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(CNN) Polish pilot Lukasz Szypela made aviation history on Tuesday, becoming the first person to land a plane on the heliport of Dubai’s iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel.
Chipela was able to stop his specially modified light aircraft at a distance of only 21 meters (68 ft), and landed on a platform 27 meters (89 ft) wide, 212 meters (696 ft) above the ground over 56-inch parasols.
“The biggest challenge was not having any external reference points, which are usually found in an airport where you have hundreds of meters of runway,” he told the sponsors of the Red Bull project.
The stunt had been in planning since 2021 and required 650 test landings, according to Red Bull.
Chipela’s day job is flying an Airbus A320, but he has some impressive flying accomplishments under his belt, including winning the 2018 World Championship class title in the Red Bull Air Race and landing a plane on a wooden pier in Sopot, Poland.
Chipilla joins an elite group of sporting legends who have graced the hotel’s helipad to sail, including tennis champions Roger Federer and Andre Agassi, who played a match there in 2005, and former Formula 1 Grand Prix winner David Coulthard, who served cupcakes there. in 2013.
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