March 2016
Industry News
"The government is on track to establish a special economic zone for companies involved in aircraft maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) services, after giving tax incentives in a bid to push forward the archipelago's aviation industry..." 
- Jakarta Post

"With the $110 million investment - which includes greater use of robotics technology and data analytics to repair aircraft engine components - GE Aviation is betting on more innovations to come ..."
- Channel NewsAsia
AFRA Committee Updates
In late-January, AFRA's BMP Development Committee submitted to the Board their proposed revisions to the BMP recycling definition and audits appeals process document for consideration. The Board approved both the revised BMP definition of recycling as well as the audit appeals process document. To participate in this Committee, please email AFRA staff to be added to the email list.

Members of the Communications Committee have continued to provide feedback on planning the program for the upcoming AFRA / ASA Annual Meeting. In addition, the committee has also reviewed and provided feedback on the AFRA website redesign. Interested in getting involved? Please contact AFRA staff.
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Hong Kong, SAR, China

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MRO Americas 2016 
April 5-7, 2016
Dallas, Texas, USA

IATA Ops Conference 2016
April 18-20, 2016
Copenhagen, Denmark

June 26-28, 2016
Las Vegas, NV, USA
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Board Update 
From Kahina Oudjehani, Bombardier
Dear AFRA members,

We all have heard a lot about COP21 and the challenges related to climate change that our planet is facing. Although we need to continue our development and generate value, we also have to better control the CO2 emissions and other harmful substances generated by the aerospace industry.

The way we manufacture our products and dispose of them is increasingly under scrutiny. Indeed, many regulations and standards came into force this last decade and others are in development. These regulations and standards incentivize us to reconsider our design by integrating environmental criteria, working with our supply chain to reduce environmental impacts, and controlling adverse effects at end-of-life.

We know that 80% of an aircraft is recycled; the remaining 20% is mostly related to parts used for interiors. These parts are mainly made from polymers and other materials for which we currently do not have mature recycling technologies. This means that new ways to recycle materials will have to be developed. Another example is the Market-Based Measure system (MBM) that ICAO, the United Nations agency governing aviation, is developing that will request aircraft operators to declare and offset their CO2 emissions.

To answer these new challenges, we need to plan further into the future. For these reasons, AFRA intends to put in place this year a new R&D Committee which will help address the aforementioned challenges. The R&D Committee will look into ways for developing more efficient dismantling operations, maximizing the value of materials and increasing the recoverability of materials that are discarded today.

By investigating such initiatives, we will create new opportunities for our members to generate more profit, while contributing to the aerospace industry's sustainable initiatives.


Featured AFRA Company:
GJD Services LTD

Why did you join AFRA?
GJD joined AFRA after a potential customer asked if we were members as they would only work with AFRA members. At the time we hadn't heard of AFRA, after doing some research we found that the ethos AFRA were endeavouring to foster and develop within the industry mirrored our own; taking the entire end-of-life process from an unregulated practice to a more professional and environmentally focused approach looking to the future. 

When did you first join AFRA?
We became members in February 2008 and gained our accreditation in 2015. We were very well supported throughout the accreditation process; the AFRA staff was fantastic. 

What has changed within your company since joining AFRA?
Joining AFRA exposed GJD to other companies in the industry as well as procurement managers of the services that AFRA members provide. It allowed us to use the BMP and implement the recommendations, making for a more dynamic approach to our end-of-life processes. Although we already had UKAS ISO 9001:2008 and 14001:2004 accreditations we have found that both accreditations complement each other and make us a very environmentally focused team with a clear vision on delivering quality end products and service. As an environmentally proactive company, GJD were the first in the UK to get an Environment Agency approved facility in the UK. 

As accredited members we have become more recognised within the industry. AFRA accreditation has become an industry standard which potential customers both value and expect. We have grown from a team of engineers offering basic teardown services, to an approved organisation with EASA part 145 capability supporting a safe and secure used parts process. 

We have also added approved engine storage, off-wing support, and engine end-of-life to our portfolio enabling us to recover and reclaim engines and other used aircraft parts for reuse or disposal. 

What benefits have you received from being a part of the Association?
Being a member of AFRA has provided many benefits to us as a company, from the code of conduct and on-going BMP development, and through news and forecasts in industry trends. We are particularly focused on reducing land fill and are working with a number of universities and organisations on finding routes for recycling and reusing 'used' carbon fibre in other manufacturing processes. As we gear up for the next generation of aircraft disposal, we feel it is necessary to seek new end-uses for carbon fibre and look forward to engaging with other AFRA members looking to develop similar solutions. 

Upcoming Meetings

3rd European Aircraft Recycling Symposium

The third European Aircraft Recycling Symposium will be held in Stuttgart March 16 and 17, 2016. This event will provide a forum for discussion on the most recent trends in multiple aspects of aircraft end-of-life operations. Current questions to be answered include the economic and technical situation of aircraft dismantling and recycling in Europe, as well as the most appropriate recycling technologies for composite materials or metals. 

The presenters from industry, research, and administration are representatives of AFRA, Umicore, Hutchinson, and Constellium. They will discuss amongst others composite and turbine material recycling topics, to draw a balanced picture about the current status and potential prospects for this industry. Please click here to register. 

AFRA Annual Conference

The AFRA & ASA Annual Conference will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on June 26-28, 2016. 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! Pay one price for two aviation events - registering through ASA's event registration page gives you access to both the ASA and AFRA conference programming. 

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