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Fly & Soar with a Jetpack

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by S Lynn (subscribe)
A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published February 8th 2013
Itís a bird, a plane, no itís you
Has flying always been on your bucket list? Ever since watching Superman, I have always had a secret longing to fly, to soar above the crowds and glide freely in the air like a bird. With modern technology, we can get from A to B quickly by flying in a plane, but the adrenaline rush is just not there. The lack of freedom is also quite apparent, cooped up in a cabin with a small seat. The only feeling of soaring we get is the pressure we feel in our ears upon take-off and the birds eye view from the tiny window, if you are lucky enough to score yourself a window seat.

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When I heard about a brand new experience called the Jetpack, I thought it sounded really interesting, especially since we can control the direction from the driver's seat. Bungee jumping and sky diving does its job of keeping our heart rate up but there is minimum control in the sensation of falling.

So what is a jet pack?

Jet packs are used for various types of devices, usually worn on the back, that are propelled by jets of escaping gases or liquid water to allow a single user to fly. Jet packs are commonly used in activities for astronauts but has not really taken off as a mode of transport due to the strong pull of Earth's gravity.

Now that there is finally an opportunity to channel our inner James Bond (in 1965, Sean Connery used a jet pack in the James Bond movie Thunderball in the pre-title sequence), I had more questions with the number one question being:

How safe is it to pretend to be an exotic spy?

The guys at Jetpack adventures are quick to assure that it is a safe adventure with a full safety briefing and flotation equipment. Instead of the gruelling training that occurs if you want to fly a plane, jet-packing training is quite quick as you have expert coaching by an experienced jet pack instructor via radio headset inside your helmet while you "fly". Your instructor can also assist with the throttle control if you require them to. Most learners are flying in under 10 minutes of training and you do not have to be experienced. Similar to flying an airplane, there is zero tolerance for alcohol as you need to be fully aware throughout this experience.

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I also wanted to know what was included in the experience.

Apparently the experience includes 2 flights, each lasting between 15-20 minutes of pure exhilaration for a total of 90 minutes including instructions and training. You are entirely in the driver's seat, piloting your whole experience. The package also includes HD video footage of your unique experience to take away. You will be provided with boots, a wetsuit, gloves, a walkie-talkie helmet and drinks.

A flight package is not cheap, which is expected since the unit itself costs around $20,000 or more. You can sign up to try this sport at multiple beaches in Gold Coast including Broadbeach, Broadwater and Budds Beach. If you are in Brisbane, you can organize an experience at Redcliffe, Brisbane. The jet pack works by blasting hundreds of litres of water through specially designed thrust nozzles.

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You can fly as high as 10 metres above the water. Granted that this is not as high tech as Ironman's super suit, you won't be waving from the Empire State Building any time soon, but it should be a unique experience to cross of your bucket list and it is real. Not from the land of Hollywood or make-believe.

You can enjoy the experience anytime between 9am Ė 5pm, 7 days a week. The minimum age is 18 and you have to weigh 150kgs or less and be shorter than 198cms. Spectators are welcome, so bring your family and friends along to cheer you on!

And no, in case you are considering it, you cannot build a Jetpack from a DIY plan purchased on the internet. The guys at MythBusters have already tried this out with a jet pack with two ducted fans powered with ultralight-type piston engines and unfortunately did not succeed.

So if you are itching to do something new and experience something most people haven't done before, Jetpacking may be an interesting experience to try! Call 0404 22 44 77
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Why? For James Bond wannabes
Phone: 0404 22 44 77
Where: Redcliffe & Gold Coast
Cost: approx $350
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