It Happened

March 8-11, 2022

Arlington, Virginia and Washington, D.C. with Livestream Options for Online Participants

Information | Sponsors

It Happened

The 2022 Annual Conference has officially wrapped. ARSA is grateful to the participants, speakers, sponsors and everyone else who helped make the event a special gathering of aviation professionals from around the world. While all of the association’s readers can look forward to a steady stream of updates and releases over the coming weeks as the team reports out on this week’s work, attendees should refer back to the Conference Digital Companion for materials, references and access to livestream recordings. 

See you next year: March 14-17, 2023

Other 2022 Conference updates...

3/4/22 - Precious Mettle (Platinum Sponsors)

March 4, 2022

2022 brings the largest collection of Platinum Sponsors ever. ARSA thanks each of these seven companies for the strength of spirit they’ve always demonstrated on behalf of the aviation world:

Aircraft Electric Motors is a founding member of ARSA. Since 1984, AEM’s commitment has been visible through event sponsorship, advertisements, appearances in industry documentaries and constant support of the association’s work. For this year’s Conference and all of 2022, the company’s investment made possible the tools for engaging elected officials at Learn about AEM (and see some great videos its produced) at

Coopesa is one of ARSA’s leading international members, providing global perspective to its Board of Directors and regularly represented at association events. This year, the company’s sponsorship makes possible the gathering of industry leaders for Executive to Briefings to kick off the Conference on Tuesday, March 8. Learn more about the company at

HAECO Americas supports air carriers around the world and has long been an outspoken voice on behalf of ARSA and the aviation maintenance industry, hosting government officials and training sessions while lending insight and experience to the association. At the 2022 Conference, HAECO’s support will help give voice to industry needs during Legislative Day on Wednesday, March 9. Learn more about the the company at

Moog is a world leader in flight control systems and critical control products, with facilities across North America, Europe and Asia. The company boasts a former ARSA team member and reflects the association’s focus on good safety and good business. Having provided for many different elements of the Conference over the years, Moog will be buying drinks (of all kinds) at the Ice Breaker Reception on Wednesday, March 9. Learn more about Moog Aircraft Group at

MRO Holdings’ philosophy is to recruit, train and invest in the best people to provide airframe and engineering services. That philosophy has lead the company to its ARSA corporate enterprise membership: Investing in cost avoidance for its own business and the best leadership for the industry. This year, MRO Holdings has provided for the online conference experience, including both the “Digital Companion” resource for attendees and also livestream production of the event for online participants. Learn about the company at

NORDAM is a family-owned, global aerospace manufacturing and repair firm headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Another one of ARSA’s original members, NORDAM was the first to make its commitment to sponsor the 2022 Annual Conference. Thanks to that quick action, the company will provide refreshment and rest at the Club Lounge Happy Hour on Thursday, March 10. Learn more at

Wencor has been a trusted partner in aerospace and defense for more than 60 years. As one of ARSA’s newest corporate enterprise members, Wencor has brought its support of the global aviation community full circle by taking a leading role at the maintenance industry’s premier substantive event. Learn more about the company at

3/1/22 - Good as Gold (Sponsors)

March 1, 2022

ARSA is grateful to the organizations that have once again committed to the association’s work and its members by supporting the Annual Conference. In particular, the following Gold Level sponsors have distinguished themselves by supporting key elements of the event.

AAR Corp is one of the association’s longest tenured member companies, having long invested time, expertise and resources in furthering the industry’s interests through ARSA’s leadership. At the 2022 Conference, AAR’s sponsorship supports the annual member breakfast to be held on Friday, March 11. Learn more about this Corporate Enterprise Member at

Component Repair Technologies always shows up for ARSA. From regular sponsorship of the Annual Conference to the record (which still stands) for most online training sessions attended, CRT is a dependable champion of the association and industry. This year, the company’s sponsorship provides lunch (with special presentations) on Thursday, March 10. Learn more about CRT at

First Aviation Services is always driving ARSA forward. The company is represented on the association’s board of directors, continually engages on industry matters and stands up for good government, Legislative Day attendees can thank First Aviation for lunch on Wednesday, March 9, and everyone can learn more about the company at

HEICO regularly puts itself (and its people) out front on ARSA’s behalf. From starring roles in a short industry documentary to leadership of the association’s government affairs committee, the company puts a face on the repair station community. HEICO’s sponsorship produced this year’s Legislative Priorities Brochures, which are a necessary tool for Legislative Day attendees and useful resource throughout the year. Check out the company at

2/22/22 - Count the Agencies

February 22, 2022

The Annual Conference’s four days provide a broad representation of government agencies. In addition to a Thursday keynote address by FAA Deputy Administrator Brad Mims and presentations from senior FAA aviation safety officials, event participants will access content from multiple international aviation regulators, the U.S. Congress and key American executive branch agencies.

