-800neo aircraft powered by the newly-
launched Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engine. The new aircraft will replace six A350-800
aircraft that the airline has on order. The Trent engine family has accumulated
more than 75 million flight hours over the last 19 years. Each member of the Trent
engine family has been either the market leader, aircraft launch engine, or both.
(Source: Rolls-Royce, 07/23/14) Gulf Coast note: Trent engines are tested at the
Rolls-Royce outdoor test stand at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Bohai buying 70 A320s
The Hong Kong unit of China's Shenzhen-listed Bohai Leasing signed a deal worth
about $7.76 billion to buy 70 A320neo aircraft from Airbus Group, the Chinese
company announced. Subsidiary Hong Kong Aviation Capital signed the agreement
on July 17 and it was approved by a special meeting of its board of directors on
the following day, Bohai Leasing said. This month, BOC Aviation, the aircraft
leasing arm of the Bank of China, ordered 43 planes from Airbus, including 36
A320ceo and seven A320neo models. (Source: Reuters, 07/21/14) Gulf Coast note:
Airbus is building its fourth A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

FACC gets A320 sharklet work
Switzerland-based FACC AG and Airbus announced on July 16 the signing of a
contract for an additional work package for the A320 aircraft family. The contract
includes the production, as a second source, of Sharklet wing tip devices for the
single-aisle aircraft from Airbus. FACC also recently won an Airbus contract for the
redesign and manufacture of overhead stowage bins, ceiling panels and cove
light panels as well as for the manufacture of the aft belly fairings for the A320
family. FACC will produce the components in Ort im Innkreis, Austria. (Source:
Composites World, 07/21/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final
assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Contract: Raytheon, $8.5M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $8,527,198 modification
(P00026) to a firm-fixed-price contract (FA8675-13-C-0003) for Advanced Medium-
Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) Production Lot 27. The total cumulative face
value of the contract is $564,772,594. The contract modification provides for
integration and testing for AMRAAM contract line item numbers 0008, 0009, and
0010 being produced under the basic contract. Work will be performed at Tucson,
Arizona, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2016. Foreign military sales
contract funds in the amount of $8,527,198 are being obligated at the time of the
award for Australia. This Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBAK, Eglin AFB,
Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/18/14)

Mobile hosts operators meeting
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus Defense and Space's U.S. military aircraft unit late last month
held its first operators conference in Mobile. About thirty representatives from
business and government owners of C212 aircraft fleets from five countries
attended. Operators from Alaska, Oregon, Florida, North Carolina and Wyoming in
the U.S., as well as from Chile, Australia, Spain and Argentina participated. Airbus
opened a 30,000-square-foot maintenance, repair and overhaul center at Mobile
Regional Airport in 2009, and in February a new 7,500-square-foot component
repair facility was opened. The Mobile operation provides American operators of
the C212 and CN235 tactical transports with the capabilities of a certified FAA and
European Aviation Safety Agency repair station as well as direct support from the
aircraft manufacturer. Some capabilities at the repair facility may support the
Airbus A320 Family aircraft assembly line, currently under construction in Mobile.
(Source: Market Wired, 07/17/14)

Farnborough: Airbus tops Boeing
Airbus beat rival Boeing in aircraft orders at this year's Farnborough International
Airshow, getting nearly twice as many orders and commitments. Though Airbus
clinched more deals at Farnborough, Boeing said it has won more in the year to
date. Boeing put its figure at 783 and Airbus' at 648. Airbus said Thursday its orders
and commitments at Farnborough for 496 aircraft were valued at $75 billion.
Demand for its A320neo, or "new engine option," was particularly strong. Boeing,
meanwhile, secured business worth $40.2 billion for 201 airplanes. (Source: AP via
ABC, 07/17/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in
Mobile, Ala.

Space Florida pushes project forward
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Space Florida is moving ahead with plans for the first
commercial development in the nine-acre Pensacola Technology Park, issuing a
request to recruit and architectural firm and citing Sept. 12 as its deadline to
negotiate an agreement with one. The Melbourne-based quasi-government
agency filed a “Request for Qualifications” with Florida officials that detailed its
building plans for a nearly 60,000-square-foot facility that would include areas for
technological research and training. Space Florida’s current plans envision five
tenants that would rent space in various sizes from 5,000 to 20,000 square feet
each. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, WEAR-TV, 07/17/14)

RS-25 for SLS on test stand
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – In a key milestone in NASA's Space Launch System
program, an RS-25 engine was installed Thursday on the A-1 Test Stand. The team
at NASA's Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi will perform developmental
and flight certification testing of the engine, No. 0525, a modified version of the
space shuttle main engine that powered missions into space from 1981 to 2011.
The SLS core stage will be powered by four RS-25 engines. Early tests on the
engine will collect data on the performance of its new advanced engine controller
and other modifications. (Source: NASA/SSC, 07/17/14) The core stage of the SLS is
being built at Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans.

Contract: Northrop, $17M
Northrop Grumman Corp., Aerospace Systems, El Segundo, Calif., has been
awarded a $17,059,000 modification (P00270) to a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract
(F19628-00-C-0100) for radar software deficiency corrections. The contract
modification is for Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program radar
system development and demonstration alignment with the Global Hawk Block 40
program schedule. The total cumulative face value of the contract is
$1,529,683,365. Work will be performed at El Segundo and is expected to be
completed on Sept. 30, 2015. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom
Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/16/14) Gulf
Coast note: Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: URS Group, $8M
URS Group Inc., Mobile, Ala., was awarded an $8,000,000 firm-fixed-price indefinite-
delivery contract for architectural and engineering services for the Mobile District
and South Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Funding and work
location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of
July 15, 2019. Bids were solicited via the Internet with 28 received. U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers, Mobile, is the contracting activity (W91278-14-D-0065). (Source: DoD,
07/16/14)

Enterprise Florida gets award
LONDON -- Enterprise Florida was recognized for 20 years of service to small
businesses through international trade and development support. The award was
presented at the Farnborough International Airshow by Kenneth Hyatt, Deputy
Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce and
Tom Kallman, president & CEO of Kallman Worldwide. Florida has the largest
representation of any state at this year’s show near London, with two pavilions and
11 small businesses and organizations exhibiting. The state is home to more than
2,000 aviation and aerospace companies employing 82,000 workers. (Source:
Enterprise Florida, 07/16/14)

Airbus gets XWB orders
Air Mauritius has placed an order for six long range A350 XWB jetliners. Air
Mauritius said it signed a tentative deal to buy four A350-900 planes from Airbus
and would lease two from AerCap to replace its six A340 planes. The deal for the
four new planes is worth around $1.2 billion at list prices. Dubai-based airline
Emirates had last month cancelled an order for 70 A350 planes in a setback to
Airbus. The planes are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. (Sources:
Reuters, Rolls-Royce, 07/16/14) Gulf Coast note: Rolls-Royce XWB engines are
tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Mobile team continues meetings
LONDON, England – The Mobile region’s delegation to the Farnborough
International Airshow had 25 one-on-one meetings Tuesday with potential
corporate recruits before hosting the Moible Bay Aerospace Reception. Some 200
people participated in the reception. Troy Wayman, the Mobile Area Chamber of
Commerce's vice president of economic development, said the purpose of the
meetings was to establish connections or remain visible to longtime prospects. A
big topic of discussion among prospects, he said, was workforce development.
The Alabama team includes representatives from the field of education. (Source: al.
com, 07/15/14)

Airport launches new website
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Pensacola International Airport launched its new, mobile-
friendly website FlyPensacola.com today. The redesigned site includes new
navigation tools. “We wanted our website to incorporate information for airport
travelers, general aviation pilots, and our many customers,” said Airport Director
Greg Donovan. It also includes a new community directory with special events and
local promotions. (Source: City of Pensacola, 07/16/14)

Alcoa wins $1.1B PW deal
NEW YORK -- Alcoa announced a $1.1 billion deal Monday to supply jet engine
parts to Pratt and Whitney, including the world's first lightweight aluminum alloy
fan blade. It developed the forging for the new aluminum fan blade for Pratt and
Whitney’s PurePower engines using an advanced aluminum alloy and a proprietary
manufacturing process. Alcoa also is developing for the PurePower engines a fan
blade forging using its most advanced aluminum-lithium alloy. "We're going where
no materials scientist has gone before," said Alcoa chairman and chief executive
Klaus Kleinfeld, saying the company “cracked the code on forging an aluminum fan
blade that is lighter and enables better fuel efficiency." (Source: Industry Week,
07/14/14) Gulf Coast note: The PurePower engine is an option on the A320neo.
Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

GE in Auburn to add 3D printing
GE Aviation plans to install a high-volume, additive manufacturing facility at its
existing operations in Auburn, Ala. The $50 million 3-D printing initiative will
produce fuel nozzles for jet engines. The project was announced early Tuesday at
the Farnborough International Airshow. The company will partner with Auburn
University and other institutions on workforce, research and technology
requirements for the project. The Auburn plant, which opened last year and
produces machined parts for jet engines, has more than 70 workers and is
expected to reach 300 by the end of the decade. (Source: al.com, 07/15/14) Gulf
Coast note: GE Aviation also has an engine parts plant near Hattiesburg, Miss.

Airbus posts more jobs
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus is looking to fill five corrosion protector positions at its A320
final assembly line being built at Mobile Aeroplex. Corrosion protectors are
responsible for performing all sealing and corrosion protection within the
required stations of the aircraft,
focusing on the wings. A minimum of six months training
abroad is required. For a complete job posting, click here. (Source: al.com, 07/15/14)

F-35 won’t make Farnborough
The F-35 will not make its international debut at the Farnborough Air Show this week, the
Pentagon said Tuesday afternoon. The announcement came hours after the Defense
Department said the fleet, grounded after a June 23 runway fire at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., could fly again under restrictions. At an afternoon press conference, Pentagon
spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said the fighter jet would not make it overseas after all.
The show was seen as an important showcase for the fighter, the Pentagon’s most
expensive weapons program, which will rely heavily on foreign sales. (Source: Washington
Post, 07/15/14)

F-35 returns to air with limits
The U.S. Navy and Air Force have approved a limited return to flight for the F-35 fighter,
keeping alive the possibility that it could make an appearance at the Farnborough
International Airshow in England this week. The Pentagon announced on Tuesday that Navy
and Air Force officials approved the flight resumption on Monday but imposed restrictions
that will remain in effect until the cause of a June 23 engine fire is identified and corrected.
The entire fleet of nearly 100 planes was grounded after the fire at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla. (Source: AP, 07/15/14)

ST Aerospace secures contracts
SINGAPORE -- ST Aerospace secured new contracts to cover aerospace-related jobs such
as airframe, component and engine maintenance, cabin modification and pilot training. ST
Aerospace is the aerospace unit of Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering).
In a statement on Monday, ST Engineering says the contracts include a five-year agreement
with a regional U.S. airline for heavy maintenance of 42 Embraer E-170 and E-175 aircraft at
its San Antonio facility. (Source: ChannelNewsAsia, 07/14/14) Gulf Coast note: ST
Aerospace has a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Mobile, Ala., and plans to
operate a satellite operation in nearby Pensacola, Fla.

UTC to supply wheels/brakes for A320neo
UTC Aerospace Systems has been chosen by Airbus to supply new wheels and carbon
brakes for A320neo family aircraft through its Landing Systems facility in Troy, Ohio. The
equipment is scheduled to enter into service in 2015 on the current A320 family of aircraft.
The new wheels and brakes are designed as a product improvement and will be introduced
with compatibility across the current A318/A319/A320 and A319/A320neo platforms. UTC
Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and
components for the aerospace and defense industries. (Source: Aerospace Manufacturing
and Design, 07/15/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in
Mobile, Ala.; UTC Aerospace has a center in Foley, Ala.

Contract: Lockheed, $278.6M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $278,649,002
modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lightning II Low Rate Initial Production Lot VI
contract (N00019-11-C-0083). This modification provides for non-recurring sustainment
activities, to include procurement of Depot Phases I-IV sustainment activities. 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 October 2018. Fiscal 2012
aircraft procurement (Navy and Air Force) funds and international partner funds in the
amount of $278,649,002 will be obligated at time of award, $236,913,238 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, 07/14/14)

Contract: Multiple, $960M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Gaithersburg, Md. (FA87732-13-D-0001); Jacobs
Technology, Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (FA8732-13-D-0002); SRA International, Fairfax,
Va. (FA8732-13-D-0003); L-3 National Security Solutions, Reston, Va. (FA8732-13-D-
0004); Raytheon, Garland, Texas (FA8732-13-D-0006); InfoReliance Corp., Fairfax,
Va. (FA8732-13-D-0026); CACI-ISS, Inc., Chantilly, Va. (FA8732-13-D-0027); Northrop
Grumman Information Systems, Herndon, Va. (FA8732-13-D-0028), General
Dynamics Information Technology, Needham, Mass. (FA8732-13-D-0029); and
International Business Machines Corp., Reston, Va. (FA8732-13-D-0030) are being
awarded a $960,000,000 multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity
(ID/IQ) contract for Network-Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) Application
Services. This contract vehicle will provide services such as sustainment,
migration, integration, training, help desk support, testing and operational
support. Other services include, but are not limited to, exposing data from
Authoritative Data Sources to support web-services or Service Oriented
Architecture constructs in Air Force enterprise environments. This contract
vehicle is the mandatory source for all USAF units purchasing services that fall
under the scope of the contract. Because this is an ID/IQ contract, the location of
performance is not known at this time and will be cited on individual delivery
orders. The period of performance is 10 years. This award is the result of a
competitive acquisition; offers were solicited electronically through FedBizOps
and 21 offers were received. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/HICK,
Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 07/14/14)

Mobile team wraps up first day
FARNBOROUGH, England -- With roughly two dozen formal and informal meetings
behind them, representatives with the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce called
opening day of the Farnborough International Airshow a success. "We had some
very good introductory meetings. All were aware of Mobile, but had not been
before. That could change," Jana Stupavsky, a senior project manager with the
chamber, said in a chamber blog post about the day’s activities. (Source: al.com,
07/14/14)

Florida opens two airshow pavilions
FARNBOROUGH, England – The state of Florida opened two pavilions at the 2014
Farnborough International Airshow. Florida has the largest representation of any
state at the show, according to Enterprise Florida. Gray Swoope, Florida Secretary
of Commerce and Enterprise Florida president and CEO, said this is the first year
the state has had two pavilions. The show near London has some 1,500 exhibiting
companies from some 50 nations. (Source: Enterprise Florida, 07/14/14)

Cygnus heads to ISS
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. – Fresh supplies and research experiments began a three-
day journey to the International Space Station on Sunday after a successful launch
atop an Antares rocket. The rocket took off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional
Spaceport at 12:52 p.m. EDT. The commercial Orbital Sciences Cygnus supply ship
will complete the cargo delivery Wednesday with an automated approach to the
space station. The Antares rocket is powered by twin Aerojet Rocketdyne AJ26
engines, which are tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss. (Source: Spaceflight
Now, 07/14/14)

F-35s may still make show
FARNBOROUGH, England -- F-35 fighters still stands a chance of showing up at the
Farnborough International Airshow as engineers work to restore its safety
clearance. Military chiefs and the international consortium that built the Lockheed
Martin jet are hopeful that four planes due to appear at the U.K. event will be able
to cross the Atlantic, U.S. Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall said at a briefing
in Farnborough. The plane was grounded following an engine fire on June 23 at
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The fire is thought to have been caused by friction
between blades and the cowl around them. The jet has already missed an
appearance at the naming of a U.K. aircraft carrier from which it will serve, as well
as the weekend’s Royal International Air Tattoo and the first day of the
Farnborough show, which runs until Sunday. (Source: Bloomberg, 07/14/14)

AF reorganizing HQs
The Air Force will eliminate 3,459 positions through a major reorganization of
headquarters across the nation and overseas. The Air Force said today it would
deactivate and realigning organizations at headquarters Air Force, major
commands, numbered air forces and field operating agencies, resulting in savings
of $1.6 billion across the Air Force in the next five years. The reorganization will
help meet the Department of Defense's directive to reduce costs and staff levels
by at least 20 percent. As part of ongoing cost savings initiatives, the Air Force will
also continue to reduce contract spending, operating budgets and travel
expenditures. (Source: DoD, 07/14/14)

Airbus picks Trent 7000
Rolls-Royce today announced that Airbus picked the new Trent 7000 as the
exclusive engine for the Airbus A330neo. The Trent 7000, launched today, is the
seventh member of the Trent engine family. Over the last 19 years, Rolls-Royce
Trent engines have accumulated more than 75 million flight hours. The majority of
modern widebody aircraft, either in service or on order, are powered by Trent
engines. (Source: Rolls-Royce, 07/14/14) Gulf Coast note: Rolls-Royce tests Trent
engines at its outdoor facility at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

SDB II steps up integration work
Raytheon, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force have begun Small Diameter Bomb II
integration activities on the F-35, F/A-18E/F, and F-16 aircrafts. Preliminary SDB II fit
checks and pit tests have been completed on the F-35, supporting the Joint Strike
Fighter's ability to carry eight SDB IIs internally. SDB II can strike targets from a
range of more than 40 nautical miles, with a dynamic warhead that can destroy both
soft and armored targets while keeping collateral damage to a minimum through a
small explosive footprint. (Source: Raytheon via PRNewswire, 07/14/14) Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center; Eglin AFB
manages the SDB Increment II.

Contract: Raytheon, $80.8M
Raytheon has been awarded an $80,768,012 firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-
fee contract for the Lot 7 Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALD-J) missile
(200 each) to include: data, mission planning, process verification program, and
operational flight software. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., and is
expected to be completed by June 30, 2016. This award is a result of a sole-source
acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBJM, Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-14-C-0004). (Source: Raytheon via
PRNewswire, 07/14/14)

American picks LEAP-1A
FARNBOROUGH, England -- American Airlines has selected CFM International’s
LEAP-1A engine to power its new fleet of 100 Airbus A320neo family aircraft. CFM
values the engine order at $2.6 billion U.S. at list price. The aircraft order was
originally announced in July 2011 and American will begin taking delivery in 2017.
American has been a CFM customer since 1996 and the airline’s fleet includes 375
Airbus A320 Family and Boeing 737 aircraft powered by CFM56 engines. CFM
International is a joint venture of General Electric and Safran. (Source: Business
Wire, 07/13/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in
Mobile, Ala.; GE Aviation has a jetliner engine parts plant near Hattiesburg, Miss.,
and Auburn, Ala.; Safran has an engineering center in Mobile.

Navy maintains F-35 grounding
The U.S. Navy on Friday maintained a grounding order for F-35B and F-35C
variants, saying it was still not clear what caused an engine failure on an Air Force
F-35 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., last month. "At this time, I do not have sufficient
information to return the F-35B and F-35C fleet to flight," Vice Admiral David
Dunaway, who heads the Navy's Air Systems Command, said in an update to a
fleetwide grounding order issued by U.S. officials on July 3. A copy of the
document was obtained by Reuters. Hopes had been high three F-35Bs would
attend the Farnborough International Airshow, which begins next week. (Source:
Reuters, 07/12/14)

LHA 6 heads for California
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- The Navy's newest amphibious assault ship, LHA 6, set sail
from Ingalls Shipbuilding Friday morning. America, which can accommodate 1,059
crew and 1,687 Marines, is slated for a commissioning on Oct. 11 in San Francisco.
It will be homeported in San Diego. The ship can carry a variety of aircraft,
including 12 MV-22 Osprey, nine F-35B Joint Strike Fighters, four AH-1Z Viper
attack helicopters, four CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters and two MH-60S search
and rescue helicopters. (Source: Mississippi Press, 07/11/14)

Pensacola starts new aero pipeline
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Escambia County School District and Pensacola State
College are moving ahead with plans to create a pipeline of talent for the
aerospace industry. PSC President Ed Meadows expects the aerospace program,
where students can earn the airframe and powerplant certification to become
aerospace mechanics, to be in place within the next two and a half to three years.
The school district is beginning a similar aerospace training program at its
Georgestone Technical Center and has hired an instructor to teach aerospace
mechanics. The first class is planned to begin in August of 2015. The district also is
planning an aerospace career academy at Washington High School. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 07/10/14)

CFM nears $2.6B order
A General Electric joint venture is nearing an order from U.K. discount airline
EasyJet for 200 jet engines valued at $2.6 billion. The Leap-1A engines from CFM
International would power 100 Airbus Group A320neos that EasyJet agreed to buy
in 2013. The deal may be announced at the Farnborough International Airshow in
England. It would mark a setback for Pratt and Whitney, which vies with CFM to
supply engines for the latest model in the top-selling A320 jet family. Safran of
France is the other partner of CFM International. (Source: Bloomberg, 07/10/14)
Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.; GE
Aviation has a jetliner engine parts plant near Hattiesburg, Miss., and Auburn, Ala.;
Safran has an engineering center in Mobile; economic development teams from
the I-10 region will attend the Farnborough air show.

SMBC nears $10B order
Irish leasing company SMBC Aviation Capital is in advanced talks to buy some 100
Airbus aircraft, which could be announced at the Farnborough Airshow. The order
may include the current generation of A320 single-aisle jetliners and the more fuel-
efficient A320neo, and is potentially worth up to $10 billion at list prices. Dublin-
based SMBC Aviation Capital, owned by Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Banking and until
2012 the leasing arm of Royal Bank of Scotland, declined to comment. (Source:
Reuters, 07/10/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in
Mobile, Ala.; economic development teams from this region will be attending the
Farnborough show.

Florida aero strength highlighted
Florida can lead the nation in aircraft manufacturing, according to a just released
report by Florida TaxWatch. The study says that during the last 10 years, the
number of aircraft manufacturing establishments in Florida increased by almost 60
percent. It credits the state's tax policies and Enterprise Florida’s application of
incentives. The report, "Ready for Takeoff," says commercial aviation in the state
is expected to increase by 5 percent annually during the next 20 years. Florida,
which in late 2013 was ranked by PricewaterhouseCoopers as the most attractive
state for aircraft manufacturing, is second to California in the number of aviation
and aerospace establishments. Florida TaxWatch is an independent, nonpartisan,
nonprofit research institute. (Sources: Florida TaxWatch, Florida Trend, Sunshine
State News, 07/10/14)

Bombardier, PW test engine fix
Bombardier Inc said on Wednesday it is testing a fix for its all-new CSeries engine
with Pratt & Whitney and still expects to resume flight testing in the coming weeks
after a major engine failure in late May grounded the jetliner. Bombardier
restarted ground tests on the $4.4 billion aircraft on June 10 after engine maker
Pratt & Whitney said it likely understood the root cause of the problem and that it
did not lie with its signature gearing system. Despite the delay in flight testing,
Montreal-based Bombardier has said it still expects the narrow-body plane will
enter service in the second half of 2015 to competed with the smaller jetliners of
industry leaders Boeing and Airbus. (Source: Reuters, 07/10/14) Gulf Coast note:
Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.; another PW engine,
the F135 that powers the F-35 fighter, caught fire at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in
June.

Boeing forecast bullish
Boeing released its most bullish 20-year forecast for jetliner demand since 2011,
saying on Thursday the world will need 36,770 new planes worth $5.2 trillion by
2033. The company's annual projection is up 4.2 percent from its 2013 forecast, and
it predicted beating rival Airbus Group in the lucrative market for twin-aisle planes
as the planes are built and delivered over the next two decades. (Source: Reuters,
07/10/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile,
Ala.

Airbus posts more openings
MOBILE, Ala. – The Airbus A320 final assembly line being built in Mobile is looking
for quality inspectors for both the line and the supply chain. Both the assembly
line and supply chain inspector positions require at least nine months' training
abroad. For a complete list of available positions associated with the Mobile
project as they become available, check the Alabama Industrial Development
Training program site. (Source: al.com, 07/09/14)

Contract: Kaman, $8.5M
Kaman Precision Products Inc., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $8,475,368.48
firm-fixed-price modification (P00016) to FA8681-13-C-0029 for Lot 11 Production of
Joint Programmable Fuze systems. The contract modification provides for the
exercise of an option for an additional quantity of 3,069 state-of-the-art fuze
systems being produced under the basic contract. Work will be performed at
Orlando and is expected to be completed by September 2016. This contract is 8
percent foreign military sales for Morocco and Singapore. Fiscal 2012, 2013 and
2014 ammunition procurement funds in the amount of $8,475,368 will be obligated
at time of award. This is not a multiyear contract. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center/EBDK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
07/09/14)

Hagel to visit Eglin, Ft. Rucker
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will visit Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and Fort
Rucker, Ala., during a two-day tour that begins Wednesday. The trip is intended to
ensure that the Defense Department stays focused on the long-term concerns
affecting U.S. interests worldwide, said Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm.
John Kirby. Hagel's first stop is Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Southeast
Georgia, home to Navy Ohio-class ballistic and guided-missile subs. On Thursday
Hagel will be at Eglin, home of the center where F-35 pilots and maintainers are
trained. It's also where an F-35 caught fire while on the runway preparing for take
off. The plane has been grounded since July 3 pending an investigation. Hagel's
final stop is at Fort Rucker in Southeast Alabama, home of Army aviation. (Source:
DoD, 07/08/14)

Alabama team goes to airshow
MOBILE, Ala. -- A delegation of business and community leaders from the greater
Mobile area will attend next week’s Farnborough International Airshow. The group
will tout the Mobile area’s logistical and infrastructure assets. Mobile is already
well-known as the city that landed an Airbus A320 final assembly line, but it has
multiple aerospace and aviation companies in both Mobile and Baldwin counties.
The delegation includes Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson, and representatives of the
Mobile County Commission, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, Mobile Airport
Authority, Alabama Port Authority and Baldwin County Economic Development
Alliance. (Source: Mobile Chamber, 07/07/14)

Florida team Farnborough-bound
A five-member delegation from Northwest Florida is leaving for London later this
week on a mission to bring aviation jobs to the region. The group of economic
development professionals will be attending the Farnborough Air Show where
hundreds of aviation companies will be meeting to buy, sell and demonstrate the
latest in airplanes, helicopters and other aviation products and services. Headed
up by Florida’s Great Northwest, the region’s economic development marketing
organization, the group has set up appointments over the four-day event with
leading global aerospace companies. The state of Florida will also have a booth at
the air show to promote incentives, workforce advantages, tax advantages and
other business-friendly programs available to prospective aviation companies.
(Source: Florida’s Great Northwest, 07/08/14)

United outsourcing 630 plus jobs
United Airlines said Monday it plans to outsource some 630 ticket and gate agents
and baggage handler jobs at 12 American airports, including Pensacola, Fla. It’s
designed as a cost-saving move. United would shift these jobs from its payroll and
hire other companies to provide the employees, under the outsourcing plan.
United Continental was formed in 2010 with the merger of United and Continental.
It’s been trimming costs, but one of the biggest was the announced closure of the
Cleveland hub. (Source: Reuters, 07/07/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $6.8M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is
being awarded a $6,785,176 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-
incentive-fee contract (N00019-12-C-0004) to provide maintenance for Lot VII F-35
air systems in support of the U.S. Marine Corps and the government of the
Netherlands. Work will be performed in Beaufort, S.C. (55 percent) and Yuma, Ariz.,
(45 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2015. This contract
combines purchases for the U.S. Marine Corps (90.5 percent) and the government
of the Netherlands (9.5 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/07/14)

Mobile studied for aero guidance
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Representatives from the Greater Pensacola Chamber and a
delegation of regional partners and educators went to Mobile, Ala., earlier this
month to tour aerospace and aviation facilities. The visit was intended to help
develop aerospace and aviation workforce training programs and education
curricula for Northwest Florida. The group visited ST Aerospace Mobile, which is
planning to establish a satellite operation in Pensacola, Mobile Regional Airport
and the Mobile Aeroplex, site of the future Airbus A320 final assembly line.
Attendees had the opportunity to meet with senior-level executives, community
leaders and partners in education to discuss aeronautical career opportunities
and current training programs for individuals interested in future employment.
(Source: Greater Pensacola Chamber, 07/07/14)

Linde gets NASA contract
NASA has awarded a contract to Linde LLC to supply liquid nitrogen and liquid
oxygen to six of its research/space flight centers, including Stennis Space Center,
Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans. The contract calls for Linde to
supply over 360,000 tons of liquid nitrogen and some 64,000 tons of liquid oxygen
to support operations. Other centers covered by the contract are Glenn Research
Center, Ohio; Goddard Space Flight Center, Md.; Johnson Space Center, Texas;
and Marshall Space Flight Center, Ala. Nitrogen is used by the agency for
pneumatic actuation, purging and inerting, pressurization, and for its cooling
value. Oxygen is used as an oxidizer in cryogenic rocket engines. Linde LLC is part
of Linde North America Inc., part of the Linde Group of Germany, the world's
largest industrial gas company. (Source: Linde via PRNewswire, 07/07/14)

2nd AF gets new commander
BILOXI, Miss. – Brig. Gen. Mark Brown took command of the Second Air Force
during a ceremony Thursday. Brown comes to the Second Air Force, which
conducts basic military and non-flying technical training, after serving as
comptroller, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, at Wright-Patterson Air
Force Base in Ohio. He takes over for Maj. Gen. Leonard Patrick, who took
command in July 2011. (Source: Sun Herald, 07/03/14)

Drone unit now at Hurlburt
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- The 919th Special Operations Wing welcomed the 2nd
Special Operations Squadron, its remotely piloted aircraft unit, to Northwest
Florida. The 2nd SOS, comprised of about 140 Air Force reservists formerly located
at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., began RPA operations at Hurlburt June 14. The unit
is at Hurlburt, but none of the aircraft will be located here. Remotely piloted
aircraft (RPAs) are flown in various combat theaters worldwide. The 2nd SOS
Airmen are associated with their active-duty counterparts in the 3rd SOS, assigned
to Air Force Special Operations Command's 27th SOW at Cannon Air Force Base, N.
M. In addition to changing locations, the squadron also changed aircraft from the
MQ-1 Predator to the MQ-9 Reaper a couple of months ago. In 2009, when the 2nd
SOS was first activated at Nellis, most of Air Force RPA functions, including AFSOC
RPA, were centralized in Nevada. The move to Hurlburt completes the process of
placing AFSOC RPA operations on AFSOC bases. Since its inception, the 2nd SOS
has flown 57,225 hours on 2,346 combat support sorties. (Source: AFNS, 07/03/14)

Plane makes emergency landing
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- American Airlines Flight 386, traveling from Jacksonville
International Airport (JAX) to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW),
reportedly experienced smoke or an odor in the cabin. As a precaution, the MD-80
was diverted to Pensacola International Airport (PNS) and landed without incident
around 8 p.m.  All 115 passengers and five crew members are safe, and
arrangements were being made to board them on another flight to DFW. (Sources:
Pensacola News Journal, City of Pensacola, 07/03/14)

Statement on F-35 grounding
The technical air worthiness authorities of the Department of the Air Force and
Department of the Navy have issued a directive to ground the F-35 fleet based on
initial findings from the runway fire incident that occurred at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., on June 23. According to Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby, the
root cause of the incident remains under investigation. Additional inspections of F-
35 engines have been ordered, and return to flight will be determined based on
inspection results and analysis of engineering data. Preparations continue for F-35
participation in international air shows in the United Kingdom, however a final
decision will come early next week. (Source: DoD, 07/03/14)

Italy close on F-35 maintenance
Italy is closing in on a deal with the U.S. to become the top maintenance provider
for the F-35 fighter in Europe through a unit of state-controlled Finmeccanica,
Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti said. The push for a role in maintenance
emphasizes Pinotti’s commitment to the F-35 program, even as Italy considers
cutting its order for the fighter jets. Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s top weapons
buyer, will visit the plant in Cameri, Italy, on July 18, Pinotti said. Italy and the UK
are buying the F-35B variant. Italy announced in February 2012 that its initial
planned purchase of 131 jets would be reduced to 90. (Source: Bloomberg,
07/02/14)

Top U.S. officials will be in UK
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Frank Kendall, chief of Pentagon
acquisition, will be among the senior American officials going to the Farnborough
Air Show this year. That’s according to Breaking News editor Colin Clark. It will be
the largest and highest-ranking U.S. contingent to attend a major air show in
several years, he wrote. Although the F-35 isn’t flying now because of a fire that
struck one F-35A at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., home of the F-35 training center. But
three Marine variant F-35B models flew to Maryland after the fire and are
preparing to fly to the UK for Farnborough and the earlier Royal International
Tatoo. (Source: Breaking Defense, 07/02/14)

All F-35s to be inspected
U.S. and British military officials are working on a joint directive to require
mandatory inspections of engines on all Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets after an
Air Force F-35A caught fire at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., last week, said sources
familiar with the situation. The incident involved the third stage of the F135 engine
built by Pratt and Whitney for all three models of the plane, the sources said. "The
engine ripped through the top of the plane," one said. The inspections could take
about 90 minutes, according to one of the sources. The incident will prevent a
planned F-35 "fly by" at the July 4 naming ceremony of Britain's new aircraft
carrier. It has stalled the departure of the planes that were to participate in the UK
shows, but the U.S. Marine Corps said it was still planning to send four jets across
the Atlantic to participate in the Royal International Air Tatoo and Farnborough
International Air Show. (Source: Reuters, 07/02/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $29.6M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a
$29,574,329 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract
(N00019-02-C-3002) to define the tasks required to update the F-35 Lightening II
Joint Strike Fighter Air System to be in compliance with informational security
functional constraints. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla., (70 percent) and
Fort Worth, Texas (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2017.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 07/02/14)

Boeing, NASA sign SLS pact
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Boeing finalized a contract with NASA to develop the core
stage of the Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket ever built. The
$2.8 billion contract validates Boeing's earlier selection as prime contractor on the
SLS core stage, including avionics, under an undefinitized contract authorization.
In addition, Boeing will study the SLS Exploration Upper Stage, which will further
expand mission range and payload capabilities. The agreement comes as NASA
and Boeing complete the Critical Design Review (CDR) on the core stage, the last
major review before full production begins. During the CDR, experts examined and
confirmed the final design of the rocket's cryogenic stages that will hold liquefied
hydrogen and oxygen. It's NASA's first CDR on a deep-space human exploration
launch vehicle since 1961, when the Saturn V rocket underwent a similar review.
(Source: Boeing, 07/02/14) Gulf Coast note: Michoud Assembly Facility, New
Orleans, is building the core stage and the Orion multi-purpose crew vehicle, part
of the SLS program; Stennis Space Center, Miss., tests the SLS engines.

