CANSO leads calls for volcanic ash response

The volcanic eruption in Iceland and the resulting ash cloud is a wake-up call for Europe and a clear sign that better co-ordination structures are necessary, with clear responsibilities and accountabilities, to allow for improved decision-making. It is also clear that more work needs to be done to establish a better understanding of the effect of volcanic ash on aircraft.
Some of this work has recently been done in Europe which has led to a reassessment of the safety risk. New or revised international guidance and procedures now need to be determined by ICAO.