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 Post subject: NOTAM Regarding Icelandic Volcanic Activity
PostPosted: 15 Apr 2010, 03:52 
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Here it is 04/14/10

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NEW TODAY TIL 1004151200EST
DUE VOLCANIC ERUPTION IN VOLCANO EYJAFJOLL CONTAMINATED AREA ENBD AOR
SECTOR NORTH, NO IFR CLEARENCE WILL BE ISSUED PENETRATING THE
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LOWER LIMIT: SFC UPPER LIMIT: UNL


The ash cloud is expected to be as high as FL200 and as far south as Wales and the Northern UK. BA is showing delays of up to 40 minutes due to last minute re-routings and airports in Norway are taking a nice big hit as well.

Here's an image of the predicted ash cloud:
http://www.ruv.is/sites/default/files/skjol/oskuspa.jpg

I'll be blunt here; it looks really bad...

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http://news.bbc.co.uk

United Kingdom Airspace is closed from midday today until 18:00 at the earliest.

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Scary stuff! I was actually on that exact glacier when I visited Iceland 2 months ago, and the tour guide said that the nearby volcano was due to erupt any time now. He was right!

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IATA is reporting that airlines are losing more than $200 million a day due to the grounding of flights in Europe.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSLDE6 ... arketsNews

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Wow, this is some pretty serious stuff. Nearly half of Europe is grounded.

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This is getting pretty bad, and the volcano hasn't stopped erupting. Apparantly last time it erupted, some 200 years ago, it lasted for 2 years.

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Oh and the hippies are already gloating. :roll:

Who's for turning on the engines on the asphalt and revving them? :P

Interesting that with a general election only weeks away, none of the politicians are even mentioning it!

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I think the politicians are smart enough to realize that they can't do anything about the volcano or the ash cloud, and if they even hint at a bail out program for the airlines, their ratings will drop into a bottomless pit.

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Doesn't look like we are going to be set free of this cloud for several more days. Every time I click onto BBC NEWS, NATS have pushed the re-open date back by another 12 hours. I've already heard phrases like, "Banana rationing" being banded about! International post will be affected too! Looks like we could be heading back into economic recession in Europe if this keeps up too much longer!

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Airlines aren't the only source of income for Europe, you know. This could be an opportunity for some airlines to shift their operations to another airport. As far as I know, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, and (partly) France still have flights operating. These countries' airlines could take advantage and promote uninterrupted service to Europe.

On a side note, I was pretty upset with this situation. I went to SJU waiting for VS's flight and it wasn't until this morning that I realized that since the UK's airspace is closed, I won't see Virgin around again. The last flight to SJU is scheduled for next week and I'll be a judge in a contest all day.

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Airlines are not Europe's only source of income, that is true. Unfortunately the economy around the world is intricately tied into the airline and air cargo services, so if air travel is cut off for an extended period of time pretty much every industry will eventually start to feel the pinch. I can only imagine what European startup companies are going through right now. The typical setup for a European startup company is an entrepreneur from pretty much anywhere in Europe, company main offices in one of the big financial centers (typically London), and engineers based in Eastern Europe. It requires a lot of back and forth flying to meetings and to keep things rolling smoothly, and the low-fare airline network in Europe is great for that. Now those trips can't be made, opportunities are being lost, and there are probably some great little companies who would have made a name for themselves that will collapse if this continues much longer.

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This should be a wake up call to us for depending so much on one thing. It's ash and it's disrupting air travel, which can disrupt business, which can collapse economies, and so on. So, although unrelated, this could be a future scenario for when:
1. Oil goes over $100 again
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Another acquaintance provided this link. It's from an Italian newspaper, but it has an animated graphic showing the distribution of the ash cloud April 14th through its predicted coverage on the 20th.

http://www.corriere.it/Primo_Piano/Cron ... nube.shtml

*Edit* On a side note, when Frankfurt airport is closed, then you get opportunities for things like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17clkkKy ... r_embedded

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*Edit* On a side note, when Frankfurt airport is closed, then you get opportunities for things like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17clkkKy ... r_embedded

Or a video of Manchester's silence and lack of security (I don't have that link...).

Update: Norwegian Airspace has been re-opened at this point in time (thanks to my primary source for letting me know).

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I heard a report that Bremen's airspace is open again.

