Jetpack Aviation (JPA) is one step closer to launching the world’s first jetpack racing series, as it has just completed a dual jetpack race with two brave pilots maneuvering the jet-powered machines capable of flying untethered above the ground at speeds up to 200 mph (320 km/h) and altitudes theoretically as high as 18,000 feet. CEO David Mayman and test pilot Boris Jarry can be seen soaring and hovering over a lake in Southern California, flying side by side and. “We did many runs up and down the lake, with the pilots slowly getting closer and closer together on each run, and found that they could fly within inches of each other when on the same level,” said Mayman. Read more for another video and additional information.
If you want to test out one of these flying machines yourself, Jetpack Aviation’s David Mayman is an FAA certified jetpack instructor and will offer classes to those willing to pay $4,950 for a full day of fun. Starting next year, JetPack Aviation will invite ‘qualified teams’ to take part in actual racing trials.
“We are also in discussions with inventors of other [vertical take-off and landing] aircraft to determine whether their aircraft are appropriate for the league. We love turbine VTOL technology and want to see the league become a place where other companies can also demonstrate their contribution to the future of transportation,” said Mayman.