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(Pravda)   A flight on board new Moscow taxi-copters costs $150 per ten minutes (with pic)   (english.pravda.ru) divider line 51
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2005-06-30 06:43:18 PM  
So when is the teleport system being installed?
 
2005-06-30 06:45:04 PM  
We need this here chopter, we need it now!
 
2005-06-30 06:45:06 PM  
Flying cars!

Er...sorta.
 
2005-06-30 06:46:17 PM  
That's not bad at all considering the distance a helicopter could cover in those 10 minutes. A 10 minute helicopter flight from Dulles airport to washington dc would probably cost less than a cab. Of course the helicopter would be met by F-16's around here...

/From Fairfax County?
//google Fairfax Underground
 
2005-06-30 06:46:31 PM  
not suprising. Aviation Keronsene and parts ain't cheap.
 
2005-06-30 06:46:36 PM  
$650 / 6 = ~$108.
 
2005-06-30 06:46:56 PM  
since when do russians have that kind of money?
 
2005-06-30 06:47:02 PM  
fair price
 
2005-06-30 06:47:32 PM  
Get in da CHOPPAH!

/had to
 
2005-06-30 06:47:48 PM  
I'm still waiting for the transport tubes they have in The Jestons.

/tapping fingers on desk
 
2005-06-30 06:48:03 PM  
If this was happening 20 years ago, the helicopters would ride you!
 
2005-06-30 06:48:30 PM  
how much is that in roubles?

is there anyone *not* in the russian mafia that can afford this?
 
2005-06-30 06:48:36 PM  
Let me guess: A flamboyant luxury for rich mafiosos and "capitalists", with 99 percent of the people glancing up from their dinner of vodka and/or boiled cabbage to see the latest mover-and-shaker fly past?

/Power to the people, baby.
 
2005-06-30 06:49:12 PM  
What happened to you Russia, you used to be cool.

 
2005-06-30 06:49:51 PM  
DAyamn.

That's almost as much as that personal trip to space thingy.
 
2005-06-30 06:54:10 PM  
That is crap, I got a heli ride to and from an island for two people that was longer than that for around the same ammount.
 
2005-06-30 06:55:20 PM  
hmmm, ten minutes in a chopper at $150...

$40-60 cab ride from the airport out of any major city...

this isn't exactly a bad deal. Be kinda nice to have in NYC, LA, mebbe Chicago
 
2005-06-30 06:56:05 PM  
I guess that takes into account the helicopter flying there and back to and from home base, sounds like a bargin@!
 
2005-06-30 06:56:28 PM  
Let's see. Who has this kind of money in Good Old Mockba?

Bzzt! "People you really don't want to meet under any circumstances without your own private army of ninjas!"

Yes, that's the correct answer and thanks for playing 'Name That Comrade'!

Like the Defense Ministry is going to be very happy about allowing small planes and helos back into city airspace again just so someone can get back to their dacha for a quick one with Svetlana No. 7.
 
2005-06-30 06:59:39 PM  
Donald_McRonald:
If this was happening 20 years ago, the helicopters would ride you!



 
2005-06-30 07:02:03 PM  
Is Portland the only other city in the world that's been doing this for years?
 
2005-06-30 07:02:16 PM  
Will they accept vodka or toilet paper instead of hard currency?
 
2005-06-30 07:09:14 PM  
how fast would one of these things travel? Not the max speed or anything but the speed it would cruise at.
 
2005-06-30 07:13:16 PM  
"since when do russians have that kind of money?"

some Americans may be shocked to learn that Moscow is one of the most expensive cities in the world, more expensive than any US city including NYC.
 
2005-06-30 07:17:27 PM  
Crazytree:

some Americans may be shocked to learn that Moscow is one of the most expensive cities in the world, more expensive than any US city including NYC.

Like it was said earlier, there's a small portion of ber-rich, and then the rest of the Muscovites.
 
2005-06-30 07:18:22 PM  
xtimx
since when do russians have that kind of money?

I'm so sorry, it must be awful for you to have been in the coma for the past 15 years :-(
 
2005-06-30 07:19:29 PM  
A common cruise speed for a commercial helicopter is around 100-105 knots (~115-120 mph)
 
2005-06-30 07:19:35 PM  
There is no way in hell that I would board any Russian aircraft ever. The skies rain Aeroflot over there.
 
2005-06-30 07:21:21 PM  
I'll ride when they swap their pissy Aerospatiales for real Russian helos - like these.

