lifting equipment. The Awardee is to provide all other lifting equipment it deems necessary to perform the mission. The NSF must first approve the purchase of any additional, necessarylifting equipment.
8. C2.41 Please confirm if contractor is to provide flight helmets for crew, helitecs, and passengers. If so, at what quantity?
The Contractor is to provide helmets for all personnel manifested on the aircraft. Quantity of helmets is to be established by the Contractor so that all passengers, at any time during the season, will be issued a helmet. As with the lifting equipment,the helmets will be GFP but revert to CFP end of year one.
9. F1. Please confirm that contract award date is anticipated on/about July 1, 2006.
Contract start date is anticipated in July, however contract award date is anticipated to be in May. Anearlier start date is negotiable due to the purchase of long lead items.
10. Item F3.2 What is availability period the Government will establish for the AIRCRAFT – for example, are (3) aircraft required at 14 hours each and (1) aircraft required for 24 hours? If this is the case, what are the normal hours of operation that define the 14 hours of availability for the (3) aircraft in this category?
The aircraft should be available 24hrs per day, with exceptions for planned maintenance (to occur outside of scheduled flight operations). The flight schedule isdetermined by NSF research requirements and is not always consistent to a standard 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. shift. Therefore schedule flexibility is required to adequately support the mission
. 11. Item F3.3 Please clarify Extended Availability. Is extended availability referring toavailability beyond 8 hours of flight time per pilot? In other words, is one additional PICrequired to be available should all pilots reach the 8 hour flight limit? The intent of this item isnot understood.
This item has been redacted. F3.3 is hereby revised as follows: F3.3 Reserved
. 12. Item F5.2.1 What is the non-availability penalty rate for helicopter(s) utilized for 24 hour service? This item addresses single crewed aircraft only at 1/14 per non-available hour.
F5.2.1 is Amended as follows: F5.2.1 Payment will be made for daily availability at the rates set forth inthe Schedule of Items except that availability will be reduced for each hour or portion thereof service is listed as unavailable as follows:1/24 of the daily rate per hour not to exceed 24/24 per day
Will the Government consider a grace period for unavailability, especially if the contractor meets mission requirements in an operational day?
Yes, the NSF will consider a grace period on a case-by-case basis, however aircraft maintenance should be conducted outsideof scheduled flight operations to the maximum extent possible.
Will award be made in time to procure aircraft?
We anticipate awarding a contract in Mayor June of 2006. Contract performance can begin (i.e. ordering supplies and acquiring helicopters) before July, if needed.
15.Given this program consists of 140 days per year, is it an option to demobilize theaircraft after each season and mobilize the aircraft again the following year? If so,will the US Military assist with the transportation? Where will the aircraft be