Presentation on theme: "Timothy E. Gowen NATO Ad Hoc Airworthiness Group"— Presentation transcript:
1 Timothy E. Gowen NATO Ad Hoc Airworthiness Group NATO perspectiveTimothy E. GowenNATO Ad Hoc Airworthiness Group
2 Briefing Outline Introduction Current Framework NATO Specific RequirementsLatest DevelopmentsFuture StepsAreas of co-operation
3 Introduction Airworthiness is about achieving an acceptable level of safety ……is a standard of safety for an aeronautical product demonstrating that it is fit and safe for flight, in conformance with its approved type design, manufacturing and maintenance standards, and operated within its design limits….….and, is a discipline that is concerned with the determination of whether or not an aeronautical product has achieved a state of being technically and operationally airworthy, and produces the evidence to this effect.
4 Current framework Military Aviation Military aircraft have unique requirements:ArmamentBattle damageEjection SeatsFlight envelope extremes; andHigher levels of risk managementStill a National responsibility - each country is responsible for it’s own regulation and management……but standards and/or unique regulations required
5 NATO Specifics Common policy, standards and procedures NATO is NOT a “Regulator” but dependent on the availability and interoperability of its Member Nations’ Forces, thus:StandardisationEconomy of effortMutual trustBalance between Military Mission and SafetyNATO Wide Minimum Safety FrameworkCommon policy, standards and proceduresleverage the benefits for NATO’s existing and future air assetsprovide for value-added cooperation.are Critical
6 NATO Specifics Recognized A/W needs NATO Specific capabilities (owned/leased air assets)NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control (NAEW&C)NATO Strategic Air Lift Capability (NSAC)NATO AGS (Air Ground Surveillance), andNATO UAVs, need:Standardised military aviation requirements (including A/W standards)Seamless connection into the overall aviation systemHarmonized requirements for airspace usage in cross-border operations‘Due regard’ to international obligations and general (Air) Law principles
7 Latest Developments NATO Airworthiness Ad-Hoc Working Group Scopedevelop specific policy/standards for NATO owned/leased air assets and/or those operating under NATO Aegisprovide the necessary framework for the regulation of military aviation that achieves an acceptable level of safety for NATO owned or leased air assets, including those operating under NATO Aegis.Focus:Define the roles and responsibilities of a NATO Military Aviation Authority.Define the minimum Military Aviation Regulations and look into the need to develop standards for minimum A/W requirements.Address both initial (acquisition) and continuing (maintenance) airworthiness.Identify and define a common set of terms and definitions for NATO A/W.
8 Latest Developments NATO Airworthiness Ad-Hoc Working Group Program of Workaddress the need to develop a NATO A/W Framework (Principles and Policy);address the need to develop NATO A/W related STANAGs;expand liaison and cooperation with other A/W specialized/affected organizations;address A/W Terminology;continuously update its Terms of Reference.ObjectivesAchieve an acceptable and known level of safety for military aeronautical productsProvide safe flights for all personnelAddress liability issues with NATO Aircraft and/or those operating under NATO.Address legal and political scrutinyIncrease harmonization of airspace regulationsLeverage of common policies, standards and procedures: good business practices.Provide for a common airworthiness policy.Allow for common validation and certification.Enable Exchange of Information.
9 4th meeting of NATO AWAHWG Future StepsBetter coordination between different functionalities - A/W and Safety are all encompassing activities from procurement, through maintenance, material support, and operation, to disposalCoherent approachMilitary cooperation in Airworthiness has just startedActive involvement requiredPossible establishment of a permanent NATO A/W BodyIncreased cooperation - strong liaison with A/W related organizations (EDA, EMAAG, EASA, ASIC, etc)4th meeting of NATO AWAHWG21-23 April 2009 (NATO HQ)
10 Areas of Co-operation Common rulemaking principles Harmonisation of regulations and proceduresExchange of best practisesCertification of military aircraftExchange of safety informationWorking arrangements and Agreements for Technical Co-operation