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Understanding airfield capacity for airlift operations
Stucker, J. P.
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Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 1998.
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xxvi, 135 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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"Project AIR FORCE, National Defense Research Institute."

"Prepared for the United States Air Force, Office of the Secretary of Defense."

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This report recommends that planners and others interested in airlift flow through airfields of various types and locations no longer use standard minimum times on ground (MOGs) or standard ground times but, instead, estimate the specific aircraft ground time and airfield capacity for each stopover by carefully considering the servicing, fueling, and loading operations needed for each type of mission stopping at each airfield, and the major ground resouces available at each airfield.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. iii
Figuresp. vii
Tablesp. ix
Summaryp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
Acronyms and Abbreviationsp. xxv
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 1
Backgroundp. 1
Purposep. 2
Airfield Capacityp. 2
Constructing the Modelp. 2
How This Document Is Organizedp. 3
Chapter 2 Methodologyp. 5
Previous Methods for Estimating Airfield Capacityp. 5
Problems with the Previous Approachp. 6
Our Approachp. 7
Formalizing the Methodologyp. 8
Generalizing the Methodologyp. 9
Improved Estimates of Aircraft Ground Timep. 12
Improved Estimates of Airfield Capacityp. 13
Chapter 3 Servicingp. 15
The Full-Service Profilep. 15
The Quick-Turn Profilep. 19
Scheduling Operations to Minimize Ground Timep. 19
Estimating Service Timesp. 21
Improved Estimates of Airfield Capacityp. 21
Chapter 4 Fueling12tp. 23
Hydrant Systemsp. 23
Truck Systemsp. 24
Delays and Multiport Fuelingp. 24
Improved Estimates of Airfield Capacityp. 25
Fuel, Pumping, and Resupplyp. 27
Compositing Vehiclesp. 28
Choosing the Best Fueling Systemp. 28
Chapter 5 Loadingp. 29
Palletized Cargop. 30
Passenger Operationsp. 32
Nonpalletized Cargop. 33
Improved Estimates of Airfield Capacityp. 33
Engine-Running Off-Loadsp. 34
Compositing Vehiclesp. 36
The Best Parking for Loading and/or Fuelingp. 36
Chapter 6 Using Acep. 37
Specifying Airfield Parametersp. 39
Selecting the Mode and Specifying the Iterationsp. 40
Setting Up the Missionsp. 40
The Upper Menusp. 40
The Lower Menusp. 40
Combinations of Missionsp. 45
"And" Missionsp. 46
"Or" Missionsp. 46
The Outputsp. 46
Chapter 7 Conclusions and Recommendationsp. 53
Appendixp. 55
A. Notationp. 55
B. Details of the Approachp. 59
C. Servicing Equationsp. 65
D. Fueling Equationsp. 75
E. Loading Equationsp. 83
F. Tips for Using Acep. 93
G. Screens and Datap. 101
Bibliographyp. 131