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Symposium 2018 – Plan Now for ARSA’s Premier Event (It’s Growing)

Registration will open in January for the 2018 Annual Repair Symposium, which will be held from March 13-16, 2018 in the nation’s capital alongside ARSA’s Legislative Day and (the new) Executive to Executive (E2E) Briefings 

To see the agenda, learn about sponsorship opportunities and plan for your attendance, click here to visit the Symposium event page.

As in past years, the main Symposium program – with all the great regulatory and industry content participants have come to expect – will take place on Thursday and Friday (March 15 & 16) with Legislative Day on Wednesday (March 14).  To make the conference even more valuable, this year ARSA is adding a day of meetings on Tuesday (March 13) with executive branch officials for C-level executives. 

The Symposium isn’t just a great opportunity to learn and network with aviation colleagues, it’s also an excellent opportunity to raise your company’s visibility in the industry and get the word out about your products and services.  ARSA offers four levels of sponsorship: Platinum ($10,000), Gold ($7,500), Silver ($3500), and supporter.  All sponsorship levels give visibility in event materials and considerable exposure.  Companies bringing multiple team members should consider Platinum or Gold sponsorship, which provides free registrations, the opportunity to have your name associated with a specific part of the program and access to the exclusive E2E Briefings.

As part of ARSA’s commitment to developing the next generation of repair station leadership, it is encouraging attendees to bring other members of their team – particularly younger engineers and technicians – to help them tap into all the value and resources the association provides.

With the FAA bill poised to be front and center as ARSA members take to the Hill for Legislative Day, this will also be a critical time to make the industry’s presence felt on the political stage.  The association hopes more members than ever before will answer the call to action and make this industry’s voice heard on the Hill.

As ARSA’s team continues to the refine the agenda for the meeting, it is putting out the call for members who interested in participating in panel discussions throughout the conference.  Here are some of topics being considered and questions panelists can help answer:

New technologies for aviation maintenance.  

New technologies to enhance efficiencies are coming on line every day.  How is your company taking advantage of these rapid changes?  Are you using 3D printing, augmented reality, live video streaming, unmanned aircraft systems, or other new and innovative technologies in your maintenance and manufacturing?  What technologies are you using to manage your data?  What regulatory issues or hurdles have you had to overcome as you incorporate innovative technologies? 

Bridging the generation gap. 

ARSA members spend considerable time, energy, and money recruiting the next generation workforce.  What are your recruitment strategies?  What are you doing to develop, train and retain that talent once you’ve got the right people in the jobs?   How do you transfer knowledge and corporate culture?  Does your company use in-house mentoring?  How do create opportunities for internal advancement and professional growth?

Doing business with government.  

More and more ARSA members are providing goods and services to government … or want to.  Is your company doing business with the Department of Defense (DoD) or some other part of the federal government?  What about state and local entities (air national guard, police, emergency management, etc.)?  Are you exploring opportunities in these areas?  What challenges have you encountered (either serving these customers or identifying where to start)?  How did you solve them?  Where do you see opportunities for growth?  Have you applied to DoD for Source Approval Request for PMA parts or DER repairs?  If so, what was your experience with the process?  What DoD policies make life difficult for contractors and what can ARSA do to create a better environment for small companies doing business with the military or other parts of the government?

Doing business internationally. 

The maintenance industry is inherently global and serving international customers is an important line of business for many repair stations.  Balancing competing – and sometime contradictory – regulatory requirements will always be a challenge, but what other problems have you encountered and how have solved them?  What issues have you encountered importing customer parts into the country for repair?  How do you find and develop your international customer base?  How do manage a global workforce?  How do you manage competing regulatory obligations?  What legal or cultural issues have arisen doing business overseas?  What government resources have you used to help facilitate your international growth?

Planning for success.   

The most successful companies don’t just do what they do well, they think about and plan for future opportunities and challenges.  What does your company do keep its finger on the pulse of industry commercial and business trends?  How do you incorporate that information into your medium- and long-term business plans?  How does your company plan for succession? 

The drones are coming! 

