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Creation of TARMAC AEROSAVE, the first industrial firm for aircraft dismantling

Dec. 4, 2007 - The first industrial structured firm for the dismantling of end-of-life aircraft was officially born at Le Bourget, France on June 22, 2007.


December 4, 2007
By Carey Fredericks

Dec. 4, 2007 – The first industrial structured firm for the
dismantling of end-of-life aircraft was officially born at Le Bourget, France on June 22, 2007. Named TARMAC
AEROSAVE (Tarbes Advanced Recycling & Maintenance Aircraft
Company), this innovative process is managed by a partnership between
several major industrial companies, representing aeronautics and
environment, and developed with the competitive cluster « Aerospace
Valley », together with the Midi-Pyrénées region.

TARMAC AEROSAVE is the sequel to the PAMELA (Process
for Advanced Management of End-of-life of Aircraft) test project, and
is in fact its industrial phase. Lead by Airbus and SITA France Groupe
Suez, together with several partners (some of which are also members of
TARMAC AEROSAVE), the PAMELA project has enabled to test in 2006
various processes for dismantling and recycling the materials contained
in an aircraft arriving at end-of-life. The objective was to
demonstrate that, by 2015, 85 % of an aircraft’s parts could be
re-used, recovered or recycled, in secure and environmentally friendly
conditions.

TARMAC AEROSAVE will offer, further to its dismantling
activity, a global range of services, from short term storage to the
dismantling phase. These services will be offered to all aircraft
owners (civil or military, of any type). The company first plans to
implement a dismantling and recycling platform at Tarbes airport, the
construction being due to start in September. The platform will be
operational mid-2008.

The services offered by TARMAC AEROSAVE should enable
aeronautical companies to prepare for the evolution of the European law
concerning recycling of end-of-life products. Its partners will be able
to recover reusable equipment and parts, in total respect of aviation
security and environmental rules, while ensuring traceability of spare
parts.

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TARMAC AEROSAVE comprises six industrial partners :
Airbus (France) ; SITA France (subsidiary of SUEZ Environnement for
waste management) ; Snecma Services (subsidiary of Safran Group,
dedicated to aircraft engine maintenance) ; Equip’Aéro (specialized in
manufacturing and repair of aircraft equipment) ; TASC aviation (Airbus
subsidiary based in Dubaï, for trade of aircraft parts) ; Aéroconseil
(specialized in aeronautical engineering and systems).

This activity will be carried out in a building located
at Tarbes-Ossun airport. This building will be supported by the SCI «
Tarmac aéro », comprising the six industrial partners and the Caisse
des Dépôts (state owned financial institution for public-interest
missions).

The number of civil aircraft arriving at end-of-life in
the next 20 years is estimated at around 6 200 (about 300 each year) ;
an important market, in which TARMAC AEROSAVE expects to take a
significant market share.