Winfly 2009 ushers in the 2009-2010 antarctic field season
September 3, 2009
The first flight since February was scheduled to land at McMurdo Station on 20 August (local time McMurdo) during a roughly weeklong period dubbed Winfly, for winter fly-in. However, two straight days of poor weather conditions at McMurdo have delayed the arrival of the first flight, as of 21 August (local time McMurdo).
UPDATE (23 August 2009): The first flight touched down at Pegasus airfield on 22 August (Local time McMurdo) with 120 passengers aboard.
The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2021 budget of $8.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.