2023 Annual Conference – It Happened
March 14-17, 2023
Arlington, Virginia and Washington, D.C. with Livestream Options for Online Participants
Sponsors | Event Information
The 2023 Annual Conference has concluded. Thank you to the participants, speakers, sponsors, and support that made the event an incredible success. Those who attended should check the Digital Companion for materials and references; the broader public should stand by for updates on what happened when the maintenance community came to the nation’s capital.
See you next year: March 12-15, 2024
2023 Conference Sponsors
Thank you to the 21 organizations that have committed to sponsor ARSA’s 2023 Annual Conference. From digital materials to evening refreshments to full days of content, these companies are dedicated to the Conference’s success.
Learn more about how their commitment produces a world class event on the event page.
2023 Event Information
See how the Conference was planned and presented.
Executive to Executive Briefings: Tuesday, March 14, 2023Industry 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.
8:45 a.m. | Coffee and Light Breakfast
9:00 a.m. | Introductory Briefing
10:00 a.m. | Scott Kennedy, Director, Office of Transportation & Machinery, U.S. Department of Commerce
10:45 a.m. | Break
11:00 a.m. | Richard Yoneoka, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs, U.S. Department of State
12:00 p.m. | Annie Petsonk, Assistant Secretary for Aviation & International Affairs, U.S. Department of Transportation (Invited)
12:45 p.m. | Lunch/Midday Break
2:00 p.m. | Cierra Mitchell, Division Chief, Division of Industry Recognition, Analytics & Promotion, U.S. Department of Labor
3:00 p.m. | Break
3:15 p.m. | Roundtable Wrap Up & Discussion
Legislative Day: Wednesday, March 15, 2023After 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.
7:30 a.m. | Registration & Breakfast
8:00 a.m. | Welcome & Introductions
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. | Engaging for Effect
Industry colleagues share insights and lessons learned from their companies’ engagement with government.
Josh Krotec, Senior Vice President, First Aviation & 2023 ARSA President
Etain Connor, Director, Community Affairs, FEAM Aero
Bob Arnett, Vice President, Earp Aviation Repairs
9:45 a.m. | Break
10:00 a.m. | Congressional Staff Panel
House and Senate Aviation Subcommittee staff discuss the 2023 FAA reauthorization process and substance.
11:oo a.m. | Advocating a Broader Agenda
There are general business groups advancing a broader agenda. Vehicle for engagement with elected officials via local Chambers, access to subject matter experts, support for broader business goals.
Katarina DeFilippo, Director of Legislative Affairs, Aerospace Industries Association
Jarrod Thompson, Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Policy, Airlines for America
Sterling Wiggins, Senior Director, Transportation, Infrastructure, and Supply Chains, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
11:45 a.m. | Buffet Lunch Served
12:00 p.m. | Release & Presentation of Global Fleet & MRO Market Report by Oliver Wyman
Livia Hayes, Director, Oliver Wyman CAVOK
Madeline Stelle, Technical Analyst, Oliver Wyman CAVOK
1:00 p.m. | Adjourn for transition to Capitol Hill for meetings with members and staff.
TBD | Presentation of ARSA Legislative Leadership Award (Special Invitation Only)
4:00 p.m. | Symposium Registration Open (for non-Legislative Day attendees)
5:30 p.m. | Ice Breaker Reception
7:00 p.m. | Special Invitation Dinner
Annual Repair Symposium: Thursday, March 16, 2023The centerpiece of Conference week, ARSA convenes a full day of substantive panel discussions covering key regulatory compliance and business issues.
7:30 a.m. | Registration & Breakfast
8:00 a.m. | Welcome & Introductory Remarks
ARSA is the voice of the global aviation maintenance industry. How the association advocates your interests with legislators, regulators, and the media sets the stage for corporate growth. Information on how advancement of the industry’s collective interests enables individual companies to shine more brightly.
8:30 a.m. | Session 1: Keynote Address – Billy Nolen, Administrator (Acting), FAA
9:00 a.m. | Break
9:15 a.m. | Session 2: Opening Salvo – Conversations with the Regulators
International aviation safety agencies will provide updates on the regulations, policies, and procedures of importance to the global aerospace sector.
