SR 1436 – Flyboard Air Demo in Naples, Florida

January 16, 2017 Bill Still

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SR 1436 – Flyboard Air Demo in Naples, Florida

Good evening, I’m still reporting on the Flyboard Air.


Nine months ago, we put up the first video of the Zapata Racing’s new Flyboard Air during the first untethered, fully-autonomous flight test. Half of our audience didn’t believe it. It was somehow faked. But 6 months later, Frankie Zapata showed up in Naples, Florida for a bigger and better demo.


The Flyboard Air runs on kerosene in the backpack of the pilot and is powered by 6 tiny turbojet engines – 4 in the center for lift and 2 outrigger engines which power horizontal motion.


Stability is maintained by a robust gyroscope.


With a full load of fuel, the Flyboard Air has an aloft time of 15 minutes.


According to a local television station in Naples, Zapata Racing does not have an experimental aircraft license, but who’s going to prosecute such a powerfully innovative device.


Zapata Racing claims that the device can reach altitudes of 10,000 feet with a top speed of 93 miles per hour.


There are no Flyboard Air’s for sale to the public yet. Airworthiness and safety tests must be done in every nation in which Zapata Racing plans to sell them. However, it is said the list price for the device will be around $4,000.


I’m still reporting from Washington. Good evening.