The anti-covid crew barriers are part of the preventive solutions that Aeronautica Gestión makes available to airlines and owners of commercial and private aircraft. This is a removable insulation system to separate the cockpit and the passenger cabin; so it’s feasible to reduce the risks of coronavirus infection through airborne drops of saliva or fluids carrying the pathogen.
Therefore, using this safety equipment is already part of the prevention measures and protocols against the pandemic in the aeronautical sector. Just in the middle of the reactivation of national and international flights after the long suspension imposed by the state of emergency.
In addition to the crew barriers, effective systems for air circulation and filtering inside the aircraft are currently being studied. All this aims at a greater safety for passengers and crew members during flights.
What are the crew barriers for anti-covid?
It is important to highlight that the anti-covid crew barriers supplied by Aeronáutica Gestión have FAR25.853 flammability certification. They are also made with waterproof materials, very light, resistant, long lasting and easy to clean. On the other hand, these crew barriers are provided with velcro, eyelets or other systems that allow their installation and uninstallation in less than a minute. In this particular, the customer chooses the mode that best suits their needs.
Another advantage of these devices is their weight, which barely exceeds one or two pounds. Even so, they have high mechanical and traction resistance. Besides, they come in sizes adaptable to the characteristics of airplanes and helicopters and are available in several colors. However, with transparent sections that allow communication between the separate modules. They use tapes that facilitate their folding and storage, taking up little space.
Thanks to all these features, AG’s anti-covid crew barriers are qualified under Form 1 of EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency). Only materials and equipment elaborated according to the demanding criteria of this organism are obtained.
Anti-covid crew barriers in the context of global prevention
Anti-covid crew barriers as offered by Aeronautica Gestión, come at a critical time for the revival of the aviation sector. After the state of emergency, international and local commercial flights are gradually resuming with different measures to prevent contagion. These include: reducing aircraft capacity to ensure social distancing, use of masks and hydrogels to clean hands, among others. All this without forgetting the protocols for cleaning and disinfecting aircraft approved by the institutions in the sector.
In this sense, air circulation in the cabins is perhaps the most considered aspect of air safety conditions today. A recent investigation concluded that the SARS 2003 virus could infect one of every three passengers on a five-hour flight. To reach this average in a sector with seven rows of seats, only the cough of an infected passenger is enough. The circular path of ventilation provided by the air conditioning system from the top of the compartments would do the rest.
Another study referring specifically to Covid 19 published in the Proceedings of the American Academy of Sciences (June 2020) is more revealing. In summary, the researchers found that an asymptomatic carrier emits thousands of saliva drops per second when speaking. Therefore, within a closed space the risk of contagion through this person is high. Coupled with the air conditioning trajectory of the aircraft already described, the results would be worse.
What measures could complement the anti-covid crew barriers?
In these circumstances, anti-covid crew barriers are capable of protecting both passengers and crew members from contagion during a flight. However, other options and measures are necessary. For example, the recommendation to maintain the use of HEPA filters (High Efficiency Particulate Arrester) on aircraft is more valid today.
Thanks to these filters, the air that circulates inside contemporary aircraft is a balance between air purified by these devices and fresh air from the outside. This allows the occupants of the aircraft to breathe new air at least 20 times in one hour. In fact, some HEPA manufacturers estimate up to 99.9% efficiency in capturing particles, viruses and bacteria.
Likewise, for each section of 5 to 7 rows of seats there is a separate air circuit that prevents cross-contamination between these spaces.
In spite of what has been said, scientists from Purdue University (Indiana, USA) think that such conditions are not enough and propose to go further. Specifically, they propose installing new ventilation systems with a HEPA filter for each seat, in the footwell. So that the filtered air surrounds the passenger to prevent him from breathing in the air exhaled by his neighbors. Finally, the air exhaled by each passenger would be sucked in through vents located on the roof of the aircraft.
In this regard, the same scientists believe it is unlikely that such facilities would be implemented in the short term, because of the cost to the airlines. In the meantime, they recommend that passengers wear masks during flights, a measure that is already mandatory for all operators.
Also researchers from Columbia University are testing the use of ultraviolet lights to eliminate viruses and bacteria inside the aircraft. But this is still in the experimental phase, in the hope that such a resource will not cause harm to people and will be economically viable.
More on crew barriers
As noted, anti-covid crew barriers have the ability to prevent cross-contamination by SARS Covid between compartments. In this perspective it is relevant to remember that their adaptability to any type of aircraft and their waterproof condition allow effective protection against viruses.
For advice and more information on models of crew barriers available, please contact Aeronáutica Gestión. Also know all our services of maintenance, cleaning and interior redesign for all types and sizes of aircraft.
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