Arlington, VA, March 21, 2017– The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Solentus an Engineering Service task order via the Electronic FAA Accelerated and Simplified Tasks (eFAST) contract vehicle. Solentus will support the FAA Air-to-Ground Communications Branch at the William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJ. The Technical Center is the nation’s premier air transportation system laboratory. The Air-to-Ground Communications Branch provides Test and Evaluation (T&E) services and subject matter expertise for various areas of voice and data communications. Solentus will support branch T&E activities such as testing radio frequency (RF) communications equipment, evaluating and analyzing RF transmit and receive path designs, and testing complex telecommunication networks that include satellite links.
The task order period of performance is 5 years, if all options are exercised.
Arlington, VA - February 4, 2016 – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Solentus an Engineering Service contract via the Electronic FAA Accelerated and Simplified Tasks (eFAST) contract vehicle. Solentus will support the Network Communications Branch at the William J. Hughes Technical Center. The Technical Center is the nation’s premier air transportation system laboratory. The Network Communications Branch provides Test and Evaluation (T&E), engineering, troubleshooting, transition, and laboratory support to legacy and future ground communications systems. Solentus will support branch T&E activities and the branch Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) integration testbed, which supports air-to-ground communications VoIP requirements verification.
Arlington, VA - November 6, 2015 – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded an SE2025 Research & Mission Analysis Small Business contract to ATAC Corporation. Solentus is part of the ATAC team selected for this multiple award, indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract to provide a broad range of research and mission analysis support services to the FAA. These services will help the FAA transform the country's National Airspace System (NAS) through the implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and related FAA programs. The period of performance is 10 years, if all options are exercised.
The scope of work will provide for the application of scientific and analytical disciplines to conduct applied research directed toward data collection/reduction, assessments of new technologies, mission needs analysis and assessments, laboratory and testing services, policy studies and analysis, and concept exploration and development required to satisfy existing and emerging demands for NAS services.
Arlington, VA - August 6, 2015 – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded the SE2025 Systems Engineering Small Business contract to Architecture Technology Corporation (ATCorp). Solentus is part of the ATCorp team selected for this multiple award, indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract, to provide a broad range of systems engineering support services to the FAA. These services will help the FAA transform the country's National Airspace System (NAS) through the implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and related FAA programs. The period of performance is June 30, 2015, through June 29, 2025, if all options are exercised.
The scope of work includes Systems Engineering; technical, financial, and programmatic support services; other aviation related support services, including but not limited to, systems engineering and integration, investment and business case analysis, system acquisition program planning and management, system development and implementation planning and management, System Life Extension Program/Technical Refresh planning, program and contract management, forecasting and business/financial/information management; and other support services for NAS, Non-NAS, and other aviation related efforts that the FAA may require under the Acquisition Management System (AMS).
Arlington, VA - January 22, 2014 – Solentus has been awarded a task to perform support services required for the operation of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) research within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Advanced Concepts & Technology Development. The work will be performed primarily at the FAA William J Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and at FAA headquarters in Washington, DC.
Solentus will provide subject matter expertise and qualified UAS pilots (Predator A or Predator B pilots) with experience in air traffic control phraseology, typical aircraft behaviors, and mission operations. Solentus will support a series of simulations to be conducted at the NextGen Integration and Evaluation Capability (NIEC) laboratory at the Technical Center. Simulations will require UAS pilots to work as the Pilot in Command (PIC) in mission flights and complete test scenarios and provide responses to the scenarios (e.g., acceptability of control latency, level of workload, and timeliness of collision avoidance maneuver).
Arlington, VA - August 20, 2013 – Solentus has been honored with a recognition by Inc. Com in its selection of “5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America”. For 32 years, Inc. 500|5000 has welcomed the fastest growing private companies in America into a very exclusive club. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation's most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success.
Solentus is proud of its 876th ranking and being part of the nation’s best entrepreneurs.
Arlington, VA - August 14, 2013 – The FAA selected Solentus’ Open Vision Data Exchange (OVDex) to support conformance and performance testing activities in support of the Mini Global demonstrations.
Mini Global demonstrated the applicability of the global exchange models for flight, weather and aeronautical information to a broader international community. This allowed Mini Global partners to assess the compatibility of their Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems with respect to Flight Information Exchange Model (FIXM), Weather Information Exchange Model (WXXM), and Aeronautical Information Exchange Model (AIXM) global exchange standards, and identify services/products meaningful to their current and future operations. Mini Global also provides the foundation for development of new operational capabilities & procedures utilizing international data exchange.
