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2023 – Edition 3 – March 31

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Table of Contents

Note: The order of material varies in hotline emails, but is always presented the same on this landing page. Readers scrolling through content on or printing this page will find it organized consistent with the table of contents.

State of the Association
2023 Annual Conference
Anti-Viral Measures
ARSA Works
2023 Economic Outlook
Legal Brief
ARSA on the Hill
Training
Membership
Resources
Industry Calendar


State of the Association

President’s Report

During ARSA’s Annual Member Meeting on Friday, March 17, ARSA President Josh Krotec provided members an update on the state of the association. The following recording (taken from the livestream presentation of the event) includes the recording of the member meeting containing Krotec’s presentation. To download a copy of Krotec’s prepared remarks, click here.

 

 


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2023 Annual Conference

It Happened

March 14-17, 2023

Information | Sponsors

The 2023 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. Attendees should refer back to the Conference Digital Companion for materials, references and access to full livestream recordings. All other members can experience portions of the event through the clips available in this edition of the hotline.

See you next year: March 12-15, 2024

Unless otherwise noted, all Annual Conference activities take place at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia. Stay tuned for agenda updates as the event gets closer.

Executive to Executive Briefings: Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Participation by industry executives with senior executive branch officials is limited to annual conference sponsors.
8:30 a.m. | Coffee & Light Breakfast
9:00 a.m. | Introductory Briefing
10:00 a.m. | U.S. Department of Transportation

Elliott Black, Facilitator, Aerospace Supply Chain Resiliency Task Force, Office of the Under Secretary for Transportation Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation

ARSA is a member of the congressional-mandated task force examining the resiliency of the aerospace supply chain. Black will facilitate a group discussion about issues impacting the maintenance sector supply chain, including workforce, government policy, access to materials, geopolitical challenges, etc.
11:00 a.m. | Break
11:15 a.m. | U.S. Department of State

Heidi Gomez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs


Midday Session and Lunch Planning TBD
2:00 p.m. | U.S. Department of Commerce

Scott Kennedy, Director, Office of Transportation & Machinery, International Trade Administration


3:00 p.m. | Break
Later Afternoon Session TBD
4:00 p.m. | Wrap Up Discussion

Legislative Day: Wednesday, March 13, 2024

The day dedicated to educating both the aviation maintenance industry and elected officials. Learn (or brush up) on what ARSA does and what you can do so you're ready for afternoon visits with targeted Capitol Hill legislators and staff.
7:30 a.m. | Registration & Breakfast
8:00 a.m. | Welcome & Introductions
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. | National Defense Authorization Act Opportunities

ARSA is pursuing legislation as part of the annual Pentagon budget and policy bill to enhance competition and opportunities for small businesses in Department of Defense aircraft maintenance contracting.


Josh Krotec, Senior Vice President, First Aviation and ARSA Immediate Past President


Alex de Gunten, Senior Vice President for Government & Industry Affairs, HEIO and 2024 ARSA Government Affairs Chairman


9:45 a.m. | Break
10:00 a.m. | Congressional Staff Panel

House and Senate Aviation Subcommittee staff discuss the 2023 FAA reauthorization process and substance.


Julie Devine, Professional Staff, U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Subcommittee on Aviation


Adam Weiss, Counsel (Minority), U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Subcommittee on Aviation


11:00 a.m. | FAA Reauthorization: The Broader Perspective

Sterling Wiggins, Senior Director, Transportation, Infrastructure, and Supply Chain Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


11:30 a.m. | Release of 2024 Market Report

Livia Hayes, Director, Oliver Wyman CAVOK


12:00 p.m. | Lunch & Morning Wrap Up
1:00 p.m. | Congressional Meetings Begin

Participants head to Capitol Hill for scheduled meetings with members of Congress and staffers covering subject matter or geographic jurisdictions impacting participant home/facility locations. NOTE: participants schedule their meetings directly with the relevant offices; instructions are provided in advance of the event.


