"Average Joe" Offered Chance to Fly Martin Jetpack
September 17, 2009 — Martin Aircraft has announced that its Jetpack has developed to the point whereby the “average joe” can free-fly it with only a few minutes of instruction. The company needs test pilots from a wide-spectrum and is offering its first non-company test pilot slot to the winning bidder though an auction on eBay. Between 20 and 30 people will “become part of the ‘flight test’ crew and be a test pilot” so that the company can fine-tune the jetpack systems said Glenn Martin, Founder of Martin Aircraft Company, in an email to EAA.
“So whoever wins this auction, whether a highly qualified pilot or someone who has never flown before, we will be able to tailor a testing program for the jetpack that matches their skill. There is a small window of a few months where we can offer this to a very small number of people,” Martin added.
The winning bidder will have to travel to Christchurch, New Zealand, but once there they will receive Jetpack Test Pilot Training that includes at least 6 flight sessions over 3 days of training. The experience will be recorded by video camera, and the pilot will be signed off as a Martin Jetpack test pilot, and registered in company records for historical recognition. Martin hopes that at least a few of the test pilots would also be EAA members.