Flight Hour Costing at the Type Commander and Navy Staff Levels: An Analytical Assessment
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis is an analysis of current methods utilized to predict flying hour expenditures for budget formulation and execution purposes. This study explains, compares, and contrasts the methods for determining Cost Per Flight Hour CPH among the aviation Type Commanders COMNAVAIRPAC COMNAVAIRLANT COMNAVAIRESFOR as well as representatives from the office of the Chief of Naval Operations OPNAV. While an overview of the individual techniques for flight hour costing lays the groundwork for this thesis, the focus of this work is on the differences in CPH formulation, variances in eventual products, and the consequences of these variances. An analysis of recently-emerging problems associated with the Flight Hour Program FHP and their potential significance in an era of reduced military funding is included. Additional information on the administrative programs instituted to computerize aircraft maintenance and flying hour documentation is also presented, as well as some of the implications of transitioning to a paperless Navy. Finally, some proposed solutions are evaluated and suggestions for further study are offered to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the Navys Right Hour Program. Navy flying hour program funding methodologies, Cost per flight hour, Reductions in aircraft procurement, Increased aircraft maintenance and repair costs, Administrative travel.
- Economics and Cost Analysis