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Solicitation Number: F4B6100040A001
Agency: Department of the Air Force
Office: Direct Reporting Units
Location: USAF Academy - 10 CONS
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Special Notice / Cancelled
Added: Aug 06, 2010 3:30 pm

The 10th Contracting Squadron, United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) Colorado intends to award a Brand Name Only/Sole Source Commercial Contract to Performance Desgins, Inc., 1300 E. International Speedway Blvd., Deland, FL 32724 who is a small business. The 70th and 98th Flying Training Squadrons require the sustainment purchase of Performance Designs, Inc. Parachutes. This squadron currently has over 800 units manufactured by Performance Designs, Inc. in inventory. Our requirements are to replace units that are no longer serviceable.

Performance Designs, Inc. has been the primary canopy supplier for the 70th and the 98th Flying Training Squadron since 1994. Performance Designs, Inc. is the premiere company for parachute design. They have the only product line in the industry that does not have aftermarket service bulletins issued by the manufactruer or emergency Airworthiness Directives issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Either one of these events would require a program shutdown until the situation had been resolved. This product line does not have a history of failures in the extreme environments or extreme use. Given the location and field elevation of Falcon Drop Zone, our operations occur at one of the highest, if not the highest, operational drop zone in the world. This constitutes extreme conditions for parachuting. According to T.O. 14D1-2-1, our parachute openings can be as much as 14 Gs as opposed to 5 Gs at sea level. The higher the density altitude, the greater ture airspeed for the jumper and the greater force placed on the jumper at opening. Performance Designs, Inc. Reserve parachutes meets the highest parachute system certification standard, FAA TSO (Technical Standard Order) c23d. Performance Designs, Inc. Reserve parachutes are the only reserve parachutes certified by the FAA for a max weight of 254lbs. and a deployment speed of 170mph. The additional strength built into these reserve canopies makes them the best parachute for handling the forces associated with the Academy's extreme drop zone environment. Any other manufacturer would cause incompatibility issues. Performance Designs, Inc. canopies are compatible with existing 70th and 98th FTS harness and container systems and are the supplied sustainment canopies purchased in the past.

The United States Air Force Academy, CONS/LGC requires the purchase of the following Reserve Canopies:
CLIN Model Color Lines Links Qty.
0001 PD-300 Main Parachute 15 Gold, 15 Red, 15 Silver, 15 Navy Dacron Lines #5 Stainless Links 60 each
0002 PD-253 Main Parachutes Pattern- Kelly Green and Silver Dacron Lines #5 Stainless Links 25 each
0003 PD-235 Main Parachutes Royal Blue and Silver Dacron Lines #5 Stainless Links 20 each
0004 PD-218 Main Parachutes Pattern- Royal Blue with Silver Stripes Dacron Lines #5 Stainless Links 10 each
0005 SP-253 Main Parachute Royal Blue and Silver Stripes Dacron Lines #5Stainless Links 02 each
0006 SP 210 Main Parachute Royal Blue and Silver Stripes Dacron Lines #5 Stainless Links 04 each
0007 SP-170 Main Parachute Royal Blue and Silver Stripes Dacron Lines #5 Stainless Links 04 each
0008 USAFA Logo Silver attached to Royal Blue and Silver Main Parachutes Dacron Lines #5 Stainless Links 35 each
0009 PT-253 Reserve Parachute Light Blue Dacron Lines #5 Stainless Links 60 each
0010 PR-235 Reserve Parachute Light Blue Dacron Lines #5 Stainless Links 10 each
0011 PR-218 Reserve Parachute Light Blue Dacron Lines #5 Stainless Links 30 each
0012 Microline set for Spectre 170 N/A N/A N/A 01 each
0013 Spectre 150 Main Parachute Custom color pattern microlines N/A N/A 01
0014 Spectre 190 Main Parachute Custom color pattern microlines N/A N/A 01
0015 Spectre 210 Main Parachute Custom color pattern microlines N/A N/A 01
0016 PD Canopy Applique USAFA N/A N/A 03 each

All of the aforementioned equipment is manufactured by Performance Designs, Inc. and they are the the only source that can provide the parachutes.

The North American Industry Classification System Code (NAICS) is 314999 and the size standard is 500 employees.

This synopsis is for notification purposes only and does not constitute a solicitation for bids or proposals. DO NOT submit a bid/quote at this time.

Any offerors believing they can provide the unique parachutes listed herein may provide evidence for consideration. Evidence must support the offeror's claim they can provide this equiment. All qualified sources may submit a response, which if timely received, will be considered by this agency. Information received will be considered solely for the purpose of determining whether a competitive procurement can be conducted. A determination not to compete this proposed procurement based on responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the government. Responses must be received NLT 3:00 p.m. MST on 13 August 2010. Responses received after this will be considered late IAW FAR 52.212-1(f) and will not be evaluated.

The Government does not intend to pay for any information provided under this announcement. Contractors must have a current registration with the Central contractor Registration (CCR) at and with Online Representations and Certifications application (ORCA) at

Questions should be addressed to the Primary POC: Michelle Desmarais, Contract Specialist, (719) 333-2965 or send via e-mail to Alternate POC is Diana Myles-South, Contracting Officer,719-333-8650,

5352.201-9101 OMBUDSMAN (AUG 2005)

(a) An ombudsman has been appointed to hear and facilitate the resolution of concerns from offerors, potential offerors, and others for this acquisition. When requested, the ombudsman will maintain strict confidentiality as to the source of the concern. The existence of the ombudsman does not affect the authority of the program manager, contracting officer, or source selection official. Further, the ombudsman does not participate in the evaluation of proposals, the source selection process, or the adjudication of protests or formal contract disputes. The ombudsman may refer the party to another official who can resolve the concern.

(b) Before consulting with an ombudsman, interested parties must first address their concerns, issues, disagreements, and/or recommendations to the contracting officer for resolution. Consulting an ombudsman does not alter or postpone the timelines for any other processes (e.g., agency level bid protests, GAO bid protests, requests for debriefings, employee-employer actions, contests of OMB Circular A-76 competition performance decisions).

(c) Pursuant to AFFARS 5301.9102: If resolution cannot be made by the contracting officer, concerned parties may contact the USAF Academy Ombudsmen,
Ms. Kim Diercks
8110 Industrial Drive, Ste 103
USAFA, CO 80840
Telephone number 719-333-2074
FAX 719-333-2074
Concerns, issues, disagreements, and recommendations that cannot be resolved at the MAJCOM/DRU level, may be brought by the concerned party for further consideration to the Air Force ombudsman, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary (ADAS) (Contracting), SAF/AQC, 1060 Air Force Pentagon, Washington DC 20330-1060, phone number (703) 588-7004, facsimile number (703) 588-1067.
(d) The ombudsman has no authority to render a decision that binds the agency.
(e) Do not contact the ombudsman to request copies of the solicitation, verify offer due date, or clarify technical requirements. Such inquiries shall be directed to the Contracting Officer.
(End of clause)


Added: Aug 13, 2010 10:59 am
Change in requirements.
8110 Industrial Drive
Suite 200
USAF Academy, Colorado 80840-2315
United States
306 FTG
US Air Force Academy, Colorado 80840
United States
Michelle E. Desmarais
Phone: 7193332965
Diana South,
Contracting Officer
Phone: 719-333-8650
Fax: 719-333-9103