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FlyDive To Be Featured Sport at Red Bull Air Race, San Diego

 Thursday, April 06, 2017

 

(REBLOG FROM FLYDIVE.COM) We are excited to announce that FlyDIve is an official, high profile, featured sport at the 2017 Red Bull Air Race in San Diego, California! FlyDive will be showcased in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators during the two-day event. The Red Bull Air Race will be recorded and broadcast to millions of people around the globe, creating a tremendous opportunity to show the world how exciting this fast growing sport of hydroflight is becomin ...(READ MORE)
(REBLOG FROM FLYDIVE.COM) We are excited to announce that FlyDIve is an official, high profile, featured sport at the 2017 Red Bull Air Race in San Diego, California! FlyDive ...(READ MORE)

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Jetpack America Featured Live on CW6 in San Diego

 Tuesday, March 21, 2017

 

(http://www.sandiego6.com/flydive-spring-jetpack-america-mission-bay/) http://www.sandiego6.com/flydive-spring-jetpack-america-mission-bay/ We were very excited to welcome the CW6, San Diego news team to our Jetpack America rental location at Mission Bay Sportcenter. They were doing segments on some of the awesome things that San Diego has to offer to people visiting during spring break. At the top of that list, is a fun-filled day flying our FlyDive  ...(READ MORE)
(http://www.sandiego6.com/flydive-spring-jetpack-america-mission-bay/) http://www.sandiego6.com/flydive-spring-jetpack-america-mission-bay/ We were very ex ...(READ MORE)

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FlyDive, Inc. Acquires Hydroflight Rental Operators SoCal Hydrosports and AquaFlyboarding

 Thursday, April 06, 2017

 

(REBLOG FROM FLYDIVE.COM) SAN DIEGO, CA, March 22, 2017 – FlyDive, a leading hydroflight lifestyle company, which manufactures the X-Board hydroflight device, operates rental flight centers and produces world-class hydroflight shows and events, today announced the acquisition of SoCal Hydrosports and AquaFlyboarding, sister companies offering hydroflight experience rentals and product sales in Southern California and Arizona, for an undisclosed sum. Founded i ...(READ MORE)
(REBLOG FROM FLYDIVE.COM) SAN DIEGO, CA, March 22, 2017 – FlyDive, a leading hydroflight lifestyle company, which manufactures the X-Board hydroflight device, operates rental ...(READ MORE)

Hydro Pics

"How Hydroflight Works"-Diagram

 Friday, March 24, 2017

 

Although water jetpacks and flyboards have been around for the better part of 6 years now, the inner workings of hydroflight still baffles a lot of people. We have created this "How Hydroflight Works" diagram to help explain some of the general ideas. The system is the same for all manufacturers and devices. ZR Flyboard, FlyDive X-Board, water jetpacks, Jetovator Jetbikes, etc, etc., all operate on the same basic principles. A quick list of the concepts: 1.  ...(READ MORE)
Although water jetpacks and flyboards have been around for the better part of 6 years now, the inner workings of hydroflight still baffles a lot of people. We have created this "How  ...(READ MORE)

Featured Product

New Jetovator Jetbike Products!

 Monday, October 10, 2016

 

While hydroflight manufacturers like X-Jets, Zapata and FlyDive battle for jetpack/jetboard supremacy, Jetovator has been building a strong following with its unique devices, notably the Jetovator jetbike. The Jetovator jetbike (commonly just referred to as "the Jetovator") has been around for a few years and has proven itself as a legitimate contender for the "best hydroflight" device. While the water jetpack first captured imaginations and brought about the birth of hydro ...(READ MORE)
While hydroflight manufacturers like X-Jets, Zapata and FlyDive battle for jetpack/jetboard supremacy, Jetovator has been building a strong following with its unique devices, not ...(READ MORE)

Rider Highlight

FlyDive Athlete, Lead Engineer Ryan Lorence

 Thursday, March 23, 2017


 

When it comes to finding hydroflight’s quintessential personality, look no further than Ryan Lorence. Ryan has built a name for himself throughout hydroflight industry as an innovator and excellent teacher. He is FlyDive’s long-time lead engineer and training coordinator. The phrase “those who cannot do, teach”, however, does not apply to Ryan; he also happens to be one of the world’s best hydroflight athletes! Ryan Lorence "Rider Profile" for Hydro-Fest  ...(READ MORE)
When it comes to finding hydroflight’s quintessential personality, look no further than Ryan Lorence. Ryan has built a name for himself throughout hydroflight industry as an innovat ...(READ MORE)

Hydro Video

New Crazy "Iron Man" Jetpack Proves Hydroflight is Still the Best Form of Personal Flight

