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From The Editor's Desk - Twenty First ISSUE, April 2010


April 2010 was an eventful month in the Aviation History.


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ONE LINERS.... TO SAVE YOUR LIFE
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The second eruption of Eyjafjallajokull Volcano in Iceland on the 14th of April caused severe air travel disruptions in Europe particularly, and world at large. It was the biggest ever air travel disruption since the second world war wherein many countries in Europe closed their controlled airspace to IFR Traffic fearing damage to aircraft engine due to floating ash in the air. About 95000 flights got cancelled by 21st April 2010.Marooned passengers bore the brunt being stranded in airports and caught off balance by this sudden on turn.


Things have improved now and aviation is on its way to normal flight. For a few days the problem held all of us its captive with irate passengers, continuously jammed phone lines, web site access patchy and increasing confusion.


But all this and more with plane free skies over Europe for a few days in April have allowed us to understand and unravel the effects of aircraft emissions and air travel over Europe vis-à-vis issues of global warming and climate changes. The climate effects of Jet fuel burned at high altitude are poorly understood, since Scientists cannot often compare plane free skies with days when many regions are criss-crossed by vapour trails. So now Scientists have an opportunity to compare temperature records, satellite images and other data from days when flights were grounded by volcanic ash-trying to isolate any effect of a lack of planes.

Many studies estimate that aviation, the fastest growing transport sector, accounts for 2-3 percent of global warming from human activities which is a cause of concern. Global warming brings heat waves, can lead to species extinction and is already causing rising sea levels and climatic changes all over the globe.

It is high time all of us world over get together and formulate policies and strictly implement them if we want to save our Earth and future generations. So let us…for our and every body else's sake. The time has come for each of us to do our lil bit.

Aryama Sanyal
 
             
 
 
     
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