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JetPack Takes Flight Over Sydney Harbour

JetPack's have long been been part of modern mythology, with many of us wondering when we will have our own personalised flying machines. Wonder no more.

Presented by Robb Report Australia & New Zealand, Coinspot and JetPack Aviation with support from sponsors, SevenFriday Australia, Toast Creative, Langton’s, Kanebridge and Marc & Yves Skincare, David Mayman, CEO and Chief Test Pilot of JetPack Aviation returned to Sydney to fly his Jetpack, the JB10 around Sydney Harbour.

“I was a little bit nervous, last time I flew in the harbour in 2010 was with a rocketbelt and I fell in the water, so it was good to get in the air and land safely.” says Mayman post-flight. “There is added pressure being a Sydney boy and flying in front of somewhere so iconic, but to do it and do it right is something special.”

For the best part of 15 years David has been obsessed with making personal aviation a reality. Through working with self-flight legends, Nelson Tyler and Bill Suitor, the Australian developed a prototype, taking its maiden flight in June 2015 before flying the JB-9 around the Statue of Liberty on November 3rd, 2015.

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The JB10 runs on kerosene and can fly for up to eight-minutes depending on the weight of the pilot. The impressive machine has a top speed of over 140km/h. David expertly manoeuvred the flight-craft around Farm Cove, showcasing the impressive engineering.

Despite the success of the JB10, the team at JetPack Aviation are making their final tweaks to the JB11, an updated, more powerful and more enduring aircraft, along with plans for a a flying motorbike.

“That will [the flying motorbike] be the more practical application, people with no flying experience should be able to jump on one of those and fly-around,” explains Mayman.

Today's flight is part of a promotion for the documentary Own The Sky, made by David’s best friend Greg Read, which details David’s obsession with making the first viable personal flight system. The film screened at George Street Cinema on Sunday 21 Julyand throughout the country later this year.

For your own JetPack experience, JB10 and JB11 come in at US$300,000 (around $423,000) and US$340,000 ($600,000) respectively, however you’ll need a training session, luckily Jetpack Aviation run three-week courses for US$80,000 at either of their bases in California or south of France.

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