EASA issues volcanic A-NPA

An Advance Notice of Proposed Amendment (A-NPA) No. 2011-06 has been issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in wake of the eruption of the Eyafjallajokull volcano in Iceland in April 2010.
Air traffic in Europe and around the globe was severely affected.
The A-NPA was issued to gather views from European stakeholders on International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) guidance materials addressing management of flight operations with known or forecast volcanic cloud contamination.
The eruption of the Eyafjallajokull volcano in Iceland in April 2010 severely affected air traffic in Europe and globally. As a response to this event, ICAO created the International Volcanic Ash Task Force (IVATF) in July 2010 in order to assess the global aviation needs in relation to volcanic events.
One of the teams of the IVATF has developed a proposal for guidance material on the management of flight operations within known or forecast volcanic cloud contamination. This proposal is currently issued as draft version 4.
In the light of the issue of this draft version 4, the Agency has decided to issue the A-NPA with the purpose of
supporting the ICAO International Volcanic Ash Task Force (IVATF) AIR team 04 by contributing to the consultation of draft version 4,
enabling European stakeholders to comment on the content of draft version 4, and collecting stakeholders’ feedback on the actions that should be implemented by the Agency following the outcome of the ICAO IVATF AIR 04 team work.
To read the A-NPA visit http://hub.easa.europa.eu/crt/docs/viewnpa/id_121