The Life and Death of Helicopter Commuting

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Fifty years ago, a helicopter company called New York Airways whisked passengers from the rooftop of the iconic Pan Am Building in midtown Manhattan to any city airport in just 10 minutes. A fatal accident in 1977 brought that era to an end.

40 years later, E-VTOL technology could open a new chapter in short-distance airborne commuting.

Video by Raymond Schillinger

Camera: Brian Schildhorn
Animation / Graphics: Sylvia Yang and Chiachi Lee
Sound Design: Andrew Hylnsky

#transportation #history #NYC

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5 deaths with 500, 000 passengers transported a year? That's a horrifying accodent- but statistically, it's safer than ground transit...

Author — Supadubya

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"Probably the most challenging thing I've ever done... except for getting shot in Vietnam. haha" what a badass haha

Author — BuzzedAldrin

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For those wondering, $5 in the 50s is about 50 bucks in today's money.

Author — Premiere Pro for Beginners

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And 8 minutes in I realize I'm actually watching an elaborate ad.

Author — m76sports

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I'm still waiting for a drone from amazon to deliver my packages

Author — Hugo Pulido

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This is just a disguised advertisement for Blade..

Author — Mischief2013

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The incident 40 years ago with uncontrolled rotor blades killed 5 people brought an end to the industry, and now the come back company is named "blade", irony.

Author — Asterisk*

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YouTube’s algorithm doing a great job 👍😂
Timing 100

Author — Antóin Fox

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I'm gonna start a helicopter service. All I need is someone to give me a small investment of 1 million dollars.

Author — Apollo

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9 days after this accident 585 people were killed when two jumbo jets collided. Funny they scrapped the whole industry for 5 deaths yet jumbo jets are still flying today.

Author — Sodiumreactor

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It was 5 people why is it such a big deal more than 5 people die every week in NYC due to cars and that isn't a big deal

Author — Gautam Iyer

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"That was probably the hardest thing I'd ever done... except for getting shot at in Vietnam!" Gotta love that quote

Author — Robbie D

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I feel bad for that lady who got struck, it’s just her luck it landed right where she was walking

Author — RogueYT-_-

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Dude São Paulo city is still like this today, helicopter flights from rooftop to rooftop all day long, it's not dangerous at all!

Author — Transhuman 5000

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To imagine that another crash happened just yesterday in New York...

Author — Jared McDaniel

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Mean while every weekend I hear Michael Bloomberg flying his helicopter over my house to play golf at Deepdale

Author — Daniel Bronstein

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Tried it as a young man in 1981 and it felt very chic being shuttled between JFK and 34th Street port. Or was it 37th? Anyway, I loved it.

Author — Gene Dexter

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in the 1960s you could get anywhere in nyc by helicopter, in the 1970s you could fly across the atlantic in 3 1/2 hours. its amazing how far backwards we have gone

Author — Jonathan Liotta-Dinner

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Thank you Bloomberg, for taking video content seriously. Unlike your lazy compatriots at INC. you all seem to take pride in quality video content with interesting topics and great execution.

You have a new fan.

Author — Bro. Tolliver

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"Blade don't own the helicopters just contract out." So they can wash their hands when they pressure a operator to use an under maintained helicopter and kill someone? Truly the american way.

Author — Thomas 16.04