A Pittsburgh-based drone company has received the FAA’s blessing to use drones to disinfect public venues.
The federal authority granted AERAS Drone Desinfectant Solutions a “137” certification, with which the company can rehabilitate sports and entertainment facilities such as stadiums or concert arenas against COVID and other viral pathogens.
The special certification is usually reserved for spraying plants with pesticides. According to company representatives, this is the first such certification for COVID-related disinfection. AERAS will use patented electrostatic technology to disperse EPA approved approved disinfectants.
“We are grateful for the support and trust we have received from the FAA in making our company the only company legally and legally certified to use drone technology to kill COVID-19,” said Justin Melanson, Co-Founder and Director of Research and Development at AERAS. “We are absolutely thrilled to offer a more effective and efficient means of delivering the preferred EPA-approved disinfectant to a venue.”
“AERAS is honored to be the first company to meet the FAA’s high standards to earn this outdoor facility remediation certification as we return to a new normal emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Eric Lloyd, CEO and Co-Founder of AERAS. “As sports and music fans, we understand how much people itches to feel the energy of personal entertainment again. We are thrilled that we can quickly help ensure fans return to stadiums and fields safely and securely. “
Drones have become an important tool in the fight against COVID-19 pathogens in a variety of use cases. Shortly after the widespread outbreaks of the pandemic last year, drone manufacturers like DJI modified spray drones to accommodate disinfectants for use overseas.
The Atlanta Hawks have signed a contract with Lucid Drone Technologies to use their D1 disinfection drone to refurbish the 17,500-seat State Farm Arena between events. The drone can cover 150,000 square feet in one hour.
New York-based EagleHawk has also developed a method of disinfecting large areas against COVID-19 using disinfection drones. Using EPA-approved chemicals, the disinfection drones can spray over large facilities like stadiums and stadiums, or indoor buildings like prisons and government offices.
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