For the 2021 Robison Helicopter season in Mladá Boleslav, a statutory city in the Czech Republic, the team at ŠKODA’s EGV Prototype construction department attempted something a little unconventional. By attempting to build a helicopter pad on a roof of ŠKODA KODAIQ. The steel and wood platform attaches to the KODIAQ’s roof frame, distributing the weight of the helicopter. Only the rear suspension of the KODIAQ needed strengthening to ensure balance between the axles.
Once all the prep-work and construction was completed, plus an uneventful dry run, it was time for the real event.
The half-tonne Robison R22 helicopter, under the control of experienced pilot Jan Čermák, successfully (and safely) landed on the KODIAQ’s roof. This event went on the be the highlight of the 2021 Robison Helicopter season. Which is a meeting of helicopter owners & pilots by Nisa Air in Mladá Boleslav.
“Why would you do this?” you may ask. Well, it was not the first time a helicopter landed on the roof of a ŠKODA. Back in 2011, on the BBC show Top Gear, a helicopter landed on the roof a ŠKODA YETI. Setting what may very well become tradition for ŠKODA’s larger vehicles
What does this mean for you as Kiwi driver, we’re not sure. But, it’s an interesting look at the refreshed 7-seater SUV from the Czech car maker. If this sparks your interest, you can check out the KODAIQ here. Or contact our ŠKODA team to find out when New Zealand will get getting the new KODIAQ.