online brief writing services
buy an essay review
have you ever used essay writing service
resume writing services in new york
ghostwriter episodes online
how to buy time on an essay
homework help free live
writing customer service letters
condensation help san diego
executive synopsis writing service canada
top essay writing services uk
literature review service user involvement
assignment help australia
cheap online essay writer
parts of an essay in order
military outline help
custom paper placemats wholesale
buy to let business plan uk
lnat essay help
what is the best essay service
free homework help online alabama
professional resume writers raleigh nc
customer relationship management essay
purchase preciss
essay help chat room
borderline personality disorder essay
i need help creating a conspectus
where can i get someone to write an essay for me
abstract helper
best professional resume writing services
professional dissertation writers
online paper writing services
yorku essay help
cover letter help me
help writing high school resume
list of best brief writing services
resume writer des moines ia
buy custom essay
kaplan essay help
assignment services ucsb
help with managerial economics homework
helping others essay in hindi
need help with outline
help writing thesis paper
personal statement writing service ucas
executive compendium writing service
conspectus formatting service
writing on yellow paper helps you remember
help write curriculum vitae
resume writing services gold coast
ways to help children with homework
where to buy college papers
kate turabian a manual for writers of research papers theses and dissertations 7th ed
cover letter for customer service cashier
professional curriculum vitae writing services
write my paper .com
cv writing services uk
essay on can money buy you happiness
tudors help homework kids
dissertation help uk
freelance cv writer jobs
online homework helper
accounting homework help free online
i need help making a thesis statement
tips to help you do homework
history extended essay help
curriculum vitae sample writer
professional abridgment editing services
need help writing wedding speech
sales abstract help
professional resume writing services denver
college paper writing services
freedom writers essay conflict
get writing paragraphs and essays third edition
professional cover letter help
carl will you help me with my homework after school
resume writing services australia
where to buy papers for invitations
can i pay someone to write my research paper
essays writing service
resume examples and samples customer service
buy a abridgment
essay college help
gcse ict coursework help
dissertation help india online
business strategy assignment help
free lance writers
law essay help uk
get paid to write online uk
essay help tumblr
where can i buy essays yahoo
school discovery education homework help home
best buy case study 2012
woodlands junior homework help rivers
help me with my brief
will someone write my essay for me
help with scholarship essays
photo paper buying guide
paper helper app review
condensation editing services
i need help with my book report
help me write a cover letter
federal resume writing service san diego
best abridgment writing services in houston
what is the best online essay writing service
can you help me with my homework
college physics serway 8th edition homework help
rap ghostwriter wanted
buy custom term paper
essay how scholarship will help
chegg homework help account
toronto creative writing services
get paid to write college papers
help with statistics homework free
essay writing service caught
professional resume writers for teachers
it digest help
reaction paper freedom writers movie
family movie review of the help
best synopsis writing services dc
buying papers online plagiarism
essay on how to help disabled people
where to buy paper for rolling coins
college essay writing help
diversity essay help
get paid to write poetry
case study examples anxiety disorders
resume writing services healthcare
college admission essay editing service
sample application letter service crew jollibee
best math homework help
research associate buy side
essay writer reviews
help beginning an essay
resume writers vancouver bc
dissertation help methodology
knowledge of speech and writing help teacher of english
best brief writing services military
buy digital writing pad
professional college essay help
executive outline service nyc
cv writing service marketing
nursing homework help
resume writing services boston area
resume writers in dallas tx
best essay help research paper topics
intuit statement writer 2010 download
ghostwriter song
youtube paperback writer lyrics
ashford university homework help
help writing a nursing resume
accounting homework helper
example essay helpful people
help with a abridgment
writing windows service in c.net
paperback writer lyrics
where can you buy synopsis paper
essay writing editing service
homework help ks3 english
buying paper 1
custom essay online
literature review on banking services in india
where can i buy a college paper
is buying a dissertation safe
buy custom cut paper
rap ghostwriters exposed
webassign help physics
professays custom writing
resume writers reviews australia
best online paper editing services
help on formatting a research paper
critical thinking as a reader and writer
essay writer website
chegg free homework help trial
business writing service
condensation writing service us
custom academic writing
paperhelp support code discount
need help on geometry homework
buy cheap brown paper bags
professional compendium help
cover letter customer service examples
buy essays for university
buy secondary school exam papers
personal service statement of claim
dsm diagnosis for dissociative personality disorder case study
resume writing services in us
online college application essay help
original writing service
freelance writers contract sample
resume writers in virginia beach
where to buy paper for wedding invitations
black book review writer
purchase papers for college
homework paper help
community service essay ideas
how much is a ghostwriter
help with writing renewal vows
what is the best site to buy an essay from
freelance writers paid per word

LAS Controversies Continue

In this time of Continuing Resolution the U.S. Air Force’s Light Air Support (LAS) contract is one of the few major new programs to begin in FY13. The second attempt to conduct the contest led to same result as the first. Sierra Nevada (SNC) using a airframe from Brazil’s Embraer was selected and Beechcraft’s T-6 based proposal was rejected. As with the first attempt Beechcraft has filed a GAO protest.

