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About the Military Aviation Authority (MAA)


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.

Organization overview

Part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD), the MAA is an independent and autonomous organization responsible for the regulation, surveillance, inspection and assurance of the Defence Air operating and technical domains. It ensures the safe design and use of military air systems.

As the single regulatory authority responsible for regulating all aspects of Air Safety across Defence, the 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.

The MAA, which is located at MOD Abbey Wood (North), Bristol, is led by a 3* Director General (DG) who is based in Level 6, Zone L, MOD Main Building, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2HB.

DG MAA is supported by two 2*s, Director (Operations) and Director (Technical), who collectively form the MAA Executive.

The organization consists of a number of key areas:

arrow Regulatory Services Delivery Groups deliver end-to-end Regulations and Certification, and Oversight and Approvals across the Defence Air Environment.

arrow A Strategy and Policy Group develops and sets MAA policy and conducts strategic planning with a 5 year horizon.

arrow A centralized Analysis and Planning Group 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.

arrow The Enabling Services function provides a range of support services to the MAA. It 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).

arrow The Military Air Accident Investigation Branch (MilAAIB), based in Farnborough, undertakes military air accident investigations in support of Service Inquiries convened by the DG.

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.