Why Helicopter Airlines Failed

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Wendover Productions 10 сарын өмнө
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Mainmanrr
Mainmanrr 6 сарын өмнө
To say tiltrotor aircraft will be a thing is just wrong. The future belongs to compound helicopters.
FusionGaming
FusionGaming 7 сарын өмнө
Wow wait three months and you suddenly don’t care anymore? You only support stuff when you get likes?
Wiley Sneak
Wiley Sneak 5 өдрийн өмнө
subtitles yes thank you
999九九九999
999九九九999 8 өдрийн өмнө
Hong Kong and Macau helicopter line: (I know the their is a hydrofoil boat to get between them but that is not the point)
Eve Adams
Eve Adams 19 өдрийн өмнө
My maternal grandfather, Clarence Belinn, started Los Angeles Airways. It had quite a checkered history (several rotor failure tragedies were involved.) Great video as usual.
TrenchSniper21
TrenchSniper21 Сарын өмнө
I’m surprised there was no mention of helicopter charter companies that hop islands in Hawaii, Air Methods Corporation in particular.
Gerard Ligonde
Gerard Ligonde Сарын өмнө
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Ishan Pednekar
Ishan Pednekar Сарын өмнө
Basically economies of scale...
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shy cucumber
shy cucumber Сарын өмнө
am i the only one who thought this was a half as interesting video
Nick P
Nick P Сарын өмнө
I can't get fresh milk anymore because someone stole Macau! Lmao 🤣😂 Sorry, I couldn't help myself....
Chainsaw Aardvark
Chainsaw Aardvark 2 сарын өмнө
This reminds me a bit of the downfall of large flying boats and amphibious airplanes. For a while the cost of setting up a new airport was expensive - so being able to use any lake or sea as your runway largely cut down on initial investment (though the added maintenance of such aircraft would add up later.) However in the post-WWII era of more ex-military fields and governments expanding infrastructure the lack of runways was solved. Helicopters and seaplanes still need a home base for maintenance - but the idea of being able to avoid the usual scheduling and fees of working with normal transit hubs may have some margin for success.
Robert Andrews
Robert Andrews 2 сарын өмнө
Osprey Nation!
Tom Mendenhall
Tom Mendenhall 3 сарын өмнө
I remember flying on a giant Sikorsky S-61 from San Francisco International to Oakland International. It only lasted a few minutes but it was fun.
Mark K
Mark K 3 сарын өмнө
Vtols like the one you see in the video will take 20 more years before they start to use them for commercial maybe. uber and others current plan is to build EV self flying small 4 people Vtols to use for city only where they would get assigned air space. most likely to see something start flying by 2030, depends on governments and how testing goes
Nathan Ongena
Nathan Ongena 3 сарын өмнө
Why is the voice made by the HAI guy ?
Damir Maatar
Damir Maatar 3 сарын өмнө
Le Bourget is always active as a private airport
pr0xZen
pr0xZen 3 сарын өмнө
Yeah I'm good, got my Harriet sitting in my opening-roof garage. I live in the Arctic though, so had to get an electric engine heater installed. A big thank you to Defa.
Nelson Brown
Nelson Brown 3 сарын өмнө
I'd be surprised to see an Osprey-type plane be any more successful than a helicopter for this kind of short-haul service. They're even more complicated (read: more expensive and more dangerous), and their straight-line speed isn't going to be a huge factor in this kind of short jaunt; the whole point is that they're removing the long travel time to/from the airport, not going 400mph. If helicopter services can't cut it, I doubt that tilt-rotors are going to solve those problems.
Jane Ya Know
Jane Ya Know 3 сарын өмнө
They needed a Catalina wine mixer
Yevgeniy Gorbachev
Yevgeniy Gorbachev 3 сарын өмнө
>the future is tilt-rotor aircraft *shows Osprey* Not with that safety record
Ines Joshua
Ines Joshua 3 сарын өмнө
I legit thought this was HAI while watching, this guy sure sounds like sam.
00UncommonSense00
00UncommonSense00 3 сарын өмнө
I used to work for a company who's owner was a racing fanatic. For the Indy 500, he would charter helicopters to take us and our customers from the Embassy Suites on the northern edge of Indy and take us directly to the infield. I felt like a rock star. We would land, a guy in a suit would open the door and I would step out, hundreds of people packed along the fence to see if anyone important would step out. Plus, just to watch a helo land. Have some shrimp cocktail at our suite, watch a few laps of the race, have a martini then board "my" helo to take me out. Ah...those were the day. All gone now.
