PEI is working on year two of a five-year support contract for the Department of Commerce, NOAA Aircraft Operation Center in Lakeland, FL. Under the current contract, eleven (11) task orders have been issued and seven (7) of those task orders have been completed. PEI supports modifications to several NOAA aircraft including the Lockheed WP-3D Orion, de Havilland DHC-6-300 Twin Otter, Gulfstream IV-SP, and Beechcraft King Air 350CER.
PEI completed the analysis and design of fuselage modifications to the WP-3D aircraft. The fuselage reinforcements were required because a new rack system with significantly heavier payload capacity (also designed and analyzed by PEI) was installed. The work required several site surveys to reverse-engineer the aircraft structure, as documentation on the aircraft is incomplete. Another completed task order was the structural analysis and approval of the Turnkey Airborne Gravity System (TAGS) in the King Air.