A "vortex dissipator" sounds like something from a sci-fi movie. In fact, it's a sophisticated gravel protection device, used in planes like the Nolinor 737, that protects the engine from being destroyed on the runway.
She's the "Workhorse of the North," powering through the vast Arctic region, where conditions can turn deadly in seconds. Nolinor Aviation's 737-200 C is a combination cargo and passenger aircraft, delivering essential food, equipment, and workers to Meadowbank, the coldest mine on Earth. The gold mine depends on this super hauler four times a week, but common temperatures of minus 50 degrees often wreak havoc on the aircraft and her missions. Follow her on a typical job, which poses challenges that are anything but routine.
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