The Pilot Training Study

A Cost-Estimating Model for Advanced Pilot Training (APT)

by L. E. Knollmeyer


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A description of the structure of the advanced pilot training model and the problems encountered in its development. The model is designed for estimating the required resources and costs of training pilots to fly more than 50 different types of USAF aircraft. The model consists of detailed statements, in logical sequence, of the relationships among factors significantly affecting training costs, such as the relationship between numbers of students and instructors. These relationships are incorporated in a computer program, which, when given the appropriate inputs (e.g., students, aircraft type, and course length), calculates the incremental time-phased requirements for personnel, equipment, and services and their associated costs. Resources and costs are computed by weapon system on an annual basis. The model may be used for any number of weapon systems and years. Results of general interest are output in a standard table, but any or all inputs and outputs may be made available, optionally, for analysis. Total operating cost, incremental investment cost, and operating cost per graduate are computed. Resource requirements include personnel, aircraft, and simulators; facilities are excluded. (See also RM-6080 through RM-6085, RM-6087.)

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