TBD | Presentation of ARSA Legislative Leadership Award (Special Invitation Only)
4:00 p.m. | Symposium Registration Open (for non-Legislative Day attendees)
5:30 p.m. | Ice Breaker Reception
7:00 p.m. | Special Invitation Dinner

Annual Repair Symposium: Thursday, March 14, 2024

The centerpiece of Conference week, ARSA convenes a full day of substantive panel discussions covering key regulatory compliance and business issues.
7:30 a.m. | Registration & Breakfast
8:00 a.m. | Welcome & Introductory Remarks

ARSA is the voice of the global aviation maintenance industry. How the association advocates your interests with legislators, regulators, and the media sets the stage for corporate growth. Information on how advancement of the industry’s collective interests enables individual companies to shine more brightly.


8:30 a.m. | Session 1: Fireside Chat with AVS-1

David Boulter, Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, FAA


9:00 a.m. | Break
9:15 a.m. | Session 2: Opening Salvo – Conversations with the Regulators

International aviation safety agencies will provide updates on the regulations, policies, and procedures of importance to the global aerospace sector. 


Lawrence Josuá Fernandes Costa, Continuing Airworthiness Certification Manager, Department of Flight Standards, ANAC Brazil [In person]


Ludovic Aron, Washington Representative, EASA [In person]


Karl Specht, Principal Coordinator Organisation Approvals, EASA [Online]


Dan Elgas, Director, Policy and Standards Division (AIR-600), Aircraft Certification Service, FAA [In person]


Larry Fields, Executive Director, Flight Standards Service, FAA [Invited]


Jeffrey Phipps, Chief, Operational Airworthiness (AARTN), Transport Canada Civil Aviation [In person]


Neil Williams, Head of Airworthiness, Policy & Rulemaking, United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority [In person]


12:30 p.m. | Lunch with Special Guest

Billy Nolen, Chief Safety Officer, Archer Aviation


2:00 p.m. | Session 3: Defining the Career

Using known pathways and the current regulations, panelists lay out templates for international maintenance technician recruitment, training, and retention.


Ryan Goertzen, Vice President of Workforce Development, AAR


Barrington Irving, Founder & CEO, The Flying Classroom and Founder of the Barrington Irving Technical Training School


Crystal Maguire, Executive Director, Aviation Technician Education Council


3:00 p.m. | ARSA Quiz Show
3:30 p.m. | Break
4:00 p.m. | Session 4: Training First

Based on recommendations from SOCAC’s Workforce Development and Training (WDAT) Working Group and the ongoing work of the ARAC Repairman Working Group, panelists will explain how industry can push the government to accept standards for competency and skill development.


5:00 p.m. | The Club Lounge Happy Hour

Member Day: Friday, March 15, 2024

ARSA's leadership briefs members on the state of the association as well as goals and priorities for the coming year. Participants then close out the event by choosing from one of several concurrent breakout sessions.
8:00 a.m. | Annual Membership Meeting & Breakfast
9:30 a.m. | Break
10:00 a.m. | Training: Regulations for Supervisors & Inspectors

This session reviews the cardinal regulatory knowledge necessary for repair station personnel to be “thoroughly familiar with the applicable regulations in this chapter.” ARSA’s training team is rolling out the course for the benefit of Conference attendees.


12:00 p.m. | Conference Ends

In-Person

All substantive and social activities were hosted at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia. Legislative Day participants will head to Capitol Hill for meetings with congressional offices as appropriate.

Livestream

The majority of conference events will be available to livestream viewers via a Vimeo web-player embedded into a page on ARSA.org. Access to the livestream in 2024 will be available only to "Conference Ambassadors." These "Ambassadors" are contacts identified by in-person participants to bring the event back to their home facilities.

For information about committing your organization to the Annual Conference, contact ARSA Vice President of Operations Brett Levanto.

Platinum – $10,000

Notation 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, sponsorship rights and 10 registrations to an ARSA training session, complimentary registrations for three (3) participants in the Executive to Executive Briefings as well as three (3) in Legislative Day, and free livestream access for personnel unable to attend in person. At the Platinum Level, sponsors may select one of the following to specifically support (may not reflect current availability for 2024):
  • Online Conference Experience
  • Executive to Executive Briefings
  • Legislative Day – All Day
  • Annual Repair Symposium – Ice Breaker Reception
  • Annual Repair Symposium – Club Lounge Happy Hour
  • Congressional Directories/Resources

2023 Platinum Sponsors

       
         
         

