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Baines Simmons Wins European Defence Agency (EDA) Consultancy Contract

Baines Simmons wins European Defence Agency contract

Air Partner’s aviation safety consultancy company Baines Simmons has been awarded a four-year contract to provide consultancy and training services to the EDA, supporting continued development and deployment of the full suite of European Military Airworthiness Requirements (EMARs).

Baines Simmons will provide EMAR development and implementation advice, guidance and training to the EDA and its 27 participating Member States. The programme will cover:

  • Continued evolution of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) baseline requirements
  • Safety Management System (SMS) implementation
  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).

Baines Simmons has supported the development and implementation of Defence Airworthiness Requirements since 2002, working with MAAs, Defence Forces and Partner organisations in the UK, Europe and Australia. Baines Simmons’ partnership with the EDA and involvement with the European Military Airworthiness Authorities Forum (MAWA) has enabled it to strongly influence the development of the EMARs. It is expected this will positively affect the airworthiness of military aircraft operated across the EDA’s participating Member States for decades to come.

To date, Baines Simmons has already supported countries including The Netherlands, Sweden and Australia on their EMAR competence development. This year it has also been awarded a contract to provide aviation safety consultancy services to the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) to help improve and safeguard the airworthiness of all RAFO aircraft.

Mark Briffa, Group CEO of Air Partner plc, commented: “Over the last 15 years, Baines Simmons has built a first-class reputation for safety performance, having helped develop the skills and expertise of over 120,000 aviation professionals at all levels. Having served as a trusted advisor to more than 450 of the world’s leading aviation organisations and some 45 national aviation regulatory authorities, we are extremely well placed to support the EDA as it further develops the EMARs.”

Bob Simmons, Director at Baines Simmons, said: “We are delighted that the EDA has, for the third time, chosen to engage Baines Simmons to provide specialist support in the continued development and implementation of the EMARs. As recognised by the EDA selection, we retain an extensive in-house team of technical specialists experienced in both civil and defence sectors to assist with EMAR implementation, alongside experienced regulatory authority staff. The award of this long-term framework agreement will bring a level of stability, consistency and cohesion to the requirements, maximising the benefits to the participating Member States and European defence industries alike.”

Henk Corporaal, Project Officer, Airworthiness, at the EDA, said: “The EDA has contracted Baines Simmons a couple of times for consultancy support in the last few years. From our experience, we learned that the company is a very knowledgeable and capable partner to support the EDA and its participating Member States in the development of EMARs. Now, as the focus of the MAWA Forum is shifting to addressing new requirement topics and implementation, we are very much looking forward to working with Baines Simmons in order to maintain the EMARs to the latest standards, as well as to develop best practices for implementation.”