DECEMBER 2013

Future weapons topic of meeting
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The 2014 Armament Industry Days will be held March 11
and 12 at Eglin Air Force Base and will provide stakeholders in the weapons development
community a better understanding of current threats, technologies, and possible solutions to
meet warfighter needs. The gathering will provide interested defense contractors with insight
into future armament considerations for Air Force acquisition. One-on-one appointments are
also available March 13. The event is hosted by the Program Executive Officer for Weapons
and the Armament Systems Development Eglin Satellite Office. The review will be from 8 a.
m. to 5 p.m. at the Eglin Air Force Base Enlisted Hall, Building 1763, formerly the Base
Theater. Activities will be conducted at the Secret Security level and will feature comments
by Brig. Gen. Scott Jansson, Air Force PEO for Weapons. (Source: Industry Day website,
FBO)

Airport runway shut down briefly
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- A private plane’s landing gear malfunctioned Monday night while
touching down at Pensacola International Airport. The landing gear of the single-engine
plane gave way during the landing and the plane skidded partway down the runway on its
belly. The pilot, the only one on board, was not injured, but the airport’s north-south runway
was closed for several hours. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 12/31/13)

Florida No. 1 in aviation index
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida is ranked No. 1 overall in U.S. aviation manufacturing
attractiveness in a PricewaterhouseCoopers index, according to a release from the office of
Florida Gov. Rick Scott. The index ranked Florida's talent first, its industry ninth and cost six
for an overall ranking of first in the nation in the index. Texas was ranked second and
Washington State third. The index is titled, Aviation's Second Gold Age: Can the U.S. aircraft
industry maintain leadership? Florida's manufacturing sector is a leading industry with more
than 17,500 manufacturing companies employing 311,300 workers around the state. Florida
during the spring eliminated the sales tax on manufacturing equipment. (Source: Gov. Rick
Scott, 12/30/13)

FAA picks drone sites
The FAA announced today that six organizations in Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota
and Virginia, will develop unmanned aerial system test and evaluation sites that will help
integrate drones into the nation's air space. The University of Alaska's proposal includes
seven climatic zones and test site range locations in Hawaii and Oregon. New York's site at
Griffiss International Airport will look into integrating drones into congested airspace. Virginia
Tech's proposal includes test ranges over both Virginia and New Jersey. The
congressionally-mandated test sites will conduct research into the certification and
operational requirements necessary to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace over
the next several years. (Source: FAA, 12/30/13) Previous; FAA Roadmap

Contract: Raytheon, $40.9M
Raytheon Technical Services Co., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded $40,911,284 ceiling
priced delivery order 7000 against previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00383-14-
G-006D) for the repair of 40 Weapon Replaceable Assemblies of the APG 65/73 Radar
System used in support of the F/A-18 aircraft. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Ind.
(57 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (24 percent); Forest, Miss. (17 percent); Andover, Maine (2
percent), and work is expected to be completed no later than December 2015. Naval Supply
Systems Command, Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 12/27/13)

Camp Shelby gets 1,522-acre buffer
CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- The Army National Guard is buying 1,522 acres of land to protect
Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center from any encroachment. The land is being
purchased through the Army Compatible Use Buffer program from Weyerhauser. It will be
placed into conservation through the Compatible Lands Foundation, a land trust that
performs conservation activities around military installations and through the Department of
Defense's Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program. Camp Shelby's
participation in the Compatible Use Buffer program will be announced Dec. 30 at the
Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at 1 p.m. Camp Shelby, south of Hattiesburg, is the
largest state-owned training centers in the nation at some 137,000 acres. (Source: Camp
Shelby, 12/27/13) Previous

Textron, Beechcraft reach deal
Textron, maker of Cessna aircraft, reached an agreement to buy Beech Holdings LLC,
parent of Beechcraft Corp., for some $1.4 billion. Textron is based in Providence, R.I., and
Beechcraft in Wichita, Kan. Adding Beechcraft models such as the twin-engine King Air will
complement a Cessna lineup that ranges from two-seaters to the Caravan turboprop used
to fly people and cargo to small airports. Beechcraft, with estimated 2013 revenues of $1.8
billion, is a manufacturer of business, special mission, light attack and trainer aircraft. The
transaction is expected to close during the first half of next year, subject to customary
closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. (Sources: Business Wire, Bloomberg,
12/27/13) Gulf Coast note: Textron owns Texas-based Bell Helicopter, which said this month
it will build a new line of helicopters in Lafayette, La.; Textron Marine and Land Systems has
a plant in New Orleans.

Contract: Boeing, $43.2M
The Boeing Co., Oklahoma City, Okla., is being awarded a $43,200,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee,
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide engineering and technical field
services to inform, instruct and train Navy and Marine Corps military and civilian personnel
at various fleet and shore activities on how to install, operate and maintain equipment on AV-
8B, EA-18G and F/A-18 aircraft. Eight percent of the work will be done in New Orleans and 8
percent in Pensacola. Other work will be performed in Whidbey Island, Wash. (16 percent);
Oceana, Va. (12 percent); Cherry Point, N.C. (8 percent); Lemoore, Calif. (8 percent);
Miramar, Calif. (8 percent); Yuma, Ariz. (8 percent); Atsugi, Japan (8 percent); Kuwait (8
percent); Beaufort, N.C. (4 percent), and Fort Worth, Texas. (4 percent) and is expected to
be completed in December 2018. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (70
percent); U.S. Marine Corps (22 percent); and the Government of Kuwait (8 percent) under
the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China
Lake, Calif. is the contracting activity (N68936-14-D-0010). (Source: DoD, 12/26/13)

Rockwell ARINC purchase done
Rockwell Collins has finished its acquisition of ARINC Inc. The aviation and military
electronics producer said it finished its purchase of ARINC from asset-management firm The
Carlyle Group for $1.4 billion. “The acquisition represents an exciting new growth platform
for Rockwell Collins and shifts the balance of the company toward the expanding commercial
aviation sector,” said Kelly Ortberg, CEO and president of Rockwell Collins, in a statement.
Rockwell Collins, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, said it expects the majority of integration to be
completed during the next six to nine months. Annapolis, Md.-based ARINC provides
communications, engineering and integration solutions for the aviation, defense and other
industry sectors. Rockwell Collins announced it would acquire ARINC back in August.
(Source: Des Moines Register, 12/23/13) Gulf Coast note: ARINC has operations in
Northwest Florida.

Contract: Raytheon, $70M
Raytheon Co., Goleta, Calif., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $70,000,000 firm-fixed-
price contract for eight Advanced Countermeasures Electronic Systems (ACES) full systems
for in country spares, three full systems to support software sustainment activities, 13 ACES
Line Replaceable Units to create a repair and return spares pool, and 21 ACES LRUs to
support operation of ACES reprogramming benches at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and
Warner Robins Air Force Base, Ga., plus a lifetime supply of diminishing manufacturing
source parts to support future repair and return and production. Work will be performed at
Goleta, Calif., and is expected to be completed March 2017. This award is the result of a
sole-source acquisition. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales for the
governments of Morocco, Egypt and Iraq. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WWMK,
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8615-14-C-6022). (Source: DoD,
12/23/13)

Contract: EDO, $13.1M
EDO Corp., Panama City, Fla., is being awarded a $13,168,340 firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for depot level repair, maintenance and modifications of
the MK105 Magnetic Minesweeping Gear and MH-53E Airborne Mine Neutralization System
(AMNS53) Launch and Recovery System and tracking system to support the Navy for the
currently deployed Airborne Mine Countermeasures legacy systems. The contract includes
the technical support, analysis, repair, modification, interface equipment, and engineering
support for the MK105 and AMNS53 systems. The MK105 and AMNS53 are currently fielded
for use in the Navy's capability to conduct quick response, high speed airborne mine
countermeasures. This includes all depot repairs and incorporation of engineering change
proposals, including the generation of all Integrated Logistics Support documentation to
support the conversions. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the
cumulative value of this contract to $53,877,327. Work will be performed in Panama City and
is expected to be completed by December 2014. Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama
City Division, Panama City, is the contracting activity (N61331-14-D-0002). (Source: DoD,
12/23/13)

Hurlburt Ospreys hit by gunfire
Three Hurlburt Field CV-22 Ospreys were hit by gunfire on Saturday in South Sudan while
trying to evacuate American citizens from a remote region, officials reported. Four U.S.
service members were injured but are in stable condition. Air Force Col. Bill West,
commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt, confirmed the wing’s aircraft
were involved in the operations. “This is not uncommon for us as we are the most deployed
wing in the Air Force currently conducting operations all over the world,” he said. The
Ospreys are assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron. (Source: Northwest Florida
Daily News, 12/22/13)

IHMC brings more attention to region
While Airbus promises to make the Gulf Coast region a showcase in the field of aerospace,
a home-grown organization that's attracted some of the best scientific talent in the world is
making this region a showcase in the dynamic and growing field of robotics. The Pensacola-
based Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition came in second in a two-day
robotic competition at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend, beaten only be a team
from Japan. Sixteen teams competed, and IHMC outscored every team from the United
States, including Carnegie Mellon, MIT, NASA and other internationally known names.
(Source: GCAC, 12/22/13)

Airport looks for new name
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- Many passengers flying in and out of Northwest Florida
Regional Airport consider the airport’s name as “too vague, generic and wordy.” It’s also
easy to confuse with Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in Panama City,
according to a recent study by Market Dynamics Research Group. The initial findings were
presented to Okaloosa County commissioners Tuesday as part of a six-month study to
create a better branding campaign for the airport. Airports Director Sunil Harman expects to
present MDRG’s recommendations to the board by next summer. (Source: Northwest Florida
Daily News, 12/19/13)

Airport gets new parking option
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport marked the
completion of construction on the new covered parking project. The airport now provides
nearly 300 covered parking spots, as well as shading on the walkway leading to the terminal.
Airport passengers now have three parking options available: covered, short-term and long-
term. The airport (ECP), is in West Bay, less than 30 minutes from Panama City, Panama
City Beach and the beaches of South Walton. (Source: Northwest Florid Beaches
International Airport, 12/18/13)

Contract: UTC, $231.5M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney, East Hartford, Conn., has been awarded an
undefinitized contract action via a not-to-exceed $231,465,987 modification (P00116) for an
existing contract (FA8611-08-C-2896) for F119 engine sustainment. The contract
modification is for calendar year 2014 sustainment of F119-PW-100 Engines. Work will be
performed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla..; East Hartford, Conn.; Edwards AFB, Calif.;
Elmendorf AFB, Alaska; Hickam AFB, Hawaii; Hill AFB, Utah; Holloman AFB, N.M.; Langley
AFB, Va.; Nellis AFB, Nev., Sheppard AFB, Texas; and Tinker AFB, Okla., and is expected
to be completed by December 31, 2014. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WWUK,
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/20/13)

SSC ranks high in best places survey
A survey of best places to work in the federal government shows NASA’s John C. Stennis
Space Center as second among organizations within large agencies. SSC scored 84.3, up
from 84.2 last year. The Commerce Department’s Patent and Trademark Office was the only
subcomponent of a large agency to do better. The Partnership for Public Service’s 2013
rankings is based on a survey of 2 million federal employees. It shows NASA ranked number
one in the large agency list. NASA scored 74, up from last year’s 72.8 and bucking a
general trend. In fact, the survey shows federal employees throughout the government are
increasingly dissatisfied with the jobs and workplaces. Job satisfaction and commitment level
dropped for the third year in a row. This year's government-wide ranking was an all-time low
since the Best Places to Work rankings began in 2003. (Source: GCAC, 12/19/13)

Global Hawk over Canada a first
Northrop Grumman, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and a team of international
science organizations flew a NASA Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system through
Canadian airspace as part of a mission to collect environmental data in the Canadian Arctic.
The Global Hawk was equipped with an Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar
(UAVSAR) as well as a high resolution camera to conduct ground mapping and visual
observation of Arctic ice caps during the 21-hour flight. Information collected during this
flight will be used by American and Canadian scientists to study changes in topography and
Arctic ice caps. This flight marks the first time the NASA Global Hawk has flown through
Canadian civil airspace. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 12/19/13) Gulf Coast note: Global
Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Raytheon, $40M
Raytheon Missiles Systems, Tucson Ariz., has been awarded a $40,000,000 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for system improvements to include design,
development, and test of the AIM-120D missile. Work will be performed at Tucson, Ariz., and
is expected to be complete by March 31, 2015. Fiscal 2013 and 2014 research,
development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $3,993,942 are being obligated at
time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBA, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
the contracting activity (FA8675-14-D-0082). (Source: DoD, 12/19/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $216.5M
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a
$216,475,072 firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Joint Air to Surface
Standoff Missile (JASSM) Baseline Missiles (150 each) and JASSM Extended Range (ER)
Missiles (60 each), ER Avionics Bulkhead Value Engineering Change Proposal - Cost Share
Savings, and Obsolescence Management Oversight. Work will be performed at Orlando,
Fla., and Troy, Ala., and expected to be completed by Nov. 30, 2016. Fiscal 2013 and 2014
missile procurement funds in the amount of $216,475,072 are being obligated at time of
award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBJK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity (FA8682-14-C-0084). (Source: DoD, 12/19/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $232.5M
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a
$232,545,447 firm-fixed price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the joint air to surface
standoff missile (JASSM) baseline missiles (190 each) and JASSM extended range (ER)
missiles (40 each), systems engineering, foreign military sales test assets, ER avionics
bulkhead value engineering change proposal - cost share savings, tooling and test
equipment, Baseline JASSM Weapon Systems Evaluation Program and Obsolescence
Management Oversight. Work will be performed at Orlando, Fla., and Troy, Ala., and
expected to be completed by Nov. 30, 2016. This contract is three percent foreign military
sales for Finland and Australia. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/ EBJK, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-14-C-0069). (Source: DoD, 12/19/13)

Airport getting helo repair company
ENTERPRISE, Ala. -- Enterprise is getting about 200 helicopter maintenance jobs in the next
year-and-a-half. Alabama Aircraft Support plans to build a $12 million hangar at the
Enterprise Municipal Airport. The company does military and civilian helicopter repair work.
Enterprise was reportedly one of a dozen Wiregrass and Northwest Florida cities looking to
land the company. The facility is expected to open in October 2014. A formal
groundbreaking is next month. (Sources: Dothan Eagle, WTVY-TV, 12/19/13)

Drone site decision coming soon
Economic development offices and major research universities across the nation are waiting
great anticipation for a decision by the Federal Aviation Administration on where to place
research and test sites for drones. The FAA decision could be worth billions of dollars in
economic activity and tens of thousands of new jobs. Mississippi's site would be at Camp
Shelby, near Hattiesburg, where the National Guard has been testing Predator drones for
years, said James Poss, a retired Air Force major general who now directs strategic init
iatives at the High Performance Computing Collaboratory at Mississippi State University.
(Source: Washington Post, 12/19/13) Previous related

Small plane crash kills one
CALLAWAY, Fla. – A small plane lost power and crashed shortly before 7:30 a.m.
Wednesday in a heavily wooded area of southeast Bay County, killing the pilot. No
passengers were on board when the plane crashed a mile east of the Sandy Creek Airpark.
The Bay County Sheriff's Office said the victim was Larry Eli Caison, 52, of Destin. The
aircraft was identified as a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza G36 single registered to Grey
Aviation of Destin. (Sources: News Herald, WMBB-TV, 12/18/13)

Airbus moves ahead on eTaxi
Airbus signed a memorandum of understanding with EGTS International, a joint venture of
Safran and Honeywell Aerospace, to further develop and evaluate an autonomous electric
pushback and taxiing solution for the A320 family. The agreement marks the selection of
EGTS International’s Electric Green Taxiing System to be evaluated as a new option on the
A320 family, referred to by Airbus as eTaxi. This option would allow the aircraft to push-back
from the gate without a tug, taxi-out to the runway, and return to the gate after landing
without operating the main engines. (Source: Airbus, 12/18/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is
building an A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

First Dutch F-35 pilot takes off
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The first Netherlands pilot took to the skies in an F-35A,
making the Netherlands the second partner country to operate the fifth-generation multirole
fighter. Maj. Laurens J.W. Vijge, Royal Netherlands Air Force F-35 Integrated Training
Center training lead, completed his first flight after 210 hours of classroom training and 13
flights in the simulators. The Netherlands has two aircraft stationed here where they will
continue to train pilots for operational testing and evaluation of the aircraft starting 2015.
The Netherlands' aircraft and personnel are incorporated into the U.S. Air Force's 58th
Fighter Squadron at the 33rd Fighter Wing. The F-35 program completed some 7,400 flights
and 11,600 hours to date. More than 3,200 flights and 4,250 hours of the F-35 program
were completed at Eglin Air Force Base's F-35 Integrated Training Center within the last two
years. (Source: 33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 12/18/13)

Joint plane too costly?
The F-35 jet fighter, designed for the Air Force, Navy and Marines, is likely to end up
costing more than it would to build separate planes for each service. That’s according to a
Rand Corp. study. The report questions the idea that building different versions on a
common base will reduce costs. The initial goal was to have 80 percent of the airframe
components in common, but by 2008 that had dropped to between 27 percent and 43
percent. (Source: Bloomberg, 12/17/13) At a briefing for the rollout of the 100th F-35,
Lockheed Martin’s general manager for the F-35 pledged that by 2019, the F-35A will cost
$75 million a copy in current dollars, “less than any fourth generation fighter in the world.”
(Source: Breaking Defense, 12/18/13)

ST Aerospace expanding to Pensacola
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Mayor Ashton Hayward announced Tuesday that he has signed a
memorandum of understanding with ST Aerospace to expand with an operation at
Pensacola International Airport’s Commerce Park. The non-binding agreement is the result
of 18 months of talks and would eventually bring 300 jobs to Pensacola. Hayward said the
next step is for the city to enter contract negotiations with ST executives, which could take
several months. ST Aerospace operates a 1,500-employee operation at Mobile Aeroplex at
Brookley in Mobile, Ala. The aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul company has been
in Mobile since 1991. Part of Singapore Technologies, customers include FedEx, Delta
Airlines, American Airlines and UPS. The Mobile operation will be a neighbor of Airbus, which
is opening an A320 final assembly plant. (Sources: WEAR-TV, Pensacola News Journal, al.
com, 12/17/13)

Southwest adding direct flight
NEW ORLEANS -- Southwest Airlines will add a direct flight from New Orleans to San Diego,
Louis Armstrong International Airport officials said Monday. The service will begin in April on
Boeing 737s. The airline also is starting a non-stop flight to Atlanta in January. Aviation
Director Iftikhar Ahmad said the San Diego flight will raise the number of direct flights from
New Orleans to 39. (Source: nola, 12/16/13)

Alcoa, Airbus ink agreement
Alcoa has signed a multi-year supply agreement with Airbus valued at $110 million for value-
add titanium and aluminum aerospace forgings. Alcoa will produce the parts using its
recently modernized 50,000-ton press in Cleveland, Ohio. This press uses state-of-the-art
controls to meet stringent aerospace specifications and is capable of producing the world’s
largest and most complex titanium, nickel, steel and aluminum forgings. Alcoa will supply
titanium parts, including forgings used to connect the wing structure to the engine, for the
A320neo, Airbus’s most fuel-efficient single-aisle jet. The agreement also includes several
large aluminum forgings for the A330 and A380—including the A380 inner rear wing spar,
which is the largest aerospace forging in the world. (Source: Business Wire, 12/16/13) Gulf
Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

TAI delivers F-35 center fuselage
Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc., a subcontractor to Northrop Grumman, delivered its first
F-35 center fuselage at a Dec. 11 ceremony at TAI's facilities in Ankara, Turkey. This is the
first F-35 center fuselage made by TAI as a partner of Northrop Grumman. It will be installed
into a U.S. Air Force F-35 at Lockheed Martin's facilities in Fort Worth, Texas. At full rate
production, TAI will support F-35 final assembly lines in the United States and Italy by
shipping one center fuselage every 10 days. In addition to building center fuselages, TAI is
the single source for center fuselage metallic assemblies for F-35A, selected composite
components for all F-35 variants, and is one of two sources for composite air inlet ducts for
F-35A, and air-to-ground alternate mission pylons for all F-35 variants. (Source: Northrop
Grumman, 12/12/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
training center.

NASA picks SpaceX for launchpad
NASA selected Space Exploration Technologies Corp., SpaceX, of Hawthorne, Calif., to
begin negotiations on a lease to use and operate historic Launch Complex 39A at the
agency's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Permitting use of the pad by a private-sector,
commercial space partner will ensure its continued viability and allow for its continued use in
support of U.S. space activities. NASA will keep 39B for its own use. NASA is transforming
KSC to make it capable for use by both government and commercial users. Since the late
1960s, Kennedy's launch pads 39 A and B have served as the starting point for America's
most significant human spaceflight endeavors -- Apollo, Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz and all 135
space shuttle missions. LC-39A is the pad where Apollo 11 lifted off from on the first manned
moon landing in 1969, as well as launching the first space shuttle mission in 1981 and the
last in 2011. (Source: NASA, 12/13/13) Gulf Coast note: SpaceX will be testing its Raptor
engine at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Lockheed marks 100th F-35
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Lockheed Martin celebrated the production of its 100th F-35 in an
event attended by 2,000 employees and guests. The first 100 planes include 44 F-35A
conventional takeoff and landing variants, 42 F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing variants
and 14 F-35C carrier variants. The Department of Defense gets 95 of the first 100 jets from
the F-35 assembly line here. Three F-35B aircraft were delivered to the United Kingdom and
two F-35As have been delivered to the Netherlands. The 100th aircraft, an F-35A
designated AF-41, is the first of 144 F-35s scheduled for delivery to Luke AFB beginning in
2014. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 12/13/13)

UAV research program launched
CAMP SHELBY, Miss. – A program launched Friday could help attract companies interested
in unmanned systems to South Mississippi. That’s according to John Weathersby, executive
director of the Open Source Software Institute. The institute, along with the military and
Department of Homeland Security, launched the program Friday that merges two leading
technology trends: unmanned vehicle systems and open source software. The Open Source
Unmanned Remote and Autonomous Vehicle Systems (OS-URAVS) program is designed to
drive innovation while reducing costs, in part by utilized open source software. That’s softare
whose license agreement grants the user specific rights to access the human-readable
source code and to modify and distribute the software without restriction or requirement to
pay license fees. The research program is based at Camp Shelby and administered in
conjunction with the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, DHS, Defense Acquisition University and
non-government entities. Weathersby said economic development opportunities are very
likely, especially with a UAS conference tailored specifically for the OSS community that’s
planned for fall 2014. “As a trade association, we look forward to working with Camp Shelby
and inviting commercial entities down to visit and hopefully setting up shop throughout the
South Mississippi Defense Corridor in support of this effort,” Weathersby said. (Source:
GCAC, 12/1313)

Union rejects new Boeing offer
The machinists union in Washington State has rejected a “best and final” contract proposal
that would ensure Boeing would build its next-generation 777X airliner in the state. The
announcement came after the third day of meetings between Boeing and the International
Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 751. The talks were the first
between the two sides since the union overwhelmingly voted to reject a eight-year contract
extension last month. (Source: Los Angeles Times, 12/12/13) Gulf Coast note: Boeing has
been looking at other locations to build the 777X, including Huntsville, Ala. Boeing rival
Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Huntsville gets Boeing R&D center
CHICAGO -- Boeing today announced it will establish technology research centers in
Alabama, California, Missouri, South Carolina and Washington as it continues to lay the
foundation for increased competitiveness and future growth. The company will restructure its
Boeing Research & Technology organization, the company's central R&D unit, through the
establishment of research centers in Huntsville, Ala.; Southern California; St. Louis; North
Charleston, S.C.; and Seattle. The new centers will operate independently but cooperatively
with one another and with Boeing technology centers in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Spain
and Russia. The international centers conduct research to benefit the environment, aviation
safety, air traffic management and other areas. Huntsville’s center will be Simulation and
Decision Analytics and Metals and Chemical Technology. BR&T employee totals are
expected to grow between 300-400 each in Alabama, Missouri and South Carolina. BR&T
jobs in Washington are expected to decrease by 800-1,200, and BR&T jobs in California are
expected to decrease by 200-300. (Source: Boeing, 12/12/13)

Group opposes military plan
MILTON, Fla. – An Air Force plan to use Blackwater State Forest for training drew a crowd
os about 200, many of them opposed to the plan. The meeting, originally scheduled for two
hours at the Milton Community Service, went about 45 minutes over schedule as two dozen
people stood to ask pointed questions and voice concerns. The Air Force said the
maneuvers would only be held with monitoring by the Florida Forest Service. But some in
the audience criticized that state agency too. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 12/11/13)

Air Canada goes to Boeing
Air Canada will buy up to 109 of Boeing Co's 737 MAX under its narrow-body fleet renewal
plan, a major win for the aircraft maker and significant shift in supplier for Canada's largest
carrier. The agreement, which includes 61 firm orders valued at $6.5 billion, will replace Air
Canada's existing mainline fleet of Airbus narrow-body aircraft, the carrier said. The deal
marks a substantial competitive victory for Boeing over Airbus and a rebound on its home
turf after Airbus displaced it at low-cost Mexican airline VivaAerobus in a fierce contest
earlier this year. (Source: Reuters, 12/11/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320
final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Will region be robotic powerhouse?
SHALIMAR, Fla. -- It may be the most powerful indication to date of where the future of
robots is heading. Amazon, which has already changed the field of retailing, is looking into
using drones to deliver packages to customers. Whether it eventually happens is unclear,
but it does point out how drones will one day become a part of daily life. And it underscores
why Okaloosa County is considering building a $4.5 million indoor unmanned systems R&D
center in Shalimar. (Source: Gulf Coast Reporters’ League aerospace quarterly, 12/10/13)

Contract: Circle City, $7.9M
Circle City Telcom Inc., Ala., was awarded a $7,870,392 firm-fixed-price contract to complete
the installation and testing of upgrades to the information technology infrastructure at Fort
Rucker, Ala. Estimated completion date is Dec. 11, 2014. Bids were solicited via the Internet
with one received. Work will be performed at Fort Rucker. Army Contracting Command,
Rock Island Arsenal Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-14-C-0063).
(Source: DoD, 12/11/13) Fort Rucker is a center for Army aviation training.

Thriving in the shadow of a giant
FOLEY, Ala. -- When it comes to aerospace in the Gulf Coast region, the spotlight
has been and will continue to be on the $600 million A320 final assembly line being
built in Mobile, Ala. But across the bay in the primarily rural bedroom county of Baldwin
County, aerospace companies are carving a niche and an international reputation. It’s home
to a plant owned by the world’s 9th largest defense contractor, and it has smaller operations
that are looking to expand. (Source: Gulf Coast Reporters’ League aerospace quarterly,
12/10/13)

First nacelles component delivered
ELLISVILLE, Miss. -- The Nexcelle joint venture of Safran’s Aircelle and GE Aviation’s Middle
River Aircraft Systems, which is building engine nacelles for the next generation of
integrated propulsion systems, marked a key program milestone by shipping its initial major
production component: the No. 1 inlet for GE Aviation’s Passport business jet engine. It’s
also the first element to be completed at the new GE Composites factory in Ellisville, near
Hattiesburg. The plant was inaugurated earlier this year and is GE’s latest production
facility. The Nexcelle air inlet was transported from Ellisville to GE Aviation’s Peebles Test
Operation in Ohio, where it will be integrated with a Passport engine for propulsion system
icing testing in Canada. Nexcelle was created 2008, and supplies the nacelle systems for the
Passport for Bombardier’s Global 7000 and Global 8000 business aircraft and the CFM
International LEAP-1C on COMAC’s C919 airliner. (Source: Business Wire, 12/11/13)

6,200 acres eye shovel-ready status
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- When competing for new and expanding businesses, especially the
aviation industry, Northwest Florida needed to fix a deficiency: It had no industrial sites that
were “shovel ready.” But today, 13 sites totaling nearly 6,200 acres have completed a
review and are moving toward certification, including some sites designed to appeal to the
very hot and growing aerospace/aviation sector. (Source: Gulf Coast Reporters’ League
aerospace quarterly, 12/10/13)

Lafayette gets Bell plant
LAFAYETTE, La. – Texas-based Bell Helicopter has chosen Lafayette Regional Airport over
several other locations as site where the company will assemble the company’s new line of
Short Light Single (SLS) helicopters. The announcement was made by Gov. Bobby Jindal
and Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison. Bell will lease space for its SLS assembly operation
in a new $26.3 million, 82,300-square-foot hangar facility at the airport that's being funded
by the State of Louisiana but owned by Lafayette Regional Airport. The facility will be built
on a 14.5-acre site. Bell will invest $11.4 million in equipment and tooling in the project,
which will create 115 direct jobs, and 136 indirect jobs. The SLS is a five-seat, single-
engine, turbine helicopter. (Source: nola.com, KLFY, 12/10/13) Gulf Coast note: The
decision places another aircraft assembly plant along the Interstate 10 corridor.

SSC hitting on all cylinders
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- It was a big win for John C. Stennis Space Center when
SpaceX, one of the hottest commercial spaceflight companies, said in October that it would
use SSC to test its Raptor engine. That added another commercial company to SSC’s
already impressive roster of companies using SSC facilities. Fifty years after South
Mississippi was transformed by the U.S.-Soviet space race, a new race between
entrepreneurial companies promises another boost. In fact, it appears SSC is hitting on all
cylinders as several operations are seeing growth. (Source: Gulf Coast Reporters’ League
aerospace quarterly, 12/10/13)

UAV innovation program launched
CAMP SHELBY, Miss. – The military, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and private
sector will meet at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center Friday to launch a multi-
agency research program designed to drive innovation while reducing costs of technology
systems used by the government for unmanned vehicles, an industry worth $8.1 billion. The
Open Source Unmanned Remote and Autonomous Vehicle Systems program will be from 12
p.m. to 2 p.m. at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center. The program is a collaborative
program to be based at Camp Shelby and administered in conjunction with the Army, Navy,
Air Force, Department of Homeland Security and non-government entities. As the nation's
largest Reserve Component mobilization station, Camp Shelby maintains exclusive access to
nearly 100 square miles of restricted air space and currently operates training and testing
facilities for a variety of military, government, and other organizations. (Source: Camp
Shelby, 12/10/13)

Aerospace quarterly available
The Gulf Coast Reporters’ League has published the December issue of its 8-page aerospace quarterly
newsletter. The entire publication is available as a PDF, and individual stories can also be accessed. It
has stories about the growing commercial space enterprise at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; the effort by
13 Northwest Florida sites get shovel-ready certification; Baldwin County, Ala.’s aerospace niche in the
shadow of Mobile’s Airbus plant, and a story about the region’s strength in unmanned systems. (Source:
Gulf Coast Reporters’ League, 12/10/13) Full-size file (8.13MB), compressed (1.07MB)

J-2X undergoes test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – A Rocketdyne J-2X engine was tested Friday for 325 seconds on the A-
2 test stand at Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi. The engine is planned for use on the upper
stage of NASA's Space Launch System, which will take astronauts further into space then every before. The
J-2X was also tested in early November. (Source: GCAC, 12/09/13) Previous

EADS cutting 5,800 jobs
Airbus parent EADS will cut 5,800 jobs in Europe in a three-year restructuring of its defense and space
activities. The company said the restructuring would lead to a substantial consolidation of sites across
Germany, France, Spain and the UK, where cuts will be made. To cushion the impact, EADS pledged to
open up 1,500 posts at Airbus and helicopter division Eurocopter for the redeployment of affected staff. The
restructuring coincides with plans to merge the company's defense and space divisions into one unit
combining its share of Eurofighter combat jets and Ariane space rockets as the defense industry absorbs
government budget cuts. The move will put EADS on a potential collision course with a French union that
pledged to resist forced cuts. (Sources: Reuters, EADS, 12/09/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building a
1,000-worker A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala. It will open in 2015. Previous related

SERE training coming to Tyndall
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- A Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape refresher course is
coming February to Tyndall. The SERE course teaches pilots and service members who are at high risk of
capture, the skills to survive, evade, resist and escape while upholding the code of conduct. The course will
be conducted for members of the 325th Fighter Wing, 337th Air Control Squadron and 53rd Weapons
Evaluation Group who need SERE training. The re-opened 95th Fighter Squadron's members will be the
primary participants, as they require additional training to stay current in combat survival techniques.
(Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 12/04/13)

919th gets new leader
DUKE FIELD, Fla. -- The only special operations wing in the Air Force Reserve has a new leader. Col.
James Phillips took command of the 919th Special Operations Wing during a ceremony here Saturday
morning. Phillips succeeds Col. Anthony Comtois, who left in September to become commander of the
Joint Special Operations Air Component for Special Operations Command Africa. The wing recently
converted from MC-130E Combat Talon I operations to the C-145. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
12/07/13)

Panhandle team heads to Germany
Some 30 leaders from five counties will be in Hamburg, Germany, this week to pitch Northwest Florida to
aerospace suppliers. Some members of the Gulf Coast Aerospace Coalition have been in Germany since
last week. They attended the aviation forum, as did representatives from South Alabama. Other delegates
from Northwest Florida started heading out this weekend for Hamburg. They will be attending the Coalition-
sponsored leadership forum that begins Monday. (Sources: Pensacola News Journal, Northwest Florida
Daily News, 12/08/13) Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said upon his return from Germany late last week that
folks will have to be patient, that it will take time for suppliers to follow Airbus to Mobile. About 300 of the
1,000 Airbus suppliers have operations in Hamburg, where Airbus has an assembly line, but it took years
to develop.

Land swap deal moves forward
Escambia County has approved the purchase of 601 acres in Santa Rosa County that will be swapped for
the Navy’s 640-acre Outlying Field 8 in Escambia County’s Beulah. The land in Santa Rosa will be
purchased from RMS Timberlands. It’s appraised at $1.88 million, and is being bought for development of
a helicopter training facility. Escambia County wants the current OLF 8, adjacent to the Navy Federal Credit
Union campus, for use as a commerce park. The county commission authorized the county attorney and
administrator to execute a sales contract with RMS with the goal of closing by Dec. 31. (Source: Pensacola
News Journal, 12/05/13)

UAV launched from sub
The Naval Research Laboratory demonstrated the launch of an all-electric, fuel cell-powered, unmanned
aerial system from a submerged submarine. The eXperimental Fuel Cell Unmanned Aerial System (XFC
UAS) was fired from USS Providence’s torpedo tube using a Sea Robin launch vehicle system, which fits
within a Tomahawk launch canister used for launching cruise missiles. Once deployed, the Sea Robin and
XFC rose to the surface where it appeared as a spar buoy, then XFC vertically launched from Sea Robin
and flew a successful several hour mission demonstrating live video capabilities streamed back to
Providence (SSN 719). The XFC later landed at the Naval Sea Systems Command Atlantic Undersea Test
and Evaluation Center, Andros, Bahamas. (Source: Business Wire, 12/05/13) Gulf Coast note: NRL has a
detachment at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; the Gulf Coast region is heavily involved in unmanned
systems.

Airbus teams with MIT
Airbus signed an agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to explore using digital
manufacturing in aerospace. Airbus will evaluate how the technique being developed at MIT can be applied
to the design and construction of aerospace vehicles. Digital material technology is based on the idea that
a complex structure can be built by assembling a simple set of components, similar to how the body builds
all of its proteins from amino acids. When the parts developed by MIT are assembled, much like snap-
together building blocks, the resulting structure is lightweight, durable and easy to disassemble and
reassemble. The technique could lead to lighter aircraft and lower construction and assembly cost. Airbus
is also exploring the use of 3D digital printing of some parts or potentially larger airframe structures.
(Source: Airbus, 12/05/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.; A
3D printed component has been tested on an engine at Stennis Space Center, Miss: 3-D printed part on
rocket engine; 3-D printing grabbing headlines

Contract: M1, $38.7M
M1 Support Services LP, Denton, Texas, was awarded a $38,722,328 firm-fixed-price contract for advanced
instructor pilot support services for the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, 110TH Aviation Brigade
Support at Fort Rucker, Ala. Work will be performed in Alabama with an estimated completion date of Dec.
12, 2017. Funds will be determined with each order. Bids were solicited via the Internet with seven
received. Army Contracting Command, Fort Eustis, Va., is the contracting activity (W911S0-14-D-0001).
(Source: DoD, 12/05/13)

Eglin sets sortie record
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The F-35 program at the joint training center reached a new single-day
record for sorties on Wednesday with 45 training missions for all three variants. The Marine F-35B variant
completed 32 of the flights, the Air Force F-35A had 10 flights and the Navy F-35C flew three missions.
(Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 12/05/13)

Airbus, Boeing by the numbers
PARIS -- Airbus is in front of Boeing in the first 11 months of the year in the number of orders that have
been placed. Airbus chalked up 1,373 orders since January, more than 100 better than Boeing’s 1,212
orders, according to data from the companies. But after cancellations, Airbus logged 1,314 net orders.
Boeing remained ahead on deliveries, which drive revenue and are the most widely used benchmark for
ranking the top two jetmakers. It delivered 580 planes compared with 562 from Airbus and looked on
course to maintain the industry's No.1 spot for a second year when full 2013 data is released in January.
(Source: Reuters, 12/05/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

AF: R&D funding faces cuts
The Air Force may have to cut funding for research and development unless Congress reverses across the
board spending cuts. That’s what Lt. Gen. Charles Davis, No. 2 Air Force acquisition official, said
Wednesday at a conference hosted by Credit Suisse in New York. He said Pentagon leaders are
determined to protect funding in new technologies, but the Air Force would have to cut funding to ensure
the readiness of its forces if sequestration remains. The Pentagon is bracing for additional mandatory cuts
in fiscal 2014, but lawmakers are working on a budget deal that could ease the extent of those cuts.
(Source: Reuters, 12/04/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is where aerial weapons are
developed, tested and evaluated. R&D expenditures in FY 2013 was around $601.1 million.

Operational F-35s go to Utah
The Air Force will base the first operational F-35As at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the service announced
Tuesday. Hill was selected because of its location near training ranges and because the base is home to
the F-35 depot. Hill is home to the active-duty 388th Fighter Wing and the reserve 419th Fighter Wing, and
will be flown by both components. Construction on the base will start immediately, with F-35s arriving
beginning in 2015. The base will receive 72 F-35As, which will replace 48 F-16s already assigned to Hill.
(Source: Military Times, 12/04/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base is home of the F-35 training center.
Related

UAV startup sees opportunity
Amazon got a lot of attention over the weekend when it said it may one day deliver packages by drone, and
while there are a lot of hurdles, at least one drone maker thinks the attention will help. Charles Easterling,
CEO of Crescent Unmanned Systems, helped found the drone startup in 2010. Crescent Unmanned
Systems, based in the Michoud Assembly Facility in eastern New Orleans, plans to finish development of
its drone at a testing ground in Utah this month. Called Bravo 300, the unmanned aerial system is
designed to carry surveillance cameras and is being marketed to police departments and the military. But
recently Easterling started getting calls about potential commercial uses, and that’s likely to continue
because of the buzz over Amazon deliveries. (Source: nola.com, 12/03/13)

States offer billions to Boeing
States drooling over the thought of landing a Boeing 777X jetliners plant are putting billions in incentives on
the table. Alabama, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington State all want the plant and the
thousands of jobs it could bring. Huntsville, Ala., is also in the running. Boeing already owns 300 acres at
Huntsville International Airport. Boeing began looking for other locations after the union in Washington
State rejected the company’s contract offer. Dec. 10 is the deadline for responses to Boeing’s request for
proposals. Boeing rival Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala. It got a state
incentives package worth about $158.5 million. (Source: al.com, 12/03/13)

Vermont Guard getting F-35s
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- The Vermont National Guard said Tuesday that 18 F-35 jets will be based at
Burlington International Airport by the year 2020. That’s according to Vt. Adjutant Gen. Steve Cray. Gov. Peter
Shumlin and Sen. Patrick Leahy celebrated the decision at a news conference at the Vermont National
Guard base. "Most likely, our pilots will go down to Eglin Air Force Base [in Florida] and learn how to fly the
F-35," said Air Guard Col. David Baczewski. (Source: Vermont Public Radio, 12/03/13) Gulf Coast note:
Eglin Air Force Base is home of the F-35 training center.

NATO Global Hawk under way
MOSS POINT, Miss. -- Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems Center started production on the first NATO
Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) Block 40 Global Hawk. NATO representatives, state dignitaries,
community leaders and employees celebrated the start of production for the first of five aircraft. The system
will provide NATO with near real-time terrestrial and maritime situational awareness information
throughout the full range of NATO military and civil-military missions. NATO is acquiring the system with 15
nations participating including Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia,
Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United States. Northrop
Grumman was awarded the contract in May 2012 during the NATO Summit. The company's industrial team
includes EADS Deustchland GmbH (Cassidian), Selex ES and Kongsberg, as well as leading defense
companies from all participating nations. (Source: PRNewswire, 12/03/13) The Moss Point facility also
does finishing work on the B and C models of the Fire Scout unmanned helicopter. Previous: Northrop
reorganizes sector; Block 40 Global Hawk in trouble; Finmeccanica gets AGS contract

SpaceX launches satellite
A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla., on Tuesday, marking the first
successful SpaceX launch of a commercial satellite. The mission is SpaceX's first to a high geostationary
transfer orbit needed for commercial satellites. The mission was delayed two previous times because of
technical issues. The $100 million satellite is owned by a Luxembourg company, SES. The company had
previously used European Ariane rockets or the Russian Proton for its satellite launches. "The entry of
SpaceX into the commercial market is a game-changer," SES chief technology officer Martin Halliwell said
before the earlier launch attempts. SpaceX, which has successfully resupplied the International Space
Station, also wants to enter the $190 billion a year commercial satellite launch industry. (Sources: AFP via
Space Daily Express, 12/04/13, Space.com via Fox News, 12/03/13) Gulf Coast note: SpaceX will test its
Raptor methane rocket engine at Stennis Space Center, Miss. Previous

Airline moves forward on deal
Kuwait Airways Co. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus to
buy 15 A320neo and 10 A350-900 planes and an option on 10 more planes. The deal also calls for KAC to
lease seven A320 and five A330-200s. State-owned KAC, which is being privatized, signed a letter of
acceptance for the deal in May. (Source: AFP via Economic Times, 12/03/13, Reuters, 12/02/13) Gulf Coast
note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala. Previous

Airbus seeks conformity manager
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas is seeking candidates for an aircraft conformity manager for the A320 final
assembly line under construction at Mobile Aeroplex. Minimum requirements include an associate’
s/technical degree with preference given to those with degrees in aerospace/industrial engineering or
business/quality management. In addition, successful candidates must have at least five years’
experience in aircraft inspection, configuration management or quality management. Experience with an
international aviation company is preferred. (Source: al.com, 12/02/13)

Navy accepts MUOS-2
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Lockheed Martin has completed on-orbit testing of the second Mobile User Objective
System (MUOS) satellite and handed over spacecraft operations to the U.S. Navy. The handover also
includes acceptance of three MUOS ground stations that will relay voice and high-speed data signals for
mobile users worldwide. MUOS-2 was launched July 19, 2013 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V
rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The system improves secure communications,
delivering simultaneous and prioritized voice, video and data for the first time to users on the move.
(Source: PRNewswire, 12/02/13) Gulf Coast note: Work on the core propulsion system for the MUOS, an
A2100 satellite-based spacecraft, is done by Lockheed Martin at Stennis Space Center, Miss. Previous


NOVEMBER 2013

Alabama group going to Germany
MOBILE, Ala. – The new mayor of Mobile is going to Germany next week to meet with potential suppliers
and Airbus representatives. Sandy Stimpson will join local and state business leaders at the Aviation
Forum 2013 in Hamburg, where he will be one of the speakers to an audience of global aerospace experts
and company executives. There will also be representatives from the Mobile County Commission, Mobile
Area Chamber of Commerce, Mobile Airport Authority, Alabama State Docks, Alabama Power Co., and the
Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance. In addition, a delegation of state officials will be led by
Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield. (Source: al.com, 11/29/13)

Workers protest EADS restructuring
More than 20,000 EADS workers at 30 locations took to the streets in Germany on Thursday to protest
restructuring plans they fear could cost thousands of jobs. Protests sites included the company’s Airbus
factories near Hamburg and the Eurofighter plant in Manching. EADS, part-owned by the French and
German governments, is planning to combine its defense and space subsidiaries next year and might sell
some operations. EADS, which has some 140,000 workers worldwide, including 50,000 in Germany,
wants to streamline the collection of German, French and Spanish businesses that created the company
in 2000. The reorganization follows the company's decision this year to scrap a decades-old Franco-
German ownership pact to reduce government interference and give management more freedom to
reshape the group. The name EADS is being dropped in favor of Airbus Group, after its best-known
product. (Source: Reuters, 11/28/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 assembly line in Mobile,
Ala.

Re-up bonus ends in 45 fields
The Air Force is eliminating the selective reenlistment bonus (SRB) for 45 career fields, officials said
Tuesday. Airmen in fields with canceled bonuses have until Dec. 4 to reenlist and still receive the bonuses
typically used to encourage retention. Ten career fields still in high demand with low manning, such as
battlefield airmen and cyberspace specialties, remain on the SRB list. The changes are being blamed on
sequestration and the push for a smaller Air Force. (Sources: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs,
11/26/13, Pensacola News Journal, 11/27/13) Gulf Coast note: Tyndall AFB, Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field, Duke
Field and Keesler Air Force Base are all in the Gulf Coast region.

MRC gets $10M SSC contract
The Mississippi Research Consortium has been awarded a $10 million contract to provide engineering
and scientific research to NASA, other government agencies and various tenants at John C. Stennis Space
Center. Areas of work include rocket propulsion testing research and development, project formulation,
new business development, remote sensing applications, ecosystem integration and analysis, coastal
community resiliency and sustainable development, water quality, climate change and variability effects on
regional ecosystems, acoustics, image analysis, geographic information systems, computational fluid
dynamics, polymers/ceramics, electron microscopy, micro-electromechanical systems, magneto
hydrodynamics, diagnostics instrumentation, and other associated scientific, computational and
engineering areas. The consortium is a collaboration of Jackson State University, Mississippi State
University, University of Southern Mississippi and University of Mississippi. The period of performance
shall be a one-year Base Period with four (4) one-year options through November 30, 2018. (Source: FBO,
11/27/13)

Contract: Northrop, $13.9M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a
$13,857,607 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for logistics services in support of the MQ-8B/C Fire Scout
unmanned air vehicle. This work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md., and Pt. Mugu, Calif., and is
expected to be completed in November 2014. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10U.
S.C. 2304 (c) (1). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting activity (N00019-14-
C-0012). (Source: DoD, 11/27/13) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Spring adds 30 A320s
Spring Airlines Co., China’s biggest non state-controlled carrier, agreed to buy 30 additional A320 jets and
may buy more as government policy shifts to favor discount airlines. The Shanghai-based airline signed an
agreement on Nov. 22 for the A320 single-aisle jets due from 2015, pending government approvals. The
purchase has a list price of about $2.75 billion, though customers typically get discounts. (Source:
Bloomberg, 11/26/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

South Korea eyes 40 F-35s
South Korea's plan to buy 40 Lockheed Martin F-35s will save the U.S. military about $2 billion by driving
down the per-plane cost. The decision will also help offset any move by the U.S. military to deal with
mandatory budget cuts by postponing orders for up to 54 jets over the next five years. Seoul's decision
must still be approved by a committee chaired by its defense minister. One analyst said Singapore,
Malaysia and New Zealand might follow suit and order F-35s. (Source: Reuters, 11/26/13) South Korea
also plans to buy four Northrop Grumman Global Hawk unmanned systems. Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center; Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.
Previous: Things looking up for F-35; F-35 courts foreign customers

AJ26 tested on E1
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- An Aerojet AJ26 engine had a successful hot fire test at Stennis Space
Center Nov. 21. The test on the E1 test stand lasted the full duration 54 seconds, officials said. The AJ26
provides the power for the first stage of 133-foot tall Antares launch vehicle, built by Orbital Sciences Corp.
In October, the Antares launched Orbital's Cygnus spacecraft on a successful mission to the International
Space Station. Earlier this month at SSC, J-2X engine E10003 had a successful 50-second test on the A-2
test stand. (Source: GCAC, 11/26/13)

Another MQ-8C delivered
Northrop Grumman has delivered the second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to the U.S. Navy after
completing final assembly at the company's unmanned systems center in Moss Point, Miss. The aircraft is
joining the first one delivered to Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif., to conduct flight testing
before using the system for operational missions in 2014. "Since 2006 we have conducted final assembly
of the earlier MQ-8B Fire Scout aircraft from our Moss Point facility, so we have a lot of manufacturing
experience there," said George Vardoulakis, vice president for medium range tactical systems, Northrop
Grumman. "With the MQ-8C variant being assembled there as well, we can use the same expertise and
quality processes already developed." The MQ-8C Fire Scout is the Navy's newest unmanned helicopter
that can fly twice as long and carry three times more intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
payloads than the existing variant. (Source: Northrop Grumman via PRNewswire, 11/25/13)

Last Phantom returns to service
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 82nd Aerial Target Squadron received the last of the "new" QF-4
aerial targets Nov. 19. The Vietnam-era Phantom, Aircraft 68-0599, spent more than 20 years in the Air
Force "Boneyard" at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. before being brought back to life for this new role.
The supersonic, reusable QF-4 provides a realistic full-scale target for air-to-air weapons system
evaluation, development and testing. Since the QF-4 replaced the QF-106 in 1998, more than 300 of the
idle planes found a new purpose to continue to serve the Defense Department. The plane was converted
to unmanned capability, so it can be flown remotely, by BAE Systems. Ultimately, 250 of the Phantoms
succeeded in their missions and been successively destroyed over the Gulf of Mexico and the ranges near
Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The QF-4s will eventually be replaced by QF-16s. The 82nd ATRS is part of
the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group, which falls under the 53rd Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source:
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 11/22/13)

RR gets contract for lift system
Rolls-Royce was awarded a $215 million contract to produce and support LiftSystems for the F-35B, the
Marine Corps variant that can take off and land vertically. The new agreement with Pratt and Whitney for the
sixth production lot includes six LiftSystems, plus sustainment, program management, engineering and
field support. Pratt and Whitney’s F135 engine powers all three variants of the F35. Rolls-Royce has
delivered 42 LiftSystems and has expanded field support to include five locations where F-35B aircraft are
flown, including Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., center for F-35 training. (Source: Rolls-Royce, 11/25/13)

Museum gets 4D simulator
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The National Naval Aviation Museum has a new motion simulator ride. It’s the Blue
Angels 4D simulator, with the 4D the bucket seats that move to aid the feeling of flight. The simulator gives
the rider a feeling of what it’s like to fly with the Blue Angel F/A-18 Hornets. The ride opened Nov. 8, and
while getting into the museum is free, it costs $7 to go on the simulator. Created by a California company, it
cost more than $500,000 and used private donations and BP oil-spill-restoration grant money. It’s the
second flight simulator ride to open at the museum since July 2012. (Source: Pensacola News Journal,
11/24/13)

Kennedy’s space legacy
President John F. Kennedy's commitment in the '60s to space exploration ended up turning parts of the
rural South into science hotspots. Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas all benefited when
the federal government established NASA centers in Dixie with the task of landing a man on the moon by
the end of the decade. Areas like Huntsville, Ala., and Bay St. Louis, Miss., changed forever by being part of
the “space crescent.” (Sources: Stateline, 11/20/13, Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor 2013-2014, Chapter III,
June 2013)

Oops. Wrong plane
A group encouraging Washington state to keep up its fight to secure work on the new version of the Boeing
777 jetliner had an “oops” moment in an ad that appeared in Wednesday's edition of the Seattle Times. At
the top of the full-page ad, under the all-caps text "The Future of Washington," is pictured not a Boeing jet,
but rather an A320 built by rival Airbus. Washington state supporters are concerned that Boeing may place
production of the plane in another state after a union earlier this month rejected a contract with significant
labor concessions. (Source: Reuters, 11/20/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 assembly line
in Mobile, Ala.

Airport ponders growth plan
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- With passenger traffic projected to double in 20 years, Northwest Florida Beaches
International Airport officials examined a growth concepts at a workshop Wednesday. Project manager
Paul Puckli presented six layout concepts for terminal expansion that would remedy expected deficiencies
in concession space, public space, passenger screening areas and baggage areas. The concepts also
map out two new terminal gates and reconfigure the seven existing gates to accommodate new airlines.
Only four of the gates are currently utilized. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 11/20/13)

Enterprise getting aviation jobs
ENTERPRISE, Ala. -- Enterprise will be getting 200 helicopter maintenance jobs in the next year-and a-half,
thanks to a resolution approved by the city council Tuesday night for a new facility at the Enterprise
Municipal Airport. Brightwater Aviation Lender LLC of Chicago, parent company of Alabama Aircraft Support,
was authorized a loan of $3.5 million from the city council for infrastructure of a $12 million project that
would include a 60,000 square foot hangar. The city passed a bond issue in 2011 for $12 million, $7.5
million of which was allotted for economic development. The $3.5 million loan will come out of those funds.
The company will refurbish helicopters. The airport is not far from Fort Rucker, home of Army helicopter
training. (Source: Dothan Eagle, 11/20/13)

Airbus may increase A320 build rate
Airbus is considering an increasing in the production rate of its A320 single-aisle, medium-haul aircraft.
That would take it beyond 42 planes per month, sales chief John Leahy told Reuters on Tuesday, but
declined to say when a decision would be made. Boeing recently raised its production target for the
competing 737 aircraft to 47 per month from a previous target of 42 per month. (Source: Reuters, 11/19/13)
Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala. Plans are to produce four
aircraft per month, or 40 to 50 per year.

Crew program inches forward
WASHINGTON – NASA requested proposals from U.S. companies to complete development of crew
transportation systems that meet NASA certification requirements. This phase of the Commercial Crew
Program is the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap), designed to ensure a company's
crew transportation system is safe, reliable and cost-effective. "NASA is committed to launching American
astronauts from U.S. soil in the very near future, and we're taking a significant step toward achieving that
goal today," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. The certification process will assess progress
throughout the production and testing of one or more integrated space transportation systems, which
include rockets, spacecraft and ground operations. Requirements under CCtCap also will include at least
one crewed flight test to the space station before certification can be granted. NASA has not been able to
launch astronauts in space from U.S. soil since the end of the Space Shuttle program. The crew program
is part of the Space Launch System program. (Source: PRNewswire, 11/19/13) Gulf Coast note: Stennis
Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, both are involved in NASA's SLS
program, designed to take astronauts deeper in space than ever before.

NASA tests SLS autopilot
NASA completed the first tests with an F/A-18 research jet to evaluate the autonomous flight control system
for the Space Launch System rocket. Called the Adaptive Augmenting Controller, the system will allow SLS
to respond to vehicle and environmental variations such as winds or vehicle flexibility after it leaves the
launch pad. It’s the first time a flight control system for a NASA rocket is being designed to adjust
autonomously to unexpected conditions during actual flight rather than pre-flight predictions. Tests were
Nov. 14-15 out of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. More than 40
tests were conducted using SLS-like trajectories. (Source: PRNewswire, 11/19/13) Gulf Coast note:
Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, both are involved in NASA's
SLS program, designed to take astronauts deeper in space than ever before.

PW: F-35 interest strong
Pratt & Whitney, which builds the F135 engine that powers the Lockheed Martin's F-35, said it’s seeing
strong interest in the radar-evading warplane, but it would likely be several years before exports to the Gulf
region are approved. Carrol Chandler, a retired Air Force general who now serves as vice president of
business development for PW, said the U.S. government would evaluate any requests from Gulf countries
to buy the F-35, and then decide on a case-by-case basis. (Source: Reuters, 11/18/13) Gulf Coast note:
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $300M
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $300,000,000 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for development and production of multiple foreign military sales test
vehicles and equipment, mission planning, mission operational flight program, test support, logistics
support, sustainment, and non-recurring engineering. Work will be performed at Lockheed Martin Missiles
and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Troy, Ala., with an expected
completion date of Nov. 19, 2018. This contract involves foreign military sales with Finland and Australia.
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-
13-D-0049). (Source: DoD, 11/19/13)

7th SFG soldier killed in action
A soldier from the 7th Special Forces Group at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., died when his unit was attacked
with an improvised explosive device. He is the second soldier from the same unit to die in the last four
days. The Department of Defense announced Monday that Staff Sgt. Alex A. Viola, 29, of Keller, Texas, died
Nov. 17, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. His unit was attacked while on dismounted patrol. He was assigned to
the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Eglin. (Source: DoD, 11/18/13)

New airline orders Airbus
Newly launched Libyan Wings signed a memorandum of understanding to buy four A320neo jetliners and
three A350-900s. The purchase was announced at the 2013 Dubai Airshow. Libyan Wings, based in
Tripoli, will start operations for passenger charter and freight from the beginning of 2014. The A320neo
incorporates new more efficient engines and wing tip devices that together deliver up to 15 percent in fuel
savings. At the end of October 2013, firm orders for the NEO was 2,487 from 44 customers. (Source:
Airbus, 11/18/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

GE-led engine venture gears up
CFM International, the General Electric engine venture with Safran SA, will increase output by more than 10
percent by 2019 to meet growing demand from Airbus, Boeing and China's Comac. Production, due to
exceed 1,500 turbines this year, will hit 1,700 in six years, CFM Executive Vice President Chaker Chahrour
said at the Dubai Air Show. CFM International is the exclusive engine provider for Boeing 737 and Comac
C919 and competes for orders with the Pratt and Whitney-led International Aero Engines joint venture on
the Airbus A320. Boeing announced plans to boost 737 output 24 percent to 47 jets per month by 2017,
with Airbus considering a move beyond a build rate of 42 planes. (Source: Bloomberg, 11/17/13) Gulf
Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala.; Safran has an operation in Mobile; GE
Aviation has engine parts plants in Ellisville, Miss., Batesville, Miss., and Auburn, Ala. Previous: Mobile
planes in Delta order; American picks up A319; Airbus to offer wider seats

Errant drone strikes cruiser
Two sailors were treated for minor burns after the guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville was struck
by an errant BQM-74 target drone. The Northrop Grumman-built drone struck the left or port side of the ship
Saturday while it was conducting tests of its radar system off the coast of Port Mugu in Southern California.
The Ticonderoga class cruiser returned to its San Diego homeport on its own power Sunday. (Sources:
multiple, including AP via CSMonitor, 11/18/13; Los Angeles Times, RT com, 11/17/13) Gulf Coast note:
Chancellorsville (CG 62) was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss.; Tyndall Air Force Base and
Eglin AFB use BQM-74 drones for training over the Gulf of Mexico.

