I WANT one!
FlyboardŽ Air Test 1
Wow, that's a nice piece of engineering. The biggest problem with any flying machine is stability, this thing must use a microprocessor driven stability augmentation system that uses variable and/or vectored thrust to keep it on an even keel. There have to be set upper and lower "pilot" weight limits built into the control algorithms. Looks like dedicated propulsion units for vertical and horizontal flight. You can clearly see four nozzles for vertical flight. Did not see it fly backwards, so I would assume it can only fly forward, meaning probably two jets for horizontal flight. Ten minutes flight time is very impressive. Didn't see a fuel tank on the unit itself, but I did see the pilot wearing a backpack with hoses extending down to the unit so I would guess the backpack is the fuel tank. I'd find that a bit disconcerting.
I'd be curious how the FAA will certify the unit itself, and if a licence will be required to operate it. May be treated like ultralights.