Baines Simmons wins contract with joint European Military Airworthiness Authorities
Following a competitive tender process involving seven companies, Baines Simmons has won an exclusive contract with the European Defence Agency to conduct a study into military aircraft maintenance certifying staff qualifications, involving 26 European countries.
The objective is to support development of a single standard for the qualification of maintenance certifying engineers, so harmonising training standards and facilitating the movement of personnel, services and ultimately the inter-operability of aircraft between the participating Member States. These high-level objectives align with the role of the EDA in increasing efficiency and safety standards within the European Defence field.
The research will identify the scale of the potential benefits of cross-servicing aircraft and weapon systems between nations. With a focus on maintenance training, it will clarify the major savings that can be made on military budgets across the European Union through potential synergies. The desired outcome is to formulate recommendations on a new European Military Airworthiness Requirement (EMAR) 66.
Seated from left to right, Jan Plevka, EDA Principal Airworthiness Officer; Sébastien Pechberty, EDA Head of Legal and Contracting Unit; Bob Simmons, Technical Director of Baines Simmons; Marc Latour, MAWA Task Force 3 Chairman. Those standing at the back include Carl Garvie, EDA Airworthiness & Certification Officer (third from the left) among people from the Task Force 3 Working Group with representatives from UK, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Slovakia, Italy, France and Spain.
“As a world-class provider of aviation safety solutions, Baines Simmons already boasts established relationships with the civilian regulatory authorities at the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as well as the military regulatory authorities with the UK’s Military Aviation Authority (MAA),” comments Bob Simmons, technical director at Baines Simmons. “This new contract extends our involvement in Europe and paves the way for us to assist with the formulation of maintenance regulations within the military organisations of all 26 participating Member States.”
The Baines Simmons study will establish the key differences between each nation’s current national military systems and the civilian EASA Part 66. This will require evaluation of the resource implications for each participating Member State, in terms of training, cost and timescales, with an output measuring the compliance with the emerging EMAR 66 requirements. This will allow the company to assess the feasibility of introducing a single common set of requirements as a harmonised standard for the 26 participating Member States.
Baines Simmons is recognised as an international market leader in aviation safety training and consultancy and operates as a trusted partner with more than 300 of the world’s leading civil and military aviation organisations in 43 countries.
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