April 2017
AFRA Board of Directors
AFRA President
Derk-Jan van Heerden,

AFRA Vice President
Amy Bann,
Boeing Commercial Airplanes

AFRA Treasurer
Marco Gehr,
ELG Haniel Group

AFRA Secretary
Bradley Gregory,
Air Salvage International

Tim Zemanovic, Jet Yard, LLC

Kahina Oudjehani, Bombardier

Gary Spoors, GJD Services Ltd.

Nigel Marsh, Rolls-Royce plc

Keri Wright, Universal Asset Management
AFRA Staff
Reed Hitchcock
Executive Director

Laura Dwulet
General Manager

David Bernstein
Industry Affairs Coordinator 

Industry News
"Honeywell is testing technologies such as blue-light surface scanning and wireless torque screwdrivers to improve MRO efficiencies and link processes to the Internet of Things for additional benefits..."
- MRO Network

"Rapid expansion could result in excess capacity for Asian MRO, while other challenges include finding enough skilled personnel, pressure from OEMs, and transitioning to new aircraft types... "
- Aviation Week

" The top five engine OEMs will account for 79% of the overall market.  Through the next five years, the worldwide engine in-service fleet will reach nearly 83,000. This fleet is projected to generate $130 billion in engine MRO demand ..."
- Aviation Voice

AFRA Committee Updates
Please email AFRA staff to get involved in AFRA's committees:


*AFRA BMP Development Committee


*AFRA Communications 



*AFRA Government Affairs Committee


*AFRA R&D Committee


Membership Update

Founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana, more than 65 years ago, OmniSource Corporation has grown to become one of North America's largest processors and distributors of scrap and secondary metals. We collect, process, and resell a wide variety of scrap metal. The company in 2010 shipped 5.2 million gross tons of recycled steel and 961 million pounds of nonferrous scrap.

Our primary collection and processing facilities are in the Midwest, the Southeast, and the mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. But our reach stretches across North America, utilizing a wide-ranging fleet of trucks and containers, railcars, and barges to collect and haul metals. We expect to continue to expand OmniSource's footprint, deploying our processing assets to cover new geographical territories, opening new feeder yards, and making targeted acquisitions.
Accreditation Update

About Qwest Air Parts, Inc.
Qwest Air Parts, Inc., which was founded in Miami, Florida, focuses on aircraft dismantlement and the refurbishment and resale of the resulting parts. President and founder, Gary Jones, has more than 25 years in the aviation industry.

Qwest Air Parts, Inc. is an aircraft parts distributor of rotables, avionics, and expendables. We have disassembled over 200 aircraft to date. 
In addition to our aircraft disassembly capabilities, Qwest Air Parts purchases various inventories and continues to look for inventories to take on consignment.  We are ASA-100 certified in quality, and we only use approved vendors that meet the same quality standards.
Performance Repair Group is an FAA 145 repair station, which compliments Qwest Air Parts. With this repair station, we are able to better serve our customers and offer an additional service for new and existing customers.

Qwest Air Parts has also recently opened a new teardown facility at Bob Sikes Airport in Crestview, Florida.

Upcoming Industry Events
Save the Date! 

