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Jetman's first public flights in U.S.A.

News International-French

15 May 2013

Yves ‘Jetman’ Rossy, the first jet-powered man, will be attending both the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in and the Reno Air Races, supported by his sponsor, the luxury Swiss watch manufacturer Breitling.

After successfully flying over the Grand Canyon as a private demonstration in 2011, this summer’s public  performance will mark Rossy’s premiere live show above U.S. crowds.

The innovative Jetman will showcase the cutting-edge of human flight to 500,000-plus crowds in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 29 - August 4 and at the Reno Air Races in Reno, Nevada, September 11 - 15.

“I am excited to share my project with fellow enthusiasts and be a part of aviation’s biggest gathering in the  world,” said Rossy from his home in Switzerland. “The EAA [Experimental Aircraft Association] has recently  helped me to secure a Experimental/Exhibition special airworthiness certificate for my Jetwing. It will be a  privilege to attend Oshkosh and demonstrate how experimental projects can push forward the boundaries of flight. Equally, Breitling has been a strong supporter of the Reno Air Races for many years, so to be asked to be the representative for such a significant anniversary is an honor.”

Rossy continues, “It is my aim to be able to demonstrate my project fully at both of these highly regarded and world-famous aviation events. I am sure that the experimental and racing enthusiasts will fully appreciate  witnessing the efforts and development of my new technologies.”

Using a carbon-Kevlar® jetwing with four engines, each of which capable of a 22 kg thrust, the Swiss aviator is able to propel himself through the skies at upwards of 150 mph, controlled by a simple throttle in his hand.  The rest of the controls are left to the human fuselage -- Rossy himself -- who simply uses his shoulders, body and legs to steer, pitch and descend. This forward-thinking technology has allowed Rossy to achieve many  outstanding feats, including soaring above Rio de Janeiro, completing aerobatics from the Breitling Orbiter  Balloon, crossing the English Channel and flying in formation with various Breitling Jets, Warbirds and passenger aircrafts.

For a watch brand synonymous with aviation and a pioneering aviator with a jet-pilot mind and feathers in his  blood, both the Oshkosh and Reno events are a natural fit to celebrate the past, present and future world of  flight.

“Breitling is honored to bring Jetman back to the United States,” said Breitling U.S.A. President Thierry Prissert. “His aerobatic feats exemplify the spirit of aviation, and his never-ending dedication to air exploration enhances each event in which he performs. Jetman in flight is truly incredible and something everyone should see for  themselves.”

Exact dates of Jetman’s performances at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and the Reno Air Races will be announced as they are finalized.

About Jetman:
Yves Rossy first started developing the Jetman project in 1993 and in 2008 completed the first significant Jetman feat by crossing the English Channel. In 2010 the Swiss watchmaker Breitling joined as the main sponsor and the joint venture has continued to achieve many aviation firsts.

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