Flight Operations in Antarctica: One of the World’s Most Challenging Environments

Operating flights in Antarctica is unlike most other places on Earth. Logistics are hampered by extreme cold, wind, and limited infrastructure. However, with careful planning and execution, these trials can be conquered.

Whether flights are to transport scientists and supplies to scientific bases, or charter tourism flights, they all operate in an extreme environment. In this article, we look at a few of the challenges and how operating flights in this environment is different.

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Cessna Aircraft – from American Car Sales to Global Aviation Pioneer

Well over a hundred years ago, when aviation was in its absolute infancy, a car salesman called Clyde Cessna witnessed a flying machine for himself and was wonderstruck. The Wright brothers had proved that flight was possible only seven years previously, but, undeterred, Cessna sold his car dealership and invested all his money in an airplane kit. In June 1911, on his thirteenth attempt at taking off – with no formal flight training (because there was none) and no instruction manual (ditto) – Clyde managed to get his monoplane airborne. His contraption, “Silverwing”, made from spruce and linen, was the very start of Cessna, an American general aviation legend known the world over for producing small and light, often piston-powered airplanes and single-handedly responsible for earning countless pilots their wings. Cessna is now a brand of Textron Aviation (Headquarters in Wichita, Kansas) and, over the years, there have been quite […]