Initial Airworthiness - Design

As the airworthiness environment becomes ever more complex and integrated, how well are you achieving your goals of designing for certification, or are you constantly trying to certify the design?

With an evolving regulatory regime – and the gradual merging of civil approaches into the military mindset – understanding the intent of the regulations and being able to intelligently interpret and implement them is a challenge faced by much of industry, with some valuable prizes on offer for those who get it right:

  • Significant performance improvements resulting from a proactive approach to managing safety and certification
  • Reduced losses due to rework, delays and product integrity
  • Improved organisational efficiency
  • Improved Regulator confidence
  • Reduced risk of liability

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Challenges you may be facing

  • Are your Design Organisation’s roles, boundaries and interfaces clearly defined?
  • How well are you managing your partners/sub-contractors/suppliers?
  • Is there efficient coordination between and within departments?
  • How well does your Design Assurance System (DAS) control and supervise the design?
  • How effective are you in continuously improving the DAS?
  • How well are you managing your competencies?
  • How well do your procedures encourage innovation and efficiency? Are they robust, workable, enabling and not too restrictive?
  • Do your procedures clearly define “who does what and when”?
  • How proactive are your Verification and Validation (V&V) activities?
  • Is the Handbook being used as a ‘basic working document’ in the Design Organisation?

How we can help with Initial Airworthiness

Regulatory training – helping you to understand and apply the regulations relating to organisational approvals within your organisation. This includes:

  • EASA Part 21 and EMAR 21 (all subparts)
  • UK MAA DAOS (Design & Modification
  • Engineering 500 Series of Regulatory Articles)
  • Safety Assessments (e.g. CS 25.1309) and Safety Cases (e.g. Def Stan 00-56 and Mil-Std-882)

Design Standards and Airworthiness Codes – assist you in developing your competence in efficiently proving compliance. Our areas of speciality include:

  • The Certification process
  • The Verification and Validation (V&V) process
  • Safety Assessments (e.g. CS 25.1309) and Safety Cases (e.g. Def Stan 00-56)
  • Safety Management Systems
  • Human Factors in the Initial Airworthiness Phase (e.g. CS25.1309(c) & CS25.1302)
  • Electrical Wiring Integration System (EWIS) (e.g. see CS25 Subpart H)
  • Fire & Flammability (e.g. CS25.853 & CS25.869)

Diagnosing your organisation's structure and processes and, using Baines Simmons proprietary (SMARRT) tools and models, make recommendations resulting in performance improvements and reduced risk of liability.