May 11, 2009
By Alton K. Marsh
The Go Fast! Jet Pack has started a new category of official world records by flying at 43 mph into a headwind at an airshow in Scotland. There were no previous world records in the category, so the speed was up to pilot Eric Scott. He flew 68 mph later in the day to set a new record.
The hydrogen-peroxide powered Jet Pack had a headwind of 32 mph for the first attempt. Go Fast! is a Denver-based sports drink company and is the sponsor of the Jet Pack, which gives exhibitions around the country. A police radar gun at MotorFair, Scotland’s biggest motor show recorded the record.
While the Jet Pack could have done better in no-wind conditions, at least it is now in the Guinness Book of World Records.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
Veteran airshow performer Billy Werth teaches students to consider roads in case of emergency. On Aug. 10, he took his own advice.
While private pilots may share certain costs with passengers under certain circumstances, they cross the line when spreading the word.
– Key lawmakers are asking the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Administration to expedite a review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposed rulemaking on third-class medical reform.
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