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See you next year: Plan now to join ARSA on March 9-12, 2021. To catch up on what happened this year, review the updates below






March 10-13, 2020
Washington, D.C. & Arlington, Virginia

After months of preparation, thanks to the investment of the event’s sponsors and in service of its dedicated attendees, the association brought the maintenance community to the U.S. capital city. From the White House to Capitol Hill to back at the Ritz-Carlton, Conference week kept everyone busy.

Participant note: Agenda information, session materials and other resources are available in the digital companion. See the back of your badge for connection information.

See what happened at the maintenance community’s premier substantive event by scrolling down on this page.

The Live Feed…

ARSA will post regular updates via it’s Twitter account @ARSAWorks:


Key Updates…

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 9:11 a.m. EDT

What it looked like…

Photos from the 2020 Annual Conference are now available. To view them in a Google Photos Album, click here. Did you take any pictures? Share good ones with Brett Levanto (

Friday, March 13 @ 11:58 a.m. EDT

ARSA Thanks Erickson, Jordan for Board Service

During its annual member meeting on March 13, ARSA recognized Chris Erickson of Erickson, Inc. and Gary Jordan of Jordan Propeller Service for their many years in association leadership positions. Erickson and Jordan completed their final terms on ARSA’s Board of Directors at its October 2019 annual meeting.

Friday, March 13 @ 9:12 a.m. EDT

Helping with Healing: ARSA Honors Scovel

On March 13, ARSA recognized former Department of Transportation (DOT) Inspector General (IG) Calvin L. Scovel, III with its 2020 Leo Weston Award for Excellence in Service to Aviation Safety.

Thursday, March 12 @ 8:39 a.m. EDT

Participants Get it All…

Agenda information, session materials and other resources are available in the digital companion. See the back of your badge for connection information.

Wednesday, March 11 @ 1:00 p.m. EDT

ARSA Honors Lawrence for Workforce Development Leadership

U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) received ARSA’s 2020 Legislative Leadership Award at a March 11 Capitol Hill ceremony.

Wednesday, March 11 @ 12:30 p.m. EDT

Maintenance Market Will Grow Amid New Crises

On March 11, the ARSA released its 2020 Global Fleet & MRO Market Assessment. The report, which was prepared for the association by aviation management consulting firm Oliver Wyman assesses the current state of the global aviation maintenance market and projects continued industry growth through 2030.

Wednesday, March 11 @ 10:02 a.m. EDT


The 10:00 meeting with House Aviation Subcommittee staff has been moved to 3:00 p.m. It will still be in Rayburn 2167.

Tuesday, March 10 @ 5:41 p.m. EDT

Aviation Maintenance Leaders’ D.C. Tour Includes White House, DOT Stops

On March 10, a small group of senior aviation maintenance industry professionals participated in a series of collaborative discussions with high-ranking federal officials. The group began the day with a White House policy briefing, followed by stops at the Departments of Labor, State and Transportation.

Monday, March 9 @ 4:21 p.m. EDT

Conference Week Is Here…and It Is Happening

ARSA is monitoring the situation surrounding the coronavirus and the Conference is going ahead as scheduled.  The association is coordinating with international participants to mitigate risks to Conference attendees.  For more information and your own personal planning,  please consult the U.S. Centers for Disease Control website

Stay tuned to this page for updates. Conference registrants may find relevant contact information in the event’s Digital Companion.

Updates for 2020...

3/3/20 - It's On (See the Full Agenda/Event Schedule)

March 30, 2020

Event guide, agenda and resources can be found in the 2020 Conference Digital Companion; access will be provided to attendees.

Special thanks to…


Executive to Executive Briefings – March 10, 2020

9:30 a.m. | The White House

Participants will receive a briefing from relevant White House policy staffers on issues impacting aviation businesses.

11:00 a.m. | U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship

John Ladd, Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship, U.S. Department of Labor

12:00 p.m. | Lunch at Airlines for America

Nick Calio, President & CEO, A4A

2:00 p.m. | U.S. Department of State

Hugo Yon, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs

4:00 p.m. | U.S. Department of Transportation

David Short, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Aviation and International Affairs

6:00 pm | Dinner with the ARSA Board of Directors

By special invitation for Platinum and Gold sponsors only.

