Depot Maintenance of Aviation Components: Contractor versus Organic Repair,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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Aviation and engine component repair requirements make up over half of the projected wartime depot-level maintenance workload. Organic service-owned ability to support this workload is particularly limited at present, nearly half of the Navys depot-level component repair is performed in contractor or other service facilities. Before major investments are made in the facilities and equipment needed to accomplish these repairs, it will be necessary to determine the appropriate mix of organic and contractor repair sources. This note addresses the economic and operational implications of alternative source-of-repair decisions. Based on analyses of the distribution of projected wartime demands, technical data limitations, the structure of the repair industry, the operational payoff of facilities characterized by broad scope of repair, and airline industry practices, it postulates a strategy for providing depot-level component support that can be used to specify the appropriate source of repair at different points in the weapon system and subsystem life cycle. Keywords Aircraft engines Aircraft maintenance Naval aircraft Contracting.