Our governance

The MAA operates a series of high-level meetings, providing the organisation with a strong governance structure.

  • MAA Gold (Command)

MAA Gold is the MAA’s top level formal governance mechanism. It sets strategic direction and policy and is the endorsing body for significant regulatory change. MAA Gold provides strategic direction for the development of the organization and the conduct of its activities through prioritizing outputs and delivering strategic outcomes, in accordance with the Director MAA’s vision and purpose.

Chaired by Director MAA, the MAA Gold membership comprises the MAA’s Director (Technical), the two 1* Group Heads (of Operating Assurance and Regulation & Certification) and the Chief of Staff (COS). The Board meets three times a year as the culminating meeting of the Termly Governance Cycle.

  • MAA Operators’ Council (MOC)

The MOC is the MAA’s highest level consultative body. It facilitates senior stakeholder engagement on air safety regulation, policy and standards; highlighting any enterprise level air safety risks and considering potential means of their mitigation. The MOC aims to enhance defence understanding of the risk to life being carried at the aviation Operational Duty Holder (ODH) level and above.

Chaired by Director MAA, MOC membership comprises representatives from across defence aviation. The Council meets tri-annually.

  • Joint Air Safety Committee (JASC)

The JASC supports and informs MAA Gold on military air safety issues through consultation with the aerospace industry. It is supported by advisory groups (AG) established to cover specific areas of military air safety regulation.

Chaired by the DSA’s Director (Technical), JASC membership comprises the chairs of the MAA advisory groups, representatives from the aerospace industry (principally the aerospace, defence and security industry grouping), the CAA and, recognising its role as the principal MOD contracting body with industry, DE&S. Director MAA attends as appropriate. The committee meets bi-annually

The MAA governance structure (PDF, 64.5KB, 1 page) document provides a chart diagram.

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