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An analysis of the relationship of flight hours and naval rotary wing aviation mishaps

dc.contributor.advisorArkes, Jeremy
dc.contributor.advisorHatch, Bill
dc.contributor.authorLe, Damien
dc.contributor.departmentBusiness & Public Policy (GSBPP)
dc.dateMar-17
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-10T16:31:44Z
dc.date.available2017-05-10T16:31:44Z
dc.date.issued2017-03
dc.description.abstractThis thesis research developed comparative analysis models to explore whether too many or too few flight hours affected the likelihood of a mishap. The objective was to determine whether the period of sequestration and the number of total flight hours affected the number of aircraft mishaps. Flying too much leads to higher levels of fatigue, but not flying enough could result in reduced levels of proficiency. Flights during a period of sequestration are subjected to reduced flight hour funding. Data for the research covers the period of peak military funding (fiscal year 2000–February 2013) to periods of sequestration (March 2013–September 2016). Additionally, controls for night flight and overwater were used in the model to allow for better estimates of the effects of flight hours on the likelihood of a mishap. The research uses individual and squadron-level, aggregate standardized daily, weekly, and monthly flight-hour data and employs a fixed-effects logit model. The research addressed errors and controls that could affect the outcome estimates. The model's individual estimates found enough evidence to support indicators used for sequestration, high flight hours, night flight, and overwater flight had statistically significant effects on the likelihood of a mishap at either the individual or squadron level. More research is suggested with modeling other aircraft platforms to better observe trends over time. The results provide policymakers with a better understanding of the relationship between the number of flight hours and its effect on mishaps. Policymakers can use that understanding to make more informed decisions about budgetary funding of naval aviation.en_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
dc.description.serviceLieutenant, United States Navyen_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/annalysisofrelat1094553007
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10945/53007
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.subject.authornaval aviationen_US
dc.subject.authorhelicopteren_US
dc.subject.authorpiloten_US
dc.subject.authorcausationen_US
dc.subject.authormishapsen_US
dc.subject.authorflight hoursen_US
dc.subject.authorfatigueen_US
dc.subject.authorlikelihood of mishapen_US
dc.subject.authorsequestrationen_US
dc.subject.authorBudget Control Acten_US
dc.subject.authornight flighten_US
dc.subject.authoroverwater flighten_US
dc.subject.authornaval rotary wingen_US
dc.subject.authoraviation safetyen_US
dc.subject.authorNAVAIRen_US
dc.subject.authorNAVSAFECENen_US
dc.subject.authorH-60 Seahawken_US
dc.titleAn analysis of the relationship of flight hours and naval rotary wing aviation mishapsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dspace.entity.typePublication
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineManagementen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Managementen_US
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