Everest Skydive 2010
Parachuting, also known as skydiving, is the action of performing acrobatics during freefall, followed by deployment of a parachute. The history of skydiving starts with Andre-Jacques Garnerin who made successful parachute jumps from a hot-air balloon in 1797. The military developed parachuting technology as a way to save aircrews from emergencies aboard balloons and aircraft in flight, later as a way of delivering soldiers to the battlefield. Early competitions date back to the 1930s, and it became an international sport in 1952.
A typical jump involves individuals jumping out of an aircraft (usually an airplane, but sometimes a helicopter at approximately 4,000 meters (around 13,000 feet) altitude, and free-falling for a period of time (about a minute) before activating a parachute to slow the landing down to safe speeds (about 5 to 7 minutes). By manipulating the shape of the body a skydiver can generate turns, forward motion, backwards motion, and even lift. Skydivers reach terminal velocity (around 120 mph (190 km/h) for belly to Earth orientations, 150-200 mph (240–320 km/h) for head down orientations) and are no longer accelerating towards the ground. At this point the sensation is as of a forceful wind. Many people make their first jump with an experienced and trained instructor – this type of skydive may be in the form of a tandem skydive. During the tandem jump the instructor is responsible for emergency procedures in the unlikely event that they will be needed, therefore freeing the student to concentrate on learning to skydive.
Everest Skydive 2008: On 4th of October at 0617hours Wendy Smith from New Zealand & Omar Alhegelan leaped from a flying Pilatus from a height of 22,000ft to initiate the jump in Nepal and to give birth to a new adventure tourism product in Nepal and the world watched in awe. Over the next couple of days 41 made first time tandem jumps and experienced group skydives, making a total of 50 solos and 19 tandem descents from the height of 29,500ft, 22,500ft, 22,000ft, 19,000ft, 18,500ft and 18,000ft . The world’s attention was focused on Nepal and the small hamlet of Shyangboche, as the international media highlighted this historic event.
Everest Skydive 2009
Fishtail Air took played major part in the successful completion of the mission ‘Everest Skydive 2009’. Skydiving over 17192 ft (5542 m) Wendy Smith(an award winning aerial cinematographer and the chief co-ordinater of the mission – (wendysmithaerial.com) and Tom Noonan (a test jumper from America) made successful landings last October using Fishtail Air’s AS 350 B3 Helicopter.
Everest Skydive team with Fishtail’s AS350 B3 (our mean machine!)
On October 28, 2009 the skydiving event was held at Gorak Shep. During the event, world skydiving champion Wendy Smith from New Zealand, Global Angels ambassador and tandem master Tom Noonan and Wing Commander Jai Kishan from the Indian Air Force, made a successful landing at the Gorak Shep, Kala Patthar plateau, lying at an altitude of 17,192 feet (5,242m), right beside Mt. Everest. This is believed to be the highest skydiving stunt performed over the highest drop zone in the world.
The operation was carried out from Fishtail Air’s AS 350 B3 helicopter flown by Late Capt. Sabin Basnyat and Capt. Deepak JB Rana. The dives were performed in the early hours of 28th Oct, 2009 between 0730 to 0900. The helicopter took off with the skydiving team from Shyangboche airport and flew to a height of 23,000 feet before dropping the divers from 21,000 feet.
Prior to this event, seven skydivers from the Explore Himalaya skydiving team had performed solo and tandem jumps at Shyangboche (12,350 feet) on 16th and 17th October, 2009.
On 16th October, Five members skydived from a height of 25,000 feet .Tom Noonan (USA), Ian Bishop (Australia) and Jai Kishan (India), made solo jumps at 10:30 AM (local time). In the second group, Wendy Smith (New Zealand) jumped solo, while Ganesh Pandey (Nepal) made a tandem jump with tandem master Tom Noonan (USA) at 12:30 PM (local time).
You can check out the video: www.youtube.com
Everest Skydive 2010
On 20th October 2010, 2 veteran Skydivers Roger Hoe from England and Peter Rotelle from Germany skydived solo from 28000ft with the drop zone at Syangboche. To read more on their experience please follow the link: www.explorehimalaya.com/blog
Third year and running, Everest Skydive’s extreme aerial adventure welcomes Nepal Tourism year 2011 as the expedition will be carried out by Fishtail Air’s AS 350 B3 chopper and Tara Air’s Pilatus Porter aircraft at Syangboche. After the successful culminating events Nepal Tourism Board promotes and endorses Skydiving as a major attraction.
For detailed updates and information on the past and upcoming events you can visit: www.everest-skydive.com