July 2016
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, Aircraft Demolition

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
Staff Associate 

Industry News
"The Internet of Things is poised to make the aftermarket more precise by connecting dots as never before. It could be the catalyst to eliminate unscheduled maintenance. It will definitely move the MRO industry toward being more proactive instead of reactive...."
- Aviation Week

"Despite the increased availability of drones, their use for aircraft maintenance operations divides opinion. While there's no doubt the use of drones for inspection tasks is now becoming a larger part of the conversation with many MROs and airlines, skepticism remains over whether drone-led maintenance will one day become as common in the hangar as a torque wrench..."
- MRO Network

"When it comes to spare parts, airlines have a second option - the secondhand market - and it's taking off. More and more aircraft owners are choosing to dismantle aircraft at a younger age and sell them in parts, making more money than if they were sold whole. More and more operators are buying used parts; spending less money than if they bought new. And some airlines are able to support their entire fleets with their own secondhand parts, which aircraft dismantlers say can be a gold mine for them..."
- Jetrader

AFRA Committee Updates
AFRA's Board of Directors officially approved the proposal for a Government Affairs program. This program begins July 1 and will run in conjunction with the Government Affairs Committee. More information will be provided in the upcoming weeks. To participate in the Government Affairs Committee contact AFRA staff

The AFRA BMP Development Committee and the Communications Committee  have several ongoing projects  and initiatives.  Interested in getting involved? Please contact AFRA staff
Upcoming Industry Events
Save the Date! 

ISTAT Reception at Farnborough International Airshow
July 11, 2016
London, England

September 25-27, 2016
Barcelona, Spain

September 27-29, 2016
Singapore Expo Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore

  MRO Europe
October 18-20, 2016
RAI Amsterdam,
The Netherlands

Thank you AFRA Annual Meeting Sponsors

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Board Update 
From Gary Spoors, GJD Services Ltd.
Dear AFRA Members,

Welcome to the July Newsletter.
As you may know, we have just held the AFRA 2016 Annual Meeting in conjunction with the ASA 2016 Conference and as I've had the privilege of being elected to the AFRA Board, I have been given the task of writing this edition of the newsletter.

In addition to having attended a great Conference, with all of the associated workshops, (and some great food in-between), it is my privilege to announce that AFRA has signed an MoU with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to enhance and reinforce cooperation on dismantling and recycling of end-of-life aircraft. This MoU is to encourage the development and international alignment of best practices for the management of aircraft end-of-life processing to include the safe re-use and recycling of materials in ways that are environmentally sustainable, safe, and responsible. A very well-earned congratulations is in order to the team that worked hard on achieving this development with the ICAO.

During the Conference, amongst the very interesting presentations, one that produced much debate between AFRA and ASA members was that by Chris Markou, Head of Product Forecasting, IATA. Mr. Markou's presentation focused on the forecasting of active aircraft in service which will nearly double in size over the next 20 years, and while aircraft retirements could reach 800 per year, that may result in a lot of recycling for AFRA members to accomplish. There was also an interesting workshop by Dr. Thomas Turner, Associate Professor, University of Nottingham, on the future of carbon fibre recycling which he touched on whether there could ever be a more cost effective solution to use the recycled option over producing virgin material. This then lead me to the question: If carbon fibre recycling of aircraft components is going to be a cost to the industry, who will eventually pay for the disposal of aircraft such as the Boeing 787? Coincidentally I had my first flight on the new 787 coming to this Conference and I found that there was a noticeable difference in the environmental comfort levels over more traditional aircraft, which may be because of the ability for the cabin to be pressurised to a higher altitude through the carbon fibre construction.

Finally, I would like to mention that we had a successful Board meeting after the Conference and the following officers were re-elected to the following positions:

President - Derk-Jan van Heerden, AELS BV
Vice President - Amy Bann, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Treasurer - Marco Gehr, ELG Haniel Group
Secretary - Bradley Gregory, Air Salvage International, Ltd.

I am sure you will join me in congratulating them on their successful re-election.


Association Updates
2016 AFRA Annual Meeting Recap

On June 26 - 28, AFRA, in conjunction with the Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA), held its Annual Meeting at the Las Vegas Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, USA. The Annual Meeting provided attendees with an opportunity to attend a variety of business development and management, quality assurance, legal/regulatory, and general industry workshop sessions. 

The Annual Meeting commemorated AFRA's 10th Year Anniversary. Martin Fraissignes, Reed Hitchcock, and Derk-Jan van Heerden all spoke a few words in recognition of AFRA's milestone and successes. 

To access the AFRA Annual Meeting presentations, visit the members only page of AFRA's website.
2016 FAA-EASA International 
Aviation Safety Conference Recap

Pictured: Derk-Jan van Heerden, AELS BV

On June 14 - 16, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) held their Annual International Aviation Safety Conference at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The conference provided a forum for aviation safety leaders to share new initiatives and best practices for mitigating risk through advancements in infrastructure, technology, data and analysis, testing, training, and certification. 

Derk-Jan van Heerden, AFRA President, participated as a panelist in the workshop titled: "Reliance on Industry Oversight and Risk-Based Decision Making: Success Stories and Future Utilization." His  presentation  provided an overview of the End-of-Life industry and discussed how the AFRA BMP guidelines provide improved safety efficiency and effectiveness in the dismantling and recycling of aircraft. 
Featured AFRA Company:
GA Telesis, LLC.

Why did you join AFRA?
GA Telesis joined AFRA to further endorse our already existing environmentally friendly aftermarket aircraft solutions to customers around the world seeking our services and components.  Since inception of the company, we saw the change in the industry towards a teardown market and wanted to be on the forefront of efficiency and good environmental practices.  Over a span of 14 years, GA Telesis has recycled over 22 million pounds of material from our teardowns.  The AFRA accreditation was additional proof of our commitment to provide assets from retiring aircraft while ensuring we do our part to be green. By utilizing the AFRA Best Management Practice (BMP) guidelines and requiring teardown facilities to be AFRA certified, we ensure a sustainable solution for our business and our customers.

When did you first join AFRA?
We joined AFRA in 2014 as a result of the growth of our business and best practices in the industry. 

What has changed within your company since joining AFRA?
Use of the BMP guide has given GA Telesis a strong foundation for best processes during the disassembly activity while allowing us to deliver environmentally responsible solutions for the aviation community around the world.  Not only that, we are now a preferred supplier to many as a result of our decision.  

What benefits have you received from being a part of the Association?
GA Telesis has found a greater cooperation and recognition with not only customers but from OEMs as well.  We believe the support of the OEM community in the AFRA organization has led to a stronger relationship with the aftermarket community and local community, while also doing our part to avoid as many assets as possible from going to landfills.
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