For Airbus, cabin air quality is the key to a comfortable flight – IONICON PTR-MS technology helps the aircraft manufacturer analyzing the air.
On aircraft, cabin air quality contributes significantly to the comfort and well being of passengers and crews alike. Commercial aircraft operate primarily in the troposphere and lower stratosphere, which is an environment hostile to life. A sophisticated aircraft environmental control system ensures that our journey onboard aircraft usually is a comfortable experience despite outside conditions of -50°C, high ozone concentrations and only 1/5th of the ambient pressure on the earth’s surface. Outside air which is usually very clean, particularly during flight, is conveyed into the pressurized fuselage and approximately the same amount is discarded overboard by the environmental control system. The entire cabin air is exchanged with outside air every three minutes.
In an article in the Airbus / FAST magazine #50 (August 2012) Dr. Andreas Bezold (Airbus Operations GmbH) explains details of cabin air quality, the aircraft environmental control system and measurement campaigns involving an IONICON PTR-TOF 8000 instrument providing further insights: