November 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
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
Reed Hitchcock
Executive Director

Laura Dwulet
General Manager

David Bernstein
Industry Affairs Coordinator 

Industry News
"At a workforce panel at Aviation Week's MRO Asia-Pacific in Singapore on Nov. 1, Wanda Manoth-Niemoller, commercial development manager, KLM Training Engineering & Maintenance, says with aftermarket growth forecast globally over the next 20 years with 35,500 aircraft deliveries expected enter the fleet, this has driven a sizeable demand for more aircraft engineers...."
- MRO-Network

"Participants in a panel on aircraft recycling at this year's Global Sustainable Aviation Summit highlighted the potential need for more decommissioning facilities to cope with rising retirements, as well as the challenge that lies in securing a second market for carbonfibre..."
  - Flight Global
  "The year 2016 was yet again a historically record-breaking year for commercial aviation in terms of safety and reliability. Many carriers are consistently achieving technical dispatch rates in excess of 99.8%, a remarkable accomplishment when compared to just a decade ago. Results like these are no coincidence; they are the product of decades of cooperation and collaboration between OEMs, aircraft operators, regulators and MRO suppliers..."
- Inside-MRO
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!

November 28, 2017
Dublin, Ireland

December 6, 2017
London, UK

January 31 -
February 1, 2018

Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

February 14-15, 2018
Panama City, Panama

April 10-12, 2018
Orlando, FL, USA

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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Association Update 
From Pierre Bonnichon, Tarmac Aerosave SAS
While hundreds of international delegates gathered in Geneva for the 9th Global Sustainable Aviation Summit on 3 rd October, Airbus successfully managed (the week before) to fly its first "laminar flow" wing demonstrator. This test aircraft (A340 MSN 001) is yet another example of the numerous initiatives driven by the aviation industry to reduce its carbon footprint and relentlessly pursue its innovation efforts. The Geneva summit was therefore a great platform to have under the same roof airlines, manufacturers, airports, suppliers, governments, NGOs, discussing the latest developments of the most significant green initiatives: bio fuel, circular economy, additive manufacturing, supply chain optimization, eco-design, the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme. All these developments aiming to reach the long-term goal of reducing the CO2 emissions by 50% by 2050.
And guess what...aircraft decommissioning was high on the agenda with a dedicated workshop, offering a great opportunity for 3 AFRA members and 1 delegate from John Swire to present their views on the aircraft disassembly and recycling market. Our industry is conscious about the number of aircraft to be decommissioned in the coming years (and decades) and it becomes more and more useful to remind at all possible levels the constraints and challenges we all face as dismantlers or recyclers. And if our companies are in a position to demonstrate they play their part in the aviation green field by using the best methods, technologies, and recycling channels, all these efforts will find an echo into our industry and generate new opportunities. What was just seen as a trend at the beginning of this century is now considered as a key element of our world's sustainability so let's continue to play on this green field. Game is on!

Pierre Bonnichon
Tarmac Aerosave SAS
Aircraft Economic Life Summit
AFRA Exclusive Benefit

Registration Information
*AFRA members are entitled to receive a 10% discount off registration. To receive the discount, please  register online and make note that you are an AFRA member during checkout.

The 3rd Annual Aircraft Economic Life Summit will be taking place on 28 November, 2017 at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin, Ireland. This course will provide the latest findings for both aviation specialists and for new entrants to commercial aviation and will feature the following AFRA member speakers: Bradley Gregory, Air Salvage International, David Rushe, Magellan Aviation Group, and Mike Corne, eCube solutions.

Event Details
For a detailed event agenda, please click here.

Association Updates

AFRA Panelists Present at ATAG Conference

AFRA members presented at the recent Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) Global Sustainable Aviation Summit in Geneva, Switzerland on a panel titled " Aircraft Lifecycle and End-of-Life". Thank you to these AFRA members for their participation:
  • Kahina Oudjehani, Bombardier (pictured left)
  • Tim Zemanovic, Jet Yard LLC (pictured middle)
  • Pierre Bonnichon, Tarmac Aerosave SAS (pictured right)
MRO 2017 Europe Recap

AFRA staff recently attended the MRO Europe event, October 3-5 in London, UK. The multi-day expo provided an opportunity for staff to meet with potential AFRA member companies. And we had the chance to visit many of our AFRA member booths as well - it was great seeing many of you there!

Government Affairs Program

In October AFRA Staff met with the Government Affairs team in Brussels and discussed  the EU waste framework directive as well as  ongoing strategic Association initiatives. The Committee is also in the process of finalizing a policy position statement on the Circular Economy. 

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

AFRA BMP Development Committee

The BMP Development Committee last had a teleconference in August and discussed the process of implementing the BMP 3.3 Single Accreditation Program. If you'd like to get involved and be added to the participant list, please contact staff

AFRA Communications Committee

The Communications Committee has recently contributed content for Aviation Week Popular Science  and has established a relationship with Everest Events to offer discounted registration for the Annual Aircraft Economic Life Summit (please see the above for details). If you are interested in participating in the Committee,    please  contact staff.

AFRA R&D Committee

The committee members will be holding a teleconference to discuss the roadmap for the committee and its upcoming projects. To learn more about AFRA R&D and to join the committee visit the R&D page of the website or contact staff

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