UP IN THE AIR

This ground­break­ing jet-pow­ered hov­er­board is chang­ing the avi­a­tion game.

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The jet-pow­ered hov­er­board Fly­born Air is an avi­a­tion game changer

For who've crossed high­lin­ing, ice climb­ing or other ex­treme ad­ven­tures off their bucket list, con­sider fly­ing a su­per-fast de­vice any­time, any­where you want. Fly­board Air hov­er­board, one of the lat­est cre­ations by for­mer pro­fes­sional French jet ski cham­pion Franky Zapata, al­lows users to lit­er­ally fly un­teth­ered through the sky to a max­i­mum height of 10,000 ft and for up to 10 min­utes us­ing an “In­de­pen­dent Propul­sion Unit”.

In 2016, Zapata, a Guin­ness record­holder, took the newly de­buted in­no­va­tion for a spin and trav­elled more than 2,252 me­ters off the French At­lantic coastal town. The pi­o­neer­ing in­ven­tion, which was con­sid­ered by the US Army for com­bat use, is not for the faint-hearted. Core body strength is key to mas­ter­ing the de­vice, and begin­ners are rec­om­mended to keep their flights over wa­ter in­stead of land.

De­spite look­ing dan­ger­ously risky, it's safe to as­sume thrill seek­ers will be look­ing to jump on this hov­er­ing band­wagon.

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