Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Aircraft ground damage and the use of predictive models to estimate costs
by Kromphardt, Benjamin D., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 108; 1527013
Abstract (Summary)

Aircraft are frequently involved in ground damage incidents, and repair costs are often accepted as part of doing business. The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) estimates ground damage to cost operators $5-10 billion annually. Incident reports, documents from manufacturers or regulatory agencies, and other resources were examined to better understand the problem of ground damage in aviation. Major contributing factors were explained, and two versions of a computer-based model were developed to project costs and show what is possible. One objective was to determine if the models could match the FSF's estimate. Another objective was to better understand cost savings that could be realized by efforts to further mitigate the occurrence of ground incidents. Model effectiveness was limited by access to official data, and assumptions were used if data was not available. However, the models were determined to sufficiently estimate the costs of ground incidents.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hamel, Joshua
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Aerospace engineering
Keywords: Aircraft accidents, Aviation/airport safety, Damage costs, Ground damage, Human factors, Safety culture
Publication Number: 1527013
ISBN: 978-1-321-37047-8
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