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Look at all those wings! If it looks like, walks like, talks like a helicopter it is a helicopter.

In the USA, the costs to get a drivers license varies between $20 to $1,000, depending upon the state. The costs to get a private pilots license is on average $9,900. Up to 500 times more expensive.

The costs to get a commercial pilots license on average is $30,000. Depending upon your pilot school, the costs could be twice that. You will need a commercial pilots license if you plan to charge passengers a fare to fly with you.

The additional costs to get a commercial drivers license for driving a bus is at a minimum $1,000. You could eliminate much of this additional cost if your employer provides the training. But few employers hire new drivers in this category without having the license already, and those that do train you pay you less salary initially.

Will the size of your pocketbook allow you to be driving a car or piloting a helicopter?

There are already many helicopter landing pads throughout most American cities. Are more really needed?
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Flying Taxis Will Hit LA Skies by 2024, According to a California Startup’s Plan

https://singularityhub.com/2021/02/2...startups-plan/

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- Air taxis still seem like a far-off concept, especially in a time when a lot of people have stopped flying or using shared transportation altogether. But the technology has continued to advance nonetheless, as has the regulatory environment that will be a big part of determining when flying taxis can safely and legally take to the skies. An announcement this week from electric aircraft startup Archer Aviation just brought a future where you can hail a flight across town one step closer. — Archer announced yesterday that it plans to launch a network of air taxis in the city by 2024. The aircraft manufacturer joined forces with the LA mayor’s office, its Department of Transportation, and a public-private partnership called Urban Movement Labs to form the Urban Air Mobility Partnership, which will work on integrating air taxis into LA’s existing transportation networks and regulatory framework. The partnership is also working on designing “vertiports” where the taxis would take off and land, though helipads or parking garages could be used for this purpose initially.

- Archer’s version of a flying taxi is called the Maker. It looks a bit like a helicopter, except instead of one large propeller above the cabin, it has three propellers sprouting from each of its two wings. The all-electric, zero-emissions aircraft can go up to 60 miles on a single charge, and can travel at speeds up to 1 50 miles per hour. The windows give passengers a 270-degree view, and if the outside world zooming past below you isn’t entertaining enough, there’s also a touch screen for flight information and other entertainment options. — If you’re thinking “this all sounds alright, but city traffic is already loud enough. the last thing we need is to add the sound of little planes roaring around overhead day and night,” fear not the Maker is surprisingly quiet, with a decibel level of just 45. This falls somewhere between the “lowest limit of urban ambient sound” and a “quiet suburb.” — Though all the stats are in place, Archer hasn’t actually started manufacturing Makers yet. Earlier this year it announced a partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).

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Old Posted Feb 25, 2021, 1:41 AM
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Flying Taxis Will Hit LA Skies by 2024, According to a California Startup’s Plan
That is not an automobile, it is a plane. Do you know how much it will cost to get a commercial pilots license to fly one of these helicopters?
A class c motor vehicle license in California staying on the ground costs:
https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/driver...icensing-fees/
Class C
– Original
– Renewal
– Adding a motorcycle license (Class M1/M2)
Fee $38
– Duplicate (replace lost or stolen)
– Info update
– Adding a firefighter endorsement
Fee $30
Driving (behind-the-wheel) retest
Fee $8
Class M1/M2
– Original
– Renewal
Fee $38
– Duplicate (replace lost or stolen)
– Info update
Fee $30
Driving (behind-the-wheel) retest
Fee $8
Original = $38+$8 = $46
At the time of the link I provided was made.

FAA commercial pilots license
https://costaide.com/pilot-license-cost/
The cost of pilots license will depend on which type of certification you would like to take. In getting certified you need to pass two test and those are the flying test and the written test.
A written test will approximately cost you from $200 to $400. For the flying test, below are the approximate rate depending on the type of license you are taking:
Commercial Pilot License – from $12000 to $17000
The written exams would contain 60 multiple-choice questions. You can take the exam at a FAA Testing Center and you need to get a 70% passing mark. After the written exam, you would need to take a flight ride together with an FAA-certified examiner wherein the examiner will ask you a series of question to check on your ability to fly.

And that does not include any training costs to lean how to fly.
Good luck!
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‘Flying taxi’ startup Volocopter picks up another $241M, says service is now two years out

https://techcrunch.com/2021/03/02/fl...two-years-out/

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- Volocopter, a startup out of southern Germany (Bruchsal, specifically) that has been building and testing electric VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft, has picked up €200 million (about $241 million) in a Series D round of funding. Alongside its aircraft, Volocopter has also been building a business case in which its vessels will be used in a taxi-style fleet in urban areas. CEO Florian Reuter tells us that live services are now two years out for the two vehicle models it has been developing.

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Flying Electric 'Seaglider' Ferry May Be the Best Way To Travel Between Coastal Cities

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- Flying shuttles and taxis are likely to buzz overhead in the coming years, offering sustainable and smooth travel options. You can now add Regent's "Seaglider" to that ever-increasing list of futuristic travel options. The Boston-based startup is creating an all-electric flying ferry to link up coastal communities, which it's aptly calling the Seaglider. One of the Seaglider's top-selling points is that it can dock and leave from existing dock infrastructure, allowing its 10 passengers to bypass frustrating airport checks, or long train and bus journey times. On top of that, it can travel at speeds of up to 180 mph (290 km/h) over 180-mile distances (290 km). And the cherry on top of the cake is that it runs on zero emissions.

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