April 2019
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

Brent Webb, CAVU Aerospace

Mike Corne, eCube Solutions

Jason Reed, GA Telesis LLC 

Gary Spoors, GJD Services Ltd. 

Pierre Bonnichon, Tarmac Aerosave SAS

AFRA Staff
Hans Craen
Executive Director

Laura Dwulet
Associate Director

David Bernstein
Industry Affairs Manager 

Gabriella Kemendi
Government Affairs Manager

Sam Nysetvold
Project Coordinator

Thank You Annual Conference Sponsors!



Industry News
"For everyone who says, "small is beautiful", there are those who prefer to say "the bigger, the better". When it comes to aero engines, both have their supports but surely no one could think that an engine whose diameter is greater than the diameter of a Boeing 737 is anything less than impressive."
- Aviation Week Network

"More than half of MRO survey respondents indicated that the OEMs' increased presence in the aftermarket (53%) and the maintenance workforce shortage (52%) will be the biggest potential disruptors to the civil aviation aftermarket over the next five years. The 2019 Oliver Wyman MRO survey specifically flagged airframe OEMs' expansion into the aftermarket - either through joint ventures or acquisitions - as a concern." 
- MRO Network

"Its wingspan is longer than a football field. The tail is 50 feet from the ground. It was made by reassembling parts from two used Boeing jetliners. On Saturday [April 13], the world's largest airplane took flight for the first time." 
- NY Times
AFRA Committees
Please email AFRA staff  to get involved in AFRA's committees:

Upcoming Industry Events
Save The Date!

May 7-9, 2019
Shanghai, China

May 13, 2019
Montreal, Canada

May 21-22, 2019
Vilnius, Lithuania

July 14-16, 2019
Montreal, Canada
Second Annual Reman Day is a Resounding Success
April 11, 2019 marked the second annual global Reman Day, a celebration which included companies, communities, and professionals participating in a wide-range of valuable networking events showcasing the exciting opportunities happening in remanufacturing today.
AFRA Advertising Opportunity
AFRA is offering the chance to advertise your organization's products, news, and projects on the AFRA website and in these newsletters! Advertisement includes your company's information on a page of the AFRA website and the opportunity to showcase your organization in one of the monthly newsletters. Please contact AFRA staff for pricing and additional details.
Brexit Update
AFRA Staff is monitoring the impact Brexit may have on the industry and will provide updates for members as the discussions continue. If you are interested in learning more, please visit the  Government Affairs Updates  page on the AFRA website.
AFRA Members Only Website Resources
Don't forget to visit the AFRA Website to view the Members Only section, where you can find additional resources and updates offered only to members! Please contact staff with any questions regarding access or content.
Growing Our Social Media Footprint
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Association Update 

The Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA) is pleased to announce the official BMP accreditation program roll-out of version 4.0.
Over the past year, the BMP Development Committee has been working on updating the BMP Accreditation process. Specifically, the recycling and disassembly guidance documents have been separated to improve accessibility, and Contracted Recycling has been included as an additional Accreditation subset to the program. As in the past, any edits and/or new language will have the typical vertical revision bars in the left margin.
Similar to the BMP 3.3, under version 4.0, a facility will simply be "AFRA Accredited," and will be audited to one and/or a combination of the following five (5) Accreditation subsets: Demolition, Disassembly, Contracted Disassembly, Recycling, and Contracted Recycling.
AFRA represents companies from across the globe and throughout the aircraft end-of-life supply-chain - from manufacturers to materials recyclers. At the core of AFRA's mission is its Best Management Practices (BMP) guide of recommendations concerning best practices for the management of end-of-life aircraft disassembly and recycling. "The continuous participation and on-the-ground insight from member companies on this evolving program have been essential to the growth and global reach of the Association," said AFRA's Executive Director, Hans Craen.

Other News
ASA-AFRA 2019 Annual Conference

Mark your calendars for the 
ASA-AFRA 2019 Annual Conference !
Reminder: Be sure to update your passport or visa!

Event Details
Date: July 14-16, 2019
Location: Montreal, Canada

Registration Information
Register  before May 17 to receive Early Bird rates!

Hotel Information
1050 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal, QC H3A 2R6, Canada
Reserve your room  online   or by calling +1-800-843-6664.

