ARSA Wraps up a Successful SLC
ARSA’s 2012 Strategic Leadership Conference, the Association’s annual invitation-only gathering of aerospace executives, featured strategic discussions about the future of the maintenance industry and the Association’s role in improving the business, legal, and regulatory climate for aviation maintenance.
This year’s conference was held in Hamburg, Germany to join celebrations surrounding the 50th anniversary of Lufthansa Technik’s FAA certificate. It was ARSA’s first time hosting an international event.
The keynote speech was delivered by Bruce Dickinson, who in addition to his role as lead vocalist of the chart-topping metal band Iron Maiden, is a commercial pilot and aviation entrepreneur – recently launching an MRO operation in Wales. Joining Dickinson in addressing attendees were the U.S. Ambassador to Germany Philip D. Murphy, Lufthansa Technik CEO August Wilhelm Henningsen, and Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, who delivered a video message.
Key highlights include:
- ARSA’s Positive Publicity Campaign is shaping public opinion. Industry leaders gave ARSA kudos for its efforts to guide general media reporting with strong consensus that ARSA can and should be another important voice on maintenance-related stories.
- Industry and regulators are growing increasingly impatient with TSA’s foot-dragging on the repair station security rules. ARSA discussed the likely political landscape in 2013 and outlined plans for a legislative push to lift the ban on new foreign repair station certificates in light of the growing risk that civil aviation authorities will retaliate against U.S. companies.
- International aviation cooperation is a key component to safety. “International partnerships, private and public, are the key to sustaining these [safety] gains,” Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told attendees in a video message. CEO of Lufthansa Technik August Wilhelm Henningsen, added, “With open cooperation, all parties involved have made sustainable contributions to safety and reliability, cost-effective aviation, and the preservation of the environment.”
- During his keynote, Bruce Dickinson described plans for his new company, Cardiff Aviation, which will offer heavy maintenance and other services from a decommissioned RAF base. Dickinson joined industry colleagues in pushing the envelope to achieve better safety and reliability. Simply complying with regulations isn’t enough. “When you put complacency next to compliance, you have a recipe for disaster,” Dickinson said.
- Lufthansa Technik Vice President of Quality Hanno Loss was recognized for his two years as ARSA’s president. Loss enhanced the Association’s international visibility and drove efforts to grow ARSA’s public relations capabilities.
- In conjunction with the SLC, ARSA’s Board elected 2013 officers. Gary Fortner, vice president of quality control at Fortner Engineering, was elected ARSA’s president; Gary Jordan, president and CEO of Jordan Propeller Service, was elect vice president; and Jim Perdue, vice president and manager of sales at SONICO, Inc., was elected treasurer.