High Altitude Chronicles

Successful high altitude engine switch off

Successful high altitude engine switch off

The helicopter landed at Tengbocche (12,700 ft) with passengers in ISA+15 conditions (5°C), and during the flight the AW119Kx with passengers and fuel touched a cruise altitude of 20,070 ft in the vicinity of Mount Everest. The helicopter then proceeded towards Kongde Ri, where it landed in extremely fierce wind conditions at 14,500 ft with passengers on board.
Nepal 06/04/2017
Record performances by the AW119Kx in the Everest region

Record performances by the AW119Kx in the Everest region

The Leonardo team was at the airport by 6:00 am enthused by the exemplary performance of the AW119Kx over the last two days in the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna region. The day's objective was to surpass the unbelievable performance demonstrated by the AW119Kx over the last week.
Nepal 05/04/2017
The first to fly experimentally in the arduous western Himalayan region

The first to fly experimentally in the arduous western Himalayan region

Having experimented in the eastern Himalayan region of Nepal over the last week, the Leonardo team headed towards the western Himalayan region of Nepal today.
Nepal
Everest Base Camp: flight test passed with flying colours

Everest Base Camp: flight test passed with flying colours

The day began on a very positive note with a very conducive weather for flying. Taking advantage of the good weather after 2 days of dense clouds, which kept the helicopter and the Leonardo team in Lukla airport. The crew were all set for a great day of flying by 0630.
Nepal
Rescue mission at high altitude, defying bad weather

Rescue mission at high altitude, defying bad weather

The helicopter was prepped and ready to fly at 07.00 but due to low visibility at Kathmandu Airport, the flight was delayed by one hour. At 08.00 sharp the helicopter took off for Lukla airport with a full load of passengers and fuel.
Nepal 30/03/2017
First flights: from Kathmandu to Everest

First flights: from Kathmandu to Everest

Activities on Friday requested about three hours of flight in total. The mission of the day was to validate the max performance of the helicopter with passengers and pilots on board with a full tank of fuel.
Nepal 28/03/2017

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