Experts Offer Tips On Cleaning Aircraft for Covid-19

 - March 27, 2020, 12:44 PM

Two experts offered some thoughts on best practices for cleaning and disinfecting business aircraft during an NBAA webinar today. Titled “Covid-19 Cleaning Guidance” and moderated by NBAA v-p of educational strategy and workforce development Jo Damato, the webinar featured advice from AEM Logistics director of aircraft services Tyler Harper and Jet Logistics director of client relations Audrey Lambdin.

In terms of best products to use for cleaning aircraft cabins and cockpits, Harper pointed to aircraft OEM recommendations, as well as new NBAA guidance. He did name Celeste Sani-Cide EX3 as “one product we prefer and recommend” and is safe on carpets, soft and hard surfaces, and avionics. Lambdin, whose company does air medical transports, said Jet Logistics uses a 50-50 mix of bleach and warm water to clean its aircraft, noting that its cabin materials are not as delicate as those on typical business aircraft.

Lambdin and Harper also noted that once an aircraft has been cleaned and disinfected, it’s important to let it “air out” for several hours before its next mission or flight. Harper added that AEM’s cleaning crews’ personal protective equipment (PPE) consists of medical-grade disposable gloves, N95 or particulate masks, safety glasses or goggles, and a “hazmat-type suit.” They also recommended that once an aircraft has been cleaned, both materials and PPE equipment are disposed of together in a biohazard bag.