CES 2018: Jetpack Aviation’s arch has fear of heights

David Mayman and jetpack

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Mr Mayman is compelling a stirring jetpack during a CES tech show

A former blurb commander who has carried out about 500 jetpack exam flights has certified that he does not like heights.

“I can demeanour out of a window of an aeroplane no problem,” David Mayman, arch executive of Jetpack Aviation, told a BBC.

“But even being in a bureau when we demeanour out of a window we feel a hairs mount adult on a behind of my neck.”

He combined that his tip to being means to fly was: “I try not to demeanour down.”

Jetpack Aviation is during a CES tech uncover in Las Vegas to uncover off a antecedent of a latest jetpack model, a JB-11.

It can fly as high as 15,000ft (4,572m) for adult to 12 minutes.

Its tip speed is 200mph (321 km/h) and a limit stretch it can ride in a singular tour is about 20 miles.

It can lift a chairman weighing adult to 120kg (265lb).

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Mr Mayman jetted over Port of Long Beach, California for this print in Nov 2016

The appurtenance is powered by 6 turbo jet engines and carries 25 litres (5.4 gallons) of fuel.

The controls are a reduction of primer and mechanism control, Mr Mayman said.

Tilting a joystick-like handles down changes a matrix of a thrust, pulling a device backwards.

“I consider it’s as tighten as we get to that dream of a sorcery carpet, only being means to boyant kindly above a ground.”

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The antecedent is able of brief trips though not prolonged stretch travel

Mr Mayman pronounced many of his firm’s clients are military, including a US Special Forces, though that one day a jetpack could also be a useful apparatus for a puncture services.

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He combined that he privately became concerned with a business roughly by accident.

“I became a jetpack commander [because] we couldn’t remonstrate anyone to fly a thing when we initial started building it 10 years ago,” he recalled.

“So, we finished adult being arch executive and pile-up exam dummy.

“When I’m in a jetpack we demeanour during a setting and we try not to demeanour down past my feet.

“I get butterflies in my stomach and a blood rushes from my brain.”

He combined that his possess knowledge suggested that jetpacks would not turn a common mode of transport, during slightest in their stream form.

“In a destiny what everybody will fly with is something we would lay on,” he said.

“Something some-more gentle than this.”

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