Air Operations team
Is to operate and manage an integrated fleet of aircraft for research, survey and polar logistics.
We aim to execute a challenging programme of airborne science and logistics and to provide a worldwide capability that gives the environmental science community access to a range of aircraft platforms and instrumentation. The fleet comprises the five specially adapted aircraft (De Havilland Canada Dash 7 and four Twin Otters).
At the beginning of each season the aircrew – eight pilots and four engineers – ferry the aircraft south from their base in the northern hemisphere. Flights in the Antarctic take place during the Antarctic summer, between October and March, as winter darkness and very cold temperatures prevent flying at other times.
- To undertake a wide variety of transport and science missions using a fleet of aircraft equipped with modifications to allow them to carry out airborne science surveys
- Transport science and support teams to Antarctica by facililtating regular shuttle-flights from Rothera to and from the Falkland Islands and Punta Arenas, Chile during the austral summer
- Ensure that all aircraft are maintained to the highest standard of safety and comply with relevant airworthiness regulators’ requirements
- Support deep-field research operated from Rothera and Halley research Stations and from field stations at Fossil Bluff and Sky-Blu.
Technology, innovation and training
- We stay abreast of the latest technological developments in polar aviation
Influencing and leading international programmes
- We provide specialist advice and expertise to other polar programmes and operators
- We work with other national operators of polar programmes to share best practice
- We work with NERC-funded research teams to develop airborne survey equipment and other science fit outs
- We engage with aviation authorities
Head of Air Unit
Line Pilot / Training Captain
Head of Aircraft Engineering
Air Unit Operations Coordinator
Safety Manager - Aviation
23 April, 2019
Scientists embark on a three-week flying campaign today (23 April) to study methane emissions from gas fields in the southern North Sea. Using specialised scientific equipment, on board one of …
18 December, 2018
British Antarctic Survey is seeking to purchase a small passenger aircraft to work alongside its de Havilland Canada DHC-7 Series 110 (Dash 7). The aircraft will transport science and support teams and cargo between Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula and Punta Arenas, Chile.
11 August, 2017
The British Antarctic Survey Air Unit have been awarded the Johnston Memorial Trophy for 2017 by The Honourable Company of Air Pilots. This is a considerable acknowledgement of the regard held …
23 November, 2015
New season tackles ambitious science and logistical challenges The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) 2015/16 field season is underway with dozens of scientists and support staff – together with planes and tonnes …
8 December, 2009
British Antarctic Survey achieves registration for the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has achieved registration for the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). Following …