Saturday, March 30, 2019

Week in review (3/24 to 3/30)

The Pensacola City Council approved the new lease for ST Engineering and authorized the mayor to borrow up to $20 million to float the cash until the city begins receiving grants approved to fund the $210 million project.

The vote clears the way for ST Engineering's expansion of its aircraft maintenance repair and overhaul hangar, although the city has yet to identify funds for the last $4.8 million needed to fully fund the project.

The loan authorization will allow the mayor to provide cash flow to pay contractors building the three new hangars and administration building. ST Engineering opened a hangar at the airport last year and is in the process of hiring 400 workers. Once the three additional hangars are built, the company will hire another 1,325 workers.

Construction of the first new hangar could begin this year. (Post)

HPM announced the selection of teams for construction of the Airbus A220 assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

BL Harbert International of Birmingham teamed with the design firm FSB and have been selected for Package 3 of the project, design-build services for four additional hangar bays. It's targeted for completion in the third quarter of 2019.

H.O. Weaver and Sons of Mobile has been awarded the Enabling Works Package of preparations to make a building site ready for construction. It covers activities from site preparation, creation of access routes, and the installation of facilities like security fencing, ramps, and signage placement. It's targeted for completion in early 2019.

Birmingham-based Brasfield & Gorrie teamed with Huntsville-based design firm BRPH has been selected for Package 1 of the project, design-build services for the building of the new A220 final assembly line and existing logistic center expansion. It's targeted for completion in mid-2020.

HPM, which has offices in Alabama, Georgia, Texas, and Florida, is responsible for managing all aspects of the design and construction of the new facility, as well as expansion of Airbus’ current facilities to accommodate increased A320 family production on the site. HPM continues to work with its long-time industry partner, Mott McDonald, providing program management services for the A220, as both firms did for the A320 campus. (Post)

-- The first employees of the new Airbus assembly line in Mobile reported for work early in the week, according to the company. The assembly line itself is in the early phases of construction.

When complete, it will be one of two sites in the world where Airbus produces the A220 series, a single-aisle, twin-engine line of jets that's smaller than the A320 jets that Airbus already assembles in Mobile.

The company announced in a Facebook post that a group of employees began new hire orientation training Monday at the AIDT facility in the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. Those workers will eventually travel to Mirabel, Quebec, Canada, to train for three months with workers on the A220 assembly line.

In another development, the Airbus-Bombardier partnership to produce the A220 has been renamed the Airbus Canada Limited Partnership. (Post)

In Alabama, the new downtown Mobile airport at the Mobile Aeroplex on Michigan Avenue is just a few weeks away from opening.

Chris Curry, president of the Mobile Airport Authority, said there will be five ticket counters at the $6 million, 22,000 square-foot terminal, with plans to expand. The first flight, a Frontier flight, is scheduled to fly out May first. (Post)

The other carrier planning to use the terminal, Via Airlines, has put on hold flights from Mobile to Birmingham due to a lack of commitment from business leaders in the communities. Don Bowman, director of planning and business development for the Orlando-based airline, said he’s hopeful the commitments will happen. (Story)

The President has nominated to the Senate Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond as the Commander, United States Space Command (USSPACECOM). If confirmed, Raymond will lead the soon-to-be established USSPACECOM, which will focus on conducting all joint space warfighting operations, and ensuring the combat readiness of global forces.

If confirmed, and upon establishment of USSPACECOM, Raymond will remain dual-hatted as Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

The 20th Space Control Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is a unit of the 21st Space Wing of Peterson AFB. The squadron detects, tracks, identifies, and reports near earth and deep space objects in earth's orbit, and provides space object identification data in support of United States Strategic Command's space control mission. (Post)

The Air Force issued a notice in the Federal Register of March 26 to advise the public of its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed action to permanently bed-down its F-22 Formal Training Unit (FTU).

The unit had been based at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., but was temporarily moved to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., after Hurricane Michael damaged Tyndall. The base is currently being rebuilt.

With this notice, the Air Force is initiating its scoping process and inviting the affected public to attend meetings in locations near Langley Air Force Base, Va., Eglin and Tyndall. The dates, times and locations for the scoping meetings will be announced locally, but not later than May 15.

The EIS will assess the potential environmental consequences of the proposed action to bed-down the F-22 FTU at Langley AFB, and the No Action Alternative, which consists of continuing F-22 FTU operations from a combination of Eglin and Tyndall. There is only one F-22 FTU and it consists of F-22 aircraft of the 43rd Fighter Squadron and its associated T-38 aircraft in the 2d Fighter Training Squadron at Tyndall. (Post)

Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., was awarded a $20 million modification to a previously awarded contract. This modification increases the ceiling and extends the period of performance of the contract to provide additional TH-57 logistics support services and materials for organizational and depot level maintenance in support of the TH-57 fleet. Work will be performed in Milton, Fla., and is expected to be completed in May 2019. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. … Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $9.7 million modification to a previously awarded contract to develop and integrate the Digital Channelized Receiver/Techniques Generator and Tuner Insertion Program into the F-35 Australia, Canada, United Kingdom Reprogramming Laboratory and deliver other development upgrades to the facility. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be completed in March 2020. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. … Support Services LLC, Cape Canaveral, Fla., was awarded a $23 million modification under a previously awarded contract to exercise Option One for base operations support services at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., and outlying areas Saufley Field, Corry Station, and Bronson Field. The work to be performed provides for all management, supervision, labor, equipment, materials, supplies, and tools necessary to perform facilities management, facilities investment, facility maintenance services (non-family housing), utility plant and distribution system operations and maintenance (chiller, electrical, gas, wastewater, steam and water), environmental services, and base support vehicles and equipment. Work will be performed in Pensacola and work for this option period is expected to be completed March 2020. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. … Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nev., was awarded a $317 million contract for the Precision Strike Package program. This contract provides contractor logistics support for the Precision Strike Package in support of the AC-130W and AC-130J. Work will be performed at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.; and Hurlburt Field, Fla., and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2026. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity. … General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., was awarded a $9.2 million contract for the United Kingdom MQ-9 Reaper contractor logistics support effort. This contract provides for ongoing sustainment of the UK MQ-9 fleet. Work will be performed at multiple stateside and international locations, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2019. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. Note: Hurlburt Field, Fla., is getting an MQ-9 squadron in late 2019. … Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Annapolis, Md., was awarded a $10.2 million modification to a previously awarded contract to exercise options for the accomplishment of depot level repair, maintenance, and modifications of the AN/AQS-24 Mine Detecting System to support the Navy for the currently deployed airborne mine countermeasures legacy systems. Northrop Grumman Undersea Systems will provide depot repairs and incorporation of engineering change proposals, including the updates of all integrated logistics support documentation to support the conversions and sustainment. Work will be performed in Annapolis, and is expected to be completed by April 2020. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division, Panama City, Fla. is the contracting activity.

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