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NAICS Newsletter February 8, 2016

NAICS 488190

Other Support Activities for Air Transportation

Government Contract and Procurement Analysis Report

Report Summary

This report, offered by epipeline, contains a brief analysis of the Federal government's procurement practices with regards to purchasing Other Support Activities for Air Transportation.

You will find information on the top federal government agencies that purchase these services, as well as their procurement strategy (i.e. full and open competition, set-asides and more). Finally, there is a review of the top companies that are awarded federal government contracts for Other Support Activities for Air Transportation.

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This report takes an in-depth look at the 'Other Support Activities for Air Transportation' industry, NAICS 488190. epipeline's Contract History Plus* provides you with a broad context and several perspectives that enable you to develop the best positioning and strategy for your company to more effectively compete for government contracts. The following graph illustrates one such perspective: the top Government departments/agencies buying these services over the last four fiscal years.

Top 10 Federal Agencies by % of Total Market FY12 through FY16 for NAICS 488190


This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in providing specialized services for air transportation (except air traffic control and other airport operations).

Illustrative Examples:

Aircraft maintenance and repair services (except factory conversions, overhauls, rebuilding)

Aircraft testing services

Cross References:

Wholesaling fuel at airports--are classified in Industry 424720, Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers (except Bulk Stations and Terminals);

Providing aircraft janitorial services--are classified in Industry 561720, Janitorial Services;

Providing air traffic control services--are classified in U.S. Industry 488111, Air Traffic Control;

Providing airport operations (except air traffic control)--are classified in U.S. Industry 488119, Other Airport Operations;

Providing factory conversion, overhaul, and rebuilding of aircraft--are classified in Industry 33641, Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing; and

Providing food services to airlines on a contractual arrangement--are classified in Industry 722310, Food Service Contractors.

The size standard associated with NAICS 488190 is $32.5 million (effective January 1, 2012), which means that a company, including its affiliates, would be considered a "small business" if their average earnings do not exceed $32.5 million for each of the pay periods for the preceding completed 12 calendar months.

Total reported spending under NAICS 488190 for the period of Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) through Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) was $10.3 billion. Current FY16 reported spending is just over $100 million for services under NAICS 488190. The chart below illustrates the reported** spending by year for FY12 through FY16.

Reported Contract Spending for NAICS 488190 FY12 through FY16

Source: epipeline's Contract History Plus*


The Air Force was the largest procurer of these services for the last five fiscal years (FY12 through FY16) with $4 billion in contract spending, comprising over one-third (38.7%) of the market for NAICS 488190. The Army took the second spot with $1.9 billion in contract dollars and 18.4% of the market, while the State Department ($1.7 billion) also bought over $1 billion with 16.4% market share. The Federal Aviation Administration ($664 million) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection ($616 million) rounded out the top five agencies with 6.4% and 6% market share, respectively. The Navy ($475 million), Defense Contract Management Agency ($361 million), NASA ($263 million), and the U.S. Coast Guard ($162 million) all bought over $100 million with 4.6%, 3.5%, 2.5%, and 1.6% market share. USSOCOM ($52 million) fell below 1% market share with .5%. Overall, the top ten agencies dominated almost the entirety, 98.6%, of the market.

Top 10 Federal Agencies by % of Total Market FY12 through FY16 for NAICS 488190

Source: epipeline's Contract History Plus*


The two charts below identify the top 10 Companies, by market share, for the period of FY12 through FY16. The first chart represents the top 10 companies that were awarded their contracts under ANY type of competition, whether it was full and open, small business set-aside, sole-sourced, etc. This list primarily consists of large businesses. The second chart, however, lists the top 10 companies that won their contracts under RESTRICTED competition. Specifically, epipeline limited this to those contracts awarded under the acquisition strategies listed below. The contract dollars represented on this second chart may not include all contract dollars for the individual contractor.

