Saturday, January 26, 2019

Week in review (1/20 to 1/26)

There will be a ribbon-cutting for the Navy’s newest outlying landing field Jan. 30 in Milton, Fla.

Escambia County will hand over the keys to Navy outlying landing field Site X in Santa Rosa County. The Navy will cease operations at NOLF Site 8 in Escambia County, and turn the property over to the County in a unique real estate land exchange.

The National Defense Authorization Act in 2015 authorized the land exchange. In June 2016, the Navy and Escambia County signed a land exchange agreement to formalize the intentions to transfer the property at Site 8 to the county, in exchange for a suitable landing field to replace Site 8.

Efforts to build a landing field began in 2016. Naval Facilities Southeast Region in Jacksonville, Navy Installations Command and Whiting Field coordinated with Escambia County project managers to ensure requirements for the training mission at NAS Whiting Field were met.

Exchange of the signed deeds, which is the act that finalizes change of ownership for both properties, is scheduled for Jan. 29. Escambia County plans to develop the newly acquired former NOLF Site 8 in the Beulah community. Among the possibilities is a commerce park. The site is close to the large and growing Naval Federal Credit Union campus. (Post)

In Mobile, Ala., Denver-based Frontier Airlines will offer service to and from the Downtown Airport at Brookley Field beginning May 1.

The low-cost carrier will provide non-stop service to Chicago's O'Hare Airport and to Denver. Frontier becomes the first airline to offer service from Brookley. Via Airlines has talked about providing service at Brookley but currently operates out of the Mobile Regional Airport where United, Delta, and American Airlines also operate.

A feasibility study commissioned by the Mobile Airport Authority found that the benefits of moving passenger service from Mobile Regional Airport in west Mobile to the downtown location at Brookley outweighed the drawbacks.

Brookley is not only close to downtown but easily reached by the interstate. The feeling is that the downtown location would make the airport more competitive with airports in Pensacola, Fla., and Biloxi, Miss. (Post)

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $542.2 million contract for ancillary mission equipment (AME) and associated AME initial spares in support of Lot 13 F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in May 2023. 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.

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