The worlds first prototype poisonous compound sensor for aircraft cabins will be launched at the  “Aircraft Cabin Air International Conference 2019″

VN Aerotoxic Detection Solutions has been developing hand held sensors to detect poisonous compounds in aircraft cabins, and the real-time detection of poisonous compounds like Tricresyl Phosphate, TCP in aircraft cabins is now possible. The Aerotoxic Detection Solutions team will be  available for meetings with interested parties during the ‘Breakout’ sessions at the Aircraft Cabin Air International Conference being held in London on 17th & 18th September.  

Register your interest now by using the button above to meet one of the team and discuss how the latest hand held sensor technology can help you, your colleagues and your organisation monitor the quality of cabin air in-flight..

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Mono-fibre Optical Measuring Technology to detect Tricresyl Phosphate & other VOCs – SVOCs in Aircraft Cabins

What is the opportunity & why does it exist?

  • Design, Test & Prove a specific fixed ‘Air Quality’ detection device for onboard aircraft use
  • Aircraft ‘Fume Events’ are understood to occur  on 1 in 100 flights daily (Neurotoxins present in the cabin during flight or upon start-up). Events occur when lubrication oil in the jet engine is burnt due to seepage and/or leaks, the organophosphates in the oil are released and then mix with the incoming ‘fresh air’ via the aircraft bleed-air-system
  • Multiple reports by flight crew & cabin staff of these incidents & their physical side- effects on crew and passengers
  • Existing ongoing court cases by cabin crew against operators, e.g. UK High Court with Judge Barbara Fontaine presiding see:
  • Numerous ‘near flight crew black-out’ & ‘oxygen masks required’ events resulting ‘near fatal’ incidents
  • Numerous legal actions against operators & manufacturers alike being settled outside courts throughout the world.

What is the technology and how proven is it?

  • VN-ADS Fibre Optic Sensor Technology can detect poisonous compounds including Tricresyl Phosphate (TCP), Tributyl Phosphate (TBP) and other poisonous Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Semi Volatile Organic Compounds (SVOCs) SELECTIVELY in real time.
  • Patents granted with additional patents applied for
  • Stage 1 development process has already delivered an independently verified working proof of concept
  • Currently a number of hand-held prototypes are being built and tested for further verification and certification

What will the Round 2 £600K investment deliver?

  • Build of up to 100 pre-production sensors for field-testing and final certification
  • Ongoing research and testing for detection of a broader range of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) and Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds (SVOC’s) detection
  • Sales & Marketing will commence with Global Aviation industry players to demonstrate and promote the solutions, whilst also communicating with the necessary regulatory bodies to ensure compliance issues are covered. 

Stage 1: Successfully Completed & Peer Reviewed by Emeritus Professor Derek Fray FRS FREng of Cambridge University, where he commented as follows:

“I witnessed a successful demonstration, by Professor Jeremy Ramsden, that showed that coated optical sensors responded quickly to organic vapours, including ethanol and toluene.  It is the intention to have a series of coatings which will form the basis of a device that will monitor volatile organic compounds found in the aircraft cabins.

The results of Prof. Ramsden’s research (i.e. the findings and data presented to me on the 12th February 2016) are valid, and demonstrate the potential of the device for accurate measurement of Volatile Organic Compounds and Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs and SVOCs) on board passenger aircraft.

Subject to more comprehensive experimentation and development to assure the device’s sensitivity and consistency of measurement further, I would agree that this technology/project should continue with the appropriate funding to develop a commercial VOC- & SVOC-measurement device for the aerospace industry.”

How will it make money & when?

With UK & USA Patents granted and a further applications in process, VN-ADS will achieve revenues by:

  • Sales of Hand-held detection devices to aircraft owners & operators for existing fleets
  • Licence ‘built-in’ technology to aircraft manufacturers for ‘new build’ aircraft
  • 1-2 years in development before potential revenues
  • 2-3 years in revenue before potential investor exit

How large is the market?

  • Market Research carried out by VN-ADS, shows that there are currently 20,310 commercial aircraft in service today. Growth in commercial aircraft numbers (both passenger & cargo) is projected at 5% pa, delivering 41,240 aircraft flying by 2032. 14,320 of these will replace older, less efficient airplanes, with the remaining 20,930 used for fleet growth.
  • Given the complete lack of ‘real-time’ organophosphate (or suitable surrogate) detection & measuring technology available today, and the unique nature of the patent coverage acquired by VN-ADS, it is envisaged that the handheld market opportunity could be as large as $3.9billion.
  • The ‘rights of use’ licence fee for a ‘built-in’ solution total market opportunity between 2014 & 2032 is estimated to be in the region of $8.8billion.