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Jetpack Daredevil Attempts World Record Flight From Newport to Catalina

JetLev pilot, Dean O'Malley took off from Newport Harbor this morning in an attempt to set the world record jetpack flight from Newport Beach to Catalina Island.

NEWPORT BEACH, CA -- A man determined to set the world record for lthe ongest jetpack flight set off from Newport Harbor this morning for a 26-mile journey to Catalina Island.

Dean O'Malley, president of JetLev Southwest, said he wanted to push the limits of what's possible.

"We've done plenty of flying in the harbor and some limited flying in the ocean, but there's been no one who's extended past those bounds to see if you truly can fly between Point A and Point B,” he said. “I'm expecting that it will be very manageable, but until we do it, it's just a guess. One hundred years ago, people thought Glenn Martin was crazy when he flew his sea plane from Newport to Catalina, now people fly all around the world every single day. Hopefully in a few years, jetpack flight won't be such an unbelievable concept, and people may actually be using it as a viable means of transportation. "

The professional banker and financial consultant, who is also an avid snowboarder, kitesurfer and cliff jumper, enjoys testing his "own personal bounds". And the Catalina flight is a perfect example of that., he said.

 "The crossing is going to be tough, but with the proper preparation, most risks can be lessened to a reasonable level," said O'Malley.

Preparation for the flight included additional upper body work outs in the gym along with lots of flying time in both the harbor and the ocean, with the longest ride totaling 2.5 hours and about 15 miles.

Linda Martinetto September 30, 2012 at 06:22 AM
Yeh! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!
Jeff September 30, 2012 at 04:47 PM
OMG....It sounds so risky!!! Daredevil!!! If he fails, he falls 15 feet into the water...death defying.....lets pray for his safety!!!
BILL September 30, 2012 at 05:32 PM
last I heard the jet packs were only good for 30/40 second flight ...limited by fuel supply ... even 40 years after the 1st flight... just wondering what hell he's draging in the water.
Alex September 30, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I a plod this guy with what he wants to do, I think when he makes his flight that it should be televised so that all can see. The thing i would be a little worried about is JAWS lurking around. I have heard they like to hang out between NP and Catalina. (;0)
phantom1 September 30, 2012 at 06:39 PM
its a jet ski with the jets powering the lift pack, the jet ski can run for 4 hours. check out jetlev.com or youtube videos on jetlev.
J Sth September 30, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Jet pack is powerd by water pumped up to the backpack by a boat trailing it.
luckyfreeman September 30, 2012 at 07:16 PM
thats cool but how much does this flight cost in fuel and jet packs ???
Duane Kanar September 30, 2012 at 07:24 PM
He's the president of the company that makes the gadgets. I don't think flight time costs are an issue.
Duane Kanar September 30, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Alex... you say you "a plod this guy"?? Did you maybe mean you applaude this guy? Also... I don't think "JAWS" attacks things flying 8-10 feet above the surface of the water.
Ron Hirt October 01, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Congratulations Dean !!! I was on the Primary Color support boat - Sundance - and the wind chop and swells were more than expected. It was amazing to see you navigate these seas with such ease. Or at least you made it look easy.
PerU October 04, 2012 at 05:13 PM
is it powered by hydrogen peroxide ?

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