DynCorp International’s apprentice program for aviation mechanics is featured in the current issue of Helicopter Maintenance Magazine. The program is based at McClellan Air Park, California, and also supports the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE).
The Apprenticeship Program
“An apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction under the supervision of a journey-level craft person or trade professional in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly-skilled occupation,” said Jeffrey Cavarra, DynCorp International program director.
As the availability of licensed, qualified mechanics decreases, DI’s apprenticeship program has been successful in providing critical training for professionals in need of required maintenance experience. Many schools offer airframe and powerplant (A&P) and aviation maintenance technology (AMT) programs, but employers often require candidates to also have at least a few years of hands-on maintenance experience. Read more →
As part of the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) in Afghanistan, DynCorp International team members provide an array of fire protection services at Tactical Base Dwyer. Support services include aircraft rescue firefighting, structural fire protection, rescue operations, hazardous materials operations level response, fire prevention, fire extinguisher exchange and recharging, and smoke detector exchange for all personnel on site.
The DI fire team at Dwyer is responsible for structural firefighting services on the base and they also provide aircraft rescue firefighting and support the airfield by responding to in-flight and ground emergencies.
“The effective deployment of resources, coupled with a highly successful execution of a comprehensive Fire Prevention Program, continues to ensure the highest level of protection for Tactical Base Dwyer personnel and property,” said Brad Sprague, director of Operations and Maintenance, DynCorp International. “An aggressive fire safety and public education program is credited with preventing any serious incidents on the base.” Read more →
DynCorp International (DI) has been awarded a contract modification from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command (AMCOM) to continue providing aviation maintenance services under the Army Aviation Field Maintenance (AFM) contract. Services will support operations throughout the Theater Aviation Sustainment Manager – OCONUS (TASM-O) and Theater Aviation Sustainment Manager – Southwest Asia (TASM-S) regions. Read more →
DynCorp International’s Property Management team in Afghanistan recently passed a Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) audit to evaluate the quality and control of their Property Management System. Conducted at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan, the audit led to an approval of DI’s overall Property Management program.
“Passing a Property Management System Analysis can pose its challenges, especially with the large population size of DI’s property book,” said Derrick Harper, DynCorp International senior logistics manager. “Our team members truly take ownership of the process, which I believe is the key to our continued success.”
DI’s Property Management team in Afghanistan works in support of the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP). Read more →
The AAAA-sponsored event brings the Army Aviation community together to discuss solutions for warfighters and will include several networking and professional development opportunities. DI team members will be on hand to discuss the DynAviation Group’s capabilities and offerings in the Technology Learning Center. Read more →
As part of its ongoing commitment to aviation maintenance training, DynCorp International has earned the 2015 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Diamond Award for Excellence for three of its programs.
U.S. Air Force at Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Facility Washington Program
For the 12th year, the DI team at Joint-Base Andrews has earned this prestigious award. Through this program, DI provides services for the Very Important Person Special Air Mission (VIPSAM) including aircraft maintenance, transient alert, munitions, base supply and fuels in support of aircraft assigned to the 11th Wing and 89th Airlift Wing.
“We are incredibly proud that our team’s commitment to creating a culture of safety is being recognized for the 12th time with an FAA Diamond Award,” commented Len Campbell, senior program director, Andrews Support Division. Read more →
DynCorp International will be participating in the 2015 International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) taking place February 22-26, 2015, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Several DI team members will be in attendance to meet with fellow industry leaders and discuss initiatives in the region.
IDEX is the only international defense exhibition and conference in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region demonstrating the latest technology across land, sea and air sectors of defense. It is a unique platform to establish and strengthen relationships with government departments, businesses and armed forces throughout the region. Read more →
DynCorp International was awarded a contract extension to continue supporting the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) aviation program. DI helps CAL FIRE suppress and control wildfires.
“Our aviation fleet is a critical component to our ability to contain wildfires in California,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. “The partnership between CAL FIRE and DI allows us to meet our mission and keep the residents of California safe.”
“The true heroes are the firefighters that work on the ground to stop these wildfires, and we are honored to work alongside them. DI has supported CAL FIRE since 2001, and our team members take great pride in being able to augment the efforts that save lives, property, and natural resources throughout the state of California,” said James Myles, DynAviation senior vice president, DynCorp International. “Our partnership with the CAL FIRE team has helped DI become a true leader in aerial firefighting.”
As part of this contract, DI maintains CAL FIRE’s UH-1H helicopters, used to transport fire fighters and equipment. DI team members also pilot and maintain CAL FIRE’s modified S-2T air tankers and OV-10A aircraft. Aircraft maintenance services include repair, overhaul, modification, and manufacturing of airframes, engines, propellers, helicopter rotating components, and various aircraft parts and components. The contract has a one-year period of performance with a total value of $27.8 million.
The next class of NASA astronauts prepares to complete their certification with the help of a team of schedulers who track their progress, schedule their training and help them achieve readiness for assignment. Beginning October 2014, the astronaut schedulers, with a combined 32 years of experience in the astronaut office, joined DynCorp International (DI) as a result of the company’s expanded role in supporting NASA’s Johnson Space Center and the astronaut corps. In addition to the aircraft maintenance, operations and logistics services already provided at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas, DI was selected by NASA to assume responsibility for scheduling astronaut training and administrating public appearance requests for the corps.
Under the current contract, DI has been working directly with NASA’s astronaut crews for two-and-a-half years through maintenance, safety assurance and operations services on the astronauts’ T-38 training aircraft. Depending on their role within the astronaut corps, each astronaut must obtain a specific number of flight hours in the T-38 aircraft every year to maintain flight certification. Now with the addition of the Astronaut Scheduling Office and the Astronaut Appearance Office (AAO) personnel, DI has a more significant role in supporting the astronaut corps from scheduling their preparation and training, to sharing their experiences with the public upon their return from space. Read more →
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