Aircraft system architecture

After a first experience as a safety manager for a major aeronautical equipment manufacturer, I joined APSYS in 2003 to work on the A400M program. In charge of safety analyzes, I contributed to the development of the aircraft system architecture (obtaining two patents) as well as the certification of critical systems. It is quite natural that in 2014, following A400M entry into service in the armies, I switched to the continued airworthiness activity as an engineer and then in 2017 as assistant to the Continued Airworthiness Manager deputy.

Airworthiness is the ability of an aircraft to fly safely to its occupants, other aircraft and persons overflown. Continued Airworthiness is a regulatory obligation, imposed to the Aircraft Manufacturer (Type Certificate Holder). The objective is to ensure throughout the operational life of the model, a constant level of safety.

My activity is, with the team, to analyze all the events / incidents / accidents that occur (in service, during the production phases, or design). The goal is to categorize them, establish the root causes and determine ways to restore an acceptable level of airworthiness

All of these activities are done in close collaboration with the different design offices. For the most severe events, analyzes are subject to the approval of the civil (EASA) and military (CQC) certification authorities of the A400M.

Whether during the design or during the operational life of the aircraft, rigor, a critical spirit, curiosity are essential assets to the safety.

3 values that I found in APSYS : rigor, technical expertise, Safety culture.”

Julien NicoA400M continued airworthiness manager deputy APSYS