New water sport coming to Airlie
HOME to boats, jetskis and other water sports, the Whitsundays will soon be home to the sci-fi inspired Jetpacks.
Jetpack Adventures Australia are set to launch the device in the region in late September after setting up businesses on the Gold Coast and Brisbane.
Having revolutionised the ideas of flight, people of all ages and abilities are welcome to give the adventure sport a go or watch it in action as trained pilots soar up to 10 meters above water.
Chief instructor Greg Weige said the Jetpacks were powered by pumps that shoot water up a 10 meter hose before being pushed out two nozzles.
"The pilot controls the direction while an instructor controls the speed on a separate remote," he said.
"The helmets have speakers in them so the instructor can communicate with the pilots."
Chinese-born Canadian Raymond Li first sketched out his JetLev concept in 2000 and with assistance from the National Research Council of Canada in 2004; JetLev kicked into high gear and by 2005 daredevil engineers and test pilots cautiously initiated the first flight tests.
The first fully operational JetLev prototype was completed in August 2008 and was continuously worked on and improved before it was officially launched in America early this year.
Mr Weige said the Jetpacks were capable of reaching speeds of 35km per hour hard and fast and lasted about two hours.
Individual JetLevs can be purchased for about $150,000.
For more information about the Jetpacks visit www.jetpackadventures.com.au.