Our helicopter AJI (AS350B3) was enroute from Humla to Kathmandu when a passenger gave birth to a child inside the helicopter.
Captain Steven was flying from Humla (Darma VDC) headed for Kathmandu after picking up Mr. Aasbireey Aidi and his wife Mrs. Kamala Aidi who had been expecting a child. Kamala gave birth to a baby boy on board just before touchdown. After landing she was helped by a medic crew and immediately transported to the hospital.
This was the second baby born on board. Previously, Mrs. Roshani Acharya had also given birth to a child on the 14th of February 2010 on board our helicopter.
Congratulations to the couple and Fishtail Air wishes for the child’s safe and sound health.
Patient being transferred to Ambulance
Newly born baby in Fishtail Air's Helicopter
Article: Anusha udas/Photo: Steven Bokan Bruce
With evident rising significance of the Nepalese Tourism Industry in the year 2011, we expect higher arrivals in 2012. Increasing visits and activities shall increase demand of helicopter operations in the Mountaineering seasons of 2012. High performance helicopters have always been an asset of safety assurance and thereby promotion of mountaineering in Nepal. Fishtail Air therefore plans to expand its fleet of helicopters by March 2012.
A delegation from Fishtail Air led by Chairman, Bikash JB Rana is on a visit to Europe specifically Switzerland, Italy and France learning and exploring different opportunities. Inspection of various aircrafts including AS350 B3 and B2 is being carried out and they shall continue doing so until their return to Kathmandu. A part of this pursuit included a team visit to the factory of Augusta Westland in Costa di Samarate, Italy on the 13th of December. Vice President Sales, Mr. Umberto Fonteneila, in his sales briefing recommended us the ‘AW 119 Koala helicopter’ as an alternative to already existent in operation in the Himalayas of Nepal; different series of ‘Eurocopter’ and ‘Bell’ helicopters. This was followed by a test flight on the ‘Koala’ the day after at Samedan of Switzerland where all three delegates were present. The company presentation was knowledgeable as we discover that they are working to review their traditional chart on the altitude limits which could allow the ‘Koala’ to fly in higher altitudes. This could enable extra consumer benefits namely in terms of Power, Speed, Space and Passenger occupancy for adventure activities at high altitudes. Augusta Westland has shown much interest in Fishtail Air to test the ‘Koala’ in The Great Himalayas of Nepal and have hence put forward a proposal of co-operation with us.
Our team of delegation includes CEO, Mr. Suman Pandey and Operations Director, Captain Ashish Sherchan.
From right: Bikash J.B. Rana (Chairman) Suman Pandey (CEO), Fishtail Air
Fishtail Air's team
Blessed with natural beauty and a rich cultural history, Nepal is one of the most frequented travel destinations in Asia. This tiny Himalayan nation encompasses eight of the world’s highest peaks, ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites (eight cultural and two natural heritage sites) and over a hundred ethnic groups. To explore the country on board a helicopter is one of the best experiences. Helicopter tours operated by Fishtail Air allow you to discover the cultural and natural treasures of Nepal in a special way.
Kathmandu, the capital city, is a blend of the old and the new. Made up of three medieval kingdoms – Kathmandu, Patan & Bhaktapur, the city’s ancient monuments share space with modern malls and high rise buildings. Taking an aerial city sightseeing tour gives you a whole new perspective of the entire valley. Starting your tour from Tribhuvan International Airport, you fly above the iconic UNESCO World Heritage sites. Aerial views of Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath and the three ancient Durbar (palace) Squares standing proudly amidst a maze of concrete buildings is simply breathtaking and unforgettable. Enjoying the bird’s eye view of the valley, surrounded by green hills and mountains, you almost find the legend of the valley being once a lake convincing.
For those who want to fly further and explore the high Himalayan regions, Fishtail Air has created heli trekking and mountain flight products. Fly past the high glacial lakes and valleys, and the world’s tallest peaks in the Everest Region. Marvel at the bird’s eye view of the flaming rhododendron forests and snowy pinnacles in the Annapurna region. Take on the Tamang Heritage Trail via air, and discover the magnificent panorama of the Langtang Range and the Tibetan peaks. Take a thrilling ride to the tropical jungle in the Terai lowlands and enjoy wildlife safari at Chitwan National Park.
Take a ride with Fishtail Air and explore Nepal in a special way.
Fishtail Air Kongde
Breakfast at Kongde Resort
Unleash yourself @ Kongde Resort
Article: Usha Rai, Photo Courtesy: Manish Jung Joshi
The latest in the long line of celebrities to fly with Fishtail Air is none other than acclaimed American mountaineer, filmmaker & author David Breashears. Best known for his involvement on path-breaking films on Mount Everest and the Himalayas (feature films – ‘Cliffhanger’ & ‘Seven Years in Tibet’, documentaries – ‘Everest’, ‘Red Flag Over Tibet, ‘Storm Over Everest’ etc), David has summitted Mount Everest five times. He pulled off his fifth summit while filming on the mountain.
On December 2nd, 2011 David Breashears took an aerial sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley on board Fishtail Air’s Bell Jet Ranger . Capt. Ashish Sherchan flew Breashears high over the city, allowing him to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the entire valley.
David Breashears @ TIA