Statue of Liberty circled by a jetpack daredevil [w/Video]
Jetpack flights are always grand and exciting to look over. We witness that just a few days ago when a duo jetpack flyers chased an airliner in Dubai to pull-off a stunt that is surreal. Now, Jetpack Aviation wants to give you one more reason to believe in commercially feasible VTOL jetpacks along with the Martin Jetpack that’s got everyone craving to wear a jetpack and feel like a superhero.
To showcase their commercially possible jetpack dubbed JB-9, David Mayman, Jetpack Aviation chief took on the challenge of flying in a jetpack around the famous Statue of Liberty in a controlled flight. David flew the jetpack quite a distance away from the statue, but a daring feat none-the-less.
The jetpack itself is very well designed and houses a jet-turbine fitted to the back which gives rocket like thrust to the rider. Safety is a major issue with jetpacks and the company is confident about their product which they believe is going to be a game changer.
For now it has a maximum flight time of 10 minutes depending on the weight of person wearing it and other environmental conditions. It carries 10 gallons of kerosene fuel on-board and burns a gallon per minute in the current prototype. At this point the pilot has to wear a fireproof Nomex suit since there are hot gases being expelled.
The jetpack is controlled using a twist grip controlling yaw which tilts the jet engines in either direction for maneuverability. Surprisingly, this jetpack can go at a top speed of 200 km/h, but regulations force the pilot to keep speed down to 100 km/h.