AA Jetpacks For AA Breakdown Patrols

The AA have today unveiled the next step in breakdown response, the AA Rocketmen patrols.

With heavy traffic congestion and extreme weather playing a huge part in determining breakdown attendance times, the AA have been secretly testing out the new AA Jetpacks in a series of undercover trials at Dunsfold Aerodrome near Guildford.

Known as ‘Project Apollo’, the new AA Jetpacks will allow AA Patrols to reach vehicles that other motoring organisations simply cannot.

Edmund King, AA president, said: “We are always looking at ways to get to our members quicker. Congestion is a growing problem particularly in urban areas, at Bank Holidays and in poor weather conditions.

“The initial test flights have gone well – we’ve struck a good balance between stability and manoeuvrability – and we’re working on an ultra-lightweight toolkit that should allow us to do most ‘quick fix’ repairs. Obviously, we won’t be able to do any towing but the benefits more than outweigh this – it will be nice not worrying about potholes, for a start.”

AA Jetpack Test Video

The AA plan to test out the new AA Jetpacks later today on the M25 between Surrey and Heathrow Airport, with the Transport Department and the Civil Aviation Authority expected to rule on whether the new initiative will be extended across the whole of Britain over the coming year.

The AA jetpack specification:

  • Top speed 100kph (60mph)
  • Weight 113kg (250lb)
  • No pilot’s licence required due to light weight
  • Hand controls
  • Satellite Navigation provided by Trafficmaster
  • Parachute
  • Lightweight carbon fibre tools
  • £42,000 cost per unit

More information at theaa.com

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