Gold – $7,500

Notation 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, 5 registrations to an ARSA training session, complimentary registrations for two (2) participants in the Executive to Executive Briefings as well as two (2) in Legislative Day, and free livestream access for personnel unable to attend in person. At the Gold Level, sponsors may select one of the following to specifically support (may not reflect current availability for 2024):
  • 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

2023 Gold Sponsors

         

Silver – $3,500

Notation 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, complimentary registrations for one (1) participant in the Executive to Executive Briefings as well as one (1) in Legislative Day. At the Silver Level, sponsors may select one of the following to specifically support (may not reflect current availability for 2024):
  • Nametag Lanyards
  • Hotel Room Keys
  • Annual Repair Symposium – Coffee Break (5)

2023 Silver Sponsors

       

Supporter – $2,500

Notation 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.

2023 Supporter

           

Contributor – $500 to $2,499 (or equivalent support)

Notation in some publicity, marketing, and periodicals (e.g., the hotline, Dispatch), and recognition in event materials and from the podium.

2023 Contributors

   

ARSA's block of rooms for Conference participants at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia is now closed. The hotel hosts most of the activities related to the ARSA Conference and is convenient to the Metro as well as Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA). To try and book a room independently, go to the hotel's website or call 703.415.5000.


Those seeking other options may consider these hotels (there are no ARSA-related specials or promotions at these locations):

Embassy Suites by Hilton Crystal City National Airport 1393 S Eads St. Arlington, Virginia, 22202


Residence Inn Arlington Capital View 2850 South Potomac Avenue Arlington, Virginia, 22202


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC – Crystal City 300 Army Navy Drive Arlington, Virginia, 22202


Crowne Plaza Washington National Airport 1480 Crystal Drive Arlington, Virginia, 22202


Hampton Inn & Suites Reagan National Airport 2000 Richmond Highway Arlington, Virginia, 22202


Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport 2020 Richmond Hwy Arlington, VA 22202


Holiday Inn National Airport/Crystal City 2650 Richmond Highway Arlington, Virginia, 22202

The Leo Weston Award for Excellence in Government Service

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.

Click here to learn more about Leo, the award bearing his name, and those who have received it.

The Legislative Leadership Award

The association regularly recognizes members of Congress who have provided outstanding support to the aviation maintenance community by supporting policies beneficial to the industry. Honorees have each been key in moving forward specific legislation advancing priorities championed by ARSA on behalf of its members.

Click here to see past updates regarding Legislative Leadership Award recipients.

The "Golden Shovel" Award

From time to time, ARSA recognizes individuals – usually at the time of their retirement – who have spent their careers in steadfast devotion to good business, good safety, and good oversight. In the colorful illustration of Executive Director Sarah MacLeod, these professionals have spent their lives shoveling against the tide of government bureaucracy; their achievement in never giving up is acknowledged through the "Golden Shovel Award."

Click here to learn more about the "Shovel" and see who has received it.
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 personal health. 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 whattoexpect.marriott.com/waspc.

Virginia

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.

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 coronavirus.dc.gov for policy and guidance related to the pandemic.

U.S. CDC

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 "medium" for community transmission. See county-by-county assessments and guidance at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

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.

ARSA has created a Google Photos Album with selected images from the event. The album is open; the association invites participants to share their own shots from the Annual Conference (if you'd like to deliver images directly to an ARSA team member, contact Brett Levanto). Sharing event photos constitutes consenting to their use/distribution in association with Conference-related publicity for this or future events, at ARSA's discretion.

Click here to go to the album.

Materials and Recordings

The Digital Companion (the much discussed online resource for event materials and resources, to which access information has been sent to attendees via email and was provided from the lectern on each day) has been updated with PDFs of all presentations as well as links to additional resources discussed during the event. It also includes an attendee directory (in the “General Resources” area) and information about accessing raw livestream recordings (hint: they are in the same place the livestream was).

 


Sponsor Salute

Conference sponsors represent the best of ARSA’s membership. Here’s to all 21 organizations that committed to the maintenance community’s premier substantive event. See and celebrate those that made the commitment (To learn more about a sponsor, click its logo.).

