DECEMBER 2011

New Qwest hangar opens
CRESTVIEW, Fla. -- A new 20,000 square-foot hangar officially opened at the Bob Sikes
Airport with a ribbon-cutting Friday. Qwest Air Parts of Memphis, Tenn., which dismantles
airplanes for spare parts, has been in Crestview for a year and has been working out of the
$1.7 million hangar for two months now. The company has already dismantled an A310 and
is now working on a DC-10 and MD-88. Air Methods, an air ambulance service, is the
airport's newest tenant and will lease space in the new Qwest hangar. (Source: Crestview
News Bulletin, 12/29/11)

Contract: Bell-Boeing, $33.3M
Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $33,343,681 cost-plus-
fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for non-
recurring efforts and flight test aircraft modifications for the Joint and Allied Threat
Awareness System and Radar Warning Receiver (APR-39D(V)X) integration in support of
the MV-22B Osprey aircraft. Work will be performed in Philadelphia, Pa. (96 percent); Fort
Walton Beach, Fla. (3 percent); and St. Louis, Mo. (1 percent). Work is expected to be
completed in February 2016. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/29/11)

Contract: UT, $1.1B
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded a $1,122,306,649 not-to-exceed undefinitized modification to a previously awarded
advanced acquisition contract related to the F-35. It provides for the Lot V Low Rate Initial
Production of 21 F135 conventional take off and landing propulsion systems for the Air
Force; 3 short take-off and vertical landing systems for the Marine Corps; and 6 carrier
variant systems for the Navy. Work will be done in Connecticut, the United Kingdom and
Indiana and completed in February 2014. The contract combines purchases for the Air
Force (46.3 percent); Marine Corps (34.5 percent); Navy (14.9 percent); and the
Cooperative Partner Participants (4.3 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/28/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Contract: Northrop, $47.2M
Northrop Grumman Defense Mission Systems Inc., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a
$47,176,105 firm fixed price contract for the purchase and integration of two battlefield
airborne communications node payloads on two Global Hawk Block 20 aircraft. Global Hawks
AF-11 and AF-13 will be provided to Northrop Grumman to integrate the BACN payload in
Palmdale, Calif. Work is expected to be completed Aug. 22, 2012, for AF-11 and Dec. 15,
2012, for AF-13. The contracting activity is the Air Force Material Command, Electronic
Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. (Source: DoD, 12/28/11) Gulf Coast note:
Global Hawk are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $485M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $485,000,000 not-to-exceed cost-plus-fixed-fee undefinitized modification to a
previously awarded advance acquisition contract. A total of $131,500,000 is being obligated
at time of award. This modification provides the F-35 Low Rate Initial Production Lot V
production non-recurring requirements inclusive of special tooling/special test equipment
and subcontractor technical assistance for the Air Force, Navy, and the Cooperative Partner
participants. Work will be performed in Texas, California, United Kingdom, Italy, New
Hampshire and Maryland. Work is expected to be completed in December 2013. This
contract combines purchases for the Air Force (38.5 percent), the Navy (38.5 percent) and
the Cooperative Partner participants (23 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/27/11)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $253M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $253,000,000 modification to definitize the previously awarded F-35 Lightning II
Joint Strike Fighter Low Rate Initial Production IV sustainment undefinitized contract action.
This contract has both cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract line items.
This modification provides for recurring and non-recurring sustainment for the Navy, Air
Force, and Cooperative Program participants. Work will be performed in Texas, California,
United Kingdom, Florida, New Hampshire and Maryland. Work is expected to be completed
in May 2014. Contract funds in the amount of $169,686,815 will expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the Navy (55.5 percent), Air Force
(35.2 percent) and Cooperative Program participants (9.3 percent). The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/27/11)

F-35 sim a cut above
The $20 million simulators for pilots who will learn to fly the Lockheed Martin F-35 at Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., are so advanced they can be used to replicated aerial refueling with a
KC-10 and KC-135, officials said. Air Force Times reports that 10 of the full mission
simulators, built by Lockheed Martin, have been ordered so far. The refueling capability is
just one of the advances. (Source: Air Force Times, 12/27/11) Eglin is where pilots from all
branches of the U.S. military as well as allied pilots will be trained on all three variants of the
fighter.

Airport still seeking carrier
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – It’s still unclear if a commercial carrier will come in to serve
Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport once Delta Airlines ends service. In July the airline said
it was discontinuing service to 24 smaller markets, including Hattiesburg. Under federal
guidelines the airliner was required to provide service for at least 90 days, but it’s remained
in place while a replacement is found, and there’s no word how much longer that will be. The
Department of Transportation currently is accepting bids for air service. (Source:
Hattiesburg American, 12/26/11)

Orion drop test successful
NASA conducted a drop test of the Orion crew vehicle's parachutes over the Arizona desert
last week in preparation for its orbital flight test in 2014. Orion will carry astronauts deep into
space, and will include an emergency abort capability. A C-130 plane dropped the Orion test
article from an altitude of 25,000 feet above the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Grounds. Orion's
drogue chutes were deployed between 15,000 and 20,000 feet, followed by the pilot
parachutes, which then deployed two main landing parachutes. (Source: NASA, 12/21/11)
Gulf Coast note: Lockheed Martin builds Orion at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

Airport wants world class cuisine
NEW ORLEANS -- The airport is in a city known for its restaurants and cuisine, but you
wouldn't know that from what's available in the concourses at Louis Armstrong International
Airport. Officials hope to change that and provide passengers with world class concessions
by the time the city hosts the Super Bowl in February 2013. The aviation board and the
master food and beverage concessionaire are discussing it all. An in-depth story by the
Times-Picayune. (Source: Times-Picayune, 12/24/11)

Contract: EADS, $212.7M
EADS North America, Inc., Arlington, Va., was awarded a $212,703,701 firm-fixed-price
contract. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure 39
production aircraft in support of the Army's Light Utility Helicopter Program. Work will be
done in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2013. One bid was
solicited, with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal,
Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/23/11)

Maintainers qualifying on F-35
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The first group of military maintainers at the 33rd Fighter
Wing recently qualified in numerous F-35A flight inspections by a uniformed certifier, a task
only civilian certifiers initially were contracted to support. "This first-ever Air Force to Air
Force on-the-job training event is an important milestone,” said Lt. Col. Michael Miles,
commander, 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. With hundreds of verifications on joint
technical data on how to maintain the aircraft left to be accomplished for each of the three F-
35 variants in 2012 and beyond, the military maintainers are not ready to take over, but are
moving forward. (Source: Team Eglin, 12/22/11)

Airliner has growing pains
For Vision Airlines, there were some ups and downs during the year for the newest
commercial carrier at Northwest Florida Regional Airport. The company started with a single
direct route from Niagara Falls, N.Y., to Miami. But everything changed in January 2011
when it announced it would add direct flights to nearly 20 more cities. Since then, some
routes were dropped, others added. A year-in-review story. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 12/22/11)

Contract: GeoEnvironmental, $7.5M
GeoEnvironmental Resources, Virginia Beach, Va., is being awarded a maximum amount
$7,500,000 architect-engineering contract for geotechnical engineering services to support
the construction and maintenance of facilities required primarily for Virginia, North Carolina,
and West Virginia, and various activities within the NAVFAC Atlantic area of responsibility.
Work to be performed provides for subsurface investigations with subsequent
geotechnical/foundation analysis. Task order 0001 is being awarded at $67,077 for A-E
services to support the fiscal 2011 Airfield Pavement Condition Assessment Program at
Whiting Field North, Fla.; Whiting Field South, Fla.; Naval Outlying Field (NOLF) Evergreen,
Ala.; NOLF Brewton, Ala.; and NOLF Choctaw, Fla. Work for this task order is expected to
be completed by March 2012. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic, Norfolk,
Va., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/22/11)

A year of J-2X testing
NASA has provided a year-end wrap-up of the work that's been done on the J-2X engine,
which will power the heavy-lift Space Launch System's second stage. It's the first human-
rated rocket engine to be developed in 40 years, and NASA and Pratt & Whitney
Rocketdyne are setting new records in rocket engine development with the first J-2X engine
unit, E10001. During the year it went through its first 10 tests probing engine performance
and accumulated a total hot-fire test run time of 1,040 seconds at NASA's Stennis Space
Center, Miss. "E10001 got to 100 percent power in just four tests and achieved a full flight-
duration test of 500 seconds in its eighth test, quicker than any other U.S. engine program
in history," said Tom Byrd, J-2X engine lead in the SLS Liquid Engines Office. The J-2X
engine test program will need only five percent the number of tests required to develop the
original J-2 engine. (Source: NASA, 12/21/11)

Another test done of AEHF
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. - Raytheon Co. has successfully tested with the Advanced
Extremely High Frequency satellite that will provide secure communications for the military.
Raytheon's U.S. Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT) is the second operationally fielded terminal
to interoperate with an on-orbit AEHF satellite after the recent success of the company's U.
S. Army Secure Mobile Anti-jam Reliable Tactical Terminal (SMART-T). The first AEHF
satellite, launched in August 2010, recently began a set of operational tests. The AEHF,
designed to replace the Milstar system, is a joint service satellite communications system for
high-priority military ground, sea and air assets. (Source: Raytheon, 12/20/11) Gulf Coast
note: The Lockheed Martin AEHF satellite's core propulsion module is built at Stennis Space
Center, Miss.

VT Aerospace, PW partner
SINGAPORE - Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) announced that
Vision Technologies Aerospace Inc. (VT Aerospace) entered into an agreement with Pratt &
Whitney to invest in a 50.1 percent stake in EcoServices LLC. Pratt & Whitney will retain the
remaining 49.9 percent stake. EcoServices will provide EcoPower Engine Wash services to
customers around the world, and will become a subsidiary of VT Aerospace. VT Aerospace
owns three aerospace operating companies in Mobile, Ala., and San Antonio, Texas,
specializing in aircraft engineering design, maintenance and modification. (Source:
PRNewswire, 12/21/11, ST Engineering, 12/22/11)

Contract: Equilon, $99M
Equilon Enterprises, doing business as Shell Oil Products -- Mobile, Houston, Texas, was
awarded a fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract with a maximum $99,807,351
for JP8 aviation turbine fuel. The other location of performance is Mobile, Ala. Using service
is Defense Logistics Agency Energy. Type of appropriation is FY12 Defense Working
Capital Funds. The date of performance completion is April 30, 2012. The Defense Logistics
Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/20/11)

Contract: Placid, $41.6M
Placid Refining Co. LLC, Baton Rouge, La., was awarded a fixed-price with economic price
adjustment contract with a maximum $41,583,070 for JP8 and JP5 aviation turbine fuel.
There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Defense Logistics Agency
Energy. Type of appropriation is FY12 Defense Working Capital Funds. The date of
performance completion is April 30, 2012. The Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort
Belvoir, Va. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/20/11)

Contract: Cubic, $14.9M
Cubic Defense Applications Inc., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $14,972,799 firm-
fixed-price for about 70 airborne subsystems, parallel umbilical, ground subsystems:
transport ground subsystem with live monitor, control display units, portable ground
subsystem, remote range unit, maintenance boot flash module, engineering and technical
management support and program management. The location of the performance is San
Diego, Calif. and Fort Walton Beach, Fla. and is expected to be completed May 6, 2013.
AAC/EBYK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/20/11)

Japan opts for F-35
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Japan Ministry of Defense announced its selection of the
Lockheed Martin F-35 as the Japan Air Self Defense Force's next generation fighter aircraft.
The initial contract will be for four F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variants. The F-35
program is comprised of nine partner nations: the United States, United Kingdom, Italy,
Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark and Norway. The U.K. and Netherlands
have ordered test aircraft, and Italy and Australia have committed long-lead funding for their
initial operational aircraft. In October 2010, Israel selected the F-35A as the Israel Air
Force's next generation fighter. (Source: PRNewswire, 12/19/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Contract: Boeing, $10.9M
The Boeing Co., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is being awarded a $10,878,123 firm-fixed-price
contract for five major subassemblies required to build-up six AC-130U 25mm ammunition
storage handling systems assemblies. These subassemblies are conveyor assembly;
loader/downloader; magazine transfer unit; magazine drive gearbox; and the gun drive
gearbox. The location of the activity is Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and is expected to be
completed Jan. 31, 2014. AFGLSC, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 12/19/11)

AJ26 No. 8 tested at SSC
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- There was another successful test firing of Aerojet's
AJ26 engine No. 8 Thursday in support of Orbital Science Corp.'s program to launch a
cargo mission to the International Space Station. The next test of an AJ26, this one engine
No. 9, is slated for January. Once the data is reviewed and the engine is inspected, it will be
shipped to the launch site at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia for installation on
Orbital's Antares rocket, the new name for the medium-class launch vehicle previously
called Taurus II. The Aerojet engines will power the first stage of the Antares. Orbital is part
of NASA's ongoing Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Contract. (Source: NASA,
12/15/11)

AIRINC to reopen in Fairhope
FAIRHOPE, Ala. -- Aero-mark MRO will be opening a 26,000 square-foot facility to assemble
and repair military aircraft system parts, according to the Baldwin County Economic
Development Alliance. Plans are to open in January at the Fairhope airport with 25 workers,
growing to 60 in three years. The company is awaiting FAA approval for a license. The
company is owned by AIRINC, a repair station at the airport that was sold to Fokker Aircraft.
Fokker closed the plant last October and moved operations to Georgia. (Source: Mobile
Press-Register, 12/16/11)

Panel: BRAC in 2015 or 2017?
Amid uncertainty over how deep the Pentagon's budget cuts will be over the coming decade,
a panel of speakers in the inaugural Defense Communities 360 Live Webcast Thursday
warned defense communities that the consequences will be widespread at installations
across the nation. They expect another base closure round between elections, perhaps in
2015 or 2017. (Source: Defense Communities 360, 12/16/11) Gulf Coast note: This region
is home to multiple bases, many of which are involved in aerospace activities.

Mobile ranked 34 in Milken list
Mobile, Ala., is ranked 34, Pensacola, Fla., 73, and New Orleans 101 in the 2011 Milken
Institute Best-Performing Cities Index of 200 large metro areas. All three moved up in the
index, designed to show performance of 379 large and small metro areas in creating and
sustaining jobs and economic growth, including technology growth. Mobile last year was 59,
Pensacola 116 and New Orleans 123. In the list of 179 small metro areas, Pascagoula,
Miss., is ranked 40, Panama City, Fla., is 73, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is 75, and Gulfport-
Biloxi, Miss., 79. Gulfport's ranking is an improvement over last year's 101 ranking.
Pascagoula, Panama City and Fort Walton Beach dropped from 26, 49 and 73, respectively.
(Source: Tcp, 12/15/11) Milken data link

Goodrich EPP wins Florida award
Goodrich Corp.'s Engineered Polymer Products (EPP) site in Jacksonville, Fla., has been
recognized as a 2011 Manufacturer of the Year by the Manufacturers Association of Florida.
The advocacy group selected EPP, part of Goodrich's Aerostructures business, because of
the quality and customer focus of its workforce, as well as its commitment at all levels to
continuous improvement. The award is in the 61- to 125-employee category. (Source:
Goodrich, 12/14/11) Gulf Coast note: Goodrich Alabama Service Center is located in Foley,
Ala., and is part of Goodrich Aerostructures.

SSC wraps up 2011 tests of J-2X
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA conducted its final J-2X rocket engine test of the
year Wednesday, the 10th firing in a series on the upper-stage engine for the Space
Launch System. The engine was test fired on the A-2 stand at 100 percent power for engine
performance calibration and the effects of fuel inlet pressure variations. The engine, No.
10001, will be moved from the stand to allow for addition of a nozzle extension and
associated test facility modifications needed for additional engine tests in 2012. J-2X
engines 10002 through 10004 are being manufactured for hot fire testing at Stennis
planned through 2014. In addition, tests of the J-2X powerpack are scheduled for 2012. On
Thursday SSC is scheduled to test the Aerojet AJ26 engine. (Source: NASA, 12/14/11)

Eglin protection measure in bill
An amendment designed to protect the research, development, test and evaluation activities
at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is included in a defense spending bill coming before Congress.
The amendment drafted by Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., was pushed through a conference
committee by Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla. It requires the Air Force to present Congress a report
on its proposal to reorganize its Materiel Command within 180 days of the bill’s passage.
The consolidations announced in November would put Eglin's 46th Test Wing under the
command of a two-star at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. A thriving aerospace industry has
grown up around Eglin due to the base's RDT&E functions, and the fear is any attempt to
move that function to Edwards. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 12/13/11)

South Miss hotspot for defense jobs
A new report ranks South Mississippi as one of the top five less-known regions in the
country for defense jobs. The report released Tuesday by ClearanceJobs.com said defense
spending, notably in shipbuilding and aerospace, helped rebuilding efforts after Hurricane
Katrina. The report said South Mississippi has jobs for rocket scientists, oceanographers,
cyber-security personnel, geospatial analysts, technical trainers and test engineers. South
Mississippi is home to NASA's Stennis Space Center, and the Navy is a big tenant. It's also
home to the Navy Seabees, Keesler Air Force Base and major shipbuilding activities.
Detroit, Omaha, Neb., Seattle, and Mohawk Valley in upstate New York also were named in
the top five. (Source: Sun Herald, PRNewswire, 12/13/11)

Engines to be tested this week
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Two rocket engine tests are scheduled this week at
Stennis Space Center. On Wednesday NASA will conduct another in a series of tests on the
J-2X rocket engine being developed by Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne for NASA’s Space
Launch System. The test is at the A-2 stand. NASA did a combustion stability test of the J-2X
Dec. 1. On Thursday there will be a test of the Aeroject AJ26 rocket engine that will power
Orbital Sciences Corp.’s commercial cargo flights to the International Space Station.
(Source: NASA, 12/13/11)

20th Space Control Squadron
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The operators of the 20th Space Control Squadron have a
big task: using the world's most powerful radar for around-the-clock space surveillance. The
squadron's AN/FPS-85 radar helps the Air Force keep track of more than 22,000 orbiting
satellites, from baseball-size objects in near-Earth orbit to basketball-size objects in deep
space. A feature story on the organization by the public affairs office. (Source: 20th Special
Control Squadron, 12/12/11)

46th Test Wing gets award
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – For the 13th year, the 46th Test Wing was recently
awarded an Air Force Outstanding Unit award for 2010. The award recognizes the top 10
percent of numbered Air Force units. The 46th Test Wing performed more than 5,600 air
and ground test missions and logged more than 6,200 flying hours while testing 37 highly
modified test aircraft worth $4.5 billion. Some of the weapon systems tested for both U.S.
and allied forces included the Small Diameter Bomb I & II, Terminal High Altitude Area
Defense, Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, Hard Target Void Sensing Fuze, Advanced
Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile, and the Trident Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile. (Source:
46th Test Wing, 12/12/11)

Avalex grand opening next month
GULF BREEZE, Fla. -- The new $10 million, 53,000-square-foot headquarters of Avalex
Technologies will hold a grand opening Jan. 7, 2012. The company, which makes flat panel
displays, digital mapping systems, video recorders and infrared sensor pointing systems for
military and law enforcement airborne surveillance, has 65 employees. CEO Tad Ihns said
the company is still hiring, looking for two software engineers and a military business
developer. Workers moved into the new building, a former Ford dealership, in November
from nearby Pensacola. Avalex has 7,000 square-feet of space left that’s available for lease,
and the property is also zoned for a five-story building on the western edge of the property.
(Source: Pensacola News Journal, 12/10/11)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $4B
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $4,011,919,310 fixed-price-incentive (firm target) (FPIF) modification to a
previously awarded advance acquisition contract. This modification provides for the
manufacture and delivery of 30 Low Rate Initial Production Lot V F-35 Joint Strike Fighters
for the Air Force (21 Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) aircraft); the Navy (6
Carrier Variant (CV) aircraft) and Marine Corps (3 Short Take Off and Vertical Landing
(STOVL) aircraft). In addition, this modification provides for associated ancillary mission
equipment and flight test instrumentation for those aircraft, and flight test instrumentation for
the United Kingdom. Work is expected to be completed in January 2014. This contract
combines purchases for the Air Force ($2,644,270,340; 65.9 percent); Navy ($937,374,286;
23.34 percent); Marine Corps ($426,190,013; 10.6 percent); and the United Kingdom
($4,084,671; 0.1 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/09/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
the F-35 training center.

NLRB drops complaint over plant
The National Labor Relations Board has dropped its legal challenge against Boeing over a
nonunion 787 plant the company opened in South Carolina. The decision announced Friday
comes after the Machinists union approved a four-year contract extension with Boeing. As
part of that deal, the union agreed to withdraw its charge that the company violated federal
labor laws. (Source: multiple, including FoxNews, New York Times, Bloomberg, 12/09/11)
Gulf Coast note: Boeing has operations in the Gulf Coast region.

Eglin gets Marine F-35 next week
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The first Marine F-35 is expected to arrive at the Joint
Strike Fighter Integrated Training Center in Northwest Florida next week. The F-35C will be
flown from the Lockheed Martin manufacturing center in Fort Worth, Texas, by the military's
first F-35 pilots, according to the base. There are three variants of the F-35, one a
conventional takeoff and landing variant, one designed for carrier landings and one a
vertical takeoff and landing version. The arrival of the F-35 at Eglin will bring to seven the
number of F-35s at the base. Eventually, the base will have 59 Joint Strike Fighters.
(Source: Tcp, 12/09/11)

SSC to test Blue Origin engines
Another commercial engine will be tested at NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss., next
spring, according to NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver. She made the announcement
while visiting Blue Origin in Kent, Wash., Thursday. The company is one of NASA's
commercial partners developing systems to reach low Earth orbit as part of the Commercial
Crew Development Program. Garver said Blue Origin has delivered its BE-3 engine thrust
chamber assembly, the engine's combustion chamber and nozzle, to SSC, where testing will
begin in April 2012 on the E-1 Test Stand. The company is developing a reusable launch
vehicle, designed to take off and land vertically, and an escape system for its crewed
spacecraft. "We're delighted Blue Origin is taking advantage of Stennis, a center with a long
record of propulsion testing from the dawn of the Space Age, to test the rocket engines of
the future," Garver said. (Source: NASA, 12/08/11)

Base marks 20th as “Tree City”
MILTON, Fla. -- Naval Air Station Whiting Field marked its 20th consecutive year as a
National Arbor Day Foundation "Tree City, USA." The base celebrated the platinum
anniversary of its green leadership by planting a sapling river birch on the grounds of the air
station's fire department Tuesday. The National Arbor Day Foundation sets four standards
that a town or installation must meet in order to achieve the designation. Whiting is the
longest-serving military "Tree City USA." (Source: NNS, 12/08/11) The base in Northwest
Florida trains naval helicopter and fixed-wing aviators.

Workers OK contract extension
Unionized Boeing machinists approved a four-year contract extension that likely ends a
federal complaint over the opening of a non-union assembly plant in South Carolina. Union
officials say that 74 percent of voting members chose to approve the deal. The union
represents 28,000 workers in Washington, Oregon and Kansas. Boeing promised that if
workers approved the pact, the company would build the new version of the 737 in the
Puget Sound region. (Source: AP via Fox News, News Tribune, Business Wire, Seattle
Times, 12/07/11) Gulf Coast note: Boeing has several operations in the Gulf Coast.

SLS booster to be discussed
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- NASA will host an industry day at the Marshall Space Flight Center to
share information on an upcoming NASA Research Announcement for the Space Launch
System's advanced booster. Marshall is leading the design and development of the SLS.
The 130-metric ton vehicle will require an advanced booster with a significant increase in
thrust over existing U.S. liquid or solid boosters. Its first full-scale test flight is set for 2017.
The industry day is Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. CST in the Morris Auditorium in Marshall's building
4200. (Source: NASA, 12/07/11) Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud
Assembly Facility, New Orleans, are involved in the SLS project.

Contract: Raytheon, $34.6M
Raytheon Co., Andover, Mass., was awarded a $34,627,623 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to
provide for the development and management services for the systems under the Product
Management Office for Integrated Tactical Systems. Work will be performed in Andover,
Mass., Huntsville, Ala., and Pensacola, Fla., with an estimated completion date of May 31,
2012. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 12/07/11)

Upgraded J-2X powerpack ready to test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – An upgraded J-2X powerpack has been installed on the
A-1 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center and will be tested next month, NASA said. The
powerpack that was installed Monday consists of a gas generator and turbopumps. The
powerpack pumps liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen into the J-2X’s main combustion
chamber to produce the needed thrust. The Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne J-2X is designed
to provide 294,000 pounds of thrust, up from the 230,000-pound capability of the original J-
2 used in the Apollo program. It took two years to modify the A-1 stand for the test series.
(Source: NASA, 12/06/11)

Manned, unmanned share intel
SAN DIEGO -- A Fire Scout unmanned helicopter successfully sent sensor data to the
cockpit display of a MH-60 helicopter during a Navy and Northrop Grumman demonstration
in October. The demonstration near Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., paves the way for
improving the speed at which field commanders can make decisions during military
operations. Until now, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data gathered by Fire
Scout has been sent to its host ship for further dissemination. During the demonstration,
crew members aboard a nearby Coast Guard boat also viewed Fire Scout's sensor data in
real time using a remote terminal. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 12/06/11) Previous: New
squadron to use MH-60 and Fire Scout. Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in
Moss Point, Miss.

Third area flight academy launched
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Escambia High School has become the third school in Escambia and
Santa Rosa counties to create a flight academy. The National Flight Academy at Naval Air
Station Pensacola partnered with the district to create an Aviation Classroom Experience, a
game-based learning environment that aims to teach students skills in science, technology,
engineering and math. The classroom is equipped with 31 computers with flight simulator
software, along with three full-sized flight simulators. The other area schools with flight
academies are Warrington Middle School in Escambia County and Milton High School in
Santa Rosa County. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 12/05/11)

Millions in work on the table
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center is ready to put $200 million of
work for the heavy launch Space Launch System on the table. NASA announced its
intentions Dec. 1 and modified the announcement Dec. 2 on the government contracting
website fbo.gov. The agency said it will issue a "Draft Research Announcement" around
Dec. 12. NASA is seeking research proposals to meet the "goal of reducing risk in the areas
of affordability, performance, and reliability" in the new rocket's booster, scheduled to make
its first flight in 2017. (Source: Huntsville Times, 12/05/11) Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space
Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, are both involved in the SLS
project.

Big biofuel purchase made
WASHINGTON -- The Defense Logistics Agency is buying 450,000 gallons of drop-in
biofuel, accelerating demonstration of a homegrown fuel source that can reduce
dependence on foreign oil. The biofuel is made from a blend of non-food waste from the
Louisiana-based Dynamic Fuels LLC and algae produced by Solazyme. The fuel will be
used in the Navy's demonstration of a Green Strike Group in the summer of 2012 during the
Rim of the Pacific Exercise. The biofuel will be mixed with aviation gas or marine diesel fuel
for use in the demonstration. In preparation for the demonstration, the Navy recently
completed testing of all aircraft, including F/A-18 and all six Blue Angels and the V-22
Osprey, and has successfully tested the RCB-X (riverine command boat), training patrol
craft, self defense test ship, and conducted full-scale gas turbine engine testing. (Source:
NNS, 12/05/11) Gulf Coast note: Dynamic Fuels, a joint venture of Tyson Foods Inc., and
Syntroleum Corp., is building a synthetic fuels plant in Geismar, La., between Baton Rouge
and New Orleans, to turn animal byproducts such as beef tallow and pork and chicken fat
into renewable diesel; the Blue Angels are based at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.;
riverine craft are used by special warfare units at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Orion water landing test set
A test version of the Orion crew capsule will take its final splash of the year Dec. 13 at the
Hydro Impact Basin of NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Testing began this
summer to certify the Orion spacecraft for water landings. Since July, engineers have
conducted six tests from different angles, heights and pitches to simulate varying sea
conditions and impacts Orion could face upon landing in the Pacific Ocean. The Hydro
Impact Basin is 115 feet long, 90 feet wide and 20 feet deep. (Source: NASA, 12/05/11) Gulf
Coast note: Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans assembles the Orion crew capsule.

Crestview firm to provide fuel
CRESTVIEW, Fla. – Emerald Coast Aviation was selected to provide aviation fuel at
Northwest Florida Regional Airport. The company, which started as a fixed-base operator at
DeFunak Springs Airport in Walton County, beat four other bidders for the contract. Emerald
Coast now has operations at all three Okaloosa County airports. The company also will
supply gas for the rental car fleet. (Source: Crestview Bulletin, 12/01/11)

F-35 alt engine work ends
General Electric and Rolls Royce stopped financing their F136 turbofan designed for the F-
35. The two companies had been privately funding the developmental effort after the
Defense Department formally terminated the project in April. The decision marks the end of
a 15-year effort to develop an alternative to the Pratt and Whitney F135 engine that powers
the Joint Strike Fighter. (Source: Defense News, 12/02/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is the F-35 training center; Rolls-Royce and GE have operations in the Gulf
Coast region.

Measure protects Eglin research
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said he succeeded in passing a measure he believes can prevent Eglin’
s Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation function from being snatched away by
another base during any pending Pentagon cuts. There is no companion measure in the
House version. A conference committee is to be selected to combine the House and Senate
versions of the bill. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 12/02/11)

Contract: Boeing, $125.9M
Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $125,917,979 firm-fixed-price contract for a
quantity of 4,977 Lot 16 Guided Vehicle kits procured for Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM)
purposes. The JDAM weapon system provides the Air Force and Navy with an improved
aerial delivery capability for existing 500-, 1,000-, and 2,000-pound bombs. The JDAM is a
strap-on kit with Inertial Navigation System/Global Positioning System capability. This
procurement action is an option exercised as a separate contract. Work will be performed at
St. Charles, Mo., and is expected to be completed May 31, 2014. ACC/EBDK, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/02/11)

Contract: GCC and CCI, $10M
GCC/Thomco 1, LLC JV, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and CCI Group, LLC, Shalimar, Fla., are
being awarded a $10,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to contract for
Simplified Acquisition of Base Engineering Requirements maintenance, repair, and minor
construction efforts. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. AAC/PKO, Eglin Air
Force Base is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/02/11)

JSF testing reveals “hot spots”
Testing of the F-35 has shown more "hot spots" in the airframe than expected, the program
chief said. Vice Adm. David Venlet recommends slowing production of the fighter until the
issues are resolved. The fatigue hot spots are not a threat to safety or the mission, but need
to be fixed to make sure the plane's structural parts last the 8,000 hours of service life
required, he said. (Source: AOL Defense, 12/01/11). Meanwhile, a senior Defense
Department official said the Marine Corps could start training new students to fly the F-35B
short take-off vertical landing version of the F-35 in August 2012. (Source: Defense News,
11/30/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the center that will train F-35 pilots.

J-2X combustion stability tested
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA conducted a stability test firing of the J-2X rocket
engine Thursday on the A-2 test stand at Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi. The
upper-stage engine is being developed to carry humans farther into space than ever before.
The 80-second test firing focused on characterizing the new engine's combustion stability.
During the test, a controlled explosion was initiated inside the engine's combustion chamber
to introduce an energetic pulse of vibrations not expected during nominal operations. Data
from this and future combustion stability tests will help engineers understand more about the
engine's performance and robustness during operation. The engine is being developed by
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and will provide upper-stage power for NASA's new Space
Launch System. The SLS will carry the Orion spacecraft, its crew, cargo, equipment and
science experiments to space. (Source: NASA, 12/01/11)

SSC security contract awarded
NASA has selected ISS Action Inc. of Jamaica, N.Y., to provide protective services at the
agency's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss. The firm, fixed price contract
consists of a base period of eight months and four one-year option periods; with a total
value of $25.9 million. ISS Action Inc. will provide security services at Stennis, including
physical security operations, personnel security, access control, badging, 911 dispatch
center, access monitoring, traffic control and locksmith services. (Source: PRNewswire,
12/01/11)

Video game features MOAB
A bomb developed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is a featured weapon in a video game. A
digital version of the Massive Ordinance Air Blast, or MOAB, is a featured weapon in the
game “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3,” published by Activision for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
and Microsoft Windows. When the 30-foot, 21,600-pound MOAB was developed in 2003, it
was the largest non-nuclear weapon in the Air Force’s inventory. It was detonated at Eglin
twice. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 11/30/11)


NOVEMBER 2011

Solar powers Whiting field
MILTON, Fla. - Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Northwest Florida marked a step on its path
to energy independence Nov. 29 with a ribbon-cutting for the air station's first large-scale
photovoltaic power system. At the time of the ceremony, the power system was generating
sufficient energy to reduce the host structure's energy consumption to "net zero." The solar
array is designed to provide primary power to building 2981, which houses Training Air Wing
5's fixed-wing Training Squadron 2 and Training Squadron 6. A duplicate of the solar array
has been installed to service a similar facility containing two of the air station's three south
field-based helicopter training squadrons. The solar generators are the culmination of a
Navy-wide initiative to expand the energy independence of its stateside installations.
(Source: Naval Air Station Whiting Field, 11/30/11)

Boeing, union reach agreement
Boeing and its biggest union reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract
extension that would ensure the 737MAX is built in Renton, Wash., and would likely lead to a
settlement of the National Labor Relations Board case against the company over a 787
production line in South Carolina. The deal could also bring Air Force tanker work to Puget
Sound if Boeing decides to shut down a Wichita, Kan., plant. The 28,000 members of the
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers are due to vote on the deal
next week. (Sources: Seattle Times, Reuters, 11/30/11) Gulf Coast note: Boeing has
operations in the Gulf Coast region.

