DLR Falcon 20 makes another volcanic ash cloud flight
The German Aerospace Center’s (DLR) Falcon research aircraft has flown more observation missions in European airspace around the ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull.
It took off yesterday at 12:30 local time from from Oberpfaffenhofen. The first stage was a climb to 9000 metres following a route to the northwest, through Dutch airspace and over the North Sea, continuing to Schleswig-Holstein and then south, landing in Leipzig at about 15:00 CEST.
The second stage started at16:30: Takeoff from Leipzig, heading north, over Schleswig-Holstein, turning west across the North Sea. En route to the Netherlands, the crew acquired a vertical profile of the atmosphere at altitudes of 3000–8000 metres over the North Sea and a second profile over the mainland in Dutch airspace, landing in Oberpfaffenhofen about 20:00 CEST.
Another measurement flight planned in German airspace on 18 May.