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Nepal – Prabhu Helicopter orders R66

Nepal – Prabhu Helicopter orders R66

According to the Prabhu Helicopter official website, it had placed an order with Robinson Helicopter Company, CA, USA to procure brand new Turbine Robinson R66 on May, 2017 and the new helicopter is expected to arrive in Nepal by this September. The company is planning to initiate its operation from Kathmandu to the near and… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 09-Jul-17

Airbus signs its first HCare Smart contract with Fishtail Air

Airbus signs its first HCare Smart contract with Fishtail Air

Airbus Helicopters has signed its first HCare Smart contract with Fishtail in Nepal. Under the contract, two H125 helicopters operated by Fishtail Air will be covered by Airbus’ HCare program for a period of five years. The contract covers both scheduled and un-scheduled events providing all necessary support to the operator to carry out its… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Jun-17

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07-May-17 9N-AKG Airbus AS350B3e Everest Base Camp, Nepal

Helicopter was hit by an object while flying and damage was sustained to the boom (picture).

07-May-17

AW119Kx demo tour with Simone Moro in Nepal

AW119Kx demo tour with Simone Moro in Nepal

Leonardo has just started a demo tour with its AW119Kx single engine helicopter together with Simone Moro, the only alpinist in history to have reached four 8,000 meter peaks in winter. Initial flying activities have been accomplished between March 24th and 28th and the tour is expected to be completed by mid-April. The goal of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 10-Apr-17

AgustaWestland AW119Kx goes on demo tour in Nepal

AgustaWestland AW119Kx goes on demo tour in Nepal

Two successful characters for a two-week demo tour in Nepal: the Leonardo AW119Kx helicopter and Simone Moro, the only alpinist in history to have reached four 8,000 meters peaks in winter. The goal of the demo tour is to demonstrate the operational capabilities of the AW119Kx at 24,000 feet, in order to carry out helicopter rescue missions at hitherto unimaginable… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 04-Apr-17

First Flight for New Simrik Air 407 GXP

First Flight for New Simrik Air 407 GXP

Simrik Air’s new Bell 407 GXP with the call sign of 9N-ALT completed its first flight. It took off from Kathmandu and landed at Langtang, with 5 passengers and piloted by Capt. Siddhartha Jung Gurung. This first flight commences its commercial use. The helicopter fits up to six passengers and with a glass flight deck… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jan-17

Nepal Holds Helicopter Conference

Nepal Holds Helicopter Conference

An International Military Helicopter Conference will be held in Nepal, this coming January. Millennium Post reports that Hindustan Aeronautics LTD will not being joining. The 1950 peace treaty has ensured that India and Nepal have been able to work together amicably, but the conference will put the treaty in danger. Not only do they plan… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Nov-16

Shree Airlines plans expansion into fixed wing ops

Shree Airlines plans expansion into fixed wing ops

Shree Airlines, Nepal’s largest helicopter operator has brought on a plan to help their ever shrinking air passenger movement by diversifying into fixed-wing operations. Their plan involves bringing in three 50-seater Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet aircraft (CRJ-200) and three 100-seater Embraer ERJ aircraft to add to their fleet of six MI-17 and four Eurocopter AS350… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Sep-16

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Nepal operator Fishtail Air imports H125

Nepal operator Fishtail Air imports H125

Nepalese operator Fishtail Air is taking delivery of an H125 helicopter.  The shipment is due to arrive on 8th July 2016 at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, the capital city. While the helicopter was being quoted as new from the factory, it is now clear that is it new to the operator and it is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jun-16

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Simrik Air buys AS350B3 from Panama

Simrik Air buys AS350B3 from Panama

Local media is reporting that Nepalese operator Simrik Air has bought and imported an AS350B3 to add to its fleet, having imported it from Panama.  The 2005-build aircraft with serial 3786 has been operated from new in the central American country. The aircraft arrived by air freight early on Saturday 25th June at Tribhuvan International… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jun-16

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Bell demonstrates 412EPI to Nepalese Army

Bell demonstrates 412EPI to Nepalese Army

The mountainous kingdom of Nepal is well known for Mount Everest, but last year became the focus point of a significant relief effort after a massive earthquake.  After that natural disaster, the Nepalese Army added two Mil Mi-17s to the one they already had, but that exacerbates a problem of having a small fleet spread… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jun-16

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17-Mar-16 9N-AJI Airbus AS350B3e Langtang, Nepal

Crashed on take off after unloading construction materials, ending on its starboard side.