Schedule Your Trip

The public agenda is updated continually leading up to the event. Keep tabs on the event page to know where and when you need to be.

Book Your Room

The deadline for inclusion in ARSA’s block at the Ritz-Carlton has been extended, but space is filling fast. Click here to go directly to the hotel’s event page.

2/15/22 - Mims Returns

February 15, 2022

FAA Deputy Administrator Brad Mims will return to the Conference stage on Thursday, March 10. Reprising his well-received role from the 2021 online event, Mims will keynote the Symposium portion of the week.

From the agenda:

March 10, 8:30 a.m. | Keynote Address

A senior FAA leader returns to the Conference stage to reflect on the agency’s work. He will report on career development efforts and share how the government wants to grow its own competencies while supporting an advancing industry.

Brad Mims, Deputy Administrator, FAA (Confirmed)

The ARSA team invited Mims to come back and report on ongoing efforts to stimulate workforce and career development, including lessons from key stakeholder bodies, experiences administering the first round of aviation grant programs and insight into industry-supported efforts to overhaul training policies. He will join an expanding list of international participants coming together to fill out the agenda. See who they are (and register to join them) on the event page today.

FAA Deputy Administrator Bradley Mims, photo courtesy FAA


2/8/22 - High Honors

February 8, 2022

The Weston Award

First bestowed in 2005 on Leo Weston, an influential figure in ARSA’s birth, the Weston Award honors individuals who embody his commitment to the industry. It is celebrated as part of the Annual Conference, the perfect venue to respect the history of the repair station community and honor the good works of those who support it.

Register to attend the 2022 Annual Conference and ensure you can congratulate the Weston Award winner in person. In the meantime, see the impact of the honor by re-living last year’s presentation to Thomas Mickler, who was then wrapping up his service as EASA Washington Representative.


2/1/22 - Puttin' on the Ritz

February 1, 2022

A block of rooms is available at preferred price for Annual Conference attendees at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia. The hotel will host most Conference activities and is convenient to the Metro as well as Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA). The deadline for reservations is Feb. 12.

Click here to access the Ritz-Carlton’s event page to book your room today.

1/24/22 - Sponsoring Conference Success

January 24, 2022

Thank you to the 19 organizations that have committed to supporting the maintenance community’s premier substantive event. From congressional directories to meals to livestream platforms, these companies have invested in every element of the Conference’s success.

To learn more about a sponsor, click its logo. To benefit from their commitment, register now.











1/18/22 - See the Agenda

January 18, 2022

The 2022 Annual Conference agenda is shaping into familiar form: four days of executive branch briefings, grassroots legislative advocacy and discussions focused on international regulatory compliance.

Use the following menus to review the agenda as well as other information about the Conference. Seen enough? Register now.

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Raw recordings of the 2022 Annual Conference Livestream are now available to attendees and accessible either via the Conference Digital Companion (for those who have not previous accessed the livestream) or by going directly to the page on which the livestream was presented during the event.


All substantive and social activities will be hosted at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia. Specific room assignments can be found in the Digital Companion, a password-protected webpage for participants to access the agenda, speaker information and presentation resources. In general, each day of the event will take place in the following rooms:

March 8 – Executive to Executive Briefings (Sponsors Only; thanks to Coopesa): Plaza A

March 9 – Legislative Day (thanks to HAECO Americas) & the Evening Ice Breaker Reception (thanks to Moog Aircraft Group): The Diplomat Room

March 10 – Annual Repair Symposium: The Grand Ballroom

March 11 – Annual Member Meeting: The Grand Ballroom (Salon III) 


The majority of conference events will be available to livestream registrants and "Conference Ambassadors" (free online access given to a contact identified by in-person participants) via a Vimeo web-player embedded into a page on (Access provided via Digital Companion.) Special thanks to MRO Holdings for providing the online Conference experience. In general, the schedule is:

March 8 – Executive to Executive Briefings (Sponsors Only; thanks to Coopesa): No Livestream

March 9 – Legislative Day (thanks to HAECO Americas) & the Evening Ice Breaker Reception (thanks to Moog Aircraft Group): All panels livestreamed from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. No livestream for the Ice Breaker Reception.

