What a way to go to work in New York! Strap on your lightweight jetpack, step out the door and just fly off. Well New Yorkers have just had a demonstration of how it might be, see the video. Australian inventor David Mayman took to the air with the jetpack his firm has developed and flew over the Hudson and around the Statue of Liberty, filling us all with envy.
This one has already been in development for 10 years and while it does great things it’s not quite ready for mass production just yet. It can fly at 63 miles an hour, go up to 10,000 feet and unfortunately only stay aloft for 10 minutes. But still you could get quickly from one side of Manhatttan to another in that time or fly from Manhattan to Brooklyn.
The other big drawback is that it would be expensive to buy one. But we can all dream. There are other competitors out there but this lightweight jetpack’s competitors are producing ones that are much bigger, bulkier and heavier. David Mayman’s firm Jetpack Aviation is keen to corner the market on lightweight ones and it looks like they’re well on the way.
Given the FAA’s dithering about regulating where and how drones can fly, what hope is there they will quickly let everyone take off in their lightweight jetpacks anytime soon. The devolopment of technology that allows for new airborne delivery and travel options is proceeding much more quickly than our capacity to set up skyrules that will keep us all safe. Hop to it FAA, lets get with the future.