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Master of Science


Department of Operational Sciences

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Richard F. Deckro, PhD


The U.S. Air Force is developing Modular Aircraft Support System (MASS) program to replace the current Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE). AGE supplies electricity, nitrogen, hydraulics and other support equipment to maintenance activities at the flight line. Current AGE makes up one-third of the deployment footprint. AGE is also mostly aircraft specific, and has reliability problems. The MASS alternative focuses on modularity based on a plug-and-play approach. The technological improvements and possible reduction in the footprint make MASS a good alternative. The AF has to determine now, whether MASS can supply similar functionality and decrease the deployment footprint to theater, while not degrading logistics support for the missions. The primary focus in this thesis is to determine the important factors that have impacts on Flying Scheduling Effectiveness (FSE), to decrease the footprint related to the important factors and MASS substitution. The maintenance requirements are examined for the flight line support of 3 types of aircrafts (F16CJ, F15C, and F15E) sent to the theater for the Aerospace Expeditionary Force (AEF) and for 7-days period. This thesis re-engineers the AWESIM model created by O Fearna (1999) and extended by Festejo (2000), into ARENA software. The use of Response Surface Methodology (RSM) with simulation is introduced.

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