Press Kit

About ARSA

The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) is the only association devoted to the unique needs of the worldwide civil aviation maintenance industry. The association is dedicated to helping its more than 400 member companies run their operations more efficiently and effectively, while continuing to ensure the safety of aircraft worldwide.

To that end, ARSA endeavors to:

  • Raise the legislative and regulatory profile of the aviation maintenance industry;
  • Help regulators develop guidance, policy, and interpretations that are clear, concise, and consistent, and applied uniformly to all similarly situated companies and individuals;
  • Work with legislators on Capitol Hill to advance an agenda that benefits industry and aviation safety in general;
  • Differentiate between government functions and industry responsibilities;
  • Provide training, advisory materials, news services, and regulatory expertise to ensure members remain compliant in a heavily regulated industry; and
  • Offer technical and legal expertise to analyze and respond to government actions.

Ensuring good government and fair oversight is hard work — ARSA does the spadework that provides the aviation industry with the essential knowledge and practical advice needed to ensure business survival.



ARSA speakers and staff have expertise addressing the following issue areas:

  • Aviation maintenance industry (economics, structure, etc.)
  • Aviation regulation
  • Legislation affecting repair stations and air carriers
  • Workforce development (aviation technician workforce development, training, skilled worker shortage


Speakers Bureau

ARSA has experts on topics related to the aviation maintenance industry that can be made available to the media on short notice. Our Speakers Bureau members will address issues related to repair station operations, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) oversight, and industry business practices. ARSA does not compensate its non-staff Speakers Bureau members. They are not ARSA spokespeople and their positions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the association or its members.

Bureau members and areas of expertise



Areas of Expertise

Carol Giles
  • 30+ years’ aviation maintenance experience in government and industry
  • Retired FAA senior executive and manager, Aircraft Maintenance Division
  • Developed regulations and standards
  • FAA mechanic certificate with Airframe and Powerplant rating
  • Private pilot certificate
  • Certification
  • Safety management systems
  • Air carrier programs
  • Repair station operations
  • Regulatory compliance strategies of various segments of the aviation industry
  • FAA operations, planning, decision making
  • Safety
  • FAA/congressional relations
Ron Utecht
  • 50+ years’ experience in aviation and maintenance operations
  • 35 years at United Airlines, retired as senior vice president of maintenance & engineering
  • Former president and COO of TIMCO (retired in 2011)
  • MRO awards: Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award; Lifetime Achievement Award from A4A/Aviation week- Nuts and Bolts
  • Base maintenance: wide body and narrow body
  • Line maintenance: ramp, propulsion engine maintenance, aircraft inspection
  • Accident investigation
  • Maintenance planning and scheduling
  • Air carrier perspective on third-party MRO
  • MRO operations
  • Business planning/strategy and the use of contract maintenance from air carrier and MRO perspective
Gary Fortner
  • Vice president of quality control and engineering at Fortner Engineering
  • ARSA president (2012)
  • ARSA vice president (2010-2012); ARSA Board (2008-2010)
  • Owner of medium-size family company
  • Component repair
  • Small business
  • Air carrier service providers
  • ARSA
  • Small business negatively impacted by foreign repair station ban
Sarah MacLeod
  • Executive director, ARSA
  • Assistant chair, Air Carrier and General Aviation Maintenance, FAA Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee
  • More than 20 years as an aviation attorney specializing in working with airlines, MROs, and the FAA.
  • Winner of the A4A/Aviation Week Nuts and Bolts Award
  • Admitted to the bar in Virginia
  • Aviation regulations policy
  • Aviation maintenance industry trends and data
  • FAA policy and operations
Marshall Filler
  • Managing director and general counsel, ARSA
  • Aviation attorney with nearly 40 years’ experience representing aviation clients before federal agencies, the Congress and the courts
  • Former instructor The George Washington University’s Aviation Institute
  • Former member, Fairfax County (Va.) Airports Advisory Committee
  • Minority counsel, U.S. House of Representatives Aviation Subcommittee 1979-1985
  • Attorney, FAA Chief Counsel’s office, 1973-1979
  • Admitted to the bar in Virginia, D.C., and Maryland (inactive)
  • Domestic and international aviation safety regulations focusing on design, production, certification, and maintenance
  • FAA policy and operations
  • FAA rulemaking
  • Aviation safety programs
Christian Klein
  • Executive vice president, ARSA
  • Adjunct faculty, political communications, the University of Virginia
  • Oversees ARSA’s public policy advocacy activities, media outreach, and economic research
  • Admitted to the bar in Virginia and D.C.
  • Aviation legislation and policy
  • Political communications
  • Aviation maintenance industry economic footprint
Daniel Fisher
  • Vice president, legislative affairs, ARSA
  • Four years’ experience working on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary staff of Sen. Arlen Specter
  • Directs ARSA’s political advocacy efforts
  • Admitted to the bar in D.C.
  • Aviation legislation and policy
  • Congress and lawmaking

For information, or to schedule an interview with any of these industry professionals, please contact ARSA Communications Director Josh Pudnos at 703 739 9543.

Economic Research

ARSA economic studies quantify the civil aviation maintenance industry’s economic footprint and provide data to support advocacy efforts on behalf of the world’s repair stations. Visit the association’s economic data center for more information, including reports and fact sheets.

Press Releases

ARSA frequently addresses business, regulatory and legislative issues within press statements that may be reviewed by clicking here.