October 2016
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
Bradley Gregory,
Air Salvage International

Tim Zemanovic, Aircraft Demolition

Kahina Oudjehani, Bombardier

Gary Spoors, GJD Services Ltd.

Nigel Marsh, Rolls-Royce plc

Keri Wright, Universal Asset Management
AFRA Staff
Reed Hitchcock
Executive Director

Laura Dwulet
General Manager

David Bernstein
Staff Associate 

Industry News
"Previously, aircraft were retired on average at 30-plus years old. Over the past 10 years this has changed due to the improvement in technology, making newer aircraft more efficient - the average age of aircraft being retired is now 20 years and the time scale is reducing; some of the newest aircraft GJD Services Ltd have disposed of were only eight years old..."
- CIWM Magazine: 
Materials Handling & Recycling

The rate of mean time between unscheduled removals (MTBUR) provides the average interval between breakdowns. In small fleets, actual intervals vary according to the Poisson distribution, statistician-speak for "much sooner or later." As fleets grow, required stocks can be based more closely on average expectations, so purchases are more affordable...."
- Aviation Week

"Current Market Strength represents an aircraft's current strength in the market. An A+ rating indicates the aircraft is enjoying a very firm market. Prices for an A+ aircraft are steadily rising, and holding times are very short or nonexistent. At the opposite end of the spectrum, a C- aircraft is one experiencing a very soft market. Its price is commonly discounted, and it often sets on the ramp in excess of eight months before selling..."
- MRO Network
AFRA Committee Updates
Please email AFRA staff to get involved in AFRA's committees:
  • AFRA BMP Development Committee
  • AFRA Communications Committee
  • AFRA Government Affairs Committee
  • AFRA R&D Committee
Upcoming Industry Events
Save the Date! 

  MRO Europe
October 18-20, 2016
RAI Amsterdam,
The Netherlands

Hangar Operations:
Resourcing & Planning
Summit 2016
October 26-27, 2016
Atlanta, GA, USA

ISTAT Latin America Forum
November 9-10, 2016
Panama City, Panama

MRO Latin America
January 25-26, 2017
Cancun, Mexico

Growing Our Social Media Footprint
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Association Update 
From Reed Hitchcock, AFRA Executive Director
Dear AFRA Members,

I hope this note finds you well with the wind-down of  summer  as we head into a busy autumn! The AFRA Board of Directors recently held an in-person meeting in conjunction with ISTAT Europe in Barcelona, Spain. ISTAT Europe was a great opportunity to speak with industry leaders including OEMs, appraisers, financiers, lessors, airline personnel, fleet managers, and most importantly AFRA member companies.  During the Board of Directors meeting, AFRA's leadership reviewed the Association's Strategic Plan, discussed upcoming initiatives, and reaffirmed our long-term goals.

In Committee news, the Communications Committee has been working with the European Regions Airline Association (ERA), and two members from KLM UK are working on an industry article for them. The Research & Development (R&D) Committee has just held its first teleconference and discussed ways to move forward with developing a potential network of AFRA research partners as well as topics and ideas for accomplishing strategic objectives. And the Government Affairs Committee is finalizing a set of Association talking points to promote AFRA and its BMP.  

As AFRA continues to grow, we encourage all members to get involved and join one of our committees. While new voices often challenge the status quo, they also advance and strengthen the Association and industry. For more information on how to get involved, please contact AFRA staff, and as always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Best Regards,
Reed Hitchcock
AFRA Executive Director

Association Updates
Government Affairs Program

Over the last month, we have completed the AFRA congressional and regulatory database which matches AFRA members with their U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senators, as well as identifies relevant elected official participation in the following congressional committees: U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House Subcommittee on Aviation, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security. 

In addition, the AFRA Government Affairs Committee has been in the process of finalizing a set of Association talking-points which will eventually be used as collateral and/or marketing material to promote AFRA and its BMP. In the near future, we will begin to engage with the aforementioned congressional committees so that we can begin the discussion on how to best promote the safe and sustainable management of end-of-life aircraft.

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

Featured AFRA Company:
Sycamore Aviation Ltd.  

Why did you join AFRA?
Sycamore Aviation joined AFRA to show to the industry we operate at the highest standards in the part out and recycling industry. Also at the time of our joining there was a lot of red tape in the UK with the Environmental Agency and our AFRA membership and BMP's showed we were committed to those high standards and certainly helped smooth the process of getting local/national Environmental approval.

When did you first join AFRA?

What has changed within your company since joining AFRA?
There have been many changes over the years as we try to finesse the business and how we carry out the operation to gain maximum value for our customers. The main changes would be the introduction of our value add services so we can hold and store customer material then manage the logistics which takes the pressure off the customer having to ship the material immediately back to their facility. In addition, we can save costs as we can drop ship to the end user or repair shops. 

Industry Observations:
We have found it to be very quiet in the UK and Europe in the past year, other than remote disassembly's  for aircraft that won't fly. We think this may continue for a while longer, this is probably not helped due to the low cost of fuel but just this week OPEC cut production and already prices have risen slightly so this may change.

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