Dan Elgas , Acting Deputy Director, Policy and Innovation Division Aircraft Certification Service, FAA
Robert Ruiz, Director, Office of Safety Standards, Flight Standards Service, FAA
Jeffrey Phipps, Chief, Operational Airworthiness (AARTN), Transport Canada Civil Aviation [In person]
Lawrence Josuá Fernandes Costa, Continuing Airworthiness Certification Manager, Department of Flight Standards, ANAC Brazil [Online]
Gustavo Lima Carneiro, Civil Aviation Regulation Specialist, Department of Flight Standards, ANAC Brazil [Online]
Ludovic Aron, Washington Representative, EASA [In person]
Karl Specht, Principal Coordinator Organisation Approvals, EASA [Online]
Neil Williams, Head of Airworthiness, Policy & Rulemaking, United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority [In person]
12:30 p.m. | Lunch with Special Guest – James Viola, President & CEO, Helicopter Association International
An ally trade association leader shares thoughts on what true industry collaboration looks like and how the partnership between ARSA and HAI serves both memberships.
2:00 p.m. | Session 3: Young at Heart
A discussion about various ways to tap into the interest of students and introduce aviation pathways, including non-aviation examples and points from the two congressionally mandated committees investigating career development.
Paul Lukas, Teen Program Executive, Connecticut Yankee Council, Boy Scouts of America
Alison McHugh, Vice President, Safety & Quality, FEAM Aero
Sean Torpey, Executive Director for National Engagement and Regional Administration, FAA
3:00 p.m. | ARSA Quiz Show
3:30 p.m. | Break
4:00 p.m. | Session 4: Making the Old New Again
How can repair stations leverage new tools to repair legacy designs while keeping up with advancing needs of newer fleets? Using the plain language of parts 21 and 43 to manage pressures and make good on opportunities presented by “emerging” technology.
John Riggs, Director of Airworthiness, Chromalloy
Robert Roedts, Vice President of Aircraft Solutions, Columbia Helicopters
Sarah MacLeod, Executive Director, ARSA
5:00 p.m. | The Club Lounge Happy Hour
Member Day: Friday, March 17, 2023ARSA's leadership briefs members on the state of the association as well as goals and priorities for the coming year. Participants then close out the event by choosing from one of several concurrent breakout sessions.
8:00 a.m. | Annual Membership Meeting & Breakfast
9:30 a.m. | Break
10:00 a.m. | Breakout Sessions
Participants may select from the two following options.
Workforce Workshop – Open discussion and applied examples tying together career development policy, resources, the work of the Department of Transportation's Youth Task Force and Women's Advisory Board, and participant experiences with company programs.
Pragmatic SMS – Presentation from the Aircraft Electronics Association on constructing and documenting SMS-style programs for small businesses.
12:00 p.m. | Conference Ends
All substantive and social activities were hosted at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia. Legislative Day participants will head to Capitol Hill for meetings with congressional offices as appropriate.
The majority of conference events were 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 ARSA.org.
Platinum – $10,000Notation in all publicity, marketing and periodicals (e.g., the hotline, Dispatch, ARSA team email signatures, conference attendee contact list, specific email alerts to association contacts), recognition in event materials and from the podium, specific thank you in ARSA periodicals, ten hours of free online training, complimentary registrations for three (3) participants in the Executive to Executive Briefings as well as three (3) in Legislative Day, and free livestream access for personnel unable to attend in person. At the Platinum Level, sponsors may select one of the following to specifically support (may not reflect current availability for 2023):
- Online Conference Experience
- Executive to Executive Briefings
- Legislative Day – All Day
- Annual Repair Symposium – Ice Breaker Reception
- Annual Repair Symposium – Club Lounge Happy Hour
- Congressional Directories/Resources
2022 Platinum Sponsors
Gold – $7,500Notation in all publicity, marketing and periodicals (e.g., the hotline, Dispatch, ARSA team email signatures, conference attendee contact list, specific email alerts to association contacts), recognition in event materials and from the podium, specific thank you in ARSA periodicals, five hours of free online training, complimentary registrations for two (2) participants in the Executive to Executive Briefings as well as two (2) in Legislative Day, and free livestream access for personnel unable to attend in person. At the Gold Level, sponsors may select one of the following to specifically support (may not reflect current availability for 2023):
- Legislative Priorities Brochures/Resources
- Digital Companion/Electronic Materials
- Legislative Day – Continental Breakfast
- Legislative Day – Congressional Briefing and Luncheon
- Annual Repair Symposium – Continental Breakfast
- Annual Repair Symposium – Luncheon with Special Guest
2022 Gold Sponsors
Silver – $3,500Notation in all publicity, marketing, and periodicals (e.g., the hotline, Dispatch, ARSA team email signatures, conference attendee contact list, specific email alerts to association contacts), recognition in event materials and from the podium, complimentary registrations for one (1) participant in the Executive to Executive Briefings as well as one (1) in Legislative Day. At the Silver Level, sponsors may select one of the following to specifically support (may not reflect current availability for 2023):
- Nametag Lanyards
- Hotel Room Keys
- Annual Repair Symposium – Coffee Break (5)
2022 Silver Sponsors
Supporter – $2,500Notation 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.
