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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)

Recent Hydroflight Articles



Hydroflight Accessory Guide

Jetpack America Newport Beach - Saturday, April 29, 2017
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As hydroflight becomes more popular, more accessories are being created to help people get the most from their Jetpacks, Jetboards and Jetbikes. While kits from most manufacturers include everything that is needed to start flying, you can get even more performance and functionality out of your gear by adding a few key accessories. This article is going to cover some fairly in-depth topics, so if you need to brush-up on the basics of hydroflight, check out our series of articles designed to help everyone understand the basics:

 

How Hydroflight Works (DIAGRAM)

Top Questions (and Answers) About Hydroflight

Personal Watercraft (PWC) Requirements for Hydroflight

 

Boots For Your Jetboard

This is the most basic "must-have" accessory. Some manufacturers include boots with their kits, but some do not. Zapata, maker of the Flyboard, includes its own Zapata boot with their kit. Most other manufacturers do not include boots as part of their kits. If you are purchasing a board that does not come with factory installed boots, you'll need a pair to get started. The good news is that all standard wakeboard boots work with hydroflight jetboards. We have partnered with Hyperlite to offer boots with all of our kits. We use an open toe design that comes in 3 sizes, Small, Medium and Large. We have found that the Medium works for most people and actually fits sizes outside of the 8-10 range that they suggest.

Above is what is considered and open toe boot/binding, which is one piece that combines the boot with a rigid baseplate that attaches to the jetboard. The other option (that we don't sell) is a boot and separate binding, which includes a boot and separate rigid binding, similar to a snowboard boot. Professionals and high performance fliers might prefer the boot and separate binding as sizes are more customizable. For 90% of jetboard owners a size-medium, open toe boot will work perfectly!

 


Wireless Throttle

If you have watched many hydroflight videos (which you can see HERE) You might have noticed that sometimes you will see someone sitting on the PWC and sometimes there is no one on the PWC. The person on the PWC is usually controlling the throttle of the PWC, which controls the amount water being sent up the hose and controls the flier height (See How Hydroflight Works Diagram). In order for the person flying the Jetpack or Jetboard to control the PWC throttle, without having another person on the PWC, a Wireless Throttle Kit is required.

(See in Jetpack America Shop)

 

Wireless throttle kits include 2 main components- 1. a remote that the person flying controls and 2. a receiver/controller unit that mounts inside the PWC and controls the PWC's throttle. The installation of the wireless throttle kits can be done with basic hand tools and a drill, but it does take a little bit of mechanical knowledge. Once the kit is installed, you can easily bypass the wireless throttle and still control the throttle by hand, which is handy in the event of the wireless throttle battery dying or simply wanting to control the throttle from the PWC. Wireless throttles have built-in, fail-safe mechanisms and variable programming for helping control the smoothness of throttle control. Most pros and advanced riders will end up purchasing a wireless throttle because it adds an extra element of control over your flight and also allows you to fly by yourself (even still, we recommend the buddy system for all hydroflight activities.)

 

Dual Impeller

This is might be the most popular of all hydroflight accessories. Hydroflight requires pushing maximum amounts of water through the hose and a dual impeller aids in this. It installs inside the pump of the PWC and replaces the stock impeller. Some of the benefits of adding a dual impeller include:

  • •Increased max flight altitude
  • •Increased fuel efficiency
  • •Ability to operate at lower RPMs, thus reducing engine wear
  • The PWC needs to push A LOT of water through the hose in order to achieve hydroflight and the impeller is what pushes the water. Higher horsepower PWCs (over 200hp) have no trouble pushing a 170lbs pilot high into the air with the stock impeller. However, if you have a lower horsepower PWC, you will find maximum flight altitude will dramatically decrease with pilot weight. 
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  • Installing a dual impeller will help combat loss of height due to pilot weight and lower PWC horsepower. (See the PWC requirements article for more info on expected altitude HERE). The dual impeller should be installed professionally by a PWC mechanic, as it requires specialized tools and installation to very precise specifications. The dual impeller is ok to use during normal PWC operation, too, so you don't have to worry about removing it when you are not using the PWC for hydroflight, but you should be aware that you will most likely lose 5-10 mph in top end speed. If you are going to be flying a lot and want maximum altitude and fuel economy, the dual impeller is a great accessory for you.
 

Quick-Connect Steering Nozzle

This brilliant device allows you to operate your PWC normally, then switch to hydroflight within 1 minute! This turns your PWC into a truly dual purpose machine; you can cruise around to find the perfect location to fly, then jump in the water and attach the hydroflight U-pipe with one easy-close clamp. Check out our instructional video to see how the Quick Release Steering Nozzle works:

 

 

(See in Jetpack America Shop)

 

Without the quick-connect steering nozzle, switching between hydroflight and normal PWC operation takes approximately an hour and the PWC must be out of the water. For in-water quick changes between hydroflight and PWC riding, the quick-connect steering nozzle is a must-have! The design of quick-connect steering nozzles, currently, do not allow for the use of reverse on the PWC (as of May 2017). However, we have found that it is still well worth the $500-$600 spent on a quick release steering nozzle, to be able to ride your PWC to your favorite flying location, then quickly switch to flying.

 

 

Helmets

Hydroflight is a very safe activity. However, like all sports, there is some risk of taking a spill every once in awhile. We use helmets at all of our rental operations and when we are personally flying. Having a helmet will give you extra peace-of-mind when attempting a new trick, flying a new person, or just making sure the kids are safe. There are a number of manufacturers of water sports helmets around. For max protection, we prefer the Gath Gedi water helmet:


 

 

Another awesome helmet option is the BBTalkin bluetooth radio helmet. It has a 2 way radio, so the flier and PWC throttle person can talk to each other mid flight. If your friend also has a hydroflight set up and is flying at the same time as you, you can talk to each other while you are both in the air and coordinate tricks and flight destinations!

 

 

Conclusion

The world of hydroflight is getting bigger every year! Hydroflight fans and manufacturers continue to innovate together to develop the most efficient and best performing products designed to maximize one thing: fun! Whether you are just getting into hydroflight and you want to have EVERYTHING for your first year, or if you are moving into your second or third season and you want to get more functionality and performance from your hydroflight set-up, these great accessories can help you get the most out of your time above the water!

 

VISIT THE JETPACK AMERICA SHOP ACCESSORIES PAGE TO SEE ALL ACCESSORIES!

 

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