A Study of Aviation Resources and Readiness Relationships. Volume 2. A Ready-Hour Production Function for Naval Aviation
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The report examines the relationship between aircraft readiness and the aircraft, maintenance labor, and spare parts available at the squadron level. A production function, which shows the relationship between aviation resource use and squadron readiness, was estimated for the A-7B, CH-53, S-2E, F- 4B, and TA-4F from 3M data. The production functions and derived cost functions for the F-4B, TA-4F, and CH-53 were used to determine the mix of aircraft, maintenance labor, and spare parts that will maximize the level of readiness for a given budget. Finally, the relationship between the NORS rate and the investment in spare parts is estimated for these typemodelseries of aircraft. The methodology employed in this study can be applied to other aircraft types.