Coming soon: your very own $250,000 jetpack

Coming soon: your very own $250,000 jetpack

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 a senior journalist with Australian Business 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!
 

6 comments

  • domesticgoddess

    domesticgoddess

    25 Feb, 2015 07:52 am

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

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  • Hugo

    Hugo

    25 Feb, 2015 08:49 am

    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. 

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  • turbojezz

    turbojezz

    25 Feb, 2015 08:58 am

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

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  • gippsflyer

    gippsflyer

    25 Feb, 2015 09:56 am

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

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    25 Feb, 2015 12:38 pm

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

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  • Serg

    Serg

    25 Feb, 2015 03:41 pm

    Nah - own heli is better!

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