Intracontinental operations

Two planes, the Basler just larger than the Twin Otter, parked next to each other.
Basler and Twin Otter at Mawson on the blue ice runway (Photo: Chris Wilson)
Helicopter flying above ship over ice

BT-67 Basler and DHC-6 Twin Otter ski equipped aircraft have been contracted for intra-continental operations capability since 2010.

The ski equipped aircraft transport people and cargo from Wilkins (near Casey) to ski landing areas at Davis, Mawson and other field locations.

The planes work closely with up to four AS 350 B3 'Squirrel' helicopters, operated by Helicopter Resources Pty Ltd, to provide support to a range of projects. Helicopters are the only means of transporting passengers between Davis station and the ski landing area on the Davis Plateau, 20 nautical miles away, a journey of about 20 minutes.