This week at Casey

  • Reviewing the extension plans

    19 November 2010 Single page view

    The Secret World of the Elusive AGSO; Casey ski patrol; Wilkins Aerodrome; busy at McMurdo; historic Discovery Hut; and work on the West Wing extensions.

  • Casey Summer Team prepares for departure at McMurdo

    12 November 2010

    On Friday November 5 the second Casey bound group of expeditioners finally took off from Hobart. Just over five hours later we landed at McMurdo Station and were welcomed by the Station Manager George Blaisdell who was pleased to advise that the Hercules was running and ready to go for our onward journey to Casey. Seven hours later we were again graciously greeted by George at McMurdo Station after deteriorating weather caused the dreaded boomerang flight. On Friday November 5 the second Casey bound group of expeditioners finally took off from Hobart. Just over five hours later we landed at McMurdo Station and were welcomed by the Station Manager George Blaisdell who was pleased to advise …

  • A smooth landing for the US LC130 Hercules

    5 November 2010

    Casey has been a hive of activity this week as the team prepares for the incoming aircraft, personnel and cargo. All on station have stirred into life after a long winter hibernation, and the excitement is building at the thought of meeting new people and receiving mail as eight months of isolation draw to a close. As I write from behind the comms desk, the US LC130 Hercules is inbound for Casey after several days of unsuitable weather and a turned around flight. Casey has been a hive of activity this week as the team prepares for the incoming aircraft, personnel and cargo. All on station have stirred into life after a long winter hibernation, and the excitement is building at the thought …

  • Graeme showing off his work at the Emergency Whiteout Landing Strip

    29 October 2010

    This week we have continued to focus on the arrival of aircraft (C212s and the LC130) and when these planes land the summer season officially commences. Graeme and a small support team are at the skiway (5 nm from station) every day preparing the landing strip and there’s lots to do, grooming, reposition fuel, mark the skiway with flags, and ensure we have the appropriate equipment and vans on site to support the team coming in. Due to the nature of Antarctic weather a second landing strip at A19 (approx 60 km from Casey) was prepared last week; this strip will only be used if conditions at the skiway are unsuitable on the day. This week we have continued to focus on the arrival of aircraft (C212s and the LC130) and when these planes land the summer season officially commences. Graeme and a small support team are at the skiway (5 nm from station) …

  • Joe, Brendan and Steve, here comes the sausage

    20 October 2010

    Sausage making classes, more work on the Wilkins Ops building, cane line maintenance (72 bamboo canes were placed in position between the A line and Browning Hut), work continues on preparing the skiway for the arrival of the C212’s and the Hercules, seal and penguin spotting, general maintenance programs and station clean up have dominated our week. Sausage making classes, more work on the Wilkins Ops building, cane line maintenance (72 bamboo canes were placed in position between the A line and Browning Hut), work continues on preparing the skiway for the arrival of the C212’s and …

  • Tim and Steve riding to work

    15 October 2010

    Another successful traverse was completed this week, the second within a two month period, preparations for the arrival of the fixed wing C212’s and the Hercules are on track, the Wilkins Operations Building is now taking shape and Casey expeditioners took part in the ‘Ride to Work Day’ promotion. Another successful traverse was completed this week, the second within a two month period, preparations for the arrival of the fixed wing C212’s and the Hercules are on track, the Wilkins Operations Building is now taking shape and Casey expeditioners …

  • Graeme operating the snow blower

    8 October 2010

    The first Weddell seal pup of the season was named by Paul who called him (or her) ‘Pendlebury' after Collingwood’s Scott Pendlebury who won the Norm Smith Medal for Best on the Ground in last week’s AFL grand final. The first Weddell seal pup of the season was named by Paul who called him (or her) ‘Pendlebury' after Collingwood’s Scott Pendlebury who won the Norm Smith Medal for Best on the Ground in last week’s AFL grand final. …

  • Casey AFL Street Parade

    1 October 2010

    The week that was – a footy grand final, preparing the station for the summer team arrival (4 weeks to go) and a few trips off station to take in the views. The week that was – a footy grand final, preparing the station for the summer team arrival (4 weeks to go) and a few trips off station to take in the views. …

  • Mechanics in the main power house

    24 September 2010

    With only five weeks to go before the first of the two Hercules arrive at Casey with over 60 summer expeditioners, this week, work commenced on preparing the skiway with the help of station personnel. Over the next month expeditioners will be transporting equipment and fuel from station up the hill and preparing a landing strip as per the required specifications. With only five weeks to go before the first of the two Hercules arrive at Casey with over 60 summer expeditioners, this week, work commenced on preparing the skiway with the help of station personnel. Over the next month expeditioners …

  • Toby (Peter Shane) towing the sled back to station

    17 September 2010

    This week the team focused on commencing works on the Wilkins Operations Building project, The Law Dome Traverse team completed a very successful traverse to Law Dome to replace the AWS (Automatic Weather Station) and Rob turned another year older. This week the team focused on commencing works on the Wilkins Operations Building project, The Law Dome Traverse team completed a very successful traverse to Law Dome to replace the AWS (Automatic Weather Station) and Rob turned another year older. …

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