 

Platinum

       
         
         

Gold

         

Silver

       

Supporter

           

Contributors

   
 
 

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ARSA Works

Symposium Briefing – What Has ARSA Done Lately

Executive Director Sarah MacLeod and Executive Vice President Christian Klein opened the Symposium portion of the Annual Conference on March 16 with their annual “What We Have Done Lately” presentation. The brief session includes updates about key work performed by the association in the last year as well as instruction for maximizing membership value while helping move the enterprise forward. The briefing is provided in its entirety for the benefit of members.

 

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

Christian Klein, Executive Vice President, ARSA


 


Bilateral Working Group Reviewing Parts Documentation Issues

On March 15, ARSA received an interim response from EASA Flight Standards Director Jesper Rasmussen regarding new parts installed by U.S. repair stations during maintenance subject to the U.S.-EU bilateral agreement. The EASA letter referenced an industry request delivered on Jan. 31 concerning misinterpretation of parts documentation requirements.

Rasmussen indicated the FAA and EASA have established a dedicated COB and JMCB working group to review the matter and conversations had begun. The letter also stated: “Pending the outcome of this review and possible amendments to the applicable texts, the TIP and MAG in their current revision/change remain strictly applicable.”

The industry’s argument in the Jan. 31 letter was the “strictly applicable” language in the TIP and MAG actually does not require an FAA Form 8130-3 (or EASA Form 1) accompany all new parts to be consumed in maintenance. However, the agencies referral to working group deliberation leaves American repair stations facing the same squeeze between European rules and the FAA’s regulatory system.

To read the interim response, click here.

For a complete chronicle of parts documentation issues under the MAG, visit arsa.org/MAG

 



Final Documents/Your Two Cents

This list includes Federal Register publications, such as final rules, Advisory Circulars and policy statements, as well as proposed rules and policies of interest to ARSA members.

To view the list, click here.

 


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2023 Economic Outlook

Aviation Maintenance Returning to Growth in Face of Constraints

ARSA released its updated Global Fleet & MRO Market Report during its 2023 Annual Conference on March 15. The report, which is prepared by Oliver Wyman CAVOK, indicates that while constraints exist, the pandemic is no longer driving fleet growth or maintenance demand.

For both Oliver Wyman’s data and industry planning, this emergence from the business disruptions that began in 2020 allows for a return to more traditional modeling expectations. Aircraft and parts availability, supply chain volatility, and most pressingly workforce demands will determine how fully the global industry can recover and grow.

The report was briefed to ARSA’s attendees during the Legislative Day portion of its Conference, providing economic background to support later discussions with members of Congress and their staffs. Livia Hayes, Oliver Wyman CAVOK director, presented the findings to participants, illustrating the current and projected states of the North American and global aircraft fleets and related impacts on maintenance demand.

Hayes reported that the active fleet is almost back to pre-pandemic levels and in North America it is larger than in 2019. Passenger demand is expected to recover fully by 2024, with aircraft utilization rising steadily. These factors combined with several years of limited deliveries of new airframes – which kept average fleet ages high despite retirements of older aircraft – will drive maintenance demand for the decade: The market is expected to grow by a rate just shy of three percent through the 2030s.

Turning her focus to workforce, which received considerable discussion throughout ARSA’s Conference, Hayes noted that more than 300,000 Americans work in aviation maintenance and production, with 56 percent working at repair stations. These individuals combine to produce almost $63 billion in annual revenue for American firms as part of a global industry approaching $100 billion.

Hayes noted the top states for maintenance employment remain consistent year over year, with 42 percent of the total aviation maintenance workforce living in Florida, California, Texas, Georgia, and Ohio. In subsequent discussion, ARSA Executive Vice President Christian Klein noted that while big states always top lists of employment and investment, there are others, like Oklahoma, where aviation maintenance employment per-capita actually leads the nation even though its total employment falls outside the top five.

While ARSA members are already reporting considerable issues related to technician employment, the Oliver Wyman data indicate workforce challenges will continue. Even in its most optimistic scenario, the report indicates technician demand is likely to outstrip supply until the second half of the decade. The baseline projection – and certainly the pessimistic one – fails to return supply of available personnel back to balance with demand at any point within the forecast period.

“If the industry does grow the way we’re projecting it,” Hayes said, noting that Oliver Wyman’s projections usually are within one percent of actual numbers, “We’re going to have a big problem here in a few years in a gap in [workforce] demand [and supply].”