  • 8(a) Competed
  • 8(a) Small Disadvantaged (SDB) set-aside
  • 8(a) sole-source
  • SDB set-aside
  • SDB, 8(a) with HUBZone
  • Combination HUBZone and 8(a)
  • HUBZone set-aside
  • HUBZone sole-source
  • Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) set-aside
  • SDVOSB sole-source
  • Emerging Small Business set-aside
  • Very Small Business set-aside
  • Reserved for Small Businesses ($2501 to $100,000)
  • Total Small Business set-aside

CSC Systems and Solutions earned the top spot on the unrestricted competition list with $2.2 billion in contract dollars and 20.8% market share for FY12 to FY16. Lockheed Martin also earned over $1 billion in contract spending ($1.8 billion) with 17.9% market share. Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation ($951 million) L-3 Communications ($797 million) came in third and fourth with 9.2% and 7.7% market share, while Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture ($680 million), General Atomics ($623 million), and Booz Allen Hamilton ($523 million) also posted over $500 million in contract dollars. L-3 Communications Aerospace ($489 million), Gulfstream Aerospace ($208 million), and Northrop Grumman ($152 million) finished off the top ten with 4.7%, 2%, and 1.5% market share, respectively. Together, the top ten companies comprised close over three-quarters (81.6%) of the market.

PLEASE NOTE: as this is a listing by Company name, rather than PARENT company, some companies may have more than one ranking, which may not be reflected in the chart below.

Top 10 NAICS 488190 Contractors by % of Total Market for FY12 through FY16 - All Acquisition Strategies

Source: epipeline's Contract History Plus*

The combined spending for contracts awarded under "restricted competition," as outlined above, totaled approximately $275 million for FY12 through FY16. PKL Services ($56 million) took the top spot with 20.2% market share. Sunrise Beach Corporation ($52 million) came in second with 18.9% market share, while Pinnacle Solutions had the next largest market share at 4.9%, or $14 million in contract dollars. Trinity Analysis and Development ($9.1 million), Empire Aircraft Services ($8.7 million), and Seair Transport Services ($8.3 million) all posted over 3% market share with 3.3%, 3.2%, and 3%, respectively. LOGMET ($7.7 million), Hughes Group ($7.1 million), Triad Logistics Services ($6.4 million), and Aero Tech Service Associates ($5.6 million) all earned over 2% market share with 2.8%, 2.6%, 2.3%, and 2%.

PLEASE NOTE: as this is a listing by Company name, rather than PARENT company, some companies may have more than one ranking, which may not reflected in the chart below.

Top 10 NAICS 488190 Contractors by % of Total Market for FY12 through FY16 - Restricted Competition

Source: epipeline's Contract History Plus*


97.3% of contract spending reported for the FY12 through FY16 timeframe under NAICS 488190 used full and open (unrestricted, aka "N/A") competition; this equated to $10.1 billion in contract dollars. Thought they made up only 1.2% of the market, small businesses were the second largest sector, taking $122 million in contract dollars. Competitive 8(a) requirements accounted for 1.1% of the market and $117 million in spending, while requirements sole-sourced to 8(a) companies took 0.1% of the market with $9.9 million contract dollars. Requirements set aside for service-disabled veteran-owned businesses made up 0.2% of the market. Only .09% of requirements reported no clear set aside.

Acquisition Breakout under NAICS 488190 for FY12 through FY16

Source: epipeline's Contract History Plus*


These contracts are being performed across the United States with a reported spending for the FY12 through FY16 period of $150 million.

Texas had the highest total reported contract spending with $2.1 billion, or 17.7% market share. Mississippi came in second with $991 million in contract dollars and 9.6% market share, while Connecticut and California took the third and fourth spots with $889 million and $832 million in spending and 8.6% and 8.1% market share. Virginia ($709 million), Florida ($704 million), and New Jersey ($663 million) all saw above 6% market share, with 6.9%, 6.8%, and 6.4%, respectively. Maryland ($382 million), Georgia ($211 million), and Nevada ($181 million) rounded out the top ten with 3.7%, 2%, and 1.8% market share. Together, the top ten states represented almost three-quarters (71.4%) of the market. However, 19.9% of requirements under NAICS 488190 did not report a specific location.

Contract Place of Performance under NAICS 488190 for FY12 through January 2011

Source: epipeline's Contract History Plus*

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