While we usually have four articles in each eight-page newsletter, this time there are three. That's because we had given four pages rather than the usual two to a story about what the Trump presidency might mean for the Gulf Coast aerospace and defense corridor.
We also have an article about the upbeat messages that came during November’s Aerospace Alliance Summit in Gulfport, and another story about the groundbreaking for the VT MAE facility in Pensacola. We'll tell you why there's reason to believe it will be a catalyst for more growth.
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Now for your week in review:
Delta Air Lines took delivery of its first U.S.-built A321 during a week ago Friday at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility at the Mobile Aeroplex. Attending were executives from Airbus and Delta Air Lines, a team of employees from the airline’s Minneapolis-St. Paul station, and representatives of the more than 370 employees at the facility. This is the jetliner that made a flyover at the Iron Bowl in late November. It’s the 14th A321 to join Delta's fleet. The plant has delivered 15 aircraft so far since its opening. Airbus anticipates delivering four aircraft per month at Mobile by the end of 2017. (Post)
-- While we'e on the topic of airlines, American Airlines will launch daily nonstop service between Pensacola International Airport (PNS) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) on April 4, 2017. Flights are scheduled to depart Pensacola daily at 11 a.m. and arrive in Washington DC at 2 p.m. Washington National becomes Pensacola International Airport’s twelfth destination, the fourth daily nonstop served by American Airlines. American previously offered weekend service only. (Post)
More than 50 aircraft from six installations are at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., for the training exercises Checkered Flag and Combat Archer. The Air Combat Command live-fire training runs Dec. 5-16 and includes F-35A, F-22, F-15E, F-16, HH-60G and E-3 aircraft. Assets have traveled from as far away as Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, and Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. Also involved are aircraft from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Moody Air Force Base, Ga., and Florida Air National Guard and Louisiana ANG. Combat Archer evaluates weapons systems specifically in air-to-air exercises. (Post)
- In another training-related story, the 53d Wing and 49th Wing alongside veterans, retirees and community members will bid farewell Dec. 21 to the last active duty F-4 Phantom II airframes – this one a QF-4 aerial drone – in a ceremony at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The QF-4 aerial targets are currently assigned to the 82 Aerial Target Squadron, Detachment 1 at Holloman, a geographically separated unit of the 53rd Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Post)
Raytheon Co., Goleta, Calif., was awarded a $102 million contract for repair support of 10 weapon replaceable assemblies for the AN/ALR-67(V)3 for F/A-18 A/B/C/D/E/F aircraft. The contractor is also responsible for managing technical and configuration changes, and obsolescence. This is a four-year base period contract with a one one-year option period, which if exercised, brings the total estimated value to $128,175,612. Forest, Miss., will do 7 percent of the work. Other work sites are in California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona and New Hampshire. Work is expected to be completed by December 2020. … Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean Va.; Deloitte Consulting LLP, Arlington, Va.; Reef Point Group LLC, Edgewater, Md.; and Whitney, Bradley & Brown Inc., Reston, Va., were awarded $45.8 million multiple award contracts in support of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery of Falls Church, Va., for the Military Health System at its headquarters, medical treatment facilities, the Defense Health Agency, and the health systems for the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Four percent of the work will be done in Pensacola, Fla. Other work sites are in Virginia, California, Washington, North Carolina, other locations in Florida, Japan; Guam; Europe and contractor facilities. ... Dawson Enterprises LLC, Honolulu, Hawaii, was awarded a $21.4 million contract for construction of modular buildings. Contractor will provide all site preparation and construction of modular buildings. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by Aug. 31, 2017. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity.