Helicopter operators leave AOAN; establish their own association

Helicopter operators have established their own association and have separated themselves from Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) following lack of initiation from AOAN to resolve fake rescue case.

The helicopter operators have established new association ‘Helicopter Society of Nepal’. Rameshwor Thapa of Simrik Air has been appointed as chairman of the association who has already resigned from AOAN around month back.

Helicopter operators have stated that government did not investigate thoroughly about the case and wrongly accused helicopter companies’ involvement in the case. They also blamed AOAN for not taking the issue seriously and try to resolve it thus separated themselves from AOAN.

Among 10 helicopter companies, Mountain and Summit (previously Fishtail) helicopter are left to be affiliated to the new association.

The association has elected Ang Tshering Sherpa of Air Dynasty as senior vice chairman, Satish Prasad Pradhan of Manang air as vice chairman, Yograj Kandel of Heli Everest as general secretary, Pratap Jung Pandey of Kailash Helicopter as treasurer and Binod Thakali of Prabhu helicopter, Anil Manandher of Shree airlines, Nimaniru Sherpa of Altitude helicopter as members.

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