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British Airways' take on the situation. They are asking the EU for money.

http://bapressus.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/b ... 1271674554

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Looks as though things might clear up in the coming days. Some test flights have been conducted and they say that the airspace should reopen. The Royal Navy is getting involved now, shipping stranded Britons back to the UK.

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Here's another update: a whopping three flights departed from Amsterdam today, one of them being a heavy 744 to KJFK, a sign of relief!

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There are a few problems with the test flights. They were conducted by airlines, and not the regulatory authorities. They did not go up to the altitudes where the ash was actually present. And the engines on the aircraft used for the test flights were not completely torn down and inspected afterwards.

Even very brief exposure to volcanic ash has shown to cause substantial internal damage to turbine engines, even if there is no visible damage to the aircraft, and the engines appear to continue to operate within normal parameters.

*Edit* There is also a report I have yet to be able to confirm that some NATO F16s conducted some test flights and returned with significant engine damage (European defense officials are also starting to complain about the airspace closures).

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Here's a really helpful list:

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From Irish national broadcaster website:

Here is a list of airspace status as of 0900GMT

AUSTRIA - Airports open as of 0400GMT Monday.
BOSNIA - Airports open
BULGARIA - Sofia, Plovdiv and Burgas airports open, airports in northern Bulgaria closed. Transit flights permitted at 8,000 metres (26,250 feet) altitude
CZECH REPUBLIC - Airspace and airports open as of 1000 GMT on Monday
DENMARK - Airspace open for flights above 10,800 metres (35,500 feet). Airspace below this height closed all Monday
ESTONIA - Airspace closed until 1200 GMT Monday
FINLAND - Airspace over two airports to open for six hours on Monday thanks to gaps in the ash cloud. Flights to operate from southwestern city of Turku and central city of Tampere between 0900 - 1500 GMT. Other airports remain shut
FRANCE - Bordeaux, Marseille, Nice, Toulouse and several other southwest airports will remain open until at least 1300GMT Monday. Airports north of Nice-Bordeaux line remain closed at least until Tuesday morning. Air France said a test flight from Paris to Toulouse on Sunday had ended without problems; tests continuing.
GERMANY - Airports shut until 1200GMT Monday
HUNGARY - Airspace to remain closed until at least 1000 GMT Monday, although some flights at the discretion of traffic control may be allowed to take off or land
IRELAND - Airspace closed until at least 1800 GMT on Monday. Ryanair, Europe's largest low-cost carrier, cancelled all flights to and from northern Europe until at least mid-Wednesday. Aer Lingus cancelled all flights Monday
ITALY - Northern airspace up to 6,700 metres (22,000 feet) re-closed until at least 0600 GMT Tuesday, after briefly opening airspace for two hours on Monday
LATVIA - Airspace above 6,000 metres (19,700 feet) now open for transit flights, but flights to and from Riga airport not expected to resume on Monday
LITHUANIA - Airspace open
MONTENEGRO - Airports open
NETHERLANDS - Airspace shut until at least 1200 GMT Monday
NORWAY - Oslo Gardermoen Airport open for some air traffic Other parts of the country, such as parts of northern Norway, closed to traffic
POLAND - Airports closed on Monday. Transit flights in airspace permitted, but not landings and take-offs.
ROMANIA - Main Bucharest airport open from 1200GMT Monday after two-day closure. May fully reopen airspace on Tuesday
RUSSIA - All airports open. Aeroflot is flying to the United States via the North Pole
SERBIA - Airports open
SLOVAKIA - Airspace above 7,500 metres (26,500 feet) open. Bratislava airport closed
SLOVENIA - Slovenia expects another cloud of ash to reach its airspace around 1200 GMT Monday following which it will probably close its airspace again after opening it last night.
SPAIN - 17 airports open
SWEDEN - Airspace open for flights north of a line stretching from the southern city of Gothenburg to Stockholm Scandinavian airlines to make a decision later on Monday about resuming flights
SWITZERLAND - Flight ban until at least 0600 GMT Tuesday. No instrument-guided flights will be allowed to land at or take off from Swiss airports. Transit permitted at an altitude above 6,400 metres (21,000 feet)
TURKEY - All airports open. Planes flying out of the Black Sea cities of Samsun, Sinop and Zonguldak have been advised not to fly higher than 6,000 metres
UNITED KINGDOM - Airspace closed all Monday. British Airways cancels all Monday flights. An update is expected at about 1400GMT
UKRAINE - Kiev's Borispol airport open

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