Contributor – $500 to $2,499 (or equivalent support)Notation in some publicity, marketing, and periodicals (e.g., the hotline, Dispatch), and recognition in event materials and from the podium.
ARSA's block of rooms at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City is closed. The hotel hosts most of the activities related to the ARSA Conference and is convenient to the Metro as well as Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA), so participants may inquire directly regarding additional availability. Those seeking other options may consider these hotels (there are no ARSA-related specials or promotions at these locations):
Embassy Suites by Hilton Crystal City National Airport – 1393 South Eads Street
Residence Inn Arlington Capital View – 2850 South Potomac Avenue
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC – Crystal City – 300 Army Navy Drive
Crowne Plaza Washington National Airport – 1480 Crystal Drive
Hampton Inn & Suites Reagan National Airport – 2000 Richmond Highway
Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport – 2020 Richmond Highway
Holiday Inn National Airport/Crystal City – 2650 Richmond Highway
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. “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.
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 whattoexpect.marriott.com/waspc.
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 www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/protect-yourself.
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 coronavirus.dc.gov for policy and guidance related to the pandemic.
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 "medium" for community transmission. See county-by-county assessments and guidance at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
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.
Click here to go to the album.
Materials and RecordingsThe Digital Companion (the much discussed online resource for event materials and resources, to which access information has been sent to attendees via email and was provided from the lectern on each day) has been updated with PDFs of all presentations as well as links to additional resources discussed during the event. It also includes an attendee directory (in the “General Resources” area) and information about accessing raw livestream recordings (hint: they are in the same place the livestream was).
Additional content produced from livestream recordings will be made available as appropriate.
The Recent Past...See What Happened
2022 Annual Conference (Hybrid)
March 8-11, 2022
Arlington, Virginia and Washington, D.C. with Livestream Options for Online Participants
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
Thank you to the 2022 sponsors…
2021 Annual Conference (Online)
March 9-12, 2021
Produced in Arlington, Virginia for Online Participants
|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 potomaclaw.inreachce.com).
(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.
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 (email@example.com).
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
LEGISLATIVE DAY SCHEDULE UPDATE
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).” 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 arsa.org/whyte-luehmann.
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 arsa.org/market-assessment.
Aviation Maintenance Returning to Growth in Face of Constraints
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 arsa.org/graves-lipinski.
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 arsa.org/e2e.
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 (arsa.org/conference) 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: arsa.org/qq-salvos.
(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 arsa.org/contact.
If you are an interested observer…
Stay tuned to this page (arsa.org/conference) throughout the event and follow @ARSAWorks on twitter.
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 http://arsa.org/symposium-2018. 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.
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:
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
March 14, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.
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
Aviation Maintenance Returning to Growth in Face of Constraints
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
2017 Silver Sponsors
Friday, March 17 @ 11:04 a.m. EDT
As a great event comes to a close, mark your calendar for the next one:
…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:
Thursday, March 16 @ 9:49 a.m. EDT
New ARSA member benefit announced. Welcome to PartnerShip:
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:
Wednesday, March 15 @ 1:35 p.m. EDT
Capitol Hill briefing complete. See what was presented:
Aviation Maintenance Returning to Growth in Face of Constraints
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:
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.
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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: