You have been dreaming about flying a personal jetpack for way too long. Your wait is finally over!
The smoothness, stability, control, performance and ease-of-use surpassed even our wildest expectations. Once you try Jetlev flight, we think you will appreciate why we are so excited over the results.
Key features of the pre-production prototype:
- Jetpack dry weight (approx.): 30 lbs (14 kg)
- Maximum Thrust: 430 lbf (1,900 N)
- Thrust-to-weight (150-lb / 68 kg pilot, at takeoff): 2.3 : 1
- Measured top speed (150-lb or 68 kg pilot): 22 mph (35 km/h)
- Hose length: 33 ft (10 m)
- Flight ceiling (measured at feet level): 28 feet (8.5 m)
- Duration at wide open throttle (approx.) 1 hour
- Duration at cruising speed (approx.) 1.5-2 hours
Only one model with a 250 HP engine will be available initially. This model is currently undergoing trial production to test all the designs, fit and finish, anti-corrosion coatings, assembly fixtures and procedures, functionality, serviceability and durability. All metals used will be made of either stainless steel or hard coat anodized aluminum with Teflon coating to protect it against corrosion and abrasion. Hard coat anodizing has the equivalent hardness of sapphires, the second hardest natural material known to man behind diamonds. Every part of the Jetlev is painstakingly made with great precision. All water seals are made with the same high grade O-ring systems that one would find only in deep sea systems. Critical cables are protected by military style braided stainless steel sleeves, and electronic control modules and cable terminations are encapsulated in tough polyurethane plastics to keep moisture out. No expense is spared to make the Jetlev system as reliable and low maintenance as possible.
Photo Source: Visit the JetLev.com website for more information.
Here’s another cool concept airliner. The Zero Emission Hyper Sonic Transport ( ZEHST) is a supersonic concept passenger airliner that is expected to fly at over Mach 4 on bio-fuel made from seaweed and by oxygen/hydrogen.
The aircraft will feature 3 different types of propulsion systems. The ZEHST will have two high-power, low-bypass turbojet engines without afterburners that will be used for take-off and to fly up to Mach 0.8. This will make the ZEHST no more noisy than any other passenger jet on takeoff and landing. It will then use 2 small and one big liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen powered booster rocket engines to accelerate up to Mach 2.5. Finally, there will be two air breathing hydrogen fueled under-wing supersonic ramjets that will accelerate the aircraft beyond Mach 4.
Imagine flying from Paris to Tokyo in about two and a half hours compared to around 12 hours on a regular commercial jet. The first flight of the ZEHST is planned for sometime around 2020. Now we just need someone to develop an affordable GA aircraft capable of flying at around Mach 1 on bio-fuel .
Here’s a great resource for pre-flight weather. This NOAA map depicts live aviation weather for North America. You can get a good picture of what the current weather condition are before your flight. All you have to do is hover over any one of the symbols with your mouse and a little window will pop up with all the current weather conditions for that location.
Most of you probably know about this map or already use it, but there are quite a few people out there that don’t know about all the free resources offered to them by the U.S. Government. I’ll be posting more about flight planning resources very soon.
How cool would it be to live in your very own airplane? If that’s to expensive for you then you can stay at an airplane hotel in Costa Rica or Stockholm Sweden. People have some crazy but great ideas.
Hotel Costa Verde, Costa Rica – Boeing 727 Suite-Airplane Hotel
The Hotel Costa Verde converted an old 727 fuselage into a two bedroom suite. They used a 1965 Boeing 727 air-frame that was used by South Africa Airlines and Avianca Airlines out of Colombia.
Photo Credits: Costaverde.com - Mr. Vincent Castello
Jumbo Stay Hostel in Stockholm Sweden
How about staying aboard the worlds first Boeing 747-200 Jumbo Jet Hostel in Stockholm Sweden? The aircraft is a 1976 Boeing 747-212B. The aircraft was previously used by Transjet, Pan Am Airlines and Singapore Airlines. The Jumbo Hostel has 29 air conditioned rooms with a total of 76 beds. They also have a Jumbo Bar & Restaurant and Cafe on board.
Photo Credit: Jumbo Stay
Joanne Ussery’s Boeing 727 Airplane House In Benoit, Mississippi
Joanne wanted to purchase a mobile home and put it next to her lake after she lost her house to a fire. Instead her brother in law suggested that she buy a Boeing 727 fuselage and turn it into a house. So that’s what she did. She paid about $2,000 for the 727 fuselage. Then she had to spend another $4,000 to move the fuselage onto her property and another $25,000 to remodel the fuselage into a home.
DC3 Airplane House in Chile
Photo Credit: Bob Morley
Russian TU Jet Body Attached to the Second Floor of Building
Photo Credit: englishrussia.com
Luxe Hotel Suites-Netherlands
The aircraft is a Ilyushin 18 Build in 1960
Photo Credit: hotelsuites.nl
Photo Credit: Gino Dahdah
Airplane House-Abuja, Nigeria
If you guys know of any other airplane homes or hotels, please post the links below. Thank You
Here’s a picture with myself and my Piper Twin Comanche taken at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport back in 2005. I stopped in Ft Lauderdale for the night and when I came out to the ramp the next morning, the beast was parked right in front of me. Isn’t it crazy that just one 747 engine is just about as big as the twin comanche and costs about 280 times more?
Generally, when beginning flight training a student will train in either a Cessna or Piper aircraft. With Cessna 172 aircraft appearing to be the most widely used, Piper aircraft come in a close second. The Piper Warrior in particular is a low-wing trainer aircraft that allows for a smooth transition into flying without overwhelming the student with complex systems.
