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.
Czepiela practiced this landing over 650 times as the helipad was only 27 meters (31 yards) in diameter and needed almost 21 meters (23 yards) to stop. This was accomplished by engineering the plane to be very light but powerful enough to take off again.
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.
The talented pilot was overcome by his achievement.
The landing was the first time I performed this manoeuvre in real life…I imagined it, trained on a simulator, but never used it in real life before.”