Why Helicopter Airlines Failed

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    • To say tiltrotor aircraft will be a thing is just wrong. The future belongs to compound helicopters.

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    • Wow wait three months and you suddenly don’t care anymore? You only support stuff when you get likes?

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  • subtitles yes thank you

    Wiley SneakWiley Sneak2 օր առաջ
  • Hong Kong and Macau helicopter line: (I know the their is a hydrofoil boat to get between them but that is not the point)

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  • 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.

    Eve AdamsEve Adams15 օր առաջ
  • I’m surprised there was no mention of helicopter charter companies that hop islands in Hawaii, Air Methods Corporation in particular.

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  • Basically economies of scale...

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  • am i the only one who thought this was a half as interesting video

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  • I can't get fresh milk anymore because someone stole Macau! Lmao 🤣😂 Sorry, I couldn't help myself....

    Nick PNick PԱմիս առաջ
  • 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.

    Chainsaw AardvarkChainsaw Aardvark2 ամիս առաջ
  • Osprey Nation!

    Robert AndrewsRobert Andrews2 ամիս առաջ
  • 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.

    Tom MendenhallTom Mendenhall2 ամիս առաջ
  • 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

    Mark KMark K2 ամիս առաջ
  • Why is the voice made by the HAI guy ?

    Nathan OngenaNathan Ongena2 ամիս առաջ
  • Le Bourget is always active as a private airport

    Damir MaatarDamir Maatar2 ամիս առաջ
  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Nelson BrownNelson Brown3 ամիս առաջ
  • They needed a Catalina wine mixer

    Jane Ya KnowJane Ya Know3 ամիս առաջ
  • >the future is tilt-rotor aircraft *shows Osprey* Not with that safety record

    Yevgeniy GorbachevYevgeniy Gorbachev3 ամիս առաջ
  • I legit thought this was HAI while watching, this guy sure sounds like sam.

    Ines JoshuaInes Joshua3 ամիս առաջ
  • 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.

    00UncommonSense0000UncommonSense003 ամիս առաջ
  • I have never thought about a helicopter for transportation it's always been a luxury ride experience for touring.

    JD DiggyJD Diggy3 ամիս առաջ
  • Maybe the solution is called CRH, or Shinkansen, or ICE. Or even Transrapid or Liner Motor.

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    • Deffo same

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  • 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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  • 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

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  • Kobe

    Alexander ArmitageAlexander Armitage3 ամիս առաջ
  • Bristow does just fine

    Bryce BernesBryce Bernes3 ամիս առաջ
  • 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.

    JoelJoel3 ամիս առաջ
  • I would love to commute in a Helicopter. Anything to avoid State Route-99

    JoelJoel3 ամիս առաջ
  • No, actually Macau and HK. have a massive bridge that connects them. So there's helicopter, ferry or bridge.

    44_to_85244_to_8524 ամիս առաջ
  • Great simple explanation. It is highly useful to me, and I will link to it in my business plan.

    1Heliguy1Heliguy4 ամիս առաջ
  • 9:36 Cape Air: finally gets its long-awaited government approval for one year in 2020 Covid: *allow me to introduce myself*

    Ben NickelsonBen Nickelson4 ամիս առաջ
  • 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...

    Dan ElgaardDan Elgaard4 ամիս առաջ
  • It won't have a future because the tree huggers complain about noise... :-) Sad but true!

    Peter LangerPeter Langer4 ամիս առաջ
  • tell this to sheild

    YesYes4 ամիս առաջ
  • 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.

    Elliott SmithElliott Smith4 ամիս առաջ
  • 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.

    Mitchell HMitchell H4 ամիս առաջ
  • 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

    Richard TicklerRichard Tickler4 ամիս առաջ
  • 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

    Not Me Not MeNot Me Not Me4 ամիս առաջ
  • 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.

    The Garden of EatinThe Garden of Eatin4 ամիս առաջ
  • Here is another example... helity.es/index.php Had a great experience few years ago.

    Hector RodriguezHector Rodriguez4 ամիս առաջ
  • 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.

    Romi ArkanRomi Arkan4 ամիս առաջ
  • Guys around the world: *travel for 1 hour to get to the airport.* Me: *Takes 15 minutes to get to Dubai International.* STRONKS

    Alaqmaar GandhiAlaqmaar Gandhi4 ամիս առաջ
  • RIP Kobe

    Tyronne SimmonsTyronne Simmons4 ամիս առաջ
  • This could work, if the helicopter pilots don't have their "greatest plans".

    Vim Alcel NaragaVim Alcel Naraga4 ամիս առաջ
  • What is this, an American that actually pronounced Melbourne correctly? Get him on the protected species list!

    Steven ZhouSteven Zhou4 ամիս առաջ
  • 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 😝

    Adam WishneuskyAdam Wishneusky4 ամիս առաջ
  • Kobe bryant

    Sammy HamawiSammy Hamawi4 ամիս առաջ
  • 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.

    Life SupportLife Support5 ամիս առաջ
  • Luton airport 🤔

    Spacebug 111Spacebug 1115 ամիս առաջ
  • Short answer: too expensive

    黄斌黄斌5 ամիս առաջ
  • Helicopter Airlines? We've got that in OpenTTD. Only got two types of choppers though.

