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RAF A400M Atlas Aircraft – photo Steve Lympany – Uk MoD

RAF A400M Atlas Aircraft – photo Steve Lympany – Uk MoD


3 March 2015 Ministry of Defence and Military Aviation Authority


Air Vice-Marshal Martin Clark, Director (Technical), MAA, reviews recent progress in harmonising military airworthiness


In a time of extreme pressure on defence budgets, harmonising military airworthiness among allies can bring big benefits. In a recent article in the February edition of the RAeS publication, Aerospace, Air Vice-Marshal Martin Clark FRAeS, Director (Technical), Military Aviation Authority (MAA), reviews recent progress.

In a September 2014 Aerospace article, Howard Wheeldon described how the MAA had grown and developed since its creation in April 2010, following the publication of the Nimrod review into the tragic loss of Nimrod XV230. As part of its drive to re-establish the importance of managing military airworthiness effectively, the MAA has continued to support, and often lead, the extension of this work into Europe and beyond in order to improve understanding and consistency in approach for this critical area amongst our international allies. Other benefits are anticipated through creating the opportunity to share work done by the military airworthiness community to help reduce the cost of procurement and support activity, for both the participating nations and national industries.

This work has its origins in the early 2000s, when it became clear that international military aircraft projects were being managed in a variety of different ways, largely due to the varying needs of the collaborating nations and the differing responsibilities of national industries. Each nation had developed its own sovereign regulations or laws governing military aviation, often informed by lessons learned from the national perspective, and there seemed little appetite to change. However, as defence spending reduced and there was pressure to deliver more for less, the cost of these international programmes came increasingly under the spotlight. It was in this context that the UK championed a proposal to harmonise military airworthiness arrangements across Europe. This gathered broad support and work was initiated formally by the twenty-six participating Member States (pMS) of the European Defence Agency (EDA) who, on 10 November 2008, agreed to the formation of the Military Airworthiness Authorities (MAWA) Forum. In addition to the pMS, observers from the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and other interested organisations were invited to participate in the MAWA Forum.


Full Harmonising airworthiness article can be viewed here (PDF, 269KB, 5 pages)

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18 janvier 2015 7 18 /01 /janvier /2015 07:45
Mali: des groupes armés rivaux s’affrontent dans le nord


18 janvier 2015 par Nicolas Laffont - 45eNord.ca


Des groupes armés rivaux dans le nord du Mali se sont affrontés samedi à Tabankort, dans la région de Gao, où la tension était vive depuis quelques jours, selon des responsables des belligérants et une source onusienne, sans faire état de mort ou blessé.


Les affrontements de Tabankort (plus de 190 km au nord de Gao) ont impliqué des combattants de groupes touareg et arabes formant la Coordination des mouvements de l’Azawad (CMA) à des hommes du Groupe autodéfense touareg Imghad et alliés (Gatia) appuyés d’une branche du Mouvement arabe de l’Azawad (MAA), ont indiqué à l’AFP des dirigeants de la CMA et du MAA proche de Gatia ainsi qu’une source militaire africaine au sein de la Mission de l’ONU au Mali (MINUSMA) basée dans le Nord.


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18 septembre 2013 3 18 /09 /septembre /2013 12:45
Mali: accord inédit entre les groupes armés du Nord

18 septembre 2013 Par RFI


Au Mali, un accord inédit vient d’être signé, mardi 17 septembre, entre les groupes armés présents dans le nord du pays. Après deux jours de discussion, sur l’initiative des autorités maliennes, ces groupes ont signé une déclaration conjointe. Le Mouvement national de libération de l’Azawad (MNLA), le Haut conseil de l’unité de l’Azawad (HCUA), la Coordination des mouvements et fronts patriotiques de résistance (CM-FPR, composé notamment des milices gandakoyes et gandaïzo), ainsi que le Mouvement arabe de l’Azawad (MAA) promettent de « mettre en commun leurs efforts » pour résoudre la crise. Ils créent une cellule de contact afin de dégager des positions communes, avant d’entamer les négociations avec l’Etat malien.


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