Aircraft availability (AA) is a key metric for assessing operational readiness. The declining trend in AA is a documented concern for senior Air Force leaders. This paper aims to investigate the components of non-available time and subsequently focuses on the largest and fastest growing category: not mission capable maintenance unscheduled (NMCMU). Then, utilization of aircraft platforms is examined to determine the readiness benefits of increasing available hours.
Journal of Defense Analytics and Logistics
Ritschel, Jonathan D.; Ritschel, Tamiko L.; and York, Nicole B., "Providing a Piece of the Puzzle: Insights into the Aircraft Availability Conundrum" (2019). Faculty Publications. 139.