ARSA Insight at HELI-EXPO 2024

This month, as it prepares for the 2024 ARSA Annual Conference, ARSA’s team will make a special appearance at HAI HELI-EXPO 2024 in Anaheim, California. HAI HELI-EXPO

Sarah MacLeod, Marshall S. Filler, Christian Klein, and Brett Levanto, executive team members of the association (and of Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, P.L.C.) will lead a number of professional education courses, a “Rotor Safety Challenge” presentation, and multiple activities in support of growing regulatory knowledge.

Here’s where you can find the team (depending on the time):

(1) Leading Professional Education Sessions from Feb. 24-26.
(2) Running a Rotor Safety Challenge Session on Feb. 27.
(3) Sharing insight (through partnership with HAI) on the HAI Connect Stage on Feb. 27 and at the HAI Membership Booth on Feb. 27 and 28.

Will you be at HeliExpo? Contact Levanto (click here for his email) to see where you can find ARSA’s team. To review the training sessions run by the team, scroll through the list below.

Click here to register for the event and visit for course information.

Professional Education Courses

Any participant who completes one of their professional education courses (which are provided on behalf of OFMK) and submits his or her completion certificate to ( will be given a code to access one free hour of ARSA online training.

Note: These sessions are provided on behalf of OFM&K and are listed in schedule order.

Regulations Affecting Aircraft Part Purchase and Sale

Feb. 24 | 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

This course reviews the civil aviation regulations in 14 CFR that impact the purchase, sale, receiving, stocking, inspection and installation of civil aviation articles for maintenance purposes. It also overviews other guidance as well as regulatory and contractual requirements that should be considered.

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Know the Rules Like You Know Your Tools

Feb. 24 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This session covers the FAA’s organization, authority and process for promulgating rules, then walks through the general requirements in 14 CFR to explain how its various components link together in a “regulatory chain” that must be comprehended by aviation businesses. Topics specific to maintenance include part 43 maintenance, preventive maintenance, rebuilding and alteration; part 65, subpart D mechanics (certification); part 65, subpart E repairmen (certification); and part 145 repair stations.

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Going Global: Business under International Regulations and Law

Feb. 25 | 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

This course summarizes the framework for international safety regulation, discusses how the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) allocates regulatory responsibilities among contracting states, and explains the important role of bilateral aviation safety agreements, which dictate what US companies must do to operate business aircraft or conduct operations in a foreign country for compensation or hire.

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Drug and Alcohol Testing: From Regulatory Basics to Business Needs

Feb. 25 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This course reviews the drug and alcohol testing requirements in Titles 14 (Aeronautics and Space) and 49 (Transportation) of the US Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). It also provides guidance on setting up these programs, including instruction on how safety-sensitive functions are defined as well as how to avoid many common testing program mistakes that can subject companies to enforcement action.

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Prophylactic Procedures: Managing Audits, Investigations, and Penalties

Feb. 26 | 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

This course reviews the regulations, policies, and procedures that generate letters of investigation (LOIs) and the best methods for responding to governmental questions. It describes objectives and performance standards for FAA inspectors, details the circumstances that may lead to an LOI, and provides an overview of administrative and enforcement actions that may result from an LOI.

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Public Aircraft Operations

Feb. 26 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This course provides instruction on the statutory provisions and FAA guidance governing public aircraft operations. It covers the basic requirements for an aircraft to be operated as a public aircraft, what constitutes an eligible governmental function, and the practical implications of using the same aircraft to conduct both civil and public operations. It also discusses the FAA policy regarding operations conducted under contract for a government entity.

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Rotor Safety Challenge Sessions

Note: This session is are provided on behalf of ARSA.

Building a Professional Relationship with the Government

Feb. 27 | 11:45 am – 12:45 pm

This session provides a road map for building a positive relationship with civil aviation authorities. It begins by describing the rules that should always be considered when engaging with aviation safety regulators, then provides instruction on how to introduce your company and maintain consistent contact — not just when there’s a problem. The session concludes by providing strategies for maintaining a professional relationship with regulators.

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Best Practices in Maintenance Recordkeeping

March 7 – 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. EST

This session explores the regulatory responsibilities of creating and maintaining maintenance records. It will help participants to define:

  • Regulatory responsibilities of the operator versus the maintenance provider in creating and maintaining maintenance records
  • How obligations can be shifted by contract but not under aviation safety regulations
  • Maintenance recordkeeping regulations, the documents essential to making airworthiness determinations.

Session Information

Whether you are able to participate in Anaheim or not, much of the material presented ARSA’s team members at HELI-EXPO is available through the association’s online training program. To review the library of available courses and register for immediate access to on-demand sessions, click here.

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