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New Antarctica service puts Lynden on all continents

Posted on Fri, Jan 11, 2019

Lynden Air Cargo Antarctica"Antarctica was the final continent on our checklist," says Lynden Air Cargo President Rick Zerkel. "Now we can cross it off." Lynden Air Cargo has joined a short list of operators that serve all seven continents by starting a new project in support of an Italian Antarctic Expedition team doing research on the icy land mass.

The month-long mission lasted from Oct. 30 through Nov. 30 and involved carrying supplies from Christchurch, New Zealand to Italian base Mario Zucchelli Station and Phoenix Field at McMurdo Station, the U.S. base in Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica. According to Lynden Air Cargo Captain Pat Madland, Terra  Nova Bay is about 2,000 miles and 7 hours from Christchurch, and Phoenix Field is 300 miles further south and about 8 hours flying time. "This was accomplished with an augmented crew to allow for rest," Pat explains. "We also carry a loadmaster and mechanic." The whole operation requires nine people on the ground in Christchurch.

"This high-profile project illustrates Lynden Air Cargo’s capabilities in remote locations," says Adam Murray, Director of Business Development and Marketing. "With 98 percent of the continent covered in ice, there are no cities or villages. This is another addition to our capabilities and we hope to provide this service next year and on an ongoing basis if possible."

The flight crew includes Captains Pat Madland and Thomas Lindberg, First Officer Josh Havel, Flight Engineers Bill Spencer, Clint Swanson and John Worley, Loadmaster Leonel Lopez and Aircraft Mechanics Travis Blaszak and Dan Spears.

"The cargo on the first two trips to Terra Nova Bay consisted mostly of helicopters. We carried two Squirrel helicopters on each trip. Since then, the cargo has been scientific equipment and food," Pat says. "Although it’s exciting to go to Antarctica, Lynden Air Cargo crews are used to flying to remote locations in challenging conditions.  Antarctica closely resembles Greenland with its mountainous terrain covered with an ice cap. Much of the continent is around 10,000 feet high although we landed on sea ice runways at sea level. Most of our Lynden crews have been to six continents and it’s nice to add the seventh."

Tags: Lynden Air Cargo, Hercules, Lynden Capabilities

Lynden Air Cargo installs fuel-efficient Microvanes

Posted on Fri, Dec 14, 2018

Lynden Air Cargo microvanesLynden Air Cargo’s fleet of L382G aircraft now include fuel-efficient Microvanes that allow for energy savings as well as increased speed. Engineered by Lockheed and licensed to Metro Aerospace, the Microvanes are small aerodynamic components that are surface mounted to the aft fuselage, effectively reshaping the air flow around the cargo door and tail. They reduce total drag on the aircraft while reducing fuel and thrust requirements. The Microvanes are expected to result in fuel savings of up to 4 percent (up to 34,000 gallons of fuel saved per aircraft per year) depending on flight length on the Lynden fleet.

"This project supports our ongoing efforts to support Lynden’s overall green initiative," says Ethan Bradford, head of Technical Services for Lynden Air Cargo. "We assisted Metro Aerospace to acquire FAA approval for installation and now we have the first set of Microvanes installed on N405LC. We hope to install them on the remaining fleet by the end of 2019."

The first long-range mission to prove the effectiveness of the Microvanes was to Antarctica via Christchurch, New Zealand, to support an Italian research group. The Microvanes provide a margin of safety for these long flights.

Tags: Lynden Air Cargo, Fuel efficiency, Green Initiative, Environmental efforts, Green Lynden

Lynden proudly supports government and military projects

Posted on Thu, Sep 13, 2018

Military move for Lynden TransportLynden companies have served the government and the Department of Defense (DOD) for decades by providing reliable transportation services, emergency aid, logistics planning and more via air, land and sea. "We offer one of the most logistically diverse transportation services in the world. From flying weekly missions to air bases in Germany and Japan, to mobilizing shipments for Operation Enduring Freedom and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster response, we understand the unique challenges and deadlines of military and government projects," says Eric Wilson, Lynden Transport's Director of Pricing in Seattle. Lynden has a Government team to ensure military projects are efficiently planned and executed. Each member of the group has military clearance to view project websites and bid on jobs.

