Initial Airworthiness - Training and Consultancy
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Initial Airworthiness

Initial Airworthiness

We can help you improve compliance through a proactive approach to initial airworthiness certification management.

Our world of advancing technology means systems are becoming more complex. This in turn, means greater investment of time and resources to ensure your products (whether they are an aircraft, engine, component or appliance) are not only fit-for-purpose but safe and meet certification standards. Not managed well, this can lead to spiralling costs or risks to your organisation’s approval.

By taking a proactive approach to initial airworthiness and the management of certification, design and production organisations will see returns in the form of:

  • Reduced losses due to rework and delays
  • A more robust product integrity
  • Improved efficiencies
  • Improved performance
  • Reduced level of involvement from the regulator
  • Reduced risk of liability

Initial Airworthiness challenges you may be facing

  • You’re unclear on how to transition from a ‘trying to certify the design’ mentality to a ‘designing for certification’ approach
  • You’re unsure how emerging regulations (EASA MDM.060) around the introduction of SMS into Part 21 organisations will affect you
  •  You face challenges with running civil and military programs under different authorisations (e.g. DOA, ADOA and DAOS), but within the same Design Assurance System
  • You’re seeking efficiencies from your organisation’s initial airworthiness processes to be competitive in the market, but are cognisant of the need to continue to meet regulatory and safety standards

How we can help with Initial Airworthiness

  • Regulatory training – helping you to understand and apply the regulations relating to initial airworthiness organisational approvals within your organisation. This includes:
    • EASA Part 21 and EMAR 21 (all subparts)
    • UK MAA DAOS (Design & Modification Engineering 500 Series of Regulatory Articles)
  • Airworthiness Codes – assisting you in developing your competence in efficiently proving compliance. Our areas of speciality include:
    • Safety Assessments/Safety Cases
    • Electrical Wiring Integration Systems (EWIS)
    • Human Factors in design
  • Design and Production Organisation Performance – diagnosing your organisation structure, processes and culture (using Baines proprietary (SMARRT) tools and models) to make recommendations resulting in performance improvements and reduced risk of liability.

What are the practical skills and competence required for personnel operating in Initial Airworthiness

Our aim is to bridge gaps in knowledge and skills of those involved with the design and manufacture of aircraft and their components. Misunderstandings of roles and responsibilities can lead to failures, degraded safety, higher costs and risks to your organisational approval. Having a good understanding of EASA Part 21 and EASA Part 145 for POAs who have multiple approvals is crucial. We furthermore recommend developing a good working understanding of the principles of Human Factors and Safety Management System to help with your plans for accommodating emerging regulations.

How supportive is your organisational structure for achieving effective aircraft and aircraft products that are safe and economical?

Even the best people with the best intentions cannot be successful without the necessary infrastructure to support them. The organisation needs to be set up adequately to satisfy its purpose of either designing aircraft (and/or engines and propellers) or manufacturing them.

Resources (both human and technical), processes and procedures as well as the whole organisational structure need to be fit for purpose. It can be the difference between achieving optimum efficiencies and maximum effectiveness. Our aim, when working with you to review your capability, is to ensure you have a clear picture of what you have so that you can consider intelligently where you may need to increase investment or reduce your costs.

Are you confident that your Assurance system is providing you with value?

Are your Design Assurance and Production Assurance activities seen as just a necessary expense or are they viewed from the perspective of what value they can offer? First and foremost, confidence that you are meeting the regulations is an output that you should see from your assurance activities. Continuous improvement is another.

Real business change that results in better performance are often attributable to Assurance activities, where a systems approach has prevailed. Looking at latent as well as active failures and applying root cause analysis with rigour, effective Assurance activities can make an impact in the organisation as well as pave the way towards performance-based oversight, which is the future of regulatory oversight.

Whether you are a civil design organisation holding an EASA DOA, ADOA or POA, or a military organisation holding a UK DAOS approval or require an EMAR 21-based approval, we have extensive experience of the implementation of robust Assurance activities to meet these challenges.

What role does the leadership play in determining the focus and direction of your organisation?

Your leadership team sets the tone of how you approach design or production in your organisation. Is compliance with regulations just an after-thought, or does your organisation strive to intelligently adopt the regulations and work within the system so that safety, rather than considered a necessary burden, is a bedrock for your values and drives decision-making around the business?

We have a great track record of working with leadership teams across the aviation industry to help them understand the safety space that they to navigate between production and protection and to work with them to realise solutions that offer tangible benefits that can be seen in reduced rework, increased reliability and, ultimately, healthier bottom lines.

Does your organisational culture support your safety?

Organisational approvals and compliance with certification standards are indicators that you have met minimum safety standards. However, if you are striving for both strong business and safety performance, you will be looking for intelligent application of the regulations and a proactive approach to managing your systems. Such cultural manifestations need to be understood, explored and tackled if you are considering any change or performance initiative.

At Baines Simmons, we have united our well regarded expertise in safety culture with our significant hands-on experience in Initial Airworthiness to help organisations understand how to engage their staff on organisational cultural issues.