Oliver Wyman’s suggestions for business and policy improvements to stem career development problems mirror those promoted by ARSA and also reflect the work of government-convened bodies focused on engaging youth and women in aviation careers. In response to a question, Hayes noted that compensation for maintenance employment was competitive and she counsels employers to consider “total compensation,” including lifestyle benefits, in making careers enticing to potential employees.

For more information about the report and its related resources, as well as other analyses performed by and for ARSA, visit arsa.org/news-media/economic-data. Hayes’ presentation can be viewed in its entirety below.

2023 Global Fleet & MRO Market Forecast
prepared by Oliver Wyman

Click the cover image to access a PDF copy of the Executive Summary.

Executive Summary: 2023 Global Fleet & MRO Market Forecast
U.S. state-by-state overview of 2023 employment & economic impact
Updated Technician Workforce Supply Projections through 2032
ARSA’s Press Releases Announcing Annual Market Forecasts

 


Legislative Day Briefing – Global Fleet & MRO Market Report

Livia Hayes, Oliver Wyman CAVOK director, presented the findings to Legislative Day participants on March 15, illustrating the current and projected states of the North American and global aircraft fleets and related impacts on maintenance demand. ARSA’s attendees then used this economic background to support later discussions with members of Congress and their staffs. For members, this data illustrates the current state of the aerospace marketplace and provides insight for future business considerations. The briefing is provided in its entirety for the benefit of members.

Release of the 2023 Global Fleet & MRO Market Report, produced by Oliver Wyman

Livia Hayes, Director, Oliver Wyman CAVOK

 


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Legal Brief

Editor’s note: This material is provided as a service to association members for educational and informational purposes only. It does not constitute legal or professional advice and is not privileged or confidential.

Symposium Briefing – Making the Old New Again

On March 16, ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod joined the final session of the Symposium portion of the Annual Conference as a panelist. In addition to engaging in discussion with two members of the association’s board of directors, MacLeod provided a short primer on regulatory considerations necessary for repair stations performing work on legacy designs as well as those making good on opportunities presented by “emerging” technology. Her opening briefing is provided from that panel for the benefit of members.

Making the Old New Again

How can repair stations leverage new tools to repair legacy designs while keeping up with advancing needs of newer fleets? Using the plain language of parts 21 and 43 to manage pressures and make good on opportunities presented by “emerging” technology.

John Riggs, Director of Airworthiness, Chromalloy

Robert Roedts, Vice President of Aircraft Solutions, Columbia Helicopters

Sarah MacLeod, Executive Director, ARSA

Moderator: Brett Levanto, Vice President of Operations, ARSA

 


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ARSA on the Hill

Legislative Day Briefing –  It’s All About You

Executive Vice President Christian Klein kicked of the Legislative Day portion of the Conference on March 15 with his usual thorough overview of the “state of play” in aviation policy. As American lawmakers look ahead to FAA reauthorization and the industry grapples with multiple constraints limiting full recovery from the pandemic, Klein’s overview makes for an important introduction to (or expansion on) the maintenance industry’s legislative priorities. The presentation is provided in its entirety for the benefit of members.

To learn more about the association’s legislative program, visit arsa.org/legislative.

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 Klein, Executive Vice President, ARSA

 


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Please take a second to give us prior approval to talk to you about ARSA PAC.  Doing so in no way obligates you to support PAC.  It just opens the lines of communication.

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Aviation Life Calendar

April Through July

Something exciting happens every day in an aviation career.

If you want to keep aviation in the forefront of career choices, celebrate success every day with these resources. Every one provides a positive view of the industry’s ability to make the impossible an everyday event by individuals from every walk of life, socio-economic level, race, creed, color, religion, orientation, and physical capability.

Check back regularly for updates.

Month Day Event or Celebration
All All This Day in Aviation
April All This Day in Aviation History – April
April All National Internship Awareness Month
April 12 International Day for Human Space Flight
April 27 National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
May All This Day in Aviation History – May
May All Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
May All National Military Appreciation Month
May 3 National Skilled Trades Day
May 5 National Space Day
May 5 National Astronaut Day
May 6 International Drone Day
May 24 National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day
May 26 National Paper Airplane Day
May 31 Autonomous Vehicle Day
May 31 International Flight Attendant Day
June All This Day in Aviation History – June
June 23 International Women in Engineering Day
June 26 National Aerobatics Day
July All This Day in Aviation History – July
July 20 Neil Armstrong’s First Moon Walk
July 24 National Amelia Earhart Day
July 25 National Hire a Veteran Day

 


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Training & Career Development

Make ARSA Training Work

ARSA’s online training program represents its most-valuable benefit to the aviation industry: knowledge gained through training and experience. The association’s team has turned its decades of work on behalf of aviation maintenance into more than 80 hours of on-demand content.

