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  • flying taxis for Wellington?

    New Zealand is now twenty years in the future.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/12/b...arry-page.html
    Last edited by aostling; 03-13-2018, 04:56 PM.
    Allan Ostling

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    Originally posted by aostling View Post
    New Zealand is now twenty years in the future.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/12/b...e=sectionfront
    I can not read that NY Times page but I believe the flying taxi is being tested in Christchurch?

    It is however fun to imagine a flying taxi doing a pick-up on Aro Street or try a short landing on Hungerford Road!

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    • #3
      Is the taxi going to be sort of like current charter flight services, but without the pilot? If so, it would likely be for airport to landing strip service. It sure would be nice to get to the outskirts of a place like LA and then use an air taxi to go the last 30 / 60 miles.

      Dan
      At the end of the project, there is a profound difference between spare parts and extra parts.

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      • #4
        Yawn........

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        • #5
          Originally posted by The Artful Bodger View Post
          I can not read that NY Times page but I believe the flying taxi is being tested in Christchurch?
          I have fixed the link now, from the NYT. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/12/b...arry-page.html

          I think Christchurch is more likely than a future in Wellington!
          Last edited by aostling; 03-13-2018, 05:41 PM.
          Allan Ostling

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          • #6
            how are they going to find enough pilots who don't speak English and badly need a shave and a shower?
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mcgyver View Post
              how are they going to find enough pilots who don't speak English and badly need a shave and a shower?
              These taxis will be driverless. No tipping necessary.
              Allan Ostling

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              • #8
                No need for rotor blades. Those taxis just need props and a few buildings with pitched roofs.

                Kiwis and certain visitors to NZ will be familiar with the practice developed by crop dusters whereby someone identifies a plateau or outcropping that is large enough for two or three sheep to stand on top of simultaneously and has a vertical slope on at least one side that they can designate as a "landing strip."

                Fly a horizontal approach directly at the low end of the vertical side slope, yank the stick back just before impact, chop the throttles and hope that the momentum stops in time to see you flop over onto the plateau up top.

                Spin around, top up the fluids, push throttles to the wall, tip over the precipice and plummet back down the vertical slope, remembering to pull the stick back before reaching the bottom of the slope.

                Flying from rooftops ought to be a piece of cake for those guys.

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                • #9
                  A "tame" example compared to what I witnessed, but serves to illustrate the point

                  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=g7jOwZBLgF0

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