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Beware of Volcanic Ash

Post by Jim » Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:50 am

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Post by willo » Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:41 pm

DUE TO VOLCANIC ASH ACTIVITY AIRSPACE RESTRICTIONS WILL APPLY TO
FLIGHTS IN SHANNON FIR. ZERO FLOW RATE RESTRICTIONS ARE IN
PLACE FOR ALL EISN SECTORS IN SHANNON FIR. FLIGHTS
DEPARTING FROM AIRFIELDS OUTSIDE THE IFPS ZONE SHOULD MONITOR ANM'S
ISSUED BY THE CFMU FOR UPDATES.
SHANNON STATION MANAGER + 353 61 366148

Anyone know what IFPS, ANM & CFMU stand for

Is Class G open?

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Re: Beware of Volcanic Ash

Post by kilo delta » Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:55 pm

Here ya go Brian ;).....

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Re: Beware of Volcanic Ash

Post by vanman » Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:59 pm

It only really affect IFR flights. VFR flights will have to sky to themselves for the next couple of days.

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Re: Beware of Volcanic Ash

Post by Jim » Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:18 pm

Sorry to disappoint but, all air intakes may be affected.
It has already reached the surface and extends to FL550.

The affected area is E,SE & S.
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Re: Beware of Volcanic Ash

Post by willo » Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:49 pm

Would it be fair to summarise therefore that Class G is open, but good airmanship would implicitly state that the pilot/operator should consider the implications of this invisible contaminant, or does the NOTAM state that there is zero traffic allowed in the Shannon FIR?

Cheers Karl for the definitions, never came across them before.

Maybe a call to Shannon AIS will clarify it. might do in the morning

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Post by Jim » Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:07 pm

Class G is open at your own risk.

This invisible ash is dry, any speed will "Sandblast" your windscreen and leave it like frosted glass.
Nose props will speed up the frosting process.

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Post by kilo delta » Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:57 pm

Most of northern europe's airspace is closed now.....http://www.flightradar24.com/

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Post by OSCAR BRAVO » Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:16 pm

The Irish Aviation Authority has announced that it is lifting restrictions, with immediate effect, on flights to and from the State airports at Cork and Shannon and some of the regional airports.

However, as the latest reports from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in London indicate that the ash cloud is still over the east coast, the restrictions will remain in force at Dublin airport until, at least, 11 am on Friday, 16th April. Restrictions also remain in force in large parts of the UK and Northern Europe.

This decision is based on the predicted path of the ash plume which shows a move to the east and south of Ireland. This will allow transatlantic flights and internal flights to take off and land at Shannon.

Mr. Donie Mooney, Director of Operations at the Irish Aviation Authority said that the Authority is satisfied that it is safe to fly to and from the State airports/regional airports on the western coast.

"We will continue to closely monitor the weather and once it is safe to fly into the east coast we will lift the restrictions at Dublin Airport when it is deemed safe to do so. We advise anybody booked on flights tomorrow to check with their airlines on a regular basis.

"Our priority is the safety of the pilots, crews and passengers on all flights. So we will not lift restrictions until we are satisfied that it is 100% safe to fly," he said.

The IAA will provide an update on the restrictions after 11 am on Friday, 16th April 2010.

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Re: Beware of Volcanic Ash

Post by Jim » Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:47 pm

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Post by hum » Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:11 am

Obviously no-one told this bloke :-)
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Re: Beware of Volcanic Ash

Post by Jim » Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:10 am

Dublin has opened 1000hrs for westbound traffic.

Chrystals are thinning!
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Re: Beware of Volcanic Ash

Post by Jim » Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:54 pm

Nice one Gerry!

However, that close to the burn although hot, the ash has not yet formed! :)
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Re: Beware of Volcanic Ash

Post by StrikeCommand » Fri Apr 16, 2010 8:34 pm

Must have been trying to shake a Sidewinder off his tail.

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Re: Beware of Volcanic Ash

Post by Jim » Sat Apr 17, 2010 1:24 am

Latest scans show the plume is being blown back into Ireland by the present anticyclone.
http://aopaireland.com/forum/index.php/topic,15.0.html

Southerly airports have been closed by this action.
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