January 2020
AFRA Board of Directors
AFRA President 
Brent Webb, CAVU Aerospace 

AFRA Vice President 
Amy Bann, 
Boeing Commercial Airplanes 

AFRA Treasurer 
Matthew Davis,
Mastermelt Alloy 

AFRA Secretary 
Kahina Oudjehani, Bombardier 

James Cobbold, Air Salvage International

Craig Garrick Sr., ComAV

Mike Corne, eCube Solutions

Alasdair Gledhill, ELG Haniel Metals Corp.

Jason Reed, GA Telesis LLC 

Bettina Berger, GOAL 

Fabricio La Banca, Lufthansa Technik AG
AFRA Staff
Hans Craen
Executive Director

Ali é nor Poher
European Affairs Manager 

Sam Nysetvold
Industry Affairs Manager

Caleb Hudzik
Project Coordinator

Industry News
"On a dusty airfield in a remote outback town, Tom Vincent is pursuing his entrepreneurial dream to create one of the world's largest aircraft storage and boneyard facilities in Australia's "Red Centre" ."
- Financial Times

"Aircraft recycling company, Aircraft Solutions USA is to establish a new US $100 million facility at North Carolina's Global TransPark to recycle aircraft parts and materials." 
- HGM Aerosapce

"Why scrap a perfectly good airplane? Whether an extremely large or reasonably small aircraft. the reasoning often is the same." 
AFRA Committees
Please email AFRA staff  to get involved in AFRA's committees:

Upcoming Industry Events
Save The Date!

Annual AFRA Conference
June 14-16, 2020
Denver, Colorado

AFRA Advertising Opportunity
AFRA is offering the chance to advertise your organization's products, news, and projects on the AFRA website and in these newsletters! Advertisement includes your company's information on a page of the AFRA website and the opportunity to showcase your organization in one of the monthly newsletters. Please contact AFRA staff for pricing and additional details.
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.
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.
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Association Update 

Dear AFRA Members, 
Happy New Year to all and I hope we have started off to a very successful year. I know that AFRA staff and leadership has some very ambitious goals to meet this year, but ones that will continue to ensure the success of the association. One of the main goals is to increase membership to contribute to the health of the association as well as an environmentally conscious aviation aftermarket.  
On the committee front, the BMP committee was successful promulgating the 4.0 standards and all new audits are being conducted to this standard.  This committee will continue to focus on best practices and how to implement procedures that meet the mission statement of the association as well as introduce opportunities gained from the R&D committee.  
Regarding the R&D committee, they were quite productive in 2019 and completed the KPI project.  Under the leadership of Dale Smith and with the help of ENVISA, the committee was able to outline a metric for the dismantling of aircraft. This groundbreaking work will allow companies to strive to different levels to show how they are working to reduce their environmental impact.  
The communication committee has been hard at work developing new workshops for this year's conference. Our workshops have been well attended in the past but we look forward to bringing you fresh content and speakers.  With that in mind if you have an interest in contributing to the conference please reach out as we are always looking for more content.  
Finally I would ask that if you have any questions, ideas or concerns you reach out to your board members.  We are very interested in how the association can best serve it's membership.  
Best regards,
Brent Webb
AFRA President

Committee Updates
Government Affairs Committee
On 23 rd December, the European Commission (EC) published its roadmap for the new Circular Economy Action Plan. The EU Circular Economy action plan is the key initiative under the new Commission's European Green deal. This roadmap defines the scope, the objectives to be met and explains why action is needed. According to the roadmap, the Circular Economy Action plan will affect the waste regulation, the waste shipment directive, the REACH regulation, as well as product design and the end of life legislations. According to the EC, the new action plan will accelerate the transition towards a circular economy, reinforcing the EU's industrial base, while contributing to fighting climate change and preserving its natural environment. A public consultation on this roadmap took place. The AFRA secretariat prepared and sent out a draft to the Government Affairs Committee members for approval. The document was submitted to the EC prior to the deadline on January 20, 2020.  
On January 15, 2020, Members of the European Parliament voted in support of the European Green Deal. In other words, to become climate neutral by 2050, with a higher 2030 emission reductions goal of 55% and in support of an ambitious sustainable investment plan.
Furthermore, a new monitoring tool, i.e. the AFRA Issue Tracker has been developed by the AFRA secretariat to facilitate follow up on the different policy issues the AFRA secretariat is monitoring.  If you wish to receive the AFRA issue tracker and take part in the government affairs committee, please contact  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,  which took effect on April 18, 2019, was shared with accredited members and can be found on AFRA's website. To get involved with this Committee, please contact staff.

AFRA Communications Committee

The committee is soliciting speakers and constructing panels for the 2020 Annual Conference. If you are interested in getting involved or if you have a speaker recommendation, please contact staff.

AFRA R&D Committee

The R&D committee is open to any AFRA member and all are welcome to participate in the next committee call on February 12. R&D Committee calls take place monthly, on the second Wednesday of every month. The committee is currently finalizing the recycling metric project and drafting a project proposal for 2020. To get involved with the R&D Committee, please email  AFRA staff.

Join AFRA Committees
AFRA committees are open to any member of AFRA and all members are encouraged to get involved. Read on to learn more about each committee and how to join!

AFRA BMP Development Committee

This committee takes the lead in reviewing the AFRA Best Management Practice for Management of Used Aircraft Parts and Assemblies and for Recycling of Aircraft Materials (BMP) document.

Main project(s):
  • Coordinating member feedback to review and revise AFRA's BMP manual
Contact  Sam Nysetvold with questions or to get involved.

AFRA Communications Committee

This committee works on various projects, including fine-tuning our membership recruitment messaging, contributing photos and content to industry magazine articles, and guiding staff with conference programming selections.

Main project(s):
  • Contributing content for press releases, industry publications, and AFRA platforms
  • Providing feedback with conference topics and speakers
  • Coordinating media partnerships to provide benefits to members (cross-promotion of industry events)
Contact   Caleb Hudzik with questions or to get involved.

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. This program is guided by a professional government affairs consultant, with collaboration and participation from the Government Affairs Committee members and AFRA staff.
Main project(s):
  • Focused engagement in EU government affairs
  • Tracking relevant updates and legislation in US, EU, and Canada
  • Engagement with allied industry organizations ICAO, IATA, etc.
Contact Hans Craen with questions or to get involved.

AFRA R&D Committee
This committee is in the process of developing a network of AFRA research partners as well as developing its research objectives.

Main project(s):
  • Building Research Network of research universities
  • Building a library of research papers as a resource for AFRA members - these are posted on the members page of AFRA's website
  • Starting research project(s) and is in process of collecting proposals from Research Network organizations
  • Engagement with allied industry organizations, Remanufacturing Industries Council (RIC), REMADE Institute, etc.
Contact  Sam Nysetvold with questions or to get involved.

Universities and Research Orgs: 
Join AFRA's Research Network
2 Easy Steps to Join AFRA's Research Network:
Any research organization active in aviation, recycling, or another relevant field is eligible to participate free of charge.
1) Complete the application form .
2) Submit an example of a related research paper to demonstrate relevant knowledge and expertise in this field.
AFRA Staff and R&D Committee will review applications, and follow up to provide more information. 
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