 
2005-06-30 07:21:44 PM  
BO-105 (German).. I'm pretty sure anyway.

cool farkin' chopper
 
2005-06-30 07:25:44 PM  
The helicopter is from the German Automobil Club ADAC, Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobiel Club.
 
2005-06-30 07:25:50 PM  
I wonder - if you slip the cabbie...umm...pilot an extra 20 bucks will he play "Ride of the Valkyries" on loudspeakers during the trip
 
2005-06-30 07:28:17 PM  
xtimx: xtimx

since when do russians have that kind of money?


Wait, what year is it, again?

 
2005-06-30 07:30:28 PM  
Just so you guys know, Russians rule the helicopter world. They design helicopters as good as anywhere, and their reliability in their helicopters is as good as well. Jet airliners are anyther matter.
 
2005-06-30 07:31:30 PM  
They already do this in Brazil, it's widely popular with the business execs.

Probably going to see this happen in most major cities sooner than later.

The big selling point in Brazil for these things is not having to worry about getting your car jacked.
 
2005-06-30 07:32:43 PM  
grizzlyjohnson
There is no way in hell that I would board any Russian aircraft ever. The skies rain Aeroflot over there.

Discounting terrorist action, there have been 21 losses of commercial aircraft in the USA January '00 - date and 12 in Russia in the same period.
 
2005-06-30 07:47:31 PM  
2005-06-30 07:32:43 PM FarkinNortherner
Discounting terrorist action, there have been 21 losses of commercial aircraft in the USA January '00 - date and 12 in Russia in the same period.


Yeahbut, Doesn't the USA have a WholeWayLot(tm) more aircraft in the air?
 
2005-06-30 08:05:40 PM  
chazz mctazz:

The big selling point in Brazil for these things is not having to worry about getting your car jacked.

Also, you don't have to wait for an opening in the conga lines.
 
2005-06-30 08:05:42 PM  
KarmicDisaster
Yeahbut, Doesn't the USA have a WholeWayLot(tm) more aircraft in the air?

I would imagine so, although Russia has a vast number of regional airports, but to say that it rains Aeroflot seems more than a little hysterical.
 
2005-06-30 08:08:28 PM  
So I guess in Russia or Brazil, etc., it's kind of like imagining your country as a gated community, where you are gated and the rest of the populace only gets to see helicopters when they're flashing spotlights on you.
 
2005-06-30 08:42:16 PM  
You mean $15 a minute? Or does that not sound exhorbitant enough?
 
2005-06-30 08:49:24 PM  
A flight ride on board new Moscow taxi-copters submitter's mom costs $150 per ten minutes

/doesn't know submitter
//got nuthin'
 
2005-06-30 08:53:01 PM  
Two minutes, please.

# where's my camera?
 
2005-06-30 09:27:05 PM  
 
2005-06-30 09:55:53 PM  
Atario
Whilst many people live in grinding poverty, there's no shortage of obscene wealth in Russia. Given a national penchant for spectacular displays of personal wealth, if this becomes fashionable they may do very well.
 
2005-06-30 10:59:55 PM  
Why not setup small shuttle-type helicopters, that dont cost an absolute fortune to run? Helicopter joyflights cost 50 bucks for 15-20min, why should a taxi service cost significantly more? In theory, this could be turned into a very awesome business/service. Unfortunately, people will only see the revenue side, and how much cash they can rort from users.
Besides, at the cost of regular taxis these days, $600/hr isnt all that obscene I guess.
 
2005-06-30 11:14:40 PM  
from where I work in NYC i can see at least 4 helipads, if I had the cash id rather take a 20 minute or so flight out to JFK rather than paying $60 with tip for a cab and sitting in traffic on the Van Wyck for 2 hours trying to get there.
 
2005-07-01 02:56:43 AM  
I watched a show on real estate in Moscow the other day...average going price for a moscow apartment? 5 Million and up.
 
2005-07-01 06:49:17 AM  
They have a helicopter ferry between Tallinn, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland. Takes 18 minutes (compared to 90 minutes by high-speed catamaran), and costs $60-200 depending on the time of day. The helicopters are Sikorsky (American company) and seat 8. Seems relatively popular among business execs.
 
2005-07-01 10:59:09 AM  
I'd do it! though, in Russia, seems an easy way of taking out a buisness rival.. with little evidence that could be covered up....
 
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