The Death and Life of Helicopter Commuting


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  • Peggy Jensen
    Peggy Jensen  2 months back

    I was sad

    • Ricky Tenderkiss
      Ricky Tenderkiss  3 months back

      In the VERY early 1970s, my mom and I landed by jet in JFK, and had either missed our connecting flight to our final destination due to delay, or else it was unexpectedly canceled — I can’t remember which, I was very very young and barely verbal — so my grandmom, who’d flown the first leg of that flight with us for fun, and who was a pretty seasoned traveler and handy in these situations, quickly booked my mom and I a different flight home… but from out of LaGuardia, across the city, and leaving in under an hour! So how did we get from JFK to LaGuardia? (Or maybe it was vice-versa, I again don’t remember super clearly.) BY GIANT HELICOPTER!! And this video talks a lot about how people under the flight path of those helicopters found them noisy, but you know what the video neglects to mention? HOW CRAZY NOISY IT WAS TO RIDE INSIDE OF ONE OF THOSE THINGS!! Again, I was really young at the time, so I don’t remember everything today (nor did I know then what a treat I was getting, riding in a helicopter), but here’s what burned itself deeply into my memory: 1) the seats were a dark blue sort of cloth, it was rough and had burls but was kinda nice, 2) it was surprisingly crowded, but as comfy as one of the smaller DC aircraft, and 3) once the rotors roared into action, it was so suddenly and OVERWHELMINGLY noisy, I cried literally the whole length of the ride: the thing shook and tilted like a seesaw (to top things off, I think we were in the tail-end of a hurricane, no kidding), and I could barely hear myself shriek over the rotors, my little self could hardly stand it… but I think it was fortunately less than a 15-minute ride, so the other poor passengers didn’t have to suffer my wailing for too long. But yeah, those things were NOISY. Is all.

      • brt 123
        brt 123  4 months back

        Any idea how many lives could've been saved on 911 with 5 CH-47s and a pair of bolt cutters?

        • girlstorm09
          girlstorm09  5 months back

          this was way before my time but man I wish commuter helicopters and heliports still existed! way more fun and exciting than being stuck in traffic in your car or on a crowded bus. I live in Chicago and while L trains are cool in their own ways helicopter rides would be way more awesome!!!

          • Frick
            Frick  5 months back

            And then a helicopter crashed into the equitable building.

            • MrRandy494
              MrRandy494  5 months back

              A well tempered mini documentary. There are alot of gems within. Chopper crashes..... blimps... air balloon disaster!. There's alot about the future of the drone in this video. And flying cars therefore driverless cars.. The lawyers speak volumes. Try Space travel. Interesting article.

              • ThyGreek
                ThyGreek  5 months back

                Nothing happened, this is all bs. Where's the footage of the helicopter crashing into the building? Just actors portrayed as civilians.

                • Hawk Productions
                  Hawk Productions  5 months back

                  small airships with helium powered lift is much quieter than a rotor blade aircraft will ever be and safer

                  • Lavalambtron
                    Lavalambtron  5 months back

                    nice pictures

                    • James Walker
                      James Walker  5 months back

                      Helicopter pilot as just been killed today in a accident in new York it crashed landed on a high-rise apartment block!it's a good idea to have quiter machines if it was to be come reality!I think we look towards the future to much.we need to considerate on today. making flight even more safer!look at air travel today airplanes are crashing more because pilots can't over ride the new technology of computers and datea software.we need pilots to be able to fly manually as over ride the new technology.i think the future of flight is dead in the water before it's ever gets off the ground.

                      • Antóin Fox
                        Antóin Fox  5 months back

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

                      • Jared McDaniel
                        Jared McDaniel  5 months back

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

                        • RogueYT-_-
                          RogueYT-_-  5 months back

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

                          • ThomasG10mtn
                            ThomasG10mtn  5 months back

                            *The "elites" will NOT be able to escape the consequences of their genocidal immigration scheme.* Their electric "drones" will be shot out of the sky, and any survivors will be strung up and skinned alive to the cheers of the masses below. #SawNothingOfficer

                            • Jordon Smith
                              Jordon Smith  5 months back

                              Another heli crashed in New York today

                              • LugnutsK
                                LugnutsK  5 months back

                                Bad news today

                                • Sarah Marcia
                                  Sarah Marcia  5 months back

                                  Really, is this weird today ?

                                  • Rodneytyson Tycam
                                    Rodneytyson Tycam  5 months back

                                    I was 10 years old I remember this

                                    • Pablo Hernandez
                                      Pablo Hernandez  5 months back

                                      Another case where we traded freedom for public safety. What do we have now? Very low to NO helicopter commute, and a hell lot more than 5 deaths in car accidents because now everybody needs a car.

                                      • Mimon Yehuda Mamane
                                        Mimon Yehuda Mamane  6 months back

                                        New Yorkers hate the chopping sound of the helicopters overhead. This should be illegal. It ruins public spaces, and parks, with horrific noise.

                                        • Raditya Oe
                                          Raditya Oe  6 months back

                                          5 from 500k passengers? Maybe people died eaten by shark, wins a greater number, *if you compare apple to pizza.

                                          • NEXUS MINDWARPED AMERICA.

                                            5:56 "MANY", not "ANY."

