Hoverboard inventor will make second attempt at flying over English Channel this weekend


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Zapata had announced that he would be flying his “personal aerial vehicle” from Calais in Northern France to St Margaret's Bay in Dover, UK, a total of 22 miles of flight across the English Channel.

Travelling at an average speed of 87 mph, Zapata aimed to complete the journey in 20 minutes, with a single stop on a refueling vessel required at the halfway point. But the attempt failed when waves caused a slight movement of the landing platform as he came in to land, causing Zapata to miss “by a few centimeters” and plunge into the water.

According to Associated Press (via France24) Zapata will make a second attempt this Sunday. To help ensure things go more smoothly, a larger refueling boat—a tugboat—will be used, and it will be in French waters, which French maritime authorities had previously disallowed.

Zapata has already shown off clips of him flying though Singapore and around Paris’ Bastille Day Parade on his Flyboard Air, which is powered by five mini turbo engines that can produce around 250 horsepower each. He continues to develop and promote the machine, despite losing two fingers during its maiden flight in his garage, when they were sucked into the turbines.

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Uncle Al

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You know .... win or lose, it's just one heck of a great invention and I'm impressed every time I see it fly. I hope he makes it this time and I hope they continue to develop it to the point of practicality .... of course we'll soon see distracted surfers crashing into each other ..... wow, talk about entertainment!!!


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Those turbo engines sure dried out fast from sea water plunging on the last attempt...