Frazer-Nash set to produce military airworthiness criteria

Engineering consultancy Frazer-Nash, working with Marshall Aerospace, has been awarded a contract by the European Defence Agency (EDA) to produce a harmonised set of European Military Airworthiness Certification Criteria (EMACC).

The EDA chairs the Military Airworthiness Authorities Forum, which has the goal of harmonising airworthiness regulations and processes across EDA-participating member states.

A harmonised set of airworthiness standards and requirements — which will form the basis of an EMACC handbook — will reduce duplication across countries as well as cutting initial aircraft procurement costs and, potentially, life costs.

Under its contract, Frazer-Nash is working on a two-year programme to produce a full set of harmonised criteria for final acceptance in late 2012 — covering all aspects of airworthiness, including topics such as flight dynamics, structural integrity and propulsion.