... ridiculous....not sure if you know this, but...
I'm left guessing what your intent is, so will assume you really don't intend to mean anything derogatory by it (not sure what p*** means which may be a clue that we are getting our signals crossed).
...C-checks will be performed if you are in the red, as long as your not DEEP in the red, so you could easily operate your airline (assuming it is profitable) with a $0 cash balance and still have all the checks performed....spend money you don't have to on maintenance you don't need yet.
I know that maintenance generally still occurs in minor red status, thanks.
The issue is not about being able to afford C-checks and being in the red.
The airline is profitable and covers the c-checks just fine. If not so, I would not be looking to pay them earlier than I have to.
At the end of the day, you want to spend money before you have, which is fine, but hurts you more than it helps you.
Spend money on c-checks before I technically have to, yes. But not because I want to.
It is because given the choice of sitting permanently on $1M, as you suggest, or using it, I chose to use it (available cash) to invest to generate revenue (reflecting my greater priority on growth).
However, that choice means that I must time my IRL interaction with the game because of the timing of POSITIVE cash balances which occur towards the latter part of a game week and varies from week to week.
Where c-checks come into play is that they can create an impediment to that timing. If they could be smoother, I could keep an optimal level of capital in play vs having to manage around them with some kind of reserve however short lived.
The cost of that smoothing would be less than the NPV of the revenue stream, which I think I logically demonstrated in my prior post (the difference seems vast enough that the cost of shifting c-check schedules looks like pennies). But, I could be missing something, if someone could non-offensively point it out, I'm quite willing to admit error.
Notwithstanding all that...
It comes back to a compromised choice because of an unintended constraint in game play.
Not having the flexibility to schedule c-checks means I must either carry a larger airline cash balance to cover the "waves" ...OR... I must risk not being able to meet opportunities because my IRL schedule does not permit me to be active in the game at the time they present themselves.
It is this non-game-financial, IRL consideration that motivates this request.
It is not a choice I WANT to make, but one that I must, given the constraints of functionality in the game.
...but as your fleet size increases all of that gets smoothed out.
According to the theory, on average, yes. However, the average is made up of several observations/instances. It is instances we live with, not averages.
I would think that 50 should be a good number for an average spread of closely even across a year, if it were random (I could sub-optimise my aircraft selection at lease time to force a smoother c-check schedule, but that would have other costs). After some nudging, I now have them roughly equal by quarter and not bad monthly.
Still, even if they fell close to the average, I'd expect month to month and week to week variation, and it still seems desirable to smooth them out, for my reasons stated above.
Where to from here...
I doubt anything will be done soon, as this has been open for some time, so I have to make my choices and play on.
That said, not sure I'll go further than what I have for now, given the hassle and that it is time to diversify aircraft, perhaps to something new.