Contracted Flying Training & Support (CFTS) Resource Allocation Model (RAM)

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Authors
  1. McCarthy, T.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
Abstract
Planning resource allocations for a flying school can be an arduous task as planners consistently have to juggle with unknown parameters such as weather and training systems serviceability. The Operational Research and Analysis Directorate (ORAD) of 1 Canadian Air Division had previously developed a Resource Allocation Model (RAM) as part of a software tool for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Flying Training Canada (NFTC) programme to identify and solve resource allocation issues as they relate to student pilot training in the various phases conducted under the programme. The tool can then analyze proposed changes to the curriculum and arrangement of course flow elements at the school in search for improvements. This project aimed at replicating and improving the model and tool’s features and capabilities for the Contracted Flying Training and Support (CFTS) programme. The overall approach to this task started with a familiarization of existing NFTC RAM code and documentation in order to develop a work plan. The next phase saw the design and development of the CFTS RAM software function prototype and the MS Excel interface and interaction. The final phase of the work consisted of testing and documentation. The work resulted in significant changes to the original NFTC RAM code, correcting bugs, enhancing maintainability of the code, and adding new features and functions required by CFTS RAM such as prioritizing course flows, recording output files for multiple

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Keywords
CFTS RAM;NFTC RAM;contracted flying training and support;NATO flying training in Canada;resource allocation model;simulation;course flow;course serial;flying training devices;aircraft sorties;instructor;pilots;weather conditions;remedials
Report Number
DRDC-CORA-CR-2012-062 — Contractl Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2012
Number of Pages
78
DSTKIM No
CA043100
CANDIS No
804385
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Electronic Document(PDF)

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