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Incentives

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In 2001 and 2002 I was instrumental in initiating and organizing the first ever air transportation of scientists down to the Antarctica from Cape Town, South Africa.

Before the scientist had to endure a monthlong sea passage down to the continent. 

In partnership with the Russian base, Novolazarevskaya, a blue ice runway for one of their Ilyushin 11-76 to land on. 

Every expedition undertaken came with its risks and rewards. The flight time was 5 hours. Two and half hours into the flight a life decision had to be made to carry on or turn back to Cape Town. The weather in the Antarctica can turn in 2 hours to a white out which makes it impossible to land. Fuel for the aircraft was shipped down month before. We had to land to refuel.

I was fortunate enough to visit Maitri Base, Tor Base, Troll Base and Sanae Base on my travels down to the Antarctica.

 

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