August 2019
AFRA Board of Directors
AFRA President 
Brent Webb, CAVU Aerospace 

AFRA Vice President 
Amy Bann, 
Boeing Commercial Airplanes 

AFRA Treasurer 
Matthew Davis,
Mastermelt Alloy 

AFRA Secretary 
Kahina Oudjehani, Bombardier 

James Cobbold, Air Salvage International

Mike Corne, eCube Solutions

Alasdair Gledhill, ELG Haniel Metals Corp.

Jason Reed, GA Telesis LLC 
AFRA Staff
Hans Craen
Executive Director

Ali é nor Poher
European Affairs Manager 

Sam Nysetvold
Project Coordinator

Thank You Annual Conference Sponsors!



Industry News
"The global commercial aircraft disassembly, dismantling, and recycling market is expected to post a CAGR of close to 4% during the period 2019-2023, according to the latest market research report by Technavio. A key factor driving the growth of the global commercial aircraft disassembly, dismantling, and recycling market size is the growing demand for aircraft spare parts. "
- Business Wire

"Jet fuel prices have trended upward since early 2016, although they are still about 40% lower than during the early part of this decade. However, few within the industry would be surprised by further increases, which raises questions about whether growth in the midlife aircraft and engine market can be sustained." 
- MRO Network

"When an airline decides to either switch or extend its aircraft fleet, it needs to ensure that it has the right amount of stock in place to support however many aircraft it is taking on. This initial provisioning can cover everything from small parts to complete spare engines, from rapidly-used consumables to repairable rotables. The task then is to maximize the usage of those parts." 
- Aviation Week
AFRA Committees
Please email AFRA staff  to get involved in AFRA's committees:

Upcoming Industry Events
Save The Date!

September 23-25, 2019
Berlin, Germany

September 24-26, 2019

October 15-17, 2019
London, UK

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.
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Association Update 

Is the end just a new beginning?

Somewhere around 2009 I was approached by Bill Carberry, the founding father of AFRA. He asked me to run for a position as board member for AFRA. To my surprise I got elected and I've got involved in shaping the future of the aircraft recycling industry. After 2 re-elections, becoming vice-president and finally becoming president 4 years ago it's now time for me to leave the board after 9 years. But as it is with our industry, it's not an end it's just a new beginning.

The last 9 years the association changed. There are many successes, to name just two. We made giant steps on professionalism. We are globally recognized as the go-to association for aircraft recycling by associations such as IATA and ICAO. Secondly, we introduced committees, and as a result more people are now actively contributing to AFRA than ever before. Am I happy with these results? Yes, because some of those things I would not have imagined. Also, because of being so close to the fire I know that many AFRA things seem simple on the outside, but they did ask, and some are asking, and a lot of time and effort of people to develop and sustain. But I'm not leaving the board and the new president without any challenges. They got things to do.

Membership numbers did not grow as much as I wanted. Almost all companies that disassemble aircraft are members of AFRA, we should be proud of that. We are, however, still struggling to get lessors, airlines and other member groups to join. They are obviously not core members but do benefit of the work we are doing. We tried many things and booked some success, but I feel that more should be possible and is needed.

On the government affairs side of things AFRA is at a turning point. We know that our friends of ASA really made steps forward when their ASA-100 accreditation program got endorsed by the FAA. There seems to be an option now for AFRA to also get some sort of government endorsement. This option was also a workshop during the recent AFRA annual meeting and I enjoyed discussing with all of you on the subject.

Of course I'm not leaving my successor with difficulties without a solution. There are two things I'm very proud of and that I'm sure will help AFRA grow and are under development. One is the first (of many) annual reports that will be finalized soon that will be a great source of information and reflection for ourselves but also for the complete aviation sector. The second is the indicator that is being developed so we will have an industry wide, universal way of measuring our success because one thing became clear to me when representing AFRA. The aviation sector does a fantastic job in recycling the aircraft that have flown people around the world many times compared to other industries.

I'm looking forward to being active within AFRA outside the board and I'm sure that the (new) board and the new president will do a great job. I will keep on doing my best in helping the community but in other ways. It's an end to a privilege of being your president but also a beginning of new things and new energy for the association.
Thank you for your support in the last 9 years and thank you for your continuous support for the association.

Best regards,
Derk-Jan van Heerden
Dear AFRA Members, 
I hope y'all (adding a little Texas flair) are having a great and profitable summer so far.   If you and I haven't met yet, I look forward to crossing paths in the near future, but for those that don't know me, my name is Brent Webb.  I have recently been elected by the board to represent AFRA as the President.   
First, I must start off by thanking our outgoing president Derk-Jan van Heerden for his time and service on the board.   He leaves a remarkable legacy as he has served as President of the board for six years.  I would also like to welcome the new members of the board,  Matthew Davis of Mastermelt Alloy,  Alasdair Gledhill of ELG Haniel Metals Corp. and Seamus O'Donnell of ComAv Asset Management.   
For those that were able to attend the ASA/AFRA "Future Forward" conference this year in Montreal, what a wonderful event.  The weather was very pleasant and the information that was disseminated was tremendous.  We had a great presentation by our auditors of our newly released BMP version 4.0, as well as a presentation by our R&D Committee on our dismantle metrics being developed by Envisa.  Rounding out our workshops were an open discussion on EU Waste Regulations and our always popular Aircraft Valuation panel.  All the panelist contributed to making this year's event one of the best yet.  Also, I would be remiss if I did not thank all the of the AFRA sponsors who continue to not only make a monetary commitment, but we also find them contributing time on many of the AFRA committees.  While the conference marks a mid-point in our year, our work is no wear near half way over and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and continuing the work of those who have laid the path before us. 

Best regards,
Brent Webb
Upcoming Events
AFRA Networking Reception

Event Details
Date: Monday, 23 September 2019
Time: 7-10 PM
Location: SO/ Berlin Das Stue, Berlin, Germany
Only a 5 minute walk!

Please join AFRA for a networking reception during the week of ISTAT EMEA in Berlin, Germany! This reception is a great opportunity for AFRA members to network and connect with industry colleagues involved in the entire aircraft end-of-life supply chain, from buying and selling aircraft to recycling and disassembling. Please RSVP for the event if you plan to attend.

Beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres provided by AFRA.

We also have sponsorship opportunities for the event! Please contact  AFRA Staff  for further sponsorship details.

Note: This event is for AFRA members, but there may be an opportunity to invite guests once numbers are confirmed.
Committee Updates
Government Affairs Committee
The Government Affairs Committee is tracking the work of the European Parliament following the recent elections. Within the EP, the main committee relevant for AFRA is the ENVI Committee. The Chair of the ENVI Committee, Pascal Canfin from Renew Europe, is a French MEP. He used to be part of the Greens and Director of World Wildlife Fund, before joining the French political party La République En Marche. In July, Pascal Canfin's top priorities for the ENVI Committee were revealed: trade agreements, carbon neutrality and independence from lobbies.  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,  which took effect on April 18, 2019, was shared with accredited members and can be found on AFRA's website. To get involved with this Committee, please contact staff.

AFRA Communications Committee

The committee thanks everyone for their participation in the Annual Conference. 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 September 11. R&D Committee calls take place monthly, on the second Wednesday of every month. The committee is also finalizing the data project and working to refine the KPIs for the recycling metric project. 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  Sam Nysetvold 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 Hans Craen 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  Sam Nysetvold 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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