Messing about on the water is great fun, but jetting about above the water is totally awesome, especially when you’re strapped to the jaw-droppingly impressive JetLev Flyer. People, we have lift off!
If you’re sitting there mouthing ‘Up, up and WTF?’ whilst fumbling about for your popped-out eyeballs, prepare to be totally blown away as we tell you about this amazing water-powered jetpack. The result of years of painstaking R&D, the precision-made JetLev allows you to achieve stable, controlled flight as you soar 10 metres above the water at speeds of up to 35km/h. Best of all you’ll look like some kind of unhinged superhero. Jetskis and paragliders? How passé.
Control your thrusts
In case you’re wondering how this revolutionary personal flying machine works, wonder no more. The carbon-fibre JetLev is tethered via a flexible supply hose to a separate boat-like unit containing a sucktastic 4-stroke engine. This whooshes pressurised water into the jetpack, which then generates thrust by nozzle reaction force (whatever that is). It’s a bit like riding a pair of high-powered, easy-to-control fire hoses. Wahay!
Even though the JetLev can generate upwards of 500 lb of thrust, its intuitive fly-by-wire digital controls are ludicrously simple to adjust; nozzle angles determine allocation of thrust between lift and propulsion (forward, neutral or reverse); nozzle deflection generates yaw moments, while shifting your weight from side-to-side generates roll moments. You’ll be pulling off Iron Man-style manoeuvres in no time. We’ll even throw in a free lesson from a qualified trainer to get you started.
Ooohhh ooohhh... Jet!
Unlike a regular jetpack (surely you’ve got one?) this water-based vehicle is incredibly safe because its supply hose limits altitude. Besides, the only thing you’re liable to damage upon hitting the water is your ego – and if you can afford a personal jetpack that’s probably unbreakable anyway.
Ideal for maverick millionaires, hotel owners, Bond wannabes, watersports enthusiasts and anyone who’s ever dreamt of flying, the JetLev is probably the most WTF?! product we’ve ever stocked. And that’s some accolade when you’re up against Batmobiles and flying cars. So what are you waiting for? Jet outta here!
The Jetpack is buoyant
Mandatory Type II or III Coast Guard approved PFD provides impact cushioning and floatation
High power-to-weight ratio:
Traditional designs of airplanes suffer from low thrust-to-weight ratios which limit their performance and agility. Even F/A-18 E/F fighter jets can barely overcome the force of gravity. To achieve a dramatic improvement in this ratio, we decided to locate the propulsion source on a separate boat-like unit, and transmit low pressure, high flow water to the jetpack through a supply hose and generate thrusts by nozzle reaction force.
Inherent stability and effortless control:
Even though the jetpack can generate upwards of 500 lbf (2220 N) of thrust for lift and propulsion, the flight controls are isolated from that thrust and only take a few ounces of effort to adjust.
Simple, intuitive flight controls:
Fly-by-wire digital throttle control; nozzles angles determine allocation of thrust between lift and propulsion (forward, neutral or reverse); differential nozzle deflection generates yaw moments; and weight shifting from side-to-side generates roll moments.
Flexible supply hose/tether:
A flexible water supply hose delivers power to the jetpack with pressurized water. It also serves as the tether, enforces a flight ceiling, discourages the pilot from flying over land, acts as a stabilizer, dampens vibrations, and maintains forward heading stability of the jetpack in flight.
Jetpack dry weight approximately 30 lbs (14kg)
Maximum Thrust: 430 lbf (1,900N)
Thrust-to-weight (150-lb or 68 kg pilot, at takeoff): 2.3 : 1
Measured top speed (150-lb or 68 kg pilot): 22mph (35km/h)
Hose length: 33ft (10m)
Flight ceiling (measured at feet level): 28 feet (8.5m)