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India: new guidelines on Himalaya helicopter travel

Decision on the occasion of 70 years of conquering the highest mountain in the world

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) India, has introduced from this season "an additional take-off control for pilots operating on helipads at 10,000 feet" to reach the Himalaya. The decision comes at a particular time: yesterday the 70th anniversary of the first ascent of the highest mountain in the world was celebrated. It was May 29, 1953 when Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay conquered the summit.

According to the new measures ordered by New Delhi, helicopter pilots in the Himalayas will receive specialized training based on a more stringent set of rules to avoid the frequent accidents that occur in the mountainous region. The last one dates back to October 2022 near the Kedarnath sanctuary, in the Garhwal Himalaya, in the Uttarakhand area, during which six people and the pilot, who went on pilgrimage, lost their lives.

Every year there are dozens of helicopter flights organized for tourist, sporting and excursion reasons. Every year many adventurers reach the base camps at the foot of the Himalayas. 70 years after the historic enterprise which, thanks to the experimentation of new technologies and equipment, laid the foundations of today's expeditions, thousands of people venture into the mountains and for this reason DGCA India tries to regulate the situation.

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