J-2X testing completed
Aerojet Rocketdyne recently completed its final J-2X test series at NASA's Stennis
Space Center, Miss. Over three years Aerojet Rocketdyne teams manufactured,
assembled, and tested four newly developed engine test articles that achieved an
accumulated duration of nearly five hours firing time and demonstrated full power
operation for twice its designed life service. The liquid-oxygen/liquid-hydrogen
fueled engine is designed to start at altitude and re-start in space as part of a
second or third stage of a large, multi-stage launch vehicle. With its full nozzle
extension installed, the J-2X is more than 15 feet tall and 10 feet in diameter at its
base and weighs 5,400 pounds. The engine is one of several options being
considered to power the upper stage of NASA's future 130-metric-ton Space
Launch System, designed to launch crew and cargo to deep space destinations.
Aerojet Rocketdyne is a GenCorp company. (Source: Product Design and
Development, 06/30/14)

Restored jet marks anniversaries
PENSACOLA, Fla. – A restored F/A-18 jet painted in the colors of a Blue Angel, was
unveiled at the entrance to Naval Air Station Pensacola on Tuesday. The unveiling
is one of a series of events this year marking the 100th anniversary of the base
and 50th anniversary of the Blue Angels flight demonstration team. The F/A-18
replaced an F-11 that had been on display at the site since 1965. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 07/02/14)

Deal nears on CFM engines
American Airlines Group is close to finalizing an order for 200 CFM International
engines to equip 100 A320neo jetliners that the airline has on firm order,
according to three people familiar with the matter. The deal, worth some $2.6
billion at list price, is a loss for Pratt and Whitney, a unit of United Technologies,
which makes the other engine offered on the A320neo. CFM International is a joint
venture between GE Aviation and Safran. (Source: Reuters, 07/02/14) Gulf Coast
note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.; Safran has an
engineering center in Mobile; GE Aviation has a jet engine parts manufacturing
plant near Hattiesburg, Miss.; UTC has an operation in Foley, Ala.

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $151.4M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$151,365,660 indefinite-delivery requirements contract to provide organizational,
intermediate, and depot level maintenance and logistics services in support of
about 200 T-45 aircraft based at Naval Air Station Meridian, Miss.; NAS Kingsville,
Texas; NAS Pensacola, Fla; and NAS Patuxent River, Md. Logistics services to be
provided include sustaining engineering, supply and government property
management, and procurement of associated parts and materials. Work will be
performed in Kingsville (48 percent); Meridian (44 percent); Pensacola (7 percent);
and Patuxent River (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in September
2015. Contract funds will not be obligated at time of award. Funds will be obligated
on individual delivery orders as they are issued. This contract was competitively
procured via an electronic request for proposals; four offers were received. The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting activity (N00019-14-
D-0011). (Source: DoD, 07/01/14)


JUNE 2014

Contract: Raytheon, $163M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $163,223,113 fixed-price/fixed-
price-incentive/cost-plus-incentive contract for Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-
Air Missile (AMRAAM) Program Support and Sustainment (PSAS). The PSAS contract
provides sustaining engineering, program management, contractor logistics
support and accomplishes the diminishing manufacturing sources and material
shortage tasks of extending the life of the AMRAAM Central Processing Unit,
improving the AMRAAM guidance section within the current performance
envelope, and developing applicable test equipment. Work will be performed at
Tucson and is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2017. This contract has
unclassified 45.7 percent foreign military sales service/repair requirements for
Saudi Arabia, Korea, Israel, Singapore and United Arab Emirates. Air Force Life
Cycle Management Center/EBAK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting
activity (FA8675-14-C-0026). (Source: DoD, 06/30/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $38.4M
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. Sunnyvale, Calif., has been awarded a
$38,378,116 modification (P00645) to the cost-plus-incentive-fee contract F04701-
02-C-0002 for Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) System Interim
Contractor Sustainment Re-vector under cost line item number 0610. The total
cumulative face value of the contract is $8,752,571,223. The contract modification
is for critical software development for Mission Planning Development for initial
operational capability in 2015. Work will be performed at Sunnyvale and El
Segundo, Calif., and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2015. Space and
Missile Systems Center/PKJ, AEHF, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/30/14) Gulf Coast note: Lockheed does core
propulsion system work for AEHR at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Baldwin gets sixth Advantage site
LOXLEY, Ala. -- Loxley Commerce Site late last week became Baldwin County's sixth
site to be designated an Alabama AdvantageSite. The program is coordinated by
the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama and is a collaboration between
the private sector and state and local governments aimed at increasing the
marketability of locations in Alabama. Since its inception in 2008, the program has
recognized 48 locations in the state after meeting guidelines such as utility and
environmental standards, size, zoning and accessibility. The 152.5-acre Loxley
Commerce Site is about two miles from Interstate 10. This site is also adjacent to
the to the 50-acre Loxley North Property which received its designation in July of
2013. The program is sponsored by the Alabama Department of Commerce,
Alabama Gas, Alabama Power, the North Alabama Industrial Development
Association and PowerSouth Energy Cooperative. (Source: al.com, 06/27/14)

Demag chosen for Mobile FAL
Terex Material Handling has been awarded a contract by Airbus to supply Demag crane
installations for its new assembly facility in Mobile, Ala. Ten process cranes will be employed
for the final assembly of A320 family aircraft in three production hangars. Measuring up to
218 feet in length and offering maximum load capacities of some 25 tons, the process
cranes feature up to four suspensions for safe and precise handling of sensitive aircraft
components. Demag Cranes is a German heavy equipment manufacturer, a Terex brand.
(Source: Thomasnet, Demag, 06/27/14) The A320 final assembly line is being built at Mobile
Aeroplex and will open in 2015. It will produce its first A320 in 2016. About 1,000 workers will
be employed at the $600 million FAL.

Contract: Northrop Grumman, $63M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $63,070,969
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-07-C-0055) for
the Phase II continuation of post-demonstration activities in support of the Navy Unmanned
Combat Air System program. Activities include continued X-47B aircraft systems, test bed
and flight test support at both shore-based locations and associated carrier detachments,
continued development of Fleet Concepts of Operations, X-47B maintenance support, lab
and test bed operational support and continued flight test opportunities. Work will be
performed in San Diego (70 percent) and Patuxent River, Md., (30 percent), and is expected
to be completed in March 2015. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/26/14) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman makes
portions of two other UAV’s, Fire Scout and Global Hawk, in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: EADS NA, $14.4M
EADS-NA, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $14,436,295 modification (P00811) to a firm-fixed-
price contract (W58RGZ-06-C-1094) to exercise options for contractor logistics support for
the Utility Helicopter 72A Lakota. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance (Army) funds for
$14,436,295 were obligated at the time of the award. Work will be performed at Columbus,
Miss., with an estimated completion date of May 15, 2015. Army Contracting Command
Redstone Arsenal - Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 06/26/14)

AF keeps limits on F-35 flights
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Air Force will continue to limit F-35 flights over
Valparaiso to limit the impact of jet noise. The decision announced today overruled a
previous recommendation to lift restrictions. Takeoffs and landings on a runway that sends
traffic over Valparaiso will only be allowed in emergencies, unplanned contingencies and
when forced by weather. Lifting restrictions would have allowed up to an average of 33
operations over Valparaiso per day, but Friday's decision limits operations to an average of
one per day. In practice, it means many days with no operations at all and other days with
more than one, said Kathleen Ferguson, assistant secretary of the Air Force for
Installations, Environment and Logistics. (Sources: Northwest Florida Daily News, WEAR-TV,
06/27/14)

Contract: Raytheon, $80.8M
Raytheon Co. Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded an $80,768,012 firm-fixed-
price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Lot 7 Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer
(MALD-J) missile (200 each) to include: data, mission planning, process verification
program, and operational flight software. Work will be performed at Tucson and is expected
to be completed by June 30, 2016. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBJM, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-14-C-0004). (Source: DoD, 06/27/14)

Contract: Northrop, $8.4M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Integrated Systems Sector, San Diego, California, is
being awarded an $8,465,734 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee
contract (N00019-12-C-0126) for the extension of engineering and software sustainment
services in support of the Vertical Take-off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Fire Scout MQ-8B. Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be
completed in November 2014. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in the
amount of $8,465,734 are being obligated on this award, all of which will expire at the end of
the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/27/14).

Air Methods buys LifeFlight
Colorado-based Air Methods Corp., an air medical transportation firm, said it has acquired
Baptist Health Care Pensacola’s four bases of operations for its aeromedical LifeFlight
ambulance service. The change is effective immediately. The four operating bases are in
Pensacola; Semmes, Ala.; Greenville, Ala.; and Hattiesburg, Miss. Each has an EC-130
helicopter owned by AMC. As part of the acquisition, 43 clinical Baptist employees will join
the Air Methods team. (Source: Global Newswire, 06/24/14)

Mattituck buying Southern Avionics
MOBILE, Ala. – Continental Motors Group’s MRO subsidiary, Mattituck Services Inc., will
purchase Southern Avionics and Communications Inc., of Mobile. Southern Avionics has
been involved in avionics sales, installation and services since 1981 and has 14 employees
at the Mobile Aeroplex. The purchase adds avionics and aircraft interior maintenance, repair
and overhaul capabilities to Mattituck Services, located in Fairhope, Ala. Mattituck has been
involved in general aviation service since 1996 and has 20 full-time workers. It offers
overhaul/repair for Continental and Lycoming engines and major aircraft repairs. Southern
Avionics has serviced aircraft ranging from small personal aircraft to large corporate jets.
(Source: AviationPros, 06/24/14)

Eglin and the state parks debate
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is one of the largest bases in the world with 460,000 acres, and
while its primary mission is aerial weapons development, it’s taken on more missions in more
recent years, including F-35 training and a special forces group. Now the military says it
needs even more land for training, and hopes to use two nearby Florida state forests.
Florida hopes to be accommodating, but opponents are afraid it could jeopardize public
lands. A feature story. (Source: Greenwire, 06/26/14)

Orion chutes hit no snags
NASA completed the most complex and flight-like test of the parachute system for the
agency's Orion spacecraft on Wednesday. A test version of Orion touched down safely in
the Arizona desert after being pulled out of a C-17 aircraft, 35,000 feet above the U.S.
Army's Yuma Proving Ground. It was the first time some parachutes in the system had been
tested at such a high altitude. The test also marked the last time the entire parachute
sequence will be tested before Orion launches into space in December on its first space
flight test, EFT-1. During the flight, an uncrewed Orion launched by an Atlas V will travel
3,600 miles into space, farther than any spacecraft built to carry humans has been in more
than 40 years. (Source: NASA, 06/25/14) Gulf Coast note: The Orion for EFT-1 was built at
Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans. Stennis Space Center, Miss., is testing the engines
that will be used in NASA's Space Launch System that will be used for future Orion launches.

Gulf Power showcases sites
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Gulf Power has launched an interactive website to market industrial
sites and attract businesses to Northwest Florida. FloridaFirstSites.com highlights 13 sites in
that are going through the company’s site certification program. The program is designed to
create an inventory of shovel-ready parcels of land that a business prospect can occupy
quickly. “Having great sites is key to being competitive for new jobs,” said John Hutchinson,
Gulf Power’s director of Community and Economic Development. “Our site certification
program is designed to help communities get in the game when it comes to economic
development.” (Source: Gulf Power, 06/24/14) Note: A feature story on the program and
sites and be found in the December 2013 issue of the Gulf Coast Reporters’ League’s
newsletter.

F-35A still suspended from flights
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Flights of the Air Force’s version of the F-35 fighter will
remain suspended indefinitely after one of the planes caught on fire on the runway on
Monday. Lt. Hope Cronin, spokeswoman for the 33rd Fight Wing, said Wednesday that
additional evidence and information in the initial safety probe prompted the decision to
continue the suspension of flights. Initially officials had said flights would resume
Wednesday. The suspension does not impact flights of the Marine and Navy versions of the
plane. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/25/14)

F-35A returns to flight
The U.S. Air Force said it will resume flights of F-35A fighter jets at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., on Wednesday, two days after one of the jets caught fire while preparing for takeoff.
The 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin trains Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy pilots to fly the new
Lockheed Martin jets. The Air Force declined comment on the possible cause, but said the
other 25 F-35A models at the base had not shown similar problems. (Source: Reuters,
06/24/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $8.9M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded an $8,942,741 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to the previously awarded
advance acquisition contract (N00019-11-C-0083) for the procurement of 14 repeatable
release holdback bars and common sustainment support of the F-35 Low Rate Initial
Production 6 aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (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 March
2017. This modification combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force (34.5 percent); the U.S.
Navy (28.5 percent); the U.S. Marine Corps (17.3 percent); and the international partners
(19.7 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 06/24/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the F-35
training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $76M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $75,980,553 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract
(N00019-12-C-0004) for the procurement of 252 helmet mounted display systems in support
of the F-35 aircraft for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and the governments of Japan and
Israel. This modification combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (44 percent); U.S. Air Force
(38 percent); international partners (13 percent); and the governments of Japan (3 percent)
and Israel (2 percent). Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be
completed in July 2017. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/24/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
the F-35 training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $1.8B
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, Calif., has been awarded a
$1,863,474,312 modification (P00001) to previously awarded contract (FA8810-13-C-0001)
for Space-Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) 5 and 6
satellites, including performance incentives and options for acoustic testing and launch
operations. This contract modification will complete the production of the SBIRS GEO 5/6
satellites, which was started with the procurement of long lead parts, and also complete the
associated ground operations and processing updates. The contract modification also
includes adding options for acoustic testing, launch vehicle integration, launch and early on-
orbit testing, and contractor operations support. Work will be performed at Sunnyvale and is
expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2022. Space and Missile System Center, Los
Angeles Air Force Base/El Segundo, Calif., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
06/24/14) Gulf Coast note: Work on the SBIRS core propulsion system is done at Stennis
Space Center, Miss.

Training center has grand opening
MOBILE, Ala. – The Alabama Industrial Development Training program's $7 million Alabama
Aviation Training Center, already opened for a month, has a grand opening Tuesday.
Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line at the Mobile Aeroplex that will open next year
and produce its first A320 the following year. The facility has six classrooms, five labs,
general office space, a conference room, break room and a shop floor where the majority of
the training will take place. (Source: al.com, 06/24/14) Airbus is also seeking two testing
technicians for the plant. The positions require a minimum of nine months training abroad
and an associates degree in aviation, mechanical or electrical engineering, or an equivalent
combination of education and experience. (Source: al.com, 06/24/14)

F-35 upgrades $920M less
The projected cost to upgrade F-35s declined by about $920 million, or 36 percent, in less
than two years. That’s according to the Pentagon’s latest analysis. The estimate for
improvements and corrections for Lockheed Martin aircraft already built or planned in
contracts to be awarded through 2016 has dropped to about $1.65 billion from a $2.57
billion estimate in September 2012. The need to retrofit the planes stems from the Defense
Department’s decision to produce the F-35 even as it’s still being developed, called
concurrency. (Source: Bloomberg, 06/23/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
the F-35 training center.

City eyes investing in schools
DOTHAN, Ala. -- Enterprise City Schools are asking for help from the city council to
fund a $16.5 million improvement plan designed in part to bolster the community’s
support of nearby Fort Rucker. At a joint work session last week of the school
board and city council, Enterprise Mayor Kenneth Boswell applauded the school
superintendent for helping the city prepare for an impending BRAC round. “I sit on
the Military Stability Commission for the state of Alabama, and education has been
at the focus of every meeting over the last year or so. So for this board to listen to
and to be prepared for a potential BRAC, that is very forward thinking for the
school system and for our city,” Boswell said. (Source: DothanFirst, 06/23/14)

Fire halts F-35 flights
The U.S. Air Force on Monday temporarily halted flights of 26 F-35A fighters at Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., after a jet caught fire as it was preparing to take off for a
training flight, a Pentagon spokesman said. The pilot aborted the takeoff and was
not injured, said Joe DellaVedova, spokesman for the Pentagon's F-35 program
office. The fire occurred in the rear part of the plane where the engine is located,
but it was unclear whether the engine was involved. Engine maker Pratt & Whitney
said it was aware of the incident and stood ready to assist in the Air Force
investigation. This is the second incident that has affected F-35 flights in recent
weeks. The U.S. military ordered mandatory inspections of all 97 F-35 fighter jets
earlier this month after a Marine Corps F-35 B-model jet suffered an oil leak in
flight. (Source: Reuters, 06/23/14)

Airbus, DHL sign delivery contract
MIAMI -- DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within
Deutsche Post DHL, has signed a contract with Airbus to provide transportation of
A319, A320 and A321 aircraft components and general cargo from the Airbus
production site in Hamburg, Germany, to Airbus’ final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.
DHL will provide a multimodal transport solution with air, ocean and road freight
services beginning in 2015. The agreement comprises general cargo, which will be
shipped via air and ocean, and major aircraft components including rear fuselage,
forward fuselage, wings, and the vertical as well as horizontal tail plane. The major
components will be shipped via coaster from the Airbus site in Hamburg to
Bremerhaven, Germany, where they will be loaded onto container liner shipping
service. After their arrival in Mobile, trucks will take care of delivery to the final
assembly line at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. (Source: Business Wire,
06/23/14) The $600 million final assembly line will open in 2015 and the first aircraft
will be produced in 2016.

Contract: Boeing, $80M
The Boeing Co. Defense, Space and Security, St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded an
$80,000,000 indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for Small Diameter
Bomb Increment 1 (SDB 1) technical support. The contractor will provide SDB 1
weapon integration support, including technical support to the designated aircraft
System Program Offices testing, upgrades, program management support, and
software updates to the SDB 1system required to integrate the SBD 1 weapon
system with other weapons systems. Work will be performed in St. Louis and is
expected to be completed by June 19, 2019. Fiscal 2014 U.S. Navy research,
development, training and evaluations funds in the amount of $250,774 are being
obligated at time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBMK, Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8672-14-D-0007). (Source: DoD,
06/20/14)

PW now has 2nd F135 source
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Pratt and Whitney leadership, employees, and state and
local leaders early in the week officially dedicated the company's new engine
center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The expansion of the Palm Beach County
facility is designed to meet the forecasted demands of the Next Generation
Product Family of engines, and also provides a critical second source for the F135
engine used in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. It was two years ago when the
expansion of the facility was announced, an investment of more than $63 million.
(Source: Pratt and Whitney, 06/19/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the F-35 training center.

Contract: Head, $13.7M
Head Inc., Columbus, Ohio, is being awarded a $13,721,888 firm-fixed-price
contract for the repair of the airfield at Naval Air Station/Joint Reserve Base New
Orleans. The work to be performed provides for the repair of the main runway 4/22
and taxiways associated with runway 4/22. The contract includes pavement
demolition, temporary removal of arresting gear, debris disposal, grading,
settlement monitoring, concrete pavement repairs, asphalt paving repairs,
pavement striping, resealing asphalt, runway light repairs, grounding light can
repairs and other additional work as provided in the contract. The contract also
contains seven unexercised options, which if exercised, would increase
cumulative contract value to $19,872,983. Work will be performed in New Orleans
and is expected to be completed by February 2015. If options are exercised, the
work will continue through November 2015. Fiscal 2014 operation and maintenance
(Navy Reserve) contract funds in the amount of $13,721,888 are being obligated on
this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities
Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity
(N69450-14-C-1759). (Source: DoD, 06/19/14)

Airbus name change a plus
ATLANTA -- Airbus Group's name change is enhancing how the European weapons
and plane maker is perceived. That’s according to Allan McArtor, chairman and
chief executive of Airbus Group Inc., the U.S. unit of the European company. The
company formerly known as EADS announced the rebranding last summer to
highlight the name of its commercial plane unit, Airbus. “Already, it’s made an
impact, particularly on Capitol Hill,” McArtor said in an interview at the AIAA
Aviation and Aeronautics Forum in Atlanta. McArtor said Airbus is still looking to
expand its share of the U.S. defense market by selling its helicopters, explosive
detection technologies and other products. He said the new A320 final assembly
line being built in Mobile, Ala., will produce four planes a month by 2017, but can
ramp up to eight a month if needed. Citing feedback from Delta and JetBlue,
McArtor said airlines love the idea of taking delivery of planes in Mobile. (Source:
Reuters, 06/17/14)

Airbus job posted
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas is seeking aircraft quality conformance specialists
for its A320 final assembly line being built at the Mobile Aeroplex. The position
requires a minimum of four months' training abroad and a degree in
aerospace/industrial engineering or business quality management is preferred.
Click here for a complete list of job postings. (Source: al.com, 06/18/14)

DAGR, Hellfire tested at Eglin
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Lockheed Martin successfully fired HELLFIRE and DAGR missiles
from its Long Range Surveillance and Attack Vehicle (LRSAV) turreted weapon
system during recent ground-to-ground tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The
LRSAV ground-vehicle weapon system uses advanced missile and weapon control-
system technologies and a newly developed 15-inch, spherical, mast-mounted
electro-optical/infrared sensor to enable targeting. In the tests the vehicle-
mounted LRSAV launched a HELLFIRE II missile from 6.4 km and a DAGR missile
from 3.5 km. Both missiles successfully impacted their targets. An AH-64D Apache
helicopter with Lockheed Martin's Modernized Target Acquisition Designation
Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor was used to remotely designate the short-range
target. (Source: Lockheed Martin via PRNewswire, 06/17/14)

Airbus, Safran join in space venture
Airbus and Safran agreed to set up a joint venture to develop launchers for
satellites and other space vehicles in a move intended to provide stronger
competition for rivals like SpaceX. The 50-50 venture will combine Airbus’s launch
technology with Safran’s propulsion systems. The venture is designed to ensure
Europe can keep pace with U.S. performers such as SpaceX, one of a dozen or so
private space companies racing to develop lower-cost technology, as well as
increasing competition from China and Russia. (Source: Financial Times, 06/16/14)
Gulf Coast note: Airbus and Safran both have operations in Mobile, Ala.

MQ-8B gets improved radar
SAN DIEGO -- Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy demonstrated a new multimode
maritime surveillance radar on the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter that will
drastically enhance long-range imaging and search capabilities for Navy
commanders. Integrating this new radar system will provide the MQ-8B Fire Scout
with essential operational capabilities in all tactical environments and will improve
how it addresses threats in real-world scenarios. Northrop Grumman modified a
Telephonics AN/ZPY-4 multi-mode maritime surveillance radar system used for
manned aircraft so it could be used on the MQ-8B. (Source: Northrop Grumman,
06/17/14) Gulf Coast note: Final assembly of the Fire Scout B and C variants is done
in Moss Point, Miss.

NASA to show Orion progress
With six months until its first trip to space, NASA's Orion spacecraft is taking shape
at the agency's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The media has been invited to a status
update on Orion and to see the spacecraft Wednesday. Technicians began
attaching the crew module on top of the completed service module on Monday.
This is the first step in moving the three primary Orion elements, the crew module,
service module and launch abort system, into the correct configuration for launch.
This is all part of NASA's Space Launch System program, designed to carry
astronauts deeper in space than ever before. Orion was built at Michoud Assembly
Facility, New Orleans, and rocket engines for the SLS program are tested at
Stennis Space Center, Miss. But Orion on this first flight will be lifted atop a Delta
IV, which is powered by RS-68 engines tested at SSC. (Source: GCAC, 06/17/14,
NASA release)

Inspection of F-35s ordered
The military ordered mandatory inspections of all Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets
after a Marine Corps F-35B model suffered an in-flight emergency last week, a
Pentagon spokesman said. Joe DellaVedova, spokesman for the F-35 program
office, said the inspections were ordered late Friday but that a majority of the 97 F-
35s in the fleet, 69 operational jets used for training and 28 test aircraft - had
already been inspected and cleared to resume flights on Monday. He said the
inspections, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, were focused on the oil flow
management valve fitting on all F135 engines, which are built by Pratt & Whitney, a
unit of United Technologies Corp. The valve provides oil flow to the engine
bearing compartments. (Reuters, Wall Street Journal, 06/16/14)

Volaris picks Airbus for training
Airbus will provide A320 family flight simulator training and courses to Mexican
airline Volaris in Miami and Mexico as part of an agreement that includes more
than 25,000 flight training hours for 500 pilots. The all-Airbus operator has ordered
a total of 74 aircraft to date and operates 47 A320 family aircraft. Training of Volaris
pilots has already begun at the Airbus Training Center in Miami, and in 2015 Airbus
will provide the airline with flight training in Mexico City, where the airline is
based. It will be Airbus’ first flight training center in Latin America. (Source:
Aviation Tribune, 06/13/14)

Allegiant to buy more A320s
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air will acquire 14 Airbus A320 family jetliners, and will
purchase two additional Airbus A319s it currently leases. It will also purchase six
A319s when they are delivered in late 2014 through 2015 from lessor GECAS, which
agreed to lease the aircraft to Allegiant in a 2012 deal. The 14 A320 family aircraft
that Allegiant will acquire comprise 12 A319s now leased to an European airline
until 2018. (Source: Flightglobal, 06/13/14)

Contract: Northrop, $61.3M
Northrop Grumman System Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $61,326,794
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-12-C-
0117) for operations and maintenance services in support of the Broad Area
Maritime Surveillance – Demonstrator (BAMS-D) Unmanned Aircraft System. This
effort will provide logistics support; organization, intermediate, and depot (D) -
level maintenance; and field service representatives, to ensure that the BAMS-D
aircraft are mission-capable for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
missions. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md., (70 percent); outside
continental United States (25 percent); and Rancho Bernardo, Calif., (5 percent),
and is expected to be completed in June 2015. Fiscal 2014 operations and
maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $61,326,794 are being obligated on this
award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
06/13/14) Gulf Coast note: BAMS-D is the Navy’s version of a Global Hawk, made in
part in Moss Point, Miss.

PNS chief taking Melbourne job
Greg Donovan, director of the city-owned Pensacola International Airport, is
leaving to become executive director of the Melbourne Airport
Authority/Melbourne International Airport, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward
announced Thursday. Donovan, who took the Pensacola airport post in 2013, will
stay until the end of July. Hayward said that he would immediately begin the search
for a new Airport Director. During his tenure, the airport added new service from
Southwest Airlines and Silver Airways, increased seat capacity by 13 percent and
the 127-room Hyatt Place hotel at the airport campus was completed. In addition,
more than $21 million in aviation-specific grants from the Federal Aviation
Administration and Florida Department of Transportation were secured. (Source:
GCAC, 06/12/14)

New F-35 pact by summer
Lockheed Martin expects to sign a contract with the Defense Department this
summer for an eighth batch of 43 F-35 fighters, but the deal is unlikely to match
price reductions seen in the last several pacts, according to CFO Bruce Tanner.
Although DOD’s F-35 program chief hoped to sign a new deal by the end of May,
Tanner says it’s still possible by the end of June. (Source: Reuters 06/10/14) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home to F-35 training center for pilots and
maintainers.

PNS director on short list
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The director of Pensacola International Airport, Greg Donovan,
is among four finalists under consideration for the executive director's post at
Melbourne International Airport in Florida. The current director is retiring next
month. Donovan has been Pensacola's director since March 2013. Before that, he
was director of Okaloosa County's three airports. (Source: Pensacola News
Journal, 06/09/14)

Global Hawk wins award
SAN DIEGO -- For the second year in a row, the U.S. Air Force awarded the Dr.
James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award for superior performance in
aircraft maintenance and logistics readiness to the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global
Hawk high altitude, long endurance unmanned aircraft program produced by
Northrop Grumman. Global Hawk has flown 100,500 total flight hours supporting
diverse global missions. Carrying a variety of intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance sensor payloads, Global Hawk supports antiterrorism, antipiracy,
humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, airborne communications and information-
sharing missions. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 06/09/14) Gulf Coast note: Central
fuselage work on the Global Hawk is done in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $122M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a
$122,099,075 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to a previously awarded
advance acquisition contract (N00019-13-C-0008) for the procurement of initial
aircraft spares for the F-35 aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, U.S.
Navy, and international partners. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (35
percent); El Segundo, Calif., (25 percent); Warton, U.K., (20 percent); Orlando, Fla.,
(10 percent); Nashua, N.H., (5 percent); and Baltimore, Md., (5 percent); and  is
expected to be completed in December 2016. Fiscal 2014 aircraft procurement
(Navy and Air Force) and international partner funds in the amount of $122,099,075
are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the U.S. Marine
Corps (31.3 percent); U.S. Air Force (22.9 percent); U.S. Navy (8.9 percent), and
international partners (27.8 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md.,  is the contracting authority. (Source: DoD, 06/06/14)

Contract: UT, $113.4M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford,
Conn., is being awarded a $113,379,349 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to a
previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-13-C-0016) for
operations and maintenance support; non-recurring and recurring engineering
sustainment, site activation, and depot activation work in support of Low Rate
Initial Production Lot VIII F135 propulsion systems. This effort will include
maintenance and repair of operational assets; procurement of initial support
equipment; packing handling storage and transportation material; fleet
management; item management; joint technical data; sustaining engineering;
production support; site activation preparation for initial operations; and depot
engineering, repair development, inspection limits development for engine depot
stand-up and support. Work will be performed in East Hartford (63 percent);
Indianapolis, Ind. (25 percent); and Bristol, U.K. (12 percent); and is expected to be
completed in March 2017. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force
(44.1 percent); the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps (44.4 percent); and international
partners (11.5 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/05/14)

Training mishap at OLF
PACE, Fla. -- A mishap involving a Training Air Wing FIVE TH-57 Sea Ranger
helicopter occurred at about 10:15 a.m. CDT at Naval Air Station Whiting Field's
Navy Outlying Landing Field Spencer in Pace, Fla. Both student and instructor
have been released from a local hospital, where they underwent routine
evaluation for minor injuries. The incident is currently under investigation.
(Source: NNS, 06/05/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $90.9M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a
$90,914,168 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price-incentive-fee
contract (N00019-12-C-0004) to incorporate the updated system architecture into
the original Diminishing Manufacturing Sources redesign activity for the Electronic
Warfare System in support of the F-35 Lot VII effort for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force,
U.S. Marines and the governments of the F-35 International Partners. Work will be
performed in Nashua, N.H. (81percent); Ft. Worth, Texas (19 percent), and is
expected to be completed in March 2018. Fiscal 2012 aircraft procurement (Navy
and Air Force) and international partner funds in the amount of $90,914,168 are
being obligated on this award, $71,576,724 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, 06/04/14)

Airbus hiring logistics coordinator
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas is seeking to fill four logistics coordinator
positions for its new final assembly line being built at the Mobile Aeroplex.
Logistics coordinators will be the first contact for operations on any planning and
logistics issues, acting as liaisons between production and the logistics service
provider company. Click here for the complete job posting. (Source: al.com,
06/04/14)

Probe: ex-boss allowed harassment
Former Blue Angels lead pilot Capt. Greg McWherter has been found guilty by the
Navy of violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice in a case of sexual
harassment involving the elite flight demonstration team when he commanded it
for nearly four years ending in 2012. The probe focused on allegations that he
allowed sexual harassment within the Pensacola-based flight demonstration
squadron, the Navy said. In a statement, Vice Adm. David Buss said that the
investigation concluded that McWherter's behavior as commander of the Blues
was "completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in any Navy squadron, let
alone our elite flight demonstration team." (Source: Pensacola News Journal,
06/04/14)

Eglin gets final F-35A
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 58th Fighter Squadron became the Air Force's
first complete F-35A squadron after they welcomed the 26th and final F-35A May 28
at the 33rd Fighter Wing. Maj. Scott Charlton, 58th FS pilot, ferried AF-45 from
Lockheed Martin's plant in Fort Worth, Texas. The last F-35A delivered is more
capable than the first F-35A delivered three years ago as a result of the F-35
program's concurrency development model. The concurrency model executes
testing, training and development simultaneously and incorporates feedback from
each area into subsequent Low Rate Initial Production blocks. The 33rd FW is
home to the F-35 Integrated Training Center responsible for F-35 A/B/C pilot and
maintainer training for the Marine Corps, the Navy, the Air Force and, in the future,
at least eight international partners. (Source: 33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs,
06/02/14)

Delta getting Mobile-built A321 jets
Delta Air Lines is ordering 15 A321 aircraft to offset jet retirements, and many of
them will be built and delivered at the new plant in Mobile, Ala., according to
Airbus. Delta is going with the current engine option, selecting CFM56-5B engines
from CFM International to power the new planes. They are scheduled for delivery
starting in 2018. CFM International is a 50/50 joint company between Snecma
(Safran) and GE. All the planes will have Sharklets. Hiring is underway at the
facility, and aircraft assembly will begin there next year. By 2017, the Mobile facility
is expected to produce four aircraft per month. (Source: Airbus, 06/02/14)

Hurlburt Field appointment
Col. Kirk W. Smith, selected to the grade of brigadier general, is being assigned
from special assistant to the commander, Headquarters United States Special
Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., to director, plans, requirements
and programs, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt
Field, Fla. (Source: DoD, 06/02/14)

Test will mix manned, unmanned
The Navy’s X-47B unmanned aerial vehicle will join the fleet in the summer for a
new round of testing that includes landing and take offs alongside manned F/A-18
jets flying in patterns from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. The next
goal after that is an autonomous aerial refueling. The team is developing software
for that test of the Northrop Grumman-built unmanned aircraft. (Source: Navy
Times, 06/02/14) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman operates the Unmanned
Systems Center at Moss Point, Miss., where they do fuselage work on all variants
of the Global Hawk and final assembly of Fire Scout unmanned helicopters.


MAY 2014

Air New Zealand to order A320s
Air New Zealand is close to placing an order for around a dozen A320 family aircraft
worth well over $1 billion at list prices to expand its fleet of mainly Airbus medium-
haul jets, industry sources said Saturday. The deal could be announced on the
sidelines of a global airlines meeting in Doha on Sunday. Airbus has called a news
conference to announce an airplane order on Sunday, but declined to give further
details. (Source: Reuters, 05/31/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final
assembly in Mobile, Ala., that will open in 2015.

Setback for A320 challenger
Canada’s Bombardier suffered a setback to plans to build a jetliner to compete
against the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 when a C Series flight test vehicle had an
engine failure. The twin-engine plane was on the ground at an airport near
Montreal when the Pratt & Whitney Pure Power engine, a new design, caught fire.
The engine is also available for the Airbus A320neo. Bombardier’s largest plane’s
introduction is already behind schedule. (Source: Bloomberg, 05/30/14, 24/7WallSt.
com, 05/31/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in
Mobile, Ala.

