EASA announces the contract award for a Cabin Air Quality research. This research consists of a preliminary in-flight measurement campaign which is intended to put into place the adequate instrumentation to perform cabin/cockpit air contamination measurements and to provide some first indications of the cabin or cockpit air quality level. It also intends to prepare a larger-scale campaign envisaged in the near future on board commercially operated large transport aeroplanes which will benefit from the preliminary campaign and re-use the validated material and lessons learnt.
The research contract has been awarded to a Consortium by ITEM & MHH (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V (ITEM) & Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (MHH). Both research institutes are based in Hannover, Germany.
The project, measurements and the analysis of its results, will have a total duration of 20 months. The final results are expected in October 2016. It is foreseen that the measurements will take place during normal flight operations (regular flights), during all flight phases (take-off, cruise, approach etc.). It is planned that measurements will take place both in the cockpit and in the passenger cabin. The exact details of the project, including the complete list of the aircraft types remain to be decided, as the planning of the project is still in progress.