Room Rate Cutoff: June 20, 2019  (subject to availability)
Room Rate: $229 CAD, available 3 days prior and post-conference dates  (subject to availability) 

Speaking Opportunities
Are you interested in speaking at this year's Annual Conference or know someone who should? Contact Sam Nysetvold for more information regarding participation with AFRA's panels and workshops.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsorship is a great way to get your company's name in front of conference attendees! Please note our many sponsorship opportunities and contact   AFRA Staff  if you are interested in sponsoring. NOTE: The sponsorship deadline is June 14, so don't delay!

Bombardier Facility Tour
Thank you to Bombardier for offering to host a small group of attendees for a tour of their facility! More information will be shared at a later date, but the tour is likely to take place the morning of Wednesday, July 17 so plan accordingly if you are interested!
Committee Updates
Government Affairs Committee
The Public Affairs strategy is being implemented and a number of meetings are scheduled with the European Commission in June (REACH and Secondary Materials units), where AFRA will be represented by Kahina Oudjehani, chair of the committee, and the AFRA Secretariat. After the European Parliament elections in May, relevant Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will be identified and contacted for meetings to present AFRA. An AFRA position paper on the interface between product, waste and chemical legislation is being finalized. With regard to Brexit, UK prime minister was forced in March to ask  EU leaders to delay Brexit as no agreement could be found by UK parties on the withdrawal agreement. The EU has agreed to a new deadline: 31 October 2019. See more here For more information and/or to participate in this committee, please email  AFRA staff.

For a more detailed report on the committee's activities and recent policy & regulatory updates, please click  here

AFRA BMP Development Committee

The BMP version 4.0 was shared with accredited members and can be found on AFRA's website. There is a 90 Day Period until the BMP 4.0 becomes effective, which took effect on Thursday, April 18, 2019. To get involved with this Committee, please contact staff.

AFRA Communications Committee

The committee continues to discuss speakers for the AFRA Annual Conference in July. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact staff.

AFRA R&D Committee

The R&D committee is open to any AFRA member and all are welcome to participate in the next committee call on May 8. R&D Committee calls take place monthly, on the second Wednesday of every month. To get involved with the R&D Committee, please email  AFRA staff.

Join AFRA Committees
AFRA committees are open to any member of AFRA and all members are encouraged to get involved. Read on to learn more about each committee and how to join!

AFRA BMP Development Committee

This committee takes the lead in reviewing the AFRA Best Management Practice for Management of Used Aircraft Parts and Assemblies and for Recycling of Aircraft Materials (BMP) document.

Main project(s):
  • Coordinating member feedback to review and revise AFRA's BMP manual
Contact David Bernstein with questions or to get involved.

AFRA Communications Committee

This committee works on various projects, including fine-tuning our membership recruitment messaging, contributing photos and content to industry magazine articles, and guiding staff with conference programming selections.

Main project(s):
  • Contributing content for press releases, industry publications, and AFRA platforms
  • Providing feedback with conference topics and speakers
  • Coordinating media partnerships to provide benefits to members (cross-promotion of industry events)
Contact Sam Nysetvold with questions or to get involved.

Government Affairs Committee
This committee works to better address the policy developments and regulatory issues that impact the aircraft recycling and dismantling industry, and to proactively promote the AFRA Best Management Practices guide. This program is guided by a professional government affairs consultant, with collaboration and participation from the Government Affairs Committee members and AFRA staff.
Main project(s):
  • Focused engagement in EU government affairs
  • Tracking relevant updates and legislation in US, EU, and Canada
  • Engagement with allied industry organizations ICAO, IATA, etc.
Contact Gabriella Kemendi with questions or to get involved.

AFRA R&D Committee
This committee is in the process of developing a network of AFRA research partners as well as developing its research objectives.

Main project(s):
  • Building Research Network of research universities
  • Building a library of research papers as a resource for AFRA members - these are posted on the members page of AFRA's website
  • Starting research project(s) and is in process of collecting proposals from Research Network organizations
  • Engagement with allied industry organizations, Remanufacturing Industries Council (RIC), REMADE Institute, etc.
Contact Laura Dwulet with questions or to get involved.

Universities and Research Orgs: 
Join AFRA's Research Network
2 Easy Steps to Join AFRA's Research Network:
Any research organization active in aviation, recycling, or another relevant field is eligible to participate free of charge.
1) Complete the application form .
2) Submit an example of a related research paper to demonstrate relevant knowledge and expertise in this field.
AFRA Staff and R&D Committee will review applications, and follow up to provide more information. 
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