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Coming Soon: Military Airworthiness Conference 2014

The annual MAWA Military Airworthiness Conference will be held this year in Rome on 24 and 25 September.

The MAWA Forum oversees the development of European Military Airworthiness Requirements and promotes ways of achieving the harmonisation of military airworthiness regulation and certification processes across Europe.  The annual conference brings together important stakeholders, from national authorities through to industry and European agencies, so that each groups input is ensured.

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. To counter this the EDA was entrusted with establishing the Military Airworthiness Authorities (MAWA) Forum to increase cooperation and harmonisation between Member States authorities. This approach offers 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. Harmonised national airworthiness regulations are also a key enabler to unlock the benefits for all aviation related ‘pooling and sharing’ initiatives.

Advantages of mutual recognition

This year’s conference will be the sixth time the event has been held. In that time significant progress has already been made, with three European Military Airworthiness Requirements being approved and published on the EDA website. The adoption of these and other requirements into national  regulations will enable mutual recognition of certificates and approvals issued by each Member State’s Military Airworthiness Authority, helping to reduce costs and improve safety.

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