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September 15-16, 2010

Atlantic Conference on Eyjafjalljokull and Aviation in Iceland

Aug 02, 2010

Keilir Aviation Academy, in cooperation with the Icelandic Ministry of Transport, the Civil Aviation Administration, ISAVIA, the Meteorological Office, the Institute of Earth Sciences, Icelandair, the Association of European Airlines, and the US Embassy in Iceland, will convene a conference on Eyjafjallajökull and Aviation at Keflavik Airport, Iceland, on September 15-16, 2010.

Fundamental themes of concern to the air transportation industry today will be addressed in eight sessions covering the following topics:

• What happened in Eyjafjallajökull?
• Why was Europe´s airspace closed?
• What procedures were followed?
• What has been learned?
• What are the effects of volcanic ash on airplanes and can they be reduced?
• What steps are to be taken and by whom to minimize the threats that volcanic ash poses to aviation?

Invited speakers come from civil aviation authorities in Europe, Russia, China, the US, the European Commission, OECD, EASA, FAA, Eurocontrol, airlines, airport and air navigation service providers, meteorological offices, as well as personnel from research organizations directly involved in supporting the aviation business, such as manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus and international and regional organizations. Top scientists will address the issues of volcanic eruptions and volcanic ash detection and distribution.

Patron of the conference is the President of Iceland, Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson. Guest of honor and invited speaker is Capt. Eric Moody, British Airways - the captain who glided his B747 to safety out of volcanic ash over Java on June 24, 1982. Conference chairman is Dr.Thorgeir Palsson, professor at the University of Reykjavik and former director general of the Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration and ISAVIA.

There will be opportunities for meeting colleagues during the two days, including the gala dinner on Wednesday, September 15, kindly hosted by Diamond Aircraft. Sightseeing tours to the “scene of the crime,” Eyjafjallajökull, will be organized on the days before and after the conference, on September 14 and 17.

Please refer also to the conference website for details and to download the latest program: .

Atlantic Conference on Eyjafjalljokull and Aviation in Iceland
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