ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, Jan. 28, 2011 – The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) has launched a survey to assess the economic impact of bilateral aviation safety agreements (BASA). ARSA is an international trade association that represents companies performing aviation maintenance.
The survey is another step in ARSA’s on-going effort to obtain economic data that will inform lawmakers, regulators, media, and other key audiences about the aviation maintenance industry. Other ARSA studies have quantified the industry’s footprint at the state, national, and international level.
This phase of ARSA’s economic research will measure the impact of BASAs, which reduce regulatory obstacles, making it easier for repair stations to serve foreign customers. BASAs are threatened in several countries.
“This project is critical to our efforts to make sure lawmakers, regulators, and the media understand how policy decisions affect our members and the international economy,” ARSA Executive Vice President Christian Klein said.
ARSA is seeking broad participation in the survey; any repair station regardless of location is welcome to respond.
Like ARSA’s past economic research, this analysis is being conducted by AeroStrategy, a global aerospace consultancy, and individual survey responses will be held in confidence.
Repair stations interested in participating in the survey project can find the survey form and instructions at: www.aerostrategy.com/downloads/ARSA_Survey_2011/ARSA_Bilateral_Survey_Form.xls
ARSA plans to release the results of the study in the spring at the Annual Repair Symposium and Legislative Day.
ARSA is an Alexandria, Virginia-based international trade association that represents aviation maintenance and manufacturing companies. The association has a distinguished 25-year record of advocating for repair stations and providing regulatory compliance assistance to the industry and representing repair stations on Capitol Hill and in the media. More information about ARSA is available at www.arsa.org.
The new study conducted by AeroStrategy examined the economic impact of existing maintenance BASAs on certificated repair stations.
As one of the United States' leading exports, aviation maintenance contributes $39.1 billion annually to the U.S. economy and maintains a $2.4 billion positive balance of trade.
The BASA allows the reciprocal acceptance of FAA and EASA certification and oversight of civil aviation products and maintenance organizations.
ARSA will submit the results to the FAA for comparison and validation with the agency's own research on the issue.