9:00 p.m. | End of E2E Day

Legislative Day – March 11, 2020

Special thanks to…

Getting Around Capitol Hill – Map & resources from

Advocacy materials (Congressional Directories and Legislative Priorities) – Special thanks to…

AEM Component JPEG

7:30 a.m. | Registration and Breakfast

The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
Diplomat Room
1250 South Hayes Street
Arlington, VA 22202

Special thanks to…




8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. | Introduction & Overview Briefing

Diplomat Room

Christian A. Klein, Executive Vice President, ARSA
Brett Levanto, Vice President of Operations, ARSA
Alex de Gunten, ARSA 2020 Government Affairs Chairman and Business Development Officer, HEICO

9:00 a.m. | Departure for Capitol Hill (individual transportation)

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Legislative Briefing with House Aviation Subcommittee Staff

Rayburn House Office Building (RHOB)
Room 2167
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20515

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Congressional Briefing & Luncheon

Longworth House Office Building (LHOB)
Room 1539
15 Independence Ave SE
Washington, DC 20515

Presentation of 2020 ARSA Legislative Leadership Awards to Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.)

Release of 2020 Global Fleet and MRO Market Assessment

ARSA’s Data & Advocacy Page – For information about this year’s assessment and other resources

2:00 p.m. | Legislative Briefing with Senate Aviation Subcommittee Staff (By Invite Only)

Location details provided to invitees directly.

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Symposium Registration Open

Ritz-Carlton Diplomat Foyer (To the right of hotel registration/concierge)
[Legislative Day attendees need not re-register.]

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Ice Breaker Reception

Ritz-Carlton Diplomat Room

Special thanks to…

Annual Repair Symposium – March 12, 2020

Special thanks for room keys, lanyards and general support for the entire week of activities to…


7:30 a.m. | Registration and Breakfast

Special breakfast thanks to…




The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
Grand Ballroom Foyer
1250 South Hayes Street
Arlington, VA 22202

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. | Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Ritz-Carlton Grand Ballroom

Sarah MacLeod, Executive Director, ARSA
Christian A. Klein, Executive Vice President, ARSA

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. | Session 1: Keynote Address

Ritz-Carlton Grand Ballroom

Ali Bahrami, Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, FAA

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. | Break

Special thanks for the break to…



9:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Session 2: Opening Salvo – Conversations with the Regulators

Ritz-Carlton Grand Ballroom

International agencies will provide updates on the regulations, policies and procedures governing the maintenance industry.

Gustavo Lima Carneiro, Civil Aviation Regulation Specialist, Airworthiness Department, National Aviation for Civil Aviation Brazil (ANAC)
Rick Domingo, Executive Director, Flight Standards Service, FAA
Thomas Mickler, Washington, D.C. Representative, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
Jeffrey Phipps, Chief Operational Airworthiness, Standards Branch, Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCC)
Michael (Dr. Mike) Romanowski, Director, Policy & Innovation Division, Aircraft Certification Service, FAA
Moderator: Marshall S. Filler, Managing Director & General Counsel, ARSA
Floor Host: Sarah MacLeod, Executive Director, ARSA

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m (Approximate) | Break

Will be taken based on progress of the Opening Salvo discussion, which will continue until lunch.

Special thanks for the break to…



12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Luncheon with Guest Speaker

Special luncheon thanks to…




Ritz-Carlton Plaza Ballroom

An internationally-recognized aviation lawyer provides insight into his association’s efforts to address problems with access to maintenance data and what its work means for (and demands of) industry.

Daniel Kanter, Assistant General Counsel, Global Competition/Antitrust, IATA

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Session 3: What’s Not Prohibited is Allowed – Regulatory Implications of Emerging Trends and Technologies

Ritz-Carlton Grand Ballroom

Unmanned aircraft systems, remote connectivity, big data or additive manufacturing: Buzzwordy “new” technologies are constantly ascending and descending the hype scale, causing business development excitement and occasional regulation panic. ARSA’s regulatory experts will lead discussion on how the association’s core principle that “what’s not prohibited is allowed” applies no matter what the excitement of the day.

Brett Levanto, Vice President of Operations, ARSA
Sarah MacLeod, Executive Director, ARSA

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | ARSA Jeopardy

Host: Marshall S. Filler, Managing Director & General Counsel, ARSA

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Break

Special thanks for the break to…




4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Session 4: Working for the Workforce

ARSA is an industry leader on workforce policy, military personnel transitions and civilian career development efforts. Learn about the association’s policy progress – and what it has learned throughout the effort – and how that knowledge translates into actionable resources and capabilities for the maintenance community.

