A former business pilot who has carried out about 500 jetpack take a look at flights has admitted that he doesn’t like heights.
“I can look out of the window of an aeroplane no downside,” David Mayman, chief government of Jetpack Aviation, advised the BBC.
“However even being within the workplace once I look out of the window I really feel the hairs get up on the again of my neck.”
He added that his secret to having the ability to fly was: “I attempt to not look down.”
Jetpack Aviation is on the CES tech present in Las Vegas to indicate off a prototype of its newest jetpack mannequin, the JB-11.
It could possibly fly as excessive as 15,000ft (four,572m) for as much as 12 minutes.
Its high velocity is 200mph (321 km/h) and the utmost distance it might probably journey in a single journey is about 20 miles.
It could possibly carry an individual weighing as much as 120kg (265lb).
The machine is powered by six turbo jet engines and carries 25 litres (5.four gallons) of gas.
The controls are a mix of handbook and laptop management, Mr Mayman stated.
Tilting the joystick-like handles down modifications the vector of the thrust, pushing the gadget backwards.
“I believe it is as shut as you get to that dream of the magic carpet, simply having the ability to float gently above the bottom.”
Mr Mayman stated most of his agency’s shoppers are navy, together with the US Particular Forces, however that at some point the jetpack is also a great tool for the emergency companies.
He added that he personally grew to become concerned with the enterprise virtually by chance.
“I grew to become a jetpack pilot [because] I could not persuade anybody to fly the factor once we first began growing it 10 years in the past,” he recalled.
“So, I ended up being chief government and crash take a look at dummy.
“Once I’m within the jetpack I take a look at the horizon and I attempt to not look down previous my toes.
“I get butterflies in my tummy and the blood rushes from my mind.”
He added that his personal expertise recommended that jetpacks wouldn’t turn into a standard mode of transport, no less than of their present kind.
“Sooner or later what everyone will fly with is one thing you’d sit on,” he stated.
“One thing extra comfy than this.”