As described last week Davis continued to be an aviation enthusiasts dream again this week with six aircraft operating including two helicopters, two Baslers, a Twin Otter and a LC130 Hercules from the US Air Force. In a finely tuned operation we moved two flights in from the Chinese station Zhonghsan with 22 people, multiple helicopter flights from station and then sent the LC130 to Wilkins where it linked to an A319 from Hobart, collected nine people from Hobart and flew back to Whoop Whoop for a helicopter link to station. Lots of fun! This all took a lot of work and coordination at Davis, Casey and Hobart by many in the AAD. On the same day the Twin Otter was down on the Amery Ice shelf installing and servicing scientific equipment. In all, the LC130 spent 3 days at Davis, flying home to the US station McMurdo the day after the Wilkins mission. It was great having the crew on station for a few nights for some Australian hospitality.
The scaffold is now down from the living quarters link way and the roof is looking great with a pitched waterproof covering in place. Our emergency power house has also had a spruce up and is now a great shade of blue and looking far less rustic!
It has also been terrific to get all of the ice core out of the Mount Brown Camp and safely in a freezer here on station ready for the ship. Now to get the remaining people and cargo out of the camp.
Lots more boating action this week as well with biologists Marcus and Kim doing seabird and seal surveys, recreational trips for others and in the last few days lots of work with a newly arrived film crew who are making a virtual reality film about Davis and the work we do. They have some amazing cameras and equipment with them along with a drone that can capture some amazing footage.
Check out the articles below on the elephant seals now arriving on our beach and the fantastic art show that we held on Saturday night!
By Robb (Station Leader)