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the helipad to the airport terminal that I am going to, I am going to say "No," and take a taxicab.

Mr. CUMMINGS. That is probably why we have our own bus system.

I would like to say that but for the Port of New York Authority's support, we wouldn't be in existence today. They have given us everything that they can possibly be expected to give us. I don't know anything about anything except how we have been treated. We couldn't ask for anything better. 

Senator MONRONEY. I am delighted to hear that.

Mr. CUMMINGS. There are a number of other things which we have done. We have gotten several contracts for what we call skyhook work. It is really crane work. We have planted telegraph poles, we have moved air-conditioning units, things of that sort.

Senator MONRONEY. You can do that with your regular equipment?

Mr. CUMMINGS. Yes, sir; our regular equipment all has the gear for skyhook work. 

Senator MONRONEY. That would be especially available, I would imagine, where you have these tall skyscrapers such as you have in New York, for hovering and putting in flagpoles and various things of that kind.

Mr. CUMMINGS. Again this is a matter of experience and education. People have to develop confidence. We haven't had the equipment to do this as much as we would like. 

We have done several very remunerative contracts in this area. We look forward to an expansion of this area very heavily as soon as we get our feet on the ground. 

Senator MONRONEY. Because of the pressure of time, I don't like to delay because we have some witnesses who have to catch a 2 o'clock plane. Would you put in the record some of the unusual tasks you have been able to do with your skyhook business?

Mr. CUMMINGS. The very first contract we performed was for the Sperry Co. in Lake Success, Long Island. We removed some old air-conditioning equipment from a series of factory buildings, three-story buildings, I think, and replaced them with modern, new equipment. We did it all on one Sunday afternoon.

The contractor who was in charge of the overall work said that it would have taken 3 weeks by any other means, such as a surface crane or something of that sort.

Senator MONRONEY. Three weeks, and you did it in one afternoon?

Mr. CUMMINGS. Yes, sir. And we charged appropriately, Senator.

Senator MONRONEY. I imagine that the movement of a flying crane would be cheaper than bringing one of the ground-propelled Caterpillar cranes that you often see in use around a construction building here or in New York.

Mr. CUMMINGS. Looking ahead a little bit, we think all the traffic jams, and so forth, that are caused when someone has a flat tire or bumps into someone else's fender or something, we can come in with a crane and pick up the car and take it right out of there without causing an hour's delay, which frequently happens on the thing known, unfortunately, as the New York Expressway.

Senator MONRONEY. You might have a service that you could render to the New York freeways? 
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