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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.

Save the Date: ARSA’s 2019 Symposium Week will be held from March 19-22, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia and Washington, D.C. 

The events of ARSA’s 2018 Symposium Week happened from March 13-16. Learn more by about the event in general by navigating the drop-down menus below. To see what happened in 2018, visit

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Event Information...

2018 Agenda

Executive to Executive Briefings: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 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 24 participants, with priority access given to platinum and gold-level sponsors.

The following meetings have been scheduled and confirmed:

Ian Steff, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, U.S. Department of Commerce, 10:00 a.m.
Brian McFeeters, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Economic Bureau, U.S. Department of State, 11:30 a.m.
Carl Burleson, Acting Deputy Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration, 1:00 p.m.
Brian Hedberg, Director, Office of International Aviation, U.S. Department of Transportation, 3:00 p.m.

The association has pending requests for an additional afternoon meeting.

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

Legislative Day: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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 annual release of its Global Fleet & MRO Market Assessment, produced by Oliver Wyman, as well as the presentation of the association’s Legislative Leadership Award. 

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 (Russel Senate Office Building 325)

4:00 p.m. Symposium Registration Table Open (Ballroom Foyer, Ritz-Carlton)

5:30 p.m. Ice Breaker Reception (Diplomat Room, Ritz-Carlton)

Annual Repair Symposium: Thursday, March 15, 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.

Sarah MacLeod, Executive Director, ARSA
Christian A. Klein, Executive Vice President, ARSA

8:30 a.m. Session 1: Keynote Address
The Transportation Department’s Inspector General is “one of the watchman who watches the watchmen.” His mission is to scrutinize the activities of DOT and its related agencies (including the FAA). He will share perspectives on opportunities to improve FAA’s industry oversight.

Calvin L. Scovel, III, Inspector General, Department of Transportation

9:00 a.m. Break

9:15 a.m. Session 2: Opening Salvo—Conversations with the Regulators
International agencies will provide updates on the regulations, policies and procedures governing the maintenance industry.

Dorenda Baker, Executive Director, Aircraft Certification Service, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
John S. Duncan, Executive Director, Flight Standards Service, FAA
Thomas Mickler, Washington Representative, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
Karl Specht, Manager, Maintenance Organizations, EASA
Hélio Tarquinio Júnior, General Manager, Continuous Airworthiness General Branch, Department of Airworthiness, National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC)
Robert Sincennes, Director, Standards Branch, Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA)
Moderator: Marshall S. 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 Guest Speaker
An experienced Washington lawyer will bring his litigation and legal representation experience to bear on the notion that you can fight city hall…even though city hall will tell you otherwise.

Andrew Herman, Principal, Miller & Chevalier

1:45 p.m. Dessert Break

2:00 p.m. Session 3: Why Would I Work for You??
Aviation businesses spend considerable time, energy and money recruiting and then trying to retain their “next generation” workforce. Making those investments worthwhile requires understanding the audience – learn about the professional and personal needs of both new applicants and experienced professionals.

William Russo, Aviation Program Director, University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDCC)
Mohammed Muneer, AMT Student, UDCC
Moderator: Brett Levanto, Vice President of Communications, ARSA

3:00 p.m. ARSA Jeopardy

3:30 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m. Session 4: Making Government Work for Business
The Trump administration has made reducing the regulatory burdens on business a top priority.  Learn how ARSA and leading member companies are seizing this opportunity to make regulation more efficient and effective, about potential new opportunities to do business w/ the federal government … and how you can help move the ball forward.

Rich Swayze, Director, Government Policy, Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Josh Krotec, Senior Vice President, First Aviation Services, Inc.
Sarah MacLeod, Executive  Director, ARSA
Moderator: Christian Klein, Executive Vice President, ARSA

5:00 p.m. Club Lounge Happy Hour

Annual Member Meeting & Breakouts: Friday, March 16, 2018

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

Basil Barimo, 2018 President, ARSA & Chief Operating Officer, AerSale

9:30 a.m. Break

10:00 a.m. Breakouts/Training Sessions
Attendees may choose to attend either of the following sessions, provided by FAA personnel and moderated by ARSA team members:

Session 1: The FAA Safety Assurance System – Why, What & How

An overview of the agency’s Safety Assurance System (SAS), its origins, the development process, how it is used for oversight and its interfaces for applicants and certificate holders. Through presentation and discussion, attendees and presenters will explore how to make the system work best for both the agency and industry.

Dexter Atkinson, National Field Office Team Lead, Safety Standards Division, FAA
Hector Diaz, Airworthiness Inspector, Safety Standards Division, FAA
George Payne, National Field Office Team Member, Safety Standards Division, FAA

Session 2: Coordinated Inspections – Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

A review of the FAA’s proposed guidance regarding oversight of an air carrier’s use of contract maintenance providers. The discussion will overview the reasons for change, new coordinated surveillance, how the agency is implementing this process and ways the industry can participate. The presentation will review the draft policy, which was released for comment in December 2017 as part of a three-section change, 8900.1 CHG MRO2.

Jim Anderson, Aviation Safety Inspector, Safety Standards Division, FAA

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

Location & Accommodations

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The events of Symposium Week are held in Washington, D.C. (at the offices of executive branch agencies, the White House and on Capitol Hill). Guest accommodations are available through the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia. 

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

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