This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
Van Nuys, California-based Clay Lacy Aviation has introduced aircraft cleaning and disinfection service as part of its offerings. Performed at the company’s maintenance centers and by its mobile response teams, its detailing technicians wear full-body Tyvek protective suits, goggles, gloves, and face masks, and use bipolar ionization equipment and EPA-registered sanitizing products to disinfect the aircraft cabin.
The ionization process takes an hour, releasing millions of charged ion particles that kill airborne and surface pathogens such as Covid-19 and influenza viruses along with Staph, other dangerous bacteria, and mold Once that is completed, the cabin is sprayed with an aviation-approved disinfectant, wiped down, and dried. Leather surfaces and upholstery receive their own specific attention. Upon exit, the entryway is thoroughly cleaned.
Clay Lacy’s maintenance centers can add the treatment while aircraft are undergoing aircraft line service or additional work involving extended downtime. The cleaning capability is also available 24/7 through its mobile response teams to destinations within 100 miles of Southern California’s Van Nuys, McClellan-Palomar, and John Wayne Orange County Airports, as well as Boeing Field in Seattle.