The Pilot Training Study

Personnel Flow and the PILOT Model

by W. E. Mooz

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A description of Air Force pilot flows and of the computer-operated decision model that simulates them. PILOT can be used to examine various policies relative to pilot flows and their effects on training rates. Inputs are pilot requirements, aircraft system, and type of pilot, plus descriptions of personnel flows. Outputs are number of graduates required each year from training schools to meet the need for pilots. The model is constructed in "total force context"; i.e., it simulates the real world. It also accepts dynamic inputs (users can alter personnel flow factors and other inputs on a year-to-year basis) and embodies time phasing so that training can be structured over time. Thus, it can be used to identify situations in which existing resources will not be adequate for the training loads or where there will not be sufficient time to train pilots. The model's maximum capacity is 3 types of pilots, 80 aircraft systems, and pilot requirements for 20 years. (See also RM-6081 through RM-6087.)

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