i think the system is too complex for such little gain. almost everyone is taking the hit for c/d check, if you want to optimize, do it manually. Having a automated system means everyone may do it, and you get 0 gain from it, especially against large wealthy airline who doesn't care if they have 100+ aircraft on the ground already.
It is not at all a little sum. Let's take a very large aircraft as an example:
- 80 day D check, every 8 years, 10 days per year
- 20 day C check, once per year, 20 days per year
- 12 B checks per year
Total is 42 days that the aircraft is not available per year, out of 365. Or, to look at it another way, aircraft is flying it's schedule 323 days, schedule is not being flown 42 days. So the loss of revenue is 10-13%, depending on the way you look at it.
If you have 10 LH schedules, you need 11.3 aircraft to fly them.
If you have 100 LH schedules, you need 113 aircraft to fly them.
The inefficiency comes from staffing. The staff level you have includes vacations etc, but not C/D checks. During a D check, you are basically giving everyone extra 80 paid days off, on top of their vacations.
There are other good reasons for automated checks:
- your airport may be slot constrained, and you may not be able to create new routes. But you may be able to get 13% extra aircraft.
- you may have a real life, and not be able to get to scheduling every day, right on the dot, when a new aircraft arrives. So the newly arrived aircraft will go to a spare pool, and it may start earning revenue right away, not a week later, when you actually get to scheduling the aircraft.
sometimes you may have 2-3 or even 10 aircraft doing C-D check, there is no real way of automation without major overhaul to the system. having hot spare while not having large enough fleet to cycle everyday is a waste in your finance especially if you lease the aircraft. Having 3 types of aircraft means you will need to keep 3-6 hotspare that can easily turn into revenue if you put them into normal schedule.
For some of your example if you have 25 aircraft and want to keep them 100% uptime, you will need 1-2 aircraft (assuming one type). that's almost 10% of your fleet.
Please tell me, what will you guys gain if sami(spending many hours) implement this automated system?
It is all outlined in this thread:http://www.airwaysim.com/forum/index.php/topic,54631.msg314682.html#msg314682
Some conceptual changes:
- schedules would be entities, independent of aircraft, able to be named by player outside of restrictions of country registration codes.
(you can also pre-schedule this way - create full schedules before the aircraft arrives)
- "like" aircraft could be placed in groups - pools.
- you assign either a specific aircraft to a schedule or a pool of aircraft
- system would manage which aircraft from the pool is assigned to a schedule. If one aircraft from the pool becomes unavailable, a different aircraft from the pool would be automatically reassigned to the schedule.