March 2019
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

Brent Webb, CAVU Aerospace

Mike Corne, eCube Solutions

Jason Reed, GA Telesis LLC 

Gary Spoors, GJD Services Ltd. 

Pierre Bonnichon, Tarmac Aerosave SAS

AFRA Staff
Hans Craen
Executive Director

Laura Dwulet
Associate Director

David Bernstein
Industry Affairs Manager 

Gabriella Kemendi
Government Affairs Manager

Sam Nysetvold
Project Coordinator

Thank You Annual Conference Sponsors!


Industry News
"While robots have been commonplace on car productions lines for decades, it is only in the last few years that they have started performing significant work at aircraft assembly sites."
- MRO Network

"If we're going to limit climate change this century, we need to electrify everything. That includes air travel, a large and rapidly growing source of some of the most potent greenhouse gas emissions. Yes, high-speed rail could displace some fights, but for longer journeys, travelers will clearly still have to take to the skies."
- Vox

"Since a solo flight by the Wright brothers on the shore of North Carolina more than a century ago, the size of airplanes has gone in one direction - up. But the era of ever larger jets, and the romantic idea of continent-hopping travel they inspired, came to an unofficial end with the announcement by Airbus that it plans to cease production of the A380, the largest passenger airliner ever built." 
- NY Times
AFRA Committees
Please email AFRA staff  to get involved in AFRA's committees:

Upcoming Industry Events
Save The Date!

March 10-12, 2019
Orlando, FL, USA

March 27-29, 2019
Xiamen, China

April 9-11, 2019
Atlanta, GA, USA

May 13, 2019
Montreal, Canada

July 14-16, 2019
Montreal, Canada
Brexit Update
AFRA Staff is monitoring the impact Brexit may have on the industry and will provide updates for members as the discussions continue. If you are interested in learning more, please visit the  Government Affairs Updates  page on the AFRA website.
AFRA Members Only Website Resources
Don't forget to visit the AFRA Website to view the Members Only section, where you can find additional resources and updates offered only to members! Please contact staff with any questions regarding access or content.
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Association Update 
From Amy Bann, AFRA Vice President
Dear AFRA Members,

I hope everyone is having a productive and successful season. We look forward to the annual meeting in Montreal this summer to see each other in person and enjoy the lovely city.
We are pleased to announce that AFRA has launched a new Research and Development project. The joint collaboration will be led by ENVISA, a global environmental consulting company specializing in sustainable aviation, to develop a set of metrics for aviation recycling and reuse. We will create methodology that will capture categories and data that can help showcase our members' impressive activities. We identified a gap in available tools in this sector that can convey the successes with more standardized data sets to measure progress. We then solicited proposals for partners, selecting ENVISA for its expertise and experience in similar projects. The project kicked off in mid-February with an aim to conclude in late September. The project's resulting metrics will be available for use by AFRA members as a valuable tool to highlight activity and build upon. If you are interested in participating, please contact Laura Dwulet  to join the R&D Committee.
AFRA committees are a great way to get involved more and have influence at an industry level. Please consider having someone in your company join the government affairs, communications, BMP development, or research and development committees. Below are updates on each one's activities in the past month.

Best regards,

Amy Bann
Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Other News
ASA-AFRA 2019 Annual Conference

Mark your calendars for the 
ASA-AFRA 2019 Annual Conference !
Reminder: Be sure to update your passport or visa!

Event Details
Date: July 14-16, 2019
Location: Montreal, Canada

Registration Information
Register  before May 17 to receive Early Bird rates!

Hotel Information
1050 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal, QC H3A 2R6, Canada
Reserve your room  online   or by calling +1-800-843-6664.

Room Rate Cutoff: June 20, 2019  (subject to availability)
Room Rate: $229 CAD, available 3 days prior and post-conference dates  (subject to availability) 

Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsorship is a great way to get your company's name in front of conference attendees! Please note our many sponsorship opportunities and contact   AFRA Staff  if you are interested in sponsoring.

Reman Day 2019

April 11, 2019 marks the second annual Reman Day when remanufacturers around the globe will again host students, teachers, community leaders, employees, elected officials, suppliers, and the general public at open houses, plant tours and educational sessions to showcase the importance of remanufacturing. To learn more, please view the press release and this Reman Day video.
Committee Updates
Government Affairs Committee

The Public Affairs strategy, discussed by the Committee on 14 February, is being implemented and a number of European Commission officials and Members of the European Parliament have been contacted by AFRA staff with a meeting request. Two meetings have already been secured. For more information and/or to participate in this committee, please email AFRA staff.

For a more detailed report on the committee's activities and recent policy & regulatory updates, please click  here

AFRA BMP Development Committee

The BMP version 4.0 has been shared with accredited members and can be found on AFRA's website. There will be a 90 Day Period until the BMP 4.0 becomes effective, which will be on Thursday, April 18, 2019. To get involved with this Committee, please contact staff.

AFRA Communications Committee

The committee met on February 26 to discuss speakers for the AFRA Annual Conference in July. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact staff.

AFRA R&D Committee

The R&D committee is open to any AFRA member and all are welcome to participate in the next committee call on March 13. R&D Committee calls take place monthly, on the second Wednesday of every month. To get involved with the R&D Committee, please email AFRA staff.

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