Win for birdies

Published on Mr Glenn Armstrong (author), Mr Ken Karger (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Albatross, NSW

Topic(s): HMAS Albatross

Captain Steve Arney (Director NASPO) and Commander Sands Skinner (NASPO Head of Design) proudly display the Military Design Organisation Approval Certificate surrounded by members of NASPO Engineering Management Unit. (photo: Mr Ken Karger)
Captain Steve Arney (Director NASPO) and Commander Sands Skinner (NASPO Head of Design) proudly display the Military Design Organisation Approval Certificate surrounded by members of NASPO Engineering Management Unit.

The Navy Aviation Systems Program Office (NASPO) in HMAS Albatross has achieved a significant first in the form of a broad-scope design approval.

NASPO is an organisation element of the Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) charged with the acquisition, planning and implementation of new aviation capability within the RAN.

NASPO recently became the first of these elements to be awarded a broad-scope approval to develop designs for all military rotary wing aircraft.

Head of Design at NASPO, Commander Sands Skinner said the new organisational approval provided a significant strategic capability enhancer for both Navy and Defence aviation.

“NASPO, together with its industry and foreign government partners, will now be able to provide emerging engineering design support services for a much broader range of rotary wing platforms including supporting other service groups if required.

“This offers force elements greater flexibility and more efficient use of limited Defence resources which was never an option in the previous regulatory environment,” Commander Skinner said.

The broad-scope approval was facilitated by the recent introduction of more flexible outcomes-based Defence Aviation Safety Regulations (DASRs), which were rolled out in the Defence aviation community in 2016.

The approval recognised the organisations history of more than 40 years providing engineering design and support services for multiple rotary wing aircraft types. 

The Director General of the Defence Aviation Safety Authority, Air Commodore James Hood, signed and issued the new Military Design Organisational approval in May 2018.