29 January 2020


Helicopters are the motorcycles of air travel. Not so dangerous that they need to be banned, but intrinsically much more dangerous than the alternatives.

Or, maybe not. Partially it depends upon what you are measuring (e.g., per hour in the air or per passenger mile traveled), and partially you need to control for the fact that helicopters are usually piloted by my experienced and well trained pilots on average, than general aviation fixed wing aircraft. Helicopter accident rates are rising however.

From here.

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