Flight hour cost variance in the Naval Air Reserve: an analysis of possible sources
Downs, Michael D.
Liao, Shu S.
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This thesis is an analysis of flight hour cost variance in the Naval Air Reserve and Fourth Marine Aircraft Wing. The broad objective of the thesis was to identify and analyze factors hypothesized to cause variance in cost per flight hour. An overview of the Naval Air Reserve Force Structure and budgetary organizations is presented. The relatively recent shift in the use and role of reserve forces towards Total Force concept goals is highlighted. An interview process is described in which four possible sources of cost per hour variance were identified for investigation: flight hours, primary mission area, repairables pipeline and overseas detachments by reserve VP squadrons. For each possible variance factor, statistical tests were applied to available cost data to determine if its impact on cost per hour variance was significant. Findings indicate that primary mission area and VP detachments each have a significant impact on cost per hour variance. Recommendations are provided concerning headquarters and field level flight budget execution. Conclusions pinpoint further areas of research gleaned from the investigation.
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