While sessions are available for registration at any time – ARSA member discounts available – companies can also incorporate the association’s training into their regular programs:

(1) Subscription. Make up-front, bulk purchases of training hours. The details of each subscription can be customized, including focus on specific subject areas (e.g., human factors) or options for specially-priced session access after the initial hours have been used.

(2) “Championing” a session. Guarantee a certain number of attendees for training in a particular topic that will also be made available for general registration. Variations include open registration for a live session (i.e., company personnel participate at the same time as general registrants) or a company-specific live event for which a recorded version (not including any company-specific information) is made available for on-demand registration.

(3) Tailored training. Contract ARSA’s management firm Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, P.L.C. to produce or modify training specific to your organization. The team can then re-record it (or offer it as a separate live session) for ARSA’s training program. Tailored programs are priced differently from ARSA’s hourly rate and are administered by OFM&K, which allows for a client engagement and related attorney-client privilege for all discussion.

Click here to go directly to the training platform (operated by ARSA’s management firm) and begin reviewing available sessions.

For more information about ARSA’s training program, review the menus below. If you have questions or would like to learn more about ways to integrate ARSA training into your own program, contact Vice President of Operations Brett Levanto (brett.levanto@arsa.org).

Price: One-hour sessions are $75 for ARSA Members and $150 Non-Members. Classes with special pricing are indicated on this page. (Member prices provided to certain associations through reciprocal arrangements. Sessions will often be available at lower prices through bundles, coupons and other special opportunities.)
Government employees: Contact ARSA directly for auditing opportunities.
Registration: Registration and payment may be processed directly through the training platform/course catalog (free account creation required).
Technical questions and assistance: Click here for FAQ and technical support from training platform vendor.
Refunds: No refunds are granted for ARSA training sessions. When classes are canceled, registrants can choose from future courses of equal value. If a registrant is unable to attend a live session, their registration allows access to the on-demand, recorded version of the webinar.
IA Approval: A number of ARSA training sessions have been accepted for Inspection Authorization (IA) renewal credit. These sessions are denoted on their registration page with their FAA course acceptance number (in red).
Benefits: Registration for an ARSA-provided training session includes:
  • Access to the live class session on the scheduled date (if applicable).
  • Unlimited access to the on-demand, recorded version of the webinar to be made available after the live session is complete (or at time of purchase, for on-demand classes).
  • A copy of the presentation and all reference material with links to relevant resources and citations.
  • A certificate* upon completion of the session as well as any required test material.
*Only registered participants are eligible to receive a completion certificate for each session. Certificates are delivered automatically via email after the completion criteria – usually viewing the session and submitting an associated test – are met.
OFM&K Training Portal: All of ARSA's training sessions are provided through OFM&K's training portal. As the training provider of choice for ARSA and a trusted resource for the aviation community, the firm's training materials represent a vital tool for entities pursuing regulatory compliance and business success. All of the courses are administered via PotomacLaw.InreachCE.com, which is not part of ARSA's website.

Complying with Part 145 – “Soup to Nuts” (Four Hours) Instructor: Sarah MacLeod Description: Specially recorded with a hand-picked audience for interactive discussion, this session thoroughly reviews 14 CFR part 145, discusses the application of the rule and overviews some practical implications of obtaining and maintaining a repair station certificate. Pricing Note: This is a four-hour session and is $300 for members and $600 for non-members. Click here to register and get access for 90 days.

Sessions Accepted for IA Renewal Credit Eight of ARSA's on-demand training sessions have been accepted by the FAA for Inspection Authorization renewal credit under 14 CFR § 65.93. Each session is currently available for registration and immediate access:Click here to purchase all eight sessions (plus one required prerequisite) at a “bundled” discount – let ARSA take care of your IA renewal requirements this year. Click here to purchase all eight sessions (plus one required prerequisite) at a “bundled” discount.

