Czepiela is a former Red Bull Air Race Challenger Class World Champion and a captain of an Airbus A320. Luke Czepiela, a Polish pilot and aerobat, has accomplished what has been dubbed a “global first” by safely landing his specially modified aircraft on the 27-meter-wide helipad of Dubai’s Burj Al Arab hotel.
Dubai’s Burj Al Arab hotel
Czepiela had been practicing for the heart-stopping stunt for two years before he pulled it off. The aircraft is seen approaching the helipad, which is located on the 56th floor of the renowned Burj Al Arab and is 212 meters high, in the stunning video that Red Bull Motorsports posted on Instagram. After a brief panic, the pilot was able to properly land the plane.
Red Bull Motorsports posted on Instagram
Dubai Media Office also published photographs of the flight and landing, and said Czepiela “performed almost 650 practice landings before the attempt”.
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“It is what we refer to as a BULLSEYE. With a lot of dedication, planning, and innovation, @luke.czepiela accomplished another classic Burj Al Arab achievement “It said in the caption. More than 3 million people have watched and liked the video, which has received more than 1.7 lakh likes.
Czepiela, 39, is a captain of an Airbus A320 and a former world champion in the Challenger Class of the Red Bull Air Race. The landing on the Burj Al Arab, according to the pilot, was his most difficult task to date.
The landing at this altitude, he acknowledged, was a daring event despite the meticulous planning because there were no obvious points of reference and any errors could have been disastrous.
“It is quite different from landing on the ground to touching down at 200 meters in the air without any visible points of reference. I had to put all my faith in my abilities. Nothing could go wrong on the helipad, “Czepiela made this statement in a Red Bull website article.
A tennis match between Roger Federer and Andre Agassi in 2005, a doughnut display by Formula One driver David Coulthard in 2013, and a bike leap by BMX rider Kriss Kyle in 2019 are just a few of the jaw-dropping exploits that have taken place on the helipad of the Burj Al Arab.
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