Partnering with Dassault Falcon Jet, Duncan Aviation has developed STCs and installation packages for the ionisation system from Aviation Clean Air (ACA), for three Falcon models: the 7X, 2000/2000EX and 900/900EX aircraft, including all EASy variants.
The Duncan Aviation Engineering and Certification Services team, in collaboration with the Duncan Aviation Organization Designation Authorization (ODA), secured FAA approval for all three STCs. They are now working on approvals from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), and Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC).
“We want to make it easy for our clients to keep the air in their aircraft as free of harmful pathogens and as fresh as possible,” said Nate Klenke, sales manager, modifications, Duncan Aviation. “Our development of multiple STCs with PMA installation packages, along with the experience we’ve gained from numerous installations, makes Duncan Aviation an excellent choice for the installation or the source for the PMA packages that include the STC and all of the parts required for installation.”
Each PMA package includes everything – every screw, nut, bolt and switch – necessary for the installation.
“There’s been great interest in the industry in the ACA system,” said Pat Mapes, manager, avionics install line, Duncan Aviation. “Our sales teams are fielding calls from customers who are interested in this system because it is designed to neutralise harmful pathogens like those that cause COVID-19, so if customers want peace of mind as they fly, this is the system for them.”
The installation of the ACA ionisation system can be done at any of Duncan Aviation’s three main facilities (in Battle Creek, Michigan; Provo, Utah; or Lincoln, Nebraska) and at many of its satellite shops located throughout the USA.
The ACA ionisers are installed in an aircraft’s existing environmental control system, and operate in the ductwork. The system is designed to make use of ionised hydrogen molecules to neutralise pathogens and remove allergens and unpleasant odours, including those from pets, cigarette and cigar smoke, engine exhaust, cooking and lavatories.
Duncan Aviation noted that in May 2020, testing conducted by independent lab Innovative BioAnalysis found the ACA ioniser effective at rendering harmless the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The ACA ioniser is also designed to deactivate other viral, bacterial and fungal pathogens, such as those that cause the common cold, flu (swine, avian, etc.), MRSA, C. diff, E. coli, pneumonia, polio and mould.
“Quotes for installing the ACA ionisation system have remained steady throughout the last year,” said Steve Elofson, senior avionics sales rep, Duncan Aviation. “We’re hearing from clients who have scheduled maintenance events or who are already going to be in Lincoln, Nebraska, or at one of our other facilities. This is one of those upgrades that our clients do when they’re here for another event.”