Save the Date for the 2021 Annual Conference
March 9-12, 2021
Washington, D.C. & Arlington, Virginia
ARSA’s team is planning both in-person and virtual attendance options for the 2021 Annual Conference. The event will be hosted in and around Washington, D.C. from March 9-12, 2021. While the association works to ensure a valuable, substantively-enriching experience for all of its attendees, members and colleagues should make sure their calendars are blocked for those four days in March. (Click here to download an Outlook Calendar appointment to block your time.)
What began decades ago as ARSA’s Annual Repair Symposium has evolved into a week-long event including executive branch briefings, grassroots legislative advocacy and world-class regulatory compliance and business content. The event provides a regular venue for members and invited guests from around the world to network and discuss issues that matter to the repair station community.
Stay tuned to this page and arsa.org/news-media/events/arsa-conference for updates.
The Recent Past...See What Happened
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…
Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 9:11 a.m. EDT
What it looked like…
Friday, March 13 @ 11:58 a.m. EDT
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
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
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
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
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.
The Live Feed from @ARSAWorks…
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 (email@example.com).” 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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).
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.
March 14, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.
March 14, 2018 @ 1:05 p.m.
The Live Feed…
Follow along with @ARSAWorks and its legion of twitter followers during #ARSASymposium18…
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:
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
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.