The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is in need of a contractor that can provide a heated hangar near Fairbanks, Alaska for their AC-695A Jet Prop Commander aircraft. NOAA made the request on Friday in contract documents obtained through the Federal Business Opportunities website.
The AC-695A has a wingspan of 52 feet, length 43 feet and 14 feet 11.5 inches high at the tail. NOAA owns and operates the aircraft in various locations throughout the United States and Canada.
“It has been determined that the aircraft will be based out of the Fairbanks, Alaska area to be operated in support of critical snow survey related research,” NOAA said in contract documents. “Due to winter weather conditions in the Fairbanks area, it is necessary that the aircraft be kept in a hangar during the period April 1 through May 31. The hangar will protect the aircraft from the environment as well as protect the sensitive scientific instruments used to collect the data. A heated hangar means that the hangar is maintained at a temperature above 40 degrees Fahrenheit.” Flight crews will need access to the aircraft 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Contractors with hangar space are invited to contact NOAA on or before March 8.
In January, NOAA announced plans to send an AC-695A Jet Prop Commander to the Minnesota area later this year to support critical snow survey missions that collect soil moisture data from melting snow.