Floating Support Base

The range of a Twin Otter (fully loaded) is about 1,125-km. The distance from Resolute to the Ice Team (who will be travelling along 140° Longitude) is 1,100-km.

There is therefore the need for a re-fuelling point, at some point along the plane's return journey, hence the two Ice Bases.

The Ice Bases will be manned by personnel who have experience of Arctic conditions. The job of these personnel will be to inform pilots of weather conditions, on the ground, and to mark out and maintain a suitable runway.

Ice Base staff need to keep an eye on the state of the ice runway, which needs to be 305m in length and at least 60cm thick in order for the Twin Otters to land.

Fog also starts to become an issue in the later stages of the expedition, as the slightly warmer temperatures meet the cold open water exposed by the ice break-up. Flying in such conditions is particularly dangerous, making re-supply runs that much more difficult to complete and the role of the Ice Base staff that much more critical.

"Floating Support Base" blog posts
Headline Test
Posted by Pen Hadow
You know you’re making progress North when…...more
Sunday, 15th February 2009
Mission driven
Posted by Pen Hadow
Of a bewildering array of thoughts swimming around in my head today, one has struck for the surface, indicative of the gel that holds us together....more
Monday, 02nd February 2009
Doc Martin
Posted by Dominic Hilton
The office is a hive of activity today......more
Thursday, 29th January 2009
Posted by Tori Taylor
The clock keeps ticking and with every strike we draw closer to the date when Pen, Ann and Martin will leave 'us' the support team, in the UK to embark on the survey of our lifetimes....more
Monday, 26th January 2009
Travelling back
Posted by Ann Daniels
As I travel back from Qikiqtarjuaq I reflect on another adventure in the magnificent Arctic. A memory to treasure when I can no longer travel to the ends of the earth!...more
Wednesday, 21st January 2009

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