The Air Force has announced that using available policy they will override the stop work that normally happens for 100 days while the GAO works out the protest. This has been done in the “best interests of the United States or unusual and compelling circumstances.” Due to the first protest and the do over on the contest it is already a year behind schedule. This new one could also cause several months delay.

The protest and the award remained tied up in politics and concerns about loss of work to a U.S. company. Sierra Nevada had originally planned to have a facility in Florida to do some of the work finishing the aircraft but they would be assembled in Brazil. The company is now looking at ways to increase the amount of jobs created by the contract through “in-sourcing” the work.

The loss of the contract to the U.S. company has been a further blow to the Kansas military aviation industry. Boeing (BA) has moved their work from the Wichita facility to Washington for the new KC-46A tanker. Beechcraft had planned to build their AT-6 in the state. As such it is attracting the interest of Kansas’ Congressional delegation.

With so few major programs and contracts predicted for the near future fights like this over awards will continue. Each company has a lot to gain by winning the work and as the defense budget declines there will be less contracts available.

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

Beechcraft to Protest U.S. Air Force Decision — Press Release

WICHITA, Kan., March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Beechcraft Corporation today announced that it will formally protest to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) recent award of the Light Air Support contract to its Brazilian competitor, Embraer. An estimated 1400 jobs in Kansas and other states are in jeopardy as a result of the Air Force decision.

“Following our debrief with the Air Force earlier this week, we are very perplexed by this decision,” said Bill Boisture, CEO, Beechcraft. “Our belief that we have the best aircraft was confirmed by the Air Force rating our aircraft ‘exceptional’ and the fact that we are the lower cost solution was confirmed by the USAF’s public award announcement.”

Last year, an Air Force investigation found evidence of bias toward Brazil-based Embraer and its Nevada-based partner, Sierra Nevada (SNC), which led to the decision to restart the competition. Although SNC later sued the Air Force attempting to enforce the biased decision, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Christine O.C. Miller wrote in her Nov. 1, 2012, opinion that based on the investigation’s evidence of bias “the Air Force’s decision to cancel the contract award to SNC and re-solicit proposals was reasonable and rational and should stand.”

“We simply don’t understand how the Air Force can justify spending over 40 percent more – over $125 million more – for what we consider to be less capable aircraft,” Boisture said. “Given our experience of last year and our continued strong concern that there are again significant errors in the process and evaluation in this competition, we are left with no recourse other than to file a protest with the GAO. The Air Force needs to make the right decision for the nation and our future allies.”

About Beechcraft Corporation

Beechcraft Corporation designs, builds and supports versatile and globally renowned aircraft, including the King Air turboprops, piston-engine Baron and Bonanza, and the T-6 trainer and AT-6 light attack military aircraft. Its 5,400 highly skilled employees are focused on continuously improving the company’s products and services which are sold to individuals, businesses and governments worldwide. In business since 1932, Beechcraft has built more than 54,000 aircraft and more than 36,000 continue flying today. It leads the industry with a global network of more than 90 factory-owned and authorized service centers. The company’s headquarters and major manufacturing facilities are located in Wichita, Kan. For more information, visit beechcraft.com or follow us on Twitter @Beechcraft.

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

Air Force to Try Again with LAS Contract and Sierra Nevada

In a blow to the newly reorganized Hawker Beechcraft the U.S. Air Force after conducting a second source selection due to that company’s protest again selected Sierra Nevada for the Light Air Support (LAS) contract. That U.S. company will team with Brazil’s Embraer to provide the Afghan Air Force several modified turboprop aircraft. The initial contract is worth $950 million.

If all goes well there may be other customers for the system optimized for use in counter insurgency and non-conventional warfare. There were only two bidders with Hawker utilizing a version of their T-6 trainer already in use by the U.S. military.

An earlier attempt to award the contract late last year to Sierra Nevada was halted on Hawker’s protest which was upheld by the General Accountability Office (GAO). This led to a re-evaluation of the proposals submitted with Sierra Nevada being selected a second time.

As with the first attempt there is nothing to stop Hawker from protesting if they believe the source selection was conducted unfairly.

The selection of a non-U.S. aircraft has already received some criticism from Congress.

The Air Force has struggled the last decade to conduct these large aircraft source selections. The KC-X new aerial tanker program took 3 tries before Boeing (BA) won with a version of their 767 airliner. The CSAR-X combat rescue helicopter was ended after 2 rounds of bids and protests and the Air Force is yet to buy a replacement for their current fleet of MH-60 aircraft.

If Hawker does not protest this will actually be a victory for recent Air Force acquisitions as it only took 2 tries and was awarded fairly quickly. Deliver of the first aircraft, though, is reportedly delayed a full year.

