A Technique for Determining Maintenance Manpower Requirements for Aircraft Units

by Colin Frank Bell, James P. Stucker


Download eBook for Free

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 2 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.


Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback60 pages $20.00 $16.00 20% Web Discount

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.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit www.rand.org/pubs/permissions.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.