A Boeing 747 pilot on Wednesday reported a possible sighting of a man in a jetpack flying 15 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), nearly a year after a series of previous sightings sparked panic.
The sighting has led to speculation that the man, who became known as the ‘jetpack man’, has returned after a hiatus.
According to the pilot, the man resembled Marvel action star Iron Man when he flew through the air at 5000 feet, which bore similarities to previous sightings.
“A Boeing 747 pilot reported seeing an object that might resemble a jetpack 15 miles east of LAX at 5,000 feet,” the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said. CBS Los Angeles. “As a precaution, air traffic controllers alerted other pilots in the area.”
The FAA and FBI will investigate the latest reported sighting, officials said.
Pictured: A video from Sling Pilot Academy appeared in December to capture ‘Jet Pack Guy’. A new sighting reported by a pilot on Wednesday has sparked speculation that ‘he’ could be back
‘Jet Pack Guy’ has become infamous in the Los Angeles area, with witnesses claiming to have seen him on previous occasions.
In December, an incredible 30-second clip showed a large humanoid figure hovering over the water offshore, high above a stationed cargo ship.
The clip appeared to confirm pilots’ claims earlier last year that they saw someone flying with a jetpack as they approached Los Angeles International Airport at 3,000 ft in August.
Weeks later, another sighting of a man reportedly flying a jetpack near LAX at about 6,000 ft in the air.
No explanation has been found for the mysterious sighting that shocked pilots and the control tower, but also made some experts skeptical.
David Mayman, CEO of Jetpack Aviation, told CBS at the time that he thought it was more likely to be a large drone, despite the assurances of the witnesses.
“It’s very, very unlikely with existing technology,” Mayman said.
‘I’m open to surprises. But I don’t think anyone is working on technology that can make a flight from ground level to 3,000 feet and then come back down.
“They ran out of fuel, they’re consuming fuel too quickly,” Mayman continued. “If it’s a real jetpack, it makes a lot of noise. People would have heard it take off and land.’
A Boeing 747 pilot reported a possible sighting of a man on a jetpack flying 15 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Wednesday. Pictured: LAX, file photos
While Mayman speculated it could be a drone, he added that 3,000 feet was also on the high side of what most drones could do.
Myman told CBS that his company has a contract with the military to research and develop jetpack technology, but their planes are not for sale.
He believes that if the pilots saw a jetpack, it was probably ‘whoever flew this probably built it themselves’.
Located in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, Jetpack Aviation now has its second research and development contract with the military, according to the Los Angeles Times.
It started its first contract in 2016 but says it hasn’t sold any of the devices despite working on a prototype.
In 2019, Jetpack Aviation had expected to have an individual lift device, or ILD, prototype ready for testing by the US Special Operations Command (USSOC) by that summer.
The company told Stars and Stripes that was the “first and only company” to develop jetpack technology for USSOC.
Pictured: A ‘Jet Pack Man’, but probably not the same one, flies in a 2018 Cannes match
‘The possible applications of this technology are still being evaluated. USSOCOM does not discuss specific details or possible applications of such technologies,” they said.
“We work with their operators, with their team members, for exactly what our jetpacks need to be useful on a real mission: stamina, height, speed, payload, that sort of thing.”
The second contract is now focused on the development of a Speeder aircraft that looks more like a motorcycle.
It can be flown by a person or used as a drone and has been described by the company as “the world’s first flying motorcycle” with a “saving lives” mission.
According to them website, the Speeder is powered by a jet and can take off and land anywhere.
“It is without a doubt the fastest way to get a person or a load through the city, especially in or out of a high-stakes environment, be it military, emergency or disaster,” they say.
The company believes it could be used to get a paramedic to their patient faster, get patients to hospitals faster, transport wounded personnel from the battlefield, or move equipment or cargo to positions where it would be inefficient or would be too risky to use a helicopter.