Contract: ESA South, $45M
ESA South, Inc., Cantonment, Fla., was awarded a $45,000,000 firm-fixed-price
contract for emergency temporary roof repairs to residential structures in support
of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management
Agency disaster response. Work will be performed in Alabama, Connecticut,
Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland and Washington, District of
Columbia. Work will also be done in Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire,
New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina,
Texas and Virginia, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2019. Bids were
solicited via the Internet with nine received. Funding will be determined with each
order. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha, Neb., is the contracting activity
(W9128F-14-D-0014). (Source: DoD, 05/30/14)

F-35 marks three first
In three separate flight tests Tuesday, F-35 aircraft demonstrated air-to-air combat
capability, completed the first flight test with the next level software load and
accomplished a landing at the maximum test speed and drop rate. In the Point
Mugu Sea Test Range airspace off the Central California coast, an F-35B
demonstrated the jet’s air-to-air combat capability when it sequentially engaged
two aerial targets with two AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles
(AMRAAM). Test pilot Lt. Col. Andrew ‘Growler’ Allen tracked two maneuvering
drone targets, making the very first dual AMRAAM shot from any F-35 variant, and
the first live AMRAAM shot from the F-35B Short Take Off and Vertical Landing
(STOVL) variant. Fleet-wide, the F-35 has, to date, amassed more than 17,000 flight
hours, with all three variant aircraft at the F-35 Integrated Training Center at Eglin
AFB, Florida, surpassing the 5,000 sorties milestone this week. (Source: Lockheed
Martin, 05/29/14)

IHMC robot sets record
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- A new land-speed record for legged robots was achieved last
week by researchers at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
(IHMC). The HexRunner robot reached an estimated 30-33 mph on an open course,
without any support tethers. The record-setting run was filmed by the Discovery
Channel, which is expected to broadcast it later this summer. HexRunner is a
running robot with six spring-loaded legs revolving around a central hub, with
three legs on each side of the hub. At the tip of the top leg it stands six feet high.
HexRunner was developed as part of IHMC's DARPA-sponsored FastRunner
project. (Source: IHMC, 05/29/14)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $55.4M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$55,410,943 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements
contract (N00019-13-D-0007) to exercise an option for logistics services support of
the TH-57 aircraft fleet. Services to be provided include all logistics services and
materials for organizational and depot level services to support and maintain the
aircraft. Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Fla., and
is expected to be completed in May 2015. No funds are being obligated at the time
of award. Funds will be obligated against individual delivery orders as they are
issued. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 05/29/14)

Engine failure delays mission
Orbital Sciences Corp. is delaying the launch of its second robotic resupply
mission to the International Space Station to investigate the failure of a rocket
engine during a test at NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss. An Aerojet Rocketdyne
AJ26, one of two used on Orbital's Antares launch vehicle, failed midway through a
test. Orbital Sciences will postpone the June 10 launch of the company's
unmanned Cygnus spacecraft. The mission will not launch to the space station
before June 17. (Source: space.com, 05/28/14) Previous

Aeroplex site to be tested
Fourteen environmental sites at the Mobile Aeroplex will be tested for hazardous
substances. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing Mobile with
$400,000 to help clean up those potentially contaminated lands on the complex and
surrounding neighborhoods. Half of the funds are to test lands for hazardous
substances, and the other $200,000 to test land for oil contaminants. The funds are
through EPA's Brownfields Program. (Source: al.com, 05/28/14) The Aeroplex is the
former Brookley Air Force Base, and it’s the site of multiple aerospace operations,
including Airbus, ST Aerospace, Star Aviation and Continental Motors.

Continental Motors' niche
MOBILE, Ala. – Mobile’s oldest aviation company is Continental Motors, located at
the Mobile Aeroplex. The company, which makes piston engines for some of the
best known small aircraft manufacturers, was bought by Aviation Industries of
China (AVIC) in 2011. And now the new owners are investing in the Mobile facility
and tapping the talent of Robert Ross to run its worldwide piston engine
operations. A feature story (Source: Business View, June)

More hiring at Airbus
MOBILE, Ala. - Airbus is seeking additional liaison engineers for its A320 final
assembly line being built at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. The four positions
posted Tuesday morning in the latest hiring wave include liaison engineers for
electrical systems installations, power plant and mechanical, avionics systems and
cabin systems. For complete job listings, click here. (Source: al.com, 05/27/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $7.4M
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, Calif., has been awarded a
$7,400,000 cost-plus-award-fee modification (P00788) to F04701-95-C-0017 to
generate simulation scenarios in support of Air Force Operational Test and
Evaluation Center's initial operational test and evaluation at Space-Based Infrared
Systems Engineering and Manufacturing Development, Block 20. The tasks
required to perform this effort consist of collection and checkout of backgrounds,
as well as generation of scenarios, including scenario checkouts and
documentation of the checkouts. Work will be performed at Sunnyvale and Azuza,
Calif., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 30, 2016. Fiscal 2014 research and
development funds in the amount of $1,595,900 are being obligated at time of
award. Infrared Space Systems Contracts Division, Space and Missile Systems
Center, El Segundo, Calif., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/27/14) Gulf
Coast note: Lockheed Martin at Stennis Space Center, Miss., does the core
propulsion system work on the SBIRS satellites.

Contract: EADS NA, $33.8M
EADS North America, Inc., Herndon, Va. was awarded a $33,797,867 modification
(P00795) to W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to increase funds and exercise an option for
contractor logistic support for the Utility Helicopter-72A. Work is to be performed
in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2016. Fiscal
2014 operations and maintenance (Army) appropriations in the amount of
$33,797,867 are being obligated at award. Army Contracting Command, Redstone
Arsenal (Aviation), Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/27/14)

Airport gets upgrades
KILN, Miss. -- A new building and entrance sign has risen at Stennis International
Airport and other new amenities will be available after July 4. Million Air Stennis,
the company which runs aeronautical operations, has been constructing a new
building and hangar that dwarfs the one-story facility it has been using. It has a
conference room, theater, flight planning room, cafe, two lounges and two sleeper
rooms for overnight stays. The airport also recently added a 125-acre drop zone.
Up to 70 percent of the customers are military-related and come there for various
training exercises, including cargo drops. The FAA approved a $235,053 grant for
the installation of new fencing along the airport’s perimeter. (Source: Sun Herald,
05/26/14)

Ricardo to make A320 components
BRIGHTON, U.K. – Ricardo, a a global engineering, strategic, and environmental
consultancy, has been awarded an order from UTC Aerospace Systems for the
manufacture of components used within the flap actuation system for the Airbus
A320 family of aircraft. Ricardo will supply complex geared, splined, and prismatic
machined components. “We are delighted to receive the first orders from UTC
Aerospace to manufacture components for the popular Airbus A320 family of
aircraft,” said Ricardo managing director of performance products, Mark Barge.
UTC Aerospace Systems is one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically
advanced aerospace and defense products. (Source: Ricardo, via Aerospace
Manufacturing and Design, 05/24/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320
final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.; UTC Aerospace has an operation in Foley, Ala.

A350 pays flyover visit
MOBILE, Ala. – An A350 that had gone through extreme temperature tests at Eglin
Air Force Base near Fort Walton Beach, Fla., paid a visit to Airbus’ new home with a
low-altitude flyover Friday. It flew over Mobile Aeroplex, where Airbus has an
engineering center and is building an A320 final assembly line. It also flew over the
Robert Trent Jones golf course hosting the Airbus LPGA Classic. The A350 is a mid-
size, widebody jetliner. (Source: al.com, 05/23/14) Previous

No one injured in test failure
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- An AJ-26 rocket engine used to power Orbital
Sciences' Antares launch vehicle failed during hot fire testing in South
Mississippi. The Aerojet Rocketdyne engine, a modified version of the Russian-
built NK-33, is fueled with a liquid oxygen kerosene. The publication
NASAspaceflight quoted sources and saying the engine was being tested at the E-
complex when it exploded halfway through the test, but nobody was injured.
Orbital Sciences has already had multiple successful launches of the Antares,
which lifts the cargo vehicle Cygnus on supply missions to the International Space
Station. (Sources: NASAspaceflight, Sun Herald, Spaceflight Now, 05/23/14)

Deadlier Ospreys, AC-130 coming?
TAMPA, Fla. -- U.S. Special Operations Command plans to add a forward-facing gun
and better armor to its 50 CV-22 Ospreys and Hellfire missiles to the AC-130 fleet,
along with new command and control and radio frequency jammers and
countermeasures to both platforms. That’s according to a briefing during an
annual conference in Tampa. The command has developed a laser-guided small
diameter bomb that will be fielded on the AC-130 gunship this summer, and is just
starting the process of fitting Hellfire missiles on the aircraft. (Source: Air Force
Times, 05/22/14) Gulf Coast note: Hurlburt Field, Fla., is home of the U.S. Air Force
Special Operations Command.

Contract: M7, $16.1M
M7 Aerospace LLC, San Antonio, Texas, is being awarded a $16,139,462
modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract
(N00019-11-D-0002) to exercise an option for logistics support for 12 Navy/Marine
Corps UC-35 aircraft and seven Navy C-26 aircraft at 10 locations. Services to be
provided include organizational and depot level maintenance, parts, support
equipment maintenance, and engineering support. Ten percent of the work will be
at the Fleet Marine Reserve Detachment, Belle Chasse, La. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
05/21/14)

Lockheed strike at SSC ends
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- A union strike against Lockheed Martin at Stennis
Space Center ended Tuesday when the union agreed to a new three-year contract.
Members of Local 2249 of the International Association of Machinists and
Aerospace Workers union began the strike Friday over pensions. The union
represents about 115 workers who support NASA rocket testing at SSC in South
Mississippi, NASA’s largest rocket engine test facility. (Source: Sun Herald,
05/20/14)

More Airbus hirings
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus launched its second hiring wave Tuesday for manufacturing
jobs at its A320 final assembly line being built at the Mobile Aeroplex. The hourly
positions include aircraft mechanics, cabin installers and aircraft systems
installers. Starting pay rates range from $16.50 to $22.50 an hour plus benefits. A
minimum of nine months training abroad is required. The company also announced
it’s seeking a salaried supply chain inspector. (Source: al.com, 05/20/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $20M
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, Calif., has been awarded a
$20,000,000 modification (P00004) to FA8810-13-C-00001 for acceleration effort in
support of the production of Space-Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS)
Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) 5 and 6 satellites. The total cumulative face
value of the contract is $346,849,435. The contract modification is for planning and
production parts including hinges, valves, structures and special test equipment
to support the SBIRS GEO 5/6 satellite production. Work will be performed at
Sunnyvale, California, and is expected to be completed by June 19, 2016. Space
and Missile System Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 05/20/14) Gulf Coast note: The Mississippi Space and
Technology Center, Stennis Space Center, Miss., does satellite core propulsion
system work for the SBIRS.

Contract: Boeing, $27.7M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a $27,685,574 modification
(P00058) to FA8678-10-C-0100 for QF-16 Full-Scale Aerial Target (FSAT) Lot 2. The
total cumulative face value of the contract is $158,649,517. The contract
modification is for the exercise of the Lot 2 production option under the basic
contract. This option is for the purchase of 23 QF-16 FSATs and 23 four-year
warranties of the QF-16 Drone-Peculiar Equipment (DPE). Work will be performed
at St. Louis and will be completed by May 20, 2016. The DPE warranty period will
end on May 20, 2020. Fiscal 2013 and 2014 procurement and fiscal 2014 research
and development funds in the amount of $27,685,574 are being obligated at time of
award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBYK (Aerial Targets), Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/20/14)

Summer brings more flights to airport
GULFPORT, Miss. -- Additional flights and larger planes will fly into the Gulfport-
Biloxi International Airport this summer. Clay Williams, airport executive director,
said spring and summer are typically the busiest travel time in this market. Many of
the changes involve larger aircraft. Last week the Federal Aviation Administration
said it will provide $4.5 million to rehabilitate the zones at the end of the runway
that take the force of a plane touchdown. (Source: Sun Herald, 05/19/14)

Resort on AF property opens
A new resort has opened on Okaloosa Island. The "Holiday Inn Resort Beachfront"
is the first private hotel to be built on Air Force land. The project has been in the
works for six years, the result of an Air Force directive to find under-utilized
properties and make some money off of them. Innisfree Resorts built the hotel on
this prime stretch of beachfront, and they'll pay the Air Force a portion of their
revenue. The money will be used for projects to boost morale and welfare on Eglin
Air Force Base. (Source: WEAR-TV, 05/19/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $9.8M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $9,830,814
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-02-
C-3002) to execute Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe for the F-35 air system.
Work will be performed in El Segundo, Calif. (35 percent); San Diego, Calif. (35
percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in
May 2016. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/19/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

China Southern orders 80 A320 jets
China Southern Airlines plans to buy 80 A320 jetliners with a listed value of at least
$7.3 billion from Airbus. Asia’s largest carrier’s order includes 50 A320neo jets, the
company said in a statement to the Shanghai stock exchange. (Source: Bloomberg,
Reuters, 05/16/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in
Mobile, Ala.

Lockheed union at SSC strikes
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Lockheed Martin workers who operate NASA test
stands went on strike today in the wake of negotiations over the company's plan to
end pensions. Members of Local 2249 of the International Machinists and
Aerospace workers started picketing outside the main gate after midnight. They
will not picket over the weekend, but plan to return Monday. The strike affects 116
union members. Lockheed Martin and the union are at the end of a three-year
contract. (Sources: WLOX-TV, Sun Herald, 05/16/14) The company also operates the
Lockheed Martin Mississippi Space and Technology Center at SSC, which works on
satellite systems. It is not involved in the strike.

Airbus Group delivers 300th Lakota
Airbus Group on Wednesday delivered the 300th UH-72A Lakota helicopter to the
Army. Every Lakota has been delivered on time and on budget by a workforce
that's more than 50 percent U.S. military veterans. The Lakota is manufactured at
the company's Airbus Helicopters facility in Columbus, Miss. Since the contract
was awarded in 2006, the company has delivered the Lakota in seven different
configurations for missions including training, border security, search and rescue,
medical evacuation, disaster response, VIP transport and range support. Five
aircraft are also in service with the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, which trains Navy,
Marine Corps and Army test pilots. Army officials have recently indicated plans to
modernize the service's rotorcraft training fleet with the UH-72A. (Source: Airbus
Group, 05/14/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus also has operations in Mobile, Ala.

Two B-2 upgrades nearly done
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA is nearing completion on two major
structural restoration construction packages for the B-2 Test Stand that will be
used to test the core stage of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS). SLS will carry
astronauts deeper into space than ever before. Beginning in 2016 the core stage,
powered by four RS-25 engines, will be tested on the B-2 stand. The SLS stage is
50 percent longer than the Saturn stages previously tested on B-2, so the main
derrick crane atop the stand had to be upgraded. That work will be done this
month. Work package No. 2, replacement of fixed and movable platforms, will be
done in July. Packages 3 and 4 both are scheduled to be finished in 2015. (Source:
NASA, 05/15/14)

Contract: Jacobs, $23.5M
Jacobs Technology Inc., Bedford, Mass., has been awarded a $23,547,235 cost-plus-
fixed-fee and cost-reimbursable contract to provide engineering and technology
acquisition support services, which consists of disciplined systems/specialty
engineering and technical/information assurance services, support, and products
using established government, contractor, and industry processes. Work will be
performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Hanscom AFB, Mass., Lackland AFB, Texas,
Schreiver AFB, Colo., and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and is expected to be
complete by Nov. 30, 2015. Fiscal 2012, 2013 and 2014 procurement, aircraft
procurement, missile procurement, and foreign military sales (for Oman and
Taiwan) funds in the amount of $2,826,951 will be obligated at time of award. Air
Force Life Cycle Management Center/PZM, Hanscom Air Force Base,
Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (FA8721-14-C-0016). (Source: DoD,
05/15/14)

Contract: *EADS NA, $55.4M
*EADS-NA, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $55,361,816 sole-source modification
(P00780) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to procure 10 UH-72A Lakota helicopters
with ARC-231 radios. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of
$55,361,816 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is
June 30, 2015. Work will be performed Columbia, Miss. Army Contracting Command,
Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/15/14)*The
name of the company is now Airbus Helicopters.

General officer assignments
The Air Force chief of staff today announced the assignment of Maj. Gen. Leonard
A. Patrick, commander, Second Air Force, Air Education and Training Command,
Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., to vice commander, Headquarters Air Education and
Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Also announced was
the assignment of Brig. Gen. Mark A. Brown, who has been selected for the grade
of major general, director, financial management, Headquarters Air Force Materiel
Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to commander, Second Air
Force, Air Education and Training Command, Keesler Air Force Base. (Source: DoD,
05/15/14)

Contract: Textron, $17.3M
Textron Systems Corp., Textron Defense Systems, Wilmington, Mass., has been
awarded a $17,283,970 modification (P00022) to FA8682-11-C-0044 for the
completion of mission control unit software development and aircraft integration
for the sensor fuzed weapon. The total cumulative face value of the contract is
$310,983,586. The contract modification is for the final phase of sensor fuzed
weapon integration to the Indian Jaguar aircraft. This contract involves 100
percent of foreign military sales for India. FMS funding in the amount of
$17,283,970 will be obligated at time of award. Work will be performed at
Wilmington and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2015. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Long Range Systems Division, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/14/14)

Tenant to run cargo warehouse
GULFPORT, Miss. -- Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport commissioners Travis Lott
and Frank Genzer tentatively approved a lease with Gateway America to manage
the airport's cargo warehouse. The lease would relieve the airport of up to
$175,000 a year in operating expenses that Gateway will assume, and generate
$3,500 a month in rent. Gateway currently leases 20 percent of the warehouse for
an irradiation operation focused on oysters, and under the cargo management
agreement with the airport, it would need to find other tenants and customers for
the 40,000-square-foot building. (Source: Sun Herald, 05/13/14)

More Airbus hirings
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas posted two new positions for its A320 final
assembly line being built at Mobile Aeroplex. One is for a health, safety and
environmental specialist and one for a manufacturing engineer. The assembly line
will open in 2015 and the first plane will be delivered in 2016. For a complete list of
available positions, visit the AIDT website. (Source: al.com, 05/13/14)

Aviation training center open
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Alabama Aviation Training Center is open for business at the
Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. The first class of 22 hourly workers are preparing for
future employment at the Airbus A320 final assembly line being built a few blocks
away. The facility includes six classrooms, five laboratories, general office space, a
conference room, break room and a shop floor where the majority of the training
will take place. A formal grand opening of the Alabama Industrial Development
Training program operation is set for June 24. (Source: al.com, 05/13/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $101.9M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a
$101,900,000 not-to-exceed modification to a previously awarded cost-
reimbursement contract (N00019-12-C-0070). This modification provides for non-
recurring engineering and sustainment tasks for mission systems software and
autonomic logistics development of the F-35A Conventional Take Off and Landing
Air System for the government of Israel under the Foreign Military Sales Program.
In addition, this modification provides for the procurement of autonomic logistics
hardware to support Israel pilot training. Work will be performed in Fort Worth,
Texas, and is expected to be completed in April 2015. Foreign military sales funds
in the amount of $37,900,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will
expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/13/14) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the F-35 training center.

1,000th MALD-J delivered
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Raytheon has delivered the 1,000th Miniature Air Launched Decoy
Jammer to the U.S. Air Force as part of the Lot 5 production contract. The ADM-
160C MALD-J variant, an autonomous stand-in-jammer, can also operate in decoy
mode. MALD, with a range of 500 nautical miles, protects aircraft by duplicating the
combat flight profiles and signatures of U.S. and allied aircraft. MALD-J adds radar-
jamming capability to the basic MALD platform. (Source: Raytheon, 05/13/14) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., manages the MALD-J program.

Exelis ranked No. 1 in category
MCLEAN, Va. -- Exelis was ranked No. 1 in Aviation Week's 2014 Top-Performing
Company study in the $1 billion to $5 billion revenue category. The annual study
examines more than 50 aerospace and defense companies. It analyzes the
operational performance and business strategy execution of the publicly-traded
companies among other factors. Exelis is a diversified global aerospace, defense,
information and services company. It employes about 17,000 people and generated
2013 sales of $4.8 billion. (Source: Business Wire, 05/12/14) Gulf Coast note: Exelis
has an operation in Panama City, Fla., that develops and produces mine defense
systems.

Drone, jetliner almost collide
A high-end model aircraft built to look like a jet fighter almost hit a US Airways
plane about five miles from Tallahassee Regional Airport back in March, according
to reports. The pilot of a Bombardier CRJ2 regional jet told the FAA it was flying at
2,300 feet when it passed what appeared to be a remote-controlled aircraft.
American Airlines Group, which owns US Airways, is investigating. There have
been at least six other incidents since September 2011 in which pilots have
reported close calls with unmanned aircraft. The FAA plans to impose rules by the
end of the year governing civilian drones of less than 55 pounds. (Source:
Bloomberg, Reuters via Airwise, 05/09/14, AP via ABC News, 05/10/14)

Center of excellence in works
MOBILE, Ala. -- A partnership between the Mobile Airport Authority and Bishop
State Community College will result in the conversion of three buildings at the
Mobile Aeroplex and establishment of the Alabama Aerospace Innovation and
Research Center. The center at the Aeroplex, home to Airbus, ST Aerospace, Star
Aviation and Continental Motors, is ntended as an aerospace center of excellence.
The concept is to set up space as a home away from home for Alabama research
institutions that want to do collaborative aerospace work with tenants at the
Aeroplex. (Sources: al.com, FOX10tv, 05/09/14)

Engine purchase ban lifted
An injunction that temporarily prevented the Air Force and United Launch Alliance
from buying Russian-made RD-180 engines for launch vehicles has been lifted. An
injunction was issued April 30 after SpaceX filed suit, saying purchase of the
engines violated sanctions imposed on Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and
10 others. But letters submitted to the court by the departments of State, Treasury
and Commerce said the maker of the engines, NPO Energomash, is not subject any
of the sanctions. (Source: Space Travel, Space News, 05/09/14) Previous

Camp Shelby, USM sign accord
CAMP SHELBY, Miss. - Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center signed an
agreement with the University of Southern Mississippi formalizing an agreement
that will bring them together to address military transportation, logistics, and
freight-based economic development innovations across the Gulf South. Camp
Shelby officials signed the agreement with Southern Miss’s Center for Logistics,
Trade, and Transportation, a move intended to strengthen the strategic intermodal
logistics hub opportunities and incorporate the capabilities and collaborative
efforts between the center and the military. (Source: Camp Shelby Public Affairs,
05/09/14)

Turkey buying first two F-35s
Turkey plans to buy its first two Lockheed Martin F-35A fighters, the government
announced Tuesday, and affirmed it still plans on eventually ordering 100 of the
fighters for $16 billion. The statement said the government’s commitment to the F-
35 program “continues strong as ever.” (Sources: multiple, including Reuters,
05/06/14, International Business Times, 05/07/14, Pratt and Whitney, 05/07/14,
Reuters via Hurriyet, 05/08/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the F-
35 training center.

April marks F-35 flying record
The Lockheed Martin F-35 fleet, which surpassed 16,000 cumulative program flight
hours to date in April, flew a monthly record high for System Development and
Demonstration (SDD) with 282 flight hours and 153 flights in April. In April,
operational F-35s fleet-wide flew 812 hours, with SDD F-35 aircraft flying 282 flight
hours in one month. In 2014, through April, F-35A test aircraft flew 420 hours; F-35B
test aircraft flew 281 hours; and F-35C test aircraft flew 222 hours. Operational F-
35s of all three variants flew 2,790 hours for the year. Operational F-35s at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., flew 515 flight hours in April, and operational F-35 at Marine
Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., flew 172 hours. Eglin’s 33rd Fighter Wing is home to
48 F-35A/B/Cs and provides training for U.S. military and program partner nation
pilots and maintenance personnel. Yuma is home to the Marine Corps’ first
operational F-35B aircraft. Among the record SDD flights, the F-35B completed its
700th vertical takeoff and landing sortie, and it began crosswind landings and
expeditionary operations. (Source: Lockheed  Martin, 05/08/14)

Airbus exec to address students
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Group executive Jean Botti will deliver the commencement
address at the University of South Alabama Saturday. Botti, who is the chief
technical and innovation officer at the company, will speak to the nearly 1,400
students scheduled to graduate at 2 p.m. in the Mitchell Center. (Source: al.com,
05/08/14) Airbus is building a $600 million A320 final assembly line at the Mobile
Aeroplex.

SBIRS propulsion module done
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Lockheed Martin completed the propulsion module for the
fourth Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO-4)
space vehicle and is now proceeding with satellite assembly, integration and test.
SBIRS provide continuous early warning of ballistic missile launches and other
tactical intelligence. Final assembly and test of the GEO-4 satellite’s propulsion
module occurred earlier this year at Lockheed Martin’s Mississippi Space &
Technology Center at Stennis Space Center. The propulsion module maneuvers
the satellite during transfer orbit to its final location and conducts on-orbit
repositioning maneuvers throughout its mission life. (Source: Lockheed Martin,
05/06/14)

Contract awarded for test stands
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Birmingham's Brasfield & Gorrie won a $45 million contract to
build two stands at Marshall Space Flight Center to test the fuel tanks and other
key hardware of NASA's Space Launch System. One stand will be 215 feet tall and
will test the SLS liquid hydrogen tank. The second stand will be 85 feet tall and will
test the liquid oxygen tank of the new rocket. The stands will take about a year to
build with construction will begin late this month. The core stage of the SLS is 200
feet tall, larger than the 75-foot tall Saturn V first stage of the past. The core is
composed of two fuel tanks, a main engine compartment, an intertank ring to join
the two tanks and a top ring to attach the core to the Orion upper stage. The tanks
are being built at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. (Source: al.com,
05/06/14) Of note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., will test the RS-25 engines that will
power the core stage of SLS. Previous related

Triumph to provide wingtip kits
BERWYN, Pa. -- Triumph Group Inc. today announced that its subsidiary, Triumph
Aerostructures-Vought Aircraft Division, has been selected by Airbus to furnish
the wing reinforcement kit that allows for the installation of Sharklets on the
Airbus A319 and A320 in-service aircraft. The kit consists of multiple
subassemblies and components that reinforce the wing for the Sharklet loads. The
multi-year contract is worth over $160.0 million. Production will be done at the
company’s Nashville, Tenn., facility, with first delivery expected early 2015.
(Source: Business Wire, 05/07/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final
assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

A350 XWB being tested at Eglin
An Airbus A350 XWB is undergoing extreme weather testing at the McKinley
Climatic Lab at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., a follow-up to earlier tests in extreme
environments. Over the next couple of weeks the aircraft and its various systems
and cabin installations will be subjected to the extreme hot and cold temperatures
that the unique facility can sustain in a testing environment. The tests come atop
those already done earlier this year in the Middle East and Northern Canada. There
are four XWB test aircraft flying in the program that have accumulated a combined
1,600 flight test hours in more than 350 flights. Certification is anticipated in the
third quarter of this year with entry into service in the fourth quarter. (Source:
Airbus, 05/06/14) Rolls-Royce XWB engines are tested at Stennis Space Center,
Miss. Previous: A350 XWB takes to the air; Goodrich ships XWB thrust reverser

More Airbus jobs posted
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas posted two new positions Tuesday for its A320 final
assembly line being built at Mobile Aeroplex. One is for a customer manager and
the other a station coordinator. The assembly line will open in 2015 and the first
plane will be delivered in 2016. For the complete job posting, click here. (Source:
al.com, 05/06/14)

Contract: *EADS NA, $25.5M
*EADS North America, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $25,474,389 modification
(P00787) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to increase funds and exercise an option
for contractor logistics support on the Lakota Utility Helicopter (UH-72A). Work will
be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30,
2015. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance Army funds in the amount of
$25,472,339 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command,
Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/06/14) *This is
how the information appears in the DoD listing. The name of the company is now
Airbus Helicopters.

Milestone on way to RS-25 testing
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA engineers achieved a major milestone May
1 as they prepare to test RS-25 rocket engines that will help power the new Space
Launch System (SLS) on missions to deep space destinations. A-1 Test Stand
operators completed a cold-shock test of the new structural piping system needed
for the RS-25 engine, setting the stage for engine installation in the coming weeks
and hotfire testing this summer. Four RS-25 engines will power the core stage of
the SLS, which is being built to carry humans to destinations including an asteroid
and eventually Mars. Renovation of the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis has been under
way since last fall with installation of new equipment and components needed to
accommodate RS-25 engines, including the cryogenic piping system tested May 1.
(Source: NASA/SSC, 05/06/14)

MQ-8C ready for EM testing
In preparation for ship-board flights this spring, the MQ-8C Fire Scout will be
tested at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., for its ability to operate safely in
the intense electromagnetic environment aboard U.S. Navy ships. The MQ-8C uses
specially-designed Faraday cages to protect sensitive equipment on the aircraft
from signal interference. The MQ-8C is based on a larger helicopter airframe and
can fly almost twice as long and carry three times more intelligence-gathering
sensor payloads than its predecessor, the MQ-8B. The Faraday cages are built by
Summit Aviation in Somerset, Ky., and installed during final assembly at Northrop
Grumman's Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss. Since first flight in
October the MQ-8C has flown 102 flights. The initial flight tests will validate that
the autonomous control systems of the helicopter are working properly before its
first ship-based demonstration. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 05/05/14) Previous

Officer announcements
Two reserve colonels in New Orleans have been nominated for promotions.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced today that the president nominated
Marine Corps Reserve Col. Helen G. Pratt and Marine Corps Reserve Col. Patrick
J. Hermesmann for appointment to the rank of brigadier general. Pratt is currently
serving as the deputy commander, 4th Marine Logistics Group, New Orleans, and
Hermesmann is currently serving as vice chief of staff, Marine Forces Reserve,
New Orleans. (Source: DoD, 05/05/14)

Weather sat modules delivered
DENVER -- The two modules of the first GOES-R series weather satellite spacecraft
have been delivered to a cleanroom at Lockheed Martin's Space Systems facility
near Denver. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R series
(GOES-R) is NOAA's next-generation geostationary weather satellites. With the
delivery of the system module and the propulsion module, the weather satellite
will now undergo integration and testing. It is slated to launch in early 2016. The
system module of the A2100-based satellite, which houses three major electrical
subsystems, was built at Lockheed Martin’s Newtown, Pa. facility. The propulsion
module recently underwent integration of its engines, fuel tanks and various
propulsion components at the company's Mississippi Space and Technology
Center at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 05/01/14)

MAF greenspace development eyed
NEW ORLEANS -- NASA is looking for partners to develop hundreds of acres of
underutilized green space around Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans,
NASA's 43-acre manufacturing facility. NASA says development of the green space
at MAF is an integral part its vision for transforming the facility. MAF had been the
location where space shuttle's external tanks were built, but employment dropped
with the end of that program in 2011. NASA has been transforming MAF from a
single project facility to a multi-tenant plant used by NASA, other government
agencies and commercial entities. NASA is using MAF to build the Orion spacecraft
and the core stage of the Space Launch System. It's also being used by Lockheed
Martin to build composite components for Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser. Better
utilizing the space around Michoud has been discussed for years. As far back as
2008, NASA talked about turning the 830 acres around MAF into a research park,
similar to Cummings Research Park in Huntsville, Ala.. (Source: GCAC, 05/03/14)
(FBO notice, 05/01/14)

Contract: UT, $105.2M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford,
Connecticut, is being awarded a $105,170,571 fixed-price-incentive-fee advance
acquisition contract to procure long-lead components, parts and materials in
support of 34 low rate initial production Lot IX F-135 propulsions systems for the F-
35 aircraft, including 26 F-135-PW-100 for the U.S. Air Force; six F-135-PW-600 for
the U.S. Marine Corps; and two F-135-PW-100 for the U.S. Navy. In addition, this
contract provides for the procurement of 13 F-135-PW-100 and 6 F135-PW-600
systems for international partners and foreign military sales customers. Work will
be performed in East Hartford, Connecticut (67 percent); Indianapolis, Indiana (16.5
percent); and Bristol, United Kingdom (16.5 percent); and is expected to be
completed in September 2017. Fiscal 2014 aircraft procurement, Air Force and
Navy funds, as well as international partner and foreign military sales funds in the
amount of $105,170,571 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 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1). This contract combines purchases for
the U.S. Air Force (31 percent); the U.S. Navy (26 percent); international partners
(35 percent) and international participants (8 percent). The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-14-C-0004).
(Source: DoD, 05/02/14)

Lakota decision bodes well
The U.S. Army’s decision to buy 100 more UH-72 Lakota helicopters for pilot
training increases the potential for international sales of the aircraft, according to
company officials. “If you look at the other opportunities both in the U.S. and allies,
commonsense would say, if you have the largest rotary wing operator of aircraft in
the world and they’ve made this selection, that takes a lot of risk out of your
decision making,” John Burke, Airbus Group’s Lakota program manager, said at a
luncheon with reporters Thursday. The Lakota, which Airbus builds in Columbus,
Miss., is a militarized version of the commercial EC145. The Army does not use the
aircraft in combat and instead uses them for homeland security, drug interdiction,
general support, logistics and medical evacuation. The Army had planned to
conclude its purchase of 340 Lakota UH-72s in 2015. The Pentagon cut back Lakota
purchases in its 2014 budget proposal, however, its 2015 spending plan adds 100
aircraft, for pilot training. The company plans to deliver the 300th aircraft to the
Army in the coming weeks. (Source: Defense News, 05/01/14) Gulf Coast note: In
addition to the Airbus Helicopters facility in Columbus, Airbus has an engineering
center and Airbus Military operation, and is building an A320 final assembly line in
Mobile, Ala.

Final phase contracts awarded
MOBILE, Ala. -- Rob’t J. Baggett Inc., with offices in Mobile and Theodore, and
Birmingham-based B.L. Harbert International were awarded the final general
contractor packages by Hoar Program Management for the Airbus A320 final
assembly line being built at Mobile Aeroplex. Thompson Engineering of Mobile
was selected for quality assurance material testing for these packages. Harbert
International will be responsible, among other things, for the delivery center at the
complex. (Source: al.com, 05/01/14)

Atlantic Council honors Enders
The Atlantic Council, a U.S. think tank on transatlantic relations, honored Airbus
Group CEO Tom Enders with the 2014 Distinguished Business Leadership Award at
its Annual Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. The banquet was attended by some
800 guests from over 60 countries. The ceremony followed a speech earlier in the
day at the Atlantic Council on the need to further government and industrial
relationships on both sides of the Atlantic. Enders accepted the leadership award
from former Alabama Gov. Bob Riley. (Source: Airbus Group, 05/01/14) Gulf Coast
note: The Airbus A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., will open next year.