John Ladd, Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship, U.S. Department of Labor
Mike Miller, Director of Private and Public Engagement, Defense Personnel and Family Support Center, DoD
Kevin Morgan, Manager, General Aviation Branch, Flight Standards Service, FAA
Moderator: Brett Levanto, Vice President of Operations, ARSA

5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. | Lufthansa Club Lounge Happy Hour

Ritz-Carlton Plaza Ballroom

Special thanks to…

Annual Member Meeting & Breakouts – March 13, 2020

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Annual Membership Meeting & Breakfast

Ritz-Carlton Salon III

ARSA’s president will overview the state of the association and update members on goals and priorities for the coming year. Order of events—

  • Call to Order
  • State of the Association
  • Open floor for Questions
  • Adjournment

W. Ian Cheyne, Chief Technical and Regulatory Officer, Dallas Airmotive & 2020 ARSA President

Special thanks to…

Columbia Helicopters



10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1: Applied Workforce Session

Ritz-Carlton Salon I

An open and interactive session on ARSA’s activities related to workforce development and career pathways. The exchange will help your company create a specific plan to take advantage of the association’s resources and help its efforts continue.

Breakout Session 2: Committee Assignment Updates

Ritz-Carlton Salon II

An open and interactive review and discussion of ARSA’s direct engagement in industry and government stakeholder bodies. Get updates on ARAC’s Part 145 Working Group, the Safety Oversight and Certification Action Committee and EASA’s Engineering Maintenance Technical Committee, in addition to other bodies supported by the association.

12:00 p.m. | Conference Concludes

2/27/20 - Going Platinum

February 27, 2020

Face Time Provided by Lufthansa Technik, Moog & Wencor

Why do ARSA’s Annual Conference attendees make the trip? Why leave your home/office/workshop to go to any event? Personal interaction. While face time plays a key role in every part of the Conference week, the association is grateful to Platinum Sponsors Lufthansa Technik, Moog Aircraft Group and the Wencor Group for supporting it in very important ways.

Each sponsor’s commitment will facilitate opportunities for Conference attendees to interact directly with colleagues, government officials and key stakeholders.

Lufthansa Technik   Lufthansa Technik is a leading provider of civil maintenance and modification services. Learn more at
Moog is a world leader in flight control systems and critical control products for both military and commercial customers. Learn more at   Moog
Wencor has been a trusted partner in aerospace for more than 60 years, offering PMA design and development, CMM and DER repairs and an extensive network of distribution solutions. Learn more at

Moog will provide for Legislative Day’s (March 11) Luncheon, during which Oliver Wyman CAVOK will present this year’s Global Fleet & MRO Market Report and ARSA will recognize its 2020 Legislative Leadership Award winner.

Wencor will open the doors to the Ice Breaker reception on the evening of March 11. During the reception, attendees and special invited guests will turn the page from the executive and congressional engagement of Tuesday and Wednesday to the regulatory focus of Thursday and Friday.

Lufthansa Technik will allow the group to reconvene for its “Club Lounge” Happy Hour on March 12. The reception of event participants and speakers will allow everyone to process the day’s discussions and continue to explore regulatory and professional cooperation.

Each of these components of the Conference will be well remembered…and it certainly helps that all will provide something to eat and drink. See what participants will be doing when they’re not at lunches or receptions by reviewing the entire four-day schedule on the event page.

AeroKool, Coopesa & Getting Things Done

ARSA’s Annual Conference serves many purposes, but is first and foremost a working week. Attendees will coordinate with industry colleagues, engage with congressional leaders and cooperate with regulatory officials.

This year, the association is grateful to Platinum Sponsors AeroKool Aviation Corporation and Coopesa, R.L. for supporting that work in two important ways. AeroKool’s support will make the grassroots engagement of Legislative Day (Wednesday, March 11) possible. The Coopesa-sponsored “digital companion” will ensure every attendee has the tools they need to make the most of every day of conference week.

AeroKool   Since 1959, AeroKool has earned a global reputation for quality in pneumatic heat transfer valves, pumps and environmental control units. Learn more at
Coopesa has more than 57 years of experience providing of major maintenance inspections, modifications, upgrades, refurbishments and painting services for America´s airlines and leasing companies. Learn more at   Coopesa

The support of these companies will be evident to everyone in attendance from March 10-13. The resources and opportunity AeroKool and Coopesa provide will surely follow those participants home and help continue the good work of the Conference. See what that work will look like by reviewing the entire four-day schedule on the event page.

2/18/20 - Good As Gold

February 18, 2020

ARSA is grateful to its 2020 Annual Conference Gold Sponsors. Each company’s support for the event is a continued demonstration of ongoing commitment to the association. See what their sponsorship will provide to this year’s attendees…

Informed Advocacy

For the second year in a row, Aircraft Electric Motors and Component Repair Technologies have provided Legislative Day attendees with some very important reading material: congressional directories from AEM and legislative priorities brochures from CRT.