NASA picks SBIR proposals
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA selected 300 small business proposals to enter
into negotiations for possible contract awards through the agency's Small Business
Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
Eight of the proposals involve technologies being developed for the Office of the Chief
Technologist at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, including one involving Innovative
Imaging and Research at SSC and the University of Southern Mississippi. The programs
encourage small businesses and research institutions to engage in federal research,
development and commercialization to address NASA needs. Program results have
benefited many NASA efforts, including modern air traffic control systems, Earth-observing
spacecraft, the International Space Station and the Mars rovers. (Source: NASA Stennis
Space Center, 11/30/11, NASA release, 11/29/11)

12-pound UAV bomb flies
TUCSON, Ariz. - Raytheon has completed captive carry tests of its Small Tactical Munition
Phase II configuration, paving the way for flight tests of the bombs for Shadow-class
unmanned systems. The 12-pound, 22-inch, precision-guided, gravity-dropped bomb is
designed to engage moving and static targets, and can be used by manned and unmanned
aircraft. It has foldable fins and wings, enabling deployment from common launch tubes.
(Source: Raytheon, 11/30/11) Gulf Coast note: Portions of the Global Hawk and Fire Scout
are built in Moss Point, Miss.; the Navy is developing an armed version of the Fire Scout;
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., develops aerial weapons; the Coast Guard in Mobile, Ala., has a
UAV training program.

AICUZ study to be released
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. - Keesler Air Force Base's updated Air Installation
Compatible Use Zone (AICUZ) study will be released at a public meeting next month. Keesler
officials point out that as surrounding cities grow, it’s important that government, businesses
and Keesler work together to implement mutually-beneficial planning for the future. The
study addresses aircraft noise and accident potential zones created by current flying
operations at Keesler, and contains information on building height restrictions and other
data. A question-and-answer period follows the 6:30 p.m. presentation Dec. 12 at the Biloxi
Visitors Center. (Source: 81st Training Wing Public Affairs, 11/30/11)

Another J-2X test slated
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – NASA at Stennis Space Center is scheduled to conduct
another test on the J-2X, the upper-stage rocket engine being developed by Pratt and
Whitney Rocketdyne. Earlier this month NASA conducted a successful 500-second test of
the J-2X, which will be used to carry humans, cargo and equipment beyond low-Earth orbit
on the agency's new heavy lift Space Launch System. The J-2X uses liquid hydrogen and
liquid oxygen propellants. (Source: NASA, 11/30/11)

Decoy jammer to begin production
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Air Force has authorized Raytheon to begin low rate initial production
of the Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer variant. MALD is a modular, air-launched,
programmable system that weighs less than 300 pounds and has a range of about 575
miles. It protects aircrews and their aircraft by duplicating the combat flight profiles and
signatures of U.S. and allied aircraft, and the new model adds radar-jamming capability that
allows it to perform stand-in jamming missions instead of using manned aircraft. Raytheon
will begin delivering MALD-J in 2012. (Source: Raytheon via PRNewswire, 11/29/11) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., has been the contracting activity for development of
the system.

Hurlburt general to lead probe
Brig. Gen. Stephen A. Clark of the Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field,
Fla., has been appointed to head an investigation into the Nov. 26 deaths of Pakistani
soldiers during an engagement near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan. Marine Corps Gen.
James N. Mattis, commander of U.S. Central Command, directed Clark to provide an initial
report on the incident by Dec. 23. NATO, the Afghan and Pakistan governments are also
invited to name representatives to the team. (Source: American Forces Press Service,
United States Central Command, 11/28/11, Northwest Florida Daily News, 11/29/11)

Contract: Raytheon, $19.6M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $19,639,651 firm-fixed-
price contract to provide High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile Targeting System (HTS)
contractor logistics support depot support for the HTS pod. AAC/EBAS, Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/29/11)

Jacobs gets AAC contract
PASADENA, Calif. - Jacobs Engineering Group received a follow-on contract to provide
advisory and assistance services for the Air Armament Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
The Technical and Engineering Acquisition Support (TEAS) 6 contract contains a ceiling of
$662 million, and has a total ordering period of three years, beginning Dec. 11. With a staff
of nearly 600 personnel, Jacobs provides technical expertise to help AAC develop, acquire,
test, deploy and sustain air delivered munitions. Work includes systems engineering and
integration support of virtually all Air Force air-launched weapon systems; test and training
range systems; and numerous air combat support systems. (Source: Jacobs via
PRNewswire, 11/29/11) Note: The Air Armament Center is being eliminated in a
restructuring, but the base will continue to have a directorate and remain the Air Force’s
center for aerial weapons development.

U.K. tests Tomahawk at Eglin
A British submarine, HMS Astute, earlier this month test fired Tomahawk cruise missiles from
a location in the Gulf of Mexico to a target at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The test on Nov. 9
and 10 was designed to show the new class of sub capable of using the Tomahawk cruise
missile. The first launch tested a Block III Tomahawk, followed by a torpedo tube-launched
Block IV Tomahawk. The Astute class of sub is built by BAE Systems. The sub will continue
trials in the US until the early spring before returning to the UK for more training before her
first operational deployment. (Sources: Wired, 11/17/11, BayNet, 11/28/11)

Permit issued for airport project
A building permit has been issued for a $6.1 million terminal and hangar at Stennis
International Airport in Hancock County, Miss. GM&R Construction Co. of Bay St. Louis was
the successful bidder. Jack Zink, executive director of the Hancock County Development
Commission, expects work to start any day on the 10,000-square foot, two-story terminal
and 24,000-square foot hangar to replace the hangar destroyed during Hurricane Katrina.
The airport supports business and executive jets and military flight training, and is used by
Roll-Royce to support engine testing at Stennis Space Center. (Source: Sun Herald,
11/28/11)

Airline files bankruptcy
AMR, parent of American Airlines, the nation’s third largest airline, filed for chapter 11
bankruptcy Tuesday. The company said that American, American Eagle and all other
subsidiaries will operate normal flight schedules during the bankruptcy filing process.
(Source: Multiple, 11/29/11) Gulf Coast note: American serves Mobile (Ala.) Regional
Airport, Pensacola (Fla.) International Airport, Gulfport-Biloxi (Miss.) International Airport,
New Orleans International Airport and Northwest Florida Regional Airport in Valparaiso, Fla.

F-35 launches from EMALS
LAKEHURST, N.J. -- The Navy launched an F-35C test aircraft with the new electromagnetic
aircraft launch system (EMALS) in a Nov. 18 demonstration. The test of aircraft CF-3
provided an early opportunity to evaluate technical risks and began the process to integrate
the carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter with the future carrier fleet aircraft launching system
being developed for the new Gerald R. Ford class of carrier. Aircraft for years have used
steam catapults, and the F-35C has completed more than 50 steam catapult launches. But
EMALS uses magnetic fields to propel a carriage down a track, allowing a more gradual
speed increase and reducing airframe stress. In the past year the EMALS team launched a
T-45 Goshawk, an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, a C-2A Greyhound and several F/A-18
aircraft. (Source: NNS, 11/28/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home to the
F-35 training center.

Second X-47 takes flight
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The second Northrop Grumman unmanned X-47B
fighter logged its first flight Nov. 22 at Edwards Air Force Base. Air Vehicle 2 (AV-2) climbed
to 5,000 feet, flew racetrack patterns and landed after a half-hour flight. The X-47B is being
developed for the Navy's Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration program.
The tailless AV-2 autonomous aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s F100-PW-220U
engine and exhaust system. (Sources: Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney, 11/28/11) Gulf
Coast note: Northrop Grumman and Pratt and Whitney have aerospace operations in this
region; Fire Scout and Global Hawk unmanned systems are build in part in Moss Point,
Miss.; multiple companies in the region are involved in UAV-related activities.

New squadron to use Fire Scouts
SAN DIEGO - The Navy's first composite squadron equipped with manned and unmanned
helicopters for expeditionary missions will form in San Diego next year. Nicknamed the
"Magicians," Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35 will be the first to support littoral combat
ships and other ships with both the manned MH-60R Seahawk and unmanned MQ-8B Fire
Scout. The composite squadron will deploy detachments of both aircraft to LCSs, cruisers,
destroyers and frigates. (Source: Navy Times, 11/27/11) Gulf Coast note: Northrop
Grumman Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.; Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., builds
a version of the littoral combat ships.

Tanker may break ceiling $500M
The Defense Department says Boeing may exceed by as much as $500 million the cost
ceiling on its contract for new refueling tankers for the Air Force. That’s $200 million more
than previous estimates. Boeing, which is developing the tanker from its 767 airliner,
absorbs the cost over the contract’s $4.8 billion ceiling. Government officials in June told
Bloomberg News that Boeing was projected to exceed the ceiling by $300 million. The new
estimate is in the Selected Acquisition Report, the Pentagon’s first official cost review for the
179-aircraft, $51.7 billion program. (Source: Bloomberg via Washington Post, 11/27/11) Gulf
Coast note: Boeing won the contract over EADS, which planned to assemble the planes in
Mobile, Ala.

Huge bombs delivered
The Pentagon has taken delivery of huge bunker-busting bombs designed to penetrate
deep to reach underground facilities. Boeing delivered 20 of the Massive Ordnance
Penetrators to the Air Force. Each GPS-guided penetrator is 20 feet long, weighs 30,000
pounds and carries a 5,300-pound payload. The explosive power of a MOP is 10 times that
of its predecessor, the BLU-109. The Air Force began taking delivery of the bombs, which
can be carried in a B-2, in September. (Source: Los Angeles Times, Fox News, Bloomberg
via SF Chronicle, 11/16/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., has been involved
in developing and deploying the MOP.

Airport to begin improvements
DESTIN, Fla. - Okaloosa County commissioners approved the use of a $250,000 grant from
the Florida Department of Transportation to get a runway improvement project started at
Destin Airport. Okaloosa County Airports Director Greg Donovan said he estimates the cost
of refurbishing the 5,000-foot runway and improving the lighting and navigational signage
will be about $4 million. Donovan said his staff is lobbying the Federal Aviation
Administration to obtain money from the agency’s aviation trust fund to pay for the
remainder of the runway replacement. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 11/22/11)

Airport Web site redesigned
PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport will launch a new
website that Airport Authority board members hope will strengthen the region's brand. The
new site, to be online in December, is a complete redesign and will contain a feature that
allows site visitors to track on a map in real time a plane’s position. (Source: Walton Sun,
11/23/11)

First test done of on-orbit AEHF
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. - Raytheon Co. became the first to successfully test with the
Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite. Raytheon's Army Secure Mobile Anti-jam
Reliable Tactical Terminal is the first operationally-fielded terminal to interoperate with an on-
orbit AEHF satellite. Raytheon will deliver 364 AEHF SMART-T terminals to the U.S. armed
services. The first AEHF satellite, launched in August 2010, recently began an set of
operational tests. The AEHF, designed to replace the Milstar system, is a joint service
satellite communications system that provides secure communications for high-priority
military ground, sea and air assets. (Source: Raytheon, 11/22/11) Gulf Coast note: The
Lockheed Martin AEHF satellite's core propulsion module is build at Stennis Space Center,
Miss.

CID establishes commands
PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Center for Information Dominance stood up two new commands
Nov. 14. The request for the new commands, the Center for Information Dominance Unit
(CIDU) Corry Station and CIDU Monterey, was approved by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus Oct.
31. The new commands are in response to the "expanded size of the detachment and
assigned cyber training mission." Annually, CID Unit Corry Station, Pensacola, Fla., trains
about 9,000 Navy and Joint Cryptologists, Information Systems Technicians and Information
Warfare and Information Professional officers, while CID Unit Monterey, Calif., trains about
1,200 Cryptologic Technicians and Foreign Language Officers. In remarks during the stand-
up ceremony at Corry Station, CID Commanding Officer Capt. Susan K. Cerovsky compared
the shore-based commands to that of a newly-commissioned ship. With a staff of nearly
1,300 military, civilian and contracted staff members, CID Corry Station oversees the
development and administration of more than 168 courses at four commands, two
detachments and 16 learning sites throughout the United States and in Japan. CID Corry
Station provides training for about 24,000 members of the U.S. Armed Services and allied
forces each year. (Source: NNS, 11/21/11)

Lockheed hits F-35 test target
Lockheed Martin passed its 2011 flight-test targets for the F-35, with aircraft now flying at a
pace that will allow the company to exceed its target for a significantly higher number of
flights in 2012. The test program completed its 875th flight for the year on Nov. 17, passing
the full-year target of 872. A total of 6,809 test points were accumulated on those flights,
exceeding the year-end target of 6,622. Training on the F-35A at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
has yet to begin. (Source: Aviation Week, 11/21/11)

First international F-35 rolls out
FORT WORTH, Texas - The first international Lockheed Martin F-35 rolled out of the factory
Sunday evening. The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence will use the short takeoff/vertical
landing jet, known as BK-1, for training and operational tests. BK-1 will undergo functional
fuel system checks before being transported to the flight line for ground and flight tests in
the coming months. The jet is scheduled to be delivered in 2012. (Source: Lockheed Martin,
11/22/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center

Security contract awarded
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - NASA awarded Excalibur Associates Inc. of Alexandria, Va., a contract
to provide protective services at Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., and Michoud
Assembly Facility, New Orleans. The contract begins Jan. 1, 2012, with a nine-month base
period, followed by option periods. Excalibur will provide support for physical and personnel
security, technology protection and emergency management and training. (Source:
PRNewswire, 11/21/11)

Supercommittee fails
A special congressional super committee acknowledged failure Monday in efforts to cut the
federal deficit by at least $1.2 trillion. President Obama warned that he would veto any
attempt to undo a resulting round of across-the-board spending cuts. (Source: Washington
Post, 11/21/11) Defense Secretary Leon Panetta released a statement noting his concern.
“If Congress fails to act over the next year, the Department of Defense will face devastating,
automatic, across-the-board cuts that will tear a seam in the nation’s defense,” he said.
(Source: DoD release, 11/21/11) “We are now working on a plan to minimize the impact of
the sequester on the Department of Defense and to ensure that any cuts do not leave us
with a hollow military,” Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in a
statement. “The first responsibility of any government is to provide for the common defense;
we will pursue all options to make certain that we continue to fulfill that solemn commitment.”
(Source: Washington Post, 11/21/11) The Pentagon’s belt-tightening has already been felt
through workforce reductions. Now comes word that Boeing may close a military-aircraft
plant in Wichita, Kan. About 2,100 people work for Boeing in Wichita, modifying and
upgrading military aircraft. Kansas is one of the states that expected to benefit with a Boeing
win over EADS to build tankers for the Air Force. (Source: Bloomberg, 11/21/11)

Airport traffic continues growth
PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Total passenger traffic in October at the Northwest Florida Beaches
International Airport near Panama City, Fla., rose about 4 percent from October 2010,
continuing an upward trend of since the airport moved from the Panama City field on May
23, 2010. Traffic totaled 77,389 for October this year, compared to 74,372 in October 2010,
airport Executive Director John Wheat told board members. (Source: Panama City News
Herald, 11/20/11)

NASA gauging interest in E-4 stand
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA is seeking to identify industry interest in Stennis
Space Center's underutilized E-4 Test Facility. Originally designed to conduct ground tests
of propulsion systems in support of NASA's Rocket Based Combined Cycle Program, the E-4
Test Facility was partially built but has not been completed and further development is not
planned. It consists of concrete-walled test cells and associated hard stand, a high-bay work
area with a bridge crane and adjacent work area, control room space and personnel offices.
The facility was designed to provide low-pressure hydrocarbon fuel and oxidizer to test
articles having a thrust in the horizontal plane up to 50,000 lbf maximum. Pending the level
of interest in a leasing or partnering arrangement, a site visit will be conducted on Jan. 12,
2012. (Source: Tcp, 11/21/11)

AJ26 undergoes test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Engineers at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center
conducted a test firing on an Aerojet AJ26 flight engine Thursday. Orbital Sciences Corp. is
testing the engines for the commercial cargo missions to the International Space Station.
AJ26 engines will be used to power Orbital's Taurus II rocket. Orbital is part of NASA's
ongoing Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) contract. The AJ26 flight
engines are being tested on the E-1 Test Stand. After the engines are successfully tested,
inspected and test data reviewed, the engines are shipped to the Wallops Flight Facility
launch site in Virginia for installation on the Taurus II rocket. (Source: NASA, 11/17/11)

NASA among best place to work
NASA is one of the best places to work in the federal government, according to a survey
released Wednesday. NASA, which has operations at Stennis Space Center, Miss., and
Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, is ranked No. 5 among 308 federal agencies. The
Departments of the Navy, Army and Air Force – which have bases scattered throughout the
Gulf Coast, are ranked 15, 16 and 18, respectively. The survey was done by Partnership for
Public Service, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization. The agencies ranked higher than
NASA are the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Nuclear Regulatory Commission,
Government Accountability Office and Smithsonian Institution. The survey found that
satisfaction among federal workers is down for the first time in four years, in part because of
budgetary uncertainties. (Sources: NASA, Partnership for Public Service, Washington Post,
11/16/11)

X-47B gets magazine award
The editors of Popular Science magazine selected the U.S. Navy/Northrop Grumman X-47B
Unmanned Combat Air System to receive a 2011 Best of What's New award in the Aviation &
Space category. The award was formally announced in the magazine's Dec. issue. Two
tailless, autonomous X-47B unmanned aircraft are currently undergoing testing. The X-47B
is designed to operate from a Navy aircraft carrier. Northrop Grumman's UCAS-D industry
team includes GKN Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Pratt and Whitney, Eaton, GE, Hamilton
Sundstrand, Dell, Honeywell, Goodrich, Moog, Wind River, Parker Aerospace and Rockwell
Collins. (Source: Globe Newswire, 11/16/11) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman's Fire
Scout unmanned helicopter, built in part in Moss Point, Miss., has been successfully
deployed aboard Navy ships.

Company picks Niceville
North Eastern Aeronautical Company Inc., NEANY, announces the opening of its newest
office in Niceville, Fla. The company is a research, design, test and evaluation firm
specializing in unmanned aerial systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance,
sensors and electro-optics. “With Eglin and Tyndall Air Force Bases, the Pensacola Naval
Air Station, and numerous universities all located in the panhandle, I believe the area is a
perfect fit for NEANY,” said company president Steven Steptoe. NEANY also has offices in
Patuxent River, Md., Arlington, Va., and Scottsdale, Ariz. (Source: ECN Magazine, 11/16/11)

Navy to buy land for runway extensions
FOLEY, Ala. – The Navy has begun efforts to buy property needed to expand two Baldwin
County airfields to accommodate new training aircraft. Work is scheduled to start next
summer to extend four runways, two at Barin Field in Foley and two at Summerdale Field.
The runways are needed to accommodate the T-6A, which is replacing the T-34 training
aircraft. The Navy operates several outlying fields in Baldwin County for training flights out of
Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla. (Source: Mobile Press Register, 11/15/11)

Goodrich hosts jobs fair
FOLEY, Ala. - Foley’s Goodrich Aerostructures plant is hosting a job fair Saturday to find
workers to construct housing for Airbus engines. Baldwin County’s largest industrial
employer, with roughly 800 employees at the site, Goodrich is looking to hire 40 workers
who have experience in heavy construction, automotive, sheet metal or heating/air
conditioning. In the apprenticeship, workers would learn to construct a nacelle, the cover
housing that encases the engine for the Airbus A320. The new jobs came about because of
increased demand. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 11/15/11)

Senators: Further cuts unacceptable
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., pointed to Defense Secretary
Leon Panetta’s dire description of the impact of further cuts in defense spending as the
latest evidence that up to $600 billion in automatic defense spending cuts “should not be
allowed to occur.” The senators’ comments came in response to a letter Panetta sent
Monday listing cuts in weapons programs, end strength and the civilian workforce that most
likely would occur under a worst-case budget scenario. Meanwhile, Sen. Kay Bailey
Hutchison, R-Texas, is urging the congressional deficit-reduction supercommittee to
consider closing unneeded overseas bases, rather than slashing force structure or weapons
systems. Last year, the president’s bipartisan deficit reduction commission estimated that
responsible overseas base closings could save taxpayers $8.5 billion through 2015.
(Source: Defense Communities 360, 11/14/11)

Panetta: F-35, shipbuilding at risk
Two military programs of high interest to the Gulf Coast, shipbuilding and the F-35, could be
at risk with additional defense cuts. In a letter to Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham,
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said reductions beyond the $450 billion, 10-year defense
budget cuts already planned would reduce the size of the military sharply. If a special
committee of lawmakers fails to reach agreement by Nov. 23 on deficit reduction, that would
trigger a so-called sequestration that would involve at least another $500 billion in defense
cuts over a decade and cut military programs in 2013 by 23 percent. In addition to the F-35,
other programs that face termination include shipbuilding, space initiatives, silo-based
nuclear missiles and ground combat vehicle modernization. (Source: Bloomberg via
Business Week, 11/14/11) Gulf Coast note: The F-35 training center is at Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla.; Gulfport and Pascagoula, Miss., and Mobile, Ala., build ships for the military.

GE gets orders for engines
At the Dubai Air Show Monday, the United Arab Emirates announced that it ordered 50
aircraft powered by two GE90-115B engines, and agreed to a 12-year maintenance, repair
and overhaul contract for those engines. The total value over the life of the contract is $6
billion. The order will have an impact on multiple GE Aviation operations nationwide,
including the 258-worker GE Aviation plant in Batesville, Miss. Workers there manufacture
composite engine parts – fan stator, acoustic panels and fan platforms – for the GE90.
(Source: GE Aviation, 11/14/11) Gulf Coast note: GE Aviation is also building a composite
engine parts facility in Hattiesburg, Miss., and Auburn, Ala.

Airbus, Boeing see demand hike
Rivals Boeing and Airbus both anticipate a huge demand increase in the Middle East over
the next 20 years for passenger and cargo aircraft. Airbus' latest Global Market forecast
says carriers in the Middle East will need 1,921 new passenger and freighter aircraft
between 2011 and 2030 valued at $347.4 billion. Boeing forecasts that airlines in the Middle
East will need an estimated 2,520 airplanes worth $450 billion by 2030. The forecasts come
as the region's carriers continue to surpass global air traffic and capacity growth rates.
(Sources: Boeing, EADS/Airbus, 11/14/11) Gulf Coast note: Speakers at the Aerospace
Alliance Summit in Sandestin, Fla., in September also projected growth. An Airbus official
said there would be a demand worldwide for 26,000 new commercial aircraft; another from
GE Aviation noted the company is opening new facilities in Mississippi and Alabama
because of the backlog and expected growth of the industry.

U.S. astronaut aboard Soyuz
U.S. astronaut Dan Burbank has become the first American to fly to the International Space
Station since the retirement of space shuttle fleet. Burbank and Russian cosmonauts Anton
Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin launched Sunday (Monday Kazakhstan time) from
Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. They'll dock with the ISS Tuesday. NASA is paying
the Russian Federal Space Agency $1.5 billion to fly U.S. and partner nation astronauts
while waiting for U.S. commercial companies to begin round-trip supply missions, likely no
earlier than 2016. (Sources: Florida Today, NASA, 11/13/11) Gulf Coast note: Stennis
Space Center, Miss., tests NASA and commercial rocket engines.

Hotel on AF land raises concerns
Resort owners who will be competing against a proposed hotel on Air Force land on
Okaloosa Island are raising some concerns. They’re concerned about the bidding process,
and whether other Eglin holdings on the island might end up on the market. The $24 million
hotel is to be built, owned and run by the developers, though the land will remain in military
hands. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 11/12/11)

A growing aerospace footprint
The past few months have brought some encouraging developments for South Mississippi’s
aerospace activities. That includes NASA’s plans to build heavy-lift rocket using space
shuttle main engines and the J-2X engines that are tested at Stennis Space Center, and the
transfer of the former Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant to NASA, adding a 1.6 million-
square-foot facility to NASA’s inventory at SSC. Other encourage activities include the plans
of GE Aviation to build a plant near Hattiesburg, and other developments. (Source: Sun
Herald, 11/13/11)

BAE closing Texas plant
BAE Systems plans to close its commercial aircraft electronics manufacturing plant in Irving,
Texas, next year, resulting in the loss of 160 jobs. The company in March 2009 began
shifting much of the work done at the plant to Fort Wayne, Ind., and Mexico. BAE has
surplus capacity in Fort Wayne, the company said. (Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram,
11/10/11) Gulf Coast note: BAE Systems has multiple operations in the Gulf Coast, including
Gautier, Miss., Mobile, Ala., and Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Coast Guard trains with A-team
A crew from the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Ala., last month trained with
the Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha, called the A-Team, and the 7th Special
Forces Group of Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in series of high altitude jumps from an HC-144A
Ocean Sentry. ATC Mobile requested a waiver from Coast Guard Headquarters to allow
parachute jumps from the Ocean Sentry. Daytime jumps were done at Eglin and near
Meridian, Miss., and night insertion jumps were done around Foley, Ala. It was all in
preparation for the 7th Group’s Unconventional Warfare exercise Oct. 26 through Nov. 12.
(Source: Coast Guard Heartland, 11/07/11) The HC-144, based on a CN-235 transport, is a
medium-range surveillance aircraft manufactured by Airbus Military.

Whiting gets new commander
MILTON, Fla. - Capt. Matthew Coughlin took over from Capt. Pete Hall as commanding
officer at Naval Air Station Whiting Field. The change of command ceremony, attended by
about 400 people, was Thursday at the air station near Milton. Coughlin's first time at the
base was 22 years ago. He received his wings in 1990. (Source: Pensacola News Journal,
11/10/11) Whiting Field trains student naval aviators in the primary and intermediate phases
of fixed-wing aviation and in the advanced phases of helicopter training.

Shuttle gear bound for Stennis
The 266-foot-long Pegasus barge, used to transport space shuttle external tanks from
Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, to Kennedy Space Center, Fla., is on its way to
NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss. Pegasus, which will arrive at SSC Nov. 16 after a 900-
mile journey, is carrying space shuttle main engine ground support equipment. The NASA
barge and shuttle equipment will remain in storage at SSC until final disposition is
determined. Pegasus left Kennedy manned by a crew of four and towed by NASA's space
shuttle solid rocket booster recovery ship Freedom Star. The barge sailed 41 times between
1999 and 2011 for the shuttle program. The shuttle main engine ground support equipment
was used at Kennedy to install shuttle engines into orbiters. The Kennedy shop where the
equipment was stored is among the facilities turned over to Space Florida for future use by
Boeing, which plans to use the facility to build its CST-100 commercial crew capsule. The
shuttle main engines will be used in the Space Launch System engine testing program.
(Source: Space Ref, Florida Today, 11/10/11)

Utah balks at AFMC changes
Members of Utah's congressional delegation are calling for at least a year delay in
implementing the restructuring of the Air Force Materiel Command. In a Nov. 2 letter to Air
Force Secretary Michael Donley, the delegation said the Air Force failed to follow
procedures, which calls for an impact analysis of changes costing more than $500 million.
The delegation is concerned about the impact on Hill Air Force Base. The letter was signed
by Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee; U.S. Reps. Jim Matheson, Rob Bishop and Jason
Chaffetz and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. (Sources: Deseret News, 11/07/11, The Patriot,
11/10/11) Gulf Coast note: The restructuring also hit Gulf Coast bases in Northwest Florida
and South Mississippi. For previous stories, see Eglin losing AAC, 96th ABW, Keesler to
lose 68 civilian positions, Leader worried about Eglin future or the column/analysis, Week in
Review (10/30 to 11/5)

Blue Angels show this weekend
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show will be held Friday and
Saturday, Nov. 11 and 12, at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. Gates open at 8 a.m. each
day and admission is free. The show begins at 9 a.m. with the Blue Angels flight
demonstration team scheduled to fly around 2 p.m. Over 100,000 people are expected to
view the show each day. In addition to the flying, the show includes static display of aircraft
and vendor booths. (Source: Tcp, 11/10/11) More information

J-2X passes 500-second test firing
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA conducted a successful 500-second test of the
new upper-stage rocket engine today at John C. Stennis Space Center. The engine will be
used to carry humans, cargo and equipment beyond low-Earth orbit on the agency’s new
heavy lift Space Launch System. Data from the test will be analyzed as operators prepare
for additional engine firings. The J-2X and the RS-25D/E engines for the SLS core stage will
be tested for flight certification at Stennis. Both engines use liquid hydrogen and liquid
oxygen propellants. The core stage engines were developed originally for the space shuttle.
The J-2X engine is being developed by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. (Source: NASA,
11/09/11)

Airport gets a new name
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The airport in Pensacola now has a new name: Pensacola International
Airport. The airport, long known as Pensacola Regional Airport, changed its name a few
years ago to Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport. Now it’s dropped “Gulf Coast” and
replaced it with “international.” Mayor Ashton Hayward said that while the airport has no
international flights, it reflects an effort to raise the profile of the city. The airport also
dedicated a new terminal expansion, part of an $82 million, five-year capital improvements
project. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 11/09/11)

GD gets contract robot mine system
General Dynamics Advanced Informational Systems has been awarded a Navy contract to
design and build the Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Underwater Vehicle system.
The development and manufacturing will be done in Panama City, Fla., Greensboro, N.C.,
Fairfax, Va., and Quincy and Braintree, Mass. GD will hire 10 new employees. The system
will initially be a part of the Littoral Combat Ship Mine Warfare mission package. The $86.7
million contract awarded by the Naval Sea Systems Command calls for one Engineering
Development Model and five low-rate initial production systems if all options are exercised.
The system will be able to identify mines in high-clutter underwater environments in a single
pass. It also will gather environmental data that can provide intelligence support for other
mine warfare systems. (Source: General Dynamics, 11/09/11) Gulf Coast note: The Naval
Surface Warfare Center in Panama City and the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography
Command, Naval Oceanographic Office and a Naval Research Lab detachment are at South
Mississippi's Stennis Space Center.

