Gulf Coast aerospace
JANUARY 2020

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)