June 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
Predicting When Commercial Airliners Will Be Torn Down  
"The average age of a 737 or an A320 coming in for storage is about 20 years, with about 80% to be torn down," says Anca Mihalache, sales and marketing manager for Vallair. The Luxembourg-headquartered company specializes in "end-of-life acquisitions..."
- Aviation Week

"It takes a lot of planning to transport 40-foot-long flight controls, Ken Kocialski and Shawn Vaughn, founders of CAVU Aerospace, an aircraft dismantling company based in Stuttgart, Arkansas, wrote in an email. These parts must not only be removed correctly but they must be packaged to survive shipping to all corners of the world..."
- Popular Science

" World demand for air travel rose sharply in April, thanks to global economic activity and lower airfares, IATA data for the month show. Releasing April world traffic data ahead of the IATA AGM, which opens June 4 in Cancun, IATA said passenger international and domestic traffic data measured in RPKs rose 10.7% compared to April 2016, which was the fastest pace in six years ... "
- Air Transport World

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


AFRA Member Survey
The AFRA Government Affairs Committee is gathering information to learn which materials are problematic for disassemblers and recyclers. Please provide your feedback by filling out this brief  Survey.

Upcoming Industry Events
Save the Date! 

AFRA 2017 Annual Meeting
July 9-11, 2017
Reston, VA

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 Annual Conference Sponsors!

Growing Our Social Media Footprint
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Association Update 
From Nigel Marsh, Rolls-Royce plc
Earlier this month I visited a metals recycler in the UK to see at first-hand how they're recovering end of service engine parts and scrap metal, especially titanium, to provide high grade ferrotitanium to the steel industry. This is a great example of how used components and production scrap can be cleaned, melted and returned as raw material to the supply chain. It's all a part of what we now call the Circular Economy; the concept here is that materials just keep on going around - material supply, product manufacture, use, service, end of life, recovery/recycling, material supply...it's a never ending circle, or that's the idea anyway. 
In other audiences it's also referred to as 'sustainability'. The real trick though is to aim for closed loop recycling where the materials stay in your industry i.e., the titanium stays as aero grade, not in golf clubs! We know that in our industry we will continue to have a 'sustainable' supply of retired aircraft to tear down/part out and recycle but the challenge over time will be to develop more closed loop recycling for the sector so that we can continue to support ourselves as we compete with others for materials. It's also an essential part of managing our environmental footprint and decoupling growth from environmental impact. As time goes by, this will also involve a move away from just metal to composites as well. That's why as an industry we have to keep one step ahead and look to the future. So, at AFRA, as the leading organisation for EoL management of aircraft, we're not only dealing with the here and now but also looking to the future and to ways of working and innovations in recycling that will support sustainable growth. 

To be successful we also need to share ideas and solutions. So if you have something that you think might fly, let us know!

Best regards,
Nigel Marsh

Association Updates
Government Affairs Program

The Government Affairs Committee held a teleconference in early May which AFRA's Brussels staff provided an overview of recent meetings with the European Commission. As a follow-up to initial EU outreach meetings, Committee members discussed what can be highlighted at the future EU meetings and have decided to put together a short document highlighting the industry's work toward circular economy which include: the industry's progress and recyclability rates for End-of-Life (EOL) aircraft, how the industry is striving toward more efficient solutions for recycling to get ahead of future regulations, including producer responsibility considerations, partnering with organizations to provide dismantlers more information about hazmat materials, and R&D to examine how new materials should be handled. In essence, the aforementioned document will serve as a means to provide greater context on EOL aircraft recycling, the industry's progress toward circular economy goals, and ways it is proactively approaching recyclability challenges. 

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

AFRA BMP Development Committee

The BMP Development Committee met via teleconference in late-May and discussed prospective edits, comments, and feedback regarding improvements to the BMP. We are looking to schedule our next teleconference(s) in mid and late-June. 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 recently contributed content for Aviation Week and Popular Science on articles regarding aircraft recycling. If you are interested in participating in the Committee,  please contact staff.

AFRA R&D Committee

We are in the process of scheduling the next R&D Committee Call. If you are interested in participating, please fill out this poll to note your availability: Scheduling Poll

We recently welcomed two new AFRA R&D Research Network participants: Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences and Clausthal University of Technology. AFRA members are able to reference R&D information, and access research papers on the AFRA Member Page

New Membership Update

TARMAC AEROSAVE, the Biggest Aircraft Storage Company in Europe, is an EASA and FAA Part. 145 MRO company dedicated to Aircraft Storage, Aircraft Maintenance, Aircraft Recycling and CFM56 Engine Recycling in an entirely environmentally friendly manner. With its headquarters in Tarbes (France) and a new aircraft storage facility in Teruel (Spain) Tarmac Aerosave is able to offer the largest aircraft storage capacity in Europe: space for some 250 aircraft.

A-Gas Americas are experts in the supply and lifecycle management of specialty chemicals and gases with over 20 years' experience. The A-Gas Americas team keeps current with certification and technology changes. Our products are compliant with the latest regulations. A-Gas currently operates facilities on 5 continents, allowing us comprehensive global service. Our health and safety practices meet and exceed industry standards.

New Advertising Opportunity
AFRA is now 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. 
AFRA Annual Conference
The AFRA & ASA Annual Conference will be held in Reston, Virginia, USA on June 9-11, 2017. Each year AFRA & ASA provide attendees with a variety of business development and management, quality assurance, legal/regulatory and general industry topics in one comprehensive and engaging event! For more information, please see below.

Support the mission of AFRA while promoting your company's brand at the AFRA Annual Conference in Reston, VA, USA. With our wide variety of sponsorship opportunities, your logo and marketing materials will be front and center to our global network of Aviation professionals. Most sponsorships include complimentary passes, so please reserve your level prior to registering by contacting AFRA staff.

Please click here for more information on how to register for the AFRA & ASA Annual Conference. Don't forget to register by June 6 to lock-in the time saver registration discount!

Annual Conference Location
Hyatt Regency Reston Virginia
Discount Rate Cutoff: June 16, 2017 
Reservations: By phone: +1 703-709-1234 or to make an online reservation, please click here.

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