JD Diggy
JD Diggy 3 сарын өмнө
I have never thought about a helicopter for transportation it's always been a luxury ride experience for touring.
AaronShenghao
AaronShenghao 3 сарын өмнө
Maybe the solution is called CRH, or Shinkansen, or ICE. Or even Transrapid or Liner Motor.
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Morita Hadad 3 сарын өмнө
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Rachel Roberts 3 сарын өмнө
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Ireallylikeeggs
Ireallylikeeggs 3 сарын өмнө
Deffo same
pierrecurie
pierrecurie 3 сарын өмнө
Isn't the main issue with tilt rotor craft their shit safety record? I guess that's why they're still in R&D.
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Rachel Roberts 3 сарын өмнө
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My name Isnt important
My name Isnt important 4 сарын өмнө
I'm in my garage right now literally building an ultralight helicopter, I'm working on its engine mounts and rotor axles. The future of helicopters is small 14 ft long personal helicopters but I feel that's a still a long time away especially with the learning curve of flying it which is a problem for myself, I have no idea how I'm going to test it without knowing how to fly but that bridge will be crossed when I get to it
Alexander Armitage
Alexander Armitage 4 сарын өмнө
Kobe
Bryce Bernes
Bryce Bernes 4 сарын өмнө
Bristow does just fine
Joel
Joel 4 сарын өмнө
What would be a cool business idea is for people trying to get to the Hamptons or Nantucket but werent worried about time constraints. I would offer them a ferry on an authentic sailboat. I would offer them snacks and Champaign while me and my salty crew get them to the Hamptons in a blistering 5 hours, or to Nantucket in a sweltering 14 hours.
Joel
Joel 4 сарын өмнө
I would love to commute in a Helicopter. Anything to avoid State Route-99
44_to_852
44_to_852 4 сарын өмнө
No, actually Macau and HK. have a massive bridge that connects them. So there's helicopter, ferry or bridge.
1Heliguy
1Heliguy 4 сарын өмнө
Great simple explanation. It is highly useful to me, and I will link to it in my business plan.
Ben Nickelson
Ben Nickelson 4 сарын өмнө
9:36 Cape Air: finally gets its long-awaited government approval for one year in 2020 Covid: *allow me to introduce myself*
Dan Elgaard
Dan Elgaard 4 сарын өмнө
You really don't need 13 minutes of video to explain why helicopers won't make it into the passenger airline industry - I can tell you that, even before the very first take-off: Price and noise - then add the slow speed and short range - and then add the none existing comport, missing lavatory and total lack of onboard service. I can tell you why helicoper airlines will fail in 10 seconds...
Peter Langer
Peter Langer 4 сарын өмнө
It won't have a future because the tree huggers complain about noise... :-) Sad but true!
Yes
Yes 4 сарын өмнө
tell this to sheild
Elliott Smith
Elliott Smith 4 сарын өмнө
I used to do travel reimbursements at UC Berkeley. $75 in today's equivalent from Berkeley to SFO is totally reasonable. Ubers range between $50 and $100 for that journey, depending on traffic. Taxis are about $100-$125.
Mitchell H
Mitchell H 4 сарын өмнө
As a helicopter flight instructor, at 6:15 I WISH we were worth hundreds of dollars an hour, but that is simply not the case.
Richard Tickler
Richard Tickler 4 сарын өмнө
making your trains not shit with a gov owned railway would be a green and mass marketable solution. but that seems to be impossible to imagine in the US
Not Me Not Me
Not Me Not Me 4 сарын өмнө
2:27 I always thought that many airlines use airports that are a 1 hours trip away from their city centre, simply because the airline wants to use whatever airport has the cheapest landing fees. For example, Ryanair landing over 120km away from Barcelona when everyone else can manage to land at another airport only 12km away
The Garden of Eatin
The Garden of Eatin 4 сарын өмнө
If going from airport to airport, like from Hong Kong to Macau, a small plane like a Cessna StationAir should be able to do the job much more efficiently than a helicopter. Blast off on the small GA runway, climb up to 1500 feet and cruise at 200 knots carrying 4 passengers. A Bonanza or a Piper M-Class could do the job as well.
Hector Rodriguez
Hector Rodriguez 4 сарын өмнө
Here is another example... helity.es/index.php Had a great experience few years ago.
