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Polish pilot Lukasz Czepiela made aviation historical past on Tuesday, changing into the primary individual to land a aircraft on the helipad of the enduring Burj Al Arab Jumeirah lodge in Dubai.
Czepiela was capable of convey his specifically tailored mild plane to a cease in simply 21 meters (68 ft), touchdown on a platform solely 27 meters (89 ft) vast, 212 meters (696 ft) above the bottom on high of the 56-story constructing.
“The most important problem was the shortage of any exterior factors of reference, which is normally discovered at an airport the place you’ve got lots of of meters of runway,” he advised sponsors Purple Bull.
The stunt had been within the planning since 2021 and required 650 take a look at landings, in line with Purple Bull.
Czepiela’s day job is captaining an Airbus A320, however he has some spectacular flying achievements below his belt, together with successful the 2018 world championship challenger class title within the Purple Bull Air Race, and touchdown an plane on a picket pier in Sopot, Poland.
Czepiela joins an elite group of sporting legends who’ve graced the helipad of the sail-shaped lodge, together with tennis champions Roger Federer and Andre Agassi, who performed a match there in 2005, and former F1 Grand Prix winner David Coulthard, who carried out donuts there in 2013.