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Airline pilots landing at LAX report "a guy in jetpack" flying alongside them WTF?!?

Old 2nd Sep 2020, 02:19
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Originally Posted by OldLurker View Post
I guess the difference might be that a guy in a jetpack is likely to have a basic sense of self-preservation and to avoid actual collision; whereas someone with a drone could easily fly it into the path of an aircraft without danger to himself.
Not sure I'd put much faith in the self-preservation instincts of someone who intentionally flies a jetpack to withing a few hundred yards of the LAX approach path...
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Old 5th Sep 2020, 19:56
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OMG... that made me laugh..... probably exactly what is was...
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Old 5th Oct 2020, 21:02
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Jetpack

Joking aside, what about this?

https://gravity.co/

Those guys do make a jet pack, they claim it can fly a person for 5-10 minutes. The question is, how quickly can it climb to 3000 ft?
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Old 5th Oct 2020, 23:33
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Only if you have a death wish.
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Old 6th Oct 2020, 09:01
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Or if you are already dying - air ambulance units are already testing these things for mountain rescue, see https://www.greatnorthairambulance.c...uit-paramedic/

I'm not sure how it will compare with a chopper on speed of response, but it'll certainly be a lot quicker than walking up, and probably a lot cheaper than the chopper so you could have more of them available. Early days yet, but looks like there may well be niches where this technology will deliver and thrive.
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Old 6th Oct 2020, 13:08
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Yes, and you can be sure that they won't be flying higher than a height AGL that (hopefully) won't kill you if your means of staying aloft fails, unlike our LAX friend.
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Old 6th Oct 2020, 14:11
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Second Chance

.......who could have had a parachute.
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Old 6th Oct 2020, 18:38
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This is how the Mountain Rescue in Austria are evacuating injured backcountry skiers. Even at the resorts, I saw injured skiers being longlined out in St Anton ski area.
Looks like a much faster way to get an injured person evacuated than this "Jet Pack". Of course you need good weather too.
Really amazing flying , by the helicopter pilot in some wind.

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Old 14th Oct 2020, 22:53
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He's baaaaack......

LA Times Article Oct 14

Personally I think it's an RC airplane like in the video Sawbones62 posted earlier.
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Old 15th Oct 2020, 03:13
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Regardless of being real, or just an R/C aircraft, whoever is at the controls is a flaming eejit...
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Old 15th Oct 2020, 16:56
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If the crews said they saw a person wearing a jetpack, that's probably exactly what they saw.

These things have been around for a while. I can't post links yet, but look up JB-9 JetPack Flight on YouTube, amazing flight around the Statue of Liberty.
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Old 15th Oct 2020, 19:10
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endurance is less then 10mins right?
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Old 16th Oct 2020, 02:50
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I wonder how it handles with an engine out on one side.
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Old 16th Oct 2020, 09:15
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On this type ,probably the start of some interesting aerobatics,a good photo/video op for sure
But there are much better types around , a French guy has currently the lead , :https://www.zapata.com/en/#intro
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Old 16th Oct 2020, 09:53
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Originally Posted by Loose rivets View Post
I wonder how it handles with an engine out on one side.
Like this...


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Old 22nd Oct 2020, 17:46
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There is the reason they fly low over water!
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Old 2nd Nov 2020, 20:52
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Supposedly caught on camera: https://www.reddit.com/r/WTF/comment...ying_near_lax/

Could be fake. The size just doesn't make sense. Whatever it is, it would be huge to appear so big that far in the distance
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Old 2nd Nov 2020, 22:15
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Looks real enough to me.
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Old 2nd Nov 2020, 23:14
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The only way to make a judgement as to the size of the flying object, whatever it was, is to accurately know the focal length of the lens and the size of the camera's image on the sensor of the camera. We don't know either of those things nor do we know the distance.
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Old 3rd Nov 2020, 01:37
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The camera is focused on the aircraft taking off and not making any attempt to follow the incredible sight just above it. A dead giveaway that it is fake.

Plus the jetpack significantly decelerates before pivoting, instead of the other way around. So the person who set that up did not even take this seriously.
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