  Aircraft Electric Motors was established in 1972 and has since provided the absolute best in the rewind and repair of all types of aircraft electrical components, while not competing with accessory shops or other customers it serves. 
Learn more at
  Component Repair Technologies was founded in Mentor, Ohio in 1985. The company retains its innovative founding principles as the core its success. 
Learn more at

Thanks to AEM and CRT for helping ensure Legislative Day attendees will be well prepared on March 11.

Hearty Meals

The Annual Conference always promises a “full plate” in terms of activity, information and engagement. Thanks to First Aviation ServicesColumbia Helicopters and Delta TechOps, the 2020 event will also include full plates of breakfast and lunch.

  A division of Delta Air Lines, Delta TechOps is a full-service aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul provider with more than 11,000 seasoned professionals system-wide.
Learn more at
First Aviation Services, Inc. is a leading provider of repair and overhaul, rotables management and related engineering services to the worldwide aviation industry.
Learn more at
  From logging and construction to disaster relief and defense to forestry and firefighting, no job is too big or too tough for Columbia.
Learn more at

Each of these three companies supports the association year-round. They attend events, actively participate in advocacy efforts, utilize online training, recruit additional members and provide insight to ARSA’s leadership team. Two are currently represented on the Board of Directors and none is a stranger to the Conference sponsor list.

This year, we can thank each of them for a hearty meal: Delta TechOps for breakfast on Thursday, March 12, which will kick off the Symposium portion of the Conference; First Aviation for lunch later that day, which will include a speech by IATA’s Daniel Kanter; and Columbia for breakfast on Friday, March 13, which attendees will finish while participating in ARSA 2020 President Ian Cheyne’s “State of the Association” address.

See what else will be on participant’s plates across the entire four-day Conference schedule – and what other companies have stepped up to support it – by visiting the event page.

2/17/20 - Room at the Inn

February 17, 2020

Registration is open for ARSA’s 2020 Annual Conference, which will be held in and around the nation’s capital from March 10-13. As Executive Vice President Christian Klein would (and does) say, the event is on track to be the most successful ever.

This means that space is at a premium…and the block of rooms made available at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City for event attendees is CLOSED.

If you have not yet made your travel plans, here’s what you should do right now to see if there’s any room left at the inn:

(1) Register for the conference, if you haven’t already.
(2) Contact the Ritz-Carlton directly for booking (+1.703.415.5000) and explain you’re part of ARSA’s 2020 Annual Conference. If rooms are available on the nights you’re seeking, the hotel staff will assist with reservations, but ARSA cannot guarantee a preferred rate.
(3) If you need to search for other options, view the “Location & Accommodations” information on the Conference event page for assistance.

Wherever you’re going to lay your head at night, make sure to get your rest. Conference week will keep you busy.

1/28/20 - Sponsor Salute

January 28, 2020

The following list includes all paid sponsors for 2020 as of this posting. To see all the organizations that have committed to sponsoring, visit the event page. To learn more about a specific sponsor, click the appropriate logo.

Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors



AOG Reaction

  Jet Group   OFM&K   SAFRAN

Act now to take your place among these companies. For information on sponsorship opportunities, visit the event page or contact Brett Levanto (


1/21/20 - Your Registration

January 21, 2020

Knowing what to expect after registering will help you make the most of the maintenance community’s premier event (and if you’ve already registered, it’ll help you assure everything is in order).

(1) Immediately after you submit a registration form, the system will automatically email you a confirmation of your submission. Regardless of how many individuals are registered via the form (each submission can accommodate up to five), a single confirmation will be sent to the person named at the top of the form. The email will come from and provide a review of all the information entered into the form.

(2) The ARSA events team will review your submission for completeness and accuracy, contacting you regarding any required updates or additions. (If no edits are required, you will receive your invoice.)

(3) The events team will produce and deliver an invoice for the appropriate registration and/or sponsorship fees. If you noted in the form’s comments section that an administrative support person or finance specialist should be included, that person will be CC’d on the invoice delivery message.

(4) Pay your invoiced registration/sponsorship fee (payment instructions provided on invoice).

(5) Book your room via the conference room block at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia.

(6) Legislative Day attendees should plan for their grassroots advocacy by reaching out to their members of Congress to schedule meetings. For those needing instruction, ARSA’s legislative team will provide a guidance document.

(7) Individuals from sponsoring companies should identify (and inform Christian Klein and Brett Levanto) who will represent the company at the Executive to Executive Briefing Day on March 10.

(8) Ensure your travel arrangements and other logistics are in place. Get ready for a personally enjoyable and professionally enriching stop in the American capital city.