The FAA used the OVDex platform to support an independent technical assessment of the Mini Global infrastructure. The platform assessed the conformance of messages being exchanged via the Mini Global Enterprise Messaging Service (EMS) to the global exchange standards. OVDex’s performance test suite supported performance testing of Mini Global information exchange.
Arlington, VA - May 20, 2013 – Solentus was awarded a contract for the FAA Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Program Management & Systems Engineering Support. Solentus supported the Technology Development and Prototyping Division by providing strategic planning, systems engineering, program management, safety analyses, rapid prototyping, and field demonstration support to assist in the validation of NextGen Concepts and operational benefits, leading to mature solutions to be implemented within the National Airspace System (NAS).
Solentus focused on the following key research and demonstration programs: Oceanic Tactical Trajectory Management (OTTM), Airborne Execution of Flow Strategies (AEFS), and the Mini Global Demonstration.
Arlington, VA - April 20, 2012 – Solentus was selected to provide programmatic and technical support for two key FAA NextGen research programs: Unmanned Aviation Systems (UAS) and Improved Multiple Runway Operations (IMRO). NextGen is the Next Generation Air Transportation System – a comprehensive overhaul of the national airspace system designed to make air travel more convenient and predictable, while ensuring safety and security.
Solentus supports the R&D Integration Division which serves as the FAA’s NextGen focal point for managing UAS and IMRO research. UAS research activities focus on new technology assessments, methodology development, data collection and generation, laboratory and field validation, and technology transfer. IMRO research on Wake Turbulence and Closely Spaced Parallel Runway Operations is developing solutions to safely enable reduced aircraft separation.
“We are glad to lend our expertise and experience to yet another division under the NextGen program,” noted Solentus CEO, Mr. Son Tran. “Solentus brings to the table a history of superior performance in support of the FAA’s mission to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world.”
Arlington, VA – February 6, 2012 – Solentus was awarded a task order to provide support services to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under the Enterprise Communications Support Services (ECSS) Full and Open contract.
Solentus provides program management, system engineering, and test and evaluation support as assigned by the Systems Communications and Information Branch at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City New Jersey. With this task order, Solentus brings proven expertise to the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) program and to the SWIM implementing programs known as the SWIM Terminal Data Distribution System (STDDS) and the Flight Data Publication Service (FDPS).
”This award recognizes the strong alignment of Solentus’ technical and program management capabilities with the FAA's mission,” noted Solentus President, Son Tran.
SWIM supports Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) goals with Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)-based standards, guidance, and core capabilities software for National Airspace System (NAS) programs that will host the software on their existing hardware. SOA technology allows software applications to locate and interact with one another through information services that can be accessed without knowledge of the application’s underlying platform implementation.
STDDS will provide SWIM-based SOA interfaces for existing point-to-point terminal systems. STDDS publishes terminal events collected from these legacy systems to multiple SWIM consumers via web service technologies, enabling these legacy systems to integrate within the NextGen environment without the expensive modification of these legacy systems.
FDPS will support trajectory-based operations between En Route, Terminal, and Traffic Flow Management (TFM) domains. The operational threads to be integrated across these domains will require the ability of other systems to update flight data in the distributed flight object. Examples include aircraft taxi status information and clearance delivery status from Terminal systems such as the Tower Data-Link Services (TDLS) and the Electronic Flight Strip Transfer System (EFSTS). Other Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems such as TFMS will be synchronized via flight data received from the En Route domain. Conversely, the En Route domain flight object will be updated by flight data received from TFMS. This SWIM service will replace and enhance legacy flight data interfaces provided today by Flight Data Input/Output (FDIO) and HOST ATM Data Distribution System (HADDS).
Arlington, VA- September 21, 2011 — Solentus was awarded a contract to provide technical and programmatic support services for Air/Ground Communications projects and programs at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center.
The FAA Technical Center is the national scientific test base for the FAA. R&D efforts include development of innovative aviation systems and concepts, development of new air traffic control equipment and software, and modification of existing systems and procedures. Verification and Validation efforts include such systems as air traffic control, communications, navigation, aircraft safety, and security.
