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Published on : Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Heli Air Nepal has already received the AOC or Air Operator’s Certificate from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).
Henceforth it is preparing to operate the first flight in the next two weeks. Santosh Lamichhane, the director of HAN has declared that the inaugural flight would be conducted once all the processes are completed. He said that the AOC was obtained last Friday.
Lamichhane also added that a test flight was successfully conducted in Pokhara a few days ago.
Eric Freychet who is a French pilot had operated the gyrocopter from Kathmandu to Pokhara. For the initial level, HAN has purchased two gyrocopters worth Rs. 15 million each. CAAN has permitted HAN to function flights from Balewa Airport, Baglung since there is no sufficient parking area inside Pokhara Airport.
Lamichhane feels that this aircraft is extremely ideal for panoramic observation.
A pilot would be present on the sear and tourists seated at the back can enjoy the sceneries. He is hopeful that this new travel technology would boost the regional tourism industry to a great extent. While it flies 500 feet above sea level it would be easier for people to enjoy a closer look of nature surrounding them all around. The aircraft would be flying at a speed of 180 kilometres per hour.
Two pilots are scheduled to arrive from Germany and France.
Foreign tourists would have to dish out $149 for 15 minutes, $249 for 30 minutes, $398 for an hour and $548 for 2 hours ride. Lamichhane said that national tourists would be offered a special discount.