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Telling the aviation maintenance story is a powerful way to demonstrate how vital the industry is to the lives and livelihoods of people all over the world. ARSA is the voice of global maintenance providers, working with governments and regulators to ensure that repair stations can serve the flying public with minimal unnecessary intrusion from inspectors or legislators. To support this effort, the association publishes reports, provides data and develops resources to help illustrate the importance of the world done by mechanics, technicians and engineers worldwide.

The story…

Living in the safest period in the history of US civil aviation, every traveler should understand the qualitative value of aviation maintenance and its impact on their life. However, ARSA continually seeks to fully illustrate the broad impact of the industry on the economies, communities and peoples of the world. To that end, the association is constantly engaged in quantitative studies that investigate the true global impact of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations.

Our most-recent research determined global air transport MRO (for jets and turboprops) is expected to be $67.7B in 2016. Considering expected expansion in both passenger traffic and the size of international fleets as well as the emergence of new technology, the aviation maintenance industry is forecast to grow by 3.9 percent annually over the next decade. By 2026, the industry’s global economic impact will approach $100B.

Here in the U.S., more than 3,800 maintenance firms employing 136,000 men and women generate $43.0B in economic activity across all 50 states. Eighty-eight percent of these American businesses have fewer than 50 employees. That’s 3,400 small businesses working in our communities every day as a part of this larger industry. In all, the maintenance and production of aviation parts and equipment accounts for nearly 300,000 jobs across the country.


Industry economic research

Reports on the aviation maintenance industry’s global economic footprint and projections for future development.

For more information, or to learn how to access full reports, please use the association’s contact form, using the “reports and analysis” subject.

Executive Summary: 2016 Global Fleet & MRO Market Economic Assessment by CAVOK
U.S. state by state overview of 2016 employment and industry economic impact

Executive Summary: 2015 Global Fleet & MRO Market Economic Assessment by CAVOK
U.S. state by state overview of 2015 employment and industry economic impact

Executive Summary: 2014 Global MRO Market Economic Assessment by TeamSAI

U.S. state by state overview of 2014 employment and industry economic impact
Policy Solutions for a Stronger Technical Workforce

2013 Global MRO Market Economic Assessment by ICF SH&E

Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements: Reducing costs for the aviation industry
, A survey detailing the economic benefits of BASAs for repair stations.

Partnership with CAVOK

In order to provide the highest-quality analysis of global economic data and insight into developing trends, ARSA has partnered with CAVOK (formerly TeamSAI).

CAVOK is a division of global services and consulting firm Oliver Wyman. Its deep expertise and proprietary tools help customers incorporate the latest safety standards, improve process efficiency, and streamline maintenance processes, to reap significant economic benefit. To learn more, visit

Workforce Development Research

Policy Solutions for a Stronger Technical Workforce by the College of William and Mary


Maintenance industry data presented through a series of infographics

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