EasyJet to test volcanic ash radar

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On the heels of the volcanic eruption that disrupted air travel in Europe for much of last month, EasyJet has announced it will be the first airline to test AVOID, a radar system to detect ash clouds.

According to the London Daily Telegraph,  the Airborne Volcanic Object Identifier and Detector (AVOID) will allow pilots to spot volcanic debris up to 62 miles ahead of an aircraft between altitudes of 5,000 and 50,000 feet.

Airbus will attempt the first test in an A340.

EasyJet estimates that the investment to test and install the radar will cost only a fraction of the millions the company lost last month in fares from cancelled flights due to the eruption.