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Boeing makes Norway Antarctic history. A Boeing 737 performed a successful landing at the Norwegian Polar Institute’s Troll Research Station for the first time-ever, Wednesday. The plane arrived safely on the snowy Troll Airfield runway in Dronning Maud Land following a test-flight from South Africa’s Cape Town on 28 November.  Troll, which has a minimum of six people there all year round, is traditionally served by Hercules C-130 transporter planes.

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Boeing makes Norway Antarctic history

Published on Tuesday, 4th December, 2012 at 15:51 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 4th December 2012 at 16:02.

A Boeing 737 performed a successful landing at the Norwegian Polar Institute’s Troll Research Station for the first time-ever, Wednesday.

The Boeing 737 at Troll Airfield
The Boeing 737 at Troll Airfield
Photo: Ken Pedersen/Norwegian Polar Institute


The plane arrived safely on the snowy Troll Airfield runway in Dronning Maud Land following a test-flight from South Africa’s Cape Town on 28 November. 

Troll, which has a minimum of six people there all year round, is traditionally served by Hercules C-130 transporter planes.

These have been ferrying personnel and supplies to/from the facility since it was upgraded and officially opened in 2005. 

They landed on the 3,000 metre-long runway, located a couple of kilometres from the research station, during the Antarctic summer season between October and February.

Last week’s test flight was performed as part of intentions for the Boeing 737 to replace the ageing Hercules for environmental and safety reasons.

“The 737 aircraft has more modern equipment that both improves safety, but also reduces our footprint in Antarctica,” Norwegian Polar Institute department director Øystein Mikelborg said. “It’s because this plane decreases the need to transport fuel to Troll, which in itself leads to lower emissions.”

33 people total were on the test-flight. They comprised Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) staff working at Troll this summer season, some invited guests, and an experienced flight operations assessment team.

The NPI’s Ken Pedersen added, “We’re now continuing the ongoing efforts to evaluate the flight to find good solutions for environmentally-friendly and safe flights to/from Troll in the future.”



Published on Tuesday, 4th December, 2012 at 15:51 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 4th December 2012 at 16:02.

This post has the following tags: antarctic, trollresearchstation, norwayantarctic.





  
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