Four of our friends from Mongolia chose to fly to Halesi at an altitude of 4350 ft with Fishtail Air and we presented them with our AS350 B helicopter commanded by Captain Ashish Sherchan. Halesi Mahadev has been a religious place for hindus as well as bhuddist since thousands of years. There are three caves that represent the three eyes of Shiva. Buddhist who call these caves Maratika believe that Padmasambhava (the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, the great Rinpoche) and his wife Mandarava freed themselves from the circle of lives and thus becoming immortal. The group of four were flown from TIA helipad directly to Halesi and back.
We hope the flight provided them with the experience that they were looking for.
Halesi Mahadev darshan
Air Zermatt Human Sling operation training
It was the 8th of March when the duo of Captain Ashish Sherchan and Engineer Anil Kumar Basnet left for Air Zermatt (Zermatt, Switzerland) for Human Cargo Sling, part 1 training for helicopter rescue operation. Today they’re back fully armed with the skill, officially permitted to carry such operation out. Once again Fishtail Air is proud to add this additional skill to the team as a major part of our rescue operations advancing in Nepal. We have always hoped to provide to our people and others the best we could in terms of helping them.
A warm welcome to Capt. Ashish and Mr. Anil Basnet. We hope you had a good time and the team is glad to have you back home.
Human Sling Operation Training @ Switzerland
Our Team @ Air Zermatt
The afore mentioned Helicopter Association International’s Eurocopter Golden Hour Award has been received by Mrs. Poonam Basnyat at Orlando ‘Heli Expo 2011’ on behalf of Late Captain Sabin Basnyat on the 7th of march.
The award was for his performance during the Fishtail/Air Zermatt rescue mission on Mount Annapurna on the 29th of April 2010 when they made history by successfully carrying out the Highest Sling Rescue operation from 6900m.
We as a team are proud of Captain Basnyat’s achievements and feel honored to have worked with him. We keep our hero alive in our memories.
Mrs. Poonam Basnyat (in middle)
Two team members from Fishtail Air Captain Ashish Sherchan and Engineer Mr. Anil Kumar Basnet have left for Zermatt, Switzerland this evening for Human Cargo Sling, part 1 training for helicopter rescue operation at Air Zermatt (www.airzermatt.ch). The two will be undergoing the training for the following two weeks in co-ordination with the instructors from Air Zermatt. Fishtail Air is the only private helicopter company in Nepal certified to operate Human Cargo Sling operations. Late Captain Sabin Basnyat , Captain Siddhartha JB Gurung, Late technician Purna Awale initially underwent the same training at Air Zermatt in February 2010 and again in August 2010 and we have been operating so since. In April 2010 Fishtail Air/Air Zermatt team carried out the World’s Highest Human Sling operation Rescue mission from Mt. Annapura (6900m).
Saving lives in an instant of a phone call from difficult environments has always been of our importance but carrying the mission out safely will always remain our priority and by strengthening our team with this additional training we hope to provide and contribute more towards mountain rescuing with all due respect to our mountains.
Fishtail Air wishes the departing team all the luck and we thank Air Zermatt once again for the support.
Training : Human Cargo Sling
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light weight emergency flotation gear (removed and stored at the moment)