it's amazing how little is being reported on the US news about this, after all, the whole world is affected by it! Closed airspace still prevails over ALL of Europe, including now Poland and Italy, etc. VFR flying still allowed, but research planes have discoverd "muck" down to 6000 ft.....
Dorrie, I've seen quite a lot of coverage here - it's all over the news, really. I watched the ACI showing of the British Airways 747 that lost power to all 4 engines after encountering ash (though at the time, the pilots had no idea WHAT was going on and actually thought they had committed some kind of serious error). I think it's a good watch. It shows the plane after it's back on the ground - the windshield is so marred, you cannot see through it, the paint is all but gone and views of engine components show EXTREME damage to internal parts. That air emergency makes it very clear that flying through heavy ash is destructive to an aircraft, what appears to be not so clear is whether they can fly at either higher or lower altitudes to avoid it.
They said Schiphol may open back up today, but so far I haven't looked at the news to see. I know it was going to be closed until at least 8 this morning, and now it's a lil after 9.Hope you are having a great day!
BG prolly thinks I am obsessed, but pprune has about 80 pages of links and comments now, and I find it fascinating. Perhaps it is because I have been to those places, or know people who live there. Or am interested in flying.
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