- Can you tell us something about your professional background?
Ans: I started my career with Nepal Army. Then I worked as a pilot for Necon Air and Kingfisher Airlines. Currently, I am working as an instructor pilot for Lion Air, Indonesia and I am the CEO of aviation museum.
- Can you tell us in short about what an aviation museum is?
Ans: The word aviation means flying, similar to that of a bird. An aviation museum houses aircraft models, Beyond that you can get information about aviation, its history not only through the models but also through photographs and documentaries related to aviation. We have also included an aerial photo gallery as a part of this aviation museum and the photos are taken by me as photography is an interest of mine.
- Where did you get the inspiration to build an aviation museum?
Ans: As a pilot, photographer and traveler, I had many photos in my personal collection and I was also familiar with the concept of aviation museum. So when there was an availability (of the plane) due to the crash, we thought it would be a good idea to make the plane into an aviation museum. Also when we found an aircraft this big, we thought it would be the best if we built this aviation museum here in Kathmandu. I think having this plane as an aviation museum gives the feeling that a normal museum does not. That is how this museum came to be.
- What is the main objective of this museum?
Ans: The main objective of this museum is to provide knowledge. Nepal doesn’t have many landmarks dedicated to aviation so there is very little source material for aviation enthusiasts to learn. Here we want them to know, even if you are not a pilot, there are so many other aspects of aviation that you can be involved in. We give them an opportunity to build familiarity with aviation and to dream big and work to make that dream come true. The museum can serve as a tourist attraction which is also beneficial for the country.
- What was the biggest struggle in the making of the museum?
Ans: The biggest struggle in making the museum was dismantling the plane atTribhuwan International Airport (TIA), transporting the parts to the museum site and assembling them.
- Best moment of making the museum?
Ans: The museum has just been opened to the public. So the best moment is yet to come. Once the museum starts running smoothly, I believe the best moment will come too.
- What is your Favorite piece in this museum?
Ans: The model of the first airplane made by Wright brothers that is hanged near the cockpit.
- What are your plans for this museum in the future?
Ans: We have yet to see how the museum performs, so we don’t have any new plans for the museum right now, however we have new projects to build idol of Siddhanath Baba and magic museum in Mahendranagar. We already have the land required for these projects. These projects are not related to aviation, however I think they would be good attractions and would fit in the place where we have plans to build them.
- Have you visited any other aviation museums? If yes, do you have a favorite?
Ans: I have visited many aviation museums around the world. Aviation museum is always in my list of must visit when I travel to any country. The government in these countries invests a lot of money in those aviation museums. I also recently visited aviation museum in Beijing. The National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC is hailed as the best aviation museum in the world and I would say it lives up to the hype. However I also like the aviation museums in France, the French Air and Space Museum and the Museum Air France.