June 17, 2018
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 AirlineHobby.com DVD takes us to visit Nepal’s most famous alpine airstrip is 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.