Subscribe Free
in General Aviation

Jetman soars over Dubai in new world first

Posted 13 May 2015 · Add Comment

Dubai-based Swiss pilot and aviation enthusiast Yves Rossy - known worldwide as the inventor of the individual jet pack which uses carbon-fiber wings for flight led a formation jetpack flight over Dubai this week – creating a world first.

He was joined by his protégé Vince Reffet, who became only the second person in the world to earn the distinction of flying with the innovative Jetman wing following five years of training by Rossy.

They completed the twin human formation flight flying at over 13,000 feet together over landmarks in Dubai after leaping from a helicopter.

The pair are working with adventure sports specialists XDubai to develop the jetpack to eventually include the capability to take off.

“I actually got the idea for ‘Jetman’ when I was skydiving. Floating through the air with nothing but a backpack strapped to my back was the closest I had ever felt to actually flying, but I was really disappointed that it didn’t last very long as you have to deploy a parachute after 35 to 40 seconds. It was then that I decided that I wanted to develop wings that would help me achieve my dream of sustained flight,” he told journalists at a press conference at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Rossy has flown over the Grand Canyon, Mount Fuji, Rio de Janeiro, the Swiss Alps and now he will continue his adventure flying over Dubai.

A video showing the pair flying over Dubai can be seen on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Czy0pXRRZcs

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

EBACE: TrueNorth new data link unit to improve fairground communications

Communication between pilots and ATC is set to improve following the introduction today at EBACE by TrueNorth, of a new FANS-1/A over Iridium data link unit (DLU) with voice capabilities.

Nextant Aerospace launches large cabin 604XT programme

Nextant Aerospace has announced the launch of a new cockpit avionics programme in conjunction with Rockwell Collins that will bring Pro Line Fusion to the Bombardier Challenger 604 aircraft platform.

FlightSafety International starts Master-level Advanced Training Courses for Dassault Falcon

FlightSafety International has announced the start of new Master-level Advanced Training Courses for the Dassault Falcon 2000EX EASy and 900EX EASy series aircraft.

EBACE: Airbus launches ACJ330neo at European show

Airbus has launched a private jet version of its A330neo at EBACE today. The new VVIP jet combines new-generation engines and aerodynamic and other improvements which the company said will deliver even more comfort, efficiency and true

EBACE: Supercar designer gives new look to Airbus ACJ319neo

Italian exotic car manufacturer Pagani Automobili is moving its design focus to the world of aircraft with a new cabin design for the ACJ319 neo.

Deer Jet to get second 787 DreamJet

Deer Jet is to introduce a second Boeing 787 Dream Jet to its fleet, making it the world's largest operator of the type.

TAA SK 12MTHS16
See us at
DAS BT1105161117DIAC BT1105121117AIME BT12042401186th Annual Mediterranean Business Aviation