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UK aviation at a standstill. by johnnythemonkey on 15 April 2010 7:34pm
 
There are no flights in or out of the U.K. due to the ash cloud from volcanic activity in Iceland.
No indication yet of when flights will resume.
 
Re: UK aviation at a standstill. by TERRY S on 15 April 2010 10:11pm
 
Yeah, I heard about that. I never actually realised an ash cloud could travel that far! Interesting.....!
 
Re: UK aviation at a standstill. by johnnythemonkey on 16 April 2010 12:44am
 
Obviously safety is paramount but my cynical side tells me that this is probably a vast over reaction.
Elf 'n safety innit ?
 
Re: UK aviation at a standstill. by Wild in Africa on 16 April 2010 6:49am
 
No I don't think so Johnny. Way back in 1982 I was backpacking through Indonesia and in Java when a volcano erupted. During the space of a week two Boeing 747s of BA and Air New Zealand nearly dropped out of the sky after flying through the ash cloud. They had total engine failure at 30,000 ft and dropped to 10,000 ft before getting the engines restarted. I knew a guy who was on the BA flight and he thought his number was up.
On the ground we just had to put up with a fairly unpleasant atmosphere and I remember having to wipe ash off my sunglasses all the time.
It is pretty serious though and could cause a major catastrophe. Hope it's all over in 3 weeks time when I am due to fly home!
 
Re: UK aviation at a standstill. by suzulu on 16 April 2010 1:05pm
 
According to the volcanologists, the one in Iceland was just a little one and even more explosive one threatens to erupt. Yesterday's blast was Eyjafoll's first in almost 200 years. The previous eruption - and subsequent quakes - lasted two years.

We have delegates from all over the world at work this week, they are going to be stranded!
 
Re: UK aviation at a standstill. by bIG bLOGGER on 16 April 2010 1:20pm
 
Yesterday there were also 17,000 flights cancelled across Europe.

One 'plus' was,the ash cloud created an unusual vivid red and lavender sunset over Manchester. Let's face it,the Manchester Tourist Board needs all the help it can get.
 
Re: UK aviation at a standstill. by johnnythemonkey on 16 April 2010 10:23pm
 
Flights have resumed from airports in Scotland and Northern Ireland but not in England till at least tomorrow afternoon.
I still think it was an over reaction. For instance. The flights to the Scottish Islands are propellor driven aircraft which fly at low altitude.
Why were they grounded ?
Panic once again triumphs over common sense.
 
Re: UK aviation at a standstill. by johnnythemonkey on 17 April 2010 6:23am
 
Scotland is once again in lockdown as far as flying is concerned, as is most of Northern Europe.

At least this may stop the spread of swine flu that was going to kill most of us. ;)

Incoming asteroid !!!!

Due to hit us in 2525.
 
Re: UK aviation at a standstill. by Wild in Africa on 19 April 2010 3:17pm
 
Tootsie, do you live on planet earth really? You seem to speak a strange dialect which is nearly English but not quite as if you you came from a different star system and picked up bits and pieces on earth radio broadcasts. Entertaining but perplexing!
 
Re: UK aviation at a standstill. by johnnythemonkey on 19 April 2010 3:34pm
 
Lol Wia !
 
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