When fiction becomes reality – Mega helicopter Relentless & Jetpack JB-10 unveiled during Monaco Yacht Show

Relentless in a class of their own

Bell Helicopter unveiled its highly anticipated Bell 525 Relentless on the opening day of the 26th annual Monaco Yacht Show (MYS), September 28 through October 1, 2016, with the participation of over 580 exhibiting companies and partners, the mecca of super yachting. The one-and-only helicopter company at the show, Bell Helicopter is also displaying other helicopters part of the company’s VIP modern luxury product line.

The members of the Press had the chance to have a first glimpse of the full-scale mockup of the Bell 525 super medium class twin turbine helicopter, with VIP cabin interior prominently positioned at the Parvis Piscine entrance. The corporate representatives on site gave an instructive presentation on their mega machine, conveying their pride for their company being recognized as real a pace setter in the industry expanding the scope of vertical lift aviation, while showcasing the unique functionality their aircraft plays in the yachting milieu.

With a maximum capacity for 20 passengers, unless the owner wishes to transform it into a luxury limo cutting the number in as much as half depending on configuration; an action range of 1056 km; cruising speed of 300 km/h; the most spacious commercial helicopter developed by Bell brings the level of innovation and state-of-the-art design too new heights. Furthermore, it features superior payload and range cabin and cargo volumes plus crew visibility. Sleek modern exteriors meet meticulously crafted, custom-made interiors by Italian company Mecaer Aviation Group, offering that personalized touch of class for surely an unforgettable in-flight experience. Fly-by-wire technology is engineered to provide highly advanced safety and operating capabilities, while targeted unparalleled range and unprecedented speed offers Bell 525 operators the new standard in efficiency and functionality.

At a rather insane price between 15 to 20 million US dollars, depending on configuration, this mega machine is reserved for corporations or the very few high-net-worth individual, for whom not even the sky is the limit.

JB-10 jetpack flying for the first time over Monaco

Australian adventurer David Mayman (or Madman like he calls himself) flew over Monaco on board his JB-10 jetpack during three days this week, the first time a jetpack has flown in Europe organized by Jetpack Aviation in close collaboration with Aerostar Monaco, bringing the future of personal flight closer to reality.

Mayman got ready on the Monaco Helicopter tarmac surrounded by a cheering public that came in great numbers to see a man fly among the seagulls. Mayman said he enjoys the feeling of freedom of movement driving the jetpack, and he had had over ten years of training, but he thinks he could teach somebody to learn to fly it in one or two weeks. He is living his childhood dream as he was always attracted by the cartoons and films where men flew.

Jetpack JB-9 hovering over the Statue of Liberty 

Mayman had been hovering around the Statue of Liberty aboard the JB-9 jetpack created with master engineer Nelson Tyler, on its maiden flight in 2015.

Facts on the JB-10

  • Speed: over 160 km/h
  • Flight autonomy: 10 min over a 20 km area
  • Weight: 74 kg with a full tank
  • Price: Euro 250,000
  • Power: More than 1000 horsepower thanks to two turbo reactors
  • Altitude: Up to 3,000 meters

You may own your jetpack

After almost fifty years of development and tests, the JB-10 is today the only operational Jetpack, more compact and lighter, that can be carried on the back easily.

Jetpack Aviation plans to bring jetpack technology to the market in a responsible way, to avoid any potential accidents, thus researching into the possibility of using automatic ballistic parachutes that would fire when the jetpack’s onboard computer detect an engine failure. The company is getting help from the US military for the parachute testing program under a Co-operative Research and Development Agreement. All flights have been over water until the parachute is completed.

Important also would be training for the flight. Mayman said that he thinks they could train someone during an intense week. He added “We’ve got a tether system with a cable. The idea is we’d set up an electric propulsion system so we don’t have to refuel all the time an put hours on the turbine engines. It’s also easier to run electric engines than turbines for noise and smell, and all that, when you’re operating in town.”

Jetpack Aviation has been working with the FAA to define a new classification for the jetpack and other similar vehicles, to make them commercially available very soon. I know some adventurous and daring friends who are ready to order one!

Today’s Quote

“Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.” Socrates

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