How helicopter airlines work

It’s not often that we feature rotary aircraft in Airliner World, but as Howard Slutsken reports, there’s something a little different going on in Vancouver...

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Helijet’s blue and white-liveried Sikorsky S-76s are synonymous with helicopter flights in the region 
GARTH EICHEL/HELIJET

If the plethora of prototypes popping out of hangars around the world is anything to go by, urban air mobility (UAM) may well be the future of short-distance commercial aviation. Whether powered by electric or hybrid propulsion systems, the possibility of minivan-sized vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft could be the fulfilment of pop-culture promises of flying cars made as far back as the 1950s and 1960s.

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