A jetpack pilot may have created a new accident category in Austria on Sunday by crashing his rig in front of thousands of race car fans. The unidentified man was undoubtedly bruised but not seriously hurt when he tumbled out of control to the asphalt before an F1 sprint race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.

The pilot was flying a setup with nozzles on both arms and there may have been an issue with one or more of the engines on his left arm because he glanced down in that direction before losing control. He fell about ten to 15 feet and skidded along the asphalt before jumping up and waving to the crowd. One Twitter commenter quipped that it was “the most interesting thing that happened all weekend” at the event.

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.


  1. In Spielberg! Can’t make this stuff up. What’s the cert standard for human body crashworthiness?

  2. People come out from their jobs, most of which are meaningless to them, and they watch me jump 20 cars, maybe get splattered. – Evel Knievel

  3. Fortunately, he appeared to be fully armored against the possibility of a malfunction. He gets points for that, even though at a car race a buxom lady in a bikini probably would have commanded a premium fee.

  4. This characterization of the incident is not correct. Somebody at the race had strung a wire across the flight path of the Gravity Team member. If you look carefully at the video, you’ll see the wire catches his right foot and hits his left hand enough to bring him down. If you look at this longer version of the incident, you can see the moment when this happens.