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Annual Conference

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.

2019 Event Information

March 12-15, 2019
Washington, D.C. & Arlington, Virginia
Accommodations Available via the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City
Member & Non-Member Pricing Available for Each Component of Event

Click here to register for the conference.

Learn more by about the event in general by navigating the drop-down menus below. To see what happened in 2018, visit arsa.org/conference

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Confirmed speakers and key participants are indicated throughout the agenda and will be updated when changes occur.

Executive to Executive Briefings: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

10:00 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. The day will conclude with an exclusive IATA briefing on the status of international market competition issues. Participation is limited to annual conference sponsors, with the number of slots available to each sponsoring organizations dependent on level of support. Hugo Yon, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State Daniel Kanter, Assistant General Counsel, International Air Transport Association David H. Balloff, Senior Advisor to the Acting and Deputy Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) David E. Short, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aviation & International Affairs, U.S. Department of Transportation
6:00 p.m. | Board of Directors Dinner (By Invitation Only)

Legislative Day: Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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, 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. As Legislative Day attendees return from the Hill, the Symposium Ice Breaker reception will open for guests at the Ritz-Carlton.
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
10:30 a.m. | Aviation Legislative Staff Briefing and Presentation of ARSA Legislative Leadership Award
12:00 p.m. | Congressional Luncheon & Briefing of 2019 Global Fleet & MRO Market Assessment
4:00 p.m. | Symposium Registration Table Open (Ballroom Foyer, Ritz-Carlton)
5:30 p.m. | Ice Breaker Reception (Ritz-Carlton)

Annual Repair Symposium: Thursday, March 14, 2018

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 more about 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.
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. Earl Lawrence, Executive Director, Aircraft Certification Service, FAA Hélio Tarquinio Júnior, General Manager, Continuous Airworthiness General Branch, Department of Airworthiness, National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) Jeffrey Phipps, Chief Operational Airworthiness, Standards Branch, Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) Rick Domingo, Executive Director, Flight Standards Service, FAA Thomas Mickler, Washington Representative, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
10:45 a.m. | Break (Approximate) Based on Opening Salvo discussion, which will continue until lunch.
12:30 p.m.| Lunch with Special Guest The new Director of Civil Aviation Issues for the U.S. Government Accountability Office will reintroduce attendees to the GAO – a fact-driven, analytical agency committed to supporting the U.S. Congress in improving federal government performance and accountability – and provide an update of the issues assigned to its purview associated with aviation. Heather Krause, Director of Civil Aviation Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office
1:45 p.m. | Dessert Break
2:00 p.m. | Session 3: Creating Careers Industry stakeholders discuss the need to stimulate career growth and commitment among maintenance personnel, developing new technicians into leads, supervisors, mentors and (eventually) executives and senior leaders. Panelists will lead an open discussion about how to turn someone's aviation maintenance job into a fulfilling, lifelong commitment. Ryan Goertzen, Vice President of Workforce Development, AAR
3:00 p.m.| ARSA Jeopardy
3:30 p.m. | Break
4:00 p.m. | Session 4: Customer Roundtable How does your customer pick a vendor? Why do they pick the vendor and what do they expect from their best vendors? Learn how to become the “ideal” vendor from your customer’s point of view. Mark Swearingin, Senior Vice President, Technical Operations, Ravn Alaska 
5:00 p.m. | Club Lounge Happy Hour

Annual Member Meeting & Breakouts: Friday, March 15, 2019


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

9:30 a.m. | Break
10:00 a.m. | Breakouts Session 1: ARAC Part 145 Tasking Update Session 2: Creating Careers Workshop Building off the general discussion from the previous day's "Creating Careers" panel, participants will review specific examples of professional and personal engagement in the aviation maintenance environment as well as discuss programs either in place or in development to support the growth of technical talent. The workshop will provide a venue for gathering as well as sharing information in order to improve human resources, training and strategy as well as guide the association's continued support for the industry's workforce.
12:00 p.m.Event Completion (No Formal Programming)
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 in Arlington, Virginia.
Image result for ritz carlton pentagon city The Ritz-Carlton 1250 South Hayes Street Arlington, VA 22202, United States
As of Feb. 18, the block of rooms made available for conference attendees has been closed. There are still rooms available at the Ritz-Carlton, but they cannot be obtained at the government rate based on attendance to ARSA's event. If the block's closing causes financial burden with regards to booking a publicly-available room at the Ritz-Carlton, attendees are encouraged to seek accommodations at nearby hotels:

List of specific hotel options coming soon...

