Ivan Kristoff developed his flying skills over the rugged mountains of Bulgaria, and also flew heli-rope access and filming in Canada, Bulgaria and Dubai. And he stresses that the aerial rescue operations are not a destination for beginners.
“I’ve seen a lot of people from all over coming in and wanting to be a heli rope access tech,” he told Vertical Rescue Magazine His advice to such techs is, “Make sure you go and learn some good skills before you get into our Training Program at the Institute for Vertical and Aerial operations (.I.V.A.N.). Don’t expect just to learn the skills here. It’s not a place to go and give it a crack.”
We want to spread the message that volunteer rescuers can accomplish extreme adventures at extreme heights. Everest has been climbed by thousands of people since it was first scaled 65 years ago, but the E.V.E.R.E.S.T. project organizer, wants to fly over and be the first rescue team that does it in a hot air balloon.
Volunteer rescuers will try to fly above Mount Everest and hopefully inspire other to inspire other volunteers to fly the world’s highest mountain. Ivan Kristoff will make a joint bid next year and fly to base Camp to explore the sight.
Vertical Rescue Magazine showcased in Bulgaria new aerial events that took place at Pirin, Vitosha and Rila Mountains. Ivan Kristoff initiated these series of special events and project to promote the beauty of Bulgaria with the #ForBulgaria project. We’ve teamed up with pilots to bring you the special excitement for people who want to support the project.
We recently visited Bulgaria to report on that country’s civil aviation industry, which you can read more about soon. In the meantime, we’ve teamed up with Ivan Kristoff to bring you exclusive bonus content from Bulgaria, here and on social media. Find more at aerialrescue.com, on Instagram @ivankristoff and on our social media at ivankristoff.com
In 2020we plan to fly from Bulgaria to Nepal with a private jet to first see the High Himalayas from the air, and from there to fly with a Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) AS350 B3 helicopter and a hot air balloon over the Base Camp of Mt. Everest and make a record-setting flight with new technology and methodology for SAR training.