Those of us in the aviation industry are likely paying some attention to the goings on at the Dubai Airshow. Well, a very interesting press release regarding an MOU for Martin Jetpacks caught my attention: http://www.martinjetpack.com/dubai-civil-defence-signs-agreement-for-jetpacks
This is a very interesting, and perhaps predictable, development for a few reasons. First, of course it’s Dubai. The new sponsors of Yves Rossy and his jet wing,
Dubai has always been a flashy supporter of new and exciting gadgets and technology. It makes sense, then, that they are the first to make a move towards adopting the Martin Jetpacks. They will be used as first responders, in both manned and unmanned configurations, and for the Dubai Civil Defense Force. Very cool.
Second, this makes sense for the Martin Jetpack Company. It makes sense for Martin Jetpacks because they need money, and an agreement for 20 Martin Jetpacks and various support equipment like simulators, spare parts, and training, will inject them with some cash they as bound to need. It’s not bad to develop a relationship like this either, as Dubai and the other Emirates have no shortage of cash to go around.
Although I’m not the biggest fan of the Martin Jetpack (more on this later), I love that the company is moving in the right direction and hopefully doing well. Don’t get me wrong, I love the VTOL technology and I think it’s a huge step for the VTOL for All concept, I’m just not a huge fan of this design for persnickety reasons (like, for example, it’s not a jetpack…).
I do feel some connection to the Martin Jetpack though, as I was at the Oshkosh Airventure back in 2008 when they first flew their Jetpack in person:
It wasn’t an amazing flight, but it was definitely another type of small step for man.
I’ll take a closer look at the Martin Jetpack and Yves Rossy’s Jet Wing in detail in future posts. For now, let’s watch and see what Dubai can do with 20 of these bad boys!