Ready to fly ? The waiting is almost over -
Here is the up and coming flock of personal flying machines - that actually exist and have really flown and may make it to market.
This does not include anything with old-fangled wheels : none of those contranymous little 'hoverboards' with two co-axial wheels; nor any road vehicle that can transform into an air-craft ('flying cars'.)
Nor any monster-boards using magnetrickery requiring special metal floors ('magnetoboards').
With rapid growth of different types of personal flying machines, there are several terms that can be used :
Hoverboard - a 'board' on which the user stands and can fly over any surface. e.g. Flyboard Air.
Jetpack - a back-pack with jet turbine(s) that supports flight. e.g. JB-9.
Flycar - a small flying craft with a cabin, or at least a seat, for one or two passengers - but no wheels. e.g. Volocopter.
Rocket Pack - a back-pack using liquid fuel rocket(s) that supports flight. e.g. Bell Rocket Belt.
Fanpack - a one-person flying craft powered by fans (propellers.) e.g. Martin Jet-pack.
Zapata's Flyboard Air : This is a winner ! The best looking Hoverboard, still a prototype, but bound to succeed.
Update May 2016, Zapata takes new world record @ 2.2 km, nearly ten times Catalin Duru's record :
Hoverboard powered by a jet turbine, back-pack of kerosene.
Projected : 3000m ceiling (?!), 10 minutes duration, 150 kph top speed.
Developed from the water-powered Flyboard.
JB-9 Jetpack : a practical Jetpack, although rather large. Made waves around the US' Statue of Liberty.
Twin jet turbines running kerosene. The only real jetpack.
Projected : 3000m ceiling, 10 minutes duration, 100 kph top speed.
Bell Rocket Belt : The original Rocket Pack, so old that the Jupiter II carried one ! Even Sean Connery was young then.
A rocket powered by expensive hydrogen peroxide. Compact but hard to fly, also dangerous.
30 seconds duration.
Martin 'jetpack' : not a jet nor a back-pack - it's a small aircraft - a Fanpack.
Twin ducted large fans driven by 2-stroke engine. Big and heavy.
Projected : 1000m ceiling, 30 minute duration, 74 kph top speed.
Catalin Duru's Omni hoverboard : World record busting Hoverboard.
Eight fan electric hoverboard.
Record flight : ~5m ceiling, ~90 second duration, 275m distance.
ArcaBoard - large Hoverboard, somewhat clumsy, official release is 14th April 2016.
36 small ducted fan hoverboard. Electric.
~50cm ceiling, 3-6 minutes duration, 20 kph top speed.
FLIKE Tri-copter : flying electric motor-trike. Is it a Fanpack ? Fancraft ?
Flying trike with three contra-rotating pairs of large fans. Electric.
Projected : 30m ceiling, 60 min duration, 100 kph top speed
Volocopter : a practical Flycar, in flight testing.
Flycar powered by 18 fans. Electric.
Test flight : ~10m ceiling, 25 kph top speed
NUS Snowstorm : a Flycar early prototype, honourable mention.
Fly-car with 24 fans. Electric.
Test flight: ~1m ceiling, 5 minute duration, no speed.
Yves Rossy, Jetman : a man CAN fly - but cannot take-off, nor land either.
Four jet turbines on wearable wings.
2000m+ ceiling, 10 minutes duration, 200 kph top speed.
OK then, here is the Jupiter II :
Here is a Jupiter too :