Outline of the logistical arrangements for HIPPO Global.

General plan:

The NCAR/NSF GV (HIAPER) will take off from RMMA, carrying the essential crew, instrumentation, minimal spares and tools and start its global survey by flying to Anchorage, AK. In Anchorage, the GV will (most likely) be based at a FAA FIFO (Flight Inspection Field Office), a secure fedaral facility. Access to the FIFO is by access card, which will be obtained by EOL in advance. We will most likely have only a few cards and will coordinate access to the building. Early support staff who will arrive in advance will receive their card at FIFO upon arrival.

In Hawaii the GV will most (most likely) be stationed at a commercial FBO, Air Service Hawaii. The FBO will provide transportation to and from hotel as necessary. Hotel charges (and this is a general rule for the entire project) will be paid by each individual, although EOL will make reservations for the entire crew.

In Christchurch we intend to coordinate support with the NSF OPP facility and will update this page when we have more information. Same applies to Punta Arenas, which Vidal Salazar will visit in October 2008 to locate and assess the availability of support and supplies.

Return path along the coast of South America is still TBD, although the initial thoughts are to land in Arica, Chile to avoid obtaining research permits from Peru.

EOL will establish three locations for the GV support along the HIPPO Global flight track:

Anchorage (AK)

There will be a round robin flight from here, so two days are available for instrument support. 

Logistic contacts

Shipping: Please send to:

                                        Your Name - HIPPO  Attention to: Victor E. Flint

                                        DOT / FAA  / ANC FIFO

                                        4610 Old International Airport Rd

                                        Anchorage, Alaska  99502

Contact person in Anchorage:

                                        Victor E. Flint

                                        Anchorage Line Station Supervisor

                                        FAA, AJW-3411B

                                        Office (907) 271-2414

                                        FAX  (907) 271-1563

HOTEL Reservations:

                Please call:

                                        The Hotel Captain Cook

                                        Phone: 907-276-6000

                                        Fax: 907-343-2211


                                        HIPPO rate $99 +Tax - Group # is: 6703 - HIPPO Global

Chemicals, Gases, Dry Ice, etc:

                Please contact:

                                        Air Liquide

                                        Please call 2 days in advance to reserve the supplies

                                        You can pay on the spot with a credit card

                                        The number to call 2 days in advance is: (907) 564 9737  ask to talk to Larry

                                        If any problems, the main office is: (907) 562 2080


Christchurch (NZ)

For more details, please read the December 2008 Site Survey Report.

There will be a round robin flight from here, so two days are available for instrument support.


Shipments should be consigned "Freight Prepaid".                                                                                            Send an email with the Air Waybill number to CHC-CourierNotifications@usap.gov for easier tracking. Also send a copy of the shipping list and AWB to vidal@ucar.edu.                                                                                          Use the following shipping address:

NSF HIPPO project, G-V aircraft N677F
c/o Raytheon Polar Services (NZ) Limited

Gate 1, Orchard Road

Christchurch International Airport

Christchurch 8053

New Zealand

Tel: +64-3-358-8139

FAX: +64-3-358-1479

Contact person at USAP in Christchurch NZ:                                                                                                                                   Phil Ambler, CHCH Terminal Operations Manager     + 64 3 358 1470

HOTEL Reservations:

                                       Copthorne Hotel Commodore

                                       449 Memorial Avenue

                                       Christchurch 8544, New Zealand

                                       Phone: 64-3-358 8129; reservations@commodore.net.nz               


Chemicals, Gases, Dry Ice, etc:

                Please contact:


                                        P.O. Box 11161

                                        NZ-Sockburn, Christchurch, Canterbury 8042

                                        phone:  0800 111333

                                        Fax:       +64 3 3430463


                                Physical address:

                                21 Epsom Road

                                Sockburn, Canterbury 8042, New Zealand

Additional source for Chemicals, Gases, Dry Ice, etc:

                Please contact:

                                        Air Liquide

                                        P.O. Box 16134


                                        phone:  +64 3 3446033

                                        Fax:       +64 3 349 4337


                                Physical address:

                                7 Canterbury Street

                                Hornby, Canterbury 8042, New Zealand


San Jose (Costa Rica).

Costa Rica Local Contact:

Ing. Cornelia Miller Granados, MBA


Programa de Investigaciones Aerotransportadas

y Sensores Remotos


Tel.  2232 3605

Fax 2232 0423

Apdo Postal 1174-1200 Pavas

1.5 Km. Norte de la Embajada Americana, Rohrmoser

Hotel in Costa Rica:        Ramada Herradura (www.lbolanos@ramadaherradura.com)

Hotel Herradura will provide transportation Airport-Hotel-Airport for the HIPPO Crew (including ground crew) but you must be guest of the hotel.  The hotel is offering a rate of 120 USD + tax  breakfast included. To make a reservation, please email your request to lbolanos@ramadaherradura.com and mention the HIPPO Group or call the hotel directly: Ramada Plaza Herradura Tel. (506) 2209-9825 | 2209-9800 and mention the HIPPO Group.

Shipping information:

 All shipments will be handled by the USA Embassy in Costa Rica, office of the GSO. All items must be addressed as follows:

General Services Officer, United States Embassy

ATTN: MS Sonia Solano, HIPPO - NCAR Project (NASA Hangar)

U.S. Mailing Address: US Embassy San Jose, APO AA 34020

Customs and Shipping telephone (506) 2519-2409 cell phone: (506) 837 94339

All the documentation regarding the shipment(s) including Bill of Lading, Air Bill, Inventory, etc, etc MUST have "DIPLOMATIC CARGO" WRITTEN, STAMPED OR STENCILED ON IT.


Each of these locations will have an identified point of contact (POC) for shipping supplies; a contact for local vendors who can supply LN2 and dry ice; some provision for storage of supplies in anticipation of the arrival of the GV and a recommended hotel for staff. We will also try to arrange for some limited lab space, most likely to include table space and chairs.

It is recommended that support staff be sent to these locations to meet the aircraft and assist the onboard crew with instrument maintenance, or swap crew members for future flight legs.

Any major repairs to the instruments should only be planned at one of these locations.

EOL will attempt to locate hotels with the best possible internet connectivity. If this does not work at some locations, an alternative connection will be researched as well; it is not clear at this point what this connection will consist of.