July 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
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
Reed Hitchcock
Executive Director

Laura Dwulet
General Manager

David Bernstein
Industry Affairs Coordinator 

Industry News

"We want to make sure there is a commercially viable composite recycling industry," Dale Smith, Boeing's strategy manager, advanced materials & fabrication, Product Development, said at the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association annual meeting July 10. "We've got to get to the approach that we've seen for titanium and aluminum..."
- MRO-Network

"In March, Aircraft Recycling International Ltd, a company backed by CALC, acquired Universal Asset Management Inc to help bolster its aircraft recycling services, a business Poon says is very promising on the Chinese mainland, as carriers look to phase out old aircraft while taking new ones..."
- The Edge Markets

"The analysis in this year's review provides a statistical summary of aviation safety in the EASA Member States and identifies the most important safety challenges faced in European aviation today. This data-driven analysis will lead to the development of safety actions across domain-specific safety risk portfolios and will define the priorities on which the Agency will focus on. These priorities will be presented in the next edition of the European Plan for Aviation Safety to be published in December 2017..."
- European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)

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

New Membership Update

Unical MRO provides aircraft parking, aircraft storage, off wing engine storage and end-of-life solutions to customers from around the globe. Specializing in both narrow and wide body commercial aircraft, Unical MRO works closely with customers to ensure a clear work scope and to plan on-time re-delivery schedules that meet customer needs.

Mountain Air Cargo, Inc. (MAC) is an express cargo carrier providing flight and maintenance services in the eastern half of the U.S. and the Caribbean Islands. Established since 1982, today our pilots operate 36 FedEx Cessna Caravans and 17 FedEx ATRs on 100 daily scheduled flights under 121 and 135. We have pilots and mechanics based in over 50 cities.

Upcoming Industry Events
Save the Date! 

September 24-26, 2017
Edinburgh, Scotland

MRO Europe
October 3-5, 2017
London, UK

MRO Asia-Pacific
October 31 - November 2, 2017
Singapore Exhibition Centre
Thank You AFRA 2017 Annual Conference Sponsors!

New 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. 

Growing Our Social Media Footprint
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Association Update 
From James Cobbold, Air Salvage International
Dear AFRA Members,
I trust those who attended the recent ASA/AFRA Conference in Reston found the event both informative, enjoyable and a great networking opportunity. For me personally, I found the choice of workshops both varied and informative. And with this conference being more intimate compared to the larger MRO and ISTAT events, it's a great way to meet with new and existing contacts to discuss business opportunities and other industry related topics.
Having recently been voted onto the Board of Directors, the conference was my first opportunity to meet some of my fellow Board members along with the AFRA staff and allowed me to attend my first Board of Directors Meeting. This gave me my first insight into the running of this industry recognised Association and my initial thoughts were very encouraging. I was pleasantly surprised how structured the Association is along with how committed existing Board Members and staff are into growing the organisation, the efforts they put in to ensure members receive all the benefits you should expect, as well as providing you with the opportunity to develop your own business.
Not only am I excited to be joining the Board, I am also looking forward to Co-Chairing the Communications Committee along with Mike Corne from eCube Solutions. All the committees are very active and are a great forum for member engagement. With this in mind, I actively encourage more members to get involved and put their valued opinions forward as a fresh approach can only benefit all those involved.
With the volume of members being involved on the various committees, coupled with increasing member numbers (including various airlines), I honestly believe the Association is in a very strong position and in good hands moving into the second half of 2017.
Best regards
James Cobbold
AFRA Board of Directors
Air Salvage International

Association Updates
Government Affairs Program

The Government Affairs Committee is in the process of finalizing a policy position statement in regards to the Circular Economy. In addition, back in June a delegation of AFRA had a meeting with Kathleen Van Brempt, Belgian member of the European Parliament for the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group. In 2014 Ms. Van Brempt made a parliamentary question on airplane recycling , and the subsequent answer by the Environment Commissioner includes a reference to AFRA. During the meeting with Ms. Van Brempt the AFRA delegation explained the activities of the Association, the importance of the BMP guide and the issues that aircraft end-of-life is facing. In particular, issues of international trade, waste definition and waste transport legislation were discussed. Ms. Van Brempt was quite receptive on this topic, and remarked that it would be important to recycle and reuse materials from aircrafts in the European Union. As a follow-up, Ms. Van Brempt offered to make another parliamentary question to the European Commission on the topic of waste transport legislation and waste definition in relation to aircraft.

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

AFRA BMP Development Committee

The BMP Development Committee held an in-person meeting during the AFRA Annual Conference and reviewed prospective edits and improvements to the BMP. Concluding the BMP Development Committee meeting, the AFRA Board of Directors reviewed the Committee's recommended edits and approved the BMP 3.3 Single Accreditation Program. More information regarding the announcement of the updated BMP will be circulated in the coming days. In addition, we are looking to schedule our next teleconference(s) in late-July and early-August. Please click here  to indicate your availability. If you'd like to get involved and be added to the participant list, please contact staff

AFRA Communications Committee

The Communications Committee contributed content in June for Aviation Week and Popular Science for articles on aircraft end-of-life. If you are interested in participating in the Committee,  please contact staff.

AFRA R&D Committee

To follow up on discussions from our July 9 meeting, we are scheduling the next R&D Committee call to be held later this month. If you would like to participate, please fill out this poll to note your availability: Scheduling Poll
We recently welcomed a new AFRA R&D Research Network participant: Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology. AFRA members are able to reference R&D information, and access research papers on the AFRA Member Page
AFRA joined as an association member of the REMADE Institute, whose focus is on "early stage applied research towards innovations that could dramatically reduce the energy required to manufacture key materials and improve overall manufacturing energy efficiency through increased material reuse, recycling, and remanufacturing."

AFRA Annual Conference Recap
On July 9 - 11, AFRA, in conjunction with the Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA), held its Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency Reston Hotel in Reston, VA, USA. The Annual Conference 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 Conference also provided AFRA with the opportunity thank outgoing Board members for their dedication and support as well as welcome-in the newly elected Board: James Cobbold, Air Salvage International, Mike Corne, eCube Solutions, and Jason Reed, GA Telesis LLC.
To access the AFRA Annual Conference presentations, please visit the members only page on AFRA's website.
Pictured left to right: Reed Hitchcock & Bradley Gregory
AFRA R&D Panel on Aircraft Recycling
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