17-Mar-16

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Bell sell first 407GXP into Nepal

Bell sell first 407GXP into Nepal

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today an agreement for the purchase of the first Bell 407GXP in Nepal. This will be the customer’s first Bell helicopter and will be outfitted for multi-mission capabilities including travel and tourism. Chairman of Simrik Air Pvt Ltd., Capt. Rameshwar Thapa, joined Bell Helicopter’s leadership team… Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-Feb-16

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Bell concludes Nepal demo tour with the 407GXP

Bell concludes Nepal demo tour with the 407GXP

Bell has just announced that they have taken a 407GXP on a demo tour of Nepal, not only to target local sales, but to put a stake in the ground on the model’s performance profile. The 407GXP was launched at Heli-Expo in March 2015, and brings a 50 lb (22kg) payload increase and pilot workload… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Nov-15

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Nepal denies entry to three British Chinooks

Nepal denies entry to three British Chinooks

Nepal’s government said Sunday (May 10) it has denied entry to three British military helicopters sent to help the earthquake relief effort because of fears they could damage buildings when landing. See Full Story

Source: Channel New Asia, 12-May-15

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Airbus Foundation Coordinates Relief Flight To Nepal

Airbus Foundation Coordinates Relief Flight To Nepal

The Airbus Foundation has coordinated with the French Government’s Crisis Centre the transport of 50 humanitarian staff, 21 tonnes of food and medical aid from Paris to Kathmandu onboard an Airbus A350 XWB test aircraft. These are destined to the victims of the terrible earthquake that shook the country on 25 April, the worst in… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 30-Apr-15

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29-Apr-15 Airbus AS350B Langtang Valley, Nepal (1F)

Accident happened in the rescue operations following a major earthquake which hit Nepal on 25-Apr-15.  Nepalese villagers had demanded to be rescued before the tourists and in the ensuing confusion, a villager was killed by the rotor blades – likely that means “walked into the tail rotor”

29-Apr-15

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India to donate Dhruv helicopter to Nepal

India to donate Dhruv helicopter to Nepal

India is going to gift its indigenous advanced light helicopter (ALH), generically named HAL Dhruv, to Nepal. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hand over the helicopter during the 18th Saarc Summit to be held in Kathmandu on November 26-27. See Full Story

Source: ek, 18-Nov-14

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Nepal restricts helicopter use above Base Camp level

Nepal restricts helicopter use above Base Camp level

Using a helicopter constitutes a serious moral and legal violation of tradition in mountaineering as well as aviation activities in Nepal.  See full story

Source: Xinhua, 07-Jul-14

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Luxury travel designer launches Asia Helicopter Collection

Luxury travel designer launches Asia Helicopter Collection

Remote Lands, the world’s foremost ultra-luxe Asia travel designer, today launched an extensive range of private helicopter experiences throughout Asia. Drawing on its years of experience in Asia luxury travel, and on its network of helicopter suppliers across the region, Remote Lands has created a collection of its favourite helicopter trips in 13 countries, with… Read more »

Source: Remote Lands, 25-Mar-14

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Turbomeca rewards three customers in Nepal

Turbomeca rewards three customers in Nepal

Turbomeca (Safran) rewards executives from three customers from Nepal. On behalf of the Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN), Turbomeca CEO Olivier Andriès will present trophies to Mr. Sudhir Mittal, Chairman Shree Airlines; Capt Dawa Sherpa, Chairman Mountain Helicopters and Capt Rameswar Thapa, Chairman of Simrik Air. Shree Airlines recently took delivery of an AS… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 25-Feb-14

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Shree Airlines receives first of five AS350B3e helicopters

