A Diamond HK36 MPP (Multi Purpose Platform) is providing the only specific measurement data from the ash cloud of volcano Eyjafjallajökull.
Since Saturday, a Diamond HK36 MPP (Multi Purpose
Platform), operating at MetAir, the Swiss airborne measurement company,
is providing the only specific measurement data from the ash cloud of volcano
Since 17th of April, MetAir’s atmospheric scientists have been
flying into the ash cloud over Switzerland to gather accurate important
measurement data, which had previously been only theoretic.
The Diamond HK36 MPP, able to fly under these
conditions, is equipped with special, highly-sensitive measuring sensors and had
been obtained by special permission for this purpose. Data on aerosol
concentration in the air as well as particle concentration at various altitudes
have been measured. The results clearly show that the ash particle concentration
is remarkably high and noticeably decreases visibility. Additionally, the ash
cloud loses altitude very quickly. At the beginning of the measurement flights
the cloud was at an altitude of 5000 meters but only nine hours later it had
descended to just 2000 meters.
Diamond aircraft, which are known
world-wide for their ability to tackle many diverse missions, are able to fly in
the heavy aerosol particle concentration due to being equipped with a special
For further information, please visit:
A Diamond Aircraft Delivers Volcanic Ash Cloud Measurement Data
April 20, 2010