He’s a fly-by-night type of man.
The mysterious man seen zooming about 30 toes above Instances Sq. over the weekend to surprised onlookers has revealed himself as hoverboard developer Hunter Kowald.
“It’s everyone’s childhood dream to fly,” Kowald, 28, informed The Put up.
On Tuesday, he printed footage of the stunt paired to Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York,” in what’s in all probability the coolest video you’ll see this week.
Donning all black, the tech maestro soared on what seemed like a souped-up drone of his personal design — dubbed the “SkySurfer” — throughout the transient flight over Broadway.
Kowald, an engineer, known as it “the world’s strongest and stable hoverboard plane.”
The board was put collectively by hand — propellers, rotors and all.
“It incorporates about as a lot energy as eight to 10 common homes all on the identical time,” he stated.
Simply over a month in the past, Kowald, who earned a mechanical engineering diploma on the College of North Carolina Charlotte, put the ending touches on the yearslong SkySurfer mission. Since then, he’s been “enjoying round” with some video content material close to his Los Angeles dwelling.
A few of these viral clips embody him delivering meals from a McDonald’s rooftop on SkySurfer and racing a Lamborghini on the hoverboard on a closed course.
Kowald posted that he had been in New York to movie a music video with J Balvin and Skrillex, however the Instances Sq. flight solely occurred as a result of “the chance got here up,” he stated.
Manhattan airspace is without doubt one of the most closely regulated areas and NYC has its personal guidelines on drones, parachutes, balloons and different flying gadgets.
“We checked with the police and all the pieces was OK to do some fast demonstration,” Kowald stated. (The NYPD informed The Put up: “We’re conscious of the video and are wanting into it.”)
Though the realm was full of spectators, the entrepreneur insisted the flight wasn’t dangerous.
“The plane is designed to be extraordinarily protected; I can have two rotors fail and nonetheless land safely,” he stated.
Kowald first dreamed up his craft as a 10-year-old, however solely not too long ago has know-how caught up along with his idea.
Now, the Inexperienced Goblin-esque pilot — who tailored his personal Lexus SUV to have self-driving capabilities over a 12 months in the past — sees hoverboarding as “the way forward for transportation,” he stated.
As Kowald captioned a current Instagram video: “Individuals informed me you’ll be able to’t break the legal guidelines of physics … After a worldwide effort of customized half manufacturing and lots [of] spontaneous fires [and] explosions… watch me dance.”