International Military Airworthiness Regulation Conference (IMARC)

The inaugural International Military Airworthiness Regulation Conference was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia, on 14-15 November 2016.  The organisers, Australia’s new Defence Aviation Safety Authority (DASA), aimed to ‘provide both military and civilian Airworthiness Authorities and industry partners with a forum to gain insight into:

  • the benefits of an emerging global convention on airworthiness regulation,
  • the reasoning behind moving away from bespoke airworthiness systems, and
  • lessons learned from organisations that have transitioned to a new airworthiness system.’

I attended with 632 others from 25 nations.  It was exciting to see the international military airworthiness community come together to explore the benefits of an emerging global convention on airworthiness regulation.

Australia’s DASA has done a remarkable job of moving from cumbersome, prescriptive and unique airworthiness regulations to the streamlined, performance-based and harmonised Defence Aviation Safety Regulations (DASRs).  Rod Locket and I recommended such a move in our ‘ASI Strategic Review’ back in 2013.  I drafted Guidance Material and Acceptable Means of Compliance for the Aircraft Structural Integrity (ASI) aspects of the new DASRs.

Presentations are available from the DASA’s web site for the IMARC.

Congratulations to Air Commodore James Hood, Director General of the Defence Aviation Safety Authority, and his team, for their outstanding work managing the DASR project and organising this historic conference!