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.
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I worked for a helicopter company in Vancouver in 2006 and learned that helicopter was actually repaired and put back in service for decades. It served in the offshore, as a rescue helicopter for the Namibian Coast Guard, and made its way back to Vancouver as a VIP helicopter. The wreck was bought by Court Helicopters of South Africa, and they had to remove it piece by piece in the service elevator - because helicopter flights were temporarily banned in Manhattan.
Anything that flies and transports passengers is high maintenance, skilled pilots dont work for minimum wage, forget about low insurance costs. The BS of uber fares is a scam. Be careful who you invest with selling you snake oil.
Fact: the Empire State Building had a mast installed to dock the HIndenburg. Of course, there was that tragedy in New Jersey.
Has Bell ever tried to market a corporate version of the V22? I'd love to fly on one of those...
Good thing no Military Blackhawk Helicopters kilied anybody or we'd make the military live without them.
Question: Why does not the Marine One helicopter with the same kind of landing gear strut force the President to find an alternative way to travel from the Whitehouse ?
So essentially 5 dead as a consequence of a single instance of metal fatigue killed forever a useful, innovative service ? So after tens of thousands dead in multiple air crashes why is air travel touted as the safest form of travel, and widely used everywhere. The Hawaiian Airlines jet had its passenger cabin rupture killing how many and we still build and use the same model jet today, and other jets worldwide that potentially could fracture from the same metal fatigue. Killing roof top helicopter service because of one instance of metal fatigue is just stupid. It makes no sense, especially since aircraft still have a similar danger built into them.
Back in 1966 my aunt work for high-end lawyer she flew in from JFK and we met her there when we flew that helicopter ride on top of the Pan Am building into New York City it was very exciting I still remember to this day
That chopper crash at the Pan Am building at least led to a memorable scene in "Superman." RIP to the victims.
Oh, back in the day they were planning entire airports on buildings in NYC. As in, hangars and everything. Never happened for practical reasons, but people back then shrugged off the danger.
Two chopper landings in the East River in the last year or two. Until they improve the tech, not ready for prime time.
I don't know how they had so many helicopters running when I've always heard that helicopters need like 10 hours of maintenance for every 1 hour in the air. They basically need to be rebuilt every time they land.
There is a huge movement, today, involving many companies, and spurred by Uber, to revive such services with more modern technology. But as this video shows, it takes very little to set people against it.
This bring to mind the way rich folk could secretly get around among themselves, where the rest of us could only dream of having the luxury, back in Manhattan back at the turn of the last century. There were private trains that ran in tunnels connected to a few of the most expensive and opulent hotels. That were only used a short time, I believe they were built by Vandenberg or some other mega rich guy from that era. The remnants are all still there in all their aged faded glory. But have been closed off to most, only viewed by city underground workers.
Got to love humans A couple accidents completely kills a industry
Meanwhile cars will kill 3000 pepole today, tommorow, the day after that, then after that,and after that, like clockwork
You only hear about certain things when they fail Like Trains, planes, nuclear power, even though they work as intended 95% of the time o humans
I know people will think me insensitive but sucks that such a viable industry died because of one accident. This is earth. Planes crash. People die. Tragedies happen. Show must go on. Make it safer through technology and better regulation. As I understand a landing gear collapsed. That shouldn't have happened. Maintenance should have caught it. Point is, keep on moving and don't let tragedy stop you.
Drones or no drones, if it has at least one moving part, there will always be a chance of an accident. Sure, you can bring the safety numbers to 99.9%. but that 0.1% or even a fraction of that, say 0.01%, means that for every 10.000 trips there could be an accident. make it 99% safe, means that 1 out of 100 trips would have some sort of a problem. We can't guarantee a perfect product, and the risks of flying vehicles hoovering in highly populated areas makes it very risky. Mathematically speaking, you can't escape that fact that something will happen, and again, and again.
So if they just stopped the blade spinning when they weren't flying like they should have there never would have been an accident. How much more would that have cost them in added wear and tear, a relative drop in the bucket? Instead they compromised safety, killed passengers and innocent bystanders, and destroyed their company and industry. At least we know to demand they don't make the same mistake in the future.
A New Age of Fatal, Tragic Air Traffic Accidents., NAFTATA. And you won't need to worry about Jihadist hijackers because ordinary citizens can crash into buildings and crash land into the street below.