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Aviation Authorities


Subject Leader

Kevin Hopwood

Kevin Hopwood
As our Defence Aviation Regulations leader, Kevin has been responsible for establishing and developing many of our UK MoD MAOS and military regulations training programmes.
As a member of the SBAC/MoD MAOS working group, Kevin has been instrumental in delivering to many industry organisations including:

  • UK Ministry of Defence
  • Royal Air Force
  • Oman Royal Flight
  • BAE Systems
  • Vector Aerospace
  • Agusta Westland

Our Defence Aviation Regulations Leadership

Military Aviation Regulations

Defence Aviation Regulations Expertise

"Operating the most effective Aviation Regulatory structure in the 21st century is crucial to the ongoing safety of military and civilian personnel"

Understanding the fundamental principles behind your Aviation Regulations is the essential precursor to its successful application.

Our Expertise

Evolving, blending and developing new defence aviation regulation is our expertise, and covers the areas of:

Airworthiness - Human Factors - Safety Management Systems - Air Operations

Our Defence Regulations expertise covers

Mil Part 145

Mil Part 147

MAOS Regulations

Mil Part M

Successful adoption and practical interpretation of new regulations can be difficult - this is what starts to make us different - we also have expert consultants with combined skills and experiences from both Defence and Civil regulatory backgrounds. Our consultants and SMARRT® diagnostic tools have been successfully used across the British Army, The Royal Air Force, The Royal Navy and DE&S.

Baines Simmons consultants have worked for National Aviation Authorities; they have built careers being involved in regulatory and policy development. We all share something in common at Baines Simmons - we all have a passion for assisting individuals and organisations to successfully implement regulation - unlike many other providers, we will not just regurgitate the rules to you.

Today, our consultants contribute to many MoD regulatory working groups and provide input and regular contributions to emerging MoD regulatory developments.

Your Baines Simmons support will go far beyond the written regulations. Our consultant’s philosophy and commitment is to practically help you to use and apply the Regulations. We aim to make you more confident and effective in your role and assist your business to perform better.

Our subsidiary business Aviation Compliance Limited is a specialist aviation regulatory audit and compliance organisation. They are a "Competent Organisation" designated by The Ministry of Defence Military and Airworthiness Flight Test Regulator (MAFTR) with responsibilities to assist them with the issuance, continuation, variation, suspension or revocation of approvals against the requirements of Defence Standard 05/130. They are specialist auditors in Military Airworthiness regulations for Maintenance, Continuing Airworthiness Management and Maintenance Training Organisational activities, notably Mil Parts 145, M and 147.

How we will work with you

Our technical and regulatory expertise can help you to stay on top of regulatory or policy change. We will ensure you fully understand your regulatory obligations and duties. Our expertise will give you knowledge, advice and the application skills to confidently operate existing and emerging regulations changes and interpretation.

We are market leading experts in regulation and the successful working implementation of regulations across your organisation. Our expertise is not just knowledge transfer - we seek opportunities through regulation to make your businesses better; we seek to highlight and communicate the guiding principals and not just focus on the regulatory clauses. This approach enables you and your team to adopt a more constructive and practical approach to implementation and compliance management.

Our Regulatory consulting support services can be retained or project based. Our market leading training courses guarantee you an expert training consultant when attending an in-company or open course training programmes. Our managed services enable to hand it over to a professional team and focus on other key activities.

Why us? Our track record

In training terms we are constantly engaged by national regulators and EASA to provide regulatory training to their organisations. We were recently selected and awarded the largest range of training courses to EASA. Over 10,000 delegates across the world have used our services consistently giving our training 90%+ excellent or good rating. Our MAOS training courses are respected as the best available in the industry.

Our Managed Services is a service we operate on behalf of the Competent Authority with a duty of care to assess draft expositions from Applicant organisations, assess compliance for initial approval and provide detailed ongoing compliance audits in support of the Approval oversight process. In managing regulation compliance we aim to deliver value-adding audits to both the Competent Authority, the Applicant and Approval Organisation - for the advantage of all parties.

Discover how we can assist you and your organisation
- call us for an informal discussion on +44 (0)1276 855412

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