Notice Type: Presolicitation Notice
Subject: Aeronautical Communications Services (ACS)
Classification Code: D - Information technology services, including telecommunications services
Solicitation Number: 16678
The purpose of this
This public announcement is being issued in accordance with the FAA Acquisition Management System (AMS) Section 220.127.116.11.11. Interested parties are advised that:
*-- This is not a Screening Information Request (SIR) or Request for Proposals;
*-- Any costs associated with the market survey/
The existing ACS contract supports the exchange of the following data products between
*-- National Airspace Data Interchange Network (NADIN) data products distribution -- Allows airlines and third parties to file Flight Plans and other messaging traffic to the Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunications Network (AFTN) via encapsulation over the
*-- Tower Data Link Services (TDLS) data products distribution -- Delivers Pre-Departure Clearances to airlines and third parties and return acknowledgement from centralized TDLS processing.
*-- Traffic Flow Management System (TFMS) data products distribution -- Allows the
*-- Dynamic Oceanic Tracking System (DOTS) data product distribution -- Allows the
*-- Meteorological Data Collection and Reporting System (MDCRS) data product distribution -- Supports the downloading of meteorological observations from participating airlines using the Aircraft Communication Addressing Reporting System (ACARS), reformatting the data into BUF format suitable for processing by the
ACS services must comply with the
The ACS contractor performs any communications protocol translations that may be needed to support the exchange of these messages. In addition, the ACS contractor is responsible for program management, engineering, solution development, testing, implementation, and service monitoring in relation to the exchange of the data products listed above.
The ACS contract was awarded in 2010 and the period of performance runs through
3. Message Volume
Please see attachment, ACS - Message Volume Table.
4. Potential Evolution of the FAA Requirements for Aeronautical Communications Services
To date, distribution of the data products listed in the preceding section has been heavily dependent upon the
Another significant change under consideration is for the ACS follow-on contractor to utilize the
With respect to the pricing structure, the
5. Questions/Requests for Information
a) Please describe your company/organization--'s ability to provide the services being considered for the scope of the ACS follow-on contract.
b) Please provide an assessment of the pros and cons to pricing on a per-data product/service basis rather than a per-connection basis that supports all products as a whole.
c) Please describe how leveraging SWIM enterprise messaging services could influence the structuring of the ACS follow-on contract in terms of requirements, pricing, etc.
d) Are there any strategies that the
e) How could a Service Level Agreement be structured to incentivize the Contractor--'s delivery of services that meet the
f) Are there other service delivery models that the
g) Please identify any data products/services that could be added to the scope of the ACS follow-on contract to achieve economies of scale or other efficiency gains. Please indicate whether you would use any proprietary technology, software, tools, etc. to meet this requirement.
h) Please complete the attached Business Declaration Form. The response should be submitted using the following naming convention:
ACS Business Declaration Form- [insert your company name].pdf
i) If applicable, please submit a copy of the company--'s SBA 8(a) certification letter. The
j) Please state whether these services can be found on the GSA schedule. If yes, please provide the GSA schedule number.
6. Incumbent Contractor
The ACS prime contractor is
7. North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code
The North American Industry Classification System Code (NAICS) for this procurement is 517919, Other Telecommunications.
8. Responses to the
Parties should submit their responses to the questions contained within this
If any of the information submitted is considered to be proprietary, the submitter is responsible for marking it accordingly. Notwithstanding, the Government does not intend to release or distribute any of the information contained in the
No bidder--'s conference or pre-proposal conference is planned at this time.
Submissions are due by
Please direct any inquiries regarding this matter to the FAA Contracting Officer,
1. ACS -- Message Volume Table
2. Business Declaration Form
(End of Announcement)
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