December 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

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
General Manager

David Bernstein
Industry Affairs Coordinator 

Gabriella Kemendi
Government Affairs Coordinator

Sam Nysetvold
Staff Associate

Industry News
"'Fly-em till they drop' has been the rule in the past few years as traffic growth and moderate oil prices have kept older jets in fleets and disassemblies averaging 400-500 a year at the most. But sooner or later--as fuel costs rise, traffic slows or aircraft just age out--old birds will head for teardown shops at a more normal pace of 900-plus annually."
- MRO Network

"Boeing and ELG Carbon Fibre announced a partnership to recycle excess aerospace-grade composite material, which will be used by other companies to make products such as electronic accessories and automotive equipment."
- PR Newswire

"Last week, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced that they'd conducted a successful flight test of an aircraft with a sci-fi-sounding propulsion system called an ion drive, an achievement that's earned comparisons to the Wright brothers' breakthrough at Kitty Hawk." 
- Forbes
AFRA Committees
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Upcoming Industry Events
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January 16-17, 2019
Cancun, Mexico

February 11-12, 2019
Dubai, UAE

March 10-12, 2019
Orlando, FL, USA

April 9-11, 2019
Atlanta, GA, USA

July 14-16, 2019
Montreal, Canada
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. Advertisement details can be found on the AFRA website.
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Association Update 
From Derk-Jan van Heerden, AFRA President
Dear AFRA Members,

2018 has been a year of substantial outreach and increased visibility for the aircraft end-of-service management  industry. We look forward to increasing the brand awareness of AFRA and its member in 2019 while increasing internal member participation and external communications. Here's a snapshot of some of our most important achievements and ongoing programs this past year.

  • Providing a Forum for Member Engagement through the continued work of four Association committees: BMP Development, Communications, Government Affairs, and R&D.
  • Establishing AFRA as an Industry Voice, in collaborating with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). 
  • Maintaining and Improving upon its BMP Accreditation Program to improve the management of end-of-service aircraft in terms of environmental and sustainable performance, while working to finalize BMP version 4.0.
  • Enhancing AFRA's Online Presence through the Association's website, social media pages, contribution to industry publications, and monthly newsletter campaign.
  • Representing AFRA Members at key Industry Events by its emphasis on networking and member engagement at events such as the AFRA Annual Meeting, MRO Americas and MRO Europe, ISTAT Americas and ISTAT EMEA, and ATAG.
  • Continuing Emphasis on Inclusion and Collaboration with new members, including 9 new member companies in 2018, and initiating a research project through our R&D Research Network Partners.
I'm excited about what's ahead for AFRA and encourage you to remain involved with the Association as we continue these and other important initiatives. In 2019 a new annual report of our industry will see the daylight. We will need your help to collect the data but it will bring you good business insights on how our market is developing. 

We hope to see you at the 2019 Annual Meeting and we're looking forward to another productive and successful year for AFRA!

Best regards,

Derk-Jan van Heerden
Aircraft End-of-Life Solutions (AELS) B.V.

Membership Updates
2019 Membership Dues

AFRA staff has distributed invoices for 2019 membership dues, so please contact staff if you have not received your renewal invoice.

New AFRA Member

Welcome to China Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company, Ltd. ( CAMECO) as a new member to AFRA! We are thrilled to have them join and we are always looking to increase our membership to help promote sustainability in the aircraft end-of-service industry! Please contact staff if you are interested in joining AFRA.

Committee Updates
Government Affairs Committee

AFRA is continuing to monitor relevant legislative and regulatory new, including Brexit's impact on aviation and ongoing regulations of the Turkish CAA. 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 proposed BMP version 4.0 is in the final stage of legal review and we will plan to hold a Committee teleconference in the coming month. To get involved with this Committee, please  contact staff.

AFRA Communications Committee

AFRA is working on a partnership with Airfinance Journal that would benefit the work and awareness of both parties. The Committee also recently contributed content to a CNBC story on aircraft recycling - stay tuned for seeing that in print! If you are interested in getting involved, please  contact staff .

AFRA R&D Committee

The committee met via teleconference on December 18 to review and discuss a revised scope of work for the finalist AFRA Research Network project. The committee is making a final review in the coming weeks before the next step of making a recommendation to the board to kick off this research project for 2019. To get involved with the R&D Committee, please email AFRA staff.

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) 

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.


Best Industry Practices for Aircraft Decommissioning
IATA has developed a Best Industry Practices for Aircraft Decommissioning (BIPAD) manual, which aims at providing guidelines for airlines and other aircraft owners and operators to manage aircraft decommissioning in a controlled process, while considering environmental, safety and economic aspects.

The BIPAD manual has been established in a multi-stakeholder group composed of relevant industry stakeholders, namely airlines, aircraft maintenance organizations, leasing companies, aircraft and engine manufacturers, parts traders, disassembling, dismantling and recycling companies and the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA). The manual covers all phases of the aircraft end-of-life process, from the decision to take an aircraft out of service to the final dismantling, recycling and reuse of parts and considers economic and operational, regulatory and legal, safety and environmental aspects.

To download the BIPAD manual, please click here.

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 see below for links to relevant articles.

On 13 November 2018 the European Commission and the United Kingdom's (UK) negotiators reached an agreement on all provisions of the   Withdrawal Agreement   establishing the terms of withdrawal of the UK  from the European Union (EU). The withdrawal agreement is designed to provide legal certainty once the EU Treaties and EU law will cease to apply to the UK as of 29 March 2019. The Withdrawal Agreement sets a transition period lasting until 31 December 2020, during which the EU will treat the UK as if it were a Member State (with the exception of participation in the EU institutions and governance structure). The transition period may be extended once. The European Council endorsed on 25 November 2018 the Withdrawal agreement as negotiated by the European Commission and UK representatives. EU legislators are now taking the necessary steps to make sure that the agreement can enter into force on 30 March 2019.  This factsheet   provides detailed information on the areas covered by the Withdrawal Agreement. A  timeline of the process   is available on the European Council website.

-Reuters , 5 December 2018 

-CNBC, 4 December 2018
-New York Times, 29 November 2018

-Reuters, 22 November 2018

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