On November 25th, 1st. The General Employment Helicopter Squadron made the first flight with the newly acquired Airbus H135 / UH-17 in the Antarctic. Guides 7090 and 7091, both assigned to the polar ship Almirante Maximiano, were launched to enable flight crews to acclimatise to regions with cold weather, to identify POIs near the Antarctic station Comandante Ferraz, and to qualify and requalify board the Oceanographic Support Vessel Ary Rongel on board
After completing intensive theoretical and practical training, which included the operation and maintenance of the new aircraft model, the military of the Embarked Air Detachment (DAE) of Operation Antarctica number 39 (OPERANTAR) and the maneuvering teams of the ships were able to carry out everything in practice, what they trained in the early stages of transition to this new medium.
The N-7090 and N-7091 are the first two of a total of three H-135 / UH-17s acquired by Airbus Helicopters to cooperate and expand the capacity of flight operations for the benefit of the Brazilian Antarctic program. (PROANTAR) even supports scientific projects.
Hours earlier, the polar ship Almirante Maximiano started in cooperation with the National Institute for Space Research, which is investigating the interaction between sea ice as part of the ATMOS research project, meteorological-oceanographic monitoring buoys in the Drake Strait. the ocean, the atmosphere and the waves in the extreme south of the Atlantic. (Javier Bonilla)
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