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Many European countries agree on an EU-wide harmonisation and unification strategy for military airworthiness, because these days it is no longer viable for single nations to carry out single airworthiness activities independently.
Within EATC premises it is the work of the Functional Division, Technical and Logistics (TLOG) Branch to mirror proposals of the European Defence Agency (EDA) into EATC daily work in order to harmonise EATC Participating Nations different airworthiness regulations.
“Lieutenant Colonel, what is - simply spoken - Military Airworthiness?”
Each nation established its own airworthiness requirements for military aircraft, most of the time based on existing civilian EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) regulations. Nevertheless, discrepancies between national sets of rules remain. Therefore, in order to achieve commonality within Europe, the EDA established in 2008 the MAWA (Military Airworthiness Agency) forum which goal is the production of a full set of harmonized European Military Airworthiness Requirements (EMARs); up to now, five major documents (see bottom 1st note) have been promulgated.”
Lieutenant Colonel Liboureau: “Among logistical studies, the EATC is working on establishing a common A400M training concept for technicians. EMARs 66 (licenses), 147 (training organisations) and 145 (maintenance organisations) provide general requirements about education and training which are currently not yet totally implemented within national regulations. The challenge of the EATC is to coordinate between the set of European requirements and national intentions with regard to these requirements in order to come with a multinational agreement.
"Lieutenant Colonel Liboureau, thank you for the interview."
Pictures: Norbert Thomas
1. EMAR 21, 147, 145 and their “Acceptable Means of Compliance”, EMAD 1 and R. All documents are available on EDA website.
2. The type certificate holder of a fleet (usually the manufacturer) defines a Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL) which is approved by the National Military Airworthiness Authority (NMAA) during the certification process. Each national end user issues a Minimum Equipment List (MEL) which cannot be more restrictive than MMEL.
3. All the domains of activities are identified in the “EATC Logistics Policy” document issued in May 2013
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