October 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
Project Coordinator

Industry News
"Two Democrats on the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday introduced legislation to mandate numerous aviation safety recommendations in the wake of two fatal Boeing 737 MAX crashes that killed 346 people and led to the plane's grounding in March."
- Reuters

"For all the fears of a global economic slowdown, putting people on a plan is still a moneymaking proposition. But putting goods on a plane might not be. Demand for global airfreight - measured in freight tonne kilometers - dropped 3.3% in the year through August, IATA said last week. Global airfreight volumes have been falling for 10 consecutive months year over year, the longest losing streak since the 2008 financial crisis." 
- Wall Street Journal

"'This is the future of aviation,' Oskar Meijerink tells me in a cafe in Rotterdam airport. His company, in partnership with the airport's owners, is planning the world's first commercial production of jet fuel made, in part, from carbon dioxide (CO2). Based at the airport, it will work by capturing CO2, the gas which contributes to global warming, from the air." 
- BBC News
AFRA Committees
Please email AFRA staff  to get involved in AFRA's committees:

Upcoming Industry Events
Save The Date!

ISTAT Latin America
November 13-14, 2019
Buenos Aires, Argentina

MRO Latin America
January 22-23, 2020
Cartagena, Colombia

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, 
I hope you are all having a smooth transition into the Fall season. AFRA staff has been busy lately visiting with current and prospective members at industry events around the world.

In September, AFRA staff attended ISTAT EMEA in Berlin and hosted a successful Networking Reception. Earlier this month, AFRA staff attended MRO Europe in London and enjoyed the opportunity to connect with more members.

We look forward to seeing you all at future events and appreciate your ongoing support of AFRA. 

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 November 13. R&D Committee calls take place monthly, on the second Wednesday of every month. The committee is also finalizing the data project and finalizing the KPIs for the recycling metric project. 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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