We spent a week and a half showing our jetpacks and answering questions from interested clients, we were able to digest most questions into a few basics.
What are the biggest differences between the X-Jetpack and the “hard shell jetpack” from other jetpack companies #1. Safety, We start with front floatation, the floatation pads on the X-Jetpack are designed to direct the pilot face up in the water after a splashdown, in the hard shell jetpack from others, the floatation is in the back, floating the pilot face down in the water. #2. Safety, our quick release harness is designed from 316 stainless steel marine fittings. The competition’s construction? Borrowed from a car race safety belt the painted steel starts to rust almost immediately with the first scratch. #3. Comfort, our competition runs a single strap right straight up your crotch, has belts that cut into your neck and hard metal fittings on a hard plastic backplate. We divide the bottom strap into two thigh straps, leaving the most sensitive parts of your body untouched, our straps are padded around the neck and our backplate is padded Cordura and comfortable and friendly. #4. Control, our nozzles have double rows of bearings that keep them moving smoothly with no change under pressure. Hard shell pack, no bearings, tight when the pressure comes on. #5. Control Torsion bar, nylon smooth. related to the steadiness of the bearings in the shoulder nozzles, smooth and progressive flex. The hard shell pack, tight inflexible carbon fiber rod “arrangement” that often breaks on the first day of use. #6. Control saddle. We have anatomical padding and side wings that automatically stabilize the pendulum swing of your legs, a quieter more stable ride for beginners and pros alike. The hard shell jetpack seat? Ask anyone that has flown it, total crap. #7. Ease of use, 360 degree swivel on the hose, spins in flight, easy unwinding of the hose at start-up.
What horsepower is needed? Horsepower is related to two factors, weight of the rider and how high you want to fly out of the water. For light to average riders in a beginner flight operation, we have had success with 150 horsepower engines. Naturally, the more horsepower, the more weight that can be flown higher. 150-180 horsepower is the good zone of horsepower for rental operations. For performance, 200 horsepower and above.
How high can you fly? An experienced pilot with a high power jetski can get up to 10 meters high. A beginning pilot with a meter or two of air under his or her feet feels the exhilaration of free flight, height is secondary!
How deep can you dive? As deep as your ear equalization would allow you to go, up to a depth of about eight meters. In actual use about two to three meters is reasonable. Naturally you have to be very sure that the underwater environment is free from any obstacles. Diving is not a usual part of jetpack flight, some people just love to push the limits up and down!
Who controls the power? The X-Jetpack system is a tandem system, the rider on the jetski controls the power. The pilot on the X-Jetpack controls the angle of flight, turning and the height for any given engine setting. With any engine setting the pilot has many options on how to direct the energy and fly.
What do you think of throttle systems? We continue to work on jetpack-based throttle systems and watch the market for developments. We have had experience and heard stories of other people’s experiences with add on throttles. There have been some unpredictable occurrences with the modified systems that the other companies have manufactured. We have heard of engines going to full power when the engine is started and tales of twisted and broken throttle cables in hoses. We have elected to go with a system that maintains the jetski powerplant control system in manufacturers original condition. Simple, direct, not sketchy.