Approved for public release; distribution unlimited.; The nature of operations, variety of missions and
configurations, and requirement for rapid response of fleet
tactical aircraft has given rise to a unique problem
within the Naval Aviation community, this being the interface
between the aircrews and the aircraft performance prediction
information supplied via charts and data in the Naval Air
Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Manuals. The data presented are not optimally used due
to the method of presentation and the time and effort
required to extract useful predictions. This investigation
addressed the problem by developing a suitable method
of NATOPS curve presentation that has sufficient
simplicity and accuracy for application to current compact
computers. The procedure is defined and numerical
algorithms produced which demonstrate the feasibility
and desirability of this type of implementation.
The VFA-125 Safety Office located at NAS Lemoore is burdened with the enormous administrative responsibility of managing the NATOPS qualifications for over 200 pilots and passengers. During this period of military downsizing and operational funding cuts, this responsibility will require the increased attention of a smaller staff with a limited budget. The burden of paper file management could be eased through the introduction of automated record keeping while simultaneously increasing accuracy and efficiency. The potential for non-qualified personnel to fly squadron aircraft could be eliminated. Based on VFA-125 Safety Office requirements, this thesis designs and implements a database management system. The primary objective is to automate the currently utilized manual NATOPS filing system to allow the squadron Safety Officer immediate access to all NATOPS-related pilot qualification data. This system will store, sort and compare data relevant to all squadron pilots while minimizing the time spent verifying the previously-used manual filing system. Additionally, the staff will be able to query reports and generate memoranda with minimal effort. The system is also analyzed to determine possible enhancements in the future. The Aviation Safety Database System is designed using dBASE III Plus and dBASE for Windows 5.0.
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited; This thesis provides usage and cost data on programmable hand-held calculators (PHHC's) in the operating force of the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC). In 1978 PHHC's that computerized aircraft performance charts were procured for USMC AV-8A pilots. During 1979 the U.S. Army successfully tested and began procuring a PHHC for use by artillery fire directions centers (FDC's). USMC artillery batteries will receive this PHHC in 1981 In 1980 the Army tested and approved procurement of PHHC's for mortar FDC's. In September 1980 Beech Aircraft Corporation started selling a PHHC module which enabled Super King Air pilots to enjoy 10% fuel savings. In February 1981 Naval Air Systems Command began reviewing a proposal to provide a PHHC for the CH-53E. Each of these systems is described, and available cost information in analyzed. In order to do their jobs faster and more accurately, several individuals have written or purchased software for their personal PHHC's. Four examples which have application in the USMC are presented and explained.; http://archive.org/details/programmablehand00reev; Major, United States Marine Corps
Operations Research; The P-3 community consists of 12 Active (effective Oct. 96) Maritime Patrol Aviation (MPA) squadrons which deploy to various parts of the world conducting numerous missions. Before deployment, each squadron undergoes a work-up period called the Inter-Deployment Training Cycle (IDTC). The purpose of the IDTC is to adequately prepare a squadron for deployment by conducting training, inspections, and evaluations. A plan is developed to schedule squadron and wing assets effectively to ensure quality training that will improve operational effectiveness on deployment. The difficulty is developing an IDTC schedule for an individual squadron that has minimal impact on the other eleven squadrons. A schedule that efficiently coordinates a squadron's IDTC improves the effectiveness of a squadron. Moreover, a master schedule that considers the community as a whole will improve the overall effectiveness of the community. This thesis develops a master schedule for the P-3 community that efficiently schedules an IDTC at the squadron level staying within the desires of the squadron commanders. Additionally, an IDTC shell is incorporated into the employment plans throughout the community avoiding conflicts at all levels. Significant savings are gained by optimally scheduling the NATOPS evaluations.; NA; U.S. Navy (U.S.N.) author.
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited; The one thing among many that must be prepared for every flight is the making of a flight plan. Pilots must use charts or graphs from the flight manual to compute the fuel flow that is essential to flight plan. Since this requires many steps of interpolation to compute the specfic conditions that cannot be read directly from flight manual, it is time consuming and increases the probability of making a mistake. This problem obstructs the execution of various mission changes and continuous sorties. A computer program for personal computer or hand-held calculator is developed to compute the desired fuel flow by modifing the equations for an 'IDEAL' airplane; http://archive.org/details/useofcomputertoo00ohch; Major, Republic of Korea Air Force