The Frenchman will try to fly the English Channel on a jet flyboard in 20 minutes
The creator of the jet flyboard said that on Thursday he will try to get from France to England across the English Channel on his invention in 20 minutes..
Frenchman Frankie Zapata became famous as «flying soldier» at the Bastille Day parade. Following his recent success, he decided to make his dream come true and travel from Sangatte near Calais to St Margaret’s Harbor near Dover..
The pilot plans to stay in the air for about 20 minutes at a speed of 140 km / h, refueling halfway. According to him, in the parade, he used 3% of the power of the flyboard with five mini-turbines, and for the flight across the English Channel it will take 99%, so he estimates his chances of success at only 30%.. Event timed to coincide with the 110th anniversary of the first flight of Louis Bleriot over the strait.
Frenchman has already agreed with the Civil Aviation Authority, but officials responsible for the safety of ships through the strait, although they did not ban, but did not approve, moving through the busy shipping canal and landing on the ship for refueling. Therefore, they asked to warn the coastal search and rescue service in advance. This decision of the authorities forced Frankie Zapata to change the original plan and make two stops, instead of one, which, in his opinion, will greatly complicate the task..
The exact flight time is unknown, as everything will depend on weather conditions. The pilot was also undecided about whether to land for refueling or hover over the ship, which is more risky, but will allow him to actually fly all the way in the air..
After a demonstration over the Champs Elysees, Florence Parley, French Minister of the Armed Forces, said that the invention could be used not only as an assault platform, but also for civilian needs, for example, in the field of logistics..
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Previously, we also reported on the launch of Hoverbike S3 flying motorcycles.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Getty Images, video: YouTube / Guardian