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Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management


Department of Operational Sciences

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William Cunningham, PhD.


This research focuses on evaluation of Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) airworthiness processes and their applicability. The current RSAF airworthiness process is in accordance with internationally recognized best practice in the area of military aviation, this is achieved by benchmarking against European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards. Airworthiness policy for the RSAF is developed on the basis that it will be as civil as possible and as military as necessary. For the purpose of this research, the current RSAF airworthiness process will be benchmarked against the United States Air Force (USAF) airworthiness process. That can be done by understanding the cur- rent airworthiness process for RSAF and USAF, types of airworthiness certificates and determining the commonality and differences between both processes including the initial airworthiness, continued airworthiness and continuing airworthiness and compare the organizational structure, planning, execution, and the final products of airworthiness process. The main difference between RSAF and USAF in organizational structure is the existence of the Technical Airworthiness Authority (TAA) and Delegated Technical Airworthiness Authority (DTA) in the USAF, whereas in the current RSAF organizational structure the TAA and DTA do not exist. As consequence, some of the products of these organizations are missing in the RSAF. This research suggests that those techniques can help to improve the airworthiness process in the Royal Saudi Air Force.

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