Pasco County adds H125s to fight mosquitoes
By Naomi Szeben
Pasco County Mosquito Control District has requisitioned two new Airbus H125s to help in its fight against mosquitoes.
Pasco County is home to roughly 45 different species of mosquitoes, and aerial spraying is one of the most effective ways to fight mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile and Zika viruses. The H125s will become the 12th and 13th helicopters to support this unique utility mission in Florida.
Pasco County also entrusted Airbus with a full nose-to-tail HCare support contract for the H125 fleet. The five-year agreement covers both H125 helicopters for unscheduled parts removals. The H125 aircraft for Pasco County feature improved Isolair and AgNav equipment for conducting mosquito control missions.
“Thanks to its power and versatility, the H125 has emerged as the machine of choice for places such as Florida that must work year-round to protect its population from mosquitoes,” said Will Fulton, Head of Marketing for Airbus Helicopters. “In Florida and elsewhere, mosquitoes are more than a nuisance; they’re a health and safety concern, and the H125 is a key resource to support this mission and help keep communities safe.”
In addition to Pasco County’s two H125, the mosquito control district in Brevard County operate two H125s, Lee County operates six, Florida Keys (Monroe County) operates two, and Charlotte County also operates one H125, which also serves the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.
More than 1,400 H125s are currently in-service worldwide.