The 6th IAGOS Instrument Package installed on an
A330-300 of Lufthansa
March 2015

The fifth IAGOS Instrument Package installed on an
A340-300 of Iberia
March 2014

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IAGOS AISBL received legal personality
January 26, 2014

IAGOS Instrument Package successfully installed on an
Airbus A330-300 of Cathay
Pacific, the first A330 in the
IAGOS fleet
August 2013


IAGOS Instrument Package successfully installed on an
Airbus A340-300 of Air France
June 2013

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IAGOS on the German Roadmap
April 2013


IAGOS success story published
by EC
July 2012


IAGOS Instrument Package successfully installed on an
Airbus A340-300 of China
Airlines, the first Asian Airline
June 2012


Lufthansa features IAGOS
June 2012

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IAGOS Instrument Package successfully installed on board
of Lufthansa A340 'Viersen'
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Past Events

Annual IAGOS-ERI Meeting
June 12 - 14, 2013 
Hotel NH Victoria Palace, San Lorenzo del Escorial, Spain                                      more ...

Annual IAGOS-ERI Meeting
June 18 - 20, 2012 
Hotel Höri, Lake Constance, Germany                                      more ...

Annual IAGOS-ERI Meeting
September 12 - 14, 2011 
University of Manchester, Manchester, UK                                      more ...

WMO/IAGOS Technical Experts Workshop on Requirements of In-Service Aircraft Aerosol Measurement Systems
March 22 - 24, 2011 
WMO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland                                      more ...

CARIBIC Container chases volcanic ash from Eyjafjalla eruption
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International Conference on Airborne Research for the Environment, ICARE 2010
October 25 - 31, 2010 
Toulouse, France
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Annual IAGOS-ERI Meeting
September 29 - October 1, 2010 
WMO, Geneva, CH
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Annual IAGOS-ERI Meeting
October 7 - 9, 2009 
Airbus, Toulouse, F
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IAGOS-ERI Kickoff Meeting
September 14 - 16, 2008 
Kasteel Vaeshartelt
Maastricht, NL
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Photo Gallery now available
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A new A340 in the IAGOS fleet

Air France A340 Installationn'

P. Nedelec withIAGOS inlet plate
In June 2013, an Air France A340 has been successfully equipped with the IAGOS system. The Photo on the right shows Philippe Nédélec, leader of the CNRS technical team, holding the inlet plate which is located on the left side of the fuselage in the nose of the aircraft (photo on top).
The aircraft is delivering IAGOS data since June 15, 2013. As planned, this new member of the fleet will be sampling the atmosphere on routes from from Paris-CDG to West Africa (see data from the first flight Paris-Niamey in the figure below) and the Caribbean. The link between Air France and IAGOS is almost 20 years old as this company was previously involved in the MOZAIC program with one aircraft in operation between 1994 and 2004.
It is the third aircraft equipped with IAGOS instruments after an A340 of Lufthansa in July 2011 and an A340 of China Airlines Taiwan in July 2012. An A330 of Cathay Pacific is scheduled for July 2013 and an A340 of Iberia for October 2013.

Thanks to the agreement of transporting the equipment free of charge, the airlines provide an essential contribution for a better understanding of climate change and air quality.

Quicklook of the data recorded during the flight Paris to Niamey on June 16, 2013. Vertical profiles of ozone (in blue) and CO (in red) during ascent and descent along with the time-series at cruise altitude are plotted with the flight track and altitude.



IAGOS Instrument Package successfully installed on board of Lufthansa A340 'Viersen'

On Friday, 8.7.2011, the new IAGOS equipment started operation on board of the A340-300 "Viersen" of Lufthansa for it's first flight from Frankfurt to Lagos. This constitutes an important milestone in the transition towards a sustainable Research Infrastructure and continues a long standing cooperation. Lufthansa is supporting climate research since 1994 with two aircraft equipped in the European MOZAIC project and with the IAGOS-CARIBIC aircraft.

Lufthansa A340 'Viersen'

IAGOS Package IIb
The IAGOS instrument package consists of fully automatic instruments that continuously probe the atmosphere for water vapour, ozone, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and cloud particles. It is mounted in a dedicated rack installed the avionics compartment of the Airbus A340.

After each flight, the data are transmitted via the mobile GSM network to the IAGOS database in Toulouse, where they are analysed and inspected for quality.

IAGOS Inlet inside

The inlet probes, which connect the instruments to the atmosphere, are mounted on a special plate in the fuselage, close to the nose of the aircraft. The plate also carries a new backscatter probe for the measurement of cloud particles.

The instrument package had been developed under the European Sixth Framework Programme as part of IAGOS-DS, a Design Study for New Research Infrastructures. Last week, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved the IAGOS installation as a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) after successfull completion of the required ground tests. The technical work was conducted by the experts of Lufthansa Technik and Sabena Technics with assistance of scientists and engineers from Laboratoire d' Aerologie, Toulouse, Forschungszentrum Jülich and University of Manchester, who are responsible for the scientific quality of the measurements, under support of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the project ALLAS.

During the coming weeks, the new instruments will undergo a thorough scientific evaluation for performance and data quality. After completion of this phase, the data will be made available to users world wide, such as researchers and students engaged in climate and air quality modeling.


Last Update: 25.03.2015