‘JetMan’ & Canyon Jump
May 7, 2011 by staff
Yves Rossy also said his energy had been undermined by disputes to obtain authorization for winged jetpack U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) approved only 30 minutes before scheduled takeoff.
“I was so focused on getting the approval, I thought it would be able to fly anyway. And to forget that I put my energy into the flight and not seek approval,” he told AFP.
“I never had the opportunity to train seriously,” said Ross, whose previous exploits have included fly across the English Channel between France and Britain, and the increase in the Swiss Alps.
Rossy, 51, would be dropped from a helicopter above the benchmark U.S. world famous and make a series of loops, powered only by a packet-wing aircraft, before landing on the floor of the immense geological rift.
The Hualapai Native American tribe that manages the area had planned to dance and pray before takeoff Rossy.
But instead of being driven 1,300 meters (4,200 feet) above Guano Point, a spectacular outcrop on the west side of the Grand Canyon, had to explain its decision to cancel the journalists.
“Flying here is very difficult,” he said, adding that would have been dangerous to fly without adequate training. “You do things when you know how to do it.”
“This wonderful hotel is the ideal for me to present, but is the hardest place he could fly. In this case, margins are very small,” he said.
“I am a professional aviator. Do you know a professional aviator gives an air show without a training flight?” He asked reporters. “That’s why they cancel,” he said.
But his supporters insisted that he could try again soon. “We are evaluating the opportunity to fly in the Grand Canyon West in the near future,” said a statement from her publicist at the end of the day.
In September 2008 Rossy, whose jetpack can reach speeds of about 200 kilometers (124 miles) per hour, gained international attention when he became the first person with wings to make a success of crossing the Canal.
He covered the 35 kilometers (21 miles) in about 10 minutes, with his rocket-powered wings about 2.5 meters wide at the back.
Last November there was a feat similar to the flight plan on Friday in the skies above the canyon of Vaud.
A former fighter pilot Mirage III, Rossy – has been called “RocketMan” and “FusionMan” – flying with a rocket-style science fiction powered by four jet engines.
Switzerland for his exploits flying which developed, in collaboration with the company RUAG, a smaller version of his jetpack with the wings cut to two meters (six feet) wide.
The new model has “a more aerodynamic profile, with more stability,” so it is capable of aerobatic maneuvers possible, said at the time.
While flights were successful and Switzerland Channel, Rossy in November 2009 failed attempt to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, between Africa and Europe. Strong winds and clouds forced him to land at sea.
And despite the cancellation of Friday Rossy refused to be downcast, and said he would strive to improve constantly. “I’m developing as a man flying, development as a pioneer of aviation,” he said, speaking in French.
When he flew for the first time that he was “happy to be in the air … then I was happy to be flying so I did. Then I was happy to fly horizontally, so I did. Now I have to fly acrobatic.”
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