Reply to post: Vs helicopter

American Airlines reserves 50 flying taxis

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Vs helicopter

I’m a pilot. Shit pilot but pilot nonetheless

A helicopter is a different aircraft category to this thing, being a “powered lift aircraft”. A helicopter is much more complex than a powered lift aircraft, where the pilot needs to operate cyclic, collective and tail rotors to drive the thing. Powered lift does not need much at all. Powered lift also has much less moving parts, less complexity in the machine and other lower maintenance requirements. Not to mention costs. A helicopter is around $2500USD per hour to operate. Can’t imagine this thing being close to that.

Of course, the pilot would still need a commercial licence within the powered lift category to take passengers, and this is no place for a glorified Uber driver.

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