2017-2018 Science Planning Summaries
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2017-2018 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. 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:
LC-130 Hercules, DC3 Basler, and DHC6 Twin Otters

New York Air National Guard (ANG)

The New York Air National Guard will provide re-supply and research support to South Pole Station and deep-field locations including West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide, Shackleton Camp, Siple Dome, Casey Station, and Davis Station.

Kenn Borek Air

Kenn Borek Air will provide three Twin Otter and one Basler aircraft to support a number of projects throughout the USAP area of operations. In addition, Antarctica New Zealand will be operating a Twin Otter and possibly a Basler for a period of time during the 2017-18 season.