Military Airworthiness Conference 2015

Gaining the benefits of harmonisation

Whereas civil aviation falls under the auspices of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), military aircraft are exclusively subject to national legislation. In November 2008, European defence ministers tasked the EDA with establishing the Military Airworthiness Authorities (MAWA) Forum to increase cooperation and harmonisation between EU Member States in the field of military airworthiness. 

Key to this activity is the development of the harmonised ‘European Military Airworthiness Requirements’ (EMARs) and ‘European Military Airworthiness Documents’ (EMADs). These harmonised publications offer many benefits, including enhancing military aviation safety, improving military-military and civil-military cooperation, reducing the time and cost for new aircraft development and optimising interoperability during joint air operations. Using the EMARs and EMADs as a basis for harmonising national airworthiness regulations is a key enabler in unlocking the benefits for all aviation related ‘pooling and sharing’ initiatives. 

Significant progress has been made by the MAWA Forum, with all but one of the EMARs now being approved and published on the EDA website. The adoption of these and other harmonised requirements into national airworthiness regulations will allow the mutual recognition of certificates and approvals issued by each Member State’s Military Airworthiness Authority, helping to reduce costs and improve safety.


The 7th annual MAWA Military Airworthiness Conference will be held this year in the Dutch National Military Museum, Soesterberg, NL on 13th / 14th October 2015. It will bring together key stakeholders from European national airworthiness authorities, industry and EU agencies and will also include a number of international authorities and organisations involved in military airworthiness. 

The conference is open to key personnel holding relevant positions from the military and industry. Please note that registration is essential and only confirmed participants will be able to attend the conference. 

Inquiries should be made to stating your current role and reasons for your interest in attending the Conference.


More Information

For more information on the work and activities of the MAWA Forum, please visit the military airworthiness experts portal on the EDA website:

If you would like more information about the 2015 Military Airworthiness Conference please contact: