October 8, 2014 – DIGITALiBiz (iBiz) announced today that it has been awarded a prime contract to continue supporting the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Standards Service (AFS), Flight Technologies and Procedures Division (AFS-400) under a contract called Technical, Engineering, Administrative, and Programmatic Support. This new contract is valued at nearly $45M over the next five years.
“This new contract is truly a testament to the iBiz employees who have provided AFS with outstanding customer service and subject matter expertise onsite at FAA’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, OK and at the FAA in the Washington, DC metro area over the last three years,” said Steve Murray, iBiz COO and Executive Vice President. “We are excited about the opportunity to expand our work with AFS by providing additional services in support of their role as the focal point for the National Airspace System (NAS) capacity, aviation weather programs, and emerging business practices to improve flight operations.”
The scope of work includes providing support in developing policies and procedures for improving flight safety and efficiency; assisting in developing regulations and policy recommendations governing instrument flight procedures and safety, capacity, and efficiency improvements, based on advanced technology and innovative concepts; and supporting Flight Test or simulator test programs, simulator setup, pilot briefings, and observer responsibilities specifically for data collection in support of test plans.
iBiz will continue to partner with Innovative Solutions International (ISI)/Pragmatics who has served as a strategic subcontractor to iBiz since 2011. “iBiz and our teaming partner ISI/Pragmatics have worked extremely well together over the last three years,” said Murray. “Our successful partnership and collective understanding of the integration of the AFS mission within the FAA and the vital role they play in the NextGen Program is one of the reasons why our team won this contract.”
AFS-400 is responsible for developing policies and procedures for improving flight safety and efficiency, as well as developing standards and criteria for communication, navigation, and surveillance (CNS) systems; new technology operations; and training. AFS enables the implementation of new technology safely into the NAS. These efforts are driven not only by “on-demand” products and services needed to sustain ongoing NAS operations, but also by the development of appropriate policy, procedural guidance, and aircraft certification programs for the emerging technologies needed to transition and operate in the Next Generation Air Transportation System environment.