Why haven't people used jetpacks yet

Jetpack flyers spotted near LA again

"A China Airlines crew reported seeing someone in a jetpack at about 6,000 feet, about seven miles northwest of Los Angeles International Airport," the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement an explanation.

"The FBI is in contact with the FAA and is investigating several reports of what, according to witness statements, appeared to be a person with a jetpack near the Los Angeles airport," said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller of US Media quotes. She confirmed that both sightings, including the incident around six weeks ago, are now being investigated.

Corresponding reports at the end of August

On August 29, pilots of two aircraft independently reported the sighting of a person with a jetpack at an altitude of around 900 meters. Back then, an American Airlines pilot and a Jet Blue Airways pilot reported the unusual observation to the airport tower within half a minute.

The altitude of the alleged sightings is particularly puzzling: Most jetpacks are not equipped to fly for more than a few minutes or to fly very high. At the beginning of this year, the French “Jetman” Vince Reffet flew with a “rocket backpack” in Dubai at an altitude of 1,800 meters, setting a new world record. If the observation in Los Angeles was correct, the stranger would have set this record, so to speak.

Expert does not believe in jetpack flyers

However, the company JetPack Aviation, based in the San Fernando Valley near Los Angeles, invented the "world's only JetPack" according to their own statements, with which one can reach a height of around 4,500 meters and fly for about ten minutes. According to the New York Times, the company does not sell the jetpacks, but it does allow them to be used after a three-week training program - but only in safe terrain.

The head of the company, David Mayman, told the broadcaster CBS that he could not rule out that it was jetpack flights, but he considered it unlikely: "How is it that no one saw them take off and land? And, “These machines are pretty noisy.” Mayman also said that his company would never fly such high jetpacks without careful planning and safety protocols.

"We'd never go very high without a parachute system," he said, adding, "Reaching 6,000 feet would also take too long:" We'd run out of fuel. "Other experts believe that at least the new one is Sighting could also have been a drone.

Known from "Fireball"

A jetpack is a drive device that is attached to their backs to transport individual people through the air. The main problem is fuel efficiency - most jetpacks are not equipped to fly for more than a few minutes. The aircraft was best known from the opening scene of the James Bond film "Fireball" from 1965. The same aircraft caused another astonishment almost 20 years later: at the opening of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, a "rocket man" landed in the Memorial Coliseum.