This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
Constant Aviation has seen demand jump rapidly in the past few weeks for its MicroShield 360 antimicrobial protective coating service, with more than 250 aircraft receiving the treatment from the MRO provider and its authorized partners since March 9. FDA-approved, MicroShield 360 antimicrobial coating kills 99.99 percent of bacteria for one year after application and is clear, colorless, odorless, non-toxic, and hypoallergenic.
The company said it has been working around the clock to treat business aircraft and application crews are now present at more than 150 airports nationwide. Meanwhile, the process has been streamlined to less than two hours, including on large-cabin aircraft, Constant said. The entire Flexjet fleet was among those that had received the MicroShield 360 treatment.
“We recognize the urgency operators have to treat their aircraft to help protect passengers, crews, and maintenance technicians from bacteria and germs,” said Constant Aviation CEO David Davies. “That’s why we have dedicated more resources to this program. Our objective in expanding the applicator network to airports nationwide is to make it as convenient and efficient as possible for aircraft to be treated.”
The treatment involves three steps: application of an electrostatic disinfectant to all surfaces, a specially formulated disinfectant, and finally a proprietary coating that provides a biostatic finish to treated surfaces to prevent pathogens from living on them.