Business Aviation Insider - January/February 2014 (PREVIEW) - (Page 27)
helicopters provide efficient, reliable transport
With ground transportation in many Northeast metropolitan areas often at a standstill,
companies throughout the region often turn to aviation to provide efficient and reliable
employee transport. Often, the aircraft of choice is not a fixed-wing aircraft. It's a helicopter.
"What we do is take out all the travel time getting to and from an airport," said jeff
Smith, chairman of the Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC). "All we need is 100 square feet, and we never have delays
operating from a heliport."
ERHC, founded more than 30 years ago by seven pilots over dinner, now has more than 400 members, many of whom are
companies that utilize rotary-wing aircraft in their operations. Many business airplane operators use helicopters as a complement to their fixed-wing airplanes, said Smith.
Manhattan has three full-service heliports - East Side, West Side and Downtown - so many business passengers may be
as little as five minutes away from their aircraft, according to Smith. This compares favorably with the frequent road congestion
that can add substantial time to a trip that might depart from New jersey's Teterboro Airport (TEB) or New York's Westchester
County Airport (HPN), not to mention flight delays in and out of those and other New York metropolitan area airports. Smith
noted that a recent study found that more than 35,000 business passengers were transported into and out of New York City by
helicopter in 2010.
"The helicopter is a very productive tool," said Paul Anderson, vice president of UTFlight (United Technologies' flight department) and an NBAA board member. With many company-owned offices and plants (including Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky and
Carrier) located in Connecticut and throughout the Northeast, Anderson praises the efficiency and utility of helicopters as an
Here and on the cover: NBAA Member Honeywell International's
AgustaWestland AW139 and Gulfstream G550 are part of the
company's mixed fleet, shown at Morristown Municipal Airport in
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Business Aviation Insider - January/February 2014 (PREVIEW)
Business Aviation Insider - January/February 2014
Tips & Tools
Ask the OSG
Regulatory Hot Topics
Business Aviation in 2014: Framing Up the Year to Come
Out With the Old, in With the New: Three Policy Trends That Could Change How You Fly
In a Still-Recovering Aircraft Market, Refurbishment Takes Off
Midwest Manufacturers ‘Taking Care of Business’ With King Air
Special Section: Corporate Helicopters
Business Aviation Insider - January/February 2014 (PREVIEW)
If you would like to try to load the digital publication without using Flash Player detection, please click here.