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Capt. Rameshwar Thapa
Capt. Rameshwar Thapa

Capt. Rameshwar Thapa is Chairman of Simrik Air Pvt. Ltd. and a well-known Helicopter Instructor Pilot for the MI-17 in Nepal with over 5000 hrs. logged to his entire flying career of more than 20 years as a Helicopter Pilot in various helicopter types.

Capt. Thapa is an innovative personality who is an expert in pioneering projects and works wholeheartedly for the development of Nepalese tourism industry through helicopter operation; simultaneously emphasizing in raising safety standards in an air operation.

Having successfully led the Airlines Operator’s Association of Nepal (AOAN) as a two-term President, he is currently the President of Helicopter Society of Nepal formed under his leadership in order to address a serious issue of improving safety and quality of overall helicopter operations.

Besides Simrik Air, he is also the Executive Chairman and Principal Owner of Annapurna Media Network (Annapurna Post, Radio Annapurna and AP1 TV).

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Pilot (Airlines Transport Pilot License, Helicopter License. No. 015(H)

Commercial Pilot License from USSR

Airport transport Pilot License from the USA

Instructor Pilot License from the USA

PILOT IN COMMAND IN AIRCRAFT TYPES:                                                                             

BELL 407GXP

Line Pilot – AS-350B3 and BK-117B2

Instructor Pilot – MI-17 Helicopter

Nepal’s first MI-17 commander for Commercial Flight, Civil Aviation

CESSNA-152 (174), BELL 47, MI-2, MI-8 P, MI-8 T, MI-17-IV (MTV/AMT), AS-350B3, BK-117B2

AWARDS:

“Daivik Prakop Padak” Awarded in 2001 twice by the Government of Nepal for active participation in releasing lake water from Tsho-Rolpa at 15,000 ft. that threatened riverside settlement in lower altitudes and involvement in life-saving helicopter rescue operations during natural disasters as well as Helicopter rescue during Avalanche in GOKYO near the Everest Base Camp based on the evaluation by professional international expedition guides, trekkers and Nepali trekkers.

“Nepal Police Award” Awarded in 2002 by the Prime Minister for contribution in peacebuilding in the nation for risky involvement in Rescue and Relief in challenging and turbulent time in Nepal.

“Rastra Seva Padak” Awarded in 2002 by the Prime Minister for the Defense Ministry of the Government of Nepal.

“Prabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu (Fourth)” Decorated with the honour in 2003 by former Monarch and Head of State for the Government of Nepal for services provided to Government of Nepal since 7 years for the peacekeeping mission

“Best Pilot of the Year” Awarded in 2003 by Face to Face program of Nepal Journalism Society.

“National Personality Award” Awarded in 2003 by the Chairman of the Public Affairs Commission for National Development and Honor Center of Nepal

“Men of the Year” Awarded in 2004 by American Biographical Institute, Inc. (ABI) for individual accomplishment and contribution to the society.

Prakhayat Trishaktipatta (Fourth) – Decorated with the honour in 2005 by Former Monarch and Head of State for the Government of Nepal for services provided to Government of Nepal for 9 years for the peacekeeping mission

“Bravery Award” Awarded in 2010 by the Prime Minister for Nepal Police, Home Ministry, and The Government of Nepal for services provided to Government of Nepal for 14 years of the peacekeeping mission in the nation.

“Public Service Award (Fourth)” Awarded in 2011 by The President for the Government of Nepal for services provided to Government of Nepal & Nepalese people for 15 years in social welfare and peacekeeping mission.

Bravery Award – 2013 Awarded by the Chairman of Interim Election Council (Head of the Government) from Nepal Armed Police Force for rescue services and service to the government of Nepal.

 

Capt. Siddartha J. Gurung
Capt. Siddartha J. Gurung Executive Director

Capt. Siddartha J. Gurung of Simrik Air is one of the best helicopter pilots of Nepal a well-known name in the Nepalese aviation sector.  With more than 20 years’ experience in flying in the mountainous terrain, he has in excess of 10,000 helicopter flying hours. He operates all modes of aircraft operations (VIP Operations, Rescue Missions, Passenger and Cargo Transportation to Remote Areas) as well as support missions in developing remote areas of Nepal with skill and professionalism.

His experience and expertise have been recognized by various national and international groups for saving the lives of many locals and tourists in the Himalayas.

Capt. Siddhartha has experience in the following fields:

Executive Director (Accountable Manager) at Simrik Air Pvt. Ltd. Kathmandu, Nepal

Instructor Pilot

Extensive experience in Medical evacuations and SAR Missions

Aerial Filming / Photography

Long Line (Human Cargo Sling & External Cargo Sling)

Holds Certificate as a trained pilot from Air Zermatt for Human Cargo Sling Rescue Operations.

