1 October 2013

Flying solo like the Jetsons

This is the Martin P12 Jet Pack, to be made available next year by the New Zealand based aircraft manufacturer, writes Brian Byrne.

It can fly at 3,000 feet at a maximum speed of over 40mph, and can carry enough fuel to fly for half an hour.

The 2.0 engine powers ducted fans which the pilot controls to make the thing travel or hover, and it's believed the unit may be useful to firefighters and other first responders in difficult terrain.

Cost is around $150,000. The operator needs a sports aircraft pilot's licence and has to wear a fireproof suit, helmet and ear-protectors.