RR wins $5B engine order
Rolls-Royce won a $5 billion order from Etihad Airways for Trent XWB engines to power 50 Airbus A350
XWB aircraft. The national airline of the United Arab Emirates ordered 24 A350-900 Regional, 16 A350-900
and 10 A350-1000 aircraft. The order takes the total number of Etihad A350 aircraft on order to 62, all
powered by the Trent XWB. The Trent XWB, specifically designed for the Airbus A350 XWB, powered the
first test flight of the A350 XWB at Toulouse on 14 June this year. Etihad has also ordered Trent 700
engines to power one Airbus A330 freighter aircraft (Source: Rolls-Royce, 11/17/13) Gulf Coast note: Rolls-
Royce tests XWB and other Trent series engines at Stennis Space Center, Miss. Previous: A350 XWB
takes to the air; RR XWB takes to the skies; JAL orders 31 350 XWBs; New RR test stand opens

Airbus, Boeing post sales
The battle for single-aisle dominance between Airbus and Boeing continued at the opening day of 2013
Dubai Airshow with both companies announcing sales. Etihad Airways, national airline of the United Arab
Emirates, announced a firm order for 36 A320neo aircraft, 50 A350 XWBs and one A330-200F as part of its
fleet modernization strategy. (Source: Airbus, 11/17/13) Boeing and flydubai announced a commitment for
up to 100 737 MAX 8 airplanes and 11 next-generation 737-800s. The commitment from the airline of the
emirate of Dubai is valued at $11.4 billion at list prices, the largest ever Boeing single-aisle airplane
purchase in the Middle East. (Source: Boeing, 11/17/13) Gulf Coast note: Sales of A320 family aircraft are
of interest to the Gulf Coast, where Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line. Both companies have
operations in the region.

Missile motor hits milestone
Raytheon received the 1,000th AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-To-Air Missile (AMRAAM) rocket motor
from Nammo Group of Raufoss, Norway. The motor is scheduled to be installed in a production AIM-
120C7 missile later this month. Following a lengthy qualification process in October 2012, Nammo was
certified as an AMRAAM rocket motor supplier for Raytheon and has been delivering motors at the rate of
about 90 motors per month. (Source: Raytheon via PRNewswire, 11/17/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is where aerial weapons systems are developed and tested. Previous

Science center to host launch event
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA's Infinity Science Center just outside Stennis Space Center is
among five NASA centers that will host events and activities Nov. 18 for the public to view the launch of the
agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft and learn about its mission. MAVEN
is set to launch at 1:28 p.m. EST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. It will take measurements of
the Martian upper atmosphere to help scientists understand climate change over the Red Planet's history.
For more information on the Infinity activities, call 228-533-9025, ext. 311. (Source: PRNewswire, 11/15/13)

IHMC scientist wins book award
PENSACOLA, Fla. – A scientist from the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition has won an
aerospace history literature award. Dr. William J. Clancey won the award from the American Institute of
Aeronautics and Astronautics for his book, "Working on Mars: Voyages of Scientific Discovery with the Mars
Exploration Rovers." The 2014 Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award honors the best
original contribution to the field of aeronautical or astronautical historical non-fiction literature. The book is
being hailed as giving a new perspective on remote planetary exploration. science, technology and/or
impact of aeronautics and astronautics on society. It details how scientists in the Mars Exploration Rovers
(MER) program conducted field science using mobile robotic laboratories, in the process conducting the
first overland expeditions on another planet. Clancey will receive the award in January, in conjunction with
the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition in National Harbor, Md. (Source: IHMC, Pensacola
News Journal, 11/15/13)

Contract: Bell, $8.3M
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded an $8,266,644 firm-fixed-price contract for the
manufacturing and delivery of three Bell 407 analog helicopters in support of the endurance upgrade of the
vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle MQ-8C Fire Scout. Work will be performed in
Fort Worth, Texas; Mirabel, Canada; and Ozark, Ala., and is expected to be completed in June 2014. The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-14-C-0022). (Source:
DoD, 11/14/13) Gulf Coast note: Portions of the work on the larger Fire Scouts will eventually be done in
Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Raytheon, $18.8M
Raytheon Missile Systems Division, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded an $18,795,695 firm-fixed-price
modification on an existing contract (FA8675-12-C-0001) for High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM)
Targeting System (HTS) contractor logistics support services. The contract modification provides for the
final HTS CLS option to repair HTS pods beginning Dec. 1, 2013. Work will be performed at Tucson, Ariz.,
and is expected to be completed by Nov. 30, 2014. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBAS, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/15/13)

7th SFG soldier dies
A soldier from the 7th Special Forces Group at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., has died after his unit was
attacked with an improvised explosive device. The Department of Defense announced today that Staff Sgt.
Richard L. Vazquez, 28, of Seguin, Texas, died Nov. 13 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. His unit was attacked
while on dismounted patrol in Panjwai, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special
Forces Group (Airborne) at Eglin. (Source: DoD, 11/15/13)

Lockheed consolidating sites
Lockheed Martin said Thursday that it will close and consolidate several of its U.S. facilities and reduce its
workforce by 4,000 to cut costs in response to declines in U.S. government spending. Operations will be
closed in Newtown, Pa.; Akron, Ohio; Goodyear, Ariz.; and Horizon City, Texas; and four buildings on the
Sunnyvale, Calif., campus, also will be closed by mid-2015. The closures will eliminate 2,000 positions.
Other initiatives will eliminate an additional 2,000 positions in the Information Systems and Global
Solutions, Mission System and Training and Space Systems business areas by the end of 2014. (Source:
Lockheed Martin, 11/14/13) Gulf Coast note: Lockheed Martin has operations across the Gulf Coast,
including Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans; Stennis Space Center, Miss.; and multiple offices of
Lockheed Martin's Northwest Florida Operations, tied to the F-35, F-22 and other defense programs.

NASA has most satisfied workers
If you're a federal government worker, like those who work at Stennis Space Center, Miss., you're most
satisfied if you work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. That's according to the U.S.
Office of Personnel Management's 2013 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. In this year's survey, 376,577
federal employees provided their opinions on all aspects of their employment. There were twenty-nine
items identified as strengths, and from 2012 to 2013, the highest increasing trend involved the
commitment and respect of supervisors to their employees. But the 2013 responses demonstrate a
significant drop in employee satisfaction and continue last year's declines across the majority of
questions. (Source: GCAC, 11/14/13) Survey. Previous: NASA among best places to work; NASA best place
to work

Machinists turn down contract
Despite warnings from Boeing and pleas from politicians, members of the Machinists union Wednesday
voted 67 percent to reject a contract offer that would have assured the company builds the new 777X jet in
Washington state. They said no to the proposed eight-year contract extension because it was laced with
cuts to benefits. Many members said they refused to be forced into a hasty and radical decision under a
management threat that they would lose future work. The vote leaves in limbo an incentive package,
including $8.7 billion in new tax breaks over 16 years, that was hurriedly passed last weekend in a special
session of the Legislature to comply with one of Boeing’s conditions for put the jet work here. Boeing has
said that if the IAM vote went against it, the company would seek other sites for the 777X project. Sources
close to Boeing said this week its analysis of alternatives focused on Long Beach, Calif.; Salt Lake City;
and Huntsville, Ala. Charleston, S.C., where Boeing has a 787 plant, has also been mentioned in the past.
Looking for other locations for the 777 plant doesn’t preclude further negotiation with the state and the
union. (Source: Seattle Times, 11/13/13)

First A319 with ROPS delivered
Airbus has achieved Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification of its Runway Overrun Prevention
System (ROPS) for the Airbus A320 family, allowing for Tuesday’s delivery of the first A320 family member
featuring ROPS – an A319 to American Airlines. American has elected to equip all of its A320 family fleet
with Airbus’ ROPS. This on-board cockpit technology increases pilots’ situational awareness during
landing, reduces exposure to runway excursion risk, and, if necessary, provides active protection. The
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified ROPS on the A320ceo family in August of this year. It was
announced earlier this month that the Airbus team responsible for the design and implementation of
ROPS has been nominated as a finalist for an Aviation Week Laureate Award, with the winner to be named
in March 2014. (Source: Airbus, 11/12/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 family final assembly
line in Mobile, Ala., which is to build A319, A320 and A321 jetliners beginning in 2015. Previous: Airline ops
for Airbus’ ROPS; ROPS OK’d for A320ceo

F-35 CNI team honored
The National Defense Industrial Association has selected the F-35 communications, navigation and
identification (CNI) team from Northrop Grumman for the 2013 Ferguson Systems Engineering Excellence
Group Award. The award is given for outstanding achievement in the practical application of systems
engineering principles. Northrop Grumman's integrated CNI system provides F-35 pilots with the capability
of more than 27 avionics functions. Northrop Grumman accepted the award, established in 2003, on Oct.
29 at NDIA's 16th Annual Systems Engineering Conference in Arlington, Va. (Source: Northrop Grumman
via PRNewswire, 11/13/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Commercial space success hailed
WASHINGTON -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Wednesday hailed the success of the agency's
public-private partnership with American companies to resupply the International Space Station, and
announced the next phase of contracting with U.S. companies to transport astronauts is set to begin next
week. The United States now has two space transportation systems capable of delivering science
experiments and supplies from U.S. soil to the International Space Station. Commercial companies could
begin ferrying NASA astronauts to ISS as soon as 2017. The Commercial Orbital Transportation Services
program is now over. SpaceX and Orbital Sciences have successfully flown missions to ISS. Now the push
is on for carrying astronauts. On Nov. 19, the agency will issue a final Request for Proposals for the new
Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract. (Source: NASA via PRNewswire, 11/13/13) Gulf
Coast note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, are both involved
in NASA and commercial space programs. Previous: SpaceX picks SSC for engine R&D; Crew abort test
reviewed; Dream Chaser has landing snafu

Expedited screening expanded
A program to expedite screening of U.S. service members at some domestic airports is being expanded to
include all U.S. Armed Force service members, including the Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard,
beginning Dec. 20. The list of airports, which started with 10 when the Transportation Security
Administration’s Precheck was launched in October 2011, was expanded to 40 and is being expanded
again to 100. TSA Precheck allows service members to keep their footwear on as well as light outerwear,
belts, laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry on in select screening lanes.
More than 18 million passengers have experienced TSA Precheck since it launched. (Source: DoD,
11/13/13) Gulf Coast note: Pensacola International Airport, Pensacola, Fla., and Louis Armstrong New
Orleans International Airport are among the airports with TSA Precheck.

Merger of interest to region
The merger of American Airlines and US Airways is of interest to the Gulf Coast region. With the exception
of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport near Panama City, Fla., five other commercial airports
along the Interstate 10 corridor have both American Airlines and US Airways. They are Northwest Florida
Regional Airport at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Pensacola International Airport in Pensacola, Fla.; Mobile
Regional Airport in Mobile, Ala.; Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport in Gulfport, Miss., and Louis Armstrong
International Airport in New Orleans. American and US Airways reached an antitrust settlement with the
federal government to allow their $17 billion merger with limited concessions. The merged airline plans to
use the American name. (Source: GCAC, 11/13/13) U.S. Department of Justice release

Airport OKs new parking lot
Circling the road at Northwest Florida Regional Airport until your party leaves the terminal will be a thing of
the past. Okaloosa County commissioners approved building a new parking area where visitors can park
while they wait for arriving parties. County Airports Director Sunil Harman said the lot, which will be free and
have 40 spaces, will ease congestion and improve customer service. The airport plans to build the new
parking area adjacent to the existing credit card lot. Construction will begin after a 90-day design phase
and should be completed by March 2014. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 11/12/13)

Mississippi Raytheon expanding
FOREST, Miss. -- Raytheon plans to increase the size of its Forest manufacturing facility by more than
20,000 square feet and hire more than 150 new workers. That's according to an announcement today by
Raytheon and state officials. The expansion is to support anticipated growth in airborne radar and
electronic warfare markets. At 340,000 square feet, the plant already is one of the largest defense
manufacturing plants in Mississippi. This year, the Forest plant ramped up its fighter jet radar production
rates 10-fold. It also delivered more than 500 Active Electronically Scanned Array aircraft radars. In addition
to fighter jet radars, the facility makes the Sentinel air defense radar, with 57 additional ones in production
for the U.S. Army. (Source: Raytheon via PRNewswire, 11/11/13)

X-47B tested on carrier Roosevelt
A third carrier has now conducted flight operations of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System
Demonstrator (UCAS-D). The tail-less robotic aircraft built by Northrop Grumman conducted flight
operations aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Nov. 10. The aircraft performed touch-and-go
maneuvers, flight deck handling drills, arrested landings and catapult launches. Carrier-based tests of the
X-47B began in December 2012 with flight deck operations aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Carrier
testing resumed in May 2013 aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), where the X-47B completed its first
carrier-based catapult launch, followed by its first carrier-based arrested landing in July. (Source: NNS,
11/10/13) Gulf Coast note: Two other Northrop Grumman unmanned aerial systems, Fire Scout and Global
Hawk, are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

AF buys more Global Hawks
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $114 million advance procurement contract in
preparation to build three more RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft systems and associated sensors.
The advance procurement of items associated with three Block 30 aircraft includes three enhanced
integrated sensor suites, three airborne signals intelligence payload and two ASIP retrofit kits to be
installed on previously purchased aircraft. Work under this contract is expected to be completed in 2015.
(Source: Northrop Grumman, 11/08/13) Gulf Coast note: Central fuselage work on the Global Hawks is
done in Moss Point, Miss.

Grant will help protect mission
NICEVILLE, Fla. -- The city was awarded a $25,000 grant to prevent future development from impeding
missions at Eglin Air Force Base. The grant is from the Florida Defense Support Task Force. Niceville will
use it to upgrade mapping software to track data on where the city should regulate development so as not
to interfere with any base missions, especially regarding the F-35 fighter jets that fly over the city. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 11/07/13) Related

St. Joe sells most of land
WATERSOUND, Fla. – The St. Joe Co. announced an agreement Thursday to sell more than two-thirds of
its Northwest Florida landholdings. Utah-based AgReserves Inc. will buy 382,834 acres of rural timberland
for $565 million, leaving St. Joe with about 184,000 acres of land primarily between Tallahassee and
Destin. The acreage being sold is in Bay, Calhoun, Frankly, Gadsden, Gulf, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and
Wakulla counties. AgReserves intends to maintain timber and agricultural uses of the lands. (Sources:
News Herald, St. Joe, 11/07/13) St. Joe, originally a paper company and second largest landowner in
Florida, in recent years became a real estate developer. It donated land to establish Northwest Florida
Beaches International Airport near Panama City. Previous: New Panama City airport set to open; Panama
City airport gets Southwest

Contract: CTC, $14.2M
CTC Enterprise Ventures Corp., Johnstown, Pa., is being awarded a $14,205,582 firm-fixed-price
modification to previously awarded contract (N61331-12-C-0007) for the production of 10 carriage, stream,
tow and recovery system kits in support of the MH-60S Airborne Mine Countermeasures program. Work will
be done in Johnstown and is expected to be completed by October 2016. The Naval Surface Warfare
Center Panama City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/07/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $19.8M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $19,763,075 option exercise (P0050) to an
existing cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (FA8611-08-C-2897) to retrofit fielded mission training centers with
visual systems upgrade and night vision goggles capability. Effort includes upgrades for F-22 training
systems at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Sheppard AFB, Texas, Langley AFB, Va.; Hickam AFB, Hawaii, and
Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. Work will be performed at St. Louis, Mo., with an expected completion date of Dec.
31, 2016. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 11/07/12)

Pensacola gets research grant
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Greater Pensacola Chamber was awarded a $200,000 grant from the Florida
Defense Support Task Force to establish a center of excellence for information dominance to stimulate
science and technology research and cyber warfare training. “The Center of Excellence is the culmination
of our on-going relationship and collaboration with our federal partners at Corry Station,” said Craig Dalton,
Vice President of Armed Services, Greater Pensacola Chamber. Statewide, the task force awarded more
than $2 million in grant initiatives to local community organizations supporting Florida military installations,
according to a press release from Gov.  Rick Scott’s office. The grants are designed to protect Florida’s
military bases ahead of any potential realignment or closure actions. The bases have a $73 billion
economic impact. Nearly 760,000 jobs in the state are due to the defense industry. (Source: GCAC,
11/07/13)

FAA releases drone roadmap
The Federal Aviation Administration has developed a roadmap for allowing widespread use of unmanned
aircraft in the national airspace, but it will take longer than Congress wants. The FAA said that for the next
several years access of robotic aircraft will be limited to permits the FAA grants on a case-by-case basis to
operators who agree to procedures to reduce safety risks. Congress last year directed the FAA to grant
drones widespread access by September 2015. Six sites nationwide will be chosen by FAA as test sites
for the integration process. (Sources: multiple, including FAA, Bloomberg, AP, 11/07/13) UAS Roadmap;
UAS Comprehensive Plan. Gulf Coast note: The I-10 region is heavily involved in unmanned systems. Fire
Scout and Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss., and the military uses drones in training, from
hand-held types to full-scale target drones at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.

States up R&D spending
A National Science Foundation study shows state government expenditures for research and development
hit $1.4 billion in fiscal year 2011, up 11 percent from the previous year. Individual state government
expenditures on R&D in FY 2011 varied widely, with New York, Ohio, Florida, California and Pennsylvania
accounting for 51 percent of all state government R&D. For this region, Florida spent $150.8 million, Texas
spent $47.4 million, Alabama spent $19.7 million, Louisiana $9.2 million and Mississippi $7.4 million.
(Source: NSF, 11/05/13)

Blue Angels start new season
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Blue Angels Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron will perform a flyover of Naval
Air Station Pensacola Saturday at 2 p.m., marking the end of the team’s truncated 2013 season and the
beginning of the 2014 air show season. The 2013 season was canceled for the team, based at NAS
Pensacola's Sherman Field, as a result of sequestration. (Source: GCAC, 11/07/13) Previous

Contract: URS Group, $13M
URS Group Inc., Mobile, Ala. was awarded a $13,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery contract for
architect-engineering services for the Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, to support the Air Force KC-
46C aircraft beddown in the continental United States. Estimated completion date is Nov. 14, 2018. Work
location and funding will be determined with each order. Bids were solicited via the internet with 57
received. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting agency (W91278-14-D-003). (Source:
DoD, 11/05/13)

Triton wing durability tested
The wings on the Navy MQ-4C Triton unmanned surveillance aircraft are strong enough to descend from
high altitudes, even in poor weather, Northrop Grumman said Monday. Based on the Global Hawk
unmanned aerial vehicle, Triton's wings are made by Triumph Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division.
Each wing, made of a single piece of composite material, was tested in Dallas by bending the wing to the
point that it breaks. The process revealed that the wing is 22 percent stronger than the Navy’s requirement.
The entire airframe will be fatigue tested in 2017. The Navy plans to buy 68 Tritons, plus two
demonstrators. (Source: IHS Jane’s 360, 11/03/13) Gulf Coast note: Central fuselage work the Triton done
in Moss Point, Miss.

Officer ousted over behavior
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The maintenance commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing was removed from
the post Monday and put on staff duty for allegedly engaging in inappropriate behavior with subordinate
female officers on his staff. Navy Capt. Lance Massey II oversaw about 400 maintainers who work on the F-
35s. He held the position since January. An initial investigation determined Massey engaged in a pattern of
inappropriate behaviors, including initiating personal conversations with female officers and sending
unsolicited, off-duty, personal text messages to officers’ personal cellphones. (Source: Northwest Florida
Daily News, 11/04/13)

Airbus posts new HR job
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus is seeking its second on-site human resources employee for the final assembly line
it’s building at Brookley Aeroplex. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in business, human
resources or a related field plus at least five years’ experience in human resources. The successful
candidate will manage all recruitment activities and new employee orientation. (Source: al.com, 11/05/13)

F-35A does first AMRAAM live fire
An F-35 executed its first live-fire launch of a guided air-to-air missile over a military test range off the
California coast on Oct. 30. The AIM-120 advanced medium range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM) was fired
from an F-35A (AF-6) conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) variant fighter operating from the F-35
Integrated Test Facility at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The test pilot employed the AIM-120 radar-seeking
missile from the internal weapons bay against an aerial drone target in restricted military sea test range
airspace. Moments before the missile was about to destroy the target, a self-destruct signal was sent to
the AIM-120 in order to preserve the aerial drone for use in future tests. The test occurred the day after an F-
35B variant successfully dropped and air-to-ground 500-pound Guided Bomb Unit-12 (GBU-12) Paveway II
laser-guided bomb over a test range. (Source: AFNS, 10/30/13)

1 SOAOS activates at Hurlburt
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- The 1st Special Operations Air Operations Squadron stood up during a
squadron activation ceremony at the Soundside Club Nov. 1. The 1st SOAOS mission is to integrate 1st
Special Operations Wing assets into Special Operations Forces training events, support U.S. Special
Operations Command-direct missions, and execute tactical-level command and control of all U.S aircraft
and deploying 1st SOW aircraft. Col. William West, 1st SOW commander, presided over the ceremony and
passed the 1st SOAOS guideon to Lt. Col. Phil Forbes, 1st SOAOS commander. (Source: 1st Special
Operations Wing, 11/01/13)

S. Korea Global Hawk buy nearing
South Korea plans to buy four Northrop Grumman Global Hawk unmanned aircraft for about $848 million,
an official at the country's defense acquisition agency confirmed Monday. The contract will be signed next
year, officials said. The U.S. Congress approved the export of Global Hawks to South Korea earlier this
year. (Source: Reuters, 11/03/13) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawk central fuselage works is done by Northrop
Grumman in Moss Point, Miss. S. Korea buying Global Hawks; NG sees global sales opportunities

Two hurt in T-45 accident
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Two people were seriously hurt in a plane accident this morning at Naval Air Station
Pensacola’s Sherman Field.  The accident happened around 10:30 a.m. A base spokesperson said the T-
45C Goshawk training jet was attempting to land when something went wrong. The two people on board
were taken to Baptist Hospital, one by Lifeflight, the other by ambulance. The plane belongs to Training
Squadron 86 of Training Air Wing 6. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, WEAR-TV, 11/04/13)

Contract: Cubic, $25M
Cubic Defense Applications Inc., San Diego, Calif., has been awarded a $24,999,949 firm-fixed-price
contract for foreign military sales P5Combat Training System (P5CTS), combined hardware buy. Contractor
will provide (P5CTS) hardware to provide an instrumented training capability that increases, maintains, and
assesses combat proficiency in the following mission areas: counter air, close air support, strategic attack,
air interdiction, and electronic combat. Work will be performed at San Diego, Calif., and Fort Walton Beach,
Fla., and is expected to be complete by July 20, 2015. This award is a result of a sole-source acquisition.
This award is for the governments of Singapore, Morocco, Oman and Saudi Arabia under the FMS
program. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBYK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting
activity (FA8678-14-C-0046). (Source: DoD, 11/01/13)


October 2013

Larger Fire Scout takes flight
POINT MUGU, Calif. -- The Navy's newest variant of the Fire Scout unmanned helicopter completed its first
day of flying Thursday at Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu. At 12:05 p.m. PDT the MQ-8C Fire
Scout, built by Northrop Grumman, flew for seven minutes in restricted airspace to validate the
autonomous control systems. The second flight that took off at 2:39 p.m. was also flown in a pattern
around the airfield, reaching an altitude of 500 feet. The MQ-8C upgrade, based on a Bell 407 airframe, will
eventually replace the MQ-8B, based on a Schweizer airframe (now Sikorsky). The MQ-8B is currently
operating aboard USS Samuel B. Roberts. The MQ-8C is larger, has a range of 150 nautical miles and a
payload capacity of more than 700 pounds. (Source: NNS, 10/31/13) Gulf Coast note: The MQ-8B is built in
part in Moss Point, Miss., where work also will be done on the MQ-8C.

Contract: Lockheed, $422M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $422,063,723 modification with
cost-plus-incentive-fee line items to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-12-C-
0004) for recurring sustainment support for F-35 aircraft. Sustainment support to be provided includes
ground maintenance activities, action request resolution, depot activation activities, Automatic Logistics
Information System operations and maintenance, reliability, maintainability, and health management
implementation and support, supply chain management, and activities to provide and support pilot and
maintainer initial training. Work will be performed in Ft. Worth, Texas; El Segundo, Calif.; Warton, United
Kingdom; Orlando, Fla.; Nashua, N.H.; and Baltimore, Md., and is expected to be completed in October
2014. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force (44.6 percent), U.S. Marine Corps (29.7
percent), the U.S. Navy (15.8 percent); and the governments of the United Kingdom (4.3 percent); the
Netherlands (2 percent); Australia (1.2 percent); Turkey (.7 percent); Italy (.6 percent); Canada (.5 percent);
Norway (.4 percent); and Denmark (.2 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/31/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-
35 training center.

Airline having good launch
DESTIN, Fla. -- Southern Airways Express’ flights to the Destin Airport the past five months have been
popular enough that the Memphis-based  startup will make Destin a cornerstone of its service next year.
The airline started offering direct flights between Destin and Memphis, Oxford, Miss., Birmingham, Ala., and
New Orleans in May. It also serves Panama City. Keith Sisson, chief operating officer for Southern Airways
Express, said the flights to and from Destin have been its most popular and have outpaced the forecast.
Southern Airways uses nine-seat turboprop Cessna Caravans with luxury executive-style seating for all its
flights. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 10/31/13)

777X decision a blow to Seattle
Boeing said it will place a significant amount of design work for its new 777X jetliner in five U.S. cities and
Moscow, but no decision has been made about using its Washington state facilities, where the current 777
was designed and is being built. "It has been decided that much of the detailed design will be carried out
by Boeing engineering teams in Charleston (South Carolina), Huntsville (Alabama), Long Beach
(California), Philadelphia and St. Louis," Boeing told employees on Wednesday in an internal memo
obtained by Reuters and confirmed by Boeing. The Boeing Design Center in Moscow will also perform
some of the work. "However, at this time, no decisions have been made about 777X design or build in
Puget Sound," the memo said. Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee called Boeing's decision "disappointing"
and vowed to "compete boldly and aggressively to win this work." (Source: Reuters, 10/31/13)

Airbus offers wingtip retrofit
Airbus plans to offer to retrofit fuel-saving wingtips on older versions of its A320 jets beginning in 2015. The
upward-slanted wingtips, which Airbus calls sharklets, have become an increasingly common sight. By
bending wingtips, planemakers can reduce drag and create more lift, reducing the consumption of fuel.
Airbus says the wingtips cut fuel costs by up to 4 percent and increase range by up to 185 kilometers.
Airbus is matching Boeing in making the wingtips available on older models as an option. Boeing also has
an open-jawed design for the 737 MAX, where the wingtip is split at the end and angled both upwards and
downwards. (Sources: Airbus, Reuters, 10/29/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final
assembly line in Mobile, Ala., that will produce its first A320 in 2016.

FAL training begins for group
MOBILE, Ala. -- The first 10 manufacturing-related employees hired for the Airbus final assembly line in
Mobile reported this week for orientation. The group includes six manufacturing engineers, three station
managers and a quality conformance manager. Four are from Mobile and Baldwin counties. Classroom
training will begin the first full week of November. Local training will last two months before the group goes
to the final assembly line in Hamburg, Germany, for hands-on training that could last as many as nine
months. (Source: al.com, WLOX-TV, 10/30/13)

F-35 drops first guided bomb
An F-35 dropped a 500-pound guided bomb this week, hitting a tank at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The
F-35B released the laser-guided GBU-12 Paveway II from its internal weapons bay while flying at around
25,000 feet. The Pentagon's top arms buyer this week said the F-35 program had made sufficient progress
to budget for higher production in fiscal year 2015. (Source: Reuters, 10/30/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center. Previous: F-35 has missile launch milestone; F-35
drops 2,000-pounder; F-35 drops AIM-120; F-35 has external weapons test

Airport holds Southwest party
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Pensacola International Airport is holding a formal inaugural party Monday to mark
Southwest Airlines’ new daily, nonstop service to Nashville, Tenn., and Houston. The first flight will arrive
Sunday from Nashville. The airport had courted Southwest for years, and got the airline when Southwest
bought AirTran, which had been serving the airport. Southwest chose to keep the Pensacola service.
(Source: GCAC, 10/30/13) Previous: Southwest announces flights; Pensacola getting Southwest; Panama
City airport gets Southwest

Oldest CV-22 retiring
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- The oldest CV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft in the Air Force inventory will conduct its last
test flight with the 413th Flight Test Squadron on Thursday at Hurlburt Field. The Additional Test Asset CV-
22 has been used to test every major upgrade and modification of the CV-22 fleet. After the sortie the tilt-
rotor will become a display piece at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force
Base, Ohio. The first operational CV-22 was delivered to the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt in
January 2007. (Source: 1st Special Operations Wing, 10/29/13)

Orion avionics fired up
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- NASA's deep space craft, Orion, has been powered on for the first time
in a major milestone in the final year of preparations for flight. Orion's avionics system was installed on the
crew module and powered up for a series of systems tests last week. Preliminary data indicate Orion's
vehicle management computer, as well as its innovative power and data distribution system -- which use
state-of-the-art networking capabilities -- performed as expected. All of Orion's avionics systems will be put
to the test during its first mission, Exploration Flight Test-1(EFT-1), targeted to launch in the fall of 2014.
(Source: NASA, 10/28/13) Gulf Coast note: Orion is built in part at Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans.

919th SOW gets new leader
DUKE FIELD, Fla. -- The Air Force Reserve selected Col. James Phillips to take command of the 919th
Special Operations Wing. Phillips, previously the 919th Special Operations Group commander, takes
charge of the wing Dec. 7. He succeeds Col. Anthony Comtois, who left in September to become
commander of the Joint Special Operations Air Component for Special Operations Command Africa.
Phillips separated from active duty in 1999 and entered the Air Force Reserve in the 711th Special
Operations Squadron at Duke Field, flying the MC-130E. He participated in Operations Desert Shield,
Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 10/28/13)

10,000th A320 family ordered
JetBlue JetBlue Airways has placed a new order for 15 A321ceo (current engine option) and 20 A321neo
(new engine option) aircraft. In addition, the airline has opted to upsize 8 A320ceo and 10 A320neo aircraft
currently on backlog to 8 A321ceo and 10 A321neo, respectively. This order marks the 10,000th order for
an Airbus A320 family aircraft. Since its launch in the 1984, the A320 Family has continued to evolve with
the demands of the market, with the latest innovations being the A320neo and the Sharklets fuel saving
wing tip devices. JetBlue will be the first airline in the world to take delivery of an aircraft from Airbus’
newest assembly facility, currently under construction in Mobile, Alabama. The facility will create 1,000 new
jobs in the U.S. Gulf Coast region, and is part of the strategy to enhance Airbus’ global competitiveness by
meeting the growing needs of its customers in the United States and elsewhere. Deliveries at the Mobile
facility will begin in 2016. Airbus anticipates the facility will produce between 40 and 50 aircraft per year by
2018. (Source: Airbus, 10/29/13)

Crew abort test reviewed
Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, recently laid out its plan to NASA to demonstrate the Dragon
spacecraft's ability to carry astronauts to safety in the event of an in-flight emergency. In the test, which will
take place along Florida's space coast next summer, a Dragon spacecraft will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket
and an abort command will be issued about 73 seconds into the flight, when it’s flying through the area of
maximum dynamic pressure. The test spacecraft will be retrieved from splashdown and returned to Port
Canaveral by barge so data can be incorporated into the system's design. SpaceX is one of three
companies working under NASA's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability initiative to develop spaceflight
capabilities that eventually could provide launch services to transport NASA astronauts to the International
Space Station from U.S. soil. SpaceX has already flown successful cargo missions to the ISS. (Source:
Space Travel, 10/28/13) Gulf Coast note: SpaceX will test its developing Raptor engine at Stennis Space
Center, Miss., beginning in 2014. Previous

Dream Chaser has landing snafu
Sierra Nevada’s prototype Dream Chaser spacecraft had its first free-flight test Saturday, but sustained
damage when its landing gear failed to deploy properly while landing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The
spacecraft, which looks like NASA's space shuttle, was unmanned during the test. It was released from an
air-crane helicopter at 12,000 feet and adhered to the design flight trajectory throughout the flight profile.
The landing gear in the test flight was adapted from an F-5E fighter, but future versions will use a different
design. Sierra Nevada is one of the commercial companies contracted by NASA to develop spacecraft to
bring supplies and personnel to the International Space Station. (Sources: NBC News, 10/27/13, Space
Travel, 10/28/13) Gulf Coast note: Sierra Nevada contracted with Lockheed Martin to assemble the
composite structure for the first space-bound Dream Chaser at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New
Orleans.

96 TW tests new warhead
A Kinetic Energy Projectile, an advanced conventional precision effects warhead, was successfully tested
at hypersonic speed at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., according to the Pentagon. The 846th Test
Squadron, a geographically separated unit of Florida’s Eglin Air Force Base’s 96th Test Wing, conducted
the high-speed sled test of the precision weapon. During the test, the sled train exceeded 3,500 feet-per-
second greater than Mach 3 or three times the speed of sound. Susan Hurd, special assistant to the
director of strategic warfare, called the test a significant technology development advancement. She said
the test was "critical" in order to subject the warhead to the "dynamic environment it would see in flight."
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was responsible for the design and development of the warhead
itself, while the event was managed by the U.S Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. (Source:
American Forces Press Service, 10/28/13)

Eglin has first STOVL mission
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron-501 completed its first short take-
off and vertical landing mission in an F-35B at Eglin Air Force Base Oct. 24. Maj. Brendan M. Walsh flew the
hour-long mission where the aircraft remained in the STOVL configuration the entire flight. The aircraft flew
pattern procedures around the base before gliding in, stopping in mid-air about 100 feet off the Eglin
runway, performing a stationary right turn and slowly lowered to the ground. Walsh is the only pilot at Eglin
qualified to fly in the STOVL configuration, but he said the flight paved the way to locally train F-35B
instructors and new students in STOVL operations. Walsh qualified in vertical landing operations six
months ago at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. Eglin is home of the F-35 training center. Pilots and
maintainers train on all three variants of the F-35. (Source: Team Eglin Public Affairs, 10/28/13)

Command restructure complete
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, commander of Air Force
Materiel Command, announced earlier this week the full operational capability of the command's five-
center system. Prior to the reorganization, AFMC was made up of 12 centers. The reduction to five centers
netted an immediate operating efficiency through reduced overhead of more than $109 million per year.
The command's five centers are the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, both headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB; Air Force Test Center, headquartered at
Edwards AFB, Calif.; Air Force Sustainment Center, headquartered at Tinker, AFB, Okla.; and the Air Force
Nuclear Weapons Center, headquartered at Kirtland AFB, N.M. In Florida, Eglin Air Force Base's Armament
Directorate falls under the AFLCMC, and the 96th Test Wing reports to the AFTC. (Source: Air Force Materiel
Command Public Affairs, 10/22/13)

Airport eyes crosswind runway
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Officials at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport envision having a $17
million crosswind runway constructed by 2017. The board Wednesday accepted a $5.5 million grant from
the Florida Department of Transportation. Airport Director Parker McClellan called it the first step towards
getting funding line up. A crosswind runway is needed to provide better wind coverage for smaller aircraft.
The airport’s current runway does not meet the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) wind coverage
requirement for smaller general aviation aircraft. (Source: News Herald, 10/23/13)

Comau picked for Airbus FAL
Airbus chose Italy's Comau Aerospace to supply the aircraft main assembly and test stations for the A320
plant being built at Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Ala. The $600 million final assembly line will produce A319,
A320 and A321 aircraft. Comau Aerospace will provide all jigs and tooling for the Mobile plant, and plans to
open an integration center near the plant that will offer full project support. Comau, a subsidiary of the
diversified manufacturer Fiat Group, was founded in 1973. It makes automation systems for the aerospace
and automotive industries and operates in 23 locations in 13 countries. Headquartered in Turin, Italy, its
North American operation is in Southfield, Mich. (Source: PRNewswire, 10/24/13)

Bolden visits SSC
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden was at Stennis Space Center
Wednesday to welcome employees back to work after the U.S. government shutdown. Bolden held
separate meetings with SSC and NASA Shared Services Center workers. He also toured the B-2 Test
Stand, which is being prepared to test the core stage of NASA’s new Space Launch System, which will
carry humans deeper into space than ever before. Stennis employees returned to work Oct. 17 following a
16-day furlough. (Source: NASA/SSC, 10/24/13)

Washington aerospace firms courted
Alabama and South Carolina officials are in Seattle this week to develop relationships with aerospace
suppliers, according to the Seattle Times. It’s happening at the annual aerospace conference of the British-
American Business Council. The newspaper said economic development officials in Washington state are
nervous about the Southeast. Boeing has a 787 assembly line in Charleston, S.C., and Airbus is building
an A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala. A big concern is where Boeing will build the 777X, a bigger, more
capable 777 now built in Everett. At least one company, Aviation Technical Services of Everett, is actively
looking for a site in the Southeast to expand its aircraft maintenance and repair business and service jets
flying on the East Coast. The paper also reports that a top Airbus executive was in Washington state to tell
local suppliers the company is eager to bring work to Washington state. (Source: Seattle Times, 10/23/13)

X-47B mockup now at museum
PENSACOLA, Fla. – A full-scale mockup of Northrop Grumman’s X-47B unmanned combat air system
arrived at the National Naval Aviation Museum Wednesday to be put on display. The Navy and Northrop are
still developing the combat system designed to launch and land on aircraft carriers. In May 2013 the
pilotless X-47B made its first successful catapult launch from the USS George H.W. Bush, and in July it
made its first successful arrested landing aboard the same ship. In August the Navy decided to delay the
retirement of the prototype aircraft. (Source: WEAR-TV, 10/23/13) Previous: Drone catapults from carrier;
Drone makes arrested carrier landing; X-47B retirement delayed to 2014; Mag lauds X-47B innovators

Contract: EML, $9.6M
Electronic Metrology Laboratory LLC, Franklin, Tenn., is being awarded a $9,638,498 firm-fixed-price,
indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for base operating support services at Naval Air Station
Whiting Field, Fla. The work to be performed provides for facilities management, facilities investment, pest
control, grounds maintenance, other (swimming pools), pavement clearance, electrical, gas, wastewater,
water, environmental services, and base support vehicles and equipment. Work will be performed in
Milton, Fla., and is expected to be completed by November 2014. The Naval Facilities Engineering
Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (N69450-14-D-8000). (Source: DoD,
10/23/13)

Contract: Pratt and Whitney, $508.2M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being awarded a
$508,214,419 modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lot VI low rate initial production advance
acquisition contract (N00019-12-C-0090). This modification provides for the procurement of 18 F135
conventional take off and landing (CTOL) propulsion systems for the U.S. Air Force; six short take-off and
vertical landing propulsion systems for the U.S. Marine Corps; and seven carrier variant propulsion
systems for the U.S. Navy. In addition, this contract procures three F135 CTOL propulsion systems for Italy;
two CTOL propulsion systems for Australia; one F135 CTOL spare propulsion system for Italy; and one
F135 spare propulsion system for Australia. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Conn. (67 percent);
Bristol, United Kingdom (16.5 percent); and Indianapolis, Ind. (16.5 percent), and is expected to be
completed in June 2016. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps (42
percent); the U.S. Air Force (41 percent); and the international partners (17 percent). The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/23/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Talbot takes new post
A long-time newspaper reporter and co-founder of a group that has published three books on aerospace
activities in the Gulf Coast region will become spokesman for Mobile’s new mayor Nov. 4. George Talbot,
an award-winning former business reporter for the Mobile Press-Register and currently lead state and
national political reporter for al.com and Alabama Media Group, will become Mayor-elect Sandy Stimpson’s
director of communications and external affairs. As a co-founder of Gulf Coast Reporters’ League, Talbot
helped develop the content for the book that covers a region between New Orleans and Northwest Florida.
It was first published in 2011. (Source: GCRL, 10/23/13)

SpaceX picks SSC for engine R&D
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – SpaceX, the first commercial company ato successfully fly a cargo
mission to the International Space Station, has chosen Stennis Space Center for its rocket engine testing
program. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant made the announcement today. SpaceX will use SSC to test its
Raptor methane rocket engines, capable of generating nearly 300 tons of thrust. SpaceX will upgrade the E-
2 test stand at SSC with methane capability. Another commercial company involved in flying cargo to the
ISS, Orbital Sciences, tests AJ-26 engines that power its Antares launch vehicle at SSC. Commercial
company Blue Origin also tests engine at SSC. (Source: GCAC, governor's press release, 10/23/13)
Previous: Cygnus leaves ISS; Blue Origin tests thrust chamber

Unmanned systems center decision nears
A decision on whether the University of Florida and the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa
County will build a dedicated robot vehicle testing center is expected by early 2014. UF and the EDC have
been exploring building an unmanned aerial vehicle test facility just south of the college’s Research and
Engineering Education Facility outside Eglin Air Force Base. They’ve been conducting feasibility studies,
needs assessments and conceptual designs for more than two years. Nathan Sparks, the EDC’s
executive director, said a decision to go forward with the project could be made in the next two to three
months. The project has an estimated cost of $4.5 million, but the college and EDC are evaluating ways to
lower that. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 10/22/13) The military at Tyndall Air Force Base, Eglin
AFB, Naval Support Activity Panama City (Naval Surface Warfare Center), all in Florida, Camp Shelby and
Stennis Space Center, Miss., all work with unmanned systems. In addition, Pensacola’s Institute for
Human and Machine Cognition is internationally known for its work with robotic systems and two
unmanned aerial vehicles, Fire Scout and Global Hawk, are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Japan inches toward F-35 assembly
Flightglobal reports that a $30 million contract awarded to Lockheed Martin will enable Japan to perform
the local assembly of its first two F-35s. In December 2011 Tokyo picked the conventional take-off and
landing F-35A for a 42-aircraft requirement. The first four will be delivered from Lockheed’s Fort Worth site
in Texas, with the remainder to be completed using a final assembly and check-out (FACO) line being
established with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagoya. (Source: Flightglobal, 10/21/13)

Cygnus leaves ISS
A private cargo ship built by Orbital Sciences left the International Space Station and will re-enter the
atmosphere Wednesday and self-destruct. Unlike the Dragon spacecraft of SpaceX, Cygnus is designed to
burn up upon re-entry. It has been loaded with items no longer needed at the ISS. The unmanned
spaceship attached itself to the ISS on September 29, the first successful resupply flight by Orbital
Sciences. Dragon was the first private company to successfully dock with ISS. Both companies have billion-
dollar NASA contracts to deliver cargo to the ISS on multiple missions over the coming years. Cygnus
launched Sept. 18 atop an Antares rocket. (Sources: Space Travel, 10/21/13, NBC, 10/22/13) Previous:
Cygnus docks with ISS. Gulf Coast note: The Antares is powered by AJ-26 engines tested at Stennis Space
Center, Miss.

Mexican airline, Airbus ink deal
Mexican budget airline VivaAerobus has ordered 52 Airbus A320-family jets, the company said Monday, in a
record deal worth $5.1 billion. The order includes 40 A320neo jets, said Rafael Alonso, Airbus executive
vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean. Airbus said the deal was the biggest ever order for its
aircraft by a single airline in Latin America. News that VivaAerobus would place a large order with Airbus
was previously reported by Reuters as far back as June. (Source: Reuters, 10/22/13) Gulf Coast note:
Airbus is building an A320 Final Assembly Line in Mobile, Ala.

Tarracon wins FAL work
MOBILE, Ala. -- Hoar Program Management awarded the Mobile office of Terracon Consultants Inc. the
latest Airbus A320 assembly line contract. Terracon will provide construction material testing and special
inspections to support the prime contractor for the $600 million project’s Package A, which includes the
final assembly line hangar, logistics building and service building at Brookley Aeroplex. Terracon is an
employee owned engineering consulting firm that employs more than 3,000 at 140 offices in 40 states.
(Source: al.com, 10/21/13)

Vitter puts hold on nominee
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., put a hold Monday on President Obama's nominee for
undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Energy because she’s been slow to approve contracts for work at
the Michoud Assembly Facility  during her tenure at NASA, he said. The nominee, Elizabeth Robinson,
currently is the chief financial officer at NASA.
Vitter said he wants answers from Robinson before allowing her nomination to proceed. He said NASA
has been stalling on a job-creating project at the Michoud for no apparent reason. (Source: Times
Picayune, 10/21/13)

Blue Angels to perform in 2014
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team is funded for 2014 and expected to
return to a full demonstration schedule, according to the Pensacola News Journal. “We’re excited to be out
there again for the public and representing the Navy,” said Lt. Katie Kelly, a spokeswoman for the team.
Kelly said the team received the news Monday afternoon. The team is scheduled to perform 65 shows at
34 locations in 2014. They’ve been grounded most of 2013 due to sequestration. (Source: Pensacola
News Journal, 10/21/13)

EW Group wins major awards
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 36th Electronic Warfare Squadron of the 53rd Electronic Warfare
Group earned an Air Force Outstanding Unit award and five individual awards from the Association of Old
Crows. The AOC is a non-profit that promotes the exchange of new ideas and information and the
dissemination of new research and knowledge in the fields of electronic warfare and information
operations. The outstanding unit award was for accomplishments from 2011 through 2012. The award
citation said the 36th EWS released 91 electronic warfare mission data updates in support of various
overseas operations and 301 total mission data loads, supporting aircrew training and test programs and
ensuring the combat air force was prepared for contingency operations. The squadron led 13 lab, ground
and flight exploitations of foreign threat systems developing new self-protection jamming techniques and
increasing the survivability of combat aircraft while supporting 14 aircraft and software upgrade programs.
(Source: Team Eglin Public Affairs, 10/21/13)

96th passes 2,000th sled mission
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 96th Test Wing reached an historic testing milestone this summer.
The 2,000th sled test mission was conducted at the 96th TW's Kinetic Energy Munitions Test Facility
(KEMTF) at the Eglin Test and Training Complex Test Area C-74. The 2,000th test was conducted in
support of fuze development for the Hard Target Void Sensing Fuze program. The sled tests were to
demonstrate performance and shock survivability of the fuze during simulated target environments at both
ambient and cold temperatures when installed in two different warheads. The variety of testing that can be
conducted at the KEMTF, operated and maintained by InDyne, includes penetration tests, warhead
survivability, fuze function, aeroballistics, simulated loft dispersion, transportation container evaluation, and
simulated captive flight test of systems. The KEMTF offers test customers the ability to test inert and live,
fuzed munitions against a variety of targets at operational velocities up to 3,000 feet per second.
(Source: 96th Range Group, 10/21/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $26.8M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $26,772,401 modification to the existing cost-
plus fixed fee contract (FA8611-08-C-2897) to retrofit fielded Mission Training Centers with Out the Window
visual systems upgrade and night vision goggles capability. Effort includes upgrades for F-22 Training
Systems at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Sheppard AFB, Texas; Langley AFB, Va.; Hickam AFB, Hawaii, and
Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. Work will be performed at Fort Worth, Texas, with an expected
completion date of Dec. 31, 2016. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB,
Ohio is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/18/13)

Contract: Boeing, $24.7M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., was awarded a $24,726,375 modification for an existing contract (FA8678-
10-C-0100) for QF-16 Full-Scale Aerial Target low rate initial production. The contract modification is for the
exercise of the LRIP option under the basic contract, and is for the purchase of 13 QF-16s, 12 drone
peculiar support equipment, and integration engineering support. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo.,
and is expected to be completed by Oct. 9, 2015. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBYK (Aerial
Targets), Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. This contract was awarded Oct. 10, 2013, but
publication was delayed by the government shutdown. (Source: DoD, 10/18/13)

Contract: M1 Sup. Svc., $16.9M
M1 Support Services, Denton, Texas, was awarded a $16,893,372 modification to exercise option year two
under a previously existing contract (FA4890-11-C-0005) for T-38 support for the T-38 Companion Trainer
program. The contract modification is for program management, organizational and intermediate
maintenance services for T-38 aircraft. Work will be performed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Beale AFB,
Calif., Holloman AFB, N.M., Langley AFB, Va., and Whiteman AFB, Mo., and will be completed Sept. 30,
2014. Air Combat Command/Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Langley AFB, Va., is the
contracting activity. This contract was awarded Oct. 1, 2013, but publication was delayed by the government
shutdown. (Source: DoD, 10/18/13)

Contract: Aerojet Rocketdyne, $16M
Aerojet Rocketdyne Inc., Rancho Cordova, Calif., was awarded a $16,085,503 firm-fixed-price undefinitized
contract action for the procurement of a classified quantity of BLU-129 warhead casings. Work will be
performed at Rancho Cordova, Calif., and will be completed by Dec. 30, 2014. This contract was a sole-
source acquisition. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity (FA8656-13-C-0235). This contract was awarded Sept. 30, 2013, but publication was
delayed by the government shutdown. (Source: DoD, 10/18/13)

Contract: DSS, $14.9M
Defense Support Services LLC, Marlton, N.J., was awarded a $14,878,790 modification exercising option
year five under an existing Aerial Targets firm-fixed-price with award fee provisions contract (FA4890-09-C-
0004). The modification provides for Air Combat Command AMIC contracting and program management
oversight to include functional and quality assurance support for the Aerial Targets program which directly
supports live-fire weapons system testing and enables the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group in the
developmental and operational weapons testing for all air-to-air missiles and for the F-22, F-35, F-16, and
F-15 aircraft. Work will be performed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and Holloman AFB, N.M., and is
expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2014. This action is subject to availability of fiscal 2014 operations
and maintenance funding. Air Command Command/AMIC/PKCA, Newport News, Va., is the contracting
activity. This contract was awarded Oct. 1, 2013, but publication was delayed by the government shutdown.
(Source: DoD, 10/18/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $30M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $30,000,000 fixed-price-incentive
modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-13-C-0014) to provide long
lead-time parts, materials and components required for the delivery of two additional Low Rate Initial
Production Lot VIII F-35 conventional takeoff and landing aircraft for the government of Japan. Work will be
performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in July 2014. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting authority. This contract was awarded Oct. 11, 2013, but
publication was delayed by the government shutdown. (Source: DoD, 10/18/13)

Contract: Asset Group, $7.3M
Asset Group Inc., Oklahoma City, Okla., was awarded $7,307,000 for firm-fixed-price task order 0003 under
a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N69450-10-D-0784) for renovations to building
600 at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. Work will be performed in Pensacola and is expected to be
completed by January 2015. Three proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities
Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. This contract was awarded
Sept. 30, 2013, but publication was delayed by the government shutdown. (Source: DoD, 10/18/13)

Airbus one of three honored
The French-American Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta chapter, will honor three companies in the 9th
Annual Crystal Peach Awards luncheon Nov. 6 at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Airbus Americas Inc.
and AGCO Corp. are to receive economic development awards and MAINTag Inc., an innovation award.
The awards recognize companies providing inbound investment in the Southeast and outbound
investment in France. Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala. (Source: Global Atlanta,
10/16/13)

ST Aerospace third quarter orders
Singapore Technologies Engineering said its aerospace arm secured new contracts totaling $600 million
in the third quarter of 2013. The contracts range from airframe, component and engine-maintenance
contracts to freighter conversions and cabin retrofits for commercial airlines. ST Aerospace Mobile
employs about 1,500 at Brookley Aeroplex, where it maintains and overhauls large aircraft. (Source: al.com,
10/16/13)

LEAP engines on track
Development of the engine designed for fuel-efficient versions of the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 jet
families are running smoothly, according to leaders of CFM International. CFM, a joint venture between GE
and Safran, is making the new LEAP engines for the Airbus A320neo, the Boeing 737MAX and the COMAC
C919 jet. The first test engine for the Airbus A320 was started up last month at GE’s outdoor test facility in
Peebles, Ohio, and so far has been operated for more than 170 hours. (Source: Seattle Times, 10/16/13)
Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., and Safran has an
engineering center; GE has an engine parts plant near Hattiesburg, Miss., and Auburn, Ala.

Airbus, Mexican airline deal nears
Airbus is poised to win a $5 billion order as Aeroenlaces Nacionales SA, the Mexican airline known as
VivaAerobus, expands and upgrades its fleet of Boeing 737s. The deal is for 40 single-aisle A320neos with
new engines and 12 of the current A320 models. VivaAerobus,Mexico’s fourth-biggest carrier, may
announce the transaction as soon as next week. (Source: Bloomberg, 10/16/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is
building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

New RR test stand opens
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Rolls-Royce North America today officially opened its second test
stand at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center, an investment of $50 million that will mean 35 new jobs
when fully operational. SSC is where NASA and commercial companies test rocket engines, but Rolls-
Royce opened its first jetliner engine test stand here in 2007. "Our decision to first build, and now expand,
the Rolls-Royce Outdoor Jet Engine Test Stand here at Stennis embraces the spirit of partnership with the
state of Mississippi," said James M. Guyette, President and CEO of Rolls-Royce North America. "Rolls-
Royce is investing in America because our collective innovation, competitiveness and cooperative spirit –
and we find the state of Mississippi is the perfect location to expand our operations." The site conducts jet
engine testing, including noise, crosswind, endurance and other tests, on the latest and most
sophisticated Rolls-Royce civil aircraft engines. That includes the Trent 1000 that powers the Boeing 787
Dreamliner and the Trent XWB that powers the Airbus A350 XWB. (Source: Business Wire, 10/16/13)

Aerospace summit begins
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Organizers of the Aerospace Alliance Fall Summit say Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley
and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant will be at the event that gets underway tomorrow. The third aerospace
summit will be held at the Von Braun Center. The agenda includes discussions about unmanned aerial
systems, a session on composites manufacturing, commercial space programs and an update on the
$600 million Airbus final assembly line being built in Alabama's port city of Mobile. (Source: GCAC,
10/16/13) Previous background story

New Airbus FAL will be efficient
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Airbus A320 final assembly line will be so efficient that when it swings into production
in 2015, one shift will be able to handle four planes per month by working five days a week with no night
work or weekends. That’s what Jennifer Ogle, human resources director, said Tuesday during the Mobile
Area Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Roundtable. An aircraft can be made, start to finish, including
delivery to a customer, in two weeks, she said. (Source: al.com, 10/15/13)

APKWS variant tests wrap up
The U.S. Central Command confirmed the success of recent tests conducted with a fixed wing variant of
the Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS) laser-guided rocket. Fixed wing APKWS uses a
different guidance control system to compensate for the higher altitude and longer range employments of
the weapon. The deployment mechanism had to be redesigned to overcome higher aerodynamic forces.
During the tests held since the spring of 2013 at the Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., APKWS rockets were fired
from various aircraft at different altitudes. Flight launches were tested from the A-10 Thunderbolt II, AV-8B
Harrier II, and F-16 Fighting Falcon. BAE Systems is the prime contractor for the APKWS. (Source: Defense
Update, 10/15/13)

F-22s log milestone
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Less than two weeks after the F-22's 10-year anniversary of arriving
here, Team Tyndall achieved their 25,000th F-22 sortie during a 43rd Fighter Squadron Basic Course
training mission Oct. 7. A sortie begins when an individual aircraft takes off and ends when it lands. The
43rd FS is the only squadron in the world that trains and develops F-22 pilots. The students learn air-to-air
combat techniques during their B-course training by primarily flying sorties against the T-38 Talon from the
325th Training Support Squadron and other fighters replicating adversary aircraft. (Source: 325th Fighter
Wing Public Affairs, 10/08/13)

New F-22 squadron named
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The base’s new F-22 Raptor squadron was officially named the 95th
Fighter Squadron Oct. 11. The 95th FS was the leading squadron at Tyndall for three decades and is easily
identified by its symbolic mascot, Mr. Bones, a skeleton with a top hat and cane, adorning the unit patch.
The unit is currently preparing for the transfer of 24 F-22s and more than 1,100 positions to the base. The
additional F-22s bring the total number of the fifth generation fighters to more than 50 at Tyndall. This is the
largest contingent of F-22s at one location. Aircraft for the new squadron will start arriving in early 2014;
however, opening the 95th FS for business early allows for the bed-down of incoming personnel and
permits time for the development of a road-map to combat readiness. The squadron has started receiving
an average of 50 to 60 personnel per month and will continue to do so for the next several months. The F-
22 arrived at Tyndall 10 years ago with the mission of training pilots on the first fifth-generation air
dominance platform. The new squadron's arrival, which has been years in the making, will take Tyndall air
power directly into a combat role. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 10/08/13)

X-47B wins award
The Navy’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator was named one of Popular Mechanics
Magazine’s 2013 Breakthrough Award recipients. Popular Mechanics said landing a fighter on the deck of
an aircraft carrier is a Navy pilot’s toughest challenge. But In July the pilot-less X-47B built by Northrop
Grumman landed aboard the USS George H.W. Bush. The magazine listed the jet under awards for
innovators who changed the world in 2013. The X-47B is the first Navy system to receive the prize since the
awards began in 2005. (Source: Defense News, 10/14/13) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman builds
portions of the unmanned Fire Scout and all variants of the Global Hawk in Moss Point, Miss.

