Forget the flying motorcycle (e.g., TM 1/7/10): those things are dangerous. Strap one of these to your back instead, and you’re off. Just avoid that idiot neighbor of yours who’s always texting while flying, and you’ll be fine.
The Martin Jetpack, with a structure of a carbon fiber composite, weighs around 250 lbs. Its 200-hp, 2L, V4 two-stroke engine powers twin carbon/Kevlar rotors that provide 600+ lbs of thrust. At its maximum speed of 63 mph, it has a range of 31.5 miles. Its estimated maximum hover is 8,000 ft.
Classified as an ultralight (FAA part 103), the Martin Jetpack does not require an FAA pilot’s license (though this doesn’t equate the jetpack with guaranteed safety). Standard equipment includes flight and engine displays, a harness, a ballistic parachute, and a retractable, energy-absorbing undercarriage. “Early orders for sales will commence late 2010.” Their website does not mention pricing, but other sources on the web estimate the Jetpack will cost $86,000 to $90,000.
The Martin website also has some interesting videos, including one on the history of the jetpack.
The Martin Jetpack [Manufacturer’s Site]