                                            • dʒeɪms
                                              dʒeɪms  6 months back

                                              ok buddy retard, the world doesnt revolve around new york

                                              • Shadowwin 72
                                                Shadowwin 72  6 months back

                                                For a moment I thought it was gta v 😂

                                                • Aamir Tanoli
                                                  Aamir Tanoli  6 months back

                                                  One incident and heli rides are banned.
                                                  So many mass shootings and guns aren't.
                                                  US of A for you, ladies & gentleman 🤷‍♂️

                                                  • Amal Dev U
                                                    Amal Dev U  6 months back

                                                    Yeah, boeing is Not Reliable. Even on past

                                                    • Amal Dev U
                                                      Amal Dev U  6 months back

                                                      What a Co incidence this Got Recommended on 16 May 2019

                                                      • Rahul Agarwal
                                                        Rahul Agarwal  6 months back

                                                        Donald Trump started something and it FAILED??? 🙄 Tell me something new.

                                                        • Samara Weaving
                                                          Samara Weaving  6 months back

                                                          Statistically, it's safer than #Boeing 737 Max Jets.

                                                          • Christopher Hamm
                                                            Christopher Hamm  6 months back

                                                            Tragic as that accident was, many more people die every day in car accidents, yet we haven't ended automobiles. There are bus accidents too, we still have those. Nothing in life is 100% safe, and while what happened is horrible, it also seems foolish to completely end a promising use of transportation technology because of it. Maybe it's the optics of it or something. I sure would love to have the option though. 42 years later...think of how many more places would have helicopter transport which is actually affordable, and how extensive it would be in the big, big cities. A lost opportunity after a decade of presumably safe operation, all because of one accident. Talk about giving up! Seems like this would have been the opportunity to change some designs and make it safer.

                                                            • Guero Rodriguez
                                                              Guero Rodriguez  6 months back

                                                              Let's open that shit up!

                                                              • ulysses1904
                                                                ulysses1904  6 months back

                                                                This video looked like a 9th grader made it for his homework assignment. Nothing but cliches in the narration and the editing.

                                                                • Flak Jack Ed
                                                                  Flak Jack Ed  6 months back

                                                                  Some aircraft of all kinds will sometimes crash. It’s as old as aviation itself since 1903.

                                                                  • pdxthriftking 503
                                                                    pdxthriftking 503  6 months back

                                                                    Not surprising that helicopter crashed. They looked like tuna cans. Technology has come along way in rotor technology. I'm betting crashes would be rare.

                                                                    • nytom4info
                                                                      nytom4info  6 months back

                                                                      Too many accidents!

                                                                      • chakur25
                                                                        chakur25  6 months back

                                                                        I’d give this new ride service a shot.....but, you first.

                                                                        • Esmeralda Robles
                                                                          Esmeralda Robles  6 months back

                                                                          Sounds like it’s not feasible anymore because prices would be inflated ;like $100 a ride.

                                                                          • Mirza Ahmed
                                                                            Mirza Ahmed  6 months back

                                                                            Plenty of people can afford that.

                                                                        • Arthur MacAlpine
                                                                          Arthur MacAlpine  6 months back

                                                                          Classic case of progress being stifled by NIMBYs, hysterics, and government regulators.

                                                                          • CityKids
                                                                            CityKids  6 months back

                                                                            Yup we keep that up China will surpass us in no time smh

                                                                        • john hartman
                                                                          john hartman  6 months back

                                                                          Nothing changes stupid over-head. Most all accidents ARE some form of stupid, whether it was maintenance or pilot error. It was and is always avoidable if someone pays attention beyond the money.

                                                                          • Alex Snitzer
                                                                            Alex Snitzer  6 months back

                                                                            Something something eat the rich.

                                                                            • Frank Musico
                                                                              Frank Musico  6 months back

                                                                              Original thoughts for commercial helicopters was to have one in every drive way. Can you imagine that?

                                                                              • Adam Buentello
                                                                                Adam Buentello  6 months back

                                                                                Why go through the hassles & take the risks? All that air traffic for 500,000 passengers per year when annual Subway ridership in 2018 was 1,727,366,607 (source: ). Forget it. It's dangerous & it's dumb. Yes subways are dangerous but I believe the risks of helicopters and people falling from the sky is a little worse & not worth it until we develop technology to transport a larger fraction of commuters.

                                                                                • Gunninforyaa
                                                                                  Gunninforyaa  6 months back

                                                                                  Oh look, another failed Trump business....

                                                                                  • wasabi
                                                                                    wasabi  6 months back

                                                                                    had the company been more focused on providing a better service for the people, and not so focused on the money, maybe the industry actually would’ve grown into something. or maybe there are just too many inevitable problems and rooftop travel will remain an idea of the future (for now)

                                                                                    • Very Nice
                                                                                      Very Nice  6 months back

                                                                                      When you die because a helicopter falls on you in New York lol

                                                                                      • Psychotic Bob
                                                                                        Psychotic Bob  6 months back

                                                                                        No thank you.

                                                                                        • Eduardo L
                                                                                          Eduardo L  6 months back

                                                                                          And the maxxxxxxx

                                                                                          • Tom Poster
                                                                                            Tom Poster  6 months back

                                                                                            Have flown in many helicopters...don't like them. Don't trust them. Now the sky will be jammed up. So some app. creator can make $$$.