[VIDEO] The Death and Life of Helicopter Commuting

August 18, 2017

Instead of waiting in traffic, what if you could hop in a helicopter and commute to work in a matter of minutes? For a brief period in the 1970s people could do just that on New York Airways, a helicopter shuttle service that ferried folks around the city for as little as $5. Although a tragic accident quickly put an end to the industry, this video shows how advancements in technology could possibly allow helicopter shuttle companies to make a comeback.

Questions:

  1. Do you think improved safety measures and quieter aircraft could help helicopter shuttle companies make a comeback?
  2. Will startups like Blade succeed by adapting Uber’s business model to helicopter travel?

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