April 2018
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
Kahina Oudjehani, Bombardier

James Cobbold, Air Salvage International

Mike Corne, eCube Solutions

Jason Reed, GA Telesis LLC

Gary Spoors, GJD Services Ltd.

Nigel Marsh, Rolls-Royce plc

Philippe Fournadet,
Tarmac Aerosave SAS
AFRA Staff
Hans Craen
Executive Director

Laura Dwulet
General Manager

David Bernstein
Industry Affairs Coordinator 

Sam Nysetvold
Staff Associate

Thank You Annual Conference Sponsors!


IATA Advertising Opportunity

The IATA working group is completing a final draft of the BIPAD document (Best Industry Practices for Aircraft Decommissioning) and  is offering the opportunity for relevant companies (like AFRA accredited companies) to advertise in the BIPAD manual. This would get your company's name/logo in front of the BIPAD readers and help support the production and dissemination of the document. Please click here for more details about sponsoring with IATA. 

Contact advertising@iata.org with any questions.
Industry News
"In an undisputed world's first, Universal Asset Management (UAM) has completely recycled carbon fiber from commercial aircraft. This monumental milestone in sustainability firmly entrenches UAM as the global leader in complete aircraft recycling..."

"While overall maintenance costs have been increasing over the same five years, billed labor rates have surprisingly slipped slightly on an inflation-adjusted basis. Globally, rates have dropped by 0.6% and 0.7% in North America, based on research from Oliver Wyman Global Fleet and MRO Market Forecasts-a stunning phenomenon, given that demand for labor is increasing and supply is decreasing..."
- MRO-Network

"Addressing an aftermarket-focused audience at MRO Americas here April 10, Bahrami said improving the new Safety Assurance System (SAS) tool is a particular focus. Rolled out about five years ago, SAS is the primary tool that FAA inspectors use to collect and share data..."
- Aviation Week
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

Upcoming Industry Events
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June 24-26, 2018
Scottsdale, AZ, USA

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September 23-25, 2018
Prague, Czech Republic

October 16-18, 2018
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Association Update 
From AFRA Staff
AFRA Members,

We hope that you are all doing well!
So far this year, AFRA Staff has had the opportunity to attend several industry events including the  U.S. Chamber of Commerce Annual Aviation Summit , ISTAT Americas , and most recently  MRO Americas . These events have afforded us the chance to visit with many of you - and to meet with other prospective members, network with industry colleagues, and sit in on educational panels relevant to aircraft end-of-life management.
We would like to share some highlights from the most recent industry event, MRO Americas, in Orlando, Florida:
  • The exhibition hosted over 800 solution providers and drew more than 14,000 registered attendees, which included representation from 86 countries and all 50 states - And quite a few AFRA member companies.
  • Jason Reed, AFRA Board member and President, Component Solutions Group, GA Telesis, LLC, participated as a speaker on the panel focused on Parts Traceability. Specifically, this panel touched on the challenges and opportunities for traceability, expectations for impending demand, and the future of PMA as it pertains to heavy asset teardowns.
  • Click here to access the MRO conference presentations.
  • AFRA member company UAM announced some big news about Carbon Fiber recycling. See the latest press release by clicking here.
  • Primarily focused on commercial aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO), this event certainly proves year after year why it's the industry's largest conference that brings together delegates from airlines, OEMs, MROs, non-profits, regulatory authorities, service providers / suppliers, and more.
Although spring is still fresh on our minds, the  AFRA Annual Conference  is just around the corner and will be taking place on June 24-26, 2018 in Scottsdale, AZ, USA. If you have not already done so, register by April 27 to ensure you receive the early bird discounted rate.
See you all soon!
Best regards,
AFRA Staff
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Association Updates
Register For the ASA AFRA Annual Conference

Join us on June 24-26, 2018 for the AFRA Annual Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, USA! This is the premiere conference for those involved with aircraft disassembly, recycling, and end-of-life services. Held in conjunction with the Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA) conference,  the AFRA Annual Conference will provide a forum for discussion of emerging technologies and business initiatives, and feature speakers who are international leaders in the aerospace industry.

Event Details
Date: June 24-26, 2018
Location:  Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia, 4949 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ, 85253

For more information on how to register, please  click here.

For a listing of scheduled events, please  click here.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsoring is a great way to get your company's name in front of conference attendees. Please contact  AFRA Staff if you are interested in sponsoring, and for all available sponsorship opportunities, please   click here.

Hotel Reservations
Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia
By Phone: 1-800 THE-OMNI (800-843-6664)
Room Rate Cutoff: May 23, 2018 (subject to availability)
Room Rate: $145 room rate available 3 days prior and post conference dates (subject to availability). Includes WiFi iinternet in guestrooms and public spaces, 24-hour Fitness Center, access to Kabash and Oasis Pool areas, in-room acces to Netflix, USA Today newspaper upon request.

*(For on-line reservations guests must use the following web browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari 4 or 5 or Internet Explorer 8 or 9, otherwise the reservation site will not work.)

Government Affairs Program

The Committee held a teleconference in March and reviewed the results of a survey to the membership  as well as ongoing activities regarding the Circular Economy. Specifically, the European Commission is working to improve the economics and quality of plastic recycling.

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

AFRA BMP Development Committee

The Committee will plan to regroup in May and continue to review the BMP guide and look for ways to further strengthen the program.  If you'd like to get involved in the Committee and be added to the participant list, please  contact staff

AFRA Communications Committee

The Communications Committee is looking to regroup in May to discuss Annual Conference program planning and other initiatives.  If you are interested in participating,    please  contact staff.

AFRA R&D Committee

The R&D Committee is reviewing several research proposals that were submitted in response to the Call for Research Participation that was sent to our Research Network participants. If you would like to participate in the next R&D Committee call on May 2 to discuss the proposals and other ongoing Committee activities, please contact  AFRA staff.

Implementation of Directive 2000/53/EU on End-of-Life Vehicles (the ELV Directive)

Looking into sectors which touch upon similar principles as for airplane recycling, we want to draw your attention to a report issued by the European Commission on the End-of-life (ELV) Directive. The report looks in particular at vehicles which, once the end-of-life stage has been reached, disappear from the radar. The assessment shows that out of the more than 10 million vehicles which have reached their end-of-life stage in 2014, more than 4 million have not been decommissioned in compliance with the Directive i.e. no certificate of destruction is available and no information on whether the vehicle has been treated in an authorized treatment facility or whether it  has been exported. This means that a significant part of valuable recyclable material does not become available and that the recycling market is distorted through illegal activities.
The full report can be downloaded here
A good summary of the article is also available here

AFRA Advertising Opportunity

AFRA is currently 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. 
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