A shipment includes front and aft fuselage sections, a vertical and horizontal tailplane, and wings. The components are manufactured in various facilities around Europe using parts and systems from around the world, including the United States. The components are shipped from Hamburg, Germany, to the Port of Mobile and transported by road to the Airbus site at the Mobile Aeroplex.
Airbus has delivered 37 aircraft from Mobile to American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue and Spirit since production began in 2015. The facility will produce four aircraft a month by the fourth quarter of 2017. (Post)
County leaders say a land swap involving Escambia County, Fla., and the Navy will likely be delayed another two years because of issues with the grass on the land being prepared for the Navy.
The Navy requires two years of ground covering growth before it can use it as an outlying field. The county bought the grass seed but the grading wasn't ready in time, according to officials.
The swap came about because Escambia County wants to use land in Beulah, the current site of the Navy's Outlying Field 8, as a commercial park. The Navy agreed to swap the land for a 650-acre site, currently called Outlying Field X, in neighboring Santa Rosa County that is now owned by Escambia County. The county hopes to build on the success of Navy Federal’s large campus in Beulah. (Post)
-- Col. David Morris assumed command of Training Air Wing 5 during a change of command ceremony at the Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola Friday. He replaced Navy Captain Mark Murray, who will retire from naval service after a 26-year career.
Morris, a former member of the Blue Angels who piloted Fat Albert, will be responsible for an estimated 43 percent of the Chief of Naval Air Training Command's total flight time and over 14 percent of Navy and Marine Corps' flight time worldwide. Over 1,200 personnel complete their essential flight training through TRAWING -5 annually. (Post)
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded two contracts during the week related to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
One was an $8.8 million award for a modification to a previously awarded contract for recurring logistics services of F-35 in support of the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, non-Department of Defense participants, and foreign military sales customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in in September 2019.
The other award, this one $8.5 million, is for a modification to a previously issued delivery order placed against a basic ordering agreement for the F-35. Work will be performed in Point Mugu, Calif.; and Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in December 2018.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity for both contracts.
Fort Rucker contracts
Two contracts were awarded during the week in connection with Fort Rucker, Ala.
In one, M1 Support Services, Denton, Texas, was awarded a $387 million hybrid contract for maintenance services supporting the Army entry level and advanced as well as Air Force Advanced Rotary Aviation Training mission at Fort Rucker. Work will be performed in Fort Rucker, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2027. U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, is the contracting activity.
In the other award, this one for $49.2 million, URS Federal Services Inc., Germantown, Md., was awarded a contract for rotary-wing flight instructor support services at Fort Rucker. Work will be performed in Daleville, Ala., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2023. U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., is the contracting activity.
DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded $103.2 million for a modification to a previously awarded contract for organizational, intermediate, and depot-level maintenance and logistics support for 16 T-34 Mentor, 54 T-44 Pegasus, and 287 T-6 Texan aircraft. Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas; Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla.; Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.; and various locations throughout the U.S., and is expected to be completed in September 2018. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. … Harris Corp., Colorado Springs, Colo., was awarded an $11.3 million modification to a previously awarded contract for Eglin Beam Steer Sustainment Project Beam Steering Calibrate and Monitor Console Replacement project. Contractor will improve the sustainment posture of the project for the Eglin Army and Navy fixed position ground radar search AN/FPS-85 radar, which includes the design, procurement, fabrication, integration, installation, and testing to ensure supportability through 2030 and the development and installation of a temporary Y Switch. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 13, 2019. Space and Missile Systems Center, Peterson Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. … Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, Conn., was awarded an $8.7 million contract for engineering and technical services for F-15/F-16 aircraft engines. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona; Toledo, Ohio; New Orleans, La.; and in seven countries, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Taiwan, South Korea, and Indonesia. Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 15, 2019. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.