Swiss ex fighter pilot and aviation enthusiast, Yves “Jetman” Rossy is a legendary daredevil who desired to fly as a bird, unencumbered by the constraints of a cockpit in an aircraft shell. In fact, he is drawn to experimental flight in all its forms: from free fall to flying with a jetpack.
A Guinness World Record holder, he became the first person to fly a jet engine-powered wing; the suit with jet-propelled engines could be manipulated only with inputs from his body.
Rossy recently outdid himself, teaming up with Skydive Dubai and releasing an epic video showing him defying gravity in the skies of Dubai; the ‘Jetpack Man’ pulled off an amazing flight in formation with an acrobatic plane. In partnership with XDubai, he teamed up with Hungarian Aerobatics Champion Veres Zoltán in Dubai pushing the boundaries of aviation by taking flight with a jet-propelled wing to a completely new level! Rossy demonstrated the ease with which he flies; it is something people have never seen, and opens the door to new ways of flying in a wingsuits and to human flight in general.
Using his body as an integrated flight surface with a powered custom wing suit, Rossy performed high-adrenaline maneuvers. He performed a new stunt never before seen using his four-engine wings and controlling the flight only through his body movements.
Through technological innovation, determination, teamwork and courage, the jetman was able to conquer the skies over Dubai. And the synergy between Dubai and Jetman is easy to see; the video clip shows him defying gravity at the excessive speeds of 200 km/h (124 mph) for 10 minutes of flight time. For the stunt he used an innovative aeroplane-type carbon-fiber wing-suit system powered by four Jet-Cat P200 jet engines modified from large kerosene-fueled canisters; this new, advanced version of his jet-powered flight system allowed him to successfully performed aerial loops around a plane as it flew in a straight line. Skydive Dubai helicopter provided the recording of a clip of the scene before the jetman landed via parachute.
To check out Yves Rossy soaring through the sky with a jet-propelled, carbon fiber wing of his own invention strapped to his back, check out the YouTube video; otherwise, visit Jetman Dubai’s website for more about the man himself. Also in the video, another Jetman dressed in a yellow outfit appears; however, that person’s identity remains a secret.