Baines Simmons’ report on the UK Flight Safety Committee’s (UK FSC) Maintenance Standing Committee meeting
Baines Simmons is a long-standing member of the UK Flight Safety Committee (UK FSC) and on Wednesday May 13th, Consultants David Innes and Scott Vaughan attended the UK FSC Maintenance Standing Committee (MSC) meeting at the BAE Systems Park Centre, Farnborough.
Originally conceived to research maintenance-related matters referred to them by the Operational Safety Committee, the MSC now acts as a valuable communication hub on airworthiness-related issues for both civil and military member organisations alike.
The meeting discussed a diverse range of matters, including:
- Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), where Scott Vaughan was able to provide valuable feedback on the recent RAeS RPAS Airworthiness Conference
- Challenges with the interpretation of the EU/US bilateral, in relation to elements of personnel competence
- Concerns over fundamental human failings in the maintenance arena, prompting the need for a ‘back-to-basics’ approach
- David Innes reminded the group that the Continuing Airworthiness Regulation was about to be significantly changed to align it with the Basic Regulation of 2008, in the areas of proportionality (Complex Motor Powered Aircraft) and Commercial operations, hence aligning it with the terminology and philosophy of the Air Operations Regulation
- Management systems in general, but the importance of effective regulatory compliance management and compliance monitoring in particular
- Safety oversight by the CAA and how future changes may help improve the effectiveness of this critical role.
The meeting closed by discussing how to make the meetings more attractive to members and the future role and format of the MSC itself. Next meeting is at CAA Gatwick and all members are encouraged to attend and participate in its activities.