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The Death and Life 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 News Footage provided by NBCUniversal Archives. All Rights Reserved. ---------- Like this video? Subscribe to Bloomberg on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/Bloomberg?sub_confirmation=1 Bloomberg is the First Word in business news, delivering breaking news & analysis, up-to-the-minute market data, features, profiles and more: http://www.bloomberg.com Connect with us on... Twitter: https://twitter.com/business Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bloombergbusiness Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bloombergbusiness/
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big mike (3 days ago)
I thought rich people used helipads all the time? Never mind I watch the video.
Bloomberg (3 days ago)
If you're interested in how New York's skyscrapers got their shape, check out our series Then This Happened: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGroIrQmwyw
J. Montrice (9 days ago)
Just cause a few people Died (God Bless there souls) is not a good reason to stop supporting something so valuable if that’s the case why haven’t Airplanes been banned or gone out of business
wenhao li (10 days ago)
Why Trump is EVERYWHERE!!!!!!
C Astor (12 days ago)
I thought it was a documentary at first, but it's actually just a "Blade" commercial
Jacksepticeye 3 (13 days ago)
Dude, what are the odds of getting hit by a falling rotor blade?
Capt777harris (14 days ago)
That's interesting. I don't recall the accident, but I do recall a lot of those businesses going out of business.
MKB Rockets (15 days ago)
Why do all of these YouTube mini documentaries sound a feel identical?
Nicholas Evans (15 days ago)
I could watch videos like that all day.
Eterna Pesadilla (15 days ago)
Only five people died. Who cares.
YoungBlaze (15 days ago)
Whats the music @2:20
Jon W (17 days ago)
Noise? Like the city is so quiet 😂
NzmAnh Dee (17 days ago)
Again we’re back in time.
Chris Chandler (17 days ago)
"50 years ago you could, until 1977". 50 years, huh? Man, 2027 is a hell of a time to be alive!
MrOneWorld123 (17 days ago)
Thanks to the groundings fewer fossil fuel was wasted in the last decades for silly flights like that.
Chris M. (18 days ago)
Other cities have made helicopter travel successful. Helijet in the Vancouver area is certainly more expensive than what New York Airways offered, but it saves a ton of travel time getting to and from downtown.
richard curl (18 days ago)
What's the music playing?
Sudarshan (18 days ago)
Wow I didn't knew thing even existed.
jerimaya vondristen (19 days ago)
Kinda funny closing lines about how a tragic accident can happen at any moment which is true sure. But that crash on top of the pan am building was due to bad maintenance of the helicopter, and bad loading protocol.
Ed Moritz (19 days ago)
It's not like drones are quiet
devilmaker28 (19 days ago)
I can't believe they decided to leave the rotors running with passengers boarding. It was inevitable that if the smallest mishap was going to escalate with that sheer amount of kinetic energy overhead.
Wakili Njogu (19 days ago)
Trump has done everything
Gerald (21 days ago)
Very interesting.
Pokabjörn (22 days ago)
Video you clicked on ends at 7:06. Douchey start up ad starts at 7:07.
CJ official (23 days ago)
blade ad for 10 long min.
Isaac Bakan (29 days ago)
Honestly I think they should bring it back. I mean, the incident was sad but way more people have died in things we do all the time. In fact. It might mean less people driving which would actually reduce deaths overall.
linkingisnonsense (1 month ago)
Not sure what happens when one of those all-electric vehicles get struck by lightning.
Daniel Price (1 month ago)
Motivate that helicopter
Desmond Dwyer (1 month ago)
They were right imaging a helicopter packed with explosives on top of the Panama building a terrorist dream ,,
John O (1 month ago)
1:49 That's a very rare shot of a early 747-100 with P&W JT9's with HOT & cold stream thrust reversers. The hot section thrust reversers were later locked out as they were problematic.
GAM3R (1 month ago)
5 bucks in 1960 wasn’t “just for 5 dollars”
zebble ganubi (1 month ago)
ok so instead of 1 spinning blade now theres 8 of them. who thinks up this shit?
ceptabil (1 month ago)
waiting for first "blade" to come down, and this business is gone as well. The main problems why these industries were closed aren't solved yet.
Chase Alvarez (1 month ago)
Let me just say that all modern aircraft, cars and ships crash. Helicopters are not different it’s just that it happened while it was experimental I would say.
Cletus Abbot III (1 month ago)
That’s the problem !
bobbg (1 month ago)
Can you imagine a ultra light flying into a big city land on a roof. Go down and elevator to a parking garage so the next one can land. Meanwhile wile your at work, you craft get repaired and fueled ready for the flight home.
MΛX (1 month ago)
If Elon Musk is able to keep his promise we will even travel by rocket from country to country in the 2020s.
Teacher Dude (1 month ago)
":VTOL technology is almost here" A phrase that has been in use since the 60s
MrRedsjack (1 month ago)
They should use the new VTOL autogyros. Those things are a bit slower than helicopters but much safer as even if the engine fails they can glide very well and land at the airport like a plane. Also they save a lot on fuel.
Vane | Let's Play (1 month ago)
Just imagine getting hit by a Rotorblade in Central-Manhattan. Darwin Award Strikes again... Or Final Destination.
luis fuentes (1 month ago)
Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, and even Bolivia have helicopter taxis for commuting. Americans are too dumb and scarred to have something as awesome like helicopter taxis. Oh wow you get one accident that kills a few people and you end the service. 70000 people die every year in the us driving but we don't stop driving.
