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Title Modernizing the mobility Air Force for tomorrow's air traffic management system / Sean Bednarz [and others].

Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND, ©2012.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xxiii, 88 pages) : color illustrations, color maps (digital, PDF file).
Series RAND Corporation monograph series ; MG1194
Rand Corporation monograph series ; MG1194.
Books at JSTOR Open Access
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 85-88).
Contents Introduction. -- CNS/ATM capabilities and mandates. -- Methodology for cost-effectiveness analysis. -- C-5 modernization. -- C-17 modernization. -- KC-135 modernization. -- C-130H modernization. -- C-130J modernization. -- Conclusions. -- Appendices. -- Bibliography.
Notes Title from PDF title screen (viewed on Dec. 14, 2012).
Summary Legal mandates for airspace modernization, certification requirements, and minimum aircraft capability and equipment standards aim to improve the efficiency and safety of air traffic, particularly within the world's busiest airspace. Mandates drive changes in technical and operational standards, but they can also deny access to premium altitudes, routing, and even airports for noncompliant aircraft. Aircraft modernization ensures continued access to fuel-efficient cruising altitudes and congested airspace, but these future benefits require an upfront investment in avionics upgrade programs. In a fiscally constrained environment, such decisions must take into account the quantifiable future costs that would be avoided by upgrades, weighed against the costs of modernization. Building on 2009 RAND work examining the cost-effectiveness of modernizing the U.S. Air Force's KC-10 aerial refueling tanker, this study extended the analysis to the C-5, C-17, C-130, and KC-135 fleets, evaluating the cost-effectiveness of modernizing these aircraft for compliance with forthcoming communication, navigation, and surveillance/air traffic management mandates. It found that, overall, the Air Force operates these aircraft in regions where some important future mandates will not be met without modernization, but the cost-effectiveness of upgrades depends to a great extent on fuel prices and the characteristics of missions conducted by each aircraft type.
Notes The research described in this report was sponsored by the United States Air Force under Contract FA7014-06-C-0001.
Other author Bednarz, Sean.
Project Air Force (U.S.)
Rand Corporation.
JSTOR issuing body.
Subject United States. Air Mobility Command -- Operational readiness.
United States. Air Force -- Equipment -- Maintenance and repair -- Costs -- Evaluation.
Airplanes, Military -- Electronic equipment -- United States.
Airplanes, Military -- United States -- Maintenance and repair -- Costs -- Evaluation.
Avionics -- United States.
Electronic book.
Electronic books.
ISBN 0833070622 (electronic bk.)
9780833070623 (electronic bk.)
9780833079671 (electronic bk.)
0833079670 (electronic bk.)