199. One Airline’s Approach to the Load Dispatch Problem


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A F Devenish: 199. One Airline’s Approach to the Load Dispatch Problem. 1958.



This paper was presented at the Airline Session, Seventeenth National Conference of the S.A.W.E. May 19-22, 1958, Belmont Plaza Hotel, New York, New York.
This paper was written to present a fresh approach towards the simplification of Load Dispatch Procedures, and the importance of airlines and aircraft manufacturers working together to achieve this goal. The author gives a brief outline of Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA’s) Weight and Balance activity in this area. The initial difficulty encountered in a programme of this nature is in attempting to clearly define the area of activity which might properly be considered as coming within the scope of any such investigation. Due to the inter-relationship of all the activity which contributes to the dispatch of our flights, one of our initial difficulties was in trying to identify the ‘load dispatch problem area’ which was of immediate concern.
In an attempt to more closely define what our objectives should be, we suggest the following as some of our objectives which may be considered for the purpose of this discussion:
1. Minimize loading restrictions and provide maximum flexibility for dispatch of various types of aircraft.
2. Optimum utilization of aircraft payload capacity.
3. Elimination of the last-minute load change problem.
4. Minimization of close-out time.
5. Faster and more effective communications system.
6. More co-ordinated load planning between stations and stations and load control.
7. Reduction in load data transmitted between stations,
8. Minimization of line and staff man-hour requirements.


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