With increasing focus on environmental and operational issues related to aircraft end-of-life and related practices, procedures, and safety and environmental concerns, the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA) is uniquely positioned as the only international trade association focused on aircraft disassembly, recycling, and end-of-life solutions. AFRA seeks to build awareness and endorsement of the AFRA Best Management Practice (BMP) guide that helps assure that facilities operate in a safe and environmentally responsible fashion, and accredits companies that meet the minimum best practices.
In a recent study conducted in partnership with TeamSAI, AFRA estimated that between 1,200 and 1,800 aircraft will be torn down or dismantled over the next three years (2014-2016)1, and that a key challenge is to recycle and disassemble these materials in a way that is environmentally responsible. Not all end-of-life aircraft owners are considering environmental performance when looking for a disposal provider, and not all customers are aware of the risks of end-of-life aircraft in the field of aviation safety and environment, and the effect of that on value. AFRA strives to ensure responsible handling of materials, jobsites, and the safety of aircraft disassemblers and the flying public.
Read more in the 2016 ICAO Environmental Report, and specifically Chapter 6 “Aircraft End-of-Life and Recycling” which begins on page 194.