EDA awards aviation safety consultancy services contract to Baines Simmons


Aviation safety consultancy company Baines Simmons has been contracted to provide consultancy and training services to the European Defence Agency (EDA).

Under the four-year EDA consultancy contract, the company will support development and deployment of the full suite of European Military Airworthiness Requirements (EMARs).

The agreement covers EMAR development and implementation advice, guidance and training to the EDA and its 27 participating Member States.

Baines Simmons director Bob Simmons said: "As recognised by the EDA selection, we retain an extensive in-house team of technical specialists experienced in both civil and defence sectors to assist with EMAR implementation, alongside experienced regulatory authority staff.

“The award of this long-term framework agreement will bring a level of stability, consistency and cohesion to the requirements, maximising the benefits to the participating Member States and European defence industries alike."

The programme is focused on the continued evolution of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) baseline requirements, safety management system (SMS) implementation, and remotely piloted aircraft systems.

"The award of this long-term framework agreement will bring a level of stability, consistency and cohesion to the requirements, maximising the benefits to the participating Member States and European defence industries alike."

Since 2002, Baines Simmons supported the development and implementation of Defence Airworthiness Requirements in partnership with the UK Military Aviation Authority, Defence Forces, and partner organisations in the UK, Europe, and Australia.

EDA Airworthiness project officer Henk Corporaal said: "The EDA has contracted Baines Simmons a couple of times for consultancy support in the last few years.

“From our experience, we learned that the company is a very knowledgeable and capable partner to support the EDA and its participating Member States in the development of EMARs.”

Baines Simmons has supported the Netherlands, Sweden, and Australia on their EMAR competence development.

The company has also secured a contract to provide aviation safety consultancy services to the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO).