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

What began decades ago as ARSA’s Annual Repair Symposium has evolved into a week-long event including executive branch briefings, grassroots legislative advocacy and world-class regulatory compliance and business content. The event provides a regular venue for members and invited guests from around the world to network and discuss issues that matter to the repair station community. For four days in March, the association brings the aviation world to the nation’s capital.

Platinum Sponsors

AeroKool     Coopesa   Lufthansa Technik
Moog         Wencor

Gold Sponsors

Aircraft Electric Motors     Columbia Helicopters     Component Repair Technologies
Delta TechOps               First Aviation Services

Silver Sponsors

AeroTEC   The Giles Group   HAECO


AOG Reaction

  Jet Group   OFM&K   SAFRAN

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Executive to Executive Briefings: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m Various Locations (Participants Will Receive Specific Instructions)
Industry executives will participate in meetings with senior executive branch officials organized by ARSA. Participation is limited to annual conference sponsors, with the number of slots available to each sponsoring organizations dependent on level of support.

6:00 p.m. | Board of Directors Dinner (By Invitation Only)

Legislative Day: Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City 1250 South Hayes Street Arlington, VA 22202 United States
After a morning of briefings and policy updates. Legislative Day participants will fan out across Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress as well as personal and committee staffers to connect the impact of the maintenance community to each state and congressional district. The day will include ARSA's release of its Annual Global Fleet & MRO Market Assessment, produced by Oliver Wyman – CAVOK, as well as the presentation of the association's Legislative Leadership Award. Legislative Day attendees should schedule meetings with their own representatives and senators (ARSA team members can provide assistance as necessary). The association's advocacy team will arrange for certain set-piece meetings on specific topics and invite attendees as appropriate.

7:30 a.m. | Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. | Welcome, Introductions & Morning Briefing
9:00 a.m. | Depart for Capitol Hill & Individually-Scheduled Meetings (Throughout Day)
12:00 p.m. | Congressional Luncheon (Specific Time & Location TBD)
4:00 p.m. | Symposium Registration Table Open (Diplomat Room, Ritz-Carlton)
5:30 p.m. | Ice Breaker Reception (Ritz-Carlton)

Annual Repair Symposium: Thursday, March 12, 2020

The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City 1250 South Hayes Street Arlington, VA 22202 United States

7:30 a.m. | Registration and Breakfast
8:00 a.m. | Welcome and Introductory Remarks
ARSA is the voice of the global aviation maintenance industry. Find out how the association is advocating for your interests with legislators, regulators and the media and how you can help advance the industry’s collective interests.
Sarah MacLeod, Executive Director, ARSA
Christian A. Klein, Executive Vice President, ARSA

8:30 a.m. | Session 1: Keynote Address
A senior aviation industry leader will share personal and professional experience in order to provide insight for the maintenance community to thrive in the modern regulatory and business climate.
Ali Bahrami, Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, FAA

9:00 a.m. | Break
9:15 a.m. | Session 2: Opening Salvo—Conversations with the Regulators
The premier discussion of every annual conference. International agencies will provide updates on the regulations, policies and procedures governing the maintenance industry during this morning-long discussion moderated by ARSA's regulatory experts, Sarah MacLeod and Marshall S. Filler.
Gustavo Lima Carneiro, Civil Aviation Regulation Specialist, Airworthiness Department, ANAC Brazil
Rick Domingo, Executive Director, Flight Standards Service, FAA
Earl Lawrence, Executive Director, Aircraft Certification Service, FAA
Thomas Mickler, Washington, D.C. Representative, EASA
Jeffrey Phipps, Chief, Operational Awareness, Standards Branch, TCCA
Moderator: Marshall Filler, Managing Director & General Counsel, ARSA
Floor Host: Sarah MacLeod, Executive Director, ARSA

10:45 a.m. | Break (Approximate) Based on Opening Salvo discussion, which will continue until lunch.
12:30 p.m. | Lunch with Special Guest
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. | Session 3: What's Not Prohibited Is Allowed – Regulatory Implications of Emerging Trends and Technologies
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.
Moderator: Sarah MacLeod, Executive Director, ARSA

3:00 p.m.| ARSA Jeopardy
3:30 p.m. | Break
4:00 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. | Club Lounge Happy Hour

Annual Member Meeting & Breakouts: Friday, March 13, 2020

8:00 a.m. | Annual Membership Meeting and Breakfast
ARSA’s president will overview the state of the association and update members on goals and priorities for the coming year.

9:30 a.m. | Break
10:00 a.m. | Breakouts
Session 1: Working for the Workforce – Applied Session/Workshop
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.
Moderator: Brett Levanto, Vice President of Operations, ARSA

Session 2: Committing to Committees – Updates on ARSA's Engagement via Industry and Government Stakeholder Bodies
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 Advisory Committee and EASA’s Engineering and Maintenance Technical Committee, in addition to other bodies supported by the association.
Moderator: Sarah MacLeod, Executive Director, ARSA

12:00 p.m. | Event Completion (No Formal Programming)
The Leo Weston Award for Excellence in Government Service First bestowed on Leo Weston himself in 2005, the Weston award honors an instrumental figure in ARSA's birth by recognizing individuals who embody his commitment to the industry's safety and success. The symposium provides a venue for association members and invited guests from around the world to network and discuss issues that matter to the aviation maintenance industry. It is the perfect time to respect the history of the repair station community and honor the good works of those who support it. Click here to learn more about the award. For information about the 2020 Weston Award honoree, click here.
In addition to being a center of international politics and policy (and intrigue, depending on your particular perspective) the Washington, D.C.-area is a hub of history, entertainment and culture. While the ARSA team will keep you pretty busy during the Annual Conference, guests are encouraged to fill whatever down time they can find with the sights, sounds and tastes of the nation's capital.

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