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Master of Science


Department of Operational Sciences

First Advisor

Alan W. Johnson, PhD.


The decision regarding whether to maintain Federal Aviation Administration certification of military commercial derivative aircraft (MCDA) can be extremely difficult due to the subjective nature of some of the associated costs and benefits. The purpose of this research is to help decision makers understand the level of impact those costs and benefits have on their decision, and how that impact may change over the life cycle of the MCDA fleet. Data regarding the various criteria involved in such decisions were collected from subject matter experts using the Delphi technique. This information was then incorporated into a decision support tool that uses the principles of multi-attribute decision making. The tool helps to illustrate the relative importance of each of the decision criteria based upon specific points in a typical MCDA fleet life cycle

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