Telling the aviation maintenance story is a powerful way to demonstrate how vital the industry is to the lives and livelihoods of people all over the world. The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) serves as the voice of global maintenance providers, working with governments and regulators to ensure that repair stations can serve the flying public with minimal unnecessary intrusion from inspectors or legislators. To support this effort, the association publishes reports, provides data and develops resources to help illustrate the importance of the world done by mechanics, technicians and engineers worldwide.
Living in the safest period in the history of U.S. civil aviation, every traveler should understand the qualitative value of aviation maintenance and its impact on their life. However, ARSA continually seeks to fully illustrate the broad impact of the industry on the economies, communities and peoples of the world. To that end, the association is constantly engaged in quantitative studies that investigate the true global impact of maintenance, repair and overhaul operations.
See a decade’s worth of research, multimedia resources and more information about the maintenance industry on ARSA’s Data & Advocacy Page.
2023 Global Fleet & MRO Market Forecast
prepared by Oliver Wyman
Access Note: The full market report is available only to ARSA members. For more information, or to learn how to access full reports, please use the ARSA’s contact form, using the “something else” subject.
To review previous market assessments and access multi-media resources illustrating industry issues, visit arsa.org/news-media/economic-data.
U.S. Government Data
The projected industry growth and job demand represent an important opportunity for people considering a career in aviation maintenance. Aviation technicians work in an exciting, prestigious industry and, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, earn salaries ahead of most other technical industry jobs: The government’s employment outlook for the industry is currently “above average.”
For information about aviation maintenance careers in the United States, visit the following resources from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- For a general overview, click here.
- For information about job qualifications and training, click here.
- To find out what types of jobs aviation maintenance technicians perform, click here.
- For information on wages and salaries in the industry, click here.
Organizations Supporting the Aviation Industry
- Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA)
- AeroSpace and Defense Industries Association of Europe (ASD)
- Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)
- Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA)
- Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF)
- Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA)
- Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA)
- Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
- Airlines for America (A4A)
- Airlines for Europe (A4E)
- Airlines International Representation in Europe (AIRE)
- Airship Association (AA)
- American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Association (AHSAFA)
- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
- Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
- Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS)
- Association of Balloon and Airship Constructors (ABAC)
- Aviation Instrument Association (AIA)
- Aviation Insurance Association (AIA)
- Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA)
- Aviation Technician Education Council
- Balloon Federation of America (BFA)
- European Business Aircraft Association (EBAA)
- Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
- Flight School Association of North America
- General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)
- Helicopter Association International (HAI)
- I Fly America (IFA)
- Independent Fixed Based Operators Association (IFBOA)
- International Air Transportation Association (IATA)
- International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI)
- International Society of Transport Aircraft Lending (ISTAT)
- Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA)
- Modification and Replacement Parts Association (MARPA)
- National Aeronautics Association (NAA)
- National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA)
- National Air Carrier Association (NACA)
- National Air Transportation Association (NATA)
- National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA)
- National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA)
- Naval Airship Association (NAA)
- Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association (RACCA)
- Regional Airline Association (RAA)
- Satellite Industry Association (SIA)
- Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International Aerospace
- Space Foundation (SF)
- Space Transportation Association (STA)
- The Lighter-Than-Air Society
- United States Ultralight Association (USUA)
- University Aviation Association
- Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle System Association (UAVSA)
Organizations Supporting Individual Aircraft Technicians
- Aircraft Mechanics Faternal Association (AMFA)
- Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM)
- International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM or IAMAW)
- Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA)
- Teamsters Airline Division
- Transportation Workers Union (TWU)
Aviation-Focused Media and Trade Press
- Aero News Network
- Air & Space Magazine
- Aircraft Commerce
- Aircraft Owner
- Airline Weekly
- Aviation Maintenance Magazine
- Aviation International News
- Aviation Today
- Aviation Week
- Director of Maintenance Magazine
- Flying Magazine
- Flight Global
- General Aviation News
- Power Sport Flying Magazine
- UAS Magazine
- Unmanned Systems Technology Magazine
Scholarships & Educational Resources
Many aviation organizations offer financial aid and support to individuals interested in pursuing or advancing aviation maintenance employment or careers. Examples include:
- Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) Educational Foundation Scholarship Program has awarded more than $1 million to students seeking careers in the aircraft electronics and aviation maintenance industry. Numerous scholarships are available ranging from $1,000 to more than $35,000.
- Best-Trade-Schools.net provides an overview of the career opportunities available to aircraft mechanics and some information about educational opportunities.
- Choose Aerospace administers awards and scholarships sponsored and funded by ARSA, ATEC and other aviation-related firms, associations, and organizations. These awards and scholarships distribute cash or aviation equipment, student tuition assistance, and instructor professional-develop workshop participation opportunities.
- Helicopter Association International (HAI) Foundation offers an array of scholarships to answer the need for both qualified helicopter pilots and maintenance technicians, and to provide further training for safety managers and other professionals in the safety field.
- National Air Transportation Foundation (NATF), the research and educational arm of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), offers several categories of scholarships.
- National Business Aircraft Association Charities scholarship program offers a wide range of options for current and aspiring business aviation professionals; both students and working professionals.
- Women in Aviation International (WAI) provides a substantial list of scholarships in a vast array of civil aviation employment and career opportunities for its members.
Choose Aerospace is a partnership of aerospace stakeholders, joined together to address one of the biggest threats to continued industry growth: the availability of a diverse, qualified technical workforce. The purpose of the campaign is to unite companies, associations, labor unions and educational institutions, to spur interest in aerospace careers, and identify and implement solutions to the aerospace workforce shortage.
Learn more at www.chooseaerospace.org.
FAA STEM AVSED
The FAA’s STEM AVSED program’s vision is to prepare and inspire the next generation of skilled professionals for the aviation and aerospace industries using science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and to educate the public about FAA’s mission to maintain the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world.
Learn more at www.faa.gov/education.