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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Aerospace Leaders Discuss Approach on Volcanic Ash

Industry leaders from the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) and the Aerospace Industries Association of America (AIA) exchanged views on how to expand their close collaboration in a wide variety of areas during a meeting at the Farnborough International Air Show.
The CEOs discussed ongoing efforts among manufacturers, operators and national aviation authorities to come up with an international standard for operations near volcanic ash. CEOs affirmed support for continued research and testing of volcanic ash effects. However, until real-time, calibrated ash detection systems are aboard aircraft, manufacturers continue to recommend avoidance of visible ash.
They also said a commitment to interoperability between the future European and U.S. systems, SESAR and NextGen respectively, should be made as early as possible via collaboration between industry and aviation authorities on both sides of the Atlantic.  They said industry and regulators should engage proactively in a coordinated effort to ensure ATM technology harmonization.

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