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blackcab    1,660
3 hours ago, Crossy said:

One has to offset quality of life outside work against commute time. Back home in the UK many people spend a lot longer going to work in central London packed like sardines into the trains and tube.

 

There is a Japanese guy who works near our house a couple of days a week.

 

He flies into Bangkok from Japan then catches a helicopter from the airport which lands on the roof of his office. He flies home each night.

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Thian    3,169
1 hour ago, blackcab said:

 

There is a Japanese guy who works near our house a couple of days a week.

 

He flies into Bangkok from Japan then catches a helicopter from the airport which lands on the roof of his office. He flies home each night.

I wonder why there aren't more helicopters in BKK...i rarely see one but have never seen one landing on a rooftop.

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blackcab    1,660
2 hours ago, Thian said:

I wonder why there aren't more helicopters in BKK...i rarely see one but have never seen one landing on a rooftop.

 

Cost and lack of flexibility. You can't just land anywhere you fancy in Bangkok. As such you are pretty much limited to certain designated rooftops.  This cuts down on flexibility a lot.

 

You also need the permission of the building's authorised person to land. If you try landing on some random office block without permission you will probably find the roof access locked and nobody will be around with the correct key. As helicopters tend to drop off their passengers and then immediately leave, this could leave you baking in the sun while you try and make yourself known.

 

In addition, on a commercial flight a helicopter landing on a roof needs to be twin engined for safety reasons, which increases the cost substantially.

 

Because you pay for the entire flight time from the airport and back to the airport it doesn't really make sense to hire a helicopter to go from Sukhumvit to Sathorn either - however it's perfect if you are at the airport and then want to fly to work on a regular basis as everyone knows what is happening.

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Thian    3,169
9 hours ago, blackcab said:

 

Cost and lack of flexibility. You can't just land anywhere you fancy in Bangkok. As such you are pretty much limited to certain designated rooftops.  This cuts down on flexibility a lot.

 

You also need the permission of the building's authorised person to land. If you try landing on some random office block without permission you will probably find the roof access locked and nobody will be around with the correct key. As helicopters tend to drop off their passengers and then immediately leave, this could leave you baking in the sun while you try and make yourself known.

 

In addition, on a commercial flight a helicopter landing on a roof needs to be twin engined for safety reasons, which increases the cost substantially.

 

Because you pay for the entire flight time from the airport and back to the airport it doesn't really make sense to hire a helicopter to go from Sukhumvit to Sathorn either - however it's perfect if you are at the airport and then want to fly to work on a regular basis as everyone knows what is happening.

There are plenty of superrich in BKK who own whole buildings. They also can easy afford a helicopter and a pilot, there must be some rule or law keeping the choppers out of the city.

 

Also the rivers could be used more efficiently and have better/faster ways of transport on them. 

 

 

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blackcab    1,660
31 minutes ago, Thian said:

There are plenty of superrich in BKK who own whole buildings. They also can easy afford a helicopter and a pilot, there must be some rule or law keeping the choppers out of the city.

 

There is a 10 nautical mile restricted area centred on Victory Monument. Flying below 3,000 feet is not allowed without the permission of the Director of Civil Aviation (unless taking off or landing).

 

It is normal for helicopters to be given such permission, after all that is what helipads were invented for.

 

The helicopter would have to be twin engined, flying VFR with commercially qualified pilots with the correct type ratings.

 

Some aviation companies have a standing authority to fly in the congested area within specified parameters as it reduces repetitive application procedures. Such authority is a privaledge rather than a right.

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Gordons    4

There's no doubt that the traffic is much worse than 2006. I've no issue with everyone owning a car if they want one. It's a free country, largely - indeed that what the name means. But the issue is using it to go down town, mainly to work. This is where improvement to public transport and cycle lane, car sharing etc is needed to reduce congestion dramatically - not to mention reducing the absurdity large volume of uneccesary taxis circulating constantly like vultures. 

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lamyai3    438
On 8/15/2017 at 9:13 AM, blackcab said:

 

There is a Japanese guy who works near our house a couple of days a week.

 

He flies into Bangkok from Japan then catches a helicopter from the airport which lands on the roof of his office. He flies home each night.

I like his style. 

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