Zucchelli Ice Runway is located in the Gerlache Inlet and is prepared, at the beginning of each season, by the station's logistic personnel in mid-October.
The sea ice runway is suitable for operating the Aeronautica Militare or Safair wheeled C-130, but in the latest years it was closed earlier than before because the
sea ice break up. Two runways are prepared, one is the 03/21 which is 3,090 metres (10,140 ft) long and 76 metres (249 ft) wide used by the C-130, the other is the 06/24 which is shorter measuring 1,640 metres (5,380 ft) in length and 50 metres (160 ft) in width utilised by the Twin Otters and the Basler BT-67.
Safair L100-30 leased by PNRA at Christchurch Airport in-between missions to Zucchelli Station
One of the Helicopters New Zealand Aircraft utilised by the Italian Program at Tera Nova Bay, Mario Zuchelli Station. Photo by Brian Kliesen. CC BY 2.5.
Zucchelli Station is an Italian seasonal research station, located at Terra Nova Bay in Antarctica on a granitic headland along the coast of the Northern Foothills to north-east of Gerlache Inlet. It has been named after Mario Zucchelli, director of the activities, which conducted for sixteen years, for the ENEA-Unità Tecnica Antartide as part of the National Antarctic Research Program (PNRA).
Zucchelli Station at Terra Nova Bay. Photo by Andrew Mandemaker. CC BY 2.5.
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