24 hours notice to erect a rapid deployment hangar
The Chilean Air Force 2nd aerial brigade received a command for the immediate erection of the rapid deployment hangar acquired from Aviatech. The portable hangar was acquired to extend Chilean Air Force operational capabilities within the logistical and material support mission of Antarctic Scientific Expedition under the Air Force Logistic Command.
The training was carried out from 10-14 June 2019 in the facilities of the 2nd Air Brigade to train the personnel of said unit, within the framework of the Instruction Program established by the Logistic Command.
The hangar was deployed in 17 hours. This facility provides a large and modern space to accommodate 2 UH-60 helicopters, tools and GSE for maintenance and provides a reliable shelter for the technicians. The hangar will be delivered to support Antarctic Scientific Expedition at Union Glacier on a single C-130 flight from Punta Arenas.
Squadron Commander (I) Patricio Núñez was in charge of the aircraft hangar deployment. Together with his team, they developed various activities oriented to speed up the handling and assembly of the 600 m2 shelter, which grants them strategic collection capacity.
In the Antarctic terrain, lives are at stake and every move needs to be met with extreme accuracy and caution. For this reason, the Head Office of the Chilean Airforce ordered an immediate mobilization to verify that the Air Force personnel for their upcoming Antarctica exploration mission. The second objective of this mobilization was to test and improve the capabilities of the team. Throughout the deployment, all aspects of the unpacking, deployment, erection and team safety were covered comprehensively.
Following erection, the classroom training was conducted and split into several modules. The first stage was to define mistakes made and revise the correct procedures of the survey the grounds upon which the hangar will be deployed. This module is vital to ensure the universal anchoring method is secure, ensuring the hangar is securely fastened on various terrains. The training consisted of theoretical strategies and practical exercises to guarantee future deployments of the structure without any concerns.
Further modules involved establishing an efficient workspace and optimal workflow within the inflatable aircraft shelters for repairs and maintenance of the expedition tools. And, the final module covered in the training workshop is correct deployment and usage of the advanced technology installed within the hangar. It is this section of the training that can be seen as the most important. On expeditions such as these heating, lighting, and communication technology can be a matter of life and death due to the extreme weather conditions.