AirVenture Lands Jetman
Jetman Yves Rossy, the man who flies strapped to a small wing powered by four small turbines, has been scheduled for flight displays at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013. Rossy previously flew in the U.S. back in 2011 when he made a successful flight over a section of the Grand Canyon (video), but the flight was not made available to public viewing. For that flight and his AirVenture appearance EAA worked with Rossy to acquire an experimental exhibition special airworthiness certificate. "I am excited to share my project with fellow enthusiasts," he said, "and be a part of aviation's biggest gathering in the world." AirVenture isn't Rossy's only planned U.S. public appearance in 2013.
Rossy's flights are sponsored by Breitling. He flies using a tapered wing made of Kevlar and carbon fiber that is literally strapped to his back along with a parachute that he deploys for landing under canopy. He has flown demonstration flights that include formation flights with aircraft, aerobatic flight (video) and several flights involving famous landmarks. Rossy controls thrust with a hand-held throttle for the engines and controls his flight path through body movement. Earlier this year, the Jetman said he's planning to open a school (video) to teach students to become pilots of an unpowered version of his wing. Following his appearance at Oshkosh, Rossy plans to fly at the Reno Air Races in September.