Airports team up for trade show
Airports from Pensacola to Tallahassee next week will team up at a trade show in a single exhibit as part of
a new marketing strategy to draw aerospace companies to the Panhandle. The National Business Aviation
Association’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas is Oct. 22-24, and it’s one of the
largest trade shows in the country. Pensacola International Airport, Okaloosa County Airports, Northwest
Florida Beaches International Airport and Tallahassee Regional Airport will be working together under the
Florida’s Great Northwest banner. It’s the first time the group has joined together like this. (Source: GCAC,
10/15/13)

Shutdown and Boeing, Airbus
The government shutdown hasn’t hurt Boeing Co., but it is hurting Airbus. That’s according to Financial
Times. It reports that Airbus has been unable to deliver four jetliners to U.S. customers. That’s because the
aircraft need certificates or registrations from the Federal Aviation Administration. But Boeing has been
approved by the FAA to inspect and approve several well-established aircraft types for delivery on the
government’s behalf. (Source: Wall Street Cheat Sheet, 10/13/13, Financial Times, 10/11/13, Business
Insider of Australia, 10/09/13)

Dutch to begin F-35 training
The Dutch air force will begin training its pilots and ground personnel in the F-35A at the end of October at
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. That’s what Netherland’s Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said to
parliament at the Hague on Oct. 9. Royal Netherlands Air Force personnel will initially begin with class-
room training, then pilots and maintenance personnel will move to the tarmac in December to begin flying
the F-35A and hands-on mechanical training. (Source: HIS Jane’s Defense Weekly, 10/13/13)

Minor cracks found in F-35B
Two small cracks the Pentagon described as minor were found during ground tests of the F-35B in August.
The cracks were in one of four load-bearing wing carry-through bulkheads. The short-takeoff and vertical
landing variant, which will be flown by Marines, the U.K., and Italy, is being tested on the ground to
determine airframe durability. Airframes are designed to last through 8,000 flight hours, and the cracks
were found after the plane accumulated 9,400 hours. (Source: Bloomberg, 10/10/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

F-35 helmet design picked
The Pentagon has selected a helmet design for the F-35, going with the original team of Lockheed Martin,
Rockwell Collins and Elbit Systems and dropping development of an alternate design. The helmet team
provided a cost guarantee at the same time confidence in the technology has risen. The helmet is key to
the F-35’s advanced technologies. It provides a 360-degree digital view, letting a pilot “look” through the
cockpit floor and walls. In addition, data is projected directly onto the visor of the pilot, providing enhanced
situational awareness. Following a series of technical failures on the original helmet, the Pentagon
requested that BAE Systems develop a traditional, lower-tech helmet in case the primary system could
never be perfected. (Source: Defense News, 10/10/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home
of the F-35 training center.

First Aussie F-35 takes shape
Lockheed Martin and the Royal Australian Air Force celebrated the beginnings of the first F-35 for Australia
this week. The aircraft, AU-1, officially began the process where major components of the aircraft are joined
together to form the aircraft’s structure. AU-1 will then make its way down the assembly line and roll out of
the factory for delivery to the RAAF in the summer of 2014. The global supply chain for the F-35 currently
has 14 Australian companies under contract and building parts for the F-35. Every F-35 built will have
some Australian parts and components. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 10/08/13) Meanwhile, the F-35
surpassed 10,000 flight hours in September, with more than half accumulated in the past 11 months. This
milestone was set by aircraft operating at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.,
Edwards AFB, Calif., Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., and Nellis AFB, Nev. (Source: Lockheed Martin,
10/09/13)

Armament Museum closed
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Air Force Armament Museum closed to the public today as part of the
government shutdown. The museum was opened Monday, but following a review of guidance from both
the Air Force and the Department of Defense, it was determined that opening the museum did not fit within
the list of operations that can continue to be supported during the lapse in appropriations. (Source: 96th
Test Wing Public Affairs, 10/08/13)

Airbus: On track for 1,200 jet sales
Airbus surpassed its full-year goal of selling 1,000 planes in the first nine months of 2013, and is on track
for selling more than 1,200 aircraft in 2013. That’s what sales chief John Leahy said on Monday. Before
Leahy’s comment, Japan Airlines announced a $9.5 billion order for 31 Airbus A350s, buying aircraft from
the European manufacturer for the first time. (Source: Reuters, 10/07/13) In July Leahy raised the expected
sales figure from 800 to 1,000. Airbus is building an A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala. Previous: JAL
orders 31 A350 XWBs; Enders ups Airbus sales goal; Airbus revises numbers.

DeFuniak airport expanding
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. -- The Municipal Airport will break ground this week for one of several projects to
keep up with the community’s growth. Construction will begin on 10 T-hangars to house an additional 20
planes. Several more hangars are expected in the near future. The airport runway is 4,146 feet long and 60
feet wide. Officials are planning an extension that will make it at least 5,000 feet long and 75 feet wide. The
project, which is not expected to be complete until 2018, will cost an estimated $9 million. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 10/07/13)

DoD employees return
Most of the civilian employees furloughed at Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field returned to work
Monday. On Saturday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the end of furloughs for almost all of the
350,000 defense department civilians who had been sent home last week as the federal government went
into partial shutdown. Over 3,750 employees from Eglin and Hurlburt were furloughed. (Source: Northwest
Florida Daily News, WEAR-TV, 10/07/13)

DFC to be presented
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Distinguished Flying Cross will be presented to Capt. John D. Easton
Oct. 11. Easton is assigned to the 86th Fighter Weapon Squadron, and is being honored for achievement
while participating in aerial flight to successfully strike a strategic surface-to-air missile site in Libya. The
DFC is awarded to any officer or enlisted man of the Armed Forces of the United States who distinguishes
himself in actual combat in support of operations by heroism or extraordinary achievement while
participating in an aerial flight. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 10/07/13)

RR to mark second stand opening
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Rolls-Royce North America will officially open its second jet engine
test stand at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi Oct. 16. The test stand represents
a $50 million investment and high technology jobs. The same day, Rolls-Royce will donate a Trent 1000
jetliner engine to Infinity Science Center, just outside SSC. The engine, which was tested at SSC, will serve
as a centerpiece for aviation engineering & STEM career education. Headquartered in Reston, Va., Rolls-
Royce North America opened its Outdoor Jet Engine Testing Facility at SSC in 2007, the first outside the
United Kingdom. Testing at SSC includes noise, crosswind, thrust reverse, cyclic and endurance testing
on all current Rolls-Royce engine types. (Source: Rolls-Royce, 10/07/13)

JAL orders 31 A350 XWBs
Japan Airlines (JAL) signed a purchase agreement for 31 A350 XWBs, plus options for a further 25 aircraft.
It was JAL’s first ever order for Airbus aircraft, and the first order Airbus has received from Japan for the
A350 XWB. Rolls-Royce welcomed the decision. The aircraft are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB
engines. The Trent XWB will power 18 A350-900 and 13 A350-1000 aircraft. The engine powered the A350
XWB to its first test flight in June this year at the Airbus base in Toulouse, France. (Source: Rolls-Royce,
10/07/13)

No contract announcements for now
The Pentagon has stopped publicly announcing contract awards because of the government shutdown
Oct. 1, but that doesn’t mean the Pentagon has stopped awarding contracts. The Pentagon won’t resume
contract announcements until the shutdown ends. When it does end, the Pentagon plans to catch up with
one big announcement. The military’s awards notices, which reveal competitive and sometimes market-
moving information, are closely followed by contractors, attorneys, investors and the media. (Source:
Bloomberg, 10/04/13) Gulf Coast note: Nearly every day contracts of interest to the Gulf Coast region are
announced.

Airport wants to extend runway
PICAYUNE, Miss. -- Picayune Municipal Airport hopes to expand its runway to accommodate larger planes
and produce more economic growth for the city. Director of Operations Andy Greenwood asked the council
to approve a letter to Stennis Space Center to expand the airport runway further into the buffer zone around
NASA’s primary rocket engine testing facility. The request is to extend the runway south by 2,000 feet to
7,000 feet. (Source: Picayune Item, 10/03/13)

Global Hawks to nest in Japan
The Japanese government has agreed to base two to three U.S.-operated Global Hawk unmanned
surveillance aircraft on Japanese soil beginning in 2014. The deployments at a U.S. base will not be year-
round. The announcement was part of a sweeping defense cooperation effort between the two countries
that will also include F-35 fighters, new ballistic missile radars, and increased bilateral cyber and ISR
programs. (Source: Defense News, 10/03/13) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are made in part in Moss
Point, Miss.; Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center. Previous: Drone foreign sales
discussed; F-35 courts foreign customers; F-35 deal near; Japan opts for F-35

Bases prep for rough weather
Military bases in Northwest Florida evacuated some aircraft and placed others in hangars in preparation for
the possible arrival of Tropical Storm Karen. Hurlburt Field and Duke Field officials decided to fly aircraft to
locations away from the path of Karen, while officials at Eglin Air Force Base decided to move aircraft
inside. Karen is expected to reach land over the weekend somewhere between Louisiana and Northwest
Florida as a tropical storm or Category 1 hurricane. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 10/03/13)

50th anniversary events postponed
PENSACOLA, Fla. – All the events surrounding the 50th anniversary celebration at the National Naval
Aviation Museum have been postponed to a date yet to be determined. The postponement of the Oct. 4-5
celebration is due to the government shutdown. The anniversary included a black-tie gala planned for
Saturday evening. The museum itself is also closed until further notice due to the furlough of museum
employees. (Source: National Naval Aviation Museum, 10/02/13)

F-35C formally rolled out
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Navy’s version of the F-35 fighter was officially rolled out during a
ceremony Tuesday. The long-planned ceremony went on despite a shutdown of the federal government.
Hundreds of guests attended in a hangar at Eglin, home of the F-35 training center. Strike Fighter
Squadron 101 hosted the ceremony. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, WEAR-TV, WMBB-TV,
10/01/13) Previous

Paris show cost tops $86K
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The state's participation in the Paris Air Show last summer cost $86,609, according
to records released by the Alabama Department of Commerce. The total expense of the June trip, including
a booth at the show, travel, lodging and meals for seven people, was $222,015. But it was offset by
$135,406 in income from the sale of sponsorships, reception passes and more bought by communities
and companies who participated. (Source: al.com, 10/01/13) Previous

The body heat charger
Smart phones could one day be charged in a pocket using only body heat. Even sooner than that, rocket
sensors needed to monitor an engine's health while launching it into space could feature sensors
powered solely by the heat generated from the rocket. Those opportunities are within the realm of
possibility thanks to a new patent-pending Loyola University New Orleans invention by physics professor
Patrick Garrity. A $74,523 NASA grant from Stennis Space Center, Miss., will allow the invention to enter
prototype or beta testing at SSC. Thermoelectric technology, turning heat into electricity, has been around
for years but it's inefficient. But Garrity aims to change that with a system that redirects the heat and raises
the efficiency. (Source: Loyola University, 09/30/13)

Report critical of F-35 program
The Pentagon Inspector General found hundreds of flaws in the way defense contractors produced the F-
35 fighter jet, flaws that led to a higher pricetag for the fifth-generation fighter. The IG’s 126-page report
describes 719 "issues" with the jet's primary manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, and five other major
contractors. It also listed failures of the F-35 Joint Program Office for not ensuring the prime and
subcontractors were applying rigor to design, manufacturing, and quality assurance." Both Lockheed
Martin and the JPO said the report was old news and that the issues have been mostly addressed.
(Source: multiple, including ABC News, AFP via Space Mart, Reuters, 09/30/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Region can define itself
SANDESTIN, Fla. -- Workforce training was the most consistent theme during the
opening day of an economic development symposium in Northwest Florida. But the vision
of a region on the cusp of change was the most compelling message. And much of that is because of the
Airbus’ A320 assembly plant being built in Mobile, Ala. The 17th annual Gulf Power Economic Symposium
attracted a record of nearly 600 movers and shakers to the Sandestin Resort Monday. The event continues
today. (Source: GCAC, 10/01/13)


SEPTEMBER 2013

Contract: CCI, $11.6M
CCI Solutions, LLC, Shalimar, Fla., was awarded an $11,556,752 non-multi-year, firm-fixed-price contract
with options to repair airfield and roadway pavements. Funding is from fiscal year 2013 military
construction appropriation. The performance location is Homestead Army Reserve Base, Fla. There was
one solicitation with one bid received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District, Mobile, Ala., is the
contracting activity (W91278-13-C-0039). (Source: DoD, 09/30/13)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $11M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison Miss., has been awarded an $11,094,779
modification (P00043) to exercise option four of the existing contract (FA3002-10-C-0001) for helicopter
maintenance. Work will be performed at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., and is expected to be completed by
Sept. 30, 2014. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance funds will be obligated when they become
available. The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Directorate of Contracting, Specialized Branch, Kirtland
AFB, N.M., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/30/13)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $65M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $64,982,586 modification
to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery, requirements contract (N00019-08-D-0014) to exercise an
option for additional 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 Pensacola,
Fla., NAS Meridian, Miss., NAS Kingsville, Texas; and Patuxent River, Md. This requirement also includes
the organizational level maintenance for the engine. Work will be performed in Kingsville (57 percent),
Meridian (36 percent), Pensacola (6 percent), and Patuxent River (1 percent), and is expected to be
completed in March 2014. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 09/30/13)

Cygnus docks with ISS
DULLES, Va. – Orbital Science Corp. said its Cygnus cargo spacecraft successfully completed its
rendezvous and approach maneuvers with the International Space Station and was grappled and berthed
with the station by the Expedition 37 astronaut crew earlier this morning. Cygnus was launched by Orbital’s
Antares rocket Sept. 18 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. Final approach to the station began at about 3:
00 a.m. EDT, culminating with the station’s robotic arm grappling the spacecraft at 7:00 a.m. when it was
about 10 meters away. Cygnus was then guided to its berthing port on the nadir side of the ISS’ Harmony
module where its installation was completed just before 8:45 a.m. (Source: Orbital Sciences via Business
Wire, 09/29/13) Cygnus is the second commercial spacecraft to dock with ISS. The SpaceX Dragon
capsule was the first. Gulf Coast note: The Antares engines were tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.
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Pilot error blamed in 2012 crash
MOBILE, Ala. -- Pilot error has been identified as the primary cause of the Feb. 28, 2012 helicopter crash
that killed four crewmembers. The U.S. Coast Guard said there also were contributing factors, and said
investigators concluded there was no misconduct involving the crash of the MH-65C helicopter. (Source:
AP via Mobile Press Register, 09/28/13) Previous

Contract: Lockheed, $29.4M
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $29,361,640
modification under an existing contract (FA8621-06-C-6300) for the fiscal 2014 C-130J aircrew instruction
and contractor logistic support for the C-130J Maintenance and Aircrew Training System devices. Work will
be performed at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., Little Rock AFB, Dyess AFB, Texas, and Ramstein Air Base,
Germany, and will be completed on Sept. 30, 2014. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WNS, Wright-
Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $96.3M
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, Calif., was awarded a $96,287,882 modification
(P00011) on a previously existing contract (FA8810-13-C-0002) for Space Based Infrared Systems
contractor logistics support. The contract provides for operations crew support and organizational and
depot maintenance. Work will be performed at Boulder, Colo. and Buckley Air Force Base Colo., and is
expected to be completed on Sept. 30, 2014. Infrared Space Systems Contracts Division, Space and
Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/13) Gulf
Coast note: Portions of the work on the A2100-based SBIRS satellites is done at Stennis Space Center,
Miss.

Contract: Northrop, $114.2M
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems of Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., has
been awarded an $114,217,221 firm-fixed-price contract for Global Hawk Low Rate Initial Production Lot 11
advance procurement. This contract provides for advance procurement of long lead items associated with
three Block 30 Global Hawk Air Vehicles, three in-line Airborne Signals Intelligence Payloads (ASIP), three
in-line Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suite (EISS) Sensors, two ASIP retrofit kits, and other items and
activities required to protect the production schedule for Lot 11. Work will be performed at San Diego, Calif.,
and is expected to be completed by Feb. 28, 2015. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WIGK, Wright-
Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-13-C-3018). (Source: DoD, 09/27/13) Gulf Coast
note: Central fuselage work on Global Hawks is done in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Gulf Coast Arch., $30M
Gulf Coast Architectural Group Inc., Pensacola, Fla., is being awarded a maximum amount $30,000,000
firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity architect-engineering contract for complete architect
and engineering services in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast area of
responsibility. Task order 0001 is being awarded at $117,879 for full design specification for the demolition
of four buildings at Naval Air Station Meridian, Miss. Work for this task order is expected to be completed by
March 2014. Work will be performed at various Navy and Marine Corps facilities and other government
facilities within the NAVFAC Southeast AOR including, but not limited to Texas (50 percent), Louisiana (25
percent), and Mississippi (25 percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2018. The Naval
Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (N69450-13-D-
0012). (Source: DoD, 09/27/13)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $55.6M
L-3 Communications Systems Field Support, Vertex Aerospace, LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$55,627,456 firm-fixed-price, cost reimbursable modification to a previously awarded indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity requirements contract (N00019-11-D-0010) to exercise an option for aircraft
maintenance and logistical life cycle support for 54 C-12 aircraft for the U.S. Navy (48) and the U.S. Marine
Corps (6). Work will be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas (46 percent); Patuxent River, Md. (8 percent);
Manama, Bahrain (5.5 percent); Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (5.5 percent); Atsugi, Japan (5.5 percent); New
Orleans, La. (4 percent); Kadena, Japan ( 3.7 percent); Yuma, Ariz.(3.7 percent); Iwakuni, Japan (3.7
percent); Beaufort, S.C. (3.5 percent); New River, N.C. (3.5 percent); Manassas, Va. (2 percent); Miramar,
Calif. (1.8 percent); Futenma, Japan (1.8 percent); and Misawa, Japan (1.8 percent). Work is expected to be
completed in September 2014. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activities. (Source: DoD, 09/27/13)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $742.7M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $742,657,068 cost-plus-fixed-fee,
cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lot VI advance
acquisition contract (N00019-11-C-0083). This modification provides for the manufacture and delivery of
two F-35 Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) aircraft for the government of Australia and three F-35
CTOL aircraft for the government of Italy. In addition, this modification provides for LRIP Lot VI production
requirements, including manufacturing support equipment, diminishing manufacturing sources
management, ancillary mission equipment including pilot flight equipment, and concurrency changes to
LRIP Lot VI aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Navy, and the non-U.S. DoD
Participants in the F-35 Program. Concurrency changes are changes to the LRIP Lot VI configuration
baseline resulting from the F-35 development effort. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; El
Segundo, Calif.; Warton, United Kingdom; Orlando, Fla.; Nashua, N.H.; Baltimore, Md.; and Cameri, Italy,
and is expected to be completed in April 2016. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force
(17.60 percent); Navy/Marine Corps (8.92 percent); and the governments of Italy, Australia, United Kingdom,
Turkey, the Netherlands, Canada, Norway and Denmark (73.49 percent). The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/13)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $3.4B
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $3,405,427,661 modification with
fixed-price-incentive-firm, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost-plus-incentive-fee line items to a previously
awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-12-C-0004) for Low Rate Initial Production Lot VII F-35.
This provides for the manufacture of 19 F-35 Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) for the U.S. Air
Force; six F-35 Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps; four F-35
Carrier Variant (CV) aircraft for the U.S. Navy; two F-35 CTOL aircraft for Norway; three F-35 CTOL aircraft for
Italy; and one (1) F-35 STOVL for the United Kingdom. This modification also provides for LRIP Lot 7
production requirements, including manufacturing support equipment, diminishing manufacturing sources
management, ancillary mission equipment, including Pilot Flight Equipment, and concurrency changes to
LRIP Lot 7 aircraft for the Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy, and for non-U.S. DoD Participants in the F-35
Program. Concurrency changes are changes to the LRIP Lot 7 configuration baseline resulting from the F-
35 development effort. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; El Segundo, Calif.; Warton, United
Kingdom; Orlando, Fla.; Nashua, N.H.; Baltimore, Md.; and Cameri, Italy. Aircraft deliveries are expected to
be completed in October 2016. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force (53.55 percent), Marine
Corps (16.67 percent), Navy (11.79 percent); and the governments of Italy, Norway, United Kingdom,
Australia, Turkey, the Netherlands, Canada, and Denmark (34.46 percent). The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/13)

FGNW launches 18-month campaign
NICEVILLE, Fla. -- Florida's Great Northwest, a regional economic development group representing 16
counties, has launched an 18-month strategy to market the Panhandle to aerospace companies. It
includes a postcard campaign, a promotional video and attendance at industry events. The program was
crafted in cooperation with local economic development organizations, Gulf Power and PowerSouth.
(Source: FGNW, 09/26/13) Context: The Panhandle has a long history of involvement in aerospace,
including military pilot training and weapons development. Efforts to push for more were spurred in large
part by the Airbus decision to build a $600 million Airbus assembly line in Mobile, Ala., to the west of the
Panhandle. Earlier in the month, five Panhandle counties formed the Gulf Coast Aerospace Coalition,
which plans to attend several events in Europe in coming weeks. (Post)

Ground broken on aviation center
FAIRHOPE, Ala. -- Ground was broken Friday on a $2.7 million aviation training facility at the H.L “Sonny”
Callahan Airport in Fairhope. The school will teach students from Baldwin County high schools aviation
technical skills, industrial maintenance and welding. The center is a partnership of Baldwin County Board
of Education, Falkner State Community College, Enterprise State Community College and the Fairhope
Airport Authority. The first phase will be a 15,000-square-foot building. (Source: WALA-TV, 09/27/13)
Previous. Context: Construction of an Airbus A320 final assembly line to the west in Mobile, Ala., has
sparked a lot of interest in aerospace. Background story on careers in aerospace

Contract: Del-Jen, $26.7N
Del-Jen, Inc., Clarksville, Tenn., is being awarded a $26,679,395 modification under a previously awarded
firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N69450-07-D-0770) to exercise option two
for base operation support services at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., and surrounding areas including
Saufley Field, Corry Station, and Bronson Field. The total contract amount after exercise of this option will
be $171,418,002. Work will be performed in Pensacola and work is expected to be September 2014. The
Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 09/26/13)

Contract: Chemring, $16.1M
Chemring Ordnance Inc., Perry, Fla., was awarded a $16,100,832 non-multi-year, contract with options for
procurement of the Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System (APOBS) MK 7 MOD 2, National Stock
Number 1375-01-508-4975. APOBS is an explosive live charge system that allows safe breaching through
complex antipersonnel obstacles, particularly land mines. This procurement is in support of critical U.S.
Army, Marine, and Navy requirements. The performance location is Perry, Fla. The U.S. Army Contracting
Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting office (W52P1J-11-C-0037). (Source:
DoD, 09/26/13)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $102.6M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., has been awarded a $102,586,003
modification to an existing firm-fixed-price contract (FA8106-09-C-0001) for logistics support of the T-1A
aircraft at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., Vance AFB, Okla., Randolph
AFB, Texas, and Laughlin AFB, Texas. The contract modification is for the exercise of an option for an
additional year of services under the basic contract. Work will be performed at Madison and is expected to
be completed by Oct. 1, 2014. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WLKLA, Tinker AFB, Okla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/26/13)

Airbus inks more orders
Wednesday was a busy day for Airbus A320 purchases, with 43 orders valued at $4.2 billion announced at
the 15th Aviation Expo China in Beijing, and another $10 billion memorandum of understanding
announced outside the expo. The $10 billion deal is with Vietnam’s VietJetAir, which signed a MoU for 42
A320neo, 14 A320ceo and six A321ceo, plus 30 purchase rights for the A320 family (Source: Airbus,
09/25/13). At the expo, BOC Aviation, the Singapore-based aircraft leasing subsidiary of Bank of China,
announced a firm order for the purchase of 13 A320ceo and 12 A320neo. The order comprises A320 and
A321 variants. BOC Aviation will make its engine selection at a later date (Source: Airbus, 09/25/13). Newly
established Qingdao Airlines signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for five A320ceo and 18 A320neo
(Source: Airbus, 09/25/13), and Zhejiang Loong Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding for 11
A320ceo and nine A320neo. (Source: Airbus, 09/25/13). Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final
assembly line in Mobile, Ala., to help meet demand for the popular family of aircraft.

Dothan airports gets $1M grant
Dothan-Houston County Airport Authority Inc. on Wednesday was awarded a $1 million federal grant for
infrastructure upgrades by the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The money will be used for
roadway and water system improvements to support an aircraft maintenance and inspection business. It’s
expected that the investment will help create 300 jobs and generate $7.5 million in private investment.
Dothan was one of 16 projects in 11 states to get $21.1 million to support economic development projects
expected to create more than 2,500 jobs and grab an estimated $505 million in private investment.
(Source: al.com, U.S. Economic Development Administration, 09/25/13)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $8.3M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded an $8,271,023 modification
to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-13-D-4001)
for contractor logistics services in support of T-39N and T-39G aircraft and associated equipment used in
student naval flight officer training. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., and is
expected to be completed in March 2014. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/25/13)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $11M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $10,956,633 modification
to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-12-D-0016) to
exercise an option for logistics support services in support of the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance
Department at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., and NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. Half the work will be
done in Pensacola and half in Corpus Christi, and is expected to be completed in September 2014. The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/25/13)

Contract: Rolls-Royce, $50.7M
Rolls-Royce Defense Services Inc., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $50,728,950 modification to a
previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-09-D-0002) to
exercise an option for intermediate and depot level maintenance and related logistics support for about
223 in-service T-45 F405-RR-401 Adour engines. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station (NAS)
Meridian, Miss. (47 percent); NAS Kingsville, Texas (46 percent), NAS Pensacola, Fla. (6 percent), and NAS
Patuxent River, Md. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2014. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/25/13)

Art deco restoration completed
NEW ORLEANS -- The restoration of the 1930-era Lakefront Airport terminal in New Orleans will be publicly
unveiled Saturday at 10 a.m. The building is steeped in history. Construction on the original building began
around 1929, and the airport started taking commercial flights in 1933, although it wasn't officially
christened until 1934. During the Cold War the building was remodeled, turned into a virtual fortress with
concrete two inches thick. But the architects recognized the importance of the art deco design and were
careful to protect it. Damage from Hurricane Katrina led to the decision to restore the terminal to its original
Depression-era look. (Source: Times Picayune, 09/25/13)

F-35C fleet intro rollout planned
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Navy will mark the F-35C’s introduction to the fleet with a roll-out
ceremony Oct.1 at this joint training base. Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA-101), the fleet readiness
squadron responsible for training F-35C pilots and maintenance personnel, will host the ceremony. The
squadron stood up last year with 20 personnel and now has more than 100. The initial cadre of aviators
will become instructor pilots to prepare for the transition of the first fleet squadron from the F/A-18 Hornet to
the F-35C. (Source: Seapower, 09/24/13)

ABMs learning what F-35s need
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Air battle managers from the 337th Air Control Squadron have begun
working with the F-35. The fifth-generation plane, based at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., with the 33rd Fighter
Wing, requires a different set of operating rules than other fighters. The new set of rules is being written by
air battle manager instructors who have had the chance to control the F-35. Air battle managers provide
pilots with information they may not have. It could include vectors to the nearest refueling tanker.
Information a pilot may need varies from aircraft to aircraft. Air battle managers must know the different
capabilities of each aircraft, and making sure the information they pass is relevant. Air battle managers go
through a nine month training course at the 337th ACS at Tyndall, home to the Air Force's other 5th
generation fighter, the F-22 Raptor. As they learn exactly what an F-35 pilot needs, they are able to instruct
students on what has to be communicated. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing, 09/24/13)

Things looking up for F-35
Lockheed Martin anticipates dozens of international orders or commitments for the F-35 in coming months,
according to U.S. government officials and industry executives. The program got a boost Tuesday when
South Korea rejected the Boeing F-15 and said it needed a fifth-generation fighter. Singapore may also
announce an order for a dozen F-35s during the Singapore air show in February. (Source: Reuters,
09/24/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Airbus ups demand forecast
Airbus raised its long-term jet demand forecast on Tuesday, saying the world would need to double its fleet
as Asia's increasingly affluent middle class takes to the skies. The latest Global Market Forecast said
airlines, lessors and cargo operators would need over 29,220 new passenger and freighter jets worth $4.4
trillion over the next 20 years. Its latest forecast includes 28,355 passenger jets valued at $4.1 trillion, up
3.7 percent from its previous estimate a year ago, and 871 freighters, up 1.6 percent. In June, Boeing
revised up its own 20-year market demand forecast by 3.8 percent as the industry looks beyond the
financial crisis. Both planemakers anticipate a surge in Asian travel that is expected to keep production at
their factories rising. (Sources: multiple, including Airbus, Reuters, 09/24/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is
building an A320 final assembly line at Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Ala.

Contract: Raytheon, $11.2M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded an $11,206,567 firm-fixed-price contract for 16 GBU-49
telemetry, 17 GBU-50 telemetry and a ten year warranty. Work will be performed at Tucson, Ariz., and is
expected to be completed by July 1, 2025. This is a 100 percent foreign military sales for Saudi Arabia. The
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBDK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 09/24/13)

Contract: Summit, $26M
Summit Construction Inc., Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., is being awarded two contracts. One is a $13,085,132
firm-fixed-price contract to add/alter the commissary at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Fort Eustis, Va. The
contract is for a 594-day period based on the issuance of the notice-to-proceed which is expected in
November 2013. The other contract is a $12,905,184 firm-fixed-price contract for the
architectural/refrigeration upgrade to the commissary at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The
contract is for a 597-day period based on the issuance of the notice-to-proceed which is expected in
November 2013. The contracting activity for both contracts is the Defense Commissary Agency, Enterprise
Acquisition Division, Construction Design Branch, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. (Source: DoD,
09/24/13)

Personnel chief visits Pensacola
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The chief of naval personnel visited Naval Education and Training Command's tenant
commands at Naval Air Station Pensacola today. It was Vice Adm. William F. Moran's first visit to Pensacola
as CNP. As he worked his way through the aviation and information dominance training pipelines, he
addressed questions on the current budget discussions taking place in Washington. Moran said Navy
leadership was focused on the situation and would continue keep the fleet informed on the impacts of a
potential government shutdown, continuing resolution and sequestration. (Source: NNS, 09/24/13)

Two more Airbus positions posted
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas posted two new managerial job openings for the $600 million assembly
line being built at Brookley Aeroplex. One position is director of aircraft delivery, and the other is
manufacturing engineer manager. Both positions require a minimum of nine months' training abroad.
Airbus also has openings for three liaison engineer positions. Airbus will do the final assembly of the A320
family of passenger liners at the Mobile plant. Eventually it will have about 1,000 workers. (Source: al.com,
09/24/13)

Summit landing in Huntsville
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- A city long known as one of the nation’s premiere aerospace and defense centers will
host the third aerospace summit of the four-state Aerospace Alliance next month at the Von Braun Center.
The agenda includes discussions about unmanned aerial systems, a session on composites
manufacturing, commercial space programs and an update on the $600 million Airbus final assembly line
being built in Alabama’s port city of Mobile. Two previous summits were held in Destin, Fla., and New
Orleans, along the Interstate 10 aerospace corridor. (Source: GCAC, 09/24/13)

QF-16 drones makes unmanned flight
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – A QF-16 drone made its first unmanned sortie at Tyndall Air Force Base
last Thursday, officials said. The 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron and Boeing conducted the flight, the first
step in a two year process to phase out the QF-4 Full Scale Aerial Target. A pilot performed all the normal
preflight checks before climbing out of the cockpit and locking the canopy from the outside. Control was
then turned over to Thomas Mudge, 82nd ATRS pilot controller, sitting in a control room on the opposite
side of base. The QF-16 took off at 3 p.m. for an hour long sortie, conducting a series of simulated
maneuvers and reaching supersonic speeds before returning to base and landing. The first QF-16 was
delivered to Tyndall in November 2012 for operational and developmental testing to ensure their viability for
aerial targets. (Source: Tyndall Air Force Base, 09/23/13)

MQ-8C power turned on
Northrop Grumman turned on the power to the U.S. Navy's first MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and
rotated the aircraft's four blades for the first time during initial ground testing and engine runs at Naval
Base Ventura County Point Mugu, Calif., Sept. 20. Conducting initial engine runs of the aircraft allows
engineers to collect data to ensure that all the aircraft's systems are functioning and communicating
properly prior to its first flight. The C model upgrade to the Fire Scout system provides the Navy with more
than twice the endurance and three times the payload carrying capacity. Northrop Grumman is the Navy's
prime contractor for the Fire Scout program and is currently under contract to produce MQ-8C aircraft for
deployment beginning in 2014. (Source: PRNewswire, 09/23/13) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are made in
part in Moss Point, Miss.

Triton sensor tested
Northrop Grumman completed more than 25 flight tests of the U.S. Navy Triton unmanned aircraft system's
primary maritime surveillance sensor in preparation for its installation on the aircraft. The company is
conducting risk-reduction tests of the Multi-Function Active Sensor using a Gulfstream II surrogate aircraft
off the California coast. The radar will provide the Triton with a 360-degree view of ocean and coastal
regions. The Navy's program calls for 68 aircraft to be built. (Source: Space Daily, 09/22/13) Gulf Coast
note: Tritons are variants of the Global Hawk and are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Raytheon, $39M
Raytheon Co., El Segundo, Calif., is being awarded $39,000,000 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0048
against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for the procurement of 15 AN/APG-79 AESA radar
systems for the F/A-18 E/F aircraft. Work will be performed in Forest, Miss. (80 percent), and El Segundo,
Calif. (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in November 2015. The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/23/13)

Contract: UTC, $214.8M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being awarded a
$214,843,107 modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lot VI low rate initial production advance
acquisition contract. This modification provides for initial spare modules, initial spare parts, replenishment
spare parts, and production non-recurring efforts, including tooling, for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine
Corps, U.S. Air Force, the United Kingdom, Italy, The Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark,
and Norway. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Conn. (67 percent); Bristol, United Kingdom (16.5
percent); and Indianapolis, Ind. (16.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in April 2016. This contract
combines purchases for the Navy and Marine Corps (51 percent); Air Force (34 percent); Italy (4 percent);
the United Kingdom (3 percent); Australia (3 percent); The Netherlands; Turkey; Canada; Denmark; and
Norway (each 1 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 09/23/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Food fight starts at airport
PENSACOLA, Fla. – A fight is brewing over what group will land a 10-year food concession contract at
Pensacola International Airport. On one side is a group that wants to bring five national brands to the
airport, and on the other a team that wants local eateries represented. The issue boils down to money, but
there’s even a disagreement between the two sides over that. The issue goes before the city council
Thursday. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 09/22/13)

Economic symposium nearing
DESTIN, Fla. -- The 2013 Gulf Power Economic Symposium will be held Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 at the Sandestin
Resort in Destin, Fla. The topic is “Building the Future.” On the agenda Monday is “Airbus – Building Today
for Tomorrow’s Future.” Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., and it will have an
impact on an area well beyond Mobile. Michelle Hurdle, director of economic and community development
for Airbus Americas Inc., and Larry Sassano, president of Florida’s Great Northwest, will discuss the topic.
Other talks during the event include creating a culture of innovation, the role of the state in economic
development, Northwest Florida talent development initiatives and a range of other topics. (Source: GCAC,
09/22/13) Agenda

Stopgap space observation plan working
Changes to the existing U.S. space-object tracking network, adopted to replace the recently shuttered Air
Force Space Surveillance System, appears to be working. That’s what Gen. William Shelton, commander
of Air Force Space Command, said at a conference in Hawaii. The Air Force expects to save about $14
million a year by shutting down Space Fence, a line of radars stretching across the southern United States
and a key part of the overall U.S. Space Surveillance Networks. To compensate for the loss, the Space
Command modified operating modes for some of its other space tracking assets, specifically the
Perimeter Acquisition Radar Characterization System at Cavalier Air Force Station in North Dakota and the
space surveillance radar at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Shelton said, the Air Force has retained certain
tracking capabilities that were thought to be unique to the AFSSS. He said that at Eglin there was one day
during which the number of observations of space objects doubled. (Source: Space News, 09/20/13)

Contract: L3 Vertex, $11.8M
L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison Miss., has been awarded an $11,781,299
modification to previously awarded FA3002-11-C-0001 for trainer maintenance services. Work will be
performed at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas and Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., with an expected
completion date of Sept. 30, 2014. The 82nd Contracting Squadron, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/20/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $24.9M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $24,851,082 modification to previously
awarded FA8611-08-C-2897 for technology upgrades to facilitate a new operating system. Effort includes
technology refresh for F-22 training systems at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., as well as Sheppard, Langley,
Nellis, Hickam, and Elmendorf Air Force bases. Work will be performed at Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort
Worth, Texas, with an expected completion date of March 30, 2018. The Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/20/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $10.8M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $10,774,083 modification to a
previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to provide initial non-prime mission equipment and
interim technical support for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter United States Reprogramming Laboratory. Work
will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (70 percent) and in Fort Worth, Texas (30 percent), and is
expected to be completed in August 2015. Fiscal 2012 research, development, test and evaluation funds in
the amount of $10,774,083 will be obligated at time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 09/20/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $20.5M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $20,461,696 modification to a
previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement and delivery of electronic components
needed to support F-35 production and sustainment requirements due to current diminishing
manufacturing sources. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in
December 2013. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force ($9,252,671); U.S. Navy and
Marine Corps ($23,752,211); and international partners ($6,775,872). The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/20/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $46M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $46,018,410 modification to the
previously awarded F-35 low rate initial production Lot VI advance acquisition contract. This modification
provides for the non-recurring technical efforts for manufacturing technology transfer and planning tasks
required to ensure a manufacturing base with sufficient technical knowledge is established to support F-
35 production requirements. Work will be performed in California, Texas, United Kingdom, New
Hampshire, Georgia, Florida, New York, and Canada and is expected to be completed in June 2013. The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/20/13) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Engine partnership dropped
Rolls-Royce and United Technologies Corp. have agreed not to proceed with a joint venture to develop an
engine to power future mid-size aircraft. A press release from Rolls-Royce said it was because of the
current regulatory environment. The partnership between Rolls-Royce and UTC unit Pratt & Whitney was
originally announced in the fall of 2011. At the time the prediction was that there would be a need for nearly
45,000 engines over the next 20 years. In addition to the joint-venture agreement in 2011, Rolls-Royce
agreed to sell its stake in the International Aero Engines venture to Pratt & Whitney. That $1.5 billion deal
closed in June 2012. (Source: Rolls-Royce, 09/19/13) Previous; related

Lufthansa picks XWB engines
Lufthansa selected Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines worth $1.5 billion, including service support, to power
25 Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The airline also has options for a further 30 of the aircraft. The Trent XWB is the
fastest-selling member of the Rolls-Royce Trent engine family, with more than1,400 ordered prior to its
entry into service next year. Lufthansa has 60 Trent-powered Airbus A380s, A330s and A340s either in
service or on order. (Source: Rolls-Royce, 09/19/13) Gulf Coast note: Rolls-Royce tests engines, including
the XWB, at its outdoor test stand at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Third AEHF takes off
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The third in a series of secure U.S. military communications
satellites successfully launched today aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket from Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The Advanced Extremely High Frequency-3 satellite faces 110 days of
orbit-raising operations and 60 days of testing, according to a U.S. Air Force press release. Lockheed
Martin Space Systems of Sunnyvale, Calif., is building six AEHF satellites under a contract worth some $9
billion. When fully deployed, the AEHF constellation will consist of four satellites in geostationary orbit and
secure communications payloads hosted aboard classified satellites in polar orbit. (Source: Spacenews,
09/18/13) Gulf Coast note: Core propulsion system work on the AEHF satellite is done at Stennis Space
Center, Miss. Previous

Cygnus heads toward ISS
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. – After a one-day delay, Orbital Science's Cygnus spacecraft took off today atop an
Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. The commercial spacecraft is heading for the
International Space Station with about 1,500 pounds of clothes, food, water and other items. The
spacecraft is due to arrive early Sunday, when it will be captured by astronauts using the outpost's robotic
arm. If everything goes as planned, Cygnus will be the second commercial spacecraft to dock with ISS.
SpaceX's Dragon capsule was the first. (Sources: multiple, including Space.com, Washington Post,
09/18/13) Gulf Coast note: The Antares engines were tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss. Previous

Contract: Lockheed, $99M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $99,010,000 modification to a
previously awarded advance acquisition contract to provide long lead-time parts, material and components
required for the delivery of 19 conventional take off and landing F-35 aircraft for the U.S. Air Force. Work will
be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in June 2014. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting authority. (Source: DoD, 09/18/13)

Dutch agree to F-35 buy
The Netherlands will buy 37 F-35s to replace its fleet of F-16s, the Dutch defense ministry said Tuesday.
The new aircraft will enter service from 2019. The number of jets the Netherlands agreed to buy is sharply
lower than the 85 it had initially sought to purchase, but the purchase has long been anticipated since the
Netherlands has participated in the F-35 development. But the Netherlands’ defense minister said the
government chose the plane purely for operational reasons. (Source: Financial Times, 09/17/13)

Pentagon: F-35 tires wear out too soon
Landing-gear tires made by Dunlop Aircraft Tyres Ltd. for the Marine Corps version of the F-35 have “been
experiencing an unacceptable wear rate when operating as a conventional aircraft,” according to Joe
DellaVedova, spokesman for the Defense Department’s F-35 program office. He said the tire, which costs
about $1,500 apiece, demonstrates “adequate wear” when the aircraft performs short takeoffs and vertical
landings intended for amphibious warfare vessels and improvised runways. The Pentagon is working with
Lockheed Martin and Birmingham, U.K.-based Dunlop Tyres on a new design for the landing-gear tires
that will be introduced next year. (Source: Bloomberg, 09/17/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
is home of the F-35 training center.

Eglin slates POW/MIA ceremony
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --  In recognition of National POW/MIA Day, Eglin Air Force Base will honor
America's former prisoners of war and missing in action with a ceremony Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. Retired Col.
John Steit, a Korean War POW, will be the guest speaker at the event at the Air Force Armament Museum,
outside the main gate. (Source: Eglin Public Affairs, 09/16/13)

Contract: EMR, $11.4M
Environmental Management Resources Inc., Lawrence, Kan., is being awarded $11,444,076 under a
previously awarded multiple award construction contract for renovation and repair of Corry "A" School
Bachelor Quarters 3707 and 3708 at Corry Station, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. Work is expected to be
completed by March 2015. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/16/13)

Contract: Mississippi DRS, $6.8M
The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, Madison, Miss., has been awarded a $6,827,220
modification to previously awarded contract for full food services. The contract modification exercises the
first option for full food services being procured under the base contract. Work will be performed at Keesler
Air Force Base, Miss., with an expected completion date of Sept. 30, 2017. The 81st Contracting Squadron,
Keesler Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/16/13)

Fire station to serve military, airport
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – A Federal Aviation Administration grant of $2.74 million will be used to
build a new $3 million Eglin Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting station on military land south of the Northwest
Florida Regional Airport terminal. Okaloosa County will contribute $154.8 million from passenger facility
charges, and the state Department of Transportation will provide $150,000. County Airports Director Sunil
Harman said the station will serve the needs of the airport and the base. Both have seen an increase in
operations. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 09/14/13)

First vertical steel column raised
MOBILE, Ala. -- Following the completion of the ground work at Brookley Aeroplex for the Airbus final
assembly line, the first steel column was raised to a vertical position Thursday. The steel support, rising
100 feet into the air, is the first of many that will form the frame for the final assembly building. A320 family
aircraft assembly in Mobile is scheduled to begin in 2015, with first deliveries from the facility in 2016.
Airbus anticipates the facility will produce between 40 and 50 aircraft per year by 2018. (Source: Airbus,
09/13/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $75.7M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $75,726,105 cost-
plus-incentive-fee modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lightning II Low Rate Initial Production Lot VI
Advance Acquisition contract. This modification provides for the diminishing manufacturing sources
redesign efforts in support of the Joint Strike Fighter Lot VI effort. Work will be performed in San Diego,
Calif. (29 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (21 percent); Cheltenham, United Kingdom (13 percent); Melbourne,
Fla. (9 percent); Baltimore, Md. (9 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (7 percent); Orlando, Fla. (6 percent);
Nashua, N.H. (2 percent); Owego, N.Y. (1 percent); Rockville, Md. (1 percent); Camden, N.J. (1 percent);
and Sarasota, Fla. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2018. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/13/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $149M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $149,041,442 fixed-price-
incentive-firm modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract for the redesign and
qualification of replacement F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Electronic Warfare system components
due to current diminishing manufacturing sources. One percent of the work will be done in Crestview, Fla.
Other work performance sites are Nashua, N.H. (73 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (23 percent); Orlando, Fla.
(2 percent); and Greenville, S.C. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2018. This contract
combines purchases for the Air Force (63 percent), Navy (8.3 percent), Marine Corps (7.4 percent), and
international partners (21.3 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/12/13)

Contract: Northrop, $169.9M
Northrop Grumman Corp., Aerospace Systems Sector, San Diego, Calif., has been awarded a
$169,851,218 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification on a definitization of an undefinitized contract action for
contract logistics support for the RQ-4 Global Hawk. The contractor shall provide all logistics support
activities which includes fielded air vehicles, engines, payloads, ground segments and support segments.
Work will be performed at San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2014. Air Force
Life Cycle Management Center/WIKBA, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
09/12/13)

AEHF encapsulated for launch
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The third Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF)
satellite built by Lockheed Martin has been encapsulated into its payload fairing in preparation for a Sept.
18 liftoff aboard an Atlas V from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The system is the nation's only
protected strategic and tactical satellite communications program. It works in concert with its predecessor,
Milstar, for global coverage. Lockheed Martin is under contract to deliver six AEHF satellites and the
Mission Control Segment. AEHF-1 and AEHF-2 are both in orbit and AEHF-4 is progressing on schedule.
(Source: Lockheed Martin, 09/11/13) Gulf Coast note: Work on the AEHF core propulsion system is done at
Stennis Space Center, Miss. Previous

NASA to televise resupply launch
NASA will provide live coverage of the Sept. 17 launch of Orbital Science Corp.’s cargo resupply
demonstration mission to the International Space Station. Orbital is the second commercial company to
send a mission to the ISS. The company's Cygnus cargo carrier will be launched aboard Orbital's Antares
rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. Cygnus will deliver about
1,300 pounds of cargo to the Expedition 37 crew aboard the space station. Rendezvous with the space
station is scheduled for Sept. 22. (Source: NASA, 09/10/13) Gulf Coast note: Antares’ first-stage is powered
by twin AJ26 engines tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

SSC does what’s needed to ready stand
Need a massive rocket engine tested without disturbing the neighbors? Yeah, they can do that at NASA’s
Stennis Space Center. Need to fabricate a 7,000-pound part, or how about miles of piping? Well, sure, they
can do that, too. Call it a can-do attitude at SSC, NASA’s premier rocket engine test facility since the 1960s.
Work is well under way to prepare for the next big project – testing the RS-25 engines that will power the
core stage of NASA’s next generation Space Launch System. (Source: Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor
Quarterly, 09/10/13)

New drones a quantum leap in capability
Retired F-16 Fighting Falcons, among the most lethal warplanes to roll off an assembly line, are getting a
new lease on life that will let them go out with a bang. About 200 of the planes are being converted into full
scale, pilotless aerial targets. They’ll help the military gauge the effectiveness of new weapons and perfect
the skills of military aviators. And while drones may seem like the newest of the new in some areas, for
Tyndall Air Force Base they’re old hat. (Source: Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor Quarterly, 09/10/13)

No college, no future? Think again
The expansion of the aerospace industry across the Gulf Coast is creating demand for skilled production
workers, and local business and educational leaders say the future has never been brighter for students
interested in aviation careers. “I tell all my incoming students: Aviation is not just a job, it’s a profession,”
said Kyle Cook, director of Mobile’s Alabama Aviation Center. “It truly can take you above and beyond a lot of
other jobs – including a few that might surprise you.” (Source: Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor Quarterly,
09/10/13)

Pensacola airport’s 300-acre lure
Greg Donovan is a bit enthusiastic. But consider this: he’s the director of the second busiest airports in the
region; Airbus is building an assembly line 60 miles away; the U.S. has become a more cost-effective site
for manufacturers and his airport has 350 acres that can be put on the table. The Pensacola City Council
has approved the land use plan, and all systems are go for attracting aviation companies to the airport.
(Source: Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor Quarterly, 09/10/13)

Northrop marks UAV milestone
Northrop Grumman’s portfolio of high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aircraft systems have
achieved 100,000 flight hours, more than 88 percent of which were logged by the U.S. Air Force Global
Hawk. The remaining hours were flown by the NASA Global Hawks, the German Euro Hawk and the U.S.
Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator and, more recently, Triton. (Source: Northrop
Grumman, 09/09/13)

MAA hires projects manager
MOBILE, Ala. -- Russell L. Stallings has joined the Mobile Airport Authority as director of capital projects and
improvements. Stallings brings three decades of construction industry experience to the position. Among
other things, he’ll coordinate the $600 million Airbus construction project and oversee other projects at the
Brookley Aeroplex. Roger Wehner, the airport authority’s executive director, applauded the “world-class”
experience Stallings’ brings to Brookley. Airbus broke ground in April on the final assembly line project.
(Source: al.com, 09/09/13)

Airbus seeks liaison engineers
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas is seeking liaison engineers for the $600 million aircraft assembly line
being built at Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex. Liaison engineers who specialize in installation, structure and
systems are needed for the Mobile facility. All three positions require a minimum of 10 months training
abroad. All three positions require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a focus on
aerospace, electrical, mechanical or aircraft construction. (Source: al.com, 09/09/13)

J-2X tests on A-1 end
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – A series of hotfire tests on the next generation J-2X rocket engine
came to an end Thursday. The gimbal test of Rocketdyne J-2X No. 10002 was a 330-second test fire on the
A-1 test stand. Now NASA has its sights on testing the Rocketdyne RS-25. Both engines will be used with
NASA's Space Launch System. The J-2X will be used on the upper stage and the RS-25 on the core stage.
(Source: NASA/SSC, 09/05/13) Previous

Aerospace coalition formed
Economic development officials in five counties formed the Gulf Coast Aerospace Coalition in a bid to work
together to attract aerospace companies to Northwest Florida. The group includes Escambia, Santa Rosa,
Okaloosa, Walton and Bay counties. In December, members of the coalition will travel to Hamburg,
Germany, to attend the Global Aerospace Supply Chain Conference in Hamburg on Dec. 4-5, and a
Northwest Florida Leadership Forum will be held in Hamburg on Dec. 8-11. (Sources: Panama City News
Herald, Greater Pensacola Chamber, 09/05/13)

Contract: Northrop, $10M
Northrop Grumman Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a not-to-exceed $9,981,663 modification to
a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for additional operations and maintenance services in
support of the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance - Demonstrator, Unmanned Aircraft System, also known
as the Global Hawk Maritime - Demonstrator. The services include manpower to increase BAMS-D
operational tempo from the current nine maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions
per month to a sustained level of 15 missions per month. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md. (70
percent), and outside continental United States (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2014.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/06/13)

Mobile planes in Delta order
Delta Air Lines said Wednesday it plans to buy 40 Airbus jetliners from 2015-17. The order will be for 10
wide-body A330s and 30 A321 jetliners. The airline has selected CFM56-5B engines from CFM
International to power its A321s. As a result of the merger of Delta and Northwest Airlines, the Delta fleet
includes 126 A320 aircraft. Airbus’ new assembly plant in Mobile, Ala., will deliver its first A321 jets in the
fall of 2016 to Jet Blue Airlines. But Airbus said many of Delta's A321s are expected to be assembled in
Mobile. Delta's first three A321s will be delivered in the first quarter of 2016, with 12 more throughout the
year. The other 15 are scheduled for 2017. Sources: PRNewswire, Airbus, 09/04/13)

A2100 satellite reaches milestone
The Lockheed Martin A2100 communications satellite series has reached a milestone by chalking up over
400 cumulative years of successful, in-orbit operations. The orbiting fleet consists of 45 commercial and U.
S. government communication satellites equipped with over 1,500 transponders transmitting data, video
and audio for operators worldwide. In addition to commercial applications, the A2100 satellite is the
platform for communications programs for the U.S. government, including the Advanced Extremely High
Frequency and Mobile User Objective System. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 09/03/13) Gulf Coast note: Core
propulsion system work on the A2100 is done at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

MAA, lawyer at odds over Airbus info
The FOIA Group Inc., threatens to take legal action against the Mobile Airport Authority for denying a
Freedom of Information Act request pertaining to Airbus' assembly line being built at Brookley Aeroplex.
Roger Wehner, the authority’s executive director, said the request was denied to protect the proprietary
interests of current and future Brookley tenants, not just Airbus. He said that if MAA, which is in the
economic development business, handed over proprietary information, “we wouldn’t be in the economic
development business much longer,” Wehner said. (Source: al.com, 09/03/13)

Euro Hawk sets record
MANCHING, Germany -- The Euro Hawk unmanned aircraft system set an endurance record last month
when it flew for 25.3 hours in European airspace. Built by Northrop Grumman, operating through its
subsidiary Northrop Grumman ISS International Inc. and Cassidian, the UAS climbed to 58,600 feet over
Manching Air Base, Germany. Europ Hawk has completed 19 flights and about 200 flight hours. (Source:
Northrop Grumman, 09/03/13) Gulf Coast note: Euro Hawks were built in part in Moss Point, Miss.


AUGUST 2013

Trend story singles out Airbus plant
A CNBC report on a global manufacturing trend pointed to the decision by Airbus to expand production into
the United States as a prime example. The report focused on the Boston Consulting Group's recent report
indicating the United States is rapidly becoming a low-cost leader for manufacturing. Part of the reason is
that exports have been growing more than seven times faster than GDP since 2005. It used the Airbus
A320 final assembly line being built at Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Ala., as an example of the trend.
(Source: CNBC, 08/28/13, al.com, 08/30/13)

Marines like F-35 progress
ABOARD USS WASP -- Two F-35B fighter jets completed dozens of test flights from the deck of this
amphibious assault ship over the past three weeks. But several flights were scrapped Wednesday for
maintenance issues. Marine Corps officials said the jets had made more than 90 successful vertical
landings on the USS Wasp this month, including many at night. The officials said groundings were rare
during the recent 19-day test period. Marines plan to use their version – one of three variants – in mid-
2015. (Source: Reuters, 08/29/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training
center. Previous: Night vertical lands? Check; F-35 marks 500th vertical landing; F-35 makes at-sea
landing; Wasp concludes JSF testing

Training at Tate’s Hell discussed
APALACHICOLA, Fla. -- Air Force officials held a meeting in Apalachicola to discuss making Tate's Hell
State Forest a site for some Eglin Air Force Base training. Dozens of residents showed up Thursday to
express concern about the land north of the coast in Franklin County. Ron Harper, a local resident who
attended the meeting, said the land is "one of the most ecologically sensitive areas in the state of Florida."
But Mike Penland, chief of operational basing for the Air Force, said Eglin has a good track record with the
environment. He said the land has unique features, including abandoned logging roads that make good
runways for small aircraft. (Source: WCTV-TV, 08/29/13) Previous

Contract: Lockheed, $7M
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $7,013,937
modification on contract for upgrade of the Visual and Joint Precision Airdrop systems on the C-130J
maintenance and aircrew training system devices. The total cumulative face value of the contract is
$289,492,046. Work will be performed at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., and Keesler Air Force Base,
Miss., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2014. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WNSK
Simulators Division, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/29/13)

Fairhope firm tapped for project
MOBILE, Ala. – An architectural firm in Fairhope has been chosen by Hoar Program Management to work
on portions of the Airbus A320 final assembly line campus being built at Brookley Aeroplex. Walcott Adams
Verneuille Architects will be lead architectural firm for design of the transshipment hangar, main entry gate
building and renovation of Brookley’s existing warehouse and receiving facility. Eleven construction and
design consultant packages for the project have been awarded so far, and all have included Alabama-
based firms. (Source: al.com, 08/29/13)

Most Airbus plant pilings now in place
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas’ latest project update shows 85 percent of the more than 2,100 pilings for
the final assembly line hangar and service building has been driven at the Brookley site. Once the
remaining pilings are in place at the Mobile site, steelwork is slated to being in September, meaning the
buildings’ frames, skins and roofs will be constructed. The $600 million plant is scheduled to come online
in 2015, and the first A320 will be assembled in 2016. It will have about 1,000 workers when it reaches full
annual production in 2018. (Source: al.com, 08/28/13)

Delta IV Heavy launched
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a
payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-6 at 11:03 a.m. PDT
today. The Delta IV Heavy configuration Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle features a center common
booster core along with two strap-on common booster cores. The common booster cores are powered by
RS-68 engines, and RL10 engines power the second stage. Both engines are built by Aerojet Rocketdyne.
ULA constructed the Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle in Decatur, Ala. (Source: United Launch Alliance via
PRNewswire, 08/28/13) Gulf Coast note: RS-68 engines are assembled and tested at Stennis Space
Center, Miss.

