Following the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in 2010 there was significant disruption to UK and European airspace from the ash cloud as well as some disruption to air travel.

In order to be in a high state of readiness for any future volcanic eruptions, and also provide a platform capable of responding to a wider range of civil contingency events, the Met Office Civil Contingency Aircraft (MOCCA) was commissioned.

The aircraft is operated by Alto Aerospace working side-by-side with the Met Office on behalf of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and in a partnership with Cranfield Aerospace.

Additionally, with the advance equipment fittings and data analysis capability, the MOCCA aircraft serves as a platform for environmental research projects, recently the Met Office has begun utilising MOCCA for the aerial survey of AURN sites across the UK.

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