Airline pilot reports seeing 'guy in jetpack' near aircraft while approaching LAX runway

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    Ironman v0.1 beta test.

    Would an Ironman suit require a certificate?
     
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    Do jet packs exist that can carry enough fuel to get to 3000ft fly around a while and get back down before things go quiet?
     
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    Like the pilot said: "Only in LA"
     
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    I’ve always wanted a jet pack lol
     
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    Probably falls under 14 CFR 103, unless they prohibit "powered lift". They do allow helicopters, however.
     
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    You tell him he's grounded until his suit is certificated...
     
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    I'm guessing he wasn't adsb compliant.
     
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    I'm thinking it was probably a powered paraglider. Lots of them around, can easily reach 3000', and might well be seen as a "jetpack". And while most PPGers (just like airplane pilots) are safe and responsible, the fact that they're so easy to fly means they attract their share of yahoos.
     
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    There is a video I have seen on YouTube where a jetpack was flying around for a good 30 minutes. The trick in that case was the jetpack had a thin line to a helium balloon which was made of clear plastic.
    Made it appear as it the whole load was carried by the jetpack when it carried a lot less.

    Tim

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    Balloon shaped like a guy in a jet pack?
     
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    Wingsuiter? Sometimes it's hard to tell relative descent rates if you are descending yourself.
     
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    Jet pack + parachute?
     
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    There are new "jet packs" which are really fan jet propelled.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Maybe some college guys had access to a couple of small rockets and it just happened to be freshman 'orientation' day.
     
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    I was thinking more a kite shaped like a guy in a jet pack or possibly an R/C model.
     
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    For those interested, when Jet Man was prepping for his flight over the Grand Canyon the FAA determined his jetpack, etc. did not meet the definition of an ultralight due to fuel load and I think speed. So it technically is considered an aircraft and would require an AWC if ever produced. I followed this back then as a friend was indirectly associated with the flight. Here's one FAA version, but I think there are several more.
    https://www.faa.gov/about/office_or...len-air-200 - (2012) legal interpretation.pdf
     
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    That's because he has wings, with engines for forward thrust, goes faster than 55 knots in level flight, has a stall speed higher than 24 knots, and has more than 5 gallons fuel. But as ultralight helicopters are allowed, so would a direct lift jet pack ofif it meets the requirements.
     
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    Same idea, better glider, better pilot, better film quality.
     
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    It was me guys... here is a selfie. Fun ride... AA pilots are way too uptight.. the Delta guys gave me a thumbs up...

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    I was kinda thinking this or a drone powered thingy looking like a dude
     
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    Look up the video on YouTube where Adam Savage builds an Ironman suit and has the folks from Gravity, Inc fly it with one of their jet suits. Then go down the YT rabbit hole looking at their other jet suit videos.

    I'd love to try one of their jet suits, but the price is beyond the budget.
     
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    He had a parrot in his pocket, so he was squawking.
     
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    Given how much fuel backpacks carry, I'd sure want a parachute if I was going that high.
     
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    Maybe it was this guy trying to make a come back....

     
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    Suicide jetpacks?
     
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    Futurama had a cheaper option.
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    Not as reliable as a jet pack.
     
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    Almost Halloween - are we sure "guy with a jetpack" wasn't "witch on a broom"?
     
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