    Juan MatteoJuan Matteo5 ամիս առաջ
  • 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.

    Taliesin RiverTaliesin River5 ամիս առաջ
  • Choppers are still high maintenance, relatively low capacity, and downright dangerous.

    John GilmerJohn Gilmer5 ամիս առաջ
  • *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).

    Freddy ChaleFreddy Chale5 ամիս առաջ
  • What they didn't factor in was no one wants to go to Baltimore fast.

    Brett DeLongBrett DeLong6 ամիս առաջ
  • 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.

    NemblyNembly6 ամիս առաջ
    • Wow, you really put a lot of effort into this comment! That's a like from me

      Alfons RasmusAlfons Rasmus4 ամիս առաջ
  • Helicopters are now more fuel efficient, and less costly for maintenance (rotors and engines having longer lifespans, less moving parts, ...). That might help.

    AeroGarageAeroGarage6 ամիս առաջ
  • Can't wait for Civilian version of V-22 Osprey and SB-1 Defiant.

    Monang AgustianMonang Agustian6 ամիս առաջ
  • 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.

    Sofia KovalevaSofia Kovaleva6 ամիս առաջ
  • development of tiltrotor aircraft has almost stoped, its not the future. The future is in compound helicopters.

    MainmanrrMainmanrr6 ամիս առաջ
  • in my city we have a helicopter that carries passengers from vancouver to victoria BC every 4 hours

    Baby CanadaBaby Canada6 ամիս առաջ
  • Wasn’t The Rotordyne a vtol passenger helicopter/plane? Sadly it failed

    Jc tanJc tan6 ամիս առաջ
  • 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.

    Alex ComanAlex Coman7 ամիս առաջ
  • They should call it Ubair 🤔

    sm555sm5557 ամիս առաջ
  • Because helicopters are stupid

    Deez NootsDeez Noots7 ամիս առաջ
  • What about Monaco it has a helicopter airline

    shimi rejishimi reji7 ամիս առաջ
  • There is a regular Helicopter line that flies from Ceuta to Malaga and Algeciras, Helity.

    Marneus CalgarMarneus Calgar7 ամիս առաջ
  • Sees a vertibird: My Fallout 2 Brain : aw shit here we go again

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  • Bro the music sounds like the end of the Truman show

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  • 5:10 for answer to title

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  • Music is exceptional this time, really noticeable!

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  • F to climate

    Moritz LässerMoritz Lässer7 ամիս առաջ
  • As far as I know, helicopter airlines are a thing in Russia.

    baginatorabaginatora7 ամիս առաջ
  • I’m sorry but the airport of “le Bourget” near Paris is everything but closed !

    Karrim FlutKarrim Flut7 ամիս առաջ
  • Hm

    912-PIZZA912-PIZZA7 ամիս առաջ
  • You sound like the guy from Half as Interesting

    geotorumgeotorum7 ամիս առաջ
  • Bring back the Rotodyne!

    Max LeeMax Lee7 ամիս առաջ
  • Wendover: Not a single mention of the Rotodyne. Me: *Sad Mustard Noises*

    Womp WompWomp Womp7 ամիս առաջ
    • I found this video from that video you mentioned.

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  • *Kobe has left the chat

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  • There has been a bridge between Hong Kong and Macau via HKG.

    Erfan WuErfan Wu7 ամիս առաջ
  • "interurban air travel" Not a good choice of words, an interurban is an electric railroad.

    Western Ohio Interurban HistoryWestern Ohio Interurban History7 ամիս առաջ
  • Error in the video : Le bourget airport didn't closed. It's still used today for civilian and military use everyday

    Axel PriamAxel Priam7 ամիս առաջ
  • You have forgotten about Pawanhans India Limited

    Tapas RayTapas Ray7 ամիս առաջ
  • well I think they did succeed because look at Kobe

    Bamaneck JrBamaneck Jr7 ամիս առաջ
  • laughs in asia with our intricate bullet train networks

    musAKulturemusAKulture7 ամիս առաջ
  • 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.

    Sagar PatilSagar Patil7 ամիս առաջ
  • Thank you for the video! I have some insights on a few points, please let me know if you're interested in hearing them.

    ceefouremceefourem7 ամիս առաջ
  • loud , small , slow, uncomfortable. thats probably it

    SoupSoup7 ամիս առաջ
  • this is the HAI guy.

    Trevor HeronTrevor Heron7 ամիս առաջ
  • in the 60's people thought that somewhere around the 1990's everybody would have a private helicopter.

    Thomas KlaussThomas Klauss8 ամիս առաջ
  • I've heard this narrator on another channel, but don't recall which.

    Anne ReilleyAnne Reilley8 ամիս առաջ
  • baltimore!

    Z ShiehZ Shieh8 ամիս առաջ
  • Oh wow, let's see how that first year went x3

    EktoHunterEktoHunter8 ամիս առաջ
  • I demand intercity Ekranoplan service.

    C FC F8 ամիս առաջ
  • NYC to London takes 7 hours are you sure?

    Jamie YatesJamie Yates8 ամիս առաջ