Gulf Coast aerospace
FEBRUARY 2020

Airbus, Baldwin County plan partnership
Airbus and the Baldwin County Commission are entering into a partnership that will provide
new opportunities for students. Airbus is offering new technical programs through its Flight
Works Alabama program. Flight Works Alabama is designed to be a hub for students to
explore opportunities in the aerospace industry. The 18,000 square foot facility at the
Mobile Aeroplex will house an interactive exhibition area, workshop and classrooms and
more. Airbus will invite 50 10th-graders from every Baldwin County High School for a day of
hands-on learning. Once in 11th grade, interested and qualified students will be able to
apply for FlightPath9 training program. Airbus in Mobile builds A320 and A220 jetliners, and
has grown to nearly 1,100 employees in five years and will be adding up to 600 more.
Baldwin County Commissioners will vote on the partnership at the next regular meeting.
Baldwin County students will be able to enter the program in the fall of 2020. (Source:
FOX10, 02/18/20)

New assignment at Hurlburt
The Chief of Staff of the Air Force announced Feb. 13, the assignment of Maj. Gen. Eric T.
Hill, commanding general, Special Operations Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve,
U.S. Central Command, Baghdad, Iraq, to deputy commander, Headquarters Air Force
Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla. (Source: DoD 02/13/20)

Airbus buys Bombardier shares
Airbus, Québec. and Bombardier have agreed on a new ownership structure for the A220
programme, with Bombardier transferromg its remaining shares in Airbus Canada Limited
Partnership to Airbus and the Government of Québec. The transaction is effective
immediately. As sole owners, Airbus now has a 75 percent share and Quebec 25 percent.
Bombardier developed the plane but was driven to the brink of bankruptcy by the spiraling
costs of the program. The deal marks Bombardier’s exit from commercial aviation.
Bombardier will receive $591 million, net of adjustments, for its stake in the A220 program,
of which $531 million was paid at closing with $60 million to be paid in installments through
2021. Bombardier also said the deal will allow it avoid paying roughly $700 million it would
have been on the hook for to fund an expansion of production of the 100- to 150-seat
single aisle plane. (Sources: multiple, including Airbus, Forbes, 02/13/20)

Contract: Titan, $10M
Titan Facility Services LLC, Gilbert, Ariz., has been awarded a $10,012,679 modification
(P00019) to contract FA8052-18-C-0009 for Healthcare Aseptic Management Services to
exercise Option Year One for medical aseptic housekeeping, waste management and linen
management. Work will be performed at Little Rock Air Force Base (AFB), Ark.; Barksdale
AFB, La.; Keesler AFB, Miss.; Eglin AFB, Fla.; Hurlburt Field AFB, Fla.; MacDill AFB, Fla.;
Tyndall AFB, Fla.; Patrick AFB, Fla.; Charleston AFB, S.C.; Shaw AFB, S.C.; Moody AFB,
Ga.; Robins AFB, Ga.; Columbus AFB, Miss.; Altus AFB, Okla.; Tinker AFB, Okla.; and
Vance AFB, Okla., and is expected to be completed Feb. 13, 2021. Fiscal 2020 operations
and maintenance funds in the amount of $10,012,679 will be obligated at the time of award.
The total cumulative value of this contract including Option One is $19,858,371. The 773rd
Enterprise Sourcing Squadron, Air Force Installation Contracting Center, Joint Base San
Antonio, Texas, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/12/20)

Airbus eyes Bombardier's A220 share
Multiple news outlets are reporting that Airbus is in advanced talks to acquire Bombardier's
remaining stake in the A220 passenger jet program. A deal for the sale of Bombardier's
nearly 34 percent stake in the two companies' joint A220 commercial jet program could be
reached as early as this week, ahead of both companies' Feb. 13 earnings reports.
Quebec, which owns 16 percent of the program, would retain its stake. Bombardier invested
more than $6 billion in the A220’s development before ceding control of the program to
Airbus in 2018 as it struggled to sell the single-aisle plane. (Sources: multiple, including
Reuters, 02/07/20, NASDAQ, 02/08/20, Bloomberg, 02/09/20)

