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Tgunner11 Jul 2018 6:11 a.m. PST

I wonder if someone will make a mini for this little gem???


But wouldn't a little bird be cheaper?



28mm Fanatik11 Jul 2018 7:11 a.m. PST

When I see the words "flying taxi cab" I think of the one in 'The Fifth Element.'


Stryderg11 Jul 2018 7:28 a.m. PST

Same here, and I'm still waiting on the personal jet packs that we were supposed to be working on since the 50's. :(

Lion in the Stars11 Jul 2018 2:56 p.m. PST

A Little Bird is not cheap. ~$1.5mil or so for an MD500, plus two pilots at $120 USDk a year (not counting benefits!) and something like $10 USDk an hour to operate.

And I'd like to know how these guys plan to get around the FAA regulation that requires a Pilot In Command.

Grimmnar Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2018 3:46 p.m. PST

An MD500 is $10 USDk an hour to operate?
Please educate me. Why would it be that high?


Vigilant12 Jul 2018 4:02 a.m. PST

Cost to operate a military aircraft includes the cost of support crew, fuel, maintenance.

28mm Fanatik12 Jul 2018 7:05 a.m. PST

… and spare parts. It would be cheaper if it's contracted out to the lowest bidder as in the civilian industry, but the Pentagon doesn't operate that way and risk the lives of servicemen. Also, the military likes insurance and puts redundancies in place, which only makes it cost even more.

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