December 2016
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
Staff Associate 

Industry News
"In an ideal world, the customer should not have a choice of a'green option' and a 'non-green option' as each supplier wouldfollow the AFRA Best Management Practices guidelines. This currently isn't the case, however reputable and responsible organisations such as KLMUKE demonstrate to the market  that sustainability doesn't have to  be at great financial cost..."
- European Regions Airline
Association (ERA)

"Given the importance of collaboration in doing better analytics, it is not surprising that the major challenge to improvement-mentioned by the great majority of carriers-is insufficient standardization of data. In any case, OEMs and MROs are upping their game as both become collaborators on and providers of maintenance analytics..."
- Aviation Week

"Configuration Data Exchange, which will use the Predix cloud-based, large-scale data analytics system that parent company GE has developed over a period of several years, will serve as a data pipeline that will allow for two-way asset data flow between airlines, MROs, lessors, OEMs and parts brokers, according to GE Aviation..."
- MRO Network
AFRA Committee Updates
Please email AFRA staff to get involved in AFRA's committees:


     *AFRA BMP
     Development Committee




     * AFRA
     Government Affairs


     * AFRA R&D Committee

Membership Update

Congratulations to
Our Newest Member!

Kalitta Air is a Michigan Limited Liability Company owned solely by Conrad Kalitta. Kalitta Air began service in November 2000 with three Boeing 747 aircraft and the fleet has grown to a present total of 22 B747 freighters. Capable of air express delivery of virtually any type of freight, the company provides scheduled or on-demand charter service for customers in the United States and around the world.

AFRA Annual Conference

AFRA & ASA Annual Meeting
July 9-11, 2017
Reston, VA, USA 

More information to follow - please save the date!

Upcoming Industry Events
Save the Date! 

MRO Latin America
January 25-26, 2017
Cancun, Mexico

ISTAT Americas
March 5-7, 2017
San Diego, CA, USA

March 23-24, 2017
Shanghai, China

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

Growing Our Social Media Footprint
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Association Update 
From Marco Gehr, ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd
Dear AFRA members,

The year 2016 is coming to an end. I want to take this as an opportunity to look back with you.

It has been the first year that the organisation was operationally led by Kellen, after the transition period in the second half of 2015. This change to an association management company has enabled the implementation of a more professional structure. After the membership stagnated in the past, the number of members has grown by a double-digit number this year and AFRA's ambition is to continue this positive trend. Furthermore, the accreditation program has favourably developed throughout the year with a total of 34 accredited companies. Both membership growth and broader adaptation of the accreditation program will help to put the organisation into a financially sound and self-financing position for the future.

Besides these encouraging developments, in an effort to make the organisation a more lively place and to improve interaction between members, AFRA introduced several committees in the course of 2016 (BMP Development, Communications, Government Affairs, and R&D). We have been very pleased with your participation in those committees and we are looking forward to your continued efforts and time to make the committees' work a success throughout 2017.

Last but not least, AFRA has pushed the exchange with other organisations (like IATA, ICAO and the European Remanufacturing Council). As an outcome of those efforts we signed MOUs with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) and IATA (International Air Transport Association) in 2016. The focus of those activities has been to strengthen our global footprint and to emphasize our leading role in setting guidelines for aircraft recycling.

I would like to thank you, members, for all your support and contributions to AFRA in the elapsed year, and I wish you and your families a peaceful and relaxing holiday season, and health, happiness, and an optimistic outlook in the new year.

All the best,
Marco Gehr

AFRA Treasurer
COO, ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd
Association Updates
Government Affairs Program

The Government Affairs Committee met via teleconference on Monday, November 28 and discussed recent activities as well as upcoming initiatives and focus areas for 2017. Specifically, the Committee is in the process of finalizing a set of Association talking-points and an aviation industry organizational reference chart, both of which will be published to the membership. In addition, concluding the U.S. Congressional and Presidential election from November, a government relations summary was sent to the membership. Please click here to view the U.S. election recap. 

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

AFRA BMP Development Committee

The next teleconference meeting of this Committee is set for Monday, December 12 at 9:30am ET. On the agenda will be a discussion of potential changes to strengthen the BMP. The AFRA Board of Directors has recently approved modifications to the AFRA BMP, to revise some administrative and general aspects of the BMP. In addition, we've received some feedback from a member company for consideration of the Committee. If you'd like to get involved, please contact staff to be added to the participant list. 

AFRA Communications Committee

Recent communications activities include member content featured in a recent ERA Regional International article, access to AFRA's media list on the member page, and launching a new initiative to offer advertisement space on AFRA's website to promote companies and services relevant to the aircraft end-of-life management industry. The Communications Committee met via teleconference on December 2 to discuss upcoming member content opportunities and 2017 initiatives. If you have any ideas to boost AFRA's communications efforts, please send along your ideas and/or email staff to be added to the Committee roster.

AFRA R&D Committee

This newly formed Committee regrouped via teleconference on November 30 to continue outlining its overall goals and 2017 objectives. This group will be establishing an AFRA Research Network in 2017 to invite research organizations to contribute their research content and expertise to advance the aircraft end-of-life industry, so stay tuned for more information on that project. If interested, email staff to take part in this Committee. 
Featured AFRA Company: 
Aircraft End-of-Life Solutions (AELS) BV 

Why did you join AFRA?
As a company active in the aircraft disassembly industry we want to be in the forefront of all global developments in our industry. For us it's clear that AFRA is the place where all information, network, and development comes together. We actually don't understand why companies active in our niche market aren't a member. The world is changing and only combined we can influence those developments to benefit, or at least not negatively affect our daily business.

When did you first join AFRA?
AELS already joined in 2006.

What has changed within your company since joining AFRA?
By joining AFRA we got access to an international network, so it helped us grow our business. Getting accredited, however, had a much bigger impact. It helped us streamline processes which resulted in better quality of work. It also brought our customers a sign of proof in quality.

Industry Observations:
Growing our business, improving the quality of our work, and we made friends!

New Advertising Opportunity

AFRA is excited to announce a new opportunity - beginning in January, 2017, AFRA will offer 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. 

Advertisement Details
Your Ad on AFRA's Website
Companies advertising with AFRA will be included on a permanent page of AFRA's website. Your posting will include space for your company name, logo, web link, and up to 250 words of text.

Featuring an Ad in AFRA's E-Newsletter
Included with your purchase of ad space on AFRA's website is an opportunity to showcase your company in one of AFRA's monthly e-newsletters. Your ad will include your company's name, logo, and web link. AFRA E-Newsletter showcases will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and those interested are encouraged to begin signing up now! AFRA e-newsletters are circulated each month to a growing list of aircraft recycling professionals consisting of current and prospective AFRA members, currently totaling over 400 subscribers. Only one company can be scheduled to be included in the e-newsletter per month.

The cost for posting an ad of AFRA's site will be $500 / year. This special introductory rate includes ad space on AFRA's website and an AFRA e-newsletter profile.

Please contact David Bernstein to reserve ad space.

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