Afghanistan claims two Eglin soldiers
Two soldiers with the 7th Special Forces Group at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., were killed in
Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense. Sgt. 1st Class Javier Jaguar
Gutierrez, 28, of San Antonio, Texas and Sgt. 1st Class Antonio Rey Rodriguez, 28, of Las
Cruces, N.M., were both assigned to 3rd Battalion. Both died Feb. 8 in Nangarhar Province
as a result of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations. The incident is under
investigation, according to the Department of Defense. (Source: WEAR-TV, 02/09/20)

Contract: Lockheed, $347.7M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a
not-to-exceed $347,714,510 modification to a previously-awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm-
target advance acquisition contract (N00019-20-C-0009). This modification procures long
lead materials, parts, components and support necessary to maintain on-time production
and delivery of 43 lot 15 F-35 aircraft for non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants
and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (30%); El
Segundo, Calif. (25%); Warton, United Kingdom (20%); Orlando, Fla. (10%); Nashua, N.H.
(5%); Nagoya, Japan (5%); and Baltimore, Md. (5%), and is expected to be completed in
December 2023. Non-DoD participant funds in the amount of $204,964,510; and FMS funds
in the amount of $142,750,000, 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, 02/07/20)

Contract: Northrop, $172.4M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is awarded a $172,424,000
modification (P00004) to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract
(N00019-19-C-0008). This modification exercises options for the production and delivery of
two MQ-4 Triton unmanned air systems for the Navy, one Navy main operating base, trade
studies and associated technical and administrative data. Work will be performed in San
Diego (30.5%); Red Oak, Texas (12%); Palmdale, Calif. (10%); Baltimore, Md. (9.7%); Salt
Lake City, Utah (7.9%); Bridgeport, W.V. (4.9%); Indianapolis, Ind. (3.8%); Moss Point, Miss.
(3.6); Chantilly, Va. (3.5%); Waco, Texas (1.7%); San Clemente, Calif. (1.3%); Newton, N.D.
(.9%); various locations within the continental U.S. (8.8%); and various locations outside the
continental U.S. (1.4%), and is expected to be completed in January 2024. Fiscal 2020
aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $172,424,000 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, 02/06/20)

China A320 plant closed for now
The A320 assembly line in China has been shut down due to concerns about the
coronavirus. Airbus assembles the A320 series of passenger jets in Toulouse, France;
Hamburg, Germany; Tianjin, China; and Mobile. Ala. The manufacturer has been pushing
production levels at all those locations to reduce a backlog of orders. There was no
indication the move will impact Airbus operations in other parts of the world. Mobile-based
Airbus spokeswoman Kristi Tucker said that “production continues on schedule here in
Mobile” with no anticipated impacts. (Source: Airbus, al.com, 02/05/20) Boeing and Safran
also closed facilities in China. (Source: Bloomberg, 02/05/20)

Contract: Cray, $26.5M
Cray Inc., Seattle, Wash., was awarded a $26,480,000 firm-fixed-price contract for
Department of Defense high performance computing modernization. Bids were solicited via
the internet with three received. Work will be performed in Stennis Space Center, Miss., with
an estimated completion date of Aug. 1, 2025. Fiscal 2020 other procurement, Army funds
in the amount of $26,480,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity (W912DY-20-F-0126). (Source: DoD,
02/03/20)

Contract: H2 Direct, $39M
H2 Direct LLC, Gulf Breeze, Fla., was awarded a $39,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for
personnel, equipment, supplies, facilities, transportation, tools, materials, supervision and
other items and non-personal services necessary to provide information technology
management support services. Bids were solicited via the internet with eight received. Work
locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date
of Feb. 28, 2025. The 418th Contracting Support Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas, is the
contracting activity (W91151-20-D-0009). (Source: DoD, 02/03/20)


