Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
13 December 2011 13:32
EasyJet hopes to install a volcanic ash detection system on its aircraft by next year
Budget airline EasyJet hopes to install a volcanic ash detection system on its aircraft by next year.
The new system called AVOID (airborne volcanic object imaging detector) could help prevent unnecessary disruption from volcanic ash clouds.
AVOID, which has been successfully tested over the constantly active Mount Etna volcano in Sicily and at nearby active volcano island of Stromboli, involves two wing-based infrared cameras that can detect particles of ash in the air up to 60 miles ahead.
Developed by the US military, the technology enables pilots to detect an ash cloud ahead at altitudes between 5,000 and 50,000ft, allowing them to make adjustments to the plane's flight path to avoid any ash cloud.
With the use of the technology, airlines could cut down the number of flight cancellations due to ash clouds and associated
travel insurance claims.
The device has been installed on a microlight aircraft which has flown more than 30 hours to test the equipment.
Ian Davies, easyJet's engineering head, said: "The testing of the technology is an exciting next step in the journey to get AVOID on to easyJet aircraft which we hope to do by summer 2012."
21 October 2016
A union is warning of travel chaos over the Christmas period at four major UK airports, unless a baggage carrier transfers staff to other companies.
20 October 2016
Thousands of passengers faced travel chaos yesterday after rail service through the Channel Tunnel was suspended because of a power failure.
19 October 2016
People planning holidays from Gatwick Airport in the run up to Christmas could face travel chaos as unions threaten to strike over a pension dispute.
18 October 2016
Eurostar has said it will cut 12 services from London St Pancras to Paris and Brussels.
15 October 2016
Tourists in Thailand are being advised to "behave respectfully" and wear "sombre" clothing as the country mourns King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
14 October 2016
Holidaymakers are being warned to buy currency in advance as exchange rates being offered are as little as 0.96 euro to the pound at airports.
13 October 2016
Scientists say there is strong evidence air pollution and vitamin D deficiency can cause dementia.
12 October 2016
More people are going on holiday than at any time in the past five years despite terror attacks and the impact of Brexit, according to a study.
11 October 2016
People from across North Carolina had to be rescued from their homes as the downgraded Hurricane Matthew blew out to sea - leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
04 October 2016
People travelling abroad is on the rise, according to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)
08 October 2016
A hurricane pelting the coast of Florida and described as a 'monster' by a local official has brought chaos to the state, with flights cancelled, homes evacuated and theme parks shut.
07 October 2016
Low-cost airline easyJet says its profits will nosedive as terrorist attacks and air traffic control strikes are taking their toll on the company.