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Permagard Debuts New Product to Combat Bed Bugs on Aircraft

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

The company says Bed Bug Killer, which is the first product of its kind approved for aviation, provides a quicker, cheaper alternative to the industry’s current bed bug treatments.

Protective coating specialist Permagard has debuted a new product to combat the increasingly worrisome issue of bed bugs on aircraft. The company’s Bed Bug Killer product provides an alternative to costly and time-consuming traditional treatments that require grounding of aircraft, such as heat treatment or spraying of pyrethroid-based chemicals, which bed bugs have become increasingly resistant to.

“Bed bugs are seen as a stigma, meaning dirty beds, linen and aircraft. This is not a good image for airlines promoting the latest expensive sleeper seats,” says Graham McIntosh, business development manager for Permagard Aviation. McIntosh says there have been recent court cases in the U.S. where accommodation providers have been successfully sued over bed bug infestations, which makes it important for airlines to be proactive about the issue rather than waiting until something happens. “A duty of care to try and prevent it is as important as compensating those affected. This is both true for passengers as well as staff who are protected by labor laws around the world, where the employer has to provide a safe work environment,” he adds.

Bed Bug Killer, which Permagard first promoted at MRO Asia-Pacific earlier this month, uses silica gel dust to kill bed bugs via dehydration rather than poisoning them with chemicals. Although amorphous silica gel is already used in areas such as agriculture, hospitals and sewage systems to control target pests, Permagard says this is the first approved usage within aviation. The product has been approved by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (similar to the FDA in the U.S.) and tested to Boeing and Airbus standards, according to the company.

“Until now, no one has figured out how to get [amorphous silica gel] aviation approved,” says McIntosh. “We worked with our CASA Part 21 engineers and a leading world-renowned entomologist for bed bugs to design a testing and application regime that would allow it to be used on aircraft for preventing bed bug infestations.”

Bed Bug Killer is applied by finely dusting the product into areas of the cabin, seats and crew rest areas where bed bugs are known to hide. According to Permagard, the product can be applied in approximately one to two hours and there is no need to cover other areas of the cabin before application. McIntosh says the frequency of inspection and reapplication depends on the airline and its cleaning and bedding change program. The company’s first fleet-wide program will start at eight-week intervals and McIntosh says Permagard will adjust as needed to suit the environment.


Permagard is currently working with an Australian airline to protect its Boeing 777 aircraft from potential infestations and hopes to have an agreement in place in the next few weeks. McIntosh says that after the product’s debut at MRO-Asia Pacific, numerous other southeast Asian airlines have also shown interest in how Bed Bug Killer can be implemented on their aircraft.

A 200g (just over 7oz.) bottle of Bed Bug Killer, which can treat a typical B777’s crew rest areas and sleeper seats, will retail for around $95 plus shipping and taxes. According to McIntosh, the company’s goal is to have the product applied no more frequently than every eight weeks, which will keep an airline’s investment to below $1,000 per aircraft per year.

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Permagard into Asia

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Australian-based aircraft protective coatings company Permagard expanding into Asia

Australia-based Permagard Aviation has secured a partner in the fast-growing Asian aviation market through a partnership with aviation consultancy and services company RISE Aerospace.

Under a Memorandum of Understand (MoU) signed at the Singapore Airshow, RISE Aerospace will offer Permagard Aviation’s antimicrobial shield for aircraft interiors and protective exterior coating for aircraft exteriors.

The deal also includes Permagard Aviation’s specialist cabin appearance management software designed for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) clients, as well as specialized wastewater reclamation equipment that allowed wet washing of aircraft on any hard stand.

The two parties said in a joint statement they also planned to develop an integrated pest management program to eradicate and control infestations on aircraft.

Permagard Aviation general manager Warren Bertschinger said the company was delighted to partner with RISE Aerospace.

“Bringing our expertise and experience together will enable us to develop innovative new products and services to offer in the Asia region,” Bertschinger said in a statement.

The aerospace antimicrobial coating market was worth US$22.4 million (A$28.5 million) in 2017, according to figures from ASDReports released in January 2018.

It was expected to expand to US$31.2 million (A$39.7 million) by 2022, representing a compound annual growth rate of 6.9 per cent.

“This growth can be attributed to the increase in safety concerns against contagious diseases from harmful microorganisms and rise in aircraft deliveries,” ASDReports said.

In particular, the Asia Pacific region was expected to experience the highest growth rates for the aerospace antimicrobial coating market.

“Factors such as air passenger traffic in emerging countries such as India and China and improving economic conditions in Asia Pacific are expected to drive the growth of the aerospace antimicrobial coating market,” ASDReports said.

The aftermarket segment too was forecast to do well as aircraft had their antimicrobial recoatings done more frequently as the increase in passenger traffic led to the aircraft interior coatings getting stained, scratched, or washed away when in use.

RISE Aerospace chief executive Rauff Kareem said the partnership would benefit the company’s existing customers in providing a “total cabin care solution”.

“This collaboration will allow our companies to explore mutual opportunities and to offer a wide range of benefits to the airlines in the Asia region,” Kareem said in a statement.

“Permagard Aviation’s innovative ideas are unique and the company has great presence in Australia. Now Permagard Aviation will extend its reach into the Asia region via RISE Aerospace’s established presence.”

In this part of the world, Permagard has applied its protective coating, which filters out ultra violet light and protects aircraft paint from oxidising and fading, on about 120 Virgin Australia aircraft .

The coating also helps reduce cleaning time and cuts down the number of times an aircraft needs to be washed.

The company also works on airlines such as Qantas, Jetstar, Regional Express and QantasLink, as well as Air New Zealand and its subsidiaries.

Meanwhile, a division of Permagard Australia Group, 145 Aviation Services, began performing Lufthansa Technik’s Cyclean Engine Wash service at Melbourne Airport on the CFM56 engines on Qantas’s Boeing 737-800s in March 2017.

The Permagard website said Cyclean sprays pre-heated water directly into the core engine at high pressure, which “provides a fine, evenly distributed amount of atomised water through the engine’s gas path”.

No post-wash engine runs are required, and the overall service time for each engine is less than one hour.

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Permagard - Recognised Value for CHC Australia

Monday, June 05, 2017


After a successful Permagard treatment on their helicopters at Karratha WA, the Australian division of CHC Helicopters engaged Permagard Aviation again to bring some life back into some tired paintwork on their NSW fleet. The original request for the WA fleet was to provide protection against the harshest of environments that Karratha brings; souring temperatures, dust, salt and sea air. This particular request was to avoid repainting their NSW helicopters. Again, Permagard delivers an exceptional result.

About CHC.

Headquartered in BC, Canada, and operating more than 250 aircraft in 30 countries, CHC Helicopter is a large helicopter services company specializing in transportation to offshore oil and gas platforms; civilian search and rescue and air medical evacuation services; and helicopter maintenance repair and overhaul. CHC provides helicopter services in Australia for the Fire and Emergency Services Authority WA, Victoria Police and Ambulance services NSW.

Picture 1 - The vast contrast of old paint versus Permagard protection

Picture 2 - Finished, ready for more serious action

Picture 3 - Feeling so new, I am almost smiling in this photo

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