Survey Missions (Nepal & Bhutan)

 

Capt. Surendra Paudel
Capt. Surendra Paudel

Capt. Surendra Paudel is one of the well-known and experienced pilots in Simrik Air. He served as a Major in Nepal Army flying for more than 10 years. He became a commercial pilot in 2010 and since then, has been flying with Simrik Air. His skill and experience are recognized by various national and international groups for saving many lives of trekkers and climbers in the Himalayas during September 2012 avalanche in Mt. Manaslu and during Everest Avalanche in April 2014. He is also a trained sling pilot and regularly flies into missions to support the developmental projects in the remote areas of Nepal.

He has received Long Line (Human Cargo Sling and External Cargo Sling level 2) training at Air Zermatt, Switzerland, Commercial Helicopter Pilot FAA from LongHorn Helicopters, USA.

His experience includes:

Chief Pilot and Training Chief at Simrik Air Pvt. Ltd.

Instructor Pilot

5500+ hours of flying (AS 350 B Series, BK-117, MI-17, ALH, Lama, Allouette, Lancer, Schweizer)

High Altitude flying

Heli-ski operation

Long line operations (Trained for external cargo sling and Human Cargo Sling)

Medivac & SAR operation

Aerial photography, filming, and media experience

Scenic tours and operations throughout the Himalayan region of Nepal

 

Capt. Bibek Khadka
Capt. Bibek Khadka

Capt. Bibek Khadka comes with a strong army background and has in excess of 3500 helicopter flying hours in the mountainous terrain of Nepal. Capt. Bibek has received training in Long Line Rescue and is a certified rescue pilot from Air Zermatt, Switzerland. He also underwent Ground and Flight Training of Bell 407GXP from Bell Helicopters Training Academy, Fort Worth, TX, USA.

He has received honours from the US Ranger for his contribution in training mission of the Nepal Army by US Rangers. He has also received recognition from National Sports Authority of Nepal for his Valuable Contribution on National Sports Day.

His experience includes:

5000 flying hours (Bell 407GXP, AS 350 B Series, MI-17, ALH, ALOUETTE, CHEETAH, LANCER, SCHWEIZER and 76 hours in HPT 32, a fixed-wing aircraft).

Instructor Pilot.

Long line operations (Trained for external cargo sling and Human Cargo Sling)

High Altitude Rescue flights.

Medevac and SAR operations.

Aerial photography, filming, and media experience.

Scenic operations throughout the Himalayan Range of Nepal.

Capt. Ananda Thapa
Capt. Ananda Thapa Operation Director

Capt. Ananda Thapa has a strong army background and has flown for the Nepal Army for 8 years. He joined the Nepal Army at the age of 18 and had served as a Major.

Capt. Ananda grew up in a picturesque Dhading district and becoming a pilot was a rare dream which he was able to turn into reality by sheer hard work, focus, and dedication. He was able to get a place for himself to be trained as a cadet officer in Nepalese army, through fierce competition and in few years made his way up getting selected among 32 other competitors to be one of the first trained helicopter pilots of Nepal.

He joined Simrik Air in June 2012 and got his rating on AS 350 B3e helicopter in Fort Worth, USA. Capt. Ananda has over 4500 helicopter hours logged.

His experience includes:

Operations Director at Simrik Air Pvt. Ltd.

4500+ hours (AS 350 B Series, MI-17, ALH, ALOUETTE, CHEETAH, LANCER, SCHWEIZER).

Scenic operations throughout the Himalayas of Nepal.

Long line operations (Trained for external cargo sling and Human Cargo Sling)

Medevac and SAR Operations

Aerial photography and filming

 

Capt. Hareram Thapa
Capt. Hareram Thapa

Capt. Hareram Thapa is among our experienced pilots. He completed his CPL training in Philippines in both Rotary and Fixed Wing Aircraft. He underwent flight training with Capt. Siddartha J. Gurung on AS 350 B3e aircraft and has successfully achieved Pilot in Command (PIC) Clearance in Rotorcraft. He joined Simrik Air in March 2011.

Capt. Rajendra Duwal
Capt. Rajendra Duwal

Capt. Rajendra Duwal has been with Simrik Air since June 2011 and is also among our skilled pilots. He completed his CPL training in Philippines. He underwent flight training with Capt. Siddartha J. Gurung on AS 350 B3e aircraft and has successfully achieved Pilot in Command (PIC) clearance in Rotorcraft.

