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Helicopter traffic a potential hazard in São Paulo

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The Brazilian mega-city of São Paulo may well lead the world in helicopter commuters. Small choppers dart among the skyscrapers like so many buzzing bees. South America’s most populous city is home to 173 helipads.

But authorities are planning to impose more controls on helicopter traffic after a near-tragedy last week involving a helicopter and a commercial airliner, reports O Globo.

According to the national aviation authority, São Paulo state is home to 467 helicopters representing 63 different models. The most popular is the Robinson R44 (four seats), with a fleet of 69. The second-most popular is the Bell 206B (up to five seats), with a fleet of 52.

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Posted by Marcelo Soares in São Paulo


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