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It's Springtime In Antartica

by John M. White |

Each year around October activity in Antarctica begins to get busy again, and this year is no exception.  The main gateway to Antarctica is through McMurdo Sound, and before flights into Antarctica can begin the FAA must certify the navaids for the airfields in Antarctica.Faachallenger In the past those certification flights would be conducted by using a C130 aircraft; however, this year the FAA sent one of it's Challenger 601 aircraft on the mission.  The aircraft team consisted of three pilots, a mission specialist, a mechanic and an avionics technician.  They stayed for a week at McMurdo but the maintenance folks had to work around the clock to keep the aircraft from becoming cold soaked as the temperatures dropped to as much as -20 degrees Centigrade. As I mentioned yesterday my friend Mauric Hovious went to Antarctica to rescue a damaged aircraft for an insurance company resulting in an extraordinary experience I am sure he would not like to repeat.  If you ever get to Vicksburg, MI be sure and look Maurice up and ask him about it.  It will "cold soak" you I guarantee! Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7

CRUISE FLIGHT

— Rob Robinette

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of my spouse And danced the clubs on Kiwi-polished boots; Moonward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of Moon-split clouds — and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of — in the Philippines High in the domelit silence. Holding there, I've scared the airsick pax, and flung their baggage through footless halls of air. Up, up the long, delirious, burning black I've topped the turbulent heights with little grace Where never C-130, or even C-5 flew. And, while with fuzzy, sleep deprived mind I've trod The high untrespassed sanctity of controlled airspace, Put out my hand, and touched the face of The Aircraft Commander, who thinks he is God.

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