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doulasc
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New York Airways To Pan Am Building

Fri May 22, 2015 3:44 am

I was just reading about New York Airways Helicopter and discovered they started service to the Heliport atop the Pan Am
Building in 1965 and then dropped the service in 1968. Was the service unprofitable.They resumed service in 1977 but
dropped service after the accident which resulted in 4 deaths on the heliport and 1 person on the ground was killed from
a blade part that fell.New York Airways ceased operations in 1979.Is there any helicopter service today in New York City.
I remember in 1967 I visited New York City and we rode a Boeing Vertrol 107 from the Pan Am Building to JFK and then
boarded a TWA flight back to CMH.
Do any Boeing Vertrol 107 Helicopters still survive today.
On youtube I saw a video on New York Airways from 1962 and the kid looks to be Tommy Norden from the TV series Flipper.
 
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RE: New York Airways To Pan Am Building

Fri May 22, 2015 1:28 pm

There was a helicopter service that went from AA JFK T8 to Manhattan sometime around 2006-2008. Don't quote me on the dates, but I remember seeing them land on the AA ramp.
 
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RE: New York Airways To Pan Am Building

Fri May 22, 2015 1:41 pm

Quoting flyby519 (Reply 1):

There was also helicopter service to EWR in a similar timeframe, I think it may have been the same operator.
 
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RE: New York Airways To Pan Am Building

Fri May 22, 2015 1:46 pm

Quoting polot (Reply 2):

That's right- I do remember the company served EWR as well. The stop in Manhattan was the Wall Street Helipad.

Might have been these guys:
http://www.newyorkhelicopter.com/airport-transfers/
 
maxamuus
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RE: New York Airways To Pan Am Building

Fri May 22, 2015 2:04 pm

Actually it was these guys. http://web.archive.org/web/20090801081429/http://www.flyush.com/

*edit for web archive rather than wiki

[Edited 2015-05-22 07:09:25]
 
Italianflyer
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RE: New York Airways To Pan Am Building

Fri May 22, 2015 3:54 pm

Here is a good article with embedded youtube vid about NYA:

http://www.citylab.com/commute/2013/...er-and-little-more-dangerous/6652/
 
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RE: New York Airways To Pan Am Building

Fri May 22, 2015 4:45 pm

The mid-2000s helicopter shuttle in New York was operated by US Helicopter. I remember seeing the desk in Terminal C at the Continental Airlines gates at EWR.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_Helicopter
 
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RE: New York Airways To Pan Am Building

Sat May 23, 2015 2:43 pm

Am curious why this would not be a viable business model today. Is it regulations or cost?
 
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RE: New York Airways To Pan Am Building

Sat May 23, 2015 3:07 pm

There is blade in NYC now which will take you to any airport or the hamptons, fire island and a couple other places.

http://www.flyblade.com

it's roughly $600 per person starting

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RE: New York Airways To Pan Am Building

Sat May 23, 2015 10:54 pm

Quoting doulasc (Thread starter):
They resumed service in 1977 but dropped service after the accident which resulted in 4 deaths on the heliport and 1 person on the ground was killed from a blade part that fell.

Newspaper article at the time with quite a few photos.
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/...park-avenue-1977-article-1.2214161

The aftermath on the roof:

 
doulasc
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RE: New York Airways To Pan Am Building

Sat May 23, 2015 11:54 pm

how did they get the helicopter off the building after this happened
 
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RE: New York Airways To Pan Am Building

Sun May 24, 2015 12:48 am

I remember flying on an S-61 from EWR to JFK, with a stop at LGA. I don't recall which terminals were involved.

Now, let's go back a few years, to 1962, to the Vertol 107 - enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83pKWVl5rT4
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RE: New York Airways To Pan Am Building

Sun May 24, 2015 3:11 am

Quoting doulasc (Reply 10):

It was disassembled and taken down the freight elevator. Returned to service with Court Helecopters in South Africa LV-OMG. See. http://www.helis.com/database/cn/10809/

RJ
 
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RE: New York Airways To Pan Am Building

Sun May 24, 2015 1:16 pm

Quoting RJ968 (Reply 12):

It was disassembled and taken down the freight elevator. Returned to service with Court Helecopters in South Africa LV-OMG. See. http://www.helis.com/database/cn/10809/

Sorry, copied/pasted the wrong Registration.

N619PA New York Airways

LV-OMG Helicopteros Marinos, 1982 Escuadron Fenix during Malvinas/Falklands War, Tierra del Fuego

ZS-HHP & ZS-HHP Court Helicopters

V5-HSP Govt of Namibia, Namibian Fisheries Dept, as V5-HSP, Jul93
wfu & reg canx 10Nov99

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RE: New York Airways To Pan Am Building

Sun May 24, 2015 9:54 pm

Quoting karungguni (Reply 7):
Am curious why this would not be a viable business model today

It wasn't "viable" then. 1960s helicopter airlines survived on subsidies; apparently no one wants to subsidise them now.
 
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RE: New York Airways To Pan Am Building

Sun May 24, 2015 10:54 pm

Quoting timz (Reply 14):
Quoting karungguni (Reply 7):
Am curious why this would not be a viable business model today

It wasn't "viable" then. 1960s helicopter airlines survived on subsidies; apparently no one wants to subsidise them now.

One of the rare exceptions, YVR-based Helijet. They've been operating profitable scheduled helicopter service, mainly between the city centers of Vancouver and Victoria, since they started service almost 30 years ago. They also have significant charter services.

The Vancouver-Victoria service, with rather high fares for the approximate 60 mile trip, is popular with business travellers due to a combination of geography and politics, with Vancouver being the major city in British Columbia but Victoria being the capital and home of the provincial government and separated by a fairly long stretch of water. Lots of business and government traffic between the two.

The option is a tedious combination car/bus and ferry trip that takes several hours each way, or YVR-YYJ airport to airport service, which although about 40 miles, takes much longer than Helijet between city centers with ground transportation and all the usual airport/security/check-in hassles. YYJ airport is further from the city than YVR airport.

Also many scheduled floatplane services between the city centers near the heliports, but they're affected much more by weather and can't operate at night.
http://helijet.com/
http://helijet.com/2015/wp-content/u...05/Helijet-Schedule_Summer2015.pdf

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