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This new project is now being carried out and is scheduled from late April to late May 2011. 2011 will be the year of tourism in Nepal as well as a year without any total or annular solar eclipses that I wouldn’t miss for anything.
The main goal is to reach the summit of Everest at 8,850 meters (29,035 ft) on the South Col nepalese route. Only the financial sponsorship of the 10-week expedition needs to be finalized: we are still short of 60,000 € (USD 80,000). So sponsors are most welcomed.
Thank you all in advance for your support and help.


This site will always remain non-profit. However, if you like what you see here, please help support the costs of preparing and organize this expedition. If you don’t want to, that’s fine, but if you can help, even with just a dollar or Euro, please click on the button to the right and help me finance them. Thanks for your understanding!


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On May 14th, 2005 at 7:08 AM (local time), a serial Ecureuil/AStar AS 350 B3, piloted by the french X-test pilot Didier Delsalle, landed at 8,850 meters (29,035 ft) on top of Mount Everest. This tremendous achievement breaks the World Record for the highest altitude landing and take-off ever, which sets an ultimate milestone in the History of Aviation.
After taking off from its Lukla base camp on May 14th, 2005 at 2,866 meters (9,403 ft) Didier Delsalle onboard his Ecureuil AS350B3 reached the top of Mount Everest.
As required by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI - IAF International Aeronautical Federation), the aircraft remained landed on ground more than 2 minutes on the top of the world before flying back to Lukla. This feat was renewed the day after.
The Eurocopter Ecureuil also holds the "Time to climb" records to the heights of 3,000, 6,000 and 9,000 meters (9,843, 19,685 and 29,528 ft) performed on April 14th, 2005 in respectively 2 minutes 21 seconds, 5 minutes 6 seconds and 9 minutes 26 seconds.
An experimental flight up to 10,211 meters (33,500 ft) was made on April 14, 2005. The South Col landing at 7,925 meters (26,001 ft) on May 12th, 2005, has broken the altitude landing and take-off record, previously held by a Cheetah helicopter - variant of the Lama - at 7,670 meters (25,164 ft).

Everest 2005
Ecureuil AS 350 B3 over the Khumbu valley

Everest 2005
Ecureuil AS 350 B3 near the summit

Everest 2005
Ecureuil AS 350 B3 on the summit

Everest 2005
Ecureuil AS 350 B3 over the Khumbu glacier

Eurocopter "The Mystery Chopper" movie
(14.8 MB, 4 min 31 sec — QuickTime required)


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Last page update on May 27, 2005.
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