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Jet Suit Speed Record Broken By “Iron Man”

Richard Browning Those of you who participate in airborne sports will be interested and no doubt pleased to read that a world record has been broken by a gentleman here in the UK for travelling the fastest in a jet engine powered suit that is controlled by a person’s body. The record was set on the 9th November as part of Guinness World Records Day 2017.

It was as recently as March 2017 that Richard Browning set up a technology company by the name of Gravity Industries Limited with the intention of coming up with innovative ways for humans to fly through the air with this suit no doubt being one of them Guinness World Records.

It was Richard Browning himself who donned the suit and set a new Guinness World Record of 32.02 mph flying vertically a few feet above the surface of the water at Lagoona Park, Reading, Berkshire that only opened to the public this year. He has been nicknamed the “Iron Man” no doubt in view of the look of the suit he was wearing. It took him three attempts to achieve the record but Mr Browning is confident that he can travel faster than the above speed and break the record again on another occasion. Apparently, it was an exhilarating flight.

The suit has six gas turbines attached to it and weighs in the region of 45 kg so it is quite a weight. Mr Browning uses his body to control his flight so there is no doubt that he must have to be very fit.Richard Browning

We are sure that our clients would wish to share with us here at AIB Insurance in congratulating Richard Browning on his wonderful achievement. We look forward to updating you on any other projects he becomes involved in that we feel may be of interest to you.

Here at AIB Insurance we have many years experience in arranging quality and bespoke, cover for many airborne sports. So, why not give us a call on 02380 268 351 and speak with one of the team to discuss your requirements and obtain a free, no-obligation quotation.

World Record Drone Flight

DroneDrone racing has grown in popularity in recent years having appeal in many countries around the world including the UK. It is an airborne sport that is affordable for a considerable number of people who perhaps could not afford to take to the skies in the likes of a power glider or light plane.

There are a number of competitions including the Drone Racing League (DRL) so there is plenty of action taking place on a regular basis. It is certainly adrenalin filled sport.

You will be interested to read that a Guinness World Record was recently set for the fastest racing drone with this being undertaken at Cunningham Park, Queens, New York. The quadcopter is capable of reaching a top speed of over 179 miles per hour but on the day of the world record it reached 163.5 miles per hour. It is known as the DRL Racer X. It is extremely light as it only weighs just over 1.7 pounds. The course was over a length of 100 metres with the drone racing up and down the course on a number of occasions.

The sport appears to have really taken off with events appearing on TV including Sky Sports and ESPN. The drones that are used in the races are capable of rocketing from 0 to 80 mph in less than one second. To say the least, that is an amazing speed. The drones fly around a Dronecourse that includes many challenges including extremely sharp turns and dodging through a number of gates. Those holding the remote controls for these space age looking flying machines wear goggles that enable them to see the course as if they were sitting on the drone. This is commonly known as First Person View (FPV).

If the above is of interest then why not take a look on the Internet to find out more about the sport including visiting the website of the British FPV Racing Association.