Why Helicopter Airlines Failed

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  1. Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions
    9 maanden geleden

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    1. MKNJ GT
      MKNJ GT
      Maand geleden

      Wow man really? I'm out.

    2. Ony Quiñones
      Ony Quiñones
      3 maanden geleden

      Too political BS. UNsubscribed.

    3. Mainmanrr
      5 maanden geleden

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

    4. FusionGaming
      6 maanden geleden

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

    5. Chris aka Schulbus
      Chris aka Schulbus
      7 maanden geleden

      i love this comment chain down here... but for real, do people actually think that videos that don't mention the current buzzword are bad? i'm happy when i see videos where i can escape this subject for a little bit. for me it's actually anticlickbait when it is mentioned in the title or in the thumbnail. but thank you for sharing the fact that you donated, it's very important to let everyone know... did you just mention it because you weren't talking about the current situation in the video and wouldn't seem like you're ignorant or something?

  2. zekymurra
    3 dagen geleden

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  3. shy cucumber
    shy cucumber
    12 dagen geleden

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

  4. Nick P
    Nick P
    15 dagen geleden

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

  5. Chainsaw Aardvark
    Chainsaw Aardvark
    Maand geleden

    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.

  6. Robert Andrews
    Robert Andrews
    Maand geleden

    Osprey Nation!

  7. Tom Mendenhall
    Tom Mendenhall
    Maand geleden

    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.

  8. Mark K
    Mark K
    Maand geleden

    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

  9. Nathan Ongena
    Nathan Ongena
    Maand geleden

    Why is the voice made by the HAI guy ?

  10. Damir Maatar
    Damir Maatar
    Maand geleden

    Le Bourget is always active as a private airport

  11. pr0xZen
    Maand geleden

    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.

  12. Nelson Brown
    Nelson Brown
    Maand geleden

    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.

  13. Jane Ya Know
    Jane Ya Know
    Maand geleden

    They needed a Catalina wine mixer

  14. Yevgeniy Gorbachev
    Yevgeniy Gorbachev
    Maand geleden

    >the future is tilt-rotor aircraft *shows Osprey* Not with that safety record

  15. Ines Joshua
    Ines Joshua
    Maand geleden

    I legit thought this was HAI while watching, this guy sure sounds like sam.

  16. 00UncommonSense00
    2 maanden geleden

    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.

  17. JD Diggy
    JD Diggy
    2 maanden geleden

    I have never thought about a helicopter for transportation it's always been a luxury ride experience for touring.

  18. AaronShenghao
    2 maanden geleden

    Maybe the solution is called CRH, or Shinkansen, or ICE. Or even Transrapid or Liner Motor.

  19. Morita Hadad
    Morita Hadad
    2 maanden geleden

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  20. Rachel Roberts
    Rachel Roberts
    2 maanden geleden

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    1. Ireallylikeeggs
      2 maanden geleden

      Deffo same

  21. pierrecurie
    2 maanden geleden

    Isn't the main issue with tilt rotor craft their shit safety record? I guess that's why they're still in R&D.

  22. Rachel Roberts
    Rachel Roberts
    2 maanden geleden

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  23. My name Is dead to me
    My name Is dead to me
    2 maanden geleden

    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

  24. Alexander Armitage
    Alexander Armitage
    2 maanden geleden


  25. Bryce Bernes
    Bryce Bernes
    2 maanden geleden

    Bristow does just fine

  26. Joel
    2 maanden geleden

    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.

  27. Joel
    2 maanden geleden

    I would love to commute in a Helicopter. Anything to avoid State Route-99

  28. 44_to_852
    2 maanden geleden

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

  29. 1Heliguy
    2 maanden geleden

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

  30. Ben Nickelson
    Ben Nickelson
    2 maanden geleden

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

  31. Dan Elgaard
    Dan Elgaard
    2 maanden geleden

    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...

