Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Department of Operational Sciences

First Advisor

John M. Dickens, PhD


The purpose of this research is to improve the usefulness of data that is already collected within aircraft maintenance organizations to better identify trends, and outliers, and possibly better explain relationships between leading and lagging indicator metrics. Specifically, this graduate research paper sought to answer two research questions addressing what aircraft maintenance metrics significantly impact aircraft availability, and how to measure those to understand which metrics impact aircraft availability most. The research questions were answered through a comprehensive literature review, and the use of multiple linear regression analysis on data from two specific aircraft maintenance organizations from the same location. The results of the analysis provided insight into what was more applicable to each specific unit. Recommendations and cautions on the usefulness of the study are provided as well as future research opportunities.

AFIT Designator



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