Martin Jetpack of New Zealand has gotten permission there to begin manned flight tests of their dual ducted fan personal vertical takeoff and landing vehicle:
- Personal jetpack gets Civil Aviation Authority approval – TVNZ – incl. news video
- Personal jetpack gets flight permit for manned test – AFP/Phys.org
The new version of the vehicle has the fans, which are not jets but driven by 2-stroke piston engines, lower down relative to the pilot. They say that this “has vastly improved the jetpack’s performance, especially its maneuverability”. It can fly for up to 30 minutes at a cruise speed of 30 kts. (See specs here.)
The vehicle has a ballistic parachute system to save the pilot if the engine fails and a number of other Safety Features.
Here is a recent video of a flight test of the vehicle controlled remotely: