Aeronautical Repair Station Association

Sarah MacLeod

Sarah MacLeod is responsible for the management of Obadal, Filler, MacLeod,& Klein where she represents foreign and domestic air carriers, aircraft maintenance and alteration facilities, distributors, and other individuals and companies before federal administrative bodies.

Ms. MacLeod was instrumental in the formation of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA), where she serves as executive director. The association is dedicated to educating the aviation design, production and maintenance industry on the requirements of the federal aviation regulations.

ARSA represents the interests of independent aircraft maintenance and alteration facilities before the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, and other federal administrative agencies. Ms. MacLeod has increased the membership and revenues of the Association over 300% since becoming Executive Director.

Ms. MacLeod is Assistant Chair for Air Carrier and General Aviation Maintenance of the FAA’s Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC), a post she has held since 1996. She chaired the ARAC in 1995-1996 and was its Vice-Chair in 1994-1995. She was a member of the FAA’s Suspected Unapproved Parts (SUP) Task Force, which developed the plan on which the FAA SUP program is based; and she edited the Parts Manufacturer Approval Manual.

Ms. MacLeod and Marshall Filler have trained thousands of aviation professionals since 1996. Their FAA-accepted seminars focus on FARs that pertain to design, production and maintenance. Major aerospace companies, national authorities and trade associations sponsor these training programs worldwide.

A sought-after speaker, Ms. MacLeod has appeared at the Airline Suppliers Association Conference, Air Transport Association Engineering & Maintenance Forum, Coordinating Agency for Supplier Evaluation (C.A.S.E.) Air Carrier Section, Gorham Gas Turbine Engine Overhaul & Repair Conference, International Maintenance Symposium and Quality Control in Civil Aviation Conference.

Prior to her involvement in the aviation field, she served as a District Court investigator for Clark County (WA) Public Defenders.

Key Responsibilities: • Management of the law firm • Executive Director, Aeronautical Repair Station Association

Areas of Focus: • Aviation safety regulation for design, production, and maintenance of civil aviation products worldwide

Education: • J.D., The Catholic University of America, 1991 • B.A., Human Services, Evergreen State College 1978

Bar Admissions: • Virginia

Memberships: • Assistant Chair, Air Carrier and General Aviation Maintenance, Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee • Member, Virginia Bar Association • Member, National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association • Member, Association for Transportation Law, Logistics, & Policy