[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.


  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?

One Response to [VIDEO] The Death and Life of Helicopter Commuting

  • 1. Yes, I think if helicopter aircraft shuttle companies improve their safety and reduce the noise they produces, the helicopter aircraft shuttle will make a comeback.

    2. I like the idea of a helicopter shuttle business modeling itself after Uber’s traveling service. In places like New York the roads are congestive, and air travel will elimination some of the problem.

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