Highway in the sky

The time-saving benefits of flying by business jet are easily lost when the ground portion of the journey is on gridlocked roads. That’s one reason why helicopters are becoming increasingly popular for short haul business travel, and why more entrepreneurs are learning to fly a helicopter so they can fly point-to-point between facilities, customers, friends and family.

Business helicopter sales, like corporate jet sales, closely track corporate profits, but the development of aircraft with better speed, performance, safety, ride quality or a smaller noise footprint can stimulate new interest. This point is illustrated in the fact that all recently-certified (or in-development) civil helicopters have won private and business aviation orders.

This includes the medium twin-engine Airbus H175, the light intermediate twin-engine Leonardo AW169, and the short light single-engine Bell 505 — as well as the new generation Airbus H160, Bell 525, and Leonardo AW609 tilt-rotor, which are all still in development.

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