DAOS - The UK MAA’s Design Approved Organisation Scheme

TR108 | 2 days

Complying with the requirements of the UK MAA’s Design Approved Organisation Scheme (DAOS) can feel like a challenge. Approval is subject to adherence with RA5850 so an understanding of this (and its original sources in EMAR and EASA Part 21 Subpart J) is essential. It is, however, easy to get bogged down. The solution is to recognise the regulatory intent so that you can set up a high-performing “design management system”, which is also compliant to RA5850. If performance is the objective, compliance is a natural result. The inverse, unfortunately, is seldom true.

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27 Jun - 28 Jun 2024

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How will this course benefit me?

This two-day course takes a practical approach to the applicable DAOS Regulatory Articles, providing the necessary insight to (a) ensure your organisation is fully compliant to obtain and maintain approval, and (b) to ensure the intelligent adoption of the regulatory intent without adding any unnecessary bureaucracy which could stifle innovation and creativity that is so necessary for design engineers.
Using industry experience and examples of best practice, you will explore the key elements of the RA5850 (as well as the referenced RA1014) rules so that you will be able to ensure that compliance is achieved with minimum disruption to an existing performing design management system.

Completing this course will:

  • Increase your organisation’s levels of compliance by ensuring you are familiar with the rules
  • Minimise risk to you and your organisation through unwitting non-compliance
  • Increase your confidence to engage and discuss the regulation with the UK MAA, the
  • Technical Airworthiness Authority (TAA), the Delivery Team (DT) and Defence Equipment& Support (DE&S)
  • Save time and improve efficiency in your business by introducing ‘best practice’


Key areas of focus:

  • The UK MAA set-up and its publications impacting Design Organisations
  • The intent of the DAOS system and the roles of the various DO interfacing organisations
  • Details of RA5850 (as well as the referenced RA1014)
  • Differences to EASA Part 21 and/or EMAR 21
  • Setting yourself up not only to comply with the MAA RAs, but to do business internationally.
  • The challenges and opportunities inherent in the composition of the Design Organisation’s Exposition (DOE)


Is this course right for me?

Although there are no prerequisites for this course, experience of working in a Design Organisation is highly desirable. Individuals in the following positions would benefit from a comprehensive understanding on how DAOS influences their daily responsibilities:

  • Head of Design
  • Office of Airworthiness (incl. Certification Managers)
  • Compliance Verification Engineers
  • Independent System Monitors (incl. Quality Assurance)
  • Design Managers and Team Leaders
  • Design and Test personnel preparing qualification data

Course details

Course format: This course is a balanced mix of group discussions, flipchart work and PowerPoint presentations. Managed syndicate exercises give you the opportunity to practise the application and evaluation of new processes and techniques.
Course level: Practitioner Level Training (P) is suitable for those who have worked in the subject for some time, are familiar with core terminologies and concepts and are looking to develop or update their level of knowledge and practical understanding.
Assessment process: No formal assessment. Formative feedback is provided by the facilitator.
Course size: 16 persons maximum at our Aviation Safety Academy or on-site at your facility