VOLCANO ASH CHAOS, ROYAL NAVY TO ASSIST
Volcanic eruptions from the Eyjafjallajokull glacier have wreaked havoc on European air traffic as the invisible, sometimes visible ash cloud has caused thousands of flights to be canceled.
…increasingly desperate airlines ran test flights to show that flying was safe and pressed aviation authorities to loosen the flight ban.
Airlines complained that European governments were overreacting to the threat, relying on incomplete data from computer models rather than real-world safety tests in the air above Europe. In a blunt statement Sunday, representatives of Europe’s airlines and airports called for “an immediate reassessment of the present restrictions.”
Europe’s transportation ministers decided to meet in Brussels today to discuss how and when to get planes back in the air. “It is clear that this is not sustainable,” the European Union’s transport commissioner, Siim Kallas, told reporters in Brussels. “We cannot just wait until this ash cloud dissipates.”Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10109/1051594-82.stm#ixzz0lYDXcEzN
Europe’s transportation ministers should take a look at the damage that can happen when a plane flies into the ash. This was no computer model for damage on an F-18 Hornet for The Finnish Air Force.
Five of the air force’s Hornets were involved in a training exercise on the morning of 15 April, just hours before the imposition of airspace restrictions due to the ash cloud spreading from a major volcanic eruption in Iceland.
One aircraft’s engines have been inspected so far using a boroscope, with melted ash clearly visible on its inside surface. The air force decided to release the images to show the potentially damaging effects of current flight activities, says chief information officer Joni Malkamäki. http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2010/04/16/340727/pictures-finnish-f-18-engine-check-reveals-effects-of-volcanic.html
Additionally from Brussels – A senior Western diplomat says several NATO F-16 fighters suffered engine damage after flying through the volcanic ash cloud covering large parts of Europe. The official declined to provide more details on the military flights, except to say that glasslike deposits were found inside the planes’ engines after they patroled over European airspace. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100419/ap_on_re_eu/eu_volcano_jets_damaged
NATO was running operation ‘Brilliant Mariner’ exercise at the time. https://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2010/04/15/911-false-flag-volcanic-ash-grounds-flights-military-drills-continue/
The 10-day long multi-nation naval drill began here on April 12, 2010. “It will engage the NATO forces to respond to a number of challenges, including asymmetric or terrorist threats, maritime security operations and embargo operations “in a realistic scenario,” a NATO statement said.http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100419/ap_on_re_eu/eu_volcano_jets_damaged
In a realistic scenario. Hmmmm? I’d say the closing down of airspace is a pretty damned realistic scenario.
European Union officials said air traffic could return to half its normal level on Monday if the dense cloud begins to dissipate. Germany allowed some flights to resume.
Eighty percent of European airspace remained closed for a devastating fourth day on Sunday, with only 4,000 of the normal 20,000-flight schedule in the air, said Brian Flynn, deputy head of operations for Eurocontrol, which supports the air traffic control network across the European Union’s 27 states. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/18/volcano-ash-flights-eu-sa_n_542081.html
After more than five days of disruptions, The Royal Navy is coming to the rescue. Speaking after a meeting of the emergency planning committee Cobra, Gordon Brown said the HMS Ark Royal, HMS Albion, and HMS Ocean will all be mobilised. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8629270.stm “Our first priority is to avoid the inconvenience,” said Brown. So much for the priority of safety.
The HMS Ocean http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/operations-and-support/surface-fleet/assault-ships/hms-ocean/ is expected in port today, but where she will sail is anyone’s guess. One can only imagine the logistics of civilian personnel on a military vessels, say nothing of security precautions.
Where will all the soldier’s go that are aboard these crafts? Will they be armed as they assist passengers?
The Royal Navy has excelled in public relations ploys in the past.
The cash-strapped Royal Navy is planning a major merchandising campaign, stamping its world-famous White Ensign logo on everything from rum to underwear.
Senior commanders have approved a high-profile licensing strategy hoping the traditional cachet of the senior service will help sell ranges of clothing, toys, sports gear and drinks.
Despite the Navy having to scrap warships and aircraft due to budget pressures officials insist the move into merchandising is designed to boost its public profile rather than raise desperately-needed funds, and profits will be ploughed back into public relations rather than paying for combat capability. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-400772/Cash-strapped-Royal-Navy-sells-branded-pants.html#ixzz0lYS4dMbw
In the U.S. Sea World is running it’s own public relations campaign where I personally would rather buy a memento, than a pair of underwear with the Royal Navy logo on them.
Sea World Parks & Entertainment is offering free one-day admission to any United Kingdom, Irish or Continental European tourists stranded in Florida due to the interruption in international air travel caused by Icelandic volcanic ash. The offer is valid starting Saturday, April 17, 2010 at SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica waterpark and Busch Gardens Tampa. http://www.seaworldparksblog.com/explore/blog/seaworld-parks-entertainment-offers-free-admission-stranded-travelers
The inconvenience is, that governments are ill prepared for such natural or man-made catastrophes. On the date of 9-11, the military was running drills and thought that the planes flying into the WTC were merely a drill. Poor mobilization of assistance and coordination of communications, cost thousands of lives. Other drills prior to catastrophes are at https://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/earthquake-tsunami-military-drills-precipitate-catastrophe/
The same lack of efforts by government officials can been seen as far back as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and as recent as Haiti where thousands still live on mud floors awaiting assistance.
At least the Icelandic Met Office issued a slight sigh of relief yesterday:
IMO’s radar near Keflavik has not detected the plume from Eyjafjallajökull since 08 o’clock this morning (sunday), which implies that it is below 10,000 feet (3 km). There are no reports on ash this morning. Seismic tremor has been ongoing and is at a strong level this morning. http://en.vedur.is/about-imo/news/2010/nr/1881
All is far from calm.
In Iceland ALARM ALSO FOR OTHER THREE VOLCANOES – Meanwhile, Semra in Iceland, is alert for the volcano Grimsvotn, Which lies under the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajokull. In the area of the volcano were recorded small earthquakes and the conditions are very similar to those that preceded its last eruption in 2004. According to experts, could return to erupt in the next 24 months and the risk is that of a new “joklahlaup”The phenomenon of the pressure caused by water ice cap explodes above the main crater and produces a devastating lava river. A risk is also ‘HeklaThe volcano’s most famous (and feared) of Iceland, which since 1979 has been launched as an eruption about every 10 years, his last in 2000. But the immediate concern is even greater for Katla, A volcano which lies east of the glacier Eyjafjallajokull and with a long history of volcanic activity, often preceded by its eruptions of volcanoes nearby. It ‘a very dreaded volcano, named “Big Brother”‘ sEyjafjallajokull. “If bursts – Admits subheading Sigried, The head of the local Red Cross – will be a tragedy … nothing but delays at airports. Would be flooded and the island could be a catastrophic climate change “. translated, http://peppecaridi2.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/prosegue-l%e2%80%99eruzione-del-vulcano-eyjafjallajokull-in-islanda/
Stay tuned. Most likely, you are staying put.
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