"Alaska Marine Lines is taking on more military moves in both Alaska and Hawaii, and Lynden Transport is serving the military on moves to, from and within Alaska installations," explains Jim Earl, Sales Manager at Alaska West Express. Lynden Transport is approved by both the U.S. and Canada as a DOD carrier, and recently handled 80 loads from Fairbanks, AK, to Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Wainwright, approximately 100 miles from Edmonton within a two-week deadline. Alaska Marine Lines is a Universal Services Contract (USC-8) approved carrier for the military's Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) and handles moves to and from Alaska and Hawaii. Alaska West Express continues to provide specialized hauling in both the Lower 48 and Alaska with dual drivers and satellite tracking for sensitive shipments.

Other Lynden companies have also provided support to government needs. Lynden International has been assisting government and non-government organizations with transportation and logistics in West Africa since the Ebola crisis in 2014. Lynden Air Cargo has conducted flights through Diplomat Freight Services (DFS), FEMA, the Red Cross and other supporting agencies and governments to bring in food, water, trucks, fuel and other disaster response supplies to ravaged areas.

To learn more about Lynden's military and government capabilities, please view our brochure at www.lynden.com/about/brochures/Government_Military.pdf or contact our team at information@lynden.com.

Tags: Lynden Capabilities, Lynden Air Cargo, Lynden Transport, Lynden International, Alaska West Express, Multi-modal shipping, Alaska Marine Lines

Lynden gets it done for North Slope customer

Posted on Fri, Jul 20, 2018

LINT Antonov 124 move of pump house to PBYLynden International's Anchorage crew has coordinated many charters, but rarely do they involve one of the world's largest commercial cargo aircraft, the Antonov 124. "When one of our customers 'rings the bell' and needs an 82,000-pound, 60-foot-long, 11-foot-high mud pump house for their North Slope Exploration project, guys like Jeff Pennell, Regional Operations Manager with Lynden International, answer the call," says Senior Account Executive Nick Karnos.

In his 32 years at Lynden, Jeff says there have only been a handful of times he had to hire an aircraft this big to haul freight. "It's no big deal to make this type of move happen," he says modestly. "This is no different than any of the other charters we set up, the freight and the airplane are just a little bigger."

But, in fact, the move was a big deal. The customer was losing almost a million dollars a day waiting for the emergency freight with a crew and drill rig standing by. It required finding the specialized aircraft, coordinating the movement of freight from the shipper in Houston to the airport, loading equipment on the ground, ground handling and the subsequent movement from Fairbanks to Alaska's North Slope. Jeff relied on the expertise of Steve Willford, Project Manager with Alaska West Express in Fairbanks for specialty equipment and handling. Once the freight arrived in Fairbanks, it was unloaded, trans-loaded to a separate trailer, then sent 400 more miles to Deadhorse. From Deadhorse, it went over an ice road to an island in the Arctic Ocean where crews were waiting.

"And if the move wasn't complex enough, Jeff added 20,000 pounds of wire spools to the Antonov load since there was more space available," Nick explains. The AN-124 eventually landed in Fairbanks at 2:36 a.m., where Alaska West Express was already positioned to get the freight moving north to Prudhoe Bay. "Round-the-clock communications and near constant updates on the cargo, aircraft and other equipment are appreciated by all stakeholders, but a little tough on the sleep cycle for guys like Jeff and Steve, not to mention our customers," Nick says. "This project started with inquiries to Lynden Transport, Alaska West Express and Lynden Air Cargo for solutions, then it fell squarely into Lynden International's scope," Nick says. "It was truly a One Lynden project."

Tags: Lynden International, Lynden Transport, Alaska West Express, Lynden Air Cargo, Oversize shipping, Charter Move

Alaska Governor honors Lynden Air Cargo with North Star Award

Posted on Mon, Feb 05, 2018

Hurricane response - LAC with sandbags on tarmac.jpgLynden Air Cargo received the Governor’s North Star Award for its long history of assisting in humanitarian relief and environmental disasters worldwide. The 2017 North Star Awards were announced this week by Gov. Bill Walker in Juneau. Lynden Air Cargo was recognized in the Transportation and Humanitarian Exchange categories and was one of only four companies to receive the honor. For more than 30 years, the Governor's North Star Awards for International Excellence have recognized Alaskan companies and organizations engaged in successful international business and activities.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award which we share with our employees and the Lynden family of companies,” said Rick Zerkel, Lynden Air Cargo President. “All of our employees – in the air and on the ground – pride themselves on providing safe and reliable service while opening new international markets and opportunities to Alaska. We are also proud of our service in assisting victims of natural disasters and our environmental cleanup response. Wherever Lynden Air Cargo flies, it proudly represents Lynden, but also its home state of Alaska.”
 
