The Zapata Flyboard Air™

The jet powered personal aerial vehicle, capable of VTOL and unprecedented individual mobility. The Zapata© technology platform is the safest, easiest, lightest, most maneuverable personal aviation system ever created.

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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®

Engineered for Safety & Redundancy

  • With engine out capability, the Flyboard Air can lose one engine and still continue the mission. If two engines go out, the Flyboard Air will make a controlled descent.
  • Auto-hover mode allows the pilot to maintain a steady altitude without having to manage the throttle.
  • Isolated turbines with improved cooling and lubrication increase jet engine reliability and lifetime.
  • Embedded stabilization independent of flight controls.
  • Status indications via heads-up display inform pilot of engine status, fuel levels, altitude and speed.
  • Independent engine electronics means any possible electronic failure can only effect one engine at a time and the Flyboard Air can still safely fly.
  • Independent engine fuel supplies.
  • Triple redundant flight controls - two wired systems, plus one wireless backup system.
  • Quick release boots means the pilot can quickly let go of the Flyboard Air in case of an emergency water landing.

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

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).

Performance Specs

Capability Demonstrated Predicted
Maximum Speed 140 km/h 200 km/h
Maximum Altitude 150 meters 3,000 meters
Flight Time 6 minutes 30 minutes
Maximum Capacity 100 kg 200 kg

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The Evolution of Flyboard™

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Flyboard™

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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Flyboard Air and E-Z Fly

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.

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Flyride™

Coming full circle, Zapata is now applying electronic flight assistance (developed for Flyboard Air) to it’s newest hydroflyer, making it the first of its kind.

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Zapata Hydroflyers

Zapata has been giving thousands of people the joy of flight for years in the world of watersports. Before there was Flyboard Air, there was (water) Flyboard™, Franky Zapata’s original game changing invention that launched the sport of hydroflight around the globe. Zapata now has four hydroflyers that allow users to fly in a variety of ways using the power of their Jet Ski®.


Flyride®

The new Zapata Flyride™ is designed to make hydroflight accessible for beginners and offer new thrills for extreme riders.

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Flyboard®

Zapata’s original hydroflyer and flagship product that took the world by storm and water sports to new heights.

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Hoverboard by ZR®

The Hoverboard combines the adrenaline rush of surfing and snowboarding with the excitement of being airborne.

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Jetpack by ZR®

The seated position is less demanding for riders. The controls and futuristic design make you feel like a pilot.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How fast can it fly?

Up to 140 km/hr so far; possibly faster with more development.

Up to 150m so far; capable of much higher.

About 100kg right now; we think it can scale up to over 200kg.

20kg plus fuel.

Only about 4km with present fuel load (4km out and back).

Between 6 and 10 minutes with present fuel load.

Kerosene/Jet B.

We have not finalized pricing, but depending on quantity, per unit cost will be approximately 240,000 Euros.

Yes, we can demonstrate indoors depending on the size of the place and event.

At this present time, only Franky Zapata can pilot the Flyboard Air. However, we have another machine, called the EZ-Fly, that we may allow customers to fly, with training. Follow us on Facebook, or register on this site, and we will alert you when (or if) this program becomes available.

The price of the demonstration will depend on your exact needs. Logistical costs such as fuel, hotel and transportation for the team (generally 4 people) will be charged to the organizer. To inquire about scheduling a demonstration and receive a quote please contact us.

The authorization depends on the country where we will be demonstrating and on the type of event. If you want us to demonstrate at an Airshow, you must apply for authorization at the aviation department of your country. We are used to these requests so we can help you! The only exception is for France, indeed we already applied and can demonstrate in Airshows as long as we take-off and land from an airfield.

The authorization depends on the aviation department of your country? But so far we always managed to have the required authorization!

It uses about 5 gallons per flight.

There is a Heads-Up Display (HUD) in the helmet providing information to the operator.

There is a Heads-Up Display (HUD) in the helmet providing information to the operator.

We can install a wide variety of off-the-shelf and customized navigation equipment.

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.

It is possible. We do not have any current customers that have asked for this integration.

It is possible and is part of some of our customers' development strategy. We have some alternate flight control ideas to facilitate weapons employment but they have not been tested yet.

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

Yes, in concept. In some specialized applications, this device could allow controlled flight after aircraft exit. This has not been tested.

Yes, we plan to test shipboard operations.

A wide variety of commercial and military communication devices can be integrated.

It varies with mode and conditions, but it is typically 110-115 db in the current configuration.

Yes, acoustic signature management is one of our planned improvements.

Zapata will never stop searching for new machines that could change the future of transportation. As of now, we are working on a number of secret projects! Follow us on social media to stay tuned of the latest news!