Why Helicopter Airlines Failed

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Wendover Productions
There’s a lot going on in the world right now, and so posting a video about something so inconsequential is a bit awkward, however I decided to go ahead and release this today and postponing it from yesterday because I think distractions can play a positive role for some during times like this. I’ve made a $500 to each of three organizations that I believe to be doing great work to work towards ensuring every American has the liberties and rights they deserve. If you want to help and have the means to donate, I’d encourage you to look into these organizations: The American Civil Liberties Union: www.aclu.org The National Police Accountability Project: www.nlg-npap.org The NAACP Legal Defense Fund: www.naacpldf.org
Reinatr48 2 days ago
@Slam dancer I found some articles about ACLU opposing free speech but not about the rest. You are probably the type of Wendover viewer that dislikes a video just because it is about China.
Reinatr48 2 days ago
@MM Aviation Source?
Reinatr48 2 days ago
@jakovcu "Far left" Oh no! Strawmanning! Unstoppable pure logic!
Reinatr48 2 days ago
@Skytrooper82d Good ol' baseless ad hominem.
Reinatr48 2 days ago
@Losangeles Harvey Apparently racism is politics nowadays...
Leonid Draginsky
Leonid Draginsky 2 hours ago
"Only commies use trains let's use helicopters instead"
Baue frenchmen
Baue frenchmen 11 hours ago
1:40 Now smile while we ignore the black man honey were on camera :)
Losangeles Harvey
brought to you by your local VTOL association? :-)
Victoria G
Victoria G 4 days ago
Damn you corona, I wanna see CapeAir seaplanes
Victoria G
Victoria G 4 days ago
Are you secretly in love with AVIATION??
Habib Olapade
Habib Olapade 4 days ago
Need to keep the Trump ads on Fox.
Raghavendran T B
Raghavendran T B 4 days ago
Shouldn't it be called 'Heleline'.
Tide-Sky 6 days ago
8:49 nobody gonna talk about that pegion
Bo Simpson
Bo Simpson 7 days ago
Downtown Vancouver has seaplane flights to Victoria and Whistler
Natalie Evans
Natalie Evans 10 days ago
Nice upload, keep it up! Why don’t you use FollowSM . c o m?! It will help your videos start to trend!!
Richard 1
Richard 1 10 days ago
The execs thought it would be cool to commute by helicopter and land on the roof (10 story building). Every time one landed it shook the building so bad that everyone thought the building would collapse. Very disruptive to work.
just a random gd player
*H E L I C O P T E R*
Claudio Roque
Claudio Roque 14 days ago
Fairey Rotodyne would have been economically feasible in this scheme.
YOU BLAT 15 days ago
Ben dover productions
Roger Alsop
Roger Alsop 16 days ago
Very interesting.
Eric Ancion
Eric Ancion 16 days ago
It's weird to hear this narrator's voice without his bad jokes
spdzodzo 17 days ago
i could imagine some LNG/solar hybrid powered VTOLs where if LNG would be acquired from carbon capture using surplus solar power, there could be a potential low cost, low emissions transport service
graphicPort 17 days ago
Wendover: The future of inner-city transport will be Vertical takeoff airplanes Also Wendover: Why Vertical takeoff airplanes fail
DylanP\_ayz 17 days ago
I’m like 80% sure Wendover = half as interesting.
Gaelin Looi
Gaelin Looi 18 days ago
Tiltrotors, like helicopters sound good on paper but is actually much worse right now. Tiltrotors are far more complex and more accident prone. That translate to even higher operational and upfront costs, to the point even wealthy passengers might balk at the price. They will never be big enough to really ferry enough passenger per trip to really benefit from the economies of scale like jetliner, metros, trains and buses. On top of that, no city will allow tiltrotors to operate just from rooftops of garages because they are insanely noisy. Helicopters are bad enough, tiltrotors are likely to be even worse. Having multiple tiltrotors landing and taking off regularly in the middle of the city - which is already noisy - will push local residents or workers insane. A few things have to happen before helicopters or tiltrotors can become regular passenger liners. Costs have to go down, helicopter already achieve that for premium market, this is impossible right now for tiltrotors. Decrease complexity and increase reliability - this bring us directly into costs too as complexity increase maintenance and reliability decrease it. Costs have to go down to at least just 10 times the mass transit by per passenger per mile for the premium market and only about 2 - 3 times to have a chance to penetrate the masses. Most upper middle class people are willing to pay 2 - 3 times more to use a regular service to save time and headaches of driving and public transport and that's when you have a possible chance to make the business viable. Lastly, technology has to improve to the point where the noise level is comparable to a loud bus before such transport is even possible to operate in city centers. I don't see helicopters ever meeting these challenges, much less tiltrotors in the near future.