Lynden pioneered service to Alaska in 1954 and today serves customers in every sector of the Alaska economy, including energy, mining, seafood, retail, military and government. Lynden Air Cargo’s fleet of L-382 Hercules aircraft transport everything from groceries to cars within Alaska through weekly scheduled flights and oversized cargo worldwide through charter flights. Its Hercules aircraft have responded to fires, earthquakes in Haiti, supported a peacekeeping mission in the African Congo and, most recently, mobilized relief flights to help those affected by Hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria in the Caribbean. Flight crews worked in situations where there was little information about airport conditions and contaminated fuel supplies.

“Since 1986, these awards have honored Alaskan companies that engage in successful international business and activities, and this year’s honorees should be proud of the role they play in connecting our state to the rest of the world,” said Governor Walker. “This diverse group of organizations is emblematic of the spirit of the North Star Awards.”

The 2017 North Star honorees include:  
•    Chena Hot Springs Resort (Tourism)
•    Hecla Greens Creek Mine (Trade, Export of Goods)
•    Lynden Air Cargo (Transportation, Humanitarian Exchange)
•    U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Alaska (Trade, Import of Goods and People)

Tags: Lynden Air Cargo, Awards, Relief Efforts, Environmental efforts

European shipment delivered in person

Posted on Wed, Jan 03, 2018

Moldova Sign.jpgAt Lynden, special handling can mean many things. In this case it involved a personal escort with special military clearance to accompany a shipment from Fort Dix, NJ to Moldova, a small land-locked country in Eastern Europe. "This particular project was a perfect fit for us," explains Daniel Gotham, Lynden International's Director of Business Development for Western Russia/CIS. "The customer, DCMA Hartford Defense Contracts Management Agency, is part of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) shipping platform. Lynden Air Cargo is a CRAF carrier and Lynden International is Lynden Air Cargo's exclusive forwarding partner for all CRAF shipments through U.S. Transportation Command.

Lynden International QHSE Manager Gregg Bergstrom accompanied six pallets of cargo to Moldova for DCMA. "Our experience in shipping to U.S. military locations and points worldwide came into play for this project," Daniel says. Gregg learned about the project on a Thursday and needed to leave on Monday due to previous delays with paperwork and the original contracted escort.

"My first response was 'I've never heard of Moldova' followed by 'what can I do to help?'" he says. Gregg escorted the freight from Fort Dix to JFK Airport by truck then to Vienna by air. From Vienna, it was back to truck transport through Romania to the final destination in Moldova. "It was my first time escorting cargo. It was an interesting experience, and I'm glad I could help," he says.

Tags: Lynden International, Lynden Air Cargo, Lynden Capabilities

This move fit to a T

Posted on Thu, Nov 09, 2017

20170915_071853_resized_1.jpgA 92-year old Tin Lizzie joins the wide array of noteworthy cargo to ride in the hold of a Lynden Air Cargo Hercules. The vintage Model T was discovered in the back of a warehouse in Nome, AK. The owners contacted Lynden recently to move it south to Anchorage. 

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Lynden Air Cargo answers the call for emergency aid

Posted on Tue, Oct 24, 2017

Hurricane response - LAC with sandbags on tarmac.jpgLynden Air Cargo answered the call on Sept. 8 to mobilize relief flights for Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria. "We began flights into the Caribbean on Sept. 17 once there was a clear identification of needs," explains Rick Zerkel, Lynden Air Cargo President. Lynden is currently under contract with Diplomat Freight Services (DFS) to provide continued air support for sites in the Caribbean.

"Logistics have been a challenge as there has been limited information on which airports are open and have uncontaminated fuel supplies," Rick says. "Some of the islands have completely lost power. Hotels have also been hard to find in some of these locations because they are still being used as shelters for families who cannot go back to their homes or sustained damage during the storms. We have also had to pause flying when Hurricanes Maria and Juan hit the Caribbean a second and third time – on occasion flying around the storms to get to any locations we could."

