Ash clouds: test flights
Sunday 18, April 2010
In agreement with the French Civil Aviation Administration (Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile), Air France will conduct passenger-less test flights, following the example of Germany and The Netherlands.
The purpose of these test flights is to gather information intended to enhance knowledge about the impact of the ash cloud on aircraft.
An inspection protocol specifically designed for the aircraft will be applied at the conclusion of these flights and forwarded to the authorities.
Contacts have been made with other European airlines that are conducting similar test flights.
The first such test flight will be conducted by an Airbus A320 in early afternoon in the South West of France.
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