TALPS: The T-AVB Automated Load Planning System

Paul S. Cerkez

Due to military drawdowns and the need for additional transportation lift requirements, the US MARINE CORPS developed a concept wherein they had modified a commercial container ship to support deployed aviation units. However, a problem soon emerged in that there were too few people who were expert enough to do the unique type of planning required for this ship. Additionally, once someone did develop some expertise, it was time for him or her to move on, retire or leave the active duty forces. There needed to be a way to capture this knowledge. This condition was the impetus for the TALPS effort. TALPS is now a fielded, certified application for Marine Corps Aviation.

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