Atlantic Conference on Eyjafjallajökull and Aviation
International conference on the effects of the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland on aviation. The conference is organized by Keilir Aviation Academy in cooperation with the President of Iceland, the Icelandic Ministry of Transport, the Civil Aviation Administration, ISAVIA, the Icelandic Meteorological Office, Institute of Earth Sciences at University of Iceland, Icelandair, ICAO, IATA, ATA, AEA, the US Embassy in Iceland and the Russian Federations Embassy in Iceland.
Patron of the Conference: H.E. Ólafur Ragnar Grimsson, President of Iceland.
Guest of Honour and Invited Speaker: Capt. Eric Moody, the captain who glided his B747 to safety out of volcanic ash over Java on 24 June 1982.
Conference Chairman: Dr. Thorgeir Palsson, Professor at the University of Reykjavik and former Director General of Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration and ISAVIA.
Confirmed speakers will come from the civil aviation authorities across Europe, Russia, China, the United States, the European Commission, ICAO, IATA, AEA, ATA, FAA, EASA, EUROCONTROL, CANSO, OECD, UNWTO, airlines, airports and air navigation service providers like AIRBUS, BOEING, ROLLS ROYCE, CFM/SNECMA, meteorological offices, VAAC, as well as personnel from research organizations directly involved in supporting the aviation business. In addition to aviation authority members, scientists from the University of Iceland, USGS, NASA NILU, DLR will also be discussing the issues of volcanic eruptions and volcanic ash detection and distribution. The President of Iceland is the Patron of the Conference and will deliver the opening address.
The conference will address the following questions
- What happened in Eyjafjallajökull?
- Why was Europe's airspace closed?
- What procedures were followed?
- What has been learned?
- What are the effects of volcanic ash on airplanes and can they be reduced?
- What steps are to be taken and by whom to minimize the threats that volcanic ash poses to aviation?