Capt. Bimal Sharma Sapkota
Capt. Bimal Sharma Sapkota

Capt. Bimal Sharma Sapkota joined Simrik Air as a helicopter pilot and has an experience of flying in the US and operations experience in Nepal and Qatar. He has over 2206 helicopter flying hours logged till date.

Capt. Stefen Smuts
Capt. Stefen Smuts

Capt. Stefen Smuts belongs to South Africa and has recently joined Simrik Air as a helicopter pilot. He has in excess of 2637 flight hours logged till now.

Capt. Matteo Porrera
Capt. Matteo Porrera

Capt. Matteo Porrera belongs to Italy and has over 2650 helicopter flying hours logged till now. He has experience of flying in Italy and Nepal.

Capt. Reto Müller
Capt. Reto Müller

Capt. Reto Müller is from Switzerland and has over 1910 helicopter flying hours logged till now. He has an experience of Cargo Sling and SAR operations in Switzerland, India and Nepal. Moreover, he has fixed-wing flying experience of 7924 hours in Switzerland.

Lt. Col. Bishnu Basnyat (Retd.)
Lt. Col. Bishnu Basnyat (Retd.) Executive Director

Lt. Col. Bishnu Basnyat (Retd.) has 45 Years of experience in the field of Helicopter Maintenance. He has been awarded with various governmental and non-governmental awards. He is also a Civil Aviation Authority approved Instructor. He has been acknowledged by the Ministry of Civil Aviation to conduct investigation of air crashes as a senior member.

Dhruba Raj Bhandari
Dhruba Raj Bhandari

Er. Dhruba Raj Bhandari is a CAAN Aircraft Maintenance License holder and is working with Simrik Air as a Production Planning Manager. He has been serving the aviation industry for the past 42 years. He has worked with Heli One Inc & Trans Aero, USA. He is also a Civil Aviation Authority approved Instructor.

Om K. Shrestha
Om K. Shrestha

Er. Om K. Shrestha is a CAAN E, I & R License holder and has been serving the industry for the past 32 years. He is a CAAN approved ground instructor and is working as a Planning Manager at Simrik Air.

Prachanda K. Malla
Prachanda K. Malla

Er. Prachanda K. Malla is serving the aviation industry for the last 17 years. He is the holder of CAAN A & C and has been working with Simrik Air as a Continuing Airworthiness Manager and Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.

Dipak Maskey
Dipak Maskey

Er. Dipak Maskey is working as a Quality Manager at Simrik Air from 2017. He maintains the Quality-Related Documentation activities and monitors the improvement of Quality Management System. He controls Quality in the Engineering and Operations department. He has more than 17 years of experiences.

Manit Acharya
Manit Acharya

Er. Manit Acharya is responsible to assist in controlling and filing of all documents related to maintenance work of aircraft and aircraft components. He is working as an Assistant Manager in Simrik Air.

Chhiring Dhunduk Bhote
Chhiring Dhunduk Bhote

Chhiring is a specialist in technical climbing and an avid mountaineer. At the age of 21, Chhiring summitted Mt. Everest as part of an expedition guide.

Now, Chhiring has established himself as a certified Rescue Specialist in Nepal. In 2012, Chhiring with 3 other Mountain guides were sent to Zermatt, Switzerland by Simrik Air to participate in a special training to be a Helicopter Rescue Specialist. Air Zermatt, a prominent Rescue Service provider in Switzerland was their new home during their month long training. There, along with other participants he completed the training to be a long line Rescue Specialist and became certified Rescue Technician.

In 2014 alone, Chhiring has successfully flown in numerous lifesaving missions with Capt. Siddhartha J. Gurung and Capt. Jason Laing. 5 of those missions were then using long line above 18,000 ft. where Simrik Air was successful in saving many lives in the mountains.

Tshering Pandey Bhote
Tshering Pandey Bhote

Tshering is a leading Long Line Helicopter Rescue Specialist at Simrik Air. He was one of the three mountain guides to be sent to Zermatt, Switzerland in 2012 by Simrik Air to receive a special Helicopter Rescue Specialist training and has become a certified Rescue Technician. He has been a part of various long line Rescue Missions and has successfully saved many lives.

Moreover, he is also an IFMGA/NNMGA Certified Mountain guide. He has climbed Mt. Everest, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Ama Dablam and many other mountains as a guide.

Capt. Rameshwar Thapa
Capt. Rameshwar Thapa Chairman
Lt. Col. Bishnu Basnyat (Retd.)
Lt. Col. Bishnu Basnyat (Retd.) Executive Director
Capt. Siddartha J. Gurung
Capt. Siddartha J. Gurung Executive Director
Col. Prem Kumar Thapa (Retd.)
Col. Prem Kumar Thapa (Retd.) General Manager