Helicopter on Everest

File this under, Wow, who knew.

In May, a
helicopter made
the first-ever landing on the summit of Everest. The landing was apparently a publicity stunt by
Europcopter, the maker of the helicopter, but it could very much change the way that mountain rescues at such altitudes
are perceived and executed.  The landing took place on May 14th at 7:08 a.m. The test pilot, Didier Delsalle,
landed at 29,035 feet, the top of the world.

It has been though that the summit of Everest was impossible for helicopters. Even basecamp has been hard to reach
because the air is so thin at that altitude.
Into Thin Air fans might
recall that KC Madan, a Nepalese military pilot, became a hero when rescued Beck Weathers and Makalu Gau at Camp

Assuming the technology to make this happen can be mass-produced relatively cheaply, this could really change
mountain rescue efforts at places like Everest, K2 and Denali, all towering peaks where climbers have died due to an
inability to reach them.

Pretty fascinating.