The Zapata EZ-Fly

The EZ Fly is an advanced modification of the Zapata Flyboard Air. With a few key upgrades, we have created an air vehicle much easier to fly, faster to train, and safer to operate than any other vertical takeoff aircraft in history. Even non-pilots can be trained to safely operate the EZ-Fly. Its advanced stability systems and triple-redundant systems take all of the chaos and much of the risk out of powered flight, without the need for a pilot’s license.

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Manned & Unmanned Applications

The high capacity and stable nature of Zapata’s® VTOL air based products make them ideal platforms for previously impossible capabilities. Flyboard Air is the testing and proving grounds for a whole new category of VTOL flight. Zapata’s unique and patented approach is a scalable platform to meet a variety of uses. Especially applications that require, or benefit, from the power and speed that Zapata’s jet craft can achieve.

Military

  • Individual Mobility for Special Ops
  • Hip to Ship, Ship to Shore,
  • Quick Reaction,
  • Presence Patrols
  • Denied Area Penetration
  • Vertical Deployment or Fixed Wing UAS
  • Megacity ISR

First Responder

  • Autonomous Unmanned Evacuation
  • Mass Casualty Resupply and Evacuation
  • Emergency Access for Medical Personnel
  • Rescue and Recovery

Industrial

  • Specialized Repair Platform
  • Infrastructure Inspection
  • Specialized Distribution
  • Security and Recovery

Entertainment & Recreation

  • Scheduled Appearances
  • Sponsorships
  • Air Shows
  • Film and TV
  • The Zapata EZ-Flight Experience
  • For personal and recreational use, without need for a pilot's license. (EZ-FLY only).

Safety & Redundancy

With engine out capability, the EZ-Fly can lose one engine and still continue the mission.
If two engines go out, the EZ-Fly will make a controlled descent.

Performance Specs

Max speed:
Max endurance:
Max operator weight:
80 miles per hour
12 minutes
280 lbs

Safety Features

  • Auto-hover mode
  • Quick release boots
  • Engine out capability
  • Triple redundant flight controls
  • Independent engine electronics
  • Independent engine fuel supplies
  • Status indications via Heads-Up Display
  • Embedded stabilization independent of flight controls
  • Isolated turbines with improved cooling and lubrication

In the video above watch Franky Zapata successfully demonstrate an engine out test and the Flyboard Air’s tripple redundant flight control system.

The Zapata Difference

Inventors have been chasing the dream of personal flight for decades, but no one else has achieved it in the way that Zapata has. Zapata’s unique and innovative approach comes from its experience in hydroflight, its use of turbine engines over conventional electric propellers and the use of intuitive flight controls designed around the human body.

Turbine Engines

  • Turbine engines have up to ten times the power to weight ratio of other power sources.
  • You can install a lot more power into a confined space.
  • More efficient in turning chemical energy into thrust.

Consolidation of Thrust

  • Greatly increases maneuverability and speed.
  • Opens the possibility of engine redundancy and graceful degradation.
  • Losing an engine has a less dramatic impact that can easily be compensated by the E.C.U. and pilot adjustments.

Intuitive Flight Controls

  • Very easy to learn.
  • Designed to be flown without pilot training.
  • Designed around the human body and our natural ability to balance.
  • Safely train on the water Flyboard®

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The Evolution of Flyboard®

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From Water

Before there was Flyboard Air, there was Flyboard®, Franky Zapata’s original game changing invention that launched a new type of watersport all around the world.

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To Air

In the above clips, Franky and team experiment with an early ducted fan hoverboard and Franky performs on France’s Got Talent using an electric air compressor.

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To Flight

Flyboard® and Flyboard Air work on the same principles and are controlled in the same way. In fact, anyone training to use the Flyboard Air must first train on a water Flyboard.

Frequently Asked Questions

How fast can it fly?

Max Speed: 80 miles per hour.

Max endurance is 12 minutes.

About 280lbs right now; we think it can scale up to over 400lbs.

Between 6 and 10 minutes with present fuel load.

Kerosene/Jet B

We have a specific version that is 14 CFR Part 103 compliant for Ultralight operations in the US. It is electronically limited to 54 knots and has a 5 gallon fuel capacity, allowing non-pilots to legally fly in most of the country.

Three solid days of water training on the Flyboard with a Wireless EMK followed by about four days on a large training platform with the EZ Fly. After that, a user will be fully trained in basic operation and they could begin specific scenario training after that, maybe for shipboard flights or landing on buildings, flying under bridges, etc.

Please contact us for more information

Yes, it does not have wind limitations like a helicopter or long visual range needs like a fixed wing aircraft.

Yes. We have conducted night flights and plan to conduct tests with Night Vision devices.

Other than it's small size, this configuration is not purposefully stealthy. Future configurations could include RF signature management techniques as well as reduction in optical, IR, and acoustic signatures.

Currently it can be flown in the United States as an ultralight aircraft.

The current version can only carry the operator. We have some preliminary plans for up-scaled versions for litter carriers or passengers.

Yes. We have already test-flown an unmanned variant.

Yes, we plan to test shipboard operations.