An Aviation World of Good

Feb. 21, 2017
The strategy for navigating political turbulence will always be about personal relationships.

The aviation world enters 2017 facing uncertainty. Political transitions and global market swings leave certificate holders searching for answers. Regulatory reform? Renegotiation of trade agreements? Territorial isolation? How will the populist revolutions of Brexit (the decision of voters in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union) and the U.S. presidential election, the apparent opening of previously-sanctioned Iran and Cuba and the continued expansion of South American and Asian interests impact international policy?

These issues will take time to play out. As they do, engagement will be vital. Working together, connecting with regulatory bodies and government leaders, seeking common ground – the strategy for navigating political turbulence will always be about personal relationships.

Repair stations, parts producers and manufacturers can build those relationships by filling their calendar and purchasing their tickets. From conventions to expos to government-led meetings, there is simply no substitute for personal involvement.

As the voice of the international aviation maintenance community, ARSA is devoted to the unique needs of a complex, global industry. Through regulatory compliance services, legislative advocacy, training, publications, events and media engagement, we remind governments, policymakers and the general public of a simple truth: you can’t fly without us.

While there are many places for maintenance providers to congregate, the Annual Repair Symposium is the association’s brightest showcase. Every year, participants are brought face-to-face with elected leaders, industry executives, government officials and international representatives. Put simply, when you get to Washington, D.C., the aviation world is yours—international topics and participants mark every page of the Legislative Day and Symposium agenda.

On March 15, as ARSA’s members take to Capitol Hill for meetings with elected officials, staff and committee representatives, Christian A. Klein will help unveil the association’s Annual Global Fleet and MRO Market Assessment, prepared by Oliver Wyman. For years now, the report has hit the same note: The maintenance industry is growing, with new demand for service and support forecast in every part of the world.

On March 16 and 17, participants will tackle the borderless issues that face aviation businesses. From complying with regulatory mandates, to managing business requirements, to finding and retaining qualified technicians, to working with governments, symposium participants will face the industry’s most-pressing needs. After more than a year’s effort to “smooth” implementation of the changes five and six to the U.S-EU Maintenance Annex Guidance and correct regulatory gaps related to parts documentation, ARSA will update on its efforts towards mutual recognition of regulatory regimes.

These sessions—supported by presenters and participants from around the world—perfectly complement the ARSA’s complete coverage of matters essential to the maintenance industry. If you can’t be with us from the 15th to the 17th, the association will continue to bring the world to you through its services and communications. From import/export compliance to bilateral relationships and everything in between, ARSA works for you.

Every day of the year, the association helps its members manage the intersection of business and government. For three days in March, we come together to share and learn not only about how that work serves the men and women who keep us all safely in flight, but also how we can do it better. Whether you can be with us or not, find time to get personally involved in this community.

Join us. Together we can do a world of good.

Brett Levanto is vice president of operations of Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, P.L.C. managing firm and client communications in conjunction with regulatory and legislative policy initiatives. He provides strategic and logistical support for the Aeronautical Repair Station Association.

About the Author

Brett Levanto

Brett Levanto is vice president operation for the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA). He graduated from the George Washington University in 2004 and earned a Master of Public Policy from the College of William and Mary in 2009. For more information visit