1st F-35 weapons load verification done
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- After months of preparation, the weapons troop Standardization Load
Crew from the 33rd Maintenance Group performed the first munitions load verification Tuesday on the F-
35A. It involves loading and unloading laser-guided and GPS-guided bombs, and air-to-air missiles into
the weapons bays of the aircraft. The Standardization Load Crew has been practicing load verification
using a series of tabletop exercises for several months. This marked the first hands-on load verification for
the crew. Ultimately, this is the work that is performed down range. Eglin is laying the foundation. (Source:
33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 08/28/13)

Contract: InDyne, $250.3M
InDyne Inc., Reston, Va., has been awarded a $250,323,919, modification for a contract for Eglin Test &
Training Complex (ETTC) range operations and maintenance services. This modification provides for the
exercise of an option for ETTC test and training areas and technical facilities to include test and training
mission support, engineering support for range system design/modification/range configuration, and
range support services to accomplish authorized range activities. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., and is expected to be completed by March 31, 2016. Air Force Test Center/PZZB, Eglin AFB, Fla.,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/28/13)

Aviation center opening delayed
FAIRHOPE, Ala. -- Baldwin County school officials have moved the opening date to fall 2014 for their $2.7
million aviation training facility at the H.L. “Sonny” Callahan Airport in Fairhope.
The school board has approved an operating lease for the training center, which will be built as part of a
partnership with Faulkner State Community College, Enterprise State Community College and the
Fairhope Airport Authority. School officials had originally planned to start classes in January. (Source: al.
com, 08/27/13)

Blues at November show?
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Blue Angels flight demonstration team is offering a bit of hope that the team may
make an appearance at a November air show before the hometown crowd. But how much of an
appearance is unclear. It may be to sign autographs, it may be a fly-over, or perhaps a partial
demonstration. The show, Wings Over Pensacola, is being planned for Nov. 8-11. The Navy has restricted
the flight demonstration team’s practice time this summer in the wake of federal budget cuts. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 08/28/13)

Contract: A&D, $9M
A&D GC, Inc., Santee, Calif., is being awarded $9,077,608 for firm-fixed-price task order under a previously
awarded multiple award construction contract for Triton Maintenance Training Facility PM50 renovation at
Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif. The work to be performed provides for renovation of the west
wing of PM50 into a maintenance training facility for the Triton Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The facility will
provide training device classrooms, high bay aircraft trainers, instructors work area, and administrative
spaces to support the training efforts. The task order also contains one planned modification, which if
exercised would increase cumulative task order value to $9,909,608. Work will be performed in Point Mugu,
and is expected to be completed by November 2014. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command,
Southwest, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/27/13) Gulf Coast note: Triton
UAVs are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Pratt and Whitney, $69.6M
Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being awarded an advance acquisition contract
with an estimated value of $69,604,842 for long-lead components, parts and materials associated with the
Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot VIII of 19 F135 Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL)
propulsion systems for the Air Force; six Short Take-off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) propulsion systems
for the Marine Corps; and four Carrier Variant propulsion systems for the Navy. In addition, this contract
provides for long lead components, parts and materials associated with LRIP Lot VII of four F135 CTOL
propulsion systems for Italy; four STOVL propulsion systems for the United Kingdom; and two CTOL
propulsions systems for Norway. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Conn. (67 percent); Bristol,
United Kingdom (16.5 percent); and Indianapolis, Ind. (16.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in
September 2016. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force (56 percent); the Navy/Marine Corps
(11 percent); and the governments of United Kingdom; (14 percent); Italy (12 percent); and Norway (7
percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
08/27/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Pelli joins airport design team
NEW ORLEANS -- Cesar Pelli, an international architecture star, has joined the team redesigning the
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. The $826 million project will result in a new 30-gate
terminal, complete with hotel, parking garage, highway access and other amenities. The ambitious airport
rebuild is supposed to be finished by New Orleans’ 300th anniversary on May 5, 2018. Pelli joins New
Orleans’ William Raymond Manning of Manning Architects and Lionelle Hewitt of Hewitt Washington
Architects in the Armstrong airport redesign. (Sources: Times Picayune, 08/26/13, New Orleans
International Airport, 08/22/13)

Steps taken to address worker shortage
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- One of the biggest challenges facing many manufacturing businesses in
Northwest Florida has been finding qualified local workers. To combat that, manufacturers across 12
counties formed the Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council, dedicated to the development of a
manufacturing workforce. The council estimates that 3,400 new skilled workers will be needed in the next
five years, but regional education and workforce development programs forecast producing only 860 in that
time. Greg Britton, CEO of Fort Walton Machining and chairman of the new council’s board of directors,
said manufacturing isn’t like it was 20 years ago. Higher skills are needed today to run complex
equipment. The council, which will act as a voice for manufacturers across Northwest Florida, is working
with the school districts, technical centers and state colleges to help develop curricula focused on
providing students the skills they need to work at a high-tech manufacturing business. (Source: Northwest
Florida Daily News, 08/26/13)

NASA holding Mobile forum
MOBILE, Ala. -- Doing business with NASA will be the topic of a Sept. 4 business-to-business forum at the
Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center. NASA and an entourage of its agencies and prime contractors
will give presentation and participate in a trade show to meet with small- and medium-sized companies
interested in doing business with NASA. In addition to Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.,
NASA also operates Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.
Participants in the Mobile event include representatives from 25 prime contractors looking to partner with
local small businesses on federal contracts. These include: Northrop Grumman, ATK Aerospace,
Lockheed Martin, Teledyne Brown Engineering, Boeing and others. The agenda includes Fairhope native
Todd May, manager of NASA's Space Launch System program. The event, hosted by the Mobile Area
Chamber, is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and open to area and regional businesses. The cost is $75. For more
information, call 251-431-8607. (Source: Mobile Area Chamber, 08/26/13)

Deal reached on F-35 engines
The Pentagon and Pratt & Whitney have researched an agreement on a contract to build 39 engines for the
sixth batch of F-35 fighters, sources familiar with the deal told Reuters. The knowledgeable sources were
not authorized to speak publicly. In July, DoD had agreed on a contract with Lockheed Martin for a sixth and
seventh order of the F-35s. DoD buys the jet engines directly with Pratt and Whitney. (Source: Reuters,
08/26/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center. Previous

Second captive-carry test
Sierra Nevada of Louisville, Colo., successfully completed a captive-carry test of the Dream Chaser
spacecraft Aug. 22 at Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif. During the two-hour test, an
Erickson Air-Crane helicopter picked up a test version of the Dream Chaser flight vehicle and flew it a
distance of three miles over a dry lake bed at Edwards Air Force Base at a maximum altitude of about
12,400 feet. The spacecraft followed the projected path it will fly during future approach and landing tests at
Dryden. Dream Chaser's flight computer, along with its guidance, navigation and control systems were
tested. The landing gear and nose skid also were deployed during flight. (Source: NASA, 08/22/13) Gulf
Coast note: Lockheed Martin is assembling the composite structure for the first space-bound Dream
Chaser at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

F-35C marks first KC-135 refuel
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- On Aug. 20 an F-35 carrier variant refueled from a U.S. Air
Force KC-135 for the first time. With the completion of this test, the F-35C joins the A and B models in
proving that all three variants of the F-35 can be refueled from a common tanker platform, despite different
methods. The aircraft, known as CF-1, was piloted by Lt. Col. Patrick Moran. Earlier this month, the Strike
Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, the Navy's first F-35C carrier variant aircraft squadron, completed its first flight
at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 08/23/13)

Higby takes command at Keesler
BILOXI, Miss. – Keesler Air Force Base had a change of command ceremony Friday to transfer command
of the 81st Training Wing to Brig. Gen. Patrick C. Higby. He replaced Brig. Gen. Brad Spacy, who has been
reassigned as director, logistics and mission support at Headquarters United States Air Forces at
Ramstein Air Base in Germany. (Source: Sun Herald, 08/23/13)

Animation shows asteroid capture
NASA released new conceptual photos and a video animation showing how an asteroid capture mission
might look. The images show crew operations including the Orion spacecraft’s trip to and rendezvous with
the relocated asteroid, as well as astronauts maneuvering through a spacewalk to collect samples from
the asteroid. The Space Launch System will carry astronauts into space aboard the Orion capsule for the
nine day trip to an asteroid that may have been positioned after a robot capture. (Sources: NASA, 08/22/13)
Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, are both
involved in the SLS program.

Contract: Lockheed, $34.5M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $34,500,000
undefinitized modification to the previously awarded Low Rate Initial Production Lot 6 Advance Acquisition
contract for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. This modification provides for the procurement of
Autonomic Logistics Information System equipment, training devices and sustainment and logistics
support for non-recurring engineering activities for the government of Italy. Work will be performed in Texas,
California, Florida, New Hampshire, Maryland, and the United Kingdom and is expected to be completed in
October 2018. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 08/22/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Museum now operating seven days
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The National Naval Aviation Museum is now operating seven days a week. The
museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola began closing on Mondays in early July to cut costs during
sequestration. Federal civilian employees were required to take 11 furlough days off without pay through
the summer and early fall. But earlier this month, the Pentagon found other alternatives to save money and
reduced the number of furlough days to six. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 08/21/13)

Scott signs off on land purchase
Gov. Rick Scott and his cabinet on Tuesday approved the purchase of a conservation easement on a
21,000-acre tract on the east side of Eglin Air Force Base. The $12.5 million purchase is being
accomplished through a partnership with DOD's Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration
Program, with the department contributing $1.75 million and the Air Force $550,000. The Trust for Public
Land also is a project partner. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 08/20/13)

Boeing gives SLS update
NEW ORLEANS -- By the summer of 2016 the Michoud Assembly Facility will complete construction on the
massive tank that will help power NASA's new rocket, a Boeing executive said Wednesday. Gordon
Bergstue, production director for Boeing, said the company is well underway, on schedule and in budget to
build the core stage at the eastern New Orleans plant. The core stage is more than 200 feet tall and will
store liquid hydrogen and oxygen to power four engines of the Space Launch System. Bergstue provided
the update on the opening day of the New Orleans TechNOLAgy TechFest 2013, a three-day science and
technology conference at the University of New Orleans. (Source: The Advocate, 08/21/13) The RS-25
engines that will power the SLS will be tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss., some 35 miles from
Michoud. Previous: SSC building RS-25 test component, NASA to show off weld center, B-2 being prepped
for SLS

Boeing hits JDAM milestone
Boeing marked its recent production of the 250,000th Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) guidance kit, a
major milestone for a program that since 1998 has converted unguided munitions into near-precision
weapons. “The JDAM remains a valuable asset to warfighters around the world,” said U.S. Air Force Maj.
Gen. Scott W. Jansson, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. With a range of
more than 15 nautical miles, JDAM can defeat high-value targets in any weather, day or night, with minimal
risk to air crews. (Source: Boeing, 08/20/13)

Night vertical landings? Check
Marine Corps test pilot Lt. Col. Russell Clift last week performed the first F-35B night-time vertical landing
aboard the USS Wasp. As of August 18, the two F-35Bs participating in Developmental Test Phase Two,
known as BF-1and BF-5, had completed 40 short takeoffs and 41 vertical landings. At the conclusion of DT-
II, it is expected the Navy and Marine Corps will have sufficient data to support certification for future F-35B
Lighting II shipboard operations in anticipation of initial operating capability in 2015. (Source: Lockheed
Martin, 08/20/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Mobile No. 2 in growth potential
Alabama’s Mobile and Huntsville placed in the top five of a list ranking 10 U.S. metropolitan areas with the
highest economic growth potential in the July/August 2013 issue of Business Facilities magazine. Mobile
ranked No. 2 and Huntsville No. 4 in the magazine. Mobile was cited for landing the Airbus assembly line.
Business Facilities Editor in Chief Jack Rogers said Airbus will "be a powerful engine for growth in the
Mobile region for decades to come."
Other metros in the top five were Baton Rouge, La.; McAllen, Texas; and Provo-Orem, Utah. (Source: al.
com, 08/19/13)

AF solicits for laser system
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Air Force researchers are asking industry to supply a high-power laser
system. The Air Force Material Command AFTC/PZIO Operational Contracting Division at Eglin issued a
solicitation for a High Power Laser System. The laser should have output power of 1 to 1.5 Watts, operate
at a wavelength of 2.95 microns, with a circular beam shape. The laser should be rugged enough to
withstand shock of about six Gs, and have a rack-mount controller with 40-foot control cable. (Source:
Military & Aerospace Electronics, 08/19/13)

Eglin does maritime tests
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Air Force's 96th Operations Group will run munitions tests in the Gulf
of Mexico about 20 nautical miles south of Destin from Monday through to Sept. 13. The morning tests will
be Mondays through Thursdays. The tests are part of the 53rd Wing's Maritime Strike Program. The Air
Force has commissioned 25 local boats to protect the mission area. The boats and their crews will mark
the border and warn any approaching vessels to stay out of the drop zone. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 08/18/13, 96th Test Wing, 08/14/13)

Tyndall impact: $617.8M
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Tyndall Air Force Base has a $617.8 million economic impact on Bay
County and the surrounding area, according to Air Force officials. There are an estimated 3,395 active duty
military personnel at the base and 4,132 dependents. The economic impact considers payrolls,
expenditures for contracts, materials, equipment, services, construction and other procurement actions on
the economy of the region. The base is home to 31 F-22 Raptor fighter jets, 10 T-38s and about 98 aerial
drone targets. (Source: News Herald, 08/18/13) According to DoD, Tyndall's 2013 plant replacement value
is $1.46 billion. 2012 Economic Impact Analysis

Commission takes lead in land swap
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The Escambia County Commission unanimously agreed to take the lead in a $16
million to $25 million deal to obtain the Navy’s 640-acre helicopter training field in Beulah known as
Outlying Field 8. The plan is to eventually convert that land into a commerce park and provide a home for
aerospace companies tied to the Airbus’ final assembly line being built in Mobile, Ala. The commission set
aside $200,000 to find and pay for a consultant to help conduct due diligence and to cover the cost of taking
over other responsibilities on the agreement from the Greater Pensacola chamber, which initiated the land
swap that will take about two years to complete. Escambia County would buy and develop 640 rural acres
in Santa Rosa County near Naval Air Station Whiting Field, provide it to the Navy and get the Beulah site in
return. Congress must also agree to the land swap. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 08/15/13). Previous

Base must pay water bill
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- A federal judge ruled in favor of Bay County over a water and sewer rate
dispute with Tyndall Air Force Base. Tyndall refused to pay at higher levels for sewer and water service
when the county increased rates, saying system upgrades did not directly benefit the base. The county said
Tyndall owes $850,000 dating to the first rate increase in 2007. Tyndall said the county functioned as an
“unregulated utility” and based on language in one of the contracts, the base could refuse to pay the higher
rate. While the ruling sided with the county, it said Tyndall is obligated to pay the higher rate back to March
14, 2011, when the lawsuit was filed. Tyndall has 30 days to file paperwork if it wants to appeal the ruling to
the 9th Circuit Court. (Source: News Herald, 08/15/13)

Airbus blue-collar postings near
The first blue-collar job postings are expected as early as October for the final assembly line being built at
Brookley Aeroplex. That’s what Lee Hammett, Alabama Industrial Development Training program’s
assistant director for South Alabama, told members of the Aviation and Aerospace Industry Advisory
Council Thursday. He said his organization is working with Airbus to finalize guidelines and protocol for pre-
employment training. If Airbus OKs AIDT’s hiring guidelines, orientations could begin in November
followed by interviews in December and pre-employment training as early as January. The blue-collar
workers will be the hourly employees who assemble the aircraft. The plant will open in 2015 and deliver its
first A320 in 2016. (Source: al.com, 08/15/13)

Airbus secures huge order
The London-based International Airlines Group said it has secured orders and options for up to 220 of
Airbus A320 family short-haul aircraft, a deal worth to some $20 billion. The airlines group, which is the
parent of British Airways and Iberia, said up to 120 of these orders will be for Spanish subsidiary Vueling,
which joined IAG in April. The Vueling agreement comprises 62 firm orders and 58 options. The firm orders
will be delivered to Vueling between 2015 and 2020. IAG also has secured 100 A320neo options, which
could be used for any of its airlines for aircraft replacement requirements. (Sources: Wall Street Journal,
Reuters, 08/14/13, Channel News Asia, Bloomberg, 08/15/13)

Carrier drone contracts awarded
Four defense companies each have been awarded $15 million to continue work on a new unmanned
combat plane for the Navy. Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Boeing and General Atomic each won
awards Wednesday for preliminary design review assessment for the Unmanned Carrier Launched
Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) Air Vehicle. Work runs through June 2014. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting authority. Under a separate contract, Northrop
Grumman's X-47B has already logged a catapult launch and arrested landing from the deck of a carrier.
(Source: GCAC, 08/14/13) The four separate contracts can be found at DoD contracts. Previous

Contract: Whitesell-Green, $15.9M
Whitesell-Green Inc., Pensacola, Fla., is being awarded a $15,949,000 firm-fixed-price contract for
construction of a Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) Mission Control Complex at Naval Air Station
Jacksonville, Fla. The work provides for a freestanding two-story structure with two Electromagnetic
Interference Shielded Mission Control Systems, a Tactical Operations Center with sensitive
compartmented information facility spaces, and numerous roof-top mounted antennas. Within the scope of
this project antenna infrastructure will be constructed at a remote site south of the new facility construction
site. Work is expected to be completed by December 2014. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command,
Southeast, Jacksonville, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/14/13)

Navy F-35 logs first training flight
An F-35C, the Navy variant of the stealth fighter, completed its first training flight Wednesday at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla. The 1.3-hour flight was made by Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 naval aviator Chris
Tabert. The flight followed a decision by Commander, Naval Air Force, Pacific, Vice Adm. David Buss Aug.
8, granting the Fleet Replacement Squadron interim "safe for flight" status. The squadron received the
Navy's first F-35C from Lockheed Martin June 22. Today's flight was the first in the new Navy aircraft flown
by a VFA-101 pilot at Eglin. VFA-101 will now begin to schedule and perform sorties under their own charter
from their facilities at Eglin. (Source: NNS, 08/14/13)

Crash prompts Airbus to send team
Airbus is sending a team of specialists to Alabama in the wake of the crash today of a twin-engine A300-
600F UPS cargo plane near Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. The crash killed the pilot and
co-pilot of Flight 1354 from Louisville, Ky., to Birmingham. The plane, powered  by Pratt & Whitney engines,
has been in service with UPS since 2003, and accumulated some 11,000 flight hours in about 6,800
flights, according to Airbus. (Source: Airbus, 08/14/13)

SSC to put thrusters in spacecraft
Aerojet Rocketdyne has shipped to NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss., the first set of four Solar Electric
Propulsion (SEP) thrusters for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R).
At SSC, Lockheed Martin will integrate the thrusters and associated power conditioning units and electrical
cabling with the GOES-R spacecraft. It will then be shipped to Lockheed Martin's facility near Denver, Colo.
where it will undergo final integration and testing. The completed satellite will ultimately be shipped to
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., for a planned late 2015 or early 2016 launch on an Atlas V 541
expendable launch vehicle. (Source: Aerojet Rocketdyne, 08/13/13) Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp
company, also has an operation at SSC.

MQ-8B Fire Scout hits milestone
The Northrop Grumman-built MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter surpassed 5,000 flight hours while
providing surveillance to field commanders in Afghanistan. Since deploying to Afghanistan in 2011, the MQ-
8 Fire Scout system has provided real-time airborne surveillance and targeting supporting counter
improvised explosive devices (IEDs), provided targeting support and delivered real-time video to military
forces on the ground. Northrop Grumman is under contract to the Navy to build the first eight of 30 planned
MQ-8C versions of the Fire Scout, which will have twice the endurance, three times the payload capability,
and will be ready for operation next year. (Source: Northrop Grumman via PRNewswire, 08/13/13) Gulf
Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Base will get a look at F-35s
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- Military and community leaders will get a chance to see F-35 fighters during an
invitation-only event next week. Two F-35B fighters, flown up from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., will be on
display during the showcase Tuesday. The event will also include a tour of some of the new facilities on
the base. Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort will eventually be home to three combat squadrons and two
training squadrons of the next-generation jets, which will replace the F-18 Hornets currently flown at the air
station. The air station is expected to get its first group of the fifth-generation fighters in January 2014, when
its first training squadron will arrive. Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, now at Eglin, will relocate
to MCAS Beaufort as part of the air station's new role. (Source: Beaufort Gazette, 08/13/13)

Command chief gets new post
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- After two years as the 81st Training Wing's command chief, Chief
Master Sgt. Angie Johnson is leaving Keesler to become the command chief for Air Force Space
Command's Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. Prior to coming to
Keesler, the chief was the command chief for the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Johnson,
who joined the Air Force in 1985, was promoted to the top enlisted rank six years ago. Johnson's
successor will be Chief Master Sgt. Farrell Thomas, who has served for the past three years as the special
assistant to the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force at the Pentagon. (Source: 81st Training Wing Public
Affairs, 08/13/13)

Move of C-130Js delayed
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- The Air Force Reserve will delay the move of C-130Js from Keesler
Air Force Base to Pope Field, N.C. The movement of planes from 815th and 345th airlift squadrons was
originally scheduled for Oct. 1, but has been delayed until April 2014 and could be further delayed until Oct.
2014, according to Keesler. The aircraft are used for tactical airlift missions locally and overseas. In
addition to the loss of aircraft, the 815th Airlift Squadron and its active duty partners, the 345th Airlift
Squadron, are also slated to shut down. The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, the Hurricane
Hunters, will not lose aircraft or personnel. (Source: Sun Herald, 08/13/13) Previous: Keesler to lose
planes, squadron; 403rd to get new leader

Contract: Lockheed, $852.3M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $852,298,021
undefinitized modification to the previously awarded Low Rate Initial Production Lot 6 Advance Acquisition
contract. This modification provides for the procurement of special tooling and special test equipment for
the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and the international partners, which is critical to preserving the current F-35
delivery schedules and meeting future production rates. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (30
percent); El Segundo, Calif. (20 percent); Wharton, United Kingdom (20 percent); Turin, Italy (15 percent);
Nashua, N.H. (8 percent); and Baltimore, Md. (7 percent), and is expected to be completed in December
2016. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
08/12/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Hopes high for land swap deal
The Greater Pensacola Chamber is working on a project to acquire 640 acres of Navy land in Escambia
County’s Beulah community and turn it into a commerce park. In exchange, the chamber would provide the
Navy with 640 acres land in neighboring Santa Rosa County not far from Naval Air Station Whiting Field.
The land the chamber wants in Escambia County is used for military helicopter training and is adjacent to
the 308-acre Navy Federal Credit Union campus. Close to Interstate 10, the chamber sees it as a potential
lure for businesses, especially those that may be interested in moving to the region because of the Airbus
assembly line in Mobile, Ala., across the state line. If everything falls in place it will take two years to
complete. Still needed is final purchase of the Santa Rosa County land, improvements to suit the Navy’s
Training Wing 5, and final approval of the swap by the Navy. The project cost is between $16 million to $25
million. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 08/11/13)

Shuttle hangars to be reused?
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Space Florida on Wednesday moved forward with plans to renovate
two former shuttle hangars. The board approved spending up to $4 million to overhaul Orbiter Processing
Facilities 1 and 2 at Kennedy Space Center, on top of $5 million committed last year from state Department
of Transportation funds. The future tenant was not identified, but is believed to be the Air Force's X-37B
Orbital Test Vehicle, a reusable unmanned system that resembles a small space shuttle. Previously the
Air Force confirmed studying consolidation of X-37B operations at Kennedy or the Cape. (Source: Florida
Today, 08/08/13) Gulf Coast note: NASA also has centers in Bay St. Louis, Miss., and New Orleans.

F-35B marks 500th vertical landing
A Lockheed Martin F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft, BF-1, completed its 500th vertical
landing August 3. It’s the same plane that marked the variant's first vertical landing in March 2010 at Naval
Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Next week Developmental Test 2 (DT-2) sea trials are scheduled to begin
onboard the USS Wasp. DT-2 is the second of three planned tests aimed at defining and expanding the F-
35B's shipboard operating envelope for the U.S. Marine Corps. The first shipboard testing phase was
successfully completed in October 2011, when an F-35 successfully completed an at-sea landing. The
successful completion of the upcoming Sea Trials is key to declaring F-35 Initial Operating Capability (IOC)
for the U.S. Marine Corps in 2015. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 08/08/13)

Two drones OKd for commercial use
The Federal Aviation Administration's recent certification of two unmanned aircraft for commercial use
further opens up the U.S. market for drones. The agency in late July gave the green light to Boeing’s Insitu
ScanEagle and AeroVironment's Puma. The approval is seen as a first step in unleashing a potentially
multibillion-dollar industry that so far has been largely limited to military and law enforcement applications.
Congress in early 2012 called on the FAA to write rules by 2015 that would govern the commercial
operation of drones that can be used for everything from spraying pesticides on farmland to monitoring
sport events. The FAA said a major energy company plans to fly the ScanEagle off the Alaska coast to
survey ice flows and whale migration, and the Puma will be used for oil spill monitoring and wildlife
surveillance over the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic Ocean. The Teal Group has estimated that annual spending
on drones around the world will almost double to $11.4 billion by 2022. (Source: Reuters, 08/08/13) Gulf
Coast note: Fire Scout and Global Hawk UAVs are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.; Camp Shelby is home
of a UAV regional flight center for the Army National Guard. The Puma is among the UAVs used at Camp
Shelby; Special Forces fly UAVs at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Space Fence shutting down?
SpaceNews reports that the Air Force is shutting down a part of its network for tracking satellites and orbital
debris, possibly as soon as Oct. 1. Gen. William Shelton, commander of Air Force Space Command,
directed that the Air Force Space Surveillance System, known as Space Fence and a component of the U.S.
space surveillance network, be closed and all sites vacated. A memo obtained by SpaceNews to Five
Rivers Services of Colorado Springs, Colo., operator of the Space Fence tracking system, said the Air
Force was not exercising its option for a fifth year of a contract to provide management and logistical
support for the nine field stations. Space Fence is responsible for about 40 percent of all observations of
the space surveillance network. Shelton said in July that engineers at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., home of
the 20th Space Control Squadron, were looking for ways to improve the current Space Fence as a
contingency plan should the Pentagon elect not to go forward with the next-generation system. Efforts to
award a contract to build and updated version of the Space Fence system have been held up by budgetary
concerns. (Sources: multiple, including Space News, 08/06/13, International Business Times, 08/07/13,
NPR, 08/08/13) Previous: Group tackling space debris; AF begins using SBSS

Contract: CACI-ISS, $8.7M
CACI-ISS Inc., Chantilly, Va., has been awarded a $8,742,643 firm-fixed-price contract for healthcare
facilities support to support Air Force Medical Support Agency mission in areas of program management,
materiel management, which encompass receipt, storage, and distribution of material in all Air Force
medical treatment facilities worldwide and in support of wartime contingency operations. Facility
management capabilities range from basic inventory (facility, room and real property installed equipment),
work requests and project management to regulatory compliance and graphical space management. The
long list of bases where work will be performed includes Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, and Tyndall
Air Force Base in Florida, and Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Work is expected to be completed by Aug. 31,
2016. 773 Enterprise Sourcing Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio, Lackland AFB, Texas, is the contracting
activity (Source: DoD, 08/08/13)

F-35 training ramps up
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The F-35s are continuing to ramp up training operations and have started
to simulate some combat-type missions. For the first time last month, the F-35 was controlled by an air
battle management squadron on the ground at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. “It’s much more realistic. It’s
what we would do in the real world,” said Col. Stephen Jost, commander of the 33rd Operations Group at
Eglin Air Force Base. As more F-35s arrive, more sorties are flown and more students put through the F-35
training program. The air battle managers are with the 337th Air Control Squadron, which falls under the
33rd Operations Group but is stationed at Tyndall in Panama City. The 337th trains about 130 students a
year to become air battle managers. Their radar equipment provides a much broader view than the radars
inside the F-35. The equipment can pick up anything flying over the Gulf of Mexico from Houston to down
and around the Florida peninsula and then up the East Coast to Virginia Beach. (Source: Northwest Florida
Daily News, 08/07/13)

Navy eyes flying X-47B into 2014
The U.S. Navy hopes to continue flying its two Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air system
demonstrators into 2014. The service had earlier said that the prototypes would be retired after the type
had demonstrated the ability to make carrier arrested recoveries onboard the USS George H.W. Bush,
accomplished July 10. The two X-47Bs will stay at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., while the program
continues to assess potential opportunities for additional tests at Pax River and at-sea, according to the
Naval Air Systems Command. Analyst Mackenzie Eaglen of the American Enterprise Institute said many
critics had charged that the Navy was prematurely retiring the two testbeds. (Source: Flightglobal, 08/06/13)
Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman Fire Scout and Global Hawk unmanned aerial systems are built in
part in Moss Point, Miss.; the Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., eventually will get
one of the X-47Bs to put on display. Previous: Drone catapults from carrier; Drone lands on carrier

Airbus passes Boeing in July
A bulk order from easyJet in July allowed Airbus to overtake Boeing in orders for commercial aircraft in the
first seven months of this year. Airbus booked new orders for 174 jetliners in July, thanks to a bulk order
from easyJet for 135 A320 single-aisle planes. July's orders brought to 892 the number of firm orders
booked by Airbus over the first seven months of this year, and put it well over the net firm order total of 833
recorded in 2012. All but seven of July's new orders were for the A320 jets, a workhorse for low-cost
airlines. (Source: Wall Street Journal, 08/06/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 assembly line
in Mobile, Ala.

Reduction in furloughs announced
WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of thousands of Defense Department civilian employees who have had to take
a weekly unpaid day off from work since July 8 are getting some relief, as the total number of furlough days
has been reduced from 11 to six, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today. (Source: DoD,
08/06/13) Gulf Coast note: Civilian workers in the Gulf Coast’s multiple bases have been subjected to
furloughs.

Contract: Nova Group, $14.9M
Nova Group Inc., Napa, Calif., was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum value of
$14,952,400 for the construction of a fuel storage facility at Hurlburt Field in Mary Esther, Fla. A combination
of fiscal 2009, fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2013 military construction funds are being obligated on this award.
The bid was solicited through the Internet, with eight bids received. The Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile,
Ala., is the contracting activity (Source: DoD, 08/06/13)

Armament director gets second star
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Newly promoted Maj. Gen. Scott Jansson received his new stars during a
pin-on ceremony Aug. 2 at Eglin. Jansson, the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Weapons, Armament
Directorate, pinned on the rank of major general in a ceremony officiated by Lt. Gen. C.D. Moore II,
commander, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. There are just more than 100 major generals in the
entire Air Force. (Source: Team Eglin Public Affairs, 08/05/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $39.4M
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded a $39,427,558 cost-plus-
fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide flight test, technical, management, and
process support services necessary to update and maintain operational software, vendor software,
maintenance-related software, and laboratory support software in support of the MH-60R/S and SH-60B
aircraft. Work will be performed in Owego, N.Y. (85 percent); Patuxent River, Md. (12 percent); Pascagoula,
Miss. (1.5 percent); and Bath, Maine (1.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2015.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/31/13)

Another Mobile firm tapped
MOBILE, Ala. -- Mobile-based Thompson Engineering has been selected to provide engineering services
for Package D of the Airbus final assembly line being built at Brookley Aeroplex. Birmingham-based Hoar
Program Management announced the contract Thursday. It will include design for utilities, parking lots,
airfield pavements, security, electrical, communications, infrastructure and landscaping. The infrastructure
involved includes taxiways, aprons, traffic and logistics areas as well as green areas. (Source: al.com,
08/01/13)

ROPS OKd for A320ceo
Airbus has achieved initial EASA certification of its Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) technology
on A320 current engine option family aircraft. This on-board cockpit technology, which Airbus has
pioneered over several years and is now in service on the A380, increases pilots’ situational awareness
during landing, reduces exposure to runway excursion risk, and if necessary, provides active protection. In
March American Airlines selected ROPS to equip its A320 Family fleet. European Aviation Safety Agency
certification of ROPS on the A320ceo is the next step in making ROPS available for line-fit and retrofit to
other Airbus models including very soon the A320ceo with Sharklets, the A330 Family, and also the A320
new engine option. (Source: Airbus, 08/01/13) Gulf Coast note: A320 aircraft will be built in Mobile, Ala.,
beginning in 2015.

Airbus posts two job openings
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus America posted two more job openings related to manufacturing activities at its
developing assembly line at Brookley Aeroplex. The company is seeking one person to fill the role of
Avionics/Electrical Installation Station Coordinator and another to fill the role of Mechanical Installation
Station Coordinator. In both jobs, during the project phase of the assembly line, these individuals will help
coordinate preparation of the assembly process of the stations these roles support and help ensure a
smooth start-up of Airbus' U.S. assembly line. Once production starts they will direct and coordinate work
on the stations they support. Ground was broken in April on the $600 million A320 assembly line. (Source:
Airbus, 07/29/13) Full job description

R&D important for EADS
MOBILE, Ala. – The chief technology officer from aerospace giant EADS told an audience in Mobile, Ala.,
that cybersecurity, alternative fuels and aerodynamics are key research and development areas for the
company. And the company wants to develop partnerships with the University of South Alabama and others
to develop those areas in the coming decades. Jean Botti was a speaker at the Mobile Area Chamber of
Commerce’s Advisors and Directors Summer Meeting. “We need to bring research into (the mix) to
maximize opportunities with Alabama,” Botti told the capacity crowd. EADS has more than 350 global
partnerships that have led to products needed by the aerospace company. Earlier, Botti toured USA
facilities, including the College of Engineering and School of Computing. (Source: al.com, 07/31/13)


JULY 2013

SLS core segment completed
NEW ORLEANS -- The first liquid hydrogen tank barrel segment for the core stage of NASA's new launch
vehicle, the Space Launch System (SLS), recently was completed at the agency's Michoud Assembly
Facility in New Orleans. The segment is considered a "confidence" barrel segment because it validates the
vertical weld center is working the way it should. The vertical weld center is a friction-stir-weld tool for wet
and dry structures on the SLS core stage. Friction stir welding uses frictional heating, combined with
forging pressure, to produce high-strength bonds virtually free of defects. NASA and The Boeing Company
engineers have been conducting friction-stir-welding tests at Michoud to ensure quality and safety of flight
hardware. Boeing is the prime contractor for the SLS core stage, including its avionics. Marshall manages
the SLS Program for the agency. (Source: Space Travel, 07/31/13)

EADS getting new name
The parent of Airbus is changing its name from EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co.) to
Airbus Group and shuffling its space and military units into one division. Airbus Group, renamed after its
highly successful commercial airliner subsidiary, will consist of three divisions: Airbus, comprising all
commercial operations; defense and space, which combines the company's Cassidian defense division
with aerospace unit Astrium; and helicopters. The changes will begin in January and be completed during
the year. EADS was formed from French, German and Spanish aerospace companies 13 years ago.
(Sources: Wall Street Journal, BBC, Financial Times, 07/31/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320
assembly line at Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Ala.

F-35 comment period ends
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The time for residents to comments on a proposal to allow more F-35 jets
to fly over Valparaiso ended Monday. The Northwest Florida Daily News reports that nearly 70 people, most
from Valparaiso or nearby, lodged comments, according to a preliminary analysis provided by Mike Spaits,
environmental spokesman for Eglin Air Force Base. About 20 percent favored lifting restrictions on the
runway that would send F-35 traffic over Valparaiso. The main concerns of those opposed to the plan are
noise and impacts to property values, Spaits said. A final report is expected to be released to the public this
fall. The 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin now hosts 30 of the military’s newest fighter jets. Eglin is home of the
integrated training center for all F-35 training. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 07/30/13)

Contract: Multiple, $300M
Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions, Owego, N.Y., TYBRIN Corp., Fort Walton
Beach, Fla.; Harris IT Services Corp., Dulles, Va.; SRA International, Fairfax, Va.; Raytheon, Garland, Texas;
and L-3 National Security Solutions, Reston, Va., were awarded a $960,000,000 multiple award contract for
Network-Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) Application Services. This contract will provide services such
as sustainment, migration, integration, training, help desk support, testing and operational support. The
period of performance is seven years, and the ordering period is a three year basic period with four 12-
month options, if exercised. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/HICK, Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter
Annex, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/29/13)

Deal reached on F-35s
The Defense Department and Lockheed Martin reached agreement on orders for 71 more F-35s worth as
much as $7 billion, according to a report by Reuters. The deal includes 36 jets in the sixth lot and 35 in the
seventh, with 60 going to the U.S. military and 11 for Australia, Italy, Turkey and Britain. The government
negotiates separately with Pratt & Whitney for the plane's engines. (Source: Reuters, 07/29/13)

100th CNI delivered for F-35
SAN DIEGO -- Northrop Grumman delivered its 100th AN/ASQ-242 communications, navigation and
identification (CNI) system to Lockheed Martin Corp. for integration into the F-35. The CNI system provides
pilots with the capability of more than 27 avionics functions. The design allows the simultaneous operation
of multiple functions, including Identification Friend or Foe, navigation, and various voice and data
communications. Northrop Grumman also produces the center fuselage, radar and electro-optical
subsystem, software and more for the F-35. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 07/29/13) Gulf Coast note: The F-
35 Integrated Training Center is at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

Italy begins F-35 assembly
Assembly of the first F-35 to be produced outside the United States has begun in Italy at a 22-building
complex with more than a million square feet of covered space. Manufacturers delivered major structural
components to the new final assembly and check-out (FACO) facility at Cameri Air Base, west of Milan. The
facility will assemble the first F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant, designated AL-1, for the Italian
air force and eventually those for the Netherlands, if that country confirms acquisitions. The plant is
operated by a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Alenia Aermacchi. It will also build the wings for all F-35
partner nationals and other potential customers. (Source: AINonline, 07/26/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

NASA told to go slow on lease
Two congressmen are concerned NASA might award use of a Kennedy Space Center launch pad in
Florida to a company that wants exclusive use. The two members of the House subcommittee that
approves NASA budgets said Launch Complex 39A is a unique, tax-funded asset that should be available
to multiple rocket launchers. NASA doesn't need the former shuttle pad, one of two at KSC, and is offering it
to companies to operate and maintain by Oct. 1. SpaceX and Blue Origin are known to have submitted
proposals. SpaceX, which has already brought cargo to the International Space Station, wants exclusive
use of the pad to accommodate a steady pace of launches. Blue Origin won't be ready to launch before
2018, but proposes to operate and modify the pad and make it available to interested users by 2015.
(Source: Florida Today, 07/25/13) Gulf Coast note: NASA’s Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud
Assembly Facility, New Orleans, are both involved in NASA and commercial space programs. Blue Origin
has done testing at SSC.

100th F-35 in final production
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The 100th F-35, the first aircraft destined for Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz.,
has entered the last stage of final assembly. The conventional takeoff and landing aircraft, AF-41, is
scheduled to arrive at the base next year. In June, the Air Force announced its decision to increase the
number of squadrons at Luke to six with 144 aircraft, which will make it the largest F-35 base worldwide.
Luke will also serve as an F-35A International Training site. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 07/25/13) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the training center for all variants of the F-35 and all the services
as well as international partners.

335th TRS changes command
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – Lt. Col. Dorene Ross took over as commander of the 335th Training
Squadron from Lt. Col. Bradley McAlpine during a change of command ceremony July 22. Col. George
Tombe, 81st Training Group commander, was the officiating officer for the event at the Roberts
Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility. (Source: Keesler, 07/23/13)

F-35 courts international customers
Lockheed Martin is looking toward international sales to keep the F-35 program aloft in an age of
sequestration. Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed President and CEO, said that over the next five years "close to
50 percent of our orders will come from international customers." In the pre-sequestration fiscal 2014
budget, the Pentagon plans to order just more than 300 F-35s in all three variants in the next five years.
International customers are expected to place multiyear orders for most or all of their planned fleets, so
Hewson's prediction is likely to be accurate if Australia, Britain, Japan and other customers maintain their
current plans and the campaign to sell the F-35 to South Korea is successful. (Source: Aviation Week,
07/25/13)

F-35 deal near
Lockheed Martin is making progress in negotiations with the Pentagon about the next two batches of F-35
fighter jets and hopes to reach agreement soon, Chief Executive Marillyn Hewson said on Tuesday.
Lockheed is building three models of the F-35 for the U.S. military and eight international partner countries:
Britain, Australia, Canada, Norway, Turkey, Italy, Denmark and the Netherlands. Israel and Japan have also
ordered the jet. The total number of jets involved is 71, with 36 planes to be purchased in the sixth
production lot, and 35 in the seventh, said Joe DellaVedova, spokesman for the Pentagon's F-35 office. He
said that number includes 60 F-35s for the U.S. military, and 11 for Australia, Italy, Turkey and Britain.
(Source: Reuters, 07/23/13) Gulf Coast note: Pilots and maintainers of F-35 fighters are trained at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla.

American gets first A320
American Airlines on Tuesday took delivery of its first A320 family aircraft at a ceremony at Airbus facilities
in Hamburg, Germany. Representatives from American Airlines, Airbus and CFM International celebrated
the first of 260 Airbus single-aisles the airline has selected. American’s A319s will seat 128 passengers in
a two-class configuration, and will be used initially on the airline’s domestic route network. The aircraft,
powered by two CFM56 engines, is the first A319 to feature sharklets, composite wingtip devices that
improve fuel efficiency. Sharklets are an option on all new A320 family aircraft, and will be standard on all
A320neo family. (Source: Airbus, 07/23/13) Gulf Coast note: An A320 final assembly line is being built in
Mobile, Ala., at Brookley Aeroplex.

AVIC buys Thielert
Aviation Industries Corp. (AVIC), China’s biggest aerospace company, agreed to buy Thielert Aircraft
Engines GmbH, shifting the insolvent German supplier’s focus from military drones to private aircraft.
Bloomberg reports that AVIC International Holding Ltd. plans to leverage Thielert’s civil engine operations
to capitalize on an anticipated private aviation boom. The sale finalizes insolvency proceedings for the
Hamburg, Germany-based propeller-engine maker. AVIC purchased Mobile-based engine makter
Continental Motors for $186 million in April 2011 and also bought Minnesota-based planemaker Cirrus
Aircraft. (Sources: al.com, Bloomberg, 07/23/13)

AF team leaves Whiting
NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. -- A 19-year arrangement ended when the last Air Force pilot
finished his instrumentation test this week. Nearly 100 Air Force student pilots annually have taken the
main phase of their flight training at Naval Air Station Whiting Field while the same number of Navy pilots
have trained at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Okla. But the services decided to end the reciprocal
agreement to save travel expenses and trim other associated costs. Although the Air Force’s exit means no
more of its student pilots at Whiting, 18 of that branch’s instructors will continue to be based there to help
train Naval and Coast Guard students. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 07/24/13)

AF addressing pilot shortage
A salary up to $97,400 and a signing bonus of $225,000 may help the Air Force replenish its thinning rank
of fighter pilots. The shortfall of 200 this year could grow to 700 by 2021 if something isn't done, officials
said. The Air Force, which has about 3,000 fighter pilots, wants veteran pilots to make a nine-year
commitment to fly fighters. The problem is, many military pilots find the lure of being a commercial pilot
hard to resist. It costs about $6 million to train a fighter pilot. The competition between the military and
airlines for pilots promises to be fierce in the future as airlines seek out young talent to replace retirees.
Boeing last year estimated a global need for 460,000 new commercial pilots over the next two decades.
(Source: Los Angeles Times, 07/22/13) Gulf Coast note: Pilots from all branches are learning to fly F-35s at
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and Air Force pilots train on F-22s at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Naval aviators
have initial training in Florida at Pensacola and Milton.

Astronauts climb in CST-100
HOUSTON -- Astronauts at Johnson Space Center got a first look at Boeing's CST-100 space capsule
Monday. A Boeing manager said the primary mission of astronauts who use CST-100 isn't flying the
spacecraft but going to the International Space Station for six months. Boeing is one of the companies
building spacecraft to fly astronauts to and from ISS. SpaceX and Sierra Nevada are also building them.
(Source: al.com, 07/23/13) Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility,
La., are both involved in NASA and commercial space programs.

RAK mulls three plane types
RAK Airways of the northern Gulf emirate of Ras Al Khaimah said it's in talks with Boeing, Airbus and
Bombardier about an order for at least 10 single-aisle aircraft to meet expansion plans. State-backed RAK
is looking at the Boeing 737-800, Airbus A320 and the CSeries jet from Bombardier. It hopes to make a
choice by the end of the year or early next. The United Arab Emirates home to five separate airlines
operating full-size jets, four of them offering short-haul services. RAK Airways currently serves nine cities
including Cairo, Doha in Qatar, Kathmandu in Nepal, Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and Chittagong in
Bangladesh using two A320s and two 737-400s. (Source: Bloomberg, 07/22/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is
building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

FTC OKs Avio purchase
The Federal Trade Commission has given a thumbs up to General Electric's purchase of the aeronautics
unit of engine-maker Avio SpA. GE agreed not to interfere with the development of a key engine component
for United Technologies Pratt & Whitney, an aircraft engine maker that competes with GE. The agreement
resolves FTC charges that the proposed $4.3 billion acquisition unveiled in December would be
anticompetitive.The concerns stemmed from the fact that GE and Pratt & Whitney are the sole firms that
make engines for the Airbus A320neo. The FTC's move follows a decision earlier this month by the
European Commission to clear the purchase, saying possible conflicts of interest had been addressed.
Avio makes components for commercial and military jet engines as well as propulsion systems for
satellite-launch vehicles. (Source: WSJ, 07/19/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus will be building A320neo jets in
Mobile, Ala. Previous

Airbus posts for new job
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas is seeking a quality conformance specialist for its final assembly line
being built at the Mobile Aeroplex. The successful candidate will work with the company’s quality project
team in Hamburg, Germany, responsible for designing how quality inspections will be performed at Airbus’
first U.S. assembly line. Airbus broke ground in April on the $600 million A320 assembly line, which will
employ 1,000 people directly when it reaches full annual production. (Source: al.com, 07/22/13)

Airbus revises numbers
Airbus has raised its order target for 2013 to more than 1,000 aircraft, compared with a previous goal of
over 800, sales chief John Leahy told Reuters on Friday. The new target puts Airbus on course to beat its
2012 gross order tally of 914 aircraft, Leahy said on the sidelines of an event to mark the 1,000th delivery of
an Airbus A330 aircraft. Airbus is trying to regain leadership of the $100 billion annual jet market after
Boeing grabbed the top spot in both orders and deliveries last year. So far Boeing is winning this year's
order race. (Source: Reuters, 07/19/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in
Mobile, Ala.

Navy gets upgraded Fire Scout
Northrop Grumman delivered the first upgraded version of the Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to the U.S.
Navy earlier this month in preparation for ground and flight testing. The new MQ-8C delivered to the Naval
Air Systems Command uses a Bell helicopter airframe, which is larger than the airframe used in the MQ-
8B. But both aircraft share proven software, avionics, payloads and ship ancillary equipment. The upgraded
Fire Scout responds to an urgent need to provide the Navy with increased endurance, range and payload. It
has three times the payload and double the endurance of the MQ-8B, which currently operates on Navy
frigates and in Afghanistan, where it provides intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to
maritime and ground commanders. The first deployment of the upgraded MQ-8 system with the MQ-8C
Fire Scout aircraft will be in 2014. (Source: Northrop Grumman via PRNewswire, 071913) Gulf Coast note:
Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Navy’s second MUOS launched
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The Navy's second Mobile User Objective System (MUOS)
satellite was launched Friday at 9 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 41. The launch of the satellite
atop an Atlas V is a key step in providing enhanced satellite communications for the Navy and Department
of Defense. MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system designed to
improve beyond-line-of-sight communications for U.S. forces. MUOS will provide military users 10 times
more communications capacity over the existing system by leveraging 3G mobile technology, including
simultaneous voice and data capability. (Source: NNS, 07/19/13) Gulf Coast note: Work on the core
propulsion system for the MUOS, an A2100 satellite-based spacecraft, is done at Stennis Space Center,
Miss. Previous

EADS eyes name change
The European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co., EADS, is considering changing the company's name to
the Airbus Group, Reuters reports. The change would reflect the success of the company's commercial
aircraft sales. Airbus, a subsidiary of EADS, accounts for two thirds of EADS revenue and continue to
increase as airlines move towards more fuel-efficient models. Airbus broke ground in April on an A320
assembly line at Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Ala. The name change possibility is part of a broader move to
reorganize some business units. Changes will be discussed by the board of directors at the end of July.
(Sources: al.com, Reuters, 07/18/13)

Resort taking shape
Construction crews are less than a year away from completing a resort in Northwest Florida being
developed under an enhanced use lease (EUL) with the Air Force. The Holiday Inn Resort, slated to open
in the spring of 2014, is being built on 17 acres of land on Santa Rosa Island owned by Eglin Air Force
Base. The land is used to perform telemetry testing by the 96th Test Wing. The 50-year lease agreement
the Emerald Breeze Resort Group entered into with the Air Force in November calls for the developer to
make monthly lease payments based on hotel revenue. In addition, the developer will provide infrastructure
for Eglin’s 96th Test Wing to install test monitoring equipment on the hotel’s roof that previously sat at
ground level. The construction team is getting ready to pour the fifth floor sometime before August. (Source:
AFCEC Public Affairs, 07/18/13)

Measure to close MSFC withdrawn
WASHINGTON -- A measure to create a commission to look at consolidating Alabama's Marshall Space
Flight Center and Mississippi's Stennis Space Center was withdrawn at the last minute Thursday. Rep.
Donna Edwards, D-Md., who represents an area where Goddard Space Flight Center is located, was
reportedly upset over cuts in programs managed by Goddard. Her amendment would have directed the
BRAC-like panel to study MSFC and SSC "to determine if their rocket-related activities should be combined
in one location." The measure also directed the panel to look at moving Marshall's work to Stennis or
Houston's Johnson Space Center. (Sources: SpaceNews, WAFF-TV, al.com, 07/18/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $70.4M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a
$70,358,000 modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract to provide long lead-time
parts, material and components required for the delivery of seven conventional take off and landing F-35
aircraft and one short take-off vertical landing F-35 for the government of Italy. Work will be performed in
Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in February 2014. The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting authority. (Source: DoD, 07/18/13)

Cygnus to visit ISS this fall
Orbital Sciences' cargo spacecraft is set to make its first flight to the International Space Station in
September. The Dulles, Va., company has a launch window between Sept. 14 and 19 for the Cygnus cargo
ship. It will be launched atop an Orbital Science Antares rocket, which made its first test flight in April from
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. Orbital was awarded a NASA contract to provide at least
eight resupply flights to the ISS. (Source: Space.com, 07/16/13) Gulf Coast note: The first stage Antares is
powered by twin Aerojet AJ26 engines tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss. Previous

Tyndall target drone crashes
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- An unmanned Air Force QF-4 target drone assigned to the 53rd
Weapons Evaluation Group crashed on the drone runway during take-off at 8:25 a.m. Wednesday. No
personnel were injured. U.S. 98 was closed and will remain so up to 24 hours. Target drones are
equipped with a self-destruct charge powered by a short-life battery that will be fully depleted in 24 hours.
The crash occurred while a second drone was in the air. That drone, as planned, was destroyed by a
missile over the Gulf of Mexico. The drones assigned to the 53rd WEG run about 100 missions each year.
A QF-4, which will ultimately be replaced by QF-16s, is 63 feet long 16 feet high and weighs 30,328
pounds. With fuel it's about 35,000 pounds. Just a week ago another QF-4 was destroyed near Port St. Joe
after it veered from its planned flight path. (Source: Panama City News Herald, Northwest Florida Daily
News, 07/17/13) Previous

100th F-35 targeting system delivered
Lockheed Martin recently delivered the 100th Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) for the F-35. It
combines forward-looking infrared and infrared search and track functionality to provide pilots with
situational awareness and air-to-air and air-to-surface targeting from a safe distance. "F-35 pilots can use
the imagery to determine exactly where to strike while staying out of harm's way," said Ken Fuhr, director of
fixed wing programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. Lockheed Martin is producing EOTS
under the seventh low-rate initial production contract. Components of EOTS are manufactured at the
company's Ocala, Fla., and Santa Barbara, Calif., facilities. Lockheed Martin also manufactures the low
observable window for the aircraft at the company's Orlando, Fla., facility. (Source: Lockheed Martin,
07/12/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 Integrated Training Center.

McArtor: Relationship the key
Relationships. That’s what it all boils down to, according to Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor, as
the reason his company chose Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Ala., for its A320 final assembly line. He wrote
in a guest column for CNBC that accompanied CNBC’s “America’s Top States for Business 2013.” McArtor
wrote that Airbus felt Mobile and Alabama would be the ones to stand with the company and meet its
needs. He wrote that Airbus builds strong relationships with its customers, who work closely with the
Airbus through the many years a plane serves the carrier. That’s the same kind of relationship Alabama
and Mobile formed with Airbus going back to the days the company was trying to win a contract to build Air
Force aerial tankers. The first Mobile-assembled A320 will be delivered in 2016. (Source: al.com, CNBC,
07/15/13, al.com, 07/16/13)

505th CCW gets new commander
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – Col. Daniel J. Orcutt, former Strategy Division chief of the 609th Air Operations
Center in Southwest Asia, received the guidon and command of the 505th Command and Control Wing
during a change of command ceremony July 9. He took over from Col. Mustafa Koprucu. Maj. Gen. Jeffery
Lofgren, the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center commander, presided over the ceremony. The 505th CCW is the
Air Force's only wing dedicated to operational-level command and control testing, training and tactics
development. The Wing's units are distributed across 14 locations in 12 states. The wing is headquartered
at Hurlburt. (Source: 1st SOW, 07/16/13)

F-35 equipment team named best
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- One of the Air Force's newest aircrew flight equipment teams is now the
Air Force's best. The 33rd Fighter Wing's aircrew flight equipment flight was chosen the best in the Air
Force in the small program category for 2012. The wing is the only unit to fly and train on the F-35A fifth
generation fighter. "This outstanding feat was accomplished amidst a year of numerous challenges in
stand-up operations for the F-35," said Col. Todd Canterbury, the 33rd Fighter Wing commander. "It shows
how hard their team worked to be considered the best in the Air Force." (Source: AFNS, 07/16/13)

Cherry Point depot gets F-35B
CHERRY POINT, N.C. -- The first F-35B is now at Cherry Point Fleet Readiness Center East to undergo
modifications. The FRC East is the first Naval Aviation Depot to do the first modifications on the F-35. FRC
workers will reinforce hinges on doors that allow the F-35B to take off and land vertically as part of the first
modification to the jets. Such modifications are common once an aircraft joins the fleet. Lt. Col. Steve C.
Gillette, of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, flew the F-35 unescorted from Elgin Air Force
Base, Fla., to Cherry Point on July 9. Eglin is home of the Integrated Training Center for the F-35. (Source:
Havelock News, 07/15/13)

EasyJet firms up orders
The U.K.’s easyJet firmed up an order for 135 A320 medium-haul, single-aisle aircraft from Airbus. The
initial agreement was announced in June. EasyJet signed firm contracts for 35 A320s with currently
available engines and 100 that will be powered by new, more fuel-efficient engines. EasyJet is the U.K.’s
largest airline, carrying 55 million passenger a year. It’s also the largest A320 family customer and
operator in Europe. (Source: Airbus, 07/11/13)

Pilot cadre grows to 100
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Maj. Robert Miller became the 100th pilot to fly the Lockheed Martin F-35
when he took to the skies above Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., for a training flight on July 9. Miller’s 90-minute
familiarization flight included normal operations for aircraft handling and landings in an F-35A fighter. The
flight followed academic and simulator instruction at Eglin’s Integrated Training Center, which provides
pilot and maintainer training for the three F-35 variants. The joint service partners at Eglin have flown 2,292
F-35 hours and have 28 aircraft, the largest fleet of F-35s in the world. About 100 pilots and 2,200
maintainers will be qualified annually through the training system at the base. The Lockheed Martin
training system is also operational at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. (Source: Lockheed Martin,
07/11/13)

Wade says hangars needed
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport needs new hangars to lure a top tier
aerospace company. That's according to Bay County Economic Development Alliance Director Neal Wade.
Although Wade would not name names because of a confidentiality agreement, he said there's one
contender to bring 700 aerospace jobs to the West Bay area near the airport. Wade wants two hangars.
The cost is in the vicinity of $30 million, airport officials said. Wade said a couple of potential sources for
funding are being worked. Airport Executive Director Parker W. McClellan agreed. "We have 50 acres ready
to go tomorrow ... All we need is one hangar to get started." McClellan said if one hangar opened, there
could be 50 to 200 additional acres of property that could be developed. Wade noted that in April,
Commercial Jet, an aircraft maintenance company, announced the opening of a 400,000-square-foot
facility at Alabama's Dothan Regional Airport. "Commercial Jet is in Dothan because they have hangars
there and that's the reason they are not here," Wade said. (Source: News Herald, 07/10/13)

Drone destroyed after malfunction
PORT ST. JOE, Fla. – A drone aircraft out of Tyndall Air Force Base plunged into the Gulf of Mexico near St.
Joseph Peninsula State Park after it was destroyed by ground controllers. A Gulf County sheriff’s office
dispatcher received a call about 10:30 a.m. that a flaming object had plunged into the water just off shore.
Tyndall officials said an unmanned Air Force QF-4 target drone assigned to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation
Group was destroyed after it went “haywire” and left its safety zone. The drone, an F-4 Phantom converted
to fly without a pilot, carries a self-destruct charge and was destroyed as it returned to base after a routine
operation. (Source: The Sun, 07/10/13)

Contract: SRI, $230M
SRI International, Menlo Park, Calif., has been awarded a $230,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-
quantity contract for hardware, software, prototype systems, spiral software enhancements and installation
training support for the Digital Video Laboratory III. The basic contract is a five-year contract; with the work
for the first delivery order performed at Princeton, N.J., and is expected to be completed by July 9, 2014. Air
Force Test Center/PZIE, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/10/13)

Drone lands on carrier
A robot aircraft made history when its tailhook caught a cable and it made a successful arrested landing on
the flight deck of a moving aircraft carrier off the coast of Virginia today. "It isn't very often you get a glimpse
of the future. Today, those of us aboard USS George H.W. Bush got that chance,” said Secretary of the Navy
Ray Mabus. The Northrop Grumman-built X-47B, a tail-less, unmanned combat aircraft about the size of a
fighter, landed autonomously using GPS and sophisticated software. Named "Salty Dog 502," the
unmanned aircraft took off from the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., and headed for the carrier, the
same ship where an X-47B for the first time executed a catapult launch in May. Two arrested landings were
successful, but after reporters and VIPs left, a third landing was aborted when the aircraft itself detected a
navigation computer issue. It landed safely back on land. (Sources: Navy, NBC News, Los Angeles Times,
Breaking Defense, 07/10/13) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman builds portions of two unmanned
aircraft, Fire Scout and Global Hawk, in Moss Point, Miss.

