A Placement Model for Flight Simulators.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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The use of flight simulators has been increasing due to the rising costs of operating and maintaining aircraft. At the same time, a drive towards increased simulator fidelity has caused a rapid increase in simulator acquisition and support costs. The rising costs of simulator acquisition and support, coupled with the fact that aircrews assigned to any one of the majority of USAF aircraft types are stationed at numerous geographic locations, provide the impetus to develop an improved methodology for comparing the costs of simulator basing strategies. The methodology includes a comprehensive analysis of the relevant and significant costs of simulator ownership. Using these costs as inputs, a computer program was developed which incorporates learning curve and present value theory into a facility location algorithm. The program determines the number and location of the simulators to satisfy aircrew training at minimum cost. A demonstration of model capabilities and a sensitivity analysis based on the acquisition of the B-52G Weapon System Trainer are included. Author
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