Disassembly vs. Dismantling

Many words are used within the aviation industry for the processes executed by AELS. Words that are often seen are:

  • Aircraft recycling
  • Aircraft disassembly
  • Aircraft scrapping
  • Aircraft decommissioning
  • Aircraft part-out
  • Aircraft dismantling
  • Aircraft tear down
  • Aircraft demolition
  • Aircraft reclamation

Each word has another definition and not always covers the process. AELS uses two words to de define the actual process. Two different processes that close the life cycle of every aircraft.

Aircraft disassembly

Definition:

"The process comprising all the activities required to remove all the valuable components from an aircraft, which can be re-used in another aircraft."

Activities enclosed in this process are for example engine removal and other high value components removal. AELS' main focus during this step is on aircraft safety. We execute the process without compromising the possibility of re-using the components on another aircraft.

Aircraft dismantling

Definition:

"The process comprising all the activities required to make it possible to recycle materials from an aircraft."

Activities enclosed in this process are metal and plastics reclamation as well as the disposal of the non-recyclable material and the remaining leftovers. AELS' main focus during this process is on achieving an as high as possible recycling rate.