Solentus' technical professionals at the Technical Center have supported FAA program development – including testing and fielding new and existing technologies such as:
NEXCOM Segment 1 & 2
Communications Facilities Enhancement
Radio Control Equipment
Radio Frequency Interference
UHF Radio Replacement
Airport Cable Loop Program
The Air/Ground Communications contract was awarded via eFAST – the FAA’s preferred acquisition vehicle for small business solutions. Solentus became an eFAST approved vendor earlier this year.
Arlington, VA- September 8, 2011 — Solentus was awarded a contract to support the Test and Evaluation effort for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Data Communications (Data Comm) project at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center.
Data Comm represents the first phase of the transition from the existing analog voice system to an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) compliant system in which digital communication becomes an alternate and eventually predominant mode of communication. Data Comm will support the NextGen vision by improving controller and air crew productivity thereby enabling more efficient operations, faster revised departure clearances, trajectory-based routing, optimized profile descents, and automation of repetitive tasks.
Solentus' technical professionals at the Technical Center supports Data Comm System Solution Implementation for Operational Capability Demonstration (OCD), Operational Capability Test (OCT), Developmental Test (DT), Operational Test (OT), Production Acceptance Test (PAT), Site Acceptance Test (SAT), Field Familiarization and Independent OT. Solentus will also provide project management support, test bed development, and system engineering.
Arlington, VA, August 4, 2011 – Solentus, partnered with Metron Aviation under the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) System Engineering 2020 (SE2020) contract. The five-year research and mission analysis contract awarded to Metron Aviation has a maximum potential value of over $1.1 billion. Individual task orders will be issued to procure services.
Through this contract, Solentus and Metron Aviation supports the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) modernization program to make air travel more convenient and dependable, while ensuring safety and security. Mr. Son Tran, CEO of Solentus, said, "We are honored to be part of this exceptional team. Solentus brings to the table a history of superior performance in support of the FAA’s mission to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world."
SE2020 is a portfolio of contracts designed to provide access to research, engineering, technical and programmatic resources to support NextGen initiatives to meet future air travel demand. NextGen goals will be met through the development of aviation-specific applications for existing technologies, and through technological innovation in areas such as weather forecasting, data networking, and digital communications.
Arlington, VA - June 29, 2011 — Solentus was awarded a Master Ordering Agreement (MOA) for Electronic FAA Accelerated and Simplified Tasks(eFAST) Program.
Arlington, VA- May 30, 2011 — Solentus organized the first Federal Aviation Administration Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Interoperability Event (Arlington, Virginia, May 16 – 25, 2011). The FAA tapped Solentus to plan and conduct the technology event — one of the many activities critical to the ongoing modernization of the National Airspace System (NAS) known as NextGen.
The FAA VoIP Interoperability Event demonstrated the successful interoperation of products from different manufacturers designed and built to meet the Air Traffic Management (ATM) set of VoIP specifications. The event created a proving ground to evaluate product maturity, specification stability, and the robustness of VoIP for ATM applications.
Solentus began planning the VoIP event in the prior with a web site for registration, logistics, and document sharing. During the eight-day event Solentus coordinated execution of more than 140 test scenarios, for a total of more than 1,500 tests. Four types of equipment were demonstrated and tested at the event: Voice Communication Systems, Ground Radios, Radio Remote Controllers, and Voice Recorders. Thirteen equipment manufacturers participated in the event, demonstrating the interoperability of sixteen of their products. Companies participating in the event included Frequentis, General Dynamics/Telerad, INDRA, JOTRON, LGS Innovations, NICE, Nucleo, Rohde & Schwarz, R&S Topex, SELEX Communications, and SITTI. Also present as observers were representatives from the U.S. Department of Defense, NAV CANADA, and EUROCONTROL.
Mr. Dieter Thigpen, FAA Voice Enterprise Manager, characterized the event as “real-world harmonization of the global VoIP for air traffic management standards.”
VoIP is a key technology being incorporated into the NAS Voice System (NVS), which is part of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) family of programs. NVS will standardize the voice communication infrastructure among FAA facilities, and provide greater flexibility to the air traffic control system.
Mr. Son Tran, Solentus' CEO, noted that “Solentus is uniquely qualified to support FAA NextGen transformational and supporting programs. Our technical professionals currently support FAA systems engineering, system design and architecture, test and evaluation, integration, and implementation efforts.”