Textron Aviation is closely aligned with the guidance of government and local public health authorities in the regions we operate to ensure all necessary actions and precautions are taken.
Disinfecting your aircraft:
Zip-Chem Calla 1452 and Netbiokem DSAM may be used to disinfect an aircraft interior.1 In testing performed by Textron Aviation’s materials engineering team, these products did not adversely affect samples of hard surfaces, interior leather, or windows. Aircraft interiors furnished with custom-based materials may need further evaluation by spot-testing on an inconspicuous area.
If you’re unable to attain these disinfectants due to shortages, we recommend these alternative cleaning options (Please note, cleaning may remove germs, viruses and other contaminants from surfaces, but may not be effective to kill them):
The following options are not approved for use in Textron Aviation aircraft:
- Aircraft furnishings: We recommend using isopropyl alcohol (IPA)/water mix (60% IPA/40% water, by volume). For best results, wipe the surface with an IPA/water mix and let it dry. This mix can also be sprayed onto soft surfaces, like carpet, but do not use this IPA/water mix on aircraft leather and windows.
- Leather and windows: Any commercially available soap and water, such as dishwashing soap, can be used.
- Electronic displays: For glass products with anti-reflective (AR) coating, use a concentration of greater than 50% Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) with a micro-fiber cloth to prevent scratches. Do not use bleach or Lysol® wipes, or any cleaners with Citric Acid or Sodium Bicarbonate as these can etch the coating on these displays. AR glass is used on displays and touchscreens in the Garmin G1000, G3000, and G5000 systems, as well as Collins Proline21 and Proline Fusion. Do not use IPA on acrylic, Lexan, or Polycarbonate screens such as the Garmin GNS 430/530.
- Ozone generators: Ozone can be highly reactive to organic materials. Depending on its degree of ozonation, this method may degrade surfaces or rubber hoses.
- Hydrogen Peroxide: any solution of hydrogen peroxide may evaporate when used as a mist, degrading leathers, acrylic, or polycarbonate window coatings.
In the U.S., Textron Aviation is using disinfecting solutions to clean all aircraft upon their arrival to a company-owned service center location.
In the EU, we request that any aircraft being brought to a Textron Aviation facility for maintenance is first disinfected in accordance with EASA Safety Directive 2020-02 Operational measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus ‘SARS-CoV-2’ infection. While we are still confirming availability at all EU company-owned locations, our contracted cleaning service providers may be able to support this directive. Your Textron Aviation representative can provide you with additional information.
1 These solutions are recommended by their manufacturers as generally effective against human coronavirus strains. Textron Aviation is not aware if they have been specifically tested for effectiveness against COVID-19.
Preserving your aircraft:
If you decide to preserve your aircraft during this time, reference Chapter 10 in your Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM) for directions and information. In addition to offering overall guidance, Chapter 10 will point you to the relevant Engine Maintenance Manual (EMM) for your aircraft, which provides engine storage requirements. Requirements for several lengths of downtime, including “Ninety-One Days and Over Storage,” are available for customers to determine what is necessary for their aircraft. All storage steps should be documented in the logs if required or in a preservation log. Please note, if your aircraft has been exposed to environmental contaminants (such as salt water or runway de-icing fluids), we recommend a complete aircraft wash before storage. Refer to AMM Chapter 12, Exterior Cleaning, for further information.