Polar 01 with off deck report to Mac Center. Polar 01 informs Mac Center they departed at time 0225, estimates the South Pole at 0450, and estimated time back to Pegasus is 0715. Polar 01 later heard reporting various Pole # checkpoints to Mac Center and mentioned about being in contact with the DZ controller for the Skiway Amundsen drop zone. Pretty neat to be sitting here in California listening to an aircraft flying over the South Pole.
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Operation Deep Freeze activity continues on 261.725. Here is Frozen 07 reporting with Mac Center at position URROA in the block FL180 to FL260, estimates SNIPT at 0333 and BOENZ next.
267.050 CONUS: Radio checks from Grumman 81A and 31A calling Base.
261.875 CONUS: Brief comms w/ Reach A612 calling Republic.
Hoya 09 flight calling MudBug and Raymond 12 for checks on VSAT.
Dynamite BCP and Delta BCP both requesting radio checks. Calls from Ironhorse Main and Hitman Main for radio checks as well. All of the usual suspects logged via satellite on the Pacific Ocean Region.
251.850 CONUS bird with Outlaw 44 calling Valor Ops for a radio check.
Ice 08 wkg Mac Center reporting SNIPT at time 0426, FL310, estimates BOENZ at 0510 and JEHOO at 0521. McMurdo Weather comes up and gives Ice 08 their PSR forecast for their estimated arrival at 0545 – reports few clouds at 1,500, scattered at 8,000, broken at 15,0000, visibility unrestricted with drifting snow, grid wind 240 at 15, temperature -25 and altimeter of 2925.
Here are some Operation Deep Freeze comms monitored last month on satcom. They seemed to have been having some problems with their HF comms that day.
Mac Center forecaster passing updated PSR information to Ice 07. At 0351, Ice 07 reports position BOENZ and estimates JEHOO at 0402.
Ice 07 checking in with Mac Center for departure clearance back to Christchurch. Ice 07 reports departing Pegasus at 0545, estimates BOENZ at 0614, estimate for 60 South at 0824 and ETA to Christchurch at 1048.