Jetpacks! Fly Like James Bond over Mission Bay with Jetpack America

When thinking of James Bond, I think of sophistication, gadgets, fast cars, exotic and tropical locations, and the jetpack opening from Thunderball. While I may never have an exploding pen, be able to afford an Aston Martin DB5 or have the constant need to wear a suit (my San Diego wardrobe usually consists of flip-flops!), I was able to fly like James Bond with a water-powered jetpack flight over Mission Bay from Jetpack America.

Prepping for My Jetpack Flight

Once I checked in, the Jetpack America crew gave me a quick 20-minute overview of the Jetlev water-propelled jetpack including a short safety video and a run-through on a demo unit.

Within a few minutes, I had learned all the basics of my upcoming jetpack flight, such as take-off, landing, elevation control, turning and hovering. Now it was time to test my knowledge with a real world flight.

Soaring Above the Waters of Mission Bay

Flying over Mission Bay with Jetpack America

Taking off over the waters of Mission Bay with Jetpack America

After the crew strapped me into the Jetlev and went through the controls and safety procedures one last time, I waded out into the chest deep water and listened for instructions from the ground crew. Thankfully, the crew will control the throttle and talk to you (there is a speaker and microphone in the helmet) throughout the first flight.

My ground crew slowly raised the throttle and I started to move through the water so that I could test out my turning ability. Once they were satisfied, the crew turned it up a notch and within seconds I was walking on water!

Soaring Above Mission Bay with Jetpack America

Roger that, we are cruising at an altitude of 15 feet. All water-powered engines are working fine!

After a few “running laps,” I knew I was ready for something a little higher. Once I was in a good position, the ground crew turned it up to 11 and I shot up to about 15 feet above the water. The rush of flying was absolutely amazing!

For those braver than me, the jetpack can reach a height of 30 feet or about 3 stories.

The jetpack even works underwater and I “swam” below the surface in what they call a submarine maneuver.

The flight did have to come to end at some point and my ground crew guided me back to the shore while slowly lowering me into the water. Even as walked on dry land, I was still flying from the adrenaline rush and humming the James Bond theme in my head!

Jetpack Flights Offered

So are you ready to fly above Mission Bay? Jetpack America offers flight times ranging from 15 to 50 minutes. I flew on the 20 minute flight and felt is was perfect for the first time out.

If you fly more than once, the crew will provide pilots with additional instruction to master the advanced techniques of walking on water, figure-8 turns, hands-free flying, donut turns, 30-foot hovers, dock landings, etc.

For an additional fee, Jetpack America will also film your flight with a few water-proof GoPro cameras and take pictures for posting on Facebook, Twitter, etc. And let’s face it, you will want those pictures to show off your amazing adventures during a vacation in San Diego!

Jetpack America Information

Where: 1010 Santa Clara Place, San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: 888.553.6471
Cost: $149-$549 (as of October 2013)
> Book Your Flight with Jetpack America

P.S. When the crew says millimeter movement of the controls, they mean it. Also, on the cooler months, it would be advised to wear a wetsuit (which they can provide) because the water can get chilly.

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Brent Bernasconi

About Brent Bernasconi

I am a local San Diegan (though surprisingly, I do not know how to surf). While not at work, I enjoy biking, running, soccer, bocce ball, craft brew (I hope to make a batch of home brew one day), reading, movies, and a video game here and there. My goal is to set foot in as many states, countries and continents as I possibly can (I have hit 14 states, 9 countries, and 3 continents), though I will always call San Diego home. How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?So after a good night's sleep, first I would take the puppy for a nice long walk. Then I would pack the bicycle panniers with a picnic lunch for the wife and I and we would ride over to Mission Trails for some trail riding and then a lovely lunch under the shade by the river. After the ride home, a shower and a nap would follow. Once rested, we would head out to the Blind Lady and enjoy a local brew and some organic pizza.If you were invisible, where would you go?Area 51! I would love to know what they are doing that is so top secret.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?So many choices, but if I have to pick one I would choose bikingrunningsoccerbocceball. Though sitting outside with a good book on a sunny day would come in close second.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Nothing could be better than a San Diego Craft Beer (Hess, Stone, Ballast Point, Automatic, and many many more) and a burger with onion rings and BBQ-sauce. Though you will often find me boiling some pasta with a glass of wine in my hand and Ratatouille on in the background.Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…A few albums by Jonathan Coulton, the ultimate geek musician. If you get a chance, listen to Code Monkey.If you like, you can follow me on Twitter @bernasconi.