November 7, 2013 - About four months ago, Swiss aviator Yves "Jetman" Rossy soared over EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 with his jet-powered carbon-Kevlar wing. This week, he made his first Asian flight, streaming past Japan's snowcapped Mount Fuji.
"Flying here for me is a dream," said Rossy, 54. "It is hard to describe the emotions and feeling of having an opportunity like this; it's spiritual, it is immense. I am the lucky guy who gets to do this, but I hope I can motivate the next generation of forward thinkers to do something different, to strive and achieve their goals, even if it seems impossible."
Propelled by four 48.5-pound-thrust Jetcat P200 engines, Rossy controls his flights with a simple hand-controlled throttle, using his body to steer, pitch, and descend.
Rossy, a former fighter pilot, began developing the Jetman project in 1993. Milestone flights have included crossing the English Channel, over the Grand Canyon, above picturesque Rio de Janiero, and in close formation with warbirds (including in Oshkosh with EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast in July). Jetman is sponsored by Swiss watchmaker Breitling.