Second attempt to fly hoverboard over English channel, scheduled for weekend

The inventor of the jet-powered "Flyboard Air" hoverboard will try to fly over the Channel again this weekend after his previous attempt failed. The corresponding press reports, via France24, that Franky Zapata will make the crossing attempt on Sunday, when he will attempt to make the 20-minute flight from Sangatte in France to St Margaret's Bay on the south coast of England.


Although the route will be the same, the Zapata team said the gas station will be different this time to try to prevent a crash similar to that of last week. The Flyboard Air only has enough fuel to fly about 10 minutes at a time, which means Zapata has to stop refueling halfway through the 20-minute crossing. Last time this was the refueling that the French inventor undoed, because he missed the platform "a few centimeters" and invaded the Channel. This time his team said they would use a larger boat stationed in French waters for refueling, which was previously not allowed by the French maritime authorities.

If he succeeds, Zapata becomes the first man to cross the English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard. The Frenchman already has the world record for the longest hoverboard flight that he set back in 2016 with a long flight of 2,252 meters (7,388 feet) along the southern coast of France.

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