Iceland’s Asbru Enterprise Park hosts aviation conference

The Atlantic Conference on Eyjafjallajokull and Aviation, organised by the Keilir Aviation Academy, will be held in the Andrews theatre, an ex-U.S. army theatre at Asbru Enterprise Park in Iceland.

The conference, which takes place between 12-15 September, is set to be the most important aviation conference in 2010, addressing issues raised by the Eyjafjallajokull volcanic eruption and its effects on aviation. The Guest of Honour will be Capt. Eric Moody, the captain who glided the famous British Airways Flight 9 B747 out of volcanic ash to safety on 24 June 1982, and Patron of the Conference will be Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, the President of Iceland.

Topics to be addressed throughout the conference will include: What happened at Eyjafjallajokull? Why was Europe’s airspace closed? What procedures were followed? What has been learnt? What are the effects of volcanic ash on airplanes and can they be reduced? What steps are to be taken, and by whom, to minimise the threats that volcanic ash poses to aviation?

The Asbru Enterprise Park is a former airbase located in Keflavik, Iceland, right next to the international airport. The enterprise park has become synonymous for aviation and technology across Iceland after NATO evacuated in 2006. The former airbase was then re-invented into a community of entrepreneurs and businesses. The enterprise park is roughly a fifty-minute drive from Reykjavik and accommodates the Keilir Aviation Academy, which offers high standards of flight education.

For further details about the Atlantic Conference on Eyjafjallajokull and Aviation, visit http://asbru.is/English/