AAR, an aviation products and services provider, has joined with Cheadle-based Quest International in the UK to develop and distribute Quest’s AirManager, an active air filtration and sterilization system designed to eliminate potentially harmful airborne contaminants. The agreement names AAR an authorized distributor of AirManager. AAR will also provide design engineering services and manage the STC processes required to install and operate the product in a variety of aircraft.
Quest claims that AirManager not only achieves a single-pass kill rate of 99.999 percent of biohazards in the form of pathogens, contaminants and toxins but also removes airborne particles down to less than 0.1 microns (the equivalent of a single particle of cigarette smoke) and eliminates objectionable odors. Airborne viruses and bacteria against which it is effective include H1N1 (swine flu), Sars, bird flu and eColi.
The European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) has approved the technology for application in the BAE 146 and Avro RJ regional jets and their executive variants.
There is currently no regulation governing cabin/cockpit air quality, but pressures are likely to be brought on both the EASA and the FAA to take such an initiative.