International Volcanic Ash Task Force presents tools for airlines
In response to the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in April 2010, the International Volcanic Ash Task Force, a special multidisciplinary group set up by the International Civil Aviation Organization, has delivered a series of practical tools and recommendations to “significantly mitigate the impact of future volcanic events on international aviation operations”.
The measures include a new publication of specialised ash-related flight operations guidance, an Air Traffic Management Volcanic Ash Contingency Plans template and recommendations on new technology and system requirements for ground-based, airborne and satellite-based volcanic ash detection systems.
Iceland’s 2010 eruption led to the worst disruption to air transport operations since World War II, clearly displaying aviation’s vulnerability to natural hazards.
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[pictured: Eruption at Anak Krakatau, Indonesia, in 2008]