Shree Airlines receives first of five AS350B3e helicopters

Shree Airlines today received the first of five AS350 B3e rotorcraft ordered last year from Airbus Helicopters, expanding this Nepal-based operator’s capabilities for passenger transport and utility missions throughout the region. The new AS350 B3e was formally presented to Shree Airlines at the Singapore Airshow, where this helicopter is on display at the Changi Exhibition… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 11-Feb-14

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Fishtail Air and Goma Air collaborate on Nepal tourism

Fishtail Air and Goma Air collaborate on Nepal tourism

Fishtail Air & Goma Air has launched a pact to work in coordination to enhance the country’s tourism. Chairman of Fishtail as well as Goma Air, Mr. Bikash JB Rana said, “Collaborated services of Fishtail Air and Goma Air will be able to offer more effective services to the increasing number of tourist in Nepal.”… Read more »

Source: Fishtail Air, 30-Jan-14

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Nepal orders two Mil helicopters

Nepal orders two Mil helicopters

The Government of Nepal is reported to have signed a contract for the supply of two M il MI-17V5 helicopters, for delivery later in 2014.   The source of this news – the ITAR-TASS agency – cites a source close to Nepalese Ministry of Defense.  No other information is available at this time File photo Jeremy… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jan-14

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26-Sep-13 9N-AEX Eurocopter AS350B Lukla, Nepal

Skids caught on fence on final approach to land. Helicopter ended up on its starboard side, injuring all four on board, one seriously.  Occupants named here as DG Sherpa, Anita Sherpa, Lakpa Sonam Sherpa, and helicopter pilot Captain Arun Malla.

26-Sep-13

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02-Jul-13 Mil Mi-17 Kushma Bazaar, Nepal

Emergency landing due to weather.  Later reported as typical in monsoon season

02-Jul-13

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Nepal’s Shree Airlines orders five AS350B3e and three EC130T2

Nepal’s Shree Airlines orders five AS350B3e and three EC130T2

Nepal’s Shree Airlines has placed an order for eight helicopters from Eurocopter’s Ecureuil family – comprising five AS350 B3e and three EC130 T2 – for use in search and rescue, aerial work, disaster relief missions and heli-tourism. With this major acquisition, Shree Airlines becomes the largest Ecureuil operator in South Asia. Shree Airlines, a leading… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 27-Jun-13

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19-Jun-13 I-VIEW Eurocopter AS350B3+ Muchu, Nepal (1F)

Crashed when trying  to make an emergency landing on the bank of Karnali River, killing one of the 6 POB.  According to this report Police have identified the deceased as Tek Bahadur Tapali, station manager of Humla office of the Nepalese CAA.  The injured were named as pilot David Talu, an Italian national, flight manager Dilak… Read more »

Source: Fishtail Air, 19-Jun-13

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Nepal – Fishtail Air summarise their Spring season 2013

Nepal – Fishtail Air summarise their Spring season 2013

As the spring 2013 came to an end, Fishtail Air had yet another productive spell. From the beginning of the season since March, Fishtail Air effectively carried out more than 200 Rescue Flights as well as Cargo Shipment of over 1,00,000 kilograms. A handful number of mountain flights and search flights were conducted specially in the Everest and Dhaulagiri… Read more »

Source: Fishtail Air, 17-Jun-13

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Fishtail Air carry out rescue with AS350B3 at 25,590ft

Fishtail Air carry out rescue with AS350B3 at 25,590ft

Yet again, Fishtail Air and Simone Moro have succeeded in carrying out the highest ever helicopter rescue on Everest. The rescue was carried out in an incredible altitude of 7,800 m (that’s 25,590 ft. Ed). Despite the difficulty to fly in thin air at such high altitudes, renowned Italian climber Simone Moro piloted the AS… Read more »

Source: Fishtail Air, 28-May-13

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Nepal’s Fishtail Air adds an AS350B3+

Nepal’s Fishtail Air adds an AS350B3+

Fishtail Air’s newest helicopter commenced its first commercial flight on 11th April, 2013! The AS 350 B3+ single-engine light helicopter had arrived in Nepal on 29th March after having left Italy on 18th March 2013. Registered I-VIEW, the helicopter is fitted with 5+1 passenger seat version and is constantly ready to undertake real challenges and… Read more »