As of Jan. 23, registrations have been received from the following companies…make sure yours gets on the list:

A.O.G. Reaction
AAR Aircrft Services, Inc.-Miami
Aero Instruments & Avionics, Inc.
Aircraft Electric Motors, Inc.
Alaska Airlines
All Nippon Airways Company, Ltd.
Aviation Repair Solutions, Inc.
Barfield Precision Electronics, LLC
CD Aviation Services
Citadel Completions LLC
Collins Aerospace
Columbia Helicopters, Inc.
Compressed Gas Systems
Dallas Airmotive
Delta TechOps
Earp Aviation Repairs, LLC
Eastern Airlines Technic Co., Ltd.
Erickson Incorporated dba Erickson Air-Crane Co., L.L.C.
First Aviation Services Inc.
FlightSafety International
Genesis Aviation, Inc.
Gogo LLC
  Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co., Limited
Jet Aircraft Maintenance, Inc.
Jet Center MFR
Jordan Propeller Service, Inc.
KLM Engineering & Maintenance
L. J. Walch Co., Inc.
Lufthansa Technik AG
Lynden Air Cargo, LLC
Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics
Moog Inc.
MTU Maintenance Hannover GmbH
The NORDAM Group
Oliver Wyman CAVOK
Pratt & Whitney – Columbus Engine Center
QAI Aerospace
Repairtech International, Inc.
Signature Aviation
Southwest Turbine Inc.
StandardAero Alliance, Inc.
Stein Seal Company
Turbine Controls Inc
Wencor Group







1/14/20 - Book Your Room

January 14, 2020

Annual Conference events are held in Washington, D.C. (at the offices of executive branch agencies, the White House and on Capitol Hill) as well as in Arlington, Virginia. The central point of activity and location for most of the conference’s substantive agenda is the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City.

Image result for ritz carlton pentagon city The Ritz-Carlton
1250 South Hayes Street
Arlington, VA 22202, United States

A block of rooms has been reserved for ARSA attendees at the Ritz-Carlton at a preferred rate. To access rooms within the block, attendees must reserve theirs no later than Feb. 17, 2020. The block may fill before that deadline, so the association encourages conference participants to book as soon as possible. 


NOTE: If you search for rooms via the conference reservation link and the block is sold out for any of the nights in your stay, the system will return no booking options. There may be rooms available in the hotel outside of ARSA’s block and you can still book; contact the Ritz-Carlton directly at +1.703.415.5000 for assistance and explain you are part of ARSA’s 2020 Annual Conference.

Having a place to sleep is important, but to get out of your room and into the event you’ll need to register. If you haven’t already, visit the event page to submit your form.

Annual Conference

The Recent Past...See What Happened

Annual Conference 2019

The Live Feed from @ARSAWorks…

Click here to see the flurry of social media updates produced by ARSA’s team during the conference.

2019 Annual Conference Updates

March 19, 2019 @ 1:50 p.m. EDT – The Photos

Fresh from the camera of the official association photographer as well as the phones of ARSA team members capturing the key frames of this year’s event…


March 15, 2019 @ 12:57 p.m. EDT – Thank You

Thanks for to everyone who supported the 2019 ARSA Annual Conference. Without the engaged backing of participants, sponsors, speakers and a host of others, the event could not have been such a great success.

If you were involved directly in the conference, be on the lookout for a “Thank You” email from “ARSA Events (” In addition to providing the thanks you richly deserve, the message lists a series of follow up actions, references and reminders.

Whether you were in the nation’s capital with ARSA or not, plan NOW to join next year: March 10-13, 2020.

March 15, 2019 @ 9:00 a.m. EDT – Global Good Sense Recognized by First-Ever Joint Weston Award

On March 15, ARSA gave its 2019 Leo Weston Award to two exceptional individuals from member companies. Werner Luehmann, head of regulatory compliance and authorities’ liaison at Lufthansa Technik and also Howard Whyte, quality fellow in regulatory compliance and aftermarket services for Collins Aerospace. The association presented the award jointly for the first time in order to recognize the career accomplishments of these international industry professionals – an American and a German. Each represent the commitment to safety and practical business sense needed for long-term success in the global aviation maintenance industry.

To see more, visit

Global Good Sense Recognized by First-Ever Joint Weston Award

March 14, 2019 @ 7:00 a.m. EDT – Aviation Maintenance Industry Climbing into Workforce Headwind

The aviation industry is poised for another positive year with global spending on maintenance, repair and overhaul services expected to grow by more than $30 billion over the next decade, according to a new report prepared for ARSA by global consulting firm Oliver Wyman.

The new findings were presented by Oliver Wyman’s CAVOK Vice President, Steve Douglas, at a March 13 event on Capitol Hill in conjunction with ARSA’s 2019 Annual Conference.

