Klaus Ohlmann became the first pilot to fly over Mount Everest. He is the Mr. Record of aviation, holding more than 40 of them alone , including the longest distance glider flying over 3009 km (1869 miles).
The Maestro of German skies made the headlines once again with a solo flight over the rooftop of the world. Aboard his glider Stemme S10 VT capable of becoming a powered airplane, Klaus Ohlmann has passed one of the challenges it has launched under its Mountain Wave Project. This scientific expedition was intended to record the air quality and measure the wind conditions in the Everest, and to monitor the evolution of glaciers using revolutionary 3D cameras.
After reaching an altitude of 6,000 meters (19,685 feet), the pilot shut the engine while flying above the Nepalese village of Lukla and continued to rise up based on the “mountain waves”, or more accurately using current undulation, bearing the glider. “Following the ridge between Pumori and the input of the Khumbu glacier, I enjoyed a very soft updraft,” says Klaus Ohlmann. “It was both amazing and very nice to ride along the lower part of Everest. From 7,500 meters and up(24,606 feet), the updraft is stronger and I was able to reach the top, carried by the wave. The views are stunning from the rooftop of the world.”