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Is the Flyboard Air the Next Generation of Transportation?

By September 14, 2016 News 22 Comments
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The Flyboard® Air by Zapata Racing

What is it?

The Flyboard Air is an “independent propulsion unit,” Zapata says, with the ability to fly up to 10,000 feet high. A real-life hoverboard.

How does it work?

It is powered by four engines of 250 horsepower each. Similar to the original Flyboard, the flyer can control the direction of the board with their feet. However, A “logic system” is built into the Flyboard Air containing a series of algorithms to assist the flyer with stabilization. The flyer also wears a backpack full of kerosine, jet fuel, to give them ten minutes of flight time.

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Guinness World Record

On April 30th, 2016, Franky Zapata set a new Guinness World Record for the Farthest Hoverboard Flight. He flew 2,252 meters (7,388 feet) over the coast of France. The previous record was 275.9 meters (905 feet, 2 inches), set by Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru in May of 2015.

U.S. Military Involvement

Zapata Industries recently announced the signing of a letter of intent for purchase by Implant Sciences, a US military firm, for about $15 million. Implant Sciences supplies the Department of Homeland Security with Explosive Trace Detection equipment. Their president stated, “we are beyond excited to have visionaries like Franky Zapata and his team on board and we are thrilled to allow for shareholders to benefit from the many breakthrough products he has already invented and the new innovations he will be unveiling in coming months and years.” Zapata Industries is already designing other aircraft that would use the same technology for medical and military purposes, such as the Jet Bike, Air Stretcher, Air Cargo, and Air Platform.

When can we ride it?

Unfortunately, the Flyboard Air will not be available commercially in 2016. And although a military supplier is intending on buying the company, Franky’s vision for the product is to be for both military and recreation. The dynamic is similar to the original water-powered Flyboard. The controller used also looks very much like the wireless EMK used for hydroflight products. Franky estimates that someone would have to have at least 100 hours on the original Flyboard® in the water.

Demo at the Flyboard World Cup

This weekend, September 16-18, is the Flyboard World Championship competition in Naples, Florida. You can read more about it in our previous blog post. It has been confirmed that the Flyboard Air will be demonstrated at the event.

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22 Comments

  • Flávio says:

    Queria poder ter um desse aqui no Brasil,

  • Dan Parkinson says:

    Keep me updated on release and price please. I would love to purchase a flyboard air

    • Aristaya Barr says:

      Will do! The Flyboard Air is currently just a prototype, but we too hope to see it available for sale soon. We will update our Facebook and social media sites with information as soon as it comes out.

  • Jamieson kimball says:

    I know that this will become the future and I am so excited to finally see back to the future 2 come to life. The current version is using fuel to push these engines. Dyson is currently working on battery development to change the industry. If what dyson claims to be true within the years to fallow I am sure that the FLYBOARD could electric. The insane torque that could be made by a motor would be insane… can’t wait to see what this company does, keep rockin folks!

  • Raoul zekraoui says:

    You ar the cooooooooool best

  • Raouf zekraoui says:

    Coooooooooooooool

  • Phil smith says:

    Please send me more info think I could use this at work
    Phil

  • Shlomi tal says:

    I want to buy

  • Jonathan Retamoza-Davila says:

    These are fantastic. What’s the weight limit of the Flyboard? Any plans of extending the range?

    • Aristaya Barr says:

      The original Flyboard is recommended for riders up to 300 pounds. The heavier the person, the more power it takes to lift them.

  • David L. Barr says:

    I too would like to know when the Flyboard air will be sold to the public.

    Thank you!

  • Rex says:

    How are you planning on developing the technology once its sold to the military, isn’t the purpose of them buying it so they can control the development for there own reasons and not that of cilivan interest?

    • Aquatic Aviation says:

      The inventor and CEO, Franky Zapata, has stated that his vision for the Flyboard Air is to be for both military and recreational use. The purchase has not officially been made yet, only the letter of intent to purchase. But we were told we will have more news about the Flyboard Air come 2017.

  • Brandon says:

    Plz release to public ima get this and can it really go 10,000ft

    • Aristaya Barr says:

      10,000 ft! That is what the inventor claims. The only thing is that you would need to carry enough Kerosine to get you that high and back. In his test runs, Franky carried a backpack full of fuel and it only lasted him 10 min.

  • Tim says:

    Man looks to be the greatest thing I’ve ever seen when it comes to transportation. I would live to be a flight ginnypig. I’m not rich but would definitely finance it with no problem… keep me posted, flight tester over water keep me in mine :<)

  • Aram says:

    Fantastic device!!! Please keep me posted when it can be purchased !!!

  • Striker says:

    Is there a way to register to receive updates about improvements, recreational release dates and such?

  • terry jantz says:

    I have a son that is autisum he loves to fly and speed is his thing please call me i would love if you could fit him your business.
    903 9339778. if I don’t answer please message thank you for your time

    • Aristaya Barr says:

      Hello,
      The Flyboard Air is only a prototype right now, and not available to the public. Follow our Facebook page to stay updated on all of the newest products.
      However, if you are interested in the original Flyboard that is water-powered, we have given a lesson to with someone with autism before. Aquatic Aviation is located in San Diego, California. We can give your son a discount if you and your family want to book a lesson. You can email or call us for more details.
      info@aquaticaviation.net
      888.265.2728

  • Rejean says:

    Send me updates about improvements, recreational release date, price and such, thanks

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