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EDA Conference provides platform for demonstrating Baines Simmons’ expertise

Technical Director, Bob SimmonsBaines Simmons’ Technical Director, Bob Simmons, received extremely positive feedback when he participated as a key speaker at the recent European Defence Agency (EDA) Military Airworthiness Conference, held in Poland in July 2011.

More than 50 key stakeholders from a number of European and international Military Airworthiness Authorities attended the event held at The Westin Hotel in Warsaw as well as representatives from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Aerospace and Defence Industries of Europe (ASD).

Delegates were given presentations on a wide range of subjects, including updates on the work being carried out by the EDA as well as national experiences with the introduction of new aircraft types to their national military fleets. There was much discussion on the implementation of a new suite of common requirements to the European military sector and also on maintaining airworthiness in an operational context.

Within this high-profile event, Bob Simmons provided a focus on the research work completed to date by Baines Simmons on behalf of the EDA in support of the development of European Military Airworthiness Requirement (EMAR) 66. His presentation detailed the benefits of implementing a standard across the EDA participating member states and he demonstrated how an EMAR 66 would mesh into the other EMARs currently under development. The conclusion was that the EDA participating Member States should adopt the EMAR suite as standard to gain the benefits identified.

“The conference provided us with the opportunity to communicate with those who deal with airworthiness in the real world and to gain a better understanding of international perspectives,” states Simmons. “We were privileged to be invited to speak at such a prestigious event and to demonstrate our support of EDA. Our goal is to open the way for us to influence the formulation of maintenance requirements within the military organisations of all participating Member States and positively influence aviation safety standards in the sector.”

After a competitive tender process, Baines Simmons won the EDA contract in January 2011 to conduct a study into military aircraft maintenance certifying staff qualifications, involving 26 European countries. The report, due for delivery in September 2011, will make recommendations on the format and content of a new EMAR 66 as well as identifying the scale of the potential benefits of cross-servicing aircraft and weapon systems between nations.