Combating COVID-19

In the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic, David Allen of the David Allen Groupe and David Allen Certified recently launched AOG COVID-19 Aircraft Decontamination and Cleaning Services to meet the growing commercial and private aviation industry safety concerns. The decontamination process in place follows the NBAA guidelines for disinfection by using EPA-registered and aviation approved products to disinfect clean and clean aircraft and facilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19 AND OTHER infectious diseases. They also apply another product that provides protection against the spread of the virus for a minimum of a week and in some areas of the aircraft for up to one month. For additional information on protecting your aircraft fleet, passengers and crew members, contact David Allen at david@allengroupe.eu.

Industry leader Duncan Aviation Duncan Aviation has implemented an aircraft disinfection service that it provides for its operators who will be operating at the main Duncan MRO facilities in Battle Creek, Michigan; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Provo, Utah. All operational aircraft are disinfected upon arrival and prior to Duncan Aviation’s technicians working on them. They are disinfected a second time right before delivery back to the operator and then departure from the Duncan Aviation location.

The process utilizes a portable unit that employs an EPA-registered, non-corrosive, hospital-grade disinfectant on all interior surfaces and avionic consoles in the aircraft. The process uses either an aerosolized application mode for hands-free disinfection or the application can be applied by hand with a portable applicator, depending on the aircraft’s size. The disinfectant solution is eco and 100% bio-friendly/degradable and contains no VOCs.

In yet another innovative move on the part of Duncan Aviation, the company’s interior and upholstery department has begun designing masks and gowns for hospital staff in Lincoln, Nebraska as well as for help in designing a mask, as well as advice on what the company could do to support hospitals during this time of need. Duncan’s fabric cutting machines can produce up to 900 masks an hour. As of date, Duncan Aviation has produced more than 15,000 masks.

Simultaneously, Airbus manufacturers in Spain have now begun manufacturing 3D hospital visor frames in the attempt to fight the COVID-19 Virus. Working around the clock, more than20 3D printers are churning out visors using PLA plastics. Although aerospace production ceased at Airbus’ Spain plants due to a Royal Decree on March 29, 2020, visor shield manufacturing has continued.

General Atomics at its facilities in San Diego are now producing, COVIC-19 test kits, 3D printing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and ventilator components to aid in the fight against COVID-19. at a local, state and national level. GA, Diazyme is now offering a COVID-19 Antibody test from blood draws. The Diazyme’s sensitive test is run on a fully automated Diazyme DZ-Lite 3000 chemiluminescence analyzer.

The aviation community has risen to the occasion of fighting the global pandemic. From developing masks and gowns, to innovative methods of sanitizing aircrafts, to developing kits and testing, the aviation community is meeting the needs of the traveler. From the on start of this pandemic, aviation has been one of the most hard-hit sectors. Therefore, its only logical that it would be compelled to counter COVIC-19 with innovation.

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