Air show goes on
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Although sequestration has grounded the Navy Blue Angels from participating in the
summer air show at Pensacola Beach, the show is being held with an all-civilian lineup. Twenty-four
civilian aircraft will participate in the show Friday and Saturday. The big question for beach businesses is
whether a show without the Navy flight demonstration team, based at nearby Naval Air Station Pensacola,
will draw as many visitors. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 07/10/13)

Drone’s arrested carrier landing
An unmanned X-47B is scheduled to make its first arrested landing aboard an aircraft carrier in a historic
first on Wednesday. The Northrop Grumman-built aircraft, called “Salty Dog 502,” will leave Naval Air
Station Patuxent River, Md., and head for the USS George H.W. Bush, sailing off the coast of Virginia, for the
arrested landing aboard CVN 77. Landing on a carrier deck is one of the most challenging tasks for a naval
aviator. There will be nobody on the surface controlling the landing. Rather, the X-47B will land
autonomously using precision GPS navigation, a high-integrity network connection and advanced flight
control software to guide itself through the turbulent air behind the aircraft carrier and onto the moving flight
deck. (Source: Navy Live, 07/09/13) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman builts portions of the Fire Scout
and Global Hawk unmanned systems in Moss Point, Miss. Previous: Drone catapults from carrier; Drone
makes arrested landing

403rd to get new leader
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- Col. Jay Jensen, commander of the 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force
Base in Biloxi, Miss., is being reassigned to the Pentagon. Jensen will be senior Air Force policy
administrator for the Reserve Forces Policy Board. In that job he’ll advocate for the role of reservists. A new
commander will take over the 403rd at the end of this month. The makeup of the 403rd is changing. The
Hurricane Hunters will stay at Keesler but 10 of the C-130J planes in the 403rd are being transferred to
North Carolina. The active duty 345th will be reassigned to other active duty posts and the 815th Flying
Jennies will be dissolved. (Source: Sun Herald, 07/08/13)

Budget closes museum on Mondays
NAVAL AIR STATION PENSACOLA – The National Naval Aviation Museum will be closed Mondays because
of sequestration. The first day of the closing was this week, and it will remain in effect through September.
The museum, which has no cover charge, is closed on Mondays because federal employees handle
management of the museum. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 07/09/13)

Civilian jobs being cut
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Twenty-nine civilian positions will be eliminated at Naval Air Station Pensacola later
this year. Another 15 will be eliminated at Naval Air Station Whiting Field. In Pensacola, jobs are being cut
from force protection, command management and morale, welfare and recreation. The Reduction in Force
will occur Nov. 30. (Source: WEAR-TV, 07/08/13)

Accelerator drawing businesses
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- GE Aviation, which opened its Ellisville plant in May, is now renting laboratory
space in The Accelerator innovation center to train new employees to make components for jet engines.
The first course, Composites 101, consists of two eight-hour days where trainees learn the fundamentals
of working with composites such as carbon fiber and resins. Composites 102 is several more eight-hour
classes. Two other new businesses are Vatican Capital, a private equity investment firm that moved to The
Accelerator in March, and Radiance Technologies, which moved in at the beginning of the year. Radiance,
established in Huntsville in 1999, develops electronics, polymers and military applications. (Source:
Hattiesburg American, 07/07/13) The Accelerator business incubator was developed by the University of
Southern Mississippi.

NASA seeks lunar partners
NASA is offering its expertise and test facilities to potential lunar-lander partners who might be able to help
mount scientific missions to the Moon as early as 2018. A request for information published July 2 seeks
concepts for "an industry-developed robotic lander that can be integrated with a launch vehicle for the
purposes of supporting commercial (and potentially future NASA) missions." The responses are due Aug.
2. NASA is proposing no-exchange-of-funds partnerships under Space Act agreements or other
mechanisms, offering its technical expertise, test facilities, and some hardware and software to private
companies willing to put up funding for lander development. NASA is piggybacking on the Google Lunar X
Prize, $30 million in prizes to teams that can land a robotic spacecraft on the lunar surface. Right now 22
teams worldwide are in the running, working against a deadline of Dec. 31, 2015. (Source: Aviation Week,
07/05/13) Gulf Coast note: NASA has two facilities in the Gulf Coast region: Stennis Space Center, Miss.,
and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans.

Contract: UT, $134M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being awarded a
$133,979,288 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract.
This modification provides for non-recurring and recurring sustainment, site activation and depot activation
efforts in support of the Joint Strike Fighter F135 Propulsion System Low Rate Initial Production Lot VI.
Work will be performed in East Hartford, Conn. (63 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (25 percent), and Bristol,
United Kingdom (12 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2015. This contract combines
purchases for the U.S. Air Force (44.1 percent); U. S. Marine Corps (23.5 percent); the U.S. Navy (21.6
percent); and the governments of the United Kingdom (2.1 percent); Italy (2 percent); Turkey (1.6 percent);
Australia (1.6 percent); the Netherlands (1.3 percent); Canada (1 percent); Norway (.8 percent); and
Denmark (.4 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 07/05/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Syphax orders six A320 jetliners
Tunisia's Syphax Airlines ordered six aircraft from the Airbus A320 family, an order worth about $575
million. Syphax has confirmed its order to buy three A320neo, which incorporates more fuel efficient
engines and “sharklet” wing tip devices, and three A320 aircraft. The aircraft will be powered by CFM
engines, according to Airbus. The list price of an A320neo is $100.2 million and the standard A320 is $91.5
million. At the end of June 2013, firm orders for the NEO stood at 2245 from 40 customers. (Sources:
Airbus, Wall Street Journal, 07/04/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus broke ground in April on a $600 million A320
final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Northrop gets simulator contract
Northrop Grumman last week won a training-simulation contract potentially worth $490 million to support
the Air Force's next-generation air-combat virtual-training network. Northrop Grumman Information Systems
of Herndon, Va., was awarded the follow-on support for the Combat Air Force Distributed Mission
Operations and Integration program, according to the Defense Department. The company will develop and
manage the "Distributed Mission Operations Network 2.0" at its Orlando operation with work to be
completed by June 30, 2018. The system will connect dissimilar combat-aircraft simulators, from fighters
to refueling aircraft, to the same interactive trainer. Lockheed Martin also competed for the project,
according to a senior defense analyst for the Frost & Sullivan consulting firm. Lockheed's Mission Systems
& Training unit in Orlando, among other projects, manages the F-35 pilot-training center at Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., one of the centers that would connect to the Air Force's mission-operations training network. Air
Force Life Cycle Management Center, Agile Combat Support, Simulators Division, Wright-Patterson Air
Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity. Northrop Grumman's simulation division lost a bid earlier this
year for a trio of contracts related to virtual-training systems for the Littoral Combat Ship, the Navy's new,
advanced warship. (Sources: DoD, 06/27/13, Orlando Sentinel 07/03/13) The Independence-class variant
of the LCS is built in Mobile, Ala., by Austal USA.

West takes over 1st SOW
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Col. Bill West took command of the 1st Special Operations Wing during a
change of command ceremony Wednesday. West, a navigator, comes to Hurlburt from his position as
commander of the 27th Special Operations Group at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico. West
succeeds Col. Jim Slife, who has headed the wing for two years. The 1st SOW oversees operations at
Hurlburt Field, the most deployed installation in the Air Force. It employs more than 8,700 airmen and
almost 2,000 civilians. During Slife’s two years, the wing was in a near-constant state of deployment,
conducting combat operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Libya, South America and the Horn of
Africa. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 07/03/13)

7th SFG gets new leader
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Col. Christopher Riga became the latest commander of the 7th Special
Forces Group (Airborne) during a change of command ceremony Wednesday. He becomes the group’s
third commander since they moved from Fort Bragg, N.C., to its new 500-acre cantonment in Eglin Air
Force Base. Riga replaces Col. Antonio Fletcher, who has served as commander of the 7th Special Forces
Group for two years. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 07/03/13)

Harman to lead Okaloosa airports
Sunil Harman, Okaloosa County’s new airports director, is scheduled to start work July 23.
County commissioners unanimously approved Harman’s selection Tuesday night. Harman, who has
worked as Tallahassee’s aviation director since 2011, was chosen from an original pool of 175 applicants.
He will oversee Northwest Florida Regional Airport, Destin Airport and Bob Sikes Airport in Crestview.
Harman replaces Greg Donovan, who left in March 1. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 07/03/13)

Lockheed delivers 3rd HEO
Lockheed Martin has delivered the third of four highly elliptical earth orbit (HEO) satellite payloads
contracted by the U.S. Air Force as part of the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS). Featuring a mix of
satellites in geosynchronous orbit, the SBIRS program provides improved missile warning capabilities.
The contracts include four HEO payloads, four GEO satellites, and ground assets to receive, process, and
disseminate the infrared mission data. The first two HEO payloads were delivered in 2004 and 2005. Prior
to its delivery, the HEO 3 payload successfully completed environmental and functional testing to
demonstrate performance in family with HEOs 1 and 2. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 07/01/13) Gulf Coast
note: SBIRS is an A2100 satellite-based spacecraft, and work on the A2100 core's propulsion system,
which positions the spacecraft in orbit, is done at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Contract: EADS, $12.9M
EADS North America, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $12,921,227 modification to a previously awarded firm-
fixed-price, option-filled contract for contractor logistics support for the Army's aviation assets. The
cumulative total face value of this contract is $2,265,423,694. Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss.
Fiscal 2013 operations and maintenance funds are being obligated on this award. The Army Contracting
Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/01/13)

Sequester hits commissaries
Sequestration will force military and retiree families into revising their weekday food shopping routines at
base commissaries. In Florida, commissaries at Pensacola Naval Exchange near Corry Station and Eglin
Air Force base will be among 247 commissaries that will be closed on Mondays when civilian defense
workers begin forced, unpaid furloughs July 8. The commissary at Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Miss., will
also be closed Monday. About 148 others will close Tuesdays as well. The list includes Naval Air Station
Whiting Field, Hurlburt Field and Tyndall in Florida, Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, Naval Air
Station Columbus and Naval Air Station Meridian, all in Mississippi, and Naval Air Station/Joint Reserve
Base New Orleans in Belle Chasse, La. Commissaries employ 14,000 U.S.-based civilian employees
who will be affected by furloughs. The changes will remain through Sept. 30. (Source: Defense
Commissary Agency, store locator)

F-22 mod contract awarded
Lockheed Martin received a $12.7 million contract modification to supply the final batch of automatic
backup oxygen supply (A-BOS) systems for the F-22 Raptor fleet. The contract includes 72 retrofit kits for
operational aircraft, two for test aircraft, trainer kits, support equipment and spares, according to a
Department of Defense announcement. The total cumulative face value of the overall contract is $5.1
billion. (Source: Flight Global, 06/28/13) Gulf Coast note: F-22 pilots are trained at Tyndall Air Force Base,
Fla.JUNE 2013

Padgett picks airport director
CRESTVIEW, Fla. -- Okaloosa County Administrator Ernie Padgett has recommended hiring Tallahassee
aviation director Sunil Harman as the county’s next airports director. Padgett will present the
recommendation to county commissioners at their Tuesday meeting in Crestview. Harman, who has
worked as Tallahassee’s aviation director since 2011, was selected from an original pool of more than
100 applicants. Harman has spent more than 26 years in the industry. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 06/28/13) The spot has been vacant since Greg Donovan left to become director of Pensacola
International Airport.

Test stand work awarded
NASA selected Healtheon Inc. of New Orleans to provide a high pressure industrial water line at Stennis
Space Center in South Mississippi. The firm-fixed price task order has a total value of $29.8 million and a
performance period of 530 days. Work is scheduled to begin in July. The water line provides cooling water
and acoustic suppression to Stennis' B Test Complex, which will be used to test the core stage of NASA's
Space Launch System in 2016. The work under this task order includes the demolition of all piping
systems, including its valves and valve vaults. The contractor also will build a 96-inch diameter high
pressure industrial water line from Stennis' High Pressure Industrial Water Plant to the test complex, which
spans over a mile. (Source: PRNewswire, 06/28/13)

IHMC wins robotic challenge
PENSACOLA, Fla. – A team from the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) took first
place in the initial stage of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, coming out on top of a roster of 26 of the top
robotics research groups in the world. IHMC’s team scored 52 out of a possible 60 points in the DARPA
Virtual Robotics Challenge, a computer simulation using software that will power a real-life humanoid
robot in the future. Members of the top nine teams in the scoring will move on to the next competition, with
the top six getting funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and provision of a
humanoid robot, built by Boston Dynamics, for the next stage of the two-year competition, which is almost
halfway completed. The next competition, using actual robots, is scheduled for December 2013. The final
challenge is set for December 2014, with $2 million in prize money at stake. (Source: IHMC, Pensacola
News Journal, 06/28/13) IHMC has worked with NASA for years on multiple projects, including creating the
algorithms to provide locomotion for a walking version of Robonaut2, the humanoid aboard the
International Space Station.

Group gets new commander
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Col. Charles Corcoran, commander of the 325th Operations Group,
relinquished command during a Friday ceremony to Col. Max Marosko.
The 325th Operations Group is responsible for directing the flying and support operations for an F-22
Raptor fighter squadron, a training and support squadron, and an operations support squadron. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/28/13)

Security forces training center picked
The Air Force wants to build a training center for its security forces at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Camp Guernsey, Wyo., is second choice for the Security Forces Ground Combat Training Center, which is
expected to train 8,500 students per year by October 2014. Regional training centers at Creech Air Force
Base, Nev., Fort Wolters, Texas, Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst, N.J., and Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
would close. Camp Guernsey, which specializes in nuclear training, would continue to be the center for
Nuclear Training Excellence. The final decision will be made after an environmental study is completed
this summer. (Sources: AFNS, Air Force Times, 06/27/13)

Luke getting three more squadrons
Luke Air Force Base in Arizona will receive three additional squadrons of the F-35A, the Defense
Department said. The 72 additional jets will give the base in Glendale six squadrons totaling 144 F-35As,
more than any other Air Force installation. All F-35A pilots will train at either Luke or at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., location of the current schoolhouse for instructor pilots.  The first three F-35A squadrons are
scheduled to begin arriving at Luke AFB next year. Luke’s selection continues its tradition of pilot training. It’
s currently the site of active duty F-16 pilot training, along with the training for Fighting Falcon pilots from
partner countries. Foreign F-35A pilots also will train at the base. (Sources: Air Force Times, Fighter
Country Partnership, 06/28/13)

Contract: Boeing, $39.5M
The Boeing Co., Saint Louis, Mo., has been awarded a $39,464,977 modification to the contract for Joint
Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM). This modification is an option exercised under the Lot 17 JDAM contract to
add 1,601 JDAM tailkits. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $141,914,216. Work will be
performed at Saint Charles, Mo., and is expected to be completed by March 31, 2015. The contracting
activity is Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBDK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 06/27/13)

Second F-35C arrives at Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Less than a week after getting its first Navy variant of the F-35, Strike
Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 received its second F-35C Tuesday. The F-35C arrived after a 90-minute flight
from the Lockheed Martin production line in Fort Worth, Texas. It was in the same formation that brought the
U.K.'s third F-35 to Eglin. The Navy's first F-35C at Eglin arrived Saturday. VFA 101 will serve as the F-35C
Fleet Replacement Squadron, training both aircrew and maintenance personnel to fly and repair the F-35C.
(Source: GCAC, 06/27/13) Previous: UK F-35 arrives at Eglin; First Navy F-35 arrives at Eglin

Medical group gets new leader
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Col. Chris Weaver has taken over from Col. Paul Skala as commander
of the 325th Medical Group. The change of command ceremony was Tuesday. Skala leaves Tyndall to be
the command administrator and director of medical support at U.S. Air Forces in Europe. The 325th
Medical Group staff operates as an outpatient medical facility with family practice, pediatrics, dental, flight
medicine and women’s health clinics. (Sources: 325th Fighter Wing, 06/25/13, News Herald, 06/26/13)

County: Vision owes $40K
Okaloosa County officials again are pursuing legal action against Vision Airlines to recover almost $40,000
in unpaid fees. The airline owes the county $39,701.25 in unpaid rent, fuel and utility charges that accrued
while the discount carrier was flying out of Northwest Florida Regional Airport. “We had filed suit against
Vision Airlines and they failed to respond to our complaint, so we had a default entered against them,” said
attorney Greg Stewart, the county’s special counsel. “We have filed a motion to have that default converted
to an actual money judgment.” Stewart said the county is awaiting a hearing on that judgment. He said
Vision Airlines has not responded to the county’s inquiries since it paid off $117,000 in overdue passenger
facility charges in February. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/26/13)

UK F-35 arrives at Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The third F-35B for the United Kingdom arrived at Eglin Air Force Base on
Tuesday. U.S. Marine pilot Lt. Col. Roger Hardy delivered the aircraft known as BK-3 (ZM137) from
Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Fort Worth, Texas. The flight was 90 minutes. Lockheed Martin is
developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems,
headquartered in the U.K. The program’s more than 500 British suppliers will build 15 percent of each F-
35 produced. The first Navy variant arrived at Eglin Saturday. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 06/26/13) Previous

Price tag for Paris released
It cost Alabama between $88,000 and $97,000 to participate in the Paris Air Show, according to the
Alabama Department of Commerce. The bill will include travel costs for Gov. Robert Bentley and his wife,
Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield, two members of the governor's security staff and two Commerce
Department employees. But most of the costs are for the Alabama booth, graphics and set-up. The
Alabama delegation numbered about 90, and most participants were from cities, counties and companies
who did not travel at state expense. Nineteen communities, economic development groups, and chambers
attended. At least 20 other states had a significant presence at the air show, the department said, including
Florida, North Carolina, Mississippi, South Carolina and Virginia. (Source: al.com, 06/25/13)

Honeywell to handle Airbus powerhouse
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus awarded Honeywell a $37 million powerhouse operation contract for the A320 final
assembly line being built at Brookley Aeroplex. The project will begin in the fall and completed in mid-2014.
It will be managed from the Birmingham branch of Minnesota’s Honeywell Building Solutions. Honeywell
will design and build, and through a 10-year service agreement operate and maintain the facility that will
supply utilities to the assembly line. Ground was broken in April on the $600 million plant that will employ
1,000. (Source: al.com, 06/26/13)

Board approves Embry-Riddle contract
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide will continue to operate
programs at two local schools. The Okaloosa County School Board voted unanimously to approve an
agreement with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Institutes at Choctawhatchee and Crestview high
schools following a brief discussion Monday night. Ron Garriga, who will serve as the director of local
program, said that for the upcoming school year Embry-Riddle expects to have 200 students enrolled and
hopes the program’s popularity will increase with more on hands-on learning. Under the new contract,
10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders at Choctaw and Crestview can enroll in a variety of college level courses in
the aviation field as long as they have a 2.5 GPA and two teacher recommendations. (Source: Northwest
Florida Daily News, 06/25/13)

Contract: UT, $11.4M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., has been awarded a
$11,408,838 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery, requirements type contract, with fixed-price, man-month rates
and cost-reimbursable line items for travel and relocation for 15 contractor engineering and technical
services representatives for Air National Guard (ANG) (5); Navy (1), and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) (9) in
support of the F100 engines on the F-15/F-16 (U.S. Air Force and FMS); and the JT9D and J52 engines on
the C-9 (Navy) aircraft. One of the five ANG locations where work will be performed is in New Orleans. Work
is expected to be completed by June 25, 2016. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/HBBI, Hanscom Air
Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity (Source: DoD, 06/25/13).

Small F-35 group wins award
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- A group of airmen won a national award from the Air Force for work
maintaining the new state-of-the-art equipment for F-35 pilots. Earlier this month, the 10-person 33rd
Operations Support Squadron’s Aircrew Flight Equipment group received the Air Force’s Outstanding
Aircrew Flight Small Equipment Program award for their work in 2012. The crew maintains the helmet,
flight jacket and g-suit for instructor pilots and students learning to fly the Air Force’s variant of the F-35 at
the training school at Eglin, the first of its kind for all branches of the military. (Source: Northwest Florida
Daily News, 06/24/13)

Contract: Raytheon, $10M
Raytheon Technical Services Co., LLC, Indianapolis, Ind., has been awarded a $10,031,657 fixed-price-
incentive-firm contract for the Joint Miniature Munitions Bomb Rack Unit (JMM BRU). The contractor shall
conduct a Technology Development Phase to initiate JMM BRU design activities, mature JMM BRU
technologies, initiate production process development to determine the appropriate set of technologies to
be integrated into a full system, and conduct prototyping in a relevant environment. Work will be performed
at Indianapolis, Ind., and is expected to be complete by July 2015. Fiscal 2013 Research Development
Test and Evaluation funds are being obligated on this award. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center/EBMK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/24/13)

Hurlburt command changes
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- The 801st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron held a change of
command ceremony June 17. Maj. Jeffrey Johns took over from Lt. Col. Felix Johnfinn. The 801st SOAMXS
performs all equipment maintenance in support of worldwide special operations missions. It supports the
CV-22B Osprey hybrid aircraft and MC-130H Talon II aircraft (Source: 1st Special Operations Wing,
06/20/13). The 1st Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron held a change of command
ceremony June 20. Lt. Col. David Byer took over from Lt. Col. Christopher Patrick. The 1st SOMDOS
promotes and maintains the health of 8,000 active-duty, reserve, civilian personnel, and 22,000
beneficiaries (Source: 1st Special Operations Wing, 06/21/13). The 1st Special Operations Maintenance
Squadron hosted a change of command ceremony June 21. Maj. James Cooper took over from Maj.
Michael Campos. The 1st SOMXS conducts special operations airlift, helicopter air refueling and
psychological operations throughout the United States, South America, Africa and Middle East. (Source: 1st
Special Operations Wing, 06/21/13)

Two squadrons now history
Two maintenance squadrons, one at Eglin Air Force Base and the other at Tyndall Air Force Base, have
been inactivated. The 33d Maintenance Operations Squadron (MOS) was inactivated June 13. The unit was
the only military maintenance organization to house airmen, Marines and sailors in the Department of
Defense's first of its kind for the F-35 program (Source: 33rd Maintenance Group, 06/20/13). At Tyndall, the
325th MOS was inactivated June 20. The squadron provided key maintenance analysis data, flying and
maintenance scheduling management and flight line operations oversight (Source: 325th Fighter Wing
Public Affairs, 06/20/13). The inactivations resulted from the Air Force’s decision last year to reorganize
maintenance support in part because of a lack of field-grade officers in the maintenance career field.

First Navy F-35 arrives at Eglin
Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 received the Navy's first F-35C from Lockheed Martin today at the
squadron's home at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. VFA 101 will serve as the F-35C Fleet Replacement
Squadron, training both aircrew and maintenance personnel to fly and repair the F-35C. The F-35C is a fifth
generation fighter outfitted to land on a carrier. It combines advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility,
fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Once in the fleet, it
will complement the capabilities of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, which currently serves as the Navy's
premier strike fighter. (Source: NNS, 06/22/13)

Airbus, Embraer top sellers
PARIS – Aviation companies at the 50th Paris Air Show announced deals for about 1,460 aircraft over the
show's four business days, signaling a healthy global aerospace industry and the growing importance of
small-to-medium-sized regional passenger jet aircraft. The show's top aircraft sales performer was Airbus,
which made deals for 536 single-aisle and widebody passenger jets during the show. The company
places the figure at 466 aircraft. South American aircraft manufacturer Embraer. It held the top spot in
aircraft sales over the first two days of the show with strong sales of the recently introduced E2 family of
regional passenger jets. (Source: Avionics Intelligence, 06/20/13)

AF releases new F-35 study
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The final draft of a report analyzing the impact of the F-35 program on the
surrounding community has been released. The report, first released in September 2010, is available for
review and comment through July 29. Eglin is the training center for F-35 flight and maintenance students
across all branches of the military and several partner nations. Flight operations began in 2012, but
restrictions were in place until more information could be gathered. One was limiting flights that send air
traffic over Valparaiso, where residents and businesses were concerned about noise. The environmental
impact statement provides several alternatives, but lifting restrictions on the runway is the preferred
alternative. But because there are fewer F-35s and more is known about operations of the plane, the noise
impact estimates across the board dropped by 2 to 3 decibels from the 2010 assessment. Also, training
simulating an engine burnout and emergency landings will be done at Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama
City, Fla.. Of 90,000 estimated annual flight operations at the program's peak, 44,000 would take place at
Eglin and 6 percent of those would occur on the runway that sends aircraft over Valparaiso. Also, night
flights have been reduced from 5 percent to 3 percent. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/19/13)

Contract: State agency, $29M
The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, Madison, Miss., has been awarded a $29,072,700
firm-fixed-price, multi-year contract for full food services, including providing all personnel, supervision, and
any items and services necessary to operate three full dining facilities, one flight kitchen, and one central
preparation kitchen in support of organizational missions as needed. Work will be performed at Keesler Air
Force Base, Miss., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2017. This award is the result of a
competitive acquisition and 12 offers were received. The 81st Contracting Squadron/LGCB, Keesler AFB, is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/20/13)

Output boost; early plane debut
Boeing said Wednesday that it moved up the delivery date for the 737 Max, which sports new engines, by
six months to the third quarter of 2017. Airbus said it may increase A320 production by 19 percent by 2020
from 42 a month now to satisfy rising demand. Tom Williams, the Airbus executive vice president for
programs, said in an interview with Bloomberg at the Paris Air Show that suppliers need to start thinking
about a rate of 50 aircraft a month. (Source: Bloomberg, 06/19/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus broke ground in
April on an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala. Previous: Boeing ups demand forecast

Two hired for Airbus team
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus has chosen two more people for its management team for the company’s new A320
final assembly line at Brookley Aeroplex. Mark Smith has been named manager of health, safety and
environment, and Darren Gates has been named facilities manager. The company broke ground in April
on its $600 million assembly line that will eventually have 1,000 workers. (Source: al.com, 06/18/13)

Navy picks GE ethernet switches
PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, Md. -- GE Intelligent Platforms of Huntsville, Ala., will supply
Ethernet switches for the Navy's MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned helicopters. Officials of the Naval Air Systems
Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., announced their intention to issue a new sole-source
contract to GE for 15 RES-210 Ethernet switches for the Northrop Grumman-built Fire Scout. The Fire Scout
can operate from land bases or a variety of surface ships. The GE RES-210 Ethernet switch is designed for
harsh environments, such as on military platforms that are subject to high altitudes, vibration, shock,
temperature extremes, humidity, and salt fog. (Source: Military and Aerospace Electronics, 06/18/13) Gulf
Coast note: Fire Scouts are assembled in part in Moss Point, Miss.

EasyJet to buy 135 A320s
No-frills airline easyJet announced a deal to purchase 135 Airbus single-aisle A320 passenger planes,
including 100 new generation neo aircraft for $11.9 billion, after agreeing sizeable discounts. EasyJet,
issuing a statement amid the Paris Air Show, said that is has secured an option to buy an additional 100
A320neo planes. EasyJet is to acquire 35 current generation A320 aircraft for delivery between 2015 and
2017 under an existing option agreement, and 100 new generation A320neo planes for delivery between
2017 and 2022 under a new deal. It added that 85 of the 135 ordered aircraft will be used to replace ageing
passenger planes, with the remaining 50 used to build on easyJet's strategy of increasing its seat capacity
of between three and five percent annually. (Source: AFP via FoxNews, 06/18/13)

Lufthansa firms up order
PARIS -- The Lufthansa Group has firmed up a previous decision from March this year and signed for 100
A320 family aircraft (35 A320neo, 35 A321neo and 30 A320ceo with sharklets) at the Paris International Air
Show in Le Bourget, France. The Lufthansa Group has been operating the A320 family since October 1989.
They were the launching customer for the A321 and belonged to the first operators of the A319 and A320.
The new order confirms Lufthansa’s leading position as the largest Airbus airline customer and operator
in Europe, increasing its order for the A320 type to 299. Over 150 of these aircraft have already been
delivered. (Source: Airbus, 06/17/13)

NASA to show off weld center
NEW ORLEANS -- A new machine for manufacturing the core stage of NASA's Space Launch System will
be shown to the media Friday at Michoud Assembly Facility. NASA Associate Administrator for Human
Exploration and Operations William Gerstenmaier and other agency officials will be on hand for the ribbon-
cutting for the vertical weld center, where friction-stir weld tooling will be used to assemble the core stage.
Officials from Boeing of Huntsville, Ala., prime contractor for the SLS core stage and its avionics, will take
part in the ribbon-cutting. The 200 foot-tall core stage will store cryogenic liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen
to feed the rocket's RS-25 engines. The vertical weld center will stand about three stories tall and weigh
165 tons. The event also will include a tour of the SLS area where work is done on the Orion crew capsule.
(Source: NASA, 06/17/13) Engines for the SLS are tested at NASA's Stennis Space Center, some 35 miles
from Michoud in Mississippi.

Rocket motor source certified
PARIS -- Raytheon Co. continues to exceed renegotiated delivery schedule requirements of the AIM-120
Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) to the U.S. Air Force following the renewal of contract
payments in December 2012, a successful live-fire test and certification of a second rocket motor source.
Nammo Group, the second AMRAAM rocket motor source based in Raufoss, Norway, was officially certified
by the Nonnuclear Munitions Safety Board earlier this year. In 2010, Raytheon and Nammo began
development and qualification of an alternative rocket motor for the AIM-120 AMRAAM. The live-fire test was
performed in January 2013 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. All test objectives were successfully accomplished,
according to U.S. Air Force officials. (Source: PRNewswire, 06/17/13)

Military announces furloughs
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Military officials say at least 2,100 civilian employees working at Tyndall Air Force
Base and Naval Support Activity Panama City will be impacted when furloughs begin July 8. About 700 U.S.
Department of Defense civilians work at Tyndall, with furloughs scheduled through Sept. 30. There are
about 1,474 people at the Navy base who will be furloughed. According to the DoD, the cuts would reduce
pay about 20 percent over the furlough period. The numbers of those furloughed could rise and there is no
guarantee the furloughs will end Sept. 30, the beginning of the next fiscal year, according to the DoD.
(Source:  News Herald, 06/17/13)

Rocketdyne deal to save $1B
PARIS -- Aerojet Rocketdyne, the company formed with GenCorp's purchase of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne,
on Sunday said it has promised the U.S. government $1 billion in savings over the next decade as a result
of the deal. Aerojet Rocketdyne President Warren Boley told Reuters that the new company, a wholly owned
unit of GenCorp, expected to double its revenues over the next five years from a current combined estimate
of $1.7 billion. (Source: Reuters, 06/16/13) Gulf Coast note: Aerojet Rocketdyne has an operation at
Stennis Space Center, Miss. Previous

Green taxiing system to be shown
PARIS -- Honeywell and Safran, having completed the first major phase of testing of their electric green
taxiing system (EGTS), are publicly demonstrating the technology for the first time on an Airbus A320
aircraft at the 50th International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport. Developed by EGTS International, a
joint venture between Honeywell and Safran, the technology enables aircraft to taxi autonomously using its
own electrical power, avoiding the use of the main engines during taxiing. EGTS is designed to improve
airline operating efficiency during taxi operations and cut fuel consumption by up to four percent per flight
cycle. EGTS enables aircraft to push back autonomously and taxi between gate and runway without
engaging the main engines by using the auxiliary power unit (APU) generator to power electric motors in
the main landing gear. Each of an EGTS-equipped aircraft's powered wheels is fitted with a control system,
giving pilots total control of the aircraft's speed and direction during taxi operations. (Source: Avionics
Intelligence, 06/17/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus will build A320s in Mobile, Ala., where Safran also has an
office.

ILFC exercises option for A320neos
PARIS -- International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC), a wholly owned subsidiary of American International
Group, Inc., announced that it has exercised options to purchase 50 incremental A320neo aircraft from
Airbus that were part of the agreement signed in April 2011 for 100 firm A320neo Family aircraft. Deliveries
of ILFC’s neo aircraft are expected to commence in 2015. Officially launched in December 2010, the
A320neo family aircraft incorporate greater fuel-efficiency and eco-friendly technology, providing reductions
in engine noise and emissions. (Source: Business Wire, 06/17/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus broke ground
in April on an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Exelis gets F-35 contract
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – ITT Exelis has been awarded a multimillion-dollar contract from Lockheed Martin
to fabricate composite blade seal components for all variants of the F-35. This award will support
production for LRIP 6 and 7 through 2015. Production of the blade seals will take place at the new Exelis
composite design and manufacturing center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Exelis has more than 40 years of
experience in the design and manufacture of composite structures. (Source: Business Wire, 06/17/13) Gulf
Coast note: Exelis has an operation in Panama City, Fla.; the F-35 training center is at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla.

J-2X engine tested
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- J-2X engine No. 10002 was tested Thursday on the A-1 Test Stand at
NASA's South Mississippi rocket engine test complex. The 60-second test signals the start of a series of
firings to collect data on performance of the engine that will power a stage of the launch vehicle in NASA's
Space Launch System. By the time the J-2X tests conclude later this summer, the engine will have been
fired at full power and for the total time it would operate during an actual flight, while being gimbaled in the
same way it must move during flight. (Source: NASA/SSC, 06/14/13)

A350 XWB takes to the air
TOULOUSE, France -- An A350 flew for the first time Friday just days before the Paris Air Show in a maiden
flight that went without a hitch. The jetliner took off from Toulouse-Blagnac airport for a flight that lasted four
hours. The A350, fitted with a Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine built specifically for the A350, will compete
with Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. Airbus hopes to have the plane certified for commercial flight in 12 to 13
months. (Sources: multiple, including CNN, Airbus, Engadget, Business Wire, 06/14/13) Gulf Coast note:
The Trent XWB engine is tested at Rolls-Royce's outdoor test facility at Stennis Space Center, Miss.
Previous: RR XWB takes to skies; Goodrich ships XWB thrust reverser; Rolls engine testing booms at
Stennis

Source: Lockheed Martin, $9.9M
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $9,899,914 delivery order
against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for JASSM Common Unique Planning Component
software. Work will be performed at Orlando, Fla., and is expected to be completed by June 25, 2015.
Foreign Military Sales contract funds in the amount of $9,899,914 are being obligated at time of award for
Finland and Australia. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBJK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/14/13)

Contract: Raytheon, $534.8M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $534,795,962 firm-fixed-price contract for
AMRAAM Production Lot 27. Work will be done in Tucson, Ariz., and is expected to be completed by Jan. 31,
2016. Fifty one percent of the production effort is Foreign Military Sales (AIM-120 C7s for Oman and Saudi
Arabia). This award is the result of a sole source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBA,
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/14/13)

MC-27J Phase 1 testing complete
ATK and Finmeccanica’s Alenia Aermacchi successfully completed the first phase of ground and flight
tests of their MC-27J multi-mission aircraft. A roll-on/roll-off gun system pallet was installed and tested on
the Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan airlifter. The tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., demonstrated the
ability of the C-27J to host the self-contained, modular pallet utilizing ATK's GAU-23 30mm cannon in a
side-firing configuration. The tests were designed and certified by the U.S. Air Force and deemed
successful by Air Force Special Operations Command. (Source: PRNewswire, 06/14/13)

Mississippi to attend air show
Mississippi will have a delegation at the upcoming Paris Air Show. The seven-member group will include
Gov. Phil Bryant and the Mississippi Development Authority. The delegation has meetings set up with
dozens of companies to discuss expansion opportunities, including some suppliers for the Airbus jetliner
assembly line being built in Mobile, Ala. The Aerospace Alliance, an organization that helps market
Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi, will host a Sunday reception on the Seine River. (Source: The
Associated Press via Miami Herald, 06/11/13) Related: Alabama team to attend air show; FGNW-led group
to attend air show

Alabama team to attend air show
Alabama leaders, economic development specialists and local officials from around the state will head to
the Paris Air Show in a bid  to expand Alabama’s aerospace industry. The show begins Monday and runs
through June 23. The delegation from Alabama will meet with more than 20 companies over the course of
the show. Some of the companies already have a presence in Alabama, while others represent prospects.
The Department of Commerce says more than 300 aerospace and aviation companies and organizations
operate across Alabama. One of the most high profile is the Airbus assembly plant that is being built in
Mobile. (Source: Made in Alabama, 06/12/13)

USV-towed mine sonar progressing
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract to support the Navy's integration onto an unmanned
surface vehicle the AQS-24A Side Look Sonar System to look for mines remotely. The repackaging of the
sonar for USV use will build upon proven capabilities of the AQS-24A and its predecessors airborne
minehunting search systems used by the Navy for 28 years. The AQS-24A is primarily towed from the MH-
53E helicopter, but has been tested from USVs since 2002. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center in
Newport, R.I., Naval Surface Warfare Center in Panama City, Fla., NSWC Carderock Division in West
Bethesda, Md., NSWC Combatant Craft Division in Norfolk, Va., and Northrop Grumman jointly developed
an 11-meter USV that launched, recovered and towed the AQS-24A. (Source: Space War, 06/12/13)

325th sets command change
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Lt. Col. Patrick Godfrey will assume command of the 325th
Communications Squadron from Lt. Col. Wayne Wisneski during a change of command ceremony
Thursday morning. The 325th Communications Squadron, one of five squadrons assigned to the 325th
Mission Support Group, provides the 325th Fighter Wing and 29 associate units with advanced
communications, computer and information management systems, air traffic control maintenance
systems, postal and visual information support and communications security. (Source: News Herald,
06/11/13)

FGNW-led group to attend air show
A four-member delegation from Northwest Florida will leave Friday to attend the Paris Air Show. Led by
Florida’s Great Northwest, the group has meetings scheduled with 14 aviation companies to discuss
opening operations in Northwest Florida. The group is coordinating efforts with Enterprise Florida, the state’
s economic development organization. The state delegation has meetings with more than 40 companies,
and the state will have a booth at the show. More than 290 delegations from 82 countries will attend the air
show. (Source: Florida’s Great Northwest, 06/12/13)

Israeli supplier delivers component
Israel's Elbit Systems-Cyclone delivered its first advanced composite component for the F-35 center
fuselage made by Northrop Grumman. The component delivered is one of 16 parts to be manufactured by
Elbit Systems-Cyclone under a seven-year agreement with Northrop Grumman. Northrop Grumman is a
principal member of the Lockheed Martin-led F-35 industry team. It manufactures the center fuselage,
designed and produces the radar and other avionics, including electro-optical and communications,
navigation and identification subsystems. Northrop Grumman also develops mission systems and
mission-planning software, leads the team's development of pilot and maintenance training system
courseware, and manages the team's use, support and maintenance of low-observable technologies.
(Source: Space Mart, 06/11/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the F-35 training center.

Mobile passenger traffic up
MOBILE, Ala. -- Year-over-year passenger traffic at the Mobile Regional Airport increased five percent to
more than 191,000 by the close of April. Bill Sisson, executive director of the Mobile Airport Authority, said
several economic development successes, including the Airbus final assembly line project, have raised
the regional airport’s profile but are not solely responsible for the uptick in traffic. According to the authority’
s data, traffic has increased incrementally each month in 2013, and the airport is on track to record a
landmark year for enplanements. (Source: al.com, 06/10/13)

Boeing ups demand forecast
Global demand for aircraft in the next 20 years will be stronger than estimated so far, thanks to demand in
the Asia-Pacific region and from low-cost carriers. Boeing on Tuesday raised its estimate of global
demand by 3.8 percent to 35,280 aircraft and in value by 7 percent to $4.8 trillion. Boeing and rival Airbus
compete for most of the existing market, but they face new competition from manufacturers in emerging
economies. Airbus estimated in its last forecast in September that from 2012-2031, demand for new
airliners would total 28,200 worth $4 trillion. Boeing, publishing its market estimates before the Paris Air
Show opens on Monday, said that from 2013-2032, demand in the segment for medium-range airliners
with a single aisle, typically supplied by the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320, would total 24,670 aircraft worth
$2.29 billion. (Source: AFP via France24, Reuters, 06/11/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus broke ground in April
on a $600 million final assembly plant for A320s in Mobile, Ala.

Eglin F-35 program changing leader
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Changes are coming to the F-35 program at Eglin Air Force Base’s
Integrated Training Center. One is a change of command, the other a retirement. On Friday, Air Force Col.
Todd Canterbury will assume command of the 33rd Fighter Wing from Col. Andrew Toth in the F-35A Saylor
Hangar. Canterbury, a former Thunderbird demonstration pilot, was the executive officer for the Deputy
Commander United States Forces Korea, United Nations Command, Seoul, South Korea., prior to his
arrival at Eglin. Also on Friday, Marine Col. Arthur Tomassetti retires at 1 p.m. in the Marine Fighter Attack
Training Squadron -501 F-35B Hangar. He has been with the F-35 program for almost 15 years and flew
all three variants of the F-35. (Source: 33rd Fighter Wing, 06/11/13)

FTC OKs GenCorp Rocketdyne buy
The Federal Trade Commission said Monday it's going to allow GenCorp, owner of rocket-engine maker
Aerojet, to purchase Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne despite potential monopoly concerns. FTC voted to close
its 10-month probe over national security concerns and allow the $550 million sale after the Defense
Department requested approval. Both firms make rocket engines for spacecraft and components for
military missile defense systems. They are also the only main suppliers of a high-performance liquid
rocket propulsion system that the military uses for missile defense. (Source: The Hill, Reuters, 06/10/13)
Gulf Coast note: Rocketdyne has an operation at Stennis Space Center, Miss., where Aerojet tests its AJ-
26 engines. Previous: Rocketdyne being sold to GenCorp; UT completes unit sale to Safran; Antares has
successful launch

Orion passes static load tests
NASA's Orion crew module has successfully passed its static loads tests. Orion will sit atop the launch
vehicle in NASA's Space Launch System program, designed to take astronauts further in space than ever
before. Engineers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., built a 20-foot-tall static loads test fixture for the
crew module with hydraulic cylinders that slowly push or pull on the vehicle. The fixture produced 110
percent of the load caused by eight different types of stress Orion will experience during Exploration Flight
Test-1 in September 2014. More than 1,600 strain gauges recorded how the vehicle responded. The loads
ranged from as little as 14,000 pounds to as much as 240,000 pounds. Orion also was pressurized to
simulate the effect of the vacuum in space, allowing engineers verify repairs made to superficial cracks in
the vehicle's rear bulkhead caused by previous pressure testing in November. (Sources: SpaceTravel,
06/11/13, NASA, 06/06/13) Gulf Coast note: Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, builds Orion and the
core stage of the Space Launch System; Stennis Space Center, Miss., is testing engines for the SLS that
will carry Orion into space.

Hot air balloon festival set
FOLEY, Ala. – Forty-five balloonists will take to the air as part of the 9th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon
Festival this weekend. Weather will determine if flights take place Friday night and Saturday, but there will
be other activities at the Foley Sports Complex on U.S. 98, including musical entertainment and arts and
crafts. (Source: al.com, 06/10/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $104.7M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a
$104,734,081 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement and
delivery of 83,169 Xilinx field programmable gate arrays for the U.S. Air Force (35,842), U.S. Marine Corps
(10,517); U.S. Navy (9,517), and the governments of Italy (5,992); Turkey (6,370); Australia (5,952); Norway
(4,905); United Kingdom (3,530); the Netherlands (61); and Denmark (483). These FPGAs are required for
the manufacture of the low rate initial production Lot VII through full rate production Lot III Joint Strike Fighter
aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in September 2014.
This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force (44.3 percent); U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps
(22.7 percent); and the governments of Italy (7.7 percent); Turkey (7.2 percent); Australia (6.6 percent);
Norway (6.3 percent); United Kingdom (4.9 percent); the Netherlands (.11 percent); and Denmark (.10
percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
06/10/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Contract: Pratt and Whitney, $648.8M
Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being awarded a $648,769,404 modification to
a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to extend the F135 System Development and
Demonstration contract period of performance. In addition this modification is for the procurement of the
technical baseline review design, verification, validation and qualification tasks; two spare flight test
engines, and additional spare parts to support the F-35 Flight Test Program. Work will be performed in
East Hartford, Conn. (72 percent); Bristol, United Kingdom (22 percent); and Indianapolis, Ind. (6 percent),
and is expected to be completed in December 2016. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/10/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home
of the F-35 training center.

Further Brookley development eyed
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Mobile Airport Authority has launched preliminary talks with two partner firms to develop
as many as 215 acres at Brookley Aeroplex. Baltimore-based Cordish includes Mobile-based JMG Realty
as part of its development team. Brookley, a former Air Force base, now hosts aerospace and other
companies. Airbus, which has an engineering center at Brookley, broke ground in April for a $600 million
A320 final assembly line. The authority envisions a total build-out of the aerospace hub that nearly doubles
commercial space to 6 million square feet, creates a net increase of more than 4,000 jobs and houses as
many as 10,000 employees. Buddy Rice, the authority's spokesman, said negotiations are in the
preliminary stage so specifics regarding the scope of the work are speculative at this time. (Source: al.
com, 06/10/13)

Plane makes emergency landing
GULFPORT, Miss. -- A United Airlines flight bound for Houston made an emergency landing Friday at the
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport after a tire blew out as it took off from the airport. No injuries were
reported to the 50 passengers and three crew members, said Clay Williams, airport executive director. The
plane circled the airport several times before landing safely just before 2 p.m., officials said. (Sources: Sun
Herald, 06/07/13)

F-35 has missile launch milestone
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An F-35A on Wednesday completed the first in-flight missile launch
of an AIM-120 over the Point Mugu Sea Test Range. It paves the way for targeted launches in support of the
Block 2B fleet release capability later this year. The F-35A is designed to carry a payload of up to 18,000
pounds using 10 weapon stations. It features four internal weapon stations located in two weapon bays to
maximize stealth capability, and can also utilize an additional three external weapon stations per wing if
required. (Source: Military.com, Defense News blog, Lockheed Martin, 06/07/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

State gets land to protect Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The state bought a 20,850-acre buffer zone to help protect Eglin Air Force
Base from any development that could interfere with its missions. The land, on the eastern side of Eglin in
Walton County, was bought from M.C. Davis for $12.5 million. Davis will continue to own and manage the
land, but it will not be developed. The buffer was purchased through a partnership of state and federal
governments and agencies. Florida committed $10.2 million, the federal government $1.75 million and
Eglin $550,000. Eglin is 474,000 acres, but its footprint in the air is larger and includes special use
airspace for test, evaluation and training missions done out of Eglin, Hurlburt Field and Duke Field.
Airspace over the new buffer is primarily used for low-level flying. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
06/06/13)

Revamped jet could mean higher output
TOULOUSE, France -- Airbus could increase narrow body aircraft production once a revamped version of
its A320 medium-haul jet enters service in late 2015, a senior executive said. “After we introduce the
A320neo we could easily imagine going to rates like 44 per month, and in fact as we go towards the end of
the decade, 50 a month,” said Tom Williams, executive vice-president of programs at Airbus, in a media
briefing. Airbus said on Thursday it had sold 517 aircraft in the first five months of this year, just ahead of
Boeing’s tally. Both companies are expected to unveil orders at the June 17-23 Paris Air show. (Source:
Reuters via euronews, 06/06/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building a $600 million final assembly line for
the A320 family of jets in Mobile, Ala.

SSC building RS-25 test component
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Fabrication recently began at Stennis Space Center on a new 7,755-
pound thrust frame adapter for the A-1 Test Stand to enable testing of the RS-25 engines that will provide
core-stage power for Space Launch System. NASA will begin testing the engines that were used to power
the Space Shuttle in the fall of 2014. Gary Benton, RS-25 test project manager at SSC, said the initial
thought was that they would have to go offsite to have the stand component equipment built. But the design
team came up with a way to build it at SSC. Each rocket engine type requires a thrust frame adapter unique
to its specifications. On the test stand, the adapter is attached to the thrust measurement system. A rocket
engine then is attached to the adapter, which must hold the engine in place and absorb the thrust
produced during a test, while allowing accurate measurement of the engine performance. NASA and the
Lockheed Martin Test Operations Contract Group team worked together in designing the new adapter, and
communicated closely with Jacobs Technology welding and machine shop teams to make sure what was
being designed actually could be built. The adapter is slated to be finished and installed on the stand in
November 2013.(Source: NASA, 06/06/13)

Eglin F-35 fleet grows
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The largest fleet of F-35 aircraft grew to 25 with the arrival Wednesday of
two F-35A variants at the F-35 Integrated Training Center. More than 30 pilots from all three variants have
been trained at the training center. The Air Force has 12 F-35A joint strike fighters, the Marine Corps has 11
and the United Kingdom embedded with the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron-501 has two F-35Bs.
The Navy is slated to get its first two F-35C variants in the coming weeks. About 72 pilots from the Air Force,
Marine Corps and Navy are slated to graduate F-35 transition pilot training this year. (Source: 33rd Fighter
Wing, 06/06/13)

Sergeant gets Bronze Star
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – A sergeant with the 33rd Fighter Wing was awarded the Bronze Star
Tuesday for his service during his nearly year-long deployment in Southwest Asia. Senior Master Sgt.
Jamie Jordan oversaw maintenance for the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United
Arab Emirates from March 10, 2012, to Feb. 28, 2013. He and his squadron of 1,400 maintenance
personnel prepared aircraft for aerial refueling and collecting images for reconnaissance and surveillance,
had fighter aircraft on hand if needed and deployed command and control aircraft to the battlefield. Jordan
was hand-picked as one of the first maintainers to arrive at Eglin to work in the F-35 program before his
deployment. He will return to that work now that he is home. (Source: WEAR-TV, Northwest Florida Daily
News, 06/04/13)

USCG gets 15th HC-144A
The U.S. Coast Guard took delivery of its 15th HC-144A Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft from prime
contractor EADS North America. The Ocean Sentry is based on the Airbus Military CN235 tactical airlifter,
currently in operation in 29 countries. The latest aircraft joins a fleet of Ocean Sentries performing in a
range of different roles from Coast Guard Air Stations in Cape Cod, Mass., Mobile, Ala., and Miami. The
plane can remain airborne for more than 10 hours and performs a range of patrol missions for the Coast
Guard, including drug and migrant interdiction, disaster response, and search and rescue. (Source: EADS,
06/05/13)

RAF has first vertical landing
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- Squadron Leader Jim Schofield became the first Royal Air
Force pilot to complete a vertical landing of a Lockheed Martin F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing
(STOVL) Lightning II on May 28. Schofield said the F-35 has revolutionized STOVL flying. He said that with
the press of a button, the aircraft transforms to STOVL mode and the plane can take off or hover hands-off.
The U.S. Marine Corps plans to declare Initial Operational Capability with the STOVL in 2015. (Source:
Lockheed Martin, 06/04/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base is home of the F-35 training center.

New MAA chief chosen
MOBILE, Ala. -- Veteran economic developer Roger Wehner will take over as executive director of the Mobile
Airport Authority later this month. Wehner, the current president of Global Resource Group of Birmingham,
Ala., replaces Bill Sisson, who in April was named president of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce.
Wehner was formerly with Alabama Power and on loan to the airport authority while Airbus parent EADS
and then-partner Northrop Grumman built their case for building tankers in Mobile at Brookley Aeroplex.
EADS didn’t win the competition, but Wehner learned a lot about recruiting a supply chain. Wehner is also
a former vice president for business development with Safran USA, which now has an operation in Mobile.
(Source: al.com, 06/04/13)

Plans move forward on aviation school
The Baldwin County Board of Education plans to approve a lease agreement Thursday for a $2.5 million
aviation center at H.L. “Sonny” Callahan Airport. Groundbreaking should take place before the end of the
month, according to officials. Faulkner State Community College, Enterprise State, Baldwin County Public
Schools and the Fairhope Airport Authority announced plans for the 15,000-square-foot aviation center in
February. Dual-enrollment classes for high school students and courses for adults are expected to begin
in January. (Source: al.com, 06/04/13)

Fuzing research topic of briefing
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- U.S. Air Force weapons experts will brief industry June 25 and 26 on fuze
technology research efforts for specific applications, as well as on research programs in the mid- and far-
terms. The Fuze Technology Days event will enable government and industry to discuss research and
development efforts in fuzing technology, and encourage collaboration among attendees. Briefings will be
by experts in the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., at the
University of Florida Research and Engineering Education Facility adjacent to Eglin. (Military and
Aerospace Electronics, 06/04/13)

Defunct business admits fraud
GULFPORT, Miss. -- A former Diamondhead business admitted making false statements on concrete-
stress tests on jobs at Stennis Space Center. Corporate representative Robert C. Miller pleaded guilty on
the company's behalf Tuesday in U.S. District Court, said a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Miller was doing business as Gulf Cities Testing Laboratories LLC, a subcontractor on projects at Stennis
in 2011. The company, which faces a fine of up to $250,000 Sept. 4, was indicted in April on charges
involving work for NASA on three diffuser pads on a flight-engine test stand and for the Army Corps of
Engineers at the Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant. (Source: Sun Herald, 06/04/13)

F-35 operational dates revealed
The F-35 will reach operational milestones in 2015 for the Marine Corps, 2016 for the Air Force and 2019
for the Navy, according to details formally provided to Congress. Those are the dates that F-35 will achieve
initial operational capability, the point when the services have enough planes on hand to go to war if
needed. Actual deployments usually lag initial operational capability by about a year. (Source: Reuters,
06/03/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base is home of the F-35 training center.

Airbus Americas chairman reaches out
MOBILE, Ala. – The chairman of Airbus Americas was in Mobile to talk about the opportunities presented by
the new Airbus assembly line being built at Brookley Aeroplex. Mobile County school system officials and
members of 100 Black Men of Greater Mobile gathered at B.C. Rain High School to welcome Allan McArtor.
The school is the site of the county’s new Aviation and Aerospace Academy. Construction of the plant will
mean 3,000 jobs, and then there will be about 1,000 working at the plant when it’s finished. There are also
the spinoff jobs associated with suppliers. Also on Monday, the company announced postings for its first
manufacturing related positions. Airbus is seeking 10 manufacturing engineers. There was a
groundbreaking in May for the training facility, a 15,500 square-foot building. It’s scheduled to be completed
in the fall. (Source: WPMI-TV, al.com, 06/03/13)


MAY 2013

Contract: Sikorsky, $435M
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $435,315,279 modification to a previously
awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to procure four CH-53K System Demonstration Test Article
aircraft. Two percent of the work will be done in Fort Walton Beach,  Fla., and two percent in Jackson, Miss.
Seventeen percent of the work will be done in West Palm Beach, Fla. Other work sites are in Connecticut,
Kansas, Utah, Missouri, West Virginia, Washington, Ohio, Wisconsin, California, Arizona, Iowa,
Pennsylvania, United Kingdom and Canada. Work is expected to be completed in June 2017. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/30/13)

Enders ups Airbus sales goal
Airbus is on course to sell more than 800 aircraft in 2013, beating its initial order target by more than 100
units. That's what Tom Enders, chief executive of Airbus parent EADS, told shareholders Wednesday,
according to Reuters. His words come less than three weeks before the Paris Air Show, traditionally a
robust ordering period for Airbus. Airbus broke ground in April on a $600 million final assembly line in
Mobile, Ala. It will build the A320 family of jetliners. (Sources: al.com, 05/30/13, Reuters, 05/29/13)

Defense contractor opens Niceville office
NICEVILLE, Fla. -- Huntsville, Ala.-based aerospace company Cummings Aerospace has opened an office
in Niceville to leverage opportunities at Eglin Air Force Base. Cummings Aerospace, formed in November
2009 as a defense contractor specializing in missiles, has about 45 employees in Huntsville and Orlando
and now one in Niceville. The Niceville office opened in April. Sheila Cummings, the company founder and
owner, said she thinks the office will have 12 to 15 workers by this time next year. (Source: Northwest
Florida Daily News, 05/29/13)

Pensacola eyes airport grant
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Transportation is offering Pensacola International Airport a
three-year, $11 million grant for infrastructure improvements city officials think will make the airport a
competitor for aerospace companies. Mayor Ashton Hayward said the airport has great services and
facilities, but needs apron space airside infrastructure to draw the aerospace sector and other commercial
enterprises. The deal, which would require the city to pay half of a grant-funded project, has to be approved
by the Pensacola City Council. Local leaders hope to benefit from the $600 million Airbus assembly line
being built in Mobile, Ala., at Brookley Aeroplex. Pensacola has been courting Singapore-owned ST
Aerospace to set up an operation in Pensacola. ST Aerospace provides maintenance services and has a
major operation at Brookley. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 05/29/13) Previous

3-D printing grabbing headlines
3-D printing is beginning to grab a lot of headlines. In a story in Armed Forces Journal, Lt. Cmdr. Michael
Llenza says rapidly evolving technology may soon make 3-D printer warfare a reality. In 3-D printing, a part
is built layer by layer from powdered ingredients. For the Navy, it means ships would be able to make their
own parts instead of pulling into port. (Source: Yahoo News, 05/28/13). Last week NASA said it’s given a
grant to a company working on a 3-D foot printer. It could transform the way astronauts eat in space.
(Source: Space, 05/24/13). Next year, a 3-D printer is scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station.
It will produce the first parts ever made off planet Earth. (Source: NBC News, 05/24/13). Earlier this year a J-
2X with a 3-D part was tested at Stennis Space Station, Miss. Pratt & Whitney crafted the part with a 3-D
print method called Selective Laser Melting to make the exhaust port cover.

