2017-2018 USAP Field Season
McMurdo-based aircraft (Helicopters, Twin Otter, Basler and LC-130 fixed-wing aircraft) will continue to support USAP researchers and program logistical functions.
PHI, Inc. will provide helicopter support with five helicopters (two AS-350-B2s Astars, and three Bell 212s) based out of McMurdo Station. Two Bell 212s will be based out of Shackleton Camp from late November 2017 through mid-January 2018.
The helicopters will support research in the McMurdo Sound area, the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Royal Society Range, on Ross Island, and in the Transantarctic Mountains near Shackleton Glacier.
Southern Lakes Helicopters
In addition, Antarctica New Zealand will be providing a ZK-IDE B3 Type Squirrel (operated by Southern Lakes Helicopters) from about the beginning of November 2017 through the end of January 2018.
Fixed Wing Aircraft: