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Helicopter operations at McMurdo, run by PHI Helicopter.

Helicopter Operations at McMurdo Station

At McMurdo, helicopters play a vital role in local transportation and logistics. McMurdo has its own helicopter operations hanger and pad, operated by PHI Helicopter, featuring 6 pads, and an indoor enclosed hangar for maintenance.

During my month or so living at McMurdo while awaiting transport to field camp, I had the opportunity to watch countless helicopter flights, including flights of the PHI-Operated Bell 212 “Twin Huey”, NZ-Operated Eurocopter AS350 B2, and finally a Chinese-operated Kamov KA-32. A few photos and video clips:

See more of the Chinese Kamov KA-32

A Chinese-Operated Kamov KA-32 Helicopter hovers over New Zealand's Scott Base.
A Chinese-Operated Kamov KA-32 Helicopter hovers over New Zealand’s Scott Base.
New Zealand's antarctic helicopter, a Eurocopter AS350 B2, based out of Scott Base, just around the corner from McMurdo Station.
New Zealand’s antarctic helicopter, a Eurocopter AS350 B2, based out of Scott Base, just around the corner from McMurdo Station.
Another view of McMurdo's helo pad - it has multiple landing spots, as well as a fully enclosed hangar
Another view of McMurdo’s helo pad – it has multiple landing spots, as well as a fully enclosed hangar
Inside the McMurdo helicopter hanger, a Bell 212 sits for maintenance.
Inside the McMurdo helicopter hanger, a Bell 212 sits for maintenance.
Inside the McMurdo helicopter hanger, a Bell 212 sits for maintenance.
Inside the McMurdo helicopter hanger, a Bell 212 sits for maintenance.
Helicopter operations at McMurdo, run by PHI Helicopter.
Helicopter operations at McMurdo, run by PHI Helicopter.

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Bell 212 slingloading at McMurdo
Bell 212 slingloading at McMurdo

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