53rd change of command
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Col. Alexus Grynkewich will assume command of the 53rd Wing from Col.
David Hicks during a change of command Thursday. Grynkewich was the vice commander of the 57th
Wing at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., prior to his arrival at Eglin. Hicks will ransfer to North American
Aerospace Defense Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The wing comprises about 2,300 military
and civilian people at 29 locations throughout the United States. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 05/27/13)

Airbus gets more A320 orders
Air China has ordered 100 Airbus A320 family aircraft worth $8.8 billion at list price, according to reports.
Sixty of the single-aisle planes will be used by the airline itself, while the other 40 are being purchased for
its subsidiary Shenzhen Airlines. The planes are the type that will be built in Mobile, Ala. Airbus broke
ground April 8 on a final assembly line at Brookley Aeroplex. (Sources: al.com, Economic Times, 05/24/13)
Meanwhile, AirAsia, Asia's largest budget carrier, could buy another 50 planes as it targets aggressive
expansion in India. Discussion of an order for another 50 A320-family jets, worth $5 billion at list prices,
comes weeks ahead of the Paris air show and five months after the Malaysian carrier added 100 jets to its
order book to lift total purchases to 475 planes. (Source: Reuters, 05/24/13)

Panel rejects BRAC 2015
The House Armed Services' Readiness Subcommittee made it clear Thursday that it opposes the
Pentagon's request for a base realignment and closure round in 2015. The panel approved language in its
portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill that would preclude the Defense Department from
using FY 2014 appropriations "to propose, plan for or execute an additional BRAC round." Subcommittee
Chairman Rob Wittman, R-Va., said further review would be required before the committee could consider
endorsing a new BRAC round. (Source: Defense Communities 360, 05/24/13) Gulf Coast note: The region
is home to multiple military bases, many aviation-related.

Aging workforce a concern
MOBILE, Ala. – Collaboration with the Alabama Industrial Development Training program and aggressive
development of diversified career paths will be key to ST Aerospace Mobile’s longevity as it grapples with
an aging workforce. That’s what Bill Hafner, vice president of operations for STA Mobile, told members of
the Aviation and Aerospace Advisory Council Thursday at its quarterly meeting. The council was formed to
identify and address skills gaps and working to meet the needs of the state’s growing aerospace sector.
(Source: al.com, 05/23/13)

Sky’s Profile features Alabama
Alabama's aerospace, automotive, health care and financial industries will be the focus of a 44-page
section in Delta's Sky magazine in June. It will reach the millions who fly Delta. Sky's "Profile" section
highlights a state or city each month, and this is the first time Alabama has been featured. The size of the
profile section is determined by the level of support Sky gets from the featured community. This has 22
pages of ads and 22 pages of editorial. Gov. Robert Bentley said the timing is ideal since aerospace
leaders from around the world will be flying to Paris in June for the 50th annual International Paris Air
Show. (Source: MadeinAlabama, 05/23/13)

Contract: L-3, $53M
L-3 Communications, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $53,002,714 indefinite-delivery requirements
contract for logistics services support of the TH-57 aircraft fleet. Services to be provided include repair
and/or overhaul of aircraft, engines, avionics and related components. Work will be performed at Naval Air
Station Whiting Field, Milton, Fla., and is expected to be completed in June 2014. This contract was
competitively procured via electronic request for proposals; five offers were received. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/23/13)

Contractor picked for training center
MOBILE, Ala. – Mobile’s Rod Cooke Construction will serve as general contractor for the Alabama Aviation
Training Center at Brookley Aeroplex. The $6 million, 35,600-square-foot facility is for the Alabama
Industrial Development Training program. It will house labs and classrooms to train potential Airbus
employees. The project is slated for completion by March 2014. Airbus is building a $600 million final
assembly line at Brookley that will produce A320 jetliners and have about 1,000 workers. (Source: al.com,
05/22/13)

Triton completes first flight
PALMDALE, Calif. -- The Navy's MQ-4C Triton unmanned surveillance aircraft today completed its first flight
from Palmdale, Calif. The flight marks the start of tests that will validate the Northrop Grumman-built
system for fleet operations. During the 80-minute flight, the Triton, controlled by ground-based personnel,
reached an altitude of 20,000 feet. Triton will provide persistent maritime and littoral data collection and
dissemination in the Navy’s Asia and Pacific regions. The Triton, an adjunct to the manned P-8A Poseidon,
will fly missions for 24 hours at altitudes greater than 10 miles, allowing the monitoring of 2,000 nautical
miles of ocean and littoral areas at a time. Flight tests will continue in California for the next several months
before the team transitions the aircraft to Patuxent River, Md., in the fall. The MQ-4C Triton UAS will be
based at five locations around the globe. (Source: NNS, 05/22/13) Gulf Coast note: Central fuselage work
on Tritons is done in Moss Point, Miss.

Airbus hires customs manager
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas named Christopher “Kit” Johnson customs manager for the A320 final
assembly line under construction at Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex. He is the second hire for the $600 million
facility and joined the company May 20. He served most recently as foreign trade zone and customs group
manager for John S. James Co. at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. in Vance, Ala. Johnson will be
responsible for securing and improving the Toulouse, France-based planemaker’s customs activities in
the United States. (Source: al.com, 05/22/13)

Flight changes may mean less noise
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Changes to local military flight procedures may mean less noise on the
ground. The changes, which began last week, include raising minimum flight altitudes over populated
areas. Col. Don Johnson, commander of the 96th Operations Group at Eglin, said his primary concern was
safety and carrying out the Air Force’s mission, but added that the new policies also should help make
things quieter. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 05/21/13)

Company wins B-2 task order
Sauer Inc., of Jacksonville, Fla., won a $6.5 million NASA task order to renovate the B-2 rocket test stand at
Stennis Space Center, Miss. Sauer expects to complete the project in 10 months, the company said in a
news release. The B-2 Test Stand at Stennis was originally built to test Saturn rocket stages. It’s being
completely renovated to test NASA’s new Space Launch System core stage in late 2016 and early 2017.
(Source: Jacksonville Business Journal, 05/21/13)

Dream Chaser tests underway
A Colorado company developing a spaceship to take astronauts to the International Space Station is
testing landing-related elements at NASA facilities. Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser will carry seven people
and land like a plane. Astronauts are using a flight simulator at the Langley, Va., facility to simulate what it
would be like to land Dream Chaser. The company has also delivered a Dream Chaser engineering test
craft to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., to test the craft's nose strut, brakes and
tires. (Source: AP via Washington Post, 05/16/13) Gulf Coast note: Lockheed Martin will assemble the
composite structure for the first space-bound Dream Chaser at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New
Orleans.

Two squadrons move to Hurlburt
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Two Air Force squadrons moved to a new hangar Monday morning by
running about 15 miles across town. More than 50 people from the 9th Special Operations and the 1st
Special Operations Maintenance squadrons ran a relay to carry their official flags, or guidons, from their
hangar at Eglin Air Force Base to their new home at Hurlburt Field. The move, which has been discussed
for more than 20 years, finally reunites all 1st Special Operations Wing squadrons under one roof. About
400 people and eight MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft relocated. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
05/20/13)

3 Gulf Coast bases win awards
Three bases in the Gulf Coast were among five that won the Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for
Installation Excellence. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced today that the 2013 award winners
are the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Rucker, Ala.; Naval Support Activity Panama City, Panama City, Fla.; and
Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Miss. The other winners are Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center
Twentynine Palms, Calif., and Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Columbus, Ohio. The
Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence recognizes the outstanding and innovative
efforts of the people who operate and maintain U.S. military installations. The five recipients of this highly
competitive presidential award were selected for their exemplary support of Department of Defense
missions. (Source: DoD, 05/20/13)

728th ACS victim of cuts
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- One of the oldest squadrons in the Air Force has been shelved. The Air
Force was just three years old when 728th Air Control Squadron was activated Sept. 2, 1950, at Turner Air
Force Base in Albany, Ga. The squadron was inactivated Friday at Eglin Air Force Base as part of broad
budget cuts in the Department of Defense. The 728th provided command and control of joint air operations
by conducting surveillance, identification, weapons control, battle management and theater
communications data links. The squadron was known as the 728th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
when it was formed. It moved to Duke Field in 1977 then Eglin in 1994. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 05/17/13)

Drone does first touch and go on carrier
ATLANTIC OCEAN -- The Navy's X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) has
performed touch-and-go landings aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). It marks
another first for the drone. Earlier in the week the ship conducted the first-ever launch of an unmanned
aircraft. The UCAS-D program plans to conduct shore-based arrested landings of the X-47B at NAS
Patuxent River, Md., in the coming months before final carrier-based arrestments later in 2013. (Source:
NNS, 05/17/13) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman builds portions of two drones in Moss Point, Miss.;
naval aviators receive initial training in Northwest Florida.

Female chair chosen
The New Orleans Aviation Board, which governs the city-owned Louis Armstrong International Airport,
picked New Orleans lawyer Cheryl Teamer to be its first female chairperson. She will oversee the launch of
an $826 million overhaul the airfield that Mayor Mitch Landrieu has dictated must be done in five years.
Teamer was selected Thursday. (Source: New Orleans Times Picayune, 05/17/13)

Army SFG opens doors to public
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Army 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) opened its doors
Wednesday to show the public what it does. About 2,000 people showed up at the Special Forces’
cantonment south of Crestview. The event was part of the group’s Red Empire Week, designed to reunite
soldiers with their families after year-long deployments to Afghanistan and to show appreciation for the
community. Wednesday’s Visitors Day featured about 15 displays for the public to inspect the weapons,
vehicles and technologies soldiers use and to let them explain their day-to-day duties. (Source: Northwest
Florida Daily News, 05/15/13)

Contract: Jacobs, $8.5M
Jacobs Technology Inc., Lincoln, Mass., was awarded an $8,527,294 cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-
reimbursable contract for interim support of services to provide engineering and technology acquisition
support services. The types of services to be acquired under this contract includes but are not limited to:
engineering services, engineering support, technical support, provisioning and logistics, modeling and
simulation, configuration and data management, architectural support, test and evaluation, security
engineering and certification, capability based planning, commercial-off-the-shelf integration, integrated
master plans and scheduling and technical reviews. Work will be done at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.,
with primary geographically separated units at Peterson AFB, Colo.; Langley AFB, Va.; Eglin AFB, Fla.;
Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala.; and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, with an expected completion date of Nov. 15,
2013. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/PZM is the contracting activity. Contract has an FMS
component as the contract requires company to travel overseas for host nation support. (Source: DoD,
05/16/13)

Australia eyes Triton again
Australia is back on board and again considering buying a Northrop Grumman Triton long-range
surveillance drone. The government will issue a letter of request to the United States to gain access to
detailed cost, capability and availability information on the U.S. Navy's MQ-4C Triton. The drone is a variant
of the long-range Global Hawk, but configured for maritime surveillance. Australia could buy six or seven
Tritons, according to Reuters. The United States plans to buy 68. (Source: The Australian, 05/16/13)
Previous: Germany axes Euro Hawk. Gulf Coast note: All variants of the Global Hawk are built in part in
Moss Point, Miss.

A-1 houses full engine
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- For the first time in almost a decade, a full engine is in the A-1 test
stand. The installation of J-2X engine E10002 is in preparation for a series of tests where the engine will
be gimbaled, or pivoted, during test firings. When this upper stage engine is used in space, it will need to
be able to move freely to steer NASA's Space Launch System, or SLS, a heavy-lift launch vehicle that will
carry humans in deep space. It's the first time gimbal tests will be done since testing on the space shuttle
main engines. A series of tests was completed on the E10002 engine in the A-2 test stand prior to its
installation on the A-1 test stand. Once these tests are done, preparations will be made to begin testing the
RS-25 engine on the A-1 stand in 2014. RS-25 engines from the shuttle inventory will power the core stage
of SLS, while the J-2X engine will power the upper stage. (Source: NASA, 05/14/13)

Germany axes Euro Hawk
Germany's defense ministry plans to abandon the $1.3 billion Euro Hawk reconnaissance program. Flight
clearance issues in European airspace were key factors, according to reports. One Euro Hawk
demonstrator, a variant of the unmanned Northrop Grumman-built Global Hawk, has already been
purchased. But plans to buy three more will now be canceled, officials said. (Sources: Deutsche Welle, AP
via Fox News, AFP via Defense News, 05/15/13) Gulf Coast note: The central fuselage of the Euro Hawk
was built by Northrop Grumman in Moss Point, Miss.

F-35s do aerial refueling
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Air Force F-35 instructor pilots are qualifying this week in aerial refueling,
bringing to the F-35 Integrated Training Center, a new capability for student pilot training. An Air Force
Reserve KC-135 Stratotanker is providing the fuel to formations of the F-35As over the Eglin training
ranges. (Source: 33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 05/14/13)
Previous

Drone launches from carrier
In a historic first, the Navy successfully launched the X-47B unmanned aircraft from an aircraft carrier
Tuesday. It was the first-ever catapult launch of a UAV, popularly called a drone. The Northrop Grumman-
built demonstrator aircraft launched at 11:18 a.m. EDT from the George H.W. Bush off the coast of
Maryland, then safely landed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River after a 65-minute flight. (Sources: C/NET,
Wall Street Journal, 05/14/13) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman builds portions of the Global Hawk and
Fire Scout drones in Moss Point, Miss.; naval aviators are trained in part in Northwest Florida. Previous

Orion repair under scrutiny
Engineers are putting NASA's first space-bound Orion capsule through tests to stress the capsule's
structural shell and check repairs to cracks in the pressurized module's aluminum bulkhead. It’s set to fly
in orbit in 2014. The static loads testing began May 3 and will run through June inside the Operations and
Checkout Building at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The pressure shell of the Orion spacecraft, comprised of
welded olive-green aluminum-lithium metal panels, is being put through the tests to verify the capsule can
withstand loads it will encounter during launch, re-entry and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. The 16.5-
foot-diameter spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin Corp., was delivered to KSC in June 2012. Engineers
put the capsule through its first test at KSC in November, when they pressurized the Orion crew module to
check its integrity. The test was halted after technicians heard audible cracking sounds, and inspections
showed three small cracks in the aft bulkhead on the lower half of the Orion spacecraft's pressure shell.
The cracks materialized in three adjacent radial ribs of the aluminum bulkhead, according to NASA.
Engineers designed structural braces to resolve the problem, and those repairs are being tested now.
(Source: Spaceflight Now, 05/12/13) Gulf Coast note: The aluminum alloy core of the Orion was built at
Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans. Previous: MAF-built Orion at KSC, NASA evaluating Orion cracks

Contract: Northrop Grumman, $555.6M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems Sector, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a
maximum ceiling $555,600,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Global Hawk
modernization. The tasks on each delivery or task order will fall into, but are not limited to, the following
categories: management, including program, business and technical areas; engineering efforts, including
configuration management, data management, reliability, availability & maintainability, and related areas of
concern such as technical refresh, diminishing manufacturing sources , etc.; studies and analyses;
design, development, integration, test and evaluation; retrofit requirements; and integrated logistics
support. Work will be performed in San Diego, and is expected to be completed by May 14, 2015. This
award is the result of a sole source acquisition. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2012 and 2013 and
obligations will be on subsequent individual task/delivery orders. The contracting activity is Air Force Life
Cycle Management Center/WIGK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (Source: DoD, 05/13/13)

Kuwait to sign Airbus deal
Kuwait Airways will buy 25 new Airbus jets and aims to lease a further 13 to upgrade its fleet, the Kuwaiti
newspaper Daily Al-Watan reported. The deal is for 10 wide-bodied A350-900 jets and 15 of the A320neo,
the newspaper said. The paper placed the value at $3.1 billion. The lease is for 13 of the A330 and A320
models for six years, the paper said. Bloomberg also wrote that the deal between Airbus SAS and the
airline is close and could be signed this month, but it placed the value at $4.4 billion based on list price.
Deliveries would start in 2019. (Sources: Globe and Mail, Bloomberg, 05/12/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus
broke ground last month in Mobile, Ala., on an A320 final assembly line.

Plans for old airport unveiled
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- The St. Andrew Bay Land Co. unveiled plans for a large development, including
homes, commercial space, a school and marina, on the old airport property. The Panama City Planning
Board and Commission likely will vote on Phase I of the project this month. Construction is slated to begin
in June. The 704-acre development called SweetBay will include 3,200 homes, 700,000 square feet of
commercial space and the University Academy (Florida State University’s charter school in Bay County),
parks, ponds and green space. The airport is now located in West Bay. The Airport Authority sold the
property to St. Andrew Bay Land Co. for $51.4 million in February 2011. (Source: Panama City News
Herald, 05/09/13)

Dothan facility lands client
DOTHAN, Ala. – A month after Commercial Jet announced plans to open a $12 million facility at Dothan
Regional Airport, the provider of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services landed its first big
contract. Aeronautical Engineers Inc. of Miami announced Friday its selection of the 400,000-square-foot
Alabama facility as its fourth authorized conversion center. Commercial Jet’s Dothan facility will provide
passenger-to-freight conversions for the 737-300SF, 737-400SF and MD80SF as well as maintenance
services to AEI customers. (Sources: al.com, 05/10/13)

FAA finds funding for towers
Small airport towers, including ones in Dothan, Ala., and Kiln, Miss., will remain open at least through the
end of the fiscal year – September 30. In a statement released Friday, Transportation Secretary Ray
LaHood said the recent passage of a bill to free up funds and avoid sequester-related furloughs of some
47,000 FAA employees also provided the money to keep 149 airport towers open. The airport in Kiln is near
NASA’s Stennis Space Center, was slated to close in June. (Sources: al.com, Sun Herald, 05/10/13)

Construction set to begin
As Airbus readies for the first concrete pour for its new A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., the
company is empowering plant managers to make decisions to assure that its supply chain runs like
clockwork. That's what Airbus North America President and CEO Barry Eccleston said May 8 during Aviation
Week's Civil Aircraft Manufacturing Conference in Charlotte, N.C. The first concrete footings are to be
poured next week for the plant, the fifth Airbus fifth facility in the U.S. but the first to assemble aircraft. It will
be a carbon-copy of the A320 factory in Hamburg, Germany, mirroring the process used when the Tianjin,
China, plant was built. (Source: Aviation Week, 05/09/13)

Airbus lands Air China deal
Asia's biggest carrier by market value, Air China, will add 100 Airbus jetliners to help meet rising travel
demand. The Beijing-based airline didn't specify a timeframe or the type of aircraft it's buying. But analysts
believe the order is mainly A320 for short-haul routes. Carriers in China will need 5,260 new planes worth
$670 billion through 2031, Boeing forecast in September. China has become the world's biggest source of
tourists, overtaking Germany and the United States. (Source: Bloomberg, 05/07/13) Gulf Coast note: The
newest A320 final assembly line is being built in Mobile, Ala.

Baton Rouge has NASA day
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Patrick Scheuermann, director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville,
Ala., met with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and key members of the state Legislature Wednesday as part of
"NASA Day in Baton Rouge." NASA's history in the state is tied to Michoud Assembly Facility in New
Orleans, where workers have long assembled large space structures for NASA programs, from Apollo-era
rockets to the 136 external fuel tanks that lifted the space shuttle to orbit during its 30-year history. Now MAF
workers are making hardware for the Space Launch System heavy-lift launch vehicle and the Orion Multi-
Purpose Crew Vehicle. The Michoud Assembly Facility alone employs an estimated 2,700 people. (Source:
NASA, 05/08/13)

Eglin gets upgraded F-35
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- An F-35 with upgraded software arrived here Monday. The 58th Fighter
Squadron will get 13 more of the Block 2s by the end of the year. For the first time, F-35 pilots will be able to
use a series of six sensors embedded in the skin of the F-35 that provide a complete spherical view
around the jet, day or night. The addition of at least 16 new aircraft this year will add more permanent
personnel to the 33rd Fighter Wing, which oversees the schoolhouse that will train personnel from all
military branches as well as international students. The wing now employs more than 1,300 people, but
that's projected to go to 1,900 by the end of the year. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 05/07/13)

Alabama firms land contracts
MOBILE, Ala. -- Hoar Program Management said Tuesday it has tapped two Alabama contractors for the
$600 million Airbus final assembly line at Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex. Birmingham’s Brasfield and Gorrie
will construct the piles and foundations for the project’s hangar and service building, while Dothan’s
Covenant Steel will be responsible for the building steel and the envelope. Airbus broke ground April 8 on
the plant that will build A320 jetliners. (Source: al.com, 05/07/13)

Drone makes arrested landing
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. –  Northrop Grumman and the Navy conducted the first fly-in
arrested landing of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator. The May 4 test at the Navy's
shore-based catapult and arresting gear complex was the first arrested landing by an unmanned aircraft.
The event also marks the start of the final phase of testing prior to carrier-based trials, which are planned
for later this month. Northrop Grumman's UCAS-D industry team includes Pratt & Whitney, Lockheed
Martin, GKN Aerospace, Eaton, General Electric, UTC Aerospace Systems, Dell, Honeywell, Moog, Wind
River, Parker Aerospace, and Rockwell Collins. (Sources: Avionics Intelligence, 05/06/13, U-T San Diego,
05/07/13) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scout and Global Hawk unmanned aerial systems are built in part in Moss
Point, Miss.; Northwest Florida is major training location for naval aviators.

EOD school gets new leader
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Capt. Joseph Polanin relinquished command of the Naval School
Explosive Ordnance Disposal school at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., to Capt. William Noel on Monday. The
change of command ceremony was at the EOD Memorial across from the school attended by every military
bomb technician. Noel comes to NAVSCOLEOD from Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, Norfolk, Va.
Polanin had led NAVSCOLEOD since May 2011, and will now serve as commanding officer of the Center
for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diving in Panama City, Fla. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
05/06/13)

Orbital delays first cargo flight
Orbital Sciences said the first full-up test flight of its Cygnus cargo ship to the International Space Station
will likely slip to September due to a variety of factors, including an engine replacement on the mission's
Antares rocket and a scheduling conflict with a Japanese logistics spacecraft. The first flight of Orbital's
Cygnus resupply freighter, an automated cargo carrier developed in partnership with NASA, was expected
this summer. But Orbital officials decided to swap out one of the AJ26 first stage engines on the
spacecraft's Antares rocket, adding up to four weeks of prep time. The first Cygnus mission is a
demonstration flight under NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program. Orbital's Antares
rocket launched for the first time April 21. (Source: Spaceflight Now, 05/06/13) Gulf Coast note: Aerojet AJ26
engines are tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Southwest announces flights
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Southwest Airlines will offer daily nonstop flights to and from Nashville, Tenn., and
Houston from Pensacola International Airport. Beginning Nov. 3, the Dallas-based airline will offer daily
nonstop flights to Nashville International Airport at 11:20 a.m. and 5:20 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 12:
05 p.m. and 4:10 p.m. Saturday. It also will offer a daily nonstop flight at 4:10 p.m. Sunday through Friday
and 10:15 a.m. Saturday to William P. Hobby Airport in Houston. Bob Montgomery, vice president of airport
affairs for Southwest, said customers will be able to reach 65 destinations from Nashville and Houston, 12
more than the 53 available through Atlanta. Delta still offers daily nonstop service to Atlanta, which is that
airline’s primary hub. (Source: WEAR-TV, 05/06/13, Pensacola News Journal, 05/07/13)

11 honored at memorial
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The school that trains bomb technicians from all branches of the military
held a ceremony over the weekend to mark the deaths of 11 graduates killed in the line of duty last year.
Since World War II 298 military bomb technicians have been killed in the line of duty. Everyone in the
military who volunteers for the job of locating explosives and disarming them attends the Naval Explosive
Ordnance Disposal school at Eglin. More than 1,000 students go through the program each year. The
annual memorial ceremony Saturday honored the military’s explosive ordnance disposal technicians killed
last year. The 11 men killed last year ranged from 22 to 39 years old. They came from all across the
country, serving with the Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
05/04/13)

Hurlburt getting new commander
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Col. Jim Slife will be leaving his post as commander of the Air Force’s 1st
Special Operations Wing this summer and will be replaced by Col. William West, who commands the 27th
Special Operations Group at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Slife, commander at Hurlburt since June 2011,
earlier this spring was selected for promotion to brigadier general. His new assignment will be as deputy
director of special plans working group at U.S. Central Command headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base
in Tampa. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 05/05/13)

Airbus project, chamber honored
Site Selection magazine named the Airbus final assembly line being built at Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex
among its top 10 U.S. deals for 2012. Top deals were selected based upon the level of capital investment,
degree of high-value jobs, creativity in negotiations and incentives, regional economic impact, competition
for the project and speed to market. Meanwhile, the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce among its "Best to
Invest" U.S. economic development groups for 2012. (Source: al.com, 05/03/13)

Vector Aerospace expanding
Vector Aerospace on Friday was to announce a $3 million expansion of its Andalusia operation, creating as
many as 75 jobs. The company, which opened the Andalusia operation in 2008, maintains Army TH-67
helicopters from Fort Rucker near Dothan and repairs Navy TH-57 helicopters from Naval Air Station
Whiting Field in Milton, Fla. Toronto-based Vector was purchased in March 2011 by Eurocopter, a
subsidiary of Airbus parent EADS. (Source: al.com, 05/03/13) Eurocopter builds Lakota helicopters in
Columbus, Miss.

Rolls-Royce aerospace chief quits
The head of Rolls-Royce's prestigious aerospace division has resigned just four months after being
promoted to lead the division that makes engines for commercial and military aircraft. Mark King, 48, will
leave by the end of June. Rolls-Royce did not provide a reason for the departure. King will be replaced by
Tony Wood, head of the company's ship engine business. Aerospace is the biggest Rolls-Royce division,
accounted for more than 70 percent of 2012 revenues. In December the company said it was cooperating
with a probe by Britain's Serious Fraud Office into allegations of bribery in some of the company's Asian
business operations. (Source: The Guardian, New York Times, Financial Times, 05/02/13) Gulf Coast
note: Rolls-Royce tests jetliner engines at its outdoor test facility at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Drone sale to S. Korea OKd
SEOUL, South Korea -- The United States approved the sale of four Global Hawks to South Korea, eight
years after its request, Seoul's acquisition agency said Thursday. But the purchase may be reconsidered
due to the cost. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration said it has received the letter of offer and
acceptance for Global Hawks made by Northrop Grumman Corp. from the Pentagon in mid-April after it
won congressional approval. Although the proposed price for four drones hasn't been made public, it
reportedly well exceeds the $435 million initially set by the Seoul government. (Source: Yonhap, 05/02/13)
Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are made in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Hybrid squadron launched
SAN DIEGO -- The Navy Thursday introduced its first squadron combining manned and unmanned
helicopters. Helicopter Maritime Strike 35, "the Magicians," with 140 sailors, will combined eight manned
MH-60R Seahawks with 10 unmanned MQ-8B Fire Scouts and will work off coastal combat ships. The
Navy expects the squadron to make its first deployment in early 2014 on the littoral combat ship Fort Worth,
with two Fire Scouts and one Seahawk. Pilots will fly the drones from a control room inside the ship or even
on shore. The Fire Scouts will reside at the Rancho Bernardo campus of Northrop Grumman, said the
squadron's commanding officer. Fire Scouts can stay aloft at least eight hours, compared to the Seahawk's
3.3 hours. The Navy has been testing the Fire Scout since 2007 and deploying it since 2009, using it for
counter-narcotics operations and in Afghanistan. (Source: Reuters, UT-San Diego, 05/02/13) Gulf Coast
note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.; Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., builds one version of the
littoral combat ships. Previous

Contract: Lockheed, $20.1M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a
$20,100,000 fixed-price-incentive, firm-target, advance acquisition contract to provide long lead parts,
materials and components required for the delivery for two low rate initial production Lot II F-35
conventional takeoff and landing aircraft for the government of Israel. Work will be performed in Fort Worth,
Texas, and is expected to be completed in May 2014. Foreign Military Sales funding in the amount of
$20,100,000 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal
year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting authority. (Source: DoD,
05/02/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

General officer assignment
Col. James C. Slife, who has been selected for the rank of brigadier general, commander, 1st Special
Operations Wing, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., is being assigned as
deputy director, Special Plans Working Group, Headquarters U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force
Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 05/02/13)

Orion parachute tests continue
NASA's Orion spacecraft safely landed during a simulation of two types of parachute failures Wednesday in
Yuma, Ariz. The capsule was traveling about 250 mph when the parachutes were deployed. Engineers
rigged one of the test capsule's two drogue parachutes not to deploy and one of its three main parachutes
to skip its first stage of inflation after being extracted from a plane 25,000 feet above the Arizona desert.
Orion has the largest parachute system ever built for a human-rated spacecraft. Orion's next Earth-based
parachute test is scheduled for July, when the test capsule will be released from 35,000 feet. The first test
of the parachutes after traveling in space will be during Exploration Flight Test-1 in 2014, when an
uncrewed Orion will be return from 3,600 miles above Earth's surface. The spacecraft will be traveling at
about 340 mph when the parachutes deploy. (Source: NASA, 05/01/13) Gulf Coast note: Orion is built at
Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

Garver to visit SSC, MAF
Deputy Administrator Lori Garver on Friday will visit NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud
Assembly Facility, New Orleans. Both facilities are critical to the construction and testing of NASA's Space
Launch System rocket and Commercial Crew Program. Michoud and Stennis also are important to
partnerships with private industry, which is helping maximize the use of NASA facilities. At 9 a.m. CDT,
Garver will visit MAF to see progress being made to support the SLS and Orion spacecraft programs. At 1:
30 p.m. Garver will tour testing facilities and the B-2 test stand, which is being restored in preparation for
testing of the SLS core stage. (Source: NASA, 05/01/13)

Retired colonel to head group
Retired Air Force Col. Kim Wintner was named to head a tri-county committee that works to protect the
military and defense industry in Northwest Florida. Wintner, of Destin, has served on the Defense Support
Initiative committee for 10 years. The committee works to protect local military bases and their economic
contributions to Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa counties. Before Wintner retired from the Air Force 13
years ago, he served as a commander at Hurlburt Field and as a vice commander at Eglin Air Force Base.
(Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 04/30/13)

Lockheed Huntsville marks 50 years
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Lockheed Martin Corp. celebrated 50 years of space and defense work in Huntsville
Wednesday. About 1,000 employees, retirees and dignitaries marked the event at the company’s 57-acre,
nine-building complex at Cummings Research Park. The company, one of the first tenants in the park, has
about 800 employees. (Source: al.com, 05/01/13) Gulf Coast note: Lockheed Martin also has operations
along the Gulf Coast, including the Mississippi Space and Technology Center at Stennis Space Center,
Miss.


APRIL 2013

Gorgon Stare gets thumbs up
The Air Force's wide-area surveillance sensor, Gorgon Stare, is performing with at least a 90 percent
availability rate in Afghanistan and has been well-received by commanders in the field. "The combatant
commanders love it," Lt. Gen. Larry James, the chief of USAF intelligence, surveillance, and
reconnaissance, told IHS Jane’s in an April 18 interview. More than two years ago a leaked Department of
Defense report blasted the sensor, which is intended to provide 'city-size' images taken twice per second.
The report said the sensor, made by Sierra Nevada, received a poor operational assessment from testers
at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: IHS Jane’s, 04/30/13)

B-2 being prepped for SLS
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Before NASA's new Space Launch System (SLS) flies to space on its
inaugural mission in 2017, it will fly in place at Stennis Space Center, Miss. The B-2 Test Stand at Stennis,
originally built to test the Saturn rocket stages that propelled humans to the Moon, is being renovated to
test the SLS core stage in late 2016 and early 2017. When ready, the SLS stage, with four RS-25 rocket
engines, will be installed on the stand for propellant fill and drain testing and two hot fire tests. The site's
engineers spent 18 months assessing the cost of the work needed to upgrade the B-2 Test Stand from
Apollo- and space shuttle-era testing specifications. After NASA made the decision to proceed, engineers
began the first of three project phases. NASA is developing the SLS to send humans to asteroids and
Mars. The SLS, once operational, will launch NASA's Orion spacecraft from Kennedy Space Center in
Florida. The first test flight of SLS will be in 2017, when the rocket will send an unmanned Orion spacecraft
around the Moon. (Sources: Astronomy, Space Fellowship, 04/29/13)

Nepal buying two A320s
Nepal Airlines signed a deal with Airbus to buy two A320 aircraft equipped with sharklet fuel-saving wing
tips. The deal is valued at $183 million at catalogue prices. Nepal Airlines, founded in 1958, currently flies
to four international destinations and 25 domestic airports in the heart of the Himalayas. Last week Airbus
announced an $8 billion deal to provide 60 planes to China Aviation Supplies Holding Co. (Sources: al.
com, hindu business line, 04/29/13)

GE Aviation opens plants
ELLISVILLE, Miss. -- Gov. Phil Bryant and GE Aviation President/CEO David Joyce will be on hand Tuesday
for the grand opening of the company's new 340,000-square-foot aviation components factory in Ellisville,
northeast of Hattiesburg. The event is in the Howard Technology Park. The company expects to hire 250
workers within five years to make composite parts for aircraft engines and systems. GE Aviation is
investing $56 million in the plant to meet growing aerospace demand. The state is providing $8 million in
incentives. The plant originally was to be 300,000 square feet to 340,000 square feet. (Source: Hattiesburg
American, 04/28/13) GE Aviation also officially opened on Monday a $50 million facility in Auburn, Ala., that
will make parts for jet engines. It’s in Auburn Technology Park West. GE Aviation also has a plant in
Batesville, Miss.

Exelis tapped for MK105
VAN NUYS, Calif. -- ITT Exelis has been awarded a contract valued at more than $10 million to provide one
MK 105 Mod 4 airborne minesweeping system for the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division
in Panama City, Fla. Introduced to the Navy fleet in 1972, the Exelis MK 105 system has been used in every
major mine-clearance operation. The Navy’s MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter tows the system through the
water, and twin magnetic tails, consisting of open-electrode magnetic sweeps, are towed behind the sled,
detonating mines to clear the water for vessels. The work will be done in Panama City by the Exelis radar,
reconnaissance and undersea systems business area, which designs and develops integrated
minesweeping systems for the U.S. and allied navies. (Source: Business Wire, 04/29/13)

China buying Airbus jetliners
China Aviation Supplies Holding Co. (CAS) signed a deal with Airbus for 60 aircraft. Airbus said the deal
includes 18 wide-body A330s and 42 single-aisle A320s. The deal is worth at least $7.7 billion based on
list prices. The A320's high reliability and low operational cost has appealed to Chinese airlines, while the
A330 offers a solution to airport congestion in large Chinese cities as larger planes can carry more
passengers with fewer flights, said Fabrice Bregier, president and chief executive officer of Airbus. As of the
end of March, there were some 750 A320 aircraft in operation with 14 airlines in China and more than 110
A330 planes in service with six air carriers. (Sources: Reuters, Xinhua, 04/25/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is
building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Bolden: SLS on track
WASHINGTON – NASA Administrator Charles Bolden reassured lawmakers Thursday that the agency isn't
foot-dragging on developing a rocket to take astronauts into deep space. "We need a 70 metric-ton vehicle
and we are on schedule, on target and on cost," Bolden told members of the Senate Appropriations
subcommittee that oversees NASA funding. NASA is asking for $17.7 billion for fiscal 2014, which begins
Oct. 1. That includes $2.73 billion to develop the Space Launch System (SLS) consisting of an Orion multi-
purpose crewed vehicle and the deep-space rocket that will carry it. (Source: Florida Today, 04/25/13) Gulf
Coast note: SLS rocket engines are tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss; Orion is built in part at Michoud
Assembly Facility, New Orleans, which will also build the core stage of SLS.

Airport accepts BP settlement
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – When the Deepwater Horizon exploded in April 2010, officials at Northwest Florida
Beaches International Airport were preparing for a grand opening. Now three years later, the airport board
put the oil spill in the past Wednesday by accepting a $5.98 million economic-loss settlement from BP
instead of seeking litigation. Airport Attorney Franklin Harrison expects ECP to receive the check no later
than May 1. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 04/24/13)

Residents may hear exercise
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Air Force Special Operations Command is hosting a field exercise to train forces in
combat scenarios through May 3. Training events for the “Emerald Warrior” will take place in parts of
Liberty, Calhoun and Franklin counties but some may spill into Bay County airspace. Most of the exercises
will take place at night, said Don Arias, a special operations command spokesman. In addition to hearing
aircraft noise at night, residents may also hear simulated munitions fire. (Source: Panama City News
Herald, 04/24/13)

Orders for 60 F-35s eyed
Lockheed Martin may receive a U.S. order in June for 60 F-35 jets, consolidating the sixth and seven
production contracts, said the Pentagon’s program manager. The contract may be valued at about $9
billion. The number of F-35s may rise to as many as 71 if orders from other nations are included. Some of
the money for the next group of fighters already has been obligated, sparing those funds from the across-
the board reductions of sequestration. The F-35’s estimated cost for a fleet of 2,443 aircraft has risen to
$395.7 billion, up 70 percent from $233 billion in 2001 in current dollars, according to the Pentagon. Air
Force Lieutenant General Christopher Bogdan, manager of the Pentagon’s F-35 program, has pressed
Lockheed Martin to do a better job containing costs for the F-35. He gave a generally upbeat assessment
of the F-35’s progress. Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer, said he feels “much more
comfortable” about the F-35 program than he did a year and a half ago. (Source: Bloomberg, 04/24/13) Gulf
Coast tie: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Hyatt Place at airport open
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The new Hyatt Place Hotel Pensacola Airport is now open More than 200 showed up
for the grand opening Wednesday of the 127-room hotel. Developed by Innisfree Hotel owner Julian
MacQueen, the hotel is located adjacent to the airport on land leased through a long-term contract. The
hotel’s interior is themed around the city’s Five Flags history and extensive aviation past. Airport Director
Greg Donovan said the Hyatt’s amenities are “exclusive to Pensacola International as no other airport in
the region has the convenience of an on-site hotel or the high levels of service that Hyatt is known for.” The
hotel is projected to generate over $420,000 annually in non-airline revenue for the airport through lease
fees, and $100,000 in local option sales taxes for the city. It will also create over $4 million in payroll
revenues through 235 new jobs. (Source: WEAR-TV, Pensacola News Journal, 04/24/13) It’s the 18th Hyatt
Place branded property in Florida. "Having this premier hotel at our international airport is a distinct
advantage for our business and leisure travelers," said Airport Director Greg Donovan. (Source:
TravelWorld.com, 04/10/13)

Jets retired from displays
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Two F-101 Voodoo jets are being removed from their display perches at the city
marina and Gulf Coast State College. There was a ceremony Wednesday marking the occasion. The jets
will be disassembled and taken by the U.S. Air Force to a temporary storage location. The jets are being
moved to make way for redevelopment and because of the cost of ongoing maintenance. The F-101
Voodoos were originally designed as deep penetration bomber escorts, but later served as a
reconnaissance aircraft. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 04/24/13)

Key F-35 data link tested
SAN DIEGO -- The Northrop Grumman Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL) waveform was
successfully demonstrated in a Lockheed Martin F-35 flight test, validating an eight-year development
effort. MADL is a key capability provided by Northrop Grumman's F-35 integrated communications,
navigation and identification (CNI) avionics. The F-35 CNI avionics on two F-35 aircraft established the
MADL link between two airborne platforms for the first time. Data passed between aircraft via MADL was
correlated with data from other F-35 sensors by Lockheed Martin's fusion system to form a simplified
situational awareness picture on the cockpit displays. Northrop Grumman's integrated CNI system
provides to F-35 pilots the equivalent capability of more than 27 avionics subsystems. Northrop Grumman
also produces the center fuselage for the F-35; designed and produces the aircraft's radar and electro-
optical subsystem; develops mission systems and mission planning software; leads the team's
development of pilot and maintenance training system courseware; and manages the team's use, support
and maintenance of low-observable technologies. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 04/23/13) Gulf Coast ties:
The F-35 training center is at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

A2Research wins NASA award
A2Research of Huntsville, Ala., is NASA's Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year. The award was
one of three presented Tuesday to top contractors by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden in Washington.
A2Research is a joint venture of Alcyon Inc. of Huntsville and Alutiiq Inc. of Anchorage, Alaska. The joint
venture performs test stand calibration and support at NASA's Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi,
where NASA tests rocket engines. The Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year was Pratt & Whitney
Rocketdyne of East Hartford, Conn., which also has an operation at SSC. (Source: al.com, 04/23/13)

Tyndall to lose 14 positions
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Air Force will trim 16,000 civilian employees from its ranks, but only
a few will come from Tyndall Air Force Base. Herman Bell, chief of Tyndall’s 325th Fighter Wing Public
Affairs, said there are about 14 civilian employees that may be impacted. Bell said positions lost at Tyndall
most likely will be eliminated through attrition. The Defense Department announced last week the civilian
force at about 60 Air Force installations would be impacted by a reduction in force. Officials pointed out the
reductions are not part of the sequestration cuts, which would come later. (Source: Panama City News
Herald, 04/22/13) Previous related: RIF impacts AF, Eglin; Keesler budget cut 20 percent

RR, Safran agree on RTM322
Rolls-Royce today said it reached agreement to sell its shareholding and interest in the RTM322 helicopter
engine program to Turbomeca, a Safran company. Rolls-Royce's 50 percent interest in the engine
program will be progressively transferred to Turbomeca, which will then hold 100 per cent of the RTM322
program. The RTM322 engine powers the Apache, EH101 Merlin and NH90 helicopters. The RRTM Adour
engine program, which powers Hawk and Jaguar aircraft, is unaffected by this agreement, as are the other
helicopter engine programs in the Rolls-Royce portfolio. The sale is expected to complete before year end,
subject to closing conditions. (Source: Rolls-Royce, 04/23/13) Gulf Coast ties: Rolls-Royce has its outdoor
jet engine test facility at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; Safran has opened an engineering center at Brookley
Aeroplex in Mobile, Ala.

J-2X: Steering to the future
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Engineers developing NASA's next-generation rocket closed one
chapter of testing with the completion of a J-2X engine test series on the A-2 test stand at the agency's
Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Now begins the new chapter of full motion testing on test stand A-1.
The J-2X will drive the second stage of the 143-ton heavy-lift version of the Space Launch System. The
rocket will provide an entirely new capability for human exploration and send humans in NASA's Orion
spacecraft into deep space. J-2X engine 10002 was fired for the last time on the A-2 test stand April 17.
This engine set a duration record for J-2X engine firings at Stennis' A-2 test stand on April 4 when it fired for
570 seconds, beating the previous mark set less than a month earlier on March 7, when the same engine
ran for 560 seconds. This is the second J-2X engine Stennis has test fired. Last year, test conductors put
the first developmental J-2X engine, called 10001, through its paces. According to J-2X managers, both
performed extremely well. When the engine is eventually used in space, it will need to be able to move to
help steer the rocket. (Source: NASA, 04/22/13)

RR wins IAG Trent order
Rolls-Royce won a $1.6 billion order from International Airlines Group (IAG) for Trent XWB engines to
power 18 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. In addition, IAG has placed options for a further 18 A350 aircraft. The
A350-1000 aircraft is powered exclusively by the higher-thrust version of the Trent XWB. The engine,
specifically designed for the A350 XWB, is the fastest selling Trent engine ever with more than 1,200 sold.
(Source: Rolls-Royce, 04/22/13) Gulf Coast note: Rolls-Royce Outdoor Jet Engine Test Facility at Stennis
Space Center tests the Trent series of Rolls-Royce engines, including the XWB; the thrust reverser for the
XWB was built by Goodrich, since purchased by United Technologies. It has a service center in Foley, Ala;
Airbus will be building A320 jetliners in Mobile, Ala.

Vice commander retires
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE,  Miss. -- Col. Andrew Cain, 2nd Air Force vice commander, retired with 30
years of military service Friday at the Bay Breeze Event Center. Maj. Gen. Len Patrick, 2nd Air Force
commander, was the presiding officer for the event. (Source: Keesler AFB, 04/22/13)

Contract: Northrop Grumman, $35.7M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems Sector, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a
$35,696,841 contract modification for Global Hawk engineering and manufacturing development. The total
cumulative face value of the multi-year contract is $2,297,747,550. Work will be performed at San Diego,
Calif., and is expected to be completed by January 2017. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WIGK,
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/22/13) Gulf Coast note:
Fuselage work on Global Hawk is done in Moss Point, Miss.

Antares has successful launch
The 133-foot tall Antares rocket built by Orbital Sciences launched from the Virginia coast Sunday, setting
the stage for space station cargo delivery missions starting later this year. The rocket launched from the
Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport adjacent to NASA's Wallops Island Flight Center. Three minutes and 50
seconds after liftoff, the two first-stage Aerojet AJ26 engines shut down as planned and the first stage fell
away. A solid-fuel second stage ATK Castor-30B motor ignited to continue the push to space. Orbital
hopes to have a demonstration flight in June or July using a Cygnus cargo capsule that will carry about a
ton of equipment and supplies to the International Space Station. SpaceX was the first commercial
company to successfully resupply the ISS. The addition of Antares bodes well for NASA's Commercial
Orbital Transportation Services established in 2006 with the retirement of the space shuttle. (Source:
CBSNews, 04/21/13) Gulf Coast note: AJ26 engines are tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Chamber picks new director
MOBILE, Ala. – The executive director of the Mobile Airport Authority will succeed Win Hallett as president of
the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. Bill Sisson, who has led the airport authority since 2008, is the
former head of economic development for the chamber. Hallett is retiring after 22 years leading the
chamber. The chamber made the announcement after an eight-month search. Chamber Chairman Mike
Saxon said Sisson is “absolutely the right person for the job at the right time.” Hallett will stay on at the
chamber until a replacement for Sisson at the airport authority is found, officials said. (Source: al.com,
04/19/13)

Leaders heading to Germany
More than 80 business leaders are heading to Hamburg, Germany, this weekend to learn more about how
the impact an Airbus assembly plant can have on a community. Ginny Russell, vice president of community
and governmental affairs for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, said Friday that 86 delegates from
the Mobile area were expected to arrive in Germany by April 21. Russell helped organize the trip, and said
all participants paid their own expenses. Delegates will visit several areas and facilities through April 24.
Participants include officers from area banks, engineering and construction firms, shipping concerns,
human resource companies, the Port of Alabama and the Mobile Airport Authority, to name a few. (Source:
al.com, 04/19/13)

Doolittle Raiders honored
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- The extraordinary service of 80 men was remembered April 18 at the tribute
to the Doolittle Raiders on the 71st anniversary of the Army Air Force squadron's flight from a Navy aircraft
carrier to bomb Japan during World War II. At a luncheon held at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds in Fort
Walton Beach, Rear Adm. Don Quinn, commander, Naval Education and Training Command in Pensacola,
Fla., addressed more than 600 people who had come to honor the remaining Raiders. Of the original 80
members of the Doolittle Raiders, four are still living and three attended the events scheduled over several
days in Fort Walton Beach, including luncheons, dinners and a parade. Raiders present included Lt. Col.
Richard Cole, co-pilot with Col. Jimmy Doolittle; Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, an engineer and gunner on crew
7; and Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, engineer for crew 15. The fourth Raider who was unable to attend is Lt. Col.
Robert Hite, co-pilot of crew 16. (Source: NNS, 04/19/13)

Antares to launch Saturday
The test flight of a new private cargo-carrying rocket will come no earlier than Saturday afternoon due to
weather delays and a technical glitch. Private aerospace firm Orbital Sciences Corp. wanted to fly the two-
stage Antares rocket Wednesday from Virginia's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, but a
data cable separated from the booster and forced a delay. Orbital then tried for Friday but weather got in the
way. (Source: Space.com, 04/19/13) Gulf Coast note: The AJ26 engines that power Antares are tested at
Stennis Space Center, Miss. Previous

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $45.2M
L-3 Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a not-to-exceed $45,202,205 firm-fixed-price
contract modification to extend FA8I06-IO-C-0012 for 12 months for contractor logistic support for the Iraqi
Air Force C208 and C172 aircraft and for maintenance students training on both aircraft without a break in
service. Work will be performed at Tikrit Air Base, Iraq, and work is expected to be completed by April 20,
2014. The contract involves foreign military sales. The contracting activity is Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center/WLKLC, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. (Source: DoD, 04/19/13)

Florida limits drone use
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida is the newest state to pass legislation restricting the use of unmanned aerial
vehicles by local or state agencies except in cooperation with investigations authorized by the Department
of Homeland Security or in short-term emergencies. The bill, unanimously passed by the House, prevents
law enforcement use of drones unless a judge has issued a warrant or in cases where there is a “high
risk of terrorist attack,” or a case of imminent danger, such as in a missing person case where the person
is thought to be in immediate danger. The Senate passed the bill a week ago. Virginia has also put
restrictions on drone use by police. Seattle and Charlottesville, Va., have also banned them. (Sources: The
Florida Current, 04/17/13, Pensacola News Journal, 04/18/13)

Combat Talons fly for last time
DUKE FIELD, Fla. – The Air Force's last four MC-130E Combat Talon I's had their final mission from their
home at Duke Field on April 15. The Talons will be officially retired in a ceremony at Duke Field on April 25
and the aircraft will then be flown to the "boneyard" at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. April 25
commemorates the 33rd anniversary of the Desert One mission to free the hostages from Iran. Several of
the MC-130E's at Duke Field took part in that mission. The four Talons took off as two 2-ships carrying
more than 40 of the wing's airmen who had a long association with the Talon I's and wanted to be a part of
the historic final flight. The retirement of the Talons are steps in the transition to the new Aviation Foreign
Internal Defense mission for Air Force Special Operations Command. More than five of the wing's new
aircraft, the C-145A, are already on the Duke flightline. (Source: 919th Special Operations Wing Public
Affairs, 04/18/13)

RIF impacts AF, Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Ten civilians will be affected by a civilian Reduction in Force, scheduled to
go into effect Aug. 23. Of the 10 civilians, seven are assigned to the 96th Test Wing and three to tenant
organizations. About 1,000 positions Air Force wide at 60 installations are affected by workforce shaping.
(Source: Eglin Public Affairs, 04/18/13)

Antares launch rescheduled
Orbital Sciences confirmed the next probable attempt to test launch its Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops
Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va., will be no earlier than April 19. Orbital Science is one of the
commercial companies chosen by NASA to shuttle cargo to the International Space Station. This will be the
first launch of the two-stage Antares. It was to have launched Wednesday, but a data cable popped loose
and forced a delay. The plan is to hit an orbit of 155 miles. (Source: Space Travel, Space.com 04/18/13)
Gulf Coast note: The Aerojet AJ26 rocket engines that power Antares are tested at Stennis Space Center,
Miss.

Tyndall pilot to be No. 1 Thunderbird
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Tyndall's own Lt. Col. Matthew "Pipper" Bradley, 83rd Fighter Weapons
Squadron operations director, has been selected to be Thunderbird No. 1. Bradley will be joining the team
in 2014, the 61st year of the Air Force’s flight demonstration team. In his current job, Bradley is in charge of
planning visits from 30 squadrons to Tyndall each year. The squadrons come for two weeks to shoot
missiles and scrimmage with drones as part of Combat Archer. Bradley has logged more than 1,300 flying
hours in the F-15C Eagle, but as Thunderbird No. 1, he’ll be flying the F-16C Fighting Falcon and will also
be in the commanding position in the team. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 04/18/13)

Airbus seeks facilities manager
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas is seeking a facilities manager for the Mobile assembly line. Minimum
requirements include an associate’s degree and at least five years’ of facility management experience, but
preference will be given to candidates with a bachelor’s and five years’ supervisory experience. Ground
was broken April 8 on the plant at Brookley Aeroplex that will eventually employ 1,000 people and will
produce A320 jetliners. (Source: al.com, 04/17/13)

Keesler budget cut 20 percent
BILOXI, Miss. -- The commander at Keesler Air Force Base said the base will ground planes and reduce
training to deal with a 20 percent reduction in its budget caused by sequestration. Brig. Gen. Brad Spacy,
commander of the 81st Training Wing, said Tuesday during the Biloxi Chamber’s “Morning Call” that a third
of the fleet will be parked and long-term maintenance on planes will be cut by 18 percent. (Source: Sun
Herald, 04/16/13)

NASA eyes smaller workforce
NASA expects a slightly reduced civil servant workforce, facility consolidations and less spending on
consultants, according to the agency's proposed 2014 budget. The goal is a civil servant workforce of
17,700, a decline of about 275 and a target NASA plans to achieve with buyouts that will permit it to
continue some hiring of young engineers, scientists and other specialists. Of NASA's centers, Johnson
Space Center in Houston, which manages International Space Station operations and leads development
of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, would be the top recipient of 2014 funding with $4.5 billion.
Stennis Space Center, Miss., which hosts much of the agency’s propulsion testing, would receive the least,
$182 million. Personnel declines would be distributed evenly. SSC, the center with the fewest civil
servants, would fall by five to 313. (Source: Aviation Week, 04/15/13)

X-47B aerial refueling axed
Plans to demonstrate autonomous aerial refueling of the Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air
system demonstrator (UCAS-D) have been axed from the Navy’s fiscal 2014 budget. Previous plans called
for the X-47B to conduct autonomous probe-and-drogue and boom-and-receptacle refueling tests in 2014.
The refueling tests were to follow the main demonstration of unmanned aircraft-carrier operations, which is
still funded and slated for next month. The two X-47Bs are at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.,
completing land-based carrier qualification. Arrested landings are to begin ahead of deployment to the
carrier USS Bush in May. Previously, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ended a program to
demonstrate autonomous refueling between two Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawks. (Source:
Aviation Week, 04/15/13) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman Fire Scout and Global Hawk UAVs are built
in part in Moss Point, Miss.

2nd Airbus supplier announces
MOBILE, Ala. -- Kuehne + Nagel North America plans to open an office in Mobile, the second Airbus-related
supplier for the Alabama port city. Kuehne + Nagel, the world’s largest logistic company, is the principal
logistical supplier for Airbus in Hamburg, Germany. A Kuehne + Nagel release said the Mobile office will
offer logistics to companies from the aerospace industry as well as from the oil and gas and marine
sectors. Airbus broke ground April 8 on its A320 final production line at Brookley Aeroplex. The first
supplier, Safran Engineering Services, opened its Brookley office before the Airbus groundbreaking.
(Source: al.com, 04/15/13)

Daimler selling stake in EADS
Daimler is set to sell its remaining 7.5 percent stake in EADS, cutting the vehicle maker’s equity ties with
the company it helped found. Daimler is offering shares in the parent of Airbus to institutional investors
through an accelerated book build, which involves offering shares in a short time period, with little to no
marketing. The sale will allow Daimler to focus on its core car and truck making operations. France,
Germany and Spain are reducing state interests in EADS, which in March approved a change in
shareholder structure. Changes were pushed through after EADS’ attempted merger with BAE Systems
failed. Earlier this month French media group Lagardere sold a 7.4 percent EADS stake. EADS has set
aside billions for share buybacks to compensate for the large stake sales by Lagardere and Daimler.
(Source: Financial Times, 04/16/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 assembly line in Mobile,
Ala.; Daimler operates a Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Wing to dedicate hangar to Raiders
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – On Wednesday in a hangar at Eglin Air Force Base, the military’s newest
stealth aircraft, the F-35, will line up facing one of the military’s first twin-engine bombers, the World War II-
era B-25. The Air Force’s 33rd Fighter Wing planned the historic pairing as part of the ceremony to dedicate
an F-35 hangar to Ret. Lt. Col. Ed Saylor, one of the last surviving Doolittle Raiders, who will be in town for
their 71st and final reunion this week. The hangar dedicated to Saylor is where the F-35 gets worked on
every day. Saylor was a maintenance crew chief for one of the 16 crews that participated in the raid. On April
18, 1942, 80 airmen took off in B-25s from the USS Hornet to bombs Tokyo. It was the first American attack
on Japan after Pearl Harbor was attacked in December 1941. The Raiders trained for the mission at Eglin
Air Force Base, specifically on how to conduct short takeoffs from atop an aircraft carrier. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 04/15/13) Bob Greene column, A final toast for the Doolittle Raiders,
04/14/13)

LM expanding in Troy
TROY, Ala. -- Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Pike County Operations is expected to expand,
bringing some 100 additional jobs over seven years. According to Lockheed Martin, the company
determined that an expansion of the Troy facility would provide capability to meet anticipated production
schedules over the next decade. The expansion would also allow for continued production of the Terminal
High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM), as well as
support for potential new production awards. The plant employs 360 workers. (Source: Dothan Eagle,
04/14/13)

Another Mobile firm tapped
MOBILE, Ala. -- Mobile-based Hargrove Engineers and Contractors has been tapped by Hoar Program
Management to assist with Package B of the Airbus final assembly line at Brookley Aeroplex. The local
company will work alongside Frankfurt Short Bruza Associates P.C. to provide architectural and
engineering services for the $600 million project’s flight line, final phase, gauging hangar and delivery
center. It’s the fifth Mobile area firm now tied to the $600 million project. The assembly line will employ
1,000 when in full production making A320 jetliners. (Source: al.com, 04/15/13)

Q&A with EADS’ Enders
MOBILE, Ala. -- EADS chief executive Tom Enders was in Mobile during the week to formally break ground
on a $600 million Airbus aircraft assembly plant at the Brookley Aeroplex. The 1,000-worker factory will
assemble A320 passenger jets for the EADS subsidiary. Enders shared his thoughts on the project in an
exclusive interview with Mobile Press-Register/al.com columnist George Talbot. (Source: al.com, 04/11/13)

Contract: Boeing, $65.9M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $65,877,538 firm-fixed-price contract for 2,701 Lot 17
Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tailkits. Work will be done at St. Louis, Mo., and is expected to be
completed by March 31, 2015. The contract involves foreign military sales; this effort is 100 percent FMS for
Israel. The contracting activity is AFLCMC/EBDKI, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 04/12/13)

Airbus to offer wider seats
Airbus plans to offer airlines the option of an extra-wide 20-inch seat on its A320 aircraft. Currently the
planemaker configures narrow-body jets with three 18 inch-wide seats in each row of the economy-class
cabin. Under the new concept, two seats would be reduced to 17 inches with the third 20. (Source:
Flightglobal, 04/11/13) In another Airbus matter, American Airlines will split its order for 130 Airbus A320
aircraft equally between the A319 and A321, according to engine supplier International Aero Engines (IAE).
American will take 65 A319s with CFM International CFM56-5B engines and 65 A321s with IAE V2500-A5
engines, says Jon Beatty, president and chief executive of IAE. American previously had not disclosed how
many of each type it planned to take delivery of beyond 2013. It will accept 15 A319s and five A321s from
the manufacturer this year. (Source: Flightglobal, 04/11/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus broke ground this week
on its new A320 plant in Mobile, Ala. It also has aircraft manufacturing plants in France, Germany and
China.