SpaceX granted injunction
A U.S. court issued an injunction blocking United Launch Alliance, a Lockheed
Martin/Boeing joint venture, from buying Russian-made rocket engines after
SpaceX filed a lawsuit protesting the contract. SpaceX, which sued Monday, said
the contract should have been competitively bid. The preliminary injunction was
issued late Wednesday by Judge Susan Braden of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
The ruling blocks payments to any entity subject to the control of Russian Deputy
Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, including the Russian state-owned company that
makes the rocket engines. Rogozin heads Russia's defense industry and space
program, and is on a sanctions list over the crisis in Ukraine. The injunction could
be lifted if the U.S. Treasury, Commerce Department or State Department reviews
the deal and finds it does not violate sanctions. (Source: AFP via Space Travel,
Washington Post, AFP via Space Travel, 05/01/14) Gulf Coast note: SpaceX will be
testing its deep-space rocket engine at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; United
Launch Alliance's Delta IV rocket uses RS-68 engines tested at SSC; Lockheed
Martin builds satellite core propulsion systems at SSC; Aerojet Rocketdyne tests
AJ-26 engines, modified versions of the Russian-built NK-33 and NK-43 engines, at
SSC. The AJ-26 powers Orbital Science's Antares rocket, used to launch the
Cygnus spacecraft on cargo missions to the International Space Station. Previous

NASA picks proposals
NASA has selected 383 research and technology proposals for negotiations that
may lead to contracts worth a combined $47.6 million. The proposals, from 257 U.S.
small businesses and 29 research institutions, are part of NASA's Small Business
Innovation Research Program (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer
(STTR) Program. Eight selected proposals involve technology being administered
by the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA’s Stennis Space Center, Miss.
(Source: NASA, 05/01/14)

Pilots OK after T-34 crash
A Navy T-34C training aircraft crashed during a routine mission over the Gulf of
Mexico at 10:20 a.m. today. The student-pilot and instructor from Naval Air Station
Corpus Christi, Texas’ Training Squadron 28 (VT-28) bail out. Initial reports indicate
neither was injured and had been evaluated at a local hospital. A Coast Guard
search and rescue helicopter recovered the flyers. The crash is being
investigated. (Source: Navy News Service, 05/01/14) Gulf Coast note: T-34C Turbo
Mentors have been used in primary naval aviation training for more than two
decades, but have been replaced by the T-6A Texas aircraft at Florida’s Naval Air
Station Whiting Field’s Training Air Wing Five.

Aerospace corridor topic of session
PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. – The Airbus A320 final assembly line being built in
Mobile, Ala., was a topic of discussion during one session of the 2014 World Trade
Conference at Pensacola Beach. The 14th annual conference being held today
through Friday included a session titled “Trade Opportunities in the Gulf Coast
Aerospace Corridor.” It included brief presentations by aerospace and aviation
officials from the region. Troy Wayman, vice president of economic development at
the Mobile Chamber, touched on the regional nature of luring aviation activities to
the aerospace corridor. He said that Mobile not only claims its own considerable
assets, but claims the assets of its neighbors to the east and west. Much of the
attention in this region has been on Airbus’ final assembly line, which will open in
2015. The first A320 will be produced in 2016. Michelle Hurdle, director of
economic and community development at Airbus in Mobile, said all the major
sections will be shipped by sea to Mobile. She said the original thought that it
would mean one ship a month, but now it looks more like one ship a week. Europe’
s Airbus is just one example of foreign interest in the region. Crystal Sircy, senior
vice president of business development for Enterprise Florida, said that state is
working 295 active economic development projects right now, and 35 percent are
foreign direct investment. She didn’t know how many of those are for Northwest
Florida. (Source: GCAC, 05/01/14)

Contract: Northrop, $10.8M
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, San Diego, California, is being awarded a
$10,833,670 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the development and integration of a
Multi Capability Pod (MCAP) onto the MQ-8C Fire Scout, including the purchase of
two MCAPS and one MCAP Mass Model. The MCAP provides multiple electronic
warfare sensors for employment in the littorals. Work will be performed in Rancho
Bernardo, California (59 percent); Chantilly, Virginia (40 percent); and Fort Worth,
Texas (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in June 2015. Fiscal 2013
research, development, test and evaluation, Defense-wide and fiscal 2013
procurement, Defense-wide funds in the amount of $10,833,670 are being
obligated at time of award, $4,219,667 of which will expire at the end of the current
fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-1.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting
activity (N00019-14-C-0011). (Source: DoD, 05/01/14) Gulf Coast note: Final assembly
of Fire Scouts is done in Moss Point, Miss.

Senate confirms Bob Work
Retired Marine Col. Robert Work was confirmed by the Senate on April 30 as the
new deputy secretary of defense. The 61-year-old Work, a former Navy
undersecretary, will be closely watched by the defense industry. In July 2011, Work
questioned whether the Navy's F-35C program, the variant of the plane designed
for carriers, could be reduced in favor of more unmanned systems. He was Navy
undersecretary from 2009-13. (Source: Military.com, 05/01/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center; Northrop Grumman builds
portions of two unmanned systems, Fire Scout and Global Hawk, in Moss Point,
Miss.


APRIL 2014

Orbital, ATK merging
Alliant Techsystems (ATK) of Arlington, Va., is merging its aerospace and defense
segments with Orbital Sciences, the Dulles-Va.-based commercial space firm. The
$5 billion transaction is expected to be completed later this year. The new
company will be Orbital ATK, based in Dulles. ATK, a major ammunition maker, is
spinning off its hunting gear segment into a separate company. ATK is looking to
bolster its aerospace business and Orbital Sciences hopes to boost the scale of
its existing operations and gain a foothold in the defense sector. Last year Orbital’
s Cygnus spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station, the
second commercial company to do so after SpaceX. ATK is also involved in space
activities, building aerospace structures and rocket engines. This month it
received a contract from United Launch Alliance (ULA) to deliver hardware for the
Atlas V and Delta IV rockets. (Sources: multiple, including Washington Post,
Reuters, GovConWire, 04/29/14) Gulf Coast note: Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket
is powered by AJ-26 engines tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; ULA's Delta IV
is powered by RS-68 engines tested at SSC; ATK also has operations in Huntsville,
Ala., and an aerospace structures business in Iuka, Miss.

Exercise spans several states
The ninth annual Emerald Warrior military exercise got underway Monday in
Northwest Florida. It’s sponsored by the Special Operations Command, it’s a
premiere irregular warfare exercise. Last year about 1,900 service members from
different branches participated, and organizers expect the number to be about the
same this year. About 90 aircraft will participate in the exercise, which will run
through May 9 at Hurlburt Field, Eglin Air Force Base, Apalachicola, all in Florida,
Camp Shelby and Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, Pelham Range, Ala., and
Melrose Range, N.M. Participants will interact using actual aircraft and personnel,
as well as virtual simulators and computer-generated emulators that will interact in
a live scenario. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 04/29/14)

SSC tech in Spinoff 2013
A host of products, including three with ties to Stennis Space Center, Miss., are
featured in Spinoff 2013, an online publication that highlights commercial products
created using NASA-developed technology. The SSC products include cloud based
data sharing for emergency managers, an early warning system to identify
potential threats to the nation's forests, and smart sensors to monitor components
on rocket engine test stands in order to avert equipment failure. Also featured in
the 2013 edition is an air purification system that can sustain miners in the event
of a disaster, a solar-powered vaccine refrigerators saving lives in remote areas
throughout the world, and a powerful heat shield used on the first commercial
spacecraft to successfully achieve orbit and return to Earth. (Source: NASA,
04/28/14)

New Orleans airport growing fast
The publication Airline Weekly says Louis Armstrong International Airport in New
Orleans was the fastest growing United States airport in terms of passenger traffic
from 2012 to 2013. The 7 percent growth rate beat Houston, Austin and San Jose,
Calif., which all showed 6 percent growth. Next on the list were Charlotte, North
Carolina, Nashville, Chicago, Seattle, and Los Angeles, which all had 5 percent
growth. (Source: Times-Picayune, 04/28/14)

SpaceX sues Air Force
SpaceX filed suit Friday against the Air Force for awarding billions to United
Launch Alliance for national security launches. It said the contracts might even
violate sanctions against Russia. The military spends billions yearly with UAL, a
joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin, for the Evolved Expendable Launch
Vehicle program. It uses UAL’s Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles. The Atlas V
first stage is powered by Russian-built RD-180 engines, which has raised concern
among some lawmakers. But UAL has been highly successful with 68 successful
launches in a row. SpaceX's launch system still has to be certified as meeting
military standards, something that is expeced. (Sources: Space Daily Express,
Breaking Defense, 04/25/14) Gulf Coast note: Delta IV uses Aeroject Rocketdyne RS-
68 engines, assembled and tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss., for the first
stage; SpaceX will be testing its next generation engines at Stennis Space Center.

NASA, SSC top innovative list
For the fourth consecutive year NASA tops the list of most innovative large federal
agencies, according to the Partnership for Public Service. The agency scored 76
points out of 100 on the innovation scale. It also accomplished a first in 2013: NASA
is the parent agency to the top five most innovative sub-agencies on the list, with
John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi ranking No. 1. The analysis, compiled
by the Partnership for Public Service, Deloitte and the Hay Group, is based on the
Office of Personnel Management’s 2013 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.
(Source: Government Executive, 04/24/14)

Vietnam joins A320 supplier list
Nikkiso Vietnam Co. of Hanoi will make composite vertical bars and armor plates of
winglets for A320 aircraft as a subcontractor for Korean Air Aerospace Division
(KAL-ASD), which has been an Airbus supplier since 1998. KAL-ASD has been the
sole supplier of winglets, which Airbus calls Sharklets, since 2010. Nikkiso Vietnam
is a 100 percent Japanese invested manufacturing company. Production will begin
before the end of the year. Winglets are designed to help save fuel by reducing
drag and improving air flow at the end of aircraft wings. (Sources: multiple,
including SGGP, tuoitrenews, Vietnam Briefing, 04/24/14) In February KAL-ASD
delivered its 1,000th winglet built at its Busan plant (Source: Airbus, 02/18/14). Gulf
Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

ECP market share down
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Despite an increase in traffic as spring break kicked off last
month, Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) failed to increase
passenger traffic year-over-year in March. Overall, the airport in West Bay,
northwest of Panama City, saw a nearly 10 percent decrease in passengers, falling
from 171,741 in March 2013 to 155,161 this year. ECP’s market share also dropped.
It held a 19 percent market share between January and March, falling behind both
Tallahassee Regional Airport and Northwest Florida Regional Airport in Fort Walton
Beach, which held 21 and 20 percent, respectively. Pensacola currently holds 40
percent of the market. By comparison, ECP held 22 percent of the market between
January and September of 2013, Tallahassee had 19, Fort Walton 20 and Pensacola
40 percent. Executive Director Parker McClellan said some of the decrease could
likely be linked to special introductory fares for Southwest Airlines flights out of
Pensacola International Airport. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 04/23/14)

Utah F-16 train with F-35s
Pilots from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, trained alongside the new F-35 fighter for the
first time Thursday at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The pilots didn’t fly the F-35 but did
participate in a training mission in F-16s. Hill will receive 72 F-35s next year. The
jets will be flown by 388th and 419th fighter wings. Hill Air Force Base already
provides maintenance on the F-35. (Source: Salt Lake Tribune, 04/25/14)

Eagle Claw remembered
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – There was a ceremony at Hurlburt Field Thursday marking
the anniversary of Operation Eagle Claw, the ill-fated attempt to rescue American
hostages from Iran. The rescue attempt was ordered by President Carter in 1980.
As U.S. forces prepared to abort Operation Eagle Claw, one of the helicopters
crashed into a transport aircraft, which contained both service members and jet
fuel. The resulting fire killed eight service members. Five were from Hurlburt
Field. (Source: Hurlburt Field, 04/24/14)

Probe details emerge
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The investigation into possible misconduct by former Blue
Angels lead pilot Capt. Greg McWherter focuses on allegations that he allowed
sexual harassment within the flight demonstration squadron. McWherter was fired
last week from his most recent job as second-in-command of Coronado Naval Base
in San Diego, home to two aircraft carriers, four units of Navy SEALs. The Navy said
the complaint came from one person. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, WEAR-TV,
04/24/14)

Unit holds inactivation ceremony
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – It’s not until June 15 that the 345th Tactical
Airlift Squadron stands down, but there was a ceremony Friday marking the end of
the unit. Its C-130J aircraft will be sent to another base. But all the 345th airmen
have been given orders for reassignments. Col. David J. Condit, commander of
the 403rd Operations Group, said that if they wait until June 15 there will only be
three people left, which wouldn’t make for much of a ceremony. The 345th is an
active-duty component of the 403rd Wing. (Source: Sun Herald, 04/22/14) This
week, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the majority whip, visited Keesler with
Rep. Steven Palazzo. He said after his 90-minute tour that he thinks the best place
to keep the C-130J aircraft is at Keesler. (Source: WLOX-TV, 04/23/14)

Contract: Multiple, $109.9M
Midwest Air Traffic Control Service Inc., Overland Park, Kan. (N65236-14-D-4984)
and Readiness Management Support LC, Panama City, Fla. (N65236-14-D-4985), are
each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee,
with provisions for firm-fixed-price task orders, performance based contract. The
contracts are for the procurement of air traffic management and electronic
equipment maintenance services to support air traffic control operations, airfield
management, air to ground communications operations and maintenance,
surveillance and precision radar systems operations and maintenance, voice
communications systems operations and maintenance, and aviation command and
control operations and maintenance. The cumulative, estimated ceiling value of
the base year is $109,874,600. These contracts include options, which if exercised,
would bring the cumulative ceiling value of these contracts to an estimated
$330,295,200. This contract action merely establishes a potential ceiling value and
does not obligate the Navy to fund to the ceiling. Work will be performed in
Southwest Asia. Work is expected to be completed by April 2015. If all options are
exercised, work could continue until April 2019. SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic
Navy working capital funds in the amount of $25,000 will be obligated at the time of
award as the minimum guarantee and will be split among the two awardees; these
funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract action
establishes a potential ceiling value, in which funds are obligated on individual
task orders for efforts that fall within the core competency areas. The multiple
award contracts were competitively procured by full and open competition via the
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center e-Commerce Central website and the
Federal Business Opportunities website, with three offers received. Space and
Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, S.C., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 04/23/14)

Australia buying more F-35s
Australia will order 58 more F-35 fighters for $11.61 billion, Prime Minister Tony
Abbott said Wednesday. The purchase will will raise Australia’s air combat power to
among the world's most advanced. Australia approved the purchase of 14 of the
stealth fighters in 2009, and the additional jets will provide the Royal Australian Air
Force with enough aircraft to form three operational squadrons and one training
squadron. The first F-35 aircraft will arrive in Australia in 2018 and enter service
with the RAAF in 2020, Abbott said. (Source: Reuters, 04/22/14) Gulf Coast note:
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Marvel of Flight scheduled
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. -- The city of DeFuniak Springs will host its fourth annual
fly-in aviation festival from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the DeFuniak Springs
Municipal Airport. Planes on display at the “Marvel of Flight” festival include a B-
25, one of only about a dozen airworthy B-25s in existence, according to a press
release from the city. Also on display will be Chinese and Russian military planes,
Huey and Cobra helicopters and more. The festival was created by Leadership
Walton, a program of the Walton Area Chamber. Price of admission is a canned
food item for the Matrix Community Outreach Center. (Source: Northwest Florida
Daily News, 04/21/14)

Contract: Northrop, $25M
Northrop Grumman, Annapolis, Md., is being awarded a $25,000,000 modification to
previously awarded contract (N61331-10-D-0009) for the continuation of depot
level repair, maintenance, related engineering services, change kits and
integrated logistics support documentation for the AN/AQS-14A Sonar Detecting
Set, AQS-24 Mine Hunting System, ALQ-141 Acoustic Minehunting/Minesweeping
System, USM-668 Intermediate Level Test Equipment (ILTE) and the Modified USM-
668A ILTE and the Swivel Slip-Ring Assembly. Work will be performed in Annapolis,
Md., and is expected to be completed by February 2015. No funding will be
obligated at time of award and 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, 04/22/14)

Eglin wins environmental award
The Department of Defense announced Monday that two Air Force installations
were among the winners of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards.
The Natural Resources Team at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., won the Natural
Resources Conservation, Individual/Team award for offered long-range solutions
that ensured regulatory compliance while maximizing the use of land and water
ranges to maintain mission readiness. The other base was Wright-Patterson Air
Force Base, Ohio, and the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center F-35
Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Support Team. (Source: AFNS,
04/21/14)

Raptor tests to begin within month
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Testing of a new, more powerful SpaceX engine
will begin within a month at NASA's rocket engine test facility in South Mississippi.
A ceremonial ribbon-cutting was held today marking the start of a partnership
between SpaceX and Stennis Space Center. SpaceX, which has already
successfully completed resupply missions to the International Space Station, plans
to test its methane-fueled Raptor rocket engine on the E-2 test stand. The
reuseable engine is being developed for a heavy-lift launch vehicle. "In
partnership with NASA, SpaceX has helped create one of the most advanced
engine testing facilities in the world, and we look forward to putting the stand to
good use," said Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of SpaceX.
"These types of activities are opening new doors of commercial space exploration
for companies," said Stennis Center Director Rick Gilbrech. SpaceX's Dragon
space capsule successfully docked with the ISS Sunday, its third resupply mission.
(Source: GCAC, 04/21/14)

Former Blue Angel investigated
Former Blue Angel Capt. Gregory McWherter has been relieved of duty as
executive officer of Naval Base Coronado, Calif., pending an investigation into
alleged misconduct while he was commander of the Blue Angels aerial
demonstration team. McWherter was commanding officer and flight leader of the
Pensacola, Fla.-based Blue Angels from November 2008 to November 2010, and
from May 2011 to November 2012. McWherter has been at Coronado since
November 2013. The F/A Hornet pilot has logged 5,500 flight hours and 950 aircraft
carrier landings during training missions and deployments to the Mediterranean,
the Persian Gulf and the western Pacific. He also was an instructor at the Fighter
Weapons School, known as Top Gun. (Sources: Pensacola News Journal, Los
Angeles Times, U-T San Diego, 04/18/14)

Airbus pondering “neo Plus?”
With the more fuel efficient A320neo set to start flight tests in October, industry
sources claim Airbus is considering shifting its focus to avionics, cabin and other
system improvements that could sustain the A320 well into the 2020s. Aviation
Week says that according to sources, suppliers will meet with Airbus later this
month to discuss various upgrade packages for the A320neo under an effort
dubbed the Single Aisle Incremental Development (SAID) program, also known as
the A320neo Plus. The initiative could result in a series of systems and interior
upgrades that would start being introduced as of early 2016 onto production
aircraft. Airbus denies such a concrete project is in place. (Source: Aviation Week,
04/18/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile.
The first plane will roll out in 2016.

Contract: Lockheed, $54.6M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is
being awarded a $54,574,234 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-
incentive-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-12-C-0004) for production
non-recurring technical assistance in support of the F-35 Lot VII effort for the U.S.
Navy, U.S. Air Force, and international partner governments. Services to be
provided includes manufacturing technology transfer and planning tasks required
to ensure a manufacturing base with sufficient technical knowledge to support F-
35 production requirements. Work will be performed in El Segundo, Calif. (38
percent); Fort Worth, Texas (24 percent); Warton, United Kingdom (16.5 percent);
San Diego, Calif. (14 percent); Orlando, Fla. (3.4 percent); Nashua, N.H. (2.3
percent); Palmdale, Calif. (1.2 percent); Marietta, Ga. (.3 percent) Amityville, N.Y. (.2
percent); and Laval, Canada (.1 percent), and is expected to be completed in
January 2015. This modification combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (4 percent);
the U.S. Air Force (38.7 percent); and F-35 international partner governments (21.3
percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 04/16/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the F-
35 training center.

NASA gears up for RS-25 tests
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- With testing of the J-2X engine completed April
10, engineers at Stennis Space Center are now focusing their attention on
preparing the RS-25 engine for the test stands. Four RS-25 engines, previously
known as space shuttle main engines, will power the core stage of Space Launch
System that will take astronauts deeper into space than ever before. More than
200 feet tall with a diameter of 27.6 feet, the core stage will store cryogenic liquid
hydrogen and liquid oxygen that will feed the RS-25s. Modifications to the engines,
like higher thrust levels, were needed on the engines for the SLS. Gary Benton, J-
2X and RS-25 test project manager at SSC, said the J-2X powerpack testing began
in late 2007, and a wide range of full-engine developmental tests have been done.
A number of J-2X tests benefit the upcoming RS-25 tests. (Source: NASA, 04/11/14)
Background story: SSC does what's needed for stand

Orion powers through test
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- NASA's Orion spacecraft passed a test designed
to determine readiness for its first flight test, Exploration Flight Test-1. EFT-1 later
this year will send the spacecraft more than 3,600 miles from Earth then back. The
spacecraft ran for 26 uninterrupted hours during the final phase of a major test
series completed April 8 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The test verified
the crew module can route power and send commands that enable the spacecraft
to manage its computer system, software and data loads, propulsion valves,
temperature sensors and other instrumentation. (Sources: Space Travel, 04/16/14,
NASA, 04/11/14) Gulf Coast note: Orion is built in part at Michoud Assembly Facility,
New Orleans.

SpaceX ribbon-cutting slated
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- There will be a ribbon-cutting Monday at NASA's
Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi to mark the beginning of SpaceX's new
engine component test operations. SpaceX, the first commercial company to
successfully send supplies to the International Space Station, said in October 2013
that it would use SSC to test its new Raptor methane rocket engines. Another
company that can send cargo to the ISS, Orbital Sciences, uses Aerojet AJ26
engines to power its Antares rocket. Those engines also are tested at SSC.
Scheduled to attend the 3 p.m. CDT ribbon-cutting is SpaceX President Gwynne
Shotwell, SSC Director Rick Gilbrech, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, Sen. Thad
Cochran and Rep. Steven Palazzo. (Source: GCAC, 04/16/14) Previous

F-35 fleet passes 15K flying
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Lockheed Martin F-35 fleet recently surpassed 15,000
flight hours, a major milestone for the program. As of April 7, operational F-35s had
flown 8,050 hours while System Development and Demonstration aircraft had
accumulated 7,123 flight hours. In 2014, F-35A test aircraft have flown 328 hours; F-
35B test aircraft have accumulated 191 hours; and F-35C test aircraft have flown 91
hours. In comparison, operational F-35As have flown 963 hours, while their F-35B
and F-35C counterparts have accumulated 1,012 and 98 hours respectively for the
year. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 04/15/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Last Holloman F-22 arrives
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The last F-22 from New Mexico arrived at Tyndall
Air Force Base this week. The final four F-22 Raptors from the 7th Fighter
Squadron at Holloman Air Force Base, Albuquerque, N.M. arrived Tuesday. In total,
24 F-22 Raptors were transferred to Tyndall from Holloman. The transfer of the
squadron will involve about 1,100 active, reserve and support personnel. Seven T-
38 Talons also were moved from Holloman to Tyndall. (Source: News Herald,
04/11/14)

Keesler C-130Js topic on the Hill
WASHINGTON -- Keesler Air Force Base's C-130Js were discussed again during two
hearings in Washington. Rep. Steven Palazzo, in front of the House Readiness
Subcommittee hearing, and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, in front of the Senate Armed
Services Committee, grilled Air Force leaders about plans to move 10 aircraft to
Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas. Palazzo said it doesn’t make sense from a
cost perspective or a readiness perspective. He pointed out that $58 million was
spent on construction at Keesler in recent years to accommodate the planes.
Wicker also questioned the savings. He said he doesn’t believe the numbers add
up. (Source: Sun Herald, 04/10/14)

Contract: Jacobs, $67M
Jacobs Technology Inc., Tullahoma, Tenn., has been awarded an estimated
$67,000,000 modification (14) for an existing indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity
contract (FA9200-12-D-0085) with multiple funding appropriations at the task order
level for technical and engineering acquisition support services. 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., and is expected to
be completed by Oct. 18, 2014. The current action includes unclassified foreign
military sales to Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic,
Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordon, Kuwait,
Malaysia, Morocco, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea,
Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab
Emerites and United Kingdom. Fiscal 2013 and 2014 research development test
and evaluation, operations and maintenance, and procurement funds will be
obligated incrementally when available. Air Force Test Center/PZZ, Eglin Air Force
Base, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/10/14)

Trainers to set up at Camp Shelby
CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- A Maryland counterterrorism security training company has
signed an agreement to conduct specialized training at Camp Shelby Joint Forces
Training Center, officials said Wednesday. Annapolis-based ViaGlobal Group
signed the agreement after several visits to the Mississippi National Guard
installation south of Hattiesburg. Camp Shelby’s facilities include a state-of-the-art
urban terrain site and live fire shoot house. ViaGlobal Group’s executive board
includes former commanders in Marine, Navy and Army Special Operations
organizations. (Source: Camp Shelby Public Affairs, 04/10/14) The base is 135,000
acres with ranges for Abrams M1 tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, MRAPs and
more. There’s also an air-to-ground bombing range and a combat training runway
designed for C-17 short-field landing operations.

Hattiesburg losing Silver Airways
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Silver Airways has served notice that it intends to pull
service from the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport. Hattiesburg-Laurel
Executive Director Tom Heanue said he received a phone call from airline officials
Wednesday afternoon to let him know that Silver intended to file 90-day Notice of
Termination papers. Heanue said Silver informed him that it was shutting down the
bulk of its Atlanta operations. Silver began providing connections to Atlanta in late
2012, stepping in when Delta Air Lines said in the summer of 2011 that it was
dropping 24 routes in smaller markets across the nation, including Hattiesburg.
Silver Airways, a regional carrier based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was awarded the
routes as the Essential Air Service subsidy jumped from about $1.4 million annually
to about $2.9 million. (Source: Hattiesburg American, 04/10/14)

Mobile FAL takes shape
MOBILE, Ala. – A year after the ground breaking ceremony for Airbus' first A320
family assembly facility to be built in the United States, the Mobile plant is
progressing. The main buildings are taking shape and the first employees have
started on-the-job training in Hamburg, Germany. The steelwork on the main
building, the Final Assembly Line hangar where the A320 family aircraft will be
assembled, started in April 2013 and is nearing completion. In addition, the
powerhouse, which will provide utilities, is also nearing completion. The
construction work continues with the assembly of the service building, housing
the main offices, followed by the building of the logistics centre. (Source: Airbus,
04/10/14)

Ingalls to deliver LHA 6
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- A ship that will one day carry F-35B and MV-22 aircraft will be
delivered in a ceremony Thursday. Ingalls Shipbuilding will deliver the amphibious
assault ship America (LHA 6) in a noon ceremony at the shipyard. America-class
ships are 844 feet long and 106 feet wide and will have a crew of 1,059 and 1,687
troops. The ship will be capable of carrying a Marine Expeditionary Unit, including
Marine helicopters, MV‐22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft and F‐35B Joint Strike Fighter
aircraft. The ship has an increased aviation capacity to include an enlarged hangar
deck, realignment and expansion of the aviation maintenance facilities, a
significant increase in available stowage for parts and support equipment, and
increased aviation fuel capacity. (Source: Ingalls, 04/09/14)

Grant will help business expand
ENTERPRISE, Ala. – A $500,000 grant is being awarded to help an Enterprise
company expand its aviation business and provide 200 new jobs. The company is
Alabama Aircraft Support, which specializes in the maintenance, repair and
overhaul of military and commercial helicopters and small aircraft. The Community
Development Block Grant awarded to the city of Enterprise will provide
infrastructure enabling the company to expand its business and construct a 64,800-
square-foot aircraft maintenance building and hangar. CDBG funding will provide
sewer services to the facility that will be built on a nine-acre site at Enterprise
Municipal Airport. The city has pledged $219,940 in additional funds for the sewer
project. (Source: WSFA, 04/08/14) Enterprise is west of Fort Rucker, the Army’s
helicopter aviation center.

Airline changes Airbus orders
American Airlines is changing 30 firm orders for 30 Airbus A320neo jetliners into
options, according to an investor update filed on Tuesday morning. The planes
were scheduled to be delivered in 2021 and 2022 and were part of the company's
large order of 260 Airbus narrow-body aircraft announced in 2011. American also
said it terminated its existing lease financing arrangements for 62 Airbus A320 that
American is scheduled to receive between 2015 and 2017 and instead will the
purchase the aircraft. (Source: Star-Telegram, 04/08/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is
building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Armament Directorate hits milestone
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Armament Directorate celebrated a milestone
with delivery of the first production lot of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile
Extended Range missiles to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, last month. The JASSM
family of weapons, JASSM and JASSM-ER variants, are autonomous, long-range,
conventional air-to ground, precision guided missiles. The weapons provide
focused lethality to strike highly defended, high value targets. The JASSM Program
Office at Eglin Air Force Base, working with contractor Lockheed Martin Missile
Fire and Control in Orlando Fla., jointly spearheaded the development, testing and
fielding of this newest JASSM variant. With little change in design, the JASSM's
newest accomplishment provides a weapon that can reach targets more than two
and half times farther than its predecessor, while still hitting its target with
accuracy. Seventy percent of the hardware and 90 percent of software are
common between the two variants. (Source: AFNS, 04/08/14)

FAA eyes another UAV center
The Southeast didn’t get one of the six FAA test sites that will help integrate
unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace, but now the FAA is looking to
establish a center for excellence within the next year. FAA, which issued a
presolicitation notice March 31, is looking for government, industry and academic
partners for the COE. Areas of interest include air traffic control interoperability,
airport ground operations, pilot training and certification, human factors and
privacy practices. The FAA intends to release a draft request for proposal and
publicly discuss program requirements in May. (Source: FBO, 03/31/14) Gulf Coast
note: UAVs are used at several military bases in the region; Fire Scout and variants
of the Global Hawk unmanned aerial system are built in Moss Point, Miss.; the
Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Pensacola, Fla., is a
recognized leader in human-machine interaction.

UTC center gets Spirit contract
FOLEY, Ala. -- UTC Aerospace Systems’ Aerostructures has been selected by
Florida-based Spirit Airlines to provide nozzle maintenance for the Airbus A320
family aircraft in the carrier’s fleet. Spirit operates a fleet of more than 50 A320
family aircraft. The work for the three-year contract will be performed at UTC
Aerospace Systems' Alabama Service Center in Foley, which houses both original
equipment work as well as the Alabama Service Center, a maintenance, repair and
overhaul site dedicated to nacelle components. (Source: al.com, 04/08/14)

UK team to train on Triton
LONDON -- Britain’s Ministry of Defence is sending a team to train on Northrop
Grumman’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned system in preparation for a decision next year
on whether to re-establish a maritime patrol capability. The government said that
four personnel are scheduled to train on the MQ-4C Triton during June and August
2014 at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md. The Triton is the U.S. Navy’s version
of Global Hawk. It’s in flight test phase ahead of delivery to the U.S. Navy. (Source:
Defense News, 04/07/14) Gulf Coast note: Tritons are built in part in Moss Point,
Miss.

Park designated AdvantageSite
FAIRHOPE, Ala. – A 110-acre industrial park next to H. L. Sonny Callahan Airport has
become the fifth Baldwin County site to earn the Alabama AdvantageSite
designation. Since its inception in 2008, the program, coordinated by the Economic
Development Partnership of Alabama, has recognized 47 locations in the state
after meeting guidelines such as utility and environmental standards, size, zoning
and accessibility. The program is designed to increase the marketability of
locations in Alabama. The Fairhope Airport Industrial Park has 75 contiguous
developable acres out of 110. It’s located 12 miles south of Interstate 10, next to
the municipal airport and its 6,604-foot runway. The area is also the location of the
nearly complete Aerospace Training Center. (Source: al.com, 04/07/14)

JHSV to test railgun
The Navy plans to test a prototype electromagnetic railgun aboard a joint high
speed vessel in fiscal year 2016, the service said today, the first time an EM
railgun is demonstrated at sea. Railguns use an electromagnetic force to rapidly
accelerate and launch a projectile between two conductive rails. The launch is at
such high velocities that it can achieve greater ranges than conventional guns
and maintains enough kinetic energy that it doesn't require a high explosive
payload. High-energy EM railguns are expected to be lethal and effective against
multiple threats, including enemy warships, small boats, aircraft, missiles and land-
based targets. The Navy is using a JHSV because of its available cargo and topside
space and schedule flexibility. (Source: NNS, 04/07/14) Gulf Coast note: JHSVs are
built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala.

403rd conducts training exercise
BILOXI, Miss. – All of Keesler Air Force Base’s C-130J and WC-130J aircraft were up
in the air simultaneously Saturday as part of the 403rd Wing's training exercise
called Operation Surge Capacity. Saturday's combat readiness exercise was one of
the largest the 403rd Wing has conducted in years. Hundreds of airmen in the
403rd Wing took part in this massive training exercise, created to test multiple
capabilities in the wing and help ensure readiness in future missions. The three-
hour training exercise included dropping 15 pound sandbags to simulate a tactical
air drop. (Source: WLOX-TV, 04/05/14)

81 Medical Group gets new leader
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- The "Dragon Medics" welcomed their new
leader last week as Col. (Dr.) Thomas Harrell assumed command of the 81st
Medical Group from Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Kory Cornum during a change of command
ceremony at Keesler Medical Center's Don Wylie Auditorium. Harrell comes to
Keesler Air Force Base from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, where he
commanded the Department of Defense/Veterans Affairs Joint Venture Hospital
and also served as the Alaskan Command command surgeon. Cornum has been
reassigned to Scott AFB, Ill., as Air Mobility Command command surgeon. (Source:
81st Medical Group, 04/02/14)

Contract: BAE, $47.4M
BAE Systems Electronic Solutions, Nashua, N.H., is being awarded a $47,352,248
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity delivery order contract for the manufacture
of the transmitter countermeasures T-1687A/ALE-70 (V) in support of the Joint
Strike Fighter program. Work will be performed at Nashua and work is expected to
be completed by April 2017. Fiscal 2014 procurement of ammunition Navy and
Marine Corps, and fiscal 2012 Air Force aircraft funding in the amount of
$14,314,816 will be obligated at the time of award. The Air Force funds in the
amount of $6,308,224 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The NAVSUP
Weapon Systems Support, Mechanicsburg, Pa., is the contracting activity (N00104-
14-D-K054). (Source: DoD, 04/03/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the F-35 training center.

Paint hangar work to begin 2Q
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas will break ground on a $13 million paint shop
hangar for its A320 final assembly line in the second quarter. The facility will be
operated by MAAS Aviation Services, a division of the Expressair Aviation Group.
The paint hangar is expected to employ 34 people. MAAS has options for
expansion as Airbus’ production increases. (Source: al.com, 04/03/14) Expressair
Aviation Group is a privately owned, Irish registered holding company. MAAS has
paint hangars in Ireland, the UK and Netherlands.