Romi Arkan
Romi Arkan 4 сарын өмнө
What I learned is that these helicopter airlines make deals with companies who need transportation to offshore sites like an oiling rig or remote destinations. It's a pretty small market but it's there regardless.
Alaqmaar Gandhi
Alaqmaar Gandhi 4 сарын өмнө
Guys around the world: *travel for 1 hour to get to the airport.* Me: *Takes 15 minutes to get to Dubai International.* STRONKS
Tyronne Simmons
Tyronne Simmons 4 сарын өмнө
RIP Kobe
Vim Alcel Naraga
Vim Alcel Naraga 5 сарын өмнө
This could work, if the helicopter pilots don't have their "greatest plans".
Steven Zhou
Steven Zhou 5 сарын өмнө
What is this, an American that actually pronounced Melbourne correctly? Get him on the protected species list!
Adam Wishneusky
Adam Wishneusky 5 сарын өмнө
LGA is near the center of NYC? Sure if you’re a bird. If you’re in a subway bus or car it’s a waaayyys 😝
Sammy Hamawi
Sammy Hamawi 5 сарын өмнө
Kobe bryant
Life Support
Life Support 5 сарын өмнө
10:20 Vertical take-off and landing aircrafts for passanger use will most likely not be as big as the military kind. Companies like Lilium or Airbus, etc. have concepts in the testing stage which involve new battery as well as propulsion technologies. Less noise and less costs.
Spacebug 111
Spacebug 111 5 сарын өмнө
Luton airport 🤔
黄斌
黄斌 5 сарын өмнө
Short answer: too expensive
Juan Matteo
Juan Matteo 5 сарын өмнө
Helicopter Airlines? We've got that in OpenTTD. Only got two types of choppers though.
Taliesin River
Taliesin River 5 сарын өмнө
In Vancouver we have regular seaplane flights and helicopter flights between the mainland and Vancouver Island and other places. And the seaplanes are going to be converted to electric, so that's cool.
John Gilmer
John Gilmer 5 сарын өмнө
Choppers are still high maintenance, relatively low capacity, and downright dangerous.
Freddy Chale
Freddy Chale 5 сарын өмнө
*What about Trump's wonderful *Trump Shuttle?* Helis to Atlantic City the Hamptons and LaGuardia Airport? Another hugely successful, wonderful, great, incredible idea. Wonderful, Wonderful idea. That lasted less than 3 years before going bankrupt (his specialty: Chapter 11).
Brett DeLong
Brett DeLong 6 сарын өмнө
What they didn't factor in was no one wants to go to Baltimore fast.
Nembly
Nembly 6 сарын өмнө
British Columbia has both a helicopter airline and a float plane airline from downtown Vancouver, the most populous city, and downtown Victoria, the capital city, which is on a large island. Because Victoria is on Vancouver Island, alternatives are driving or bussing to and from a 90 minute ferry ride. Also, as the city airports are outside the cities, a Vancouver to Victoria flight on a regular commercial airline has the logistical challenge of getting to and from the outside-the-city airports. Between the island location and the airports outside of downtown, it's easy to see that float plane and helicopter travel saves a lot of time and some inconvenience (for instance, public busses to and from the ferries may take an hour and be crowded, with standing room only) for people. I've booked Harbour Air flights and helicopter service for people I worked for who needed to get to a government meeting or conference. The float plane tickets are less expensive than the helicopter ones, as capacity is higher on the float planes, though there is a slight time advantage to the helicopter flights. Departure and arrival areas for both are within a few blocks of each other -- and the respective downtown -- in both cities.
Alfons Rasmus
Alfons Rasmus 4 сарын өмнө
Wow, you really put a lot of effort into this comment! That's a like from me
AeroGarage
AeroGarage 6 сарын өмнө
Helicopters are now more fuel efficient, and less costly for maintenance (rotors and engines having longer lifespans, less moving parts, ...). That might help.
Monang Agustian
Monang Agustian 6 сарын өмнө
Can't wait for Civilian version of V-22 Osprey and SB-1 Defiant.
Sofia Kovaleva
Sofia Kovaleva 6 сарын өмнө
In Moscow, there was also a first airport inside the city. But it was too small and to close to houses, so Moscow builded couple of bigger airports outside the city, and the territory was developed and builded with houses and shops. But there are still "Airport" metro station, where are no airport now.