HMM brought into Airbus project
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Mobile office of Hatch Mott MacDonald is providing aviation and engineering design
management for the Airbus final assembly plant at Brookley Aeroplex. Birmingham-based Hoar Program
Management, chosen Feb.1 to oversee the Airbus project, said Wednesday that HMM is overseeing all
architectural and engineering partners involved with the $600 million A320 plant. Based in Millburn, N.J.,
Hatch Mott MacDonald has a staff of 22 in the Mobile metropolitan area. Expertise includes passenger and
cargo terminals, airside infrastructure, aircraft maintenance facilities, aviation fueling systems and more.
The Brookley plant will be at full production in 2017. There was a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday for
the plant that will eventually employ 1,000 workers. (Source: al.com, 04/11/13) Previous

General officer announcement
Air Force Brig. Gen. Scott W. Jansson has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general.
Jansson is currently serving as Air Force program executive officer for weapons and director, Armament
Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla. (Source: DoD, 04/11/13)

UK student pilot flies F-35
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The first United Kingdom Royal Navy student aviator at the 33rd Fighter
Wing training to be an F-35B instructor pilot completed his first sortie in the joint strike fighter here April 10.
Royal Navy Lt. Cdr. Ian Tidball flew with the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron-501. "From a handling
perspective, it is a responsive and smooth airplane to fly with an awful lot of thrust and power," said Tidball.
"Everything I trained for, especially taking advantage of the full mission simulator made this an easy flight."
Tidball’s preparation included about six weeks of academics and kinetically-based simulators at the F-35
Academic Training Center. The center is the high-tech hub in a campus designed especially for fifth-
generation joint strike fighter maintainer and operator training. It is hosted at the 33rd FW. (Source: 33rd
Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 04/10/13)

Eglin radar fills gap
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Radar at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is operating in Space Fence mode to
make up for the shut down of a third of the Space Fence radar coverage because of sequestratin. That’s
what Gen. William Shelton, head of Air Force Space Command, said during the 29th annual National
Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. East Coast radar receivers that provide data about satellites and
space debris have been turned off as part of an effort to save $508 million from the budget of Shelton’s
command. A radar at Eglin is capable of countering that loss of a third of the radars, Shelton said, but
doing so takes that radar out of its regular rotation. “So there’s some risk we’re taking here, but it’s prudent
risk,” he said. Shelton said models show that more than 500,000 man-made objects are in orbit today, with
U.S. systems tracking “less than” 5 percent. Most of those objects are too small to be picked up by current
sensors, but represent potentially catastrophic dangers to satellites. (Sources: Air Force Times, AOL
Defense, 04/09/13)

Design challenge this month
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Air Force Research Laboratory will host teams from all three service
academies and 17 universities for the Annual AFRL Design Challenge April 15-20 at the Air Force Enlisted
Village in Shalimar, Fla. The demonstrations begin 1 p.m. each day. AFRL collected input from warfighters
to identify problems with real-world application and rapid transition potential. In August 2012, teams were
given the engineering design challenge, Portable Bridge Technology, $20,000, and nine months to create
a demonstrable solution. This year’s challenge is to design a system for a team of four Special Operations
Force personnel to cross irrigation canals, go rooftop-to-rooftop, cross snow and glacier crevasses, etc.,
under a variety of conditions. Each team will partner three students with one battlefield airman from
Hurlburt Field Air Force Base, Fla., to complete the obstacle course using their prototype design. The AFRL
Design Competition allows AFRL and the warfighter to benefit from some creative ideas that address a
real military need while also giving students an opportunity to work under real-world conditions.  The
students gain experience in rapid prototyping and engineering a solution for a real customer-need, while
knowing that their contribution can make a difference. (Source: 96th Test Wing Public Affairs, 04/10/13)

Chicago direct flights back
MOBILE, Ala. – Mobile now has direct daily flights to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport after a 10-year
absence. The first flight from Mobile Regional Airport was Tuesday. “United Airlines is one of our longest
airline partnerships, and this will greatly improve our connectivity to the west, north, northeast and even
international destinations,” said Patricia G. Edington, secretary of the Mobile Airport Authority. Bill Sisson,
the authority’s executive director, called United’s decision to resume daily, nonstop service between Mobile
and Chicago a “timely” one in light of Monday’s groundbreaking for a $600 million Airbus assembly line.
(Source: al.com, 04/09/13)

Blue Angles 2013 season over
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Navy has canceled all 2013 air shows and practices for the Blue Angles flight
demonstration team. Team Cmdr. Tom Frosch spoke about the cancelations Tuesday at Sherman Field at
Naval Air Station Pensacola. With a signature F/A-18 serving as a backdrop, Frosch expressed hope the
team will be back next year. In Pensacola the Blues will fly up to 11 hours a month, just over a quarter of the
40 hours a month they normally fly. It’s a level to keep the pilots safe and efficient. (Source: Pensacola
News Journal, 04/10/13)

NG gets $71M contract
Northrop Grumman received an undefinitized contract award valued at more than $71 million for its Global
Hawk unmanned aircraft system from the Air Force. Issued by the Global Hawk Systems Program Office at
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, the award is an add-on to a previous Lot 10 contract for
block load and production acceptance infrastructure. "This contract modification covers a 22-month period
of performance from March 2013 through the end of December 2014, bridging the current Lot 10 contract
through completion. It will provide engineering support for the production and final acceptance testing of
the Lot 10 aircraft and sensors," said George Guerra, vice president of the Global Hawk program for
Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 04/09/13) Previous. Gulf
Coast note: Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

X-47B catapult launch planned
The Navy plans to conduct the first catapult takeoff of its X-47B unmanned fighter from an aircraft carrier
next month and other shipboard tests despite mandatory budget cuts this year, according to the admiral
who runs the programs. Rear Adm. Mathias Winter, program executive officer for unmanned aviation and
strike weapons, said Northrop Grumman's X-47B program and other unmanned aircraft programs should
survive the fiscal 2013 budget cuts largely intact because they are still early in development. But the Navy
may buy fewer unmanned planes and helicopters in coming years unless Congress reverses budget cuts
required over the next decade, Winter said in a recent interview at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in
southern Maryland. (Source: Reuters, 04/08/13)

Airport adds international flight
NEW ORLEANS -- Louis Armstrong International Airport on Tuesday announced it’s adding a second direct
international destination through the summer vacation season, offering flights to Cancun every Sunday
from May 26 through Aug. 11. While Cancun will be the airport's 40th non-stop destination, an
announcement said it will serve as the second international route, joining flights that already link New
Orleans and Toronto. (Source: New Orleans Times Picayune, 04/09/13)

Contract: Raytheon, $35.1M
Raytheon Co., Goleta, Calif. is being awarded a $35,166,810 firm-fixed delivery order for AN/ALE-50 towed
decoys. Work will be performed at Forest, Miss., and is expected to be completed by March 31, 2015. This
award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. AFLCMC/WNKCB, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/09/12)

Ground broken on Airbus plant
MOBILE, Ala. – Ground was broken today at Brookley Aeroplex on the $600 million Airbus A320 final
assembly line. Industry, state and local officials were in town to mark the official start of the plant that will
eventually employ 1,000 workers and build the most popular passenger airplane in the Airbus lineup. "We
have the commitment here to create a world-class product and our work force is key," said Alabama Gov.
Robert Bentley, adding that the facility is going to benefit the entire region. "Thanks to Mobile, the sun will
never set on Airbus," said Fabrice Bregier, president and CEO of Airbus. Officials from JetBlue, which will
take the first delivery of a plane assembled at the Brookley plant, were also on hand for the
groundbreaking. (Source: al.com, 04/08/13)

Safran opens Mobile office
MOBILE, Ala. – On the same day Airbus slated a groundbreaking for its new assembly line, supplier Safran
Engineering Services officially opened its Mobile office today with a ribbon-cutting. In Mobile, Safran will
provide engineering services for Airbus, including mechanical and electrical engineering work. The
company will start with 20 engineers, but program manager Israel Perez said the goal is to expand to 50.
Jobs are currently being advertised through the Alabama Industrial Development Training program.
(Source: al.com, 04/08/13)

Steps taken to sell Global Hawks to Korea
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon has formally informed Congress of a plan to sell four Global Hawk
surveillance drones to South Korea. The deal under the Foreign Military Sales program, if sealed, would be
worth up to $1.2 billion, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency affiliated with the
Department of Defense. It includes four RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk remotely-piloted aircrafts equipped
with the Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suites (EISS), associated equipment, parts, training and logistical
support, added the DSCA. Such a notification to Congress is mandatory for FMS sales. Congress is
expected to approve the plan, a diplomatic source said. (Source: The Korea Times, 04/08/13) Gulf Coast
note: Global Hawks central fuselages are built in Moss Point, Miss.

Orbital rolls out Antares rocket
Orbital Sciences rolled out the first fully integrated Antares rocket from its assembly building at NASAs
Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia Saturday in preparation for its inaugural flight slated for April 17
from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. The Antares test flight, the A-ONE mission, is the first of two
Orbital is scheduled to conduct in 2013 under its Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Space Act
Agreement with NASA. Following a successful A-ONE launch, Orbital will carry out a full flight
demonstration of its new Antares/Cygnus cargo delivery system to the International Space Station around
mid-year. (Source: Orbital Sciences Corp., 04/06/13) Gulf Coast note: The Antares AJ26 rocket engines are
tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss. The latest test was April 4. That engine will be shipped to Wallops
for an upcoming Commercial Resupply Services mission.

County puts $65K into UAV project
SHALIMAR, Fla. -- Work continues on plans to build a center to develop small unmanned air and ground
vehicles. Construction is targeted to start next year. Okaloosa County commissioners approved $65,000 to
pay for site assessment and conceptual design of the facility being developed by the University of Florida
and the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County. The University of Florida and the EDC have
been working on the UAV center, which would be located just south of UF’s Research and Engineering
Education Facility on land the college owns. The 45,000-square-foot center will consist of two connected
buildings, one for administrative offices and research labs and the other for flight and ground tests. The
complex will feature space for temporary or permanent offices and labs, depending on clients’ needs. The
test center is intended to attract the high-paying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
jobs. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 04/05/13)

Keesler wins AF award
BILOXI, Miss. -- Keesler Air Force Base was told Friday it’s been selected for the Commander-in-Chief's
Installation Excellence Award. Rep. Steven Palazzo's office made the announcement Friday afternoon.
Keesler will represent the Air Force in competition for the Commander-in-Chief's (CINC) Annual Awards for
Installation Excellence. The award comes with a $1 million prize that will be used for quality of life
improvements. (Source: Sun Herald, 04/05/13)

Contract: Jacobs, $128.4M
Jacobs Technology Inc., Tullahoma, Tenn., is being awarded a $128,450,000 indefinite- delivery/indefinite-
quantity contract modification. The total estimated cumulative face value of the contract is $263,950,000.
This modification provides for the exercise of an option for additional diverse engineering, technical and
acquisition support services being provided under the basic contract. Work will be performed at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., with an expected completion date of April 19, 2014. The contracting activity is AFTC/PZZ,
Eglin Air Force Base. This contract involves foreign military sales. (Source: DoD, 04/05/13)

Towers set to close get reprieve
The Federal Aviation Administration said it will delay until June 15 the closure of the air traffic control tower
at Stennis International Airport in Hancock County and 148 others across the country. Last month the FAA
directed the Stennis tower to be among the first to close on Sunday as part of the agency's cost-cutting
effort. Now all facilities will close June 15 unless the airports decide to continue operations as a
nonfederal contract tower, the FAA said. Officials from about 50 airports have indicated they may fund the
tower operations themselves. The Stennis airport serves, among others, NASA's nearby Stennis Space
Center. (Source: Sun Herald, 04/05/13) Previous

$12M investment in Dothan MRO
DOTHAN, Ala. – Commercial Jet Inc. will invest $12 million to open a new 400,000-square-foot facility at
Dothan Regional Airport in Dale County that will employ hundreds. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, House
Speaker Mike Hubbard and Alabama Department of Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield joined company
and community leaders to make the announcement Friday. The facility will more than triple the company's
capacity to provide freighter conversion and maintenance, repair and overhaul, or MRO, services. The
expansion will include multiple hangars, back shops and offices and extensive apron space. The final
building will be delivered in October. (Source: MadeinAlabama, 04/05/13) Commercial Jet Inc. website

Airbus closing in on goal
Airbus is closing in on its 2013 order target four months into the year after already winning more than 600
orders from airlines snapping up the fuel-efficient A320 single-aisle bestseller. Airbus targeted 700 gross
orders for the year. After opening 2013 with a prediction for as many as 650 orders, Airbus Chief Operating
Officer John Leahy has raised the goal by a further 50 planes. Airbus is most likely to exceed even that
target, given the Paris Air show, a one-week event in June that typically coincides with large-scale orders.
(Source: Bloomberg, 04/04/13) As if to underscore the popularity of the model, Airbus on Monday will break
ground on its newest A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala. The ceremony is slated for 10 a.m. CDT at
Brookley Aeroplex.

Contract: EADS NA, $21M
EADS North America of Herndon, Va., was awarded a $20,994,308 modification to a previously awarded
firm-fixed-price contract for security and support mission equipment package production cut-in services.
The cumulative total face value of this contract is now $2,260,811,397. Work will be performed in
Columbus, Miss. Fiscal 2013 Other Procurement, Army contract funds are being obligated on this award.
The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/04/13)

NASA picks 295 proposals
NASA selected 295 research and technology proposals from 216 American small businesses for
negotiations that may lead to contract awards worth a combined $38.7 million. The proposals are part of
NASA's Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer
(STTR) Program. Nine proposals involve technology being developed for the Office of the Chief
Technologist at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, Miss., including nanocomposite protective coatings
for nuclear thermal propulsion systems; advanced prognostic tools; power-generating coverings and
casings and more. For a list of selected companies, click here. (Source: NASA, 04/04/13)

Australian F-35s progressing
Australia’s first two F-35 Joint Strike Fighters are progressing down the US production line and
approaching the stage where they will start looking like planes rather than a collection of components.
David Scott, Lockheed Martin's director of F-35 international customer engagement, said the planes, AU-1
and AU-2, were on schedule for delivery in the U.S. in 2014. He said the wings are under construction at
the Lockheed Martin plant in Forth Worth, Texas. Forth Worth is also constructing the forward fuselage,
while the centre and aft fuselages are under construction at separate Northrop Grumman and BAE plants.
The first Australian F-35 pilots will likely start training at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., later this year. (Source:
AAP via The Australian, 04/03/13)

Third UK F-35 takes to air
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The third United Kingdom F-35 embarked on its first flight Monday. The aircraft,
known as ZM137, departed at 10:16 a.m. with Lockheed Martin F-35 Chief Test Pilot Alan Norman at the
controls. ZM137 will complete a series of company and government checkout flights prior to its acceptance
by the U.K. Ministry of Defence. ZM137 will join U.K. aircraft ZM135 and ZM136 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
later this year where it will be used for pilot and maintainer training. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 04/02/13)

Eglin A-10 fires laser-guided APKW
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- A light-weight, long-range precision rocket from BAE Systems has
successfully been tested on an A-10 Thunderbolt II. The laser-guided Advanced Precision Kill Weapon
System II had previously been used in Afghanistan by U.S. Marine Corps helicopters. The 40th Flight Test
Squadron performed three sorties to demonstrate the capability and ensure the rocket could be fired safely
from a fixed wing aircraft, a test that had never been done before. The rockets were launched at altitudes
10,000 feet and 15,000 feet and hit within inches of the target. In tests next month at China Lake Test
Range, Calif., 22 rockets will be fired from an A-10 and an F-16 at moving and stationary targets. The Navy
is also testing the system on a fixed-wing aircraft. (Source: Team Eglin Public Affairs, 04/02/13)

Tuskegee Airman visits Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- A highly decorated member of the Tuskegee Airmen was at Eglin Air Force
Base Monday to participate in the promotion ceremony for Maurice Lee, commander of the 33rd Aircraft
Maintenance Squadron. Lee was promoted from major to lieutenant colonel. During the ceremony, he was
flanked by Harvey, his 89-year-old predecessor. Harvey, the first black fighter pilot to fly in the Korean War,
was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and 11 air medals. During his visit he also took a close-up
look at the F-35. (Source: Multiple, including WEAR-TV, Northwest Florida Daily News, 04/01/13)

Spring brings more flights
GULFPORT, Miss. -- Airlines are adding more flights and larger planes at Gulfport-Biloxi International
Airport. On Monday, Delta Airlines added a later flight from Gulfport to Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson
International Airport on a 50-seat regional jet. Six flights a day on Delta to Atlanta now begin at 6 a.m. and
continue to leave South Mississippi through 6:45 p.m. American Airlines is going from four to five daily
flights serving Dallas-Fort Worth International. US Airways passengers flying to the hub in Charlotte, N.C.,
will ride larger jets. The airline is replacing two of its 50-seat planes to Charlotte Douglas International
Airport with 67-seat regional jets for the season. (Source: Sun Herald, 04/01/13)


MARCH 2013

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $10.6M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC., Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $10,606,604 firm-fixed-
price, indefinite-delivery requirements contract for maintenance and logistics services, including labor,
services, facilities, equipment, tools, direct and indirect material, and related support equipment required
to support and maintain the T-39N and T-39G aircraft. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station
Pensacola, Fla., and is expected to be completed in September 2014. The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/29/13)

Former Blue Angle takes command
PENSACOLA, Fla. – A former member of the Blue Angels flight demonstration team took the helm as
commanding officer of Naval Air Station Pensacola. Capt. Keith Hoskins, 47, who flew with the Blues from
1999 to 2001, took over from Capt. Chris Plummer. Hoskins is not only the first former Blues aviator to
command Pensacola Naval Air Station, he is also the first African American to hold that job. The base has
had 56 previous commanding officers since 1914. His career includes a combat stint in Iraq, a total of
3,400 flight hours and 570 aircraft carrier landings. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 03/28/13)

Funding ends April 7 for tower
Funding to operate the control tower at Stennis International Airport near Stennis Space Center, Miss., will
end April 7. Stennis is one of 149 airports nationwide whose tower operation is ending due to
sequestration. Elsewhere in Mississippi, Greenville's airport tower will lose funding April 21, and the
towers in Olive Branch, Tupelo and Hawkins in Jackson will be cut off May 5. The Federal Aviation
Administration also released guidance for airports affected by the closures. It said the operators can
operate as non-towered airports or keep towers working without federal funding. (Source: Sun Herald,
03/27/13) Previous

Interest in UAV test site high
The Federal Aviation Administration has received 50 applications from 37 states for its nationwide
competition to select six research and test sites for integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with
manned aircraft. Some states have pooled their resources with neighbors, including Ohio and Indiana,
reports Stars and Stripes. Communities and states competing believe gaining a test-site designation will
help them build a UAS R&D and manufacturing cluster or expand an existing one. Sites will be evaluated
based on geographic and climatic diversity, ground infrastructure, research needs, population and air
traffic density, according to FAA spokesman Les Dorr. FAA drone rules will govern such things as
certification of aircraft, training and medical checks for operators, allocation of bandwidth for command and
control, and standards for automated systems that unmanned aircraft use to sense danger and avoid
collisions, Dorr said. The FAA is coordinating its efforts with the Department of Defense, NASA and
Congress, as well as public agencies. Currently, the FAA has issued only a few hundred certificates for
drone operators, but it forecasts that as many as 7,500 unmanned aircraft could be flying over the U.S.
within five years, Dorr said. To ensure the drones are being used properly, the FAA plans to test the aircraft
at six sites, which will be selected by the end of the year. (Sources: Defense Communities, Stars and
Stripes, 03/28/13) Gulf Coast note: This region has a high level of UAV activity, including building portions
of the Global Hawk and Fire Scout in Moss Point, Miss.

EADS shareholders back changes
Airbus parent EADS won backing from shareholders for sweeping changes in its structure that emancipate
it from political interference. Shareholders Wednesday tore up a Franco-German ownership pact in favor of
greater management freedom. Created from a merger of French, German and Spanish assets with a tight
rein on strategy, Europe's answer to Boeing has often been swept up in Franco-German industrial
tensions. It's the biggest shake-up since EADS was founded in 2000. EADS Chief Executive Tom Enders
said the new rules would limit government involvement to the roles of regulator or customer, giving EADS
management the independence of a "normal" company despite the fact that core government stakes are
rising to 28 percent from 20 percent. The changes follow last year’s failed attempted merger of EADS and
BAE Systems, which would have given the company a stronger role in defense activities. (Source: Reuters,
03/27/13) Gulf Coast note: Groundbreaking for the Airbus A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala., is slated for
April 8.

NASA poorly managed explosives
NASA's inspector general said in a report released Wednesday that Stennis Space Center, Miss., stored
explosives in an unsafe building during part of 2012, but the situation has since been changed. Inspector
General Paul Martin's report said NASA's overall Explosives Safety Program "was poorly managed and
exposed personnel and facilities to unnecessary risk." Inspectors identified 155 violations of regulations,
policies and procedures at four NASA centers that routinely procure, store, transport, and handle explosive
materials, pyrotechnics, and propellants, or energetic materials. The primary locations for the audit were
Glenn Research Center, Ohio, Stennis Space Center, Wallops Flight Facility, Va., and White Sands Test
Facility, N.M. All had violations. "To NASA's credit, personnel at each site quickly addressed the issues we
uncovered that presented an immediate threat to personnel and facilities." (Sources: al.com, IG report,
03/27/13)

Groundbreaking will attract big names
Airbus is bringing its top guns to Mobile, Ala., on April 8 for the groundbreaking of Airbus’ $600 million
assembly line. Tom Enders, CEO for Airbus parent EADS, Fabrice Bregier, president and CEO of Airbus;
and John Leahy, COO Customers-Airbus, are all expected to attend. The Mobile plant, the fourth that will be
assembling A320s, will start delivering its A320s by 2016. The A320 competes with Boeing’s 737. Airbus
has retained a big lead in orders for the A320neo over Boeing’s 737 Max. (Source: Puget Sound Business
Journal, 03/26/13)

Singapore to buy F-35s
Singapore is expected to announce sometime in the next 10 days that it plans to buy its first squadron of
Lockheed Martin's F-35Bs. The Singaporeans decision will eventually leave China facing 50 to 100
Australian F-35As, 42 F-35As in Japan, 75Bs in Singapore and however many of the three versions built
and fielded by the United States are regularly in the Pacific. Singapore and the other Pacific countries have
concluded that, despite the problems the F-35 program has faced, it’s effective. One senior official from the
region, who has access to the most sensitive classified information about the system, told Colin Clark of
AOL Defense that the F-35 is "simply undefeatable." And this official said the aircraft is expected to
maintain its dominance for at least one quarter of a century. (Source: AOL Defense, 03/25/13)

UT completes unit’s sale to Safran
HARTFORD, Conn. -- United Technologies Corp. said today that it completed the sale of the former
Goodrich electric power systems business to Safran for about $400 million. Sale of the electric power
systems unit was one of the two divestitures required by regulatory authorities as a condition of UTC's
acquisition of Goodrich Corp. UTC completed the sale of the other unit, the legacy Goodrich pumps and
engine controls business, earlier this month. (Source: PRNewswire, 03/26/13) Previous Gulf Coast note:
UT's Rocketdyne, which has an operation at Stennis Space Center, Miss., is being sold to GenCorp.;
Goodrich has an operation in Foley, Ala.; Safran is building a $2 million engineering center in Mobile, Ala.

Dragon spacecraft returns
The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft successfully completed the company's second cargo flight to the
International Space Station with a 12:36 p.m. EDT splashdown Tuesday in the Pacific Ocean a few
hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico. The capsule will be returned to the SpaceX test facility in
McGregor, Texas. Some cargo will be removed at the port in California and returned to NASA within 48
hours. This includes a freezer packed with research samples collected in the space station's unique
microgravity environment. The remainder of the cargo will be returned to Texas with the capsule. The
spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on March 1, carrying about 1,268
pounds of supplies and investigations. It returned about 2,668 pounds of science samples, equipment
and education activities. (Source: NASA, 03/26/13) Previous Gulf Coast note: NASA's Stennis Space Center
in South Mississippi, in addition to testing rocket engines for NASA, tests rocket engines for some
commercial space companies. Lockheed Martin will assemble the composite structures for Sierra
Nevada's Dream Chaser at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Previous Michoud is also involved
in NASA's Space Launch System project.

Contract: Northrop, $433.5M
Northrop Grumman Corp., Aerospace Systems, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $433,518,021 cost-
plus-fixed-fee contract for contractor logistics support for the RQ-4 Global Hawk fielded weapon system.
The location of the performance is San Diego, Calif. Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2014.
Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013. The contracting activity is AFLCMC/WIKBA, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.
(Source: DoD, 03/25/13) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are make in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $40.2M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a
$40,200,000 fixed-price-incentive, advance-acquisition contract to provide long lead-time parts, materials
and components required for the delivery of four Low Rate Initial Production Lot VIII F-35 conventional
takeoff and landing aircraft for the government of Japan. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is
expected to be completed in February 2014. Foreign Military Sales contract funds in the amount of
$40,200,000 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal
year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to the FAR 6.302-4. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting authority. (Source: DoD, 03/25/13)

Contract: L-3, $12.9M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC., Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $12,946,025
modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery requirements contract for logistics
services support of the TH-57 aircraft fleet. Services to be provided include repair and/or overhaul of aircraft,
engines, avionics and related components. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station, Whiting Field,
Milton, Fla., and is expected to be completed in June 2013. Funds are not being obligated at time of award.
Funds will be obligated on individual delivery orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/25/13)

Nellis gets three F-35
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – Three F-35s were formally accepted last week during a ceremony at
Nellis Air Force Base. The aircraft will be assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron where they
will undergo operational testing. One of the focus areas for the 422nd TES will be to develop tactics for the
aircraft and pilots. Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, said the
group's and squadron's pilots and maintainers "would take the F-35's performance to new heights and
define the very tactics the F-35 will one day use to defend freedom around the world." Maj. Gen. Jeffrey
Lofgren, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center commander, said he expects to see the same dramatic new tactics
development with the F-35A as was seen with the F-22. Nellis is slated to get 36 F-35A Lightning IIs by
2020. The 422nd TES and 53rd TEG are geographically separated units of the 53rd Wing, headquartered
at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs, 03/21/13)

H2 gets GSA Schedule 70
H2 Performance Consulting (H2) of Pensacola, Fla., was awarded Schedule 70 for Professional IT
Services from the General Services Administration. IT Schedule 70 is a long-term contract issued  by the
GSA to a commercial technology vendor. It signifies that the GSA has determined the vendor’s pricing is fair
and reasonable and the vendor is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. Buying from pre-
approved vendors allows agencies to cut through red tape and receive goods and services faster. (Source:
H2 Performance, 03/21/13)

International student flies F-35
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The first international student aviator at the 33rd Fighter Wing training to be
an F-35B instructor pilot completed his first sortie in the joint strike fighter March 19. United Kingdom Royal
Air Force Squadron Leader Frankie Buchler flew with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron-501. "The
ground school training package at the Academic Training Center with the flight simulators prepared me for
smooth flying," said Buchler. The ATC is part of the F-35 Integrated Training Center hosted by the 33rd FW.
It is the hub for U.S. and international partner operators and maintainers of the joint strike fighter. It takes
10 flight hours, or about six to seven sorties, for a student pilot transitioning from other aircraft to become a
qualified F-35 pilot. Buchler's last time flying was a year ago, coming from a background with the SEPECAT
Jaguar and Eurofighter Typhoon. (Source: 33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 03/21/13)

NASA awards contract modification
NASA signed a one-year contract option with Jacobs Technology Inc., of New Orleans to continue
manufacturing support and facilities operations at the agency's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.
The one-year contract option begins on May 1. With the exercise of Option 2, the mission services value
increases by about $38 million, and the IDIQ potential maximum order value increases by $100 million for
a new maximum potential contract value of approximately $477 million. The contract was awarded in May
2009. The contract will support critical operations under way at Michoud to advance the nation's human
spaceflight endeavors, including work on the Orion spacecraft and modifications to manufacture the core
stage of NASA's Space Launch System rocket. (Source: PRNewswire, 03/22/13)

New assignment at Tyndall
Brig. Gen. Jack L. Briggs II, deputy commander, Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Region,
and deputy commander for Operations, 1st Air Division, North American Aerospace Defense Command,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to vice commander, 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern), Air Combat
Command, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 03/22/13)

Contract: EDO, $11M
EDO Corp., Panama City, Fla., is being awarded a $10,984,400 firm-fixed-price contract to build and deliver
one MK-105 Mod 4 Magnetic Minesweeping System for the Airborne Mine Countermeasures Program. This
system upgrade provides a significant reliability and performance improvement to the current MK-105,
increasing the Navy's capability to conduct quick response, high speed airborne mine countermeasures
for the next decade. Work will be performed in Panama City, Fla., and is expected to be completed by
October 2014. Fiscal 2012 Other Procurement, Navy funding in the amount of $10,984,400 will be obligated
at time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Surface
Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/22/13)

FAA has new tower closing lists
Federal contract towers at Stennis International Airport in Kiln, Miss., Hawkins Field in Jackson, Miss., and
Dothan, Ala., are among 149 that will close beginning April 7 as part of a sequestration plan. A press
release Friday from the Federal Aviation Administration said the agency chose to keep open 24 towers that
were previously proposed for closing because it would have a "negative impact on national interest." The
24 towers saved from the chopping block include towers at Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Ala., Meridian,
Miss., and Columbus/Starkville, Miss. Another 16 federal contract towers under the “cost share” program
will remain open because Congressional statute sets aside funds every fiscal year for these towers.
These cost-share program funds are subject to sequestration but the required 5 percent cut will not result
in tower closures. ated to close are in Dothan, Ala.; ort in Greenville, Hawkins Field in Jackson, Olive
Branch Airport in Olive Branch and Tupelo Regional Airport in Tupelo. (Source: Sun Herald, FAA, 03/22/13)

Contract: H2 Performance, $4M
H2 Performance Consulting (H2) of Pensacola, Fla., announced the award of a five-year, $4M contract to
provide the Navy Manpower Personnel Training and Education with support for its Authoritative Data
Environment. Authoritative data is mandated by Department of Defense. The DoD IT Strategy and
Roadmap sets forth a fundamental change in the way the DoD acquires, develops, fields, and maintains
applications through consolidation of applications and data services. Key to this is the identification of
authoritative data sources and elimination of duplicative data systems through the use of data warehouse
best practices. H2 experts and advisors are tasked with preparing and supporting ongoing development of
Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and the application of SOA capability. (Source: H2 Performance,
03/22/13)

Boeing buys more S.C. land
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Boeing said on Thursday it would pay $12.5 million for about 320 acres of land near
its current 787 Dreamliner final assembly plant in North Charleston, S.C. Boeing doesn’t have specific
plans, but the purchase will provide land for possible future use, the company said in a statement. Boeing
South Carolina performs final assembly for the 787 Dreamliner. The facility also makes aft and mid-body
sections for the 787. A deal Boeing signed in December provides Boeing the option to buy 750 more acres
in several parcels, including the 260 acres it sits on, currently leased for $1 a year from Charleston
International Airport. If it exercises the option, by 2025 Boeing could own almost 1,100 acres, a near
quadrupling in size. (Source: Reuters, 03/21/13)

Airbus makes first Mobile hire
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas filled its first position for Mobile’s $600 million A320 final aircraft assembly
plant. Jennifer Ogle, 49, is the new director of human resources for the Mobile operation. She’ll join Airbus
on April 15 and report to Linda Herbert, vice president of HR for Airbus Americas. Ogle joins Airbus from
Taylor-Wharton Cryogenics in Theodore, where she has been the human resources director since July
2011. Groundbreaking for the Mobile facility at Brookley Aeroplex is slated for April 8.  Hiring for
manufacturing jobs at the assembly line will begin during the fourth quarter of 2013 and continue into
2014. (Source: Airbus, 03/21/13)

Airline ops for Airbus’ ROPS
American Airlines will equip all of its A320s with Airbus’ Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS)
technology. This on-board cockpit technology, which Airbus has pioneered independently over several
years, increases pilots’ situational awareness during landing, reduces exposure to runway excursion risk,
and if necessary, provides active protection. ROPS was first approved by the European Aviation Safety
Agency on the A380 in October 2009 and is in service or ordered on around 70 per cent of the A380 fleet.
ROPS is part of the A350 XWB’s basic configuration and is also being applied on the other Airbus types
being produced today, starting with the A320 Family, with certification on this type expected later this year.
(Source: Airbus, 03/20/13) Gulf Coast note: Groundbreaking is April 8 for an A320 final assembly line in
Mobile, Ala.

3-D printed part on rocket engine
The latest in cutting-edge manufacturing is already having an impact on space exploration. Pratt & Whitney
Rocketdyne of Canoga Park, Calif., prime contractor for the J-2X engine, recently used an advanced 3-D
printing process called Selective Laser Melting, or SLM, to create an exhaust port cover for the engine. SLM
uses lasers to fuse metal dust into a specific pattern to build the cover, which is essentially a maintenance
hatch for the engine's turbo pumps. On March 7, this part was exposed to the strenuous conditions of a
rocket engine firing during a test at NASA’s Stennis Space Center, Miss., and will be a part of the rest of this
test series. The J-2X is undergoing rigorous testing in support of the agency's Space Launch System
Program, or SLS, managed at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. (Source: NASA,
03/19/13)

Keesler to lose planes, squadron
BILOXI, Miss. -- The Air Force Reserve Command has decided 10 C-130Js from Keesler Air Force's 403rd
Wing will be transferred to Pope Field, N.C., and the 815th Airlift Squadron will shut down. Keesler officials
made the announcement Wednesday, according to the Sun Herald. A press release from Keesler said the
base will lose the aircraft in October, the beginning of the 2014 fiscal year. The aircraft are primarily being
used for tactical airlift missions. (Source: Sun Herald, 03/20/13) The 815th “Flying Jennies,” a tactical airlift
unit that has been at Keesler since 1973, is responsible for delivering cargo to combat zones and provides
humanitarian relief in disaster areas.

Report: Boat hit Eglin officer
A report released by a ground accident investigation board shows an Air Force officer was struck and killed
by a government-contracted boat in October while participating in a one-man life raft training exercise near
Pensacola, Fla. Maj. Garrett Knowlan was killed immediately when he was struck by a 41-foot MonArk tow
boat involved in the Air Force Water Survival Training Course. Knowlan was a 2002 graduate of the Air
Force Academy and a 2010 graduate of the Air Force Test Pilot School. He was then-assigned as the
executive officer for the commander of the 96th Test Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: Air
Education and Training Command, 03/19/13)

Airbus eyes Spirit plant in France
French media are reporting that Airbus is talking with Spirit AeroSystems about the possibility of buying
Spirit’s A350 XWB assembly plant in Saint-Nazaire, France. Spirit spokesman Ken Evans said the
company doesn’t speculate on business transactions that have not been announced. Airbus
spokeswoman Mary Ann Greczyn said discussions with the company’s suppliers are private. French
newspaper Les Echos quoted a French union leader, Francoise Vallin, on the talks. Workers at Spirit’s
90,000-square-foot French plant assemble the composite fuselage panels and central sections of the
A350 that are designed, built and shipped from Spirit’s larger facility in Kinston, N.C. (Source: Wichita
Eagle, updated 03/19/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus will break ground next month on an A320 assembly line
in Mobile, Ala.

New chief for Lockheed F-35
Lockheed Martin named Lorraine Martin its new leader for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Martin, 50,
replaces her former boss, Orlando Carvalho, 54. He becomes executive vice president in charge of the
aeronautics business. From 2004-08, Martin was VP of flight solutions, simulation and support for aircrew
training programs for the Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field in Northwest Florida.
(Source: Bloomberg News, 03/18/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
training center.

Airbus lands $24B Indonesian deal
PARIS, France -- Airbus has snagged a “landmark order” from Indonesia’s Lion Air Group this week. The
two companies finalized the $24 billion purchase of 234 A320’s. Lion Air’s Airbus order actually exceeds
the order that the Indonesian carrier placed with the plane-maker’s U.S. rival, Boeing, in 2011 for 201
planes valued at $22 billion.Airbus is due to break ground on April 8 on a $600 million final assembly line
at Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex that will be dedicated entirely to the production of the A320 family of aircraft.
(Source: al.com, 03/18/13)

Budget may ground the Blue Angels
After traveling from their winter base in El Centro, Calif., the Blue Angels have arrived in Pensacola amid a
storm of uncertainty. Federal budget cuts threaten to cancel the Blue Angels annual July show at
Pensacola Beach and perhaps being grounded for the rest of the season. The Navy has not informed the
team of the fate of their air show schedule. The Navy has so far cancelled four air shows scheduled for
April, but five practices in Pensacola in March are tentatively still scheduled. The sequestration cuts for the
Navy, released in January, requires cancelation of all appearances through the end of the federal fiscal
year which occurs in September. This includes the July Pensacola Air Show. The cancelations save an
estimated $20 million. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 03/18/13)

Firm to settle with county
DESTIN, Fla. -- Miracle Strip Aviation, one of two fixed-base operators at Destin Airport, has agreed to a
plan that would settle its $485,000 debt with the county by 2019. The Okaloosa County Commission is
scheduled to vote on the plan at its Tuesday meeting. Under the plan, Miracle Strip Aviation, recently
purchased by Mississippi-based Regal Capital, would pay the county $150,000 upfront, make $100,000 in
major renovations to the county-owned terminal at Destin Airport and repay the remaining $235,382 at 4
percent interest over six years. Miracle Strip Aviation amassed the $485,382 debt because of an error in the
county’s billing system. The company was billed for an amount lower than the actual lease payment.
(Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 03/17/13)

Operator announces terminal
CRESTVIEW, Fla. -- Bob Sikes Airport’s fixed-base operator anticipates breaking ground on a $600,000
terminal by April. Jonathan Dunn, Emerald Coast Aviation’s president, said his company recently sent the
project out to bid. The terminal will replace a small facility that Emerald Coast Aviation and Sunshine Aero,
its predecessor, have used for decades. The 5,600-square-foot, single-story building will house a
reception area, offices for Dunn and his staff, a lounge with a fireplace, a pilots’ “snooze room” with
shower, a conference room and an outdoor enclosed courtyard overlooking the airport. (Source: Northwest
Florida Daily News, 03/17/13)

STEMM school has new tool
VALPARAISO, Fla. – Science-minded middle school students in Okaloosa County now have a jet engine to
use as a learning tool. Airmen from Eglin Air Force Base delivered the engine Friday to the Okaloosa
County STEMM Center, which focuses on science, technology, engineering, math and medical studies. It
will be used to demonstrate a variety of principals. The STEMM Center plans to invite teachers from across
the Panhandle to use the engine in their own programs. The F100 engine is from the U.S. Air Force
Recruiting Service at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala. Rick Soria is director of the STEMM
Center. (Sources: WEAR-TV, Okaloosa County schools, 03/15/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $105.9M
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, Calif., is being awarded a $105,868,182 cost-plus
incentive-fee and fixed-price incentive-firm contract for contractor logistics support, legacy sustainment and
combined task force support for the Space Based Infrared Systems. The location of the performance is
Colorado Springs, Colo. Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2016. The contracting activity is
SMC/ISK, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. (Source: DoD, 03/15/13) Gulf Coast note: Work on the core
propulsion system of the SBIRS is done by Lockheed Martin at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Contract: Boeing, $100M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $99,900,000 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee and
indefinite- quantity/indefinite-delivery contract for production assets, spares, repairs and sustainment for
the joint direct attack munitions system. The location of the performance is St. Louis, Mo. Work is expected
to be completed by Jan. 31, 2016. Type of appropriation is foreign military sales funding. The contracting
activity is AFLCMC/EBDK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Contract involves foreign military sales. (Source: DoD,
03/15/13)

Airbus gets big orders
Two airlines put in orders for 184 Airbus aircraft within two days. Lufthansa will buy 100 A320s and two
A380s worth about $11.2 billion at list price, according to Airbus. The Lufthansa Group is the biggest Airbus
operator worldwide. (Source: Airbus, 03/14/13) In addition, Turkish Airlines is buying 82 A320 family aircraft.
The order is worth about $9.3 billion, based on the current list price. Airbus will break ground April 8 on a
$600 million final assembly line at Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex. The Mobile facility, expected to employ
1,000 directly and generate several thousand construction, supplier and support positions, will produce the
A320 family aircraft. (Source: al.com, link, 03/15/13)

General officer assignments
Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Leahy, who has been selected for the rank of major general, commander, 23rd Air
Force and director, operations, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., to director,
operations, J-3, Headquarters U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Also, Brig.
Gen. John M. Hicks, director, command, control, communications and cyber, J-6, Headquarters U.S. Pacific
Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, to commander, 23rd Air Force and director, operations, Air Force
Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla. (Source: DoD, 03/15/13)

Boat operations scheduled
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Residents in the local area may experience low-flying aircraft or noise
when the 96th Operations Group conducts boat operations March 18-22 in the Gulf of Mexico south of
Destin in the morning and the Choctawhatchee Bay in the afternoon.  The operations are part of the 53rd
Wing’s Weapon System Evaluation Program. Fighter aircraft will release various munitions in the Gulf of
Mexico during the morning test missions about 20 nautical miles south of Destin. In the Choctawhatchee
Bay during the afternoon test missions, about 30 boats will operate as visual simulated targets for fighter
aircraft. Aircraft will conduct low altitude operations and residents in the local area may experience low-
flying aircraft or noise. No bombs or munitions will be released during these Choctawhatchee Bay test
operations.  The boats will transverse the Choctawhatchee Bay between the Mid-Bay Bridge and the
Highway 331 Bridge. (Source: 96th Test Wing Public Affairs, 03/14/13)

Officials to see Hamburg plant
MOBILE, Ala. -- Some local officials are leaving Friday for a four-day trip to Hamburg, Germany, to tour an
Airbus final assembly plant for the A320 jet airliner. The trip includes two days, Monday and Tuesday, in
which officials will tour the German plant considered as a comparable facility to the $600 million plant that
will be built at Brookley Aeroplex. Groundbreaking for the Mobile plant is slated for April 8. The group will
include the mayor, city attorney, four city council members, three county commissioners and
representatives of the Mobile Airport Authority. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 03/13/13)

Report sees more UAV jobs
A new study by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) finds that more than
70,000 new American jobs will be created in the first three years following integration of unmanned
systems into the national airspace. For the four states with a piece of the Gulf Coast Interstate 10
aerospace corridor, it will mean a combined 6,690 jobs and economic impact of $1.3 billion by 2017. That
breaks down to 3,251 jobs and an economic impact of $632 million in Florida; 1,510 jobs and an
economic impact of $294 million in Alabama; 1,097 jobs and an economic impact of $213 million in
Louisiana; and 832 jobs and an economic impact of $162 million in Mississippi. (Source: GCAC, 03/13/13)
Study

MAF to build LNG tanks
NEW ORLEANS -- Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin said Tuesday it will build two liquefied natural gas
tanks at the Michoud Assembly Facility in eastern New Orleans, adding 400 jobs. Each 88-foot-long tank,
designed to carry 295,000 cubic meters of liquid gas, will serve as fuel tanks for propulsion engines built
by the Finnish company Wartsila, Lockheed President Gerry Fasano said. Those engines are built to
power commercial transport ships. Fasano added that the two companies are discussing contracts to
build another six tanks of various sizes at Michoud that could serve as storage tanks to transport gas
overseas. MAF is also used by the British company Blade Dynamics to build wind turbine blades, and
more recently, Sierra Nevada Corp. said it had partnered with Lockheed Martin to build structures for the
Dream Chaser commercial space vehicle. MAF is also where Orion and the core stage of the Space
Launch System are being built. (Source: Times-Picayune, 03/12/13)

Airport director resigns
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- After two years of leadership at the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport,
airport Executive Director John Wheat has resigned. Wheat announced Tuesday that he accepted a new
position as the director of the Sacramento County (Calif.) Airport System, where he will oversee one
international airport and three reliever airports. Wheat was recruited by officials in the Sacramento County
Airport System, which boasts a passenger traffic count of about 9 million per year with 14 airlines. His
resignation is effective April 5 and he is expected to begin his new job April 14. (Source: Panama City News
Herald, 03/121/13)

Charges against Vision dropped
Criminal charges against Vision Airlines have been dropped. State Attorney Bill Eddins said Tuesday that
his office had dropped the first-degree grand theft charge against the airline after it paid more than
$160,000 in fines and fees to Okaloosa County in the past month. The state attorney’s office filed the grand
theft charge after the county tried unsuccessfully for months to get Vision to pay $117,660 in unpaid
passenger facility charges owed to Northwest Florida Regional Airport. Vision paid more than $43,000 in
legal fees and other charges Monday. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 03/12/13)

Airbus project snags piece of award
Trade & Industry Development named the Airbus assembly plant project in Mobile, Ala., among its top 15
corporate advancement award winners for 2013. The magazine selected the Airbus project as one of only
30 Corporate Investment and Community Impact winners nationwide for the transformational effect it’s
expected to have on the city of Mobile. Several hundred projects announced during 2012 were considered.
Groundbreaking is slated for April 8 for the $600 million, 1,000-employee plant that will be the final
assembly location for single-aisle A320 family of aircraft. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 03/12/13)

Contract: Enola, $20M
Enola Contracting Services, Chipley, Fla., was awarded a $20,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract. The award
will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure maintenance and repair services at Fort
Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. Work will be performed in Fort Stewart, with an estimated completion
date of March 31, 2014. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with 15 bids received. The U.S. Army
Contracting Command, Fort Stewart, Ga., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/12/13)

Contract: Speegle, $12.4M
Speegle Construction Inc., Niceville, Fla., was awarded a $12,358,500 firm-fixed-price contract. The award
will provide for the construction of a squadron operations facility at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Work will be
performed at Luke AFB, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 16, 2014. The bid was solicited through
the Internet, with 16 bids received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles, Calif., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/12/13)

Contract: Northrop, $30M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Md., is being awarded a $30,000,000 indefinite-
quantity/indefinite-delivery contract for contractor logistics support services in support of the AN/ASQ-236
aircraft pod. The location of performance is Linthicum, Md. Work is expected to be completed by March 11,
2016. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013. The contracting activity is AFLCMC/EBSK, Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla. (Source: DoD, 03/12/13)

Contract: Northrop $71.6M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $71,623,427 modification to a
previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for the modification and delivery of six
vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (VTUAV) and seven ground control stations
in support of the VTUAV endurance upgrade rapid deployment capability effort. Work will be performed in
Dallas, Texas (32 percent); Ozark, Ala. (27 percent); Rancho Bernardo, Calif. (25 percent); Moss Point,
Miss. (15 percent); and Point Mugu, Calif. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2014.
Fiscal 2012 and 2013 Aircraft Procurement Navy contract funds in the amount of $71,623,427 are being
obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/11/13)

Two units moving to Hurlburt
Two squadrons at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., are moving across town to Hurlburt Field. About 400 people
with the 9th Special Operations Squadron and the 1st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron are
moving this spring and taking their fleet of MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft with them. The move will at
last unite all 1st Special Operations Wing squadrons at Hurlburt. It also will allow for more efficient aircraft
maintenance because the newcomers will be able to work closely with squadrons maintaining very similar
planes at Hurlburt. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 03/07/13)

2nd Dutch F-35 rolls out
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The second Lockheed Martin F-35 for the Netherlands rolled out of the F-35
production facility on March 2. It will be assigned to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., later this summer. The
Netherlands is planning to use this conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) jet, known as AN-2, for
training and operational tests for pilots and maintainers. AN-2 will undergo functional fuel system checks
before being transported to the flight line for ground and flight tests later this year. (Source: Lockheed
Martin, 03/07/13)

Stennis tower in jeopardy
The air traffic control tower at Stennis International Airport in Kiln, near NASA's Stennis Space Center, is
among seven in Mississippi set to be closed in April as the Federal Aviation Administration moves to
reduce spending by $600 million under automatic federal budget cuts. The FAA said it will consider
keeping some towers open on a case-by-case basis. Other Mississippi airports on the list are Tupelo
Regional, Golden Triangle in Columbus, Mid-Delta in Greenville, Hawkins Field at Jackson, Key Field in
Meridian and Olive Branch Regional. (Source: AP via Hattiesburg American, 03/07/13) Stennis International
serves NASA's Stennis Space Center, and among other things is the airport Rolls-Royce uses to receive
and ship out engines that it tests at SSC.

Airport sets post-Katrina record
New Orleans’ airport surpassed 8.6 million passengers in 2012, a post-Katrina record that maintains an
upward trend even as similar airports across the nation experienced a slight decline, according to airport
figures. But the good year at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International still fell short of its passenger
totals before the 2005 hurricane. (Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 03/06/13)

General: Furloughs just one part
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- The civilian furloughs have been announced, but more impacts from the
$45 billion in sequestration cuts to the Department of Defense could soon hit Eglin Air Force Base. That’s
according to Brig. Gen. David Harris, commander of the 96th Test Wing. He was guest speaker at
Wednesday’s lunch meeting of the Rotary Club of Fort Walton Beach. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 03/06/13)

NVision building warfare simulator
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. – It's cutting edge and designed to replace multiple other simulator systems in
military aircraft. A while back the Naval Air Systems Command awarded NVision Solutions Inc. of Bay St.
Louis a $35 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to design, build, test, and manufacture the
Handheld Radar Simulator (HRS). The company has been working the project for seven months now. HRS
will replace multiple systems used to test electronic counter measures in military aircraft. NVision is
designing, prototyping and later will manufacture this next-generation system through an agreement with
partners Loglinear LLC and Applied Geo Technologies, also of Mississippi. NVision is headquartered near
NASA’s Stennis Space Center and is a member of the EIGS geospatial technology cluster of the Magnolia
Business Alliance (MBA). (Source: NVision/Magnolia Business Alliance, 03/04/13)

JSTARS, GH demonstrate interoperability
MELBOURNE, Fla. -- Northrop Grumman late last month completed a successful exchange of radar data
during a flight test involving the U.S. Air Force's E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint
STARS) and the RQ-4B Global Hawk Block 40 unmanned aircraft system. The Feb. 25 exchange is the first
collaborative effort to stream ground moving target radar data from a Global Hawk Block 40 to a Joint
STARS aircraft. Information can then be relayed from Joint STARS to ground forces. The flight successfully
demonstrated the interoperability of both platforms to potentially improve and expand surveillance
capabilities for deployed forces. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 03/06/13) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are
built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

More F-35 issues raised
A February report from the Defense Department’s Operational Test and Evaluation department provides
raises issues about the survivability of the F-35 in a dogfight. The issues came up during training at Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., including a lack of “aft visibility” and in gernal less out of cockpit visibility than in other
Air Force fighter aircraft. The 68-page report was posted on the Project on Government Oversight website.
The Air Force did its own Operational Utility Evaluation last year. The high-tech helmet mounted display
was also criticized for some technical problems. (Sources: Time, Washington Times, Defense News,
03/06/13)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $72.2M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $72,200,000
undefinitized modification to the previously awarded Low Rate Initial Production Lot 6 advance acquisition
contract. This modification provides for the procurement of support equipment at Pilot Training Center 1,
Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., for the F-35 Conventional Take-Off and Landing air system program. In addition,
this modification provides for the associated Data Quality Integration Management supplier support tasks,
and all other sustainment data products for the U.S. Air Force and the governments of Italy and Australia.
Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (35 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (25 percent); Warton, United
Kingdom (20 percent); Orlando, Fla. (10 percent); Nashua, N.H. (5 percent); and Baltimore, Md. (5 percent),
and is expected to be completed in August 2014. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force
(76.2 percent); and the governments of Italy (14.3 percent); and Australia (9.5 percent). The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/05/13) Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Contract: Textron, $113.4M
Textron Marine & Land Systems, New Orleans, La., was awarded a $113,431,277 firm-fixed-price contract.
The award will provide for the procurement of Mobile Strike Force vehicles to support the Afghanistan
National Security Forces. This contract is in support of Foreign Military Sales for Afghanistan. Work will be
performed in New Orleans, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2014. The bid was solicited
through the Internet, with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/05/13)

Northrop reorganizes sector
FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- Northrop Grumman designated five centers of design and integration excellence in
a reorganization of the Aerospace Systems sector's manned aircraft, unmanned systems and electronic
attack businesses. Changes include closing an Information Systems sector facility in Dominguez Hills,
Calif. The Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence will be in Melbourne, Fla., and will include aircraft
design work currently being done at the company's Bethpage, N.Y., facility. The B-2, F/A-18 and F-35
programs will remain in Palmdale, El Segundo and Redondo Beach, Calif., respectively. The company's
Unmanned Systems Center of Excellence will be at the Rancho Bernardo facility in San Diego, Calif. Two
programs will transition to that center: the MQ-4C Triton program from Bethpage, and the NATO Airborne
Ground Surveillance program from Melbourne. An Electronic Attack Center of Excellence will be in
Bethpage and will include the Aerospace Systems' Electronic Attack program team. The company has
designated two Aircraft Integration Centers of Excellence, one in Palmdale, Calif., and the other in St.
Augustine, Fla. Current integration activities in Moss Point, Miss., and New Town, N.D., are not included in
this transition. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 03/04/13)

Okaloosa considers contract change
About two and a half years after voting to contract with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide to
provide high school students opportunities to explore math and science through aviation, the Okaloosa
County School Board has opted to go into contract negotiations with the university’s main campus in
Daytona rather than the satellite campus. The concern is declining enrollment. The school system had
previously contracted with the main campus of Embry-Riddle, but in the summer of 2010 opted to contract
with Embry-Riddle Worldwide, which has campuses at Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 03/04/13)

Blue Angles April shows gone
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Blue Angels air shows in April were canceled due to Pentagon belt-tightening, and
what beyond that will still be canceled is unclear at this point. But only one of the Blue Angels’ five
scheduled practices in Pensacola during March is still definite. The Navy is still trying to determine the
amount of flight training the team will be able to do when they return from El Centro, Calif. (Source: WEAR-
TV, Pensacola News Journal, 03/04/13)

Dragon arrives at ISS
A privately-owned unmanned U.S. space capsule docked Sunday at the International Space Station
bringing more than 1,200 pounds of food, scientific materials and equipment to the space outpost. NASA
said that SpaceX's Dragon capsule linked up with the ISS at 8:56 a.m. It was captured by the ISS’s robotic
arm. NASA said a hatch between Dragon and the ISS would be opened Monday as the capsule
commenced its three-week-long stay at the orbiting space station. (Sources: Multiple, including AFP via
SpaceTravel, CNN, 03/03/13)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $8M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded an $8,076.281 contract
modification for aircraft flightline maintenance for the F-16 aircraft in support of Taiwan's F-16 program. The
location of performance is Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Work is expected to be completed by Feb. 28, 2014.
Type of appropriation is international funding. The contracting activity is AETC CONS/LGCI, Randolph Air
Force Base, Texas. Contract involves Foreign Military Sales. (Source: DoD, 03/01/13)

Memorial dedicated at ATC
MOBILE, Ala. -- A memorial to the four crewmembers of a Coast Guard helicopter that that crashed last
year in Mobile Bay was dedicated Friday. The memorial was dedicated to the crew of CG-6535. Hundreds
turned out at the U.S. Coast Guard's Mobile Aviation Training Center. for the private ceremony, which
honored pilot Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor, co-pilot Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron, rescue swimmer Chief Petty Officer
Fernando Jorge, and flight mechanic Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew "Drew" Knight. The MH-65C helicopter
crashed after a training mission. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 03/01/13)

DoD wants two new base closure rounds
The Defense Department plans to ask Congress for two new military base closure rounds in for 2015 and
2017, according to a former defense official. The Pentagon made the same request last year, but it went
nowhere. Only Congress can authorize a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round. Critics say
closing bases does not produce immediate savings and costs more upfront. The 2005 BRAC was not
completed until the fall of 2011. (Source: Politico, 02/28/13) Gulf Coast note: The Naval Medical Research
Laboratory at Naval Air Station Pensacola was realigned in the last BRAC, and only last year was it moved
to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

F-35 cleared to fly
The Pentagon said on Thursday it would resume flights of its F-35 following a week-long precautionary
grounding imposed after a crack was found on an engine blade on a test plane in California. No additional
cracks were found during inspections of engines on the remaining 50 planes in the Pentagon's fleet, or
any spare engines. The conclusion was the crack was caused from overuse in test operations. It was the
program's second engine-related flight ban in less than two months. The Marines Corps version of the
plane was grounded for nearly a month from mid-January because of a faulty hose in the engine, later
blamed on manufacturing errors. (Source: New York Times, 02/28/13, Reuters, 03/01/13)


FEBRUARY 2013

Airbus meets with potential suppliers
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus met with potential suppliers during a gathering to Wednesday in the city where the
company will build a $600 million A320 assembly line. David Williams, vice president of procurement for
Airbus Americas, told a crowd of nearly 1,000 gathered for the supplier briefing that the Mobile facility will
help the company further execute its globalization strategy by bringing production directly to one of its
strongest markets. “We want to be a global player,” Williams said, noting suppliers will play a key role in
meeting that goal. Williams said the procurement process for the Mobile facility is “moving along quickly,
as it should be,” but a strict protocol must be followed to be considered. Interested suppliers should visit
the Airbus Alabama website, send a “request for information” where prompted and any company that takes
those steps is included in a broad database. (Source AL.com link, 02/27/13)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $333.8M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a
$333,786,000 fixed-price-incentive, advance acquisition contract to provide long lead-time parts, materials
and components required for the delivery for the 35 Low Rate Initial Production lot VIII F-35 aircraft: 19
conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) aircraft for the U.S. Air Force; six short takeoff vertical landing
(STOVL) aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps; four Carrier Variant aircraft for the U.S. Navy; four STOVL for the
United Kingdom; and two CTOL aircraft for the Government of Norway. Work will be performed in Fort
Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in February 2014. Contract funds in the amount of
$333,786,000 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal
year. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force (46 percent); the U. S. Marine Corps (26
percent); and the U.S. Navy (8 percent); the United Kingdom (14 percent); and Norway (6 percent). This
contract was not competitively procured pursuant to the FAR 6.302-1. The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting authority. (Source: DoD, 02/28/13)

Global Hawk wins award
The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft program was recently awarded the 2012 Dr.
James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award for the most improved performance in aircraft
maintenance and logistics readiness. Capable of flying for more than 30 hours at an altitude over 60,000
feet, Global Hawk provides intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and communications relay
capabilities. It's accumulating more than 88,000 total flight hours, 80 percent in combat. A total of 37 Global
Hawks have been delivered to the Air Force, with additional aircraft scheduled for delivery this year.
(Source: PRNewswire, 02/25/13) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.
Previous

Orbital tests rocket at new pad
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. -- NASA commercial partner Orbital Sciences of Dulles, Va., successfully
conducted an engine test of its Antares rocket Friday at the nation's newest launch pad. The company fired
dual AJ26 rocket engines for the full duration 29 seconds while the rocket was bolted down on the Mid-
Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. Known
as a "hot fire" test, it demonstrated the readiness of the rocket's first stage and launch pad fueling systems
to support upcoming test flights. (Source: NASA, 02/22/13) Gulf Coast note: Aerojet tests AJ26 engines at
Stennis Space Center, Miss.

