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Proximity testing complete, Jetpack Aviation prepares to launch the world's first jetpack...

•, Loz Blain

The team at Jetpack Aviation (JPA) has just completed test flights in which two pilots flew close enough together to playfully boop each other on the nose. Next step: the world's first jetpack race series, starting in 2019, and yes, the jetboards and jet suits of the world are invited to participate!

They say the first motorcycle race happened the day the second motorcycle was built – and that's not hard to believe. With jetpacks, the key players have had to be a lot more methodical. One major incident with the JPA JB-series jetpacks, or Franky Zapata's Flyboard Air, and not only would the world probably lose the key figures driving this personal flight revolution, but legislators might swoop in and ruin the fun for everyone.

So for the most part, everyone in this space has been doing their best to play it safe, or at least look like they are. Jetpack Aviation's David Mayman has even gone so far as to get himself certified by the FAA as the world's only registered jetpack instructor, allowing JPA to run a series of jetpack experience training events for the general public, and setting up a system through which jetpack owners can undergo some legitimate training before they strap these roaring machines to their backs and head off into the clouds.

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