Home to Canada for main­te­nance

Pilot - - PROFESSION­AL FLYING | POLAR PILOTS -

BAS air­craft de­part in March to Rocky Moun­tain Air­craft of Cal­gary for an­nual main­te­nance – an 8,000nm voy­age along the Pa­cific Coast. Arnold ex­plains: “Nine days and fifty hours with a day off some­where in South Amer­ica; it takes three days just to get through Chile.” The jour­ney in­cor­po­rates more sci­ence, part of a drive to use air­craft ef­fi­ciently and sup­port non­po­lar sci­ence. Arnold high­lights a re­cent study: “We re­turned via On­tario for a project on for­est fires, ar­rang­ing our flight to co­in­cide with a cal­i­bra­tion pass of a Euro­pean Space Agency satel­lite. Our sci­ence is be­com­ing much more in­ter­na­tional, not ex­clu­sively po­lar-fo­cused.” Re­cent de­ploy­ments have fo­cused on the Alps (avalanche risk), Va­len­cia (crop health) and the North Sea (gas sam­pling). Pi­lots ro­tate be­tween projects ac­cord­ing to spe­cial­ism, not al­ways work­ing an Antarc­tic sum­mer. “We’re more flexible than we used to be. If you’ve worked a (Euro­pean) sum­mer cam­paign, you would get an (Antarc­tic) shoul­der off or a mid-sea­son break.” Stop­ping points en route take in: Leth­bridge, Al­berta (YQL) Casper, Wy­oming (CPR) Amar­illo, Texas (AMA) Brownsvill­e, Texas (BRO) Roatan, Hon­duras (RTB) Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE) Arica, Chile (ARI) La Ser­ena, Chile (LSC) Puerto Montt, Chile (PMC) Punta Are­nas, Chile (PUQ)

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