Military Aviation training
Military Aviation consulting
Military Aviation managed services
Military Aviation overview

Key Contact

Howard Leach
Head of Operations

Tel: +44 (0)1276 855 412
Fax: +44 (0)1276 856 285
Aviation Safety Centre
Building A5
Fairoaks Airport
Surrey GU24 8HX UK

Defence Aviation Training - inspirational learning

What we offer and who we work with?

We design, build and deliver world class training courses on a range of specialist subjects across all areas of Defence Aviation. Our courses are all customised to meet specific requirements. We design courses through listening to you, conducting training needs analysis. We are also able to further customise the learning experience packages after running our SMARRT Diagnostics tools to create a potent blend of contextualised adult education

Scope of Training


Manufacture Flight Operations Maintenance Ops Support



Royal Navy


European Defence Agency

Our Defence Aviation courses are focussed on:

SMS, Event Investigations, Human Factors, Regulator's Audit Techniques, Maintenance Programmes, MAOS - Mil Part 145, Mil Part 21, Continued Airworthiness Mil Part M and Quality

We have a growing and active client list who have commissioned / attended our defence aviation courses that include:

Training Areas


Safety Leadership

Strategic Change Management

Safety Culture & Organisational Development

Human Factors

Error Management Systems

Incident & Investigation Competence Development

SMS - Awareness, Implementation and Support

Integrating SMS - “All worlds” MAA, RAF, RN, Army, DE&S

Fast Track Diagnostic Tools

Regulatory Policy Development

Regulatory Competence development - organisational & Individual

Approvals, Aircraft Surveys and Audit Services

Fatigue Management Awareness, Systems & Support

Quality Management & Skills

Strategic Partners and Preferred Suppliers to:

Army, RAF, Royal Navy, DE&S

UK MoD - Partners/ Suppliers/ Prime Contractors -
BAE Systems Military Air & Information
Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace
Vector Aerospace Component Services
SELEX Sensors & Airborne Systems Limited
Turbomeca UK
Marshall Aerospace
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services
Kearsley Airways Limited
PME Airspace Inspection Limited
Agusta Westland
The Attack Helicopter Depth Support Unit (AHDSU)
Marshall Aerospace


What are our credentials?

Baines Simmons works with many organisations across the Defence sector and has built a market leading position in training support services. We are consultants to the new Military Aviation Authority (MAA) providing support with regulations development, organisational competence development and safety culture management and development. We are contracted to support and advise all the Services within the MoD - Army, RAF, Royal Navy and DE&S with the development of key aspects of their Safety Management System and MAOS approval management.

We are leading specialists in implementing safety culture programmes. We have built specialist tools, expertise and key enablers to assist clients successfully implement FAiR® - a Just Culture ethos and toolkit that underpins workforce confidence and management credibility. We deliver training courses that move "hearts and minds", and that integrate error management processes and thinking across all your areas of aviation - from pilots to engineers to procurement.

Some examples of our Defence training interventions

We have delivered customised training courses to over 2,000 RAF personnel including all Station Senior Executives Senior, Middle and Junior Managers and Senior Command Staff at RAF High Wycombe. The training included HF, MEI, MRG, Error Management, SMS andHIRAC. We have designed a 4 day RAF Train-the-Trainer Foundation Human Factors course – delivered to a 4 worlds audience (Operators, Air Traffic Management, Engineering and Maintenance, Operations Support). We have conducted Error Management Diagnostics and delivered feedback presentations to all RAF Station Senior Management teams.

We have conducted Flight Operations (‘A3’) training at RAF Lossiemouth, consisting of Effective Event Investigation (Operations), Event Review Group (ERG), Error Management System Supervisors and Senior Management Human Factors and Error Management courses. At RAF Valley - a complex military/civilian contractor environment – we conducted Maintenance Error Investigation and Effective Event Review group training which followed a period of consultation with senior station personnel. We have also conducted Human Factors and Error Management ‘train-the trainer’ courses at RAF Cottesmore and RAF Kinloss for RAF Human Factors facilitators.

We have delivered Effective Error Investigation training to key accident investigation personnel from various military air accident organisations receiving great acclaim.

Royal Navy
We have run a MAA DAEMS - HF Awareness Training FDP at RNAS Culdrose, training 1080 Royal Navy personnel as part of a DAEMS Field Development Phase (FDP), including the initial roll out of the ‘4 worlds’ DAEMS tools developed in conjunction with the MAA.

We are preferred suppliers to BAE Systems Military Air & Information for Regulatory and Human Factors & Safety Management training and consultancy services. Our initial contract covered training of managers in the EASA airworthiness regulations along with a significant number of Human Factors training courses. All our courses are fully customised to the military aircraft maintenance environment and are delivered by training consultants with both military and civil aviation experience.

Why do defence clients select us as preferred partners?

Our directors and many of our consultants have had a combination of defence and civil aviation careers. Our learning is focussed on achieving pre-determined outcomes with our clients and our delegates. We offer a comprehensive and growing range of in-house and open training courses. All our training meets the EASA system of learning where applicable and our own internal quality accreditation standards. In fact we have been competitively selected by EASA , the UK Civil Aviation Authority and 30 other National Regulators to deliver many courses across our areas of expertise.

Our courses are written and researched by experts with hands-on experience and responsibilities from maintenance hangars, operating defence environments, regulatory authorities involving fixed wing and rotary wing platforms. Our course content is derived from active participation in civil and defence policy and regulation development, ongoing global research activities, real accident investigations and unique civil and military industry insight.

Our courses are delivered by carefully selected professional consultants who have been there at the front line! Having "hands-on" experience means we have consistently achieved success in delivering our courses to over 30,000 delegates across the world. Our courses and diagnostic tools and services are designed to span the whole spectrum of personnel, from senior defence command levels, senior and middle officers to technicians and operators and support staff.

With our in-house courses we operate as consultants to understand you, your organisation and your specific needs. We walk your hangar, listen to your key people, see your operating environment and "soak up" your internal culture. We reflect all these things in the customised content and design of the courses we deliver so that your people can better relate and more strongly buy-in to their training activity.

Unparalleled market leading courses

Our Clients Say

"This Human Factors training is great for the Army Air Corps & Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) - however this should be a MUST for ALL REME/ Engineers & Maintainers."

"A fantastic opportunity and experience - well done to all the Baines Simmons consultants".

- The Attack Helicopter Depth Support Unit (AHDSU)

“RAF MEMS is the best thing I have seen in 30 years of service -at last we are getting a picture of what we should really be addressing in terms of risk at an operational level – the quality and passion of the training element has been a vital ingredient in this success”

- Royal Air Force


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