To start things off the Piper Warrior aircraft type is identifiable as PA28-161. The 161 in the identifier refers to the horsepower of the plane. Remember anything above 200 horsepower is considered a high-performance aircraft, which requires additional training, but the Warrior is well below this limit. The general make up of the outside of the aircraft includes a standard straight wing design, fixed pitch propeller and a stabilator on the rear end of the aircraft. The stabilator moves up and down in synch with the yoke inside the cockpit to affect the pitch of the aircraft. Something that often goes unnoticed on the stabilator is the trim tab. It’s located on the edge of the stabilator and is what moves when the trim is adjusted on the aircraft. Knowing where all of this is located is essential for a thorough pre-flight inspection of the aircraft, which should never be forgotten about whenever one plans to fly.
The pre-flight of the Piper Warrior is fairly basic but is necessary to ensure all components are working correctly in the aircraft. A proper pre-flight inspection of this aircraft begins when you step out on the flight line. Observing the aircraft as you walk up to it is a good time to note the general overall condition of the plane. Look for any discrepancies that may set off a red flag. Something that is normally easy to spot is if the plane is sitting to nose high or nose low.
After walking up to the aircraft head into the cockpit and run through the AROW checklist. AROW consists of the following; Aircraft Documents, Registration, Owners Manual, Weight and balance. Once this is complete you are can start inspecting the actual aircraft. Turn the master switch on and view your fuel quantity gauges followed by turning on the strobe lights and landing light. Walk around the aircraft quickly to ensure the lights are operating properly. On a side note I also like to check the stall warning horn to make sure that’s working properly too. After checking these items do a quick test of the annunciator panel to make sure all lights are properly lighting up.
You can now shut off the master switch and begin checking the flight controls. Make sure trim is neutral and the alternate static source (usually located under the instrument panel) is normal. Once outside the aircraft you want to inspect each flight control and check for any interference or worn down bolts and wires. The flaps should be fully extended while doing this. Double check the fuel tanks and drain the fuel for any water. Lastly and most importantly, check the pitot-static mast for any clogged holes! A clogged pitot tube will result in your airspeed indicator reading zero which is not a problem you want to first encounter halfway down the runway. If you’re ready to start your flight training then head on over to our flight schools page and locate your local flight school. Give them a call and schedule your introductory flight today! By Joe R
So this guy was hired as an FAA Aviation Safety Inspector (Airworthiness/Avionics) with no prior experience and no A&P Certificate. What the heck is wrong with the FAA? How could he possibly do his job right if he has no Idea what he’s doing? There are so many A&P IA’s out there with many years of experience and the FAA decided to hire this guy.
Are there any A&Ps out there that would be interested in this job? Wouldn’t you guys feel a lot safer if this guy would come and inspect your aircraft and avionics? What a joke!
I want to know what you guys think about this. Please leave your comments below.
How cool is this? Here’s a new toy for people that have too much money. JetLev Southwest offers flight training in a JetLev water jet pack. The jetpack uses water to propel you up to 30 feet in the air at about 25 mph. You can also buy one for around $99,500.
JetLev Southwest has three locations Newport Beach California, Honolulu Hawaii and Lake Havasu City Arizona. You should visit the JetLev Southwest Website for more information or to purchase and schedule your flight.
Here’s a First-Person Perspective Flying the JetLev Water Jetpack
The jetpack has a rang of up to 80 miles and a duration of about 4 hours. Now doesn’t that look like fun or what.
Has anyone ever flown the JetLev Water Jet Pack? If you have, please tell us about it below.
Would You Pay $249 to fly the JetPack for 30-45 minutes? Please leave your comments below.
Whether you’ve just started flying or you’ve been doing it for a number of years, turning your helicopter hobby into your day job is difficult but doable. The most successful pilots are those who are willing to put in the necessary flight time and training to become skilled in operating a wide number of aircraft.
Education and Certification
A helicopter pilot is expected to obtain certain certifications and log a certain number of flight hours before being considered for employment. After earning a Private Pilot’s license
through helicopter training, it is necessary to continue working to get a Commercial Rotorcraft License. This certification requires about 150 hours of helicopter flight time and an instrument rating to achieve. Those who wish to work as a helicopter pilot should try to become as experienced as possible with a wide variety of helicopters and flight situations.
Many of aspiring helicopter pilots become Certified Flight Instructors to work up to the required number of flight hours to get a commercial license. This is a good way to rack up some serious flying time and get paid for doing it. In addition to these certifications, pilots may want to consider getting a degree in aviation science or going into another math or science-based higher education program. According to HillsboroAviation.com, while the helicopter pilot industry does not necessarily require any type of degree, having this experience can help boost your credibility and give you an edge when applying for jobs.
As a commercial airline pilot, you have one of several career options to choose from. In any industry, however, you should be prepared to take a position, not as a pilot, but as a junior member of a helicopter team while you work up experience and connections in the company.
One of the most common jobs that pilots take after working up a good number of flight hours is a job as a tourism pilot. These pilots must be very flexible, as job opportunities may last for a few years and then move to another area. This industry does, however, have the distinct advantage of allowing you to become your own boss if that’s what you wish. If you are an entrepreneur who is able to save up enough money to purchase your own aircraft, you can start a helicopter business from scratch wherever you wish.
Some other options include working in the medical, police, or fire agencies and being a news helicopter pilot. These jobs are generally more stable and pay very well, but may require some extra knowledge such as EMT or police officer training.
A final opportunity that some pilots pursue is a career in the military, which includes becoming a Coast Guard pilot. This route to an aviation career allows pilots to start flying very quickly and become exposed to a large variety of machines and situations. Many military pilots become civilian helicopter operators after their service is over. Keep in mind, however, that the requirements for entering this particular area of military service are quite high.
If you are thinking of becoming a helicopter pilot you should know that the process is very demanding, but also very rewarding. Keep a good attitude and be persistent, and you can eventually achieve success in this field.
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