"Jetman" Rossy Flies Mount Fuji

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Yves Rossy flew his unique jet-powered wingsuit above Mount Fuji nine times last week, as part of a celebration of the mountain's official designation as a World Heritage Site. Each of the flights lasts about 10 minutes. When the fuel is exhausted, Rossy deploys a parachute for landing. It was Rossy's first flight in Asia. "It's a fantastic privilege to be a little mosquito flying in front of that big mountain," Rossy told reporters on Wednesday. "It's really impressive. It's a perfect form, a huge mountain, a huge volcano, a presence that you can feel on the ground and also in the air."

Rossy made his first public flights in the U.S. earlier this year, with demonstrations of the jetpack at EAA AirVenture and the Reno air races. He spoke with AVweb's Glenn Pew at Oshkosh for a video interview. For video from last week's flights in Japan, click here.