JetMan diverts media soars over Grand Canyon

first_imgLast week we regaled you with the story of JetMan, the 52-year-old are adventurer who flies miles above the ground using his custom-built six-foot-wide jetpack. Yves Rossy was set to fly above the Grand Canyon Friday, May 6, in which would have been the dare devil’s first U.S. flight. Rossy postponed his flight saying he needed more time to train. The media was all a little confused as to why the flight was suddenly canceled, but it all makes sense now.Rossy told SwissInfo.ch that the thought of having hundreds of people watching him perform such a stunt without any practice had put his body in knots and caused him to lose sleep. This is most likely the reason the flight was postponed. Rossy was able to detract attention from all the media coverage that was surrounding him, making it possible to perform the stunt with only a few people watching. He also told the Swiss news site that the location is very challenging because of “big air currents, (and) steep walls.” We’re not sure if postponing the flight was some sort of publicity stunt to gain more media attention, or if it actually was a way to get the media’s attention off of him, but Rossy embarked on his Grand Canyon flight the very next day, without the media’s knowledge.On Saturday, Rossy flew 200 feet above the canyon’s rim after being launched from a helicopter 2,440 meters above the Grand Canyon. Although Rossy has built many versions of his jet pack, he still hasn’t found a way to take off from the ground. Rossy was able to fly horizontally for eight minutes, while reaching speeds of up to 190 mph. This is not the longest flight for Rossy; his flight over the English Channel was 13 minutes long. The video below shows JetMan flying high over the beautiful oranges, browns, and reds that make up the Grand Canyon.According to SwissInfo.ch, Rossy said his first flight in the U.S. would be memorable not only because he’d be flying over the Grand Canyon, but also because flying over that part of land, which is actually part of the Hualapai Native American Tribe’s sacred land, is an honor to fly in.Rossy said he hadn’t had time to practice because the Federal Aviation Administration had only approved his flight the day of the scheduled flight. Apparently Rossy and his team didn’t know they had to get permission from the FAA because Rossy is a certified pilot and his team focused on getting permission from the Hualapai instead.However, the FAA contacted Rossy on April 28 saying it had heard of his plans through the media and that his jet pack had to be evaluated, since the FAA had never seen this type of aircraft before, and it doesn’t exactly fit into any of the FAA’s aircraft categories. Because much of the Grand Canyon is a national park, federal laws prohibit any sort of aircraft below the canyon’s rim, hence why Rossy flew above the rim and didn’t sore throughout the canyon.Rossy’s wing is made of carbon fibre and uses four jet engines. He maneuvers the wings with the weight of his body, and only that. The only thing the JetMan carries with him during flight is an altimeter and a small throttle control that he holds in his hand. Rossy landed safely via parachute. We’re looking forward to seeing more of these fascinating and daring stunts from JetMan in the future.Read more at SwissInfo.ch, photos via Breitlinglast_img