Adem Okal

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Master of Science in Operations Research


Department of Operational Sciences

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John O. Miller, PhD


The need for fighter pilots in the Turkish Air Force is expected to increase with the planned acquisition of Joint Strike Fighters, ongoing new F-16 purchases, and other upgrades to the Turkish Air Force fighter inventory. This increased demand will affect the current fighter training squadron curriculum and scheduling. This study focuses on issues related to 143rd Oncel squadron F-16 Pilot Training with this projected increase in number of student pilots (SP). Completing the training periods on time is an important issue along with maintaining effective training performance. In our study the Total Time of the training period serves as our primary performance measure. Simulation modeling concepts are applied to examine the training period based on the squadron syllabus. After constructing a simulation model using Arena, Design of experiment, Regression Analysis and Metamodeling are implemented to capture the effects of the major factors, including SP, Instructor Pilot, Bandit and F-16, and how they interact with each other. The utilization of IP and Bandits is also examined as a performance measure. In addition we conduct a sensitivity analysis using our model with the current 143rd Oncel squadron resources.

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