Martin Aircraft Company Limited (Martin Aircraft), (ASX:MJP), is pleased to announce that it will be conducting public displays at next year’s Warbirds over Wanaka International Air Show to be held 25 - 27 March 2016.
This announcement is the first in a series of public flight displays in which the company will demonstrate the world's first practical personal jetpack, with potential usage spanning search and rescue, military, recreational, and commercial applications.
Martin Aircraft is working on a global flight demonstration programme and is currently in discussions with a number of Civil Aviation Authorities/Federal Agencies and Flight Display Committees (for Air Shows), to enable the Martin Jetpack to conduct displays in other regulatory jurisdictions. The company has been able to advance these discussions as a result of achieving a number of key technical milestones as detailed in the capability roadmap.
Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of Martin Aircraft, Mr Peter Coker, said “It gives us great pleasure to announce our participation at Warbirds over Wanaka as it will provide an opportunity for New Zealanders and international visitors to see first-hand the flight characteristics and unique operational capabilities that the Martin Jetpack has over traditional aircraft such as helicopters”.
“Our Sales and Marketing team, along with our Flight Operations group, have been making excellent progress in securing the required approvals, and we anticipate being able to make further announcements in the very near future regarding other public flight displays, by our Martin Aircraft display team, in key markets for the 2015/2016 air show season.
General Manager of Warbirds over Wanaka, Mr Ed Taylor, said that “Warbirds over Wanaka is delighted to have the opportunity to present the New Zealand designed Martin Jetpack to the Kiwi and international public at our 2016 Airshow. As it has recently had outstanding acceptance in Europe and Asia, we believe the Jetpack has the potential to become a significant international export earner for New Zealand.”