Monday, 3 March 2014

Rothera International Airport

A mid-season visit. The plane crashed on take-off last year and was repaired in situ before being flown out
ALCI Basler C-GEAI after repairs
BAS Twin Otter leaving northbound (no skis)
The view from the lab window
BAS Dash 7 landing
Borek Basler in Canadian colours
Borek Twin Otter
Perhaps a tad on the snowy side
ALCI Basler
AWI Basler
Ken Borek Twin Otter. The nose is stubbier than the BAS Twin Otters.
Two transiting Borek Baslers
Rothera is the hub for BAS air operations across western Antarctica. As such Twin Otter flights are regular, delivering or collecting people and kit and restocking fuel depots. With wheel-skis they can land on the solid runways and on snow. The Dash 7 also flies south to Ski Blu, landing on the blue-ice runway with wheels. Early and late in the season, and sometimes in between, many planes from other operators transit through Rothera. Stopping here allows them to take off their skis before the long haul to Punta Arenas in Chile. Planes with board-skis can land on the snow skiway just off base, change to wheel-skis, hop down to base and the change again to wheels.

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