Scott joins in ITT groundbreaking
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Ground was broken Tuesday for the new ITT Exelis facility at the
VentureCrossing Enterprise Centre in Bay County. The 105,000-square-foot facility will be
used by the company’s mine defense systems work. The event was hosted by St. Joe Co.,
which is developing the 75,000-acre mixed use business park near the Northwest Florida
Beaches International Airport. The park will include office, industrial, manufacturing, hotel,
retail and residential uses. Gov. Rick Scott, who attended the event, said the project is
important to Florida because of its strong ties to the defense industry. Last month, ITT Corp.
spun off its defense and information solutions business. ITT Exelis currently has about 100
employees in the Panama City area. (Source: Panama City News Herald, Business Wire,
11/08/11)

Florida gears up to protect bases
Six people from Northwest Florida will join six other military and civic leaders from elsewhere
in the state to serve on the Florida Defense Support Task Force. The panel, created by
legislation sponsored by Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, will advocate for Florida’s military
bases and missions, including research and development, at a time of Pentagon belt-
tightening and the threat of another base realignment and closure commission looming. The
defense industry is Florida’s third largest job producer. There are 21 military bases and
missions, bringing $58 billion into the economy every year. In Gaetz’s Northwest Florida
district, base personnel and contracts tied to five installations pump $14.5 billion of
economic activity into the region. A $5 million appropriation will help fund research and
advocacy on behalf of the uniformed and civilian jobs tied to the state’s bases. (Source:
Press release, Sen. Don Gaetz, 11/08/11)

Navy extends Fire Scout tour
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Navy has extended the tour of duty of the Fire Scout unmanned
helicopter through most of next year. The Northrop Grumman-built system has improved
ground commanders' ability to see potential threats and increase fighting effectiveness in
Afghanistan, company officials said. A team of sailors and Northrop Grumman employees
began their mission in May to gather 300 hours per month of full-motion video surveillance,
and deliver it in real time to ground forces. George Vardoulakis, Northrop's vice president
for tactical unmanned systems, said the team has established itself as the go-to asset for
intelligence, surveillance and recon in northern Afghanistan. (Source: Northrop Grumman,
11/08/11) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Northrop now arming Fire Scouts
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Northrop Grumman has started work outfitting the Navy's MQ-8B Fire
Scout unmanned helicopter with a weapons system. The Advanced Precision Kill Weapons
System laser-guided 70mm rocket will allow ship commanders to identify and engage hostile
targets without calling in other aircraft for support. With delivery set for March 2013, Fire
Scout will be Navy's first sea-based unmanned system to carry weapons. (Source: Northrop
via Globe Newswire, 11/08/11) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point,
Miss.

NASA: Orion test flight in 2014
WASHINGTON - NASA plans to add an unmanned flight test of the Orion spacecraft in early
2014 to its contract with Lockheed Martin Space Systems for the multi-purpose crew
vehicle's design, development, test and evaluation. The test supports the new Space
Launch System that will take astronauts farther into space than ever before. The Exploration
Flight Test will fly two orbits to a high-apogee, with a high-energy re-entry through Earth's
atmosphere, then make a water landing. The test mission will be launched from Cape
Canaveral, Fla. The agency has posted a synopsis explaining its intention on NASA's
procurement website. (Source: NASA, 11/08/11) Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center,
Miss., is testing engines for the SLS and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, will build
portions of the heavy lift launch vehicle.

Aviation park $12M away
MILTON, Fla. - Santa Rosa County is $12 million away from an aviation park near Naval Air
Station Whiting Field. The county commission received the master plan for the 269-acre
Whiting Aviation Park this week from the architect. In an arrangement with the Navy, tenants
would be able to use Whiting's 6,000-foot south air field. TEAM Santa Rosa, the economic
development group of the county, thinks the $12 million, which would be used for
infrastructure, could be covered by grants. The county began buying land for the park in
2001. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 11/08/11)

Panetta hints at BRAC round
One likely consequence of the budget-trimming exercise the Pentagon is conducting is a
new round of base closures, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told the New York Times last
week. Panetta painted a broad picture of the kinds of spending categories that would be
slashed as DOD officials search for $450 billion in savings over the coming decade. Panetta
said priorities that could gain funding include special operations, unmanned aircraft and
cyber operations. (Source: New York Times, 11/06/11) Gulf Coast note: The region has a
dozen bases involved in a range of activities, including the priority fields mentioned by
Panetta. Last week cuts were announced for Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Hurlburt Field, Fla.,
Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.

J-2X may do 500-second burn
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - It's not an official objective, but the J-2X rocket engine
being test fired at NASA's Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi Wednesday may fire
for 500 seconds. The media has been invited to see the test, and officials from several
NASA centers also will be there, according to the Huntsville (Ala.) Times. The J-2X, which will
power the upper stage of the heavy-lift rocket NASA is developing, has already been tested
at SSC, but not for the duration that would occur during a space mission. (Source: Huntsville
Times, 11/07/11)

Offensive cyberweapons sought
Pentagon researchers plan to bolster their efforts to create offensive weapons for cyber
warfare, U.S. officials said Monday. "Malicious cyber attacks ... are a real threat to our
physical systems, including our military systems," Regina Dugan, director of the Defense
Advanced Research Project Agency, told a conference. "To this end, in the coming years we
will focus an increasing portion of our cyber research on the investigation of offensive
capabilities to address military-specific needs," she said. (Source: AFP via SpaceWar,
11/07/11) Gulf Coast note: Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., is a cyber security training center;
Corry Station in Pensacola, Fla., is home of the Navy's Center for Information Dominance.

Eglin’s space junk trackers
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – It's not one of the better-known space-related programs in
the Gulf Coast, but tucked in the woods of Eglin Air Force Base is the 20th Space Control
Squadron. Its mission is to track space debris. There's about 25,000 separate objects
circling earth, with one re-entry into the atmosphere a week. Most burn up. The radar is
behind a 9-story wall, and personnel use a screen with objects assigned numbers, similar to
an air traffic control screen. (Source: WEAR-TV, 11/03/11) Note: The phased array radar at
Site C-6, some 35 miles east of the main gate, is one of the most powerful in the world and
has been tracking debris in near and deep space for 40 years. For background, see Gulf
Coast Aerospace Corridor 2011-2012, Part II, Space Activities, pages 36-37.

F-35 testing picking up
FORT WORTH, Texas - October was the busiest month yet for flight tests of all variants of
the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, with 122 completed flights and significant progress on a
number of fronts, Lockheed Martin reported Friday, according to the Star-Telegram. Overall,
837 test flights were completed this year through Thursday. Both the number of individual
flights and number of test points are running about 9 percent ahead of a restructured plan
set out in January by the Pentagon's F-35 Joint Program Office. (Source: Fort Worth Star-
Telegram, 11/05/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the JSF training
center.

334th TRS gets new ATC simulator
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. - A radar approach control simulator was delivered by
the 81st Training Support Squadron late last month for use in the 334th Training
Squadron's air traffic control course. Officials say it saves costs while increasing course
capacity. The new radar approach control simulator features a touch entry display platform
to replicate a real-world ATC console at a significantly lower cost, $278,000 compared to
$2.1 million. The simulator, developed over 18 months by the 81st, has the look and feel of
the real thing, using identical cabinetry. (Source: 81st Training Wing Public Affairs, 11/03/11)

Singapore Technologies 3Q profit up
MOBILE, Ala. – Singapore Technologies Engineering Inc., which employs more than 3,000 in
South Alabama and Mississippi through its aerospace and marine subsidiaries, boosted
third quarter profit this year despite a decline in sales. ST Engineering owns ST Aerospace
Mobile at Brookley Aeroplex and VT Halter Marine shipyards in Mississippi’s Pascagoula,
Moss Point and Escatawpa. ST Engineering earned profit of $105 million in the three months
that ended Sept. 30, up from a year ago. That came despite overall revenue falling 6
percent in the quarter. The aerospace division saw revenue fall about 4 percent, but
operating profit rose 18 percent. (Source: Mobile Press Register, 11/04/11)

Leader worried about Eglin future
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - At least one local leader is looking past the announcement of
a workforce reduction at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is concerned about the base’s
future. David Goetsch, an economist, college vice president and the newly sworn chairman
of the Okaloosa County Economic Development Council, anticipates a future battle for Eglin’
s valuable, multimillion-dollar research, development, test and evaluation function. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 11/05/11)

Media invited to J-2X engine test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - The media has been invited to NASA's John C. Stennis
Space Center, Miss., next week to see the next test firing of the J-2X rocket engine, which
will be used by NASA's Space Launch System. The test is Wednesday, Nov. 9. The SLS will
carry the Orion spacecraft, its crew, cargo, equipment and science experiments beyond
Earth orbit. Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne is developing the J-2X for NASA's Marshall Space
Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The SLS rocket engines will use a liquid hydrogen and liquid
oxygen propulsion system, which will include the J-2X engine for the upper stage and RS-
25D/E engines, Space Shuttle Main Engines, for the core stage. (Source: NASA, 11/03/11)

Keesler to lose 68 civilian positions
BILOXI, Miss. - Keesler Air Force Base is slated to lose 68 civilian positions in 2012 as part
of mandated cuts affecting thousands of Department of Defense workers. The cuts at
Keesler are part of about 9,000 civilian jobs being eliminated throughout the Air Force.
While the Air Force is cutting those jobs, which are in management, staff and support areas,
there are plans to add 5,900 positions across the Air Force in acquisition, nuclear
enterprise, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and other areas deemed a higher
priority. About 3,600 civilians currently work at Keesler. (Source: Sun Herald, 11/03/11)
Keesler is home of the Air Force's electronics training, including cyber training. It's also
home to the 403rd Reserve Wing and a huge medical complex.

Airport shows new scanner
PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Transportation Security Administration began using its new
Advance Imaging Technology machines Thursday at Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport.
TSA officers have been training on the two AIT machines over the past two weeks.
Passengers who chose to opt out of going through the AIT will be subjected to alternative
screening methods, which will include a pat-down by a TSA screener. (Source: Pensacola
News Journal, 11/03/11)

Eglin losing AAC, 96th ABW
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Air Armament Center is being eliminated at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., but the Florida Panhandle base will remain the Air Force's center for aerial
weapons development. Maj. Gen. Kenneth Merchant, Air Armament Center commander, told
reporters Thursday that 351 positions at Eglin are being eliminated as a result of the
restructuring of the Air Force Materiel Command, but most of those positions are already
vacant. Only 43 jobs remain in question. The changes are a result of the Air Force's bid to
find more efficient ways of doing business. At least 9,000 positions Air Force-wide are being
eliminated beginning next October. As part of the streamlining, the Materiel Command is
consolidating 12 centers, including AAC, into five. In addition to the stand down of AAC, the
96th Air Base Wing, which serves as the Eglin commander, will be integrated into an
expanded 46th Test Wing, which will take over installation management next October.
Meanwhile, at nearby Hurlburt Field, home of U.S. Air Force Special Operations, 100 civilian
positions in base support career fields are being eliminated. Over half those positions are
already vacant. (Source: Tcp, 11/03/11)

Restructuring hits Eglin, others
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., will lose civilian positions as a result of restructuring of the Air
Force Materiel Command. The command is eliminating the position now filled by Maj. Gen.
Kenneth Merchant and 136 staff positions associated with the Air Armament Center. The Air
Force Materiel Command is consolidating 12 centers to five. It’s all part of an effort to
eliminate at least 9,000 positions Air Force-wide beginning next October. Leadership will
change, but rank-and-file Air Armament Center employees at Eglin will continue to do their
mission, said Ron Fry, a spokesman for the Materiel Command. (Source: Air Force Materiel
Command Public Affairs, Northwest Florida Daily News, 11/02/11)

Contract: Raytheon, $9.3M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $9,321,529 firm-fixed-
price contract modification to procure additional Griffin missiles in support of U.S. Special
Operations Command. The following Griffin missiles are being purchased via this
modification:70 Griffin Block II A all up rounds, and 21 Griffin Block II A telemetry rounds.
The primary location of performance is Raytheon, Tucson, Ariz. Air Armament Center
Contracting, Advanced Programs Division, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 11/02/11)

Contract: Speegle, $24.6M
Speegle Construction Inc., Niceville, Fla., was awarded a $24,645,000 firm-fixed-price
contract. The award will provide for the construction of a Special Operation Forces
Operation and Training Facility and an Unmanned Aerial Support Squad Operations Facility
at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Work will be performed in Curry County, N.M., with an
estimated completion date of Jan. 7, 2014. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with
19 bids received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque, N.M., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 11/01/11)

Delay sought in F-35 flight training
The Air Force secretary and his chief of staff have been asked to decide what to do about a
disagreement over when F-35 flight training should begin at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon's top official for weapons testing, thinks the fall target date
should be delayed by 10 more months of development. But Lt. Gen. Thomas Owen, the
general who oversees aircraft development for the Air Force, and Vice Adm. David Venlet,
who overseeing the F-35 program, disagree and said changing plans would drive up the
program's cost. It boils down to whether the kinks in the F-35 system have been worked out.
Gilmore said the JSF team at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., racked up 1,000 hours in F-
35As, but historically flight training didn't begin until 2,000 to 5,000 hours of monitored flight
tests. Right now the F-35 experiences in-flight problems three times higher. (Sources:
multiple, including Reuters, Wired, Time (Battleland), 10/31/11) Gulf Coast note: Six F-35s
have been delivered to Eglin, where pilots of all variants of the F-35 will be trained.

Terminal expansion nears completion
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Northwest Florida Regional Airport’s terminal expansion
construction is slightly behind schedule but expected to be completed under budget in the
next week. The expansion adds two jet bridges to the terminal and two additional ground
boarding gates. The expansion also includes new office space for the Transportation
Security Administration, replacing the trailers they now use. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 10/31/11)


OCTOBER 2011

Florida gets key Boeing program office
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - Boeing said Monday that it plans to consolidate its
Commercial Crew program office, manufacturing and operations at the Kennedy Space
Center, Fla. Boeing, in partnership with Space Florida, will use the Orbiter Processing
Facility-3 to manufacture, assemble, and test the company's Crew Space Transportation
spacecraft. The 15-year use permit with Space Florida is the latest step Kennedy is making
as the center transitions from a historically government-only launch complex to a multi-user
spaceport. (Sources: multiple, including PRNewswire, Brevard Times, 10/31/11) Gulf Coast
note: Boeing has multiple operations in the Gulf Coast; NASA operates facilities at Stennis
Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans.

GE Aviation breaks ground in Auburn
AUBURN, Ala. - GE Aviation is breaking ground on a 300,000 square-foot advanced
manufacturing plant in Auburn, Ala. It will produce precision, super-alloy machined parts for
GE jet engines that will power future commercial and military aircraft, and also to support the
fleet of GE jet engines already in service. Site construction is set to begin Monday and the
facility is scheduled to open in 2012. Auburn was selected in part because of its access to
skilled workforce and proximity to Alabama's university system. (Source: GE Aviation via
PRNewswire, 10/31/11) Gulf Coast note: GE Aviation is also building a composite parts plant
in Hattiesburg, Miss., and operates another engine parts facility in Batesville, Miss.

Sixth F-35 arrives at Eglin
AF-13, a conventional takeoff and landing variant F-35A, has been delivered to Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla. The plane departed Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base
Wednesday for delivery to the 33rd Fighter Wing. The plane, piloted by Marine Corps Maj.
Joseph Bachmann, touched down at 11:44 a.m. after a 90-minute ferry flight. AF-13 is the
sixth F-35A delivered to Eglin, where it will be used for pilot and maintainer training at the
base’s new F-35 Integrated Training Center. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 10/27/11)

ORI results good news for wing
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The 96th Air Base Wing received good news about the
Operational Readiness Inspection. The ORI by the Air Force Material Command was the
culmination of more than six months of preparation in four major graded areas. The units
were scored using a five-tier rating scale. The ratings in specific areas cannot be released,
but the wing received overall results of excellent for positioning the force, employing the
force, sustaining the force and the ability to survive and operate. Col. Sal Nodjomian,
commander of the wing, said the inspectors reported they have never seen a wing sweep
every graded category. (Source: 96th Air Base Wing Public Affairs, 10/28/11)

Aircrews drop hammer in exercise
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. - Aircrews from the 37th Bomb Squadron employed
two Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles from a pair of B-1 bombers at White Sands Missile
Range, N.M., as part of the Air Force's air to ground Weapon System Evaluation Program
known as Combat Hammer. The goal of the Oct. 25 exercise, managed by the 86th Fighter
Weapons Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is to evaluate the effectiveness,
maintainability, suitability, and accuracy of precision guided munitions and other advanced
air to ground weapons. (Source: 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs, 10/27/11)

CSC to continue NSSC work
CSC  has received a $41 million modification that exercises the second option period for the
NASA Shared Services Center contract at Stennis Space Center, Miss. The contract
modification applies to the contract NASA awarded CSC in 2005. CSC will continue to
provide financial management, human resources, procurement and information technology
support services to NASA. The NSSC is a cooperative partnership between NASA, CSC and
the States of Mississippi and Louisiana. The NSSC performs selected business activities for
all 10 NASA centers. (Source: Business Wire, 10/27/11)

Airport opens new concourse
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans' airport unveiled the expansion to Concourse D on Thursday.
The $27 million expansion at Louis Armstrong International Airport includes six new gates
and a pyramid-shaped central skylight. (Source: Times-Picayune, 10/27/11)

Drone in a drone
InsideDefense reports that researchers from the Naval Air Systems Command, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., and Navmar Applied Science Corp. are working on a micro-UAV designed
to be carried in another drone. The armed, electric drone would detach from a 13-foot
TigerShark and relay real-time video to ground support as it heads for the target.
Researchers at Eglin were working on the micro-UAV as part of the Precision Acquisition
and Weaponized System when the U.S. Special Operations Command said it needed a
weapon that would minimize collateral damage. NAVAIR started working on the effort to
integrate the micro-UAV with the TigerShark surveillance drone. A $12 million design and
assembly effort is supposed to be done in the spring of 2012. After that comes testing at
Eglin and at the Army Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. (Source: InsideDefense, Wired
News, 10/27/11)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $26.3M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$26,344,361 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to exercise an
option for organizational, selected intermediate, and limited depot level maintenance for F-
16, F-18, H-60, and E-2C aircraft operated by the adversary squadrons based at Naval Air
Station, Fallon, Nev. Work will be performed in Fallon, Nev., and is expected to be completed
in October 2012. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 10/27/11)

Partner progress report released
NASA's industry partners continue to meet established milestones in developing commercial
crew transportation capabilities that will ferry U.S. astronauts to and from the International
Space Station, according to NASA’s third status report. NASA will rely on private industry to
transport cargo and crew to the International Space Station, while NASA focuses on deep
space exploration. NASA has posted the third status report on its Commercial Crew
Development 2 (CCDev2) program to the agency's Commercial Space Transportation
website. (Source: NASA, 10/25/11) Gulf Coast note: The region is home to Stennis Space
Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans.

Passenger counts up
With one exception, airports in Northwest Florida experienced higher passenger counts this
September over the previous year. The busiest airport was Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional
Airport, with 121,409 passengers in September, up .73 percent, followed by Northwest
Florida Beaches International Airport in Panama City, with 73,470 passengers in September,
up 8.1 percent. The airport in Okaloosa County, Northwest Florida Regional Airport, had
66,258 passengers in September, an increase of 10.4 percent. Tallahassee Regional
Airport had 50,025, a 5.2 percent drop. (Source: Walton Sun, 10/26/11)

Contract: Northrop Grumman, $119.7M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Northrop Grumman Information Systems, Herndon, Va.,
is being awarded an $119,715,682 cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for the
design, development, test, and deployment of Increment 10.2, modernization of the Air and
Space Operations Center Weapon System. Increment 10.2 is intended to bring net-centric
capabilities to the Geographic Air and Space Operations Center Weapons Systems, allowing
data to flow seamlessly across various platforms and process workflows rather than being
locked in separate information technology system "silos" to be accessed and retransmitted
by humans. Increment 10.2 capabilities will be fielded to the Geographic Air and Space
Operations Centers; a help desk at Langley Air Force Base, Va.; and the Formal Training
Unit at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Electronic Systems Center (ESC/HSGK), Hanscom Air Force
Base, Mass., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/26/11)

Contract: L3, $21.3M
L3 Communications Corp., Systems Field Support, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$21,296,938 firm-fixed-price and cost-reimbursable, no-fee contract modification for
contractor logistics support for the C-12 aircraft for Pacific Air Forces, Air Force Materiel
Command, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and Defense Security Cooperation Agency,
consisting of maintenance, repair, and support functions for one year from Nov. 1, 2011,
through Oct. 31, 2012. The location of performance is L3 Communications, Systems Field
Support, Madison, Miss. Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center (OC-ALC/GKSKH), Tinker Air
Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/26/11)

Contract: Gulfport Aviation Partners, $6.6M
Gulfport Aviation Partners LLC, Houston, Texas, was awarded a fixed-price with economic
price adjustment contract for a maximum $6,603,727 for jet fuel. Other location of
performance is Gulfport Biloxi International Airport, Gulfport, Miss. Using service is Army,
Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. The date of performance
completion is March 31, 2015. The Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/25/11)

Wasp concludes JSF testing
Amphibious assault ship USS Wasp returned to Naval Station Norfolk Oct. 21 after spending
three weeks at sea hosting the initial sea trials of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. The first F-
35B landed on WASP's flight deck Oct. 3, beginning an 18-day test period. During the
testing, two F-35B Marine Corps test jets accomplished vertical landings and short take-offs
under various conditions. While underway, the world's first supersonic short take-off, vertical
landing fighter logged more than 28 hours of flight time and completed 72 short take-offs
and 72 vertical landings. (Source: NNS, 10/25/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is home of the JSF training center, where training will be done on all variants of the F-
35.

NASA tries to make room for SLS in budget
NASA will store some rocket engines, slow work on others and study still more as it tries to fit
the Space Launch System into a $3 billion annual budget for development. Early flights of
the SLS will use surplus space shuttle main engines and, as side-mounted strap-ons, the
five-segment solid-fuel motors developed for the terminated Ares I crew launch vehicle's first
stage. The J-2X upper-stage engine will be slowed as managers try to maintain enough
development momentum to avoid a costly stop and restart in engine development as the big
new rocket evolves. (Source: Aviation Week, 10/24/11) Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space
Center, Miss., is where space shuttle main engines were tested and where the J-2X is being
assembled and tested. Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, is where portions of the
SLS will be built.

Million Air facility opens this week
GULFPORT, Miss. – The $12 million, 52,500-square-foot Million Air facility officially opens at
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport this week. It will serve as the fixed base operation at the
airport, providing fuel, support services for charters and private planes and other services.
Company and airport officials expect the operation to boost the revenue base at the airport
and the region by more than $10 million with fuel and activity fees and increase the casino
customer base by up to 25 percent. (Source: Sun Herald, 10/24/11)

Contract: Boeing, $11.1M
The Boeing Co., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is being awarded an $11,129,648 firm-fixed-price
contract for spares and will provide five major subassemblies required to build-up six AC-
130U 25 mm ammunition storage handling systems assemblies. These subassemblies are
conveyor assembly, loader/downloader, magazine transfer unit, magazine driver gearbox,
and the gun drive gearbox. Air Force Global Logistics Support Center, Robins Air Force
Base, Ga., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/24/11)

Resolution honors SSC
The U.S. Senate Friday approved a resolution sponsored by senators from Mississippi and
Louisiana honoring the 50th anniversary of the John C. Stennis Space Center, Miss., and its
economic impact on the region. The testing facility in Hancock County was established in
1961 and today is home to more than 30 federal organizations, including the biggest tenant,
the Navy. It will continue to play a role as the test site for NASA programs and commercial
ventures (Source: Sun Herald, 10/23/11)

AF to become landlord
Under an "enhanced lease program" designed to let the Air Force collect rent on an under-
used portion of beachfront land, the military next year will become landlord of a hotel,
according to the Northwest Florida Daily News. "This will be a new way of doing business for
us," said Glenn Wagner, manager of Eglin Air Force Base's enhanced lease program. The
$24 million hotel near Sheraton Four Points will be owned by the Department of Defense
and managed by Emerald Breeze Resort Group. Eglin's 46th Test Wing will be able to place
a telemetric receiving dish and optical equipment on the top of the building so it can "see"
further out into the Gulf of Mexico. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 10/23/11)

Fifth F-35 now at Eglin
A fifth F-35 Joint Strike Fighter arrived at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., during the week. The
aircraft took off from Fort Worth, Texas, for the 90-minute flight for delivery to the 33rd
Fighter Wing. The conventional variant of the fighter will be used for pilot and maintainer
training at the base’s F-35 Integrated Training Center, where pilots from all the branches
and foreign nations will receive initial training. (Source: Second Line of Defense, 10/20/11)

Contract: Jacobs, $135.5M
Jacobs Technology Inc., Tullahoma, Tenn., is being awarded an estimated $135,500,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Technical and Engineering Acquisition
Support Program, providing a wide range of diverse, high-quality engineering, technical, and
acquisition support required for development, production, and sustainment of various highly
complex munitions systems within the Air Armament Center and other organizations at Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla. This effort supports Foreign Military Sales programs to Australia, India,
Turkey, Greece, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Germany,
France, Poland, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Chili, Malaysia, and
Singapore (2.7 percent). Air Armament Center/PKES, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/20/11)

SSMEs bound for SSC
All fifteen Space Shuttle Main Engines are together inside NASA's Engine Shop at Kennedy
Space Center, Fla., and are being prepped for shipment to Stennis Space Center, Miss. At
SSC, they'll become part of the propulsion used on NASA's next generation heavy-lift rocket,
the Space Launch System. The engines are built by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, and each
is 14 feet long and more than 7 feet in diameter at the end of its nozzle. (Source: Universe
Today, 10/19/11) In addition to testing the SLS engines at SSC, NASA will have portions of
the SLS fabricated at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

LM center officially opens
CLINTON, Miss. - Lockheed Martin held a ceremonial opening Wednesday for its new
33,000 square-foot technology support center at South Pointe Business Park. Lockheed
Martin announced in April that it planned to create 350 new jobs at the center in Clinton,
Miss. The mission support center will serve several of Lockheed Martin’s federal customers.
The center is in part of the former corporate headquarters of WorldCom, the
telecommunications company that went into bankruptcy in 2002. (Source: multiple, including
Clarion-Ledger, WJTV, 10/19/11) Gulf Coast note: Lockheed Martin assembles satellite
components at Stennis Space Center.

Keesler in running for award
BILOXI, Miss. - The Texas-based Air Education and Training Command selected Keesler Air
Force Base, Miss., as its nominee for the Air Force 2011 Commander-in-Chief's Installation
Excellence Award. The winner, chosen in January, will get a $1 million prize and the runner-
up $500,000 for quality of life improvements. The base will competed against the nominees
from nine other major commands for the Air Force level award. Each finalist base will be
visited by an inspection team next year. (Source: Sun Herald, Keesler Air Force Base,
10/17/11) Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the nominee from the Air Force Material Command.

Helos gather for fleet fly-in
MILTON, Fla. – Two dozen helicopters are coming to Naval Air Station Whiting Field this
week for the base’s annual Naval Helicopter Association Fleet Fly-in. The event is designed
to let student aviators learn about potential career paths. Among the helicopters will be the
H-53 Sea Stallion, H-60 Seahawk, MH-60S Knighthawk and more. The event is not open to
the public. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 10/17/11)

Eglin gets F-35 weapons load trainer
Lockheed Martin delivered and installed the first weapons load training device at the F-35
Integrated Pilot-and-Maintenance Training Center (ITC) at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
Configured in all three variants of the F-35, the system allows maintenance students to hone
their skills loading munitions, fuel tanks and missile systems onto the aircraft. The simulators
enable training to take place without removing aircraft from the flight schedule. Earlier this
year the first two F-35 full mission simulators were installed. The ITC at Eglin will be home to
the latest courseware, electronic classrooms, simulators and flight events. (Source:
Lockheed Martin via PRNewswire, 10/17/11)

NG pulls out of Farnborough
In a move that underscores tight budgets, aerospace powerhouse Northrop Grumman Corp.
had decided not to participate in the 2012 international air show in Farnborough, England,
according to Reuters. Northrop spokesman Randy Belote said pulling out completely will
save millions of dollars. (Source: Reuters, 10/15/11) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman’s
Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss., builds portions of the Global Hawk and Fire
Scout unmanned systems.

New Orleans OKd for Cuba service
NEW ORLEANS – Louis Armstrong International Airport was approved to join a select group
of U.S. airports that can fly to and from Cuba. The U.S. government has loosened
restrictions, allowing New Orleans and other international airports in the United States to
apply to host flights. New Orleans and seven other airports were approved. Travel is
restricted to those with close relatives in Cuba, or those involved in the medical or
agricultural business sectors. Travel for educational or religious activities is also permitted.
The longstanding U.S.-imposed trade embargo and travel restrictions were designed to
pressure the communist nation to move toward democracy. (Sources: CNN, 10/12/11, Times-
Picayune, 10/13/11)

Delta canceling P.C. flight
PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Delta Air Lines is eliminating all of its direct flights from Northwest
Florida Beaches International Airport to Memphis beginning Jan. 4, according to airport
Executive Director John Wheat. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 10/13/11) Also being
cut are Delta direct flights from Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, Miss., and Mobile
Regional Airport, Ala., to Memphis.

Company picks Continental Motors engines
MOBILE, Ala. – Continental Motors was chosen by Germany’s Flight Design to provide
engines for its new four-seat airplane. Continental, located at Brookley Aeroplex, hopes to
sell engines for 50 of the planes in 2013, when production begins. That's projected to grow
to 100 engines in 2014 and 200 in 2015. Continental's six-cylinder IO-360-AF engine will
burn traditional leaded aviation gas as well as unleaded fuel. Earlier this year, China’s AVIC
International Holding Corp. bought Continental from Teledyne Technologies. (Source:
Mobile Press-Register, 10/13/11)

MUOS satellite tested
The first Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) military communications satellite built by
Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy has successfully completed a major end-to-end system
test, validating satellite performance and functionality with user ground terminals.
Completion of this key milestone confirms the system meets requirements and allows the
satellite to proceed to final factory test activities prior to launch. MUOS will augment and
replace the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Follow-On system (UFO) providing communications,
including simultaneous voice, video and data, for mobile warfighters. (Source: Lockheed
Martin via PRNewswire, 10/12/11) Gulf Coast note: Work on the propulsion system for the
MUOS, an A2100 satellite-based spacecraft, is done at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

PW, RR agree to joint venture
Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney announce an agreement to form a new partnership to
power future mid-size aircraft (120 to 230 passengers). The two companies will establish a
joint venture company, in which each will hold an equal share, to develop new engines for
the next generation of aircraft that will replace the existing mid-size fleet. The prediction is a
need for nearly 45,000 engines over the next 20 years. (Source: Business Wire, 10/12/11)
Gulf Coast note: Rolls Royce tests jet engines and Pratt & Whitney assembles and tests
rocket engines at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; Pratt & Whitney is part of United
Technologies, which is buying Goodrich Corp. Goodrich’s Alabama Service Center is in
Foley, Ala.; RR and PWR competitor GE Aviation is building a composites parts center near
Hattiesburg, Miss.

Cyber battle lab among grant projects
Eight state grants totaling $1.03 billion will be used by groups in Northwest Florida to protect
and improve military assets, including $300,000 to develop a prototype cyber warfare battle
laboratory at the Navy's Corry Station in Pensacola, Fla. The Pensacola Bay Area Chamber
of Commerce will use a $100,000 defense reinvestment grant and $200,000 defense
infrastructure grant to enhance Corry's Center for Information Dominance and help the
chamber's efforts to retain and create jobs. Another group, TEAM Santa Rosa, will get two
grants totaling $257,726, one to be used for land acquisition near Naval Air Station Whiting
Field. A third group, the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County, is getting two
grants totaling $287,500 for projects related to Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field and
Duke Fields, and the Bay County Board of County Commissioners and Bay Defense Alliance
will get $93,519 and $87,500, respectively, for projects associated with the Naval Support
Activity and Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City. (Sources: multiple, including Pensacola
News Journal, Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Office of the Governor, Florida
Defense Alliance, 10/10/11) The Air Force’s center for cyber training is at Keesler Air Force
Base in Biloxi, Miss.

Wind top user of advanced composites
Wind energy will overtake aerospace as the largest user of advanced composite materials,
according to a research report. The overall market for advanced composites, based on
carbon fibers, carbon nanotubes, and grapheme, will more than triple to $25.8 billion by
2020, according to a report by Lux Research. In 2020, wind energy will account for nearly 60
percent of the market for composites, compared to the current 35 percent. (Source: Lux
Research via Business Wire, 10/12/11)

One flight cut, another added
GULFPORT, Miss. - Delta Air Lines is scheduled to cut direct flights from Gulfport and
Mobile, Ala., to Memphis in January, a Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport official said. But
US Airways is adding a flight from Gulfport to Charlotte, N.C. The director of air service for
the Gulfport airport said that while planes have usually been full flying from Gulfport to
Memphis, Memphis is not the final destination for most passengers, and Delta likely can
save money routing passengers through Atlanta instead. (Source: Sun Herald, 10/10/11)

UPS leaves Mobile for Pensacola
UPS will close a sorting operation at Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Ala., and move the hub to
Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport in Pensacola, Fla. Pensacola officials said the new
sorting facility will create 30 jobs and open Oct. 31. UPS competitor FedEx still has a
regional operation at Brookley. (Sources: multiple, including Pensacola News Journal, Mobile
Press-Register, 10/10/11)

BAE chosen for F-35 display solution
LONDON - BAE Systems was selected by Lockheed Martin to supply a Night Vision Goggle
Helmet Mounted Display (NVG HMD) system for the F-35 during the next phase of its
development. The NVG HMD will incorporate the latest Q-SIGHT waveguide display and
feature detachable Night Vision Goggles for night operations. It will also incorporate an
optical Head Tracking System for precise weapons delivery and carrier and land-based
operations. BAE Systems will begin delivery of test assets in 2012 to support the F-35
development and integration laboratories, flight simulators, and flight-test platforms.
(Source: BAE via Business Wire, 10/10/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the Joint Strike Fighter training center.

T-38s arrive at Tyndall
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Two T-38 Talon jets from Holloman Air Force Base, N.
M., arrived at Tyndall on Thursday afternoon. A total of 20 of the twin-engine jets slated to
arrive over time will be used to aid in the training of F-22 pilots. An estimated 100 jobs will be
brought to Tyndall because of the T-38s arrival. The T-38 is a high-altitude, supersonic jet
trainer used by the Texas-based Air Education and Training Command. Instead of F-22s, F-
15s or F-16s to simulate an enemy fighter, the Air Force employs the T-38 at a fraction of
the cost of the other aircraft. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 10/07/11) The Air Force
will eventually replace the T-38 and companies are jockeying for position to compete.

First openings at science center coming soon
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – The restaurant and initial exhibit showcasing earth and
space science will open at Infinity Science Center in early 2012. The building will be finished
in late October, said John Wilson, education program development director for Infinity. The
exhibits were created by ESI Design and interactive designer Edwin Schlossberg, who also
designed the Ellis Island experience and other major interactive exhibits across the country.
Infinity Science Center, expected to cost $42 million, is at Exit 2 of Interstate 10, south of the
entrance to NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center. It will be both a state-of-the-art science
center and a major visitor attraction. (Source: Sun Herald, 10/06/11)

Weapons developer sees huge cuts coming
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – The commander of the Air Armaments Center at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., warned participants at the 37th Air Armament Conference Oct. 4 that there’
s a “big target” painted on weapons development. Major Gen. Kenneth D. Merchant told the
military officers, government employees and contractors that while the projected cuts for
fiscal year 2012 are relatively small, weapons programs can expect to take a
disproportionate share of hits compared to personnel and operations accounts. “It’s not
looking good, I’ve got to tell you,” Merchant said. “The next few years are going to be very
lean.” The Air Armaments Center oversees the development, procurement and testing of all
Air Force air-delivered weapons. (Source: National Defense magazine, 10/04/11)

F-35 makes successful at sea landing
A Marine F-35B marked a first when it made a safe vertical landing on the deck of the USS
Wasp (LHD 1). The first vertical landing is part of the initial ship trials for the F-35B, which
started Monday and is expected to last two weeks. The tests will collect data on the aircraft's
ability to perform short take-offs and vertical landings on a ship at sea, as well as determine
how the aircraft integrates with the ship's landing systems, and deck and hangar operations.
This test period will also collect environmental data on the deck through added
instrumentation to measure the F-35B's impact to flight deck operations. The F-35B is the
variant of the Joint Strike Fighter capable of short take-offs and vertical landings for use on
amphibious ships or expeditionary airfields. (Source: NNS, 10/03/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the Joint Strike Fighter training center.

FBI hosts blast training at Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The FBI held a week-long post-blast school at Eglin Air
Force Base late last month. The Large Vehicle Bomb Post Blast School was attended by
more than 50 state and local law enforcement officers as well as Navy and Air Force
explosive ordnance disposal technicians. Crime scene investigators from 18 U.S. agencies
participated. There were four explosions, creating distinct “crime scenes” that included a
roadside bomb. It was the 128th post-blast school class held by the FBI and only the second
at Eglin. The class was dedicated to Tech. Sgt. Daniel Douville, an Eglin EOD technician
who fell in the line of duty in June. (Source: TEAM Eglin Public Affairs, 10/03/11)

Astronaut applicants sought
HOUSTON – Early next month NASA will seek applicants for its next class of astronaut
candidates who will support long-duration missions to the International Space Station and
future deep space exploration activities. "For scientists, engineers and other professionals
who have always dreamed of experiencing spaceflight, this is an exciting time to join the
astronaut corps," said Janet Kavandi, director of flight crew operations at the Johnson
Space Center in Houston. "This next class will support missions to the station and will arrive
via transportation systems now in development. They also will have the opportunity to
participate in NASA's continuing exploration programs that will include missions beyond low
Earth orbit." A bachelor's degree in engineering, science or math and three years of
relevant professional experience are required. Typically, successful applicants have
significant qualifications in engineering or science, or extensive experience flying high-
performance jet-aircraft. Additional information about the Astronaut Candidate Program is
available by calling the Astronaut Selection Office at 281-483-5907. (Source: NASA,
10/03/11) Gulf Coast note: NASA tests rocket engines and Stennis Space Center and builds
space structures at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

StenniSphere closed Oct. 8
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - StenniSphere, the visitor center at NASA’s John C.
Stennis Space Center, will be closed to the general public Oct. 8 for an onsite event. The
visitor center will reopen Oct. 12 and resume normal operating hours. StenniSphere is open
to the public 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and is closed on major
holidays. Public tours run throughout each day from the Launch Pad at the Hancock County
Welcome Center, Interstate 10, Exit 2. (Source: NASA, 10/03/11)


SEPTEMBER 2011

Shelby: Airbus eyeing Mobile
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - EADS is looking into whether it's feasible to build commercial airplanes
in Mobile, Ala. That's according to U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. In an interview with the
Birmingham News after a symposium address, Shelby said that while EADS didn't win the
competition against Boeing to build tankers for the Air Force -- a loss that ended EADS'
plans to put an assembly plant in Mobile -- the senator said EADS's Airbus may end up
building commercial airplanes in Mobile. "They're looking to see if it's feasible," Shelby said.
Shelby was a participant at a symposium in Tuscaloosa hosted by GE Aviation, which is
building an engine coatings plant in Auburn. (Source: Birmingham News, 09/30/11) Gulf
Coast note: GE Aviation also has an engine components plant in Batesville, Miss., and is
building another one near Hattiesburg in South Mississippi.

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $139M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC of Madison, Miss. is being awarded a
$138,968,513 firm fixed price contract modification to exercise FY12 options for logistics
support for the T -1A aircraft at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla., and several Air Force
bases. Services included are contractor operated maintained supply, over and above, on-
equipment, maintenance, data and field services representatives. This action is to exercise
option period 1, Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012. OC-ALC/GKSKA, Tinker Air Force
Base, Okla. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/30/11)

Contract: Sikorsky, $49.6M
Sikorsky Support Services Inc., Pensacola, Fla., is being awarded a $49,578,210
modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery, requirements contract to exercise
an option for logistics services and materials for organizational, intermediate, and depot
level maintenance to support 273 T-34, 54 T-44 and 62 T-6 aircraft based primarily at Naval
Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, NAS Whiting Field, Fla. and NAS Pensacola, Fla. Work will
be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas (50 percent), Whiting Field, Fla. (39 percent),
Pensacola, Fla. (8 percent), and various sites within the continental United States (3
percent).Work is expected to be completed in February 2012. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/30/11)

Fire Scout completes flight on biofuel
PATUXENT RIVER, Md. - The Navy reached a milestone in its quest to gain energy
independence today when an MQ-8B Fire Scout, built in part in Mississippi, successfully flew
the first unmanned biofueled flight. The Fire Scout was fueled with a combination of JP-5
aviation fuel and plant-based camelina. The biofuel blend reduces carbon dioxide output by
75 percent when compared to conventional aviation fuel. The unmanned helicopter provides
situational awareness, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting data to
forward deployed warfighter, and can operate from all air capable ships and is currently
providing ISR support during its first-land based deployment in U.S. Central Command area
of responsibility. Fire Scout is the seventh aircraft to demonstrate the versatility of biofuel
through its use in all facets of naval aviation. (Source: NNS, 09/30/11) Gulf Coast note: Fire
Scouts are built in part at the Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss.

Vitter: Michoud will build SLS components
NASA has chosen Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to build components of its new
heavy-lift rocket, according to Sen. David Vitter, R-La. Vitter released a statement today
saying the decision is “big big news for southeast Louisiana.” Earlier this month NASA
unveiled the design of the rocket. NASA plans to build several components at Michoud,
including manufacturing core stage and upper stage, the instrument ring and integrating
engines with core and upper stages. (Source: Sen. David Vitter, 09/29/11) Stennis Space
Center, Miss., is testing the engines for the SLS.

Hawk trainer to visit AF bases
Two United Kingdom Royal Air Force Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers will demonstrate their
advanced capabilities at U.S. Air Force bases nationwide, according to BAE Systems Inc.
BAE is offering the Hawk AJTS as the replacement for the T-38 trainer as part of the U.S. Air
Force’s T-X program. BAE announced last week that it will be the prime contractor and
Northrop Grumman will serve as the manufacturing partner for the new Hawk aircraft, which
will be built in the United States. (Source: BAE Systems via Business Wire, 09/29/11) Gulf
Coast note: Although BAE and Northrop are mum about where the Hawk would be built,
Aviation Week reports that Northrop has been hoping to secure work for its Lake Charles,
La., plant.

NASA tests commercial AJ26 engine
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Engineers at NASA's Stennis Space Center conducted a
test of an Aerojet AJ26 flight engine Sept. 28 that will power the first stage of Orbital
Sciences Corp's Taurus II space launch vehicle. The AJ26 engine test supports Orbital's
development activities to provide commercial cargo resupply flights to the International
Space Station that are scheduled to begin in 2012. The company is scheduled to
demonstrate its Taurus II rocket and its Cygnus cargo transportation system in a mission
scheduled for later this year under the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS)
research and development initiative. The test on the E-1 Test Stand was performed by a
team of Orbital, Aerojet and Stennis engineers. Data from the test will be reviewed and
verified before the engine is delivered to the Wallops Flight Facility launch site in Virginia for
installation on the Taurus II rocket's first-stage core. (Source: NASA, 09/28/11)

NASA conducts J-2X test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA conducted a 40-second test of the J-2X rocket
engine Sept. 28, the most recent in a series of tests of the next-generation engine selected
as part of the Space Launch System designed to carry humans into deep space. It was a
test at the 99 percent power level to gain a better understanding of start and shutdown
systems as well as modifications that had been made from previous test firing results. The
test came two weeks after NASA announced plans for the new SLS to be powered by core-
stage RS-25 D/E and upper-stage J-2X engines. The liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen J-2X is
being developed for NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., by Pratt &
Whitney Rocketdyne. (Source: NASA, 09/28/11)

Contract: Amherst Systems, $11.4M
Amherst Systems Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., is being awarded an $11,400,000 maximum firm-fixed-
price contract to provide sustaining engineering services support (SESS) on government-
owned B-1, B-2, B-52, and fighter test facilities' threat simulations. SESS will consist of
recurring and non-recurring engineering tasks in support of the combat electromagnetic
environment simulators and the advanced multiple environment simulators threat simulators
located in various test facilities. AAC/PKES, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/11)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $187M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded an $187,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded advance
acquisition contract. This modification provides additional funding for recurring sustainment
support, and system engineering sustainment activities necessary to meet the requirement
and delivery schedule of this low rate initial production, lot five, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Work will be performed in Eglin, Fla. (60 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (15 percent); El
Segundo, Calif. (5 percent); Warton, United Kingdom (5 percent); Orlando, Fla. (5 percent);
Nashua, N.H. (5 percent); and Baltimore, Md. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed
in May 2012. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/11)

Contract: Rolls-Royce Defense, $99.9M
Rolls-Royce Defense Services Inc., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $99,919,152
modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price requirements contract to exercise an
option for intermediate and depot-level maintenance and related support for in-service T-45
F405-RR-401 Adour engines under the power-by-the-hour arrangement. In addition, this
modification provides for inventory control, sustaining engineering and configuration
management, as well as integrated logistics support and required engineering elements
necessary to support the F405-RR-401 engine at the organization level. Work will be
performed at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville, Texas (48 percent); NAS Meridian, Miss.
(47 percent); NAS Pensacola, Fla. (4 percent); and NAS Patuxent River, Md. (1 percent),
and is expected to be completed in September 2012. The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/11)

Contract: Intergraph Gvt Sol, $9.9M
Intergraph Government Solutions, Madison, Ala., is being awarded a $9,950,000 firm-fixed-
price, time-and-material contract for procurement of information technology engineering
systems, hardware, software, systems integration/design, and software development support
services, related training, maintenance, and spare parts. Work will be performed in
Philadelphia, Pa.; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Hampton Roads, Va.; Puget Sound, Wash.; and
Kittery, Maine. Work is expected to be completed by September 2011. This contract was not
awarded through full and open competition. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon
Systems Support, Mechanicsburg, Pa., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/11)

Contracts: L-3 Vertex, $123.1M; $23.6M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC., Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$123,180,168 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery, requirements
contract to exercise an option for logistics services and materials for organizational,
intermediate, and depot-level maintenance required to support 36 T-45A, and 168 T-45C,
aircraft based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian, Miss.; NAS Kingsville, Texas; NAS
Pensacola, Fla., and NAS Patuxent River, Md. This requirement also includes the
organizational level maintenance for the engine. Work will be performed in Kingsville, Texas
(57 percent); Meridian, Miss. (36 percent); Pensacola, Fla. (6 percent); and Patuxent River
(1 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2012. In addition, the company
is being awarded a $23,539,003 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery requirements contract
for contractor logistics support and Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD)
support for the T-39 Undergraduate Military Flight Officer (UMFO) Training Program. This
effort includes support of the UMFO government-owned T-39N and T-39G aircraft and
associated equipment, including organizational and depot-level repair. In addition, this
provides intermediate level maintenance and support for Chief of Naval Air Training aircraft,
transient aircraft, tenant, and other services activities at the Naval Air Station (NAS)
Pensacola, Fla., and NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, and surrounding areas through the AIMD.
Work will be performed in Pensacola, Fla. (75 percent), and Corpus Christi, Texas (25
percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2012. This contract was not
competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-1. The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity for both awards. (Source: DoD, 09/27/11)

Eglin chosen for installation excellence
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - For the second year in a row, Air Force Materiel Command
selected Eglin Air Force Base for the Commander-in-Chief's 2012 Annual Award for
Installation Excellence. "This is a tremendous honor," said Col. Sal Nodjomian, the 96th Air
Base Wing commander. "Our Team Eglin warriors produce award-worthy work each and
every day ... whether it's bedding down our new mission partners, providing world-class
medical support, training tomorrow's warriors, or turning jets on the flightline." Eglin will
compete against other command winners for the Air Force level award. Each finalist base will
be visited by an inspection team next year. The winner is traditionally announced in April.
(Source: Team Eglin Public Affairs, 09/27/11)

F-35 inches closer to training role
Four F-35s at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., could be flying next month, according to Aviation
Week. F-35 program officials are awaiting a clearance from the procurement community to
begin flight operations at Eglin, a step closer to pilot training. The Air Force’s Aeronautical
Systems Center in Ohio, which oversees procurement of service aircraft, are reviewing data
collected during a period of "maturity flights" using two conventional-takeoff-and-landing F-
35As at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Tom Burbage, executive vice president of F-35
integration at Lockheed Martin, says he hopes to have the first F-35 flying at Eglin by Oct.
31. The four F-35As at Eglin right now are supporting maintenance training. (Source:
Aviation Week, 09/27/11)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $11.3M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, Madison, Miss., is being awarded an $11,345,639
firm-fixed-price contract modification for trainer maintenance at Sheppard Air Force-Base,
Texas, and satellite site at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. This action is to exercise option
period one, Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012. 82nd Contracting Squadron/LGCA,
Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/26/11)

NASA restructuring contracting program
NASA is restructuring its contracting program as the agency's missions change. Contractors
are anticipating a new initiative worth millions over nearly 10 years. The initiative, known as
the Test and Operations Support Contract, covers ground systems work now being done by
Boeing and the United Space Alliance. The new program would provide NASA with services
related to managing the ground systems used for flight launches, such as maintaining
equipment, overseeing landings and performing simulations and experiments. (Source:
Washington Post, 09/25/11) Gulf Coast note: In this region NASA has Stennis Space Center,
Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans.

GE Aviation encouraged about future
Ohio-based GE Aviation is marking 40 years in the commercial aviation business and feeling
good about the future. The company landed orders for more than $27 billion in engines and
services at the Paris Air Show in June, and GE Aviation is ramping up production. It added
1,000 jobs across its U.S. manufacturing operations over the past three years and plans to
add another 1,000 over the next three years. That includes 200 jobs in Dayton, Ohio, 400
new jobs at two component plants in Mississippi and 400 more across its 20 U.S. operating
plants. (Source: Cincinnati Enquirer, 09/25/11) Gulf Coast note: One of the Mississippi
plants is in Ellisville, near Hattiesburg.

Aero medical lab moves to Ohio
PENSACOLA, Fla. - A long-time member of Naval Air Station Pensacola closed its doors
earlier this month for points north. The Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory
closed Sept. 2 and moved to new facilities at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton,
Ohio. The move of the lab, which employed 65, was dictated by the Base Realignment and
Closure Commission in 2005. Wright-Patterson is headquarters of the Air Force Research
Laboratory. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 09/25/11)

Contract: Jacobs Technology, $42.4M
Jacobs Technology Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is being awarded $42,442,430 under a
previously awarded contract. This effort is for the continuity of services contract to continue
information technology services until the transition to the next generation Enterprise Network
is accomplished. Work will be performed in Quantico, Va., and is expected to be completed
in June 2014. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for
proposals with two offers received. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/23/11)

Contracts: L-3 Vertex, $48.8M
L-3 Communications Systems Field Support, Vertex Aerospace, L.L.C., Madison, Miss., is
being awarded a $48,797,627 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded ontract
to exercise an option for aircraft maintenance and logistical life cycle support for 66 C-12
aircraft for the Navy (55) and the Marine Corps (11). Work will be performed in Corpus
Christi, Texas; Lincoln, Neb.; and Winnipeg, Canada. Work will also be performed in various
locations both inside and outside the continental United States, including: Yuma, Ariz.;
Washington, D.C.; New Orleans, La.; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Jacksonville, Fla.; Miramar,
Calif.; New River, N.C.; Norfolk, Va.; Patuxent River, Md.; Andrews Air Force Base, Md.;
Manassas, Va.; Japan; Cuba; and Bahrain. Work is expected to be completed in September
2012. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 09/22/11)

Contracts: Northrop Grumman, $17M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $17,098,027
contract for the Rapid Deployment Capability Weaponization Program in support of the MQ-
8B Fire Scout System. This contract includes the installation, engineering, manufacturing,
and data development of the weapons systems. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif.,
and Grand Rapids, Mich., and is expected to be completed in March 2013. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/22/11)
Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

RS-68A completes test series
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed a
series of hot-fire tests on the certified RS-68A engine, the world’s most powerful hydrogen-
fueled engine, at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, Miss. The tests demonstrated the
capability of the engine to operate for 4,800 seconds of cumulative run time, four times the
design life of the engine and more than 10 times what's needed to boost a United Launch
Alliance heavy-lift rocket into space. The RS-68A, which evolved from the RS-68, is a liquid-
hydrogen/liquid-oxygen booster engine designed for the Delta IV family of launch vehicles.
In addition, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and NASA has begun testing on the upper-stage J-
2X engine. To date, five hot-fire tests have been conducted on the J-2X, which could be
used to boost humans beyond low-Earth orbit. (Source: Pratt & Whitney via PRNewswire,
09/22/11)

United Technologies to buy Goodrich
United Technologies Corp. will buy Goodrich Corp. for $18.4 billion, including $1.9 billion in
net debt assumed. Closing is subject to customary approvals. Once completed, United
Technologies, of Hartford, Conn., is expected to have worldwide sales of $66 billion based
on projected 2011 results, and a stronger position in the aerospace and defense industry.
Goodrich, based in Charlotte, N.C., supplies landing gear, aircraft wheels and brakes to the
aerospace and defense industry. United Technology builds engines, helicopters and other
aviation-related products. (Source: PRNewswire, 09/21/11) Gulf Coast note: Goodrich has
its Alabama Service Center in Foley, Ala. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a United
Technologies company, assembles and tests rockets at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

New STEM curriculum released
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – The Stennis Education Office has released its new
"Food for Thought" teaching curriculum and interactive website. It uses the idea of food in
space to teach students such topics as caloric content and nutritional value of food, while
challenging them to build space robots, design a better microgravity coffee cup and create a
space cookie recipe. The curriculum is the third produced by the Stennis education team, all
within the last 15 months. It's part of NASA's Teaching from Space initiative, designed to
promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning by students. (Source:
NASA, 09/09/11)

Contract: Del-Jen, $24.6M
Del-Jen Inc., Clarksville, Tenn., is being awarded a $24,640,037 modification under a
previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to exercise
option four, for base operations support services at Naval Air Station Pensacola and
surrounding areas (Saufley Field, Corry Station, and Bronson Field). The work to be
performed provides for public works administration including labor, management,
supervision, materials, supplies and more. The total contract amount after exercise of this
option will be $118,523,007. Work will be performed in Pensacola, Fla., and is expected to
be completed by September 2012. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast,
Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/21/11)

Florida joining Aerospace Alliance
SANDESTIN, Fla. – The inaugural Aerospace Alliance Summit drew about 140 participants
to Sandestin Beach Resort over two days to discuss ways expand the industry in Alabama,
Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. Florida officials said the entire state will be joining the
Alliance formed more than two-years ago. Up to now, Florida was represented by Florida's
Great Northwest, an economic development group. "Florida is proud to be a partner, a full
partner," said Florida lieutenant governor Jennifer Carroll. The summit was attended by a
variety of aerospace companies, economic development officials and business leaders from
the four states. Organizers say plans are to hold another summit next year in one of the four
states that are part of the group. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, Northwest Florida Daily
News, 09/16/11)

Contract: Rehabilitation Svcs, $8.1M
Rehabilitation Services Mississippi, Madison, Miss., is being awarded an $8,113,168 firm-
fixed-price contract modification to provide full food services at Keesler Air Force Base,
Miss. The 81st Contracting Squadron, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 09/15/11)

NASA unveils SLS
NASA has unveiled plans for the Space Launch System rocket, designed to take astronauts
into deep space. Administrator Charles Bolden said during a Wednesday news conference
that the heavy-lift SLS, more powerful than the Saturn V that launched astronauts to the
Moon, will fly in 2017. It will allow astronauts to reach asteroids and Mars. SLS will be
designed to carry the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, as well as cargo, equipment and
science experiments. It will serve as a backup for commercial and international partner
transportation services to the International Space Station. It will use technologies from the
Space Shuttle and Constellation programs to leverage proven hardware and tooling and
manufacturing technology. It will use a liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen propulsion system,
which will include the RS-25D/E from the Space Shuttle for the core stage and the J-2X
engine for the upper stage. (Sources: Multiple, including Huntsville Times, Space Travel,
Los Angeles Times, 09/14/11) Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., does rocket
engine testing and assembly of the J-2X. Michoud Assembly Facilities has been working on
Orion.

Flight worthy Orion build begins
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Construction began last week on the first new NASA spacecraft built
to take humans to orbit since space shuttle Endeavour left the factory in 1991. Engineers at
NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans started welding together the first space-
bound Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. The first welds were completed Friday using an
innovative new friction stir welding process, developed especially for Orion construction. The
process creates a seamless, leak-proof bond that has proven stronger and higher in quality
than can be achieved with conventional welding. After welding is completed at Michoud, the
Orion spacecraft orbital test article will be shipped to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in
Florida, where the heat shield will be installed. At Kennedy, it will undergo final assembly and
checkout operations for flight. The first “flight worthy” Orion is set to launch in the summer of
2013. (Source: NASA, 09/09/11)

Navy to buy larger Fire Scouts
The Navy is to award Northrop Grumman a contract to supply 28 MQ-8C Fire Scout "rapid
deployment capability" unmanned helicopters using the larger Bell 407 helicopter airframe to
increase endurance and payload. The notice of intent says the aircraft are to be fielded by
the first quarter of 2014. The Navy also evaluated the Boeing Hummingbird and Lockheed
Martin/Kaman K-Max, but opted for the 407 airframe jointly developed by Northrop Grumman
and Bell as the Fire-X and first flown in December. The MQ-8C will use the same systems as
the MQ-8B, which is on the smaller Schweizer 333 helicopter airframe. (Source: Aviation
Week, 09/09/11) Gulf Coast note: The MQ-8B is built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Development gets mine defense business
PANAMA CITY, Fla. - The St. Joe Co. on Thursday officially welcomed ITT Corp.'s mine
defense business to the VentureCrossings Enterprise Centre at West Bay, the
development's first corporate tenant. ITT will be moving into a 105,000-square-foot facility.
VentureCrossings is St. Joe's initial project in the West Bay Sector Plan, a 75,000-acre
development that will include office, industrial, manufacturing, hotel, retail and residential
uses. Sites offer direct ramp access and access to the 10,000-foot runway at Northwest
Florida Beaches International Airport. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 09/08/11)

Contract: CYE, $25M
CYE Enterprises Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., is being awarded a $25,000,000 firm-fixed-price
contract to furnish all plants, materials, labor, equipment, and all operations in connection
with repairing and replacing roofs, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., per the statement of work and
roofing specifications. AAC/PKOA, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 09/08/11)

Contract: Jacobs, $20.2M
Jacobs Technology Inc., Tullahoma, Tenn., is being awarded a $20,255,460 indefinite-
delivery, quantity cost-plus-award-fee, and cost-reimbursement contract modification to
provide technical, engineering, and acquisition support at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
AAC/PKES, Eglin Air Force Base is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/08/11)

NG sees global sales opportunities
Northrop Grumman CEO Wes Bush said his company, which builds the Global Hawk
surveillance plane, can bolster its international sales of unmanned systems. He also said at
the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit that he felt the U.S. government was taking
steps to try to loosen export curbs on some arms. The Obama administration has been
consulting Congress on plans to sell unmanned Global Hawks to South Korea. International
sales currently are less than 10 percent of Northrop Grumman’s overall sales. (Source:
Reuters, 09/07/11) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are made in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: MacAulay-Brown, $26M
MacAulay-Brown, Inc., Dayton, Ohio, is being awarded a $25,969,228 firm-fixed-price
delivery order with estimated cost line items under General Services Administration multiple-
award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity alliant government-wide acquisition contract for
information technology and intelligence services. Specialized Contracting, HQ
AFSOC/A7KQ, Hurlburt Field, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/02/11)

Two more F-35s arrive
Two Lockheed Martin F-35As arrived at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., this week, joining two
earlier arrivals that will be used for training pilots and maintainters at the new F-35
Integrated Training Center. The jets left Wednesday from Fort Worth, Texas, along with two
F-16 escorts for the 90-minute flight. The two F-35s are AF-10 and AF-11 from the second
lot of low-rate production aircraft. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 08/31/11)

Recycler plans Pensacola operation
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Pennsylvania-based stainless steel scrap recycler Cronimet Corp. plans
to locate a manufacturing facility in Pensacola in early November, creating 15 manufacturing
and administrative jobs. Cronimet recovers and reprocesses stainless steel and high-grade
alloys for manufacturers, including the aerospace industry. The announcement was made
by Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Jim Hizer and chamber Chairman
Collier Merrill. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 09/01/11)

Accurate hurricane forecasts at risk?
There are concerns that budget cuts could jeopardize future accurate hurricane forecasting.
Proposed cuts in the budget of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and in
funding for new satellites could undermine the National Hurricane Center's forecasting
ability. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson told reporters in a visit to NHC headquarters in Miami that
defunding NOAA programs was "like cutting off your nose to spite your face." Nelson said
there was also talk about possible Defense Department cuts to funding for the 10 C-130
Super Hercules "hurricane hunter" planes based in Biloxi, Miss. He vowed that the proposed
cuts would be halted in the Senate, saying the "hurricane hunter" program was about
"saving lives and trying to lessen property damage." (Source: Reuters, 09/01/11)


AUGUST 2011

Contract: Raytheon, $569M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $569,021,288 firm-fixed-
price contract modification for 234 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile Air Intercept
Missile (AIM)-120D All-Up-Round (AUR) missiles; four AIM-120D air vehicles instrumented;
eight integrated test vehicles; 101 AIM-120D Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM); 203 AIM-
120C7 Foreign Military Sales (FMS) AURs; warranty for 100 CATMs; warranty for 25 AIM-
120C7 AURs (Bahrain); 103 non-developmental item-airborne instrumentation units; test
equipment; Air Force AIM 120D guidance section; Personnel Reliability Program Phase IV;
and FMS software and contractor logistics support. This contract supports foreign military
sales (23 percent). AAC/EBAC, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 08/31/11)

Contract: InDyne, $192.8M
InDyne Inc., Reston, Va., is being awarded a $192,811,018 cost-plus-award-fee contract
which exercises option two, fiscal 2012 and 2013, of Eglin Test and Training Complex Range
operations and maintenance for test and training areas, and technical facilities, to include
test and training mission support; engineering support for range system design,
modification, configuration; and range support services to accomplish authorized range
activities. AAC/PKET, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
08/31/11)

Contract: Boeing, $14.4M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $14,370,342 firm-fixed-price contract
modification to provide a quantity of 602 Joint Direct Attack Munitions. Air Armament
Center/EBDK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/31/11)

Contract: EADS, $43.8M
EADS North American Defense, Arlington, Va., was awarded a $43,811,456 firm-fixed-price
contract. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure 32
security and support mission equipment package production cut-in. Work will be performed
in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2013. The U.S. Army
Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
08/29/11)

Mk 38 Tactical Laser System concept tested
BAE Systems, Boeing, and the Navy recently conducted a successful test of the Mk 38 MOD
2 Tactical Laser System concept at Eglin Air Force Base in Eglin, Fla. The concept is a
proposed high energy laser addition to the Mk 38 naval gun systems currently deployed on
most surface combatants. The results of the field testing demonstrated a capability to
identify and classify targets and provide rapid hand-off to the Mobile Active Targeting
Resource for Integrated Experiments system for interdiction. The test system fired against
air and surface maritime targets. Additionally, swarm tests were conducted to simulate an
attack by a large number of fast, maneuvering small boats, intermingled with neutral boat
traffic. These tests demonstrated a consistent ability to detect, track, classify and engage
threat vessels at tactically relevant ranges. (Source: BAE Systems via Business Wire,
08/30/11)

NG to add to Fire Scout workforce
Northrop Grumman will add 100 workers in Rancho Bernardo, Calif., to enable the company
to continue developing its Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle and a larger version called
Fire-X. About 200 employees are already assigned to the program. The company also is
negotiating with the Navy to add weapons to Fire Scout, says George Vardoulakis,
Northrop's vice president of tactical unmanned systems. (Source: Signon San Diego,
08/28/11) Gulf Coast note: The Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss., builds
portions of the Fire Scout.

