Easyjet Plans Ash Cloud Testing

Easyjet, Airbus and Nicarnica are planning the final stage of testing for the ‘AVOID’ (Airborne Volcanic Object Imaging Detector) technology – a system that is similar to a weather radar for ash. Last week Easyjet flew back a tonne of volcanic ash that was collected by the Institute of Earth Sciences in Reykjavik, Iceland; the ash dried to create the consistency of fine talc and will be used during summer for an experiment. The next phase of testing will involve two Airbus planes, one of which has the ability to disperse the ash into the atmosphere creating an artificial ash cloud for the second aircraft that will aim to detect and avoid it at over 30,000ft with the help of the AVOID technology; the experiment is expected to take place in August.

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