My name is Rich Herron, as of 31 Oct 2005, I have begun the process that will bring true jet packs to the world. This is a bold statement to make, but a true one. With the help of the engines from R/P International Jets out of Cincinnati, I have turbines that I feel safe enough, and that are powerful enough to accomplish this goal. Below is the rear view of the jet pack. Notice that the engines are at a slight angle to direct the exhaust away from the pilot.
The production model jet pack will have a integrated global positioning system. One purpose of the GPS is to see where you are, and where you are going. The other purpose is to help the jet pack run efficiently, and easily. For example, during start up you need propane gas to get the engines up to operating temperature. If you were at Los Angeles the settings for the propane regulators would be different than in Boulder Colorado.
There is research, like computer modeling that needs to be compleated to address different aspects that a piolot may encounterd in this jet pack. The jet pack can use several types of fuel, JP-4/Kerosene, Paraffin and JET-A1. The fuel used must be mixed with Aeroshell 500-turbine oil. 5 gallons of fuel to 1 quart of oil. The purpose of the oil is to lubricate the barings for the next start up. During shut down any fuel will evaporate leaving the oil behind coating the bearings.
This proto type jet pack is capable of lifting a piolot of a 210 lbs, and flying for 5 minutes. Production models will be able to fly for closer to 10 minutes. As orders come in, I will have the necesary funding to compleate the testing and to start production of the final jet pack model. The final jet pack model will have integrated frame and fuel tank, with a rear panel to hold the necesary eliectronics.
This frame will be carbon fiber, and be much stronger and better looking than the prot type. In the helmet there will be a heads up display with a timer to show the time of flight, as well as engine warning information. I will also try to get the gps to display on the heads up display as well. These upgrades will alow the piolot to keep looking where he is going without the need to look at the intrumentation panel constantly.