And now for something a little different.
I’ve spent the last week in Las Vegas for work, attending CES — the consumer electronics mega tradeshow.
Calling CES a big event is an understatement — more than 175,000 people attend it each year, making it the biggest trade show on the planet. All the big tech companies have a presence at CES, and Uber, the car ridesharing service was no exception. Uber just hit Las Vegas four months ago, and they’re working hard to make an impact for CES attendees.
Case in point: UberCHOPPER.
That’s right, you can call a helicopter ride through Uber. And, as a pilot, I just couldn’t resist.
UberCHOPPER a $99 flat-fee service that picks you up, takes you to Maverick Helicopters at McCarran Airport (KLAS), and puts you on a 15-minute helicopter tour of the Las Vegas Strip in a late-model Eurocopter EC130 turbine helicopter.
(Normally, Maverick charges $124 for these flights.)
I went on the first day they were doing it. Riding shotgun was a representative from Uber corporate, who wrangled the communications between Uber and Maverick, passing on details like my name and weight for the flight. In other words, they’re probably not making any money on these. It’s probably just a special for CES.
It was a really great experience, in part because I set it up using the uber app, and in part because I was the only customer in the last flight tour of the night.
You can see a short video of my tour below:
If you’re ever in Las Vegas, I’d definitely recommend doing a tour with Maverick — especially if it’s offered by Uber.