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Victoria University Antarctic Research Expedition Science and Logistics Reports 2008-09: VUWAE 53



As applicable report on the following, noting any improvements that can be made:

Vehicles (Report on the suitability of field transport allocated to you and its condition when taken over)

The PB1 PistenBully was used to recover shallow ice cores along from Windless Bight in a traverse from White Island to Scott Base. The vehicle performed well and was driven and operated by Lyall Cross.

Aircraft Operations (Outline the success or otherwise of all fixed wing or helicopter operations supporting your event. As appropriate, detail the suitability of any landing sites used. Clearly mark these on your report map and provide GPS coordinates where possible)

Field deployment to Skinner Saddle was carried out with HNO and to Evans Piedmont and Victoria Lower Glacier with NSF 36J. Both deployment and pickup of cargo and passengers was very professional, efficient, and safe. The extensive regional and local experience of the pilots, in particular, Rob McPhail is invaluable. We are grateful for the exceptional support and assistance in the field by HNO.

Ship Operations (Outline cargo loading and embarkation procedures. Provide your cruise plan, sampling stations and landings made with GPS coordinates where possible. Comment on the degree of support provided by the ship's crew and facilities utilised on board, e.g. winches, laboratories. page 4 Describe any use made of seaborne helicopter or small support craft, e.g. Zodiac rubber rafts. Comment on the suitability of your clothing and survival equipment for your shipboard programme )

Not applicable