Commercial, Regulatory

Rotorcraft Report: Norway Seeks Helo for Polar Bear Survey

By Staff Writer | March 1, 2007

The Norwegian Polar Institute is looking for a helicopter for one month’s time starting March 17 to assist in a study to tag polar bears and track their movements in the Svalbard and East Greenland regions.

Environmental changes and the melting polar icecap have prompted the study. The helicopter must be equipped with handheld or mounted satellite phones, high-frequency radios tuned to the institute’s frequencies, and the ability to carry suspended loads. The onboard equipment must be long-line capable for loading and unloading from the deck of the R/V Lance, the institute’s research vessel.

Much of the flying will take place over water and drifting ice as well as snow-covered glaciers. A helicopter with inflatable floats is specified.

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