There are now two versions of a Flyboard that flies with air pressure. The most recent released on April 9th, 2016 is serious! Franky Zapata set a new Guinness World Record for longest flight with an independent propulsion unit at Sausset-Les-Pins (south of France) on April 30th, 2016 at 11:30 am. Franky Zapata’s Hoverboard flight distance 2,252.5 meters. The old record was 275.9 meters.
ZAPATA RACING AND FLYBOARD AIR SHOWN INTEREST BY US COUNTER EXPLOSIVES COMPANY
UPDATE: There seems to be some issues around this Implant Sciences acquisition as Share Holders are now calling for an investigation into Platinum Partners. Details of the investigation can be viewed here and the case must be concluded by December 23, 2016.
US company Implant Sciences announced on July 21, 2016 its intention to purchase Zapata Industries. The company is the leading manufacturer of explosive detection tech for the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Personal jet-powered transport is not exactly Implant Science’s specialty as it usually manufactures explosives and drug-detection systems for use by the DHS. Having last year announced an intention to diversify its product offerings, the company believes it can make a success of Zapata’s Flyboard Air tech in industrial, military and medical fields.
Franky Zapata already has some ideas for how his tech could be used, having come up with concepts for jet bikes, floating medical stretchers, and flying platforms for workers to reach difficult locations such as wind turbines and offshore oil rigs.
“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.” said Implant Sciences president Robert Liscouski.
This video really shows the speed as Franky Zapata soars past the camera on the Flyboard Air.
What happens if you do wind up in the water?
Nothing really serious, there’s no danger for me, because I fell in the water honestly three days ago. [Laughs] Three days ago I crashed in the water because we tried to — you know we’re going to do the hoverboard farthest trip. The last one was 275 meters, and we will break it by 10 times longer. We will do about 2 miles. We will cross 2 miles with the Flyboard Air at about 60 to 80 kilometers per hour. And we were training for that, and the last time trained we trained with 80 kilometer per hour wind. And we didn’t realize that when we have wind we go through more battery for the stabilization system. So just five seconds before I landed on the platform, I go out of battery. And the machine starts to turn like a torpedo, like if you lost the small rotor on a helicopter. I started to turn like [Franky makes a noise, “Shooooh!”], and I had no choice but to kill the engine just before I landed in the water. I broke all the electronics on the board, so it will cost me money, but the rest of it is fine.
Below is a look at the Air Flyboard that made its debut on France Has Incredible Talent.
Franky Zapata and his Zapata Racing team have taken his invention, the Flyboard, to a whole new level. Having made the finals of the television show France Has Incredible Talent by putting on spectacular performances on his water propelled Flyboard he has revealed that in the finals the world will be introduced to his air Flyboard.
Are you ready for the Air Flyboard?
This new air flyboard uses a very special, much longer (100ft) and much thinner hose than the water version and is capable of flying over land or water. I believe it is powered by some kind of Jet Turbine (thanks Jeffrey Lee Elkins for clarifying) and recently Franky was able to achieve throttle control similar to his electronic management kit so tricks like the back flip have become possible. I still don’t know what he’ll be flying over when on land and he did mention that this is a very dangerous stunt that will definitely entertain both the judges and spectators. Ultimately this new Air Flyboard is intended for public use and though Franky is looking at some aggressive timelines for it’s release I would think there are many hurdles yet to overcome before Joe Public will be flying over land.
Recently H2RO Magazine was in Doha, Qatar covering the 2013 Flyboard World Cup and had a chance to sit down and talk extensively with Franky. Our conversation included this new air flyboard…
What do you think about ZR’s new Air Flyboard? Share your thoughts in the comments.