Lynden Air Cargo has been conducting flights through DFS, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Red Cross and other supporting agencies and governments to bring in food, water, trucks, fuel and other disaster response supplies. "We anticipate we will be flying continuously for quite some time – there is no indication that it will be slowing down any time soon," Rick says.

As of late September, Lynden aircraft have flown to the following locations based out of Curacao, Aruba and Miami: St. Martin, San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, St. Croix, Grand Turk Island and Providenciales Island (a part of the Caicos Islands). The company is especially grateful to their flight crew and flight operations staff who have performed admirably while working under constantly changing conditions with limited information.

Tags: Lynden Air Cargo, Disaster Relief, Relief Efforts

Lynden Air Cargo ready for second fire season

Posted on Mon, Jun 12, 2017

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Lynden Air Cargo has finished the installation of another Retardant Aerial Delivery System (RADS) in its aircraft N402LC (T133). Flight testing and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) inspections are complete and T133 is ready to join sister ship, N405LC (T132), for a second season of fighting fires on behalf of the Coulson group of companies for the USFS. As a sub-contractor, Lynden provides a crew and aircraft to dispense fire retardant until the season ends, typically in the fall.

"It's been a very wet winter and spring, which typically produces a lot of vegetation, or fuel, for fires in the southwest states," explains James Schneider, Lynden Air Cargo Director of Maintenance. "It will be just a matter of time before California, Nevada and Arizona start drying out and desert grasses and underbrush become fire hazards."

Each aircraft Lynden leases to Coulson in support of the USFS mission is staffed with a team of five Lynden employees: the captain and flight engineer for flight operations, and three maintenance crew members, consisting of a lead mechanic, senior mechanic, and driver; the mechanics are responsible for all maintenance activities while the driver is tasked with positioning the support rig (truck and 40-foot trailer) to and from any of the 100 some USFS Airtanker Bases scattered throughout the Southwest. Lynden's crew spent considerable time at the San Bernardino, Santa Maria and Porterville Airtanker Bases last year as they fought the San Gabriel and Reservoir wildfires in California. "Now that we have converted two aircraft to dual role mission capable, firefighter or all-cargo, we are providing twice the crew as the previous season to operate, maintain and chase the aircraft," James says. "Our mechanics are dedicated to keeping the planes in top condition and ready to go at a moment's notice. We put over 20,000 miles on our support rig in ten weeks last year moving from base to base fighting fires."

The firefighting effort is a huge investment of people and equipment for Lynden Air Cargo. According to James, few truly understand the effort required to maintain the planes during a frenzied fire season. "It is a high pressure situation with a sophisticated tank system to maintain on each aircraft, in addition to normal aircraft maintenance tasks. It's a tough schedule for the employees who are away from home, too. We're very proud of their hard work and dedication to the USFS mission to respond as needed when and where needed."

Last year, Lynden's T132 transitioned to Australia to fight fires there after the U.S. fire season was finished. The second Lynden aircraft, T133, will likely do the same this fire season down-under in the New South Wales and Victoria States.

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Susan Selzer competes for the love of the sport

Posted on Thu, Mar 23, 2017

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Lynden Air Cargo's Susan Selzer joins Pete Kaiser and other employees who compete in sled dog races outside of work. Susan is a Senior Accounting Specialist who has been racing for 20 years. She entered the Lynden-sponsored Alaska Sled Dog Racing Association (ASDRA) Championship last month in Anchorage.


"I was thrilled to see Lynden as a sponsor of the race," she says. "We had great runs both days. What got me started in dog mushing was my love of dogs and a desire to make winters fun. I've had up to 24 dogs at one point, but now have a more manageable kennel of 10."

Sprint dogs will run 20 mph on a nice trail, and keep that pace for miles. "Our races are won by seconds, so much time is spent in getting the sled waxed just right for the current temperature and trail, and keeping the speed maximized at all times," Susan explains. Earlier in her career, Susan won the trophy for the most first place finishes in Anchorage in the 6-dog, and then the following year, in the 8-dog class.

"I'm planning on a few more races this year," she says. "I've always wanted to run the Limited North American Championship (LNAC) in Fairbanks which is one of the top limited class races in the U.S. and Canada. I am also planning on running at the Tok Race of Champions which is the last race in the sprint circuit every year."

 

Photo credit: Britt Coon

Tags: Lynden Air Cargo, Lynden employees

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