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AFRA signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Flight Standards Department of the CAAC
CAAC and AFRA to Cooperate on Aircraft Disassembly Best Management Practices and Compliance
Huntington Beach, CA, USA, 18 September 2023 –The Flight Standards Department of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to build cooperation on international aircraft parts disassembly standards and compliance. Han Guangzu, Director General of the CAAC, and Brent Webb, President of AFRA, signed the MoU in Huntington Beach, California, during a ceremony attended by a delegation of representatives from both organizations.
The MoU solidifies the organizations’ mutual commitment to promote best practices for disassembling used serviceable aircraft parts and ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations in the respective countries.
“AFRA is the industry leader in creating and maintaining standards for the disassembly of aircraft parts in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner while mitigating risk. We are proud our expertise has garnered the CAAC’s confidence in their efforts to expand China’s aircraft disassembly options,” shared Brent Webb, President, AFRA.
The MOU sets forth that CAAC and AFRA will agree on a process to support the application of CCAR-145 approval to disassembly facilities outside of China based on AFRA accreditation for limited disassembly functions. Additionally, the MOU calls for the establishment of a means for compiling parts information from disassembly facilities outside of China that meet CAAC requirements.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) is the national aviation authority of China, responsible for regulating civil aviation activities such as flight safety, airworthiness, air traffic control, airspace management, airport construction, and civil aviation administration. CAAC also oversees the development of China’s civil aviation industry, including airlines, airports, aircraft manufacturers, service providers, research institutes, and training organizations. CAAC’s vision is to build a safe, efficient, green, and innovative civil aviation system that serves the national strategy and meets the needs of the people.
The Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA) is an international non-profit association that brings together manufacturers, recycling companies and aviation tech companies across the aircraft industry. AFRA’s mission is to develop and promote the safe and sustainable management of circularity of components and aircraft in the aviation sector. AFRA offers a variety of benefits to its members, such as accreditation programs, networking events, educational resources, advocacy initiatives, and industry recognition.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AFRA Appoints Maylin Selgado, G.A. Telesis, LLC and Lee McConnellogue, ecube to the Board of Directors
Washington, DC, August 3, 2022 – AFRA welcomes Maylin Selgado, Vice President, ESG and Global Systems, G.A. Telesis, LLC to replace Meghan Burgan. Maylin is the Vice President of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) as well as Global Quality Systems, GA Telesis. Her position drives the execution of the ESG strategy by working with internal stakeholders to gather, analyze and report on various ESG metrics and targets while also directing and coordinating compliance with all applicable standards for Global Quality Systems. She has years of experience and expertise with industry leaders such as American Composites, Express Jet Services and Air France/KLM and has been involved with implementing and maintaining various quality standards, including AS 9110, 9120, ISO 14001, ASA-100, CAMAC, AFRA.
AFRA also welcomes Lee McConnellogue, Chief Executive Officer, ecube, who is replacing Mike Corne. Lee joined ecube earlier this year  to guide the business in enabling strategic growth across sites in the UK, Spain, and USA. With an abundance of experience in the aerospace sector, Lee has previously held roles at Monarch Aircraft Engineering, Flybe and Rolls Royce PLC, where he was Senior Vice President of Service Operations.
AFRA thanks retiring Directors, Meghan Burgan, G.A. Telesis LLC. and Mike Corne, for their significant contribution to the Board.
Both Maylin and Lee will complete the unexpired remainder of the terms, which both run through next year (2023). They will be eligible for reelection at that time. AFRA looks forward to the contribution of their expertise to the Board of Directors.
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AFRA Announces Newly Elected Board of Directors and Officers
Washington, DC, July 12, 2022 – The AFRA announced the election of three individuals to its Board of Directors during the Association’s Annual Meeting on June 6, 2022, in Broomfield, Colorado.
Joining the Board of Directors for a three-year term are:
- Pedro Lama, Aviation International Recycling, S.L
- Barry Barnes, COMAV Technical Services, LLC
- Bettina Berger, GOAL German Operation Aircraft Leasing GMBH & Co. KG
Additionally, AFRA appointed James Cobbold, Willis Aircraft Maintenance & Storage to serve a one-year term on the AFRA Board of Directors. Will Pitcher, Boeing Global Services has been appointed to fulfill the remainder of the term for Sean Newsum, Boeing Commercial Airplanes who is retiring.
AFRA is pleased to welcome these individuals to the Board of Directors and looks forward to their participation and contributions to the progress of the Association.
The current AFRA Directors and Officers are as follows:
AFRA President and Treasurer Brent Webb, CAVU Aerospace
AFRA Vice President Bettina Berger, GOAL German Operation Aircraft Leasing GMBH & Co. KG
AFRA Secretary James Cobbold, Willis Aircraft Maintenance & Storage
Mike Corne, eCube Solutions
Meghan Burgan, GA Telesis LLC
Scott Austin, Air Salvage International Ltd.
Manuel Lopez, Jet Aircraft Services
Pedro Lama, Aviation International Recycling, S.L.
Barry Barnes, COMAV Technical Services, LLC
Will Pitcher, Boeing Global Services
Fabian Nagel, Lufthansa Technik AG
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AFRA 2021 Member Meeting – Virtual
August 26, 2021 ~ 11:00 AM EDT
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 we are not able host the assembly in-person for 2020 or 2021. We will be hosting a virtual Member Meeting that will be open to all AFRA members on August 26, 2021, at 11:00 AM EDT.
We at AFRA have hope for the future that we can gather in person next year in 2022. Please stay safe and we will “see” you at the member meeting.
2021 AFRA Board of Directors Election Results Announced
(Washington, D.C. August 18, 2021) –The Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association recently held its 2021 board elections.
The Board of Directors has ratified the election results and announces the following:
- Brent Webb, CAVU Aerospace,was reelected
- Sean Newsum, Boeing, was elected
- Manuel Lopez Aguilar, Jet Aircraft Services, was elected
- Fabian Nagel, Lufthansa Technik AG,was appointed to fill the position of existing appointed board member, Fabricio La Banca, Lufthansa Technik AG
AFRA would like to thank Fabricio La Banca for his years of service to AFRA and wish him the best on his future endeavors. Sam O’Connor, AFRA Interim Executive Director, commented, “The election results and new appointment has strengthened the leadership of AFRA and in turn allows the association to continue its important work guiding the industry through the increased disassembly activities and continued commitment to environmental stewardness.”
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