Airbus A340 plane lands on Antarctica for first time

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(Granthshala) – For the first time in history, an Airbus A340 aircraft has landed in Antarctica.
hi fly, a boutique airline, was behind Udaan. The company specializes in wet leases, meaning they hire both aircraft and air crew and are responsible for handling insurance, maintenance and other logistics.

Hi Fly 801 took off from Cape Town, South Africa on Tuesday, November 2.

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Captain Carlos Mirpuri sets foot on Antarctica.

Mark Bow / Hi Fly

The aircraft was commissioned by Wolf’s Fang, a new upscale adventure camp on the world’s southernmost continent, and brought much-needed supplies to the resort. Wolf’s Fang is a new project from the high-end Antarctica tourism company white desert,

The crew of Hi Fly 801 (and the return trip to Cape Town, Hi Fly 802) was led by Captain Carlos Mirpuri, who is also Hi Fly’s vice president.

Each flight took five and a half hours, and the team spent less than three hours on land, covering 2,500 nautical miles in Antarctica.

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Despite not technically being an airport, the Blue-Ice Runway on the Wolf’s Fang property is designated a Sea Level Airport. This means that only highly specialized crew can fly there due to the challenging conditions.

“The colder it is, the better,” Mipuri explained in his captain’s log.

“The grooving is carved along the runway by special equipment, and after cleaning and carving we get a sufficient braking coefficient; with the runway being 3,000 meters long, landing and stopping the heavy A340 on that airfield will not be a problem.”

Although blue ice is gorgeous, it’s also a concern for pilots because of its glare.

Mipuri said: “The reflection is tremendous, and the proper eyewear helps you adjust your eyes between the outside view and the instrumentation. The non-flight pilot has an important role to play in making normal and additional callouts, especially late in the approach.” in stages.”

Hi Fly 801 approaches snow runway.

Hi Fly 801 approaches snow runway.

Mark Bow / Hi Fly

The first recorded flight to Antarctica was the Lockheed Vega 1 monoplane in 1928, piloted by George Hubert Wilkins, an Australian military pilot and explorer. He took off from Deception Island in the South Shetland Islands. The project was funded by wealthy American publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst.

Short exploratory flights like these were how scientists and cartographers gained important information about Antarctica’s topography.

To date, there is no airport on the White Continent, but there are 50 landing strips and runways.

Australia and South Africa are just two of the global powers interested in Antarctica.

as aviation website simple flight Of note, the Russian Antarctic Research Station conducted half a dozen test flights for its 3,000-foot Blue Ice runway between 2019 and 2020. They were also carried by wide-bodied aircraft.

Since most people reach the White Continent via ship, seeing the A340 landing on an ice runway is certainly dramatic – and means more landings like this are likely to happen in the future.

Image of an Airbus 340 by Mark Bow, courtesy of Hi Fly.


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