Chris Li (1 month ago)
Neighbors are not gonna be happy about these excruciating noise
bel pet (1 month ago)
Or they could have put a mandate in to not load passengers when the rotary is going...
Joseph Stalin (2 months ago)
Cough cough.. this was posted last year. Cough cough.
Juan C (2 months ago)
informative thank you.
CharlesWallisBanbury (2 months ago)
It's like it came straight out of a Final Destination movie.
Retarded Shaq (2 months ago)
Was it to hard to write life and death instead of the reverse? So annoying
U Wot (2 months ago)
Just build bridges between the buildings.
Khanh Tranvan (2 months ago)
Lol , Electric is quiet ? dude , have u ever see a drone ?
Chris Flanagan (2 months ago)
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.
kebman (2 months ago)
Yes, bebop was the perfect choice, folks!
keeler1160 (2 months ago)
I wish I could use a two seater helicopter with a small trunk space as my commuter vehicle.
Wil Acevedo (2 months ago)
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.
George Bonta (2 months ago)
One accident and the whole thing is tossed.
Scott Dann (2 months ago)
American capitalism putting money over maintenance. Same old story again and again.
largol33t1 (2 months ago)
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...
Emilio0587 (2 months ago)
Yeah I’m going to keep riding my bike 😀
vincent g (2 months ago)
Copycat of Wendover video
Tony V Pessolano (2 months ago)
I Don't see why Aircraft travel itself would be at blame when its the company who was to picky to spend the money on maintenance.
Valens (2 months ago)
Nice
PNathan (2 months ago)
"Probably the most challenging thing I've ever done... except for getting shot in Vietnam. haha" what a badass haha
Ameya Bothara (20 days ago)
Sitting here in Vietnam made me chuckle how much these people now welcome tourists from all around
Andy Black (1 month ago)
Agreed.
thriversoffset (2 months ago)
Dont say trump failed at something, or he’ll legalize it again to prove he didnt, causing more damage
Denzel Tanti (2 months ago)
But planes crash and we still use them
DeadTroperSociety (2 months ago)
Communists and helicopters are not in good terms.
citiZen (2 months ago)
EAT THE RICH
Paistin Lasta (2 months ago)
Make Pan-Am great again!
NaYawkr (2 months ago)
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 ?
NaYawkr (2 months ago)
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.
Derpster (2 months ago)
I enjoyed the jazzy undertones.
anthony gumbo (2 months ago)
Wow what are the chances you just happen to be walking to work and a freakin helicopter blade just falls from the sky and kills you . Talk about bad luck
Jack Carmichael (2 months ago)
How to properly have written the title “The life and death of helicopter commuting” Not the death and life of Jesus bloomberg
THELIFEOFPRICE (2 months ago)
Awesome video
oduffy1936 (2 months ago)
I guess we've finally come to Aldous Huxley's Brave New World; where everyone will have their own "personal helicopter". Even it's a "Uber copter".
raphael schinköth (2 months ago)
under 10 ppl were killed. so we stop technical advancements. cmon. more ppl die from smoking in nyc every day! what a complete clusterfuck.
Michael Choe (3 months ago)
this is a reality in hong kong
Jay Pay (3 months ago)
Air taxi! Bring it back. Add it to more of America. What a way to travel
Digger 0008 (3 months ago)
How come you didnt stop planes after 9/11
Toco (3 months ago)
3:27 That escalated quickly
IronBird (3 months ago)
What's the song at 1:30?
Alfred Donate (3 months ago)
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
icampos89 (3 months ago)
Only 5 deaths? Minor casualties. Bring them back,
Panem Today, Panem Tomorrow, Panem Forever
agent (3 months ago)
The military already developed a hybrid helicopter- airplane.
Shoorit (3 months ago)
Every single time I see the New York skyline it makes me sad because it sticks out so much.
Friek555 (3 months ago)
Extremely wasteful way to give tourists a flashy ride. I'm glad they don't do it anymore
John Thompson (3 months ago)
Bring back the helicopers
John Thompson (3 months ago)
Pan Am,,,, what a great company
Angelo (3 months ago)
“Donald Trump”? It’s President Donald Trump you cocksuckers.
James (3 months ago)
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.
Liam H (3 months ago)
$5 in 1953 is $47 today so I'd hardly say "as little as $5"
Daniel Clark (3 months ago)
fuck these guys they fly over the train tracks and everything in my house fucking shakes
Jonny B (3 months ago)
Hahah fucking of course Trump would be involved in an obviously stupid business decision NYC seriously needs to invest in a new form of transportation. Maybe those vacuum tubes or something. Anything.
noelsoong777 (3 months ago)
once i fly in a flying car i can die happy
Major League Gamer (3 months ago)
But at least you have helicopters tours
okrajoe (4 months ago)
That must have been sweet, $5 fare to the airport.
Darsh (4 months ago)
All helicopters should have built in parachutes. Engine fails then at least you have a soft landing.
P Y R O T E C H N I C K (4 months ago)
welp just got goosebumps, I'm watching this video on May 16th. Nice coincidence lol
AlissonSv2 (4 months ago)
American really don't have limits for wasting energy.
Zach Michaelis (4 months ago)
something amazingly helpful stopped because a couple insignificant lifes were lost
MakerInMotion (4 months ago)
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.

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