March 2018
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
Hans Craen
Executive Director

Laura Dwulet
General Manager

David Bernstein
Industry Affairs Coordinator 

Thank You Annual Conference Sponsors!



Industry Event Participation

AFRA Attends US Chamber of Commerce's Aviation Summit

AFRA staff attended the Chamber's annual summit on March 1 in Washington, DC to hear from leaders in business, aviation, and government on topics of relevance to the industry. This year's Summit theme of "Further in Flight" focused on the challenges and opportunities that new technologies pose to the aviation industry.

AFRA Attends ISTAT Americas Event in San Diego, CA

On March 4-7, AFRA staff attended the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT)'s Americas Conference in San Diego, CA.

To view the conference presentations, click here.

Industry News
"The introduction of digital instruments such as tablets and mobile devices on the shop floor is a common trend across MRO operations globally as companies seek greater mobility..."
- MRO-Network

"The FAA forecasts U.S. airline enplanements (passengers) will increase from 840.8 million in 2017 to 1.28 billion in 2038, an increase of more than 400 million passengers.  Domestic enplanements are set to increase 4.7 percent in 2018 and then grow at an average rate of 1.7 percent per year during the remaining 20-year forecast period.  International enplanements are forecast to increase 5.0 percent in 2018 and then grow an average of 3.3 percent per year for the rest of the forecast period..."
- The FAA

"The EPAS, a key component of the European Aviation Safety Programme, provides a coherent and transparent framework for safety work at European level, helping the identification of major safety risks and defining the actions to take. It also supports the Member States of the European Union to implement their State Safety Programmes and facilitates the sharing of best practice and knowledge..."
  - EASA

"News that CAVU Aerospace is to open its fourth aircraft dismantling facility in Victorville, California provides further evidence for the booming market in second-hand parts. While low fuel prices and delivery delays to several new aircraft programs have tempted many airlines to keep older aircraft in service for longer, cost-effective maintenance for mature fleets and their engines means an increasing reliance on used serviceable material..."
- Aviation Week
April 12th is Remanufacturing Day

AFRA is assisting in efforts to advance the remanufacturing industry by partnering with the Remanufacturing Industry Council (RIC) to encourage participation in its first-annual
Reman Day. Read More about  Remanufacturing

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

Upcoming Industry Events
Save The Date!

April 10-12, 2018
Orlando, FL, USA

June 24-26, 2018
Scottsdale, AZ, USA

ISTAT Europe
September 23-25, 2018
Prague, Czech Republic

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Association Update 
From Mike Corne, eCube Solutions
When eCube Solutions began its operations six years ago, we believed that with a team of resourceful aircraft maintenance technicians, and a high level of competency in material management skills, we had all the ingredients to enter the aircraft de-production sector (also known as disassembly, teardown and part-out!).

Reflecting back after nearly one hundred projects, we realise how naïve we had been in those early days when formulating our business plan. In addition to complying with AFRA's BMPs, it has since become clear that a wealth of other capabilities must be developed, or outsourced to strategic partners, in order to provide the expected range of services:
  1. Part 145. A high proportion of projects originate with the re-delivery of an aircraft from a lessee back to an operating lessor. Facilitating the redelivery process generally requires a Part 145 maintenance capability, both to maintain the aircraft in a compliant condition during the process, and frequently to perform serviceable removal of engines.
  2. EA approval. Since aircraft de-production is categorised as a Waste Management activity (certainly in Europe and presumably most other jurisdictions), it is mandatory for any company which operates in the sector to have a permit issued by their national Environmental Agency (EA).
  3. Customs authorisations. End-of-life aircraft can originate from anywhere around the world and may be ferry flown between continents for their last flights, particularly in the case of operating lease redeliveries. In such cases, it is essential that the receiving facility has a specialist customs expertise and a range of authorisations from their customs authority that allows assets to be appropriately imported and exported without unnecessarily incurring taxes.
  4. Fabrication. A capability to fabricate custom-built ISPM 15-approved wooden crates for securely shipping aircraft components anywhere around the world is a pre-requisite for companies in the de-production sector.
  5. Warehousing. While some customers like to ship all components back to their own facilities as rapidly as possible, many are now electing to just take the fast-moving items initially, and are choosing to store the remaining inventory awaiting market demand to avoid incurring transport costs. On-site warehousing and provision of a third party logistics (3PL) service is a very logical and synergistic service at the point of delivery of the components from the project.
  6. Recycling. Finally, to be compliant with local regulations and AFRA one must have a viable recycling capability or partner to assist in minimizing the amount of waste generated when disposing of an aircraft.
The above is not a comprehensive listing, but serves to show that the 'teardown' sector has now developed into a complete service provider of the multi-faceted support required to deliver the transition from final operations to disposal of aircraft. 'De-production' may not yet be accepted industry terminology, but I believe it reflects a growing level of sophistication of the players in the end-of-life market, and the role that we have to play within the full life cycle of the product.