Drones are becoming commonplace in a variety of industries.  Because drones over 55 pounds must have an airworthiness certificate and be maintained under part 43, repair stations are well-positioned to service the drone maintenance market.  Does your company service drones?  Do you plan to in the future?  How big a maintenance market will drones become?  Given that drones are often operated by companies not familiar with aviation regulations, what challenges have you encountered in tapping into this new customer base?

Those are just some of the topics we’re considering for this year’s Symposium in addition to all the great regulatory content related to maintenance and manufacturing.  If you’re interested in participating on panels on any of the foregoing topics, shoot an email to   And feel free to suggest other panel topics you think would be of interest to your industry colleagues. 

Click here to visit the event page to see the agenda, learn about sponsorship opportunities and plan for your attendance now.

The Recent Past...

Symposium 2017

Thanks to all the participants, speakers, sponsors and allies who made ARSA’s 2017 Legislative Day & Annual Repair Symposium possible.  See what happened when the maintenance community descended on the nation’s capital.

Friday, March 17 @ 12:01 p.m. EDT

The final curtain has officially fallen (metaphorically). ARSA is grateful to everyone who made this year’s event possible, persevering through unusually wintry weather to bring the voice of the maintenance community to the nation’s capital. As we close down at the Ritz-Carlton, a final, special thanks to the 2017 sponsors (to learn more about any of them, click the relevant logo):

2017 Platinum Sponsor


2017 Gold Sponsors

AEM   Component JPEG   DeltaTech_c_r   HAECO_Group_fullcolour_PMS cropped
    Moog   Sonico    

2017 Silver Sponsors

ARSA-SLC-AARLogo-20150811   arsa-symposium-atslogo-silver-20161201   Barfield   CH
ARSA-Symposium-DakotaAirPartsLogo-20170203   arsa-symposium-daslogo-silver-20170104   ARSA-Symposium-EurotecVerticalFlightSolutionsLogo-20170203   arsa-symposium-firstavlogo-silver-20161201-edited
Fortner   TPS-Aerospace   arsa-symposium-tcilogo-silver-20161215

2017 Supporters

    ARSA-Symposium-AOGReaction-Supporter-20170226   ARSA-Symposium-AtlasAirWorldwideLogo-20170216   ARSA-Symposium-BSILogo-Exhibitor-20170202    

Friday, March 17 @ 11:04 a.m. EDT

As a great event comes to a close, mark your calendar for the next one:

SLC 2017 – See What Happened

…and for next year (click here to download next year’s symposium to your Outlook calendar).

Friday, March 17 @ 10:06 a.m. EDT

As its members sat down for ARSA’s Annual Meeting, the association honored Ms. Peggy Gilligan:

ARSA Honors Gilligan’s Public Service with Weston Award

Thursday, March 16 @ 9:49 a.m. EDT

New ARSA member benefit announced. Welcome to PartnerShip:

ARSA Announces New Preferred Shipping Program

Wednesday, March 15 @ 5:03 p.m. EDT

Legislative Day attendees got to spend some time with the unstoppable Rep.Virginia Foxx (N.C.) and honored her commitment to career technical education:

Unanimity Reigns in House Effort to Reform Technical Education

Wednesday, March 15 @ 1:35 p.m. EDT

Capitol Hill briefing complete. See what was presented:

Newest ARSA Report: Positive Trade Balance, Growth Prospects for Global Maintenance

Wednesday, March 15 @ 9:22 a.m. EDT

Attendees are on their way to Capitol Hill. As they breeze through D.C. traffic, take a moment to see what they’ll be talking about:

Legislative Issues

Tuesday, March 14 @ 10:14 a.m. EDT

The weather is already beginning to clear in the Washington, D.C. area. ARSA’s team is digging out and will be ready for tomorrow’s Legislative Day.

Should travel disruptions prevent a registrant from joining us, that individual should identify and provide us with a substitute since we do not offer refunds after March 1. If no colleague is able to make the trip or attend, registrants still can access all materials and follow up with the ARSA team should they need more insight.

Wherever you are, stay tuned for alerts and updates.

Monday, March 13 @ 9:10 a.m. EDT

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Washington, D.C. area from March 13 at 7:00 p.m. to March 14 at 2:00 p.m. Forecasts vary depending on location, but the some mix of snow, sleet and rain is expected across the region. This warning is part of a larger weather system moving through the midwest and northeast United States.

ARSA’s Legislative Day & Annual Repair Symposium will continue as scheduled regardless of weather conditions. While Tuesday’s weather will be problematic, the system will clear in time for the area to get back to work on Wednesday and Thursday.

Registrants should take appropriate action regarding their personal travel and stay tuned to this page for event updates.

The Live Feed…See It As It Happened

Symposium 2016

As the global maintenance community convened for ARSA’s 2016 Legislative Day and Annual Repair Symposium, Washington, D.C. became the capital of the aviation maintenance world. See what happened. For more information about the event itself, click here.

[Scroll down for event Twitter feed.]

March 21, 2016 @ 9:30 a.m. EDT

Thanks to all participants, speakers and sponsors who made the 2016 Legislative Day and Annual Repair Symposium possible. For those who attended, please be sure to review and download the event resources – including all presentations, attendee listings and references – on the materials page listed in the handout. (Lost the address? Contact ARSA for help.) Whether you made it to the nation’s capital this year or not, save the date for next year’s symposium, held March 15-17, 2017.

March 18, 2016 @ 9:00 a.m. EDT

ARSA Honors Maguire as Her New Career Takes Flight
On March 18, ARSA presented its Leo Weston Award for Excellence in Government Service to Crystal Maguire. Maguire, the association’s long-serving vice president of operations, accepted the honor from Executive Director Sarah MacLeod during ARSA’s 2016 Annual Repair Symposium.

March 17, 2016 @ 9:00 a.m. EDT

Gilligan Praises Aircraft Safety, Highlights Skill and Technology
During her keynote address, FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Peggy Gilligan focused on technical competency and technological advances that have made the American national airspace system the safest in the world. Gilligan noted that as a result, the U.S. commercial air system has not lost a passenger since February 2009 – 2,590 days of safety. Click here to see the programmatic references from Gilligan’s speech.

March 16, 2016 @ 3:40 p.m. EDT

Senate Panel Approves Bipartisan FAA Bill, ARSA Objects to Maintenance Provisions
On March 16, as ARSA members stormed Capitol Hill for the association’s 2016 Legislative Day, the Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee approved its 18-month, FAA reauthorization bill with bipartisan support. ARSA strongly opposes the bill’s maintenance-related provisions and Legislative Day attendees made the issue a top priority during visits to Senate and House offices.

March 16, 2016 @ 1:10 p.m. EDT

ARSA Releases Annual Economic Report, Highlights Impact of Maintenance
With FAA reauthorization bills taking center stage on Capitol Hill, ARSA’s annual economic market assessment once-again highlights the impact of an often unseen part of the aviation industry: maintenance. The 2016 Global Fleet & MRO Market Assessment prepared by Oliver Wyman was released March 16 at a Capitol Hill briefing. The event, conducted as part of ARSA’s annual Legislative Day, was headlined by House Aviation Subcommittee Member Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) and attended by aviation maintenance industry executives and congressional staff.

March 15, 2016 @ 5:00 p.m. EDT

WMATA: All Metrorail service will be suspended Wednesday, March 16, for emergency inspections
Legislative Day and Symposium attendees, particularly those not staying at the Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City but attending events on Wednesday, should account for Metrorail closures in their personal travel plans.

March 15, 2016 @ 12:25 p.m. EDT

Thank you to the 2016 sponsors:

 AARtrans_logoPMS645_dpi75   AEM
AviationWeek   Barfield
ColumbiaHelicopters   Coopesa Logo
CRT Logo Transparent   DeltaTech_c_r
First Aviation Services Inc-Logo-rgb   Fortner
HAECO_Group_fullcolour_PMS cropped   lht_64_yel_rgb
Moog   Nordam-20150812
Sonico   TPS-Aerospace




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