Pilots report "guy in a jet pack" at 3K feet above LAX (1 Viewer)

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Two separate cabin crews reported seeing a “guy in a jet pack” flying near their planes over the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

On Sunday afternoon, a pilot of an American Airlines plane told the LAX control tower that they had seen someone flying near the aircraft in a jet pack, as they attempted to land the plane at the airport, according to tapes obtained by Fox 11. After receiving the report from the American Airlines cabin crew, the control tower warned other pilots to look out for the person when approaching the airport.

The American Airlines pilot claimed that the jet pack was flying at the same height of the plane, at around 3000ft, which was later confirmed by a pilot from a JetBlue flight, who also reported the incident.


The pilot of the American Airlines flight was recorded saying: “We just passed a guy in a jet pack,” as the JetBlue pilot said they saw a “guy passing by them in a jet pack.”



 

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The airspace over LAX is not 'restricted' unless your aircraft lacks the equipment required.
You may be thinking about a "controlled" airspace. LAX is a Class B controlled airspace.
True, it's difficult for VFR traffic to navigate in such a busy & regimented airspace, but it is not impossible. So I don't think he'd be illegal if he has a com radio & an altitude encoding transponder required to fly in a Class B airspace. However, he probably doesn't have an airworthiness certificate for whatever equipment he is using to fly around up there. That said, if he has received an airworthiness certificate for his experimental 'jet pack' and has not been signed off to fly outside of the designated test area, then he would be in violation of flying anywhere outside of the distance limitation imposed. :scratch:
I'm frequently in and out of DC so I'm probably getting the restricted airspace in my head because of that. Different animal than airspace over airports. Appreciate the correction. :9:
 

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I'm frequently in and out of DC so I'm probably getting the restricted airspace in my head because of that. Different animal than airspace over airports. Appreciate the correction. :9:
Yes, there are several areas around the country where flying anything overhead is restricted, and DC certainly has a lot of them, especially after 9/11.
Still, I get the feeling that 'jet pack dude' doesn't have what's needed to be buzzing over LAX anyway. This means that someone is going to find out (if they don't already know) the place where his flights are originating and this guy will be getting a visit from the feds real soon.
 

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Yes, there are several areas around the country where flying anything overhead is restricted, and DC certainly has a lot of them, especially after 9/11.
Still, I get the feeling that 'jet pack dude' doesn't have what's needed to be buzzing over LAX anyway. This means that someone is going to find out (if they don't already know) the place where his flights are originating and this guy will be getting a visit from the feds real soon.
Good luck visiting him on his alien spacecraft.
 

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