Up, up and away!
Slate reported on Friday that the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority granted approval to Martin Aircraft to conduct manned tests of its one-man-operated jetpacks.
The manned tests will have limitations on the altitude permitted, as flights over land will be restricted to 20 feet and 25 feet of elevation over water. Martin Aircraft is hopeful to begin selling its jetpacks to the military and other early adapters by the end of 2014. The company is hopeful that it will begin selling to the general public sometime in 2015 at a price hovering $100,000. Slate further added….
….It’s worth mentioning that it actually isn’t technically a “jet” pack. It’s powered by a two-stroke V4 engine that generates 200 horsepower. That’s modest for an aircraft, though apparently plenty to lift a full-grown man high into the sky and allow him to cruise at a ground speed of about 35 mph.