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Offline fredymac

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Re: VTOL On Demand Mobility
« Reply #180 on: January 30, 2019, 05:07:57 am »
I would speculate that Bell has looked at the future and sees domestic service helicopters at risk of being supplanted by electric VTOL aircraft.  In a case where your livelihood is at stake, having some control over the outcome forces you to be proactive.  In case of failure, you lose some venture capital.  In case of success, you are the agent that replaces yourself.

Someone who has compiled a portfolio of accurate past predictions on the success/failure of aerospace programs might be able to find lucrative employment advising companies like Bell.  Otherwise, I would expect Bell to rely on subject matter experts in the fields of electric motors, batteries, noise mitigation, aerodynamics, and the like as a basic process of due diligence in assessing what is feasible and whether it makes sense to proceed.

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Re: VTOL On Demand Mobility
« Reply #181 on: February 07, 2019, 07:45:32 am »
So, this being January 18, 2019, how did the maiden flight go?
The latest news I have found is a tweet from Airbus Helicopter boss Bruno Even
https://twitter.com/BrunoEven/status/1055749844810321920
Power up of demonstrator on 26 Oct 2018 - not the iron bird, as testing of that started in late 2017. Nothing about a first flight yet.

Airbusís Flying Taxi Is Poised for Takeoff Within Weeks https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-23/airbus-s-flying-taxi-is-poised-for-takeoff-within-weeks

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Re: VTOL On Demand Mobility
« Reply #182 on: February 07, 2019, 09:35:47 am »
You can fly it inverted and mow your lawn.

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Re: VTOL On Demand Mobility
« Reply #183 on: February 07, 2019, 09:54:29 am »
You can fly it inverted and mow your lawn.
Quite hard without variable pitch rotors

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Re: VTOL On Demand Mobility
« Reply #184 on: February 07, 2019, 10:04:05 am »
...Vahana has eight (!) of those by the way

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Re: VTOL On Demand Mobility
« Reply #185 on: February 08, 2019, 04:51:09 am »
Eight instant-on, digitally controlled head-removers, ah ha ha ha.


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Re: VTOL On Demand Mobility
« Reply #186 on: February 08, 2019, 05:53:52 am »
You can fly it inverted and mow your lawn.
Quite hard without variable pitch rotors

He didn't say you could mow the entire lawn.  ;)
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