The ash cloud is really worrying airlines so BAs Chief Executive and his Chief pilot took a 747 into the no fly area to find out what the score was. They made it out and back in one piece and together with other airlines will doubtless press for a more common sense approach to the problem than the current blanket ban. One solution is to have planes aloft to monitor the ash cloud more closely - and of course, the military are in the frame for that detail. I can't see it myself. At Bessbrook Mill, the Army and Navy pilots would happily fly in an emergency, no matter how adverse the conditions, but not the RAF. That was years ago. I daresay H&S in the RAF is pursued with even greater vigour now. Stand by for some wailing and gnashing of teeth.........................!