Gerfmalcon - The World's Only Airplane Sanitizing System
Gerfmalcon - The World's Only Airplane Sanitizing System

Germfalcon: UVC Airplane Sanitization

The World's Only Airplane Sanitizing System

International and domestic spread of disease is becoming a common cause for commotion. Today there are heightened concerns about the risk of spreading disease during air travel, thanks to exotic diseases like Ebola, Measles, and SARS recently crossing borders. An Auburn University study in 2014 proved that some bacteria could survive up to 7 days on airplane’s surfaces, and transfer from that surface to your skin. You’ll be surprised to learn: currently there are no standards regulating any kind of on-board cleaning. Airlines set their own standards and conduct their own quality-control inspections, but disinfecting agents are troublesome, since some can corrode metals and damage fabric and plastic materials.

We have created an efficient and practical way for airlines to sanitize the interiors of commercial planes. Our robot, the Germfalcon, shines germ-killing UV-C light, a method commonly used to disinfect in hospitals. As it rolls down the aisle, its wings extend between the seatback tops and overhead bins, while the autonomous robot navigates the length of the fuselage. We have proven a 99.99% germ-kill rate in under 10 minutes with no damage or reaction from any cabin materials.  

In a market with fierce competition, early adopters have an opportunity to invoke industry-wide change. The Germfalcon offers a unique and marketable competitive advantage to an airline willing to incorporate this cutting edge technology into their operational routine. As an original adopter, the first airline customer will be credited and recognized for introducing the industry to a responsible, new procedure.Additionally, there is value-added goodwill for both passengers and crew.

We intend to make the Germfalcon the worldwide standard for commercial airplane sterilization. We believe this is a logical step to disrupt, reduce or eliminate the spread of infectious disease, accelerated by commercial airline travel. 

Germfalcon is currently raising funds to help cover some of our startup costs, including mechanical, electrical, and software development, manufacturing and assembly of an autonomous, reproduce-able unit, and finalize our first product order. 

An estimated 3.5 billion passengers will fly commercially this year. Please help us stop the spread of disease, by making commercial airplanes clean.

The Squad

Dr. K & Mo K. at the LA Times Travel Show 01/2014 
Dr. K & Mo K. at the LA Times Travel Show 01/2014

Dr. Kreitenberg holds six U.S. Patents, and Germfalcon is his second using Ultraviolet light. In 1991, Dr. K was a finalist in NASA’s U.S. Astronaut selection program. He is a 25-year Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon, with degrees from UCLA and UC San Diego. Dr. Kreitenberg is a member of the Aerospace Medical Association and AIAA Life Sciences Technical Committee. He has also served as a professor at UC Irvine School of Medicine. Dr. Kreitenberg is employed full-time by his orthopaedic surgery private practice. He works with Germfalcon in his free time and serves as Chief Technology Officer.

Mo Kreitenberg, Dr. Kreitenberg's son, runs day-to-day operations for Germfalcon. He has experience in management and business operations. Mo recently earned his Bachelor's degree in Business-Management and Economics at Skidmore College.

The Problem

New York Times, Randy Jones, 02 March 2011 
New York Times, Randy Jones, 02 March 2011

 Aircraft Interiors Provide Ideal conditions for Germ Infectivity:

  • Multiple passengers in rapid succession (up to 30 passengers share 1 seat over a 7 day span)
  • Passengers carry germs from around the world
  • Many shared fomite (germ-harboring) surfaces
  • Tedious to clean surfaces
  • Food/Beverage Served & Frequently Spilled
  • Room Temperature
  • No natural UV light
  • Low Relative Humidity

Wall Street Journal on Commercial Airline Sanitation Guidelines: "It's a murky area without clear regulatory standards. The Federal Aviation Administration says it doesn't regulate or inspect cleaning and referred a reporter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which says it has nothing to do with aircraft cleanliness. OSHA suggested contacting the FAA. The FAA then suggested the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA says it inspects food and water safety on commercial aircraft only." 

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The Germfalcon

 
  • Fully Programmable & Autonomous
  • Stowed/Roll-out footprint smaller than a Food/Drink Trolley
  • UVC Laden Trolley Body & Wings
  • Wings Variably Extensible to Specific Seating Configurations
  • Fans/HEPA Filters expose and sterilize air/dust particles
  • Top Mounted Lamps for Overhead Bins
  • Multi-Pronged Safety Approach
Commonly Contacted Surfaces: 
Arm Rests, Seats, Seatbacks, Floor, Tray Tables, Air/Light/Media Controls, Seatbelts, Pockets, Window Shades, Headrests  Arm Rests, Seats, Seatbacks, Floor, Tray Tables, Air/Light/Media Controls, Seatbelts, Pockets, Window Shades, Headrests 
Arm Rests, Seats, Seatbacks, Floor, Tray Tables, Air/Light/Media Controls, Seatbelts, Pockets, Window Shades, Headrests Arm Rests, Seats, Seatbacks, Floor, Tray Tables, Air/Light/Media Controls, Seatbelts, Pockets, Window Shades, Headrests

 About UV-C:

UVC produces IRREVERSIBLE BONDS in microbe DNA, instantly disrupting all Metabolic Processes. 
UVC produces IRREVERSIBLE BONDS in microbe DNA, instantly disrupting all Metabolic Processes.

NO Heat, NO Chemicals, NO Offgassing, NO Toxins, NO Allergens, NO Material Damage

 

Bacterial and UVC validation studies exceeded expectations with a log4 (99.99%) kill rate at 30 sites of airplane seating area. 

 

 

Thank you for your kind support and consideration.

-The Germfalcon Team

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