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Flyboard Air is an amazing hoverboard that may actually fly

by Jacob Kleinman | April 11, 2016April 11, 2016 1:50 pm PST

Two-wheeled “hoverboards” had their moment in the sun, but now an actual working hoverboard may be swooping in to claim the spotlight. A new video shows the Flyboard Air zooming through the sky in what’s either a clever fake or a pretty mind-blowing piece of technology.

The new hoverboard comes from Franky Zapata, the French jet ski racer behind the popular water-powered Flyboard. The original model made it possible to fly like Iron Man. However, it came with plenty of limitations and only worked directly over a body of water.

The Flyboard Air takes Zapata’s design to new heights, literally. He claims it’s capable of soaring up to 10,000 feet at speeds of up to 93 miles per hour, using what looks like a built-in jet turbine engine. It appears to be powered by a fuel tank strapped to your back, making it possible to fly for up to 10 minutes at a time.

Zapata didn’t exactly push the Flyboard Air to its limits in his first test, which you can see in the video above. He also made sure to stay over a large body of water, presumably in case anything went wrong and the hoverboard failed. Still, it’s enough to get us extremely excited by the device’s potential.

The Flyboard Air won’t launch as a consumer product in 2016, but maybe we’ll see it launch next year, assuming it’s actually real.

Flyboard (YouTube) Gizmag

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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