May 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 

Gabriella Kemendi
Regulatory Affairs

Sam Nysetvold
Staff Associate

Thank You Annual Conference Sponsors!


Industry News
"For the past several years, the aircraft teardown industry has been buffeted by a reduction in the number of aircraft being parted out, as moderate fuel prices and strong air traffic growth have kept midlife aircraft flying under lease extensions or renewals."
- MRO Network

"China's skies have always kept relatively clear of private jets. Commercial airliners fly so often that the country's major airports face chronic flight delays. But now private jets- the likes of small Cessna and Gulfstream planes- have a chance to do a lot more flying."
- Forbes

"As the global business and consumer environments become progressively online-centric, the MRO industry is catching up with this reality. Companies are increasingly turning to digital platforms, both as buyers and sellers across their supply chains- especially when trading components."
- MRO Network
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!

June 24-26, 2018
Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Technical Aspects of a Leased Asset Seminar and Maintenance Reserve Seminar
June 5-6, 2018
Prague, Czech Republic

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

October 16-18, 2018
Amsterdam, Netherlands

February 11-12, 2019
Dubai, UAE

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Association Update 
From Amy Bann, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Dear AFRA Members,
We are excited to see everyone in Scottsdale next month at the  annual meeting! The agenda has come together with new speakers and topics. It is sure to be a great time to connect and get updates on the latest developments in the field. Finalize travel arrangements if you have not yet- the hotel still has rooms available though the block rate is now booked up for some nights.
The Board has been focused on how we best provide value-added services and content to membership. Please keep ideas flowing our way as you have them. Of course our accreditation program is a core function. I also appreciate the government advocacy aspect- with circular economy and other legislation being considered, having AFRA handle the day to day monitoring and engagement is so helpful. What else would be of highest value to you?
We do have an upcoming Board election as well for three seats, so keep an eye out for emails as the vote nears just before the annual meeting.
Here at Boeing, we currently are doing the world's first dismantling of a composite fuselage aircraft, partnering with AFRA-accredited companies VAS and ELG. One of the first 787 Dreamliners was decommissioned so that its components can be repurposed for parts, recycling, and other uses. As the project moves forward, we hope to share lessons learned about emerging challenges and opportunities on this particular aircraft. For example, handling the large pieces of composite require new processes today because they are outside the norm. This peek into the future will be insightful in shaping systems for retiring aircraft in the coming decades.

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 (+1 800-843-6664)
Intl. Number: +1-480-627-3200
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 internet in guestrooms and public spaces, 24-hour Fitness Center, access to Kabash and Oasis Pool areas, in-room access 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 Committee

The Committee is in the process of reviewing the aircraft dismantling regulation of the Turkish Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and also looking through the results of a membership survey.

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

AFRA BMP Development Committee

The BMP Committee is currently reviewing the BMP guide and looking 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 in the process of finalizing the planning for the Annual Conference.  If you are interested in participating,    please  contact staff.

AFRA R&D Committee

The AFRA R&D Committee will be holding an in-person committee meeting during the upcoming ASA-AFRA Annual Conference. This committee meeting is scheduled for 3:30pm-5:00pm on Sunday, June 24. All committee members (and other interested AFRA members) are welcome to attend. If you are not on the committee but are interested in sitting in on this meeting, please email your RSVP to  Laura Dwulet

IATA Advertising Opportunity 

Exclusive Advertising Rate: IATA's BIPAD Publication

Interested in advertising in IATA's Best Industry Practices for Aircraft Decommissioning (BIPAD) publication? AFRA members that would like to feature an advert in this inaugural edition at the exclusive AFRA rate of US $1,000, can contact Shane McCorley directly to avail the offer.

More Information: The aim of this document is to provide guidelines for airlines and other aircraft owners and operators to decommission aircraft in an economic, legitimate, safe and environment-friendly way. This first edition publication will be made available, for free download, to all the key contacts responsible for A/C Decommissioning, in particular the heads of MRO, Fleet Planning and Environment, within our 280+ member airlines. 

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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