Coming soon: your very own $250,000 jetpack

By Chris Chamberlin, February 25 2015

If your Bentley isn’t fast enough but the Gulfstream's in the workshop having a new spa fitted, strap on a Martin Aircraft jetpack to get from A to B in style.

Due to go on sale by mid-2017, around A$250,000 will buy cashed-up flyboys and flygirls their very own personal jetpack.

(Expect to pay more for fully-comprehensive insurance if you land through somebody’s roof from an altitude of up to 3,000 feet.)

You can also fly by your local service station and fill up with regular unleaded petrol, with a full tank of gas lasting roughly 30 minutes including take-off and landing and getting you as far as 30km down the road at speeds of up to 74km/h.

“There are a lot of rich people in China and many are keen to own their own jetpack,” Chairman Ruopeng Liu of Kuang-Chi, the investment company behind Martin Aircraft, told The Australian.

“Not because it replaces their car, but because a jetpack is a jetpack.”

With a 45-litre tank, that 30-minute flight costs just A$54 based on today’s petrol prices of $1.199 per litre, which makes owning your own jetpack quite affordable after the quarter-million outlay.

For more information, head to the Martin Aircraft website.

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

domesticgoddess

domesticgoddess

NZ Elite

03 Jul 2014

Total posts 108

And fittingly the company is situated right next to the old Royal New Zealand Air Force Base at Wigram.

Hugo

Hugo

12 Jun 2013

Total posts 744

This is only the gazillionth company to promise a jetpack and/or flying car in the next few years. I am sure it will totally pan out this time. 

In fairness, this runs off an internal combustion engine so it appears to be more of an ultralight helicopter than a jetpack. That solves a lot of the problems with an actual jetpack. It's more like one of those remote-control quadcopters.

The mean flying time before (horrible fatal) failure is probably still pretty low though. Just like those remote-control quadcopters except you're strapped to the front of it and one hundred feet off the ground. 

turbojezz

turbojezz

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Mar 2014

Total posts 127

i really hope nothing like this ever becoms mainstream! it will become so noisy and windy on the ground!

gippsflyer

gippsflyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Jan 2013

Total posts 715

Yes, but where do you hang your shopping after nipping down to the local Coles or Woolies? Lol

ChrisCh

ChrisCh

24 Apr 2012

Total posts 2922

If you've paid that much for a jetpack, I'm sure your valet will happily oblige!

Serg

Serg

QFF

12 Apr 2013

Total posts 1446

Nah - own heli is better!


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