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Navigator adds another slot to TCM UAS contract


Navigator picked up an additional slot on the recompete of the TRADOC Capability (TCM) Unmanned Aircraft  Systems (UAS) contract.

Navigator is a subcontractor to SAIC on the awarded contract. The base contract has two 12-month option years. The period of performance began Dec. 27, 2016.

The contract focuses on support required to assist the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) Capability Development and Integration Directorate (CDID) in the conduct of capabilities development and integration of unmanned aircraft systems. 

According to the statement of work, Navigator will provide two people to support the USAACE CDID and TCM UAS for the integration and synchronization of the Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leader Development, Personnel and facilities (DOTMLPF) domains for Army UAS.  

The support will include planning and development of plans that support the Department of Defense Joint Capability Integration and Development System (JCIDS) requirements development processes and documentation. 

Navigator’s subject matter experts will provide the operational experience and knowledge, to support the development of UAS experiments, testing, and DOTLMPF analysis. 

This includes development of operational methodologies that support the warfighter functions, and translated into requirements documentation as well as materiel development work statements to reduce acquisition time, costs and technical risks.                  

Navigator to help train fixed-wing pilots as part of CAE USA team


Navigator Development Group Inc. is part of the CAE USA team recently awarded a contract to train Army and Air Force fixed-wing pilots in Dothan, Alabama, which is near the U.S. Army's Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) at Fort Rucker.

The U.S. Army awarded the contract to CAE USA to provide comprehensive initial and recurrent training for more than 600 U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force fixed-wing pilots trained annually at CAE’s new Dothan Training Center. Navigator has been subcontracted by CAE USA to provide single engine and multi-engine instructor pilot support, training management and curriculum development assistance.

The firm-fixed-price prime contract awarded to CAE USA is for the base period, with six one-year options through March 2024.

Enterprise Mayor Kenneth Boswell was pleased to hear Navigator was a part of the CAE USA team on the fixed-wing contract. “Anytime a contract is awarded locally that supports our military, that is great news,” he said. “Navigator Development Group is a great corporate citizen in Enterprise and I am proud of the work they do for our city and for our military. They do it professionally and do it the right way.”

The Army’s fixed-wing training program is responsible for transitioning rotary wing aviators to fly the Army's fleet of more than 350 fixed-wing aircraft. It also serves as the formal training unit for Army C-12/RC-12 King Air recurrent training, and provides annual training for U.S. Air Force C-12 King Air pilots.

The Grob G120TP aircraft was selected as the single engine training aircraft for the U.S. Army fixed- wing program. The Grob G120TP is a fully aerobatic trainer with a glass cockpit that will streamline the student’s transition from rotary-wing flight to fixed-wing flight.  Five of the six Grob aircraft ordered by CAE were delivered to the Dothan Regional Airport. At full strength, there will be six CAE-owned Grob aircraft in addition to the 10 C-12U Army-owned aircraft used for live flight training.

Under the new contract, the Army and the CAE USA team will implement a new initial-entry fixed-wing training program to fast track flight school students into fixed-wing aircraft.  To do this, CAE is currently building a new training center at the Dothan Regional Airport, which features state-of-the-art classrooms, simulators, flight training devices, integrated training management system and other modern capabilities.

“They have a large task in front of them in the training of future aviators that will serve our country, but I know that they are a group that will provide quality training and those pilots will be prepared to protect and defend our country,” Boswell said.

Navigator’s employees will work at CAE’s new Dothan Training Center, are managed by the corporate office in Enterprise.

Founded in 1947, CAE is a global leader in training for the defense and security, civil aviation, and healthcare markets.

Navigator is Fort Rucker’s hometown service-disabled veteran‐owned small business. For nearly two decades, Navigator has provided top quality products and services to government and industry customers in the areas of aviation, training and technology.

Through a partnership buyout, Keith Gay is now the full owner of Navigator Development Group Inc. A partnership settlement granting him full ownership of the company became final on June 15th.

This transaction positions Navigator to enter an exciting new chapter while continuing to provide expertise and innovative solutions to government and industry programs. Under the new private ownership, Navigator’s focus remains delivering a best-in-class client experience. Streamlined decision-making and significantly reduced overhead expenses are positive results of the change, making Navigator even more competitive.

"I am very excited with the final outcome of the settlement and look forward to continuing to move the company forward, “ Gay said. “We are focused on strategic direction, growth targets and organizational efficiency as we go forward.”

Navigator is headquartered in Enterprise, Ala., and maintains government and commercial contracts in a number of locations, including Fort Rucker, Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville and Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

Navigator Development Group Inc. was proud to be a Platinum sponsor at the 21st Annual Army Aviation Museum Golf Classic fundraiser at Silver Wings Golf Course.

According to museum officials, funds raised through corporate and hole sponsorship's will allow the restoration of aircraft 446 to the “Huey Hog” configuration. It will join the line-up of the B and C model gunships, helping to complete the entire evolutionary development.

Founded in 1956, the U.S. Army Aviation Museum maintains a collection of more than 160 military aircraft, including one of the largest collections of military helicopters in the world. According to the museum’s Web site, approximately 50 restored, historic and one-of-a-kind aircraft, are displayed inside the Museum's 70,000 square feet of exhibit space and outside on the grounds.

“The collection includes many significant examples of early research efforts and developments in rotary wing technology and the evolution of the helicopter. Our public galleries represent the Army's involvement in military aviation from the beginning days with the Wright brothers and the early combat aircraft of World War I, up to the highly technological machines such as the AH-64 Apache and the UH-60 Blackhawk flown by Army Aviators today.

The Museum also tells the human side of Army Aviation and features memorabilia and photo essays that capture the human spirit of our proud heritage.”

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