April 2016
Industry News
"The qualitative and quantitative data on the global Aircraft Engine MRO market is gathered through various registries, conference notes, and recent news reports, amongst other sources..." 
- Digital Journal

"The A4A EMMC, airlines and the FAA have approached safety challenges by assembling groups of experts who develop guidance material on how to incorporate the new safety objectives into maintenance instructions...."
- Aviation Week
AFRA Committee Updates
The next AFRA  BMP Development Committee teleconference is scheduled for Monday, April 18. Included on the agenda will be recommendations as to best practice for disposal of DU, recycling of composite materials, and determining a revised logo design for the AFRA accreditation logos. To participate in this Committee, please email AFRA staff to be added to the email list.

Members of the Communications Committee have continued to provide feedback on planning the program for the upcoming AFRA / ASA Annual Meeting. In addition, the Committee has recently reviewed membership benefits, discussed potential media partnerships, and has provided feedback on the AFRA website redesign. Interested in getting involved? Please contact AFRA staff
Upcoming Industry Events
Save the Date! 

April 5-7, 2016
Dallas, Texas, USA

IATA Ops Conference 2016
April 18-20, 2016
Copenhagen, Denmark

May17-19, 2016
Tokyo, Japan

June 26-28, 2016
Las Vegas, NV, USA

ISTAT Reception at Farnborough International Airshow
July 11, 2016
London, England

Growing Our Social Media Footprint
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Board Update 
From Derk-Jan van Heerden, AFRA President

Dear Colleagues,

It's my humble opinion that our 
niche in the aviation industry is a challenging one to be in at the moment, as low fuel prices are extending the life of aircraft. The positive side effect of that is an increase in demand for components. Although older aircraft have a tendency to require more replacement parts, not all of our members benefit from this. The companies that are selling components benefit because service providers need aircraft to disassemble, but, on the other hand, because you can sell a component only once, you need to disassemble other aircraft to have components to sell. The low fuel prices also have a negative effect on (raw) material value, a disadvantage for our recycling members. Another economic element influencing our market is the high availability of capital. It's a thing I learned at school, if demand goes up and availability goes down, prices go up. But is there a healthy supply and demand balance at the moment? One thing I'm confident about is that it will change for the better again. But when? And in what way? Will it become (even) more challenging first? 

Independent of the condition of the market, we need to keep on innovating, improving, and learning. I had the privilege to present on behalf of AFRA during the European Aircraft Recycling Symposium in Stuttgart, Germany, which included interesting presentations on (technical) challenges within our industry. I was asked to present on my vision as to the status of the European aircraft recycling industry. I made a comparison between the EU and the USA; there are some clear differences between the two. I think the EU has a better recycling infrastructure and knowledge base, but the USA has a better developed infrastructure for recertification of components. I am therefore happy that every year I can attend the AFRA (together with ASA) Annual Meeting and learn from both sides of the oceans on what is developing, bring that knowledge back home, and improve the way I'm doing business. So I hope to see you there!

All the best,

Association Update

AFRA Breakfast Meeting at ISTAT Americas 

On February 28 - March 1, the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) held its annual ISTAT Americas conference at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. The conference provided AFRA with an outlet to host a Breakfast Meeting which included an opportunity to network with industry colleagues, a panel discussion on AFRA's role in the marketplace, and a forum for discussion on matters of interest to the AFRA community. There was a strong showing of AFRA member organizations at the conference. Derk-Jan van Heerden, Aircraft End-of-Life Solutions (AELS) BV (pictured on the left), and Ken Kocialski, CAVU Aerospace, Inc. (middle), both participated in the AFRA panel discussion  (view presentation here)

MRO Americas 

AFRA staff will be attending MRO Americas at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, USA from April 5-7. If your organization is planning on attending as well, please contact AFRA staff to let us know! 

Membership Update

Congratulations to Our Newest Member!

Aircraft Recycling International Limited

Featured AFRA Company:
Conecsus Aerospace

Why did you join AFRA?
Over the years, our seasoned management team has developed unique state-of-art procedures and has incorporated sophisticated analytical tools that carefully, yet swiftly, separate each component alloy that optimize the value of an engine and its parts. As Conecsus Aerospace specializes in end-of-life services for the aerospace industry, it made sense to align with AFRA, an organization that recognizes and supports companies that provide services for end-of-life management of aircraft for the aerospace industry.   

When did you first join AFRA?
Conecsus Aerospace joined AFRA in 2012.

What has changed within your company since joining AFRA?
Conecsus Aerospace has honed its expertise during the past decade by successfully processing over 1,200 aircraft engines, over 11 million pounds of aircraft-related scrap, and by recovering tens of thousands of ounces of precious metals for our customers.  We are now the largest recycler of commercial and military jet engines in the industry.  Along with our unique technologies to recover precious metals from turbine engine parts, Conecsus Aerospace is able to provide a complete solution for the destruction and recovery of jet engines and its parts.

What benefits have you received from being a part of the Association?
AFRA has provided a great platform and forum that has given Conecsus Aerospace significant exposure into the Aerospace community.  AFRA is a great organization that has and continues to grow and align themselves with the industry's best. In addition, Conecsus Aerospace has gained substantial relationships, credibility and industry knowledge over the years since joining AFRA.  

Industry Analysis of Engine and Airframe Commodites
2015 was a year we saw a major decrease in the values of all commodities associated with engine related materials and airframe commodities.  The markets have seemed to stabilize and business activities are increasing in 2016. Conecsus Aerospace's market outlook is positive, business activities have increased and we are actively involved with some of the industry's largest projects.  Our management team is working diligently to create complete solutions, allowing Conecsus Aerospace to be one of the industries leaders for the management of turbine engine scrap.  

AFRA Annual Conference

The AFRA & ASA Annual Conference will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on June 26-28, 2016. Each year AFRA & ASA provide attendees with a variety of business development and management, quality assurance, legal/regulatory and general industry topics in one comprehensive and engaging event! Pay one price for two aviation events - registering through ASA's event registration page gives you access to both the ASA and AFRA conference programming. 

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