Quantification of the S-3 Viking Aircraft Service Period Adjustment (ASPA) program
Borchers, Wayne Peter
Rowan, Richard Michael
McMasters, Alan W.
Lawler, Casimir E.
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The Aircraft Service Period Adjustment (ASPA) inspection/evaluation process for the Navy's S-3A Viking aircraft is presently a subjective assessment of the aircraft's general material condition. The purpose of this thesis is to quantify the ASPA inspection/evaluation process. The methodology used to quantify this process utilizes the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) model. The AHP model is based upon three principles of logical analysis: (1) the principle of constructing hierarchies, (2) the principle of establishing priorities, and (3) the principle of logical consistency. This study presents a more efficient method of determining the aircraft induction decision than the current subjective ASPA procedures. Although the principle of logical consistency caused great concern amongst the authors, a methodology has been developed for quantifying the S-3A ASPA process that will assist NARF Alameda management in the control and documentation phase of the S-3A ASPA program.
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