Characteristics of Demand for Aircraft Spare Parts

by Bernice B. Brown

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Presents the results of various RAND studies on the demand for aircraft spare parts. To reduce the occurrence of parts shortages to a reasonably low level, it is necessary to predict the probability that various demands will occur. However, demands cannot be predicted with confidence, so it is necessary to consider improvements in logistic operations to make it easier to live with demand uncertainty. Suggested improvements are shortened resupply time, procurement lead time, and repair cycle for spare parts.

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