Airworthiness & Safety

Airworthiness and Safety

Goshawk provides a wide range of airworthiness and safety-critical engineering advice and support services spanning equipment life-cycle from design phase through to in-service and de-commissioning. Typically our work is associated with assisting a customer to understand equipment safety and regulatory compliance characteristics and to manage these satisfactorily during acquisition and in-service use.


Airworthiness & equipment safety

Interpreting system design characteristics (e.g. FMECA) and manufacturer’s safety assessments

System qualification, testing and certification

Safety related software (SRS) and electronic equipment certification

Configuration management and modifications to design

Platform integrity management (i.e. structure, propulsion and system)

Usage constraints and maintenance needs (e.g. SOI&U, RCM, sparing and sustainment strategies)

Maintenance and airworthiness/equipment safety planning and expositions (e.g. MOE and CAME)

System-level failure reporting and corrective action analysis

Failure investigation, forensic material sciences and root-cause analysis

Safety management systems (SMS)


Certification & regulatory advice

UK Military Aviation Authority (MAA) and EASA/CAA/FAA certification standards

Type Certification Basis (TCB) and Type Certificate Exposition (TCE)

Certification review items (CRIs) and Military CRIs (MCRIs)

Application and interpretation of MAA regulatory publication (MRP)

Organisation behaviour and compliance review


Acceptance and permissioning

Integrated test evaluation & acceptance planning (ITEAP)

Operational evaluation

Risk to life (RtL) and operating safety cases (OSC)

Release to service recommendation (RTSR) and service RTS

Ship air release (SA-R)


Certificate of Usage (CoU) and Military Permit to Fly (MPTF) - Goshawk assisted an industry client to interpret and apply the new RA 5880 Issue 3 to prepare a Military Permit to Fly (MPTF) for the civilian operator of a UK military registered aircraft type.
Flight certification - Assisted MOD DE&S delivery teams to sift and analyse available certification artefacts for major air system programmes.