My name is Kevin Iocovozzi. I’m an ex-Gulfstream employee who has been a Gulfstream consultant for the past 21 years. I oversee new aircraft deliveries and major refurbishments.
We recently installed the ACA ionization system on G550 5224 in conjunction with a $4.5 million refurbishment. The Principle is a heavy smoker and we wanted to alleviate the smoke smell in the cabin and permeation into the aircraft’s softwoods.
I can honestly say the device works as advertised! In my 20+ years of completing acceptance flights, I’ve never seen a customer smoke in the cabin! During our three hour test flight up to 3 engineers were smoking (as directed by the boss). In each case within 6 minutes of the cigarette being extinguished, there was no trace of smoke or smell. Pretty amazing.
I’m ordering three additional units this year for other customers. I feel it should be a standard installed device on all Gulfstreams to eliminate food odors and other aviation type odors.
Following the ACA cabin Air Ionizer system installation on our company’s Gulfstream G550 last July and after two months of a busy flight schedule, I am in the pleasant position to inform you that the system performs as advertised. In fact, it exceeds our expectations regarding the air quality in the cabin. Specifically, since the ACA system was installed on out G550, all cabin odors from the galley, lavatories, and humidity disappear within a couple of minutes of the air conditioning system activation.
What really impressed us was the fact that the oil vapor odor during engine starts that used to linger in the cabin for a few minutes until all the cabin air was flushed out by the air conditioning system, with the ACA system operating it disappears within few seconds.
In general the passengers as well as the crew report feeling refreshed, with a feeling of well being even after long flights.
One last unexpected effect of the ACA system is the almost complete elimination of the static electricity generated by crew members and passengers walking the length of the cabin on the wool carpet. The static electricity manifesting itself in the form of annoying electric shocks any time they reached for a metal door handle or similar metallic fitting.
Overall, we are very impressed with the system performance, and coupling this to the very professional and neat installation by the ACA team, I would strongly recommend it to fellow Heads of Flight Departments and Directors of Maintenance.
Director of Maintenance
Seaflight Aviation Ltd
“Cleaning the air we breathe in flight”