The residents of Monaco parked their luxury yachts and put down their champagne to crane their necks skyward yesterday to see one man’s maiden flight over the Mediterranean waters.
In a scene straight out of a James Bond film, entrepreneur and aviator David Mayman took to the skies in a test flight of his personal jet pack.
The inventor and CEO of JetPack Aviation was in Monaco to test his latest jet pack, the JB-10, which the firm claims to be ‘the most technically advanced personal flying machine ever created’.
Crowds gathered at the Océanograpique Museum’s heliport yesterday afternoon at 5pm local time to see test pilot Mayman take to the JB-10 on its maiden flight.
Speaking to Monaco Lifestyle Magazine, the test pilot said: ‘This flight is the culmination of years of work by Nelson [Tylor] and me. But today is just the beginning.
The pack itself is lightweight enough to be carried by a single person and can reportedly fly for up to 10 minutes and reach speeds of 60 mph (96 kph)
David Mayman (pictured) has previously grabbed headlines with his jet packs, including a high profile flight around the Statue of Liberty in 2015 with the JB-10’s predecessor
‘JetPack Aviation is already working on a personal flying machine that will be so safe and simple to operate, it could be used by average commuters in daily life.
‘We have just proved that personal flight is a reality, it is here now, and we will stay at the forefront of this exciting new industry.’
The pack itself is lightweight enough to be carried by a single person and can reportedly fly for up to 10 minutes and reach speeds of 60 mph (96 kph).
It uses twin turbo jets which have been specially adapted, reducing the size compared to turbofans, which run cooler and consume less fuel.
During the test flight, Mayman took off from the helipad before flying around the marina for more than two minutes before landing back in the same spot.
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