A man was spotted by a China Airlines crew member flying in a jetpack near the Los Angeles International Airport.
According to U.S. media report, a crew member onboard a China Airlines plane spotted a man in a jetpack flying at an altitude of 2,000 feet near the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and notified the air traffic controller on Wednesday October 14th local time. The traffic controller immediately warned a nearby plane which was preparing for landing of the situation. This is the second time recently that the LAX has observed a jetpacker entered the controlled airspace.
There is a small engine inside a backpack, which allows the person to be able to fly in the sky while wearing the jetpack. But problems could occur once you get up to the sky, such as losing control or flip upside-down or just turning around in circles.
According to the expert on aeronautics, the jetpack which intruded the controlled airspace is even more dangerous than drones because it is carrying a human being. On the other hand, if used properly, the jetpack could have a bonus effect during rescue missions. The Great North Air Ambulance Service in the U.K. recently announced a collaboration with a vendor in launching the first jetpack that will allow paramedics to fly up mountains to save lives.
In a simulation, a 10-year-old girl was stranded up in the mountain after falling off from a cliff. Once received the coordinates of the wounded person, the paramedics could arrive at the scene in less than two minutes with the jetpack instead of making a trip on foot that requires 30 minutes.
First flight in Cumbria for a jetsuit that is going to save lives and their sufferings, so an incredible moment. Truly truly an incredible moment.
Currently, Taiwan has not introduced the jetpack to its domestic market, but local aeronautic expert urged the government to start giving a thought on drafting related regulations such as passing a license exam before one can fly the device and limit areas where the jetpacks could be used once the device is opened for import.