Jason Laing

posted: 12/16/16
Jason Laing
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Simrik Air pilot Jason Laing with Simrik Air B3 helicopter at Lukla helipad, Nepal.

Name: Jason Laing
Job title: High altitude pilot
Age: 48
Nationality: New Zealander

Jason was awarded Helicopter Association International's Pilot of The Year 2016 for his rescue and recovery efforts following the 2014 Nepalese icefalls as well as the tragic 2015 Nepalese earthquake. Jason does not regard himself as a hero and says he was just doing his job.

Raised in the South Island of New Zealand, Jason left school at age 14. After learning to fly in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, Jason's skills as a pilot have taken him to Australia, Northern India (Kashmir), Nepal and Antarctica. Jason has also crewed racing yachts in the Caribbean. His other accolades include the Nepal Mountaineering Association's Kumar Khahga Bickram Adventurous Award and the FAI award for Outstanding Airmanship.

Jason lives in Queenstown, New Zealand, with his fiance Robyn and their one-year-old daughter Tara.

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