Nor-Ral featured in Aviation Aftermarket

Since World War II, the importance of small businesses to the economic health of the United States and to the readiness of its military services has helped drive legislation designed to ensure small business viability. Efforts to formalize support to small businesses culminated in the Small Business Act of 1953, which created the Small Business Administration (SBA). Through the efforts of this administration, special attention in
awarding all federal contracts is given to small, disadvantaged businesses, to businesses owned by women and veterans, and to those located in historically underutilized business zones (HUBZones).

In 2009, over 20 percent – some $113.4 billion of all Department of Defense (DOD) acquisition funds for goods and services – found its way to small businesses, thanks in large part to its Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP). Of that $113.4 billion, direct prime contracts accounted for $63.9 billion, or 56 percent, and major DOD prime contractors, acting as “mentors,” to help develop the technical and business capabilities of small disadvantaged businesses (SDBs) and other eligible “protégés.” The Indian Incentive program offers prime contractors rebates for doing business with Native American enterprises.

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Thanks to Donna Doleman and Rick Greenwald at Aviation Aftermarket Defense!

Heading For Operations

The third and fourth C-130J Super Hercules transports for the Indian Air Force were flown from the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga. en route to AFS Hindon, near Delhi, India, on 15 June 2011. The remaining two C-130Js on order for India will be delivered later this summer. The Indian C-130Js will be equipped with an infrared detection set to allow precision low-level flying, airdrops, and landing in blackout conditions. Neither the radome-mounted infrared sensor turret nor the removable air-to-air refueling probe was installed for the ferry flight.

C-130 Gets Better Brakes

The 418th Flight Test Squadron at the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB, California, is testing the performance of carbon brakes and the new Mark IV digital antiskid control unit to replace the legacy brake system on the C-130. The testing involves max-effort braking where the pilot applies maximum pressure to the brakes to stop the aircraft at different cargo weights and on wet runways. Parts for the current legacy brake system are becoming scarce because they are no longer being manufactured. If the tests, which run through July, are successful, then the brakes will be retrofitted to all US Air Force legacy C-130E and H models. The new brakes are already in use on the C-130J.