Montreal, Quebec. October 15, 2010…… Innotech Aviation has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval for its Cabin Air-quality (I-CAIR) System. It is approved for installation on Bombardier Global Express and Global XRS business aircraft. In June, the system also received U.S. FAA STC approval.
The I-CAIR system was jointly developed by Innotech Aviation and Montreal-based Air Data Inc., using its JetAir™ Bio-Protection Systems (BPS), with installations being performed at Innotech’s completion center in Montreal. The system can be installed on the aircraft as part of an in service or retrofit program.
Innotech director of sales and marketing, Tony Rawlinson said, “The EASA certification of the I-CAIR system is the final phase in our worldwide expansion of this product. Now that the system has both FAA and EASA approval, we are excited to continue marketing its revolutionary features to customers in Europe and worldwide.”
Pioneered in space, the system is derived from patented “cold plasma ionic interaction” technology and is currently in use on the International Space Station. Unlike traditional, simple air filters, the I-CAIR system is an “active” design; it uses an electric sterilization technique to “catch and inactivate” air contaminants. In addition to its germicidal effect, the technique has a further advantage of simultaneous reduction in a wide range of harmful and annoying gases, against which traditional air filters have no effect.
Rawlinson added, “This system greatly increases cabin atmosphere purity, by limiting the transmission of infections and protecting passengers and crew from a wide range of contaminants, both biological and chemical.”
A key example of the system’s effectiveness can be seen with the substantial reduction in cabin ozone levels, which are naturally elevated at high altitudes. Studies have shown that ozone reacts with many surfaces and substances within an aircraft cabin, creating gaseous by-products that are sources of dryness and discomfort for passengers’ eyes and nasal membranes.
From its Montreal facilities, Innotech Aviation offers a complete range of maintenance, completion, paint, avionics and refurbishment services to clients across North America and internationally. Its 180,000 sq.ft. facility has one of the most modern and complete ranges of specialized tooling, certified spares, processes, mechanical and avionics support in the industry.
Innotech Aviation is part of the Innotech-Execaire Aviation Group, a uniquely structured subsidiary of IMP Group International, Inc., has 650 employees in locations across Canada and the US.
Specializing in business aircraft sales, interior completions, state-of-the-art paint shop, service, repair & overhaul, NDT, interior/exterior refurbishing, flight operations, aircraft management and charters, and supported by FBOs, the group holds a wide variety of sales and service designations and authorizations.
IMP Group International Inc. is a diversified multinational Canadian corporation with 3,500 employees in four countries. The company has extensive interests in aerospace, manufacturing, airlines and general aviation services, industrial marine products, real estate and hotels.
Air Data Inc.
Headquartered near Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, since 1990 Air Data has manufactured and supplied the aircraft industry with a wide range of specialized avionics equipment and cabin air quality improvement systems. These encompass a variety of technologies including air purification, precision landing systems, air data computers and airborne sensors. Its products have been deployed in over 3,000 aircraft, both fixed wing and helicopter, civil and military, as well as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Major customers include Airbus, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer and Esterline CMC Electronics.