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ATC Gliders - Design Authority Approvals

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Dear Ministry of Defence,

I recently made a series of requests for information, which were allocated the following numbers:

FOI2018/00480, 00481, 00551 and 00554.

You sent a response recently which informed me that these four requests had been refused under Section 12(4) of the FOI Act. You further advised me how I might refine or reduce the scope of my requests, for which I am grateful. I am therefore resubmitting this new request, which has been limited and framed so as to reduce the costs of compiling your response.

I request a listing of companies that have acted as Design Authorities for Viking and Vigilant aircraft since their entry into service. For your information, this date appears to have been around 1984.

I further request copies of DAOS expositions (formal submissions), DAOS related audit reports, and formal DAOS certification documents for the companies so authorised.

Please note that this request is not limited to authorisations granted by the MAA under their DAOS scheme instituted post 2010. A comprehensive Design Authority approval scheme was already in place within the MoD when these aircraft were originally purchased.

To assist, I can confirm that Slingsby Aviation Limited were, in 2002, the 'designated Design Authority' for the Viking aircraft. It is likely that this company was the original DA.

To further assist, I have accessed the MAA's Approved Companies listing on the website, and I understand that the current DAOS authorisation (UK.MAA.DAOS.0153 for Marshalls of Cambridge Aerospace Ltd) allows for 'Development of Viking Glider aircraft'. I would be grateful for confirmation that this approval also covers design of modifications and approvals of repair schemes. If this is self evident in the DAOS certification document that I have requested, no separate confirmation is required.

Yours faithfully,

Stephen George

DSA-Enquiries (MULTIUSER),

Dear Mr George

 

Thank you for your email.

 

Your request has been logged under our reference FOI2018/02051 and the
target date for response is 8 March 2018.

 

Regards

 

DSA Secretariat

 

 

 

DSA-Enquiries (MULTIUSER),

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Dear Mr George

 

Please find attached response to FOI request FOI2018/02051

 

Regards

 

DSA Secretariat

 

DSA-Enquiries (MULTIUSER),

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Dear Mr George

 

In our previous letter of 5^th March (attached) we advised you that
additional time was required in order to conduct a Public Interest Test on
the information requested and that it was our aim to respond to you by
10^th April.

 

Unfortunately, due to the historic nature of some of the documents
requested, it has not been possible to recover and assess all of the
archived data and it is unlikely that we will now be able to provide you
with a response within the required timeframe.

 

Please accept this email as reassurance that we are working to retrieve
the data and will update you in due course.

 

Regards

 

DSA Secretariat

 

From: DSA-Enquiries (MULTIUSER)
Sent: 05 March 2018 12:42
To: Stephen George <[FOI #463600 email]>
Subject: FOI2018/02051

 

Dear Mr George

 

Please find attached response to FOI request FOI2018/02051

 

Regards

 

DSA Secretariat

 

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