Flyboard “hoverboard” becomes real — beyond recreation, this spectacular tech may have practical applications

Watching the Flyboard Air fly is breath-taking. Mankind has been able to fly for many years, with the aid of big, cumbersome machines. It has been a dream of many to develop “personal” flight — Ironman without the armour. Although Flyboard is niche — not even yet available for either civilian commercial or recreational use — but the technology is impressive and may have far-reaching applications. The level of control in-flight is impressive — and certainly good enough to win the Guinness World Record.

Only $250K

Only is a relative term, but for breakout tech, $250,000 is a relative bargain for Flyboard Air and the promise of free flight. Developed by Zapata Racing, the developers of the already-in-market Flyboard water jet (similar idea, but you jet around with water propulsion), the “Air” version of Flyboard is not yet available for either recreational or civilian use — yet.

 

Engineered Design Insider Free Flight with Zappa Racing Flyboard Air won Guiness World RecordOil Gas Automotive Aerospace Industry Magazine
The Flyboard Air won the Guinness World Record.

 

Could it have military applications? Certainly. Could it have civilian applications? Maybe. Could it be viable recreation? Certainly, for the fairly wealthy. The engineering is impressive, and possibly the beginning of something really practical in near-future.

 

Engineered Design Insider Flyboard AirOil Gas Automotive Aerospace Industry Magazine
Zappa Racing’s exciting Flyboard Air costs only $250,000 and is not yet available for civilian or recreation flight.

 

  • Top speed: 150 km/hr
  • Autonomous flight: up to 10,000 feet (currently)

Until then, the slightly more affordable ESH Flyboard Pro Series (water jet version) is available for recreational use. [Zappa Racing website>>]

 

 

 

 

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