Aerotech Industries Philippines was awarded a P69,482,840.81 contract to perform a Major Structural Inspection (MSI) of S211 #021 of the Philippine Air Force. Teresa Parian, CEO of the company was given notice on the 6th of November 2012.
MSI, alternatively referred to as Programmed Depot Maintenance (PDM) or Inspection Replace As Necessary (IRAN), is a process by which the subject aircraft is taken apart and all its components -- with the exception of the engine, ejection seat, and similarly self-contained systems -- are evaluated and then replaced when required.
As per the DND's 1st semester Procurement Monitoring Report, it issued the following resolutions in connection with this project.
|March 1, 2012||Pre-procurement conference
DND BAC Resolution No. AFPMP-PAF-MSI-12-001 and 002 - Resolution recommending to the SND the use of alternative mode of procurement (Direct Contracting) in lieu of Public Bidding for the procurement of services for MSI of S211 Project of the PAF
|June 8, 2012||Change in the mode of procurement from Public Bidding to Direct Contracting and the creation of the negotiating committee for the project. Approved and signed by the SND|
|June 21, 2012||BAC resolved to approve the Terms of Reference, Timelines and the Post Qualification Plan|
A copy of the Notice of Award appears below
For additional information about efforts to keep the S211 in the air, see the following Timawa.net thread.
Timawa.net\forum discussion: http://www.timawa.net/forum/index.php?topic=27260.0
On the 28th of April, the Philippine Air Force lost one more Aermacchi (formerly SIAI-Marchetti) S211 trainer, and two of its pilots in a crash. S211 #020 crashed in Banawang village, Bagac, Bataan, killing both pilots: Major Ephraim (Ronin) Suyom and Capt. De Leon
The aircraft was one of several S211s modified under the PAF's Project Falcon to enable it to perform close air support missions. These aircraft are identifiable from other dedicated trainer aircraft by their air superiority-grey color schemes.
This was the 11th aircraft of this type lost to a crash. Details and/or Timawa discussions of this, and past crashes, are available in the links below:
Merged: S-211 crashes in Bataan (4/29); pilot killed (April 2011)
Merged: Incident involving S211 #024 (July 2010)
Merged: S211 missing over Kalayaan (November 2007)
Mechanical problems (January 2002)
Engine failure (December 1998)
Crashed, but aircraft recovered (July 1995)
Ran out of fuel (June 1995)
Mid-air explosion due to ejection seat installation error (March 1993)
Crashed on take-off (September 1992)
Dove into ground (April 1992)
Stall after engine fire (March 1992)
As of writing, the investigation of this most recent crash was in-progress, and the remaining two functional S211s in the inventory were grounded in the interim.