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Martin Jetpack Flying Machine

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Well, by both common usage and science it is a jet. We already have jet ski and jet boat. I do not believe that an aviation engineer will be able to convince all those owners to start calling their devices a ‘water pump propelled boats’.

In the end we found that 95% plus of people call it a jetpack when they see it, so why fight that ?

If you have a very narrow view of what a ‘true jetpack’ is (i.e. that it is a pure jet) then none have ever been built. The closest would have been the Bell jet belt, but again this was not a ‘true jet’, it was bypass ratio gas turbine powered. In fact I cannot think of any ‘true jets’ in the GA industry, most are Fanjets.

Perhaps now you see that the ‘correct answer’ is far more complicated and debatable, so much so that normally it is not worth even starting the discussion, because the ‘correct’ answer relates to opinion not fact.

Source:  Martin Jetpack

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Hydrofloors enable the client to exploit the surface area of a swimming pool

hydrofloor  Hydrofloors enable the client to exploit the surface area of a swimming pool

Hydrofloors® vertically movable floors enable the client to exploit the surface area of a swimming pool by converting the associated terrace or indoor pool room for other uses e.g. recreation, social events, for dining and dancing.

The system is near invisible, flexible, rapidly adaptable and safe, being in compliance with relevant national safety standards. The concept is that the floor height of the pool may be elevated to set at any pre-selected water depth such as wading depth for children or a depth suited to those with special needs. This makes the pool itself diverse and multifunctional

The highest elevated position of the floor is that of the pool surround, at which point the water is out of sight beneath the floor. When fully elevated, the entire area becomes totally safe and secure for children to use. Additionally, since the pool is fully closed, energy costs for heating are greatly reduced.

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JetLev Water Propeled Jet Pack

Our unique training system is designed to advance your flying skills quickly and efficiently and help make your first and every Jetlev flight experience enjoyable. The basic training program for end users includes:

  • A high quality training video that can be viewed online on our website and other sites, or at a rental agency before your Jetlev flight session.
  • A radio communication system whereby your instructor can guide you through the on-water training program.
  • A remote control system whereby the instructor can take over control of your throttle at the outset while you focus on learning nozzle angle controls. When the instructor feels that you are ready, he/she can remotely hand the throttle control back to you.

The training video will show you how Jetlev works and how you can learn to master the basic skills to enjoy unassisted solo flight in as little as six minutes on the water. Some student pilots will take longer.

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The Motorcycle Air Conditioning System

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The EntroSys Motorcycle Air Conditioning system comprises two main subsystems: a compact personal air conditioner unit; and a lightweight air delivery garment. Conditioned air - cooled or heated – is driven into the riding gear through an air hose. The A/C unit is controlled by a key-chain wireless remote control unit.

Providing a comfortable micro-climate under the riding protective garment facilitates a relaxed and safer ride.

The system is environmentally friendly as it is based on solid-state technology and does not use harmful gases, as do conventional compressor-based systems.

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Skydiving Adventure

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Want to know what it feels like to fly?  Get a jump on fun and excitement with a tandem skydive!  No experience is necessary in this dual harness parachute experience.  Just suit up and head skyward, taking in beautiful panoramic views from the air.  Thrill to an exhilarating rush of sensations as you make the jump, free fall at speeds of up to 120 mph, then float serenely back to earth – all the while securely harnessed to the instructor.

  • Suit up with goggles, jumpsuit, and harness and get a short lesson in skydiving basics
  • Board a plane and start the climb, watching the stunning Texas scenery
  • At 13,000 feet, hook up to the instructor’s harness, take a deep breath, then jump
  • After 8,000 feet of freefall, the instructor opens the parachute and steers you to the landing area

Source:   Excitations

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Airgyro Sportcopter 2 Personal Sport Plane

airgyro sportcopter 2 personal sport plane

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The Sportcopter 2 has features like no other two-place gyroplane on the market today. The fully composite cabin design makes for the most aerodynamic and good looking gyroplane on the market. The cabin and engine of the SS are completely enclosed, with removable doors and engine cowling, giving it all-weather capability, simplified maintenance, added propeller efficiency and effective protection of vital components. It has a hydraulic pre-rotator, the strongest rotorhead on a gyroplane, disc brakes, and a very large stabilizer system that includes fixed vertical stabilzers followed by the steerable rudder, and a large horizontal stabilizer. The frame itself is made of steel.

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Highway Aerocar

leigh aerosystems high road personal sport plane

leigh aerosystems high road personal sport plane

The key flight operational and performance goals are summarized as follows:

- FAA certification for instrument flight operations
- 100LL fuel
- 180 mph cruise speed at 15,000 ft.
- 20,000 ft ceiling
- 500 mile range

Projected road performance is:

- 25 mpg fuel consumption
- 500 mile range

High Road has successfully completed initial wind tunnel tests at the San Diego Air and Space Museum 12 ft tunnel and detailed mechanical and structural design is underway.

Source:  Leigh Aero Systems

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Amazing Viewing Platforms

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Dachstein Skywalk – Austria

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Iguazu Viewing Platform

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5 Fingers Viewing Platform

Source:  Toxel

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RCA Airnergy Charger Harvests Electricity From WiFi Signals – CES 2010

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This thing is, seriously, the highlight of CES for me (so far) this year. 3D TVs and eBook readers are fine, but there’s nothing amazing about them.

The Airnergy Charger is amazing.

This little box has, inside it, some kind of circuitry that harvests WiFi energy out of the air and converts it into electricity. This has been done before, but the Airnergy is able to harvest electricity with a high enough efficiency to make it practically useful: on the CES floor, they were able to charge a BlackBerry from 30% to full in about 90 minutes, using nothing but ambient WiFi signals as a power source.

The Airnergy has a battery inside it, so you can just carry it around and as long as you’re near some WiFi, it charges itself. Unlike a solar charger, it works at night and you can keep it in your pocket. Of course, proximity to the WiFi source and the number of WiFi sources is important, but at the rate it charges, if you have a home wireless network you could probably just leave anywhere in your house overnight and it would be pretty close to full in the morning.

Source:   Oh Gizmo

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The FIREBIRD – R is a wingsuit which offers an incredible flat glide ratio

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The FIREBIRD  - R is a wingsuit which offers an incredible performance range; flat glide ratio and maneuverability combined with harmony and total ease of use. The FIREBIRD ™-R is the first all around wingsuit in the world that has semi-rigid Mylar ribs – every rib. You won’t notice them until you push hard, pull some G’s and take it to your limits. But when the time comes to go for it FIREBIRD -R gives you what you ask for .. and maybe a bit more.

Special features:

- BIRDMAN® Bi-Convex wing profile. Trailing edge that decreases drag and makes the wing faster through the airstream generating extra speed and lift.

- Wind-tunnel tested wing design maximizes high-performance without compromising access to BOC pilot chute making the suit most comfortable at the pull time.

- Front- and back air-inlets with Airlocks allow smooth flying even when flying on your back.

- New wingtip grippers with “pockets” that allow perfect control of the arm wing.

- New Semi-Rigid rib technology that prevents wing-movement during the flight and increases performance.

Source:  Bird-Man

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