LM, AF sign sensors deal
The Air Force and Lockheed Martin signed a five-year deal to further sensors technology.
The cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Air Force Research
Laboratory will assess the viability of Lockheed's cooled tri-mode seeker for integration onto
Air Force weapon platforms. The seeker combines several sensors and a radar that run
simultaneously and share information in flight. The work will be done with AFRL's Munitions
Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., according to the Dayton Business Journal. AFRL,
the U.S. Air Force's science and technology program, has a $2.2 billion annual budget and
performs an additional $2 billion a year in customer funded research and development.
(Source: Dayton Business Journal, Lockheed Martin, 08/26/11)

F-35 gets official roll out
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Air Force officially rolled out the F-35 Lightning II Joint
Strike Fighter during a ceremony Friday at the 58th Fighter Squadron Hanger. Hundreds of
people attended the event, hosted by Gen. Edward Rice, Air Education and Training
Command commander. Eglin is home of the F-35 training center, where pilots and
maintainers from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and foreign nations will train with three
variants of the fighter. Florida Sen. Don Gaetz said the F-35 will have a big impact on
Northwest Florida. (Sources, multiple, including WEAR-TV, WALA-TV, 08/26/11) In a related
matter, the production version of the F-35 has been cleared to fly, according to Lockheed
Martin. The entire JSF fleet was grounded Aug. 2 after one jet suffered a malfunction of the
integrated power package. A dozen instrumented test aircraft were OKd to fly Aug. 18, and
now a half-dozen production jets, including two at Eglin, can take to the air. (Source: Air
Force Times, 08/25/11)

NASA takes over plant
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - The 1.6 million square-foot former Mississippi Army
Ammunition Plant was formally turned over to NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center
Wednesday, increasing NASA's total facility space at SSC by about a third. The Army plant
hasn't made munitions since 1990 and was deactivated in 1992. About half the space is
already occupied by a dozen employers, including Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, the
Government Printing Office, Department of Energy and the Department of Homeland
Security's National Center for Critical Information Processing and Storage. The ceremony
was held in the Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne engine assembly portion of the plant. Attending
were NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, who
said the economic development potential is "tremendous for the Gulf Coast." (Source: Sun
Herald, 08/24/11)

PC airport planning for future growth
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, which opened in May
2010, hopes a $475,000 federal grant will help it plan for future expansion. The
Transportation Department grant will be used to hire a company to develop short- and long-
term forecasts for future passenger traffic. Last month the airport, north of Panama City,
marked the million-passenger milestone. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 08/22/11)

F-35 “roll out” scheduled
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Air Force will officially "roll out" the F-35 Lightning II
Joint Strike Fighter during a ceremony Friday, Aug. 26, at Eglin Air Force Base. The event
will be hosted by Gen. Edward Rice, Air Education and Training Command commander.
Other guest speakers include Larry Lawson, Lockheed Martin Executive Vice President and
General Manager, F-35 Program, and Col. Andrew Toth, 33rd Fighter Wing commander.
Eglin is home of the F-35 training center. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 08/22/11)

Huge plant being turned over to NASA
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – The former Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant will be
formally turned over to NASA's Stennis Space Center during a ceremony Aug. 24.
Acquisition of the 1.6 million square-foot plant, which hasn't made munitions since 1990, will
increase NASA's total facility space at Stennis Space Center by about 33 percent. The Army
plant, deactivated in 1992, today has a dozen employers, including Pratt and Whitney
Rocketdyne, the Government Printing Office and the Department of Energy, and there's
room for more operations. The ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. CDT. Participants include
Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi and NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver. (NASA,
08/19/11)

Feds to set up UAS test airspace
The Pentagon and the Federal Aviation Administration plan to carve out between four and
10 "bubbles" in civilian airspace to test unmanned aerial systems, said Steve Pennington,
executive director of the Defense Policy Board on Federal Aviation. They’ll provide DoD and
the FAA space to show that unmanned systems can fly in heavily-traveled commercial
airspace in all conditions. The sites will not be co-located with existing DoD sites that have
been cleared to fly UAS in the United States, but the new airspace sites will likely butt up
against those DoD-owned sites. DoD will begin preliminary site selection by the end of 2012,
Pennington said. (Source: AOL, 08/18/11) Gulf Coast notes: South Mississippi has two
locations cleared for unmanned flights, and unmanned systems are also tested at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla.

Fire Scout with a bite coming soon
The MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter may soon head to sea with air-to-surface
missiles. The Navy's drone helicopter, which recently finished its second deployment, will
start carrying either Raytheon Griffin or BAE Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System, two
small missiles that would give an aircraft designed for intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance some teeth. Capt. Patrick Smith, Fire Scout program manager, said at the
Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference that Northrop
Grumman is working to integrate a Griffin onto the UAV and will likely demonstrate the
system later this month. (Source: Navy Times, 08/18/11) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are
made in part in Moss Point, Miss.

F-35 test fleet OKd to fly
The F-35 test fleet has been cleared for flight, but the Air Force’s production aircraft at Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., are still grounded, the Pentagon said Thursday. An Air Force safety
board is continuing its investigation of the failure of the AF-4’s Integrated Power Package on
Aug. 2, which led to the grounding of the fleet of 20 aircraft. Ground operations of the test
fleet resumed Aug. 10. (Source: Air Force Times, 08/18/11)

AAC change of command set
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Maj. Gen. Kenneth A. Merchant will assume command of
the Air Armament Center from Maj. Gen. C.R. Davis Friday, Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. Merchant's
previous assignment was director at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., where he was director of
Logistics, Headquarters, Air Mobility Command. Davis will assume command of the
Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Sept. 1, the same day he's
promoted to lieutenant general. In another Eglin event Friday, Col. David A. Harris, Vice
Commander, Air Armament Center, will pin on the rank of brigadier general in a 10 a.m.
ceremony at Eglin's Club. (Source: 96th Air Base Wing, 08/15/11)

Ferguson: SSC future most secure
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Crew members from the final mission of space shuttle
Atlantis visited NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center on Thursday to thank employees and
their families for their part in the success of the mission. "Of all the NASA centers that are
involved in human space flight, I think Stennis' future is probably the most clear at this
point," said mission commander Chris Ferguson. Stennis tested all the space shuttle main
engines, and continues to test rocket engines for commercial companies. "The space shuttle
(main engines) that you've tested and operated here for probably at least 35 years was
really one of the success stories," said pilot Doug Hurley. Hundreds crowded the auditorium
of StenniSphere to hear Hurley, Ferguson and mission specialists Sandra Magnus and Rex
Waldheim share their appreciation and their experiences in space. (Source: Sun Herald,
08/11/11)

FWB ranks 20th on list of geek cities
The Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin metro area is ranked 20 on Forbes list of America’
s Geekiest Cities. That means it has a lot of people with degrees in science and engineering-
related fields. Of the workforce in the Fort Walton Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area, 8.8
percent or some 7,200 workers are employed in the science, technology, engineering or
mathematics field. Much of that is due to Eglin Air Force Base, which acts as a magnet for
technology-oriented defense contractors. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 08/10/11)

Aerospace summit scheduled
DESTIN, Fla. - The future of aerospace and aviation in the region and nation will be the
focus of the Aerospace Alliance Summit, Sept. 15-16 at Sandestin Golf and Beach and
Resort in Florida. The summit is hosted by the Aerospace Alliance, a partnership of the
states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida’s Great Northwest. (Source:
Aerospace Alliance, 08/10/11)

Tower work to resume
GULFPORT, Miss. - Construction will resume at the air traffic control tower at Gulfport-Biloxi
International Airport on Monday, an airport official said Wednesday. Work on the $12 million
project in Gulfport and at airports across the country was halted last month when Congress
failed to provide funding for infrastructure projects. Congress has since approved a budget
and the work can now proceed. (Source: Sun Herald, 08/10/11)

Vision Airlines shuffles cities it serves
Vision Airlines will discontinue service from Northwest Florida Regional Airport to selected
destinations during the fall and winter. The reduced schedule will start Aug. 19, when the
airline cuts service to Lafayette and Shreveport, La., Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tenn., and
Asheville, N.C. Vision made the announcement as it released its fall and winter flight
schedule. The airline said it will continue to serve the Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Fla., area
with flights from Atlanta, Louisville, Ky., Memphis, Orlando, and the St. Petersburg-Tampa-
Clearwater area throughout the fall and winter. Service to Little Rock, Ark., will continue until
Nov. 2. The company will add routes to its winter schedule. (Sources: Knoxville News
Sentinel, Northwest Florida Daily News, PRNewswire, 08/08/11)

Rolls-Royce looks to expand test sites
Rolls-Royce Group is studying locations in the United States and Germany for new engine
test sites, a newspaper reported Monday. The company told workers in Derby, England,
where it employs 11,000, that it was considering sites outside of the United Kingdom, The
Telegraph reported. Derby is the company's "center of excellence" for large engines. It
builds and tests the Trent XWB, which will go in the new Airbus A350. That program will
continue in Derby as it expands, but the company says it's looking at new locations to help
fulfill orders worth about $98 billion. Rolls-Royce could open test sites either in the United
States or Germany or both, the Telegraph reported. (Source: Indianapolis Business Journal,
08/08/11) Gulf Coast note: Rolls-Royce currently tests jet engines at NASA's John C.
Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $535.3M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $535,315,000 advance acquisition contract to provide long lead parts and
components required for the manufacture of 38 Low Rate Initial Production Lot VI F-35
Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft (19 Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL)
aircraft for the Air Force; 4 CTOLs for the government of Italy; 2 CTOLs for the government
of Australia; 6 Short Take-Off Vertical Landing (STOVL) aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps;
and 7 Carrier Variant (CV) aircraft for the Navy). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/08/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Atlantis crew to visit SSC
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Crew members of space shuttle Atlantis' final mission,
STS-135, will visit NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 8:45 a.m.
to thank employees for their part in a safe mission. Atlantis completed its final flight on July
21.The mission also marked the final flight of NASA's Space Shuttle Program. Atlantis was
launched on its maiden STS-51-J mission in October 1985. During its 26 years in service,
the orbiter flew 33 missions and logged more than 131 million miles in space. Atlantis and
sister crafts Discovery and Endeavour now are being prepared for permanent display at
selected sites.(Source: NASA, 08/08/11)

Hurlburt preferred site for Predator unit
Hurlburt Field, Fla., is the preferred alternative for the Air Force Reserve Command MQ-1
remote split-operations squadron, Air Force officials said. Hurlburt Field will get a single MQ-
1 RSO squadron consisting of 140 personnel and associated equipment. This action does
not involve remotely piloted aircraft, only ground control systems. The MQ-1 Predator's
primary mission is to provide intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and precision-strike
capability for joint force commanders. Predator flight operations are split between launch
and recovery element aircrews overseas and mission-control element crews based in the
United States. LRE crews launch and recover the aircraft within the area of responsibility.
MCE crews operate the aircraft via satellite data links from locations within the States. Air
Force officials said an environmental assessment will determine the final basing selection.
The Air Force announced in May 2011 that the Eglin Complex in Florida was the candidate
location for the Air Force Reserve Command MQ-1 remote split-operations squadron. The
Eglin complex includes Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, Duke Field, Camp Rudder and
Choctaw Field. Site survey teams evaluated the bases at the candidate location for
feasibility, timing, cost and planning purposes to meet initial operational capability
requirements.(Source: AFNS, 08/5/11)

Runway light go out; flights diverted
Seven flights coming into Northwest Florida Regional Airport had to be diverted to other
airports or canceled Wednesday night when the runway lights went out shortly after 8 p.m.
and remained out overnight. Eglin Air Force Base officials, who maintain the runway,
reported at about 11 a.m. that they had found the problem and would have it repaired by the
time lights were needed for Thursday evening landings, Okaloosa County Airports Director
Greg Donovan said. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 08/04/11)

F-35s grounded
Flight and ground operations for the Joint Strike Fighter were suspended after the
secondary power system of F-35A AF-4, an Air Force variant test aircraft, failed on Aug. 2 at
Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., during a ground maintenance engine run. The problem was
in the F-35's integrated power package, an F-35-unique system that combines the functions
of engine starter, emergency and auxiliary power unit, environmental control system and
back-up generator. (Source: Aviation Week, 08/04/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is home of the Joint Strike Fighter training center. Two production units have
already been delivered to the base.

Frigate returns with drones
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – USS Halyburton, its two Fire Scout unmanned helicopters and
Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron returned to Naval Station Mayport Wednesday after a
seven-month deployment. The ship conducted numerous counter-piracy operations in the
Gulf of Aden and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions in support of
Operation Unified Protector, employing the MQ-8B Fire Scouts. MQ-8B operators set
records for maximum altitude, range, and endurance, with 438 hours flown by Fire Scout.
One of the drones was lost over Libya in June and later replaced. The Libyan government
has claimed its forces downed the remotely operated vehicle, but neither the Navy nor
NATO will say what caused the MQ-8B Fire Scout to go down. (Sources: NNS, Florida Times-
Union, 08/03/11) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Museum gets Marine One helicopter
PENSACOLA, Fla. – A helicopter that served as Marine One is the newest display at the
National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola. The green and white
Sikorsky VH-3A Sea King was one of several similar models used by the White House
beginning in 1962 to transport the president. It was acquired two years ago and went
through months of restoration. It’s on display in Hangar Bay One. The museum will host a
dedication ceremony for this helicopter in the upcoming weeks that will be open to the
public. (Source: WEAR-TV, Pensacola News Journal, 08/03/11)


JULY 2011

AIRINC to close Fairhope facility
FAIRHOPE, Ala. - The Fokker AIRINC parts repair facility will close by October, shifting
operations to a larger, sister aircraft parts repair facility in LaGrange, Ga. Fokker
Technologies said that some of the 55 Fairhope employees could be offered transfers.
Frans van de Pol, vice president of component repair, said the parent company continues to
wait for its business to recover from the recession. Fokker Services mainly repairs parts for
U.S. airlines and other parts suppliers. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 07/29/11)

Contract: Boeing, $32.5M
Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $32,480,252 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract
modification to provide additional aircraft closure redesign. The AAC/EDBK/EDBJ, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/28/11)

Contract: Raytheon, $70M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems Division, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $70,000,000
maximum firm-fixed-price contract to provide Small Diameter Bomb II technical support.
AAC/EBMK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/28/11)

F-35C has first catapult launch
LAKEHURST, N.J. - In another first for the new Joint Strike Fighter, an F-35C test aircraft,
designated CF-3, was launched by a land-based steam catapult during a test Wednesday in
Lakehurst, N.J. The jet was flown by Navy test pilot Lt. Christopher Tabert. The F-35C
carrier variant of the JSF has larger wing surfaces and reinforced landing gear that make it
different from the Air Force A version or the Marine Corps B variant. The F-35C is
undergoing test and evaluation at Naval Air Station Patuxent River prior to delivery to the
fleet. Initial ship trials are scheduled for 2013. (Source: Naval Air Systems Command,
07/27/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the JSF training center.

GE Aviation to open new Mississippi plant
GE Aviation will open a second manufacturing facility in Mississippi, this one in Ellisville in
Jones County. GE Aviation, based in Ohio, will invest $56 million in a 300,000-square-foot
facility that will make advanced composite components for aircraft engines and systems. It's
expected to begin production in 2013, creating about 250 jobs by 2016. GE Aviation, a
subsidiary of General Electric, opened a manufacturing facility in Batesville in 2008, which
now has 300 workers. (Sources: Leader-Call, Reuters, RD magazine, 07/27/11)

Contract: EADS, $10.2M
EADS North American Defense, Arlington, Va., was awarded a $10,166,300 firm-fixed-price
contract. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to provide logistic
support coverage for the UH-72A aircraft. Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with
an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2011. The U.S. Army Contracting Command,
Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/25/11)

Cyber strategy Website launched
The Department of Defense today launched a new website to highlight DoD's unified
strategy for cyberspace, announced on July 14. The website helps explain and consolidate
DoD's cybersecurity accomplishments and new way forward for military, intelligence and
business operations in cyberspace. The site is designed to help users explore the five pillars
of DoD’s cyber strategy: treating cyberspace as an operational domain; employing new
defense operating concepts; partnering with the public and private sector; building
international partnerships; and leveraging talent and innovation. (Source: DoD, 07/25/11)
Gulf Coast note: The Gulf Coast has multiple DoD cyber training operations, including
Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., Corry Station, Fla., and Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Tower work halted
GULFPORT, Miss. - Work has halted on the nearly completed air traffic control tower at the
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration told contractors to
stop work on the nearly $12 million project in Gulfport and others at airports nationwide after
Congress failed Friday to pass legislation for the work to continue. The current control tower
is handling flights. (Source: Sun Herald, 07/25/11)

Panama City airport wins award
WEST BAY, Fla. - Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport has received this year's
Florida Department of Transportation Airport Project of the Year Award. The award was
handed out at the annual conference of the Florida Airport Council. It recognized the project
for its "significant contribution to airport development, sustainability, efficiency, capacity
and/or safety," according to the award nomination criteria. The airport near West Bay
opened May 23, 2010, to replace the smaller airport in Panama City. (Source: Panama City
News Herald, 07/22/11)

Aerospace startup opens at Brookley
MOBILE, Ala. - AeroStar Inc., a startup located at Mobile's Brookley Aeroplex, plans to repair
and overhaul hydraulic and pneumatic airplane components. The company is led by Greg
Guzman, a former sales executive for Fokker Airinc, a components repair firm in Fairhope,
Ala. The company wants to employ 10 people by the end of the year. The 8,000 square-foot
building that AeroStar renovated on the south end of Michigan Avenue could hold up to 25
employees, Guzman said. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 07/22/11)

Euro Hawk arrives in Germany
MANCHING, Germany - The Euro Hawk unmanned aerial system, built in part in Mississippi,
was delivered to the German Bundeswehr Thursday. The signals intelligence aircraft is
based on the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk. It took off Wednesday from Edwards
Air Force Base, Calif., for the flight to Manching Air Base. The Euro Hawk will carry a new
SIGINT mission system developed by EADS Deutschland, which will be integrated in
Manching. Delivery of the first demonstrator to the Bundeswehr is scheduled for mid-2012,
with another four systems scheduled tentatively between 2015 and 2017. Euro Hawk is the
first international version of the RQ-4, which has been serving the U.S. military for a number
of years. The second international version will be NATO’s AGS. (Source: Northrop Grumman
via PRNewswire, 07/21/11) Gulf Coast note: The Euro Hawk was built in part in Moss Point,
Miss.

Second F-35 delivered to Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Lockheed Martin's second F-35A Lightning II production jet
arrived Wednesday at Eglin Air Force Base, less than a week after delivery of the first jet to
the base in Northwest Florida. Marine Corps Maj. Joseph T. "OD" Bachmann piloted the
aircraft, known as AF-8, arriving at 11:50 a.m. CDT. AF-8 joins AF-9, which Lockheed Martin
delivered to the 33rd Fighter Wing last Thursday after a flight from Fort Worth, Texas. The
jets will be used for training F-35 pilots and maintainers who are slated to begin course work
at the base's new F-35 Integrated Training Center this fall. (Source: Lockheed Martin,
07/20/11)

Shuttle lands safely, era ends
The space shuttle Atlantis landed safely at Florida's Kennedy Space Center early Thursday.
The 135th flight marked the end of three decades of service. The shuttle and its four crew
members touched down at 5:56 a.m. after a 13-day mission to the International Space
Station. (Source: Multiple, 07/21/11) Gulf Coast note: All shuttle main engines were tested at
NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center, Miss.

53rd change of command set
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The 53rd Wing at Eglin Air Force Base will have a change
of command Tuesday, July 26. Col. David Hicks will take command of the wing from Col.
Michael Gantt at 8:53 a.m. in Hangar 102. The 53rd Wing serves as the focal point for the
Combat Air Forces in electronic warfare, armament and avionics, chemical defense,
reconnaissance, and aircrew training devices. The wing is also responsible for operational
testing and evaluation of new equipment and systems. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base,
07/21/11)

Boeing, Airbus share record order
American Airlines is ordering 460 new single-aisle planes from U.S.-based Boeing and
Europe's Airbus in a deal valued at more than $38 billion. Fort Worth, Texas-based
American plans to acquire 260 of the Airbus A320 and 200 Boeing 737s. The deal includes
options and purchase rights for 465 additional planes through 2025. Airbus has not sold
new planes to American Airlines in more than two decades. The company retired its last
Airbus in 2009. At least one newspaper said Airbus could dust off plans to build a plant in
Mobile, Ala., but CEO Tom Enders was noncommittal on that prospect. (Sources: Multiple,
including New York Times, Bloomberg, News Tribune, Hartford Courant, 07/20/11)

Delta cutting 24 markets
Three regional airports in Mississippi - Greenville, Tupelo and Hattiesburg - are among 24
small markets that face losing service from Delta Air Lines. The company said it's lost $14
million a year serving the 24 airports because of insufficient passenger loads. Service to 16
of the 24 airports is subsidized by the federal Essential Air Service program. Weak demand
in some markets led to flights occasionally operating with no passengers on board.
Greenville has a 27.6 percent load factor, Tupelo 41 percent and Hattiesburg has a 53.7
percent. The Department of Transportation is now looking for alternative carriers. (Source:
PRNewswire 07/15/11)

46th schedules change of command
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The 46th Test Wing at Eglin Air Force Base will have a
change of command on July 22. Col. Colin Miller will take command of the wing from Col.
Michael Brewer. Miller has served as an operational pilot in the F-15C and F-117, and as a
test pilot in the F-15C, F-15E, F-16, and F-22. Brewer relinquishes command after serving
two years with the 46th Test Wing and more than 25 years with the Air Force. (Source: Eglin
Air Force Base, 07/18/11)

Flight Academy gets $250,000 gift
PENSACOLA, Fla. - The University of Florida has pledged $125,000 to the National Flight
Academy at Pensacola Naval Air Station, an amount matched by an anonymous Florida
Gator booster. The $250,000 will be used for scholarships and tuition to the academy, which
is expected to open to students in May 2012. The academy, an educational program of the
Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, will offer week-long sessions to students in seventh
through 12th grades. Students will focus on science, technology, engineering and math.
(Source: Pensacola News Journal, 07/15/11)

StenniSphere to open at noon July 20
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - StenniSphere, the visitor center at NASA's John C.
Stennis Space Center, will delay opening on July 20 due to a special event. The visitor
center will open at noon that day. StenniSphere is open to the public 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
Wednesday through Saturday, and is closed on major holidays. Public tours run throughout
each day from the Launch Pad at the Hancock County Welcome Center, Interstate 10, Exit
2. The last tour leaves the Launch Pad at 2 p.m. each day. (Source: NASA, 07/15/11)

NASA begins testing J-2X
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA conducted a combined chill test and 1.9-second
ignition test Thursday of the next-generation J-2X rocket engine that could help carry
humans beyond low-Earth orbit to deep space. The test is the first in a series that will be
conducted on the J-2X, which is being developed by Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne. The
ignition test on the A-2 Test Stand is the first of a series of firings over the next several
months. Collected data will verify the engine functions as designed. The J-2X uses liquid
hydrogen and liquid oxygen as fuel, which can be mixed to generate 294,000 pounds of
thrust to lift a spacecraft into low-Earth orbit or 242,000 pounds of thrust to power a
spacecraft from low-Earth orbit into deep space. The engine is designed to start and restart
in space. (Source: NASA, 07/14/11)

Contract: Raytheon, $9.1M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems of Tucson, Ariz. is being awarded a $9,118,430 contract
modification for procurement of 4 Griffin Block II A telemetry rounds, part number 2292000-
25, and 74 Griffin Block II A all up rounds (Part Number 2292000-26) to include shipping,
engineering services, and proposal development costs. AAC/PKES, Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/14/11)

Eglin reaches out to industry
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Air Force simulation experts are reaching out to industry to
find companies able to develop simulations to help the Air Force evaluate concepts for new
weapons. The Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base
issued a sources-sought notice Tuesday for the Technology Research for Integrated
Guidance Simulation (TRIGS) program. The Air Force is asking for research ideas and
capabilities in hardware-in-the-loop simulation development, weapon engagement research,
hardware-in-the-loop simulator technology development, and virtual environment
phenomenology modeling. The Air Force expects to negotiate one five-year indefinite
delivery indefinite quantity research contract for the TRIGS weapons simulation program
worth about $45 million. (Source: Military and Aerospace Electronics, 07/14/11)

F-35 arrives at Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The first F-35 Lightning II that will be used by the Integrated
Training Center landed at Eglin Air Force Base today at 1:15 p.m. It took off earlier in the
day from Fort Worth, Texas, for the 90-minute flight. The plane, known as AF-9, is a
conventional takeoff and landing version of the fifth generation fighter. It's one of six that will
be coming to the base in coming months. Eventually, Eglin will have 59 of the Lockheed
Martin-built jets. They’ll be used by the 33rd Fighter Wing to train pilots and maintainers
from all branches of the military, as well as allied nations. The Eglin plane is the third
production model delivered to the Air Force. The first two are assigned to Edwards Air Force
Base, Calif. (Source: Tcp, 07/14/11) Press release

Eglin ADC’s DOD installation of year
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., was named Department of Defense Installation of the Year by the
Association of Defense Communities. According to ADC, Eglin has forged partnerships with
local governments and nonprofits to protect natural resources, enhance wildlife corridors
and expand opportunities for biodiversity, while at the same time preserving its mission. As
home to 19 federal and 95 state listed, rare or local endemic species, Eglin places a high
priority on conserving its natural resources. The base occupies much of the Florida
panhandle, controls 120,000 square miles of airspace over the Florida Gulf and provides a
unique atmosphere for threatened and endangered species. The Defense Community
Awards lunch is at the ADC 2011 Annual Conference in Norfolk on Tuesday, July 19.
(Source: ADC, 07/13/11)

Nodjomian: Eglin future bright
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The commander of the 96th Air Base Wing at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., in a recent interview reflected on his first year heading up the wing that
provides support for the Air Force’s largest base. “Eglin has an extremely bright future,” said
Col. Sal Nodjomian. “We will continue to integrate research, developmental and operational
test, training and many other significant mission sets at Eglin.” (Source: Team Eglin Public
Affairs, 07/13/11)

Command change set for July 21
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – Brig. Gen. Leonard Patrick, current commander of the
502nd Air Base Wing at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, will become the new leader of the 2nd Air
Force during a change of command July 21. Patrick replaces Maj. Gen. Mary Kay Hertog,
who is going to the Pentagon to direct the Sexual Assault and Response Office for the Office
of the Secretary of Defense. (Source: 81st Training Wing, 07/11/11)

Two schools launch aerospace program
Pre-engineering students at two high schools in Baldwin County, Ala., will get a chance to
participate in a new aerospace curriculum this fall. Baldwin County High School and Foley
High School are among four schools in Alabama to offer courses as part of the "Preparation
for Tomorrow" aerospace engineering pilot program. The Alabama Department of Education’
s Career and Technical Education section and the Atlanta-based Southern Regional
Education Board last fall designed the aerospace curriculum to prepare high school
students for aerospace technology and engineering careers. Alabama is among the first
states selected to participate in the initiative. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 07/08/11)

F-35s to arrive at Eglin “shortly”
Eglin Air Force Base's first two F-35 Joint Strike Fighters have completed test flights and are
in their final review to be accepted by the Department of Defense. Representatives from
Lockheed Martin said last month that the first F-35s would arrive in June. They now say AF-
8 and AF-9, the Florida base's first two JSFs, will "arrive shortly" but provided no time frame.
Lockheed Martin is expected to deliver six F-35s to Eglin this fiscal year. The other four jets
are in various stages of development, including some still on the production line. Lockheed
Martin plans a ceremony for sometime in August after the first jets arrive. (Source: Northwest
Florida Daily News, 07/03/11)


JUNE 2011

Contract: MI Support Services, $13.9M
MI Support Services, Denton, Texas, is being awarded a $13,926,048 fixed-price-award-fee
contract with cost reimbursable line items for program management, organizational and
intermediate maintenance services for T-38 aircraft for the Companion Trainer Program for
aircraft assigned to five locations. The locations of performance are Beale Air Force Base,
Calif.; Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.; Langley Air Force Base, Va.; Tyndall Air Force Base,
Fla.; and Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. The Air Combat Command AMIC/PKCA, Newport
News, Va., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/30/11)

Contract: Raytheon, $10.6M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems Division, is being awarded a $10,573,352 cost-plus-fixed-fee
contract modification for the Processor Replacement Program Foreign Military Sales
software extension probability of weapon effectiveness. The location of performance is
Tucson, Ariz.  AAC/EBAC, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 06/29/11)

Near collision being probed
GULFPORT, Miss. – The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Board
are investigating an incident this month over Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport where a
single-engine plane and airliner were at the same altitude and just 300 feet apart. The near-
miss happened June 19 between a Continental Express jet carrying 50 passengers and
three crew and a Cessna 172 with a student pilot and instructor. FAA spokeswoman
Kathleen Bergen said the controller who was working with the aircraft when the incident
occurred has been restricted from working air traffic until the FAA investigation is complete.
(Source: Sun Herald, 06/28/11)

Vision dropping five cities
Vision Airlines is dropping service to five of the two dozen cities it serves, citing lower than
expected demand. Service is ending July 17 to Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C., Columbia, S.
C., and Savannah, Ga., Huntsville, Ala., and Baton Rouge, La. Vision’s hub is at the
Northwest Florida Regional Airport at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: Multiple, including
USA Today, Cheapflights, Huntsville Times)

AFSOC gets new leader
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. - Lt. Gen. Eric Fiel took over leadership of the Air Force Special
Operations Command on Friday from the retiring Lt. Gen. Donald Wurster. Air Force Chief
of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz presided over the ceremony at the Freedom Hangar. Wurster
took command of AFSOC in November 2007. Fiel comes to Hurlburt after serving as vice
commander at the U.S. Special Operations Command in Washington, D.C. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/24/11)

Eglin remembers Khobar
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – More than 100 people gathered Friday at the 33rd Fighter
Wing Memorial at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., to honor those killed in the 1996 attack at
Khobar Towers at Dharan Air Base in Saudi Arabia. The attach was on the evening of June
25, 1996. Just before 10 p.m., a car bomb exploded at the tower were members of Eglin’s
33rd Fighter Wing were wrapping up a three-month deployment. The blast killed 19 airmen
and wounded 105. Twelve of the men who died were members of the 33rd. A total of seven
airmen from Patrick, Offutt and Wright-Patterson air force bases also were killed. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/24/11)

Exports, STEM highlight Mississippi ranking
Among the states, Mississippi ranks No. 5 for export growth, according to the Enterprising
States 2011 study just released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mississippi is also
ranked 10th in cost of living, 11th in per capita income growth and higher education
efficiency, and 12th in productivity growth and business birth rate. Mississippi is also ranked
20th in science, technology, engineering and math job growth as well as 20th in
entrepreneurial activity. (Source: Tcp, 06/23/11) Study: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Crash victims identified
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The two victims of that plane crash today at Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., have been identified. They are Col. (ret.) David A. Miles of Shalimar, Fla., and
Thomas E. Lewis of Apalachicola, Fla. The Aero Club Beechcraft crashed around 4:30 a.m.
into a grassy area next to the 46th Test Wing side of the runway at Eglin. The plane was
owned by Eglin Air Force Base and rented to pilot through the base's Aero Club. (Source:
Eglin Air Force Base, 06/23/11)

Fire damaged engine
An Aerojet AJ26 engine that will power the Orbital Sciences Corp. Taurus II launch vehicle
was badly damaged in a fuel fire June 9 at Stennis Space Center, Miss. NASA is counting on
the Taurus II/Cygnus and the Space Exploration Technologies Falcon 9/Dragon
combinations to help resupply the International Space Station when the space shuttle fleet
retires after the upcoming final flight of shuttle Atlantis. The AJ26 engine shut down
prematurely after a fuel leak developed during a hot-fire acceptance test, and the leaking
kerosene fuel ignited. The test stand at Stennis Space Center suffered only minor damage.
A team of experts from Aerojet, Orbital and NASA is investigating the cause of the mishap
and the extent of the damage to the engine. (Source: Aviation Week, 06/23/11) Previous
story

Two killed in Eglin crash
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - An Aero Club Beechcraft crashed around 4:30 a.m. into a
grassy area next to the 46th Test Wing side of the runway at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. A
civilian pilot and civilian passenger were killed, according to an Eglin Air Force Base press
release. The plane was owned by Eglin Air Force Base and rented to the civilian pilot
through the base's Aero Club. The victims names have not been released. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/23/11)

Eglin gets first F135 spare engine
Pratt and Whitney has delivered the first F135 spare engine to the U.S. Air Force at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., to support F-35 Lightning II training operations to begin this summer.
Eglin's 33rd Fighter Wing is a joint unit with Air Force, Navy and Marine squadrons that will
conduct F-35 training for their respective services as well as the eight F-35 program
international partners. Lockheed Martin is scheduled to deliver the first F-35A aircraft to
Eglin in the coming weeks. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. company.
(Source: PRNewswire, 06/20/11)

Fire Scout lost over Libya
A Northrop Grumman-built Fire Scout was lost over the central coastal area of Libya while
conducting surveillance operations, according to NATO officials. The MQ-8B lost contact
with ground controllers Tuesday. The Fire Scout, built in part in Moss Point, Miss., is
equipped with cameras and sensors and was monitoring pro-Kadafi forces when it was lost.
The cause of the crash is not known. Last year Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., lost
contract with a Fire Scout and it wandered into restricted airspace. Operators regained
control. It was later blamed on a software problem. (Source: Multiple, including AFP via
Space War, CNN, Los Angeles Times, 06/21/11)

Contract: Raytheon, $7.3M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $7,318,143 cost-plus-
fixed-fee contract for the High Speed Anti Radiation Missile Targeting System software
upgrade two risk reduction study. Work will be performed at Tucson, Ariz. AAC/EBAS, Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/20/11)

Contract: Raytheon, $36M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., was awarded a $36,087,425 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract.
The award will provide for M982 Excalibur 155mm precision engagement projectiles. Work
will be performed in Niceville, Fla.; Tucson, Ariz.; Healdsburg, Calif.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Cedar
Rapids, Iowa; Baltimore, Md.; Joplin, Mo.; McKinney, Texas; and the United Kingdom, with an
estimated completion date of March 15, 2012.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command,
Picatinny, N.J. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/20/11)

U.S. to keep robotic edge despite cuts
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn said the U.S. will maintain its lead in
unmanned robotic technology in the face of a $400 billion reduction in defense spending.
Lynn said during the Paris Air Show that robotics and unmanned technology “is a key future”
for the U.S. military. The U.S. will also seek to maintain a lead in cyber security and the
capability to strike long-range targets, he said in a briefing. (Source: Bloomberg, 06/19/11)
Gulf Coast note: The region is involved in both unmanned systems and cyber security.