March 10 – Annual Repair Symposium: All panels livestreamed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No livestream for the Lunch with a Special Guest or the NORDAM Club Lounge Happy Hour.

March 11 – Annual Member Meeting: Member meeting livestreamed from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Online participants may join a breakout session via Microsoft Teams (details provided directly).

Agenda specifics provided directly to attendees via the Digital Companion, a password-protected webpage for participants to access the agenda, speaker information and presentation resources. For general information regarding in-person locations or livestream availability, see the "2022 Attendance Options" tab above. (This agenda also highlights with a which elements of the Conference will be available via livestream.)

Executive to Executive Briefings: Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Industry executives participate in meetings with senior executive branch officials organized by ARSA. Participation is limited to annual conference sponsors, with the number of slots available to each sponsoring organizations dependent on level of support.
9:00 a.m. | Introductory Briefing
10:00 a.m. | U.S. Department of Labor

Michael Qualter, Deputy Administrator, Employment and Training Administration

11:00 a.m. | U.S. Department of State

Richard Yoneoka, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation, U.S. Department of State

12:00 p.m. | U.S. Department of Transportation

Annie Petsonk, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Transportation

12:45 p.m. | Lunch
2:00 p.m. | U.S. Department of Commerce

Scott Kennedy, Director, Office of Transportation & Machinery, U.S. Department of Commerce

3:00 p.m. | Break
3:15 p.m. | Roundtable Wrap-up

Legislative Day: Wednesday, March 9, 2022

After a morning of briefings and policy updates. Legislative Day participants meet with members of Congress as well as office 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.
8:15 a.m. | It's All About Your Industry and Your Company

Find out what’s at stake in Washington for your company and your industry, where things stand, and what you can do to impact the process.

9:00 a.m. | Senate Aviation Subcommittee Staff Briefing

Senior congressional staffers share insights about the Senate’s aviation priorities.

Ronce Almond, Senior Counsel, Senate Aviation Subcommittee

Michael Reynolds, Deputy Policy Director, Senate Aviation Subcommittee

10:00 a.m. | Panel Discussion: Maintenance Data Advocacy

Industry leaders discuss efforts to improve access to instructions for continued airworthiness. 

Daniel Kanter, Assistant General Counsel and Chief Global Antitrust Counsel, International Air Transport Association 

Josh Krotec, Senior Vice President, First Aviation 

11:00 a.m. | House Aviation Subcommittee Staff Briefing

Senior congressional staffers share insights about the House's aviation priorities.

Hunter Presti, Republican Staff Director, House Aviation Subcommittee

Lauren Dudley, Democratic Counsel, House Aviation Subcommittee

12:00 p.m. | Release of the 2022 Global Fleet & MRO Market Report, produced by Oliver Wyman

Anthony DiNota, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Aviation, Aerospace & Defense, Oliver Wyman

Oksana Bardygula, Vice President, Oliver Wyman CAVOK

Carlo Franzoni, Technical Specialist, Oliver Wyman CAVOK

1:00 p.m. | Congressional Meetings Begin

Attendees schedule independent meetings with representatives, senators, and key staff.

Presentation of the 2022 ARSA Legislative Leadership Award to U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen

Special invitation only

4:00 p.m. | Symposium Registration Opens (for non-Legislative Day attendees)
5:30 p.m. | Ice Breaker Reception

Annual Repair Symposium: Thursday, March 10, 2022

The centerpiece of Conference week, ARSA convenes a full day of substantive panel discussions covering key regulatory compliance and business issues.
8:00 a.m. | Welcome & Introductory Remarks

Find out how the association is advocating for your interests with legislators, regulators, and the media. Information on how you can help advance the industry’s collective interests.

Sarah MacLeod, Executive Director, ARSA

8:30 a.m. | Keynote Address

An industry veteran and fresh face in the halls of the FAA visits ARSA to share his new insight on the agency’s direction in the context of his own journey from the cockpit to the front office.

