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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)

In the News...

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



Jetlev Jet Pack versus Zapata Flyboard

Jerry Smith - Thursday, April 05, 2012

Since many people have asked us about how the Jetlev jet pack compares to the new Zapata Flyboard, we felt that it was necessary to put our response in writing on the website, so there was no ambiguity about the situation. 

JETLEV JETPACK HISTORY 
Jetlev Technologies, Inc. has been working on the Jetlev water-powered jetpack concept since 2000. The inventor, Ray Li, has spent thousands of hours and millions of dollars developing, prototyping, testing and manufacturing his Jetlev jet pack. 

It literally took years before the concept of a water-propelled vessel was even at a point where manned-flights could be entertained. Once the prototypes were tested, models were revised, technologies were developed and improved, and visions became realities, the Jetlev jet pack was finally ready for public launch. 

People have balked at the Jetlev jet pack price tag, but when you take into account the amount of time and resources that have been invested in getting it to this point (and you realize it's a jet pack), the price makes a lot more sense. 

INTRODUCTION OF THE ZAPATA FLYBOARD 
In Fall of 2011, a new YouTube video began to circulate from a company selling a very similar product called the FlyBoard, which features a pump mechanism, nozzles to direct water flow, throttle to control thrust, and many inner workings that come directly from the Jetlev jet pack concept. 

SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES
The primary difference between the two products is that one is a jet pack worn on the back and the other is a board under the feet. The Jetlev also has a self-contained boat unit, which allows the pilot to throttle himself, while the Flyboard must be attached to a personal watercraft (PWC) and requires a second person on the PWC to control the throttle. Other than this, the technology is essentially identical, which it why it has led to cases of patent infringement in several countries around the world. The price that Zapata is offering is substantially lower than the Jetlev jet pack, but this is because the amount spent on research and development has been negligible.

Most people find the jet pack to be easier to learn, with the jets above the center of gravity rather than below, but both devices can be learned fairly quickly. Those with board sports experience tend to pick up the Flyboard faster than those without this experience.  

When it comes to water-powered personal flight, demand the original and accept no imitations. The Jetlev R200 Jet Pack is the only patent-protected, safe, fun, easy-to-use water powered jetpack that you'll ever want or need!

2015 UPDATE
The Hydroflight industry, as water jet packs, jet boards and jet bikes are now known to be part of, has evolved dramatically since the early days when it was just Jetlev and Flyboard. The market has opened up, the innovation has driven the whole sport forward and the cost to fly and/or own your own equipment has dropped dramatically. Jetpack America is proud to still be at the forefront of the industry, now offering hydroflight equipment from the top manufacturers in the industry: X-Jets, Zapata and Jetovator (Note: Jetlev failed to evolve with the industry and closed its doors in 2014).

For more information on flight lessons, please visit our Jetpack Flight Experience page. For more information about equipment sales, please visit our Jetpack Sales page.     


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