Aerospace Ground Equipment's Impact on Aircraft Availability and Deployment
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF LOGISTICS AND ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT
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The first purpose of this thesis was to study the effects of four factors on aircraft availability the aerospace ground equipment AGE design configuration, the mean time between failure MTBF of AGE, the mean time to repair MTTR AGE, and the travel time to transport the AGE around the flightline. A simulation developed by Carrico 1996 that has its foundation based on the Logistics Composite Model LCOM was used. ANOVA results indicated that the present estimates of these factors are too broad for trade studies that include an estimate of aircraft availability to begin. The time it takes AGE to travel from one place to another around the flightline strongly affected aircraft availability. It is recommended that further AGE field observation and data collection be accomplished before the merits of one AGE cart technology is compared to another. The second purpose of this thesis was to collect as much information on the deployability and affordability of AGE as possible. Although much of the information collected was a few years old, the results suggest that new technologies improve the deployment footprint and the combined acquisition and deployment costs. Background information about support equipment and AGE is included in the study.