Contract: Northrop, $43.8M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a
$43,781,216 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-
fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-0059) for the production and delivery of five MQ-
8 Fire Ccout vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicles
(VTUAV) and one ground control station 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 December 2015. Fiscal 2013 and 2014 aircraft procurement, Navy
funds in the amount of $43,781,216 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, 04/02/14)

More Airbus jobs posted
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus is seeking to fill seven hourly aircraft quality inspector
positions for its A320 final assembly line being built at the Mobile Aeroplex. The
latest listings include one quality inspector for the flight line and six for the final
assembly line. Pay ranges from $20 to $30 an hour. For regular updates on job
postings, check the Alabama Industrial Development Training program website.
(Source: al.com, 04/01/14)

IHMC to show off robots
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Some of the world's most advanced robots will be on display
next week at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition Robotics Lab
in downtown Pensacola. The open house is April 10, from 4-7 p.m., at 201 E. Wright
Street. It's part of fifth annual National Robotics Week April 5-13. Among the robots
on display will be Atlas, a humanoid robot built by Boston Dynamics and used by
IHMC in the DARPA Robotics Challenge in December 2013. IHMC, which wrote the
programs that allowed Atlas to perform life-saving tasks during a disaster, finished
second among 16 of the world's top robotics development teams. Also on display
at the April 10 open house will be FastRunner, a two-legged, fast-moving platform
inspired by the ostrich, and NASA's X1 exoskeleton, designed to help astronauts
exercise in space and to help disabled humans walk on Earth. The event is free
and will feature demonstrations and tours. (Source: IHMC, 04/01/14)

Aero manufacturing takes off
The South is already home to auto giants, and now it's increasingly attracting some
of the biggest names in aviation, including Boeing in South Carolina, Airbus in
Alabama, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. in Georgia and GE Aviation in North
Carolina. Aerospace companies are moving manufacturing operations to Southern
states, in part due to lower costs, generous state incentive packages and right-to-
work laws that make it hard for unions to organize. The aerospace sector is
growing. Sales grew 41 percent from 2002 to 2012, driven largely by military and
international sales. And that growth won't ebb anytime soon. (Source: Stateline,
04/02/14)

Contracts: Multiple, $20M
Alessi Keyes Construction, North Little Rock, Ark.; AMR Construction LLC, Little
Rock, Ark.; Oren Atchley Co., Inc., Fort Smith, Ark.; BES Design/Build LLC, Fairhope,
Ala.; Beshears Construction Inc., Fort Smith, Ark.; C&M Contractors Inc., Doniphan,
Mo.; Charpie Construction Co., Inc., Hopkinsville, Ky.; CWR Construction Inc., North
Little Rock, Ark.; DAV Construction Co., Sherwood, Ark.; Flynco Inc., Little Rock,
Ark.; Haralson Property Resources LLC, Memphis, Tenn.; Hernandez Consulting
LLC, New Orleans, La.; HGL Construction, Midwest City, Okla.; Hollon Contracting
LLC, Dothan, Ala.; J&S Construction Company Inc., Cookeville, Tenn.; Jack Helms
Construction Co., Fort Smith, Ark.; Jack Morgan Construction, England, Ark.; Jane
Construction LLC, Ozark, Ark.; K&E Construction Inc., South Beebe, Ark.; LJB
Construction Inc., Rogers, Ark.; Lobina Construction, Hot Springs, Ark.; McCormick
Asphalt Paving & Excavation, Ozark, Ark.; Precise Concrete Works LLC, Memphis,
Tenn.; Primestar Construction Corp., Dallas, Texas; RHI Inc., West Haven, Utah;
Roederer Construction Inc., LaGrange, Ky.; Ross Sparks Builders, Little Rock, Ark.;
Structural Systems Inc., Fort Smith, Ark.; Wilkins Construction, North Little Rock,
Ark., were awarded a $20,000,000 firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-
quantity contract for the sustainment/repair and maintenance of National Guard
military construction projects at Little Rock Air Force Base, Camp Joseph T.
Robinson, and Fort Smith Regional Airport. Funding and work location will be
determined with each order. Estimated completion date is March 31, 2019. Bids
were solicited via the Internet with 29 received. All contractors in this
announcement are small businesses. National Guard Bureau, North Little Rock,
Ark., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/01/14)

Contracts: Multiple, $33M
URS Federal Inc., Germantown, Md. (N00189-12-D-Z016); Raytheon Technical
Services Co. LLC, Sterling, Va. (N00189-12-D-Z017); Technical Software Services
Inc.,* Pensacola, Fla. (N00189-12-D-Z018); Camber Corp., Huntsville, Ala. (N00189-12-
D-Z019); General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Va. (N00189-12-D-Z020);
Northrop Grumman Corp., Herndon, Va. (N00189-12-D-Z021); Logistic Services
International Inc., Jacksonville, Fla. (N00189-12-D-Z022); Sonalysts Inc., Waterford,
Conn. (N00189-12-D-Z023); and Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, San Diego,
Calif. (N00189-12-D-Z024), are being awarded modifications under previously
awarded multiple award contracts to exercise option two of the contracts pursuant
to contract clause FAR 52.217-9, option to extend the term of the contract. The
contracts provide education training products and services for the Naval
Education Training Command in conjunction with Naval Education Training and
Professional Development and Technology Center which works to educate Navy
sailors in a variety of ways. The maximum contract value, for option two, for all nine
contracts combined, is $33,079,710. These nine contractors will compete for task
orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contracts. No funding will
be obligated with the exercise of the option, and therefore none of the funding
will expire before the end of the current fiscal year. Funding will be provided on
individual task orders issued against the contracts during the period of the option.
Work will be performed in Pensacola, Fla. (90 percent) and the other 10 percent
will be performed at the contractors' locations. Work is expected to be completed
April 30, 2015. The NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk, Contracting Department,
Philadelphia Office, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
04/01/14)

Contract: Boeing, $80M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a maximum $80,000,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, for Joint Direct Attack Munitions
technical support for studies and analysis, product improvement, upgrades,
integration (including, but not limited to, software integration, aircraft integration,
and associated hardware) and testing. Work will be performed in Missouri with an
expected completion date of March 31, 2019. Fiscal 2014 Air Force procurement
funds in the amount of $4,141,039 and fiscal 2014 Navy operations and
maintenance funds in amount $145,000 will be obligated at time of award. This
award is the result of a sole source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center/EBDK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8681-14-D-
0028). (Source: DoD, 04/01/14)

Standex to supply A320neo
SALEM, N.H.-- Standex International Corp. announced that Spincraft, the company's
engineered products metal fabrication business unit, received a life of program
award from Senior Aerospace to produce exhaust plug and nozzle components for
the nacelle on the Airbus A320neo. Under the agreement, Spincraft will produce
exhaust plug and nozzle sets, consisting of five individual components, for all the
A320neo assemblies produced by SSP. SSP production is anticipated to represent
up to 100 percent of the volume requirements on the UTAS nacelle for the Pratt &
Whitney engine version of the aircraft. (Source: Business Wire, 03/31/14) Gulf
Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Assignments impact Tyndall
Col. David W. Hicks, selected for the grade of brigadier general, vice director,
operations, J-3, North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Northern
Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., has been assigned as vice commander,
First Air Force (Air Forces Northern), Air Combat Command, Tyndall Air Force Base,
Fla. Also, Brig. Gen. Jack L. Briggs II, selected for the grade of major general, vice
commander, First Air Force (Air Forces Northern), Air Combat Command, Tyndall,
has been assigned to director of operations, J-3, Headquarters U.S. Northern
Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (Source: DoD, 03/31/14)

IHMC scientist featured at symposium
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Veteran Shuttle astronaut Tom Jones, a senior research
scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, will be a
featured speaker at the first X-STEM: Extreme STEM Symposium in Washington, D.
C., on April 24. The symposium opens the third annual USA Science & Engineering
Festival Expo and Book Fair, April 26-27, hosted by sponsor Lockheed Martin. Held
at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, X-STEM is a “TED-style” event for
kids with talks by 50 of the nation's most noted science, technology, engineering
and mathematics (STEM) professionals representing top universities,
corporations, non-profits and governmental agencies. "I'm honored to speak at X-
STEM and get to meet some of our future explorers," said Jones, who flew on four
shuttle missions. "Exciting our young people about science, technology,
engineering and math … is crucial to America's future." IHMC is a non-profit
institute focusing on human-machine interaction. (Source: IHMC, 03/31/14)

NASA to extend contracts
Orbital Sciences and SpaceX could be hauling cargo to the international space
station through 2017 under planned two-year contract extensions NASA
announced March 31. NASA said it plans to extend the Commercial Resupply
Services (CRS) contracts it gave Orbital and SpaceX in 2008 "for up to 24 months
from December 2015 to December 2017." It was unclear whether NASA will be
ordering additional missions. (Source: Space News, 03/31/14) Gulf Coast note:
Orbital's Antares launch vehicle uses Aerojet AJ26 engines tested at Stennis
Space Center; SpaceX last year announced it will test its Raptor methane rocket
engines at SSC.

F-35 program cost drops
The estimated acquisition cost of the F-35 program dropped $11.5 billion over the
past year, the congressional Government Accountability Office reported Monday in
its annual report on U.S. arms programs. GAO now estimates the Pentagon will
spend $332.3 billion over coming decades to develop the radar-evading F-35 jet
and buy a total of 2,457 aircraft, about 3.3 percent less than last year's estimate.
The new estimate was provided in fiscal year 2014 dollars. (Source: Reuters,
03/31/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training
program.


MARCH 2014

Contract: Raytheon, $7.6M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $7,631,396 cost-plus-
fixed-fee modification (P00028) to contract FA8675-11-C-0030 for production cut-in
of an Advanced Range Telemetry (ARTM) transmitter into the AIM-120 Advanced
Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile. The contract modification facilitates the cut-in of
an advanced range telemetry transmitter into future production; including updates
to all test equipment and technical documentation, approval from the test and
safety community, as well as necessary updates to the depot repair infrastructure.
Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., and is expected to be completed by Nov.
30, 2015. Fiscal 2013 Air Force procurement funds in the amount $6,431,396 and
fiscal 2013 Navy procurement funds in the amount of $1,200,000 will be obligated at
award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBAK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/31/14)

Test begins on third AEHF
The third Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite has begun
transmitting using its protected communications payload, joining two other
satellites undergoing system test in orbit with a suite of user terminals. AEHF
satellites are produced by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Air Force. Launched on
Sept. 18, 2013, AEHF-3 arrived in its final orbit position and began transmissions in
January. (Source: SpaceWar.com, 03/31/14) Previous Gulf Coast note: Core
propulsion system work on the AEHF is done at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Base wants to be equipment hub
CAMP SHELBY, Miss. – The Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center south of
Hattiesburg, along with the state port at Gulfport, are being considered as a depot
for the return, redeployment and disposal of military equipment from Afghanistan.
The National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison signed an agreement with Camp Shelby Joint
Training Center to help military planners understand the capabilities after
researchers assessed the logistics potential and cost savings. According to Army
officials, the Defense Department will spend $7 billion to ship nearly 750,000
pieces of equipment worth $36 billion as combat operations come to an end in
2014. (Sources: Camp Shelby, 03/27/14, Hattiesburg American, 03/27/14, Sun Herald,
03/28/14 ) Camp Shelby is 135,000 acres and has been used as a staging area to
mobilize and demobilize troops. In addition, South Mississippi is home of the Naval
Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, the East Coast Seabees. That base is a
“readiness center” that stores and ships equipment worldwide. Warehouses are
spread over 500 acres. The base is near an international airport, seaport, two
interstates and rail systems.

Contract: Kaman, $41.6M
Kaman Precision Products Inc., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $41,634,163
modification (P00012) to firm-fixed-price contract FA8681-13-C-0029 for Lot 11
production of Joint Programmable Fuze systems. The contract modification
provides for the exercise of an option for an additional quantity of 10,001 state-of-
the-art fuze systems being produced under the basic contract. The location of
performance is Orlando, Fla., and work is expected to be completed by April 2016.
Fiscal 2013 procurement funds in the amount of $1,519,495; fiscal 2014
procurement funds in the amount of $36,280,545 and fiscal 2014 overseas
contingency operations funds in the amount of $3,834,123 will be obligated at
award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBDK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/28/14)

Contract: Cubic, $6.9M
Cubic Defense Applications Inc., San Diego, Calif., has been awarded a $6,883,316
firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost contract for the procurement of P5
Combat Training System (P5CTS) Depot follow-on CLS. The P5CTS consists of the
airborne subsystem, or "pod" and the ground subsystem. The contract is for CLS
for the procurement of supply chain/inventory management spares replenishment;
repair and overhaul; demilitarization and disposal; systems/sustaining engineering
and system integration. The location of performance is San Diego, Calif., for the
ground subsystem and Fort Walton Beach, Fla., for the airborne subsystem. The
work is expected to be complete by March 5, 2015. Fiscal 2014 operations and
maintenance funds in the amount of $6,883,316 are being obligated at award. This
award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center/EBYK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8678-14-C-
0005). (Source: DoD, 03/28/14)

BRAC a growth opportunity?
DOTHAN, Ala. – Fort Rucker stands to gain missions should there be another round
of base consolidations and closure. That’s according to Rod Wolfe, a retired
brigadier general who is a member of Friends of Fort Rucker. Wolfe, who also
serves on Alabama’s Military Stability Commission, points out that the base has an
array of assets that could allow it to benefit from the next Base Realignment and
Closure round. It would require millions of dollars to relocate the military’s largest
helicopter training facility elsewhere, he said. In addition, Fort Rucker has about
58,000 acres of unused space. The post also 32,000 square miles of available air
space, access to a highly trained workforce and is located in a region with a low
cost of living. (Source: Southeast Sun, 03/26/14)

China, Airbus ink deal
PARIS -- China signed a new 10-year deal allowing Airbus to continue to assemble
A320 planes at a plant in Tianjin until 2025, and also unblocked orders for larger
jets worth more than $6 billion. Chinese officials in Paris also signed deals to co-
produce 1,000 French EC-175 helicopters over 20 years with Airbus Group's
helicopter division and to co-operate on turbo-prop engines with France's Safran.
The A330 orders had been suspended during a trade row. With the agreement,
Airbus will supply China’s state-owned purchasing agency with a total of 70 planes,
including 27 long-haul A330s and 43 single-aisle A320 family aircraft. (Source:
Reuters, 03/26/14) Previous. Gulf Coast note: Airbus will build A320s in Mobile, Ala.,
beginning in 2016.

ANA puts in big jetliner order
ANA Holding Inc. ordered 14 more 787 Dreamliners as part of a $16.6 billion
package despite previous groundings of the composite jetliner. ANA’s 70-plane
purchase included 40 long-haul models from Boeing and 30 narrow-body jets from
Airbus, is the largest in the Japanese carrier’s history. (Sources: Bloomberg, AP
via CBSMoneyWatch, 03/27/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final
assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Continental, ASI get rights to F406
MOBILE, Ala. – Continental Motors is partnering with ASI Innovation of Reims,
France, to bring the 14-passenger Reims-Cessna F406 Caravan II back into
production. They acquired from insolvency the type certificate, inventory and
manufacturing rights from Reims Aviation of France, which formerly produced the
plant that was introduced in 1983. The aircraft can fill multiple roles, including
passenger, cargo and mixed use applications. Once production resumes, buyers
can equip their F406 with a Pratt & Whitney PT6 or a Continental Motors piston
engine. Continental Motors is a subsidiary of AVIC International Holding Co. of
Beijing, China. Continental Motors has been powering aircraft for more than 80
years and now encompasses Continental Motors, Inc., Mobile, Continental Motors
Beijing, Technify Motors GmbH, Germany, as well as Mattituck Services Inc. and
Zulu Flight Training in Alabama. (Sources: Continental Motors, 03/25/14, Flying,
03/26/14, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, 03/27/14)

Crosswind runway delayed
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Airport Authority board members Wednesday halted plans for
a $17 million federally approved crosswind runway at Northwest Florida Beaches
International Airport (ECP), citing financial restraints. The airport paying its $2
million to $3 million share of the crosswind runway project would put ECP’s
financial status in jeopardy, airport board officials said. The crosswind runway
would provide better wind coverage for smaller aircraft. The airport’s current
runway doesn’t meet Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) wind coverage
requirement for smaller general aviation aircraft. “We’re just not going to
jeopardize the financial end of the airport with this right now,” said John Pilcher,
board chairman, noting crosswind runway development will remain a priority. “We’
re just going to have to put this on hold right now and figure out other ways to
fund this thing.” (Source: News Herald, 03/26/14)

Contract: Roll-Royce, $107M
Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $106,999,970 undefinitized
contract action to provide intermediate, depot level maintenance and related
logistics support for approximately 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
2015. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity (N00019-14-D-0016). (Source: DoD, 03/27/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $52.1M
Lockheed Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $52,141,562
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-02-
C-3002) to execute phase 3 of the Joint Strike Fighter Autonomics Logistics
Information System (ALIS) Standard Operating Unit Version 2 (SOUv2) capability
development effort. Phase 3 includes integration of the SOUv2 with the ALIS
sustainment system and the F-35 air system. Work will be performed in Orlando,
Fla. (70 percent) and Fort Worth, Texas (30 percent), and is expected to be
completed in August 2015. Fiscal 2013 research, development, test and evaluation,
Air Force ($9,067,217) and fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation
Navy ($14,396,512) and Marine Corps ($14,309,644) funds in the amount of
$37,773,373 will be obligated at time of award, $9,067,217 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, 03/27/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the F-35 training center.

Contract: Joint venture, $45.5M
Guam MACC Builders A Joint Venture, Honolulu, Hawaii, is being awarded
$45,450,600 for firm-fixed-price task order 0003 under a previously awarded
multiple award construction contract (N62742-10-D-1309) for the design and
construction of a high bay maintenance hangar to support forward operations and
maintenance functions for the Unmanned Aircraft System MQ-4C Broad Area
Maritime Surveillance platform at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The MQ-4C
(Triton) requires interior and enclosed maintenance space to accomplish
scheduled inspections, airframe repairs, pre- and post-flight operations, as well as
technical order compliance and aircraft modifications. The task order also contains
two unexercised options, which if exercised would increase cumulative task order
value to $46,719,102. Work will be performed in Yigo, Guam, and is expected to be
completed by April 2016. Fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2014 military construction, Navy and
fiscal 2014 other procurement, Navy contract funds in the amount of $45,450,600
are obligated on this award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-
Hickam, Hawaii, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/27/14) Gulf Coast note:
Tritons are build in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Engine tests brought to schools
LONG BEACH, Miss. – Stennis Space Center, NASA's premiere rocket engine test
facility, launched a program Wednesday to beam engine tests into some schools in
Mississippi and Louisiana. The program will use technology that will allow students
to watch a live stream of engine testing at Stennis, including the J-2X, an engine
that's part of NASA's Space Launch System program. Through the virtual visit, NASA
scientists and engineers will also appear on the screen to answer student's
questions. (Source: WLOX-TV, 03/26/14)

Counties among fastest growing
Four counties in the Gulf Coast I-10 aerospace region were among the fastest
growing counties in the nation between 2012 and 2013, according to new figures
from the U.S. Census Bureau. In Louisiana, St. Bernard Parish, part of the New
Orleans-Metairie metro area, was 6th fastest growing (4.6 percent), while Orleans
Parish, also part of the New Orleans MSA, was 72nd fastest growing (2.4 percent).
In Florida, Walton County, part of the two-county Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-
Destin MSA, was 16th fastest growing (3.8 percent). In Alabama, Baldwin County,
which makes up the one-county Daphne-Fairhope-Foley MSA, was 55th fastest
growing (2.6 percent). In addition, over the period between 2010 and 2013, six
counties in the aerospace region were among the 100 fastest growing: St. Bernard
Parish, No. 2 (21.1 percent); Orleans Parish, No. 26 (10.1 percent); Walton County,
No. 49 (8.7 percent); Baldwin County, No. 68 (7.3 percent); Okaloosa County (Fla.),
No. 70 (7.2 percent); and Santa Rosa (Fla.), No. 98 (6.4 percent). (Source: GCAC,
03/27/14) Related

Daphne among fastest growing
Two metropolitan areas in the Gulf Coast aerospace region were among the
fastest growing in the nation between 2012 and 2013, according to newly released
figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. Alabama's Daphne-Fairhope-Foley MSA, with
an estimated population of 195,540, had a population increase of 2.6 percent
during the one-year period, 9th largest among 390 metro areas. The Daphne-
Fairhope-Foley MSA includes all of Baldwin County. In Florida, the Crestview-Fort
Walton Beach-Destin MSA, with an estimated population of 253,618, had a
population increase of 2.3 percent, 15th fastest in the nation. The Crestview-Fort
Walton Beach-Destin MSA includes all of Okaloosa and Walton counties. (Source:
GCAC, 03/27/14) Related followup

Contract: UT, $10.2M
United Technologies, Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is
being awarded a $10,242,104 modification to a previously awarded advance
acquisition contract (N00019-13-C-0016) for long-lead components, parts and
materials associated with the low rate initial production Lot VIII of eight F135
conventional take off and landing propulsion systems for the governments of
Japan (6) and Israel (2). 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. Foreign military
sales funds in the amount of $10,242,104 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 governments of Japan; (75 percent); and Israel (25 percent)
under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/26/14)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $58.4M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$58,488,748 indefinite-delivery, requirements contract to provide logistics
services and materials for organizational, intermediate, and depot level
maintenance required to support T45TS aircraft based at Naval Air Station (NAS)
Meridian, Miss.; NAS Kingsville, Texas; and NAS Pensacola, Fla. This requirement
also includes the support and maintenance of the T-45 aircraft at all operational
sites, numerous outlying fields, and various detachment sites. Work will be
performed in Kingsville, Texas (58 percent); Meridian, Miss. (36 percent); and
Pensacola, Fla. (6 percent), and is expected to be completed in July 2014. Contract
funds will not be obligated at time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual
delivery orders as they are issued. This contract was not competitively procured
pursuant to FAR 6.302-1. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is
the contracting activity (N00019-14-D-0019). (Source: DoD, 03/26/14)

Contracts: Multiple, $28M
CasePro Inc., San Antonio, Texas (N62645-14-D-5003); Catalyst Professional
Services Inc., Colorado Springs, Colo. (N62645-14-D-5004); Cherokee Medical
Services LLC, Stillwell, Okla. (N62645-14-D-5005); Chesapeake Educational Services
LLC, Vienna, Va. (N62645-14-D-5006); OMV Medical Inc., Takoma Park, Md. (N62645-
14-D-5007); Professional Performance Development Group Inc., San Antonio, Texas
(N62645-14-D-5008); Saratoga Medical Center Inc., Fairfax, Va. (N62645-14-D-5009);
TCMP Staffing Services LLC, Springfield, Va. (N62645-14-D-5010) are each being
awarded a nine-month, firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity,
multiple-award task order bridge contract to continue extending physician, allied
health, nursing, technologist, technician and assistant services currently being
provided in support of the Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Fla.; Naval Health Clinic
Pensacola, Fla.; Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi, Texas, and their affiliated
clinics within Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee
and Texas. The aggregate not-to-exceed amount for these multiple award
contracts combined is $28,000,000. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, Fla. (46
percent); Pensacola, Fla. (44 percent); Corpus Christi, Texas (10 percent) and
affiliated clinics within Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi,
Tennessee and Texas, and work is expected to be completed January 31, 2015.
The Naval Medical Logistics Command, Fort Detrick, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 03/26/14)

Mobile to host aerospace conference
MOBILE, Ala. -- Aerospace industry manufacturers and suppliers will come
together next week at the SpeedNews Second Annual Aerospace Manufacturing
Conference April 1-2 in Mobile. Held at the Battle House Renaissance in downtown
Mobile, the event is designed to address manufacturing capabilities and
processes, best practices, innovations, automation, industry trends and forecasts.
Featured speakers include representatives from Airbus Americas, Boeing,
Dassault Systems, GKN Aerospace and others. The event features appearances by
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson. As part of the
conference, delegates will be able to tour area aerospace facilities, including UTC
Aerospace in Foley, ST Aerospace at the Mobile Aeroplex and the Airbus final
assembly line under construction at the Aeroplex. Aviation Week’s Civil Aviation
Manufacturing Conference has been incorporated into the SpeedNews
conference. (Source: PRNewswire, SpeedNews, 03/26/14)

Dream Chaser work showcased
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Sierra Nevada and Lockheed Martin gave a tour of the
Michoud Assembly Facility where work is under way of the Dream Chaser crew
vehicle. Dream Chaser, designed to carry a crew of seven along with cargo to the
International Space Station, looks like a small Space Shuttle.  Its first unmanned
flight is scheduled for 2016. MAF is where a majority of the composite parts for the
vessel, including cabin support structures and wings, will be manufactured. Final
assembly will be at a Lockheed Martin facility in Fort Worth, Texas. Lockheed
Martin is also working on NASA’s Orion space capsule at MAF. Fifteen Lockheed
Martin workers are involved in Dream Chaser, 124 in Orion and another 20 or
involved in building two massive liquefied natural gas tanks. (Sources: nola.com,
WGNO-TV, AP via Wichita Eagle, 03/25/14)

F-35 may go to Farnborough, RAIT
WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department is set to approve the first trans-Atlantic
flight of the F-35 fighter jet in July when warplane is expected to take part in two
international air shows near London. Multiple sources say Defense Secretary
Chuck Hagel is close to a decision that would allow two or three F-35s to fly at the
Royal International Air Tattoo, or RIAT, an annual military air show, and the larger
Farnborough air show held every two years. Britain, which contributed $2 billion to
the F-35 development and plans to buy 138 F-35s in coming years, asked for the
jet's participation to help showcase the increasing maturity of the new radar-
evading plane. Participating in the international air shows will allow the F-35
program to carry out additional training and learn how the plane's logistics,
maintenance, aerial refueling, and security systems work overseas, the sources
said. Lockheed is the main contractor, with Northrop Grumman and Britain's BAE
Systems the biggest suppliers. Pratt & Whitney builds the engine that powers the
plane, and Rolls Royce Group builds the lift fan that enables the B-model of the F-
35 to land like a helicopter. (Source: Reuters, 03/25/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $698M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $698,032,385 fixed-
price-incentive, firm target, advanced acquisition contract to procure long lead
parts, materials and components in support of 57 Low Rate Initial Production Lot IX
F-35 fighters, including: 26 F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) aircraft
for the Air Force; six F-35B Short Takeoff Vertical Landing (STOVL) aircraft for the
Marine Corps; two F-35C Carrier Variant aircraft for the Navy; six F-35A CTOL
aircraft for the government of Norway; one F-35A CTOL for the government of Italy;
seven F-35A CTOL aircraft for the government of Israel; two CTOL aircraft for the
government of Japan; six F-35B STOVL for the United Kingdom, and one F-35B
STOVL aircraft for the government of Italy. Work will be performed in Fort Worth,
Texas, and is expected to be completed in May 2015. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-14-C-0002).
(Source: DoD, 03/25/14)

Initial flight test of Triton done
SAN DIEGO -- Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy successfully completed the
first major milestone of the Triton unmanned aircraft system flight test program,
clearing the aircraft to fly at various altitudes, speeds and weights. During the test
program, known as initial envelope expansion, the team validated more than 568
test points. The flights took place at the company's manufacturing facility in
Palmdale, Calif. The Navy plans to build 68 Triton UAS and they will be used with
the manned P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to conduct persistent
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions across vast ocean and
coastal regions. (Source: Northrop Grumman via PRNewswire, 03/24/14) Gulf Coast
note: Triton is made in part in Moss Point, Miss.

S. Korea to buy F-35s, Global Hawks
SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea expects to pay around $6.79 billion for 40
Lockheed Martin F-35 fighters, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on
Monday as Seoul boosts its air defenses amid simmering tensions in the region.
South Korea also confirmed plans to buy four Northrop Grumman Global Hawk
unmanned aircraft to monitor North Korea. The drones will be delivered starting
2018, one of the sources said. (Source: Reuters, 03/24/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the F-35 training center; Global Hawks are built in part in Moss
Point, Miss.

Data caught during Sensor Week
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- More than 50 organizations nationwide gathered on
the Eglin range March 3 to 14 for a cost-shared, data collection event known as
Sensor Week. They came to test their electro-optical, infrared and radio frequency
sensors and equipment against operationally-representative targets. Sensor Week
is an Air Combat Command sponsored cost-shared opportunity between the
government and interested participants. Customers come to Sensor Week to
measure seeker/sensor data using their equipment on various scenarios such as
ground threat vehicles or improvised explosive device scenarios. Customers get
realistic scenarios to test sensors and tactics, including maritime operations in
local waters, ground-based transport and attack maneuvers and up to 10 daily air
operations using 15 different aircraft ranging from the F-15 Eagle and F-35
Lightning II to the Cessna 208. (Source: Team Eglin Public Affairs, 03/24/14)

Blue Angels back home
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Blue Angels flight demonstration team returned home to
Naval Air Station Pensacola Monday afternoon from their winter home in California.
The team have a full show schedule, including a July show before the hometown
crowd at Pensacola Beach. Last year the air show season was barely underway
when sequestration grounded the demonstration team. (Source: WEAR-TV,
03/24/14)

Tiger orders A320neo jetliners
Tiger Airways, the budget carrier partly owned by Singapore Airlines, ordered 37
Airbus Group jetliners, canceling some existing orders as it opts for more fuel-
efficient models. The order for single-aisle A320neo planes is valued at $3.8 billion
and is for delivery between 2018 and 2025, the airline said in a statement to the
Singapore stock exchange Monday. Manufacturers typically give discounts on list
prices. The carrier has the option to increase the order by up to 13 aircraft and
also to convert the model to a bigger variant. (Source: Bloomberg via Sydney
Morning Herald, 03/24/14) Gulf Coast note: To meet high worldwide demand, Airbus
is building its fourth A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., that will open in 2015
and produce its first plane in 2016.

Deal inked for airport concessions
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Mayor Ashton Hayward signed a 10-year contact Friday with
Missouri-based OHM Concessions Group to provide food and beverage services
at Pensacola International Airport. The action follows the mayor's veto Tuesday of
the council’s recent decision to extend the current airport concession contract
with Robert de Varona. Varona Enterprises has had the food and beverage
concession at the airport for more than two decades. Hayward said the council did
not have the legal authority to extend de Varona's contract. The deal with OHM
provides more money to the airport than the competing bid. (Source: Pensacola
News Journal, 03/21/14)

Airbus the French public’s favorite
Airbus has been voted “most attractive company” by the French general public in
2014, according to the fifth Randstad Awards survey in France. Airbus has a strong
employer brand image and an excellent reputation: 67 percent of respondents
declared that they would like to work for the aircraft manufacturer. Interesting job
content, career development opportunities, high quality training and dynamic
management are Airbus’ main assets according to this survey. The online survey
was carried out in November 2013, with a panel of 12,000 people aged between 18
and 65. Airbus won the number one place out of some 250 companies. Airbus
employs 61,000 people in design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany,
the UK and Spain, as well as subsidiaries in the U.S., China, Japan, the Middle East
and India. The company’s newest A320 final assembly line is being built in Mobile,
Ala. (Source: Airbus, 03/21/14)

F-35 night training starts soon
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Pilots will begin training at night in the F-35 fighter
for the first time, perhaps as early as next week. Nine of the F-35s are equipped
for use in training pilots to navigate at night. Takeoff would be about 8 p.m. and
flights would last about an hour. Air Force Lt. Col. Eric Smith, commander of the
33rd Fighter Wing’s operations support squadron, said they will use the same
flight paths as they do during the day and that residents typically are out of
earshot. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 03/21/14)

Union eyes Boeing, Airbus plants
The International Association of Machinists has opened twin organizing offices in
the South, determined that neither Boeing nor Airbus should operate non-union
factories there. Tom Buffenbarger, president of the union in Washington, D.C., said
the Machinists are working to organize Boeing's factory in North Charleston, S.C.,
and the new Airbus plant in Mobile, Ala. “Airbus has arrived, topped off the plant in
Mobile, is now advertising for a skilled work force. They’re off and running,” he
said. “We want to level the playing field, so these companies can compete on a
level perspective, and that’s what serves our members best in Puget Sound.”
(Source: Puget Sound Business Journal, 03/19/14)

China to buy 150 Airbus jets
Airbus Group is poised to win a Chinese order of at least 150 jetliners worth $20
billion, people with knowledge of the deal said. The buy is expected to be
announced on March 26 when a Chinese state delegation visits Europe. The
agreement includes long-haul A330s and A350s and a large number of single-aisle
A320neos, sources said. China will supplant the U.S. as Airbus's biggest single
market within 20 years. Airbus and China are also in talks to open a second plant in
China. The "cabin completion" plant for A330s would bolster the Airbus presence
five years after the opening of its first final assembly plant outside Europe in the
port city of Tianjin, where Chinese workers put together A320 jets. (Sources:
Reuters, Bloomberg, 03/19/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final
assembly line in Mobile, Ala., that will open in 2015.

Buyer sees supply chain risk
SAN DIEGO -- Boeing and Airbus risk over-stressing the aerospace supply chain as
they ramp up plane production to unprecedented levels to meet strong demand.
That's according to Steven Udvar-Hazy, one of the world's most influential plane
buyers. Udvar-Hazy, chief executive of Air Lease Corp, a major customer in the
$110 billion global passenger aircraft business, said Tuesday that the pressure of
production acceleration could cause problems at the lower end of the supply
chain. "I'm less concerned about Boeing and Airbus assembling the airplanes," he
told Reuters during the annual ISTAT air leasing conference in San Diego. "As you
go down the supply chain, hundreds of suppliers, small suppliers, can they keep
up with 100 single-aisle aircraft a month? That's a big concern of ours, because a
little guy can slip up and then it holds up everything." Airbus recently said it will lift
production of its single-aisle A320 planes by nearly 10 percent, matching a similar
move by Boeing. Both companies also are building many of their double-aisle
planes at faster rates. By 2017, Boeing and Airbus will be churning out 138 new
jetliners a month. (Source: Reuters, 03/18/14) Gulf Coast note: To help meet
demand, the new Airbus A320 final assembly line will open in Mobile, Ala., next year.

