March 9-12, 2021
Produced in Arlington, Virginia for Online Participants
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.
For four days in March, the association brings the aviation world to the nation’s capital. It will look different in 2021 – ARSA’s team is planning to deliver content online to participants. Navigate the content below to register, book your hotel room (for in-person attendees) and get more information.
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Executive to Executive Briefings: Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Industry 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. | Department of Commerce
Monica Gorman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce (invited)
11:00 a.m. | Department of State
Richard Yoneoka, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
12:00 p.m. | Midday Break
1:00 p.m. | U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Ed Mortimer, Vice President of Transportation & Infrastructure (invited)
2:00 p.m. | U.S. Department of Labor
John Ladd, Administrator, National Office of Apprenticeship
3:00 p.m. | U.S. Department of Transportation
The Honorable Pete Buttigieg, Secretary (invited)
Legislative Day: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
After a morning of briefings and policy updates. Legislative Day participants meet with members of Congress as well as personal 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 – CAVOK, as well as the presentation of the association's Legislative Leadership Award.
8:00 a.m. | Welcome & Introductions
Christian A. Klein, Executive Vice President, ARSA
Alex de Gunten, ARSA 2021 Government Affairs Chairman and Business Development Officer, HEICO
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.
Christian A. Klein, Executive Vice President, ARSA
Brett Levanto, Vice President of Operations, ARSA
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Congressional Meetings (Scheduled Independently)
ARSA's legislative team will provide assistance as needed for Legislative Day attendees to schedule meetings with the offices of their elected officials.
11:00 a.m. | House Aviation Subcommittee Staff Briefing
1:00 p.m. | Release of 2021 Global Fleet & MRO Market Report
Tom Cooper, Vice President – Aerospace, Oliver Wyman
2:00 p.m. | Presentation of ARSA Legislative Leadership Award
AAR President John Holmes will present the 2021 ARSA Legislative Leadership Award to Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) for her outstanding efforts to enact economic relief legislation to protect repair station jobs and improve the regulatory and workforce environments for repair station.
3:00 p.m. | Senate Aviation Subcommittee Staff Briefing
Ronce Almond, Majority Staff, Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee
Michael Reynolds, Minority Staff, Senate Commerce Science & Transportation Committee
Annual Repair Symposium: Thursday, March 11, 2021
The 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
ARSA is the voice of the global aviation maintenance industry. Find out how the association is advocating for your interests with legislators, regulators and the media and how you can help advance the industry’s collective interests.
Sarah MacLeod, Executive Director, ARSA
Christian A. Klein, Executive Vice President, ARSA
8:30 a.m. | Keynote Address
Stephen M. Dickson, Administrator, FAA
9:00 a.m. | Break
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. Note: While all participants listed will be involved in Conference content development, "active presenters" will depend on moderator needs.
Rick Domingo, Executive Director, Flight Standards Service, FAA
Dan Elgas, Manager, Strategic Policy Branch, FAA
Thomas Mickler, Washington Representative, EASA
Lorenzo Pellegrini, Section Manager, Maintenance Organisation Oversight, EASA
Karl Specht, Principal Coordinator, Organisation Approvals, EASA
David Malins, Head of Airworthiness, UK CAA
Neil Williams, Head of Airworthiness Safety Policy and Rulemaking, UK CAA
Jeff Phipps, Director, Flight Standards Branch, Transport Canada Civil Aviation
João Souza Dias Garcia, Manager, Operations Regulations and Support, ANAC Brazil
Li Heping, Continuous Airworthiness & Maintenance Division, Flight Standards Department, CAAC (INVITED)
Xue Shijun, Deputy Director General, Flight Standards Department, CAAC (INVITED)
10:45 a.m. | Break (Approximate; Opening Salvo to continue after)
12:30 a.m. | Lunch
2:00 p.m. | Careers in Crisis
While some believe the international business impacts of the pandemic - including furloughs and other workforce reductions - staved off a long-brewing human capital crisis, the opposite is true. Learn about how businesses can continue to focus on their people regardless of forces beyond their control.
Kyle Kaiser, President, Veteran Internships Providing Employment Readiness (VIPER)
April Keister, Quality Engineer, Barnes Aerospace
3:00 p.m. | ARSA Jeopardy
3:30 p.m. | Break
4:00 p.m. | What Have We Learned?
Regardless of our best hopes, there will be no "return to normal" from the pandemic. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, if we make good on the lessons learned from a year of ongoing disruption.
Annual Member Meeting & Breakouts: Friday, March 12, 2021
9:00 a.m. | Annual Membership Meeting & Breakfast
Ali Bahrami, Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, FAA
After a special presentation by Bahrami, ARSA's Managing Director will discuss the state of the association and update members on goals and priorities for the coming year.
10:00 a.m. | ARSA Workshop
The ARSA team will close out the event by walking through a series of key initiatives and updates from the association's work on behalf of the industry.
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, complementary registration options include three participants (virtual or in person) for the Executive to Executive Briefings as well as either (a) three virtual participants in Legislative Day or (b) three in-person attendees to entire event. At the Platinum Level, sponsors may select one of the following to specifically support (please note the list in this document does not reflect current availability):
- Virtual Conference Experience
- Executive to Executive Briefings
- Legislative Day – All Day
- Annual Repair Symposium – Ice Breaker Reception
- Annual Repair Symposium – Club Lounge Happy Hour
Thank you to the 2020 Platinum Sponsors
|Moog Aircraft Group|
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, complementary registration options include two participants (virtual or in person) for the Executive to Executive Briefings as well as either (a) two virtual attendees Legislative Day or (b) two in-person attendees to entire event. At the Gold Level, sponsors may select one of the following to specifically support (please note the list in this document does not reflect current availability):
- Congressional Directories/Resources
- 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
Thank you to the 2020 Gold Sponsors
|Aircraft Electric Motors|
|Component Repair Technologies|
|First Aviation Services, Inc.|
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, complementary registration options include one participant (virtual or in person) for the Executive to Executive Briefings as well as either (a) one virtual registration to Legislative Day or (b) one in-person attendee to entire event. At the Silver Level, sponsors may select one of the following to specifically support (please note the list in this document does not reflect current availability):
- Nametag Lanyards
- Hotel Room Keys
- Annual Repair Symposium – Coffee Break
Thank you to the 2020 Silver Sponsors
|The Giles Group|
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. Projected value of benefits and services (advertising): At least $1,750.
Contributor – $500-$2,499 (or equivalent in-kind support as appropriate)Notation in some publicity, marketing, and periodicals (e.g., the hotline, Dispatch), and recognition in event materials and from the podium. Thank you to the 2020 Contributors
|Jet Aircraft Maintenance, Inc.|
|Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, P.L.C.|