JANUARY 2020

Contract: Dynetics, $93M
Dynetics, Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $92,999,625 basic, indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Test Systems and Equipment Capabilities (TSEC)
support and $30,934,550 delivery order for the Guided Weapons Evaluation Facility
(GWEF) Radio Frequency (RF) Modernization Design. The contract provides for the
specific needs to include: Hardware-in-the-loop simulators for the GWEF RF Modernization
and AFRL Kinetic Kill Vehicle Hardware in the Loop Simulator system upgrades; joint multi-
platform advanced combat identification development; calibration sets integration, and
software updates; Air Defense Artillery Phased Technology Digital Command Link, and
immediate need technologies to support Department of Defense (DoD) ranges. Work will be
performed in Huntsville and other DoD locations. The contract has a five year ordering
period with work expected to be completed by Jan. 2025. This award is the result of a sole-
source acquisition. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the
amount of $2,500,000 are being obligated at the time of award via incremental funding. The
Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA2487-20-
D-0071; first delivery order FA2487-20-F-0072). (Source: DoD, 01/31/20)

Contract: Global Connections, $28.7M
Global Connections to Employment Inc., Pensacola, Fla., has been awarded a $28,683,615
firm-fixed-price contract for custodial services. The contractor will provide non-personal
services for continued operational support. Work will be performed at MacDill Air Force
Base, Fla., and is expected to complete by Jan. 31, 2027. This award is to a mandatory
source under the AbilityOne program (41 U.S. Code 85 and 41 Code of Federal
Regulations 51). Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of
$5,657,808 will be obligated under multiple task orders at the time of award. The 6th
Contracting Squadron, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA4814-20-
D-0003). (Source: DoD, 01/30/20)

Contract: URS. $7M
URS Group Inc., Morrisville, N.C., is awarded a $7,000,000 modification on a firm-fixed-price
task order under a multiple award construction contract for phase one of Hurricane Michael
repairs for stabilization and repairs to multiple buildings at Naval Support Activity, Panama
City, Fla. After award of this modification, the total task order value will be $69,246,764. The
work to be performed provides for construction, alteration and repair of real property and
utilities because of Hurricane Michael. Work also includes any and all ancillary and
incidental mechanical and electrical support services needed to accomplish required work
including, but not limited to, disconnects, temporary reconnects, removals, extensions,
modifications, alterations, reinstalls, new components and permanent reconnects necessary
for functional operation.  Work will be performed in Panama City and is expected to be
completed by October 2020. Fiscal 2019 operation and maintenance (Navy) contract funds
for $7,000,000 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 (N62470-13-D-6022). (Source: DoD, 01/30/20)

Space Force assignment
The chief, space operations, United States Space Force announced that Brig. Gen. select
Michael E. Conley, commander, 1st Special Operations Wing, Air Force Special Operations
Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., will become vice commander, Space Operations Command,
United States Space Force, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (Source: DoD, 01/30/20)

Core stage installed on B-2 stand
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - The first flight core stage of NASA’s new Space Launch
System (SLS) rocket was successfully installed on the B-2 Test Stand at Stennis Space
Center (SSC) Wednesday. In coming months, it will undergo an integrated series of Green
Run tests prior to its maiden Artemis I test flight. Testing will culminate with an eight-minute,
full-duration hot fire of the stage’s four RS-25 engines to generate 2 million pounds of
thrust, as during an actual launch. The SLS core stage, the largest rocket stage ever built
by NASA, stands 212 feet tall and measures 27.6 feet in diameter. It's equipped with state-
of-the-art avionics, miles of cables, propulsion systems and propellant tanks that hold a total
of 733,000 gallons of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen to fuel the four RS-25 engines
during launch. The core stage was designed by NASA and Boeing in Huntsville, Ala., then
manufactured at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans by lead contractor
Boeing, with input and contributions from more than 1,100 large and small businesses in 44
states. The stage was transported from Michoud to SSC aboard the specially outfitted
Pegasus barge. It arrived at the B-2 dock on Jan. 12 and was rolled out onto the test stand
tarmac that night. Crews then began installing ground equipment needed for lifting the
stage into a vertical position and onto the stand. (Source: NASA, 01/23/20)

Aviation park moves forward
Santa Rosa County Tuesdy approved putting out to bid a $9 million construction project to
build infrastructure at Whiting Aviation Park just outside Naval Air Station Whiting Field. The
first tenant at the park will be Leonardo, which last week was awarded the contract to build
the TH-73A training helicopter that will be used to train aviators at NAS Whiting, replacing
the TH-57. The company, during the competition with two other companies to win the
contract, had said that if it won it would build a helicopter maintennce facility at the park.
The county has finished its construction plan for the 40-acre first phase of what will
eventually be a 276-acre park. It will take 11 months once a bid is awarded. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 01/22/20) Previous: Leonardo wins trainer contract; Contract:
EMR, $17M; Contract: Schmidt-Prime, $30M  

