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Total Experience offer Martin Jetpack flights

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April 13, 2010

Total Experience is offering a Jetpack 'test pilot' program

Total Experience is offering a Jetpack 'test pilot' program

If you dream of strapping into a Martin Jetpack and taking to the skies Boba Fett-style but you don't have a lazy US$86K lying around, there is another option. New Zealand adventure travel specialist Total Experience has teamed up with Martin Aircraft to offer a Jetpack "test pilot" program where anyone who is under 18, less than 90kg and holds a current driver’s license can experience solo flight for the (relatively cheaper) outlay of NZD15,000 (about US$10,700).

The "test pilot" training program is held at the Martin Aircraft in Christchurch, New Zealand in a supervised, controlled environment and thankfully, new pilots "will not be expected to participate in any flights that put you or your aircraft at risk."

The Martin Aircraft flight team has flown over 5000 tests flights of the VTOL "Jetpack" in the past year.

One of the key selling points is that the Jetpack is easy to fly, so you don't need previous flying experience. Apparently a complete novice pilot has flown a safe solo flight after just 12 minutes.

Up to four extra people can join you in the adventure, but this means you'll have to sacrifice some of your own flight time. Safety gear including test pilot jumpsuit is provided and you'll also go home with a video that will trump the skydiving exploits of your friends.

Via Total Experience.

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9 Comments

under 18? oh.!

Murray John
13th April, 2010 @ 12:26 am PDT

Stephen Colbert was just commenting the other day during a lament on the downfall of the NASA space program, "Where is my jetpack!!!"

Well, Mr. Colbert... here it is. Enjoy.

matthew.rings
13th April, 2010 @ 04:53 pm PDT

yeah, my thoughts exactly!

axio
13th April, 2010 @ 06:16 pm PDT

What's with the under 18? I've been waiting for something like this all my life!

Aussie Bob
14th April, 2010 @ 02:56 am PDT

That's a little lame since you can own one forever for just the cost of taking the training program 8 times.

Nehemiah E. Spencer
14th April, 2010 @ 01:14 pm PDT

personally, I'd rather

http://www.gizmag.com/dragonfly-df1-helicopter/14539/

Questor Thews
14th April, 2010 @ 09:47 pm PDT

Great target demographic, how many

Gruph Norgle
17th April, 2010 @ 07:54 am PDT

how many 17-year old's have $10K to kick around? I think maybe they meant OVER 18 years old.

ritchiebobitchy
29th April, 2010 @ 06:25 am PDT

Any day now it might actually be let out to really fly.

So far people hang onto it so it cant

George Black
16th November, 2012 @ 05:09 pm PST
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