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APD | Sharing helicopter to be introduced in China

Lifestyle2018-05-17

By APD writer Gong Chen A fresh sharing business model - shared helicopter – was introduced at the Third Silk Road International Fair in the city of Xi’an, northwest China’s Shaanxi Province on May 11, attracting visitors’ attention. The shared helicopter on display was the R44 four-seat light helicopter, which was produced by the U.S.-based Robinson Helicopter Company. The aircraft, with a length of 12 meters, a height of 3.2 meters and a width of 2.3 meters, has a range of 600 km and an endurance of four hours. It will charge users as much as 15,000 yuan ($2367) per hour, and services such as private or commercial pilot license training and emergency aid are available for users, said Wu Wei, the founder of the program. Operating the helicopter-sharing scheme will be much more challenging than other shared products, he said. In addition to the construction of parking aprons, the amount of deposit the users should pay, the flying regulations users should abide by are among top issues to be tackled in the future. Moreover, obtaining pilots’ license is a must for users before flying the helicopter by themselves, according to Wu. The program also needs support and supervision from air traffic control departments, Wu added. Sharing economy, also known as collaborative consumption or economy, has brought great convenience to people’s lives. After the popular shared bikes have become an important means of transportation, a diverse variety of shared products such as shared umbrellas, shared power banks, shared gym rooms and shared autos spring up in China. (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

By APD writer Gong Chen

A fresh sharing business model - shared helicopter – was introduced at the Third Silk Road International Fair in the city of Xi’an, northwest China’s Shaanxi Province on May 11, attracting visitors’ attention.

The shared helicopter on display was the R44 four-seat light helicopter, which was produced by the U.S.-based Robinson Helicopter Company. The aircraft, with a length of 12 meters, a height of 3.2 meters and a width of 2.3 meters, has a range of 600 km and an endurance of four hours.

It will charge users as much as 15,000 yuan ($2367) per hour, and services such as private or commercial pilot license training and emergency aid are available for users, said Wu Wei, the founder of the program.

Operating the helicopter-sharing scheme will be much more challenging than other shared products, he said.

In addition to the construction of parking aprons, the amount of deposit the users should pay, the flying regulations users should abide by are among top issues to be tackled in the future. Moreover, obtaining pilots’ license is a must for users before flying the helicopter by themselves, according to Wu.

The program also needs support and supervision from air traffic control departments, Wu added.

Sharing economy, also known as collaborative consumption or economy, has brought great convenience to people’s lives. After the popular shared bikes have become an important means of transportation, a diverse variety of shared products such as shared umbrellas, shared power banks, shared gym rooms and shared autos spring up in China.

(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

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