Jetpack pilot flies nearly 1800m in the air over Dubai

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In a major milestone, the pilot took-off from the ground and then transitioned into a high-altitude flight. 9News

The team at Jetman Dubai built a jet-powered wingsuit and say they just reached a major milestone with it - a pilot took-off from the ground and then transitioned into a high-altitude flight.

The achievement occurred last Friday, when Jetman pilot Vince Reffett took off from a standing start on the runway at Skydive Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and then flew up to nearly 1800m in altitude. He also demonstrated the ability to hover, stop, turn and manoeuvre.Jetman pilots have previously launched off of elevated platforms, such as off of a helicopter. But this is the first time that they've launched from the ground.

While travelling at an average speed of nearly 240km/h, Reffett was able to reach 1000m of altitude in 30 seconds. Reffett was even able to perform a roll and loop with the wingsuit. His flight lasted approximately three minutes, and he opened his parachute at 1500m before landing safely to the ground.

 

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