White House details cuts in states
The White House on Sunday released state-by-state reports on the impact it says the sequester will have if
Congress fails to avert it by Friday. The impact on military readiness in the four states with a piece of the I-
10 aerospace corridor: 74,000 civilian Defense Department employees would be furloughed in Alabama,
Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi, reducing gross pay by around $445.9 million in the four states. The
total cut in funding for the military operations in all four states is $336.8 million. (Sources: Multiple. Details
for Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, 02/24/13)

New military assignments
The chief of staff, Air Force announced several assignments of interest to the Gulf Coast region. Maj. Gen.
Norman J. Brozenick Jr., commander, Special Operations Command - Pacific, U.S. Pacific Command,
Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, is being assigned to vice commander, Air Force Special Operations Command,
Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Brig. Gen. Marshall B. Webb, selected for the rank of major general, director, plans,
programs, requirements, and assessments at headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command,
Hurlburt Field, is being assigned to commander, Special Operations Command - Europe/director, Special
Operations, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany; Col. Albert M. Elton II, selected for the
rank of brigadier general, commander, 27th Special Operations Wing, Air Force Special Operations
Command, Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., is being assigned as director, plans, programs, requirements,
and assessments, headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field. (Source: DoD,
02/22/13)

Crack leads to F-35 flights suspension
A routine engine inspection revealed a crack on an engine blade of the F135 engine installed in F-35A
aircraft AF-2 operating at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Engineering teams are shipping the engine's
turbine module and its associated hardware to Pratt & Whitney's Engine Facility in Middletown, Conn., to
conduct more thorough evaluation and root cause analysis. As a precaution, all F-35 flight operations have
been suspended until the investigation is complete. The F-35 Joint Program Office is working closely with
Pratt & Whitney and Lockheed Martin at all F-35 locations to ensure the integrity of the engine, and to return
the fleet safely to flight as soon as possible. (Source: DoD, 02/22/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is home of the F-35 training center and currently has 22 F-35s. Previous: F-35C production model
takes flight; Previous: Contract: UT, $65M

Space travel revolution?
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Gov. Robert Bentley was in Huntsville Friday to unveil a "fusion power generator"
developed by the University of Alabama in Huntsville that could revolutionize space travel. The ceremony at
Redstone Arsenal was to announce the $300,000 grant from the Alabama Innovation Fund and to unveil
the device, called Charger 1. Officials say the device will be instrumental in advancing propulsion
technology and maintaining Alabama's status as one of the leading states in the nation in aerospace and
propulsion research. (Source: AL.com link, 02/22/13) Gulf Coast note: NASA and commercial companies
test propulsion systems at Stennis Space Center, Miss. Previous

New round of tests begin
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA conducted the first in a new round of tests on the J-2X rocket
engine Feb. 15 at Stennis Space Center. The 35-second test continued progress in development of the
engine that will power the upper-stage of NASA's new Space Launch System. The new round of tests on J-
2X engine number 10002 on the A-2 Test Stand will provide performance data. Once the series is
completed, the engine will be transferred to the A-1 Test Stand at SSC to undergo a series of gimbal (or
pivot) tests for the first time. The J-2X engine is the first human-rated liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen
engine developed in the United States in decades. It is being designed and built by NASA and partner Pratt
and Whitney Rocketdyne of Canoga Park, Calif. (Source: NASA, Space Travel, 02/21/13) Previous

NASA creates new directorate
WASHINGTON – NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced creation of the Space Technology
Mission Directorate, which will be a catalyst for the creation of technologies and innovation needed to
maintain NASA leadership in space while also benefiting America's economy. The directorate will develop
the cross-cutting, pioneering new technologies needed for NASA's current and future missions, many of
which also benefit America's aerospace industries, other government agencies. NASA will focus
leadership responsibility for the existing Space Technology Program in the mission directorate, improving
communication, management and accountability of critical technology investment activities across the
agency. Associate Administrator Michael Gazarik will head the organization. The Space Technology
Mission Directorate will employ a portfolio approach, spanning a range of discipline areas and technology
readiness levels. Research and technology development will take place within NASA centers, in academia,
and industry, and leverage collaboration with other government and international partners. (Source: NASA,
02/21/13) Gulf Coast note: NASA's Stennis Space Center is in South Mississippi and its manufacturing
center, Michoud Assembly Facility, is in east New Orleans.

Inert launch abort motor delivered
ATK delivered a launch abort motor to Kennedy Space Center, Fla., for Exploration Flight Test (EFT-1) of
NASA's Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, scheduled to fly next year. The test flight abort motor is
configured with inert propellant since EFT-1 will have no crew but otherwise replicates the launch abort
system that will ensure astronaut safety. ATK's abort motor is part of Orion's Launch Abort System (LAS)
designed to pull the Orion crew module away from the launch vehicle in the event of an emergency on the
launch pad or during the initial ascent. Having an inert abort motor in the LAS stack for EFT-1 helps NASA
achieve its goals simulating the same weight, structure and aerodynamics of the live motor configuration.
The launch abort motor is more than 17 feet tall, measures three feet in diameter, and includes a
revolutionary turn-flow rocket manifold technology. ATK is on contract to Lockheed Martin, the prime
contractor building the Orion spacecraft. (Source: PRNewswire, 02/21/13) Gulf Coast note: Orion was built
in part at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

Bolden to tour rapid prototyping
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will see some of the cutting-edge techniques
being used to create parts for the engines of the Space Launch System during a visit Friday to Marshall
Space Flight Center in Huntsville. SLS is a heavy-launch rocket, the most powerful ever built. Bolden will
tour the National Center for Advanced Manufacturing Rapid Prototyping Facility for a look at the equipment
used in selective laser melting, similar to 3-D printing. Laser melting is enabling the production of
complex, strong metal parts without welding, while reducing manufacturing time and costs. (Source: NASA,
02/21/13) Gulf Coast note: NASA's National Center for Advanced Manufacturing is at Michoud Assembly
Facility, New Orleans.

NASA seeks small propulsion systems
NASA's Space Technology Program is seeking proposals to develop miniaturized electrospray propulsion
technologies that could revolutionize small satellite propulsion systems. Electrospray thrusters use
electricity to energize material and then disperse a resulting liquid or aerosol through an emitter to create
thrust. The development of low-mass, lightweight micro thruster technologies has the potential to radically
change propulsion capabilities of small satellites. Such micro thrusters also might be of use for very fine
pointing aboard future large space-based observatories. "Small spacecraft are a dominant trend in
aerospace today," said NASA's Space Technology Program Director Michael Gazarik . U.S. organizations,
including NASA centers and other government agencies; federally funded research and development
centers; educational institutions; industry and nonprofit organizations can submit ideas. This solicitation is
an appendix to NASA's Game Changing Opportunities in Technology Development research
announcement and can be found through the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and
Evaluation System website by going to "Solicitation" and then "Open Solicitations" at: http://nspires.nasaprs.
com (Source: PRNewswire, 02/20/13) Gulf Coast note: The region is involved in propulsion technology.
NASA tests large rocket engines at Stennis Space Center, Miss. It's also where Rolls-Royce tests jet
engines; GE Aviation is building an engines parts plant near Hattiesburg, Miss.; FSU's Florida Center for
Advanced Aero-Propulsion is in Tallahassee, Fla.

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $284.4M
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, Calif., is being awarded a $284,439,355 fixed-price
incentive firm target contract for advanced procurement for the Space-Based Infrared Systems GEO 5-6
program. The location of performance is Sunnyvale, Calif. Work is expected to be completed by June 19,
2016. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2011 and 2012. The contracting activity is SMC/IS, Los Angeles Air
Force Base, Calif. (Source: DoD, 02/20/13) Gulf Coast note: Lockheed Martin's facility at Stennis Space
Center, Miss., works on the SBIR propulsion subsystem. Previous

Airline pays money it owed
Less than 24 hours after it was charged with grand theft, Vision Airlines paid the money it owed Okaloosa
County. The Nevada-based carrier sent a check for $117,659.98 to Northwest Florida Regional Airport via
Federal Express early Tuesday, county Airports Director Greg Donovan said. State Attorney Bill Eddins said
he was pleased to hear that Vision had paid the county. “It is certainly a mitigating factor in the criminal
case,” he said. “But it’s premature for me to indicate where this leaves us.” Vision Airlines owed the county
a portion of the passenger facility charges it collected while operating at Northwest Florida Regional from
December 2010 to July 2012. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/19/13)

Block 40 in trouble?
In early talks on the forthcoming fiscal 2014 budget request, the Air Force proposes closing the book on
Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk franchise, according to Aviation Week. The Block 40 aircraft is being
proposed for termination in favor of higher-priority programs, according to multiple program officials. The
company declined to comment. Northrop Grumman has delivered eight of 11 Block 40s on order. Sixteen
Block 30s of 30 planned have been delivered. Early work on the next of each block is under way at the
company’s Moss Point, Miss., facility, and both are slated for delivery in 2014. NATO’s work on the Global
Hawk-based Alliance Ground Surveillance program continues as does the Navy’s program to outfit a
Global Hawk for maritime surveillance. (Source: Aviation Week, 02/19/13) In a related matter, a Global
Hawk support unit at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., will be deactivated Sept. 29 due to Pentagon budget
cutbacks. There are 80 full-time and 115 traditional Air Force reservists serving in the affected 13th
Reconnaissance Squadron. (Source: News10, 02/19/13)

F-35C production model takes flight
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The first Lockheed Martin production model F-35C carrier variant, known as CF-6,
flew its first sortie Thursday. Upon delivery later this year, the jet will be assigned to Navy Fighter Attack
Squadron 101 (VFA-101) at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The unit will serve as the Fleet Replacement
Squadron, training Navy F-35C pilots and maintainers. While CF-6 will be the first carrier variant jet
assigned to Eglin, it will join a fleet of nine F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) jets and 13 F-
35B short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) jets already on station. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 02/15/13)

Aerospace training facility planned
MOBILE, Ala. -- Officials with Mobile County schools unveiled plans on Monday for the new Aerospace
Training Facility to be built at B.C. Rain High School. The 15,500-square-foot building, which will cost $1.9
million, will be able to accommodate a variety of training programs. The Aerospace Training Facility is part
of the school system’s signature academies initiative. Davidson High has an engineering academy, while
Murphy High offers programs in international studies and culinary arts. (Source: Mobile Press Register,
02/18/13)

Airport traffic up
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Passenger traffic at Pensacola International Airport increased by more than four
percent in January. Airport marketing spokeswoman Belinda Zephir said a total of 101,647 passengers
passed through the city-owned facility last month, an increase of 4,098. (Source: Pensacola News Journal,
02/18/13)

Grants will help bases
The state is sending funds to Escambia, Santa Rosa and Bay counties to help support the military. The
Florida Defense Support Task Force is providing $500,000 to the Bay Defense Alliance in Panama City to
acquire land to buffer Naval Support Activity Panama City from encroachment. It’s also providing $250,000
the Greater Pensacola Chamber to help outfit a lab for cyber security analysis. The Andrews Institute in Gulf
Breeze will receive $225,000 to help Wounded Warriors recuperate, and Santa Rosa County is getting
$160,000 to build a fence separating Naval Air Station Whiting Field from the New Whiting Aviation Park.
Another $1.5 million was awarded to six other projects in Orlando, Highlands County and Jacksonville.
(Sources: WEAR-TV, WMBB-TV, Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/18/13)

Airport reopens after runway overhaul
DESTIN, Fla. – Destin’s refurbished runway opened Friday morning, and within minutes planes were
touching down. Crews from C.W. Roberts and RS&H spent the past month resurfacing the 5,000-foot-long,
100-foot-wide runway. The airport had been closed to fixed-wing air traffic since Feb. 4 during the runway’s
first major overhaul since it opened in 1963. The airport sees about 60,000 flights a year. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/17/13)

FAA now seeking UAV sites
The federal government Thursday began to solicit proposals for six test sites where unmanned aircraft will
be put through tests in preparation for their eventual integration into U.S. airspace. The six locations, which
have generated interest from more than 30 states, will become the primary testing grounds for unmanned
aerial systems, scheduled to enter U.S. airspace in September 2015. The sites also will be used to
address safety concerns, such as what happens if a drone has an equipment failure or operator error,
according to FAA officials. The FAA is behind schedule. It had given itself a Dec. 31, 2012, deadline to
name the six sites but it is delayed due to “privacy issues.” It’s unclear when the six winners will be
chosen. (Source: Washington Times, 02/14/13) Gulf Coast note: The region is involved in building and
using UAVs. Fire Scouts and Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.; a UAV flight center opened
at Camp Shelby, Miss., last spring; UAVs are used at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; Okaloosa County, Fla.,
is developing an indoor unmanned systems center; Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is involved in drone
navigation systems.

Contract: USRA, $24.9M
Universities Space Research Association, Columbia, Md., is being awarded a $24,900,000 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Air Force Research Lab Scholars Program. The location of
performance is Kirtland Air Force Base N.M., Sunspot, N.M., and Maui, Hawaii. Work is expected to be
completed by Sept. 30, 2018. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 Research, Development, Test and
Evaluation funds. This agreement is optional use and allows for decentralized ordering by other AFRL
Technical Directorates located in Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, Eglin AFB, Fla., and Rome, N.Y. The
contracting activity is AFRL Phillips Research Site. (Source: DoD, 02/14/13)

Contract: Oasis Systems, $54.5M
Oasis Systems LLC, Lexington, Mass., is being awarded a $54,533,104 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-
quantity contract modification for technical and acquisition management support services. The location of
the performance is Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Work is expected to be completed by Feb. 28, 2014. Type of
appropriation is multiple funding at the task order level. The contracting activity is AFTC/PZZ, Eglin AFB. Fla.
Contract involves Foreign Military Sales. (Source: DoD, 02/14/13)

Contract: COLSA, $54.5M
COLSA Corp., Huntville, Ala., is being awarded a $54,533,104 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract
modification for technical and acquisition management support services. The location of performance is
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Work is expected to be completed by Feb. 28, 2014. Type of appropriation is
multiple funding at the task order level. The contracting activity is AFTC/PZZ, Eglin AFB. Fla. Contract
involves Foreign Military Sales. (Source: DoD, 02/14/13)

Contract: UT, $65M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being awarded a
$64,999,589 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract for
the Joint Strike Fighter F135 Propulsion System Low Rate Initial Production Lot VI recurring sustainment,
operations, and maintenance efforts. Efforts include labor and materials required to maintain and repair
F135 propulsion systems; sustainment labor consisting of fleet and material management, sustaining
engineering, and joint services technical data updates; and material required to support fielded propulsion
systems and support equipment after unit and depot activations at production, training, and operational
locations. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Conn. (54 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (31 percent); and
Bristol, United Kingdom (15 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2013. Fiscal 2012 and
2013 contract funds in the amount of $55,348,405 are being obligated on this award, $11,772,218 of which
will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Marine Corps
(69 percent); the U.S. Air Force (26 percent); and the U.S. Navy (5 percent). The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/14/13)

Hawkeye squadron disbanding
NEW ORLEANS -- Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 77, VAW-77, will be ceremonially disbanded
next month, the Navy confirmed Wednesday. Its six E-2C Hawkeye airplanes and many of its personnel
already have been redistributed elsewhere in the U.S. Navy’s fleet, a Navy spokesman said. Its aircrews
made their last flights out of the Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse late last month. The
Navy Reserve aviation squadron is credited with saving more than 1,840 New Orleans-area residents
during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Hawkeyes follow the path of Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II and Navy P-2
Orion airplanes, all of which had been based in Belle Chasse until recent years. The squadron’s
disestablishment ceremony is March 9 at the air station. (Source: New Orleans Times Picayune, 02/13/13)

Airlines merger formally announced
American Airlines and US Airways are merging, paving the way for the creation of the nation’s largest
airline. The deal, formally announced Thursday morning, is valued at $11 billion. Under the terms of the
deal, US Airways shareholders would own 28 percent of the combined airline, while American Airlines
shareholders, creditors, labor unions and employees would own 72 percent. The larger company will
operated under the American Airlines name, with headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. (Source: Multiple,
including New York Times, Los Angeles Times, 02/14/13) Gulf Coast note: Both airlines serve New
Orleans, Gulfport, Mobile, Pensacola and Eglin.

Spinoff 2012 available
NASA for years has pointed out how space technology has made its way into commercial products. The
latest issue of Spinoff 2012 illustrates more of the same. It includes details about a plant that texts a farmer
to say it needs more water; an invisible coating that scrubs pollutants from the air; a robot that roams a
hospital's halls, aiding doctors and nurses by recording vital signs. (Source: PRNewswire, 02/13/13)
Spinoff publication. Gulf Coast note: NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss., was involved in developing the
air-cleaning coatings.

F-35B restrictions lifted
Flight restrictions have been lifted on the F-35B, the Marine Corps version of the stealth fighter, clearing the
way for testing and training flights to resume after a nearly month-long grounding. Col. Kevin Killea, who
oversees aviation requirements for the Marine Corps, said the Navy and F-35 program office had more
work to do to resolve the manufacturing issues blamed for the grounding. All 25 F-35Bs were grounded
Jan. 18 after a fuel line detached just before a training flight at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., on Jan. 16. The
Pentagon later said the issue stemmed from a manufacturing defect, not maintenance or design issues.
(Source: Reuters, Defense News, 02/13/13)

Orion lands safely in parachute test
NASA engineers demonstrated the Orion spacecraft can land safely if one of its three main parachutes
fails to inflate during deployment. The test was conducted Tuesday in Yuma, Ariz., with the parachutes
attached to a test article. Engineers rigged the parachutes so only two would inflate, leaving the third to flag
behind, when the test capsule was dropped from a plane at 25,000 feet. The test was the eighth parachute
engineering development drop test. The next is scheduled for May. The system also will be put to the test in
2014 when Orion, the crew capsule for the Space Launch System, makes its first flight test. During the
mission, an uncrewed capsule will travel 3,600 miles from Earth. (Source: NASA, 02/12/13) Gulf Coast
note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, are both involved in the
Space Launch System program.

AFSOC prepares for cuts
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Air Force Special Operations Command will be required to implement spending
cuts that will have substantial impact on its mission if sequestration takes effect March 1. The command
has undertaken several near-term actions to save money such as implementing a temporary civilian hiring
freeze, releasing non-mission critical term and temporary employees, cancelling non-mission critical
travel, limiting supply purchases, reducing service contracts, postponing non-emergency facility
sustainment, curtailing flying not directly related to readiness, and reviewing Overseas Contingency
Operation requirements. (Source: AFSOC Public Affairs, 02/12/13)

Tyndall hosts visitors
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- More than 30 community leaders last week attended a briefing about
the future arrival of an additional F-22 Raptor squadron. The purpose of briefing community leaders was to
keep them informed of the changes the base is currently undergoing, the projected changes in the year
ahead, fiscal responsibility and environmental protection. The F-22s are coming from Holloman Air Force
Base, N.M. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 02/11/13) Two days before that, 19 members from
Bay County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Bay received a tour of Tyndall and its units. They were
briefed on an F-22 Raptor ground instructional training aircraft, toured the 601st Air and Space Operations
Center, flight tower and radar approach control. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 02/12/13)

RR wins V-22 engine contract
Rolls-Royce has been awarded an $83.7 million contract for engines to power 19 V-22 aircraft operated by
the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force. The contract, a modification of a prior agreement, includes a total of
38 Rolls-Royce AE 1107C engines manufactured in Indianapolis, Ind. The contract was awarded through
the Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Maryland. (Source: Business Wire, 02/12/13) Gulf
Coast note: Air Force CV-22s operate out of Hurlburt Field, Fla.

New round of J-2X testing
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA's is getting ready for a new round of tests on the next-generation
J-2X rocket engine that will help power the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) to new destinations in
the solar system. Beginning this month, engineers will conduct a series of tests on the second J-2X
development engine, designated number 10002, on the A-2 Test Stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center.
Once the series is completed, the engine will be transferred to the A-1 Test Stand to undergo a series of
gimbal, or pivot, tests for the first time. NASA already has conducted successful tests on engine number
10001 and on the J-2X powerpack assembly. In total, 34 tests were conducted on the J-2X engine and
powerpack, with the J-2X achieving a full flight-duration firing of 500 seconds in the eighth test, earlier than
any rocket engine in U.S. history. (Source: NASA, 02/11/13)

New warfare center welcomed
At a ceremony Monday, the Air Force dissolved the Special Operations Training Center at Hurlburt Field,
Fla., and rolled its mission into the Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center. The new center will
combine training and education with weapons testing and evaluation, as well as preparing airmen to
deploy for counter-insurgency operations. The Air Warfare Center will oversee the missions of all the units
that fell under the former training center at Hurlburt, and add the 919th Air Reserves Special Operations
Wing at Duke Field, Fla., and two Air Guard units in Mississippi and Alabama. Headquarters for the Air
Warfare Center will be at Hurlburt Field, with operating locations at Duke Field and Robins Air Force Base,
Ga. About 850 active-duty and 900 reserve airmen will fall under the center's command. (Source: Northwest
Florida Daily News, 02/11/13)

NASA awards engineering contract
NASA selected Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, Tenn., for an engineering, technology and science
contract at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The cost-plus-award-fee services contract has
a potential value of $1.93 billion, including options. The contract begins May 1 with a five-year base period
followed by two two-year options and includes indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity task orders.
Companies that will support Jacobs on this contract include HX5 of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Aerodyne
Industries of Oldsmar, Fla.; Hamilton Sundstrand of Windsor Locks, Conn.; and Barrios Technology, ERC
Inc., GeoControl Systems Inc., Oceaneering Space Systems and MRI Technologies, all of Houston.
(Source: NASA, 02/08/13)

Contract: L-3, $57.1M
L-3 Communications Corp., Madison, Miss., was awarded a $57,141,401 firm-fixed-price contract. The
award will provide for the Life-Cycle Contractor Support maintenance for the Army's fleet of C-12, RC-12
and UC-35 fixed-wing aircraft. Work will be performed in Madison, Miss., with an estimated completion date
of Jan. 31, 2014. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 02/08/13)

Contract: Multiple, $7.8M
B3H, Shalimar, Fla.; Decypher -PSI Government Solutions, San Antonio, Texas; Monterey Consultants,
Dayton, Ohio; Sawdey Solutions Services, Beavercreek, Ohio; and ExecuTech Strategic Consulting,
Woodbridge, Va., are being awarded a $7,813,187 firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable, indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for advisory and assistance services for all multiple skill sets and tasks
in support of Air Mobility Command and tenant units. The primary location of the performance is Scott Air
Force Base, Ill. Work is expected to be completed by June 30, 2016. The contracting activity is AMC/A7KQA,
Scott Air Force Base, Ill. (Source: DoD, 02/08/13)

728th has final mission
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The 62-year-old 728th Air Control Squadron completed its final mission
late last month and will have its official deactivation ceremony May 17. Air Combat Command early last year
was directed to reduce its number of U.S. based Control and Reporting Centers from three to two. The ACS
provides persistent battle management for aircraft packaged to support ground forces as well as enforce
air dominance. The 728th was selected for deactivation because it was not collocated with operational
aircraft and live, air-to-air opportunities were limited here, according to a statement released by the
Secretary of the Air Force when the closure was announced. For their final mission, the 728th ACS provided
communications and data to a four-ship of F-35s from the 33rd Fighter Wing. (Source: Team Eglin Public
Affairs, 02/07/13)

ATK completes SLS test
NASA and ATK completed the second in a series of development tests for NASA's Space Launch System
booster program late last month at ATK's Promontory, Utah, facility. The avionics and controls test, Flight
Control Test 2, included a hot fire of the fully integrated heritage thrust vector control, the new SLS booster
avionics subsystem and new electronic support equipment. FCT-2 focused on replacement of heritage test
equipment with new electronic support equipment. Much of the equipment replaced was designed and
built during the mid- to late-1970s and was successfully used on all Space Shuttle reusable solid rocket
motor (RSRM) and five segment RSRM static motor firings. (Source: ATK, 02/01/13) Gulf Coast note: SLS
engines will be tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; the core stage of the SLS and the Orion launch
vehicle are built at Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans.

Fire Scout avionics gets shield
A protective cage to store and protect electronic components of the next-generation MQ-8C Fire Scout
unmanned helicopter has been received by Northrop Grumman. Known as a Faraday cage and produced
by Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, it shields aircraft electronic systems from possible
electromagnetic interference. A total of 28 new MQ-8Cs will be built using a Bell 407 airframe. It's a larger,
more capable version of the Fire Scout MQ-8B that is now serving aboard Navy ships and in Afghanistan.
Prior to installation on the MQ-8C airframe, integration and testing of the Faraday cages will be done at the
Northrop Grumman's Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss. (Sources: Northrop Grumman,
01/31/13; Military & Aerospace Electronics, 02/01/13; naval-technology.com link, 02/04/13)

Pakistani officers visit EOD
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- A delegation of four Pakistani military officers toured the Naval School of
Explosive Ordnance Disposal recently for a familiarization trip and visit with students from Pakistan. The
delegation were from the Pakistani army and air force and toured several divisions and practical training
areas of the school to observe the basic EOD training received by students from partner nations. Each year
up to 125 students from 94 countries attend NAVSCOLEOD and are held to the same curriculum
standards as their U.S. counterparts. NAVSCOLEOD at Eglin provides high-risk, specialized, basic and
advanced EOD training to more than 2,100 U.S. and partner nation military and selected U.S. government
personnel each year. (Source: Naval School of Explosive Ordnance Disposal, 02/06/13)

Vice commander visits Tyndall
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – To familiarize himself with the newest member of Air Combat
Command, Lt. Gen. William Rew, ACC vice commander, paid Tyndall a visit from Jan. 31 through Feb. 1.
He visited a host of activities, including the 325th Fighter Wing Headquarters and the First Air Force, which
ensures the air sovereignty and air defense of the continental United States, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto
Rico. This was the general's initial visit since the transition from Air Education and Training Command to
ACC, which occurred on Oct. 1, 2012. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 02/05/13)

Engine deal finalized
Reuters reports that Pratt & Whitney finalized a contract with the Pentagon for 32 engines to power a fifth
batch of F-35s, according to sources familiar with the negotiations. The agreement was reached late last
week after more than a year of negotiations, and Pratt & Whitney agreeing to lower its price by about $20
million, said one of the sources. The Pentagon awarded PW a preliminary contract or "undefinitized
contract action" valued at $1.12 billion for 30 engines in December 2011, and industry and military officials
have been trying to work out the details since then. PW had an additional $9.5 million added to the
preliminary contract in August 2012 for the two extra engines. (Source: Reuters, 02/04/13) Gulf Coast note:
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.

Blue Angels at risk?
The Blue Angels flight demonstration team could be impacted by sequestration, Navy officials said. Air
shows scheduled between April 1 and Sept. 30 would be canceled if the proposed military spending cuts
known as sequestration become reality. That would save the Navy $20 million by canceling the shows in
its fiscal third and fourth quarters. Lt. Katie Kelley, the public information officer for the Blue Angels, said the
team is aware of the possible budget cuts but is continuing to prepare for the 2013 air show season. The
Blue Angels are based at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. (Sources: Pensacola News Journal, WEAR-TV,
02/04/13)

Ribbon-cutting held for tower
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday for the Keesler Medical
Center’s new Back Bay Tower. The tower contains state-of-the art medical and surgical inpatient wards,
intensive care and recovery/peri-anesthesia care units as well as a new emergency department, physical-
occupational therapy-chiropractic clinic, two new operating rooms and two cardiac catheterization labs.
Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Kory Cornum, 81st Medical Group commander, also announced that the Keesler Hospital
has been officially re-designated “Keesler Medical Center.” (Source: Keesler, 02/01/13)

Airbus awards contract
Airbus has selected Birmingham’s Hoar Program Management (HPM) to manage design and construction
of the $600 million aircraft assembly plant Airbus plans to build in Mobile, Ala. Construction of the plant,
which will assemble A320 aircraft at Brookley Aeroplex and employ about 1,000 workers, is expected to
begin this summer. The first aircraft will be delivered in 2016. HPM has offices in Birmingham, Huntsville
and Mobile, Ala.; Houston, Texas; Nashville, Tenn.; Tampa, Fla.; and Charlotte, N.C. (Sources: AL.com,
Airbus press release, 02/01/13)

LM joins Dream Chaser team
Lockheed Martin has joined Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser team, officials said last week. Jim Crocker,
vice president and general manager for civil space at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., said the Sierra
Nevada partnership will leverage Lockheed Martin's expertise in human spaceflight and composite
aerospace structures. Lockheed Martin will assemble the composite structure for the first space-bound
Dream Chaser vehicle at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The company will use
composites developed for the F-22 and F-35 fighter planes, Crocker said. Sierra Nevada is developing the
Dream Chaser under NASA's commercial crew program, vying to transport astronauts to the International
Space Station. (Source: Spaceflight Now, 01/31/13)

Hoewing retiring from foundation
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Gerald Hoewing, a retired Navy vice admiral, announced Thursday that he plans to
step down as president and chief executive of the foundation that manages and provides financial support
for the National Museum of Naval Aviation. The foundation also supports the National Flight Academy at
Naval Air Station Pensacola, adjacent to the museum. Hoewling, 63, will step down in May. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 01/31/13)

Lockheed F-35 chief retiring
The head of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 program plans to retire, ending a decade-plus run in charge of the
program. Tom Burbage will step down from his role at the end of March, Lockheed spokeswoman Laura
Siebert confirmed to Defense News. The news was initially reported by Aviation Week. Nothing has been
announced on his replacement. (Source: Defense News, Aviation Week, 01/31/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.


JANUARY 2012

Boats will be visual targets
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- If you see a lot of boats in Choctawhatchee Bay in early
February, they may be targets for Eglin Air Force Base jets. Starting on Feb. 5, the 96th
Operations Group will be using about 30 boats as visual targets for F-15s and F-16s, but no
weapons will be used. Similar operations will be conducted again the week of Feb. 11-15.
Operations the week of Feb. 11 will also be conducted in the Gulf of Mexico, south of Destin.
Testing will occur between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. (Source: 96th Test Wing, 01/28/13)

100th F-35 on production line
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Assembly of the 100th Lockheed Martin F-35 is well under way at
the F-35 production facility in Fort Worth. F-35 technicians are in the final phase of building
the wings that will be installed on the 100th aircraft known as AF-41. AF-41, a conventional
takeoff and landing variant, is one of 88 F-35s in various stages of completion on Lockheed
Martin production lines Fort Worth and Marietta, Ga., and supplier locations across the
world. The jet will be delivered to the U.S. Air Force and is slated for pilot training at Luke Air
Force Base, Ariz. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 01/30/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is the F-35 training center.

Donovan eyed for Pensacola airport
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Mayor Ashton Hayward nominated the director of the Okaloosa County
Airports System to head Pensacola International Airport. Hayward will ask the City Council to
confirm Gregory Donovan at its Feb. 11 meeting. Donovan was the assistant director of the
Pensacola airport for seven years prior to taking his current position in Okaloosa County.
(Source: Pensacola News Journal, 01/29/13)

The drone retrievers
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- When there are tall waves, mean currents and high
winds, the last thing anyone wants to do is jump into open water. But for commercial divers
aboard one of three 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron's Missile Retrievers, it’s part of the job.
The 82nd ATRS, a Tyndall tenant unit, is the only subscale aerial target provider in the Air
Force, housing nearly 30 BQM-167A remote-controlled drones, which are water and land
recoverable. The drones are a means to test and evaluate air-to-air weapons, the
effectiveness of counter measures during sorties and the effectiveness of the weapons
systems. The 82nd ATRS is a geographically separated unit of the 53rd Wing
headquartered at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs,
01/25/13) Related

Developer to build hangar
CRESTVIEW, Fla. -- A Pensacola developer plans to build a huge hangar at Bob Sikes
Airport in hopes of attracting an aerospace company. Dan Gilmore, owner of RONDAN
Investments, will lease land from the county to build a 137,000-square-foot hangar on John
Givens Road. He said he is “dead certain” an aerospace company will lease the hangar. He
said he is talking with multiple aerospace companies about using the facility. Mike Stenson,
deputy airport director, said he gets calls all the time from large aerospace companies
interested in a presence at Bob Sikes, and the number one question is if they have available
hangar space. Right now the answer is no. Stenson said the planned hangar would be large
enough to hold three C-130s. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 01/28/13) The general
aviation airport is 1,020 acres with an adjacent 360-acre Okaloosa-Crestview Industrial
Airpark. It has an 8,005-foot runway.

F-35B returning to flight soon
A fuel line issue that grounded F-35Bs has been isolated and the jets will resume flights
soon. The investigation determined the fueldraulic line, which uses fuel rather than hydraulic
fluid to move the actuator for the exhaust system, was improperly crimped. The short-takeoff
and landing variant of the F-35 was grounded after a Jan. 16 test flight at Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla. The conventional and carrier variants were not affected. (Source: Defense News,
01/28/13) Eglin is home of the F-35 training center.

AF Reserve to begin changes
Air Force Reserve Command officials are moving forward with force structure changes
authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2013. Among other things,
the legislation authorizes new Air Force Reserve intelligence squadrons at four installations,
including Hurlburt Field, Fla., slated to get the 28th Intelligence Squadron. Also in this
region, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., will inactivate the 917th Fighter Group and retire 24
A-10C Thunderbolt IIs and transfer three A-10Cs to Whiteman AFB, Mo. (Source: AFNS,
01/25/13)

Pensacola still hopes for ST Aerospace
PENSACOLA, Fla. – A decision on Singapore-based ST Aerospace’s proposed expansion is
nearing the finish line. A Pensacola News Journal columnist said that should Pensacola win,
hundreds of aerospace jobs would result. Greater Pensacola Chamber CEO Jim Hizer told
his board recently that the project would be a game-changer for Pensacola’s plans to
develop an aerospace industrial park at Pensacola International Airport. Mayor Ashton
Hayward told the board that the Florida Department of Transportation offered $14 million for
property acquisition at the airport land the company, which provides maintenance services.
Hayward said he spoke with a top ST executive recently at the company’s Mobile
headquarters and word should come through in the next week or two. (Source: Pensacola
News Journal, 01/24/13)

Female aviators help museum
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Four female aviators visited Naval Air Station Pensacola to help the
National Naval Aviation Museum gather material for an exhibit honoring the contributions
women have made to naval aviation since World War I. The four, who flew in aboard an E-
2C Hawkeye patrol plane, provided video interviews for the exhibit. The crew is part of the
Carrier Airborne Early Warning System of the USS Carl Vinson. Women have been flying in
combat positions in the Navy since the 1990s. The exhibit will open later this year. (Sources:
Pensacola News Journal, AL.com, 01/25/12)

Mobile and Airbus deal cited
The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce's efforts in landing the $600 million Airbus A320
assembly facility at Brookley Aeroplex has been named one of four honorable mentions in
Business Facilities' 2012 Economic Development Deal of the Year competition. "Mobile's
selection as the only site in the Western Hemisphere assembling aircraft for Airbus cements
Alabama's status as an up-and-coming aerospace manufacturing giant," said Business
Facilities Editor in Chief Jack Rogers. The plant is expected to eventually employ 1,000
people. (Source: Mobile Press Register, 01/24/13)

1st AF getting new commander
Air Force Maj. Gen. William H. Etter was nominated for appointment to lieutenant general
and for assignment as commander, First Air Force (Air Force North) and commander,
Continental United States North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, Tyndall
Air Force Base, Fla. Etter is currently serving as assistant to the chairman, joint chiefs of
staff for National Guard matters, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. (Source: DoD,
01/24/13)

Officers tapped for promotions
Three Air Force officers at Hurlburt Field, Fla., were among 60 officers nominated for
promotions today. Col. James C. Slife, commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing, Air
Force Special Operations Command, was nominated for appointment to brigadier general.
Brig. Gen. Marshall B. Webb, director, plans, programs, requirements and assessments,
headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, was nominated for appointment to
major general. Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Leahy, commander of the 23rd Air Force, director of
operations Air Force Special Operations Command, was nominated for appointment to major
general. (Source: DoD, 01/24/13)

Contract: CSC, $28.5M
CSC Applied Technologies LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $28,470,903
contract modification for Keesler Air Force Base Operatons Support Services. The location
of performance is Keesler AFB, Miss. Work is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2014.
The contracting activity is 81 CONS/LGCM, Keesler Air Force Base. (Source: DoD, 01/24/13)

Airport studies flight rates
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Recent declines in passenger traffic at Northwest Florida Beaches
International Airport have led officials to conduct price evaluations to determine whether
rates are competitive with other airports in the region. December marked the fourth straight
month of passenger decreases, with nearly a 13 percent decline over the previous year.
November also saw a double-digit decline, with traffic down 11 percent from November 2011.
The decreases have led to discussions with pricing groups from the airport’s major air
carriers, Delta and Southwest, to make sure prices are comparable to those at airports in
Tallahassee, Okaloosa County and Pensacola. (Source: Panama City News Herald,
01/23/13)

Spirit begins new service
NEW ORLEANS -- Spirit Airlines begins its nonstop daily service Thursday between New
Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
Spirit said in July it would begin the service with hopes of expanding to twice-daily flights in
June. Based in Miramar, Fla., with a fleet of 35 Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft, Spirit
operates flights to 49 destinations in the United States, Caribbean, Bahamas and Latin
America. (Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 01/23/13)

AF testing airborne router
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Tests were completed this month on a flying wireless router
with near instantaneous communications. The biggest difference between the router in
homes and the new flying router is the Air Force's version is attached to a 30mm Gatling
gun. The flying router is a new software upgrade called Net-T or network tactical for the
LITENING and Sniper advanced targeting pods for all legacy fighters and the B-1.
Developmental tests began in October. The 40th Flight Test Squadron tested the software's
capability to allow groups of ground forces to communicate with each other via Remotely
Operated Video Enhanced Receiver-5, a small arm-mounted touchscreen device the size of
an iPad-mini. The Net-T pod capability allows units with ROVER-5s to communicate directly
with each other using the aircraft to route signals, so long as the troops are in line-of-sight
with the aircraft. The 40th FLTS will send the study to Wright Patterson Air Force Base,
Ohio, by mid-February. The software upgrade will return to Eglin to begin the operational
testing with the 53rd Wing. The flying router could be transmitting data in operational aircraft
by 2014. (Source: Team Eglin Public Affairs, 01/18/13)

Lab gets accreditation
KEESER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- Keesler's Air Force Medical Genetics Laboratory has
received accreditation from the College of American Pathologists. The CAP officially notified
the genetics laboratory staff of the accreditation in December following an on-site inspection
conducted in November. Keesler operates the only genetics center -- combined
comprehensive genetics clinic and laboratory -- in the Department of Defense. The Keesler
genetics laboratory, an element of the 81st Medical Operations Squadron, is one of more
than 7,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide. (Source: 81st Medical Group Public Affairs,
01/23/13)

SDB fit check completed
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The U.S. Air Force and Raytheon successfully completed a
fit check of the GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II on the F-35. During the test, four SDB II
shapes were loaded into an F-35 weapon bay alongside an Advanced Medium Range Air-to-
Air Missile. Sweeps of the inboard and outboard bay doors verified there was adequate
clearance between the two weapons. SDB II is designed to be carried by a host of 4th- and
5th-generation aircraft. SDB II can hit targets from a range of greater than 40 nautical miles.
(Source: Raytheon, 01/22/13)

F-35B grounded for now
A failure in a fuel line that caused an aborted takeoff last week has resulted in the grounding
of the Marine Corps F-35B. Flights are suspended pending completion of an engineering
investigation. The aborted takeoff was at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., home of the F-35
training center. The grounding does not affect the Air Force and Navy variants. (Sources:
multiple, including Reuters, 01/18/13, Havelock News, WEAR-TV, 01/21/13)

AJ26 has successful test
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Aerojet, a GenCorp company, said its AJ26 engine successfully
completed a hot fire test Friday evening at NASA's Stennis Space Center. Orbital Sciences
Corp., Aerojet and NASA monitored the full-duration test in support of the Antares rocket
program. This is the eleventh AJ26 engine to be tested at Stennis. Following review of the
test data, the AJ26 will be configured for flight and shipped to NASA's Wallops Flight Facility
for integration with Orbital's Antares rocket and will provide boost for the first stage of the
Antares rocket. (Source: Globe Newswire, 01/18/12)

MUOS-2 stored awaiting launch
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Lockheed Martin has completed required system testing on the
second satellite in the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System, MUOS-2. The satellite has
been placed in storage to await its scheduled launch in July 2013. The MUOS constellation
will provide secure communications for mobile warfighters, including simultaneous voice,
video and data services. The first MUOS satellite and the associated ground system are
currently providing legacy on orbit capability. The five-satellite, global constellation is
expected to achieve full operational capability in 2015. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 01/16/13)
Gulf Coast note: Work on the propulsion system for the MUOS, an A2100 satellite-based
spacecraft, is done at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Boeing edges Airbus
Boeing has taken over the number one spot from Airbus after a decade of trailing its
European rival. Boeing ended 2012 with 1,203 net orders, while Airbus reported 833 net
orders. Still, Airbus delivered record numbers of airliners last year, 588 aircraft to 89
customers, 17 of those customers new. Boeing delivered 601 planes. (Sources: multiple,
including MarketWatch, euronews, Airbus, 01/17/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus will break
ground on its A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala., in April.

Eglin seeks marine robots
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Air Force test experts are looking for companies able to
provide unmanned underwater vehicles and sensor payloads to help recover air-delivered
test weapons and provide other support to the Air Force 96th Test Wing and its ocean test
range near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Air Force Test Center at Eglin issued a sources-
sought notice for the Small Unmanned Marine Vehicle Systems Services program to find
companies able to provide small unmanned vehicles and support personnel, equipment,
tools, and materials. Systems should be self-contained and portable for remote operations;
deployable from the coastline or from a 40-foot work boat; have a range of 420 nautical
miles; and be capable of 24/7 operations. (Source: Military and Aerospace Electronics,
01/16/13)

Old parts equal huge savings
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – The Air Force saved more than $14 million recently when it
retrieved a supply of weapons parts that were given to allies years ago under the Marshall
Plan. The modified 40 mm M2 A1 gun parts can be used in AC-130 gunship, and the Air
Force Special Operations Command now has enough barrels to last the remainder of the
gun’s lifecycle on the gunship. The Greek army retired the weapons in 2005 and they were
sitting in a warehouse. The Air Force reclaimed 139 barrels, five breech rings and other
miscellaneous parts. In mid-December 2012, the 40-foot shipping container arrived at Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: AFNS, 01/15/13)

BAE to manage obsolete parts
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded BAE Systems a $25 million
contract to help manage obsolete parts for aircraft, weapon systems, and a range of
electronics and equipment. This new contract includes a one-year base plus a one-year
option. The work will be managed at the BAE Systems facility in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Additional work will be performed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.;
and Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (Source: Business Wire, 01/16/13)

Top Guns in Pensacola
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The Navy’s Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Program, popularly known
as “Top Gun,” started arriving Sunday to practice mock air-to-air dogfights. The
detachment, with 15 F/A-18 and F-16 aircraft and 140 military and civilian personnel, will be
operating out of Naval Air Station Pensacola through Jan. 24. They usually operate out of
Fallon, Nev., but the Navy said Fallon’s winter weather is often unsupportive of air-to-air
training. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 01/15/13)

SBIRS delivered to Cape
The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin have delivered the second Geosynchronous Earth
Orbit (GEO-2) Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) spacecraft to Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station, Fla., where it will be prepared for a March liftoff aboard a United Launch
Alliance Atlas V. Featuring a mix of satellites in geosynchronous orbit, the SBIRS program
provides improved missile warning capabilities. The contracts include four HEO payloads,
four GEO satellites, and ground assets to receive, process, and disseminate the infrared
mission data. The team has also begun initial work on the fifth and sixth GEO satellites. Two
HEO payloads and GEO-1 have already launched into orbit. (Source: Lockheed Martin,
01/15/13) Gulf Coast note: Lockheed Martin at Stennis Space Center, Miss., works on the
satellite’s propulsion subsystem, crucial for maneuvering the satellite in orbit.

A320 orders placed
BOC Aviation, the Singapore-based aircraft leasing subsidiary of Bank of China, has placed
a new firm order, signed in December 2012, for the purchase of 50 A320 Family aircraft
including 25 NEOs. The order comprises A320 and A321 variants of both engine options.
BOC Aviation will make its engine selection later. (Source: Airbus, 01/15/13) Also, Citilink, a
subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia, placed a firm order for 25 A320neo aircraft. The contract,
signed in December 2012, follows an order placed in 2011 by Garuda Indonesia for 15
A320ceo and 10 A320neo aircraft for operation by Citilink. (Source: Airbus, 01/14/13)

Kingsley gets NATO post
Brig. Gen. Michael J. Kingsley, who has been selected for the rank of major general, vice
commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., to director, North
Atlantic Treaty Organization-Afghanistan Transformation Task Force, Headquarters,
International Security Assistance Force, Kabul, Afghanistan. (Source: DoD, 01/15/13)

General heading to Pentagon
Brig. Gen. Scott W. Jansson will replace Maj. Gen. Kenneth D. Merchant as program
executive officer for weapons, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel
Command, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Merchant will become director, global reach programs,
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Pentagon, Washington, D.
C. Jansson is currently commander, DLA Aviation, Defense Logistics Agency, Richmond, Va.
The announcements were made today by the Air Force chief of staff. (Source: DoD,
01/15/13)

Suit to be filed against Vision
An attorney representing Okaloosa County plans to file a lawsuit this week against Vision
Airlines to recoup more than $146,000 in unpaid fees. The Okaloosa County Commission
voted last month to sue Vision Airlines if the discount carrier did not pay its debt, or at least
develop a new payment schedule, before the end of the year. Most of the amount, more
than $117,000, is unpaid passenger facility charges. Vision Airlines starting serving
Northwest Florida Regional in December 2010. It is no longer serving the airport. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 01/14/13)

Flight festival return pondered
FAIRHOPE, Ala. – The president of the Fairhope council is pushing an effort for the return
of a Festival of Flight, which has not been held for five years. Funding remains an
uncertainty, as well as the date. One of the reasons for a return of the event at the H.L.
“Sonny” Callahan Airport is Airbus’ decision to build an A320 assembly line in Mobile. The
feeling is a return of the festival and perhaps a trade show and  job fair will help attract more
aerospace business to the airport. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 01/15/13)

USM eyes marine algae as fuel
Researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science are
studying turning marine micro-algae into fuel as part of a global push aimed at finding
reliable alternative fuel sources. Under the direction of Dr. Donald Redalje, the school’s
Marine Sciencce lab at Stennis Space Center, Miss., is studying algae grown from
Mississippi coastal waters. While biofuel blends have already found their way to naval war
ships and test flights on commercial airliners, Redalje and his team are looking for ways to
streamline the process. "All the oil we are pumping out of the ground, what was it? Most
people think dinosaurs. No. It was all marine micro algae," said Redalje, who's trying to
recreate the process that until now has taken millions of years. "We know this works, the
trick is how do we produce enough of it, cheaply enough to be a marketable product?"
(Source: PR Web, 01/09/13)

F-35 trainer taking Nevada post
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- A member of the 33rd Fighter Wing will be heading to Nellis
Air Force Base, Nev., to represent the Air National Guard at the Air Force Warfare Center.
Lt. Col. Randal Efferson, 33rd Operations Group deputy commander, is one of the senior
leaders at the wing who helped set up the F-35 integrated training center at Eglin. He also
led the Operational Utility Evaluation team through his squadron's F-35 pilot training
program, which resulted in an Air Force Education and Training Command "ready to train"
decision December 2012. (Source: Florida National Guard Public Affairs, 01/10/13)

F-22 move to be in 2014
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- As a result of a recent Air Force decision, the aircraft
and personnel for an operational F-22 Raptor squadron are now scheduled to transfer to
Tyndall in the spring of 2014. The transfer of the fighter squadron from Holloman Air Force
Base, N.M., involves 620 active duty and 230 Air Force Reserve manpower authorizations.
Twenty-one F-22s and seven T-38 Talons will move from Holloman to Tyndall. Until the
arrival, Tyndall will continue training pilots on the F-22 while preparing for the expanded
mission. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 01/09/13)

PWR gets contractor award
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center presented its
Contractor Excellence Award to Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne Thursday for its commitment
to teamwork, safety, customer service, and technical and managerial excellence at the
center. PWR, based in Canoga Park, Calif., and with an engine assembly facility at SSC,
developed the space shuttle main engine, which powered 135 shuttle missions from 1981 to
2011, and is developing the J-2X engine that will help power NASA's Space Launch System.
The company also develops engines for military rockets and missiles. The Contractor
Excellence Award was established in 2008 to recognize contractors, subcontractors or
providers for outstanding performance during a three-year period. (Source: NASA/SSC,
01/10/13)

TACP training heading for Texas
Training for airmen who direct combat airstrikes will move from Florida to Texas. Air Force
officials announced Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, as the preferred alternative
to host the Terminal Air Control Party (TACP) School, picking that site over Keesler Air
Force Base, Miss. The environmental impact analysis process must be complete before the
decision is final. There’s been an increase in demand for TACPs to support Army units, and
the current school at Hurlburt Field, Fla., isn’t large enough. Air Force TACPs act as the
battlefield liaison between ground forces and aircraft overhead. They direct close-air
support firepower toward enemy targets on the ground. (Source: AFNS, 01/09/13) The 19-
week training at Hurlburt produces 270 graduates a year, but the Air Force wants to
increase that number by 100. (Source: San Antonio Press, 01/10/13)

Contract: Applied Systems, $11.7M
Applied Systems Engineering Inc., Niceville, Fla., is being awarded an $11,655,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, firm-fixed-price delivery orders for the
procurement of Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) Advanced Tactical
Navigator (ATACNAV) units and Anti-Spoofing Module Advanced Tactical Navigator High
Accuracy units in support of the Battle Management Systems Program. The Advanced
Tactical Navigator units will be utilized to retrieve position, velocity, and altitude of particular
Battle Management Systems platforms. Work will be performed in Niceville, Fla., and is
expected to be complete by January 2018. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren
Division, Dahlgren, Va., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/09/13)

Northrop builds its own Triton
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Northrop Grumman is building a company-owned unmanned aircraft for
use as a development and demonstration platform for at-sea surveillance under the U.S.
Navy's MQ-4C Triton program. Triton, based on a Global Hawk airframw, provides a detailed
picture of surface vessels to identify threats across vast areas of ocean and littoral areas.
With its ability to fly missions up to 24 hours, Triton complements many manned surveillance
and reconnaissance aircraft. The aircraft will be outfitted with the same intelligence-
gathering sensors and communications suite as the Navy's Triton program. (Source:
Northrop Grumman, 01/08/13) Gulf Coast note: The Triton central fuselage is built in Moss
Point, Miss.

Fire Scout radar system chosen
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Northrop Grumman selected Telephonics Corp., a wholly owned
subsidiary of Griffon Corp., Long Island, N.Y., to provide a multimode maritime radar system
for the Navy's MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter. A $33 million contract was awarded
to provide the development, production, integration and testing of nine radar systems. The
new Telephonics RDR-1700B+ radar will give the MQ-8B Fire Scout wide-area search and
long-range imaging capability to complement the capabilities of its current electro-optical
infrared payload. The Navy put the company under contract to assess and select a radar
system that would best match the MQ-8B Fire Scout's maritime operational requirements.
(Source: Northrop Grumman, 01/08/13) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in
Moss Point, Miss.

UAV payload market to grow
The global unmanned aerial vehicle payload market, valued at about $43.7 billion at the end
of 2012, will increase to $68.6 billion by 2022, according to an estimate in a report by
Strategic Defense Alliance. Market demand is anticipated to be driven by increased UAV
procurement by several countries and continuous requirement formulations in areas such as
persistent surveillance, suppression/destruction of enemy air defense, communications
relays and combat search and rescue. Another factor expected to drive the market is the
increasing incorporation of UAVs in civilian applications. (Source: Space War, 01/07/13)

Core delivered to SSC
Lockheed Martin delivered the core structure for the first in a series of the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration's next-generation geostationary weather satellites to the
company's Mississippi Space and Technology Center on NASA's Stennis Space Center,
where it will undergo propulsion system integration. The rigid external structure of the first
Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite–R Series (GOES-R), which will enclose
the satellite's propulsion system and support the payloads, was designed by Lockheed
Martin Space Systems and manufactured by ATK Aerospace Group’s Space and
Components Division. For the next 11 months, the team will integrate GOES-R's fuel tanks,
lines, thermal controls and other systems within the core structure. GOES-R is based on the
company's A2100 satellite series. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 01/07/13)

Two Global Hawks delivered early
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Northrop Grumman completed early delivery of two Global Hawk
unmanned aircraft to the U.S. Air Force ahead of schedule. In 2012, three new Global
Hawks were delivered to the Air Force and five previously delivered aircraft completed
installation of additional sensors that will allow them to gather multiple types of intelligence
data during a single mission. A total of 37 Global Hawks have been delivered to the Air
Force. Global Hawk has logged more than 80,000 flight hours and has been used over
battlefields in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 01/07/13) Gulf
Coast note: Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Space bill passed
The House approved a Senate amendment to a bill sponsored by Space and Aeronautics
Subcommittee Chairman Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., which requires commercial launch
companies to purchase insurance for any reasonable risk of damage to third parties. As
amended by the Senate, it also extends a waiver to allow American astronauts to continue to
fly aboard Russian spacecraft to access the International Space Station through 2020. The
bill also conveys a Sense of Congress regarding future U.S. human spaceflight capabilities,
stressing the need to ensure continued development of both NASA's Space Launch System
and Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, along with the pursuit of commercial crew services to
the ISS. (Source: Space Travel, 01/04/13) Gulf Coast note: Michoud Assembly Facility, New
Orleans, and Stennis Space Center, Miss., are both involved in the SLS program. SSC also
tests rocket engines for commercial launch companies.

Contract: EADS, $26.3M
EADS North America Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $26,298,512 firm-fixed-price
contract. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure
contractor logistics support for Mission Equipment Packages for the Light Utility Helicopter
program. Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of
June 30, 2016. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/03/13)

Contract: Thales Raytheon, $18.5M
Thales Raytheon Systems Co., Fullerton, Calif., was awarded an $18,549,840 firm-fixed-
price contract. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure
Sentinel radars and spares in support of Foreign Military Sales. Work will be performed in
Fullerton, Calif., and Forest, Miss., with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2013. The
U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 01/03/13)

Northrop to pass on Paris
WASHINGTON -- Northrop Grumman said on Wednesday it would not participate in the 2013
international air show in Paris, but could beef up its presence at air shows in Australia and
the Middle East. The move is part of its overall drive to reduce costs as the U.S. defense
industry girds for tighter budgets. Northrop also skipped the Farnborough international air
show outside London last year. (Source: Reuters, 01/02/13) Gulf Coast note: Northrop
Grumman builds portions of the Global Hawk and its variants as well as the Fire Scout UAVs
in Moss Point, Miss.

Alcoa gets Airbus award
TORRANCE, Calif. -- Alcoa Fastening Systems has received Airbus’ Supply Chain and
Quality Improvement Program (SQIP) Best Performer Bronze award for 2012. AFS was
selected out of some 250 suppliers for exceptional quality and delivery performances. AFS
supplies fasteners to Airbus for all of its major programs including the A320, A330, A340,
A350, A380 and the A400M. (Source: Business Wire, 01/02/13) Gulf Coast note: There will
be a ground breaking this year for an Airbus assembly line in Mobile, Ala., that will build
A320 aircraft.