November 2019
AFRA Board of Directors
AFRA President 
Brent Webb, CAVU Aerospace 

AFRA Vice President 
Amy Bann, 
Boeing Commercial Airplanes 

AFRA Treasurer 
Matthew Davis,
Mastermelt Alloy 

AFRA Secretary 
Kahina Oudjehani, Bombardier 

James Cobbold, Air Salvage International

Mike Corne, eCube Solutions

Alasdair Gledhill, ELG Haniel Metals Corp.

Jason Reed, GA Telesis LLC 

Bettina Berger, GOAL 

Fabricio La Banca, Lufthansa Technik AG
AFRA Staff
Hans Craen
Executive Director

Ali é nor Poher
European Affairs Manager 

Sam Nysetvold
Industry Affairs Manager

Caleb Hudzik
Project Coordinator

Industry News
"When airplanes retire, they get transformed into everything from hotels to underwater art installations.
One Boeing 747 has a slightly less glamorous but nevertheless exciting future path. After 20 years soaring through the skies in Qantas livery, it's been recruited by Rolls-Royce's aerospace operations to start a new life as a testbed for futuristic engines."
- CNN News

"Electric aircraft developer Bye Aerospace and battery technology pioneer OXIS Energy have begun a project that the two companies unveiled last summer aimed at significantly increasing the flight time an aircraft can achieve on a single battery charge." 

"'End-of-life services providers ramp up capacity for aircraft disassembly and component remarketing.." 
- MRO Network
AFRA Committees
Please email AFRA staff  to get involved in AFRA's committees:

Upcoming Industry Events
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January 22-23, 2020
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AFRA Advertising Opportunity
AFRA is offering the chance to advertise your organization's products, news, and projects on the AFRA website and in these newsletters! Advertisement includes your company's information on a page of the AFRA website and the opportunity to showcase your organization in one of the monthly newsletters. Please contact AFRA staff for pricing and additional details.
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 
Dear AFRA Members, 

We are pleased to welcome Caleb Hudzik to the AFRA team. Caleb will work from Kellen's Washington D.C. office and will provide overall support to the various committees and will in particular coordinate the Communications committee.
Caleb is graduated in 2018 from George Mason University with a major in Government & International Politics with a minor in Political Communications. Before he came to Kellen, he interned on Capitol Hill.
With Caleb joining the AFRA team, Sam Nysetvold will become responsible for coordinating the R&D and BMP committees. As you will know, Aliénor Poher, based in Brussels, has the lead on the Public affairs committee.

Best regards,
Hans Craen
AFRA Executive Director
Committee Updates
Government Affairs Committee
The last Government Affairs Committee Call took place on October 11, 2019 from 10-11am EDT. During the call, participants discussed upcoming policy developments, such as the European Commission's Green deal and the circular economy 2.0 initiative. Both should be announced within the first 100 days of the next European Commission taking office. Such initiatives will aim to achieve a common EU model for separate waste collection and a sound management of chemicals, leading to a zero pollution Europe. Over the last months, AFRA staff have been tracking the work of the European Parliament and the European Commission following the recent elections and identifying the different stakeholders which AFRA will have to work closely with over the next 5 years. During the last committee meeting, issues surrounding the definition and interpretation of waste were also discussed, as well as a potential EU regulation on the EoL of aircrafts. 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,  which took effect on April 18, 2019, was shared with accredited members and can be found on AFRA's website. To get involved with this Committee, please contact staff.

AFRA Communications Committee

The committee is beginning the process of soliciting speakers for the 2020 Annual Conference. If you are interested in getting involved or if you have a speaker recommendation, 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 December 11. R&D Committee calls take place monthly, on the second Wednesday of every month. The committee has also completed the data project and shared it with participants. To get involved with the R&D Committee, please email  AFRA staff.

Join AFRA Committees
AFRA committees are open to any member of AFRA and all members are encouraged to get involved. Read on to learn more about each committee and how to join!

AFRA BMP Development Committee

This committee takes the lead in reviewing the AFRA Best Management Practice for Management of Used Aircraft Parts and Assemblies and for Recycling of Aircraft Materials (BMP) document.

Main project(s):
  • Coordinating member feedback to review and revise AFRA's BMP manual
Contact  Sam Nysetvold with questions or to get involved.

AFRA Communications Committee

This committee works on various projects, including fine-tuning our membership recruitment messaging, contributing photos and content to industry magazine articles, and guiding staff with conference programming selections.

Main project(s):
  • Contributing content for press releases, industry publications, and AFRA platforms
  • Providing feedback with conference topics and speakers
  • Coordinating media partnerships to provide benefits to members (cross-promotion of industry events)
Contact Sam Nysetvold with questions or to get involved.

Government Affairs Committee
This committee works to better address the policy developments and regulatory issues that impact the aircraft recycling and dismantling industry, and to proactively promote the AFRA Best Management Practices guide. This program is guided by a professional government affairs consultant, with collaboration and participation from the Government Affairs Committee members and AFRA staff.
Main project(s):
  • Focused engagement in EU government affairs
  • Tracking relevant updates and legislation in US, EU, and Canada
  • Engagement with allied industry organizations ICAO, IATA, etc.
Contact Hans Craen with questions or to get involved.

AFRA R&D Committee
This committee is in the process of developing a network of AFRA research partners as well as developing its research objectives.

Main project(s):
  • Building Research Network of research universities
  • Building a library of research papers as a resource for AFRA members - these are posted on the members page of AFRA's website
  • Starting research project(s) and is in process of collecting proposals from Research Network organizations
  • Engagement with allied industry organizations, Remanufacturing Industries Council (RIC), REMADE Institute, etc.
Contact  Sam Nysetvold with questions or to get involved.

Universities and Research Orgs: 
Join AFRA's Research Network
2 Easy Steps to Join AFRA's Research Network:
Any research organization active in aviation, recycling, or another relevant field is eligible to participate free of charge.
1) Complete the application form .
2) Submit an example of a related research paper to demonstrate relevant knowledge and expertise in this field.
AFRA Staff and R&D Committee will review applications, and follow up to provide more information. 
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