On 28th October, Ncell, a private telecommunication company operating in Nepal successfully launched the highest 3G station (at 5200 m) in the world at Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp. According to English daily ‘The Kathmandu Post’ there are seven 3G base stations in the region and the one established at the base camp is the highest 3G station in the world.
NCELL crew @ Nepal International Airport
Fishtail Air carried out corporate charters from Kathmandu to Shyangboche & Gorkh Shep on 25th & 28th October 2010.The helicopters ferried equipments and high ranking staffs of Ncell including its CEO, Pasi Koistinen .
Launching of 3G service by NCELL
On Thursday(28th October) Mr. Pasi Koistinen, Ncell’s CEO, launched the 3G service by making a video call from Shyangboche to Kala Patthar. His call was received by Explore Himalaya’s climbing guide Namgyal Sherpa, who was stationed at Kala Patthar, at a height 5,500 meters.
Launch of 3G service @ Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp
Now mountaineers, trekkers as well as locals in the Everest region will be able to make use of Ncell’s 3G services. 3G service allows subscribers to make video calls and surf high speed internet and also provide other services such as voice calls, SMS, CRBT and MMS.
Fishtail Air’s crew carried out two separate rescue missions to evacuate trekkers suffering from altitude sickness. Austrian Thomas Magsochor was flown from Na (Machermo) by pilots Siddhartha Jung Gurung and Sabin Basnyat , while Sean Patrick, a trekker from UK was rescued from Jagat by Capt. Siddhartha Jung Gurung.
It is high season again and trekkers and climbers are already flocking to the mountains. During this season, it is not uncommon to hear about people falling prey to AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) in the higher reaches. A Nepalese national, Min Tamang, who was suffering from AMS, was rescued from Simi Gaon (2000m) today by Fishtail Air’s helicopter, flown by Captain Gregor Beer.
A heart patient, Deependra Man Palikhe, who was in a critical condition, was flown from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Fishtail Air’s helicopter transported the patient from Pokhara’s Manipal Hospital, where he was receiving treatment, to Norvic International Hospital in Kathmandu. The flight was operated by Captain Gregor Beer.
Patient brought from Pokhara
Heart patient brought to Kathamdu from Manipal Hospital, Pokhara
A US citizen named Paul Beeckett, who was on a trek to Jakkharka (Makalu Area), had suffered a fall. He was rescued and flown to Kathmandu today by Fishtail Air’s helicopter. The rescue mission was carried out by Capt. Stephen.
Maha Nawami Puja
Nepalese observe Maha Navami, the ninth day of Dashain festival, by worshipping metal tools and vehicles. People seek blessings from Goddess Durga to bless their tools.
Worshipping Fishtail Helicopter
On 16th October 2010, the Chairman, CEO and staff of Fishtail Air gathered at Tribhuvan International Airport to observe Maha Navami puja. As part of the ritual, Fishtail Air’s helicopters were worshipped.
Russian rescued from Hilsa
Denisov Roma, a Russian tourist, who was suffering from altitude sickness while on a trek to Kailash Mansarover area, was rescued from Hilsa by Fishtail Air’s helicopter on 22nd Sept 2010. The rescue operation was carried out by pilots Capt. Siddartha Gurung and Capt. Stephen.
Climbers on the way to EBC
A Japanese filming crew from TV Tokyo are shooting a documentary on the 7 highest summits on the seven continents: Everest (Asia), Denali (North America), Kilimanjaro (Africa), Aconcagua (South America), Vinson (Antarctica), Carstensz Pyramid (Oceania/Australasia) and Elbrus(Europe).
Everest Base Camp
The crew, having already filmed the 6 summits is currently in Nepal to capture footage of the world’s tallest peak Mount Everest. On 29th Sept 2010, director Umeja Kiyo and his team were flown above Camp 2(6500m) of Mount Everest via Fishtail Air’s helicopter to capture visuals of the mountain. Capt Ashish Sherchan and Capt Stephan Saegesser were in charge of the flight.
The crew is still at EBC to capture more footage of the tallest peak.
A cardio patient was flown from Bharatpur Medical College to Kathmandu’s Norvic International Hospital for extensive cardio treatment. The patient, who is an Indian citizen, was flown to Kathmandu from Bharatpur on 2nd October 2010. Capt Stephan and Capt Gregor were in charge of the flight.
Rescue from Bharatpur
Cardiac patient being Rescued with Fishtail Air's Helicopter
‘Dashain’ is one of the most important festivals observed by Nepalese. It is a time for family get-togethers, for feasting and merry making. While Nepalese are busy preparing for the festivities, there are some who are facing food scarcity. Ahead of the Dashain season, Fishtail Air’s helicopters and pilots are busy carrying food grains to remote areas in western Nepal. So far the pilots have flown more than 1200kg of rice to the remote district of Humla.