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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.

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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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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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Swiss ‘Jetman’ Yves Rossy ditches in Atlantic

Jetman Yves Rossy

The Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy found himself in deep water today after a bid to make the first intercontinental flight using a jet-powered wing strapped to his back failed.

Rossy, 50, planned to fly 24 miles (38km) across the Strait of Gibraltar from Tangier in Morocco to Atlanterra in southern Spain, at a speed of almost 140mph (220kph).

His daredevil flight should have taken around 13 minutes, but shortly after setting off the “Jetman” disappeared from TV feeds.

Live pictures soon showed him in the Atlantic, swimming around beside his parachute.

The reason for his failure was not immediately apparent, but the ex-military pilot appeared unhurt and waved at a passing TV crew.

A search and rescue team codenamed Falcon 1, involving former special forces members, winched him to safety before he was taken to hospital by helicopter.

Stuart Sterzel, CEO of the challenge’s sponsors Webtel, speculated that Rossy had experienced engine failure.

He said he had no doubts that the pilot would “dust himself off” and make another bid in the future, expected to take place in the new year.

“Nothing worthwhile has ever been achieved on the first attempt,” he said. “One tries and tries again.

“No, he did not make it from Africa to Europe. But yes, it was success, because it was man’s first effort to make it across and full marks for his courage.”

Mr Sterzel added that Rossy had also achieved a minor triumph, noting: “He would have (reached European waters) because European waters start just off the coast of Morocco.”

He said that the Spanish Coastguard would recover the two-metre-long carbon-fibre wing, which is powered by four jet engines and steered by the pilot’s body movements.

Organisers covering the event on the micro-blogging site Twitter suggested that the weather may have contributed to the mishap, commenting that the “winds were certainly difficult today”.

Rossy made headlines in September 2008 when he became the first person to cross the English Channel between France and Britain using a jet-powered wing.

A global audience witnessed him leap from a plane more than 8,200ft (2,500m) above France before soaring at more than 100mph over one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes on his home-made wing.

His team said today’s Africa to Europe attempt was the logical next challenge.

Speaking before the flight, Rossy said that the main dangers were engine failure and losing control of the wing.

“But there’s always plan B. I can ditch the wing and open the parachute. If I land in the water, there are people to come and get me,” he said.

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