The Flyboard Air comes from the insanely inventive team at Zapata Racing, which is led by the brave Franky Zapata. If the Zapata company name doesn’t ring a bell, its original Flyboard probably will.
The part-watercraft, part-aircraft (nicknamed “dolphin jetpack”) blew our collective minds when it appeared back in 2011 and showed riders springing out of the water and then flying and looping tens of meters into the air like marine mammals who forgot gravity is a thing.
Flyboard Air doesn’t require a water source to propel itself, although it’s not 100% clear how it works, as no mechanical specifics have been provided by Zapata. Sources including Gizmodo and Gizmag speculate that it’s powered by a turbine engine fed by a backpack full of fuel.
According to the heat this beast is throwing off in the below video. Zapata also says that the board is capable of full autonomy for up to 10 minutes.
There is no word on when the Flyboard Air will be available for purchase, or even public use, although Zapata says it certainly won’t be on the market in 2016.