Flying in the Twin Otter

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Twin Otter referred to as OPG (from it's tail number), piloted by Greg Dibben takes off from the Burntpoint Research Camp. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VRII.

 

Working in the far north requires a great deal of planning and real challenges face researchers when considering how to get to an area.  Burntpoint Creek Research Camp is a remote camp which requires air transport to get there.  While a helicopter can get you there, they really can’t carry all the gear and equipment necessary to survive for several weeks.  So a airplane becomes necessary.  Obviously there isn’t a runway, so it requires a plane which can land on less than prefect areas.  At Burntpoint, this means about a 1/4 mile long gravel ridge.  The Twin Otter is amazing in it’s ability to float in and land on a postage stamp and take off with almost no runway.  This is a series of pictures of this great plane and the exceptional pilots which got us in and out of camp.

Captain Red Seguin readies the Twin Otter for takeoff a Peawanuck Airport. Peawanuck has a maintained gravel runway and as we landed I remember Red looking at me and saying something like "It's not much of a challenge to land on a "real" runway!" Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 G.

 

The Twin Otter on the runway in Timmins, ON. The boxes are packed with groceries for our upcoming two weeks. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 16-36mm f/4 VRII.

 

MNR Captain Greg Dibben waits of us to load into the Twin Otter for our trip out to Burntpoint. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 VRII.

 

Our team and gear packed in the Twin Otter. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 VRII.

 

The Twin Otter takes off from Burntpoint headed to pick up additional fuel to cache for this summer's goose banding. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII.

 

Captain Greg Dibben heads out. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII.

 

The Twin Otter rolls up to camp after landing. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII.

 

Captian Greg Dibben makes a low pass over the Burntpoint Camp before landing. This pass allows him to inspect the landing area to make sure there are no hazards in the landing area. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII.

 

Matt takes a picture out of the Twin Otter as we take off from Timmins. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 VRII.

 

Pilot Greg Dibben and biologist Mike Burrell talk after our return to Timmins, ON. The bags are our gear from the trip. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 G.
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