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NOAA aircraft ground support equipment contract announced

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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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