First Flight For Jetman No. 2
Until this week, Yves Rossy was the only human to have flown the jet-pack that he designed, but now there's a second flyer, after two years of training. Vince Reffet on Monday became the second person to fly the Jetman wing, and Rossy's Facebook page promised that soon there will be news of a Jetman Team. Reffet, 28, is an experienced skydiver, BASE jumper, and instructor from France. Rossy is scheduled to make his first public flight in the U.S. at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh next month. Also, on Tuesday, Rossy posted a short video titled "Close Encounters," showing a jet-powered flyer in the air with at least two parachutists.
Rossy previously flew in the U.S. in 2011 when he made a successful flight over a section of the Grand Canyon, but the public was not allowed to view that flight. He flies using a tapered wing made of Kevlar and carbon fiber strapped to his back, powered by four small turbine engines. He controls thrust with a hand-held throttle and controls his flight path through body movement. He deploys a parachute for landings. Rossy also plans to fly an exhibition at the Reno Air Races in September.