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March 28, 2023

Landing a plane on a tiny helipad on top of a Dubai hotel

From Kottke:

The Piper Super Cub is an amazing short takeoff and landing airplane that can, under the right conditions, takeoff and land in as little as 10 or 20 feet of runway.

In a recent stunt for Red Bull, Luke Czepiela landed a Super Cub on an 88-foot-wide helipad located on the 56th story of the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai.

YouTube description:

Pilot Luke Czepiela lands an aeroplane on the world famous helipad on top of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the iconic seven-star hotel in Dubai.

To land on the helipad, 27m in diameter, he completed over 650 practice landings before the attempt on top of the 56-story hotel.

He needed just 20.76 meters to stop. To make the feat possible he and a team of CubCrafters engineers along with renowned American aviation engineer and aircraft builder Mike Patey made a number of modifications to the aircraft, reducing the total weight to only 425 kilograms, moving the main fuel tank to the rear of the plane to allow for more aggressive braking, and adding nitrous to enhance power for Czepiela's secondary challenge — taking off from the helipad.

More here.

March 28, 2023 at 04:28 PM | Permalink


sure, seven stars, they didn't even come get his bag

Posted by: JohnM | Mar 30, 2023 4:40:01 PM

There’s certainly no room for error. Me? I can land on the length of any couch or loveseat but would probably bang up my shins trying….

Posted by: Jim | Mar 29, 2023 5:32:21 AM

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