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Two H125s heading for Florida

31st July 2019 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District has ordered two H125 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters as part of a fleet upgrade programme.

The helicopters will be used to support aerial spraying to control the mosquito population in the Florida Keys, off the southern coast of the state.

The aircraft feature improved Isolair and AgNav equipment for conducting mosquito control missions. The district plans to operate each of the H125s for approximately 150-200 hours per year, with peak mosquito season running May through September.

With a sub-tropical environment, the Keys regions from Key Largo to Key West is home to approximately 46 species of mosquitoes, and aerial spraying proves one of the most effective ways to combat mosquito-borne disease such as Zika virus and Dengue.

Joshua Kogut, director of aerial operations at the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, said: ‘The H125 is already the helicopter of choice for managing Florida’s large mosquito population. We’ve chosen the aircraft because of its ability to increase the coverage areas during a single mission, and to improve the safety of our operation.

‘We look forward to bringing the two aircraft on board to support our operations in the most efficient manner.’

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