Note: The association has no relationship with these properties, this information is provided for useful reference by attendees but does not constitute an endorsement or imply that Annual Conference attendees will receive additional benefits.
Sponsorship commitments can be made through the Annual Conference registration form or by contacting Caroline Kneip (caroline.kneip@arsa.org).

Platinum – $10 ,000  – Sold Out

Notation in all publicity, marketing and periodicals (e.g., the hotline, Dispatch, ARSA team email signatures, specific email alerts to association contacts), recognition in event materials and from the podium, thank you email to all ARSA contacts, ten hours of free online training, three complimentary registrations to Legislative Day and five complimentary registrations to the Executive to Executive Briefings. At the Platinum Level, sponsors may select one of the following to specifically support:
  • Executive to Executive Briefings-Sold!
  • Legislative Day – All Day-Sold!
  • Annual Repair Symposium – Ice Breaker Reception-Sold!
  • Annual Repair Symposium – Club Lounge Happy Hour-Sold!
Projected value of benefits and services (advertising, training, complimentary event attendance): Up to $9,500

Gold – $7,500

Notation in all publicity, marketing and periodicals (e.g., the hotline, Dispatch, ARSA team email signatures, specific email alerts to association contacts), recognition in event materials and from the podium, thank you email to all ARSA contacts, five hours of free online training, two complimentary registrations to Legislative Day and three complimentary registration to the Executive to Executive Briefings. At the Gold Level, sponsors may select one of the following to specifically support:
  • Congressional Directories-Sold!
  • Legislative Priorities Brochures-Sold!
  • Legislative Day – Continental Breakfast
  • Legislative Day – Congressional Briefing and Luncheon
  • Annual Repair Symposium – Continental Breakfast (Thursday)-Sold!
  • Annual Repair Symposium – Continental Breakfast (Friday)
  • Annual Repair Symposium – Luncheon with Special Guest-Sold!
  • Annual Repair Symposium – Handout Materials
Projected value of benefits and services (advertising, training, event attendance): Up to $6,750. 

Silver – $3,500  – Sold Out

Notation in all publicity, marketing, and periodicals (e.g., the hotline, Dispatch, ARSA team email signatures, specific email alerts to association contacts), recognition in event materials and from the podium, and one complimentary registration to Legislative Day and two complimentary registrations to the Executive to Executive Briefings. At the Silver Level, sponsors may select one of the following to specifically support:
  • Nametag Lanyards-Sold!
  • Hotel Room Keys-Sold!
  • Annual Repair Symposium Coffee Breaks (5 total)-Sold!
Projected value of benefits and services (advertising, event attendance): Up to $3,200.

Supporter – $2,500

Notation in all publicity, marketing, and periodicals (e.g., the hotline, Dispatch, ARSA team email signatures, specific email alerts to association contacts), and recognition in event materials and from the podium.  Projected value of benefits and services (advertising): Up to $1,750.

Contributor – $500-$2,499 (or equivalent in-kind support as appropriate)

Notation in some publicity, marketing, and periodicals (e.g., the hotline, Dispatch), and recognition in event materials and from the podium.
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 2018 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.

Image result for washingtondc.org logo Click the image for more information from the official tourism site of Washington, D.C.

A $50 fee will be charged for any cancellation made between Feb. 13 & Feb. 28. No refunds will be issued after March 1.

Registrants and other participants acknowledge granting ARSA the right to use any materials, including pictures, multimedia or other content, produced during or in association with this event in communications related to coverage of the event and promotion of future activities.

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