The Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, has a requirement for one contractor operated and maintained airplane for exclusive use utility flight services in support of fire and natural resource management activities and other government work, to include, but not limited to, aerial observation and passenger and cargo transport. All operations will be based at Fort Wainwright, Fairbanks, Alaska.
The aircraft shall be a single engine or multi-engine, turbine powered fixed wing aircraft. Additionally, aircraft must have Instrument File Rules/Visual Flight Rules capabilities, capacity to seat a minimum of five passengers with removable seats, have a payload of at least 1,000 pounds with 375 nautical-mile range and endurance of four hours, and have an airspeed of 160 knots true airspeed at 10 degrees Celsius at 5,000 feet, which are all minimum aircraft standards stated in the solicitation.
Environmental conditions during the exclusive use period will vary with snow packed, gravel and other prepared and unprepared runways.
The government anticipates awarding one Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity firm fixed unit price contract. The contract will have an estimated five-year ordering period from April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2026. Once evaluations are complete, the exclusive use period for each year is estimated to occur on or around April 19th for 120 calendar days. The anticipated issue date of the solicitation is Sept. 4 with a projected closing date of Oct. 6.
Suburban Air Express, Inc., is currently providing services under contract D17PC00290. The existing contract is valued at $3 million.