March 8-11, 2022
See you next year: March 14-17, 2023
Arlington, Virginia and Washington, D.C. with Livestream Options for Online Participants
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.
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. Coverage of the event can be found through ARSA’s website and newsletter publications. Attendees should refer back to the Conference Digital Companion for materials, references and access to livestream recordings.
2022 Event Information
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 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 ARSA.org. (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).
Executive to Executive Briefings: Tuesday, March 8, 2022Industry 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, 2022After 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, 2022The 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, 2022ARSA'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
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 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. 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 www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/protect-yourself. 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.
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. 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 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.
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.
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.