Ceremony shifted back one day
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Air Force Research Laboratory's Munitions Directorate’
s change of command ceremony has been pushed back one day to Tuesday at 2 p.m. at
the Air Armament Museum. Col. Kenneth L. Echternacht, Jr., will relinquish his position as
commander to Dr. John Wilcox. Maj. Gen.William McCasland, Commander, Air Force
Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, will officiate. AFRL
Munitions Directorate performs research on precision guidance, missile guidance and
control, computational mechanics, smart sub-munitions, warheads, and explosives. (Source:
Eglin Air Force Base, 06/20/11)

Lockheed Martin launches F-35 web site
Lockheed Martin announced a new website for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft at the Paris Air
Show Monday. The site provides the most up-to-date information on the F-35 program,
including history, program updates, news, photos and videos. Lockheed Martin is
developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE
Systems. Pratt & Whitney’s F135 propulsion system powers all F-35 variants. (Source:
Lockheed Martin, 06/20/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
training center.

Blue Angels performing again
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Nearly a month after the unsafe performance of a maneuver led to the
grounding of the Navy’s Blue Angels and a change in command, the team performs again
this weekend at the Quad-City Air Show in Davenport, Iowa. The grounding was prompted
by a maneuver where the F/A 18 Hornets passed too close to the ground. The team is now
under the command of Capt. Greg McWherter, who commanded the group from November
2008 to November 2010. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 06/17/11)

Hot air balloons gather in Foley
FOLEY, Ala. – The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival is underway this weekend in Foley. It’
s the event’s seventh year. The festival is held at the Foley Soccer Field on U.S. 98, and
includes arts and crafts vendors, food tents, music and other attractions. The festival
attracts about 60,000 visitors a year, according to organizers. Counts for the 2011
celebration were not available. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 06/18/11)

Contract: BAE Systems, $33M
BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Md., is being awarded a
$33,286,477 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to exercise an
option for engineering and technical services and supplies for the design, development,
integration, test and evaluation, maintenance and logistics support of communication-
electronic platform, equipment, systems and subsystems in support of the Naval Air Warfare
Center Aircraft Division's Special Communications Requirements Division. Two percent of
the work will be done in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Other work locations are Chesapeake, Va.
(41 percent); Spring Lake, N.C. (22 percent); California, Md. (11 percent); San Diego, Calif.
(10 percent); St. Inigoes, Md. (7 percent); Afghanistan (2.3 percent); Iraq (2.2 percent);
Hollywood, Md. (1 percent); Fort Bragg, N.C. (1 percent); and Panzer Kaserne, Germany
(0.5 percent). Work is expected to be completed in June 2012. The Naval Air Warfare
Center Aircraft Division, St. Inigoes, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/17/11)

Contract: EADS, $74M
EADS North American Defense, Arlington, Va., was awarded a $74,390,932 firm-fixed-price
contract to provide 14 light utility helicopters and 14 airborne radio communication systems.
Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31,
2012. One bid was solicited with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Center,
Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/16/11)

Airport traffic up dramatically
Fort Walton Beach's Northwest Florida Regional Airport reported a record-setting May
passenger count. The total number of commercial passengers topped 111,550, far
exceeding any previous monthly traffic level, according to airport Director Greg Donovan.
The increase, 57.2 percent over May 2010, was due largely to the new air service by Vision
Airlines, Donovan noted. The airport is located at Eglin Air Force Base. (Source: Pensacola
News Journal, 06/15/11)

Weapons lab getting new commander
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Munitions Directorate
will have a change of command ceremony June 20 at 2 p.m. at the Air Armament Museum.
Col. Kenneth L. Echternacht, Jr., will relinquish his position as commander, AFRL, to Dr.
John Wilcox. Maj. Gen.William McCasland, Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory at
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, will officiate. AFRL Munitions Directorate performs research on
precision guidance, missile guidance and control, computational mechanics, smart sub-
munitions, warheads, and explosives. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 06/16/11)

Company to relocate to Crestview
CRESTVIEW, Fla. – A satellite office for Capital Avionics will open at Bob Sikes Airport in
Crestview this week, the first step in moving the entire business to Okaloosa County from
Tallahassee. Capital Avionics employs 15 people, but Larry Sassano, president of the
Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County, said it is an important one for the area.
Capital Avionics creates custom-designed testing equipment for companies in the aviation
field, and the company already has clients in Okaloosa County. Owner Al Ingle said he
expects to hire four employees for the Okaloosa County branch. He then plans to build a
new 15,500-square-foot hangar and 12,000-square-foot component repair and equipment
testing facility at Bob Sikes and move the remaining Capital Avionics employees once that is
completed. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/13/11)

Upper stage engine ready for SSC testing
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA's new J-2X rocket engine, which could power the
upper stage of a future heavy-lift launch vehicle, is ready for its first round of testing. The
fully assembled engine was installed Saturday in Stennis' A-2 Test Stand, originally used to
test Saturn V rockets for the Apollo Program. Beginning in mid-June, the engine will undergo
a series of 10 test firings that will last several months. The test stand, which supported the
space shuttle main engine project, has been modified for the J-2X's different shape. In
addition to the structural, electrical and plumbing modifications, a new engine start system
was installed and control systems were upgraded on the stand. The liquid oxygen and liquid
hydrogen transfer lines that dated back to the 1960s were replaced. Pratt & Whitney
Rocketdyne designed and built the J-2X for NASA. (Source: NASA, 06/13/11)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $100M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., is being
awarded a not-to-exceed $100,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to
provide technical support for the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile. Delivery orders under
this basic contract may be firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, or cost-plus-incentive-fee
contract types.  Air Armament Center/EBJK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 06/13/11)

AJ26 shuts down early in test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - An Aerojet AJ26 engine, the propulsion system for one of
NASA's commercial space-cargo haulers, shut down early in a test firing at the Stennis
Space Center. The test was conducted Thursday on the E-1 Test Stand. The AJ26 is the
main engine for Orbital Science Corp.'s Taurus 2 rocket, which will launch the company's
Cygnus capsule for commercial resupply missions to the international space station. Orbital
and Aerojet are investigating the cause, and Stennis will perform checkouts to the facility to
ensure its operational integrity. "This is the reason we test engines here at Stennis before
they are installed on launch vehicles," said David Liberto, AJ26 engine project manager at
Stennis. Three AJ26 have been successfully test fired to date. (Source: NASA, Space News,
06/10/11)

First F-35 to arrive soon
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics says it's days away from sending Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
the first of 59 Joint Strike Fighters. Mike Rein, a spokesman for the company, said he
believes it will happen in June. The arrival of the first F-35 will start a string of deliveries. Six
jets are slated for delivery by the end of the fiscal year, Rein said. The base will receive the
majority of the jets within the next three years. Eglin is home of the Joint Strike Fighter
training center. The first pilots who will train on the F-35 will be instructors. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/07/11)

LM demos seeker against sea targets
Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) tri-mode seeker successfully acquired
and tracked multiple moving maritime vessels during recent high-speed, captive flight tests.
The tests were in the Gulf of Mexico off the shore of Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., against
multiple maritime targets, including a Revenge Advanced Composites (RAC), low-signature,
high-speed patrol craft. The RAC performed a series of evasive maneuvers against the
JAGM mounted in the nose section of a Sabreliner Series 60 jet aircraft. JAGM is the next-
generation air-to-surface guided missile that is being competed as the replacement for the
currently fielded Airborne TOW, Maverick and HELLFIRE missiles for the U.S. Army, Navy
and Marine Corps. (Source: PRNewswire, 06/07/11)

Squadron saves lives, money
BILOXI, Miss. - When the five-member "Hurricane Hunter" crews of the 53rd Weather
Reconnaissance Squadron out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., head into the heart of
storms, they're not only working to save lives, but also millions of dollars. A feature story.
(Source: Mississippi Press, 06/05/11)

Shuttle work gone, but Orion remains
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The launch of the 135th and final space shuttle mission, now slated
for July 8, will mean the elimination of most of the 300 remaining Michoud Assembly Facility
jobs connected to work on the project's external tanks. But the announcement two weeks
ago that NASA is moving forward with the Orion project means continued space-related work
at Michoud, though a small fraction of the numbers employed for the space shuttle program.
(Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 06/04/11)

Airport to get money for improvements
MOBILE, Ala. - The federal government is sending nearly $3.2 million to three southwest
Alabama airports, including Mobile Regional Airport. The money for safety and infrastructure
improvements was announced Wednesday by Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. Mobile’s airport
is slated to receive $1.8 million from the Federal Aviation Administration. (Source: Mobile
Press Register, 06/01/11)

Vector expands in Covington County
ANDALUSIA, Ala. - Vector Aerospace held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for a
new facility that will bring an estimated 125 jobs to Covington County. Gov. Robert Bentley
and ADO Director Seth Hammett were among those attending the event. Vector, a Canadian-
based helicopter repair company, currently employs 150 people. The expansion will allow
the company to nearly double the number of employees and the amount of workspace at the
South Alabama Regional Airport. (Source: Andalusia Star News, 06/02/11)


MAY 2011

Airport eyes military contract
MOSS POINT, Miss. - Trent Lott International Airport, now equipped with a control tower and
fire station, plans to go after a military contract that could increase its revenue by 25
percent. Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard planes already use the airport’s one runway for
touch-and-gos, but they can’t stop or refuel because the airport doesn’t have a military fuel
contract. That may be about to change. Carol Snapp, airport director, said they have begun
the process to acquire one. (Source: Sun Herald, 05/29/11)

Blue Angels boss steps down
The commander of the Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team, Navy Cmdr. Dave
Koss, voluntarily stepped down from the team after some of its jets flew at a lower altitude
than allowed at a Virginia air show last weekend. The team is on indefinite safety stand-
down because of the error. Four of the six F/A-18 Hornets flew below their specified altitude
in a diamond formation at the Lynchburg, Va., show. They all landed safely. The team
cancelled performances at Friday's graduation at the U.S. Naval Academy and a Memorial
Day weekend performances in Millville, N.J. Koss is being replaced by Navy Capt. Greg
McWherter, who commanded the team before Koss took over in November 2010. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 05/28/11)

Contract: Raytheon, $82.9M
Raytheon Missile Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded an $82,972,665 firm-fixed-price
contract modification for the Miniature Air Launched Decoy low rate initial production lot four.
Work will be performed at Tucson, Ariz. AAC/EBJM, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/27/11)

Images show extent of river sediment
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA’s Applied Science and Technology Project Office
at the John C. Stennis Space Center has provided satellite images to the Army Corps of
Engineers and Louisiana showing large amounts of sediment throughout coastal Louisiana
as a result of flooding on the Mississippi River. The images show three large areas of
sediment, or plumes, moving through the floodwaters across Louisiana. The U.S. Geological
Survey and NASA are providing satellite imagery to help in flood response efforts. It’s part of
the Applied Science and Technology Project Office’s commitment to use data from agency
satellites to help communities address issues of concern. (Source: NASA, 05/27/11)

Contract: Textron, $9.9M
Textron Systems Corp., Wilmington, Mass., is being awarded a $9,890,927 contract
modification for the Sensor Fuzed Weapon India Foreign Military Sales case integration
phase one eight-month effort. This effort supports foreign military sales to India. AAC/EBJI,
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/26/11)

Eglin JSF maintainers train at Pax
Future JSF maintainers Air Force maintainers are getting hands-on experience with the F-35
Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Seven airmen from
the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., were at the Navy station for 75 days to
gain first-hand experience maintaining the F-35B and F-35C variants, while those aircraft
continue flight test and evaluation. They are the second group from the Wing to visit the F-
35 test facility at Pax River. The crew arrived April 19 and another group is expected to
follow this summer. Lockheed Martin is scheduled to deliver the F-35A aircraft AF-8 to Eglin
later this year. (Source: Joint Strike Fighter Public Affairs, 05/26/11)

Regent suspends Mobile operations
Regent Aerospace, which overhauls aircraft seats and interiors, said it's temporarily
suspending operations at Brookley Aeroplex because it has yet to obtain a required Federal
Aviation Administration approval. Mike Lilley, vice president of California-based Regent, said
seats now being worked on will be taken back to the firm's Indianapolis facility, and that the
20 Mobile workers will also be relocated there temporarily. Regent hopes to get the approval
from the FAA and reopen in Mobile within two weeks. (Source: Mobile Press-Register,
05/24/11)

New spacecraft based on Orion
NASA said Tuesday that a new spacecraft to take humans into deep space will be based on
designs for the Orion crew exploration vehicle, and be built by Lockheed Martin. Orion,
originally designed to take astronauts back to the moon, is a surviving component of the
Constellation manned space exploration program canceled by President Barack Obama last
year. The new spacecraft is called the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) and will carry
four astronauts for 21-day missions and be able to land in the Pacific. NASA has spent some
$5 billion on Orion since it awarded Lockheed Martin the prime contract in September 2006.
NASA still needs to finalize plans for a heavy lift vehicle. (Sources: NASA, AFP via Montreal
Gazette, Space News, 05/24/11) Gulf Coast note: Lockheed Martin built the Orion ground
test article at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

Contract: Aerojet, $31.8M
Aerojet General Corporation of Rancho Cordova, Calif. is being awarded a not to exceed
$31,778,418 firm fixed price contract modification for the procurement of warhead cases and
internal components to support the Precision Lethality MK82 Quick Reaction Capability
program. This effort will cover delivery of 50 test warhead cases and internal components as
well as post initial operation capability support for the Air Force and up to 70 test warhead
cases and internal components for the Navy. This effort also includes the procurement of
400 warhead cases and internal components, support for first article inspection of warheads
manufactured on steel mandrels and configuration control boards. Work will be performed at
Rancho Cordova, Calif. The contracting activity is AAC/EBSK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
(Source: DoD, 05/24/11)

Blue Angels cancel performance
PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Navy's Blue Angles flight demonstration squadron have canceled
the practice demonstration and air show scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday at the U.S.
Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. The cancelation is due to a safety stand down period
imposed by the team's commanding officer after a lower-than-normal maneuver that took
place during the team's last performance at Lynchburg Regional Air Show Sunday in
Lynchburg, Va. Following this low maneuver all aircraft landed safely without damage or
injury to personnel. During the training stand-down the team will remain in Pensacola for
additional training and air show demonstration practice. It has yet to be determined if the
Blue Angels will perform the flyover at the Naval Academy graduation Friday. (Source: Blue
Angels, 05/23/11)

Airport sets record in April
Northwest Florida Regional Airport had the busiest month in its 54-year history in April. The
airport at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., had 96,788 passengers, up 43 percent from April 2010.
Last month’s figure also outpaced the airport’s previous high set in July 2001 by more than
13 percent. Greg Donovan, the airport director, said Vision Airlines, which expanded its
service to 15 new destinations in late March and early April, was the overwhelming reason
for the large increase. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 05/21/11)

Contract: System Studies, $10.3M
System Studies and Simulation, Inc., Huntsville, Ala., was awarded a $10,277,453 firm-fixed-
price contract to provide advanced aircraft flight training services at the U.S. Army Aviation
Center of Excellence, Fort Rucker, Ala. Work will be performed in Fort Rucker, Ala., with an
estimated completion date of May 22, 2012.  The U.S. Army Mission and Installation
Contracting Center, Fort Rucker, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/18/11)

Lakota delivered to SD Guard
EADS North America delivered the first of six UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters to the
South Dakota Army National Guard during a delivery ceremony at the Crazy Horse Memorial
in South Dakota’s Black Hills. The UH-72A Lakota is produced by American Eurocopter in its
Columbus, Miss., manufacturing facility at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport. The South
Dakota Army National Guard will ultimately receive six Lakota helicopters, four in the Medical
Evacuation configuration and two in the Security and Support Battalion configuration.
(Source: EADS, 05/16/11)

Contract: Northrop Grumman, $42M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems Unmanned Systems, San Diego,
Calif., is being awarded a $42,000,000 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price
contract to convert eight Army Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial
Vehicles to Navy configuration.  Work will be performed in Moss Point, Miss. (71 percent),
and San Diego, Calif. (29 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2013.  
Contract funds will not expire at the end of the fiscal year.  The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/16/11)

Contract: Boeing, $9.2M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $9,285,819 firm-fixed-price contract
modification to provide 389 MK-82 SAASM/AJ Joint Direct Attack Munitions under production
Lot 15. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. AAC/EBDK, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/16/11)

403rd gets new commander
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – The 403rd Wing now has a new commander. It’s Col.
Jay D. Jensen. The command changed during a ceremony at the Event Center, during which
the flag passed from Brig. Gen. James Muscatell Jr. to Jensen. From April 1999 to July 2008,
Jensen served with the 403rd at Keesler, working with the 815th Airlift Squadron. Muscatell
commanded the wing since January 2009. He’s heading for Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
(Source: Sun Herald, 05/12/11)

AF picks privatized housing contractor
While it’s still is undecided where to build privatized housing at Eglin Air Force Base and
Hurlburt Field, there’s now a contractor to do the job. The Air Force announced that Picerne
Military Housing will build the homes and then be the landlord to active-duty service
members for the next 50 years. In addition to Eglin and Hurlburt, the Air Force contract
includes bases in California, Alaska, Kansas and North Carolina. The deal is valued at more
than $545 million. The developer will build up to 929 homes at Eglin and 484 homes on
Hurlburt. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 05/12/11)

DRS Technologies cuts workers
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - New Jersey-based DRS Technologies has laid off about 65
workers from its Fort Walton Beach office. The layoffs were the second time this year that
workers were let go. DRS cut 38 employees in February. Officials blame it on the ebb and
flow of contracts. The office in Commerce and Technology Park specializes in
communications, unmanned aircraft and boarder security products. It now has about 790
people. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 05/11/11)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $45.8M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., is being
awarded a $45,757,735 firm-fixed-price contract modification for an increase quantity buy of
75 baseline missiles for the Joint-Air-to-Surface-Missiles Program Office. Work will be
performed in Orlando. The AAC/EBJK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity
(Source: DoD, 05/09/11)

Eglin a Predator squadron candidate
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is a candidate for an Air Force
Reserve Command MQ-1 Remote Split-Operation squadron, officials said. The base is the
candidate for a single MQ-1 squadron of 140 personnel and associated equipment. There
are no remotely-piloted aircraft associated with this action, only ground control systems. The
primary mission of an MQ-1 RSO squadron is to support the MQ-1 Predator aircraft
operations that conduct close air support, air interdiction, and intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance. Remote split-operations consist of launching a drone via line-of-sight
operations from one location, and controlling the aircraft remotely from a mission control
element that is operated at another location beyond line-of-site. Officials will begin
conducting evaluations of Eglin, covering a range of operational and facility issues. Based
on the results of these efforts, officials expect to announce the preferred alternative in
summer 2011. (Source: AFNS, 05/04/11)

Airport to promote Vision
Northwest Florida Regional Airport at Eglin Air Force Base/Valparaiso will spend more than a
half-million dollars to market Vision Airlines in its five newest destinations. The $550,000 will
pay for billboard, newspaper and television advertising for the new flights to and from Las
Vegas, St. Louis, Fort Lauderdale, Memphis, Tenn., and Lafayette, La. The flights are
scheduled to start the week of June 1. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 05/03/11)

NASA awards services contract
NASA has awarded five indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity sole source contracts to
Aerospace Corp. of El Segundo, Calif., for specialized engineering, evaluation and test
services. These five cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts will support eight NASA centers, including
John C. Stennis Space Center, Miss., and have a total maximum value of $658.25 million.
The period of performance is from the date of award through Nov. 30, 2018. (Source: NASA,
04/29/11)

Blue Angels to perform
PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team will perform over
Pensacola Bay Tuesday and Wednesday in commemoration of the centennial of naval
aviation. The Blue Angels will perform at noon Tuesday and at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Both
shows will also feature vintage aircraft fly-bys and various flight demonstrations. Viewing
areas are at Fort Pickens and the seawall at Naval Air Station Pensacola. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal via Navy Times, 05/01/11, Baldwin County Now, 05/02/11)

NASA facility named for Estess
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA and community officials paid tribute to the late
John C. Stennis Space Center Director Roy S. Estess on May 2, naming a site facility in his
memory and announcing establishment of the annual Roy S. Estess Public Service
Leadership Award. Estess, a Mississippi native and graduate of Mississippi State University,
served as director of Stennis Space Center from 1989 to 2002, gaining a reputation as an
agency pioneer, as well as a mentor and coach to many who later led or still lead throughout
NASA. “His legacy will not be forgotten,” Stennis Director Patrick Scheuermann said during a
May 2 ceremony at the south Mississippi facility. “The significant contributions of Roy Estess
will be etched in our memories for generations.” (Source: NASA, 05/02/11)


APRIL 2011

SBIRS encapsulated in fairing
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. - The first Lockheed Martin-built Space
Based Infrared System geosynchronous spacecraft was encapsulated into its payload fairing
April 20 in preparation for an early May liftoff aboard an Atlas V rocket. SBIRS GEO-1 will
enhance the nation's missile warning capabilities and improve other critical mission areas.
The GEO-1 satellite includes sophisticated scanning and staring sensors that will deliver
enhanced infrared sensitivity and a reduction in area revisit times over the current
constellation. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 04/26/11) Gulf Coast note: SBIRS is an A2100
satellite-based spacecraft. Work on the A2100 core's propulsion system, which positions the
spacecraft in orbit, is done at Stennis Space Center, Miss. (Source: Alliance Insight, pp 4-5,
July 2009)

RS-68A completes design certification
CANOGA PARK, Calif. - Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed the design
certification review for the upgraded RS-68A engine configuration, demonstrating the
hydrogen-fueled engine has met all requirements to power heavy-lift vehicles into space.
The first three flight engines, 30003, 30004 and 30005, have completed acceptance testing.
Engine 30003 has already been integrated onto a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy
launch vehicle in Decatur, Ala. Integration activities for engine 30004 have been initiated,
and the third engine, 30005, has successfully completed its processing at Stennis Space
Center, Miss., and is awaiting shipment to Decatur in May. The three engines are scheduled
to boost a future Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle into orbit carrying a government payload.
(Source: PRnewswire, 04/26/11)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $10M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$10,000,000 firm-fixed-price task order under General Services Administration Federal
Supply Schedule contract for T/AV-8B aircraft maintenance and logistics support for Marine
Attack Training Squadron 203 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. This task order
includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this order to
$10,009,858. Work will be performed at MCAS Cherry Point, N.C., and is expected to be
completed by April 2016. The Cherry Point Satellite Contracting Office at MCAS Cherry
Point, N.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/22/11)

Fire Scouts to fly Afghan missions
Navy Fire Scouts have been shipped to the Central Command to support Army and coalition
forces in Afghanistan, the Navy said. The unmanned helicopter system, under development
by the Naval Air Systems Command to operate from ships, will be land-based in CENTCOM
for about a year. Fixed-wing drones have performed missions in the region and elsewhere
ranging from surveillance to air strikes. Fire Scout is a small helicopter able to stay aloft
more than eight hours, fly up to about 17,000 feet and travel about 115 knots. The system
deployed to Central Command includes three MQ-8B aircraft, two ground control station and
other hardware. Personnel from Northrop Grumman will operate the system. (Source: Navy
Times, 04/21/11) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are made in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Vision adding more flights
Vision Airlines plans to offer direct flights to five new locations from Northwest Florida
Regional Airport at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Vision has announced plans to add flights the
week of June 1 to and from Las Vegas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., St. Louis, Memphis, Tenn.,
and Lafayette, La. In addition to the new destinations, Vision Airlines will expand its service
to and from Atlanta from four trips a week to daily. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
04/20/11)

NASA picks projects for development
NASA has selected 27 small business proposals that address critical research and
technology needs for agency programs and projects for final contract negotiations. The
proposals have a combined value of about $16.2 million. The selected proposals were
submitted by 27 high-tech firms in 18 states, partnering with 24 research institutions in 19
states. Negotiated individual awards, each with a value of up to $600,000, will be for
research projects for two years. Three of the proposals involve technologies being
developed for the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss.
(Source: NASA, 04/20/11)

Sale of piston engine business completed
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Teledyne Technologies Inc. said Tuesday that it's completed the
divestiture of its piston engine businesses, Teledyne Continental Motors Inc. and Teledyne
Mattituck Services Inc., in a stock sale to Technify Motor (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of China's
AVIC International Holding Corp. The purchase price is $186 million, prior to customary
working capital adjustments. Headquartered in Mobile, Ala., Continental Motors makes
piston engines, as well as spare parts and components, used in small propeller-driven
general aviation aircraft, and employs about 400 workers. Continental Motors also maintains
service centers in Fairhope, Ala., and Mattituck, N.Y. (Source: Business Wire, 04/19/11)

Contract: L-3, $51.8M, $32.3M
L-3 Communications Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., was awarded two related contracts.
One was a $51,847,145 labor-hour contract to provide for the mechanical support, quality
control inspection and other services to aircraft production at Corpus Christi Army Depot,
Texas. The other is a $32,303,071 labor-hour contract to provide for services including
stock clerks, supply technicians, computer operators, clerks, site manager, production
supervisor, to directly support aircraft production at the Corpus Christi Army Depot. Both
have an estimated completion dates of April 28, 2014. The Corpus Christi Army Depot,
Corpus Christi, Texas, is the contracting activity for both. (Source: DoD, 04/19/11)

Discovery crew to visit SSC
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Crew members of space shuttle Discovery's final mission,
STS-133, will visit NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center Wednesday to thank employees for
their part in a safe mission. Commander Steve Lindsey led the 13-day mission to the
International Space Station. Other crew members were Pilot Eric Boe and Mission Specialists
Nicole Scott, Alvin Drew, Steve Bowen and Michael Barratt. Discovery completed its final
flight on March 9. During the mission, the crew delivered and installed the Permanent
Multipurpose Module and the Express Logistics Carrier 4 to the space station, and also
delivered critical spare components. Discovery is the first craft of the three-shuttle fleet to be
retired. During its 27 years in service, it flew 39 missions and logged more than 148 million
miles in space. (Source: NASA, 04/18/11)

First F-35 full mission simulator arrives
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The first F-35 full mission simulator system has been
delivered by Lockheed Martin to Eglin Air Force Base's 33rd Fighter Wing. Preparation and
assembly is underway at the base's F-35 Integrated Training Center for training to begin this
fall. The Joint Strike Fighter simulator includes a high-fidelity 360-degree visual display
system and a reconfigurable cockpit that simulates all three aircraft variants for U.S. and
international partner services. The system is the highest fidelity trainer in the F-35 pilot-
training-device suite, replicating all F-35 sensors and weapons deployment. In all F-35
simulators, actual aircraft software is used to give pilots the most realistic experience and
allow software upgrades in step with the F-35 development. Small group training events with
pilot and maintenance instructors are currently being held at the ITC using maintenance,
desktop and mission trainers. (Source: PRNewswire, 04/18/11)

Lockheed Gulf Coast tech hub announced
JACKSON, Miss. - Lockheed Martin announced Tuesday plans to open a new Mission
Support Center in the Greater Jackson, Miss. area in September 2011. It will create up to
350 jobs and provide diverse technology services for federal customers. The center
establishes Lockheed Martin's Gulf Coast Technology Hub and increases the corporation's
presence in the state. Lockheed Martin has existing operations in Biloxi, Stennis Space
Center and Vicksburg. The new facility will work with Lockheed Martin's East Coast and West
Coast Technology Hubs in Rockville, Md. and Altadena, Calif. to offer enhanced technology
capabilities such as cloud computing, business continuity and disaster recovery services.
"The state of Mississippi offers the right workforce and facility to create a world-class
operation that will deliver enhanced technology services and best value to customers," said
Linda Gooden, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global
Solutions. (Source: PRNewswire, 04/19/11)

Lockheed expanding at FWB
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - Lockheed Martin is preparing to expand its operations at
Eglin Air Force Base to prepare for the incoming F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and needs more
workers. Lockheed Martin is teaming up with JobsPlus One-Stop Career Center for a series
of job fairs later this week. The company needs 91 full-time workers in a number of technical
positions. The job fair is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday at JobsPlus’
Fort Walton Beach location. (Source: Destin Log, 04/18/11) Eglin Air Force Base will be the
home of the JSF training center for all branches of service.

Airport OKd for UAS flights
COLUMBUS, Miss. - The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a Certificate of
Authorization (COA) to Mississippi State University for Stark Aerospace to fly the Heron
Unmanned Aerial System from Golden Triangle Regional Airport. The COA allows limited
unmanned flights in the national air space, in this case inside the traffic control area of
Golden Triangle Regional Airport. The Heron medium altitude long endurance UAS is
produced by Stark Aerospace. The aircraft provides reconnaissance and can fly at 30,000
feet. It’s in use in 27 countries. (Source: Stark Aerospace, 04/13/11) Gulf Coast note: Trent
Lott International Airport in Moss Point, Miss., and Stennis Space Center, Miss., also have
COAs.

Goodrich to add workers
FOLEY, Ala. – Goodrich Corp. will hire about 20 people at its Foley operation as it prepares
to make more aircraft parts for Airbus and Boeing Co. The new employees would help make
thrust reversers and exhaust systems that cover aircraft engines in a unit called a nacelle.
Goodrich, based in Charlotte, N.C., has 730 employees in Foley. Airbus and Boeing plan to
ramp up production of the A320 and 737, respectively, in the coming year, meaning they will
need more nacelles. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 04/16/11)

Pall wins $14M order
PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. - Pall Corp., which makes filtration, separation and purification
systems, was awarded an Army contract to supply its Centrisep engine advanced protection
system for 59 Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters. Centrisep is designed to protect CH-47
helicopter engines from particle erosion by continuously separating dust and sand from inlet
air. This order is valued at about $14 million. Shipments will begin in December 2011 and be
completed by November 2012. (Source: Business Wire, 04/14/11) Gulf Coast note: Pall has
an operation in Pensacola, Fla.

