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The Good News
The Future Is Now
2013 July
Pg 3 - The Sunshine Express
year.
Coker¡¯s first task as CEO will be to drive the new
flight demonstration and testing programme,
enabling the company to prove its technology
and undertake further manned flight in a range
of challenging and diverse conditions.
About The Martin Jetpack
The Martin Jetpack is the world¡¯s first practical
jetpack; it is easy to fly and meets stringent safety
criteria.
The Martin Jetpack prototype is currently op-
erational and undergoing remote control flight
testing. The Martin Jetpack has achieved manned
flight in controlled settings and the company will
extend this testing to become a regular part of its
operations by mid-2013.
Based on the current test performance, Martin
Aircraft Co. expects that the manned flight results
will catapult our readiness towards the first com-
mercial release of the First Responder Jetpack,
planned for late 2013; after which a slightly modi-
fied version, the Personal Martin Jetpack, will be
released in 2015. This will transform the future of
personal flight.
How much will they cost?
The price has not been set yet while the jetpack is
still in development. The Martin Aircraft Compa-
ny is targeting a sales price of US$100,000 for the
recreational version of the aircraft but this may
take some years to achieve.
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
Many of us have dreamed of days when we could
unbind ourselves from the pavement while travel-
ing, from traffic jams, from construction delays,
from icy, dangerous Winter conditions, and from
unavoidable and unmeasurable animal casualties,
simply by lifting off of the ground and flying.
We imagine so many benefits, like getting to work
on time, and safely, for one. One can probably
think of quite a few benefits when one considers
what it would mean to be able to fly a straight
line, or to fly an exploratory zig zag one, or to be
better stewards of our wildlife, as well as to be
(hopefully) way less dependent on tar and oil.
The good news is that those dreams may soon
become reality. Sooner than you may think, we
could be able to instantly lift off and fly. We¡¯re
not talking about on helicopters or small planes
or wasteful, liberty consuming commercial behe-
moths as is now the case, but on our own personal
flying machines and jetpacks.
As one example of the progress occurring in this
area, we present to you the following article for
your information and consideration. - SX
Technology Breakthroughs Attract Top
Aviator To Head Martin Jetpack Company
The Martin Aircraft Company announced the
appointment Peter Coker as its new Chief Execu-
tive Officer on April 15, 2013. Company Chair,
Jenny Morel, said the company¡¯s ability to attract
a renowned international aviation expert was due
to the significant technological breakthroughs that
the business has achieved with its jetpack.
¡°We have made a number of flight technology ad-
vancements in recent times, including the testing
of new ducted fan technology, the development of
a ballistic parachute, an impact-absorbing under-
carriage and carbon fibre pilot module. We have
dramatically increased the overall performance
of the Martin Jetpack and now with Mr. Coker¡¯s
extensive networks and experience across a broad
spectrum of industry sectors on board, the next
step is to launch the jetpack to commercial mar-
kets around the world.¡± Coker has a distinguished
aviation career in New Zealand and overseas.
Most recently he was General Manager for Lock-
heed Martin Global Inc (New Zealand) as well as
Head of International Business Development Mis-
sion Systems and Training for Asia Pacific.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Coker amassed
over 5,500 flying hours across 20 different types
of aircraft for the Royal Air Force. He achieved
the rank of Air Commodore and was awarded an
Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British
Empire (OBE).
Coker has been a long-time ¡®observer¡¯ of the
Martin Jetpack and says his decision to join the
company was spurred by the ¡°spectacular leap
forward¡± in the aircraft¡¯s technological capabili-
ties.
¡°I¡¯ve been watching the company for a number of
years now. The first footage I saw [of the Martin
Jetpack] was interesting to me as an aviator, but
it was clearly limited in its commercial applica-
tion. Recently, the company achieved a number of
flight technology breakthroughs with their latest
generation Jetpack and that¡¯s when I really sat up
and took notice. The team has created an aircraft
and how to operate the aircraft. We are also work-
ing 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 regula-
tions. The Ultralight class does not require an FAA
recognised pilots license. The Martin Jetpack is a
unique aircraft and all owners are required to pass
the Martin Aircraft Company approved training
program before receipt of their aircraft. It is antici-
pated that all pilots would complete some profes-
sional basic aviation instruction before completing
the Martin Jetpack training programme.
Safety Overview
Safety underpins all aspects of the development of
the Martin Jetpack. We look for safety in design, in
operations, through pilot training and have incor-
porated structural design and emergency systems
that minimize the impact of an accident.
Safety and risk reduction have been primary
considerations in our development programme
since conception. This has flown through into
engineering design where levels of risk and ¡°fac-
tors of safety¡± are calculated. The manufacture and
quality assurance are the next layer in the design
process through to testing the design where the
theory is validated.
After manufacture the ¡°human factors¡± come into
play. These will include standard operating proce-
dures, training and retraining of the end users to
maintain a high degree of compliance.
But how safe is it? It is our intention to make the
Jetpack safer than similar light helicopters. The
following points illustrate why we feel that this is
possible: Minimal Avoidance Curve, No tail rotor,
No rotor strikes, High Safety Margin.
For more information contact: Nikki Hawkey at:
nikki.hawkey@martinaircraft.co.nz or 021 759 257
(source: martinjetpack.com)
Is it easy to fly?
A key component
of aircraft safety
comes from its ease
of flight. The aircraft
flight control system
is computer con-
trolled and stabi-
lised. This includes
an auto throttle
system which auto-
matically maintains
the desired height.
We have a simulator
that introduces the
pilot to the controls
FAA Highways in the Sky project is being de-
veloped 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 jet-
pack 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.
What fuel does it use?
The Martin Jetpack is powered by a 2-stroke
engine which uses premium automotive gaso-
line mixed with a small amount of 2 stroke oil.
¡°I¡¯m really excited to be leading
this company forward and I have
no doubt that, in the near future,
the Martin Jetpack will be in use
throughout the world.¡± - Peter Coker,
CEO, Martin Aircraft Company
an aircraft that is fast, agile, and stable with a
huge number of applications across a number
of sectors. I¡¯m really excited to be leading this
company forward and I have no doubt that, in
the near future, the Martin Jetpack will be in use
throughout the world.¡±
Over recent months, the Martin Jetpack has suc-
cessfully undertaken an extensive unmanned fly-
ing programme, preceding its next manned flight,
which will occur in New Zealand skies later this