Source: Fishtail Air, 19-Apr-13

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Himalayan helicopter operator starts fixed wing ops

Himalayan helicopter operator starts fixed wing ops

Simrik Air, which flies two BK117s and a pair of Eurocopter AS350B3e helicopters has started scheduled operations wtih a Beech 1900.  The initial route goes from the capital Kathmandhu to Pokhara, approximately 200km to the west, with three return flights daily.  Executive chairman of Simrik Airlines Rameswhar Thapa made a statement saying that operations started… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Feb-13

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Nepalese Government approve two Mi-17s for Army

Nepalese Government approve two Mi-17s for Army

Last Friday, the Nepalese Government approved the purchase of two Mil Mi-17 helicopters for their Army – with funds being released in 2014.  The meeting of the Council of Ministers held at the Office of the Prime Minister at Singha Durbar approved the amount of 3 billion Nepalese rupees – rather a round number, and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Feb-13

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15-Sep-12 Mil MI-17 Banke, Nepal

emergency landing due to bad weather

15-Sep-12

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Fishtail Air achieve long-line vertical-face rescue at 6,380m altitude

Fishtail Air achieve long-line vertical-face rescue at 6,380m altitude

Our Italian duo of rescue experts Capt. Piergiorgio Rosati and Capt. (Mountain climber) Simone Moro rescued the dead body of a Ukrainian man whose body has been stuck at Tengkangpoche about 18 months using the longline from our B3 helicopter. The Ukrainian climber had been climbing the Tengkangpoche peak 18 months ago with his female… Read more »

Source: Fishtail Air, 25-May-12

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28-Mar-12 Mil Mi-17 Kathmandu, Nepal

Got out of control during an anti-hijacking training session. Two army personnel injured

28-Mar-12

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24-Mar-12 9N-AKA Eurocopter AS350B2 Dhorpatan, Nepal

Tail rotor suffered minor damage after it stuck the ground while attempting to take off

24-Mar-12

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Fishtail Air adds Eurocopter AS350B2 from Italy

Fishtail Air adds Eurocopter AS350B2 from Italy

Our team of Capt. Ashish, Capt. Mukhiya and Col. O.P. Shrestha left for Singapore to fly our AS 350 B2 Helicopter 9N-AKA to Nepal. Our latest addition to the fleet had been bought from Italy from where it had been shipped to Singapore. They will ferry the helicopter from Singapore for Nepal on the 14th… Read more »

Source: Fishtail Air, 14-Mar-12

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Fishtail Air adds AS350B2 with another B3 to follow

Fishtail Air adds AS350B2 with another B3 to follow

Nepalese operator Fishtail Air has announced that their AS350B3 9N-AJI has returned to their fleet after an extended period of mainteannce. The company has also added Eurocopter AS350B2 9N-AKA, which they expect to have in operation by mid March.  A further new AS350B3 is expected to arrive this week as well. Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Feb-12

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First AS350B3e delivered in Nepal

First AS350B3e delivered in Nepal

The first of two Eurocopter AS350B3e helicopters ordered by Nepalese operator Simrik Air was displayed last week at the Singapore Air Show.  Serial 7324 and registered 9N-AJZ, the burgundy and black aircraft is slightly ahead of schedule. The order was signed on Friday 13th May 2011 by Simrik Air Executive Chairman Rameshwor Thapa and Eurocopter… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Feb-12

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Fishtail Air considers AW119 purchase

Fishtail Air considers AW119 purchase

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… Read more »

Source: Fishtail Air, 27-Dec-11

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29-Nov-11 9N-AIK Eurocopter AS350 Lubuche, Nepal

Helicopter was taking off at Lubuche when it suffered damage to the tail boom/rotor.  All 3 occupants safe

29-Nov-11

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07-Nov-11 Eurocopter AS350 Tudikhel, Nepal

