The Czech Presidency endorses military airworthiness at european level

On 4 – 6 June 2009, Olomouc hosts an international working meeting at expert level for military airworthiness, the Military Airworthiness Harmonisation Workshop, which is one of the events of the Czech Presidency of the EU Council.

The Czech Presidency aims to endorse the EU-wide Military Airworthiness Authorities Forum (MAWA) in its efforts to address the harmonisation of certification and standardisation in this area and the preparation of specific proposals and recommendations for the meeting of the EDA Steering Board. The international working meeting is organised by the Armaments Division of the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic in cooperation with the Military Aviation Authority of the Defence Ministry and the EDA.

In the building of the Regional Centre of Olomouc, more than 60 experts sat down at the table, among them representatives of EU Defence and Transport Ministries, representatives of international organisations such as the EDA, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), NATO, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL) and the European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE), representatives of civil and military aviation authorities as well as representatives of the defence industry. The meeting of experts for airworthiness is chaired by the Director of the Military Aviation Authority of the Defence Ministry, Colonel Petr Brouček.

“So far the approach to the issue of military airworthiness has been uncoordinated, unlike civil airworthiness which falls within the remit of EASA, and currently there is not formal arrangement, measure or procedure providing for a unified approach to military airworthiness at European level”, explains Colonel Petr Brouček. “As a result, military airworthiness is regulated only at national level and at the level of individual projects, which is both time-consuming and costly and consequently represents a major hindrance to the development of joint international projects in this area. The most important requirement which must be guaranteed by unified European certification of military aircraft is safe operation of military aircraft in the airspace shared with civil operators. The Czech Presidency aims to support the current coordination and harmonisation activities of the EDA, and the continuing expert meeting in Olomouc is a concrete example of this”, added the Director of the Military Aviation Authority of the Czech Defence Ministry.

The EU-wide Military Airworthiness Authorities Forum (MAWA), working under the auspices of the EDA, was set up on the basis of a decision of the EDA Steering Board at the level of EU Defence Ministers on 10 November 2008. At the EDA, the area of military airworthiness and its coordination with other relevant international institutions (NATO, EASA, EUROCONTROL) and the defence industry in Europe is headed by a representative of the Czech Republic, Ján Plevka (formerly employed at the Military Aviation Authority of the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic) who also chairs the MAWA forum. The third meeting of the MAWA forum was held on 3 and 4 June 2009 at the Armed Forces House in Prague. This forum brings together as many as 20 EU Member States. The first project conducted by the team of Ján Plevka focuses on establishing requirements for the airworthiness and certification of military aircraft including the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS).


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  • Vladimír Lukovský, Press and Information Service of the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic
  • tel.: +420 973 200 153, mobile: +420 724 006 780; e-mail: lukovskv@army.cz

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