Franky Zapata's Flyboard Air, a board powered by four turbo jet engines that allows a rider to fly through the air untethered with a computer making it stable, was unveiled in April 2016.
French inventor Franky Zapata has successfully navigated the 22 miles (35km) over the English Channel in his jet-powered hoverboard, which reaches speeds of up to 106 miles per hour (170km).
It was the second attempt by the 40-year-old, after his unsuccessful effort at the end of last month. He completed the journey in 22 minutes on Sunday morning (local time), reported AP News.
“I’m feeling happy … It’s just an amazing moment in my life,” he said in English following his touchdown in the UK. “The last 10% (of the flight) was easier … because I had the time to look at the cliffs.”
Zapata, founder of Zapata Racing, set the record for such a trip as no-one use has used a jet-propelled hoverboard before. It was the furthest distance that Zapata had flown. He set off from Sangatte in France’s Pas-de-Calais region and landed in St. Margaret’s Bay, Dover, in England’s southeast. He stopped once to refuel from a boat.
Zapata came to prominence when he whizzed above European leaders in Paris, France, at Bastille Day celebrations on his jet-propelled invention, Flyboard Air, carrying a gun.
He unveiled Flyboard Air, a board powered by four turbo jet engines that allows a rider to fly through the air untethered, using a computer to keep it stable, in April 2016. It was then that he set a world record for the farthest hoverboard flight after he flew the Flyboard Air along the south coast of France for 2,252 metres (about 1.4 miles).
“We made a machine three years ago,” he said after landing at St. Margaret’s Bay “and now, we’ve crossed the Channel, it’s crazy.”
Flyboard Air inventor Franky Zapata with his wife Krystal. Facebook / Krystal Zapata
Zapata is not alone in developing jet-powered personal transportation. English inventor Richard Browning developed a jet suit that allows the wearer to fly with six turbo-engines strapped to their arms, which he has demonstrated.