Monday, December 18, 2023

Army Corps of Engineers seeks contractor to operate Metro 23 twin-turboprop aircraft

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in search of a contractor to operate their Metro 23 twin-turboprop aircraft.

“This is a non-personnel services contract to operate and maintain one government-owned Metro 23, SA 227 DC aircraft,” the Army said in contract documents released Friday. “The government shall not exercise any supervision or control over the contract service providers performing the services.”

The contractor shall provide all necessary personnel, equipment, supplies, facilities, transportation, tools, materials, accessories, and equipment necessary to maintain, inspect, repair, alter, and operate the Fairchild Metro 23 aircraft (tail number N55CE, serial number 903).

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, by Public Law 153, is authorized within its Civil Works Revolving Fund to operate and maintain aircraft. But Corps airplanes are operated and maintained under contract rather than with in-house labor.

The aircraft is based at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb., Bldg. 306, Hangar 2.

Also known as a C-26, the airplane operates approximately 550-600 hours per year primarily in the continental United States. “However, the aircraft and crew can be directed outside the continental United States as required to respond to emergency operations or water treaty issues,” the Army said. “It is estimated that as many as 60 days during one year could be spent away from home base, requiring lodging and subsistence expenses.”

Office space for eight operating personnel is provided on Offutt at no expense to the contractor.

The contract will be for one base year with three one-year optional periods.

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