Airbus H125. (Airbus Helicopters)
Florida Keys’ Mosquito Control District has ordered two new Airbus H125 helicopters, bringing the state's total mosquito-fighting helicopter fleet to 10.
The Keys’ Mosquito Control District combats 46 species of mosquitos via truck and aerial spray missions to fight the spread of diseases such as Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya.
Florida Keys is the third district in the state to enlist the help of Airbus Helicopters in recent years, following Lee County’s purchase of six H125s in 2018 and Brevard County’s purchase of two H125s in 2013 — all for the purpose of controlling mosquito populations.
“The H125 is already the helicopter of choice for managing Florida’s large mosquito population,” said Joshua Kogut, director of aerial operations at FKMCD. “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.”
Deliveries of the new H125s for the Florida Keys should be completed by early 2020, according to Airbus Helicopters. The aircraft feature improved Isolair and AgNav equipment for conducting various mosquito control missions, and the district plans to operate them for approximately 150-200 hours per year, with peak mosquito season running May through September.
“We are proud the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District has selected the H125 to help protect citizens and contain the mosquito population,” said Brian Reid, senior director of sales for Airbus Helicopters. “The H125 has earned its reputation as a first-class aircraft for a multitude of different functions, and it is well-suited for this unique mission profile.”