Andrew Van Kints
Andrew joined the BAS Air Unit team in 2018 and is one of the line pilots flying the Twin Otter, mainly in support of logistics and science in Antarctica, but also supporting other science campaigns outside the polar environment.
His flying career started in 2005 with the Royal Air Force where he flew the VC10 for 4 years conducting air-to-air refuelling missions in the Middle East, Northern Africa and the Falkland Islands. This was followed by 4 years of flying surveillance and reconnaissance missions in the middle east in a King Air.
Andrew left the RAF in 2017 and moved to Guersey for a year where he was a corperate pilot flying to and from the UK and Western Europe before forefilling a long held ambition of joining BAS.
2020 – Eurec4a – Barbados – MASIN:
Lead pilot for the Eurec4a science campaign aimed at advancing the understanding of the interplay between clouds, convection and circulation and their role in climate change
2020 – MAGIC Penguin aerophoto campaign – Rothera/Marsh
Lead pilot for the adelie cencus; a continuation of a long-term penguin census and monitoring campaign covering the entire Antarctic Peninsula
2019 – CCAC – Duxford/North Sea – MASIN:
Lead pilot > The CCAC is a voluntary initiative to help companies reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas sector.
2019 – MOYA – Bolivia – MASIN:
Support pilot > MOYA is a 4 year project examining the global atmospheric methane budget.
2019 – ORCHESTRA – Falkland Islands – MASIN:
Support pilot > A multi year project researching Ocean Regulation of Climate by Heat and Carbon Sequestration and Transports