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There were no taking off of boots, no putting of toilet articles in seperate transparent pouches and it was not necessary to reach the airport two hour before the flights. Within the scope of the Blackbird airsharing app's medial fly, we went straight onto the asphalt to the airplane doorstep at the small but bustling San Carlos airport.
Blackbird Hitch, the latest Blackbird flight services, allows travellers to fly on smaller private aircraft and share travelling expenses (i.e. petrol and diesel as well as all airports and hire charges) with the pilots and all travellers. So we flew less than 100 nautical miles southwards and back for a full days excursion to show how smoothly and simply all this could be if folks could only embrace aviation as a regular - and not an outlandish - travelling choice.
Normally this journey would costs the pilots about 200 dollars per way. Schwarzbird said there is "a small deal fee" for travel posted through Hitch, but would not divide an accurate number. Pilots already flying from Palo Alto to Santa Barbara can pair up with a pair looking for a ride to the same goal.
Someone else who wishes to take a journey can ask for a ticket and have it coordinated with the group. All of a sudden a $200 one-way journey for the driver is split between four drivers and costs $50 per passenger. Pretty good in comparison to commercially available fares. Blackbird apps are used for match and reservation, feeling like a mix of a classic airlines application and Uber or Lyft, providing detail about flyers, their experiences and reviews from other people.
The Blackbird plan is to occupy all the empty spaces in an airplane (normally a single airline driver drives with four or more empty seats) and reduce flight and passenger expenses. Blackbird currently runs Hitch in California, but will soon be expanded to Florida and finally to New York.
BLACKBIRDS uses the vast US airport hub of some 1,200 local aerodromes, which can be less frequented and more costly than the country's 400 large international hubs. Nor do they require much or nothing from the aircraft in order to make a landing. Also, Hotbird is trying to build a piloting comunity. Knowing that many aircraft and flight seat remain idle almost all weekend.
Blackbird, like Uber, Lyft or Airbnb, wants to use this additional space. In the last few weeks, a journey from San Carlos to Burbank, California, brought three different travellers together for a hitch ride, making the plane much less solitary and much less expensive for the pilots, especially as they would already be making the journey.
Hitch is shockably cheap for private aviation, while other Blackbird platforms are more costly. The reservation that offers you a place on a regular airline ticket can be about $300, while the reservation that lets you rent your own ticket can be more than $1,000. In order to show how the airline sharing system works, the airline took a small group of reporters on a "lunch trip" from San Carlos, California, just south of San Francisco, to Monterey, California, further along the shore.
This is usually a little more than an hours and a half ride, but our ride lasted about 30 min, with the airplane hovering at only 7,000 ft. Remember that these are small airplanes and I have travelled a great deal in a relatively brief space of one year. Those of us who feel a little uneasy about a rough ride through the breeze (I have to admit that I am) might even want to take a bustling ride on the floor to prevent sickness.
Founding founder and CEO Rudd Davis, who started Groupon-acquired Start-upSwarm before joining Blackbird in San Francisco last year, has a more powerful tummy than me. He' s trying to normalise private aviation. Rather than pushing it up with more and more comforts ( and a higher and higher price), he wants to reduce cost and make such air travel available to those who are normally in use.
He also knows other start-ups of "Uber for planes" that appeared before Blackbird (remember JetSmarter, who tried to blackmail journalists?). However, most are about combining travellers with the most luxury travelling experiences, not the cheapest. His talk was about family, commuter, traveller, vacationer and excursionist who take advantages of a faster ride.
His wish is for private aviation to become something for daily life, not just for rock stars and billions. It knows that ideas about the costs and security of private aviation must be changed. Thus he can be on something with cheap journeys with licenced and certificated pilot. However much Davis and the Blackbird crew want to believe it, we are an auto-centric group.
It is still simpler and is considered safe, even if aviation is safer from a statistical point of view. By the time mini-airports like Uber's future oriented Skype ports appear in all towns and villages, small scale aviation will probably not work well enough to determine the airline community stream. Although pilot rides keep the cost low, this kind of trip is likely to be limited to specific events.
However, for those who can stand it, some good offers are just a click away from a game and a game.