SEA Announces $7 Million T-44 Contract


Southeast Aerospace is pleased to announce the continuation of an awarded T-44 aircraft contract. This contract was announced on Friday December 13, 2013.

Southeast Aerospace, Melbourne, Fla., is being awarded a $7,350,121 modification to a previously awarded contract. The modification exercises option one which extends the term of the contract to provide 23 additional parts, kits, and miscellaneous components for the Avionics System Upgrade of the T-44 aircraft.  With the exercise of this option, the total contract value will be $16,568.406.

Work will be performed at Melbourne Fla., and is expected to be completed by Jan. 24, 2015.  No funds are being obligated at the time of award and will not expire before the end of the current fiscal year.  Funds will be obligated on individual task orders issued against the contract.

This contract was competitively procured via Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with five offers received in response to the solicitation.  Naval Supply Systems Fleet Logistics Center, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity.

For more information on this project or to learn more about SEA Contracting Programs, contact Jason Hicks the SEA Director of Contracts. E: | T: 321-255-9877


Buying Avionics “As Is”

Written by Joe Braddock

Why is buying avionics “As Is” not such a good idea?

car used salesperson selling old car as brand newMany parts sales companies, online sellers and auction sites offer the ability for consumers to purchase avionics at what seem to be discounted prices.  Some prices seem very attractive and possibly give consumers the opportunity to get a great deal on avionics.  Most of these buying scenarios also consist of buying avionics with no warranty, no returns, or “as is”.  Some sellers offer what seems to be a little more attractive 30 day guarantee.

While you may get lucky and win sometimes, it is a gamble nonetheless.  Many consumers are not aware of significant factors that may affect the reliability, longevity, validity and ultimate support for an avionics component.

For example, while it may seem like a good deal to buy a KLN-89B or KLN-94 GPS with little or no guarantee at half the price of wholesale or retail, you will eventually wind up with a unit that you may end up throwing in the trash.  Why?

Displays are no longer available from the manufacturer for the KLN-89B or KLN-94.

Another example:
That GNS-430 for $3000 on an auction site sure looks tempting.

How could you go wrong?

Well, maybe you missed the little detail that the unit is part number 011-00280-00 and that is one of the first GNS-430 units ever produced.  Oh well, it’s an oldie but goodie right?

First of all, the -00 is a 28 volt unit only.  Second, Garmin discontinued support for the -00 a few years ago.

So, while your $3000 GNS430 ‘steal’ works now, you may be flushing $3000 down the toilet in the near future.

That does not seem like a wise investment considering the cost to maintain an aircraft.

There are many examples of scenarios such as these that many owners, operators, and consumers are unaware of when they go for these ‘deals’.  From discontinued support by the manufacturer to obsolete parts to uncertified/unauthorized modifications to units that could lead you into trouble with the FAA.

Aviation is not the industry to be gambling in.  Safety and certification are crucial.  Aircraft are complex machines with many sensitive parameters.  Why ultimately risk your life on something that doesn’t have at least some sort of guarantee or validation to it?

Repair stations and maintenance procedures don’t just exist so that shops can make lots of money.  While these shops are in business to…well, make a profit, most provide a means of validating the serviceability or integrity of an aviation part or aircraft.  The shops who follow the rules & regulations, maintain current tech pubs, won’t cut corners, and don’t skimp on the details are your best bet.  Sure it may not always be the price you want to pay. However, what is the price for peace of mind, quality, and safety?  There is a cost for that is there not?

The jackpot answer is that there is no one right answer.  Everyone can agree to disagree on what’s right for them and what they should or should not spend on something.  However, no one can disagree that spending more for something in the long run and wasting your time is not a good idea.

Buy “As Is” and you are almost guaranteed to pay more and waste time at some point in the long run.

1st Ph.D. Students to Graduate from Embry-Riddle Programs –

embryriddleaeroWhen 535 Embry-Riddle students graduate in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., ceremonies this month, the university will reach a proud milestone — eight of those students will be the University’s first-ever Ph.D. graduates.

Ranging in age from 26 to 57, five of the Ph.D. students earned a Ph.D. in Aviation and three earned a Ph.D. in Engineering Physics.

Both programs were launched in 2010 to satisfy the demand for research skills that enable professionals in a variety of positions to approach problems in a more scientific manner, have a greater impact on their industry and advance in their careers.

“We are proud of the high level of research that our Ph.D. students have performed,” said Dr. Richard Heist, chief academic officer of the university’s Daytona Beach Campus, where the Ph.D. in Engineering Physics is offered. “They chose dissertation topics that either added to the body of knowledge of their discipline or that directly related to the solution of real-world challenges in the aviation, aerospace and engineering industries.”

Ph.D. in Aviation Embry-Riddle’s Ph.D. in Aviation is the first of its kind in the nation. Degree seekers can choose one of three specializations: Aviation Safety & Human Factors, Operations or Intradisciplinary. The degree program is delivered primarily online at this time but may be offered at one of the university’s residential campuses in Daytona Beach or Prescott in the future.

Ph.D. in Engineering Physics This Ph.D. program blends theoretical physics with practical engineering applications and problem-solving with a focus on space. It builds on Embry-Riddle’s undergraduate and master’s degrees in Engineering Physics and on the university’s solid program of space research funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Air Force, among others. It is currently offered at the Daytona Beach Campus.

About Embry-Riddle Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 40 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., and through the Worldwide Campus with more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies.

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