The following general subject areas are covered by sessions currently available in ARSA's training library. Search these and other topics directly via the online training portal (click here to get started).

Aircraft Parts


Audit Activism & Prophylactic Lawyering


Drug & Alcohol Testing


Human Factors


Instructions for Continued Airworthiness


Parts 21, 43, 65, 145 (and others)


Public Aircraft"Going Global" - International Regulatory Law


Grassroots Advocacy


Recordkeeping – "Finishing the Job with Proper Paperwork"


The Fourth Branch of Government (Administrative Agencies and Procedures)


Self Disclosure Programs and Practices

While sessions are available for registration at any time – ARSA member discounts available – companies can also incorporate the association's training into their regular programs:

(1) Subscription. Make up-front, bulk purchases of training hours. The details of each subscription can be customized, including focus on specific subject areas (e.g., human factors) or options for specially-priced session access after the initial hours have been used.


(2) “Championing” a session. Guarantee a certain number of attendees for training in a particular topic that will also be made available for general registration. Variations include open registration for a live session (i.e., company personnel participate at the same time as general registrants) or a company-specific live event for which a recorded version (not including any company-specific information) is made available for on-demand registration.


(3) Tailored training. Contract ARSA's management firm Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, P.L.C. to produce or modify training specific to your organization. The team can then re-record it (or offer it as a separate live session) for ARSA’s training program. Tailored programs are priced differently from ARSA’s hourly rate and are administered by OFM&K, which allows for a client engagement and related attorney-client privilege for all discussion.

For more information about ARSA's training program, review the menus below. If you have questions or would like to learn more about ways to integrate ARSA training into your own program, contact Vice President of Operations Brett Levanto (brett.levanto@arsa.org).

The association’s training program is provided through Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, P.L.C., the firm that manages ARSA. To go directly to OFM&K’s online training portal, visit potomaclaw.inreachce.com. To learn more about the association’s training program and see course availability, visit arsa.org/training.

What training do you need? Contact ARSA to let the association know and help get it developed.

 



Symposium Briefing – The Explorer Program

The 2023 Annual Conference had workforce and career development issues running through it. In addition to expansive discussion by Executive to Executive Briefings participants on March 14, the topic was top of mind across sessions for the entire week. Vice President of Operations Brett Levanto led multiple sessions (including a breakout with assistance from Executive Vice President Christian Klein) focused on ways repair stations can stimulate career development and growth opportunities. For the benefit of members, this introduction to Paul Lukas of the Boy Scouts of America Explorer Program has been selected out of the full “Young at Heart” panel discussion held during the Symposium portion of the Conference on March 16.

Young at Heart

A discussion about various ways to tap into the interest of students and introduce aviation pathways, including non-aviation examples and points from the two congressionally mandated committees investigating career development.

Paul Lukas, Teen Program Executive, Connecticut Yankee Council, Boy Scouts of America

Alison McHugh, Vice President, Safety & Quality, FEAM Aero

Sean Torpey, Executive Director for National Engagement and Regional Administration, FAA

Moderator: Brett Levanto, Vice President of Operations, ARSA

 


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Membership

2023 Member Survey – This is Your Chance

The association is grateful for the time, effort and insight of the 65 respondents to this year’s member survey so far. ARSA’s survey team encourages any primary contact that has not yet submitted a response to do so before the sun rises on April 1. The data will be used in communications, regulatory and legislative policy efforts; the “snapshot” provided by survey data is vital to supporting the maintenance community.

In advance of seeing this year’s results, visit ARSA’s data and advocacy page to see how the association makes use of survey responses in conjunction with its annual economic data and other special reports.

Haven’t yet responded but can’t find your invitation (or you’re not sure if your company is represented in the current data)? Click here to contact ARSA.

 


Relatively Quick Question – Conference Feedback

As it continues to share its gratitude to all who made the 2023 Annual Conference an incredible success, ARSA asks all who attended to provide feedback about the event. Participant experience helps the association team build on what works and improve where possible.

Anyone who did not attend this year’s Conference should (1) save the dates for next year (March 12-15, 2024) and (2) click here to answer another question about what it is you look for in industry events.

Note: The question is displayed in its own, embedded window and covers multiple pages. If the “Next” or “Submit” button is not visible on the screen, you must scroll within the survey window in order to submit your response.

