The Flying Ski also known as Patent# US 6786785 has its conventional aspects even though its concept is way off base. It is designed for towing behind a conventionally powered watercraft, utilizing a standard ski tow rope with a handle that can be held by someone who has little else to do at the moment. Although the word, “improved” should make the user instantly suspicious as to the quality of flying skis available before, this improved Flying Ski version is comprised of a board and a seat that extends perpendicular to and upward from the board to support the seated rider’s buttocks.
The Flying Ski provides various skill levels, which is a very considerate thing to do. It does this by incorporating a mechanism that allows the rider to adjust stability, lift and maneuverability to accomodate the rider’s skill and level of thrill seeking. (I would still not hesitate to draw up and sign that will sitting in your desk. It’s time.) The Flying Ski is also an equal opportunity destroyer as it includes a detachable back support that allows handicapped riders to enjoy the same dangerous thrills.
The 2005 Flying Ski claims safety is a paramount issue as it includes a safety belt that is designed to not loosen upon impact, which increases both the durability of the belt, and the safety and convenience of the overall flying ski. (I still say sign that will now.)
If you like the Flying Ski, allow me to tell you about some other sort of skiing and flying ideas conjured from the minds of other creative inventors. Consider Samantha’s article, “The Artificial Albatross – History of an Early Flying Machine” and Elizabeth Valeri’s “Great Invention Idea? It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No, It’s You!!!
Happy flying, skiing or swimming!