Flyboard Air Test – Has The Future Arrived?

The tension in the air has been palpable as we’re getting hit with demonstrations of something most people have dreamed about their entire lives – cruising across the ground on a hovercraft. And while competitors have attempted to create a hoverboard, this is perhaps the very first time we’re seeing a real life exhibition of an actual, usable hovercraft.

Hovercraft have been attempted for nearly as long as man has been flying around in the sky. However, the limitations that have always plagued the creation of a lone-piloted hovercraft have revolved around fuel, weight, and electronics. Thankfully, we now live in a computer driven world and the materials we use to design technology are lighter, stronger, and more resilient.


Our manufacturing processes are more exacting and enable us to create the technology we rely upon every day. And now, for the first time ever, we may have the opportunity to fly nearly twenty feet in the air, at speeds of up to 35 mph. Well, technically, it’s capable of speeds of up to 93.5 mph according to ZR’s website, but most of the pilots during this prototype phase are sticking to little steps at a time.

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The Flyboard® Pro Series, Hoverboard by ZR® and Jetpack by ZR® all came from basically the same brainchild: pro jet ski champion Franky Zapata. As he told Gizmag not too