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Symposium 2018 – All That Happened

The 2018 Executive to Executive Briefings, Legislative Day & Annual Repair Symposium kept participants busy from March 13-16.

If you were a participant…

Access the 2018 Symposium Digital Companion, a web page set up specifically for participants that includes the agenda as well as event logistical information. Presentation materials, references and other resources have also been included. The page is laid out to load cleanly on a smartphone, so you can carry it around and refer to it from your maintenance shop or living room. 

To access the digital companion, visit The page is password protected to ensure use is limited to registered attendees; to get the password, refer to the attendee prep emails  or the event materials provided at symposium.

If you are an interested observer…

Review the content below to see what happened. Click on a linked item for more information.

Key Updates…

March 20, 2018 @ 11:13 a.m.

Symposium Week Photos:

A curated selection of the images taken by the ARSA team has been uploaded to the association’s Flickr account. Take a look to put faces and images to the descriptions of what happened during Symposium Week:

To see the album, click here.

Click here to see the photos…

March 16, 2018 @ 12:00 p.m.

An awful lot happened this week:

ARSA’s first-ever set of “Executive to Executive” Briefings helped expand the maintenance community’s reach in the nation’s capital. 

Once again, Legislative Day attendees wore out their shoes on Capitol Hill — one participant tallied more than 19,000 steps — connecting elected officials to the business of aviation safety. 

The panels and professional sessions of the Annual Repair Symposium, member meeting and breakouts continue to be the repair station industry’s most valuable two days of substantive content.

The attentive engagement and support of this year’s participants made the event a great success. If you weren’t able to be here and work alongside them, make sure you checkout everything that was done and said.

Whether you were here this week or not, it’s already time to look ahead to 2019. Mark your calendar for year’s symposium activities from March 19-22, 2019

March 15, 2018 @ 1:30 p.m.

ARSA Honors Jennifer Weinbrecht with Its Weston Award

ARSA Honors Jennifer Weinbrecht with Its Weston Award

March 14, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.

ARSA Recognizes Inhofe for Legislative Leadership

ARSA Recognizes Inhofe for Legislative Leadership

March 14, 2018 @ 1:05 p.m.

New Aviation Maintenance Industry Report Shows Hopeful Economic Projections, Hard Workforce Truths

New Aviation Maintenance Industry Report Shows Hopeful Economic Projections, Hard Workforce Truths

The Live Feed…

Follow along with @ARSAWorks and its legion of twitter followers during #ARSASymposium18…


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:

New Aviation Maintenance Industry Report Shows Hopeful Economic Projections, Hard Workforce Truths

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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