Military Aviation Authority
|Formed||1 April 2010|
|Headquarters||MoD Abbey Wood, Bristol|
The Military Aviation Authority (MAA) is an organisation within the British Ministry of Defence and is the single regulatory authority responsible for regulating all aspects of Air Safety across Defence, with full oversight of all Defence aviation activity. It is part of the MoD, but operates independently, via a Charter signed by SoS.
The MAA was established on 1 April 2010 in response to the recommendations made by Mr Justice Haddon-Cave in his Nimrod Review, which called for a radical overhaul of military airworthiness regulation (RN, Army or RAF). The authority incorporates the former Directorate of Aviation Regulation & Safety, previously the Defence Aviation Safety Centre (DASC) which had been located at RAF Bentley Priory until the station closed in 2008 and the organisation moved to RAF Northolt. The MAA, which is located at MoD Abbey Wood in Bristol, is led by a 3* Director General who is based in MoD Main Building, Whitehall, London. DG MAA is supported by two 2*s, Director (Operations) and Director (Technical), who collectively form the MAA Executive.
The MAA used to be led by the Director-General, with two principal deputies:
- Operations Director - Air Vice-Marshal Paul Atherton
- Technical Director - Air Vice-Marshal Martin Clark
Currently, the website states that there is a Director and Director (Technical).
- Director General -
Air Marshal Richard Garwood (2013 - 2015)
- "Nimrod Review".
- "Interview with Group Captain Tony Mills, Gp Capt RAF Flight Safety" (PDF). Air Clues. Royal Air Force. October 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
- "RAF Northolt". VSM Estates. 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
- Military Aviation Authority website
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