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NOAA aircraft ground support equipment contract announced

NOAA Citation jet (N52RF) at Aircraft Operations Center.
NOAA Citation jet (N52RF) at Aircraft Operations Center.

The U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida is seeking a contractor to maintain its Aircraft Ground Support Equipment, the agency said in contract documents released Tuesday.

The AOC operates nine aircraft ranging from light piston aircraft to heavy WP-3D Orion Hurricane Hunters and Gulfstream IV Hurricane Surveillance aircraft.

The maintenance contract will be for one year, from April 1, 2014 thru March 31,2015, with four one-year option periods. “The total performance period shaII not exceed five years,” NOAA said.

Companies interested in bidding on the contract should submit a signed and dated quote to NOAA by Feb. 19.

NOAA operates their aircraft in various locations throughout the United States and Canada. In 2013, the agency's AC-695A Jet Prop Commander performed critical snow survey research in Alaska and collected soil moisture data from melting snow in Minnesota.

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