The money from this appropriation will be used together with the money from the DEO grant to fund the development of infrastructure that will support the expansion of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul capabilities at the airport. (Post)
Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward pointed out that three year ago he announced the agreement with VT MAE to set up a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at the airport. "Next month that facility will be operational, and the dream of hundreds of new, sustainable, well-paid jobs in a new industry will become a reality."
VT MAE’s primary MRO facility is at the Mobile Aeroplex in Alabama.
Speaking of Mobile, Airbus earlier this week said the new aviation experience center to be built near where Airbus assembles A320 series jetliners will be named Flight Works Alabama. The name represents a number of different aspects of the center’s mission, said Airbus Americas Chairman and CEO Jeff Knittel.
"We are convinced visitors to Flight Works Alabama will walk away with greater knowledge and appreciation of how aviation enriches everyone’s lives," he said.
In May 2017, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced the intent to build the hands-on instructional facility, with the goal to bolster Alabama's workforce development efforts and inspire young people to pursue careers in aerospace.
Flight Works Alabama will be a 19,000 square foot center housing a large interactive exhibition area, classrooms, a collaboration room, a workshop, a restaurant and a gift shop. It will serve as a gateway for public tours of Airbus’ A320 family assembly line.
Groundbreaking is expected in the summer with the grand opening in 2019. (Post)
Three contracts were awarded during the week for the F-35 project, which is important to this region since Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center. Two of the contracts were for Lockheed Martin, one for United Technologies.
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded two. One was a $1.5 billion modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract for long lead material and parts for low rate initial production (LRIP) of F-35 Lightning II air systems in support of the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants; and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. This modification provides for 145 Lot 13 aircraft for the services, non-U.S. DoD participants and FMS customers; and 69 Lot 14 aircraft for the non-U.S. DoD participants and FMS customers. It combines purchase for the Air Force (24 percent); the Marine Corps (11 percent); the Navy (3 percent); and the non-U.S. DoD participants (44 percent); and FMS customers (18 percent).
Lockheed Martin also was awarded a $482 million delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement. This order provides for the procurement of initial air vehicle spares in support of the F-35 Lightning II for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy; non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. This order combines purchases for the Air Force (33.92 percent); Marine Corps (13.43 percent); Navy (9.45 percent); non-U.S. DoD participants (29.58 percent); and FMS customers (13.62 percent).
A third contract was awarded to United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., this one a $21.6 million task order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement. This task order provides for non-recurring engineering for early identification, development, and qualification of corrections to potential and actual operational issues, including safety and reliability and maintainability problems identified through fleet usage, Accelerated Mission Testing, and Lead-the-Fleet programs. This order combines purchases for the Navy (45.6 percent); Air Force (13.9 percent); non-U.S. DoD participants (22.8 percent); and FMS (17.7 percent), under the Foreign Military Sales program.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity for all three contracts.
Alion Science and Technology Corp., McLean, Va., was awarded a $13.5 million contract for development, integration, testing and evaluation of prototype systems for existing or emerging unmanned vehicles, unmanned weapons and unmanned weapons control systems related to mine warfare, amphibious warfare, surface warfare, diving and life support, coastal and underwater intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and other missions in the littoral and riverine environments. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity. … Med-Eng LLC, Ogdensburg, N.Y., was awarded a $15 million contract for explosive ordnance disposal bomb suits. This contract provides for the delivery of a full bomb suit ensemble and associated accessories. The 772nd Enterprise Sourcing Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.