Billy Nolen, Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, FAA

9:15 a.m | Opening Salvo – Conversations with the Regulators

International agencies will provide updates on the regulations, policies and procedures governing the maintenance industry.

Ludovic Aron, Washington Representative, EASA

Dan Elgas, Manager, Certification Procedures Branch, Aircraft Certification Service, FAA

Ralf Erckman, Deputy Director, Flight Standards, EASA

João Garcia, Head, Department of Flight Standards, ANAC Brazil

Li Heping, Director, Continuous Airworthiness & Maintenance, CAAC (China)

David Malins, Head, Airworthiness, UK CAA

Jeffrey Phipps, Chief, Operational Airworthiness, TCCA (Canada)

Robert Ruiz, Acting Deputy Executive Director, Flight Standards Service, FAA

Neil Williams, Safety Policy Manager, Operations, UK CAA

Shijun Xue, Deputy Director General, Flight Standards, CAAC (China)

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

A member focused update on industry developments and needs, including pandemic recovery, recruitment and talent development, and business issues.

Bill Collins, President of Airframe Services, HAECO Americas

2:00 p.m. | Building Ourselves

A discussion about non-aviation workforce development strategies, programs and experiences for investing in skill and professional development to explore how those lessons can benefit our industry.

Gardner Carrick, Vice President, Workforce Solutions, The Manufacturing Institute

3:00 p.m. | ARSA Quiz Show
4:00 p.m. | Easing Voluntary SMS

The FAA will share information and (more importantly) gather feedback about agency initiatives and industry experience related to voluntary safety management systems. The presentation will cover the simplification of SMS guidance and provide an update on training opportunities and resources. The FAA panel will encourage feedback on industry activities, international aviation safety requirements, third-party standards, and other issues that do not impact current rulemaking activities.

Tom Hillesland, Aviation Safety Inspector, SMS Program Office, FAA (Confirmed)

Tiffany LaTour, Assistant Manager, SMS Program Office, FAA (Confirmed)

5:00 p.m. | Club Lounge Happy Hour

Member Day: Friday, March 11, 2022

ARSA's leadership briefs members on the state of the association as well as goals and priorities for the coming year. The ARSA team then closes out the event by walking through a series of key initiatives and updates from the association's work on behalf of the industry.
8:00 a.m. | Annual Membership Meeting & Breakfast
  • Call to Order
  • State of the Association
  • Questions
  • Adjournment

10:00 a.m. | Breakout Sessions Online participants may join via Microsoft Teams.

The ARSA Workshop – Updates on the association's work and guidance for maximizing member engagement and support of the industry.

The Workforce Workshop –  Discussion of key issues in aviation (and general technical) career development.

12:00 p.m. | Conference Ends
The ARSA team encourages all Annual Conference in-person participants to take measures appropriate to their personal comfort, medical risk and other needs related to COVID safety. The following resources are available for attendee reference:

The Ritz-Carlton

The site of all substantive and social gatherings related to the ARSA Conference. The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City follows the Marriott International "Commitment to Clean." The guidance includes protocols and elevated practices and can be found at Effective March 5, Marriott International does not require fully-vaccinated associates to wear face masks.


With the exception of any Legislative Day meetings held on Capitol Hill (scheduled individually by participants), the entirety of the Annual Conference takes place in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Guidance related coronavirus protocols can be found at Masks are no longer mandated by state order, but still must be worn while using public transportation (per federal order) and where required by local businesses.

Washington, D.C.

No Annual Conference activities open to general participation take place in Washington, D.C. Conference attendees going into the city for business or personal reasons should consult for policy and guidance related to the pandemic. Beginning Feb. 15, indoor venues in D.C. are not required to verify vaccination status, but individual businesses may choose to keep such requirements in place. On March 1, the district greatly reduced its indoor masking requirements.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, both Arlington County (the location of the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City) and Washington, D.C. are classified as "low" for community transmission and hospitalization. See county-by-county assessments and guidance at

Going Livestream

If any in-person registrant wishes to opt out of participation because of personal health concerns (including illness) they may switch to livestream access at any time. Access to the livestream is available to all participants via the Digital Companion, a password-protected webpage for participants to access the agenda, speaker information and presentation resources.

