Battelle ARO is the National Science Foundation’s Arctic Research Support and Logistics (RSL) contractor. NSF-funded projects may be supported by Battelle ARO for items including construction support, air support, camping equipment and communication devices. Polar Field Services is a subcontractor to Battelle ARO, providing field-focused logistics support and construction.
Battelle ARO subcontracts with Pollux Aviation to provide helicopter support at Toolik as well as provides one on-site staff to coordinate the use of this shared resource. Pollux flies Robinson R44 helicopters at Toolik, which can carry up to three passengers, in addition to the pilot. The helicopter can carry up to 600 lbs. In addition to carrying people and gear internally, they can also sling load gear from one spot to another.
During the summer seasonof 2022 there will be one to three Battelle ARO helicopters are at Toolik depending on the research needs. Flights are arranged months in advance.
2022 Helicopter Coordinators
- Rae Spain (May 19-30)
- Jason Evans (May 21-July 7th & August 2-September 10)
- Robin Carroccia (July 6-August 4)
You can reach the on-site coordinator at ToolikHelo@polarfield.com, or x2533.
Two days prior to your pre-arranged flight, fill out a flight request so that all crew and equipment can be properly flown to your research sites.
- Flight Request Form (blank excel file)
- Drone Flight Plan (blank excel file)
Have you already made a request and are curious about the dates that you have time scheduled in the air? Check out the calendars below for the planned field season.