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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.

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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