Jetpack ready for takeoff!

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Martin Jetpack flight
Imagine taking this to school instead of the bus!

It would be cool to own a jetpack, wouldn’t it? Imagine how much quicker you could get to school, or over to a friends house. There would be no need to take the bus or have your parents drive you anywhere. Well, the Martin Aircraft Company has been building jetpacks since 2004, and now they have permission from the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority to begin flying them.

The company calls their latest jetpack design the P12. It features two large fans that lift the pilot into the air on a carbon-fiber body. Sounds fancy, doesn’t it? Just strap the jetpack on and prepare for takeoff! Other cool features include an auto-hover button and a rocket-powered parachute for emergency landing!

Glenn Martin, the jetpack inventor, has dreamed for over 30 years of having jetpacks in every neighborhood. While his company did get permission to fly the machines, I don’t think it’s going to be exactly how Martin envisioned. You see, the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority gave the company permission to fly, but it has to be in areas where no one lives.

Still, chief executive Peter Coker said this news marks a fresh start for the company.

“For us, it’s a very important step because it moves it out of what I call a dream into something which I believe we’re now in a position to commercialize and take forward very quickly,” said Coker.

The company may begin selling their product as early as next year!

Images courtesy of Martin Jetpack.