Aviation Independent Safety Auditing

RPS has broad experience in Independent Safety Auditing in Aviation, with considerable experience in auditing aircraft projects such as C-130J, C-17A, BAe 125, BAe146 and Puma aircraft platforms and Airborne Equipment (parachutes and airdrop equipment).

This auditing has included Safety Management System audit and document review of safety management plans and safety cases against regulatory requirements. As part of these contracts, we are also often required to audit supplier organisations, including:

  • Supplier audit of Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine Whole Life Support Programme
  • Supplier audit of Selex ES
  • Supplier audit of Airbus Helicopters (UK)
  • Supplier audit of Marshall Aerospace & Defence Group

Key details

Project name
Aviation Independent Safety Auditing

Client
Ministry of Defence

Location
UK and USA

Services provided

  • Independent safety audit
  • Safety assessment, regulatory compliance monitoring

Challenge

For these contracts the challenge is to provide Independent Safety Audit support to the Ministry of Defence Project Team, with the purpose of measuring compliance with MoD policy, including DSA01.1, MAA Regulatory Publications, Def Stan 00-56, POSMS, the project safety and Environmental System (SEMS) and the appropriate procedures and processes. A further challenge in such projects is management of UK airworthiness within the constraints of civil or United States airworthiness regulations.

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Solution

Having gained knowledge and understanding of the relevant airworthiness and safety practices, the solution is to conduct the following for each platform: reviews of the safety argument and airworthiness strategy and reviews of safety case reports and supporting evidence including the hazard log and loss model; systems-level reviews and audits of the SEMP and supporting processes & procedures.

This has required audit of each project team in the United States and the UK. The work also requires attendance at 2* equipment safety reviews, safety panels and integrity working groups for each aircraft platform.

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