The Antarctic continent - picture 31 of 60
© by Alexander Gerst 2002
An A-Star "squirrel" helicopter when starting in the direction of Mt. Erebus volcano. This type of helicopter is smaller and lighter than the Hueys and they only have a crew of one pilot. The trick of lifting off the helicopter with the nose pointing downwards, and at the same time accelerating it to 100 km/h while flying only a few metres above the ground seems to be very popular amongst Pilots in Antarctica. This surely adds to the pleasure of the scientist on the co-pilot seat and gives the impression of possibly sticking the nose of the helicopter into the snow at full speed any time soon. Also very popular are abrupt changes in altitude and more than 60° tilt when narrowly flying over the edges of ice bergs and cliffs. However, the first impression might be the wrong one - the pilots that are flying in Antarctica are selected using some of the highest standards in the world.
zur deutschen Version