Saturday, August 19, 2017

Week in review (8/13 to 8/19)

Mark up another win for the growth of the Gulf Coast aerospace corridor.

Safran USA plans to open a manufacturing operation at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley and hire 20 workers over the next three years. The announcement was made this week, two months after the Mobile team met with Safran USA's executives at the Paris Air Show.

The company will produce and install aircraft engine nacelles at the facility.

The Mobile Airport Authority is building out one of the existing bays at Mobile Aeroplex to 24,500 square feet. In addition, the company is investing some $1 million in equipment with an opening planned for November 2017.

Safran was the first Airbus-related supplier to announce it would open an operation at the Mobile Aeroplex after Airbus said it would build A320 series jetliners in Mobile, Safran Engineering Services opened its Mobile office with a ribbon-cutting the same day Airbus broke ground on its assembly line. In addition, Safran company Messier-Bugatti-Dowty also has an operation at the Mobile Aeroplex. (Post)

While I'm on the subject of the growth of this region's aerospace activities, at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., the National Flight Academy at the National Naval Aviation Museum celebrated its 10,000th student Wednesday. The academy inside looks like an aircraft carrier, where students learn math and science skills solving aviation-related problems. It opened in 2012. (Story)

Pensacola International Airport has set another all-time monthly record number of passengers in July, with a total of 175,814 individuals arriving and departing the facility. It’s an increase of 13 percent over July 2016. Overall, Pensacola International Airport is up some 4 percent in total passengers for the fiscal year over the same period last year. (Post)

-- The Civil Air Patrol from across Northwest Florida is gathering at Marianna Municipal Airport Friday through Sunday for a training exercise designed to develop and hone skills for disaster response and search and rescue missions. A story in the Northwest Florida Daily News says aircraft and crews will also operate from Tallahassee International Airport and Eglin Air Force Base, simulating forward operating bases much as they would in an actual disaster. CAP is a non-profit volunteer organization with 58,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. (Story)

Raytheon Missile Systems of Tucson, Ariz., was awarded a $104.9 million contract to provide for delivery of all variants of Griffin standoff precision guided munitions and corresponding production, test and engineering support. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2018. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. … Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. of Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded $53.5 million delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement. This order provides for supplies and services in support of the F-35 Lightning II milestone event capabilities, including retrofit modification kits and installation services for the Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy, and non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in July 2021 for DoD customers and September 2025 for non-DoD participants. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center. … CACI-INC of Chantilly, Va., was awarded a $14.9 million contract for the modification and configuration on new commercial software for NexGen requirements. Work will be done Panama City, Fla.; Niceville, Fla.; Beavercreek, Ohio; San Antonio, Texas; Raleigh, N.C.; Palm City, Fla.; Fair Haven, N.J., and is expected to be completed March 12, 2019. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Montgomery, Ala., is the contracting activity. … Raytheon Co. of El Segundo, Calif., was awarded $8.5 million for a delivery order under a previously awarded basic ordering agreement for the repair of 331 units across 16 assemblies used in support of the F-18 Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar System. Work will be performed in Forest, Miss., and is expected to be completed by December 2019. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity. … L3 Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., was awarded an $8.9 million contract for organizational and intermediate-level aircraft maintenance on three KC-130J aircraft, logistics and supply functions, limited repair of common support equipment and required support for the government of Kuwait. Work is expected to be completed in August 2022. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

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