2022 – Edition 2

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The 2022 Conference Preview

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March 8-11, 2022

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.

The Sponsors
The Event
The Technology
Industry Calendar

Get Ready

If you’ve never been to an ARSA Conference (or it’s been a while), the time is now to see what you’ve been missing.

Regular attendees will enjoy the usual great content either up-close and in-person or from the comfort of home or office (or on a mobile device during a nice walk).

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The Sponsors

Precious Mettle

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2022 brings the largest collection of Platinum Sponsors ever. ARSA thanks each of these seven companies for the strength of spirit they’ve always demonstrated on behalf of the aviation world:

Aircraft Electric Motors is a founding member of ARSA. Since 1984, AEM’s commitment has been visible through event sponsorship, advertisements, appearances in industry documentaries and constant support of the association’s work. For this year’s Conference and all of 2022, the company’s investment made possible the tools for engaging elected officials at Learn about AEM (and see some great videos its produced) at

Coopesa is one of ARSA’s leading international members, providing global perspective to its Board of Directors and regularly represented at association events. This year, the company’s sponsorship makes possible the gathering of industry leaders for Executive to Briefings to kick off the Conference on Tuesday, March 8. Learn more about the company at

HAECO Americas supports air carriers around the world and has long been an outspoken voice on behalf of ARSA and the aviation maintenance industry, hosting government officials and training sessions while lending insight and experience to the association. At the 2022 Conference, HAECO’s support will help give voice to industry needs during Legislative Day on Wednesday, March 9. Learn more about the the company at

Moog is a world leader in flight control systems and critical control products, with facilities across North America, Europe and Asia. The company boasts a former ARSA team member and reflects the association’s focus on good safety and good business. Having provided for many different elements of the Conference over the years, Moog will be buying drinks (of all kinds) at the Ice Breaker Reception on Wednesday, March 9. Learn more about Moog Aircraft Group at

MRO Holdings’ philosophy is to recruit, train and invest in the best people to provide airframe and engineering services. That philosophy has lead the company to its ARSA corporate enterprise membership: Investing in cost avoidance for its own business and the best leadership for the industry. This year, MRO Holdings has provided for the online conference experience, including both the “Digital Companion” resource for attendees and also livestream production of the event for online participants. Learn about the company at

NORDAM is a family-owned, global aerospace manufacturing and repair firm headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Another one of ARSA’s original members, NORDAM was the first to make its commitment to sponsor the 2022 Annual Conference. Thanks to that quick action, the company will provide refreshment and rest at the Club Lounge Happy Hour on Thursday, March 10. Learn more at

Wencor has been a trusted partner in aerospace and defense for more than 60 years. As one of ARSA’s newest corporate enterprise members, Wencor has brought its support of the global aviation community full circle by taking a leading role at the maintenance industry’s premier substantive event. Learn more about the company at


Hearts of Gold

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ARSA is grateful to the organizations that have once again committed to the association’s work and its members by supporting the Annual Conference. In particular, the following Gold Level sponsors have distinguished themselves by supporting key elements of the event.

AAR Corp is one of the association’s longest tenured member companies, having long invested time, expertise and resources in furthering the industry’s interests through ARSA’s leadership. At the 2022 Conference, AAR’s sponsorship supports the annual member breakfast to be held on Friday, March 11. Learn more about this Corporate Enterprise Member at

Component Repair Technologies always shows up for ARSA. From regular sponsorship of the Annual Conference to the record (which still stands) for most online training sessions attended, CRT is a dependable champion of the association and industry. This year, the company’s sponsorship provides lunch (with special presentations) on Thursday, March 10. Learn more about CRT at

First Aviation Services is always driving ARSA forward. The company is represented on the association’s board of directors, continually engages on industry matters and stands up for good government, Legislative Day attendees can thank First Aviation for lunch on Wednesday, March 9, and everyone can learn more about the company at

HEICO regularly puts itself (and its people) out front on ARSA’s behalf. From starring roles in a short industry documentary to leadership of the association’s government affairs committee, the company puts a face on the repair station community. HEICO’s sponsorship produced this year’s Legislative Priorities Brochures, which are a necessary tool for Legislative Day attendees and useful resource throughout the year. Check out the company at


Sponsoring Conference Success

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Conference sponsors represent the best of ARSA’s membership. See and celebrate the companies standing up for the maintenance community by supporting its premier event. 












