January 2019
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
"Forbes' expert aviation contributors see change in the air next year. From airline M&A to advances in technologies that will change the passenger experience to a slowdown in the torrent of outbound Chinese travel, here are their predictions for 2019."
- Forbes

"Benchmarking maintenance cost and reliability against industry averages is a good way to begin to understand where an airline is on the journey to more efficient, effective MRO practices. Fortunately, industry groups are beginning to provide such data."
- MRO Network

"The ever-expanding commercial aftermarket will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3% over the next decade and produce a record demand of $862.3 billion in MRO services during that period, according to Aviation Week's 2019 Fleet & MRO Forecast." 
- MRO Network
AFRA Committees
Please email AFRA staff  to get involved in AFRA's committees:

Upcoming Industry Events
Save The Date!

February 11-12, 2019
Dubai, UAE

March 7, 2019
Washington, DC, USA

March 10-12, 2019
Orlando, FL, USA

April 9-11, 2019
Atlanta, GA, USA

July 14-16, 2019
Montreal, Canada
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.
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.
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 visit the  Government Affairs Updates  page on the AFRA website.
Growing Our Social Media Footprint
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AFRA Members Only Website Resources
Don't forget to visit the AFRA Website to view the Members Only section, where you can find additional resources and updates offered only to members! Please contact staff with any questions regarding access or content.
Association Update 
From Hans Craen, AFRA Executive Director
Dear AFRA Members,

Happy new year! As we kick off 2019, I wanted to highlight AFRA's committees and the work they do. Each of the four committees have established their goals for 2019, and the committees are always open to welcoming further participation from members.

BMP Committee
This committee works to maintain the most up-to-date information on best practices for aircraft end-of-life and is
responsible for reviewing and further advancing the AFRA Best Management Practice (BMP) Guide and Accreditation
program for disassembly, contracted disassembly, demolition, recycling, and contracted recycling of aircraft.

Committee Goals
  • Roll out BMP 4.0 Accreditation Program
  • Update poster of hazardous materials
  • Include a Standard Removal Tag in the BMP Guidelines
  • Increase accreditation presence in Asia
  • 5 new accredited members
  • Continued engagement with IATA and ICAO
To become involved with the BMP Committee or to learn more, please contact David Bernstein.

Communications Committee
This committee works on various projects, including fine-tuning our membership recruitment messaging, contributing
photos and content to industry magazine articles, and coordinating with Staff on event programming selections. This group also works to increase awareness of AFRA's mission through various communication channels and is instrumental in delivering relevant and timely content for the Annual Conference.

Committee Goals
  • Maintain and grow AFRA presence in the aviation industry
  • Increase the level of participation in speaking opportunities at relevant events
  • Grow our network by contributing to article outlets and participating in media opportunities
  • Refine and further develop specific membership benefits
  • Increase attendance and participation at Annual Conference
  • Continue to develop relevant speakers for Annual Conference panels
To become involved with the Communications Committee or to learn more, please contact Sam Nysetvold.

Government Affairs Committee
This committee works to better address the policy developments and regulatory issues that impact the aircraft recycling and dismantling industry and to proactively promote the AFRA Best Management Practices guide.

Committee Goals
  • Execute Public Affairs Strategy
  • Amend existing and promotional materials & create new ones if needed
  • Identify key contacts in European institutions
  • Identify stakeholders with common views in order to build alliances
  • Identify relevant events to attend
  • Track legislative developments 
To become involved with the Government Affairs Committee or to learn more, please contact Gabriella Kemendi.

R&D Committee
The AFRA Research & Development Committee aims to position AFRA as the go-to resource for industry R&D
information by coordinating its efforts alongside a network of research partners and member research activities as
appropriate. In addition to utilizing research network partner organizations' and members' expertise to compile
resources for AFRA members' reference, the Committee will work with these partners and members to advance AFRA's
goals: achieving greater component recovery and material recycling for the industry, promoting innovation in recovery
and recycling technology, and supporting research that encourages commercially viable recycling and encourages
design for disassembly and recyclability for new aircraft.

Committee Goals
  • 5 additional research organizations to join the AFRA research network
  • 20 additional articles added to the AFRA library
  • 1 research project started by the Committee
  • Creation of an AFRA metric to measure industry performance
  • Engage the Research Network participants - quarterly e-newsletters
  • Continued engagement with allied industry organizations (Remanufacturing Industries Council (RIC), REMADE Institute, etc.).
  • Maintain 80% voting member committee meeting participation through valued meeting schedules, agendas, and member assignments and responsibilities
To become involved with the R&D Committee or to learn more, please contact Laura Dwulet.
I encourage you to consider joining a committee for the opportunity to increase your involvement with AFRA and voice your company's position on industry issues.

Best regards,

Hans Craen
AFRA Executive Director

Committee Updates
Government Affairs Committee
The AFRA Government Affairs Committee will hold a call on 14 February 2019 to discuss next steps with regard to the implementation of the Public Affairs Strategy in the coming months, including contacts identified in EU institutions & key messages to convey. In addition to this, the AFRA staff continues monitoring relevant legislative developments relevant for the aviation sector, such as the ongoing work of the EU on the Circular Economy & Plastics Strategy, waste management and hazardous substances, Brexit, etc. 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 BMP version 4.0 has been shared with accredited members and can be found on AFRA's website. There will be a 90 Day Period until the BMP 4.0 becomes effective, which will be on Thursday, April 18, 2019. To get involved with this Committee, please  contact staff.

AFRA Communications Committee

The committee will be meeting in the coming weeks to discuss speakers for the AFRA Annual Conference in July. If you are interested in getting involved, please  contact staff .

AFRA R&D Committee

The committee has reviewed and discussed a revised scope of work for the finalist AFRA Research Network project. The committee plans to kick off this research project in the coming weeks! 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.

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