How much will they cost?
The price has not been set yet while the jetpack is still in development. The Martin Aircraft Company is targeting a sales price of US$100,000 for the recreational version of the aircraft but this may take some years to achieve.
What will the Martin Jetpack be used for?
While originally designed with the leisure market in mind, we have seen strong demand from commercial markets, including civil defence, military and recreation.
Within each of these markets, there are a wide number of applications for the Martin Jetpack:
Defence – air mobile surveillance and communication hub, rapid insertion, airborne missile platform, UAV forward supply.
Civil Defence - emergency response, medic delivery, counter terrorism, border patrol.
Recreation – recreational flights through dedicated tourism ventures, pilot training and private recreational sales.
Are we all going to be flying to work on these?
The Martin Jetpack is currently restricted to non-urban airspace. But many people's dream is for a jetpack that is a commuter vehicle.
While there are a number of barriers to this presently, it is not inconceivable that at some stage in the future commuting via jetpack may become a reality. The FAA Highways in the Sky project is being developed to provide flight paths for this.
What makes it unique?
Unlike anything that has come before it, the Martin Jetpack is the world’s first practical jetpack in that:
- It will fly for a reasonable amount of time at a reasonable speed.
- It will be safe.
- The performance and safety will lead to a wide range of commercial applications.
- It will be easy to fly.
What fuel does it use?
The Martin Jetpack is powered by a 2-stroke engine which uses premium automotive gasoline mixed with a small amount of 2-stroke oil.
Is it safe?
Safety has been a key consideration in all aspects of the development of the Martin Jetpack. We look for safety in design, operations, through pilot training and are incorporating structural design and emergency systems that minimize the impact of an accident.
The Martin Jetpack’s extensive safety features will include a rapid deploying parachute, roll cage structure and shock absorbing undercarriage.
Is it easy to fly?
A key component of aircraft safety comes from its ease of flight. The aircraft flight control system is computer controlled and stabilised. This includes an auto throttle system which automatically maintains the desired height.
We have a simulator that introduces the pilot to the controls and how to operate the aircraft. We are also working on other systems that will help during pilot training.
Will I need a pilot’s licence to fly one?
That depends on the particular country's regulations. It is anticipated that all pilots would complete some professional basic aviation instruction before completing the Martin Jetpack training programme.
How is the Martin Jetpack technology protected?
The Martin Aircraft Company has protection for our four key break-through areas of technology, with patents across 55 countries. We are advised by leading US IP law firm Christie, Parker, Hale LLP.