Mile High Club: $178.2M to Set Up New USAF Flight School
DOSS Aviation Inc. in Colorado Springs, CO is being awarded a $178.2 million firm-fixed-price contract to support the USAF’s Initial Flight Screening program. Actual award of a contract will be contingent upon completion of a successful national Environmental Policy Act analysis by the Air Force at the offeror’s proposed training location in Pueblo, CO, before mobilization and performance begins. The contract is structured to screen between 1,200-1,700 students per year once the program is operating at full capacity. As a point of comparison, consider DID’s November 25, 2005 article covering the “Canada Wings Aviation Training Centre” for Canadian and foreign students near Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.
The contract will include a six-month mobilization effort, one basic year and nine one-year options and will provide ground school and flight training for Air Force officers with follow-on assignments to undergraduate flying training courses (Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training and Undergraduate Combat Systems Officer Training). The contractor will furnish all aircraft, aircraft maintenance, fire/crash/rescue support, labor (to include certified flight instructors), training facilities, physical and personnel security, lodging, dining, local transportation and physical fitness facilities for the students. In addition, the contractor will provide office space for a permanent-party military cadre that will oversee the students while they are in residence at the contractor’s training facility. Solicitations began August 2004, negotiations were complete in October 2005, and work will be complete by September 2006. The Headquarters Air Education and Training Command at Randolph Air Force Base, TX issued the contract (FA3002-06-C-0002).