Bombardier eyes exiting A220 venture
Bombardier Inc. said it may exit a joint venture with Airbus to build the A220 passenger jet
because rising production costs threaten future returns on its investment. Bombardier said
the need for additional cash to finance the production of the commercial jets in Mobile, Ala.,
may undermine any prospect of future profits. Bombardier agreed to give control of its
CSeries jets to Airbus in 2017 for no money upfront to rescue it. Airbus renamed the single-
aisle aircraft the A220. An Airbus spokesman said it “remains committed to the success of
the A220 program and will continue to fund the program on its way to break-even.” Airbus
delivered 48 of the aircraft to customers last year, leaving its backlog at 495 aircraft as of
Dec. 31. Airbus officially began manufacturing the A220 in Mobile in August 2019. The first
U.S.-made A220-300 will go to Delta Air Lines and is scheduled for delivery in the third
quarter of 2020. (Sources: multiple, including Wall Street Journal, Montreal Gazette,
AirlineRating, 01/16/20)

Navy orders threee MQ-4C Tritons
Maritime aviation surveillance experts at Northrop Grumman Corp. will build three MQ-4C
Triton long-range patrol unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) under terms of a $251.6 million
order announced last month. Official of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River
Naval Air Station, Md., are asking the Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems sector in San
Diego to build three low-rate initial production lot 4 MQ-4C Triton UAVs. The order includes
the three UAVs, as well as ground stations, trade studies, tooling, and support equipment.
On this order Northrop Grumman will do the work in San Diego, Palmdale, and San
Clemente, Calif.; Red Oak and Waco, Texas; Baltimore; Salt Lake City; Bridgeport, W.Va.;
Indianapolis; Moss Point, Miss.; Chantilly, Va.; and at various other locations, and should be
finished by February 2023. (Source: Military and Aerospace Electronics, 01/16/20)

Contract: MAC, $10M
MAC LLC, Bay St. Louis, Miss., is awarded a $9,998,493 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the purchase of up to a maximum of 2,400,000
MK323 Mod 0 polymer cased .50 caliber linked cartridges, and .50 caliber armor
piercing/armor piercing incendiary polymer cased linked cartridges. Work will be performed
in Bay St. Louis and is expected to be completed by January 2024. Fiscal 2019
procurement ammunition (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $3,051,359 will be
obligated on the first delivery order immediately following contract award and funds will
expire the end of fiscal 2021. The contract was awarded on a sole source basis in
accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. The Marine Corps Systems
Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-20-D-5200). (Source: DoD,
01/16/20)

Leonardo wins Navy trainer contract
Leonardo's U.S. subsidiary AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp. has been awarded a Navy
contract to build the new training helicopter to replace the TH-57 Sea Ranger. The new TH-
73A helicopter, based on the TH-119. is part of the new Advanced Helicopter Training
System (AHTS) program. The TH-57 is the military training version of the Bell 206 Jet
Ranger. The contract, valued $176.5 million for a base requirement of 32 TH-73A
helicopters, can be extended through three one-year options up to a total contract value of
$648.1 million for the procurement of 130 aircraft, with deliveries scheduled from 2020
through 2024. Leonardo had previously said it would build a support center at Whiting
Aviation Park if it won the contract. (Source: multiple, including The Aviationist, Pensacola
News Journal, 01/14/20)

SLS core now at SSC
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - A rocket built at Michoud Assembly Center in New
Orleans has arrived for testing at Stennis Space Center (SSC). The Space Launch System
core stage for NASA’s Artemis program will undergo a series of tests at SSC before being
transported to Cape Canaveral, Fla. The rocket was transported by barge from the Michoud
facility to SSC on Jan. 8. During the testing phase, the rocket’s 212-foot-tall core stage will
operate for eight minutes, simulating an actual launch, according to Boeing, which built the
rocket. The tests will verify it is ready for its first and future missions to the Moon. It is the
largest rocket stage built at Michoud since the Saturn V rocket that put Americans on the
Moon for the Apollo program, and the only one that can send a crew, a capsule and heavy
cargo to the Moon on a single mission. (Source: City Business, WLOX, 01/13/20)

