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AIR FORCE AWARDS CONTRACT FOR ENHANCED FLIGHT SCREENER

 AIR FORCE AWARDS CONTRACT
 FOR ENHANCED FLIGHT SCREENER


(EDITORS: We are advised that the following news release was issued April 29, 1992, by the U.S. Air Force Aeronautical Systems Division, Office of Public Affairs, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.)
 WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The following issued by the U.S. Air Force Aeronautical Systems Division:
 By Maj. Alvina K. Mitchell
 ASD Office of Public Affairs
 The Air Force today selected the team of Slingsby Aviation Limited of Great Britain and Northrop Worldwide Aircraft Services Inc., of Lawton, Okla., for the service's new Enhanced Flight Screener (EFS) Program.
 The face value awarded was $54.8 million. An estimated 88 percent of the total program cost will be paid to U.S. firms for aircraft assembly, initial spares, on- and off-equipment maintenance and fuel.
 EFS, a variant of the Slingsby Firefly aircraft, will replace the aging Cessna T-41 which the Air Training Command (ATC) and the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) use to screen prospective pilots for specialized undergraduate pilot training. Improved screening will reduce pilot attrition. Consequently, the Air Force will save more than $1 million annually for the reduction of each one percent attrition.
 Northrop will employ 60-80 personnel for assembly of the aircraft at their site at Hondo, Texas as well as subcontracting for numerous parts. In addition, Northrop will provide the contractor logistics support (CLS) at both ATC's screening facility, also at Hondo, and at the USAFA facility in Colorado. Slingsby will missionize the aircraft for Air Force use, manufacture components, perform partial assembly and be responsible for the overall integration. The EFS program will be produced by Textron-Lycoming at their plant in Williamsport, Pa. Avionics will be supplied by Bendix-King of Olathe, Kan.
 The Firefly aircraft was rated as having excellent handling and maintainability characteristics during its week-long evaluation. Its expected 18,000 hour service life exceeds the Air Force goal by 50 percent. And the increased capability of the EFS aircraft will provide significant performance improvements for the high density altitude (a temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit, at 6,500 feet) operations at the USAFA.
 Two firm-fixed-price contracts were awarded for aircraft production and CLS. The production contract includes $11.7 million to procure the first 38 aircraft. Three additional options bring the aircraft total to 113 for a total cost of $34.7 million. Total initial spares will cost $1.7 million. The CLS support contract covers seven years at a cost of $18.4 million.
 The EFS program is managed by Aeronautical Systems Division's Training Systems Program Office. Lt. Col. Jerry O'Connor is the program manager.
 Delivery of the first EFS is scheduled to take place in January 1993 at Hondo with ATC receiving a total of 57 aircraft. The USAFA will receive the first of 56 aircraft in August 1993. Student pilots will begin training in the new aircraft in October 1993, according to ATC program manager, Maj. Denny Grady. Final delivery is scheduled for August 1995.
 Air Force specifications for the contract call for a commercially available Federal Aviation Administration-certified acrobatic, piston-driven aircraft, with side-by-side seating, dual stick controls, and a normal cruise speed of 155 knots or 178 mph.
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 /CONTACT: Maj. Alvina Mitchell of ASD Office of Public Affairs, 513-255-2725, or Mike Greywitt of Northrop Corp., 310-201-3110/
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