Final assembly of A320neo begins
Airbus started final assembly of the first A320neo in Toulouse, France, with the
attachment of the forward and aft fuselage sections which recently arrived from St.
Nazaire, France, and Hamburg, Germany, respectively. The next step is to join the
wing to fuselage. It takes about a month to complete the final assembly of an A320.
On average, every seven hours an A320 family aircraft leaves one of the three
final assembly sites, in Toulouse, Hamburg or Tianjin, China. The first flight of the
A320neo is to take place in the fourth quarter 2014 with first delivery about a year
later. Airbus claims an order count of 2,600 A320neos from 50 customers since its
launch in 2010. (Source: Airbus, AIN, 03/17/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building its
fourth A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Italy may trim F-35 buys
Italy could cut its planned order of 90 F-35 fighter jets as part an effort to trim its
defense budget and other spending, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said late
Sunday. Renzi said that Italy would try to reduce its defense budget by $4.2 billion
over the next three years by taking measures like closing barracks and cutting the
F-35 purchases, according to Reuters. The threat of cuts to international orders
from Italy and others risks driving the price of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter further upward. Italy has already reduced its F-35 order to 90 from 131
planes. (Source: The Hill, 03/17/14)

General officer announcement
Air Force Lt. Gen. Bradley A. Heithold has been nominated for appointment to the
rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as commander, Air Force Special
Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla. Heithold is currently serving as the vice
commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
(Source: DoD, 03/18/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $50.7M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a
$50,737,476 cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for non-recurring
efforts and integration tasks in support of the development of Japan's F-35A
Conventional Take-Off and Landing Air System, which is comprised of the Air
Vehicle and the Autonomic Logistics Global Sustainment System. Work will be
performed in Fort Worth, Texas (61 percent); Orlando, Fla. (17 percent); El
Segundo, Calif. (10 percent); San Diego, Calif. (8 percent); Baltimore, Md. (3
percent) and Melbourne, Fla. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in
December 2017. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity (N00019-14-C-0040). (Source: DoD, 03/18/14) Gulf Coast note:
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $65.3M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a
$65,280,712 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract
(N00019-02-C-3002) for non-recurring efforts for the development of a Common F-
35A Conventional Take-Off and Landing Air System comprised of the Air Vehicle
and the Autonomic Logistics Global Sustainment System for the governments of
Japan and Israel. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (44 percent); San
Diego, Calif. (26 percent); Baltimore, Md. (25 percent) and El Segundo, Calif. (5
percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2017. This modification
combines purchases for the governments of Japan (50 percent) and Israel (50
percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 03/18/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $118.9M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded an
$118,875,655 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract
(N00019-12-C-0004) for the repair and replenishment of government-owned F-35
Joint Strike Fighter aircraft assets. These JSF aircraft assets include spare parts
on JSF jets, training devices, support equipment and Autonomic Logistics
Information System equipment. 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 October 2014. This contract combines
purchases for the U.S. Air Force (43.7 percent), U.S. Marine Corps (36.8 percent),
the U.S. Navy (13.3 percent); and the governments of the United Kingdom (4.9
percent); the Netherlands (1.3 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/18/14)

Airport board OKs 20-year plan
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – The Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP)
Board of Directors approved moving forward with further development of a 20-
year, $33.6 million expansion plane. Improvements projects will be arried out in
phases as passenger activity increases throughout the next 20 years and beyond.
“This plan allows our staff the flexibility to move forward as demand increases and
scale back expansion when the numbers don’t support growth,” said ECP
Executive Director Parker W. McClellan Jr. (Source: Northwest Florida Beaches
International Airport, 03/17/14)

Orion test flight delayed
The first test flight of NASA's Orion crew exploration vehicle has been delayed to
early December to accommodate a U.S. military payload in United Launch Alliance's
Delta 4 launch manifest. The unmanned Orion test flight was scheduled for launch
in September or October aboard a Delta 4-Heavy rocket, the most powerful
launcher in the U.S. fleet. Orion is designed to carry astronauts on expeditions
beyond low Earth orbit aboard the Space Launch System, a government-owned
heavy-lift launcher set to debut by the end of 2017. The Orion test flight, known as
Exploration Flight Test-1, will prove many of the spacecraft's key systems, such as
computers, software and the capsule's 16.4-foot-diameter ablative heat shield. The
first crewed Orion mission is scheduled for launch on the second Space Launch
System flight in 2021. (Source: Spaceflight Now, 03/15/14) Gulf Coast note: Stennis
Space Center tests engines for the SLS; Orion and the core stage of SLS are built
at Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans

AF pressing for Space Fence
The Air Force is pressing ahead with funding and intense support from Congress
for the “Space Fence” system to track debris in low-Earth orbit, following delays
and cutbacks driven by sequestration. The S-Band radar, commonly called the
Space Fence, is built to track objects in orbit that are smaller than satellites. Gen.
William Shelton, commander of Air Force Space Command, has said the program is
critical to the health of military and commercial satellites. It will replace the Air
Force Space Surveillance System of VHF radars in place across the southern U.S.
Those radars are not capable of tracking objects smaller than 10 centimeters. The
Obama administration’s fiscal 2015 budget request includes about $214 million for
research and development for the Space Fence. The Air Force shut down a part of
its network for tracking satellites and orbital debris because of budget cuts. 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. (Source: Air Force Times,
03/15/14)

Australia to buy Tritons
The Australian government has announced its intention to buy the Northrop
Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned surveillance system, the first foreign customer
for the maritime variant of the Global Hawk. Prime minister Tony Abbott made the
announcement on March 13 at the Royal Australian Air Force's Edinburgh base
north of Adelaide. No introduction date or number of Triton airframes to be
acquired has been announced yet. It is believed that between six and eight Tritons
will be required. (Source: Flightglobal, 03/13/14) Gulf Coast note: Triton is made in
part in Moss Point, Miss.

Planemakers up India forecast
Airbus and Boeing have revised their 20-year market outlook for India, stating that
the country will see more aircraft sales until 2032 than what they had estimated in
2012. Airbus says that between 2012 and 2032 India would need 1,290 aircraft
valued at $190 billion. In 2012, its prediction for 2012-2032 was for 1,045 planes at
$145 billion. Boeing’s outlook says that between 2013 and 2032 Indian airlines will
buy 1,600 aircraft valued $205 billion. Last year, Boeing had predicted that in the
same period India would need 1,450 planes valued at $175 billion. (Source: The
Economic Times, 03/14/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 assembly
line in Mobile, Ala.

Textron Beechcraft deal closes
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Textron Inc. today announced it has closed its acquisition of
Beech Holdings LLC, parent of Beechcraft Corp. It will bring together its Textron’s
Cessna business and Beechcraft to form a new segment called Textron Aviation.
Cessna and Beechcraft together produced about $4.6 billion in revenues during
2013. The acquisition brings together Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker, with a
combined customer base of more than 250,000 airplanes worldwide. (Source:
Business Wire, 03/14/14) Previous

ST Aerospace ops discussed
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- In an effort to recruit and train prospective aerospace workers,
CareerSource Escarosa will be hosting a free information and recruitment session
March 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for individuals looking to learn more about career
opportunities with ST Aerospace Mobile. Those with minimum-skill qualifications
will have access to ST Aerospace’s human resources staff, who will be on site to
answer questions regarding current employment opportunities at their facility in
Mobile, Ala. Multiple openings are currently available for aircraft maintenance
inspectors, avionics mechanics, structure/sheet metal mechanics, and interiors
mechanics. Representatives from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, George
Stone Technical Center and Pensacola State College will also be on site to provide
information on aeronautical programs for individuals interested in future
employment with ST Aerospace but lack the required credentials. The effort is in
collaboration with the Greater Pensacola Chamber, Naval Air Station Pensacola
Fleet and Family Support Center, the City of Pensacola, Escambia County,
Pensacola State College and other community partners. The free event is at the
Thomas G. Delano Student Center at Pensacola State College. (Source: Greater
Pensacola Chamber, 03/13/14)

Airbus FAL has topping out
MOBILE, Ala. – The Airbus final assembly line being built at Mobile Aeroplex
celebrated with a topping ceremony for the main hangar Wednesday. A 21-foot
steel tree built by Dothan’s Covenant Steel was ceremoniously installed as the
highest structural element of the A320 final assembly line. The final assembly line,
which will employ 1,000 workers, is scheduled to open in 2015 and the first A320
will roll out in 2016. (Sources: al.com, WKRG-TV, 03/12/14)

More Airbus jobs posted
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus posted two new positions for its A320 final assembly line
being built at the Mobile Aeroplex. The first posting is for a ground test inspector,
which will pay between $18 and $30 per hour based on skills, experience and
education. The second posting is for a manufacturing engineer paint coordinator.
That position requires a professional degree in aerospace, industrial, mechanical
or chemical engineering, preferably in the aviation field. The $600 million
operation will eventually have 1,000 workers. For all other available positions with
Airbus in Mobile click here. (Source: al.com, 03/11/14)

IHMC display simplifies flying
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- David Still wanted to fly. The only problem? Learning all those
dials, gauges, buttons and other confusing array of controls involved in flight. “I
found it totally frustrating and difficult,” said the Florida Institute for Human and
Machine Cognition research scientist. He did get his private pilot’s license, but it
also drove him to develop a new type of aircraft display. And pilots that have used
it fly better, one study showed. (Source: Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor newsletter,
03/11/14)

Moss Point riding leading edge
MOSS POINT, Miss. -- If you want an industry firmly entrenched in the future, it’s
hard to pick one better than unmanned systems. It’s on track to grow dramatically.
And if you want a leader in the field, Northrop Grumman is at the front of the high-
tech pack. Moss Point since 2006 has been in the enviable position of being
involved in building some of the most capable unmanned aerial systems in the
world. (Source: Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor newsletter, 03/11/14)

Airport positioned well for its niche
CRESTVIEW, Fla. -- It’s been described as a place where airplanes go to die. True,
but most of the aircraft that come to Bob Sikes Airport in Crestview get
refurbished or modified with the latest military gear and leave more capable than
when they arrived. The airport is close to four military bases and has managed to
carve a niche for itself. (Source: Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor newsletter,
03/11/14)

Mobile still on the prowl
MOBILE, Ala. -- You might think landing an Airbus jetliner plant, one of just four in
the world, would be enough to satisfy any economic development appetite. But
you would be wrong. The folks who run the nearly 1,700-acre Mobile Aeroplex at
Brookley, site of the future A320 final assembly line, are quick to point out there
are still 200 acres and 850,000 square feet of building space available. And there’s
also space at Mobile Regional Airport. Mobile is still on the prowl. (Source: Gulf
Coast Aerospace Corridor newsletter, 03/11/14)

NASA picks tech proposals
NASA has selected 108 research and technology proposals from U.S. small
businesses that will enable NASA's future missions while benefiting America's high
technology-driven economy on Earth. The selected proposals now will enter into
negotiations for contract awards as part of Phase II of the agency's Small Business
Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. The selected aerospace technology and
innovation projects have a total value of some $87 million, supporting 99 U.S. firms
in 26 states. Two selected proposals involve technology being administered by the
Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA’s Stennis Space Center, Miss. (Source:
NASA/Stennis, 03/10/14)

ST Aero deal OKd
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The Escambia County Commission on Thursday pledged $8
million in local option sales tax revenue to bring an aircraft maintenance and
repair facility at Pensacola International Airport. Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor
of the allocation, formalized by an interlocal agreement with the city of Pensacola.
The agreement was ratified last month by the Pensacola City Council. The county
will loan the city $3.2 million, to be repaid by 2020, and provide a further $4.8
million in direct contributions to get ST Aerospace and 300 jobs. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 03/07/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $7.7M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-
exceed $7,696,166 undefinitized modification to the previously awarded low rate
initial production lot 6 advanced acquisition contract (N00019-11-C-0083) for the F-
35 aircraft. This modification provides for the procurement of non-recurring
sustainment activities for the government of the United Kingdom, to include
procurement of site activation planning efforts for Royal Air Force Marham. Work
will be performed in Warton, United Kingdom (65 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas
(35 percent), and is expected to be completed in June 2014. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/07/14)

Contract: Concurrent, $15.3M
Concurrent Technologies Corp., Johnstown, Pa., was awarded a $15,338,026 cost-
plus-fixed fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide
engineering services in support of the continued modification of the carriage,
stream, tow and recovery system to incorporate airborne countermeasures
capabilities. The overall objectives of the carriage, stream, tow and recovery
program are to design, fabricate, test and integrate a system for the carriage,
stream, tow and recovery of all five airborne mine countermeasures (AMCM)
sensors to support the organic AMCM mission of the MH-60S helicopter. Work will
be performed in Johnstown, Pa., and is expected to be completed by March 2015.
Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation and fiscal 2014 aircraft
procurement, Navy funding in the amount of $5,034,148 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 (N61331-14-D-0010). (Awarded March 4, 2014) (Source: DoD,
03/06/14)

Contract: Arete, $10.2M
Arête Associates, Tucson, Ariz., was awarded a $10,228,983 cost-plus-fixed-fee
modification to previously awarded contract (N6133-11-C-0007) for Coastal
Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) Program Systems Support for
the AN/DVS-1 COBRA Block 1 System and support equipment. The primary mission
of AN/DVS-1 COBRA is to conduct unmanned aerial tactical reconnaissance in
littoral battlespace for detection and localization of mine fields and obstacles in
the surf zone and beach zone. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., and is
expected to be completed by February 2015. Fiscal 2014 research, development,
test and evaluation funding in the amount of $1,400,000 will be obligated at time of
award and 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.
(Awarded March 5, 2014) (Source: DoD, 03/06/14)

FW Machining honored
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott recognized three businesses today with the
Governor's Business Ambassador Award for their commitment in creating jobs in
North Florida. One of the Ambassador Award recipients was Fort Walton
Machining, a family-owned small business that provides assembly, metal finishing,
and machining services to the aerospace, defense, medical, and high-tech
commercial industries. Established in 1987, the company today employs 220
workers. (Source: Gov. Rick Scott, 03/06/14),

Demolition work at Duke
Cross Environmental Services Inc. has been named a subcontractor to provide
demolition and remediation services of maintenance facilities at Duke Field in
Okaloosa County, Fla. The March 4 subcontract announcement, valued at $148,700,
is the start of a 3-phase project that requires abatement of asbestos material and
the demolition of three one-story buildings. CES, headquartered in Crystal Springs,
Fla., has branch offices in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and New Orleans. (Source:
Market Wire, 03/04/14)

NASA budget release
WASHINGTON — NASA's $17.5 billion proposed budget for fiscal 2015 released
Tuesday provides funding for NASA's top priorities. It includes $2.8 billion for the
Space Launch System rocket and the Orion multi-purpose vehicle; $848 million for
the Commercial Crew Program that helps fund private efforts to sent astronauts to
the International Space Station; and $3.05 billion to run the ISS, including money
for continued cargo shipments by SpaceX and Orbital Science. Stennis Space
Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, are involved in those
programs. The budget also would ramp up funding to fly astronauts to an asteroid
by 2025 as part of a steppingstone approach to Mars. The budget is some $190
million below the fiscal 2014 level. Fiscal 2015 begins Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30,
2015. (Source: multiple, including USAToday, Space.com, 02/04/14)

Southwest adjusts routes
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Southwest Airlines will temporarily cease direct service from
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport to Baltimore-Washington
International Airport (BWI) this fall. Direct flights to Baltimore will not be available
between Aug. 9 and Nov. 11 as part of a seasonal adjustment, ECP Director Parker
McClellan said Monday. (Source: News Herald, 03/03/14)

Airbus seeks performance manager
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus is looking for a quality performance manager for its A320
final assembly line in Mobile. The position requires a minimum associate or
technical degree with a focus on manufacturing, quality management, industrial
engineering or business administration. The latest position also requires at least
nine months training abroad. The plant, which will have 1,000 workers, will open in
2015 and produce its first jetliner in 2016. (Source: al.com, 03/04/14)

ST Aero vote set for Thursday
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The Escambia County Commission decides on Thursday
whether to pledge $8 million toward the development of an ST Aerospace aircraft
maintenance and repair facility at Pensacola International Airport. Commissioners
will consider an agreement with the City of Pensacola setting out terms by which
the county will loan the city $3.2 million. The county is putting $4.8 million into the
project. The Singapore-based company also has a major operation in Mobile, Ala.
(Source: Pensacola News Journal, 02/04/14

China Eastern buying A320neos
China Eastern Airlines Corp., the nation's third-largest airline, ordered $6.4 billion
single-aisle planes from Airbus Group to meet demand in a country set to become
the world's biggest aircraft market. The 70 planes will be delivered between 2018
and 2020 and the final price is "significantly less than" the manufacturer's list
price, China Eastern said in a statement to the Shanghai stock exchange. The
airline is buying A320neos, the most fuel-efficient version of Airbus's single-aisle
planes. (Source: Bloomberg, 02/28/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320
assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

General contractor chosen
MOBILE, Ala. – Birmingham-based Brasfield and Gorrie LLC has been awarded the
first of four general contractor packages for the $600 million Airbus A320 final
assembly line being built at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. The contractor will be
responsible for the outfitting and completion of the final assembly line hangar and
construction of the service building and logistics center. The contract was
awarded by Hoar Program Management. The plant will open in 2015 and the first
jetliner will be produced in 2016. (Source: al.com, Birmingham Business Journal,
Made in Alabama, 02/28/14)


FEBRUARY 2014

Contract: PRIDE, $13.8M
PRIDE Industries, Roseville, Calif., was awarded a $13,844,609 modification
(P00014) to multi-year contract W9124G-13-C-0002 for the Department of Public
Works-Base Operations, Fort Rucker, Ala. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance,
Army funds in the amount of $1,071,008 were obligated at the time of the award.
Estimated completion date is Feb. 28, 2015. Work will be performed at Fort Rucker.
Army Contracting Command, Fort Rucker, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
02/28/14)

Southeast becomes hot for aviation
Aerospace supply chains are morphing. In the past decade it appeared the future
of original equipment manufacturing was in low-cost countries. But labor costs
increased in those countries, and new technologies made it all less labor-
intensive. Today the hottest new aerospace cluster is not in China, but the U.S.
Southeast. Boeing, Embraer, Airbus Rolls-Royce and Airbus Helicopters have or
will have established final assembly facilities in the region, and dozens of sub-tier
suppliers are following suit. An opinion piece. (Source: Aviation Week and Space
Technology, 02/24/14)

Final F-35 SEIS released
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The United States Air Force, through Eglin, has
released a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement that analyzes the
environmental impacts associated with where the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft
will beddown on the Eglin Reservation and how they might be operated. The Final
SEIS contains analyses of operational alternatives and presents mitigations for the
F-35 aircraft at Eglin under the February 2009 Record of Decision. (Source: Eglin
Air Force Base, 02/27/14)

Air Warfare Center gets new leader
DUKE FIELD, Fla. -- Col. David Tabor took over as commander of the Air Force
Special Operations Air Warfare Center on Thursday, earlier than planned after his
predecessor was fired. The center, which has about 1,000 employees, trains and
equips all special operations airmen. The center is headquartered at Hurlburt
Field, but has units at Duke, Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., and Robins Air Force
Base, Ga. Air Force Brig. Gen. Jon Weeks, the previous commander, was fired last
month amid allegations that he had an inappropriate personal relationship.
(Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/27/14)

Lockheed breaks ground
TROY, Ala. -- Lockheed Martin broke ground today for its Pike County Operations’
Long Range Strike Systems cruise missile production annex in Troy, Ala. The
planned 62,000 square-foot annex will expand the existing 92,000-square-foot
manufacturing facility where the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) is
produced. The facility also produced test missiles for the Long Range Anti-Ship
Missile (LRASM) development program. Construction is slated for completion by
first quarter 2015. The expansion, a response to an increased demand, is expected
to increase employment by about 10 percent over the next few years. The facility
employs some 300 full-time employees and over 100 contractors. (Source:
Lockheed Martin, 02/27/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $10.2M
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a
$10,185,912 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00017) for an existing contract
(FA8682-12-C-0006) for Joint Air-to-Surface Strategic Missile anti-jam GPS receiver
- Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module Version 3 (JAGR-S V3) for
development of the JAGR-S V3 and options for V3 Qualification Failure Review
Board (FRB), V3 Flight Test FRB, and for the Transit Case Assembly. Work will be
performed at Orlando, Fla., and Troy, Ala., and is expected to be completed by Dec.
31, 2016. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBJK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/26/14)

Airbus to raise A320 production rate
Airbus will increase production of its best-selling single-aisle aircraft family to 46 a
month in Q2 2016, up from the current rate 42. The new higher production rate will
be achieved gradually, with an intermediate step at 44 aircraft per month in Q1
2016. Over the past five years, Airbus has steadily increased A320 family
production, going from rate 36 at the end of 2010 to rate 38 in August 2011, then up
to rate 40 in Q1 2012 to reach 42 per month in Q4 of the same year. (Source: Airbus,
02/26/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus will produce A320s in its Mobile, Ala., final
assembly line beginning in 2016. It will be the company’s fourth A320 assembly line.

Okaloosa EDC gets grant
The Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County has received a $195,000
grant from the Florida Defense Support Task Force to research, support and
expand innovative community partnerships between Eglin Air Force Base and
local governments in the tri-county area. The grant’s 12-month scope of work will
be overseen by a newly created Community Partnership Initiative committee,
comprised of representatives from public and private entities. As military
installations continue to plan for the fiscal impact of a declining Department of
Defense budget, bases are being encouraged to engage in innovative community
partnerships designed to lessen operational costs while also benefiting the
installation’s host community. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/25/14)

ST Aerospace project hits positive note
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Despite some mild concerns about noise or air pollution, for
the most part the conversations at a public meeting Tuesday were all about jobs
and the positive economic impact ST Aerospace would have on the local economy.
Several ST executives attended the meeting, including Joseph Ng, president of ST’
s aircraft maintenance and repair operation in Mobile, Ala. Ng said he hoped ST
could begin servicing commercial jet liners by the first quarter of 2016. He said
most jobs would be paying in a range between $30,000 and $58,000 annually.
(Source: Pensacola News Journal, 02/25/14)

Exelis gets minesweeping contract
Exelis has received a contract valued at more than $13 million to provide the Naval
Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Ind., with depot level repair, maintenance and
modifications for two mine defense systems currently fielded with the U.S. Navy.
The Exelis MK-105 Minesweeping System and Airborne Mine Neutralization System
is used for high-speed airborne mine countermeasures. The MH-53E Sea Dragon
helicopter tows the MK-105 through the water to detonate mines. Work under this
contract will be performed in Panama City, Fla., and is expected to be completed by
December 2014. (Source: BusinessWire, 02/24/14)

BAE gets space radar extension
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- The U.S. Air Force Space Command awarded BAE
Systems a three-year contract extension to continue maintaining space radars
used for missile warning and space surveillance operations. The company
provides a range of services, including around-the-clock operations and
maintenance. The award is a continuation of work that BAE Systems has been done
since 2007, and raises the cumulative value of the contract to about $540 million.
The Solid State Phased Array Radar System (SSPARS) is a network of radars that
tracks more than 16,000 objects orbiting Earth. The radar system identifies various
man-made objects in space, and also tracks objects that may enter the
atmosphere, information vital to air missile defense operations and to protecting
against submarine-launched ballistic missiles. SSPARS is capable of about 40,000
space observations daily. (Source: BusinessWire, 02/24/14)

Budget a win for special ops, cyber
The nearly half-trillion dollar defense budget proposed by Defense Secretary
Chuck Hagel calls for a smaller Army and elimination of the A-10 attack jets, but
strengthens Special Operations and cyberwarfare capabilities. The budget does
sustains money for the F-35 fighter and retires the U-2 spy plane in favor of the
unmanned Global Hawks. The propsed budget, which has the endorsement of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, is subject to Congressional approval. (Sources: multiple,
including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, 02/24/14) Gulf Coast note: Hurlburt
Field, Fla., is home of Air Force Special Operations, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the 7th Special Forces Group and Navy Special Warfare personnel,
including SEALS, train at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; Keesler Air Force Base,
Miss., and Hurlburt Field both have cybersecurity training. Corry Station in
Pensacola, Fla., is home of the Navy's Center for Information Dominance; Global
Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.; Eglin AFB is home of the F-35 training
center.

Contract: Raytheon, $20M
Raytheon Co. Missile Systems, Tucson Ariz., has been awarded a $20,000,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for support of requirements
associated with performance of the AMRAAM Aircraft Integration, aircraft
operational testing related activities and flight test support. The primary objective
of this effort is to provide the necessary aircraft lab, flight test, flight clearance
and simulation support during all aircraft integration efforts. Additionally, it covers
the required effort to maintain or repair assets or support equipment needed for
direct support to aircraft integration related efforts. This effort includes all
necessary troubleshooting, failure analysis or other activities required to
understand anomalies or failures that occur during aircraft or AMRAAM missile OT
related activities as well as provide needed support during these OT related
activities. Work will be performed at Fort Worth, Texas; Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,;
Hill AFB, Utah; Edwards AFB, Calif.; Nellis AFB, Nev.; White Sands Missile Range, N.
M.: China Lake/Point Mugu, Calif.; St. Louis, Mo.; Seattle, Wash.: Baltimore, Md., and
Tucson, Ariz., and is expected to be completed by September 2019. Fiscal 2013 and
2014 research and development funds totaling $3,062,736 will be obligated for five
task orders (TO 0001 Simulation Support, TO 0002 Integration Support, TO 0003
Flight Clearances, TO 0004 Tech Support and TO 0005 Management/Financial
Support) at time of award. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air
Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBA, Eglin AFB, Fla., is the contracting
activity (FA8675-14-D-0009). (Source: DoD, 02/24/14)

Plant delivers 46 planes
TIANJIN -- The Airbus A320 final assembly line in China delivered 46 aircraft last
year, an increase of about 25 percent over 2012. The plant’s general manager said
the company is evaluating the possibility of producing two more aircraft this year.
The facility in Tianjin, which is the third Airbus final assembly line in the world after
Toulouse in France and Hamburg in Germany, assembled its first aircraft in May
2009. The produces the A319 and A320 for the Chinese market. Each plane takes 45
to 50 days to assemble. (Source: The Star, 02/24/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is
building its fourth A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

ST Aerospace topic of meeting
PENSACOLA, Fla. – A public meeting will be held Tuesday about a project that
promises to bring 300 aerospace jobs to Pensacola. The meeting about the project
to establish an ST Aerospace maintenance facility at Pensacola International
Airport will gauge public reaction to the project. Talks with the Singapore-based
company are continuing and the city and county are hammering out details on their
share of incentives. What remains is getting a sense of what residents who live
nearby think of the project. The company already has a major operation at Mobile
Aeroplex in Brookley, Ala., not far from where Airbus is building a final assembly
line. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 02/23/14)

Airbus’ humanoid robots
The Airbus Puerto Real plant in Cádiz, Spain, is leading a project to expand the
automation of its assembly processes with the use of two-arm humanoid robots to
perform repetitive tasks. The project, called FUTURASSY, could be used across
other Airbus sites. One of the research areas is called the “Collaborative Robots”
project, which explores the use of two-arm “humanoid” robots designed to work in
the same environment as human operators, sharing tools and production
resources. The first robotic unit acquired by Airbus arrived in Puerto Real from its
manufacturers, Kawada in Japan, last week and will be integrated at the A380
rudder spar assembly station, where riveting will be shared between human
assemblers and the robot. (Source: Airbus, 02/20/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus’
newest assembly plant is being built in Mobile, Ala.

Orion test hits snag
The first full joint testing between NASA and the Navy of Orion recovery
procedures off the coast of California was suspended last week after the team
experienced issues with handling lines securing a test version of Orion inside the
well deck of the USS San Diego. Orion, part of NASA's ambitious Space Launch
System project, will take astronauts deeper into space than ever before. An
unmanned test from Kennedy Space Center, Fla., is set for September 2014.
(Source: NASA, 02/21/14) Gulf Coast note: Orion is built at Michoud Assembly
Facility in New Orleans; rocket engines for the Space Launch System, the primary
launch vehicle, will be tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; the launch vehicle
for Exploration Flight Test-1 will be a Delta IV, built by United Launch Alliance,
which uses Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-68 engines tested at Stennis Space Center.

Kuwait Airways firms up order
The national airline of Kuwait has ordered 25 aircraft including 10 A350-900 and 15
A320neo family aircraft as part of the airlines’ fleet renewal strategy. Kuwait
Airways already operates three A320, three A310, five A300 and four A340 Family
aircraft. The A320neo is offered as an option for the A320 family and incorporates
more efficient engines and large "sharklet" wing tip devices, which together will
deliver up to 15 percent in fuel savings. (Source: Airbus, 02/20/14) Gulf Coast note:
Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Union eyes organizing Airbus plant
A major aerospace union said it isn't put off by the UAW's failure to organize
Volkswagen in Tennessee, according to The Street. Indeed, the International
Association of Machinists will seek to organize the Airbus final assembly line being
built in Mobile, Ala., and also plans to try again at the Boeing plant in Charleston, S.
C. Tom Buffenbarger, president of the IAM, said in an interview with The Street
that he thinks the union has a fair chance at pulling it off, adding that the union
already has thousands of members in Alabama. No timetable has been set to
organize in Mobile, but Airbus spokeswoman Maryann Greczyn said the company
"continues to stand by the philosophy that our current and future employees have
and will have the right to choose representation if they desire to do so." The A320
plant at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley will open in 2015 and deliver its first aircraft
in 2016. It will eventually have 1,000 workers. (Source: TheStreet, 02/21/14)

Souping up a supercomputer
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- The U.S. Navy DoD Supercomputing Resource
Center, one of the top 20 supercomputing sites in the world, is adding more
computer power. Starting in August, the new $21.8-million computers from Cray
Inc. will be put to work performing large-scale scientific calculations for
Department of Defense researchers around the county. The Navy DSRC is one of
five supercomputing centers established by the DoD and has 55 employees. A
portion of its workload is running mathematical models of the world’s oceans each
day to keep the Navy’s fleet operating safely. (Source: Mississippi Business
Journal, 02/21/14)

RR test stands go nonstop
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Engine testing at the Rolls-Royce Outdoor Jet
Engine Testing Facility has been going nearly nonstop since the ceremonial ribbon
was cut in October. The test stand, the company's second at this South Mississippi
NASA facility, represents a $50 million investment, and Rolls-Royce is still filling the
last of the 35 jobs the new test stand created. "Ever since the grand opening
we've had one or two engines running pretty much nonstop," said Anthony
Woodard, the facility's general manager. The site here is the company's only
outdoor engine test site. The first stand opened in 2007. (Source: Mississippi
Business Journal, 02/21/14)

Project to result in STEM roadmap
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- With high-tech science and technology jobs
expected to grow at a faster pace nationwide than other occupations, South
Mississippi is embarking on a key project that should help ensure it can satisfy the
growing need. The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology is conducting a unique
project that will result in a "roadmap" of STEM employment in South Mississippi,
starting with a survey of Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. (Source: MSET,
02/20/14)

RR to support AF C-130J fleet
Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract for $182.7 million by the U.S. Air Force to
expand the company's support of the C-130J transport fleet. The contract covers
sustainment services for the Rolls-Royce AE 2100 engines as well as nacelles and
propellers on the C-130J fleet. The work includes logistics and program
management support, engineering services, spares and technical data support.
The Air Force increased its order for spares and spare parts, as well as adding
Rolls-Royce Field Service Representatives at two new bases. Rolls-Royce now
provides C-130J support at 12 U.S. Air Force bases, with 10 in the U.S. and two
overseas. (Source: Rolls-Royce, 02/21/14)

Sikorsky to maintain training craft
STRATFORD, Conn. -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced the award of a $110
million maintenance and support services contract for more than 360 aircraft
operated by the Chief of Naval Air Training. The work is expected to be completed
in October 2014. Aircraft covered by the contract include the single-engine T-34,
twin engine T-44A and T-44C, and single-engine T-6A and T-6B. Work will be
performed at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas; NAS Pensacola, Fla., NAS
Whiting Field, Fla., and seven satellite locations throughout the United States. The
contract was awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command, Naval Air Station
Patuxent River, Md. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies. (Source:
Sikorsky via PRNewswire, 02/20/14)

Medical Center wins award
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- Keesler Medical Center earned its second
consecutive Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Award. Brig. Gen. (Dr.)
Kory Cornum, 81st Medical Group commander, presented the 2013 award to facility
manager Michael Chatham, 81st Medical Support Squadron, at a Feb. 11 executive
staff meeting. The general commended Chatham's foresight for incorporating many
energy-conservation elements during reconstruction of the facility following the
August 2005 Hurricane Katrina devastation. (Source: 81st Medical Group Public
Affairs, 2/20/14)

Roadwork contract approved
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Mobile City Council this week approved the last city-related
road contracts associated with the redevelopment of the Mobile Aeroplex at
Brookley. Under the $1.4 million deal, Gulf Equipment Corp. will make
improvements to Baker Street, a link between the Alabama state docks and the
$600 million Airbus assembly plant being built at the Aeroplex. Some $20 million in
taxpayer investment has been spent improving Aeroplex roads ahead of the
Airbus plant's 2015 opening. (Source: al.com, 02/20/14)

Orbital completes mission
The first of eight Cygnus operational cargo logistics spacecraft missions to the
International Space Station has been successfully completed, according to Orbital
Sciences. The Cygnus spacecraft unberthed from the ISS, completing a 37-day stay
at the orbiting laboratory. Cygnus reentered Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific
Ocean today. Orbital has a $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services contract with
NASA. (Source: BusinessWire, 02/19/14) Gulf Coast note: The company’s Antares
launch vehicles is powered by engines tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Contract: Lockheed, $9.5M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is
being awarded a $9,515,086 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to the previously
awarded F-35 Lightning II Low Rate Initial Production Lot VI contract (N00019-11-C-
0083). This modification provides for Netherlands-specific, non-recurring
sustainment activities to include procurement of Autonomic Logistics Information
Systems equipment and logistics support for non-recurring engineering activities.
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 April 2015. International Partner funds in the amount of $4,757,543 will be
obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal
year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 02/20/14)

Pitt launches Hurlburt lab
PITTSBURGH -- The University of Pittsburgh recently launched a Warrior Human
Performance Research Center at Hurlburt Field, Fla., to conduct performance-
optimization and injury-prevention research. The new site with the Air Force
Special Operations Command brings this 8-year-old program to a third military
branch. It already has sites at three Naval Special Warfare SEALs operations --
Little Creek, Va., Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Coronado, Calif., and at one
Army Special Operations post at Fort Bragg, N.C. The Warrior Human Performance
Research Centers help to design physical-training programs to improve individual
performance and reduce injury, said Timothy Sell, Ph.D, the principal investigator
on the AFSOC research with the Department of Defense. (Source: Gant Daily,
02/20/14)

Spring eyes $3B A320 order
Chinese low-cost carrier Spring Airlines is ready to order up to 30 Airbus A320
aircraft worth $3 billion at list prices, the company's chairman told Reuters. The
airline hopes to divide the order between the current model of the Airbus A320
and the A320neo (new engine option), Wang Zhenghua said in an interview on the
sidelines of a regional low-cost airlines conference in Singapore. Shanghai-based
Spring, which has a fleet of 40 A320s, is the largest dedicated budget carrier in
China. (Source: Reuters, 02/19/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building a $600 million
A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

F-35Bs fly in STOVL formation
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- Two F-35Bs flew in close formation
while in short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) mode for the first time last week.
The pilots flew the test jets in STOVL mode, also known as Mode 4, with the F-35B
LiftFan engaged and engine rotated downward. The mission measured the effects
the aircraft had on each other while in Mode 4 to ensure they can operate in
formation safely in an operational environment. The U.S. Marine Corps plans to
declare Initial Operating Capability with the F-35B next year. (Source: Lockheed
Martin, 02/19/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the F-35 training
center.

