September 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
"Each airline has its own way of determining when it's time to retire an aircraft. A good example of this is the fate of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9 fleet Delta Air Lines inherited after its 2008 merger with Northwest Airlines..."
- Panasonic Avionics 

"The engine maintenance boom that many providers are enjoying has nothing to do with the models grabbing headlines. As engines such as the CFM International Leap and Pratt & Whitney PW1000G attract attention-not all of it good-during their entry-into-service phase, MRO providers..."
  - MRO -Network
  "Both manufacturers are using the wealth of experience gained through aftermarket services on their preceding CFM56 and V2500 models as a basis from which to build plans for maintaining, repairing and overhauling the next generation of narrowbody engines..."
- Aviation Week
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
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September 24-26, 2017
Edinburgh, Scotland
October 3-5, 2017
London, UK
October 4-5, 2017
Los Angeles, CA

October 18-19, 2017
Miami, FL
October 31 -
November 2, 2017


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 Jason Reed, Component Solutions Group,
GA Telesis, LLC.

Dear AFRA Members,

Being elected to the AFRA Board of Directors is a great honor for me both professionally and personally. As an executive in the aviation industry and avid aircraft enthusiast, I am excited with being a part of shaping the future of the aviation industry and especially with driving some of the key aviation industry initiatives that will come in the years ahead. Over the last five years there have been unprecedented changes and in fact they exceed the preceding 15 years. New technology aircraft and engines, sophistication and global expansion of the part-out sector, airline consolidation, OEM's working together with aftermarket companies versus against them, and the PMA industry trying to fit in to a market that may see less need for its products. One thing for sure, there is absolutely no shortage of excitement in our industry right now.

Coming from an experience base in both the airframe and component OEM industries, I can now see how the importance of the role GA Telesis, and companies of its kind, play in the industry. There is just so much relevance to how the part-out sector interacts with all industry participants, be it, airlines, OEMs, MROs and distributors. Companies working in the used-serviceable material (USM) sector and its participants will need to either learn how to co-exist and work with one another or they will be left behind; this notion was unheard of just ten years prior. In 2020 the oldest 737NG will be 22 years old and the oldest A320ceo will be 24 years of age respectively. That will result in one of the most critical years for the aviation aftermarket as it relates to retirements and the potential for market saturation.

With all of this activity on the horizon, the two areas that will require significant planning are those of component traceability and material recycling which will go along with all of these teardowns. Today there is no regulated, centralized database to track components in the aviation field and many aftermarket players are not quality regulated. Similarly, the recycling of aviation metals and composites are not regulated. As a part of the AFRA Board of Director I plan to address these key issues in a very meaningful way.

I am confident that AFRA is well placed to steer the industry through these times considering all of the issues the sector will face over the coming years. And I'm even more confident that the new AFRA Board of Directors will help lead the way towards brighter skies ahead.

Best regards,

Jason Reed
President, Component Solutions Group
GA Telesis, LLC.
New Membership Update
American Airlines, Inc. (AA) is an American airline headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, within the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. It is the world's largest airline when measured by fleet size, revenue, scheduled passenger-kilometers flown, and number of destinations served. American together with its regional partners operates an extensive international and domestic network with an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.

ATIO was created to supply high quality aluminum in order to satisfy the increasing demand of manufacturers. ATIO's Florida-based operation will manufacture parts and additional items for the global automobile industry and OEM suppliers. ATIO USA will use scrap and waste aluminum in addition to primary raw material to manufacture an aluminum alloy known as 'Green Billets' for the U.S. and international markets.

MRO Europe - AFRA Exclusive Benefit

As an Association partner with Aviation Week, AFRA non-airline members, are able to receive 25% off any conference pass. To take advantage of this exclusive benefit, please enter the promo code AFRA25 during online checkout. AFRA staff is planning to attend MRO Europe and we hope to see you all there!

Association Updates
Government Affairs Program

The Government Affairs Committee last had a teleconference in August and discussed the EU waste framework directive and how the aforementioned could effect the future of the aircraft recycling industry. The Committee also is in the process of finalizing a policy position statement on the Circular Economy. The intended audience of the policy position statement is for EU regulators and will aim to include numbers and figures of the aircraft end-of-life industry.

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 roll-out of the BMP 3.3 Single Accreditation Program as well as additional Committee initiatives. 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 an exclusive partnership with Aviation Week to offer discounted registration for MRO Europe (please see the above for details). If you are interested in participating in the Committee,    please  contact staff.

AFRA R&D Committee

We welcomed a new participant to the AFRA R&D Research Network this month:  Ryerson University. AFRA members are able to reference R&D information, and access research papers on the  AFRA Member Page.

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