To see more, visit

Maintenance Market Will Grow Amid New Crises

March 13, 2019 @ 11:30 a.m. EDT – Maintenance Industry Honors Graves, Lipinski for Aviation Workforce Leadership

On March 13, the aviation maintenance industry honored U.S. Reps. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.)for addressing the chronic shortage of technicians threating to undermine the growth and vitality of America’s aerospace sector.

Last year, Graves and Lipinski were lead sponsors of H.R. 5701, which created a new federal grant program to help recruit and educate aviation technicians. The legislation was ultimately enacted as Sec. 625 in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization law signed by President Trump in October 2018.

To see more, visit

Maintenance Industry Honors Graves, Lipinski for Aviation Workforce Leadership

March 12, 2019 @ 5:45 p.m. EDT – ARSA Opens Policy Platform with Conference Kickoff

On March 12, a small group of senior aviation maintenance industry professionals participated in a series of collaborative discussions with high-ranking officials from U.S. federal agencies.

The meetings were part of ARSA’s “Executive to Executive Briefings” series where industry leaders have face-to-face discussions with government officials responsible for matters impacting aviation, manufacturing and international commerce. “E2E”, which was first hosted by ARSA in 2018, served as the official kick-off of the association’s 2019 Annual Conference.

To see more, visit

Aviation Maintenance Leaders’ D.C. Tour Includes White House, DOT Stops

March 11, 2019 @ 11:00 a.m. EDT – Follow Along

Conference week has arrived. Knock on wood, because as of right now the weather looks good, Metro is open and so is the government. 

Participants have been emailed prep instructions necessary for the portions of the conference for which they are registered. Each of these messages, for participants in the Executive to Executive Briefings on Tuesday, March 12, Legislative Day on Wednesday, March 13 and the Annual Repair Symposium on March 14 and 15, provides key event details as well as access to the “digital companion.” All attendees are encouraged to access and bookmark the companion in order to access references, agenda details, ARSA team contact and any materials provided throughout the week.

Interested observers should stay tuned to this page ( throughout the event and follow @ARSAWorks on twitter for up-to-the-minute updates (when possible). 

March 5, 2019 @ 10:25 a.m. EST – Get Ready

ARSA’s 2019 Annual Conference kicks off next week, with the Executive to Executive Briefings on Tuesday, March 12. Registration remains open until March 8, so anyone with the last minute urge to attend any of the conference week events should take action:

If you are a participant…

Right now, participants should be doing a few things to ensure they maximize their time in the nation’s capital:

(1) Make sure your travel arrangements and accommodations are in order and confirm your plans against the general schedule in the public agenda (click here to go to the event page to see the agenda). 

(2) Be on the look out for the participant prep email, which will provide final details as well as access to the conference “digital companion.” The companion will include the detailed agenda, location information and speaker references for all activities. It will provide access to attendee lists, presentations and materials during and after the event as well as ARSA team contact information should immediate assistance be needed. It is the primary resource for anyone participating in the conference (VP of Operations Brett Levanto will continue adding to it throughout the event should attendees make specific requests that might benefit the entire group).

(3) Executive to Executive Briefing Day attendees must provide necessary security information to Executive Vice President Christian A. Klein. Klein has sent a request email to all attendees, anyone who has not received it should contact him directly for assistance.

(4) Legislative Day attendees should be scheduling (or have scheduled) meetings with the offices of their representatives and senators (Click here for basic instructions and a congressional staff contact list).

(5) Symposium attendees should take their final chance to submit “pre-questions” for Sarah MacLeod and Marshall Filler’s “Opening Salvo” discussion with regulators:

(6) Submit any last minute questions either through the public “Ask ARSA First” portal or via the members-only online inquiry system, learn how at

If you are an interested observer…

Stay tuned to this page ( throughout the event and follow @ARSAWorks on twitter. 


Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors






Thank you to the organizations that have stepped up support the repair station community’s premier event. These companies are the perfect demonstration of the aviation world’s shared commitment to both good safety and good business (to learn more about a sponsoring organization, click the appropriate logo).

Executive to Executive Briefings, Legislative Day & Annual Repair Symposium 2018

The 2018 Executive to Executive Briefings, Legislative Day & Annual Repair Symposium kept participants busy from March 13-16.

If you were a participant…

Access the 2018 Symposium Digital Companion, a web page set up specifically for participants that includes the agenda as well as event logistical information. Presentation materials, references and other resources have also been included. The page is laid out to load cleanly on a smartphone, so you can carry it around and refer to it from your maintenance shop or living room. 

