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What we do

The Military Aviation Authority is an independent organisation responsible for regulating air safety across defence.


Enhance the delivery of operational capability through continual improvement in military air safety, appropriate culture, regulation and practice.


A world class military air safety regulatory and assurance model that is proactive, innovative, modern, efficient and effective.

Who we are

From 1 April 2015 the MAA will transition to form part of the newly formed Defence Safety Authority (DSA), and will be led by a 2* Director (D MAA). The DSA will be established by charter, signed by SofS, and will be responsible for all defence safety regulators. The MAA will draw the authority to discharge its regulatory role by a letter of delegation issued by DG DSA.

The Military Aviation Authority is part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and is the the single regulatory authority responsible for regulating all aspects of air safety across defence. MAA has full oversight of all defence aviation activity.

Through independent audit and continuous surveillance of military aviation, the MAA aims to provide the Secretary of State for Defence (SofS), through the Permanent Under Secretary of State for Defence (PUS), the necessary assurance that appropriate standards of air safety are maintained in delivering operational capability.

The MAA draws the authority to discharge its regulatory role from a charter signed by SofS. The charter also specifies the MAA’s high level governance arrangements and broad responsibilities.

Our management

MAA is led by a 3* Director General (DG) and is supported by the Director (Operations) and Director (Technical), who collectively form the MAA Executive.

The organisation consists of the following areas:

  • regulatory services delivery groups: which provide end-to-end regulations and certification; and oversight and approvals across the defence air environment

  • a strategy and policy group develops and sets MAA policy and conducts strategic planning with a 5 year horizon

  • a centralised analysis and planning goup uses evidence to develop and resource a risk based, operational delivery plan, which is informed by a number of activities such as audits and inspections

  • the enabling services function provides a range of support services to the MAA and comprises a number of smaller, interlinked teams: business plans and finance; secretariat and communications; legal services; and skills, training and talent sustainment (who support the governance and outputs of the MAA).

The MAA was established 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.

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