hvnterblack 19 days ago
You talk about VTOL and show Osprey. See whats wrong? It is military machine. War doesn't ask for money cost. For army it is not a big problem to maintain fleet that complicated and expensive machines. Probably small planes will be more demended, STOL/ESTOL as fast taxi and regular transport. People want travel faster, directly to destination. Thatswhy planes are smaller than 20 or 30 years ago. No more designed machines like A380 or JumboJet. No need to take 800 passengers form hub, they want fly from A to B with one of flighs that day. No waiting for only one connection. How faster would be 2hrs flight compared to 8hrs car journey if you wait on airport 4hrs? Not too much, but how much more expensive.
Samira Peri
Samira Peri 19 days ago
ORLY, the world's memiest airport.
Dan Patterson
Dan Patterson 19 days ago
The allure of VTOL is the small space required for take-offs and landings that allows it to operate from more convenient locations, but the technology/energy required for the "V" part is still a hurdle. An alternate might be STOL aircraft that use distributed electric propulsion to turn the entire wing into a blown flap resulting in very short takeoffs. These have the promise of being simpler and cheaper than VTOL while offering as much or more cruise speed.
Jan 20 days ago
11:42 what plane model is that ?
darthrex354 20 days ago
There is no way in hell I am paying good money to get on anything with a comparable safety record to the V-22 osprey.
Aidan Wotherspoon
Aidan Wotherspoon 20 days ago
British Columbia has sea plane service between Victoria and Vancouver. One of the necessary services between the biggest metropolitan centre of the province and the capital city tucked away on an island
max holperin
max holperin 21 day ago
Could you make a video explaining what kinds of video editing software you use, especially in making your maps?
Mike Arthas
Mike Arthas 21 day ago
I miss Kobe Bryant..
meaturama 21 day ago
Didn't kobe get destroyed by a helicopter or was it a plane?
Suffy 22 days ago
"The cost of the pilot, hundreds of dollars per hour" As someone who knows many, many pilots: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA where is this and how can I get there
Sigma476 12 days ago
Go independent and pay for your insurance and benefits out of pocket. Wages are only a fraction of what labor costs.
ISH 22 days ago
1:00 i actually live there in bayonne nj near those two ray gun lookin things on the bottom left corner
dethman 22 days ago
13 minute video in 2 seconds... 'It was too expensive.'
f3nd13y 22 days ago
I hate blade.... they would charter us for their nantucket - white plains routes..
THE BGSTER 22 days ago
Although tiltrotors may be great I believe the future may still lie in seaplanes but not the wilderness ones they use now but ones that resemble modern commercial airlines like the Russian BE-200 which has been around since 2003 and can create international flights straight from (coastal or large river) city centers.
VictoriaGiggles 23 days ago
I would love to see a video on the alaskan bush pilots
Jesse Bogdonoff
Jesse Bogdonoff 23 days ago
LaGuardia is not close to the city center, it's way out in Queens.
Ads Lacz
Ads Lacz 23 days ago
One reason why the helicopter business might not flourish anymore: Kobe One reason why the helicopter business might flourish after-all: Chinese gamblers The stuff i learn from watching you, Wendover. Smh.
Hyper Sarcastic Avocado
How stupid, lets just pump more CO2 into the atmosphere instead of having high speed train. USA is greatest at not doing simple things as well as other countries.
Hyper Sarcastic Avocado
Why do you show a well established west coast seaplane company plane when you are talking about baby east coast companies that have never had a flight?
Hyper Sarcastic Avocado
"And vice versa"? You mean that small runways have a need for small planes? I am feeling bad for all the runways not getting the planes they need during coovid.
Cheezumz002 23 days ago
I just always remember Casey Neistat taking helicopters to the airport.
Deartabby 1
Deartabby 1 23 days ago
They should’ve used skill share
Warrior Son
Warrior Son 23 days ago
1:25 Bro...you're using "vice versa" wrong.😑🙄 What your "vice versa" in that sentence means is "The smaller the runway needed, the smaller the airplane." which is completely nonsensical.
Warrior Son
Warrior Son 23 days ago
Let me guess....🤔 They saw the fuel and maintenance bill.😒
alaskadrifter 24 days ago
Bering Air services Little Diomede in Alaska when the ice runway melts in the spring.
neutron star
neutron star 24 days ago
Why do you keep showing footage of Newark airport? It gives me unpleasant flashbacks every time.
