February 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

Mike Corne, eCube Solutions

Jason Reed, GA Telesis LLC

Gary Spoors, GJD Services Ltd.

Nigel Marsh, Rolls-Royce plc

Philippe Fournadet,
Tarmac Aerosave SAS
AFRA Staff
Hans Craen
Executive Director

Laura Dwulet
General Manager

David Bernstein
Industry Affairs Coordinator 

Industry News
"There exists a widespread assumption that once a corporation uses its industrial fiberglass materials to capacity, the defunct items (for example, the blades of a wind turbine) must meet their end in a landfill. Also widely known is that landfills are filling up, dumping costs continue to rise, and we don't stop needing fiberglass materials for modern industries. Global Fiberglass Solutions Inc. (GFSI) , with its newest manufacturing plants in Texas and Iowa, proves the first assumption wrong and the second assumption newly irrelevant to companies hoping to bypass such issues."
- PRWeb

"The "boneyard" is the colloquial term given to aircraft storage facilities where out-of-use planes are sent to be sold, stored or scrapped. Most are in arid locations such as California or Arizona. The one here in New Mexico - officially the Roswell International Air Center - is the preferred facility for American....
- USA Today

"As one of the few FAA-approved options currently available to comply with the FTFR rule, AerSafe limits the amount of available oxygen that can ignite fuel vapors through custom-designed foam blocks installed within the fuel tank, which prevents sparks from igniting an explosion..."
  - MRO-Network

"We estimate civil deliveries grow at a 6% pace from 2017 through 2020 with the aftermarket appearing to grow at a somewhat faster pace (6-7.5%),' Jefferies analysts write in their latest aftermarket activity survey. 'Following 7.7% growth in 2017, we forecast 6.5% aftermarket growth in 2018, followed by 6.4% in 2019..."
- 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 Report
Now posted to the  Member Page  of AFRA's website is the AFRA 2017 Annual Report, which highlights several key activities and accomplishments from this past year. Thank you for your continued support and participation in the Association - thanks to our dedicated and active members, AFRA continues to work towards its mission of "developing and promoting the safe and sustainable management of end-of-life aircraft and components ." And we look forward to another productive year ahead!
Please let us know how your AFRA membership can better serve your business by filling out this brief membership survey:  AFRA Member Survey

Upcoming Industry Events
Save The Date!

February 14-15, 2018
Panama City, Panama

March 4-6, 2018
San Diego, CA, USA

April 10-12, 2018
Orlando, FL, USA

June 24-26, 2018
Scottsdale, AZ, USA

ISTAT Europe
September 23-25, 2018
Prague, Czech Republic

Growing Our Social Media Footprint
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Association Update 
From James Cobbold, Air Salvage International
Dear AFRA Members,

I trust you all are off to a great start to the New Year. When reflecting back on last year, to my amazement, I have survived yet another high-volume travel schedule which has afforded me the opportunity to frequent from one continent to the next and see both familiar and new faces. From the ISTAT and MRO conferences to AP&M and the Paris Airshow, there are an endless number of industry events applicable to aircraft end-of-life.

While the aforementioned conferences provide the ideal forum to nurture existing relationships and build your network, they also provide a platform for discussion, learning, and a means to better understand our industry for what's going on now and how to best prepare for the future. Most recently I attended the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers Dublin Conference in late-January and sat in on few panel sessions. Specifically, I found the Lessor CEO Panel quite interesting in that each panelist had sound advice in how to manage risk: "Consider the cost of funds and I.R. hurdles, pursue business that aligns with your capital model, and find a value proposition for your customers." The narrow-body versus wide-body debate was also discussed in the panel which there was a consensus in placing narrow-body aircraft as they are considered less bespoke than wide-body aircraft. In addition, the panelists also touched on the growth of the Chinese leasing industry and noted that with new entrants to the market, it will be harder to compete with a higher expectancy and/or pressure on yield. I was delighted to have attended the Airline Economics conference as it provided me with the opportunity to both network and at the same time increase my knowledge of the aircraft leasing sector.

