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 season, one or more helicopters are at Toolik depending on the research needs. Flights are arranged months in advance. If your project is supported through Battelle ARO and you would like request helicopter time, please contact Rachel@polarfield.com
2021 Helicopter Coordinators
You can reach the on-site coordinator at ToolikHelo@polarfield.com, or x2533.
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.
Two days prior to your flight, fill out a flight request so that all crew and equipment can be properly flown to your research sites.