A block of rooms is available at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia. The hotel will host most of the activities related to the ARSA Conference and is convenient to the Metro as well as Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA).

Room Block Closed. Contact the Ritz-Directly for Assistance.

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.

Weston and his wife Bernadette in 2017.

“His dedication was matched with exceptional insight,” ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod said after Weston's death in 2020, remembering the incentive he provided in the formation of the association. “Not only did he set the foundation for the eventual international recognition of repair stations by spawning the ‘joint airworthiness regulations,’ but he also actively encouraged ARSA to become the repository of knowledge on the history, intent and plain language of aviation safety requirements. While Leo always had an opinion, it never outweighed an applicant, certificate holder, or female lawyer’s approach to showing compliance. He was as willing to learn as he was to educate; he embodied the ‘critical thinking’ sought, but so rarely found in government or industry.”
Click here to learn more about the award.
For information about the 2022 Weston Award honoree David Latimer, click here.

12/3/21 - Register Now

December 3, 2021

Experience the maintenance community’s premier event. Join ARSA members and invited guests from around the world to engage governments, network with peers and improve the state of the aviation world. In-person attendees may select a “Conference Ambassador” to receive free livestream access back at the fixed location.

To submit a late registration or to change an existing registration, contact ARSA Vice President of Membership Kimberly Dimmick directly.

11/30/21 - Planning Ahead (Survey)

The repair station community’s premier substantive event returns to in-person attendance, using the lessons of the pandemic to spread the event’s reach around the world.

Help ARSA’s team plan for the 2022 Annual Conference.

Note: The question is displayed in its own, embedded window. If the “Submit” button is not visible on the screen, you must scroll within the survey window in order to submit your response.

If the embedded survey does not appear/load, open the survey independently by visiting

The Recent Past...See What Happened

2021 Annual Conference (Online)

March 9-12, 2021
Produced in Arlington, Virginia for Online Participants

Recording Availability

Day   Registrant Access*   New Access
Legislative Day, March 10   Online Meeting Organizer   Training Platform
Symposium, March 11   Online Meeting Organizer   Training Platform
Member Meeting, March 12   Online Meeting Organizer   Training Platform

The 2021 Annual Conference is complete. ARSA is grateful to the sponsors, speakers, participants, production team and support that made the association’s first entirely-online event.

Now that the livestream is off line, the team has posted recordings of all sessions, which are available for attendees* through the Conference Platform’s Online Meeting Organizer and for purchase by non-attendees via the online training platform utilized by the association.

*The event will remain “open” for attendee access for three months. The Online Meeting Organizer will close on June 12, 2021.

Purchasing On-Demand Recordings

(1) Go to the online training platform utilized by the ARSA training program (click here or go to
(2) Select sessions and complete the checkout/registration process.
(3) Prices start at $20 and vary based on recording length.
(4) Purchased recordings will be available for 90 days of unlimited viewing.
(5) Session access includes all materials and the ability to contact the association with questions.

If you have questions are any time, contact the association.

See You Next Year: March 8-11, 2022

2020 Annual Conference


March 10-13, 2020
Washington, D.C. & Arlington, Virginia

After months of preparation, thanks to the investment of the event’s sponsors and in service of its dedicated attendees, the association brought the maintenance community to the U.S. capital city. From the White House to Capitol Hill to back at the Ritz-Carlton, Conference week kept everyone busy.

Participant note: Agenda information, session materials and other resources are available in the digital companion. See the back of your badge for connection information.

See what happened at the maintenance community’s premier substantive event by scrolling down on this page.

The Live Feed…

To see Twitter content posted by @ARSAWorks during the event, click here.

Key Updates…

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 9:11 a.m. EDT

What it looked like…

Photos from the 2020 Annual Conference are now available. To view them in a Google Photos Album, click here. Did you take any pictures? Share good ones with Brett Levanto (

Friday, March 13 @ 11:58 a.m. EDT

ARSA Thanks Erickson, Jordan for Board Service

During its annual member meeting on March 13, ARSA recognized Chris Erickson of Erickson, Inc. and Gary Jordan of Jordan Propeller Service for their many years in association leadership positions. Erickson and Jordan completed their final terms on ARSA’s Board of Directors at its October 2019 annual meeting.

