Published on : Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Heli Air Nepal (HAN) will be soon operating new light weight portable helicopters known as gyrocopters, especially designed for domestic as well as international tourists who love adventure. HAN is preparing to operate the first official flight within the next two weeks, receiving the Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).
The Director of HAN, Santosh Lamichhane said, “We got the AOC last Friday and now we are busy making necessary preparations for operating flights.”
Lamichhane further said that HAN successfully conducted a test flight in Pokhara a few days back. French pilot Eric Freychet fled the helicopter from Kathmandu to Pokhara. For the first level, HAN has brought two gyrocopters worth Rs. 15 million each. CAAN has permitted HAN to operate flights from Balewa Airport, Baglung as there is no sufficient parking area at Pokhara Airport.
Lamichhane said that this aircraft is highly useful for panoramic observation. “There will be a pilot in the front seat and the tourists sitting in the back can enjoy the scenery around. Tourists can collect some beautiful memories from the flight.” The company is hopeful that it will help to flourish tourism in Nepal. As the copter flies just 500 feet above the land, it is easier for people to have a closer look of the nature. It can be operated as per the movement of air as it carries only two persons including the pilot. This aircraft can fly at a speed of 180 kilometers per hour. Two pilots from France and Germany will come to fly the copters.
But due to its high expenses, not all tourists can afford it. The company is planning to introduce five different packages for the tourists. As per the details provided by HAN, foreign tourists will have to pay 149$ for 15 minutes, 249$ for 30 minutes, 398$ for 1 hour and 548 $ for two hours ride. National tourists will be given a special discount.
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