Jun 4, 2010 — UK budget airline easyJet announced today it will be the world’s first airline to trial a new technology that will allow pilots to detect volcanic ash clouds and then fly around them.
The so-called AVOID (Airborne Volcanic Object Identifier and Detector) system involves placing infrared sensors onto an aircraft to supply images to both the pilots and an airline's control center. The company says AVOID will detect ash up to 62 miles ahead of the aircraft and at altitudes between 5,000ft and 50,000ft.
The first test flight will use an Airbus 340 test aircraft and take place within two months.
Source: Planet Data