To complete the survey, please visit (or paste into your browser): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2023ARSAConference.

Click here to see what questions have been asked and answered…and keep a lookout for more.

 


Welcome & Welcome Back – New & Renewing Members

ARSA’s members give the association life – its work on behalf of the maintenance community depends on the commitment of these organizations. Here’s to the companies that joined or renewed in March:

New Members
Aero Accessories & Repair, Inc., R04
TAIGLOBAL Group, LLC, Assoc.

Renewed Members
Accurate Accessories, LLC, R01, 2002
AEE-EMF, Inc. d.b.a. Aircraft Electrical Electronics, R01, 2009
AeroKool Aviation Corporation, R03, 2017
AERO Component Repair, LLC, R01, 2011
Av8 MRO LLC, R03, 2014
Avionics Shop, Inc., R01,
Cargo Systems, Inc., R01, 1999
Cobalt Aero Services LLC, R03, 2012
Gardner Aviation Specialist, Inc. dba Precision Aircraft Services, R01, 2018
Harman’s Repair Station, Inc., R01, 2012
IAR Technical Services dba Interantional Air Response, R02, 2017
IHI Corporation, R06, 2019
Liebherr-Aerospace Saline, Inc., R05, 2006
Master Air Parts, Inc., R01, 2013
Moog, Inc., Corp, 1997
PropWorks Propeller Systems, R02, 2021
Rotortech Services, Inc., R02, 2019
Scott Richard Aircraft Maintenance, R02, 2010
SONICO, Inc., R02, 1995
Thales Avionics, Inc., R04, 2006
The Giles Group Inc., Affil, 2013
Toledo Jet Center, LLC, R03, 2010
Wencor, LLC, Corp, 2018
World Class Accessory, Inc., R01, 2007

 


 


Make ARSA’s Voice Your Own: Advertise

ARSA has a menu of advertising opportunities for arsa.org, the hotline and the ARSA Dispatch. Take advantage of these great opportunities today to showcase your company, a new product or event. For more information go to arsa.org/advertise.

 


Stand Up for ARSA

In order to provide world-class resources for its members, the association depends on the commitment of the aviation community. By sponsoring events and activities, supporters can help ARSA’s work on behalf of repair stations to endure.

Need a place to start? For information about opportunities, contact Vice President of Operations Brett Levanto (brett.levanto@arsa.org).

 


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Resources

ARSA strives to provide resources to educate the general public about the work of the association’s member organizations; should you need to provide a quick reference or introductory overview to the global MRO industry, please utilize AVMRO.ARSA.org.

About ARSA PAC

ARSA’s Political Action Committee helps elect congressional candidates who share ARSA’s commitment to better regulation and a strong aviation maintenance sector. But ARSA is prohibited from sending PAC information to members who haven’t opted in to receive it.

Careers in Aviation Maintenance

How do you share the industry’s story with the people who could be its future? Teach them about the great work done every day to keep the world in flight. (Even if we can’t recruit somebody, we sure can make them thankful for our work.)

U.S./EU Maintenance Annex Guidance

See all of the association’s public updates since 2012 on the Maintenance Annex Guidance between the United States and European Union. The page focuses in particular on matters related to parts documentation issues arising since MAG Change 5 was issued in 2015.

 


Industry Calendar

MRO Americas 4/18-20/2023 Atlanta, GA
WATS 2023: 25th World Aviation Training Summit 4/18-20/2023 Orlando, FL
AEA International Convention & Trade Show 4/24-27/2023 Orlando, FL
NBAA Maintenance Conference 5/2-4/2023 Hartford, CT
EBACE 2023 5/23-25/2023 Geneva, Switzerland
Paris Air Show 6/19-25/2023 Paris, France
MRO Beer 6/14-15/2023 Warsaw, Poland
LBACE 8/8-10/2023 Sao Paulo, Brazil
MRO Asia-Pacific 9/26-28/2023 Singapore
Dubai Airshow 11/12-16/2023 DWC, Dubai Airshow Site
MRO Southeast Asia Spring 2023 TBD
AEA International Convention & Trade Show 3/19-22/2024 Dallas, TX
NBAA Maintenance Conference 4/30/-5/2/2024 Portland, OR
 

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