Franky Zapata's Flyboard breaks records
A few weeks ago I made a blog, and it read;
Franky Zapata is a French jet ski champion, and whilst water-jet Flyboards have very quickly become a popular experience, the Frenchman has bigger goals in mind. Over the weekend, he released the first video that claims to show his new Flyboard Air in action. The Air ditches the water jet for what appears to be a jet turbine engine, and allows him to fly untethered through the sky to a maximum height of 10,000 feet and a maximum endurance of 10 minutes…!
This is the man whom got hearts racing when he introduced the Flyboard in 2011, a jet platform tethered to a jet ski that put enough thrust under your feet to lift you 9 meters (29.5 ft) into the air on a jet of water and perform all sorts of aerobatics.
Details are being kept deliberately scant, but Zapata has released the following figures: The Flyboard Air can go as high as 10,000 feet (3,048 m), with 10 minutes of flight possible and a top ground speed around 150 km/h (93 mph).
Now we have some updates!
Over the weekend, located on the Mediterranean near Marseille, France, he went for a world record attempt. After a brief systems test, Zapata climbed into the boots attached to the Flyboard Air’s carbon fiber platform and prepared for take-off. A scream from the jets and he was up and away. He skirted the coastline for about 6 or 7 minutes, flying roughly 30 meters (100 ft) above the water and reaching a top speed of around 70 km/h (44 mph), before heading into the port of Sausset-les-Pins to land safely.
Then came the wait while officials verified the distance traveled. Confirmation wasn’t long in coming. Zapata had smashed the previous record by a huge margin, managing to stay in the air for a jaw-dropping 2,252.4 meters (7,389.76 ft). That’s going to take some beating, and we’re betting that it won’t be too long before Zapata himself blows his new Guinness World Record out of the water.
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