Mainmanrr
Mainmanrr 6 сарын өмнө
development of tiltrotor aircraft has almost stoped, its not the future. The future is in compound helicopters.
Baby Canada
Baby Canada 6 сарын өмнө
in my city we have a helicopter that carries passengers from vancouver to victoria BC every 4 hours
Jc tan
Jc tan 6 сарын өмнө
Wasn’t The Rotordyne a vtol passenger helicopter/plane? Sadly it failed
Alex Coman
Alex Coman 7 сарын өмнө
From my experience those who have money to pay for flying with a helicopter on a somewhat regular basis buy their own helicopter. Then they find out the expenses of overhauled components and they sell it shortly after they buy it.
sm555
sm555 7 сарын өмнө
They should call it Ubair 🤔
Deez Noots
Deez Noots 7 сарын өмнө
Because helicopters are stupid
shimi reji
shimi reji 7 сарын өмнө
What about Monaco it has a helicopter airline
Marneus Calgar
Marneus Calgar 7 сарын өмнө
There is a regular Helicopter line that flies from Ceuta to Malaga and Algeciras, Helity.
Lunar Beetlejuice
Lunar Beetlejuice 7 сарын өмнө
Sees a vertibird: My Fallout 2 Brain : aw shit here we go again
samto
samto 7 сарын өмнө
Bro the music sounds like the end of the Truman show
pspdudue23
pspdudue23 7 сарын өмнө
5:10 for answer to title
I. S.
I. S. 7 сарын өмнө
Music is exceptional this time, really noticeable!
Moritz Lässer
Moritz Lässer 7 сарын өмнө
F to climate
baginatora
baginatora 7 сарын өмнө
As far as I know, helicopter airlines are a thing in Russia.
Karrim Flut
Karrim Flut 7 сарын өмнө
I’m sorry but the airport of “le Bourget” near Paris is everything but closed !
912-PIZZA
912-PIZZA 7 сарын өмнө
Hm
geotorum
geotorum 7 сарын өмнө
You sound like the guy from Half as Interesting
Max Lee
Max Lee 7 сарын өмнө
Bring back the Rotodyne!
Womp Womp
Womp Womp 7 сарын өмнө
Wendover: Not a single mention of the Rotodyne. Me: *Sad Mustard Noises*
Tsar Eric
Tsar Eric 3 сарын өмнө
I found this video from that video you mentioned.
36 00
36 00 7 сарын өмнө
*Kobe has left the chat
Erfan Wu
Erfan Wu 7 сарын өмнө
There has been a bridge between Hong Kong and Macau via HKG.
Western Ohio Interurban History
Western Ohio Interurban History 7 сарын өмнө
"interurban air travel" Not a good choice of words, an interurban is an electric railroad.
Axel Priam
Axel Priam 7 сарын өмнө
Error in the video : Le bourget airport didn't closed. It's still used today for civilian and military use everyday
Tapas Ray
Tapas Ray 7 сарын өмнө
You have forgotten about Pawanhans India Limited
Bamaneck Jr
Bamaneck Jr 7 сарын өмнө
well I think they did succeed because look at Kobe
musAKulture
musAKulture 7 сарын өмнө
laughs in asia with our intricate bullet train networks
Sagar Patil
Sagar Patil 8 сарын өмнө
There is a service in Bangalore to travel from the city's tech hub to the airport, a trip that normally takes an hour and half, in 15 minutes.
ceefourem
ceefourem 8 сарын өмнө
Thank you for the video! I have some insights on a few points, please let me know if you're interested in hearing them.
Soup
Soup 8 сарын өмнө
loud , small , slow, uncomfortable. thats probably it
Trevor Heron
Trevor Heron 8 сарын өмнө
this is the HAI guy.
Thomas Klauss
Thomas Klauss 8 сарын өмнө
in the 60's people thought that somewhere around the 1990's everybody would have a private helicopter.
Anne Reilley
Anne Reilley 8 сарын өмнө
I've heard this narrator on another channel, but don't recall which.
Z Shieh
Z Shieh 8 сарын өмнө
baltimore!
EktoHunter
EktoHunter 8 сарын өмнө
Oh wow, let's see how that first year went x3
C F
C F 8 сарын өмнө
I demand intercity Ekranoplan service.
Jamie Yates
Jamie Yates 8 сарын өмнө
NYC to London takes 7 hours are you sure?
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