My first expedition, PS 121, was In the Arctic. The flight over Svalbard, seeing the snowy and icy landscapes, was a sight I will never forget.
MOSAiC is the biggest arctic scientific expedition of all times. I am glad and at the same time, excited for being able to take part at this polar expedition. Staying on board the frozen Polarstern for three months in a row, at the beginning still in the darkness and slowly drifting into twilight will be a challenge.
HeliService took the time to prepare us for this expedition. We went through many trainings which would increase our knowledge on safety. The most important training to be mentioned, would be the “Ice survival” course, which we had for three days in Austria, at -20 degrees, on a glacier. This training gave us a better understanding on how to handle the situation when something happens, and you are trapped somewhere far away from the ship. One needs survival skills, until the rescue team reaches you.
My MOSAiC will start on January 23rd, 2020.
Technical certification: EASA Part 145
Training: Training in Österreich at around -20°C
Experience in the ice: First Polarstern expedition