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.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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