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WaspAir

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Is the future of urban transportation really to be carrying only one passenger at a time, with ATC radio clearances for every take-off?
 

PW_Plack

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If you're in a major metro area with a Class B airport with a 30-mile Mode C veil, you'll be contacting clearance for every takeoff no matter what you fly. But it does seem odd that a commuter-class aircraft would be designed with just one seat. Even helicopters which usually fly only one passenger in today's setting have four or more seats.
 

eutrophicated1

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That's the great thing about America; even though most cars can carry 4-6 people, most of them only have 1 person in them... ;) Maybe there ought to be a law that all cars have to carry 3 or more people. But then, where would we put all our stuff?
 

PW_Plack

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Maybe there ought to be a law that all cars have to carry 3 or more people.
Great. Now all I have to do is find two reliable hitchhikers to go to and from work with me everyday.

The US has a tariff law right now which suppresses the availability of compact pickup trucks. How 'bout we open that up and let me buy a small standard-cab pickup that seats two?
 

WaspAir

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If you're in a major metro area with a Class B airport with a 30-mile Mode C veil, you'll be contacting clearance for every takeoff no matter what you fly. But it does seem odd that a commuter-class aircraft would be designed with just one seat. Even helicopters which usually fly only one passenger in today's setting have four or more seats.
Since there was a recording playing of a voice-delivered radio clearance, I assumed one human pilot (to request and respond to the clearance) and one passenger. If it were expected to be autonomous, with 2 pax and no live pilot, I would expect a data-link clearance code to be delivered to the onboard computer and no audible radio chatter.

I also expect the cost per mile to be outrageous, and this whole proposed business to go the way of roof-top helipads in NYC.
 

PW_Plack

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I still have my Mitsubishi Mighty Max. They where affordable back in 1987. 230,000 miles and still going.
In 1992, when I lived in Florida, I bought a new Isuzu Q16 pickup for $8300 with air conditioning. I drove it 11 years and 175k miles. Did the brakes twice and the clutch once. Wish I'd made the investment to fix a few minor issues and kept it. It's still my favorite vehicle of all I've owned.
 

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Probably the next big step is low level autonomous electric quadcopter 4-6 passenger designs for urban commuting. We're pretty close to being there in terms of the technology already. The FAA is already gearing up for autonomous drone deliveries. ADS-B makes it all workable.
 
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