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By virtue of its 27,000 foot high mountains, Nepal is known as the roof of the world. Much of the country is only accessible by air, with over 40 airfields, most being in the Himalayan region.
The DVD takes us to visit Nepal’s most famous alpine airstrip at the mountain village of Lukla, the gateway to Mount Everest, which is situated at the end of a one-way-in and one-way-out mountain valley. Its from this airfield where visitors to Mount Everest start, and hopefully conclude their Everest visit.
Nestled on a small plateau on the angled side of steep cliff at 9400 feet, this short 1500-foot airstrip is a hive of Twin Otter and Dornier 228 activity, flying tourists and trekkers in from Kathmandu. In Nepalese the word Lukla means place with many goats and sheep.Today, Lukla attracts mostly STOL aircraft!
We’ll see lots of action footage filmed at Lukla including Sita Air’s Dornier 228, Yeti DHC-6 Twin Otters, Agni Air Dornier 228, Royal Nepal Twin Otters, Shangri-La Air Twin Otters. (This DVD also includes a bonus track featuring Pokhara airport with Yeti Jetstream 41s and Buddha Air Beech 1900Ds.)
Fixed wing operations at Lukla take place in the morning as very strong up-mountain drafts prevail in the afternoon, and are too dangerous for flight operations. The 2000-foot drop-off at the runway’s end is reminder enough that there is no room for error in this operation.
Nepalese pilots are rugged terrain experts, flying STOL aircraft from the shortest and most treacherous strips on the planet. We came here to sample the world’s most precarious, regional airline mountain operation! Fasten seat belts and clench your knuckles for Twin Otter and Dornier 228 mountain flying like you’ve never seen! A must-have DVD for aviation fans and pilots alike!
Chapter 1) Kathmandu Airport snapshot (OCT 19, 2006)
Chapter 2) Flight to Lukla on Sita Air Dornier 228 (OCT 20, 2006)
Chapter 3) Landing at Lukla (OCT 20, 2006)
Chapter 4) Dornier 228 action at Lukla (OCT 21, 2006)
Chapter 5) Twin Otter action at Lukla (OCT 21, 2006)
Chapter 6) Pokhara airport action bonus track (OCT 22, 2006)
Chapter 7) End credits
Total running time of: 50 minutes
This DVD is available in NTSC region-free format (which will work on all current European DVD players).