ABM class graduates
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Twelve airmen graduated from the
Undergraduate Air Battle Manager training program in a ceremony Feb.19. The
students completed a nine-month course to prepare for duty aboard the E-3 Sentry
Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) and the E-8 Joint Surveillance and
Target Attack Radar System (J-STARS) aircraft. Upon graduation, students also
received their wings. Air battle managers' responsibilities include providing
command and control in the battlespace and ensuring combat aircraft find, identify
and destroy their targets. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 02/19/14)

County seeks better ST deal
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- City and county officials will go back to the negotiating table to
decide how to divvy up $8 million in local incentives needed to seal the deal on an
aircraft maintenance facility proposed for Pensacola International Airport. Both
parties last week agreed to a tentative funding framework where the county would
contribute $4.8 million and loan the city another $3.2 million to be repaid by 2020.
Now, commissioners, who met Tuesday on the issue, are asking whether the city
could contribute more. The city has a nonbinding memorandum of understanding
with ST Aerospace, which already has an operation in Mobile, Ala., to establish a
facility at the airport on 18.66 acres of city-owned land at the airport. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 02/19/14)

Frozen pipe, curiosity led to accident
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – J.D. Lord, the contractor who died in an accident on
base last month entered the foam-filled airplane hangar against the advice of
emergency personnel, according to an Air Force report released Tuesday. The 31-
year-old and three co-workers wanted to see the foam that filled the massive King
Hangar during an accidental activation of the fire-suppression system, the report
said. None had received formal safety training on the dangers of the foam,
according to the report. The foam was dispensed after cold temperatures caused a
water line to burst,  flooding sensors in the hangar’s fire-suppression system and
accidentally triggering the release of the high-expansion foam, according to the
report. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, WEAR-TV, 02/18/14)

Contract: EADS-NA, $22.9M
EADS-NA, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $22,856,085 modification (P00766) to
contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to acquire four UH-72A Lakota helicopters with engine
inlet barrier filters and ARC-231 radios. Fiscal 2014 other procurement, Army funds
in the amount of $22,856,085 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated
completion date is March 31, 2015. Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss.
Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 02/18/14)

General officer announcement
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced today that the president has
nominated Army Maj. Gen. Kevin W. Mangum for appointment to the rank of
lieutenant general and assignment as deputy commanding general/chief of staff, U.
S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. Mangum is
currently serving as the commanding general, U.S. Army Aviation Center of
Excellence and Fort Rucker, Fort Rucker, Ala. (Source: DoD, 02/18/14)

MAA board welcomes new leaders
MOBILE, Ala. -- Herbert Meisler has been elected chairman of the Mobile Airport
Authority’s board of directors. Meisler, who has served as the board’s treasurer,
succeeds Richard Davis, who retired after serving in that position for 14 years.
The MAA, which overseas Mobile Regional Airport and Mobile Aeroplex at
Brookley, also appointed W. Lance Covan and Michael Pierce to the board.
(Source: al.com, 02/18/14)

Boeing wing site announced
EVERETT, Wash. – Boeing today officially announced the selection of its Everett,
Wash., site as the location for a new composite wing center for the 777X program.
It will be north of the Everett factory. Boeing selected the site for 777X final
assembly following the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace
Workers District 751 approval of an eight-year contract extension earlier this year.
As part of the contract extension, the company agreed to fabricate the parts for,
and assemble, the 777X composite wings in the Puget Sound region. The union
vote came after Boeing started looking elsewhere for sites to build the plane,
including Huntsville. (Source: Boeing, 02/18/14)

Research project aims for ISS
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – A University of Southern Mississippi project hopes to get a
step closer to seeing if an Earth-born organism can live on Mars. USM Professor
Scott Milroy recently learned that his NASA-funded “Pioneering Mars” project was
selected for payload integration aboard the International Space Station. Milroy’s
project is one of two chosen from the NASA ISS National Laboratory Education
Project for transport to the ISS sometime in 2015. Milroy notes that while many of
the physical, chemical, and climatic conditions of Mars can be simulated in an
Earth-bound laboratory, the capability to maintain living cultures, like the blue-
green algae in this experiment, in reduced gravity conditions can only be explored
on the ISS. Milroy is an associate professor of marine science. (Source:
Hattiesburg American, 02/17/14)

737 fuselage donated for training
MOBILE, Ala. – While much of the attention in this city has been on the Airbus
jetliners that will eventually be built here, it was a Boeing 737 that took center
stage for a time Monday. A 300-foot long fuselage of a retired 737 was hauled from
Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley to the Mobile Fire-Rescue Training Center. The
fuselage was donated by CAVU Aerospace, which specializes in breaking down
aircraft, to be used as a classroom for specialized training in aircraft rescue and
fire fighting, medial and mass casualty situations. (Sources: WPMI-TV, al.com,
02/17/14)

Airport getting renovations
MOBILE, Ala. – Improvements are coming to Mobile Regional Airport in the coming
months. The most immediate changes will be upgraded signage in the rental car
lot, but the big shift begins in mid-April when all of the airport’s rental car and
airline ticket counters will be remodeled. Jennifer Shearer, director of aviation for
the Mobile Airport Authority, said it’s going to take at least 90 days. (Source: al.
com, 02/14/14)

Airbus buys bank to aid sales
Airbus Group plans to create an in-house bank by taking over a regional lender.
Airbus will purchase Salzburg Muenchen Bank from the Raiffeisenverband
Salzburg cooperative for an undisclosed sum, the Toulouse, France-based
company said in a statement Friday. Airbus Group is seeking to close the deal as
early as possible this year, pending German regulatory approvals. Providing
financial services to customers is the same path that's been taken by companies
from Daimler to Siemens. A banking license would give Airbus direct access to
European Central Bank money supply. The company has explored the move more
than a year. The new organization will be renamed Airbus Group Bank, and could
provide Airbus flexibility to aid suppliers, some of whom have struggled to finance
investments to keep pace as the planemaker increases output to record levels.
(Source: Bloomberg, 02/14/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final
assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Closures set for Saturday
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Duke Field and several roads will be closed
Saturday due to Eglin's test mission. Duke Field will be closed and personnel will
be evacuated prior to 8:30 a.m. Feb 15. The base, Highways 85 and 285 and
surrounding roadways to include range roads will be closed from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
The 7th Special Forces Group facilities will remain open, but access from Highway
85 will be stopped. The closure was originally scheduled for Friday. (Source: Eglin
Air Force Base, Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/14/14) Previous

Contract: Oasis Systems, $55.7M
Oasis Systems, LLC, Lexington, Mass., has been awarded a $55,705,947
modification (22) for an existing firm-fixed-price contract (FA9200-10-D-0173) for
technical and acquisition management support services. This modification is for
the exercise of an option for additional diverse non-engineering, technical and
acquisition management support services being provided under the basic
contract. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to
be completed by Feb. 28, 2015. The current action relates to 100 percent
unclassified foreign military sales only and countries include Australia, Belgium,
Chile, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait,
Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia,
Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates. Air Force Test
Center/PZZ is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/14/14)

Contract: COLSA, $55.7M
COLSA Corp., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $55,705,947 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity modification (19) on an existing firm-fixed-price
contract (FA9200-10-D-0166) for technical and acquisition management support
services. This modification is for the exercise of an option for additional diverse
non-engineering, technical and acquisition management support services being
provided under the basic contract. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., and is expected to be completed by Feb. 28, 2015. The current action relates
to unclassified foreign military sales only and countries include Australia, Belgium,
Chile, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait,
Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia,
Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates. Air Force Test
Center/PZZ, Eglin AFB, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/14/14)

2nd MQ-8C completes 1st flight
Northrop Grumman and the Navy successfully flew the second MQ-8C Fire Scout
unmanned helicopter for the first time. Conducted at Naval Base Ventura County,
Point Mugu, Calif., the flight will allow the team to ramp up testing efforts to
prepare the system for operations. Current tests are focused on validating the
flight capabilities of the MQ-8C before ship-based flights take place this summer.
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-8C is larger, has a
range of 150 nautical miles and a payload capacity of more than 700 pounds.
(Source: Northrop Grumman, 02/13/14) Gulf Coast note: The MQ-8B is built in part in
Moss Point, Miss., where work also will be done on the MQ-8C.

SSC global impact nears $1B
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – NASA's Stennis Space Center in 2013 had a global
impact of $940 million, up from last year's $882 million. It also had a direct impact of
$619 million on the local economy in a 50-mile radius, down from the $682 million in
2012. SSC, best known for rocket engine testing, now has 41 resident agencies
and 5,000 total employees at its sprawling site near the Mississippi/Louisiana state
line. SSC Director Rick Gilbrech said Thursday at his annual community breakfast
briefing that he expects 2014 to be as good or better than last. (Source: Sun
Herald, 02/13/14)

IHMC to double research space
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition will
more than double its downtown Pensacola research space by adding a three-story,
30,000-square-foot addition and expanding and renovating the existing building.
The addition’s facade will be reminiscent of the old brick warehouses that once
dominated the area while serving the Port of Pensacola. IHMC currently uses
space in four buildings downtown. Construction for the $8 million project is
expected to begin in April, with the building to open in 2015. The first floor of the
new building will consist of research labs, including an expanded Robotics Lab
and a multi-sensory interfaces lab focused on sensory displays and human-
machine interfaces. The second floor will feature a glass-walled observation area
for public tour groups The third floor will hold additional offices, conference
rooms and research space. IHMC is involved in cutting edge R&D including
artificial intelligence, robotics, cyber security and aerospace. (Source: WEAR-TV,
IHMC, WUWF, 02/12/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $16.8M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, has
been awarded a $16,814,091 bilateral modification (P00171) for an existing firm-
fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (FA8611-08-C-2897) for engineering
change proposal (ECP) 0533, follow-on agile sustainment for the F-22 Raptor,
Reliability and Maintainability Maturation Program Project AF100 Acceleration Plan.
This effort is to procure retrofit kits that will provide a more durable material for
the actuated doors on the bottom of the aircraft to improve availability of the
aircraft. ECP 0533 is the first of two phases to incorporate the new material on the
doors and panels of the aircraft. Work will be performed at Fort Worth, Texas, and
is expected to be complete by September 2016. Fiscal 2013 aircraft procurement
funds in the amount of $16,814,091 are being obligated at time of award. Air Force
Life Cycle Management Center/WWUK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/12/14) Gulf Coast note: Tyndall Air Force
Base is home of F-22 training and an operational F-22 squadron.

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $6.5M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$6,530,626 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for
maintenance and logistics services in support of the KC-130J aircraft for the
government of Kuwait under the Foreign Military Sales Program. Work will be
performed at Al Mubarak Airbase, Kuwait, and is expected to be completed in
August 2015. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $6,530,626 are being
obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal
year. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for
proposals; four offers were received. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-14-D-0015). (Source: DoD, 02/12/14)

UK F-35 order next month
Britain is expected to order 14 F-35 fighters in a $5 billion deal that may not be
finalized until next month, sources told Reuters on Tuesday. The deal includes
fuel, hangars, training and operational support for the jets and was initially
expected this week. Meanwhile, the United States had been expected to order 42
jets in fiscal 2015, up from 29 in fiscal 2014. But budget cuts will force the
Pentagon to scale back, according to the sources. The expectation is that the
fiscal 2015 budget request will call for three to six fewer F-35s than expected.
(Source: Reuters, 02/11/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of
the F-35 training center.

RS-25 readies for new life
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- The RS-25 engine, the propulsion system that was
highly successful as the Space Shuttle Main Engine, is preparing for a new life
with the Space Launch System. Testing at SSC will initially focus on a new Main
Engine Controller (MEC) and the ability to accommodate the full range of
propellant conditions in its new configuration with the SLS launch vehicle.. SSC
engineers have been installing a 7,755-pound thrust frame adapter for the A-1 test
stand in order to testing the RS-25s. The first engine on the stand will be 0525. The
engine never flew in space, as it was one of two development engines used for
component testing on Stand A-2 to support shuttle flights. The other was 0528.
(Source: Spaceflight, 02/11/14) Background article

Camber awarded contract by Battelle
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Camber Corp. has been awarded a $22.2 million 15-month
contract by Battelle to provide program management and systems engineering and
technical assistance to the Army Corps of Engineers. The Army Corps of Engineers'
Engineering Research Development Center –Topographic Engineering Center will
benefit from the work. A news release said Camber will also procure, test and
install four linear sensor systems and displays. Most of the work will be done in
Colorado Springs, Colo., Fort Belvoir, Va., and Edgewood, Md. Other work
locations will be Stanford, Fla., Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
Fort Lewis, Wash., and Fort Huachuca, Ariz. (Source: al.com, 02/12/14)

RR, LM sign engine deal
Rolls-Royce completed a long-term agreement with Lockheed Martin worth up to
$1 billion to deliver about 600 engines to power future C-130J Super Hercules
aircraft. The agreement secures the Rolls-Royce AE 2100 as the engine for all
variants of the C-130J to 2025. The engine agreement will service U.S. government
and international contract requirements between 2014 and 2018. The AE 2100
powers all C-130Js, while the Rolls-Royce T56 engines power the legacy C-130
fleet. The global C-130J fleet has surpassed 1 million flight hours, and Lockheed
Martin recently announced its intent to obtain certification from the Federal
Aviation Administration for a new civil variant, the LM-100J. (Source: Rolls-Royce,
02/12/14) Previous C-130J related.

VietJet finalizes A320 deal
As expected, Airbus said Tuesday it has finalized a deal with Vietnamese low-cost
airline VietJetAir for a fleet of its single aisle A320 aircraft. It involves firm orders
for 63 aircraft and purchase rights for another 30. The Vietnamese airline will also
lease eight more A320 family aircraft from third-party leasers. The first privately
owned airline in Vietnam to operate domestic and international flights, VietJetAir
currently operates 11 leased A320s. (Sources: Multiple, including MarketWatch, AP
via Washington Post, International Travel Magazine, 02/11/14) Previous

Airbus unveils component repair facility
MOBILE, Ala. – A new 7,500-square-foot component repair facility at Mobile
Regional Airport was unveiled Tuesday by Airbus Group’s North American military
aircraft unit. It’s in addition to the existing 30,000-square-foot, 45-employee
maintenance, repair and overhaul delivery center. New services include hydraulic,
avionics, composite and structural repairs, painting, component exchange and
highly skilled engineering support. Airbus Group’s North American military aircraft
unit was founded in Virginia in 1984, but relocated to Mobile in 2005 to be closer to
its U.S. Coast Guard customer. It provides operators of the C212 and CN235 tactical
transports with the capabilities of a certified Federal Aviation Administration and
European Aviation Safety Agency repair station as well as direct support from the
aircraft manufacturer. The facility was last expanded in 2009, to become Airbus
Group’s military aircraft MRO delivery center for the United States. (Source: al.
com, 02/11/14)

ST Aero deal inches forward
PENSACOLA, Fla. – City and county staff reached a tentative agreement on how to
split the $8 million cost for bringing an ST Aerospace aircraft maintenance facility
to Pensacola International Airport. The county would pay $4.8 million and would
loan $3.2 million to the city. Details still need to be hammered out. The City Council
and Escambia County Commission are slated to discuss the issue Thursday. In
December Mayor Ashton Hayward announced a tentative agreement with ST
Aerospace, which also has a 1,500-employee operation in Mobile, Ala. The city
would build a hangar and other facilities on 18.66 acres of city-owned land at the
airport, using a combination of federal, state, local and private funds. Construction
would take more than $37 million and 18 months to complete. (Source: Pensacola
News Journal, 02/11/14)

Airbus supplier hits milestone
TULSA, Okla. -- Two years after beginning production, NORDAM has shipped the
70,000th cabin window assembly for the Airbus A320. “This notable production
milestone for NORDAM also highlights the impressive build rate of the A320
family,” said NORDAM CEO Meredith Siegfried. NORDAM since 2012 has been the
original equipment manufacturer of cabin window assemblies for the A320,
including the A318, A319, A320 and A321, as well as the ACJ business jet. Each
assembly includes an acrylic outer and inner pane with a rubber-molded seal to
hold the two panes together, and is integrated into the airframe during its
manufacture. (Source: NORDAM, 02/10/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an
A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Orion adapter aces test
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- A test article of the stage adapter that will connect the Orion
spacecraft to a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket for Exploration Flight Test-1
aced structural loads testing last month. "The loads put on the adapter are similar
to the conditions it will experience in flight," said Brent Gaddes, Spacecraft and
Payload Integration Adapter Subsystem manager at NASA's Marshall Space Flight
Center in Huntsville, Ala., where the test was conducted. The adapter will be
shipped in mid-March to ULA's facility in Decatur, Ala., where the Delta IV is being
built. It will then travel by ship to Cape Canaveral, Fla., ahead of Orion's inaugural
flight in September. During the mission, Orion will travel some 3,600 miles above
Earth's surface before re-entering the atmosphere at almost 20,000 mph. The
uncrewed flight will provide engineers with important data about Orion's heat
shield and other elements before it is flown in 2017 as part of the first mission to
include the Space Launch System. (Source: Space Travel, 02/11/14) Gulf Coast
note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans,
both are participating in the SLS program.

Airbus posts first blue-collar openings
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus is hiring for the first wave of hourly manufacturing jobs at its
A320 final assembly line being built at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. The open
positions include aircraft structure/installation mechanics, installers for aircraft
cabin furnishings and aircraft electricians. Starting hourly pay rates for all of the
positions range from $13 to $22 plus benefits based on skills, experience and
education. All positions require a minimum of a high school diploma or GED and at
least five years' experience in aircraft maintenance. The $600 million plant will
come online in 2015 and eventually employ 1,000 workers. (Source: al.com,
02/11/14)

Aerospace Systems exec named
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. -- Northrop Grumman appointed Thomas P. Mendez, Jr.,
vice president and controller of its Aerospace Systems sector. Mendez will be
responsible for financial planning and analysis; financial reporting and accounting;
budgets, rates and overhead management; government relations and compliance;
resource management; and property administration for the sector. (Source:
Northrop Grumman via PRNewswire, 02/10/14) Gulf Coast note: The Northrop
Grumman Unmanned Systems Center, Moss Point, Miss., is in the Aerospace
Systems sector.

Satellites find use with unmanned aircraft
Air Force crews flew MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers from Creech Air Force
Base, Nev., using repurposed commercial satellites during missions in November
and December. A team with the 53rd Test Management Group successfully
demonstrated inclined orbit satellite capability for MQ-1 and MQ-9 unmanned
systems. The aircraft used inclined orbit satellite communications, satellites that
lack the fuel to maintain a fixed geostationary location and are allowed to drift into
slightly wobbling orbits. To use wobbling satellites, the dish must be able to move,
unlike the fixed dish of satellite television providers. MQ-1 and MQ-9 programs
have integrated the satellite tracking software and the 53rd Wing developed
procedures for continuously updating the satellite tracking data needed. Using
inclined orbit satellites is a cost savings. Air Combat Command's latest lease for
continental United States commercial SATCOM includes four inclined orbit
SATCOM lines at about 50 percent savings over a typical lease. The 53rd TMG falls
under the 53rd Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: Remotely Piloted Aircraft
Capabilities Office, 02/10/14)

Eglin issues boat operations notice
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – It may be noisy when the 96th Operations Group
conducts boat operations in Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico Thursday
and again Feb. 18-21. And there may be some surprising sights as well – like boats
with fake deck guns and rocket launcher tubes. The operations are part of the
53rd Wing's Weapon System Evaluation Program. Fighter aircraft will release
munitions in the morning around 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. about 20 nautical miles out in the
Gulf. In the afternoon around 1 to 5 p.m. about 30 boats will be used by A-10s and F-
15s as visual targets; no weapons or ammunition will be involved in the testing.
The boats will transverse between the Mid-Bay Bridge and the Highway 331 Bridge
or 5 to 20 miles South of Destin in the Gulf of Mexico. The boat operators will be
dressed in various military uniforms and white costumes and will carry simulated,
rubber rifles, painted in high visible colors which will be kept out of view when
transiting to and from the mission area. (Source: Eglin, 02/10/14)

Reserve F-22s arrive
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Air Force Reserve Command's 44th Fighter
Group and Air Combat Command's 49th Fighter Wing, both from Holloman Air Force
Base, N.M., delivered five F-22 Raptors to Tyndall AFB on Wednesday. The Raptors
are now assigned to Tyndall to be operated by the integrated 301st Fighter
Squadron and 95th FS. The 301st FS is a detachment of the 44th FG. The transfer of
the jets is part of the 24 Raptors that are anticipated to be here by April and
become combat ready in the summer. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs,
02/06/14)

United, union reach accord
United Airlines reached an agreement with the Association of Flight Attendants
union Friday that avoids involuntary furlough through improved voluntary options.
Without the deal, 688 flight attendants would have faced furloughs in April. The job
loss threat was a result of the 2010 merger of United and Continental Airlines. The
union represents about 25,000 workers. (Source: CNBC, PRNewswire, 02/07/14)
Gulf Coast note: United serves New Orleans, Gulfport/Biloxi, Mobile, Pensacola
and Eglin/Valparaiso.

Holloman QF-4 drone crashes
HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – A QF-4 drone crashed on White Sands
National Monument Friday morning while on a routine training mission. The cause
of the crash, four to five miles west of Runway 22, is unknown and the incident will
be investigated. The monument west of Alamogordo was closed in advance of the
test mission and will remain closed until further notice. The drone was assigned to
Detachment 1, 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, a tenant unit at Holloman assigned to
the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group. The 82nd ATRS is part of the 53rd Weapons
Evaluation Group, which falls under the 53rd Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
(Source: 49th Wing Public Affairs, 02/07/14)

New AC-130J has first test flight
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- After more than a year of modification maintenance,
the newly created AC-130J Ghostrider took to the skies for the first time as a
gunship Jan. 31. In early January, the Air Force Special Operations Command MC-
130J arrived here to begin the modification. The end result became a 'hybrid' C-130
model with the flying proficiencies of the MC-130J and the combat capabilities of
an AC-130. Converting a mobility aircraft into a strike aircraft meant adding the
Precision Strike Package to support ground forces. The Precision Strike Package
includes dual electro-optical infrared sensors, a 30-mm cannon, AGM-176A Griffin
missiles, all-weather synthetic aperture radar and GBU-39 small diameter bomb
capabilities. The sensors allow the gunship to visually or electronically identify
friendly ground forces and targets at any time, even in adverse weather. A total of
32 MC-130J aircraft will be modified for AFSOC as part of a $2.4 billion AC-130J
program. (Source: Team Eglin Public Affairs, 02/07/14)

Space Florida eyes Pensacola
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Space Florida, the state’s aerospace economic development
agency, is talking to Pensacola officials about establishing an operation at the now-
vacant nine-acre downtown Technology Park. Plans are for a multi-tenant building
for tenants that would require some 65,000 to 75,000 square feet of space. The
proposed anchor tenant would be a leading aerospace company from the region.
Other tenants would be academic and economic development service providers.
Space Florida and the park’s owner, the Pensacola Industrial Development Corp.,
have a memorandum of understanding. The internationally known Institute for
Human and Machine Cognition is located two blocks south of the Technology Park.
(Source: Multiple, including WEAR-TV, Rick’s Blog, 02/06/14)

F-35 tailhook passes initial test
The Navy version of the F-35 has passed the first round of tests of its tailhook, the
part of the plane that makes traditional carrier arrested landings possible. Joe
DellaVedova, F-35 program spokesman, said all flight test objectives were met. CF-
3, the first F-35C to be fitted with the redesigned Arresting Hook System, had 36
successful arrested landing tests on land. For the next few months it will undergo
field-based ship suitability tests. Carrier flight trials will be in October aboard the
USS Nimitz (Source: Breaking Defense, 02/05/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base is home of the F-35 training center; naval aviators begin their training at
Naval Air Station Pensacola and Naval Air Station Whiting Field, in Milton, Fla.

F-22 students deploy for training
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 43rd Fighter Squadron sent more than 200
Airmen, 14 F-22 Raptors and the 325th Training Support Squadron sent 25 Airmen
and seven T-38 Talons to Savannah, Ga., Feb. 1. The 43rd FS will train at the
Georgia Combat Readiness Training Center in a large-scale aerial scenario against
multiple aircraft. "The main goal is to accomplish as much student pilot training as
we can," said Maj. John Hensz, 43rd FS assistant director of operations. Team
Tyndall will work with F-15 Eagles from Jacksonville Air National Guard, F-16
Falcons from D.C. ANG, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. and Vermont ANG. (Source: 325th
Fighter Wing, 02/04/14)

Airport getting $14M
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Pensacola International Airport is getting $14 million in funding
from the state to support efforts to establish an ST Aerospace facility at the airport.
Gov. Rick Scott made the announcement Tuesday night. His 2014-2015 budget
includes $325 million for aviation improvements, including the one in Pensacola.
ST Aerospace, a maintenance, repair and overhaul provider, already has a large
operation in Mobile, Ala. The operation in Pensacola is expected to provide 300
jobs. (Source: GCAC, press release, 02/05/14)

SSC honors contractors
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center presented
its highest honor for quality and performance, the Contractor Excellence Award, to
A2Research and Jacobs Technology Inc. for outstanding contributions to the
missions of the center. A2Research, which has managed a laboratory services
contract at SSC since 2010, received the small business award. Jacobs, which has
performed the Facility Operating Services Contract at SSC since 2007, received
the large business award. The awards were presented to the companies at a
ceremony today. The awards were established in 2008. (Source: NASA/SSC,
02/05/14)

Duke Field, roads close for test mission
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Duke Field and several roads will be closed Feb. 14
due to Eglin's test mission. Duke Field will be closed and personnel will be
evacuated prior to 8:30 a.m. on the day of the test. The base and highways 85 and
285 and surrounding roadways to include range roads will be closed from 8:30 to
10 a.m. The 7th Special Forces Group facilities will remain open. (Source: Eglin
Public Affairs, 02/05/14)

Airbus posts more Mobile positions
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus has posted three new job positions for its A320 final
assembly line in Mobile. It’s looking for a supply chain surveillance coordinator, an
information technology manager and multiple IT specialists to form the team
establishing and supporting the computer systems and networks for the assembly
line. The plant is currently being built at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, and aircraft
production is expected to begin in 2015. The FAL will eventually have 1,000
workers. (Source: WALA-TV, 02/04/14)

AJ-26 testing continues
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- An Aerojet Rocketdyne AJ-26 engine tested at
NASA's E-1 test stand Jan. 17 is undergoing post-test inspections and flight prep
activities. When that work is done, it will be shipped to NASA's Wallops Fight Test
Center in Virginia for integration with Orbital Sciences' Antares medium-class
space launch vehicle. Even before that test, two AJ-26 engines tested at SSC lifted
an Antares that launched a Cygnus spacecraft. That event made Orbital Science
the second commercial company to perform a resupply mission to the International
Space Station. "Each test of an AJ26 engine is exciting and affirming because it is
in direct support of NASA's commercial space flight efforts, as well as a
continuation of a very successful Stennis partnership with Orbital and Aerojet
Rocketdyne," Stennis Director Rick Gilbrech said. NASA has tested AJ-26 engines
at SSC since November 2010. (Source: NASA/SSC, 02/03/14)

Airport traffic levels off
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport reported its
first gain in passenger traffic in more than a year at a board meeting last week.
Passenger traffic increased 2.74 percent over the previous year, the first traffic
gain observed since August 2012. The gain pushed the airport’s year-to-date
passenger traffic to a 7.6 percent decline. Airport Director Parker McClellan said
the passenger gain as the beginning of a leveling out process for the airport, due
to a significant reduction in flights that took about 400 seats out of the market in
the fall of 2012. The airport is in West Bay, northwest of Panama City. (Source:
News Herald, 02/02/14)

Plans move forward for airport
LIVINGSTON, La. -- Plans for a proposed general aviation airport in Livingston
Parish are progressing with state and federal authorities signing off on the project
and parish officials moving toward site selection. A 2011 study suggested the
airport would require at least 200 acres, but said 500 acres would be ideal. The
proposed airfield would include a single runway of 5,000 feet to 5,400 feet and
would accommodate small, private planes and corporate jets but not large jets,
Parish President Layton Ricks said. Livingston Parish is east of Baton Rouge.
(Source: Baton Rouge Advocate, 02/03/14)

General officer announcements
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced today that the president nominated
Marine Corps Reserve Brig. Gen. William T. Collins for appointment to the rank of
major general. Collins is currently serving as commanding general, 4th Marine
Aircraft Wing, New Orleans, La. He also announced that the president nominated
Marine Corps Reserve Brig. Gen. James S. Hartsell for appointment to the rank of
major general. Hartsell is currently serving as commanding general, 4th Marine
Division, New Orleans, La. (Source: DoD, 02/03/14)


JANUARY 2014

Contract: Bell-Boeing, $10.3M
Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $10,322,803
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-09-
D-0008) for additional Joint Performance Based Logistics support for the Marine
Corps MV-22, and the Air Force and Special Forces Operations Command CV-22
aircraft. Work will be performed in Amarillo, Texas (50 percent) and Philadelphia,
Pa. (50 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2014. Fiscal 2013
defense-wide procurement, Special Operations Command; Fiscal 2013 aircraft
procurement, Air Force; Fiscal 2014 aircraft procurement, Navy; Fiscal 2014
operations and maintenance, Air Force, Special Operations Command and Navy
funds in the amount of $10,322,803 will be obligated at time of award, $8,376,278 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, 01/30/14)
Gulf Coast note: Hurlburt Field, Fla., is home of the Air Force Special Operations
Command and 1st Special Operations Wing, which uses the CV-22 Osprey.

A330 engine upgrade eyed
Airbus Group will decide by the end of March whether to offer more efficient
engines for its A330 wide-body jet. The A330 currently offers engines from GE,
Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney. The A330 competes against Boeing’s 787,
powered by either GE or RR engines. (Source: Bloomberg, 01/29/14) Gulf Coast
note: Airbus Group, then EADS, proposed using the A330 MRTT platform for Air
Force aerial tankers it hoped to build in Mobile, Ala. That project went to Boeing.
Airbus is now building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile; GE Aviation builds
engine parts at facilities in Auburn, Ala., Ellisville and Batesville, Miss.; Rolls-Royce
tests jetliner engines at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Can business be too good?
Boeing finished last year with a record order backlog, nearing 5,100 airplanes
valued at nearly $400 billion. The company has been inundated with orders for
new, more fuel-efficient versions of its top-selling 737 and other jetliners. Europe’
s Airbus has an even larger order book, 5,559 airplanes at year’s end, led by its
enormously popular A320 family. The backlogs represent more than eight years of
assembly work for both companies. That kind of robust business, however, poses
a question both companies have begun to consider: When is an order backlog too
big? (Source: Businessweek, 01/29/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $35.8M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Ft. Worth, Texas, is
being awarded a $35,781,319 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-
fee contract (N00019-02-C-3002) to develop a Universal Armament Interface
capability in the F-35 software for Small Diameter Bomb II F-35 Mission Systems
Integration Laboratory, ground test only. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and
is expected to be completed in April 2018. The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/29/14) Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center, as well as the
location where aerial weapons systems are developed.

SSC to open at noon
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA’s Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi
will open at noon Thursday due to potential dangerous road conditions during the
morning commute. A liberal leave policy for NASA employees will be in effect for
Thursday. SSC was closed Tuesday and Wednesday due to the weather. (Source:
Stennis Space Center, 01/29/14)

F-35 developed cracks in testing
The Air Force and Marine variants of the F-35 developed cracks in testing of the
fighter’s durability and wasn’t sufficiently reliable in training flights last year,
according to a report released Tuesday the by Pentagon’s chief tester, Michael
Gilmore. The cracks occurred in fuselage bulkheads, flanges, stiffeners and
engine mounts. The report says it will require mitigation plans and may include
redesigning parts and additional weight. The test report also outlined
achievements, finding that flight tests performed by 18 jets to evaluate the aircraft’
s flying prowess and handling qualities “made the planned progress” and “nearly
matched or exceeded” sortie goals through October. (Source: Bloomberg,
01/28/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training
center.

VietJetAir to finalize Airbus order
Vietnamese carrier VietJetAir said it would finalize a $9 billion order for up to 92
Airbus aircraft next month as it seeks to tap into Southeast Asia's fast growing low-
cost market dominated by AirAsia Bhd and Lion Air. In September, privately owned
VietJetAir and Airbus agreed a provisional order for mostly A320 planes, but the
deal did not show up on the order book of Airbus in its 2013 data. (Source:
Reuters, 01/28/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building a final assembly line for
A320s in Mobile, Ala. Previous

UTC ponders Sikorsky’s future
United Technologies is pondering the future of helicopter maker Sikorsky,
according to Defense News. Sikorsky, maker of Black Hawk, could emerge as a
tempting target for European firms eager to crack a U.S. market that remains
lucrative. Sikorsky and UTC, which also owns aircraft engine maker Pratt & Whitney
and UTC Aerospace Systems, declined comment. Sikorsky is the Pentagon's
leading helicopter supplier, Boeing is second, the Bell-Boeing joint venture is No.
3, Textron's Bell Helicopter is fourth and Airbus Helicopters is fifth. (Source:
Defense News, 01/27/14) Gulf Coast note: Sikorsky has multiple support operations
in the Gulf Coast; Sikorsky's Schweizer 333 is the airframe for the Fire Scout MQ-
8B, built in part in Moss Point, Miss.; Airbus Helicopters builds helicopters in
Columbus, Miss.; Bell plans to build a helicopter plant in Lafayette, La.; UTC has a
nacelles and service center in facility in Foley, Ala.

SSC to remain closed
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA’s Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi
will remain closed on Wednesday due to potential dangerous weather conditions.
Employees can call (228) 688-3777 for status updates. (Source: Stennis Space
Center, 01/28/14)

S. Korean sees F-35 deal in 3Q
South Korea plans to sign a deal to buy 40 fighter jets in the third quarter, its arms
procurement agency said on Monday, and its plan to acquire Lockheed Martin F-
35s appears on track. South Korea decided to redraw terms of its $7.68 billion
tender to buy 60 fighters last year, reducing the number in December to an initial
40 jets. South Korea signaled plans to buy Lockheed Martin F-35A after its Joint
Chiefs endorsed a need in December for "cutting-edge stealth" jets for first
delivery in 2018. (Source: Reuters, 01/27/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is the F-35 training center.

