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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.

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

2019 Preliminary Agenda

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.


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


12:00 p.m. | Congressional Luncheon, Briefing & Presentation of ARSA Legislative Leadership Award


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.


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.


10:45 a.m. | Break (Approximate) Based on Opening Salvo discussion, which will continue until lunch.


12:30 p.m.| Lunch with Special Guest Speaker


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.


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.


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


12:00 p.m.Event Completion (No Formal Programming)

Location & Accommodations

Image result for ritz carlton pentagon cityAnnual 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. Guest accommodations are available at the government rate through the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City.

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

Click here to reserve your room by Feb. 18.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship commitments can be made through the Annual Conference registration form or by contacting Brett Levanto (brett.levanto@arsa.org).

Platinum – $10 ,000

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
  • Legislative Day – All Day
  • Annual Repair Symposium – Ice Breaker Reception
  • Annual Repair Symposium – Club Lounge Happy Hour

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 DirectoriesSold!
  • Legislative Priorities Brochures
  • Legislative Day – Continental Breakfast
  • Legislative Day – Congressional Briefing and Luncheon
  • Annual Repair Symposium – Continental Breakfast (Thursday or Friday)
  • Annual Repair Symposium – Luncheon with Special Guest
  • Annual Repair Symposium – Handout Materials

Projected value of benefits and services (advertising, training, event attendance): Up to $6,750. 

Silver – $3,500

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, 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
  • Annual Repair Symposium – Coffee Break (one of five)

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 Weston Award

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 the story below…

ARSA Honors Jennifer Weinbrecht with Its Weston Award

Things to Do in Washington, D.C.

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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