[Complete] McMurdo Station Resupply @ NZCH - 302000ZDEC18


Antarctica is the coldest, driest, windiest, and isolated continent on our planet. However it is home to thousands year round. Home to mostly researchers, Antarctica is inhabited to conduct experiments and observations in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics, biology and medicine, geology and geophysics, glaciology and glacial geology, ocean and climate systems.

The McMurdo Station is a United States Antarctic research center on the south tip of Ross Island, which is in the New Zealand-claimed Ross Dependency on the shore of McMurdo Sound in Antarctica. It is operated by the United States through the United States Antarctic Program, a branch of the National Science Foundation. The station is the largest community in Antarctica, capable of supporting up to 1,258 residents, and serves as one of three United States Antarctic science facilities.

The winter in Antarctica is so hostile that for seven months out of the year McMurdo Station is inaccessible by sea or air. Early November and December are the ideal months the station is resupplied by air with personnel, food and water, fuel, and research items. It is therefore imperative that flights into and out of Antarctica maximize this small window to keep research going.


Your mission is to fly personnel and cargo from Christchurch International (NZCH) and transport them to the blue ice runway at McMurdo Station (NZIR)


  • Server : Expert
  • Departure Airport : NZCH
  • Departure Time : Sunday, December 30, 2018 8:00 PM
  • Arrival Airport : NZIR
  • Aircraft : C-130J / C-130J-30 / C-17 / B752
  • Livery US Air Force
  • Flight Time : 5:30
Flight Plan

NZCH NUBKA 4322S/17231E 4326S/17227E SW 71S69 75S64 76S63 77S63 78S64 NZIR

Event NOTAMs
  • Antarctic Center Positions are for C-17 and C-130 aircraft only. B752 aircraft will be assigned gates at the main terminal.
  • Please plan fuel correctly, Aircraft flying to McMurdo station “Tanker” fuel. This means that they take off with enough fuel to land at their destination and return to their origin without needing to refuel. They do this to not take away from the fuel at the research station and also incase they cannot land they have enough fuel to return to Christchurch Intl.
  • Spawn at your gate assignment at a minimum of 15 minutes prior to pushback for preflight planning and photos
  • Monitor Unicom once you spawn and please be professional and respectful. If you are not familiar with Unicom procedures please refer to this tutorial: Understanding Unicom by Mark Denton
  • There are NO Ramp positions at NZIR. Once you land please taxi off to the side of the runway and announce that you are clear. You may stay off the side of the runway (well clear) for pictures.
Pushback Procedures
  • 1ST: Antarctic Center taxi in order from 1 to 4
  • 2ND: Courier Post taxi in order from 1 to 3
  • 3RD: Main Terminal starting with 35 and in descending order
Departure Procedures
  • Climb to FL100 at 2200 FPM at 240 KIAS
  • After climb to FL250 at 1800 FPM at 300 KIAS
  • Then climb to FL280 at 1000 FPM, then verify speed is at M.70
  • Maintain 10nm separation at all times
Approach Procedures
  • This data will be provided after departure and winds at NZIR have been assessed.



Here is a list or the research expeditions that need to get to McMurdo Station. When you request a gate you will be assigned an expedition that you will transport. If you would like to read up on them I have included links below.

Life Sciences
Physical Sciences
McMurdo Support Detachment (MSD)
  • Carries fuel, facility and vehicle maintenance equipment, food, water, and medical supplies


Please include the following information when requesting a gate:

  • Gate request (B752s will be assigned to Main Terminal for size restrictions)
  • Callsign
  • Aircraft


More gates will be added as needed.

Antarctic Center
Gate Callsign Pilot Aircraft Expedition
AC4 AF717 @Sean_Green C-130J-30 AAA
Courier Post
Gate Callsign Pilot Aircraft Expedition
Main Terminal
Gate Callsign Pilot Aircraft Expedition
Gate 35 AV14TR-A @Aviator_Airbus B752 AAA
Gate 34 NZ757 @anon31652286 B752 SERCE
Gate 33 Delta 223 @Alaska170 B752 AntClim21
Gate 32
Gate 31
Gate 30
Gate 29
Gate 28
Gate 28
Gate 28
Gate 28

More gates will be added as needed.

I look forward to seeing you on the seventh continent.


I’ve heard of this before! Isn’t it dark for 7 months straight or something similar to that?

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Thanks for fixing my topic :)

yes it is, don’t think I could live like that. They will not allowed aircraft to land in the dark except in emergencies. Although a C-17 crew did land their on NVDs once if I am not mistaken

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Ohhh NZCH I’ll do some pattern work so hopefully I get in with a C130

Why do pattern work when you could help ferry personnel and supplies with us?

Cause I’m GRADE 2 😭😭😭😭😭

Keep flying and landing, and you will be on the expert server in no time 👌

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I’d love to come but it’s on the last day of 2018 for me so I’ll probably be busy with lunches and dinner. Maybe next time!

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I would like to come in a 752 please!

Callsign AV14TR-A. Gate AC2

AC Positions are for C-130 and C-17s only due to size restrictions in the NOTAMs above. I can give you main terminal gate 35.

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Your added, you will be the first to push in your terminal

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The departure time is 3 hours after the time you have written in the title… Is that correct?

Ill fix it, sometimes when I insert the date and time from my laptop it gets messed you. Thank you.

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Fixed, thank you

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I’ll join in a 757 out of the main terminal if that’s ok. Callsign NZ757.

Your added, gate 34

This is a very, very clean and detailed event. I can tell you have put a lot of effort into it. Unfortunately, I will be out of town on the 30th, or else I would definitely join.

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That’s to bad, it will be a fun and challenging flight, wish you could join. My hope is that if the event produces a good turn out I will hold it yearly. Always within the typical window for flights to Antarctica to keep realism.

One day left and expeditions still need transport.

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@Aviator_Airbus and @anon31652286 are you both still up for this event. Looks like it’s just us unless we have any last minute attendees

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