Skrub God
Skrub God 24 days ago
I’m now reminded of that one image where an Uber copter was cheaper than the car ride.
Dima Gd
Dima Gd 24 days ago
Why don't you talk about Rotodyne? It was build exactly for this purpose...
xele fonte
xele fonte 24 days ago
Why no helicopter airline...too expensive, only for the rich...and then Kobe Bryant.
Aech 24 days ago
Anyone else waiting for a joke the whole time because they're used to watching HAI?
Ben Goacher
Ben Goacher 24 days ago
Europe: High speed trains giving cheap mass intracity and inner city transport for the masses. USA: Lets ferry people around in helicopters
Spydr007 24 days ago
Still waiting for "Why ejector seats in helicopters are a bad idea"
Everything and Nothing
9:35 *Well, that's some really unfortunate timing for Cape Air to get approval*
John Yick
John Yick 24 days ago
In Hong Kong, we have helicopter services between Hong Kong and Macau, 20 minutes trip and cost $180USD, it’s expensive but if your win some money in Macau, you don’t mind to pay for it.
Nikola Tasev
Nikola Tasev 24 days ago
If you make the helicopter electric, you save a ton of money. If you make it automated, you save a ton more. Batteries can't compete with gas for long duration trips, but under an hour - they can do this right now!
Caroline Zhang
Caroline Zhang 24 days ago
Are half as interesting and wendover from the same creator???
Eric Fixes All
Eric Fixes All 25 days ago
nobody wants to sit in one for too long. fuckin-a don't even mention the safety track records of some of these companies. shit to top it all off they suggest the osprey style aircraft for commercial travel! are you out of your gourd. the way insurance is going these days among other things it wont happen
Brett Cooper
Brett Cooper 25 days ago
R.I.P. Kobe
Free Helicopter rides
Helikopters are great!
JackOnCrack 25 days ago
But... thats the HAI guy
Ognjen Kuzmanović
Ognjen Kuzmanović 25 days ago
2025: Why blimp transport failed😂
Brian Messemer
Brian Messemer 25 days ago
The future of air transport: TALESPIN 🐻👍
KornnerStudios 25 days ago
WP: "It cost $9..." Me: "Wow, only $9 for a trip?" WP: "...adjusted for inflation, $75" Me: "We're never going to financially recover from this"
LordBaneThePlayer 25 days ago
For anyone wondering what the cool Helicopter/Plane thing is called, and you want to buy one, or osmething (something meaning reading up on it, for examples) it's called the V-22 Osprey. Full title/name: Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey. Cool helicopter right?
Ostricj 25 days ago
because they cant fit 100 passengers efficently, next question
Gmod Locus
Gmod Locus 25 days ago
Plane engine : goes out Pilot : Shit, gonna have to fly more carefully now Helicopter Engine : goes out Pilot : SHIT
Cup of Joe
Cup of Joe 25 days ago
Ok hear me out. What about..... *JETPACKS*
Jim Mac
Jim Mac 25 days ago
Cost per passenger mile.
Matthew Szostek
Matthew Szostek 26 days ago
They didn't fail with oil rigs
Dominik Bíro
Dominik Bíro 26 days ago
Solution: Fairey Rotodyne
Lemur Le mur
Lemur Le mur 26 days ago
I can walk to my local airport in 10 minutes lmao
Wendy Pierce
Wendy Pierce 26 days ago
Helicopters: cool unless they are flying over you all day.
Captain Imperialism
Before I watch this video I’m going to say it’s because they’re slow, have low passenger capacity, and are more dangerous than planes, or are at least viewed that way by the public.
Jojo_is_a_MBB 27 days ago
"Each of these airports were father from their city's centers, as that's where there was more space." **Laughs in San Diego**
sinisterLMN 27 days ago
(History Channel Alien guy) S P A C E E L E V A T O R S
Aleksei Brusilov
Aleksei Brusilov 27 days ago
6:52 Hmmmmm that reminds me
Chronic Awareness
Chronic Awareness 27 days ago
Casket Steve
Casket Steve 27 days ago
What about transport to off-shore oil rigs - is this considered a helicopter airline? someone educate me
Baron von Limbourgh
Always leave it to the usa to do things backwards lol. How to solve mobility in such a way that the least people bennefit and with the biggest resource footprint! What a great idea!! And people wonder why the usa is losing it's position to the rest of the world. Just lay hsr and be done with it.
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