Continuing the theme of airplane photos, this is my friend and fellow winterover G marshalling in the last flight from a couple posts back. Incidentally, this the same LC130 that was parked here for a week or so, back in December.
We currently have the last two planes we’ll see until spring sitting outside. They’ll take on a few hundred gallons of fuel tomorrow around lunchtime, weather permitting, then slide on down the skiway bound for Rothera and points further North.
I’m in charge of taking apart our airfield fuel system this year, which has been a fun project so far. Smaller planes don’t require as much infrastructure as the LC-130s do, so I’ve already been able to dismantle parts of the system with help from G and others, to spread the (cold) work across several days. In a previous life, I was a “fuelie”, and I enjoy the break from computer work to get a bit of physical labour in.
Weather has been fairly calm lately, with temperatures around -46C/-50F, and the shadows just keep getting longer. I’m been enjoying the transition into winter – it’s a bit weird to have the last herc leave with all the summer people, followed by a week of DC-3 and Twin Otter crews. Even with these transient people hanging around though, we’ve rearranged the galley and gotten moved into our winter rooms. One “wing” of the station gets shut down for the winter, since we don’t need the space and can save a lot of fuel. Most of the vehicles are put away from the winter, so I don’t have the option to be lazy and take a snow machine out to ICL instead of a walk (or bike ride!).
And, of course, we’re each individually starting to settle in to our winter routines. There’s been a change of activities on offer with the changing crew; no more dodgeball (yet…), but a few of us had a yoga session this evening, I’m trying to get into a climbing routine, and maybe the banjo will come out of hiding soon.