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Constant Aviation expands into government contracting arena

USA-based MRO Constant Aviation has begun work at its Sanford, Florida, facility on the first of four Challenger 601/604 strip and paint events from a contract awarded by the FAA.

In late May, the company won the back-to-back government contracts from the FAA through a joint initiative between Constant Aviation and its affiliate, Nextant Aerospace. This is no ordinary contract for the partners: this initiative brings together their skills and expertise to expand into government contracting as a new line of business – although Constant Aviation was previously a first-tier subcontractor to provide aircraft strip and paint service in support of the USAF’s Bombardier BD-700 Global Express E-11A aircraft. The company also has a strong leader for its government programs department, in the form of retired US Air Force Colonel Robert Leonard.

“Unlike the business and private jet industry, the government contract sector has a much longer and more complicated business development and Request for Proposals (RFP) regimen. It requires a deep understanding of proposal specifications, the ability to craft detailed proposal responses, and the experience to navigate the protocol and qualifications for the competitive government bidding process,” stated Stephen Maiden, Constant Aviation’s president and CEO.

These newly issued contracts position Constant Aviation as a prime contractor. Contract 6973GH-18-C-00053 entails the full strip and paint service, with a provision for over-and-above repairs as needed, to be accomplished on four of the FAA’s fleet aircraft: three Bombardier Challenger 601’s and one Bombardier Challenger 604. Contract 6973GH-18-R-00099 will be upgrading the Challenger 604 with the latest version of Rockwell Collins’ Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) Out system Pro Line 21.

The two contracts have been months in the making, with the first Request for Information (RFI) documents submitted in 2017. The additional aircraft are scheduled to arrive in August and October, with an anticipated four-week completion schedule for each. 

August 10, 2018

Written by Adam Gavine

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