Other: Airtec BT-67 12/04/17 - 12/05/17

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Aircraft: 
Other: Airtec BT-67
Flight Number: 
OIB-Basler Science Flight #8
Payload Configuration: 
OIB Basler Antarctica 17
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
4.5 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:NZWDTo:NZWD
Start:12/04/17 22:46 Z Finish:12/05/17 03:13 Z
Flight Time:4.5 hours
Log Number:18M008PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Comments:Mission: David A Today we flew the high priority David A mission. This mission is designed to refly ICECAP flightlines over the David Glacier and Drygalski Ice Tongue. We also extend two lines east into the plateau to collect depth-sounder data over several subglacial lakes. Our run of great weather seemed to run out today, as we encountered low ceilings when we arrived on the glacier. Even so, we were able to fly a majority of the coverage, including the subglacial lakes, before having to turn back to McMurdo. Aside from the low ceilings, flight conditions were generally good, with light winds, negligible turbulence and temps of -8 C.
Flight Hour Summary: 
18M008
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS180
Total Used113.9
Total Remaining66.1
18M008 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining
11/11/17 - 11/12/17OIB-Transit leg #1bTransit6.36.3173.7
11/12/17OIB-Transit leg #2Transit4.610.9169.1
11/12/17 - 11/13/17OIB-Transit leg #2Transit6.217.1162.9
11/13/17OIB-Transit leg #4Transit724.1155.9
11/13/17OIB-Transit leg #4Transit3.427.5152.5
11/13/17OIB-Transit leg #4Transit734.5145.5
11/16/17OIB-Transit leg #4Transit4.839.3140.7
11/17/17OIB-Transit leg #5Transit7.646.9133.1
11/17/17 - 11/18/17OIB-Transit leg #5Transit4.251.1128.9
11/26/17 - 11/27/17OIB-Basler Test FlightCheck2.954126
11/27/17OIB-Basler Mx FlightMaintenance0.854.8125.2
11/28/17 - 11/29/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #1Science6.361.1118.9
11/30/17 - 12/01/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #2Science7.568.6111.4
12/01/17 - 12/02/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #3Science876.6103.4
12/02/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #4Science6.382.997.1
12/02/17 - 12/03/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #5Science6.589.490.6
12/03/17 - 12/04/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #6Science8.297.682.4
12/04/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #7Science5.9103.576.5
12/04/17 - 12/05/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #8Science4.510872
12/06/17 - 12/07/17OIB-Basler Science Flight #9Science5.9113.966.1

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Other: Airtec BT-67 12/04/17 - 12/05/17 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

Mission: David A

 
Today we flew the high priority David A mission. This mission is designed to refly ICECAP flightlines over the David Glacier and Drygalski Ice Tongue. We also extend two lines east into the plateau to collect depth-sounder data over several subglacial lakes. 
 
Our run of great weather seemed to run out today, as we encountered low ceilings when we arrived on the glacier. Even so, we were able to fly a majority of the coverage, including the subglacial lakes, before having to turn back to McMurdo.
 
Aside from the low ceilings, flight conditions were generally good, with light winds, negligible turbulence and temps of -8 C.
 
Images:
1) Map of flights so far this campaign, with today’s flight in red
2) Crevasses on upper David Glacier
3) Drygalski Ice Tongue edge
4) Clouds over the Drygalski
5) Sea ice in McMurdo Sound
6) DC-3 and LC-130 sharing the fuel pits at Wiley Field
Images: 

Map of flights so far this campaign, with today’s flight in red

Crevasses on upper David Glacier

Drygalski Ice Tongue edge

Clouds over the Drygalski

Sea ice in McMurdo Sound

DC-3 and LC-130 sharing the fuel pits at Wiley Field