Aix-en-Provence | Oct 08, 2013 European Defence Agency
The Military Airworthiness Conference 2013 took place on 25-26 September in Aix-en-Provence, France. This was the 5th conference arranged under the auspices of the Military Airworthiness Authorities (MAWA) Forum and built upon the success of previous EDA Military Airworthiness Conferences and workshops that had been organised in the Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland and Cyprus.
This year presentations focused on "Building upon the foundations of military airworthiness harmonisation in order to realise future benefits” and on exploring the way forward now that the full suite of European Military Airworthiness Requirements (EMARs) and other associated documents will be available in the near term.
The conference brought together 95 military airworthiness experts from European Member States, governmental organisations, aerospace industry and the European Aviation Safety Agency as well as representatives from Australia, Canada, the Republic of Korea, Singapore and Turkey.
The wide variety of presentations, interspersed with valuable Q&A sessions and discussions, posed a number of challenging questions for the Military Airworthiness community, as well as providing an exciting insight into the way-forward for European Military Airworthiness. The conference provided key opportunities for networking, ensuring that delegates were able to maximise their time with each other and to follow-up individual presentations with more detailed discussions of specific national issues.
Conference feedback from all attendees has been very positive, and will provide further impetus to the EDA-chaired MAWA Forum as it prepares for the national consultation of several critical documents over the next few months, including EMAR 66 and the Acceptable Means of Compliance & Guidance Material linked with EMAR 21 and EMAR 147.