Kachemak Bay Flying Service (KBFS), is offering a wide range of rotary wing civilian pilot training at its Temple, TX Flight Training Academy. In addition to providing candidates the opportunity to pursue a half dozen fixed wing qualifications, the Academy is now routinely providing Part 61 and/or Part 141 pilot training in the MD-530F, UH-H Huey, and Robinson R44 helicopters. If you or your clients need any type of fixed or rotary wing pilot qualification, currency, or renewal training, please contact Bill Rodriguez or Gregory White at 254.771.0077.
September 30, 2021: S3 was selected by the United States Army to mentor three Huntsville based Small Businesses under the Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé Program. Each two-year Mentor Protégé Agreement (MPA) provides the Protégés tailored developmental and technical assistance to enhance their respective capabilities and facilitate growth as a Small Business Prime Contractors. Our three new DoD MPA’s represent 60% of the total 2021 MPAs awarded by the Army and support the following Small Business Partners:
Canvas, Inc.: Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) specializing in Engineering, Test & Evaluation, Technology & Product Development, and Acquisition & Program Management.
Cortina Solutions, LLC: Small Business Administration 8(a) and HUBZone certified WOSB providing Engineering, Test & Evaluation, Modeling & Simulation, Software Development, Acquisition, and Program Management services.
H2L Solutions, Inc.: HUBZone and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business specializing in Cyber Security, Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) services.
The DoD’s Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) is the oldest continuously operating federal mentor-protégé program in existence. S3 is honored to receive these awards as they also represent the third, fourth, and fifth protégés that we have supported during the past five years. Established during the First Gulf War, the MPP helps eligible small businesses expand their defense industrial base footprint by partnering them with larger companies to provide unique capabilities and enhance the DoD supply chain. MPAs provide a win-win situation which results in successful small businesses, large/small business partnerships, and outstanding, cost-effective support for the Warfighter.
The annual Huntsville Chamber of Commerce’s Best Places to Work Awards honors the “best of the best” member businesses in the Tennessee Valley. S3 has been nominated as one of the contenders in the Large category. The winners for each category will be announced at the Awards Luncheon on August 31. The entire list of contenders can be found here.
Kachemak Bay Flying Service (KBFS), S3’s wholly owned subsidiary, completed another MD-530F aircraft qualification course for the USAF on April 23, 2020. This training was the first USAF course conducted by KBFS in Temple, TX, this calendar year. However, the Temple training campus has completed several courses this Fiscal Year that included the U.S. Army, other defense contractors, and first responders. The Army course uses the same training curriculum developed by KBFS for the USAF Air Education Training Command. Military graduates of the KBFS training are generally enroute to in-theater assignments in Afghanistan or to Middle East Partner Nations engaged in US Foreign Military Sales programs.
Since 2013, KBFS has presented a variety of MD-530F training programs, inclusive of basic pilot qualification through advanced tactical training. The KBFS approved training curriculum comprehensively covers the MD-530F aircraft systems, performance planning, terrain flight mission planning and execution, emergency procedures training, advanced maneuvers, time on target (TOT) engagements, introduction to weapons delivery approaches, and tactical employment.
KBFS has qualified nearly three dozen pilots in the Temple, TX based MD-530F training program(s) over the past five years with more than half of that total completing the customer tailored USAF program. Additionally, KBFS supported the Saudi Arabia Ministry of National Guard student pilot training in the MD-530F from 2013 through 2019 in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
For USA and USAF courses, please contact Senior Program Manager, Marcel Benoit, in Crestview, FL at 850-398-8699.
System Studies & Simulation, Inc. (S3) is pleased to announce that the Department of Defense (DoD) has honored the company with a Nunn-Perry Award for excellence in the DoD Mentor-Protégé Program. The award is in recognition of S3’s collaboration with R2C, LLC, our small business protégé, to increase the protégé’s growth in the DoD market, and to improve its business processes and systems in support of US military customers.
S3/R2C’s Nunn-Perry Award is one of only six Awards made for Fiscal Year 2019 from a total of eleven nominations. Under S3’s mentorship, R2C increased the size of its workforce by 57%; realized more than 62% growth in total annual revenue; received its AS9100 Revision D and ISO 9001-2015 Quality Management Certifications; and rolled out a new, professionally designed Website which will significantly improve R2C’s messaging and branding.
The Nunn-Perry Award is named in honor of former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, who sponsored legislation to enact the Mentor-Protégé Program in 1991, and former Secretary of Defense, William Perry. The Nunn-Perry Award is the highest honor companies can receive in the program. Winning companies will receive their awards during the DoD Mentor-Protégé Training Week Workshop currently scheduled for August 2020.
The annual Huntsville Chamber of Commerce’s Best Places to Work Awards honors the “best of the best” member businesses in the Tennessee Valley. S3 has been nominated as one of the contenders in the Large category. The winners for each category will be announced at the Awards Luncheon on April 15. The entire list of contenders can be found here.
S³ is pleased to be a sponsor of Women’s Economic Development Council (WEDC) Foundation. Their mission is to empower women in our community to achieve self-sufficiency and economic independence by providing mentors, professional networking, development programs, and flexible financial assistance.
S³ is an annual sponsor of the annual Women Honoring Women (WHW) event. S³ CEO, Jan Smith, pledged $30,000 to Beth Brooks, WEDC Executive Director, at the 19th annual WHW event held 19 September 2019 at the VBC North Hall. CEO Smith delivered the check to Executive Director Brooks and JoAnn Perez, Chairperson, 2019 WHW at S³ on 2 October 2019.