Duncan Aviation announced it has recently added to its efforts to keep aviation enthusiasts safe in their aircraft by securing approval from Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for two Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs). Duncan Aviation’s Engineering & Certification Services and Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) departments created an installation package for the Aviation Clean Air (ACA) ionization system for Global and Challenger 300 and 350 aircraft, and Duncan Aviation customers throughout Canada and the European Union can now buy these ACA packages for their aircraft.
“We’re seeing strong demand for the ACA system in Europe and the Middle East,” says Avionics Installation Sales Rep Steve Elofson. “A Global Express in Europe is currently having the ACA Ionization system installed in accordance with the EASA-approved STC.”
The packages include everything necessary for installing the ACA Ionizer system, including the STCs, the ionizers, and PMA parts kits.
“When we say the kit includes everything, we mean every nut, bolt, screw, and switch necessary for the installation,” said Manager of Avionics Install & Avionics Line Pat Mapes.
The company’s facility in Lincoln, Nebraska, has been modifying the air ducts for the installation; however, any of Duncan Aviation’s three main facilities (Battle Creek, Michigan; Provo, Utah; and Lincoln) and many of the company’s Satellite Shops are able to perform the necessary modifications prior to installing the ACA Ionizer system.
“This system is designed to neutralize harmful pathogens, including those that cause COVID-19, so if customers want peace of mind as they fly, this is the system for them,” said Regional Avionics Sales Manager Michael Kussatz.
Designed to be installed in an aircraft’s existing environmental control system, the ACA ionizers operate in the aircraft’s ductwork. The ionized hydrogen molecules neutralize pathogens, including those that cause the flu and the common cold. The system also removes allergens and unpleasant odors, including those from pets, cigarette and cigar smoke, engine exhaust, cooking, lavatories, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
In May 2020, testing conducted by independent lab Innovative BioAnalysis found the ACA ionizer effective at rendering harmless the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The lab test showed that 99.4% of the virus particles were inactivated within 30 minutes. The system has been tested and proven to kill the coronavirus that caused SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) as well.