 Thursday, April 20, 2017


 

Awesome suit? Check! Sweet helmet (AND VISOR!)? Check! Flames galore? Check! Radical body armor? Check! Easy to use and fun?...Not so much :/ This new video produced by our friends at Red Bull demonstrates yet another attempt to get airborne and fly through the skies. This new contraption is just the latest iteration of the now very old idea of strapping a fuel burning pack to yourself and attempting to fly it in a controlled manner. Brave souls have been trying to perfect th ...(READ MORE)
Awesome suit? Check! Sweet helmet (AND VISOR!)? Check! Flames galore? Check! Radical body armor? Check! Easy to use and fun?...Not so much :/ This new video produced by our friends ...(READ MORE)

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"How Hydroflight Works"-Diagram

Jetpack America Newport Beach - Friday, March 24, 2017

 

Although water jetpacks and flyboards have been around for the better part of 6 years now, the inner workings of hydroflight still baffles a lot of people. We have created this "How Hydroflight Works" diagram to help explain some of the general ideas. The system is the same for all manufacturers and devices. ZR Flyboard, FlyDive X-Board, water jetpacks, Jetovator Jetbikes, etc, etc., all operate on the same basic principles. 

 

A quick list of the concepts:

 

1. Max flight height for hydroflight varies based on skill level, PWC power and hose length. The average jetboard and jetpack height is around 20-25 feet.

 

2. Power comes from the PWC. PWC horsepower should be 130 horsepower or more. 

 

3. The hose that attaches the board to the PWC is a flexible, rubber-like material. Different manufacturers use slightly different materials. But, all the top brands use very durable hoses that can be rolled-up after use. 

 

4. We recommend flying in no less than 10 feet of water. 

 

5. The person flying the jetpack or jetboard is in control of the PWC direction of movement.

 

6. The U-pipe can be made of metal or extremely thick silicone. It is rigid and connects to a brand-specific adapter plate on the back of the PWC. It captures all the water that would normally make the PWC move and redirects it through the hose to make the jetpack or jetboard pilot fly. (See our videos on our FAQ page to see what a U-Pipe looks like and where it attaches)
 

7. The tether at the front of the PWC keeps the hose and ski pointed the same direction and takes strain off of the U-Pipe. There are a number of designs that different manufacturers use. 

 

8. To fly, a person needs to be controlling the PWC throttle. This usually requires someone to be sitting on the PWC. However, with the addition of the "Wireless Throttle" kit, the pilot can control the PWC throttle and flying can become a solo activity. The wireless throttle kit includes a remote that the pilot uses and a kit that must be installed on the PWC. Installation varies depending on manufacturer of the wireless throttle kit. (see our "accessories" page in our shop to see the different wireless throttles)

 

9. The cost of flying has dramatically dropped! We have complete jetboard kits for under $3500! Considering that it can be powered by most 2005 or newer PWCs, the cost of hydroflight has dropped enough to make it accessible to a lot of people. The original JetLev systems used to cost $80,000+ dollars.

 

10. The "Steering Nozzle" is a really nice accessory to add to your hydroflight set-up. Although, you can attach/detach the U-pipe and adapter plate and replace the stock steering system in under 1 hour, it is really nice to be able to go from "riding to flying" in under 1 minute. That is what the quick release steering nozzles facilitate (see Steering Nozzle in our shop) When you initially set-up your PWC for flying, you attach the adapter plate to the back of your PWC and you can attach the steering nozzle to the adapter plate. You can cruise your PWC to your flight zone, jump in the water and quickly unhook the steering nozzle and attach your u-pipe..."flying to riding (and vice-versa) in under 60 seconds". (See our videos on our FAQ page to see how the steering nozzle works)

 

11. To get more power and efficiency from your PWC, we often recommend installing a dual impeller. It increases water flow (for higher max height), reduces cavitation (for reduced engine strain) and is, generally more efficient than a stock impeller (for improved fuel efficiency). We use a company called Skat-Trak. It takes approximately 1 hour to install the dual impeller, but requires special tools, so this modification is best left for your PWC mechanic. When cruising your PWC, the only difference is a 2-5% lower top speed (barely enough to notice). So, for any PWC with 180hp or less, a dual impeller can give you a 5-10 foot max height increase when flying a jetpack or jetboard. (See Skat-Trak Dual Impeller in our shop)

 

You can find more hydroflight info in our "Equipment FAQ Page". Also, check out these blog articles:

 

Top 10 Questions and Answers about Hydroflight and Flyboarding

 

Personal Watercraft (PWC) Requirements for Hydroflight


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