Uber Air in Melbourne

 
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Uber is now under pressure from competitors.  I have been using OLA over the past 2 weeks and find it just as good (although I have found a bug in their mobile app).   Uber needs to differentiate once again to stay ahead of the competition.

The taxi concept has been around for a while now and interestingly why Melbourne?

Flatter?

Longer distance to the airport from the CBD with little transport options?

technology perception and market?

Can't wait to see when the rubber hits the road.
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

Weather-wise, today is not a good day to announce such a service in Melbourne. Apart from greater time saving, the further out the airport is, the less likely the helipads in the city will conflict with the airport flight paths. Sydney might have such problems.

Given the amount of individual airspace these things will occupy it’s hard to see them having any effect on ground congestion, probably create their own. No pilot??? With all those blades they may be quieter but they won’t be quiet. As mentioned above, just a gimmick.

Shades of TAA and Ansett-ANA helicopters between Yarra Bank and Essendon, then Ansett between Yarra Bank and Tullamarine.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Weather-wise, today is not a good day to announce such a service in Melbourne. Apart from greater time saving, the further out the airport is, the less likely the helipads in the city will conflict with the airport flight paths. Sydney might have such problems.

Given the amount of individual airspace these things will occupy it’s hard to see them having any effect on ground congestion, probably create their own. No pilot??? With all those blades they may be quieter but they won’t be quiet. As mentioned above, just a gimmick.

Shades of TAA and Ansett-ANA helicopters between Yarra Bank and Essendon, then Ansett between Yarra Bank and Tullamarine.
kitchgp
Most corporate insurers will simply not allow company employees to fly on some fancy light-weight electric pilot-less drone over a windy Melbourne to Tullamarine and back.

It ain't gonna happen.

And those with the cash would rather go on a helicopter anyway if they didn't want to get stuck on the Tulla Tollway.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
What could possibly go wrong...Smile

M.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Pie that won't make it into the sky.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Just finished watching the article on nine news and feel for confident.  electric aircraft with vertical takeoff and landing.  pilot included.  It will interesting to watch.
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

Headway? Security? Safety? Vehicle capacity? Noise? Cost?

Bonkers.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

And if it ever gets off the ground, you can pretty much expect the following:

"Breaking: Uber Air Taxi Battery Explodes in Mid-air. Parachutes into Moonee Ponds backyard."  Or something like that...
  GS4 Train Controller

Uber Air set to take off in Australia with flying taxi trial in Melbourne

when they say "trial" are they referring to court cases ?
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Uber will need to get the aircraft certified.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
I thought I would never say this about anything, but -

A rail service to the airport will happen before this.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Big call Donald even Tim Pallas said on news tv it would have Uber up and running before the airport link.

That in itself says failure of policy because what is stopping the airport link from being started now the same way as Uber ?
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

Uber will need to get the aircraft certified.
freightgate
Assuming the aircraft are built to VH-registration standard. This seems to be more in line with the Uber business model:
https://www.casa.gov.au/aircraft/standard-page/amateur-built-and-experimental-aircraft
  8077 Chief Train Controller

Location: Crossing the Rubicon
Big call Donald even Tim Pallas said on news tv it would have Uber up and running before the airport link.

That in itself says failure of policy because what is stopping the airport link from being started now the same way as Uber ?
freightgate

Why is it taking so long to build the airport link?

Ansett had a helicopter service between the CBD and the airport years ago.

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