Apr 22, 2011
NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – The program manager for the Naval Undergraduate Flight Training Systems Program Office here ,(PMA-273), was one of four people nominated for the 2011 Aviation Week Laureate Award in the Maintenance, Repair and Overall (MRO) category in support of Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA).
Capt. Andrew Hartigan’s nomination cited his leadership in changing how the Naval Aviation Enterprise thinks about MRO, specifically life cycle reduction in MRO costs while improving the availability of aircraft for Navy training, bolstering the quality of maintenance and improving the safety of Naval Aviation training.
According to Aviation Week, individuals and teams were nominated for extraordinary achievements in operations and technological advancements. Nominations in eight categories were open to industry and government, but finalists were selected by Aviation Week editors.
Previous NAVAIR Laureate finalists include the APG-79 radar team of PMA-265, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye team of PMA-231 and the Joint Standoff Weapon program of PMA-201.
Hartigan credits the nomination to his Total Lifecycle Product Support Integrated Product Team (TLPS IPT), the contractor that provided detailed modeling support (Lone Star Aerospace) and the members of PMA-273 IPTs who implemented the initiatives.
“Over the last eighteen months, the TLPS IPT dissected the exhaustive list of variables contributing to maintenance performance and costs in support of CNATRA aircraft,” said Hartigan.
PMA-273 hosted three industry days to solicit the expertise of the industry providers who perform Contractor Logistics Support work.
These industry inputs and performance-influencing variables were then modeled using a sophisticated enterprise simulation to provide decision quality guidance on how to optimize cost and performance through NAVAIR sustainment contracts with CLS providers added Hartigan.
“The simulation considers over 200 variables, such as contract type, incentive structure, performance metrics, number and type/model/series of aircraft, sortie generation requirements, supply support, organizational alignment, communication effectiveness and many more,” said Hartigan.
The model enabled Hartigan’s teams to consider a wide range of alternatives in their effort to optimize MRO performance and cost. The simulation modeled a range of uncertainty in the MRO business by running 50,000 Monte Carlo iterations. The model provided a qualitative simulation of the entire enterprise of CNATRA aircraft maintenance.
CNATRA flies more than 350,000 flight hours per year with 750 aircraft of seven different type/model/series.
The performance and cost optimization efficiencies applied to the life cycle management of the CNATRA fleet are projected to create significant savings; essential in today’s budgetary environment added Hartigan.
“PMA-273’s work has transformed the way CNATRA maintenance will be contracted. A five year contract will now be managed as portion of the entire life cycle, not just a five year snapshot,” said Hartigan. “Only when maintenance management decisions and contract incentives are made with a whole life-cycle perspective can cost-wise readiness truly be achieved.”
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