with a relatively newly commissioned Ilyushin 76. Weather conditions are favourable at the moment and we hope that the entire team of 7 BELARE (Belgian Antarctic Research Expedition) scientists make it without problems in one go using a feeder flight from Novolazarevskaya to Princess Elisabeth Station with a modified Basler DC3.
At the briefing we met many old science friends from other nations, particularly from the British Antarctic Survey (UK) and the Alfred Wegener Institute (Germany). In total the flight will transport 52 people for various scientific projects. Our bags are packed, and if everything goes as planned we will be leaving Capetown in record-breaking transition period of only two days.