Martin Jetpack: How Much Would You Pay to Be a Real Life Test Pilot?

I would do this in a heartbeat, but I would NEVER pay for it! $35,000 to be a test pilot for something that could potentially kill me, no thanks. I’m all about extreme sports, but not paying $30k to test a new technology. Still though if these things ever got main stream, can you imagine a drunk-jet-packer? -Greg

By Danny Allen, 11:20 AM on Thu Sep 24 2009, 2,741 views


An eBay auction (ending in 10-hours) offers the chance to be part of the Jetpack’s first public test pilot program. You’ll need to have a driver’s license, be over 18, under 198lbs…oh, and have a spare $35,000 lying around.

Holy crap. Considering the thing will cost about $100,000 when it goes on sale, that’s pretty extreme—even if you will be recorded as an official test pilot. Adding insult to injury, a lucky New Zealander (the Jetpack’s home country) won a local auction for about US$4130.

More a personal helicopter than a Jetpack (its lift is driven by two ducted fans), it can theoretically reach as high as 8,000 feet, and move as fast as 60 miles per hour. The company is even negotiating a “multi-million dollar deal” to supply an as-yet unknown foreign government’s civil emergency services.

You might also remember that our own Mark Wilson actually got the chance to take one for a spin—and ask its makers some important questions. As for me? My budget probably limits me to this $2500 home made kludge-job. Such is life. [eBay via Martin Jetpack via New Zealand Herald]