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Man travels to by jet pack A man broke a world record by traveling from Newport Beach to Catalina Island by jet pack on Saturday, Sept. 29. Dean O'Malley used a jet pack distributed by his company, JetLev Southwest, a dis- tributor of Jetlev Technolog!es, Inc. O'Malley's 26.2 mile "flight" took four-and-a-half hours. According to some news reports, the JetLev used 45 gallons of gas. That's roughly 1.72 gallons a mile. A JetLev jet pack fires jets -of water at high .speed to lift a "pi- lot" over the water's surface. "The pressure in the nozzles could reach 60 psi (only slightly higher than municipal pressures), but because of high flow rates, it may cause low-level pain and bruising in the arms, so one should not place hands or arms in the jets" said the JetLev Southwest website. "Unlike pressure washers which operate between 1,800 .to over 3,000 psi, our jets are far .from being strong enough to be-effective as an exfo- liation or hair removal tool. By the time it has traveled 30 feet or 8.5 m, the water stream has broken up into droplets and slowed down substan- tially and have little impact force." O'Malley-apparently wanted to set a record because there was not a record to break. "When I look at other people who have done similar things to establish 'firsts,' whether-it'S the highest skydive or surfing the big- gest wave ever recorded, it's some- thing that I can relate to, even if not on the same scale," O'Malley said i~ a September press release announcing the trip. "I've always tried to push my own limits, over- come my fears and disprove my own perceived limitations." The trip was held on the 100th Dean O'Malley used a jet pack distributed by his company, JetLev Southwest, a distributor of Jetlev Technologies, Inc to cross the channel from the mainland, arrive in Avalon on Saturday. Photo by Roger Meadows anniversary of Glenn Martin'sdoubt to pull something off, you flight from Newport Beach to realize just how much potential we Catalina. In 1912, it was the Ion- all have. We're only limited by our gest over-water flight on record, own perceived limitations." "What I've learned over the News media have quoted years is that most people have the O'Malley as saying that someday capability to do a lot of things, but jet packs could be used for trans- the fear is what usually keeps peo- portation. According to the JetLev pie from trying them" O'Malley Southwest website, the introduc- said. "When you work through the tory price of a jetpackis $99,500. Chamber notes boost in the visitors counts Over weekend BY DENNIS KAISER percent and forOct. 1, they were up 44 percent. The visitors came to Catalina The last weekend in September by boat, plane and helicopter. showed a spike upward in the num- "I can tell you that this weekend ber of visitors to Catalina, accord- was up over last year," said Elaine ing Wayne Griffin, president and Vaughn, vice president of market- CEO of the Catalina Island Cham- ing for Catalina Express. "I don't ber of Commerce. have the numbers yet." "We were able to look up lodg- "There were 127 aircraft parked ing occupancy for the last weekend at the airport at one time, pos- in September last year and com- sibly the most ever," said George pare it to this year." O'Leary, airport director. Vacation rentals are not includ- Another weel~end of economi- ed in the comparison between 2011 cally healthy visitor counts are ex- and 2012: For Friday, Sept. 28, vis- pected this weekend, thanks to the itor counts were up 45 percent', on annual Buccaneer Days event in Saturday, Sept. 29, they were up 24 Two Harbors. 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