Mike Corne
New Membership Update

Spanish company established in Madrid Barajas airport the 1st. of August 2000, devoted to offer all kind of Aircraft Maintenance Services to all domestic and internationals airlines. Our experienced manager and staff will be responsible in solving your needs and specialize in providing skills and professional solutions to this industry (aviation services) and are not limited to these below.
  • Aircraft line maintenance
  • Aircraft maintenance inspection up to A checks
  • Short and long term Aircraft preservations
  • Aircraft salvage / teardown
  • Nordisk aviation official representation
Association Updates
Register For the ASA AFRA Annual Conference

Join us on June 24-26, 2018 for the AFRA Annual Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, USA! This is the premiere conference for those involved with aircraft disassembly, recycling, and end-of-life services. Held in conjunction with the Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA) conference,  the AFRA Annual Conference will provide a forum for discussion of emerging technologies and business initiatives, and feature speakers who are international leaders in the aerospace industry.

Event Details
Date: June 24-26, 2018
Location:  Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia, 4949 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ, 85253

For more information on how to register, please  click here.

For a listing of scheduled events, please  click here.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsoring is a great way to get your company's name in front of conference attendees. Please contact  AFRA Staff if you are interested in sponsoring, and for all available sponsorship opportunities, please  click here.

Hotel Reservations
Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia
By Phone: 1-800 THE-OMNI (800-843-6664)
Room Rate Cutoff: May 23, 2018 (subject to availability)
Room Rate: $145 room rate available 3 days prior and post conference dates (subject to availability). Includes WiFi iinternet in guestrooms and public spaces, 24-hour Fitness Center, access to Kabash and Oasis Pool areas, in-room acces to Netflix, USA Today newspaper upon request.

*(For on-line reservations guests must use the following web browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari 4 or 5 or Internet Explorer 8 or 9, otherwise the reservation site will not work.)

Government Affairs Program

The Committee held a teleconference on March 13 and discussed the results of a recent membership survey  as well as the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy. Specifically, the European Commission has a working document on options to address the interference between chemical, product and waste legislation.

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

AFRA BMP Development Committee

The Committee will plan to regroup in April and continue to review the BMP guide and look for ways to further strengthen the program.  If you'd like to get involved in the Committee and be added to the participant list, please  contact staff

AFRA Communications Committee

The Communications Committee is looking to hold our next teleconference on Thursday, March 29 at 10:30am ET to discuss Annual Conference program planning.  If you are interested in participating,    please  contact staff.

AFRA R&D Committee

The deadline for AFRA Research Network members to submit their research proposals is Friday, March 30. Please contact AFRA staff for more information or to submit a proposal.
The R&D Committee holds monthly teleconferences as we work toward our research initiatives. To learn more about AFRA R&D and to join the committee visit the R&D page of the website or contact staff

AFRA 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. 
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