Raymond Li, a Chinese Canadian living in St. John’s, Newfoundland, developed the Jetlev (abbreviated from the words Jet Levitation)concept in 2000. Since 2003 he—and later his Jetlev Development Corporation—have been conducting feasibility studies and concept development in Canada. In November 2004, with assistance from the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) and NRC’s Institute of Ocean Technology (NRC-IOT) in St. John’s, Newfoundland, research and development shifted into high gear. The first unmanned thrust tests of the jetpack prototype were conducted at the Ocean Energy Basin in NRC-IOT in January 2005, followed by the first tethered manned flight test in Florida in March 2005. John Myers, Raymond Li, and Frazier Grandison became the first three persons in history to take off with the Jetlev. Since then, three jetpack prototypes, four boat unit prototypes, 26 test pilots, over200 flights and hundreds of revisions later, we successfully completed our pre-production prototype and concluded shakedown tests in August 2008.