Airbus, Dusseldorf University, easyJet and sensing technologies specialist Nicarnica Aviation have flown an Airbus A340 toward an artificial ash cloud to test their AVOID sensor concept. The AVOID system, which was created by Fred Prata of Nicarnica Aviation, is like a weather radar for ash. Aircraft-mounted infrared sensors detect ash concentrations from up to 100 km away, relaying images to the cockpit and airline operations department, so pilots can adjust their flight path to avoid ...

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