Ironically, the world of water sports can be a bit dry. There are boats, jet-skis, waverunners, blah-bitty-blah-bitty-blah. Snore. I want something that can turn me into an aquatic superman. Something that combines water and flying, but without the peanuts. Something exhilarating. Earlier this year, I was checking out the San Diego Yacht and Boat Show for San Diego Sailing. One of the highlights of the show was checking out the amazing JetLev Water Jet Pack.
You’ve probably seen Jet Pack footage before. Jet packs or rocket packs have been around for decades. The problem with them is A) You need to be a NASA test pilot to fly them, and B) If there’s a problem or you run out of fuel, you go splat. Both significant drawbacks as far as I am concerned. Jet Lev’s new water powered jet packs promise to make relatively safe flight open to the masses. Or, if not the masses, then anyone willing to pony up a few hundred bucks for a flight experience. If you prefer to buy, the JetLev R200 was running around $100,000 a pop at press time!The JetLev jet pack uses a remote jet ski/boat unit that tags along behind you in the water. That jet ski sucks up water and pumps it up through a flexible 33′ hose to the pilot. The pilot then can fly around with nothing but two jets of water being furiously pumped through two nozzles that control the flight path.
Although I got some great footage of the JetLev in action, I missed an epic video fail when the news was covering the boat show and a JetLev launch in particular earlier that morning. Let’s just say a kill switch got killed at a really inopportune time:
JetLev Fail Video
If you’re sold on flying around with a JetLev in Southern California, here are some details taken from the JetLev Southwest website. Note that they’re quoted as of December, 2011, so pricing and details may change. If you take the flight school, beware of that kill switch though!
CHRISTMAS SPECIAL – If you book a group of four of your friends before the end the year, you can all fly for the unbelievable rate of $199 each! Bring home photos of your Jetlev Flight Experience to your family and friends this holiday season (and don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of wetsuits to keep you nice and toasty for your flight).
STANDARD RATES BELOW:
Jetlev Flight Experience – $349
Midweek Jetlev Flight Experience – $299
Group Discount (4 or more people) – $299 Weekend, $249 Weekday
We have additional discounts for repeat flyers, prepaid flight sessions, and pilot certification. Email us or call us at 888-553-6471 to get more information about these programs.
Jetlev 110% Satisfaction Guarantee
We are so confident that you will LOVE flying with us, if you are not completely satisfied with your Jetlev Flight Experience, we will refund 110% of your money.
For more details on the the JetLev R200 Water Jet Pack, and the JetLev Southwest Flight School, visit JetLevSouthwest.com.