An Australian entrepreneur was reported to fly around the Statue of Liberty in New York City using a jetpack – which he claims is the World’s Only Jetpack.
On the first week of November, Australian entrepreneur David Mayman flew across the Hudson River using his jetpack – the JB-9.
Mayman and Nelson Tyler invented the jetpack and through their company, Jetpack Aviation, will be manufacturing it.
According to the Jetpack Aviation website, Mayman “became the first person to prove the viability of personal flying devices.” The jetpack model that Mayman used took ten years to finish. It uses jet turbines which makes it “powerful enough to fly thousands of feet high.”
Although it looks small, Jetpack Aviation claims that it is safe to use.
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The site also mentioned that JetPack Aviation spent millions of dollars to build the wearable flying device. Although they kept it a secret, a highly-acclaimed film team has witnessed its development and has been documenting it for the past eight years.
When the JB-9 got a flight approval from the FAA and US Coast Guard, it was a dream come true for Mayman.
He said, “It was an incredible experience, one I have been dreaming of since I was a young boy… we have just proved that personal flight is a reality, it’s here and we will stay at the forefront of this.”
“We will continue to develop the technology and have already created an extraordinary machine, truly the only jetpack in the world,” Nelson added.
JetPack Aviation claims to be the world’s only jetpack because the JB-9 uses jet turbines.
A close rival is a New Zealand Company which developed its Martin jetpack which will be available to the public by 2017, ABC News wrote. However, its jetpack is reported to use “gasoline-powered ducted fans” which according to JetPack Aviation weighs hundreds of kilos.
JetPack Aviation’s next jetpack model, JB-10, is reported to be currently in the works.