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B-1 Training Systems Contract Award

Tampa, Florida (October 2018) – Aero Simulation Inc. (ASI) is pleased to announce its latest contract award, the B-1 Training Systems Program. This effort involves the sustainment of 35 flight and maintenance training devices at Dyess Air Force Base (AFB), Abilene, TX, Ellsworth AFB, Rapid City, SD, Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, TX, Sterling, VA, and Tampa, FL.  These devices are used to develop and maintain the proficiency level of aircrew and maintenance personnel on this vital asset of our U.S. Air Force. ASI team members for this important program include BGI, LLC and Rockwell Collins Simulation and Training Solutions.

The B-1 Lancer, nicknamed “The Bone” is a supersonic variable-sweep wing heavy bomber.  This critical component of the Air Force Global Strike Command, stationed at Dyess AFB and Ellsworth AFB can reach speeds of Mach 1.2 and, with in-flight refueling, reach anywhere on the planet.  It has a payload of 125,000 pounds and can reach altitudes of 40,000 feet.  It can also fly 200 feet off the ground at 700 mph!

“ASI is pleased to continue our support of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) with our third support contract. This program to provide Training System Support Center (TSSC) and Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) services, as well as perform major trainer modifications for the next 7 ½ years follows our successful T-1A GBTS and T-38C ATD contracts.” said Daniel Deschnow, Vice President of Programs. “We look forward to serving the B-1 community and supporting their important national security mission.”

 

 

 

Life-work Balance

Individuals combine their strong skills in a competency with their adoption of BGI’s Core Values – Leadership, Integrity, Commitment, Teamwork and Excellence.  BGI recognizes that professionals prioritize their commitment to their team.  We also recognize that our people often balance commitments to their family, volunteer organizations or other duties.  BGI adopts work practices that support of a positive life-work balance.  When allowed by the contracts, BGI offers a compressed work schedule that creates a three-day weekend every other week.  Flexible work schedules and hourly compensation give individuals an ability to fulfill their commitments early, meaning employees can generate free-time to support their causes without using paid time off.  Telecommuting can be an option once an individual is comfortable with the team.  BGI supports government and industry partners across the country.  We work with our customers at their locations, either on-premises or through our primary engineering office in Akron, OH.  Customer locations include Lexington Park, MD, Orlando, FL and Dallas/Fort Worth, TX.  Travel to these or other locations supported by our customers, and opportunities to experience first-hand the impact BGI products have on our customers’ lives, are available for the adventurous.

Simulation and Training

BGI creates training solutions for aviation.  Our Operational Analysts and Engineers join government and industry partners to develop a variety of advanced training solutions.  In the area of flight simulation, BGI software engineers and systems engineers provide technical expertise to real-time systems that simulate aircraft for manned devices and battlespace components for constructive entities.  These are Fifth-Generation flight simulation systems and are often highly technical and complex.  Providing simulation fidelity that mimics the real-world devices requires superior skill.  Our employees solve some of the most challenging problems in industry.  In the areas of in-flight training and maintenance training, Operational Analysts develop courseware and provide student instruction.  Engineers develop technical systems, such as databases and IT systems, that support the curriculum.

Data Science

BGI creates specialized data science solutions for aviation.  We help our government customers create enterprise data science systems that benefit the engineers, scientists, pilots and maintainers in the aviation community.  Accomplishing this requires teams composed of multiple competencies.  The types of systems and data that our engineers work with are unique; aircraft across the military fleet produce a highly fascinating data set with the most challenging problems to solve!

Our Engineers develop software components for enterprise systems that store and operate on the data.  It’s challenging to store the high-dimension, high-volume data sets in a way that makes it accessible and useful to the aviation community.  Operational Analysts on the team are often ex-military pilots or maintainers that have insight into vehicle operations and enterprise logistics.  Their knowledge is often in the data, but hidden.  Data scientists work to bridge this gap, using collected data to transform information into knowledge and to provide feedback on the usability and accessibility of the data.  As an individual with strength in one or more of these competencies, you’ll be a contributor on a team that seeks a higher goal, one that only an integrated team can achieve.

October – Cybersecurity Awareness Month

For about 15 years, the month of October has been designated Cybersecurity Awareness Month.  The initiative began as a concept to help all Americans stay safe online.  When it began, this meant updating your antivirus software twice per year.  Oh how cybersecurity has changed since then!  The amount of personal information that is housed on information systems these days is practically unfathomable.  We’ve heard so much about security breaches and the disclosure of personal information, that the numbers almost have no meaning anymore.  Many individuals accept the fact that their personal information has probably been compromised “somehow.”

We are all concerned about the security of our personal information, but this month emphasizes the entire cyber environment from cyber safety for children to cybersecurity for small businesses.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) campaign, “Stop. Think. Connect.” is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online.  Their toolkit webpage contains numerous resources that every family can use to be safer while online.  These resources can be found at: https://www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect-toolkit.

Cybersecurity safety is everyone’s responsibility, at home, in the workplace, and in our communities.

InfraGard

In today’s virtual landscape companies must prioritize defending against modern threats since new ones seemingly arise on a daily basis. Defending against these threats is a multi-faceted undertaking, consisting of good cybersecurity practices and attention to threat intelligence from various sources. BGI recognizes that robust collaboration with other cybersecurity professionals is imperative to achieve success in this arena. Read More

Better IT through Cybersecurity

Information Technology (IT) is a foundational component of modern business infrastructure because it brings functionality, accessibility, and efficiency to employees and customers. The common definition of Cybersecurity, “protecting your electronic data and systems from unauthorized access or attack,” is simple enough to understand. Many of the attributes that make it useful also make it vulnerable. Failing to incorporate Cybersecurity into the IT infrastructure leaves a company at risk to attacks that, at a minimum, undermine the benefits to the workforce and could become a significant financial liability or risk to the continued existence of the company.Read More