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Dr Helen Thomas

Dr Helen Thomas

Dr Helen Thomas
BA (MA), MSc, PhD

NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow
Senior Research Associate

Office G42
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 954 5366

Research summary

Volcanic ash is a well-known hazard to aviation with the potential to cause catastrophic engine failure as well as economic damage to airframes. Ash regularly disrupts aviation operations globally, through re-routing and cancellation of flights, airport closures and airframe damage (e.g. in 2009, nine VA incidents reported). The 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull had an enormous impact on aviation and was the impetus for major changes in decision making processes and protocols. The aviation industry suffered considerable losses (~ £1.1bn) and as a result have begun to engage directly with the research community to address the issues. Through a number ...

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