Meet Jetman, flying with jet-powered wings over Dubai

Ex-Swiss fighter pilot Yves Rossy revealed Sunday his “magic moment” of flying with jet-powered wings in the skies of Dubai. (Khaleej Times)

Ex-Swiss fighter pilot Yves Rossy revealed Sunday his “magic moment” of flying with jet-powered wings in the skies of Dubai, Khaleej Times reported.

“That’s the magic moment when you change from a falling thing to a flying thing,” Rossy also known as “Jetman” said speaking about the experience.

“The idea is to play like birds, to profit from the third dimension. As a normal human being you know two dimensions: forward and backwards and left and right. But suddenly you have something on your back permitting you to go up and down.”

“That’s what’s so fantastic. You have one more dimension to play with,” he said. “That’s pure freedom.”
Most of Rossy’s flights last between 10 and 15 minutes, covering potential distances of between 35 and 55 kilometers.

The 55-year-old has previously worked as a pilot for Swiss International Air Lines before moving to Dubai five months ago to develop his futuristic jet-powered wings.

“There is a spirit here [in Dubai] of passionate people loving new things, interested in doing new things, in making possible the impossible,” he said.

“Europe is ‘old Europe’. Here (this place) is young. You can compare it to an old man and a kid. The spirit here is of a big kid who wants to try. Instead of seeing how difficult it is, here they see opportunities.”

His first flight in an early version of the jet-pack occurred 20 years ago and he has since then used 15 different prototypes of the jet-pack, with varying shapes, profiles and sizes.

He has flown his machine over a number of locations around the world, including Rio de Janeiro, the Grand Canyon, Amsterdam and Japan’s Mount Fuji.

Rossy hopes that jet-pack flying will become a sport the future.
“Yes, it will become a fun sport. But I don’t want to put limits. Individual air transportation is also an old dream,” Rossy said.
 

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