Brazilians are reclaiming idle helipads for open-air gym and yoga. São Paulo's helipads have gone quiet thanks to the country's recession and corruption scandals, so residents are using the spaces for other activities.
In 2012, there were 2,300 helicopter take-offs and landings a day in São Paulo, more than in New York or Tokyo, according to Arthur Fioratti of the Brazilian Association of Helicopter Pilots. During the commodity-fuelled economic boom, wealthy executives whooshed between beach enclaves and business meetings on Avenida Faria Lima, São Paulo’s equivalent of Wall Street, far above the gridlocked streets of this megapolis of 21m people.
But annual growth fell last year for the first time in a decade, and the number of helicopter launches has dropped to about 1,500. The reason for the fall is a double-whammy of the worst recession recorded and corruption scandals involving state-controlled oil company Petrobras, Brazil’s construction giant Odebrecht and meatpacker JBS, which have shaken the country’s political and business elites.
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