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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““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”

-—actor and comedian Ricky Gervais