New head of engineering for Martin Aircraft Company
Christchurch-based Martin Aircraft Company has appointed Ulrich Bergler as Director of Engineering.
Bergler holds a BE equivalent engineering degree in precision engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich. He also has a MSc in Applied Psychology.
Bergler brings with him many years of experience in product development and commercialisation. Prior to joining Martin Aircraft Company, he held a vareity of management roles with Hilti, Dynamic Controls and Design Line.
Martin Aircraft Company’s CEO, Peter Coker, said that he was pleased to welcome Bergler to the company’s management team.
“Ulrich’s background in product development, including product testing and reliability, fits well with Martin Aircraft Company’s current focus on refining our jetpack prototype and advancing to commercial production,” he said.
Martin jetpack earns Popular Science award
The Martin Jetpack has been selected for Popular Science Magazine’s “Best of What’s New Awards” this year.
Popular Science’s Executive Editor Cliff Ransom said "For more than a quarter of a century, Popular Science has devoted its December issue to the year's most remarkable innovations. The Best of What's New Awards is our magazine's top honor, and the 100 awardees are selected from a pool of thousands. Each winner is handpicked and revolutionary in its own way. Whether they're poised to change the world or simply your living room, the Best of What's New awardees challenge us to see the future in a new light."
Developed by Martin Aircraft Company in Christchurch, the Martin Jetpack has continuously attracted the attention of media worldwide, none more so than when it revealed details of its latest prototype, known as the P12, in August this year.
Martin Aircraft Company’s CEO, Peter Coker, said that the company was thrilled to be recognized in the Aerospace category of this year’s awards.
“Popular Science Magazine is such a well-known name worldwide and it really gives our team a boost to receive this kind of recognition ,” said Mr Coker.
Martin Aircraft Company intends to target the first responder market for initial sales of its jetpack as it advances to commercial production next year.
Mr Coker indicated that the company is continuing its flight testing schedule with an upgraded engine soon to be fitted allowing the flight envelope to be expanded even further.
Progress report on P12
We have had a huge amount of international interest from media, potential investors, purchasers and distributors since we released images of our new prototype P12.
So where are we at with the P12 jetpack now?
Our latest jetpack prototype P12
Martin Aircraft Company reveals latest jetpack
Christchurch-based Martin Aircraft Company has revealed details of its latest jetpack prototype.
Martin Aircraft Company’s CEO, Peter Coker, said that the P12 prototype was a “huge step up” from the previous prototype.
“Changing the position of the jetpack’s ducts has resulted in a quantum leap in performance over the previous prototype, especially in terms of the aircraft’s maneuverability,” said Mr Coker.
“We have full certification from the Civil Aviation Authority for manned flight and have made great progress in recent months in increasing the flight time of the aircraft,” he said.
Martin Jetpack has a new CEO
The Martin Aircraft Company announced the appointment Peter Coker as its new Chief Executive Officer on Monday 15th April 2013. Company Chair, Jenny Morel, said the company’s ability to attract a renowned international aviation expert was due to the significant technological breakthroughs that the business has achieved with its jetpack.