Flight hour costing at the Type Commander and Navy staff levels: an analytical assessment
Edwards, Michael V.
Jones, Larwrence R.
McCaffrey, Jerry L.
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This thesis is an analysis of current methods used to predict flying hour expenditures for budget formulation and execution purposes. This study explains, compares and contrasts the methods for determining Cost per (Flight) Hour (CPH) among the aviation Type Commanders (COMNAVAIRPAC/COMNAVAIRLANT) as well as representatives from the office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV). While an overview of the individual techniques for flight hour costing lays the groundwork for this thesis, the focus of the work is on the differences in CPH formulation, variances in eventual products, and the consequences of these variances. An analysis of recently-emerging problems associated with the Flight Hour Program (FHP) and their potential significance in an era of reduced military funding is included, Additional information on the administrative programs instituted to computerize aircraft maintenance and flight hour documentation is also presented, as well as some of the implications of transitioning to a "paperless Navy." Finally, some proposed solutions are evaluated and suggestions for further study are offered to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the Navy's Flight Hour Program.
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