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DAY 43

DAY 43

CARING FOR AIRCRAFT AT EVERY STAGE IN THEIR LIFE CYCLE

TARMAC Aerosave offers storage, maintenance and recycling solutions

It’s estimated that over 14,000 aircraft will retire in the next two decades.

In 2005, it was still quite common to see aircraft that were more than 30 years old end their life stored in a quiet corner of an airfield. Realising that it didn’t have to be that way, Airbus led a coalition of industry partners to address the issue.

In 2006, at Tarbes Airport in South West France, the first experiments exploring how best to decommission and recycle aircraft began with an A300.

This plane's arrival at Tarbes marked a major milestone for the Airbus-led Process for Advanced Management of End-of-life Aircraft (PAMELA) project (EU Life project) – which aimed to demonstrate that around 90 percent of aircraft parts and materials can be safely recycled or reused.


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Up to 92% of plane components are now recyclable, a significant improvement on the earlier estimated rate of 70%.

Airbus aircraft arriving at Tarbes Airport to receive care

An Airbus engineer in Getafe, Spain, testing recyclable materials

Seat belt buckles on their way towards being recycled

The experiment quickly became a centre of excellence, available for advice and support to the global aerospace industry.

 

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TARMAC Aerosave engineers recycling an aircraft engine

The project also led to the establishment of the world’s most innovative company in aircraft recycling, TARMAC Aerosave – a joint venture between Airbus and industry partners – which began operations in 2009.

This joint venture looks at all aspects of end-of-life aircraft management, including how best to store the aircraft after they are decommissioned, how to safely dismantle them, and how to ensure materials are effectively recycled.

Soon a worldwide network of dismantling centres created in this image will follow, enabling the best environmental practices and safe operation of aircraft across the globe.

TARMAC Aerosave has intensely increased the effectiveness of aircraft recycling. Up to 92% of plane components are now recyclable, a significant improvement on the earlier estimated rate of 70%.

Today, Airbus designs and produces aircraft with reuse and recycling in mind, using the valuable data gained from TARMAC Aerosave to inform the design of future end-of-life management processes.

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