Martin Jetpacks Cleared for Takeoff
The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand has approved Martin Aircraft’s latest model jetpack, the Prototype 12, for manned flight, Business Insider reports.
Martin Jetpacks, the world’s first commercial jetpacks with their distinctive mid-mounted fan ducts, are prototype aircraft being used for development and flight-testing.
Made from carbon fibre and aluminum, they are the forerunner to the Martin Jetpack Next Generation aircraft which the company plans to deliver from the second half of 2016.
Chief executive Peter Coker says this is a major technical milestone for Martin Aircraft.
“Achieving full flight status for an additional P12 aircraft is a great result for the company and all credit to our flight operations and engineering teams,” he says.
“Having multiple Jetpacks available for manned and unmanned flight enables us to accelerate our flight testing program as well as undertake specific marketing flight display events.”
New Zealander Glenn Martin has been developing the jetpack for more than 30 years. The machines are expected to retail for US$200,000 when they are released to the market.
In the last week, the company shares have gone from a low of 42 cents to a high of 76 cents. They are currently trading around 70 cents.
Original article by Chris Pash, Business Insider, October 13, 2015.