Australia's Antarctic aviation

The Basler, painted red and white, is stationary on the ice.
Basler BT-67 at Mawson (Photo: Chris Wilson)
The photo is taken from just below the front of the plane so the large rounded nose of the aircraft takes up most of the shot.Two helicopters in the air with sling-lines hanging from their bellies.

The Antarctic aviation system consists of a regular intercontinental air service or Airlink from Hobart in Australia to the Wilkins Aerodrome near Casey, and intracontinental services provided by fixed wing aircraft and assorted helicopters which link the stations and provide access to other areas of the continent for scientific field work.

The intercontinental aircraft is an Airbus A319-115LR operated by Skytraders Pty Ltd and the helicopters are operated by Helicopter Resources Pty Ltd.

The ski equipped BT-67 Basler and DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft are operated by Kenn Borek Air Ltd.

The intercontinental air transport is designed to move approximately 400 passengers each summer season and a limited amount of high priority, lightweight cargo (current maximum of 1500 kg per flight).

This page was last modified on 23 October 2012.