Tara Air is the newest and biggest airline service provider in the Nepalese mountains. This company started business with the mission of helping develop rural Nepal. Accordingly, their service is concentrated in the hills and mountains of the country from the Far East to the Far West. Tara Air operates a fleet of seven STOL aircraft, comprising of five Twin Otter (DHC 6/300) and two Dornier (DO 228) aircraft. They operate scheduled and charter flights to almost all airports in the country.For the last few years, Tara Air has been using v2track in their aircraft. Given the terrain and fast changing weather conditions in Nepal, this provides important information for operations staff to manage and monitor the safety of each flight.
Nelson Pandey from Tara’s IT department says “v2track’s ability to work with cellular and satellite gives us the best solution for tracking our aircraft. We can easily track and monitor the altitude as well as a route which is followed by the aircraft. It is really helping us to increase our SAFETY standard.”
Tara Air regularly flies tourists into Lukla Airport, now also known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport after the two great Everest climbers of 1953 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenzing-Hillary_Airport). Sitting at 9100 ft above sea level, Lukla is considered by many as one of the world’s most extreme airports. This high altitude one way airstrip with a rock wall at one end, serves as the start of the journey for many embarking on climbing Mount Everest.
As a result of approving v2track for use in Tara Air’s fleet, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has endorsed v2track as a great tracking option for their country and as a result v2track is now also used in other aviation companies operating in the region.
More information about Tara Air can be found at www.taraair.com