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A Way Around the Volcanic Ash Cloud

Schmitt, Angela R. (2016) A Way Around the Volcanic Ash Cloud. DLR Magazine, 149, pp. 37-39. Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR). ISSN 2190-0108.

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In the cockpit, the pilots cross the last items off their checklist. No thunderstorms have been forecast for today – but a volcanic ash cloud from Iceland is making its way across the sky. Will the flight have to be postponed or cancelled on short notice? Can the ash cloud be circled, or is it expanding in the opposite direction? Will the destination airport be ash-free upon arrival? Will the air traffic controllers give clearance for landing at all? The DLR project ‘Volcanic ash impact on the Air Transport System’ (VolcATS) examines the issue of volcanic ash, its effects on air traffic and possible solutions to these problems. The ash spewed into the air during a volcanic eruption heavily restricts the surrounding air space that is usable for air traffic. The free air space must then be used efficiently to minimise the negative impacts on both the airlines and the passengers. DLR researchers in Braunschweig have used different simulations to identify the reasons for flight cancellations or delays due to volcanic ash and have developed action strategies for better handling problems encountered as a result of ash clouds. The aim is to carry out as many flights as possible and to assist in making the best decision possible about whether or not flights should be conducted.

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Document Type:Article
Title:A Way Around the Volcanic Ash Cloud
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Schmitt, Angela R.angela.schmitt (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:March 2016
Journal or Publication Title:DLR Magazine
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 37-39
Publisher:Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
Series Name:DLR Magazine
Keywords:Volcanic ash cloud, aviation
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:air traffic management and operations
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Efficient Flight Guidance (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Guidance
Deposited By: Uschok, Angela R.
Deposited On:02 Jun 2017 11:48
Last Modified:08 Mar 2018 18:38

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