Application for projects with the aircraft
The present schedule for the aircraft lasts until Spring/Summer 2014. A new call for proposals is open until June 30 2013. The new schedule will cover the period from Spring/Summer 2014 to September 2015. The layout of the proposal and a list of available instruments can be downloaded by clicking on this link. Further information on the call (dead lines, contact points, etc.) are summarized and published on a seprate page. Meanwhile Daniel Steinhage and Martin Gehrmann are happy to answer Your enquiries.
Since 1983, the Alfred Wegener Institute has been operating two ski-equipped polar aircraft for the German scientific community. Presently POLAR 5 and POLAR 6 are available with special equipment mounted either inside the aircraft or on the wings for investigations of the lithosphere, the atmosphere, the cryosphere, and their interactions in the Arctic and Antarctica. Nowadays, aircraft are also indispensable to the logistics between the remote research stations in Antarctica. The operation of the two aircraft is supported by external partners.