While on the topic of industry events, I would like to remind you all that AFRA's 2018 Annual Conference will be taking place on June 24-26, 2018 in Scottsdale, AZ, USA. As Co-Chair of the Communications Committee, along with Mike Corne from eCube Solutions, we have begun speaker outreach and the program planning. If you are interested in participating, please contact staff.

Best regards,

James Cobbold
AFRA Board of Directors
Air Salvage International

New Membership Update
Turkey's "rising star", Turkish Airlines started its journey in 1933 with just five aircraft. Today it serves with a passenger and cargo fleet of 328 aircraft and with the same excitement and enthusiasm as the first day after all those years. The substantial growth it has achieved has put Turkish Airlines among the top airlines of the world. Reinforcing this prominent position and energy with its significant growth figures and innovative approach, Turkish Airlines has always put its signature under important successes in the sector. 

Since its beginning in 1926, Embry-Riddle has been providing the world with aviation personnel, one student at a time. A pioneer in aviation education, Embry-Riddle continues to be the most highly regarded institution dedicated to the field. It is the nation's largest, oldest, and most comprehensive aeronautical university. When you enroll in an aviation-related degree program here, you can be assured that you will study within a curriculum that is at the forefront of the industry's developments and demands for the future.

Association Updates

Save the Date for ASA AFRA Annual Conference

Join us on June 24-26, 2018 for the AFRA Annual Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, USA! This is the premiere conference for those involved with aircraft disassembly, recycling, and end-of-life services. Held in conjunction with the Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA) conference,  the AFRA Annual Conference will provide a forum for discussion of emerging technologies and business initiatives, and feature speakers who are international leaders in the aerospace industry.

Call for Annual Meeting Speakers and Topic Ideas!
Have ideas for topics you would like included on the Annual Meeting agenda?
Interested in speaking or nominating a speaker for this Annual Meeting?
Want to hear more about a specific new technology or topic that will help your business thrive?
  • Email AFRA staff your ideas or participate in the planning committee: contact David Bernstein.
Event Details
Date: June 24-26, 2018
Location:  Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia, 4949 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ, 85253

For more information on how to register, please  click here.

For a listing of scheduled events, please  click here.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsoring is a great way to get your company's name in front of conference attendees. Please contact  AFRA Staff if you are interested in sponsoring, and for all available sponsorship opportunities, please  click here.

Hotel Reservations
Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia
By Phone: 1-800 THE-OMNI (800-843-6664)
Room Rate Cutoff: May 23, 2018 (subject to availability)
Room Rate: $145 room rate available 3 days prior and post conference dates (subject to availability). Includes WiFi iinternet in guestrooms and public spaces, 24-hour Fitness Center, access to Kabash and Oasis Pool areas, in-room acces to Netflix, USA Today newspaper upon request.

*(For on-line reservations guests must use the following web browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari 4 or 5 or Internet Explorer 8 or 9, otherwise the reservation site will not work.)

Government Affairs Program

The Committee sent out a government affairs survey to the membership in December, are in  process of finalizing a policy position statement on the Circular Economy, and are working on putting together a strategic roadmap for 2018.

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

AFRA BMP Development Committee

The BMP Guide 3.3 was fully implemented into the accreditation program in December 2017. The Committee will plan to regroup in March and continue to review the BMP guide and look for ways to further strengthen the program.  If you'd like to get involved in the Committee and be added to the participant list, please  contact staff

AFRA Communications Committee

The Communications Committee had a teleconference in mid-January and discussed ongoing association initiatives as well Annual Conference program planning and speaker outreach ideas.  If you are interested in participating,    please  contact staff.

AFRA R&D Committee

The R&D Committee holds monthly teleconferences as we work toward our research initiatives. To learn more about AFRA R&D and to join the committee visit  the R&D page  of the website or  contact staff

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. 
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