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I just can't wrap my mind around this. Is it true that an AS350 landed on the summit of Everest? Granted, there are high winds, 50 to 150 mph (from what I have researched) and cold temps, but is that enough? I would love to see the GPS, ground speed, indicated speed, and altimeter. I'm sure we'll never know though....

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I just can't wrap my mind around this. Is it true that an AS350 landed on the summit of Everest? Granted, there are high winds, 50 to 150 mph (from what I have researched) and cold temps, but is that enough? I would love to see the GPS, ground speed, indicated speed, and altimeter. I'm sure we'll never know though....

 

Im pretty sure I thought Eurocopter made that all public? Showed his route he took to get up there, etc.?

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Sorry Guys'nGals, but this was like 7 years ago. Where are the rocks & boulders you've been hiding under? It's now 23 days after April 1st. What's up?

 

And it was a B3 btw.

 

linky

 

-WATCH FOR THE PATTERNS, WATCH FOR THE WIRES-

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Sorry Guys'nGals, but this was like 7 years ago. Where are the rocks & boulders you've been hiding under? It's now 23 days after April 1st. What's up?

 

And it was a B3 btw.

 

linky

 

-WATCH FOR THE PATTERNS, WATCH FOR THE WIRES-

 

Steven- EXACTLY!!

 

Yes they stripped it of all extra weight and with 60 knot winds he had a hard time holding it down into the snow long enough to be considered a "landing". Can't remember the details but I heard the pilot speak about his flight several Heli Expos ago.

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The service ceiling is not necessarily the highest altitude the helicopter can achieve.

"Service ceiling" can be determined by many factors, including acceptable performance, safety factors, maybe also autorotative capabilies etc.

 

In other words: When they determine the service ceiling, they don't just pull the collective up until it stops climbing, and then write down that altitude. Thus, it is not surprising at all that that B3 at minimum weight and in good weather conditions was able to climb much higher than the official ceiling. It just wouldn't be safe - or legal- to do this in every day operation.

 

Also, the AS350 Air Conditioning System weight is probably closer to 100 pounds...

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I was just kidding, even the AC system in a car isn't 3 pounds. So I wonder if the AS355 could land on the moon?

 

The AS355 is a pig.

 

Service ceiling doesn't mean that's the highest a helicopter can fly. What's a Lama's ceiling, Around 17,000ft right? And they took one to 40,000+ and still holds the record. Should you take one up that high, of course not!

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snapback.pngHelipilot PTK, on 30 April 2012 - 22:13, said:

 

Class A airspace extends from 18,000MSL to 60,000MSL. The highest class G can go is 14,500MSL

 

 

Class G.......up to 14,500 MSL Excluding 1500 ft AGL. At everest no idea on the countries airspace structure- maybe an ICAO participating country?.

 

It can go higher than 14,500. If there is a peak above 13,000 then the first 1500' above that is still G.

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Well if you're above 14,500 MSL but within 1500 AGL then you're in G. There's no airspace outside of the Continental US? How the heck do they fly!!!

 

There is airspace it is just in different configurations, I believe the UK has Class A, C, D, and E, but they are not the same as FAA airspace. Someone more experienced with JAA airspace can chime in and give more in-depth information.

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