A Technique for Determining Maintenance Manpower Requirements for Aircraft Units

by Colin Frank Bell, James P. Stucker


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A method for relating an aircraft unit's maintenance and repair manning levels to the operational capability of the unit. Most Air Force bases are already collecting the time and job data needed to establish the manpower-operational capability curve for a given organization flying a particular type of mission in a particular type of aircraft. The approach is to determine the unit's maximum sustainable sortie generation capability, given its organizational structure, operational and support policies, and unlimited maintenance manpower. Then small balanced cuts are made in the manning levels to find the effect on operational capability, using SAMSOM II to simulate the selected flight schedule over 30 to 60 days. Present official manning methods, based on flying hour or sortie factors, tend to result in overstaffing some shifts while understaffing others. Policy or activity changes should be simulated rather than extrapolated, since manpower requirements do not vary directly with flying activity.

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