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...

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

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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