After the logistical nightmare caused by Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano earlier this year, Universal Weather and Aviation owner Greg Evans challenged his colleagues to develop a way for the company to help clients in future volcanic ash events. Product manager for weather and mobile solutions Shawn Rampy and his team took up the challenge and researched the problem, consulting with experts and studying possible practical solutions.
A bold move by British Airways in April–the launching of 26 airplanes toward the UK while British airspace was closed–finally broke the European airspace logjam caused by volcanic ash clouds from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano.
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.
Engineers at Honeywell’s Phoenix engine division have received two TPE331-5 turboprops removed from a Dornier Do-228 operated by the UK’s National Environment Research Council on flights into volcanic ash clouds resulting from the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull Volcano.
The FAA and the National Park Service are developing an Air Tour Management Plan for Washington’s Mount Rainier National Park pursuant to the National Parks Air Tour Management Act of 2000. Five air-tour operators currently conduct air tours in the area and are limited to a combined 114 tours per year. The public comment period ends this month.
Ash from a volcano in Iceland brought disruption to European air transport last month on a scale that far exceeded the combined efforts of global terrorism and the financial crisis. Huge swaths of the continent’s airspace were closed for prolonged periods and hundreds of thousands of travelers were stranded at various points around the world for days on end.
Operators of turbine-powered aircraft must avoid flying through volcanic ash clouds, according to engine and airframe manufacturers, but if ash is encountered in flight, there are specific techniques that pilots should use as well as post-flight maintenance procedures. According to the U.S.
Business aircraft grounded by ash from an Icelandic volcano were back flying in Europe's skies minutes after authorities lifted widespread airspace closures Tuesday night. Charter operators and brokers have reported an exceptional flurry of bookings as displaced passengers try to beat the airline backlogs to get home.
MOUNT GAMBIER, AUSTRALIA, DEC. 10, 2001–The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the crash of a King Air 200C (VH-FMN) that killed the pilot and seriously injured the flight nurse.