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« on: April 15, 2010, 06:24:03 AM »

There are major disruptions to air traffic over Western Europe this morning due to a high level vocanic cloud heading this direction from Iceland    M50
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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2010, 07:49:12 AM »

Listening to my scanner now, VFR traffic has been stopped anywhere from south of Heathrow. North of Heathrow VFR flights are patchy depending on the sector providing basic service. The highest i've heard a flight was at 240.
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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2010, 10:20:00 AM »

UK, Ireland, Sweden and Norway have all closed their airspace.  The Netherlands and Denmark will close their airspace in the next few hours.  Not a good day to be flying. 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2010/apr/15/volcano-airport-disruption-iceland
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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2010, 10:52:41 AM »

Current image from www.flightradar24.com/:



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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2010, 12:06:02 PM »

Even EGLL (Heathrow) is shut down.  And British Airways has grounded their flights for the day.

http://news.sympatico.ctv.ca/home/contentposting.aspx?feedname=CTV-TOPSTORIES_V3&showbyline=True&date=true&newsitemid=CTVNews%2f20100415%2ficeland_volcano_100415

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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2010, 12:47:01 PM »

Two SBS radar images from www.atcbox.com showing now planes above The UK, Netherlands, Belgium. Only soma activity in the southern part of Germany.



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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2010, 06:53:22 AM »

"We expect around 11,000 flights to take place today in European airspace. On a normal day, we would expect 28,000," said Kyla Evans, a spokeswoman for Eurocontrol. "The cloud of volcanic ash is continuing to move east and southeast."

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http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-general/20100414/EU.Iceland.Volcano/

A short vid is included with this story.
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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2010, 03:15:56 AM »

http://www.radarvirtuel.com/#
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« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2010, 12:05:49 PM »

It is now affecting Newfoundland Canada.  CYYT was closed early today but it looks like they are having limited traffic right now.

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« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2010, 01:37:08 AM »

Sounds like they are opening up the airspace tomorrow.   With 12 tracks tomorrow 3 eastbound along with 9 westbound for the daytime tracks across the Atlantic.  This is the first time I have seen dual tracks.  https://www.notams.jcs.mil/common/nat.html  is the website to take a look at all the tracks for the day.   
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« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2010, 01:27:06 PM »

This is kind of interesting:

http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-science/20100420/SCI.Volcano.Risk/
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« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2010, 01:32:34 PM »

Check this out. Pics, charts, maps, NOTAMS, and reduced operating hours list:

http://avherald.com/h?article=42a1e5b1&opt=0
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« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2010, 04:16:02 PM »

One more article...

"LONDON — Britain's government said U.K. airports — including London's Heathrow Airport — would reopen Tuesday, as European terminals lurched back to life while the danger from Iceland's volcanic ash plume eased.

Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis said all British airports would reopen at 2100GMT (1700EST), allowing passenger services into the U.K. to resume. Britain's Civil Aviation Authority said all U.K. airspace would reopen at the same time.

British Airways said it hoped to land as many as 25 flights Tuesday evening — from the United States, Africa and Asia into London."


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http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-general/20100420/EU.Iceland.Volcano/
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« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2010, 05:43:56 PM »

LONDON CALLING TO THE FAR AWAY TOWNS  heathrow open streams of 777/747 inbound and landed after holding over ireland and the south last few hours jet noise is back !!
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« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2010, 06:22:07 PM »

How can that be that a volcano that started in Iceland is making a cloud in new found land and Canada?
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« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2010, 07:35:46 PM »

Thomson TCX952P had to turn back to Manchester due to the smell of sulfur/ash in the cockpit. I have recorded audio describing the problem and will post it soon.
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« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2010, 08:02:06 PM »

Posted over here: http://www.liveatc.net/forums/atcaviation-audio-clips/tcx952p-turns-back-to-manchester-uk-(egcc)-after-smelling-ash-in-the-cockpit/msg43721/#msg43721
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« Reply #17 on: April 21, 2010, 10:34:13 PM »

This is why airplanes and volcanic ash and dust don't mix:

On June 24th, 1982, a British Airways 009, Boeing 747-236B G-BDXH (cn 21635/365) "City of Edinburgh", was enroute to Perth, Australia, when it flew into a cloud of volcanic ash and dust. The result was heavy damage to the airframe and flame-out of all four engines. The crew was able to restart the engines and land safely in Jakarta.

"The result of a forensic investigation into the incident was to change pilot training around the world. Engineers at Rolls-Royce found that the engines had seized up because the plane had flown through a cloud of volcanic ash."

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-431802/The-story-BA-flight-009-words-passenger-dreads-.html

Below is a photo of the aircraft involved, Boeing 747-236B G-BDXH (cn 21635/365) "City of Edinburgh". After the incident, she was repaired and returned to service.
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