Saturday, April 14, 2018

Week in review (4/8 to 4/14)

The April issue of the eight-page Gulf Coast Aerospace Newsletter will be published Monday. The cover story is about the aerospace activities in Florida, one of the leading states in the nation for aerospace and aviation.

The four-page article is the fourth and final installment in our series focusing on aerospace in the four states that are members of the Aerospace Alliance. Previous issues highlighted the aerospace footprints of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Florida is best known for its space activities in and around the Space Coast, but that's just one part of the state's vast aviation footprint. The story provides insight into the activities in four aerospace regions: Northwest, Northeast, Central and South Florida. The state, you’ll find, is the nation’s leader in maintenance, repair and overhaul operations, and the newest one is in Pensacola.

The newsletter also has an update on the Airbus-Bombardier partnership, which will bring a second aircraft assembly line to Mobile, Ala. Interestingly, Mobile is the newest hub building jetliners, but now it's about to be a trendsetter as the only city in the nation that will be building jetliners for two different companies. Kinda makes me smile when I think of the time Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said they don't build anything in Alabama. That was back in 2009 when Boeing was competing against Airbus to build Air Force tankers.

We also have an analysis on some of the key stories that occurred since the last newsletter in February, ranging from Relativity’s agreement to use the partially built E-4 Test Facility at Stennis Space Center, Miss., to a couple of stories that are important on the education front.

If you're not a newsletter subscriber, drop me a line and I'll add you to our email list. The PDF will be sent directly to your inbox when it's published. Or you can check our website, Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor, and download the PDF late Monday or Tuesday.

Now here's your week in review, which amounts to a contracts review:

Speegle Construction Inc.
, Niceville, Fla., was awarded a $15.1 million foreign military sales (United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Belgium, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, France, Greece, India, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, South Korea, Morocco, Oman, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, and Turkey) contract for the construction of a foreign military sales facility at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Work will be performed in Eglin with an estimated completion date of Oct. 3, 2019. U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity. … Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $13.9 million incentive modification to a previously awarded contract for Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) Lot 1 production. Work will be performed in Orlando and is expected to be complete by Feb. 28, 2020. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.

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