Martin, Kelliher nominated for promotions
Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper announced Tuesday that the president nominated
Marine Corps Reserve Brig. Gen. Michael S. Martin for appointment to the rank of major
general. Martin is currently serving as the commanding general, 4th Marine Division, U.S.
Marine Corps Forces Reserve, New Orleans. In addition, Marine Corps Reserve Col. John
F. Kelliher III has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general. Kelliher
is currently serving as the assistant wing commander, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, U.S. Marine
Corps Forces Reserve, New Orleans. (Source: DoD, 01/14/20)

Conley nominated for promotion
Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper announced Monday that the president nominated Air
Force Col. Michael E. Conley has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier
general. Conley is currently serving as the commander, 1st Special Operations Wing, Air
Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla. Conley's name was among a group
of officers nominated for appointments. (Source: DoD, 01/13/20)

Contract: Raytheon, $10.6M
Raytheon Missile Systems Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $10,593,360
modification P00001 to previously awarded contract FA8675-20-C-0033 for Advanced
Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile Production Lot 33 spares. This contract modification
provides for the production Air Force and Navy spares. Work will be performed at Tucson
with an expected completion date of March 31, 2022. Fiscal 2018 Air Force procurement
funds in the amount of $1,730,203; and fiscal 2020 Navy procurement funds in the amount
of $8,863,157 are being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value of the
contract is $778,877,267. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Awarded Jan. 10, 2020) (Source: DoD, 01/13/20)

Contract: DRS, $7.6M
DRS Systems Inc., Melbourne, Fla., is awarded a $7,660,583 modification (P00001) to a
cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable delivery order (N0001919F2730) against a previously
issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-19-G-0030). This modification provides program
management, engineering and logistics support to mitigate identified risks to the Distributed
Aperture Infrared Countermeasure program. Work will be performed in Dallas, Texas (70%);
San Diego, Calif. (27%); and Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (3%), and is expected to be
completed in December 2020. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation
(Navy) funds in the amount of $2,670,597; and fiscal 2020 research, development, test and
evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $3,798,000 will be obligated at time of award,
$2,670,597 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, 01/13/20)

21 Saudies being expelled
Attorney General William Barr announced Monday that 21 Saudi military cadets studying at
U.S. military bases are being sent back home after investigators found child pornography,
"jihadi or anti-American content" on accounts or devices associated with the students. This
comes a month after a Saudi Air Force officer opened fire in a classroom at Naval Air
Station Pensacola, Fla., killing three young sailors and wounding eight others. Barr called
the shooting an act of terrorism "motivated by jihadist ideology." Federal authorities said
investigators have not identified any co-conspirators. The gunman, who was killed by
deputies, does not appear to have acted on behalf of any terrorist organization. Of the 21
Saudis now in the process of being removed from the U.S., investigators found that 17 had
shared social media posts that were either jihadi or anti-American in nature, Barr said.
About 15 individuals had "some kind of contact" with child pornography, Barr noted.
(Source: NPR, 01/13/20)

Saudi trainees being expelled
More than a dozen Saudi servicemen training at U.S. military bases will be expelled from the
United States in the wake of a Pentagon review prompted by the Dec. 6 shooting deaths of
three sailors at Naval Air Station Pensacola by a Saudi Air Force officer. The Saudis being
expelled are not accused of aiding the shooter. The Pentagon announced on Dec. 10 it was
grounding all Saudi Arabian aviation personnel after the incident. The Pentagon then
announced on Dec. 19 that it found no threat in its review of about 850 military students
from Saudi Arabia studying in the United States. (Sources: CNN, Reuters, 01/11/20)
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Contract: EMR, $17M
EMR Inc., Niceville, Fla., is awarded a $17,017,000 firm-fixed-price task order N69450-20-F-
0875 under a multiple award construction contract for the design and construction of P288
temporary maintenance hangar at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field, Fla. The work to be
performed provides for a temporary hangar space and supporting spaces for helicopters
and includes design, assembly and installation of temporary, relocatable structures for the
hangar and support spaces such as administrative, restroom and breakrooms. This project
will provide foundation and aqueous film forming foam containment trench and extend
utilities to temporary facilities. The structures will be temporary in nature and require
removal from the site once permanent facilities are available. The task order also contains
five unexercised options, which if exercised, would increase the cumulative task order value
to $20,267,000. Work will be performed in NAS Whiting and is expected to be completed by
October 2025. Fiscal 2020 military construction (Navy) contract funds in the amount of
$2,222,000 are obligated on this award and will not expire at the end of the fiscal year.
Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (Navy) contract funds in the amount of
$14,795,000 are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
Two proposals were received for this task order. Naval Facilities Engineering Command
Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (N69450-18-D-1318). (Source: DoD,
01/10/20)

