Making helicopter travel more affordable

EvoLux founder Ray Leavitt says he wants to make it easier for you to book a helicopter seat. He has created computerized platforms that let you either reserve the entire helicopter or open up a helicopter you’ve booked to friends or the general public to cut your costs. Leavitt claims to have 200 helicopters enrolled in the system in major metropolitan areas, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Miami. His goal is to get enough helicopters and passengers in the sky to bring down the cost for both.

“My research shows that 781 helicopters are available for charter in the U.S.,” Leavitt says. “That isn’t much when you consider that Sao Paulo, Brazil alone has 450. On average, helicopters in the U.S. fleet fly just 0.81 hours per day, but they have the potential to do six to eight hours. You could open up that market to a huge population if you could make helicopter travel more affordable.”

Today, Leavitt says, the typical charter broker “might get six quotes for a flight and then slap a huge commission on the one that is most competitive. The customer winds up being offered an overpriced flight and the operator loses the booking because the broker got in the middle.”

Leavitt—a former charter broker who speaks from experience—thinks this system is, if not broken, certainly cumbersome for customers
and operators. “From the operator’s viewpoint, putting a quote together takes a lot of time,” he says. “Most are very small businesses.

“Our system calculates where the aircraft is, what the reposition would be, the flight and wait times, the reposition of the aircraft back, and any other fees that go into it,” Leavitt continues. “You can go to our site and  have a price quoted with all that included in less than three seconds.”

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So whats the real cause?
Lack of proper marketing and promotion?

Lack of quality helicopters?

Greed?

If theres failure...change your approach
Go back to basics

These machines are lets say $8 million
So you would need to charge $6000 x 1333 charters to get that money back

People just aren't going to do it if they can ride a jetliner for a fraction of that to t he next town

Same with planes...$4000-$30,000 just to go to the next state?

You would have to have the charter in multiple cities or states to keep it running

Thats why so many planes and helicopters are sitting collecting dust
Nobody knows about them and they are building newer planes and helicopters shortly after that one was put out onto the market

Yachts different story...last year there was almost $2 billion in exports

I pay $5000-$8000 several time a year just to go to the next state. I have a choice, a 2 hour car drive or charter. Charter wins every time when the drive would be greater than 2 hours.

I wish I could find helicopter availability as I often need to touch down in specialize areas.

I look forward to the internet connecting charter vendors with customers. Right now, it is spotty at best.

These types of ventures require an economy that is encouraging the growth of personal wealth. Consider the demise of NASAs SATS program. Prior to 2008 this business model was sustainable, but the vanishing of personal wealth saw the collapse of the target market.

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