The aircraft needed some changes and installations before being ready to do all the research in Antarctica.

Aircraft Prep
JKB aircraft in prep. Photo By: J. Holt

ICECAP Researchers- UTIG
D. Young, J. Holt, and D. Blankenship with the JKB at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Photo By: L. Lawyer

First it had a visit to Basler where installations of hardpoints for the VHF radar antennas and cutout for laser and camera.

Next the aircraft took a visit to Kenn Borek Air, Ltd. where installation of mounting points and hydraulics for skiis, preparation of the plane for the tailboom, and installation of GPSA Global Positioning System (GPS) is a satellite-based navigation system used to track the location or position of objects on the Earth’s surface. antennas on wings and tail tip.

Its final stop was at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (Austin, Texas, USA) where the rack and tail boom installation occurred.

The aircraft was finally ready to start its exciting journey to Antarctica.