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Gulfstream Aerospace is making its cabin air even cleaner with a new plasma ionization system. An enhancement to its cabin product offerings, the plasma ionization system operates when the aircraft environmental control system is active.
It emits positive and negative oxygen ions that Gulfstream said inactivate harmful molecules on surfaces and in the air. Further, it neutralizes particulate matter—not only bacteria and viruses but also unpleasant odors from organic material such as cigarette smoke.
“The plasma ionization system further enhances the cabin health benefits customers can expect from the signature Gulfstream Cabin Experience,” said Gulfstream president Mark Burns. “By adding such a system in tandem with already 100 percent fresh air and the proven Gulfstream airflow design, customers can fly their families and teams with even more peace of mind.”
Gulfstream notes that even with the auxiliary power unit as the sole source of power, the system produces thousands of ions, ensuring cabin air and surfaces remain clean. The system is available as a retrofit on G650, G650ER, G550, G450, and GV models. Additional installation options are pending foreign certification. It’s provided as standard equipment on N-registered G650 and G650ERs, with G500, G600, and international certifications in development.