For the time being at least, airlines and their passengers appear to have avoided a full-blown rerun of last year’s volcanic ash crisis.
Volcanoes of Iceland
One year after ash from the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano grounded most aircraft in Europe for several days, ICAO’s European and North Atlantic Volcanic Ash Exercises Steering Group conducted Volcex 11/01, a two-day exercise designed to simulate the effects on ATC of the eruption of different Icelandic volcanoes.
While pilots need to be careful not to fly through heavy concentrations of volcanic ash from the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano in Iceland, the glass particle-laden ash clouds don’t have the same effect on acrylic windows as other volcanic eruptions. According to Bob Cupery, who founded Torrance, Calif.-based Aircraft Window Repairs 31 years ago, volcanic eruptions that are more gaseous pose a bigger problem for aircraft windows.