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DFS ready for COMSOFT SDDS-NG

Germany’s DFS, is ready to roll out COMSOFT’s state-of-the-art Surveillance Data Distribution System (SDDS-NG), at its four ATM centres across Germany, allowing for advanced exchange … More ››

GroupEAD works on Pacific island safety

Just a stone’s throw from Vanuatu’s tiny Lonorore Airport, on Pentecost Island, an ancient ‘’land diving” tradition is attracting worldwide interest in this remote corner … More ››

Hungarian CPDLC to improve efficiency

HungaroControl has launched a large-scale CPDLC (Controller Pilot Data Link Communications) project with the aim of developing the Hungarian air traffic infrastructure with the most … More ››

ICAO task force details conflict zone measures

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has concluded its second two-day meeting in as many weeks of the Task Force on Risks to Civil Aviation … More ››

COMSOFT to transform Estonian surveillance

Estonian Air Navigation Services (EANS) has chosen German expert COMSOFT to supply advanced ARTAS to modify their surveillance systems in order to sustain the safety … More ››

Brussels requests Galileo satellite probe

The European Commission has requested Arianespace and the European Space Agency (ESA) to provide full details of the incident following the failure on August 22 … More ››

Europe resumes watch for volcanic activity

The aviation alert status of the Icelandic Volcano Bardarbunga has been downgraded to code ORANGE indicating a heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of … More ››

Initial report details Galileo satellites glitch

A glitch during the flight phase involving the Fregat upper stage is thought to have caused the two Galileo satellites to be injected into a … More ››

SwiftBroadband flight deck services make debut

British satellite business Inmarsat has announced the first successful installation and on-going trials of its ACARS-capable SwiftBroadband (SB) safety equipment on an Airbus A319. The … More ››

Iceland readies for renewed risk of potential volcanic ash activity

This map is issued by the Icelandic Meteorological Office and it shows the current status of Icelandic volcanic systems. It is refreshed at 09:00 UTC daily and will timely reflect any signs of unrest.
Colour codes, which are in accordance with recommended International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) procedures,are intended to inform the aviation sector about a volcano's status. Notifications are issued for both increasing and decreasing volcanic activity, and are accompanied by text with details (as known) about the nature of the unrest or eruption, especially in regard to ash-plume information and likely outcomes.
 GREY: Volcano appears quiet but is not monitored adequately. Absence of unrest unconfirmed.
 GREEN: Volcano is in typical background, non-eruptive state.
 YELLOW: Volcano is exhibiting signs of elevated unrest above known background level.
 ORANGE: Volcano shows heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption.
 RED: Eruption is imminent or in progress - significant emission of ash into atmosphere likely.

Iceland’s meteorological office has raised its risk level to the aviation industry for an eruption at its Bardarbunga volcano to orange, which is the fourth … More ››