To access the digital companion, visit The page is password protected to ensure use is limited to registered attendees; to get the password, refer to the attendee prep emails  or the event materials provided at symposium.

If you are an interested observer…

Review the content below to see what happened. Click on a linked item for more information.

Key Updates…

March 20, 2018 @ 11:13 a.m.

Symposium Week Photos:

A curated selection of the images taken by the ARSA team has been uploaded to the association’s Flickr account. Take a look to put faces and images to the descriptions of what happened during Symposium Week:

To see the album, click here.

Click here to see the photos…

March 16, 2018 @ 12:00 p.m.

An awful lot happened this week:

ARSA’s first-ever set of “Executive to Executive” Briefings helped expand the maintenance community’s reach in the nation’s capital. 

Once again, Legislative Day attendees wore out their shoes on Capitol Hill — one participant tallied more than 19,000 steps — connecting elected officials to the business of aviation safety. 

The panels and professional sessions of the Annual Repair Symposium, member meeting and breakouts continue to be the repair station industry’s most valuable two days of substantive content.

The attentive engagement and support of this year’s participants made the event a great success. If you weren’t able to be here and work alongside them, make sure you checkout everything that was done and said.

Whether you were here this week or not, it’s already time to look ahead to 2019. Mark your calendar for year’s symposium activities from March 12-15, 2019

March 15, 2018 @ 1:30 p.m.

ARSA Honors Jennifer Weinbrecht with Its Weston Award

ARSA Honors Jennifer Weinbrecht with Its Weston Award

March 14, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.

ARSA Recognizes Inhofe for Legislative Leadership

ARSA Recognizes Inhofe for Legislative Leadership

March 14, 2018 @ 1:05 p.m.

New Aviation Maintenance Industry Report Shows Hopeful Economic Projections, Hard Workforce Truths

Maintenance Market Will Grow Amid New Crises

The Live Feed…

Follow along with @ARSAWorks and its legion of twitter followers during #ARSASymposium18…

Legislative Day & Annual Repair Symposium 2017

Thanks to all the participants, speakers, sponsors and allies who made ARSA’s 2017 Legislative Day & Annual Repair Symposium possible.  See what happened when the maintenance community descended on the nation’s capital.

Friday, March 17 @ 12:01 p.m. EDT

The final curtain has officially fallen (metaphorically). ARSA is grateful to everyone who made this year’s event possible, persevering through unusually wintry weather to bring the voice of the maintenance community to the nation’s capital. As we close down at the Ritz-Carlton, a final, special thanks to the 2017 sponsors (to learn more about any of them, click the relevant logo):

2017 Platinum Sponsor


2017 Gold Sponsors

AEM   Component JPEG   DeltaTech_c_r   HAECO_Group_fullcolour_PMS cropped
    Moog   Sonico    

2017 Silver Sponsors

ARSA-SLC-AARLogo-20150811   arsa-symposium-atslogo-silver-20161201   Barfield   CH
ARSA-Symposium-DakotaAirPartsLogo-20170203   arsa-symposium-daslogo-silver-20170104   ARSA-Symposium-EurotecVerticalFlightSolutionsLogo-20170203   arsa-symposium-firstavlogo-silver-20161201-edited
Fortner   TPS-Aerospace   arsa-symposium-tcilogo-silver-20161215

2017 Supporters

    ARSA-Symposium-AOGReaction-Supporter-20170226   ARSA-Symposium-AtlasAirWorldwideLogo-20170216   ARSA-Symposium-BSILogo-Exhibitor-20170202    

Friday, March 17 @ 11:04 a.m. EDT

As a great event comes to a close, mark your calendar for the next one:

SLC 2017 – See What Happened

…and for next year (click here to download next year’s symposium to your Outlook calendar).

Friday, March 17 @ 10:06 a.m. EDT

As its members sat down for ARSA’s Annual Meeting, the association honored Ms. Peggy Gilligan:

ARSA Honors Gilligan’s Public Service with Weston Award

Thursday, March 16 @ 9:49 a.m. EDT

New ARSA member benefit announced. Welcome to PartnerShip:

ARSA Announces New Preferred Shipping Program

Wednesday, March 15 @ 5:03 p.m. EDT

Legislative Day attendees got to spend some time with the unstoppable Rep.Virginia Foxx (N.C.) and honored her commitment to career technical education:

ARSA Supports Effort to Create National Aviation Center

Wednesday, March 15 @ 1:35 p.m. EDT

Capitol Hill briefing complete. See what was presented:

Maintenance Market Will Grow Amid New Crises

Wednesday, March 15 @ 9:22 a.m. EDT

Attendees are on their way to Capitol Hill. As they breeze through D.C. traffic, take a moment to see what they’ll be talking about:

Legislative Issues

Tuesday, March 14 @ 10:14 a.m. EDT

The weather is already beginning to clear in the Washington, D.C. area. ARSA’s team is digging out and will be ready for tomorrow’s Legislative Day.

Should travel disruptions prevent a registrant from joining us, that individual should identify and provide us with a substitute since we do not offer refunds after March 1. If no colleague is able to make the trip or attend, registrants still can access all materials and follow up with the ARSA team should they need more insight.

Wherever you are, stay tuned for alerts and updates.

Monday, March 13 @ 9:10 a.m. EDT

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Washington, D.C. area from March 13 at 7:00 p.m. to March 14 at 2:00 p.m. Forecasts vary depending on location, but the some mix of snow, sleet and rain is expected across the region. This warning is part of a larger weather system moving through the midwest and northeast United States.

ARSA’s Legislative Day & Annual Repair Symposium will continue as scheduled regardless of weather conditions. While Tuesday’s weather will be problematic, the system will clear in time for the area to get back to work on Wednesday and Thursday.

Registrants should take appropriate action regarding their personal travel and stay tuned to this page for event updates.

The Live Feed…See It As It Happened

Legislative Day & Annual Repair Symposium 2016

As the global maintenance community convened for ARSA’s 2016 Legislative Day and Annual Repair Symposium, Washington, D.C. became the capital of the aviation maintenance world. See what happened. For more information about the event itself, click here.

[Scroll down for event Twitter feed.]

March 21, 2016 @ 9:30 a.m. EDT

Thanks to all participants, speakers and sponsors who made the 2016 Legislative Day and Annual Repair Symposium possible. For those who attended, please be sure to review and download the event resources – including all presentations, attendee listings and references – on the materials page listed in the handout. (Lost the address? Contact ARSA for help.) Whether you made it to the nation’s capital this year or not, save the date for next year’s symposium, held March 15-17, 2017.

March 18, 2016 @ 9:00 a.m. EDT

ARSA Honors Maguire as Her New Career Takes Flight
On March 18, ARSA presented its Leo Weston Award for Excellence in Government Service to Crystal Maguire. Maguire, the association’s long-serving vice president of operations, accepted the honor from Executive Director Sarah MacLeod during ARSA’s 2016 Annual Repair Symposium.

March 17, 2016 @ 9:00 a.m. EDT

Gilligan Praises Aircraft Safety, Highlights Skill and Technology
During her keynote address, FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Peggy Gilligan focused on technical competency and technological advances that have made the American national airspace system the safest in the world. Gilligan noted that as a result, the U.S. commercial air system has not lost a passenger since February 2009 – 2,590 days of safety. Click here to see the programmatic references from Gilligan’s speech.

March 16, 2016 @ 3:40 p.m. EDT

Senate Panel Approves Bipartisan FAA Bill, ARSA Objects to Maintenance Provisions
On March 16, as ARSA members stormed Capitol Hill for the association’s 2016 Legislative Day, the Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee approved its 18-month, FAA reauthorization bill with bipartisan support. ARSA strongly opposes the bill’s maintenance-related provisions and Legislative Day attendees made the issue a top priority during visits to Senate and House offices.

March 16, 2016 @ 1:10 p.m. EDT

ARSA Releases Annual Economic Report, Highlights Impact of Maintenance
With FAA reauthorization bills taking center stage on Capitol Hill, ARSA’s annual economic market assessment once-again highlights the impact of an often unseen part of the aviation industry: maintenance. The 2016 Global Fleet & MRO Market Assessment prepared by Oliver Wyman was released March 16 at a Capitol Hill briefing. The event, conducted as part of ARSA’s annual Legislative Day, was headlined by House Aviation Subcommittee Member Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) and attended by aviation maintenance industry executives and congressional staff.

March 15, 2016 @ 5:00 p.m. EDT

WMATA: All Metrorail service will be suspended Wednesday, March 16, for emergency inspections
Legislative Day and Symposium attendees, particularly those not staying at the Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City but attending events on Wednesday, should account for Metrorail closures in their personal travel plans.

March 15, 2016 @ 12:25 p.m. EDT

Thank you to the 2016 sponsors:

 AARtrans_logoPMS645_dpi75   AEM
AviationWeek   Barfield
ColumbiaHelicopters   Coopesa Logo
CRT Logo Transparent   DeltaTech_c_r
First Aviation Services Inc-Logo-rgb   Fortner
HAECO_Group_fullcolour_PMS cropped   lht_64_yel_rgb
Moog   Nordam-20150812
Sonico   TPS-Aerospace



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