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Jetman Over the Grand Canyon

Yves Rossy to make first U.S. flight Friday on jet-powered wing

Yves Rossy starts his November flight over Denezy, Switzerland.

May 4, 2011 — Yves Rossy, known the world over as “Jetman,” is set to make his first flight in the United States on Friday morning, May 6, over the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Rossy, strapped into his jet wing, will ride a helicopter to about 7,000 feet AGL, fire up the four small model-aircraft jet engines then jump out. Plans are to fly over Grand Canyon West near Guano Point on the Hualapai Indian Reservation – located about 2-1/2 hours southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada. The flight is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. MDT.

The FAA has given its approval for the flight, classifying Rossy and his jet wing as an aircraft and assigning the registration number N15YR. A shout-out to Pete Yikos, manager and his staff at the Las Vegas FSDO, who went the extra mile to make sure all the individual registration and certification actions were completed in a two-day time frame - a process that normally would of taken weeks. The flight is sponsored by Breitling.

Jetman graced the cover of the March 2011 EAA Sport Aviation magazine. (Read story.) He’s also flown across the English Channel (2008) and last year made a spectacular hot-air balloon-borne flight over Denezy, Switzerland, achieving the first loops with the wing.

For post-flight information, visit the EAA website after the Friday morning flight. Planning to go and watch Jetman live on Friday? Send your photos here.


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