The Best Choppers for Busy Folk

BJT FOR BARRON'S

In the 1980s, many chief pilots of America’s largest companies received beautifully packaged boxes containing a VHS video titled Sikorsky S-76—The Time Machine. The video was the idea of documentary filmmaker David Hoffman. “Harry Gray, the CEO of United Technologies...[had learned that] the S-76 helicopter was a difficult sale to the corporate marketplace,” Hoffman says. “The CEOs wanted a corporate helicopter, but their CFOs were concerned about the cost.”

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“"I've got a list of corporations that have gotten out of their airplanes [because of criticism from politicians]. It is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. When you look at the time and cost savings; it does not make sense not to fly [privately]. You can't let public perception interfere with your business decision to fly. It either is a good business decision or it isn't."”

-business aviation entrepreneur Nick Popovich