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The Event

Attendance Experience

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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 9 – Legislative Day (thanks to HAECO Americas) & the Evening Ice Breaker Reception (thanks to Moog Aircraft Group): The Diplomat Room

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 (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).


The Agenda

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Note: This agenda also highlights with a which elements of the Conference will be available via livestream.

Executive to Executive Briefings: Tuesday, March 8, 2022

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. | 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, 2022

After 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

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, 2022

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

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. | NORDAM Club Lounge Happy Hour

Member Day: Friday, March 11, 2022

ARSA’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


Anti-Viral Measures

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The ARSA team encourages all Annual Conference in-person participants to take measures appropriate to their personal comfort, medical risk and other needs related to COVID safety. The following resources are available for attendee reference:

The Ritz-Carlton

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 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 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.

Washington, D.C.

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 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

Going Livestream

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.


The “Digital Companion”

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Since 2019, all participant materials and references related to the Annual Conference have been made available on a special page on Special thanks to MRO Holdings for providing the online conference experience.

How do participants access the Digital Companion?

The registrant prep email sent on March 4 includes the web address and password to the Digital Companion. The address may be used in any web browser; when the page loads it will ask for the password and then allow access to the page, which is viewable on either desktop or mobile device.

What information is available on the Digital Companion?

(1) The event agenda, including session information, time and location for all events.

(2) Speaker names with links to online bios (where available).

(3) Presentation resources and materials (uploaded after sessions are complete).

(4) General information and resources (ARSA action resources, team member contacts, etc.)

(5) Access to the Conference livestream (For online registrants and Conference Ambassadors).


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The Technology

ARSA’s Partners and Platforms

ARSA has tapped into its broad network of online content providers – contacts developed from years of providing online training and participating in remotely-produced event content – to provide the 2022 Annual Conference. These tools allow the association to mesh a return to in-person participation with ongoing opportunity for viewing from a distance. – Participant Resources & Access

Conference participants will be able to access all event-related information via specially-designed pages on the ARSA website. Both the veritable “Digital Companion” and the embedded livestream will be available on What could make these resources better? Tell ARSA.

Microsoft Teams – Speaker Coordination

Presenters and panelists will interact and engage their material using Microsoft Teams, which has become the association’s go-to online meeting platform. 

Vimeo – Live Stream

The discussions captured by Teams  will be live streamed for event participants via a Vimeo player embedded on an webpage. Once online attendees and Conference Ambassadors have accessed the page, they can save the location on their favorite browser for repeated access. Every portion of the event will play on the same stream.

Hothouse Media – Onsite Production

The filming team that captured great moments and interviews at the 2019 and 2020 Annual Conferences and made the 2021 online event a great success has returned. On site with the ARSA team at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, Hothouse’s team will oversee all production on site to ensure the best audio, video and entertainment possible for livestream participants and provide recorded versions of sessions for access after the event.

See how all of these pieces fit together during the Conference from March 8-11. 


Participant Support

ARSA’s team worked hard to prevent issues before they occur. Still, things happen.

If any attendee needs assistance during the event, they should refer to the ARSA team contact information in the Digital Companion. If you cannot or do not know how to access that resource, use the general contact information on the team member directory or Team members may not be immediately attentive to these resources, but will be monitoring and prioritizing Conference-related communications.


The After Party

Session recordings will be made available to registrants – and available for purchase – after the event is over (please allow time for production). Also, ARSA’s team will work with its technology partners to create special content based on activities during the Conference.


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Industry Calendar

Conference Dates Location
HAI Heli-Expo 3/7-10/2022 Dallas, TX
ARSA Annual Conference 3/8-11/2022 Washington, DC
WAI Annual Women in Aviation Conference 3/17-19/2022 Nashville, TN
ATEC Annual Conference 3/20-23/2022 Fort Worth, TX
AEA International Convention and Trade Show 3/28-31/2022 New Orleans, LA
Purdue University National Aviation Symposium 4/6-8/2022 West Lafayette, IN
ABACE 4/12-14/2022 Shanghai
MRO Americas 4/26-28/2022 Dallas, TX
NBAA Maintenance Conference 5/3-5/2022 San Antonio, TX
EBAA-EBACE2022 5/23-25/2022 Geneva, Switzerland
MRO BEER 6/15-16/2022 Istanbul, Turkey
MRO Asia-Pacific 9/20-22/2022 Singapore
NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) 10/18-20/2022 San Antonio, TX
EASA Rotorcraft and VTOL Symposium 11/16-18/2022 Koelnmesse, Germany

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