Emergency landing made due to tail rotor problems

07-Nov-11

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02-Nov-11 9N-AIK Eurocopter AS350B Tanahun, Nepal

Landing made prior to arriving at intended destination due to weather.  Intended routing was Kathmandu from Pokhara

02-Nov-11

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25-Sep-11 Pyuthan, Nepal

En route to Dolpa of Karnali from Kathmandu, but made emergency landing.  All 4 POB (Pilot Kumar Chalise, Shyam GC of Gulmi, Jitendra Jhankri and Hirababu Karki of Kathmandu) declared safe

25-Sep-11

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06-Jul-11 9N-AIW Eurocopter AS350B2 Rangeli, Nepal

Tail damaged in force landing on river bank after “technical problems”.  Wrongly quoted in some reports as 9N-AWI.  Three Japanese and two Nepali passengers and the Australian pilot  are safe

06-Jul-11

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Pilots to blame for Fishtail Air crash in November

Pilots to blame for Fishtail Air crash in November

The report said that the main cause of the accident was the inability of pilots to notice and arrest the lateral drift of the chopper to its left due to lack of ground reference until the main rotors came into contact.   See HeliHub.com page at 07-Nov-10 9N-AIX Eurocopter AS350 Solukhumbu, Nepal (2F)

10-Jan-11

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07-Nov-10 9N-AIX Eurocopter AS350 Solukhumbu, Nepal (2F)

Two crewmembers, Captain Sabin Basnet and Engineer Purna Awale, have been killed in the crash.

07-Nov-10

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06-Oct-10 Eurocopter AS350 Okharpauwa, Nepal

A helicopter belonging to Mountain Air heading towards Gorkha from Kathmandu Wednesday afternoon made a crash landing at Okharpauwa of Nuwakot due to technical problems.

06-Oct-10

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AFS supports high-altitude operators in Nepal

AFS supports high-altitude operators in Nepal

Inlet Barrier Filters (IBF) from Aerospace Filtration Systems, Inc. (AFS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE:DCI) and a division of the Aerospace & Defense group, are enhancing the safety and effectiveness of helicopter operations in one of the world’s most difficult and extreme flying environments. Both Fishtail Air and Air Dynasty, important… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 16-Aug-10

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Nepal’s Mountain Helicopters to add AS350B3 air ambulance

Nepal’s Mountain Helicopters to add AS350B3 air ambulance

Mountain Helicopters (P) Ltd, which was established nine months ago operating a Europe-made AS350B2 helicopter, is preparing to add an air ambulance in its fleet next week

Source: Republica, 10-Jun-10

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Fishtail Air AS350B3 performs world’s highest-altitude longline rescue

Fishtail Air AS350B3 performs world’s highest-altitude longline rescue

A record-breaking aerial rescue on Nepal’s Mount Annapurna has underscored the performance capabilities of Eurocopter’s AS350 Ecureuil helicopter in extreme conditions – including the most challenging high-altitude operations. Three Spanish mountain climbers were successfully airlifted by the Fishtail Air AS350 B3 from a 6,900 meter-high location using the “longline” technique, in which a rescuer is… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 01-Jun-10

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Fishtail Air introduces advance Alpine Rescue System

Fishtail Air introduces advance Alpine Rescue System

Swiss operator Air Zermatt has helped Nepal’s Fishtail Air to develop and establish an Alpine Rescue System by helping them with technology and trainings

Source: Nepal News, 28-May-10

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Fishtail Air takes delivery of new AS350B3 at Kathmandu base

Fishtail Air takes delivery of new AS350B3 at Kathmandu base

Fishtail Air now has five helicopters — a Bell 206 BIII Jet Ranger, an AS350 B and AS350 B2 and two AS350 B3s.

Source: Republica, 02-Mar-10

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15-Nov-09 9N-AHT Mil Mi-8 Rudikot village, Nepal (1F)

15-Nov-09

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Helicopter UAV flown high up Mount Everest

A student and his mentor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have achieved a world first on Mount Everest – not by climbing it but by flying an unmanned helicopter nearly to the top of the world.

Source: The Standard, 22-Sep-09

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