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Sat, Aug 28, 2010

Insect Control Company Readies King Air Fleet To Fight Post-Hurricane Mosquitoes

Dynamic Aviation Prepares Aerial Spray Team For The Peak Of Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June through November, but the peak of the season falls in mid September, and that has people all along the east coast as well as the Gulf of Mexico thinking about not only the storms, but the aftermath as well. One of the things that a lot of non-coastal residents might not consider is how fast mosquitoes can breed in standing water following any kind of tropical storm. With that in mind, Virginia-based Dynamic Aviation says its aerial application division is preparing a special fleet of insect-control planes to be ready to provide fast response to local, state and federal governments to fight mosquito population surges that may result from a hurricane.

“Dynamic Aviation has been providing widespread spraying throughout the country for more than 40 years,” says Michael Stoltzfus, president and CEO of Dynamic Aviation. “We’re honored to be able to help our government fight threats to public health and do it quickly and thoroughly for maximum speed and effectiveness.”

Dynamic Aviation has 13 Beechcraft King Air 90s dedicated to aerial spray operations and is prepared to respond to a variety of public health emergencies, including the need to control adult mosquito populations. The company says each of its twin-turbine aircraft is qualified to fly over heavily congested areas, and the company’s fleet is capable of treating more than 450,000 acres in a single night. Dynamic Aviation and its partner, Clarke, have more than 60 contracts established nationwide with government organizations; these contracts can be activated at any time simply with a phone call.

In recent years, Dynamic Aviation’s aerial application teams have sprayed more than 5 million acres across the nation. The company actively supported government-funded relief efforts following hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and also sprayed more than 3 million acres in Texas in 2008 following hurricanes Dolly and Ike.

Mosquito populations usually surge after hurricanes and tropical storms. Areas of standing water generated by major rainfall are common breeding grounds for mosquitoes, which are considered a major threat to public health, as the insects have been identified as the main cause of the spread of the deadly West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis and St. Louis encephalitis.

Hurricane Danielle is forecast to pass east of Bermuda, Earl is also forcast to be a major hurricane, but also stay out to sea, and there is a third area of unsettled weather is getting organized south of the Cape Verde Islands ...

FMI: www.dynamicaviation.com

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