Friday, March 13 @ 9:12 a.m. EDT

Helping with Healing: ARSA Honors Scovel

On March 13, ARSA recognized former Department of Transportation (DOT) Inspector General (IG) Calvin L. Scovel, III with its 2020 Leo Weston Award for Excellence in Service to Aviation Safety.

Thursday, March 12 @ 8:39 a.m. EDT

Participants Get it All…

Agenda information, session materials and other resources are available in the digital companion. See the back of your badge for connection information.

Wednesday, March 11 @ 1:00 p.m. EDT

ARSA Honors Lawrence for Workforce Development Leadership

U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) received ARSA’s 2020 Legislative Leadership Award at a March 11 Capitol Hill ceremony.

Wednesday, March 11 @ 12:30 p.m. EDT

Maintenance Market Will Grow Amid New Crises

On March 11, the ARSA released its 2020 Global Fleet & MRO Market Assessment. The report, which was prepared for the association by aviation management consulting firm Oliver Wyman assesses the current state of the global aviation maintenance market and projects continued industry growth through 2030.

Wednesday, March 11 @ 10:02 a.m. EDT


The 10:00 meeting with House Aviation Subcommittee staff has been moved to 3:00 p.m. It will still be in Rayburn 2167.

Tuesday, March 10 @ 5:41 p.m. EDT

Aviation Maintenance Leaders’ D.C. Tour Includes White House, DOT Stops

On March 10, a small group of senior aviation maintenance industry professionals participated in a series of collaborative discussions with high-ranking federal officials. The group began the day with a White House policy briefing, followed by stops at the Departments of Labor, State and Transportation.

Monday, March 9 @ 4:21 p.m. EDT

Conference Week Is Here…and It Is Happening

ARSA is monitoring the situation surrounding the coronavirus and the Conference is going ahead as scheduled.  The association is coordinating with international participants to mitigate risks to Conference attendees.  For more information and your own personal planning,  please consult the U.S. Centers for Disease Control website

Stay tuned to this page for updates. Conference registrants may find relevant contact information in the event’s Digital Companion.


2019 Annual Conference

The Live Feed from @ARSAWorks…

Click here to see the flurry of social media updates produced by ARSA’s team during the conference.

2019 Annual Conference Updates

March 19, 2019 @ 1:50 p.m. EDT – The Photos

Fresh from the camera of the official association photographer as well as the phones of ARSA team members capturing the key frames of this year’s event…


March 15, 2019 @ 12:57 p.m. EDT – Thank You

Thanks for to everyone who supported the 2019 ARSA Annual Conference. Without the engaged backing of participants, sponsors, speakers and a host of others, the event could not have been such a great success.

If you were involved directly in the conference, be on the lookout for a “Thank You” email from “ARSA Events (” In addition to providing the thanks you richly deserve, the message lists a series of follow up actions, references and reminders.

Whether you were in the nation’s capital with ARSA or not, plan NOW to join next year: March 10-13, 2020.

March 15, 2019 @ 9:00 a.m. EDT – Global Good Sense Recognized by First-Ever Joint Weston Award

On March 15, ARSA gave its 2019 Leo Weston Award to two exceptional individuals from member companies. Werner Luehmann, head of regulatory compliance and authorities’ liaison at Lufthansa Technik and also Howard Whyte, quality fellow in regulatory compliance and aftermarket services for Collins Aerospace. The association presented the award jointly for the first time in order to recognize the career accomplishments of these international industry professionals – an American and a German. Each represent the commitment to safety and practical business sense needed for long-term success in the global aviation maintenance industry.

To see more, visit

Global Good Sense Recognized by First-Ever Joint Weston Award

March 14, 2019 @ 7:00 a.m. EDT – Aviation Maintenance Industry Climbing into Workforce Headwind

The aviation industry is poised for another positive year with global spending on maintenance, repair and overhaul services expected to grow by more than $30 billion over the next decade, according to a new report prepared for ARSA by global consulting firm Oliver Wyman.

The new findings were presented by Oliver Wyman’s CAVOK Vice President, Steve Douglas, at a March 13 event on Capitol Hill in conjunction with ARSA’s 2019 Annual Conference.

To see more, visit

Market Report Shows a Resilient Restart

March 13, 2019 @ 11:30 a.m. EDT – Maintenance Industry Honors Graves, Lipinski for Aviation Workforce Leadership

On March 13, the aviation maintenance industry honored U.S. Reps. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.)for addressing the chronic shortage of technicians threating to undermine the growth and vitality of America’s aerospace sector.

