This week at Davis: 9 November 2018

The 71st Davis ANARE season comes to an end with the arrival of two planes and a ship.

Our season comes to an end

With the arrival of two planes and a ship over the past week, our season at Davis is coming to an end.

The first plane to arrive on the Davis sea-ice ski-landing area was a Basler DC3, utilised by the Chinese Antarctic program. The plane did a run from Zhongshan to meet the our C17 aircraft at Wilkins, where it picked up two of our new summer expeditioners as well as a head office staff member before flying to Davis.

A Twin Otter was the second plane to arrive at Davis a day later, a Ken Borek plane utilised in the Australian Antarctic program for the summer months.

And now the Aurora Australis has arrived and is breaking its way through the fast ice of Prydz Bay.

With the arrival of the ship comes new faces, about 95 of them. Our very spacious station will all of a sudden feel slightly cramped. Finding a seat for dinner is about to get a lot harder, as is finding your boots in the cold porch.

We, the 19 members of the 71st Davis ANARE, have had a very productive, safe and fun season and want to thank all our family and friends for allowing us the opportunity to leave home for a year and experience everything Antarctica and the Australian Antarctic program has to offer. THANK YOU! 

Jason Ahrens
Station Leader 

The Basler DC 3 landing on the sea ice with Davis station in the background.
Sea-ice ski-landing at Davis
(Photo: J. Ahrens)
Captain and pilot of the Basler steps down from the Chinare plane onto the sea ice.
One small step
(Photo: J. Ahrens)
The Twin Otter aircraft on the sea ice in front of station with rocky islands in the background.
Twin Otter
(Photo: J. Ahrens)