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Baines Simmons appointed Partner to the UK Military Aviation Authority (MAA)

Baines Simmons has been selected to work as a Strategic Partner with the MAA Operating Safety Regulation Group (Op SRG) to develop a world-first Defence Aviation Error Management System (DAEMS).

UK Military Aviation Authority

Air Commodore Tony Barmby, Head Op SRG and our Managing Director Keven Baines

“We have been very impressed with Baines Simmons’ knowledge and experience. We chose the Company to assist us because of their real-world expertise gained from supporting numerous other aviation organisations such as Qantas, BAE Systems and National Aviation Authorities, combined with their early successes in fostering other nascent safety cultures across the military’s unique and complex organisations. We have brought this expertise to bear in the development of the ground-breaking DAEMS project. This has been particularly useful given all the challenges associated with trying to implement an effective aviation error management system spanning the complexities of all Defence aviation disciplines.” – says Air Cdre Tony Barmby, MAA Head Operating Safety Regulation Group.

The MAA is the new organisation that brings together, under an independent unitary body, the existing functions and people who deliver military aviation regulation and assurance across Defence. Established on 1 April 2010, the MAA has full oversight of all Defence aviation activity and provides independent assurance to the Secretary of State for Defence that the highest standards of aviation safety and airworthiness are maintained in the conduct of military aviation. The MAA was established in response to the recommendations made by Mr Charles Haddon-Cave QC in his Nimrod Review, which called for a radical overhaul of military airworthiness regulation.

The MAA will bring together, for the first time, the regulatory and assurance functions previously carried out by:

  • The Directorate of Aviation Regulation and Safety (DARS)
  • Defence Airspace and Air Traffic Management (DAATM)
  • The Air Systems Group
  • The Military Flight Test Regulator

UK Military Aviation Authority

Air Vice-Marshal Nick Kurth Chief of Staff Support, and Managing Director Keven Baines, at the launch of the Royal Air force Can Do Safely/HF (M)EMS programme in late 2009

Keven Baines, Managing Director says “We are very proud to continue our already well-established strategic partnership with the newly formed MAA Operating Safety Regulation Group (formerly the Directorate of Aviation Regulation and Safety (DARS)) to develop a Defence Aviation Error Management System (DAEMS). This is a massively significant consultancy programme that follows on from our major success with the Royal Air Force (RAF) and their (Maintenance) Error Management System (M)EMS. In just 12 months this major cultural change programme within the RAF has generated widespread support and delivered the beginnings of a true Safety Culture facilitated through a jointly developed and customised RAF/Baines Simmons Just Culture ‘Toolkit'”.

The RAF/Baines Simmons HF (M)EMS initiatives were highly praised within the 2009 Nimrod (Haddon-Cave) Review Report which said: “There have been recent praiseworthy advances in pre-emptive Human Factors (HF) reporting using Human Factors Maintenance Error Management Systems ((M)EMS)… the (M)EMS initiative is already paying substantial dividends in the RAF”.

UK Military Aviation Authority

The MAA DAEMS team of Wing Commander ‘Spud’ Tait, Wing Commander Andy Tait, Wing Commander Gill Rossiter, Colonel Steve Marshall, and Commander Richard Cunningham with Air Commodore Tony Barmby, Head Op SRG and Managing Director Keven Baines

Air Vice-Marshall Nick Kurth said “The positive effect of this programme has been evident in the improved quality of flight safety investigations and emerging consistent approach to a just culture. It provides the essential knowledge, tools and framework to understand what type of maintenance errors are occurring and enable our practitioners to manage the risk accordingly”.