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Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Two pilots on two different flights reported seeing a man in a jetpack thousands of feet in the air above Los Angeles on Sunday, prompting an investigation by authorities.

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Just avoiding the 405 traffic, nothing to see here.

#1 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2020-09-02 04:49 PM | Reply

The writers for this timeline are on drugs.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2020-09-02 04:51 PM | Reply

Those edibles in California might be too strong.

#3 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2020-09-02 04:56 PM | Reply

I've got to admit now that we're in an era of real life super villains like putin and trump it would be nice to have some real life super hero pull a captain America.

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2020-09-02 05:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Just avoiding the 405 traffic, nothing to see here.

#1 | Posted by getoffmedz

I know a guy in the Santa Barbara area who takes his Lear Jet to Orange County to drop the kids with the grandparents, and otherwise commutes to and around L.A. in it.

#5 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-09-02 05:51 PM | Reply

If true, this is pretty wild. WTF?

#6 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-09-02 06:49 PM | Reply

Rocket man.

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-09-02 07:20 PM | Reply

3000' is a good altitude. You need to be over 2000' for the parachute to work reliably. The climb from 0 to 2000' must be scary as hell, I've seen a lot of those turbines flame out. I did meet a stuntman that pulls the cord at 500'. I don't think his act will be around all that long.

#8 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-09-03 08:54 AM | Reply

Getting an experimental airworthiness certificate for the Jetpack, then an ATC block clearance would've alleviated some concerns.
Losing the Jetpack in a confiscation would otherwise be depressing.

#9 | Posted by LesWit at 2020-09-03 10:00 AM | Reply

You don't need the cert. It's an ultralight. If the FAA finds the person they'll definitely get violated for airspace intrusion.

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-09-03 11:46 AM | Reply

"David Blaine Ascends To 25,000 Feet, Suspended By 52 Balloons"

onemileatatime.com

#11 | Posted by danni at 2020-09-03 11:58 AM | Reply

Cluster ballooning. The most famous flight being Lawnchair Larry's flight over LA.

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-09-03 04:00 PM | Reply

Cluster ballooning. The most famous flight being Lawnchair Larry's flight over LA.

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg

I remember Larry. Everyone smiled upon reports of his amazing adventure.

#13 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-09-03 05:27 PM | Reply

PS - I read an interview with the owner of the L.A. based company that makes jet packs. They've never sold one to a private individual and have only made 5 .. for military research.

Was this the Swiss (?) guy with the jet powered wing? Doesn't seem like a jet pack would have enough fuel to reach 3000' and fly around for awhile.

#14 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-09-03 05:31 PM | Reply

10-20 minutes. You can get to 3000' fast on the 2 to 1 power to weight some of these things have. Crazier, it's something anybody with moderate shop skills can build themselves in a garage. The turbines cost less than a sports car.

#15 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-09-04 08:37 AM | Reply

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