Managing Airborne Relief During International Disasters   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the thesis abstract: "Major rapid onset disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and terrorist acts have the ability to overwhelm even the most prepared and robust of countries. In such cases, the value of agile airborne relief from global donors cannot be overstated. Despite its usefulness however, airborne relief can create other logistical issues such as surpassing airport capacity to park and offload aircraft. Airflow management, or the ability to coordinate aircraft arrival slot times to optimize use of airport ramp space and offload capacity, is an invaluable remedy to this malady. Though local civil aviation authorities in an affected country retain responsibility for airspace/airflow management, no self-exporting civilian entity currently exists with the ability to coordinate airflow if host nation entities are unable to do so and request assistance. This paper highlights this airflow management capability gap and sets forth several alternatives for resolving this gap based on criteria obtained through the use of a case study methodology. Without an entity to assist an affected nation with airflow management (if needed and requested), smooth logistical flow of relief goods to those in need can be catastrophically impeded."

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