By 2019, travel by jetpack could become a reality for the general population.
What would that look like in London?
On Wednesday, the capital got a sight of future flight with a seriously cool demonstration at Royal Victoria Dock.
Australian David Mayman piloted a turbine jet engine-powered JB-10 jetpack at a height of 30m for 4 minutes over east London.
The former commercial pilot hopes to raise the funds to develop a turbine-powered jetpack to be made available for consumers by 2019 — for a mere £200,000.
The London flight marks the launch of a crowdfunding initiative to raise £300,000 in support of the project.
In a BBC article, Lucy Sharp from Seedrs Investment, the online platform hosting the crowdfunding effort, said of Mayman: “He’s in talks with the U.S. Navy to give it a use beyond commercial flights.
“He’s done over 400 test flights and they’ve all gone smoothly, but it is jet fuel on his back, so it can be dangerous.”