The 2017 Search and Rescue Conference will be held in a few weeks’ time on the 24th May at The Star Hotel Gold Coast, (previously Jupiter’s) Queensland. The conference follows the Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference, running consecutively at the same venue.
Mr Michael Read, VP Sales & Customer Delivery at Martin Aircraft joins us at the conference to discuss ‘The capabilities provided by the Martin Jetpack as an Optionally Piloted Hovering Air Vehicle (OPHAV), for near-shore SAR, Urban SAR, ship-borne SAR and Rural SAR. CONOPS, with operational and regulatory considerations’.
The Martin Jetpack has been in development for the last 35 years. In the last 6 months, it has transitioned away from its previous associations, to now being regarded as a genuine capability for Specialist groups. The aircraft has the ability to be flown manned, unmanned and we are developing the mule train- this makes it an OPHAV (Optionally Piloted Hovering Air Vehicle).
As we roll out this new capability in various countries, and for various roles, there are a number of operational and regulatory considerations unique to each role that have to be addressed. While being the first to market with such a product is exciting, it is equally challenging with the range of activities that must occur- from design & test, through to demonstration, operation and support. This presentation will briefly touch on some of these factors.
Martin Aircraft Company has commenced testing of its Series 1 Martin Jetpack OPHAV (Optionally Piloted Hovering Air Vehicle). This aircraft is intended for the Specialist market including special operations and select First Responder customers, such as Search and Rescue. After 35 years of development, we anticipate capability demonstrations in NZ in Q2 2017 to select customers who have the highest level of readiness for OPHAV operations.
The Series 1 aircraft will be ideally suited to near-shore SAR, Urban SAR, ship-borne SAR and Rural SAR, and we have begun exploring Concepts of Operations with these groups in key locations around the world.
For more information on the 2017 Search and Rescue Conference and to secure your spot, visit www.sar.anzdmc.com.au.
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