  32. Peter Langer
    Peter Langer
    2 maanden geleden

    It won't have a future because the tree huggers complain about noise... :-) Sad but true!

  33. Yes
    2 maanden geleden

    tell this to sheild

  34. Elliott Smith
    Elliott Smith
    2 maanden geleden

    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.

  35. Mitchell H
    Mitchell H
    2 maanden geleden

    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.

  36. Richard Tickler
    Richard Tickler
    3 maanden geleden

    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

  37. Not Me Not Me
    Not Me Not Me
    3 maanden geleden

    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

  38. The Garden of Eatin
    The Garden of Eatin
    3 maanden geleden

    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.

  39. Hector Rodriguez
    Hector Rodriguez
    3 maanden geleden

    Here is another example... helity.es/index.php Had a great experience few years ago.

  40. Romi Arkan
    Romi Arkan
    3 maanden geleden

    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.

  41. Alaqmaar Gandhi
    Alaqmaar Gandhi
    3 maanden geleden

    Guys around the world: *travel for 1 hour to get to the airport.* Me: *Takes 15 minutes to get to Dubai International.* STRONKS

  42. Tyronne Simmons
    Tyronne Simmons
    3 maanden geleden

    RIP Kobe

  43. Vim Alcel Naraga
    Vim Alcel Naraga
    3 maanden geleden

    This could work, if the helicopter pilots don't have their "greatest plans".

  44. Steven Zhou
    Steven Zhou
    3 maanden geleden

    What is this, an American that actually pronounced Melbourne correctly? Get him on the protected species list!

  45. Adam Wishneusky
    Adam Wishneusky
    3 maanden geleden

    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 😝

  46. Sammy Hamawi
    Sammy Hamawi
    3 maanden geleden

    Kobe bryant

  47. Life Support
    Life Support
    3 maanden geleden

    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.

  48. Spacebug 111
    Spacebug 111
    4 maanden geleden

    Luton airport 🤔

  49. 黄斌
    4 maanden geleden

    Short answer: too expensive

  50. Juan Matteo
    Juan Matteo
    4 maanden geleden

    Helicopter Airlines? We've got that in OpenTTD. Only got two types of choppers though.

  51. Taliesin River
    Taliesin River
    4 maanden geleden

    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.

  52. John Gilmer
    John Gilmer
    4 maanden geleden

    Choppers are still high maintenance, relatively low capacity, and downright dangerous.

  53. Freddy Chale
    Freddy Chale
    4 maanden geleden

    *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).

  54. Brett DeLong
    Brett DeLong
    4 maanden geleden

    What they didn't factor in was no one wants to go to Baltimore fast.

  55. Nembly
    4 maanden geleden

    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.

    1. Alfons Rasmus
      Alfons Rasmus
      3 maanden geleden

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

  56. AeroGarage
    4 maanden geleden

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

  57. Monang Agustian
    Monang Agustian
    5 maanden geleden

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

  58. Sofia Kovaleva
    Sofia Kovaleva
    5 maanden geleden

    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.

  59. Mainmanrr
    5 maanden geleden

    development of tiltrotor aircraft has almost stoped, its not the future. The future is in compound helicopters.

  60. Baby Canada
    Baby Canada
    5 maanden geleden

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

  61. Jc tan
    Jc tan
    5 maanden geleden

    Wasn’t The Rotordyne a vtol passenger helicopter/plane? Sadly it failed

  62. Alex Coman
    Alex Coman
    5 maanden geleden

    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.

  63. sm555
    5 maanden geleden

    They should call it Ubair 🤔

  64. Deez Noots
    Deez Noots
    5 maanden geleden

    Because helicopters are stupid

  65. shimi reji
    shimi reji
    6 maanden geleden

    What about Monaco it has a helicopter airline

  66. Marneus Calgar
    Marneus Calgar
    6 maanden geleden

    There is a regular Helicopter line that flies from Ceuta to Malaga and Algeciras, Helity.

