The above video from Mashable introduces Andrew Woods, a helicopter pilot who flies tours around NYC. There’s some stunning footage of the city from above, and Wood gives some insight into the ins and outs of the job.

“There’s two Americas: there’s the rest of the United States and there’s New York City. And everything can and does take place in New York on a daily basis,” Wood says in the clip. “You just need to be up and ready and fast to catch it.”