January 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
"At the core of AFRA's mission is its Best Management Practices (BMP) guide of recommendations concerning best practices for the management of end-of-life aircraft disassembly and recycling. And the perspectives and participation from airline companies on this topic are welcome as AFRA strives to promote efficient and safe practices in end-of-life aircraft disassembly and recycling ..."

"Expect more focus on predictive maintenance. This will be enabled by more data that does not come from the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System, as well as breakthroughs in industry data-sharing that are format-agnostic-a problem that has been a big barrier..."
- Aviation Week

"The aftermarket is certainly going to be the area to watch for two reasons: first the growing presence of OEMs in the aftermarket and second the disruption caused by new technologies that drive improved aircraft availability. On newer platforms, OEMs are increasing their footprint in the aftermarket and are incentivising buyers to enter into all-inclusive 'aftercare' packages, rather than engage with different MROs on a case-by-case basis..."
- MRO Network
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


Membership Update

Congratulations to
Our Newest Member!

In its 46th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from all other air carriers by offering exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 53,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest proudly serves a network of 101 destinations across the United States and eight additional countries with more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season. Based on the U.S. Department of Transportation's most recent data, Southwest Airlines maintains its long-standing ranking as the nation's largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded.

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
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 Amy Bann, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Dear AFRA members,

Happy New Year! 2017 is poised to be a time of growth and exciting activity in the aviation dismantling and disassembly industry. We want to support our members' priorities as we focus resources - keep sharing what is important to you so the management team and Board can guide strategic plans and decisions in directions that best serve your needs.

Lots of solid progress in 2016- from signing partnership agreements with the airline association IATA and the United Nations aviation agency ICAO, to revamping the logo, website and social media presence. We welcomed over ten new companies, and established a new member category for airlines to get involved with their expertise and perspective. We contributed to several media pieces and publications.

Looking ahead to 2017, we'll continue to serve as an industry voice, representing AFRA members at key events, policy venues and liaising with related associations. 

Committees are a great forum for member engagement. Maintaining and improving the BMP Accreditation Program will remain a major focus. If you'd like to get involved in evaluating changes to the BMP, please join the BMP Development Committee. We will also seek to grow the R & D Committee and research network- if you are interested or have project idea please get in touch. The communications committee will look for proactive opportunities to shape messaging and promote AFRA online, at in person events and in the media. The government affairs committee will be busy this coming year. We have an engagement plan and messaging materials ready. With political transitions in the U.S agencies, early 2017 focus will be in the EU while providing regular monitoring updates across global policy activity.

Thank you for being part of AFRA. Best of luck in business and beyond as 2017 begins! 

Amy Bann

AFRA Vice President
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Association Updates
Government Affairs Program

The Government Affairs Committee recently finalized a set of Association talking-points and an aviation industry organizational reference chart, both of which can be found in the member's only section on the AFRA website. As we head into the New Year, the political situation in Washington, DC remains in flux. Congressional committees are re-staffing and federal regulatory agencies are transitioning to a new Administration. To allow time for the dust to settle, AFRA plans to focus our government affairs outreach and engagement efforts in the European Union. AFRA will execute an outreach program focused on increasing the overall visibility of the industry on the Brussels scene and to put the association on the radar of European Union decision makers, covering key officials and contacts within the European Commission, European Parliament, and other stakeholder organizations.

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 Friday, January 6 at 9:00am 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

The Communications Committee met via teleconference in December to discuss upcoming member content opportunities and 2017 initiatives. If 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

This group is 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. If you are interested in participating, email staff to take part in this Committee.

AFRA Joins CER as Associate Member

AFRA recently was accepted as an associate member of the European Remanufacturing Council, CER (Conseil Européen de Remanufacture). The objective of CER is to become the focal point for remanufacturing policy dialogue in Europe, while helping small and large businesses from all remanufactured product sectors grow and create jobs. If you or your organization is interested in getting involved, please reach out to  Edward Sims .

Congratulations to Our Newest
Dual Accredited Company!

Hondo Aerospace, a satellite of VT San Antonio Aerospace, specializes in aircraft storage and green harvesting of aircraft parts, components, and engines.

We develop customized solutions to maximize the value of each end-of-life aircraft.

Our services include:
  • Component Removal and Management
  • Aircraft Disassembly and Recycling
  • Aircraft Storage and Parking
  • Return-to-Service Maintenance
  • Bridging and Light Maintenance
As a division of VT San Antonio Aerospace (VT SAA), and a member of ST Aerospace's MRO network, Hondo Aerospace continues the legacy of uncompromising quality, dependability, and flexible solutions that match the size, scope, and complexity of your requirements.

Hondo Aerospace is an accredited member of the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA). We aim to be the premier environmentally responsible facility in the United States for managing end-of-life aircraft.

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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