Last year, Graves and Lipinski were lead sponsors of H.R. 5701, which created a new federal grant program to help recruit and educate aviation technicians. The legislation was ultimately enacted as Sec. 625 in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization law signed by President Trump in October 2018.

To see more, visit

Maintenance Industry Honors Graves, Lipinski for Aviation Workforce Leadership

March 12, 2019 @ 5:45 p.m. EDT – ARSA Opens Policy Platform with Conference Kickoff

On March 12, a small group of senior aviation maintenance industry professionals participated in a series of collaborative discussions with high-ranking officials from U.S. federal agencies.

The meetings were part of ARSA’s “Executive to Executive Briefings” series where industry leaders have face-to-face discussions with government officials responsible for matters impacting aviation, manufacturing and international commerce. “E2E”, which was first hosted by ARSA in 2018, served as the official kick-off of the association’s 2019 Annual Conference.

To see more, visit

Aviation Maintenance Leaders’ D.C. Tour Includes White House, DOT Stops

March 11, 2019 @ 11:00 a.m. EDT – Follow Along

Conference week has arrived. Knock on wood, because as of right now the weather looks good, Metro is open and so is the government. 

Participants have been emailed prep instructions necessary for the portions of the conference for which they are registered. Each of these messages, for participants in the Executive to Executive Briefings on Tuesday, March 12, Legislative Day on Wednesday, March 13 and the Annual Repair Symposium on March 14 and 15, provides key event details as well as access to the “digital companion.” All attendees are encouraged to access and bookmark the companion in order to access references, agenda details, ARSA team contact and any materials provided throughout the week.

Interested observers should stay tuned to this page ( throughout the event and follow @ARSAWorks on twitter for up-to-the-minute updates (when possible). 

March 5, 2019 @ 10:25 a.m. EST – Get Ready

ARSA’s 2019 Annual Conference kicks off next week, with the Executive to Executive Briefings on Tuesday, March 12. Registration remains open until March 8, so anyone with the last minute urge to attend any of the conference week events should take action:

If you are a participant…

Right now, participants should be doing a few things to ensure they maximize their time in the nation’s capital:

(1) Make sure your travel arrangements and accommodations are in order and confirm your plans against the general schedule in the public agenda (click here to go to the event page to see the agenda). 

(2) Be on the look out for the participant prep email, which will provide final details as well as access to the conference “digital companion.” The companion will include the detailed agenda, location information and speaker references for all activities. It will provide access to attendee lists, presentations and materials during and after the event as well as ARSA team contact information should immediate assistance be needed. It is the primary resource for anyone participating in the conference (VP of Operations Brett Levanto will continue adding to it throughout the event should attendees make specific requests that might benefit the entire group).

(3) Executive to Executive Briefing Day attendees must provide necessary security information to Executive Vice President Christian A. Klein. Klein has sent a request email to all attendees, anyone who has not received it should contact him directly for assistance.

(4) Legislative Day attendees should be scheduling (or have scheduled) meetings with the offices of their representatives and senators (Click here for basic instructions and a congressional staff contact list).

(5) Symposium attendees should take their final chance to submit “pre-questions” for Sarah MacLeod and Marshall Filler’s “Opening Salvo” discussion with regulators:

(6) Submit any last minute questions either through the public “Ask ARSA First” portal or via the members-only online inquiry system, learn how at

If you are an interested observer…

Stay tuned to this page ( throughout the event and follow @ARSAWorks on twitter. 


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Thank you to the organizations that have stepped up support the repair station community’s premier event. These companies are the perfect demonstration of the aviation world’s shared commitment to both good safety and good business (to learn more about a sponsoring organization, click the appropriate logo).

2018 Executive to Executive Briefings, Legislative Day & Annual Repair Symposium

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 12-15, 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

Market Report Shows a Resilient Restart

The Live Feed…

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

2017 Legislative Day & Annual Repair Symposium

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:

ARSA Supports Effort to Create National Aviation Center

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

Capitol Hill briefing complete. See what was presented:

Market Report Shows a Resilient Restart

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

2016 Legislative Day & Annual Repair Symposium

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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