Ash detection technology trialled

19 July 2012 09:42

EasyJet has trialled new ash detection equipment technology

EasyJet has trialled new ash detection equipment technology

Budget airline easyJet has trialled new ash detection equipment in the wake of the 2010 ash cloud crisis which saw holidaymakers checking the small print of their travel insurance cover.

The airline fitted Volcanic Object Imaging Detector (Avoid) to its A340-300 for a trial period which came to an end on July 14. A spokesman said tests had been successful in altitudes of up to 40,000ft.

EasyJet rolled out the trial programme with the help of Airbus and Nicarnica Aviation as part of efforts to detect ash at high altitudes.

In the event of volcanic activity at the Stromboli or Etna volcanoes, aircraft was scheduled to be flown above in a bid to detect ash levels.

Another part of the trial also saw aircraft in line to try and pick up on tiny sand particles while flying high above beaches to the west of Morocco.

EasyJet engineering director Ian Davies said easyJet and Airbus predict they may be able to provide support for London 2012 with their Avoid ash detection system.

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