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NAAI to Break Ground on Aircraft Recycling Facilities in North Carolina

North American Aerospace Industries Corporation (NAAI) soon break ground on aircraft recycling facilities in the GlobalTrans Park in Kinston, North Carolina.

The company has pland to construct one of the largest hangar systems in the world. The three-part hangar system comprises a 357,000 square foot dismantling shop, a 151,800 square foot MRO facility and a 102,000 square foot paint shop for both narrow body and wide body aircraft.  In addition, there is a 80,800 square foot space designated for storage and office. . Proprietary processes will be applied that will enable multiple aircraft to be processed simultaneously.

Sven Daniel Koechler, company Managing Principal/General Manager, believes the aviation industry can do more to promote sustain-ability.  “Although, we are looking to build a profitable business, it is equally important that, in doing so, we apply sustainable practices to protect our environment,” he said. “We believe all sectors of the aviation industry from recyclers, MROs and FBOs to the airlines and leasing companies should be striving to promote sustainability.

“Sustainable aviation could not be timelier as the pandemic has in-creased the number of decommissioned aircraft substantially and aircraft bone yards were al-ready very full,” Koechler said. “An estimated 600 aircraft are retired in the U.S. each year. This number is prob-ably 15% higher this year due to the pandemic.”

According to studies, about 17,000 aircraft will be decommissioned by 2030. This number is in-creasing with airlines retiring older aircraft earlier than planned due to COVID-19. Parking air-craft for a long time is costly and poses environmental hazards. Faster, more efficient recycling processes can substantially reduce potential risks to the environment, while presenting significant financial benefits to aircraft owners.

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