Week on the web 26 August

David Learmount examines the threat to European aviation posed by Iceland’s Bárðarbunga volcano following a series of earthquakes below its surface. With the aftermath of the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption still fresh in the minds of the aviation world, Learmount asks whether “things will be any different” if an airborne volcanic ash cloud drifts in Europe’s direction this time. “If the ash event were identical to April 2010 there would still be considerable disruption,” he concludes, “just not a blanket grounding”. He puts this down to the world’s system of volcanic ash advisory centres. On his Ariel View blog, Arie Egozi discusses the Israeli air force’s plan to develop a “health management system” for its unmanned air systems, which he says “have been pushed to the limit” during its Protective Edge operation in Gaza.

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