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Helicopter Landings May 2, 2006

Posted by federalist in Open Questions, Transportation.
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Are helicopters the ultimate transportation convenience?  I.e., can you legally and practically land a helicopter anywhere you can find an open space just slightly wider than its rotors? Like in the back yard of your suburban home, the roof of your office building, or the parking lot of your favorite restaurant?

Or are there regulations and practical considerations (maybe the need for fuel?) that render it practically impossible to land anywhere but air/heliports?

I am wondering why, say, in NYC where there are plenty of buildings with flat roofs and wealthy occupants you still see all the helicopters landing in dedicated heliports along the rivers.

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