Aug 09, 2014 4:47 PM GMT
NYT: Alarmed by noise complaints and safety concerns, the Newport Beach council approved a six-month moratorium on new jetpack businesses this summer, dashing the hopes of several would-be operators. The move has left Jetpack America as the only oceanfront flight school in town for now, cornering the market on what some see as an ever-expanding audience, thanks in large part to video clips posted online and Internet deals that lure new customers to the shores of Newport Beach, an idyllic setting less than 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
In Newport Beach, on summer days more than 20 customers take flight and the lessons can sell out more than a month in advance. (The allure is as much about bragging rights as the actual experience: The company sells high-definition videos of a customer’s flight, “professionally edited to the song of your choice,” as well as a package of photos suitable for posting on Facebook.)