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

Air Force Will Attempt Second Contest for Light Air Support Aircraft

Following up on its decision to cancel the initial contract to Sierra Nevada and Brazil’s Embraer for the initial order of Light Air Support (LAS) aircraft for use by the Afghan military the U.S. Air Force now plans a new contest. The contract was protested by Hawker Beechcraft whose T-6 based proposal was removed from the competition. After the start of an investigation into the source selection which continues the service’s leadership decided to end the first attempt and begin again.

The Air Force investigation found that there was not sufficient justification for the decisions to remove Hawker and award the $300 million contract to Sierra Nevada. This company teamed with Embraer which would see their Tucano based system assembled in Florida.

Now it is expected that an amended Request for Proposals will be issued in the near future allowing the two companies to compete again.

If the program goes as planned it could be worth up to $1 billion in orders.

With the new proposal process it is hoped that a decision will be made next year.

Hawker is struggling and may face bankruptcy in the near future and the LAS win would be a major boon for the company. Brazil is looking at buying a new fighter and Boeing’s (BA) F/A-18 is one of the major contenders and a win for Embraer is believed to be helpful for that contest.

The Air Force has struggled over the last decade with awarding new contracts. There was the long running KC-X tanker program which took three attempts to award finally to Boeing. The new combat rescue helicopter, CSAR-X, went through two iterations but is now currently on hold. The cornerstone of the new Air Force, Lockheed’s (LMT) Joint Strike Fighter, is facing cost and schedule problems. The Light Air Support program seems to continue that trend.

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

New Light Air Support Contest for Sierra Nevada and Hawker Beechcraft?

Late last year the U.S. Air Force awarded a contract to a team of Sierra Nevada and Brazil’s Embraer to provide light attack aircraft for use by the Afghan military. The contract also had the potential for further orders to support the U.S. military and other potential foreign customers. The only other company to submit a bid was Hawker Beechcraft.

The award was controversial as the Air Force eliminated Hawker’s bid for not being in the competitive range as well as denied their attempts to protest the decision. Hawker sued in Federal Court and it came out that the contract had already been awarded to Sierra Nevada. After reviewing the process the decision was made four weeks ago to cancel the contract and begin an investigation into the contracting process.

The Air Force has stated that the investigation will conclude next week and that it focused on documentation of the decision and not the actions of either contractor. Based on the data gathered so far the Air Force has decided to reinstate Hawker, allow new proposals and may conduct another evaluation. The service also may reserve the right to conduct a whole new competition with a new request for proposals and new bids.

At the same time there are reports that Hawker may have to file for bankruptcy due to its current debt load. If that is true then the Light Air Support contract may be key to keeping the company viable.

The Air Force has struggled over the last decade with evaluating bids and awarding contracts for new aircraft. The KC-X aerial tanker took three tries before Boeing (BA) won it with a version of their 767 airliner over Europe’s EADS. The CSAR-X rescue helicopter had two different competitions with no satisfactory result and the program ended up being cancelled. This contract follows in a similar vein.

The review seems to indicate that the Air Force found enough issues with the source selection process to warrant a new competition. Hopefully this one when it is completed will be conducted in such a way to avoid protest and strife and the service can move out with buying the aircraft.

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

Sierra Nevada and Embraer’s Light Attack Contract Canceled by Air Force

Late yesterday the U.S. Air Force announced that it had canceled the contract signed in December with Sierra Nevada and Embraer to provide Light Attack aircraft for use by the Afghan military. The contract was in dispute by Hawker Beechcraft whose own proposal had been eliminated by the Air Force prior to source selection even taking place and no work was being done by the winners.

Hawker was in the process of suing in Federal court to get the decision to award to the winning team overturned. Earlier it had been denied a chance to protest as the Government Accountability Office (GAO) ruled it did not file in time. During one of the first court hearings about the case the Air Force admitted that they had gone ahead and given the contract to Sierra Nevada who was going to use aircraft manufactured by Brazil’s Embraer SA. Sierra Nevada had established a plant in Jacksonville for this effort.

Not only did the Air Force cancel the existing contract they announced that they will conduct an investigation of the process used to select the winners. There was no discussion of whether there would be a new requirement and contest.

Hawker had bid a version of their T-6 trainer used by the Air Force and Navy currently while Sierra Nevada was going to use a variant of Embraer’s Tucano aircraft which is in use by several countries. The initial contract would provide systems for use by the Afghans with the potential for further sales to the U.S. or other customers.

This is the third major acquisition in the last ten years that the Air Force has struggled to award. The KC-X tanker took three tries before Boeing (BA) won it. The CSAR-X new rescue helicopter never was completed despite two tries and multiple protests. This means that the LAS contract will have to be begun again or a new requirement created.

Hawker Beechcraft has had its struggles over the recent years due to the general downturn in aviation. Facing a rougher future with the proposed cuts in the U.S. defense budget it had been reported that the company had recently engaged a law firm known for its work in bankruptcy or restructuring. The decision by the Air Force will only be good if a decision is made to have another contest which there is no guarantee that Hawker will win.

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

>