Who is Yves Rossy?

Who is Yves Rossy?

Yves Rossy (born 27 August 1959) is a Swiss military-trained pilot and an aviation enthusiast. He is known as the inventor of a series of experimental individual jet packs, the latest using carbon-fiber wings for flight.

Can Yves Rossy really levitate off the ground?

Jetman Yves Rossy can now take… In a stunning new video, jet wing pilot Yves Rossy has proved he doesn’t need to drop out of a plane or helicopter to fly any more. He can now levitate off the ground using a new autonomous VTOL system that looks like an almost relaxing way to fly.

Who is Richard Rossy?

Often referred to as “Jetman”, Rossy has sometimes tested and presented new versions of his jet packs in high-profile events staged around the world. Rossy was born in the Swiss canton of Neuchâtel in 1959. He served as a fighter pilot in the Swiss Air Force, where he flew Dassault Mirage IIIs, Northrop F-5 Tiger IIs, and Hawker Hunters.

Why is Rossy so easy to hover with?

It just looks so easy and relaxed. Rossy’s arms are completely free, he uses nothing but finger controls built into his gloves, and the jet wing happily self-balances. From there he seems to have the ability to move around slowly in hover mode, and land gently on his feet.

What happened to Rossy the Jetman?

Most recently, in November of last year, Rossy executed one of his most awe-inspiring flights yet — rocketing alongside an Airbus A380. We finally got the “Jetman” to stay Earthbound long enough to find out more about his journey to create the wings, the importance of having a Plan B, and just how it is he manages to steer.

How high did Rossy jump from over Calais?

On 26 September 2008, Jumping from a Pilatus Porter at an altitude of 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) over Calais, France, Rossy crossed the English Channel with a single jet-powered wing strapped on his back, wearing only a helmet and a flight suit for protection.