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European Defence Agency selects Baines Simmons for important EMAR M Regulatory Support

The European Defence Agency (EDA) has again selected Baines Simmons to provide specialist advice and guidance to its Task Force 3 as they commence the drafting of the final European Military Airworthiness Requirement (EMAR), setting standards for the management of Continuing Airworthiness for military aircraft across EDA’s 27 participating member states.

The European Defence Agency (EDA)

Bob Simmons, founding Director of Baines Simmons seated alongside the EDA’s Principal Airworthiness Officer, Jan Plevka (left) with Tim Drinkwater (rear left) and Colonel Pierre-Laurent Borras (Task Force 3 Chairman) at the project launch meeting on 11th December.

Baines Simmons has already successfully supported the EDA in the development of EMAR 66, defining a framework for a common set of aircraft maintenance personnel training and competence requirements for the harmonisation of military aircraft maintenance licensing, and this subsequent contract further endorses the confidence the EDA has in the company’s specialist skills and expertise in this area.

Commenting on the importance of this project to Baines Simmons, founding Director Bob Simmons, said: “This contract with the EDA allows us to inform the development of this pivotal element of the airworthiness system. It will be a privilege to work with the EDA’s Continuing Airworthiness Task Force, led by Col Pierre-Laurent Borras of the French Air Force (Armée de l’Air), positively affecting the airworthiness of military aircraft in the 27 participating Member States for decades to come.”

The EMAR M project commences early in 2014 and will be managed by Baines Simmons’ Senior Consultant, Tim Drinkwater, supported by a small team of continuing airworthiness specialists who are familiar with both the EASA rules as well as the military operating environment. Tim will be drawing on his extensive regulatory knowledge and experience that he has gained during his time as a Senior Airworthiness Surveyor with UK CAA, where he led the oversight of major commercial operators, maintainers and manufacturers.