  67. Lunar Beetlejuice
    Lunar Beetlejuice
    6 maanden geleden

    Sees a vertibird: My Fallout 2 Brain : aw shit here we go again

  68. samto
    6 maanden geleden

    Bro the music sounds like the end of the Truman show

  69. pspdudue23
    6 maanden geleden

    5:10 for answer to title

  70. I. S.
    I. S.
    6 maanden geleden

    Music is exceptional this time, really noticeable!

  71. Moritz Lässer
    Moritz Lässer
    6 maanden geleden

    F to climate

  72. baginatora
    6 maanden geleden

    As far as I know, helicopter airlines are a thing in Russia.

  73. Yoahn Linard
    Yoahn Linard
    6 maanden geleden

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

  74. 912-PIZZA
    6 maanden geleden


  75. geotorum
    6 maanden geleden

    You sound like the guy from Half as Interesting

  76. Max Lee
    Max Lee
    6 maanden geleden

    Bring back the Rotodyne!

  77. Womp Womp
    Womp Womp
    6 maanden geleden

    Wendover: Not a single mention of the Rotodyne. Me: *Sad Mustard Noises*

    1. Tsar Eric
      Tsar Eric
      2 maanden geleden

      I found this video from that video you mentioned.

  78. 36 00
    36 00
    6 maanden geleden

    *Kobe has left the chat

  79. Erfan Wu
    Erfan Wu
    6 maanden geleden

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

  80. Western Ohio Interurban History
    Western Ohio Interurban History
    6 maanden geleden

    "interurban air travel" Not a good choice of words, an interurban is an electric railroad.

  81. Axel Priam
    Axel Priam
    6 maanden geleden

    Error in the video : Le bourget airport didn't closed. It's still used today for civilian and military use everyday

  82. Tapas Ray
    Tapas Ray
    6 maanden geleden

    You have forgotten about Pawanhans India Limited

  83. Bamaneck Jr
    Bamaneck Jr
    6 maanden geleden

    well I think they did succeed because look at Kobe

  84. musAKulture
    6 maanden geleden

    laughs in asia with our intricate bullet train networks

  85. Sagar Patil
    Sagar Patil
    6 maanden geleden

    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.

  86. ceefourem
    6 maanden geleden

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

  87. Soup
    6 maanden geleden

    loud , small , slow, uncomfortable. thats probably it

  88. Trevor Heron
    Trevor Heron
    6 maanden geleden

    this is the HAI guy.

  89. Thomas Klauss
    Thomas Klauss
    6 maanden geleden

    in the 60's people thought that somewhere around the 1990's everybody would have a private helicopter.

  90. Anne Reilley
    Anne Reilley
    6 maanden geleden

    I've heard this narrator on another channel, but don't recall which.

  91. Z Shieh
    Z Shieh
    6 maanden geleden


  92. EktoHunter
    6 maanden geleden

    Oh wow, let's see how that first year went x3

  93. Containment Failure
    Containment Failure
    6 maanden geleden

    I demand intercity Ekranoplan service.

  94. Jamie Yates
    Jamie Yates
    6 maanden geleden

    NYC to London takes 7 hours are you sure?

  95. Rodz10x
    6 maanden geleden

    Interesting idea. Pity that tiltrotor aircraft are deathtraps with an even worse safety record than helicopters.

  96. Adrian Enterprise
    Adrian Enterprise
    6 maanden geleden


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    7 maanden geleden

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  98. kuroneko2788
    7 maanden geleden

    Great video until you started talking about VTOL.

  99. The More You Know
    The More You Know
    7 maanden geleden

    Hey Wendover Productions, I was wondering if you take actions to help small channels? Just curious. I’m a new youtuber and my videos are quality but I can’t seem to get any eyes on my content just because I’m a small channel. Thanks

    1. bhabishya poudel
      bhabishya poudel
      7 maanden geleden

      Sorry but your content isnt nice enough

  100. DavidRGD
    7 maanden geleden

    There's even the Rotodyne.