MRO Americas
April 25-27, 2017
Orlando, FL

AFRA 2017 Annual Meeting
July 9-11, 2017
Reston, VA

September 24-26, 2017
Edinburgh, Scotland

MRO Europe
October 3-5, 2017
London, UK

Growing Our Social Media Footprint
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Association Update 
From Derk-Jan van Heerden, AELS BV
Nǐ hǎo Colleagues,
On the 24th of March I had the opportunity to represent AFRAat a conference in Shanghai. The 2nd Annual Aviation Part Support and Supply Chain Management Conference was my first trip to China. How many of you are active in China? I know we at AELS see some aircraft being offered that have flown in from China. We also get some requests for parts from China, typically via brokers. We do not have a wide network of customers like we have in Europe and in the rest of the world. China is, however, a country with many aircraft and many airlines. If you look at how many aircraft were made in the last decade for the Chinese market, you'll notice an increase in numbers. 
Boeing announced last month that it's preparing to produce aircraft in the country, just like Airbus has been doing for a few years now. Also the first flight of the C919 might already take place later this month. We've seen some large lease portfolio transactions and even complete companies being bought in which Chinese investors are the buyers. In base maintenance China has been a major player for several decades. In short China is not developing into an aviation centre of significance, it is an aviation centre of significance.  
In the field of end-of-life China is also moving forward. AFRA's most recent Chinese-based company joined in 2016. Last month a US company active in end-of-life was bought by a Chinese company. These developments are related to managing end-of-life aircraft, but what about the components from these aircraft? Used Serviceable Material (USM) was the term used during the conference. It might have been around for a few years, but it was new for me. It's a term used for components that are used by an airline that was made serviceable according to the regulations but was used on another aircraft. Recertified components removed from end-of-life assets would also fall into this category.
There were many speakers from different airlines and some of them stated that USM is not acceptable for them. They will only accept new components or their own components repaired/overhauled/recertified by approved companies. I was amazed about this statement being made. USM is not unsafe. As long as components are removed in the correct manner from aircraft and recertified according to approved procedures they are as good as any other component. I really thought that the global aviation community was used to USM. The recertification process and demands are similar to recertification of malfunctioning components from your own fleet. So why not accept USM from end-of-life assets?
At the conference there were many representatives from Chinese airlines. Some of them told me that they will consider USM, if nothing else is available. Others said they would take the best deal out there, a similar approach as we see in other regions. They also expressed that they might want to consider USM but sometimes can't as Chinese customs regulations bring challenges for doing exchanges. In short, business in China is not the same. AFRA being invited to this conference to talk about end-of-life does show, however, that it's developing. As we know if China moves, it moves quickly, so keep an eye on how it develops. After this trip I'm convinced the opportunities will be huge. Maybe it's time to learn Mandarin?

Association Updates
Government Affairs Program

Over the past month, AFRA's Brussels staff and AFRA EU members met with European Commission (EC) representatives that oversee issues pertaining to aviation, international transport affairs, circular economy, and sustainable products and consumption. The meetings were organized with the aim of introducing AFRA to the European decision makers and raise awareness of AFRA's work in regards to sustainable end-of-life management of aircraft. Overall, the meetings with the EC were successful as it provided AFRA with the opportunity to highlight the importance of the aircraft end-of-life industry and make note of how AFRA's work ties into the circular economy.

AFRA will continue its engagement with the European Union. If any AFRA EU member is interested in participating in future meetings, please email staff.  

IATA Working Group

AFRA continues its participation in an IATA working group, and is seeking additional AFRA members who might be interested in contributing their perspectives specific to aircraft end-of-life recycling and dismantling. Please email staff if you would like to get involved. To provide more context, IATA is working with a group of stakeholders from across the industry (representatives of airlines, aircraft and engine manufacturers and decommissioning companies) to develop a best practices document providing guidance for airlines and other aircraft owners to manage aircraft decommissioning in a controlled process, considering environmental, safety and economic aspects.

For a report on recent policy & regulatory updates, please click   here

AFRA BMP Development Committee

The BMP Development Committee met via teleconference in mid-March and discussed prospective edits, comments, and new feedback regarding improvements to the BMP.  If you'd like to get involved, please contact staff to be added to the participant list. 

AFRA Communications Committee

The Communications Committee met via teleconference in late-March and discussed prospective planning for the AFRA Annual Conference. If you have any speaker / panel suggestions for the upcoming conference, or would like to participate in the Committee,  please contact staff.

AFRA R&D Committee

Learn more about the AFRA R&D program HERE and email staff if you are interested in participating, or if you want to suggest any research organizations that would be a good fit to include in the network.

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New Advertising Opportunity
AFRA is now offering advertisement space on its website to promote companies and services relevant to the aircraft end-of-life management industry. If your company is interested in purchasing ad space, please contact AFRA staff. This is an opportunity to show support for the Aircraft Fleet Recycling industry and Association while also gaining valuable exposure for your company, promoting new and upcoming product offerings, or announcing relevant company news and information. 
AFRA Annual Conference
The AFRA & ASA Annual Conference will be held in Reston, Virginia, USA on June 9-11, 2017. 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! For more information, please see below.

Please click here for more information on how to register for the AFRA & ASA Annual Conference. Don't forget to register by May 19 to lock-in a discounted rate!

Annual Conference Location
Hyatt Regency Reston Virginia
Discount Rate Cutoff: June 16, 2017 
Reservations: By phone: +1 703-709-1234 or to make an online reservation, please click here.

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