About the Military Aviation Authority – the Netherlands

The Military Aviation Authority – the Netherlands (MAA-NLD) guarantees and promotes military aviation safety, with the feasibility of the military missions to be carried out as the primary focus. It does this by setting military aviation requirements. The MAA-NLD also monitors compliance with these requirements and enforces compliance when they are not, or not sufficiently met. The MAA-NLD also formulates policy for the safe and shared use of airspace by civilian and military aircraft. To this end, the MAA-NLD works together with the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management.

So called 'riggers' from 11 Airmobile Brigade have attached a sling load to a Chinook and watch the transport helicopter take off.
The military aviation requirements apply to the rigging and transport of loads under a helicopter.

The military aviation requirements relate to all aspects of military aviation that influence aviation safety (airworthiness and certification, operations, airspace and airports).

As seen from the ground:  paratroopers of the 11 Airmobile Brigade exit a Hercules C-130 transport aircraft via the rear ramp.
The military aviation requirements apply to all jumps from military transport aircraft executed by military personnel.

Differences compared to civilian aviation

Military aviation differs from civilian aviation. It involves, for instance, airborne weapon systems. It also includes the simultaneous transport of people and ammunition, dropping people and materiel from military aircraft, and conducting combat missions. The Ministry of Defence carries out high-risk tasks. Within this context, work must be done as safely as possible, with risks being 'As Low As Reasonably Practicable' (ALARP). That is why the MAA-NLD´s motto is 'Mission First, Safety Always'.

2 Pilatus PC-7 training aircraft perform a side by side roll.
Internal and external training institutions must also meet the military aviation requirements.

Contact Military Aviation Authority

Visiting address:

  • Complex Brasserskade
  • Brasserskade 227a
  • 2497 NX The Hague
  • Netherlands

Postal address:

  • PO Box 20701
  • 2500 ES The Hague
  • Netherlands


  • mla@mindef.nl