Topping out done on A-3 stand
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - The new A-3 Test Stand being built at NASA's John C.
Stennis Space Center reached a milestone Wednesday with the placement of the test cell
dome atop the stand. It's known as the "topping out." NASA broke ground in 2007 for the
new stand, which is being built to provide simulated high-altitude testing for next-generation
rocket engines that will carry humans into deep space. The stand will use a series of
chemical steam generators to create a vacuum that allows operators to test full-scale
engines at simulated altitudes up to 100,000 feet. The A-3 stand, scheduled for activation in
2013, is the first large test structure to be built at Stennis since the facility was established to
test the Saturn V rocket stages that helped carry Apollo astronauts to the moon. (Source:
NASA, 04/13/11)

Aviation Days scheduled
GULF SHORES, Ala. – The first of what officials hope to become an annual Aviation Days
festival starts Friday at the Jack Edwards National Airport in Gulf Shores. The two-day event
offers children and adults the chance to take the controls of an aircraft in flight, ride in a
1928 biplane, observe 35 different planes, including a “Hurricane Hunter” from Keesler Air
Force Base, Miss. Admission is free, and the hours are noon to 4:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.
m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 04/14/11)

Cochran: Bolden gives SSC assurances
Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., said NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr., offered
additional assurances that his agency intends to complete construction of test stands at
Stennis Space Center, Miss. Cochran, vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations
Committee, questioned Bolden during a Senate subcommittee hearing late Monday
afternoon to review the FY2012 budget request for NASA. Cochran sought Bolden’s views
on the future of NASA’s test stands and its development of 130-ton Heavy Lift Vehicle in light
of the funding uncertainties for the remainder of FY2011, as well as FY2012. “The 2012
budget that I have put forth will support the continued development of our testing capability
at Stennis. We intend to complete the construction of the A-3 test stand. I think, as you are
probably very well aware, Stennis has become rejuvenated and reinvigorated,” said Bolden,
citing recent rocket tests and the increased testing capabilities that will be offered with a
completed A-3 test stand. (Source: Sen. Thad Cochran, 04/12/11)

Fire Scout marks single-day endurance record
The Northrop Grumman-built MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter marked a new single-
day flight record of 18 hours. Navy operators achieved the record using a single aircraft in a
series of endurance flights Feb. 25 from the USS Halyburton. Fire Scout is providing
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data to support anti-piracy missions while
deployed on the ship for the Navy's 5th Fleet. Last April Fire Scout concluded a military
utility assessment on board the USS McInerney, a frigate similar to the Halyburton. Fire
Scout has flown twice as much in the first two months on the Halyburton than the entire
McInerney deployment. The system also completed initial flight tests on board the littoral
combat ship USS Freedom in November. (Source: Globe Newswire, 04/12/11) Gulf Coast
note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

C-21 training leaving Keesler
The 458th Airlift Squadron at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., will become the Air Force's sole C-21
formal training unit within the next four months. The squadron will regain the C-21 training
mission from the 45th Airlift Squadron at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The 45th AS will
dissolve as a unit under Air Education and Training Command and will once again fall under
Air Mobility Command's 375th Operations Group. The C-21 training mission had belonged to
Scott Air Force Base up until the early 1990s. (Source: AFNS, 04/07/11)

Flight academy given challenge
PENSACOLA, Fla.- The National Flight Academy received a $3 million challenge grant from
Hilton Hotels founder Conrad N. Hilton’s foundation. It will be paid when the academy, now
under construction at Naval Air Station Pensacola, meets its current $15 million fundraising
goal. The academy is set to open in 2012 and will be a naval aviation-themed educational
camp for students in grades 7-12. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 04/06/11)

Contract: Boeing, $28.3M
Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $28,297,174 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract
modification for eight massive ordnance penetrator assets, 16 separation nuts, eight MOP
loading adapters, and an aft closure redesign. Work will be performed at St. Louis, Mo. The
ACC/EDBK/EDBJ, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
04/07/11)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $162.7M
Lockheed Martin Corp., of Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a $162,742,115 firm fixed price
contract modification for a Lot 9 production contract for approximately 95 baselines and 30
extended range missiles to support the Air Force, which also includes warranty and systems
engineering. Work will be performed at Orlando, Fla. The contracting activity is AAC/EBJK,
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 04/04/11)

Contract: Kaman Precision, $19.8M
Kaman Precision Products of Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a $19,818,294 firm fixed price
contract modification which will provide the Air Force with an additional quantity of 6,000 of
the Joint Programmable Fuze systems to meet munitions requirements. The JPF is a fuze
system used with precision weapons systems such as the Joint Direct Attack Munition, and
equipped with variable delay systems that may be programmed manually or from the cockpit
through its in-flight reprogrammability feature. Work will be performed at Orlando, Fla. The
contracting activity is AAC/EBDK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 04/04/11)

Contract: Raytheon, $172.6M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., was awarded a $172,571,968 firm-fixed-price contract that will
provide for the procurement of a block of M982 Excalibur unitary 155mm precision
engagement projectile. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz.; McAlester, Okla.;
Farmington, N.M.; Niceville, Fla.; Healdsburg, Calif.; Anniston, Ala.; Cincinnati, Ohio;
Anaheim, Calif.; Williamsport, Penn.; Joplin, Mo.; Lowell, Mass.; Karlskoga, Sweden; and the
United Kingdom; with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2013. The U.S. Army
Contracting Command, Picatinny, N.J., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/04/11)

Goodrich to buy Italian company
Goodrich Corp. plans to buy Italian aerospace control system maker Microtecnica for $462
million. Microtecnica, which employs 700 people in Italy and the United Kingdom, makes
flight control actuation systems for helicopters, regional and business aircraft and missiles,
as well as thermal and environmental control systems. The sale is scheduled to close before
the end of June. Goodrich, based in Charlotte, N.C., employs more than 700 people in
Foley, Ala. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, Goodrich, 04/01/11)


MARCH 2011

Lockheed rolls out new Combat Shadow
MARIETTA, Ga. – Lockheed Martin rolled out the first aircraft in a new fleet of MC-130J
Combat Shadow IIs for the U.S. Air Force’s Special Operations Command during a ceremony
in Georgia Tuesday. Lockheed Martin is contracted to build 15 MC 130Js to begin replacing
the current fleet. The U.S. Air Force is authorized to acquire up to 20 MC-130Js against an
approved requirement for 37. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 03/29/11) Gulf Coast note: The Air
Force Special Operations Command is headquartered at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Contract: Raytheon, $9M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $9,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for
technical support of the use of Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM)
special test vehicles, special test equipment, and test positions to include AMRAAM
modeling and simulation. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  AAC/PKES,
Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/31/11)

WTO raps Boeing for subsidies
The World Trade Organization in a report published today said Boeing received at least
$5.3 billion in improper subsidies from the United States to develop jets, including the 787.
That gave it an unfair advantage against European rival Airbus. The European Union
claimed research and development grants from the federal government’s NASA and
Defense Department, including development of carbon composites, contributed to the
technologies to build the 787. An appeal by Washington is being considered. The ruling is
the latest round in a six-year battle between Boeing and Airbus, part of EADS. In a case
decided last June, the WTO found that Airbus had benefited from improper subsidies as
well. (Source: Multiple, including New York Times, Reuters, 03/31/11)

33rd Wing commander relieved of duty
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Col. David A. Hlatky has been relieved as
commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., effective today. Maj.
Gen. Mark Solo, 19th Air Force commander at Randolph Air Force Base, lost confidence in
Hlatky’s ability to command as a result of an investigation following allegations of personal
misconduct. Col. Andrew J. Toth assumed command of the wing today. He previously served
as the executive officer to the commander of Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force
Base, Va. (Source: Air Education and Training Command, 03/31/11)

Contract: EADS, $21.5M
EADS North American Defense, Arlington, Va., was awarded a $21,468,420 firm-fixed-price
contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of four UH-72A light utility helicopters;
four airborne radio communication 231 system production cut-in; and one engine inlet
barrier filter production cut-in. Work will be done in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated
completion date of April 30, 2012. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal,
Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/30/11)

Contract: Sikorsky, $84.1M
Sikorsky Support Services, Inc., Pensacola, Fla., is being awarded an $84,100,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for logistics services and materials for
organizational, intermediate, and depot level maintenance to support 273 T-34, 54 T-44,
and 62 T-6 aircraft based primarily at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas; NAS Whiting
Field, Fla.; and NAS Pensacola. Work will be performed in Corpus Christi, Whiting Field,
Pensacola and various sites within the continental United States. Work is expected to be
completed in October 2011. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/30/11)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $42.3M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$42,285,583 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery
requirements contract for logistics support of 124 TH-57B/TH-57C aircraft. Work will be
performed at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Fla. (99 percent), and NAS Patuxent
River, Md. and is expected to be completed in September 2012. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/30/11)

Ribbon cut on cryogenics control building
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA cut the ribbon on a new cryogenics control center
at John C. Stennis Space Center today, marking near completion of a project to strengthen
protection for liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen barges in the event of a natural disaster.
The new structure consolidates LH and LOX operations and provides a safe shelter for a
disaster ride-out crew. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, NASA conducted a study to
identify support systems at the site that should be "hardened" to withstand the impacts of
future storms. The study cited the need to provide a safe haven for LH and LOX cryogenic
barges needed to perform rocket engine testing at the south Mississippi facility. The project
ensures a safe haven for all six LOX and three LH barges at Stennis. (Source: NASA,
03/30/10)

Contract: ATK, $35.8M
Alliant Techsystems Inc., Plymouth, Minn., is being awarded a $35,796,194 fixed-price
incentive contract which will provide the hard target sensing fuze, an advanced fuze system
for use with BLU-109, BLU-113, and BLU-122 warheads and their associated guidance
systems. The fuze system will be capable of surviving penetration through 5,000 to 15,000
pounds per square inch of multiple soil layers and/or reinforced concrete, and detonating
within a specific void inside the target or at a specific delay time programmed into the fuze.
The fuze will also provide in-flight programmability, safing and arming, multi-mode function
capability (time-delay and void sensing), and multi-delay arming. AAC/EBDK, Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/29/11)

EADS’ Eurocopter buys Vector
Eurocopter, the helicopter unit of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space group,
EADS, said Monday it entered an agreement to buy all the outstanding shares of Canada's
Vector Aerospace Corp. The deal for the helicopter overhaul and repair company is valued
at $638 million. (Sources: Multiple, including AFP, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, 03/28/11)
Gulf Coast note: Vector Aerospace has an operation at the South Alabama Regional Airport
in Andalusia, Ala., which opened in 2008. EADS has a helicopter production facility in
Columbus, Miss., and two operations in Mobile, Ala.

Faulty F-35 procedure fixed
Faulty maintenance procedures caused the in-flight failure of the engine generators on an F-
35, the program office said. Those procedures have now been revised, and the entire fleet
of F-35s has been cleared to resume flight operations. The problem was found in a test
flight earlier this month in California in an F-35 with an alternate generator configuration.
(Source: Defense News, 03/25/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of
the F-35 training center.

USCG training for unmanned systems
MOBILE, Ala. - The U.S. Coast Guard doesn’t have any unmanned systems in its inventory,
but the service is forging ahead with some training, according to the service’s unmanned
aerial system platform manager. The skeleton of the service’s program is taking shape at
Aviation Training Center, Mobile, Ala. The Coast Guard has trained three pilots in Mobile to
operate the MQ-9 Guardian, a variant of the Air Force’s Reaper. The program is in its
infancy and there’s no training pipeline yet, pending funding. One of the systems the Coast
Guard is eyeing is the Fire Scout unmanned helicopter, built in part in nearby Moss Point,
Miss. (Source: Navy Times, 03/26/11)

EADS eyes Vector Aerospace
EADS on Thursday said that it was in exclusive talks to purchase Vector Aerospace, a
Canadian company that repairs and maintains civil and military helicopters. The move
comes as EADS is attempting to revive hopes of expanding its footprint in North America
through a mix of organic growth and deals following its loss last month to Boeing of the $35
billion Air Force aerial tanker project. (Source: Financial Times, 03/24/11) Gulf Coast note:
Vector Aerospace has an operation at the South Alabama Regional Airport in Andalusia,
Ala., which opened in 2008. EADS has a helicopter production facility in Columbus, Miss.,
and two operations in Mobile, Ala.

F-136 engine stop work order issued
WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense Thursday issued a stop work order on the F-
136 engine being developed by General Electric and Rolls-Royce for the F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter. The administration and DoD oppose the extra engine as a waste of taxpayer
dollars. The stop work order will remain in place pending final resolution of the program's
future, for a period not to exceed 90 days, unless extended by agreement of the
government and the contractor. The F-35's primary engine is the Pratt & Whitney F135.
(Source: DoD, 03/24/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the JSF
training center.

J-2X assembly in full swing
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Assembly of the first J-2X, called engine 10001, is in full
swing at NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss. Managed by the Marshall Space Flight Center,
the J-2X engine is a rocket engine with the performance characteristics to power the upper-
stage of a heavy-lift launch vehicle. Fueled by liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, the J-2X
engine will generate 294,000 pounds of thrust to propel a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit to
the moon, an asteroid, or other celestial destination. This week, the Stennis Space Center's
A-2 test stand was certified ready to support J-2X development testing. Pratt & Whitney
Rocketdyne of Canoga Park, Calif. is the prime contractor for the design and manufacture of
the J-2X. Hot fire testing of Engine 10001 is targeted for later this summer at Stennis.
(Source: NASA, 03/24/11)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $7.3M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $7,261,201 firm-
fixed-price contract for contractor logistics support for the C-12 aircraft for Pacific Air Force,
Air Force Material Command, Defense Intelligence Agency, and Defense Security
Corporation Agency, consisting of maintenance, repair, and support functions for seven
months from April 1, 2011 through Oct. 31, 2011. Work will be performed at L3
Communications Vertex Aerospace, Madison, Miss. OC-ALC/GKSKH, Tinker Air Force Base,
Okla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/23/11)

Vision to announce new destinations
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Vision Airlines plans to announce new destinations Friday. In
December the airline launched direct flights from Northwest Florida Regional Airport to
Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Miami. On Friday it will expand service to 10 additional destinations,
with five more to start the following week. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 03/23/11)

Turkish supplier sends first duct
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc., a major international F-35 Joint
Strike Fighter supplier to Northrop Grumman, has delivered its first production air inlet duct
for the jet. The all-composite duct, a major structural element of the F-35's center fuselage,
will support Northrop Grumman's production of F-35 center fuselages for conventional
takeoff and landing variants at its aerospace production facility in Palmdale, Calif. TAI
produced the air inlet duct at its composites manufacturing facility in Ankara, Turkey, as part
of a five-year, $28.4 million contract awarded to the company in September 2009 by
Northrop Grumman, a principal subcontractor of the Lockheed Martin-led F-35 industry
team. (Source: Globe Newswire, 03/22/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the JSF training center.

Marines take to air to prep for F-35
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Marine aviators of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron
501 completed four sorties this week in F-16 Fighting Falcons to ensure readiness and
efficiency in the transition to the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. The F-16s from Luke Air Force
Base, Ariz., were brought to the 33rd Fighter Wing because of its flying characteristics are
similar to the F-35. The Marine variant of JSF, the F-35B, contains a short take-off and
vertical landing engine. The STOVL variant will replace the Marine Corps inventory of F/A-
18s and AV-8s. The F-35B will be the world's first operational supersonic STOVL aircraft.
Eglin Air Force Base is home of the JSF training center. (Source: AFNS, 03/21/11)

AJ26 tested over weekend
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA supported acceptance testing Saturday on an
Aerojet AJ26 flight engine that will power the first stage of Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Taurus II
space launch vehicle. The test of the AJ26 engine supports Orbital Sciences' effort to
demonstrate its commercial cargo transportation system in preparation for future
International Space Station cargo resupply missions. NASA has partnered with Orbital as
part of the agency's ongoing Commercial Orbital Transportation Services initiative. The test
on the E-1 Test Stand at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center was performed by a team of
Orbital, Aerojet, and Stennis engineers. Once test data has been reviewed and verified, the
engine will be sent to the Wallops Flight Facility launch site in Virginia for integration with the
Taurus II rocket's first-stage core. Orbital is scheduled to carry out the first of eight cargo
missions to the space station in early 2012. (Source: NASA, 03/21/11)

Contract: Boeing, Raytheon, $20M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., and Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., are being
awarded a $20,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for integrated precision ordinance
delivery system Phases II-IV; research and development. Work will be performed in St.
Louis, Mo., and Tucson, Ariz. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal
year. AFRL/RWK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
03/18/11)

Contract: JDA, $8M
JDA LLC, Concord, Calif., is being awarded an $8,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-
quantity contract for a data replay system. Work will be performed at Concord, Calif.
Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. AAC/PKO, Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/17/11)

Contract: Vertex, $314,000
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $314,623.67
firm-fixed-price contract for contractor logistics support for the C-12 aircraft for Pacific Air
Force, Air Force Material Command, Defense Intelligence Agency, and Defense Security
Corporation Agency, consisting of maintenance, repair and support functions for seven
months (including phase-in) from April 1 through Oct. 31, 2011. The location of performance
is Madison, Miss. OC -ALC/GKSKH, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 03/17/11)

Contract: Vertex, $20.3M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$20,293,345 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract
to provide logistics services and materials for organizational, intermediate, and depot-level
maintenance of 14 T39N and six T-39G aircraft at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. In
addition, this modification provides for aircraft intermediate maintenance services in support
of Chief of Naval Air Training aircraft and transient aircraft at NAS Pensacola and NAS
Corpus Christi, Texas.  Work will be performed in Pensacola (99 percent), and Corpus
Christi (1 percent), and is expected to be completed September 2011. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/16/11)

Airbus gives grant to Exploreum
MOBILE, Ala. - Airbus Corporate Foundation announced a $50,000 initial grant to the Gulf
Coast Exploreum Science Center in Mobile, seeding a new advanced aerospace
engineering program for students. Staff members at the Airbus Engineering Center in Mobile
will work hands-on with students as mentors. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 03/16/11)

Contract: Vertex, $25.6M
L-3 Communications Systems Field Support, Vertex Aerospace, LLC, Madison Miss., was
awarded a $25,607,255 contract for aircraft maintenance and logistical life cycle support for
65 Navy C-12 aircraft at 21 global locations. Services include scheduled/unscheduled
organizational maintenance; aircraft servicing; depot level maintenance; support equipment
maintenance; modifications; and engineering support. Work is expected to be completed in
September 2011. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 03/15/11)

Seven F-35s return to flight
Seven of 10 F-35 test planes have been cleared to resume flights after a grounding was
ordered. The grounding came after one plane experienced an in-flight failure of two
electrical generators and an oil leak last week. The suspension was lifted on seven aircraft
with older-model generators. The three using a newer version remained grounded. In
another F-35 related matter, the Navy said it would buy 680 F-35s, half suited for aircraft
carrier landings and half short-takeoff and vertical-landing versions for the Marines.
(Source: Bloomberg via Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 03/14/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., will be home of the F-35 training center.

Blue Angels to perform in Biloxi
BILOXI, Miss. - The Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team will perform in Mississippi
at the Keesler Air Force Base air show Saturday and Sunday. It's the first Keesler show for
the Blue Angles since 1978. The U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team is also on the
schedule along with several other demonstration teams and aerobatics performers. (Source:
Sun Herald, 03/13/11) The Blue Angles returned home to Pensacola, Fla., Monday after
spending the winter training in El Centro, Calif.

Contract: Kaman, $23.8M
Kaman Precision Products Inc., Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a $23,834,070 firm-fixed-
price contract modification which will provide the Air Force with 6,000 of the Joint
Programmable Fuze (JPF) systems to meet munitions requirements. The JPF is a state-of-
the-art fuze system used with precision weapons systems such as the JDAM, and equipped
with variable delay settings that may be programmed manually or from the cockpit through
its in-flight reprogrammability feature. AAC/EBDK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/14/11)

Glitch grounds F-35s
The military has grounded fleet of 10 F-35s while Lockheed Martin looks into a dual
generator failure and an oil leak that occurred during a flight last week at Edwards Air Force
Base, Calif. The incident came just as military officials were reporting significant progress on
the program after a major restructuring that slowed development to allow more flight testing
before the plane goes into production. (Source: Reuters, Air Force Times, 03/12/11) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Week in review column
The story didn't have direct ties to the Gulf Coast aerospace corridor, not yet at least, but it
was interesting in light of Mobile, Ala.'s recent loss of the Air Force aerial refueling tanker
project. I'm talking about the $33 million KQ-X project, designed to show the ability of one
unmanned aircraft to refuel another. Could it have implications for the Gulf Coast? (Source:
Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor, 03/12/11)

Garver: Stennis a role model
NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver was in South Mississippi Thursday to reinforce the
importance of NASA’s Stennis Space Center and to meet with employees there. She told the
Sun Herald at an editorial board meeting that it’s a unique facility that should be fully utilized.
She held up Stennis, where up to 30 percent of the costs are borne by other government
agencies and companies, as an example of how capabilities can be share. (Source: Sun
Herald, 03/10/11)

First BAMS fuselage finished
MOSS POINT, Miss. - The first Global Hawk fuselage that will be used for a Navy BAMS
aircraft has been finished and will be shipped to Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, Calif.,
facility for finishing work. The fuselage was finished a week ahead of schedule, officials said.
The Navy plans to have more than 60 Broad Area Maritime Surveillance aircraft providing
watch for the fleet. The Northrop Grumman Moss Point facility also does finishing work on
Fire Scout unmanned helicopters. (Source: Sun Herald, WLOX, Mississippi Press, 03/10/11).
Previous

UAV refueling inches closer
A program to show the ability of one unmanned aircraft to refuel another inched forward
when a Global Hawk and Proteus flew within 40 feet of one another in late January. A
manned Scaled Composites Proteus test aircraft, owned by Northrop Grumman, and a
Northrop Grumman-built unmanned Global Hawk owned by NASA flew at 45,000 feet. Wake
turbulence between the two aircraft as well as engine performance and flight control
responsiveness in the stratosphere were evaluated. Simulated breakaway maneuvers were
also conducted. The flight is key to reducing risks as the program prepares for autonomous
aerial refueling of two Global Hawks in the spring of 2012. (Source: Northrop Grumman,
03/09/11) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are now built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Early end to F-35 probation sought
The Marine Corps' top general said he wants and early end to the two-year probation
imposed on the Marine version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Gen. James Amos told the
Senate Armed Services Committee this week that the Marines need the short-takeoff version
to carry out the Marine mission. The Marine variant was put on probation because of
technical issues. But Amos said he's encouraged by its progress. (Source: Reuters,
03/08/11) Meanwhile, the Navy version of the F-35 broke the sound barrier last week. The
carrier variant flew out of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., reaching Mach 1.02. The
Navy's version is the last of the three variants to break the sound barrier. (Source: Defense
News, 03/08/11)

Guardian tested on KC-135
Northrop Grumman and the Air National Guard’s 190th Air Refueling Wing have finished the
first round of flight testing with the company’s Guardian anti-missile system on a Boeing KC-
135, Northrop said Tuesday. The laser-based Guardian System, contained almost entirely in
a single pod mounted to the underside of the fuselage, is designed to detect launched
missiles and then disrupt their guidance signals using a non-visible laser, said Northrop
Grumman. The Air Force is scheduled to continue an Operational Utility Evaluation through
the second quarter, with additional flights and system tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
(Source: GlobeNewswire, 03/08/11)

New Orleans gets nod for Cuba flights
Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans has been approved to schedule
charter flights to and from Cuba. In addition to New Orleans, U.S. Customs and Border
Protection officials said the charter flights can now be scheduled as well from airports in
Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore, Dallas/Fort Worth, Pittsburgh, Tampa, and San Juan, Puerto
Rico. Previously flights were only allowed from Los Angeles, Miami and New York. (Source:
AP via New Orleans Times-Picayune, 03/08/11)

First RS-68A production unit ready
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne completed a series of Hardware Acceptance Reviews on the
first RS-68A production rocket engine, validating the hydrogen-fueled engine is ready to
power a heavy-lift vehicle into space. Engine 30003, the first of three RS-68A production
engines to undergo a review, has been shipped to Decatur, Ala., for integration onto a
United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle. RS-68A production engines 30004
and 30005 will undergo hardware reviews in March and April 2011 after completion of hot-
fire testing at Stennis Space Center, Miss. The three engines are scheduled to boost the
Delta IV Heavy next year carrying a government payload into orbit. (Source: PRNewswire,
03/08/11)

Uncertainty concerns PWR
The failure to devise a spaceflight plan for NASA after the shuttle fleet is retired raises the
specter of more workforce cuts in the U.S. launch industry, according to the head of Pratt &
Whitney Rocketdyne. Jim Maser estimates that NASA, the White House and Congress have
"four to eight months" to choose a way forward. After that, he expects layoffs at PWR he
begins to roll up unfunded rocket engine programs like the J-2X cryogenic upper-stage
engine. Developed for the Ares I crew launch vehicle under the old Constellation program,
the first full-up J-2X is set to begin testing at Stennis Space Center, Miss., next month.
(Source: Aviation Week, 03/08/11)

Runway expansion effort inches forward
A Navy plan to extend four runways at outlying fields in Baldwin County, Ala., is moving
forward. Naval Air Station Whiting Field, in Milton, Fla., said the project's environmental
assessment has been completed. The 1,000-foot runway extensions would cross land now
occupied by 23 homes and 203 acres of other people's property in Foley and Summerdale.
After a review by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, the Navy will begin talking to
residents about land acquisition. The Navy is replacing T-34C training aircraft with the T-6A,
which requires longer runways. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 03/07/11)

Stennis team set for key test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - The E-2 Test Stand team at John C. Stennis Space
Center is preparing to test a vital component designed for another rocket engine test stand
under construction at the NASA facility. Testing on the three-module chemical steam
generator (CSG) is designed to confirm it will perform as needed. The tests also will provide
critical data about operating the unit. The new A-3 Test Stand will use nine three-module
CSG units to generate superheated steam needed to create a vacuum. The vacuum will
allow operators to test next-generation rocket engines at simulated high altitudes up to
100,000 feet. Testing at such simulated altitudes is critical for next-generation engines
necessary to carry humans into deep space. (Source: NASA, 03/04/11)

EADS won’t protest tanker loss
Europe's EADS said today that it won't file a protest with the Government Accountability
Office over last week's decision by the Air Force to award the $35 billion aerial tanker
project to rival Boeing. The move is likely to dismay EADS supports in the Gulf Coast region,
where EADS planned to assemble the aircraft. The company had planned to build a $600
million aircraft assembly plant in Mobile, Ala. (Sources: Multiple, including New York Times,
Bloomberg Business Week, 03/04/11)

Tanker contract signed; protest out?
The Air Force and Boeing have signed the contract to develop a new fleet of aerial refueling
tankers, while EADS continues to ponder whether to protest the award. The Air Force last
week awarded the contract to Boeing to build the tankers, a decision that was a
disappointment in Mobile, where EADS planned to build an assembly plant. EADS was
briefed on the decision earlier this week and has 10 days to decide whether to protest.
(Source: Mobile Press-Register, 03/03/11) Reuters is reporting that EADS is poised to
concede defeat and could announce as early as Friday that it will not protest the award.
(Source: Reuters, 03/03/11)


FEBRUARY 2011

First production F-35 takes to air
FORT WORTH, Texas - The first production model of the Lockheed Martin F-35 made its
inaugural flight Friday in preparation for delivery to the Air Force this spring. The jet will
head to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., to support developmental testing shortly after the
Air Force takes delivery. During the flight, the conventional takeoff and landing F-35A
variant underwent basic flight maneuvering and engine tests. The jet will continue flight tests
in Fort Worth for about a month before it is accepted by the Air Force. (Source: Lockheed
Martin, 02/25/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base is home to the F-35 training center.

Debriefing will determine next step
EADS will decide after a debriefing on Monday whether it will appeal a decision by the Air
Force to buy aerial tankers from rival Boeing. EADS has 10 days after that meeting to
appeal with the Government Accountability Office, and GAO has to rule within 100 days.
EADS had said before the announcement that it will appeal only if it found “egregious”
problems. The $35 billion contract to build 179 tankers for the Air Force was seen by EADS
as a chance to increase its share of the lucrative U.S. defense market. EADS would have
built a $600 million plant in Mobile, Ala., to assemble not only tankers, but Airbus freighters.
EADS is also the world’s largest manufacturer of helicopters, and has a plant in Columbus,
Miss., that builds helicopters for the U.S. military. (Source: Tcp, 02/25/11)

Boeing wins tanker contract
Boeing beat out EADS North America for the $35 billion contract to build 179 aerial tankers
for the U.S. Air Force, officials said Thursday. Michael Donley, secretary of the Air Force,
made the formal announcement at the Pentagon. He said the first 18 aircraft, designated KC-
46A, will be delivered by 2017. "This is a sad day," Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley told a
gathering in Mobile, Ala., which would have assembled the tankers had EADS won. The
modified Boeing 767s will be built in Washington State and Kansas and create 50,000 jobs
in the United States. The decision was based on price. Boeing's was more than 1 percent
below EADS' price, so non-mandatory capabilities were not taken into consideration. In 2008
Boeing lost the competition to EADS, the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co., but
a protest was upheld by the General Accountability Office. The Air Force has been trying to
replace its fleet of Eisenhower-era KC-135s for more than a decade. (Source: Tcp, 02/24/11)

Event marks mentor-protégé agreement
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – A ceremony is scheduled for Friday marking the mentor-
protégé agreement between Lockheed Martin and Fort Walton Machining. Under the
Defense Department program, mentor companies help prepare small businesses with
capabilities and know-how to perform as prime or subcontractors to the federal government.
Fort Walton Machining is a supplier for Lockheed Martin’s F-35, F-16, F-22 and C-130J
programs. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 02/24/11)

Tanker announcement Thursday
The Air Force will announce a decision Thursday on the $35 billion tanker contract,
according to multiple media reports. The Puget Sound Business Journal attributes
confirmation to a spokesman for Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash; the Mobile Press-Register
attributes it to industry and military officials; and WALA-TV cites the Mobile Chamber of
Commerce. Boeing, which plans to build planes in Washington and Kansas, and EADS North
America, which plans to assemble them in Mobile, Ala., are competing to build the 179
planes. (Sources: Multiple, 02/22/11)

Brookley eyes improvements
MOBILE, Ala. - The Mobile Airport Authority is considering borrowing $8 million to improve
streets, drainage, signs and landscaping at Brookley Aeroplex. If EADS wins the contract to
build tankers for the Air Force, the industrial park will see increased traffic and demand for
industrial space. But even if EADS doesn't get the contract the work needs to be done, said
Bill Sisson, executive director of the authority. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 02/22/11)

Contract: BAE, $7.7M
BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services, Inc., Rockville, Md., is being awarded a
$7,745,712 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to exercise an
option for the procurement of maintenance, logistics, and life cycle services in support of
communication-electronic equipment/systems and subsystems for various Navy, Army, Air
Force, Special Operations Forces and other federal agencies. Two percent of the work will
be done in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/18/11)

IG: AF acted properly in bid mix-up
The Pentagon’s inspector general’s office said Friday that it finished a review of an Air
Force mix-up that sent details of Boeing’s tanker bid to EADS and vice versa, and found no
reason to further investigate. The IG said in a letter to seven U.S. senators, all Boeing
backers who requested the probe, saying the Air Force handled the mistake appropriately
and in compliance with federal law. Boeing and EADS are competing for the $35 billion
contract to build new tankers for the Air Force. If EADS wins, it plans to assemble its planes
in Mobile, Ala. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 02/18/11)

Air show performer list growing
BILOXI, Miss. – The lineup of performers and aircraft is growing for the Angels Over the Bay
Air Show at Keesler Air Force Base. The March 19-20 show will celebrate the 70th
anniversary of Keesler. Headlining the show is the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. The Army Golden
Knights parachute team, which opened the Thunder on the Bay air show at Keesler in 2009,
will be back again. (Source: Sun Herald, 02/16/11)

Navy wants Fire-X
The Navy is requesting funds in fiscal year 2012 to buy the first 12 Fire-X unmanned
helicopters. Called MQ-8C, Fire-X is based on the Bell 407, a larger version of the Fire
Scout, MQ-8B, which uses the Schweizer S-333 airframe. In December, Northrop and Bell
flew the Fire-X demonstrator to show that a new airframe could be integrated into the
unmanned architecture developed for the Fire Scout. The MQ-8C is to be an engineering
change proposal to the existing system, using the existing avionics, payloads, command-and-
control links and ground control station. (Source: Aviation Week, 02/17/11) Gulf Coast note:
Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

House says no to second engine
The House on Wednesday approved an amendment that would eliminate funding for a
second engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a move that would contribute an additional
$450 million to the estimated $61 billion in federal spending cuts that House Republicans
have proposed for the rest of the current fiscal year. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
criticized the alternative engine as unnecessary and wasteful. The second F-35 engine was
to be built by General Electric and Rolls Royce. The primary engine is built by Pratt &
Whitney. (Sources: Multiple, including Washington Post, AFP, 02/16/11) Gulf Coast note:
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

EADS cut tanker price
EADS North America Chairman Ralph Crosby on Wednesday said the company had lowered
its bid price for a $35 billion Air Force aerial refueling tanker contract. EADS is offering a
version of the A330 against Boeing’s 767. Both companies sent their best proposals last
week to build 179 tankers. Boeing last week described its bid as “aggressive.” A decision is
expected next month. (Source: AFP, 02/16/11) Gulf Coast note: If EADS wins it would
assemble its tankers in Mobile, Ala.

