September 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
" By setting up AECC, Beijing hopes to create a self-sufficient aerospace sector that can serve commercial and military aviation needs with homegrown technology, industry analysts say ..."
- Wall Street Journal

"The surge in MRO specialists adding A380 capabilities to their arsenal in recent years is unsurprising, especially in regions like the Middle East and Asia-Pacific which are home to high volumes of the aircraft..."
- 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! 

September 25-27, 2016
Barcelona, Spain

September 27-29, 2016
Singapore Expo Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore

  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

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Board Update 
From Nigel Marsh, Rolls-Royce plc
Making Connections:

As well as being a Director of AFRA, I am also a Director of the International Aerospace Environmental Group (IAEG) where I have recently I have been working on developing an aerospace sector guide for implementation of the new ISO14001:2015 standard. This latest version of the environmental management systems standard is interesting as for the first time it talks about businesses taking a life cycle perspective to their activities and also about ' sustainability' .  This of course fits so well with our work in AFRA as we're all about getting the maximum value out of aircraft at EoL/Service. Not only is this very cost effective for operators and owners but it also plays strongly to the developing need to have sustainable approaches to the use of raw materials.  This change in emphasis should help us to become better connected with OEMs as they design for reuse and recycling and optimise the use of products and related parts.

At the same time I am also reminded of the presentation   at the recent AFRA/ASA conference in Las Vegas by Chris Markou of IATA.  He gave an excellent overview of the participants in aircraft decommissioning and the interaction of both quality and environmental management systems.  He also remarked that the combination of a large number of aircraft produced a low retirement rate so far, and that the introduction of the follow-up models (with new more efficient technology) will drive a retirement wave for aircraft such as 737 NG, A320 family, 777 and A330. 

All together you get the sense that we're all becoming more connected and that this can only realise lots of opportunities for us to add even more value in the life cycle of aircraft, and to make a bigger contribution to sustainable aviation.  If you get a moment, do take a look at Chris's presentation.

Best Regards,
Nigel Marsh

Association Updates
Government Affairs Program

Thank you to everyone who completed the recent AFRA government affairs survey - the response rate was excellent! Based on the feedback, it is clear that outreach to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) should be a priority because FAA is the regulatory agency that has the greatest likelihood to affect AFRA member companies. The survey results also indicated that a lack of regulation could potentially lower the quality standards for the aircraft recycling and dismantling industry.
As a result of the membership's input, the AFRA Board of Directors instructed the Association to engage proactively with congressional offices and regulatory agencies to increase awareness of AFRA and its BMP to promote environmentally responsible, safe end-of-life aircraft disassembly and recycling practices. We will focus our efforts in the U.S. for the remainder of 2016 and then expand our outreach to other parts of the world in 2017.
While we provide outreach and engagement to federal policymakers, AFRA will also coordinate with allied organizations when there are logical synergies. One such meeting occurred recently at AFRA headquarters when our management staff and government affairs consultant met with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). AFRA and ISRI were able to identify a number of areas where our two organizations can work together going forward.

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

AFRA Research & Development Committee

The kickoff call of the AFRA   Research & Development Committee  will be held in the coming weeks. Please email AFRA staff to participate in the R&D Committee, and fill out this scheduling poll to indicate your availability for the first R&D Committee call. 

Featured AFRA Company:
Hondo Aerospace 

Why did you join AFRA?
Hondo Aerospace joined AFRA to hold ourselves to the highest standards in the part out/recycling industry and provide the best service to our customers requiring disassembly and recycling of their aircraft.

When did you first join AFRA?

What has changed within your company since joining AFRA?
Hondo Aerospace has performed more disassembly and recycling aircraft since the opening of the company. The Head of Operations is now David Boss. Our customer base has been growing as well as our reputation, and we look forward to even more growth in this branch of our business down the road. 

Industry Observations:
We have seen more inquiries regarding our business and built new relationships.  

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