Shelby tours GE Aviation
AUBURN, Ala. -- U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., visited Auburn’s GE Aviation plant
Monday as part of a statewide tour of businesses. Now in his 28th year in the
Senate, Shelby said he visits every Alabama county yearly. This year, he decided to
tour area businesses. It was Shelby’s first visit to GE Aviation in Auburn, which
opened in April. During the tour, Shelby observed the production of jet engine
components, like shrouds, HPT blades and turbines. GE Aviation has about 65
workers at the plant, but the number is expected to increase to 300 or 400 in the
next several years. (Source: Opelika-Auburn News, 01/27/14)

Eglin early release
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Due to anticipated inclement weather, the
installation commander has ordered that non-mission critical military and civilian
personnel be released at 2 p.m. today. Eglin will reopen for normal business at
noon on Wednesday. All military and civilian personnel should report for duty at
noon Wednesday or at the start of their normally scheduled duty period thereafter.
(Source: Office of Public Affairs, 01/28/14)

Global Hawk a budget winner?
The Global Hawk unmanned aerial system could be a big winner in the Air Force's
fiscal 2015 budget submission. That would mark a change in fortune for a program
the service has tried to kill since 2012. The Northrop Grumman-built Global Hawk
Block 30 will be funded when the president's budget arrives March 4, said two
sources with knowledge of budget discussions. The sources confirmed funding
will come at the expense of the U-2, which the Air Force had promoted as a
cheaper alternative. The news was first reported by Aviation Week. (Source:
Defense News, 01/26/14) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawk is built in part in Moss Point,
Miss.

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $13.8M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$13,764,771 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-
09-D-0007) to exercise an option for organizational, selected intermediate and
limited depot level maintenance for F-16, F-18, H-60 and E-2C aircraft operated by
the adversary squadrons based at Naval Air Station, Fallon, Nev. Work will be
performed in Fallon and is expected to be completed in October 2014. Fiscal 2014
operations and maintenance, Navy Reserve funds in the amount of $13,764,771 are
being 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, 01/27/14)

Weather to close SSC
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA’s Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi
will be closed on Tuesday due to potential dangerous weather conditions. If
conditions warrant, the site will continue to be closed on Wednesday. A decision
will be made by 6 p.m. Tuesday. Workers can call (228) 688-3777 for status updates.
(Source: Stennis Space Center, 01/27/14)

Senior enlisted assignment
The U.S. Transportation Command announced Monday that Air Force Command
Chief Master Sgt. William W. Turner, currently assigned as command chief master
sergeant, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., has been
selected as command senior enlisted leader, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott
Air Force Base, Ill. (Source: DoD, 01/27/14)

Command gets new leader
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Naval Education and Training Command at Naval Air Station
Pensacola, Fla., has a new leader. Rear Adm. Mike White took command during a
ceremony Friday afternoon. White is a naval aviator whose most recent duty was
commander of Carrier Strike Group 11. NET-C's previous commander, Rear Adm.
Don Quinn, is retiring after 35 years of service. (Source: WEAR-TV, 01/24/14)

$2.45M in defense grants awarded
Defense grants totaling $2.45 million will be awarded to 14 communities with
military installations. Escambia County is getting $250,000, Santa Rosa County
$280,000, Okaloosa $300,000, Walton County $60,000 and Bay County $100,000. Part
of the money is earmarked to buy land around the bases to prevent encroachment,
and part for community relations and economic development. The military and
defense industry is responsible for $73.4 billion, or 9.4 percent, of Florida’s gross
state product, according to state officials. (Source: WEAR, WJHG, Office of the
Governor, 01/24/14)

Contract: B3H, $6.9M
B3H Corp., Shalimar, Fla., has been awarded a $6,856,100 firm-fixed-price task
order for an existing contract (FA4890-12-D-0014) for English language instructors
and an English language training program using Defense Language Institute
English Language Center courseware, methodology and processes. This
modification provides for the exercise of the first option year. Work will be
performed at King Abdul Aziz Air Base, Dhahran, and is expected to be completed
by Jan. 31, 2015. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales for the
government of Saudi Arabia. 338 SCONS, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/24/14)

Final truss in place at Airbus FAL
MOBILE, Ala. – The final truss has been placed atop the main structure of the
Airbus A320 final assembly line. Ground was broken less than 10 months ago. The
$600 million facility, which will come on line in 2015, eventually will employ about
1,000 workers. It will build 40 to 50 jetliners a year by 2018. Construction contracts
for the other buildings will be awarded soon. (Source: al.com, 01/23/14)

Embry-Riddle rebounds
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Enrollment is up at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University Institute and courses are already planned for the next three years.
Enrollment went from 60 Choctawhatchee and Crestview high schools to 155 this
year with the introduction of an evening class and unmanned aerial vehicle
course. Next year Embry-Riddle plans to add engineering courses. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 01/23/14)

General assigned to Rucker
The Army chief of staff announced that Brig. Gen. Michael D. Lundy, deputy
commanding general, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, U.S. Army Training and
Doctrine Command, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., has been assigned to commanding
general, Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker, Fort Rucker, Ala. (Source:
DoD, 01/23/14)

F-35B issues surface
A new Pentagon report warns that software, maintenance and reliability problems
with the F-35 could delay the Marine Corps' plans to start using its F-35B jets by
mid-2015. The report by the Pentagon's chief weapons tester, Michael Gilmore, is a
critique of the technical challenges, and focuses heavily on what it calls the
unacceptable performance of the plane's software, according to a draft obtained
by Reuters. The report forecast a possible 13-month delay in completing testing of
the Block 2B software needed for the Marine Corps to clear the jets for initial
combat use next year. (Source: Reuters, 01/23/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

New company coming to airpark
CRESTVIEW, Fla. -- A company that will help train aerospace workers is coming to
the Okaloosa Industrial Air Park. Carolina Aeronautical Airframe and Powerplant of
Simpsonville, S.C., announced late Tuesday that it will open a branch in Crestview.
Carolina Aeronautical specializes in courses for students to receive FAA
certification for aircraft mechanics. The Carolina Aero Prep Panhandle Campus
initially will offer training for veterans or retired military aircraft maintainers to
receive certification for commercial work. Classes are expected to start in March.
The park is at Bob Sikes Airport. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 01/22/14)

Magellan to make wing ribs
TORONTO – Canada’s Magellan Aerospace said it will manufacture and supply
complex, 5-axis machined wing ribs for Airbus' single aisle A320 family, including
the A320neo. The additional work complements the existing A320 wing ribs
manufactured by Magellan Aerospace. The work is expected to generate revenues
of about $20 million over the next five years. Magellan will invest in a new high-
speed, 5-axis machining center in its facility in Greyabbey, Northern Ireland.
Magellan Aerospace provides assemblies and systems to aircraft and engine
manufacturers worldwide. Magellan is a public company with operating units
throughout Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, India, and Poland.
(Source: Wall Street Journal, 01/22/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320
final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., that will begin production in 2015.

Contract: L-3, $129M
L-3 Communications Corp, Madison, Miss., was awarded a $129,000,000
modification to contract W58RGZ-10-C-0107 for maintenance and modification of
the Army C-12/RC-12/UC-35 fixed wing aircraft fleet. Estimated completion date is
Jan. 31, 2015. Work will be performed in Madison, Miss. Army Contracting
Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/22/14)

Contract: Gen. PAE, $28M
General PAE Applied Technologies LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a
$28,070,424 modification on an existing contract (FA3010-13-C-0007) exercising the
option for Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., base operations support services. Work
will be performed at Keesler and is expected to be completed on Jan. 31, 2015.
The 81st Contracting Squadron, Keesler, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
01/22/14)

F-35 jobs overstated?
Lockheed Martin’s estimate that the F-35 program supports 125,000 jobs in the
United States is "greatly exaggerated" and the real amount may be half that
number. That’s according to a new think tank report issued Wednesday by the non-
profit Center for International Policy. In the report, William Hartung, a longtime
critic of the program, said standard estimating procedures used by other studies
would put the number of jobs closer to 50,000 to 60,000. Lockheed, the Pentagon's
No. 1 supplier, defended its estimate, which is based on 32,500 direct jobs and
adds 92,500 indirect jobs. The company said it expected the number of jobs would
grow as production increased. The F-35 is a frequent target in military budget cut
drills, but top U.S. officials have said current funding levels are important to
preserve economies of scale aimed at lowering the plane's cost over time.
(Sources: Multiple, including Reuters, Bloomberg, 01/22/14)

Stolen F-35 data leads to indictment
WASHINGTON -- A former employee of Pratt and Whitney who tried to ship boxes of
stolen information on the F-35 to Iran has been indicted by a federal grand jury.
Mozaffar Khazaee, born in Iran but a naturalized American citizen since 1991, is
charged with two counts of interstate transportation of stolen property. The former
resident of Bridgeport, Conn., arrested Jan. 9 at Newark International Airport,
faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count.
(Source: Defense News, 01/21/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in
northwest Florida is home of the F-35 training center.

L-3 has layoffs
CRESTVIEW, Fla. -- One of Okaloosa County’s largest employers has laid off more
than 10 percent of its staff. L-3 Crestview Aerospace confirmed Monday that it had
reduced its workforce by about 100 positions late last week and early this week.
The company still employs more than 850 people at its Crestview location.
According to public relations manager Lance Martin, the layoffs resulted from a
lower volume of work in L-3’s U.S. defense programs and delays in the awarding of
a commercial contract. Local economist David Goetsch said he expects to see a lot
of defense contractors reducing staff in the next couple of years. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 01/20/14)

Shelby visits UTC in Baldwin
FOLEY, Ala. – U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, who is on a statewide jobs and industry
tour, stopped at UTC Aerospace Systems Monday. The largest manufacturing
employer in Baldwin County was the seventh stop on his tour. The aerostructures
business unit designs, builds and supports nacelle systems for commercial and
military aircraft. The Foley site houses both original equipment work as well as the
Alabama Service Center, a maintenance, repair and overhaul site for nacelle
components. (Source: al.com, 01/20/14) Previous

Safran buys Eaton units
Defense and aeronautics engineering group Safran will buy aerospace businesses
from Eaton Corp. for $270 million in cash. Safran will acquire Eaton's Aerospace
Power Distribution Management Solutions, which makes key contactor and circuit
breakers for jets. It will also acquire Eaton's Cockpit Solutions, manufacturing
plane panels and displays in cockpits. The deal is expected to close in the first half
of 2014. Safran is 2013 acquired Goodrich Electrical Power Systems. (Source: Wall
Street Journal, Reuters, 01/20/14) Gulf Coast note: Safran has an engineering
center in Mobile, Ala.; Eaton has a hydraulic systems center in Jackson, Miss.
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Exercise hones combat skills
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Tyndall Air Force Base held a “war day” exercise
late last week designed to increase the combat prowess of F-22 pilots of the 43rd
and 95th Fighter Squadrons. The simulated air combat mission pulled together
aircraft in an atmosphere the pilots might see on a real battlefield. The event
featured Mitsubishi MU-2 aircraft, F-4 Phantoms, F-16 Fighting Falcons from Luke
AFB, Ariz., T-38 Talons and F-22s. "The goal is to try to increase the knowledge of
the base and give them an idea of what having a fighter squadron that could
deploy means and what type of mission they will be training on," said Capt. Daniel
Dickinson, 43rd F-22 Raptor instructor pilot and Bravo Flight commander. (Source:
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 01/17/14)

Harbert to build Enterprise facility
The new $12 million aircraft maintenance hangar for Brightwater Aviation
Properties in Enterprise, Ala., will be built by BL Harbert International of
Birmingham. Alabama Aircraft Support will operate the facility that will repair and
maintain helicopters, creating up to 200 jobs. The main building will house a
production floor, logistics and workshop space along with administrative offices. A
separate paint building will also be built on the site, which will also include a
defueling and wash area, two helicopter landing pads, aprons and parking areas,
along with a taxi-way connection to the main airport. The project is slated to be
finished in October. (Source: al.com, 01/17/14)

Iconic building renamed
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The historic Command Headquarters at Naval Air Station
Pensacola was renamed in a ceremony Friday after Navy photographer Walter
Leroy Richardson. About 300 people, including some two dozen of Richardson’s
descendents, attended the ceremony that kicked off the base’s centennial
celebration. The 63,000-square-foot Building 1500, which recently had an $11.2
million renovation, also housed the Navy’s photography school. About 4,000
photographers graduated during the school’s 48-year stint. That curriculum for the
Navy and other branches is now taught at Fort Meade, Md. (Source: Pensacola
News Journal, 01/18/14)

American cuts flights
Three airports in the Gulf Coast will lose an American Airlines direct flight to
Washington D.C.’s Reagan National Airport. American Airlines will the daily nonstop
flights to Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach and Tallahassee, along with 14 other small
and midsize cities. It results from the deal that paved the way for American’s
merger with US Airways. As the newly created world’s largest passenger airline,
American was required to give up the National Airport slots to win federal approval
of the merger. (Sources: Herald Tribune, Washington Post, 01/15/14)

Cornum going to Scott
Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Kory G. Cornum, commander, 81st Medical Group, Air Education
and Training Command, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., is being assigned to
command surgeon, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.,
the Air Force announced Thursday. Cornum is also the senior market manager for
TRICARE's Gulf Coast Multi-Service Market, which includes five military medical
facilities stretching from Mobile, Ala., to New Orleans. (Source: DoD, 01/16/14)

First hires in Germany to train
The first group of workers hired for the Airbus final assembly line being built in
Mobile, Ala., are in Hamburg, Germany, for training. The group, which has trained in
Mobile for the past two months, includes four Alabama natives who will spend at
least 10 months in Hamburg. The $600 million assembly line in Mobile will open in
2015 and will eventually have 1,000 workers. It will eventually produce between 40
and 50 aircraft each year. (Source: al.com, 01/16/14)

UAL drops some Airbus orders
United Continental Holdings Inc. canceled orders for 12 Airbus single-aisle planes
valued at about $1.08 billion that the carrier said are no longer needs. It affects six
A319s and six A320s, according to Christen David, a spokeswoman for United. After
once targeting the Airbus jets for removal, United said Nov. 19 it was upgrading
them with new seats, larger overhead bins and satellite Wi-Fi, deferring $3 billion
of capital expense needed for new jets. The orders were canceled in December,
David said. (Source: Bloomberg, 01/15/14)

Airbus posts new jobs
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus is seeking liaison engineer candidates in three categories
for its A320 final assembly line at the Mobile Aeroplex. The three new engineering
positions will focus on installation, structure and systems, and each requires a
minimum of 10 months training abroad. Liaison engineers support the production
line, ensuring each aircraft meets standards of safety and reliability. (Source: al.
com, 01/15/13)

BAMS-D hits 10K hours milestone
The Northrop Grumman RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator
(BAMS-D) unmanned aircraft system has completed 10,000 combat hours in the six
years it has been deployed in the Central Command area of responsibility, the US
Navy disclosed. The RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 20-based high-altitude long-
endurance was originally intended to deploy for six months as a concept
demonstration, but has had its deployment extended indefinitely ahead of the
planned introduction into service of its successor, MQ-4C Triton, which completed
its first flight on May 22, 2013. The Navy has two BAMS-D aircraft operating out of
Patuxent River in Maryland. Typical missions include tracking surface shipping and
taking imagers of littoral targets. (Source: IHS Janes 360, 01/13/14) Gulf Coast note:
The BAMS aircraft and Triton are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Global Hawk safety record tops
Northrop Grumman's Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial System has been designated
as the platform with the best safety record in the U.S. Air Force in 2013. The
combat-proven Global Hawk has logged more than 100,000 flight hours and carries
a variety of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensor payloads to
allow military commanders to gather near real-time imagery and uses radar to
detect moving or stationary targets on the ground or at sea. The system supports
antiterrorism, antipiracy, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, airborne
communications and information sharing missions. (Source: Northrop Grumman,
01/13/14) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Airbus eyes higher output
Airbus is exploring higher output of A320 single-aisle and A350 wide-body aircraft,
following a similar move by Boeing, to help shorten the wait time for customers
following its highest order intake ever last year. Airbus now builds 42 of its
workhorse single-aisle jets a month, and production could rise to 44 or 46 in early
2016, said Tom Williams, Airbus executive vice president for programs. Output of
the updated A320neo could rise to about 50 after 2018, and the 10-a-month rate
targeted for A350s in 2018 could go to 14 thereafter, the company said. (Source:
Bloomberg, 01/13/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line
in Mobile, Ala.

Airbus logs record sales
Airbus beat Boeing with record sales and orders last year, but came second in
airliners delivered. Airbus in 2013 took 1,503 net orders, allowing for cancelations,
compared to 1,355 orders taken by Boeing. Airbus also said that at the end of last
year it had record orders to build 5,559 aircraft, equivalent to eight years of
production. Results published by Boeing on January 6 showed that it had a total
order book for 5,080 aircraft. Last year Airbus delivered 626 planes and Boeing
delivered 648 aircraft. (Sources: AFP, the Guardian, Telegraph, 01/13/14)

PRCC working with RR
POPLARVILLE, Miss. -- Pearl River Community College has received a $50,000 grant
from the Mississippi Development Authority to support Rolls-Royce at Stennis
Space Center.
The funds are used to send new employees to a training center in Columbus, Ohio;
the company’s main test facility in Derby, England; or to training at Stennis, said
Troy Teadt, PRCC workforce liaison. Rolls-Royce North America opened its first
engine test site outside of the United Kingdom at SSC in 2007 and completed a
second test stand in the fall of 2013. The site conducts noise, crosswind,
endurance and other tests on the latest Rolls-Royce civil aircraft engines. The
engines include the Trent 1000 that powers the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the
Trent XWB that powers the Airbus A350 XWB. (Source: PRCC, 01/10/14)

Cygnus berths with ISS
Orbital Sciences' Cygnus spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and
approach maneuvers with the International Space Station and docked Sunday.
Launched into orbit by Orbital's Antares rocket Jan. 9 from NASA’s Wallops Flight
Facility, Cygnus is delivering 2,780 pounds of cargo. It will remain berthed at the
ISS until Feb. 18. When it leaves it will take 2,800 pounds of disposable cargo for a
destructive reentry over the Pacific Ocean. Under a $1.9 billion CRS contract with
NASA, Orbital will use Antares and Cygnus to deliver up to 44,000 pounds of cargo
to the ISS over eight missions through late 2016. (Source: Business Wire, 01/12/14)
Gulf Coast note: Antares AJ26 engines are tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.
Previous

Bolden, Vitter to tour MAF
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana will visit the
agency's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans Jan. 13. They will be updated
on construction of the facility that will manufacture the massive core stage of
NASA's Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket and progress on launching it on its
targeted first flight test in 2017. SLS will be the world's largest rocket, and the
Michoud Vertical Assembly Center will be home to one of the world's largest
welding tools when the facility is completed in March. NASA is developing the SLS
and Orion spacecraft to provide an entirely new capability for human exploration.
They will expand human presence beyond low-Earth orbit and enable new
missions of exploration in the solar system, including to an asteroid and Mars.
(Source: PRNewswire, 01/10/14)

Audit critical of B-2 refurbish
A recently released audit criticized NASA for spending $352 million to refurbish a
Mississippi test stand for Space Launch System tests when it would have cost less
to revamp stands in Alabama and California. The alternate stands are at Edwards
Air Force Base, Calif., and Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The audit
said it would have cost $251 million to refurbish the Huntsville stand and $319
million for the Edwards stand. The audit said NASA chose B-2 because of risks
associated with the other stands. In the case of Edwards, NASA was concerned
over transportation risks, and with Huntsville it was concerned over noise issues.
NASA responded to the audit by admitting it didn't follow its own rules and
agreements, but "is confident it made the right decision." The audit from NASA
Inspector General Paul Martin was released Wednesday. (Source: GCAC, 01/10/14;
background al.com, audit)

Triton completes nine flights
Northrop Grumman and the Navy completed nine initial flight tests of the Triton
unmanned aircraft system, the half-way point in a process called envelope
expansion. During envelope expansion, the test team validates the aircraft's ability
to operate at a range of altitudes, speeds and weights. The flights are taking place
at the company's manufacturing facility in Palmdale, Calif. Completion of envelope
expansion will allow the test team to prepare for installation and further testing of
Triton's surveillance sensors. The Triton test team accomplished endurance flights
up to 9.4 hours at altitudes up to 50,000 feet. The aircraft also performed doublets,
a maneuver that tests the aircraft's ability to recover from small perturbations in
its flight path caused by turbulence. The Navy plans to field 68 Tritons. (Source:
Northrop Grumman, 01/06/14) Gulf Coast note: Central fuselage work on the Triton
is done in Moss Point, Miss.

SLS avionics see first light
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- The avionics system that will guide NASA's Space Launch
System, the most powerful rocket ever built, has seen the light. The flight software
and avionics for SLS were integrated and powered for testing Thursday at NASA's
Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville as part of a milestone known as first
light. It enables early integration and testing of avionics and software to help NASA
perfect the system and ensure the units communicate together as designed.
Avionics tell the rocket where it should fly and how it should pivot its engines to
stay on course. (Source: NASA, 01/09/14) Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center,
Miss., tests engines for the SLS; Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, is
building portions of the SLS.

Hurlburt general fired
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- A brigadier general has been fired amid an investigation
into an alleged inappropriate personal relationship. Brig. Gen. Jon Weeks was
relieved as commander of the Air Force Special Operations Warfare Center on
Thursday. Gen. Eric Fiel, head of Air Force Special Operations Command at
Hurlburt, said he made the decision based on preliminary information from the
ongoing investigation. The warfare center, headquartered at Hurlburt, has
operations at Duke Field, Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., and Robins Air Force Base,
Ga. (Sources: Northwest Florida Daily News, WEAR-TV, 01/09/14)

Antares/Cygnus takes off
Orbital Sciences Corporation launched its unmanned Cygnus cargo ship on the
company's first regular supply mission to the International Space Station. The liftoff
of the Antares rocket carrying Cygnus was Thursday afternoon from Wallops
Island, Va. Cygnus is due to dock at the ISS on Sunday, only the fifth mooring of a
private vessel to the station. The first was California company SpaceX's Dragon in
May 2012. The launch is Orbital's second trip to the ISS, following a successful
demonstration launch in September. (Source: Space Travel, 01/09/14) Gulf Coast
connection: The Antares AJ26 engines are tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Colonel tapped for promotion
Col. Robert G. Armfield of Hurlburt Field, Fla., has been nominated for appointment
to the rank of brigadier general, Pentagon officials said Thursday. Armfield is
currently serving as the commander, 24th Special Operations Wing, Air Force
Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field. The appointment was among 31
nominations named in a release from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
announced today. (Source: DoD, 01/09/13)

DS2 names fatality
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Defense Support Services (DS2) confirmed today
the identity of their employee who died Jan. 8. Jonathan Lord, 31, died following an
incident at King Hangar when the fire suppression system dispensed foam. Lord
was a tool and parts attendant with DS2 and had been a contract employee at Eglin
since 2006. A resident of Valparaiso, he is survived by his wife and one child.
Three other DS2 employees were treated and released. (Source: 96th Test Wing
Public Affairs, 01/09/13)

Joint venture orders A320
Singapore Airlines has chosen Airbus's A320 to launch its new Indian joint venture
with Tata Sons, a win over rival Boeing as the airline market in Asia's third biggest
economy shows signs of a revival. Sources familiar with the decision said a project
team picked Airbus over Boeing's 737, the aircraft ordered by low-cost operator
SpiceJet to expand its fleet in a deal reported by Reuters on Tuesday. (Source:
Reuters, 01/09/14) Gulf Coast note: The A320 market is of interest to Mobile, Ala.,
which is getting an A320 final assembly line.

Busted pipe causes flight delays
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- A ruptured fire sprinkler water pipe over the main concourse at
Pensacola International Airport causing delays in boarding passengers Wednesday
afternoon. Airport spokeswoman Belinda Zephir said the flooding affected the
carpeting from gates 3 through 10 but was cleaned up by work crews. Boarding
passengers were redirected to other gates, resulting in delays of up to 20
minutes. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 01/09/14)

One dies in Eglin hangar mishap
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- A civilian contractor died and three others were
injured Wednesday afternoon after the fire suppression system in 90,000 square-
foot King Hangar released an unknown amount of foam. Officials are investigating
the cause of the death and the cause of the incident, which occurred around
noon. The contractors worked for Defense Support Services (DS2), which provides
support services to Department of Defense equipment and facilities. There were
five aircraft in the hangar at the time. The injured contractors were treated for
inhalation problems, according to a news release from the Eglin. Two were treated
on base and released and the third was taken to White-Wilson Medical Center.
(Sources: Northwest Florida Daily News, WEAR-TV, 01/08/14)

Antares/Cygnus launch delayed
Rough space weather forced Orbital Sciences to postpone Wednesday's launch of
its unmanned Cygnus spacecraft on its first regular contract flight to supply the
International Space Station. The Cygnus spacecraft had been set to take off from
Wallops Island, Va., atop an Antares rocket. But a solar flare caused increased
levels of space radiation that might have damaged the spacecraft's electronics.
Orbital has a contract with NASA worth $1.9 billion for eight cargo resupply
missions to the ISS. Orbital and SpaceX, both private companies, stepped in to
ensure the United States' ability to reach the ISS after the retirement of the space
shuttle program in 2011. The launch will mark the company's second trip to the ISS.
There was a successful demonstration launch in September. (Sources: Space
Travel, NASA Spaceflight, 01/08/14) Gulf Coast note: The Antares AJ26 engines are
tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss. Previous

Experimental plane takes off
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The experimental Thatcher CX5 aircraft, a two-seat plane
designed by Dave Thatcher of Pensacola, made its initial flights in December at
Jack Edwards Airport in Gulf Shores, Ala. The experimental aircraft, flown by test
pilot Glen Bradley, is powered by a modified Volkswagen engine. The builders are
making some adjustments in the wake of the test flights. Once test flights are
finished, the Thatcher CX5 will return to Pensacola International Airport, where the
plane was built in a private hangar. Thatcher plans to sell plans for the CX5 after
tests are finished for about $475. Thatcher sold 574 plans for his CX4, a single-seat
plane he designed. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 01/08/14)

Gov: Boeing used Alabama?
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Gov. Robert Bentley said Wednesday that Boeing might have
used Alabama as leverage during union negotiations in Washington state. But he
said Alabama would have been in the top three states competing for a new Boeing
plant had the manufacturer not reached a deal with the union. Bentley said he
asked Boeing officials whether they were seriously considering locating a new 777
plant in Alabama or if they were using the state to force a deal with unions. "When I
met with them the first time, I said, 'Are you using us to get a positive vote out of
the union or are you truly serious about moving?'" Bentley said today. "We were
the first state that they had met with and they said they were truly serious about
moving." (Source: al.com, 01/08/14)

McArtor to replace O’Keefe
Allan McArtor, chairman of Airbus Americas, will replace Sean O'Keefe as chairman
and chief executive officer of Airbus Group Inc., the company's North American
business unit, when O'Keefe resigns March 1, 2014. In his new capacity, McArtor
will be a member of the Airbus Group Executive Committee, the company's top
decision-making body. O'Keefe elected to step down in order to fully address
ongoing medical issues due to injuries he sustained in a 2010 aircraft accident in
Alaska. However, he will continue with the company on special assignment to
oversee and facilitate the compliant transition of the company’s ongoing security
agreement with the Department of Defense to the new U.S. Group structure. The
company, best known for its commercial jets, recently changed its name to Airbus
Group from the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co., EADS. The new
Airbus Group will feature divisions called Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, and
Airbus Helicopters. Airbus will focus on commercial aircraft and Airbus Defense
and Space will integrate its Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military businesses.
Airbus Helicopters is a direct name change from Eurocopter. (Source: Airbus
Group, 01/07/13) Previous McArtor. Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final
assembly line in Mobile, Ala., at Brookley Aeroplex, where it also has an
engineering center. It also has an operation at Mobile Regional Airport; American
Eurocopter has an assembly facility in Columbus, Miss.

SpaceX launches satellite
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket took off at 5:06 p.m. EST from
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Monday to put a commercial communications
spacecraft into orbit for Thai satellite operator Thaicom. The satellite, built by
Orbital Sciences Corp., was deployed about a half-hour after the launch. Monday's
launch was the second in just over a month for Space Exploration Technologies.
(Sources: NBC News, USA Today, 01/06/14) Gulf Coast note: Orbital Sciences tests
its AJ26 rocket engines at Stennis Space Center, Miss., where SpaceX plans to test
its new generation Raptor engines. Previous

F-22s arrive at Tyndall
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Lt. Col. Erick Gilbert landed the first of five F-22
Raptors at the new home of the 95th Fighter Squadron. The five planes that
arrived Monday from Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico are the first of 24
Raptors that will be based at Tyndall. The remaining planes will arrive by the end of
April; at that point, more than 50 Raptors will be stationed at the base. The arrival
symbolizes an expansion of Tyndall’s mission into combat operations for the 95th
Fighter Squadron, a first in Tyndall’s history. (Source: News Herald, 01/06/14)

Airbus beat Boeing in 2013?
European plane-maker Airbus won its annual order race with U.S. rival Boeing in
2013, industry sources said. Boeing earlier reported 1,531 gross commercial
airplane orders for 2013, or 1,355 net orders after subtracting cancellations. Airbus
booked more orders in both categories, the sources said, speaking on condition
of anonymity, without giving more details. The European company delivered over
625 aircraft in 2013, beating its target of up to 620 but lagging Boeing's total of 648
deliveries, one source said. Airbus declined to comment ahead of an annual news
conference on January 13. (Source: Reuters, 01/06/14)

Pilot not hurt in emergency landing
MOSS POINT, Miss. -- A small plane made an emergency landing near Trent Lott
International Airport Monday evening and the pilot was not injured, according to
Jackson County Emergency Services. The pilot was traveling from St. Elmo, Ala.,
and was landing at Trent Lott Airport to refuel, but he lost power and set down in a
field northeast of the airport. The aircraft was a Russian-made single-engine plane.
(Source: Mississippi Press, 01/06/14)

Florida gets secret space plane
A secretive military space plane will move into a vacant former space shuttle
hangar at Kennedy Space Center, possibly bringing hundreds of jobs. Use of the
former shuttle hangar called Orbiter Processing Facility-1 will allow the Air Force’s
classified X-37B program “to efficiently land, recover, refurbish and re-launch” the
unmanned system in Florida, according to Boeing, which built and supports the
program’s two orbital vehicles. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Friday that the program
would mean “hundreds” of jobs, first to renovate OPF-1 and then from Boeing’s
engineering, technician and support team. Officials did not say how soon the
military program could move to KSC, which has been seeking new users for
facilities it no longer needs following the shuttle’s retirement in 2011. (Source:
Florida Today, 01/05/14) Previous Gulf Coast note: NASA’s Stennis Space Center,
Miss., also offers unused/underutilized facilities for commercial use.

Boeing has record year
SEATTLE -- Boeing set a company record in 2013 for the most commercial airplanes
delivered in a single year with 648. The company's unfilled commercial orders
stood at 5,080 at the end of the year, also a new Boeing record. Boeing also
booked 1,531 gross commercial orders in 2013, a new company record and 1,355
net commercial orders in 2013, the second-largest number in company history. In
2013, three programs set records for deliveries in a single year. One was the 737
program, which delivered 440 next-generation 737s. (Source: Boeing, 01/06/14)
Gulf Coast note: Boeing has operations in the Gulf Coast region, and its biggest
competitor, Airbus, is building an A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

F-22s to arrive Monday
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The first of two dozen F-22 Raptors will begin
arriving at Tyndall Air Force Base Monday, marking the addition of an operational
squadron to the F-22 training mission. When all the jets arrive Tyndall will be home
of the largest contingent of Raptors. The addition of the combat mission was
announced in October 2012, but in January 2013 the Air Force announced the
arrival of the F-22s would be delayed a year. The five jets coming Monday are the
first of 24 that are being transferred from Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. (Source:
News Herald, 01/03/14)

Union OKs contract, keeps 777X
Union members Friday approved the latest contract offer from Boeing, a decision
that will ensure the company’s 777X aircraft and its composite wings are built in
the Puget Sound area. The work includes the fuselage build, final assembly and
major components fabrication, such as interiors and wires. Members of the
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 751
approved the eight-year contract extension offer after rejecting the initial offer.
That initial rejection launched Boeing on a search for alternate sites, including
Huntsville, Ala. (Source: Boeing, 01/04/13)

SpaceX launch delayed
The year's first launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., is now planned
for no earlier than Monday. SpaceX had hoped to launch its Falcon 9 rocket around
5 p.m. Friday carrying a Thai commercial communications satellite. But the decision
was made to conduct more rocket inspections. If necessary, launch attempts could
also be made next Wednesday through Sunday. (Source: USA Today, 01/03/14)
Previous Gulf Coast note: SpaceX plans to test its Raptor engines at Stennis Space
Center.

5% aerospace, defense growth seen
The aerospace and defense industry will grow 5 percent globally in 2014, despite
the budget pressures to the defense sector. That’s according to a study from
Deloitte. "It is likely that 2014 will bring high single to double-digit levels of growth
in the commercial aerospace sub-sector, as experienced in 2012 and expected in
2013, given the dramatic production forecasts of the aircraft manufacturers," said
the study. Commercial aerospace is a bright spot. The 2014 growth in the
commercial aerospace industry is being driven by record-setting production
levels, due to the accelerated replacement cycle of obsolete aircraft with newer
fuel-efficient planes. The report predicts that by 2023, annual production levels in
the commercial aerospace industry will increase by 25 percent. (Source: The Hill,
01/02/13) Gulf Coast note: Aerospace and defense are pillars of the region’s
economy.

Tower funding looks good
WEST BAY, Fla. – Funding for the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport’s
control tower is still in limbo. But continued funding is looking good for the
Federal Aviation Administration’s contract tower program, in which the airport
participates. “Right now, it looks like things are moving forward,” said ECP
Director Parker McClellan, noting language in both the Senate and House budget
bills in support of the program, which costs about $150 million annually. (Source:
News Herald, 01/02/14)

SpaceX set to launch satellite
SpaceX is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Friday
evening with a communications satellite. The launch of the upgraded Falcon 9
would be SpaceX’s second in a month from the Cape of a commercial
communications satellite. The previous one was Dec. 3. This time the customer is
Thailand-based Thaicom. (Source: Florida Today, 01/02/13) Gulf Coast note: SpaceX
will test its Raptor engine at Stennis Space Center, Miss.