Airbus ups rate in Mobile
MOBILE, Ala. - Airbus has announced it is increasing the production rate of A320 series
aircraft at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility to seven per month by the beginning of
2021. This increase, and continued recruiting for A220 manufacturing, will result in a further
275 jobs being added at the Mobile facility over the next year, putting it at more than 1,000
employees by the end of 2019. In addition, Airbus will invest another $40 million through
construction of an additional support hangar on the site, bringing its total investment to
more than $1 billion in Mobile. The increase in rate in Mobile is part of the company's plan
to produce 63 A320 series aircraft per month in 2021. The announcement comes on top of
growth in 2019, when the company added 600 new jobs at the manufacturing site. (Source:
Airbus, 01/09/20)

Frontier to downtown service ending
Denver-based Frontier Airlines announced Monday it will suspend all operations at the
Downtown Mobile Airport in April based on a lack of sufficient demand to support the
service, a company spokeswoman said. Frontier is the only airline providing flights from the
new passenger terminal at the Downtown Mobile Airport located at the Mobile Aeroplex
south of downtown Mobile. The $8 million terminal, finance through the Airport Authority’s
cash reserves and opened on May 1, is named “Terminal One” and is inside a 50,000-
square-foot building that partially serves as an Airbus logistics center. The Mobile Airport
Authority in a news release said the Frontier service will end on April 22, and likely would
not return to Mobile any sooner than 2021. The airline is currently providing flights to
Denver. Last year, it offered flights to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport before
suspending that service on Nov. 13. (Source: al.com, 01/06/20)

Airport celebrates key service
PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) will welcome the
inaugural Washington, D.C. flight on American Airlines with a water cannon salute Jan. 7.
This new nonstop flight option will run daily between ECP and Ronald Regan Washington
National Airport (DCA). The flight will be operated by a 50 seat CRJ-200. (Source: ECP,
01/06/20)  

SLS readied for shipment
Assembly of the core stage of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) is now complete and the
structure is ready for shipping from Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to Stennis
Space Center (SSC), Miss., for testing. Assembly of the 212-foot rocket core stage was
completed last year and had its engine section bolted on last September. With all four of its
RS-25 engines attached, the team used scaffolding to check all parts of the stage inside
and out, and confirmed that the electronic and propulsion systems were connected
correctly. To move such a large object, NASA uses its Pegasus barge. The core stage
should be shipped from New Orleans to SSC near Bay St. Louisng later this month. The
testing at SSC is called the "Green Run," in which the core stage will operate as one unit for
the first time. (Source: Digital Trends, 01/05/20)

Contract: Unisys, $17.2M
Unisys Corp., Reston, Va., has been awarded a $17,154,219 modification (P00004) to
previously awarded contract FA8726-19-9-0001 for End User Services Risk Reduction
Effort experiment. This modification provides for an experiment of the commercial delivery of
standardized, innovative, and agile information technology services, including an enterprise
service desk and end user devices, to a select group of bases. Work will be performed at
Buckley Air Force Base, Colo.; Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.; Spangdahlem Air Base,
Germany; Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.; Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Cannon
Air Force Base, N.M.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; and Pope Field, N.C., with possible scaling of up
to 20 bases during the experiment and is expected to be completed by February 2022. The
total cumulative face value of the agreement is $279,504,252. Fiscal 2020 operations and
maintenance funds in the amount of $1,736,194 are being obligated at the time of award.
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the
contracting activity. Awarded on Jan. 2, 2020. (Source: DoD, 01/03/20)