February 2017
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
Industry Affairs Coordinator 

Industry News
" Sycamore Aviation is pleased to announce the opening of their new US facility at Goodyear, AZ. With its excellent infrastructure and easy access through Phoenix Sky Harbour, Goodyear is a well-established and premium location for aircraft disassembly and storage.  January saw Sycamore Aviation take residency within a new $10m facility at the airport and to date, have carried out several teardowns including B737-800 and A320 family aircraft... "
- Sycamore Aviation

" The safe and responsible recycling of commercial aircraft is one of the main challenges facing the global aviation industry. With around 12,000 commercial aircraft to be decommissioned over the next 20 years, manufacturers and operators are working towards the development of the 100% recyclable airplane.  The aviation sector is undergoing a challenging and ambitious paradigm shift towards sustainable practices and operations, and one area where progress is being made is at the end of an aircraft's life. "
- Airport-Technology

"Airlines posted record profits, $35.6 billion, in 2016 and invested in three main areas: labor (profit-sharing and wage increases), capital improvements (fleet renewal, cabin upgrades) and balance sheets (stock buy-backs and debt repayment). Capital expenditures used 38% of the profits..."
- 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


AFRA Annual Conference

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

More information to follow - please save the date!

2nd Annual Aviation Parts Support & Supply Chain Management Forum

For a detailed agenda of the 2nd Annual Aviation Parts Support & Supply Chain Management Forum, please click here.

AFRA members are entitled to a 10% discount off registration. To receive your discount, please fill out the registration form, indicate your AFRA membership, and email Echo Sun.

For speaking:
Shine Yang
Tel: +86 21 5058 9600*8018
Mobile: +86 13482433501
Email: shiney@opplandcorp.com or yangyanchao@cannews.com.cn

For registration & sponsorship:
Echo Sun
Tel: +86 21 5058 9600*8055
Mobile: +86 13564637605
Email: echos@opplandcorp.com

Upcoming Industry Events
Save the Date! 

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

March 22-24, 2017
Shanghai, China

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

Growing Our Social Media Footprint
Please let us know about your company's Facebook, LinkedIn and/or Twitter profile. Follow AFRA and share our news that you think might be interesting for your followers - we will of course do the same with your messages!

Association Update 
From Gary Spoors, GJD Services Ltd.
Dear AFRA members,

This month's newsletter introduction is a little different, as we are not going to talk about Association activities.
With the death of Boeing's Joe Sutter (the father of the B747) last August, and the seeming endless stream of Boeing 747 retirements (953 to date), I wanted to talk about the plane that revolutionised air travel.  Its distinctive shape has made it among the most recognisable aircraft ever. It has carried millions of passengers and cargo around the globe; its size and financial benefits helped to make international air travel possible for the masses.
Of the 1481 'classics' built (100-400 series) there are 390 747-400's and 14 of the older generation of 747's still operating, which includes those in the USAF and Air Force One.
As of January 2017, the 747 has been involved in 61 hull-loss accidents resulting in 3,718 fatalities, that is a less than 4% hull loss rate in 45 years of operations, and only nine of those hull losses can be directly attributed to the aircraft and its maintenance.
The B747-800 is still in production with nearly 100 now in service and order numbers received a boost in 2016 after UPS announced it has ordered 14 cargo freighters and took an option for a further 14 - the largest order since December 2006.
British Airways have always been the largest operator of the B747, with the first being delivered in 1970, and last currently forecast for retirement in 2022 - that will be over 50 years of B747 operation.
While the appetite for these very large passenger aircraft including the A380 appears to be on the wane, with Singapore Airlines not renewing its lease on its first A380, and no new order for the aircraft in the last year, the Boeing 747 freighter may yet outlive the A380. 
The market forecast for passenger growth in China and India looks set to treble in the next 10 years as the middle-class population in Asia increases. The future demand for these aircraft is there - if the manufacturers can keep the production lines open.
Cargo growth is on the increase, and there is nothing on the horizon to replace the B747; will we see B747's still flying 80 years after the first one was built? True testament to an amazing design indeed.

Gary Spoors

AFRA Board of Director
GJD Services Ltd.
Association Updates
Government Affairs Program

As the New Year is now underway, the Government Affairs Committee has refocused outreach and engagement efforts in the European Union. On Friday, January 27, in Brussels, the Conseil Européen de Remanufacture (European Remanufacturing Council) officially announced its strategic plan in representing the future of the remanufacturing industry. As an associate member of the Conseil, AFRA staff was honored to attend the event and have the opportunity to speak with representatives from the remanufacturing industry about potential synergies moving forward. 

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

AFRA BMP Development Committee

The BMP Development Committee met via teleconference in early January and discussed potential changes to strengthen the BMP. As the AFRA Board of Directors recently approved modifications to the AFRA BMP, the Committee as well as AFRA staff continues to fine-tune and update the BMP.  If you'd like to get involved, please contact staff to be added to the participant list. 

AFRA Communications Committee

The Communications Committee, specifically AFRA member, Vallair, most recently contributed content to an article on aircraft recycling for the online publication, Airport-Technology. To read the article in full, please click hereIf you have 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

The R&D Committee met via teleconference in late January and continued to discuss the developments of the AFRA Research Network. For more information on the Committee's recent activities, please reference the R&D section on the AFRA website. I f you are interested in participating, email staff to take part in this Committee.

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New Advertising Opportunity

AFRA is excited to announce a new opportunity - beginning in February, 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 and/or if you know of any non-member companies that would be interested in participating. 

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