IMPROVING UTILIZATION OF AIR FORCE CARGO AIRCRAFT.

  • Cochard D
  • Yost K
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Abstract

The Deployable Mobility Execution System (DMES) was developed for the US Air Force to improve aircraft utilization and responsiveness in airlift operations. The model uses a modified cutting stock heuristic to generate feasible cargo loads, which the planner can modify using detailed interactive graphics. The system runs on a small, off-the-shelf microcomputer which can be operated at remote sites. In three tests during military exercises, the system reduced load-planning man-hours by 90 percent and increased airlift utilization by 10 percent. During the Grenada rescue operation in October 1983, the system saved over $2.5 million in flying-hour costs and provided timely planning. Projected annual savings for peacetime exercises are estimated to exceed $20 million. More importantly, DMES significantly improves airlift support of combat operations.

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  • Douglas D. Cochard

  • Kirk A. Yost

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