Landing a Plane on a Tiny Helipad 700 Feet in the Air (Atop a 7 Star Hotel)
It doesn’t take an aviation expert to realize that, in order to land in airplane, one would typically need an airstrip or a long stretch of flat surface. Needless to say, a helipad doesn’t necessarily qualify when it comes to meeting these standards.
However, with Red Bull being Red Bull, they decided that this would be an idea that they wanted to take on.
Pilot Luke Czepiela hopped behind the controls of his Red Bull stunt plane and got to work, attempting to practice for a feat that nobody has ever accomplished before. The goal would be to land on the helipad atop the world’s only 7-star hotel, Burj Al Arab in Dubai.
At 700 feet in the air, the stunt didn’t feature emergency parachutes nor ejection seats. It either got this incredibly short landing down or end up going over the edge and being subjected to whatever comes when you’re falling from 700 feet in the air. If that’s not enough to encourage you to make sure you practice, I’m not sure what is!
With a lot of practice and a boatload of confidence, the hero of the story would take to the air, attempting to perch his plane on top of the 56-story hotel. Amazingly, the pilot needed just 20.76 m to stop, leaving almost 7 m of the helipad to spare. While it seems like there was a lot of space left over, having about 20 feet between yourself and a 700-foot drop is something that we would consider pretty intimidating.
Now, after landing comes the question of how exactly they get the plane down from there. Well, the answer is a pretty massive free fall and there’s really no way to get around it!
Below, we check in with the stunt that really had our attention and managed to get the adrenaline pumping.