Lockheed Martin wins $1.9 billion A-76 competition at FAA

Lockheed Martin wins $1.9 billion A-76 competition at FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration has selected Lockheed Martin Corp. to provide automated flight services that the agency currently performs following an OMB A-76 competition.

The $1.9 billion contract has a five-year base with five one-year options. FAA estimates it will save $2.2 billion over 10 years by privatizing the work. Lockheed Martin will take over the agency's flight service operations in October.

The company will install hardware and software for integrated systems the FAA uses to track flight plans, weather and other aeronautical information. Flight service specialists provide services such as weather briefings, in-flight radio communications, flight planning and search-and-rescue support'primarily to private and noncommercial pilots.

'Every specialist who serves pilots will have the same data and quality of data,' Lockheed Martin spokesman Joe Wagovitch.

Part of the project will involve consolidating the services now handled by 58 flight service stations, located in all states and Puerto Rico. That work will begin in April 2006, reducing the number of sites to 20 by the following year, FAA officials said.

Lockheed Martin will offer the 2,500 affected FAA employees employment until flight service stations are consolidated, said Dennis DeGaetano, vice president of FAA acquisitons and business services. FAA began the A-76 review in December 2003.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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