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European airlines and regulators to test emergency-response system

7-Mar-2011 12:32 PM

European carriers and regulators plan to test a new regional emergency-response system in Apr-2011, intended to assist in reducing air-traffic disruptions from volcanic ash (Associated Press, 04-Mar-2011). The exercise aims to validate enhanced computer models and data-sharing tools designed to avoid a repeat of last year's airspace shutdowns in Europe that affected more than 100,000 flights and 10 million passengers. Representatives of more than 200 entities, including carriers, aviation authorities and weather experts, are expected to take part in the two-day exercise.