Association Panel Covers Global Issues
On June 23, ARSA Vice President of Operations Brett Levanto participated in a panel discussion during ILS Connect Virtual 2021. Levanto joined colleagues from the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association, the Aviation Suppliers Association and the Modification and Replacement Parts Association to explore key issues related to aftermarket growth and pandemic recovery.
During introductions, session moderator Mary Wanke reinforced the value of association support. Wanke noted how each organization on the panel works together in support of a complex network of businesses and aviation stakeholders. Through direct support, industry advocacy and expertise, ARSA and its allies push for improvement across the global aviation community.
The session moved along quickly. Jason and Michele Dickstein shared information about MARPA and ASA’s work related to part availability and installation under Chinese rules. Brent Webb spoke about expected issues related to expansive fleet retirements. Levanto fielded a question about availability of maintenance data and ongoing efforts related to instructions for continued airworthiness.
The resources referenced by Levanto are all available across ARSA.org:
(1) ICA Issue Page: arsa.org/regulatory/faa/design/ica-efforts.
(2) Petition for Rulemaking related to § 145.109(d): arsa.org/145-109.
(3) SBA Ombudsman Comment Kit: arsa.org/sbaicacomment.
(4) IATA-CMFI Commercial Agreement: arsa.org/sbaicacomment.
Though the group’s 45-minutes elapsed before further discussion – the event system kept attendees moving briskly between sessions at exactly the appointed time – Levanto had also prepared for questions related to career and workforce development matters. As the aviation emerges from pandemic disruption, global markets will once again depend on availability of technical talent. Though the topic did not make it into the panel, interested parties should review the following resources:
(1) Information about aviation workforce grant programs: arsa.org/grant-program.
(2) ARSA-supported efforts of the Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force: arsa.org/youthtaskforce.
(3) General association efforts on career and workforce development: arsa.org/workforce.
(4) Career pathway references on ARSA’s public information portal: avmro.arsa.org/careers.
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