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ARSA Analysis Shows U.S.-wide Benefit of International Maintenance Trade

Workers and companies in almost every state benefit from international trade in aviation maintenance services, according to a new analysis by ARSA.  The findings underscore the broad economic impact of the aviation maintenance industry in communities throughout the United States, as well as the benefits of bilateral aviation safety agreements (BASA) that make government oversight more efficient.

The long-standing U.S.-EU BASA allows U.S. repair stations certificated by the FAA to more easily receive and maintain approval to work on European-registered aircraft and related components.  The BASA also makes oversight more efficient for government and industry by allowing the FAA and European regulators to share responsibilities. In addition to the EU, the United States has bilateral agreements with several other countries covering maintenance, flight operations and aircraft and environmental certification.

The ARSA analysis of the EASA’s list of U.S. approval holders found there are 1,460 repair stations spread across 47 of the 50 states authorized to work on European aircraft and components.  ARSA correlated the EASA data with industry employment figures developed by Oliver Wyman for the association and found that, collectively, there are more than 162,000 Americans employed by repair stations in the 25 states with the most EASA approvals (see table below).

“The positive impact of international trade on small businesses and workers in the aviation maintenance sector is one of the U.S. economy’s best kept secrets,” ARSA Executive Vice President Christian Klein said.  “When considering tax, trade, aviation or regulatory policy, it’s important for the White House and lawmakers on Capitol Hill to understand and consider that back-home impact.  Anything that undermines economic activity in this area is going to have negative repercussions in communities around the country.”

According to Oliver Wyman’s industry analysis, the vast majority of US. repair stations are small-medium-sized businesses and repair stations employ more than 186,000 workers nationwide.  When aircraft parts manufacturing and distribution and air carrier maintenance personnel are taken into account, the aviation maintenance industry has more than 277,000 workers and accounts for more than $44 billion in economic activity.

To learn more about the maintenance community and its place in the international marketplace, visit ARSA’s economic data center.

EASA-Approved Repair Stations – By State (Top 25)
Rank State EASA-Approved Repair Stations (#) Total Repair Station Employment in State
1 Florida 291 16,393
2 California 202 25,209
3 Texas 141 16,847
4 Arizona 68 6,052
5 (tie) Connecticut 53 4,650
5 (tie) Kansas 53 5,639
7 New York 50 5,121
8 Washington 48 9,707
9 Georgia 46 17,141
10 Oklahoma 41 11,187
11 Ohio 39 6,461
12 Illinois 38 4,044
13 Michigan 32 4,310
14 North Carolina 26 3,857
15 Alabama 24 4,641
16 New Jersey 22 3,907
17 Colorado 21 1,394
18 (tie) Massachusetts 20 2,185
18 (tie) Tennessee 20 2,412
20 (tie) Missouri 19 1,531
20 (tie) Pennsylvania 19 3,222
20 (tie) Wisconsin 19 2,423
23 (tie) Indiana 16 2,747
23 (tie) Kentucky 16 704
25 Nevada 12 656


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