Fishtail Air once again carried out a successful mission of flying a huge group of 54 passengers to Jiri and back.
The whole tour was requested by Nepal Kamaz Travel and Tours P. Ltd and we at Fishtail without fail organized the tour from Kathmandu to Jiri and back to Kathmandu. A total of 6 helicopters took off from Kathmandu airport this afternoon making it a moment to remember. 6 of the machines landing side to side at at field at Jiri was one of a sight. We are glad we were able to show our Russian friends the ‘Switzerland of Nepal’ as they call it.
Jiri is a village development committee in Dolakha District in the Janakpur Zone of north-eastern Nepal. Jiri lies at an altitude of 1,905 metres (6,250 feet) and is the eastern-most terminus of the highway coming from Kathmandu. Jiri is also called the “Gateway to Mt. Everest” because all early Everest Expeditions—including the one that put Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary on the summit—passed through Jiri before the airfield at Lukla was built.
Photo Courtesy: Capt. Steven Bruce Bokan
Ms. Paola Aura DallOrto was suffering from high altitude sickness while on her way at Dharamshala (4800m) at Manaslu area.
Fishtail Air was notified of her condition and so Captain Deepak JB Rana immediately took off from Kathmandu Airport heading directly for Dharamsala. The rescue mission was a success when our helicopter AS350 B- AIK flew her to Kathmandu airport.
We wish her the earliest recovery.
Thank you for flying with Fishtail Air.
A survey flight for the proposed Hydro-Project at Bhimphedi was conducted this afternoon on our Helicopter AIK- AS350B.
A group of five board members of the multinational company ‘BINA PURI’ including former senator of Malaysia- Yang Berhormat Senator Tan Sri Datuk Tee Hock Seng, JP flew to Bhimphedi for the proposed Hydro Project survey. They flew to the proposed site directly from Kathmandu Airport and back.
Bina Puri Holdings Bhd is a public listed construction company on the main Board of Bursa Malaysia Berhad, with 35 years work experience in civil and building construction both locally and internationally. Building Hyatt Regency, a luxurious five star hotel in Kathmandu was a part of their project. Their diverse business activities include investments, civil and building engineering management, and property development, highway concessionaire, quarry operations, manufacturing of construction materials, polyurethane system house, utilities and hospitality management.
We feel fortunate to have been a subject of their interest in our country once again and we hope that we can thank them in one way or another for helping develop a nation. We look forward to serving you in future.
Thank you for flying Fishtail Air
Ms. Hiromi Nishimo from Japan was rescued this morning from Annapurna North (approx 4190m).
Ms. Hiromi was on her trekking route when she fell sick to High Altitude. Captain Ashish Sherchan commanding AIK (AS350B) left from Kathmandu for Annapurna North where she was found in a serious condition. She was flown immediately to Kathmandu for further medical attention.
Fishtail Air wishes her the earliest recovery.
Rescue from Annapurna
“…The helicopter symbolize(s) the victory of ingenuity over common sense.” ~Montross, Lyn and Prouty
Let’s face it! We all know that helicopters often get attached with a belief that it’s a rich man’s ride. Sure is but we normal human beings who are not in touch with the industry often fail to consider the operating costs and the tough missions they are designed to operate.
Here we are operating Eurocopter’s Equreuil helicopter, Europe’s most successful single engine civil helicopter. It is also one of the world’s toughest helicopters. It has proved itself when it touched down on the icing of the Mighty Mt. Everest and won itself the crown of the world’s highest rescue from Mt. Annapurna (6900m) where two lives were saved.
Now getting back to the question of why you should choose a helicopter ride and why it is so special. Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky dedicated his life into making this concept a reality so that today we could take full advantage of the machine and its capabilities. Today we are using it everyday to let people have fun of the divinity of hovering like a humming bird, make transportation of heavy cargo easier, help with other development projects by aerial survey and most importantly saving lives on rescue missions. When we get into a helicopter we are not only being a part of the spiritual ride but also enjoying the intellectual aptitude of the human evolution and how far we have come. Sometimes we take things like this for granted and fail to realize that what we are experiencing is far from normal and far from what we human beings were made to do. Ask anyone who has ever been on a helicopter ride and they will tell you with an element of charm in their faces that it was worth the cost. It’s the ‘helicopter bug’ and once it bites you, you cannot really deny the triumph of man over science and technology.
This article I write not with the intention of justifying why helicopters are superior over other machines or better for some operations than other means but is just a small effort to let you think back and appreciate how far we have come. For those lucky enough to have had a ride, cheers to the time and for those who are still to get in, well we shall save this one till you try it.
“The helicopter is evidence of how man’s imagination can be given physical form.” ~Wheeler, Howard A. (1987)
By Anusha Udas (Co-Pilot @ Fishtail Air)
Our team members from the operations department, Mr. Pradeep Gautam and Mr. Raju Neupane have left today for Bangkok for their Dispatcher’s Refreshers Course at the Civil Aviation Training Center, Thailand.
A flight dispatcher is a person responsible for planning and monitoring the progress of an aircraft journey. Depending on the type of certification the airline has, and depending on where the airline is based, both the pilot in command and the dispatcher are legally responsible for the safety of a flight. A dispatcher may have the authority to delay, divert or cancel a flight at any time, and a flight might not be able to be released without the signature of both the pilot in command and the dispatcher, again depending on the jurisdiction.
They will be undergoing the training for 10 days. We are determined to update ourselves to the latest information and effective workmanship in our field without fail.
In the past Mr. Rakesh Rana (from our team) was in Bangkok undergoing his initial Dispatcher’s training during late 2010.
We wish them both Good Luck!
From left Pradeep Gautam & Raju Neupane