Sustainable end-to-end aircraft recycling solutions provider Aircraft Solutions USA, Inc., has reconfirmed its commitment to building an aircraft recycling facility at North Carolina’s Global TransPark in Kinston.
The construction start has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the facility is still slated to be operational by the second quarter of 2021. It will consist of one of the world’s largest hangars which will include dismantling, MRO and painting operations.
“We are making some critical hires, including our interim CEO and our Head of Innovations, and are looking to start construction this summer,” said Sven Daniel Koechler, PhD, General Manager of Aircraft Solutions USA.”
Once operational, Aircraft Solutions USA’s Kinston facility will recycle decommissioned commercial and military aircraft deploying a proprietary new recycling technology. This will enable the company to recycle many more aircraft each year than conventional methods enable. “With our proprietary recycling technology, we can recycle many more aircraft per year; for instance, up to 70 additional twin-engine narrow body airliners” said Koechler
Aircraft parts such as engines, landing gear, avionics, and in-flight entertainment systems can be refurbished and sold on the aircraft parts aftermarket. Aircraft Solutions USA’s ultimate goal is to use every part of the airplane and up-cycle it to make a new product, for example a new pair of sneakers made from aircraft seating material. The long-term objective is to expand the recycling operation by establishing various production facilities that will create new products for diverse industries from up-cycled materials.