DRS reduces workforce
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Defense contractor DRS Technologies has laid off 38
people from its Fort Walton Beach location in the wake of a staff reassessment. Like with
other defense companies, the size of the workforce ebbs and flows based on contracts. The
Fort Walton Beach operation specializes in communications, unmanned aircraft and border
security products. DRS, based in New Jersey, still has 850 workers in Fort Walton Beach.
(Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/14/11)

Navy wants more Fire Scouts
The Navy Department's fiscal 2012 budget calls for 12 Fire Scout unmanned helicopters,
nine more than originally planned. By 2016 the Navy plans to purchase 57, up from the 31
included in earlier budgets, according to Navy Times. The Navy on Monday requested a
baseline of $161.4 billion for fiscal 2012, up $800 million from last year's proposal. (Source:
Navy Times, 02/14/11) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Scheuermann: Budget reflects commitment
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – The president's proposed $18.7 billion budget for NASA
in fiscal year 2012 reflects a commitment to long-term job growth, said Stennis Space Center
Director Patrick Scheuermann. "As in the past, the unique test facilities and technical
expertise at the John C. Stennis Space Center will continue to play a key role in the
development and certification of new rocket propulsion systems," said Scheuermann. He
added that the center's Applied Science and Technology Project Office will support essential
scientific research while managing the Gulf of Mexico Initiative for NASA's Applied Sciences
Program. (Source: NASA, 02/14/11)

Week in review
The final bids from Boeing and EADS to build aerial tankers for the Air Force have been
submitted as the Pentagon ponders looking into the November bid data mix-up. Also during
the week, an AJ26 rocket engine was tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss., and the Orion
crew vehicle shipped out from New Orleans' Michoud Assembly Facility. (Source: Gulf Coast
Aerospace Corridor, 02/12/11)

Contract: BAE, $15.7M
BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Inc. of Rockville, Md. was awarded a
$15,713,984 contract modification to exercise the Lot 17 option to procure a quantity of 9-
QF-4 full scale aerial targets. At this time, $15,713,984 has been obligated. AAC/EBYK at
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/11/11)

Lockheed ships out Orion
NEW ORLEANS - Lockheed Martin shipped out the first Orion crew module Thursday from
NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. It's bound for Lockheed's Denver, Colo.,
facilities, where it will be integrated with a heat shield and thermal protection backshell, then
tested to confirm Orion's ability to safely fly astronauts through deep space missions. It will
later undergo simulated water landings at Langley's Hydro Impact Basin in Hampton, Va.
This Orion ground test vehicle has already validated advanced production processes,
equipment and tools required to manufacture the Orion crew module space flight hardware.
(Source: Lockheed Martin, 02/10/11)

Fire Scout to hunt pirates, gather intel
The Navy’s Fire Scout unmanned helicopter this year will look for pirates in the Middle East
and gather intelligence for troops in Afghanistan, according to a report in Aviation Week.
Three aircraft and two ground control stations will participate in the Afghanistan deployment.
Builder Northrop Grumman will operate and maintain the system under the guidance of Navy
officers. Two Fire Scouts are also aboard the USS Halyburton, which sailed to Southwest
Asia in early January. A Fire Scout was credited with a humanitarian save last week, when it
spotted a wayward boat and hovered until help arrived. The Navy will determine Fire Scout’s
suitability after operational evaluation in October. A full-rate production decisions would
follow. The Navy plans to buy 168 Fire Scouts. (Source: Aviation Week, 02/09/11) Gulf
Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Boeing, $15.1M
Boeing Co. of St Louis, Mo., was awarded a contract modification not-to-exceed
$15,150,000 for additional Massive Ordnance Penetrator Integration to include flight test
support, three additional test assets, an alternative/modified fuse design and sixteen fuses.
At this time $5,984,488 has been obligated. AAC/EBDK/EBDJ – MOP Tiger Team at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/08/11)

IG asked to probe tanker bid mixup
The Pentagon's watchdog agency will respond "as soon as possible" to a request by seven
senators to investigate whether a data mix-up could mar the aerial tanker competition.
Boeing and EADS are competing for a $40 billion contract to build 179 tankers for the Air
Force. The Air Force insists the mix-up last November involved no pricing data that could
comprise the process. Meanwhile, Air Force Gen. Duncan McNabb, who heads the
Pentagon's Transportation Command, on Monday said new tankers would help cut the
military's fuel bills sharply. (Source: Reuters, 02/07/11) Gulf Coast note: EADS North
America plans to assemble the aircraft in Mobile, Ala., if it wins all or part of the contract.

Eglin expansion will clog roads
Added missions for Eglin Air Force Base will significantly congest Florida 85 and could
disrupt travel along U.S. 98, a report by the National Research Council's Transportation
Research Board warns. The report looked at Eglin and five other large bases that are
expanding as a result of the base realignment plan. Eglin was chosen as the new home of
the Army 7th Special Forces Group and the Joint Strike Fighter training center. The 7th SF
will bring more than 6,000 people and the JSF center about 4,900. The report urges
Congress to consider a special appropriation of federal stimulus money to pay for near-term
improvements. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/07/11)

Airport seeks fee increase
GULFPORT, Miss. - Officials with Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport are asking Congress to
increase a passenger fee and are seeking support from Gulfport, Biloxi and Harrison County.
The airport authority wants to increase the Passenger Facility Charge from $4.50 to $7 per
passenger in order to pay its debt. The fee hasn’t been raised since 2000. (Source: Sun
Herald, 02/07/11)

Engine tested without a hitch
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - A 52-second test of an Aerojet AJ26 rocket engine
Monday went without a hitch. Executives from NASA, Aerojet and Orbital Sciences Corp.
were on hand for the flight acceptance test of the AJ26, which will be the Stage 1 engine for
Orbital's Taurus II space launch vehicle. NASA formed a $1.9 billion contract with Orbital to
launch eight cargo missions to the International Space Station through 2015. The Aerojet
AJ26, originally made in Russia 50 years ago, was tested at the E-1 test stand at Stennis,
which had to be adapted to fire the engine in the vertical position. (Source: Sun Herald,
02/07/11)

Contract: Boeing, $23.1M
The Boeing Co. was awarded a $23,127,911 contract modification which will procure various
test assets and hardware for aircraft integration efforts for the F-16 Block 40/50, F-22, F-35,
and the Small Diameter Bomb Increment I programs. At this time, the entire amount has
been obligated. AAC/EBMK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 02/07/11)

Week in review column
By Friday, Boeing and EADS North America will have to submit their best and final proposals
to the Air Force in the contest to build 179 aerial refueling tankers for the U.S. Air Force.
Under normal circumstances, one might say the contest is drawing to a close. But this
contest has been anything but normal. (Source: Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor, 02/05/11)

Crestview airport upgrading
CRESTVIEW, Fla. - Planned upgrades at Bob Sikes Airport will help boost the economy,
local officials and business representatives said. Improvements include widening the
taxiways up to 75 feet to accommodate any size aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration
provided $5.1 million, the Florida Department of Transportation put up $3.6 million and $3
million came from a state infrastructure bank loan. The weather Friday forced the
groundbreaking into the BAE Aerospace Solutions hangar. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 02/04/11)

Competing tanker ads appear
With the competition to build tankers for the Air Force heating up, competitors Boeing and
EADS have launched ad campaigns. Boeing's newspaper ad defends itself against EADS'
claims that a World Trade Organization report found that the company received at least $5
billion in illegal subsidies, while EADS's radio ad criticizes Boeing's ads as being
"misleading." A decision is expected early this year, and a protest by the losing side is
possible. At least one analyst said the only solution may be buying tankers from both
companies. (Source: Reuters, 02/03/11) Gulf Coast note: EADS North America wants to
assemble its tankers in Mobile, Ala.

AJ26 test scheduled
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and executives from
Orbital Science Corp. and Aerojet will be on hand Feb. 7 for a flight acceptance test of an
Aerojet AJ26 rocket engine at Stennis Space Center. Members of the media have been
invited to see the 4 p.m. test. The engine will be used in Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Taurus II
space launch vehicle. Once flight acceptance testing on the engine is complete, it will be
delivered to Orbital at the Wallops Flight Facility launch site in Virginia for integration with
the rocket's first stage core power. NASA has partnered with Orbital to provide eight cargo
missions to the International Space Station, with the first scheduled for early 2012. (Source:
NASA, 02/04/11)

Satellites examined for contamination
Lockheed Martin has been conducting exoneration exercises for A2100-based satellites in
various stages of manufacturing to ensure that foreign object debris (FOD) wasn’t
introduced during manufacturing, according to Aviation Week. FOD in the oxidizer line is
thought to have caused the failure of the liquid apogee engine on the first Advanced
Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite. The propulsion system for AEHF-1 was built at
Lockheed Martin’s facility at the Stennis Space Center, Miss., in 2006. (Source: Aviation
Week, 02/02/11)

1,000th 767 rolled out
EVERETT, Wash. - Boeing marked the rollout of the 1,000th 767 Wednesday at the
company's Everett factory. Hundreds were on hand for the event. The 1,000th plane is a
767-300ER passenger model for All Nippon Airways, and was the final 767 to finish
assembly on the current production line. The next 767 is being built in a new, smaller and
more efficient bay. Boeing is offering the 767s as its entry in the tanker competition.
(Source: Boeing via PRNewswire, 02/02/11) Gulf Coast note: Boeing's competition in the
tanker contest is EADS North America, which plans to assemble planes in Mobile, Ala., if it
wins the competition.

NG signs up Aussie F-35 supplier
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Northrop Grumman signed a long-term agreement with advanced
materials company Quickstep Technologies, North Coogee, Australia, to produce composite
subassemblies that include F-35 lower side skins, maintenance access panels and fuel tank
covers. Northrop Grumman is a principal subcontractor on the Lockheed Martin-led F-35
industry team. Australia is one of nine countries, including the United States, contributing to
the funding and production of the F-35 aircraft. (Source: Northrop Grumman via Globe
Newswire, 02/02/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base is home of the F-35 training
center.

AETC chief visits 33rd FW
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The commander of Air Education and Training Command,
Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr., visited the 33rd Fighter Wing last week. During his tour, the
general received a status report on the wing and it's integrated Academic Training Center
that is the school house for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter pilots and maintainers for the Air Force,
Navy, Marines and future coalition partners. He said the 33rd "represents the first time we've
engaged deeply in joint fighter training and could be a template for future endeavors." It will
train fighter pilots for the Air Force, Navy and Marines, and affords "a great opportunity for
us to demonstrate this concept can work. It's too early to tell whether joint training facilities
like the 33rd will be the way of the future." (Source: Team Eglin Public Affairs, 02/01/11)

Boeing to submit final tanker bid Feb. 11
Boeing will submit a final proposal Feb. 11 in the contest to build 179 aerial refueling tankers
for the U.S. Air Force, a company spokesman said. Members of Boeing’s tanker team met
with Air Force officials Monday at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio to discuss the
interim evaluation. Boeing and EADS North America are competing for the $40 billion
contract. If EADS wins, it plans to assemble the tankers in Mobile, Ala. (Source: Tcp,
02/01/11) Boeing post


JANUARY 2011

Contract: Raytheon, $15M
The Raytheon Co., Tuscon, Ariz., was awarded a $15,000,000 contract for the Advanced
Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile technical support for systems engineering, small software
enhancements, test support, maintenance and modification of special test assets, support to
the Navy hardware in the loop simulation, aircraft integration, and other technical
engineering requirements. AAC/EBAK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 01/31/11)

WTO: Boeing received subsidies
The World Trade Organization ruled Monday that U.S. federal and local governments
provided billions of dollars in illegal subsidies to plane-maker Boeing for the 787 and other
aircraft. The money gave Boeing an unfair advantage against Europe's Airbus, the panel
said. The findings are similar to those in an interim report released in September. The WTO
has now found that both Boeing and Airbus, a unit of EADS, received illegal aid. Both
companies are competing to build aerial tankers for the U.S. Air Force. (Sources: Wall Street
Journal, New York Times, Reuters, Associated Press, 01/31/11) Gulf Coast note: EADS
North America wants to assemble the tankers in Mobile, Ala.

Week in review column
The role Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., played in pointing out problems with an unmanned
aircraft surveillance system, and the successful end to testing an AJ26 rocket engine at
Stennis Space Center, Miss., and start of a new round of testing are just two of the
aerospace news items that occurred during the week. The column this week also recaps
other science and technology news of interest to the Gulf Coast. (Source: Gulf Coast
Aerospace Corridor, 01/29/11)

Orbital: Third AJ26 test not needed
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Two tests of an Aerojet AJ26 engine were so successful
that Orbital Science Corp. engineers decided a planned third test unnecessary. The AJ26
engine was removed from the E-1 test stand Jan. 24 and will be returned to Aerojet to be
refurbished and used on an upcoming Taurus II mission. The same day the engine was
removed, the first flight engine was installed to begin regularly planned "acceptance testing"
at SSC. The AJ26 flight unit will be tested in February, and then delivered to Orbital at the
Wallops Flight Facility launch site in Virginia for integration with the rocket's first stage core.
Orbital's Taurus II rocket will first be used to carry out commercial cargo supply mission to
the International Space Station. Orbital is developing the cargo logistics system under the
joint Commercial Orbital Transportation Services research and development project with
NASA, and is scheduled to carry out the first of eight cargo missions under the Commercial
Resupply Services contract beginning in early 2012. (Source: NASA, 01/28/11)

Contract: CSC, $24.9M
CSC Applied Technologies, Fort Worth, Texas. was awarded a $24,887,735 contract
modification which will exercise an option for the Base Operating Support service contract at
Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., from Feb. 1, 2011 through Jan. 31, 2012. At this time, the
entire amount has been obligated. 81 CONS/LGCM, Keesler Air Force Base is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/2710)

Wing marks 70th anniversary
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The 53rd Wing will host a 70th anniversary celebration Feb.
3 at Hangar 1343. Festivities include a brief history of the wing, time capsule dedication and
guest speaker Brig. Gen. (ret.) Douglas Richardson, 53rd Wing commander from 1998-
2000. Combat aircraft from many of the operational test wing units will be on display during
the ceremony, including an F-16, F-15, F-4, B-1, B-52 and others. (Source: Eglin Air Force
Base, 01/26/11)

F-15E flies with new radar system
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The F-15E Strike Eagle flew its first sortie with a new radar
system that replaces the 24-year-old APG-70 radar system. The 46th Test Wing fighter flew
with the APG-82(V)1 Jan. 18. The new radar uses active electronically scanned array radar
technology composed of numerous small solid-state transmit and receive modules. The
standard radar, APG-70, is a mechanically scanned array housed in the nose of the aircraft.
The new radar removes the motors and hydraulics of the old system and includes a new
avionics and cooling system. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 01/24/11)

Contract: Hamilton Sundstrand, $24.6M
Hamilton Sundstrand Corp., Windsor Locks, Conn., is being awarded a $24,636,056 firm-
fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for procurement and installation of
Electronic Propeller Control System kits into the C-130T aircraft for the Navy Reserves (up
to 20) and the LC-130H aircraft for the Air Force National Guard (up to 5), including non-
recurring engineering, technical and logistics services. Thirty-five percent of the work will be
done in Crestview, Fla., and the rest in Windsor Locks, Conn., and is expected to be
completed in December 2013. This contracts combines purchases for the Navy Reserves
and the Air Force National Guard. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/25/11)

Eglin testers find Gorgon Stare flaws
Gorgon Stare, an airborne surveillance system that would vastly increase the area a drone
can see, was deemed "not operationally effective" when tested in the fall by the 53rd Wing
at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. But military officials say such tests are done to find problems
beforehand, and fixes are being put in place. The problems, including low image quality and
an inability to sufficiently track people on the ground, were detailed in a six-page December
draft report obtained by the Center for Defense Information's Winslow Wheeler. The memo,
marked as a draft and pre-decisional, found more than a dozen problems. Gorgon Stare,
being developed by Sierra Nevada and the Air Force, uses nine or more cameras aboard a
Reaper unmanned system to survey a city-sized area. (Sources: Wired, 01/24/11, Los
Angeles Times, Washington Post, Air Force Times, 01/25/11)

Palazzo to chair subcommittee
Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., has been named chairman of the House Science and
Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, a key appointment for a
freshman congressman who represents an area that includes NASA’s Stennis Space
Center. The appointment must still be approved by the full committee. Palazzo defeated
incumbent Gene Taylor, a Democrat, in the November elections. (Sources: Multiple,
01/24/11)

Vision details Gulfport service
GULFPORT, Miss. - Vision Airlines announced the expansion of its low-fare air service from
Atlanta, Houston and St. Petersburg, Fla., into the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport
beginning Feb. 9. Vision Airlines’ service to Gulfport will use Boeing 737s. "We are excited to
work with Vision Airlines as they expand low-cost, scheduled service to the Mississippi Gulf
Coast," said Bruce Frallic, executive director of Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. (Source:
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, 01/24/11)

More delays in tanker?
Defense industry sources told The Hill in recent weeks that the $35 billion contract to build
Air Force tankers won't be awarded until mid-February. Now a defense insider says it may
not come until March or later. That's because of a Senate probe into the inadvertent release
of bidders' information to the competing bidders, Boeing and EADS. An initial hearing by the
Senate Armed Services Committee is scheduled for Jan. 27. (Source: The Hill, 01/23/11)
Gulf Coast note: EADS North America wants to assemble the plans in Mobile, Ala.

Airport renovations expected by 2013
NEW ORLEANS – The new head of New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong International Airport has
scaled back a $755 million modernization plan that was put in place before his arrival.
Instead, Aviation Director Iftikhar Ahmad is opting for a $200 million effort he expects will be
done in time for New Orleans to host the Super Bowl in two years. (Source: New Orleans
Times-Picayune, 01/23/11)

Week in review column
Creation of a hub at a Northwest Florida airport, an Airbus tanker boom problem, good news
and bad for F-35 fighter and the launch of a year-long celebration of naval aviation
highlighted aerospace stories for the Gulf Coast region during the week. (Source: Gulf
Coast Aerospace Corridor, 01/22/11)

McCain to see son get wings
MILTON, Fla. - Sen. John McCain will be at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla., next Friday
to attend a winging ceremony. His son, Ensign John S. McCain, is one of more than a dozen
graduates who will receive wings of gold at the ceremony. The Arizona senator will speak at
the event, which is not open to the public. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 01/22/11)

Mobile MRO subject of PBS story
MOBILE, Ala. – ST Aerospace Mobile was the subject of a Public Broadcasting Service
investigative report that aired Tuesday on “Frontline.” The report alleged, among other
things, that workers falsified records and failed to follow FAA rules to track parts. Company
officials called the report shallow, biased and sensationalized, and responded point by point
to questions posed by the Mobile Press-Register. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 01/22/11)

Celebration marks birth of flight training
PENSACOLA, Fla. – About 500 people gathered at Naval Air Station Pensacola Thursday to
mark the birthday of the establishment of the Navy’s first flight school. The ceremony
featured speeches by Navy officers and politicians, including Gov. Rick Scott. Pensacola,
which launched its school with 32 aviators 97 years ago, has events spread throughout the
year to mark 100 years of naval aviation. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 01/21/11)

Contract: Composite Engineering, $34.7M
Composite Engineering, Inc., of Sacramento, Calif. was awarded a $34,674,848 contract
modification which will exercise the Lot 8 option to procure a quantity of 40 additional BQM-
167As, also known as the Air Force Subscale Aerial Target. At this time, the entire amount
has been obligated. AAC/EBYK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 01/20/11)

Tanker boom breaks off
A large part of a refueling boom broke off from an Airbus tanker during an exercise
Wednesday. Airbus said the cause of the accident off the coast of Portugal was not yet
clear. Both the tanker, which was to be delivered to the Australian air force, and a
Portuguese F-16 were damaged. The boom fell into the Atlantic Ocean. (Sources: New York
Times, Bloomberg, Reuters, 01/20/11) Gulf Coast note: The U.S. Air Force is expected to
pick Boeing or Airbus aircraft for its new tankers. If Airbus is chosen, EADS North America
plans to assemble them in Mobile, Ala.

F-35 interest up; more problems unveiled
China’s military buildup is apparently causing Japan, South Korea and Singapore to engage
in bilateral talks with government officials to discuss the F-35. The immediate cause may be
recently published images showing China’s J-20 stealth aircraft. (Source: Wall Street
Journal, 01/18/11) Meanwhile, a report by the Pentagon’s Director of Operational Test and
Evaluation shows the F-35 has previously undisclosed problems with its handling, avionics,
afterburner and helmet-mounted display. (Source: Defense News, 01/18/11) Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Vision Airlines adding flights
Atlanta-based Vision Airlines is growing its commercial passenger service with new flights
beginning March 25. The airline on Monday said it would add flights between Destin-Fort
Walton Beach, Fla., and cities including Asheville, N.C., Atlanta, Miami, Orlando, Huntsville,
Ala., Gulfport-Biloxi, Miss., and more. A company route map now shows 23 cities. (Sources:
AP via Bloomberg, 01/16/11 St. Petersburg Times, 01/18/11, Huntsville Times, 01/17/11,
company map)

Week in review column
The ongoing debate over the direction of NASA, some good news about the F-35 Joint
Strike Fighter, and the arrival of F-16s at Florida's Eglin Air Force Base were among the
aerospace news items that came down the pike during the week. There was even something
about the tanker project: nobody can yet say when a winner will be announced. (Source:
Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor, 01/15/11)

Car crusher demilitarizes bombs
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Environmental restoration officials are using a commercial
car crusher to “demilitarize” practice bombs prior to recycling. So far, they’ve recycled more
than one million pounds of metal from the BDU 33 and Mark 106 bombs. The crushing
operation is part of an agreement between the crushing company, the recyclers and Eglin
Air Force Base's contractors, and has resulted in savings of more than $1 million. (Source:
96th Air Base Wing Environmental PA, 01/13/11)

Contract: McDonnell Douglas, $88M
McDonnell Douglas Corp., a subsidiary of the Boeing Co. of St. Louis, Mo., was awarded an
$87,996,491 contract which will procure 3,500 guided vehicle kits for Joint Direct Attack
Munition (JDAM) purposes. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. AAC/EDBK,
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/14/11)

Amos sure F-35B can be fixed
Marine Corps Gen. James Amos said he's confident Lockheed Martin will solve problems
with the service's version of the F-35 and save it from cancellation. The short takeoff,
vertical landing model of the F-35 has been put on probation for two years to fix significant
problems, with cancelation possible. "I completely support that," Amos told the annual
conference of the Surface Navy Association. Amos said he intends to keep a close eye on
the F-35B because of its importance to the Marine Corps. (Source: Reuters, 01/13/11)

JSF training center gets F-16s
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Four F-16s on loan from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., arrive
at Eglin today to support the F-35 training mission. The planes, from the 56th Fighter Wing,
will be used by the Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Training Center. Col. David Hlatky,
commander of the 33rd at Eglin, said the aircraft are needed for training before the arrival of
F-35s. Eglin has 17 F-16 Falcons, 10 assigned to the 46th Test Wing and seven to the
53rd. (Sources: Eglin Air Force Base media advisory, 01/10/11, Destin Log, 01/12/11)

Tanker award date unclear
When will the aerial tanker award be announced? Depends on who you ask. EADS North
America Chief Executive Officer Sean O'Keefe expects it next month, but Boeing Commercial
Airplanes CEO Jim Albaugh said he’s not expecting the decision soon. Air Force Secretary
Michael Donley declined to give a firm date for the contract award, saying only that the
source selection is moving toward completion. Boeing and EADS are competing for the $35
billion deal to build jets for the U.S. Air Force. Boeing would build them in Washington and
Kansas, and EADS would assemble them in Mobile, Ala. (Source: Air Force Times, SeattlePI,
Reuters, 01/12/11)

Blade Dynamics begins hiring
NEW ORLEANS - Blade Dynamics, the wind turbine manufacturer at the Michoud Assembly
Facility, plans to hire 40 salaried, technical operator positions. The positions require a
minimum of one-year manufacturing or production experience, performance of industrial
math and the ability to work rotating shifts. By 2015 Blade Dynamics plans to have some 600
employees on its payroll with an annual salary of about $48,000. (Source: The Advocate,
01/12/11)

Hunter unmanned system hits milestone
Northrop Grumman’s Hunter unmanned aircraft, in use with the Army since 1996, recently
surpassed 100,000 flight hours in service, with more than 72,000 hours in combat. The MQ-
5B Hunter is currently deployed supporting contingency operations across the globe,
provides warfighters with reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition, communications
relay and weapons delivery. The RQ-5A Hunter was the Army’s first fielded UAS. The next
generation MQ-5B is outfitted with updated equipment. (Source: Northrop Grumman via
Globe Newswire, 01/12/11) Gulf Coast note: The Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems
Center, Moss Point, Miss., has done refurbishing work on Hunter aircraft.

NASA names deputy chief technologist
WASHINGTON - NASA Chief Technologist Bobby Braun has announced the appointment of
Michael J. Gazarik as the agency's deputy chief technologist. Gazarik, who was deputy
director for programs in the Engineering Directorate at NASA’s Langley Research Center in
Hampton, Va., will be a key member of the office responsible for coordination, integration
and tracking of all technology investments across the agency, as well as management of
NASA's Space Technology programs. (Source: NASA, 01/12/11) Gulf Coast note: NASA has
facilities at Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

Web site highlights naval aviation
Florida’s Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and Naval Air Station Pensacola have
launched a new Web site highlighting the history of naval aviation in Pensacola. It features a
list of local events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of naval aviation. Visitors can log on
and share stories and photographs. Centennial events include a Blue Angles demonstration
and visit by the USS Iwo Jima. (Sources: WEAR-TV, Pensacola News Journal, the site,
01/11/10)

Airline’s first month exceeds expectations
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - Nearly a month after Vision Airlines started offering service
at Northwest Florida Regional Airport, sales have exceeded expectations. The marketing
and business development director for the airline said occupancy rates for the flights are
good. Vision Airlines offers service to Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Miami, and plans to announce
new destinations later this month. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 01/10/11)

Week in review column
When it comes to defense spending, the Gulf Coast region is all ears. That’s not surprising,
given that the region between South Louisiana and Northwest Florida has a wealth of
military bases and activities, large and small contractors and businesses that rely on the
military. It’s a safe bet a lot of folks were paying attention when Defense Secretary Robert
Gates during the week announced some additional spending cuts. (Source: Gulf Coast
Aerospace Corridor, 01/08/11)

PW engine powers biofuels test
A Pratt and Whitney F100-PW-220 engine recently powered its first biofuel test flight of an
Air Force F-15 Eagle at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. This flight test, powered by alternative jet
fuel, comes on the heels of engine ground testing earlier this year at Arnold Engineering
Development Center in Tennessee. The Air Force's goal is to acquire half of its domestic jet
fuel requirements from alternate sources by 2016. This is Pratt and Whitney's second
military engine to successfully complete ground and flight tests using biofuels. A C-17
Globemaster III powered by four Pratt and Whitney F117 engines completed testing in
August. Similar tests are planned for the F119. Pratt and Whitney is a United Technologies
Corp. company. (Source: Pratt and Whitney via PRNewswire, 01/06/11)

Date set for Orbital’s COTS mission
NASA has set Dec. 14 as the target launch date for Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Commercial
Orbital Transportation System cargo demonstration mission. The company says it continues
to make progress toward attaining safety clearance for the mission, in which its Cygnus
spacecraft will dock with the International Space Station. Tests of the Aerojet AJ26 engine
that will power the first stage also continue at NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss., where
engineers are preparing for a third hot-fire test of the engine following earlier runs in
November and December. "Every month we'll be bringing another AJ26 through Stennis,"
said Carl Walz, Orbital's vice president of human spaceflight operations. (Source: Aviation
Week, 01/06/11)

DoD “efficiencies” announced
Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates today announced a series of moves designed to
save the Department of Defense more than $150 billion over the next five years by reducing
overhead and cutting excess and troubled programs. The bulk of the savings will be used in
areas such as shipbuilding, long-range strike, missile defense, intelligence, reconnaissance
and surveillance and more. Among other things, the Air Force will buy more simulators for F-
35 Joint Strike Fighter air crew training. But the Marine Corps short take-off and vertical
landing variant of the F-35 is being placed on a two-year probation because of testing
problems, putting the Marine variant to the back of the overall JSF production sequence. In
addition, the Navy will develop a new generation of sea-borne unmanned strike and
surveillance aircraft. (Source: DoD, 01/06/11) Gulf Coast note: The Gulf Coast is a major
military shipbuilding center; Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the JSF training center;
Moss Point, Miss., builds portions of unmanned aircraft.

Marine F-35 put on probation
Defense Secretary Robert Gates is putting the Marine Corps version of the F-35 on a two-
year probation to give Lockheed Martin more time to demonstrate its reliability, according to
two defense officials and a lawmaker. It's part of Gates' plan to save $102 billion in military
spending through 2016. There are three variants of the F-35, but the short take-off and
vertical landing version is the most complex and has had more problems. (Source:
Bloomberg, eCanadaNow, 01/06/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the site
of the F-35 training center.

Pensacola marks aviation centennial
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Pensacola is celebrating a century of naval aviation, with a kickoff and
party slated for Jan. 20 at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Other activities during the year
include Aviation Week in May with the arrival of the USS Iwo Jima and a special performance
by the Blue Angels flight demonstration team. The Blue Angels will also perform at
Pensacola Beach in July. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 01/05/11)

Blue Angels arrive for winter training
The Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team arrived early this week at Naval Air Facility
El Centro, Calif., the team's winter training facility. The team is based at Naval Air Station
Pensacola, Fla., but does its winter training in California. That training wraps up in mid-
March. The team will perform in more than 37 shows this year, with the season ending in
Pensacola Nov. 12. (Source: KXO radio, 01/04/11)

Flight academy gets grant
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The National Flight Academy received a $1.7 million grant buy 42 flight
simulators. The grant is from the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust. The $26.5 million flight
academy is being built next to the National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station
Pensacola. The academy is designed to interest young people in science, technology,
engineering and math careers, including aerospace. (Source: Pensacola News Journal,
01/05/11)

Contract: EADS, $52.9M
EADS North American Defense, Arlington, Va., was awarded a $52,509,992 firm-fixed-price
contract to provide for 12 UH-72A Light Utility Helicopters, 12 Airborne Radio Communication
systems and two Engine Inlet Barrier Filters. Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with
an estimated completion date of April 30, 2012. The U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command,
Contracting Center, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
01/04/11)

F-35 STOVL engine hits milestone
Pratt and Whitney's F135 engine used in the vertical take-off and landing version of the F-
35 Joint Strike Fighter passed a testing milestone known as initial service release. That
means the engine is now certified as the production configuration. The company received
initial service release for the conventional take off and landing/carrier variant (CTOL/CV) in
February 2010. The Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) version of the F-35 will
be used by the Marine Corps. Pratt and Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. company.
(Source: Pratt and Whitney, 01/03/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home
of the JSF training center.

Moret sees new tenants at Michoud
Louisiana's chief economic development official told the Press Club in Baton Rouge that
several entities are interested in locating at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. But
Stephen Moret declined to name names. Michoud is NASA's huge manufacturing facility that
built the external tanks for the Space Shuttle. At its height it had 5,000 workers, but now has
1,000 as Lockheed Martin ends its shuttle work. "We will attract thousands of private-sector
jobs," said Moret, secretary of the Department of Economic Development. Turbine-maker
Blade Dynamics announced last year it would set up shop at Michoud. (Source: New
Orleans Times-Picayune, 01/04/11)

Week in review column
Aerospace is the focus on this column, but it's hard not to pay attention to the major Navy
contract that was awarded during the week to Austal USA of Mobile, Ala. The contract to
build littoral combat ships underscores the importance of shipbuilding to the Gulf Coast
region. But beyond that, it shows contracts can be split between competitors and highlights
the crucial role companies with foreign roots play in the U.S. defense industry. (Source: Gulf
Coast Aerospace Corridor, 01/01/11)