European Military Aviation Authorities Conference at Cologne


European Military Aviation Authorities Conference


The European Military Aviation Authorities Conference, in short EUMAAC, takes place once a year in one of the seventeen participating EUMAAC nations. The conference is hosted by the respectively presiding nation. During the German EUMAAC chairmanship the conference was hosted by the GMAA and held in June 2017 at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College in Hamburg. Amongst the EUMAAC nations‘ Military Aviation Authorities (MAA) Directors, exalted representatives of the European Defence Agency (EDA) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as well as the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Commission (EC) attend the conference.

The EUMAAC serves as a forum for an informal and frank exchange of views regarding strategic matters of aviation safety. In addition to the formal work in international committees each nation carries out, the EUMAAC nations are able to evaluate new ideas and intensify the dialogue with civil institutions. One of the key subjects is the redesign of the European airspace carried out in the EU Commission’s Single European Sky Initiative. The initiative is said to improve interoperability amongst civil and military air traffic in times of peace but also of crisis.
Germany followed the Swiss EUMAAC Chairmanship in June 2017 and will be succeeded by Finland in summer 2018.

During the German EUMAAC Chairmanship, the GMAA focused on the goal of improving the efficiency of Recognition among the EUMAAC nations and participating institutions. The term Recognition in this context means for Military Aviation Authorities to reveal processes and regulations that warrant aviation safety to other nations‘ MAAs within the context of a so called audit. This way a foundation of trust can be established that serves as the basis for sharing documents among nations that thus can be used for national processes.