Nine Aircraft Offered to Engineering Schools

DELFT, The Netherlands -- Aircraft End-of-Life Solutions (AELS) is offering nine complete Fokker F27 aircraft, currently parked at Cologne Airport in Germany, to engineering schools all over Europe. With this project AELS supports the aviation industry in training the engineers that are desperately needed. Giving these aircraft a second life in this new function is a very green and sustainable solution.

Derk-Jan van Heerden, general manager of AELS, says, "We are offering these aircraft for a value lower than the recycling value of the aircraft. I would also like to thank WDL, the last owner of the aircraft, for making this possible. With this project we do our part in making sure that AELS and our MRO colleagues have enough well trained engineers in the future."

In cooperation with the schools, AELS is also looking for options to make the cost of disassembly, transport and assembly as low as possible. One of the options is to execute parts of the project with the students of the school under the professional supervision of an AELS engineer.

If not all aircraft can be used by engineering schools AELS will find other options for re-using the aircraft, such as a museum or a training aircraft for firemen. The remaining aircraft will be dismantled and recycled. In all cases AELS will focus on the greenest solution when recycling these aircraft.

For more information on AELS, a company based in the Netherlands that develops sustainable end-of-life strategies and executes the resulting solution for aircraft owners all over the world, visit