Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Cooler Running

Troy Hartman has sort of done a low level Yves Rossy by strapping a jet engine on his back to go skiing. In this video he can be seen terrifying any wildlife or spectators by zooming around and ascending hills at speeds up to 47 mph, whilst still only at half-throttle. Like the “giraffeski” I mentioned a couple of days ago, this is hardly sustainable unless the jet fuel comes from a sustainable source; however, this is not as outlandish as it may at first appear because jet fuel is pretty similar to diesel and could, in theory, be created from vegetable oils and/or syngas (obtained from pyrolysis of biomass).

Original text taken from

“Hartman, who lives in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., is a professional stuntman who enjoys sky diving and, bungee jumping and other extreme pursuits. The jet pack he uses was built for a rigid sky-diving wing he recently developed for flying after jumping out of airplanes. "I cannot lift off and fly with it by itself," he says of the jet pack. "But I am developing another wing, different from the sky-diving jet wing, to do just that." “


Testing New Jetpack on Skis - Troy Hartman from Troy Hartman on Vimeo.

Looks like he might be snapping at Yves’ heels – he probably won’t be as cool as Yves though. I can testify to how cool Yves is as I met him after the last Jersey International Air Display where he did his first public display.


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