2016-2017 Science Planning Summaries
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2016-2017 USAP Field Season
Air Operations

McMurdo Station

Bell 212 Helicopter, Operated by PHI
New York Air National Guard (ANG) LC-130 Airplane
Twin Otter Aircraft, Operated by Kenn Borek Air

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. PHI will provide helicopter support with four helicopters (two AS-350-B2 "A-Stars" and two Bell 212s) based out of McMurdo Station.

The four helicopters will support research in the McMurdo Sound area, the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Royal Society Range, and on Ross Island.

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 through the end of January 2016.

New York Air National Guard (ANG)

The New York Air National Guard will provide re-supply and research support to South Pole Station. They will support research activities for aerial surveys and at deep-field locations including Siple Dome, West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide, Grounding Zone, Shackleton Glacier, Byrd Camp, AGO5, Ross Ice Shelf, Union Glacier, Casey Station, Davis Station, and various open-field landing locations.

Kenn Borek Air

Kenn Borek Air will provide four Twin Otter and one Basler aircraft to support a number of projects throughout the USAP area of operations.