The two-day summit took a look at education and workforce training on the first day, then explored what's to come in the future for the industry. There is also an article on the Airbus-Lockheed plan to team up on an aerial tanker that it will market to the U.S. military, and a story about the plan to base F-35s at Tyndall Air Force Base, which was heavily damaged by Hurricane Michael in October.
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Now for your week in review:
Airbus delivered its 100th aircraft from its U.S. Manufacturing Facility at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. The A320neo was delivered to Frontier Airlines. Airbus in Mobile is delivering four A320 series aircraft per month and has delivered to eight U.S.-based customers so far. Airbus has three other A320 production facilities in Hamburg, Germany; Tianjin, China; and Toulouse, France. (Post)
The Air Force is recommending that three squadrons of F-35A fighters be based at Tyndall Air Force Base. The service is recommending that Congress use supplemental funding for rebuilding the base that was severely damaged by Hurricane Michael in October. The preliminary evaluation shows the operational squadrons of F-22 Raptors, formerly at Tyndall, can be accommodated at bases in Alaska, Hawaii and Virginia. If funded, F-35s could be based at Tyndall in 2023. (Post)
The Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport notched its millionth passenger for the calendar year when a Delta flight from Atlanta landed during the week. It’s the first time it’s had that many passengers. The airport had 300,000 passengers when it started in 2010. (Post)
Contracts - NASA
NASA has selected Four Inc. of Herndon, Va., to provide new products, renewals and cloud services to NASA customers for purchase when needed. The total value of the contract is about $9.6 million. The performance period consisting of a one-year base period with two one-year option periods. The contract will be administered by the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) at Stennis Space Center (SSC). The NSSC performs selected business activities for all NASA centers.
Contracts - Military
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., was awarded a $92.4 million contract for Phase 1 integrated logistics support for 22 F/A-18E and 6 F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft in support of the government of Kuwait under the Foreign Military Sales program. Work will be performed in St. Louis (85 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (8 percent); New Orleans (5.5 percent); China Lake, Calif. (.5 percent); Patuxent River, Md. (.5 percent); and Gulfport, Miss. (.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2020. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting activity. … The Boeing Co., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., has been awarded an $11.7 million modification to exercise Option Three of a contract for the integrated sustainment support of the AC-130U gunships. Work will be performed at Fort Walton Beach and deployed locations in Afghanistan and Kuwait, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity. … Aretè Associates Inc., Northridge, Calif., was awarded a $17 million modification to a previously awarded contract to exercise an option for coastal battlefield reconnaissance and analysis (COBRA) systems. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz. (35 percent); Destin, Fla. (35 percent); and Santa Rosa, Calif. (30 percent), and is expected to be completed by July 2021. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity. … Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $10.3 million modification to a contract for Lot Two production of three Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles. Work will be performed in Orlando and is expected to be completed by Feb. 28, 2020. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.