"JetMan" Yves Rossy Cancels Flight Over Grand Canyon; Cites Lack of Training. We're Calling BS

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Yves Rossy: publicity stuntman.
Swiss daredevil Yves Rossy, 51, was scheduled to jump out of a helicopter near Eagle Point and, using his homemade jet-propelled wingsuit, fly west along the rim of the Grand Canyon this morning. He pimped the event for weeks. People headed to the Canyon to watch. He even got the FAA to approve his flight -- which dominated headlines across the country this morning. But the flight never happened, and we're calling BS.

Rossy canceled his death-defying stunt this morning, citing a lack of training.

"If I do a mistake and half of U.S. television [is here], it's really bad for you, for me, for everybody," Rossy told the Associated Press this morning -- after he'd gone to the Grand Canyon, sought the approval of the FAA, and had a helicopter on standby ready to drop him out of the sky.

It may come as a shock to Rossy, but the Grand Canyon didn't form this morning. In other words, he had to know before coming to Arizona what he was getting himself into as he seduced local -- and eventually national -- media outlets (New Times included) into reporting on the faux-flight with tales of soaring above the state's most famous landmark.

Rossy's apparently been chattering about flying over the Grand Canyon for years, which makes his claim that he didn't know that he'd have to "train" even more fantastic.

If you ask us, one of two things happened: Rossys got to the Grand Canyon and said "wow, this is a really fucking stupid idea," or, more likely, the whole buildup to today's flight-that-wasn't was just a ploy to get even more people to talk about it in hopes of capturing an even bigger audience when he actually tries to fly over the Grand Canyon.

We'll let you know if he plans another flight -- hopefully one that actually takes place.
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Johnbishopaz
Johnbishopaz

Swiss 'JetMan' makes Grand Canyon flight(AFP) – 45 minutes agoLOS ANGELES — A Swiss adventurer has finally made a "historic" jetpack-powered flight above the Grand Canyon, organizers claimed Tuesday, days after he canceled a bid saying he had not trained enough.Yves Rossy, dubbed "JetMan," completed the eight-minute flight at the weekend, his support team said in a press release four days after Friday's failed attempt, which journalists had been invited to watch.Pictures and videos released by organizers showed him being dropped from a helicopter and then soaring above the world-famous landmark, his jet-pack wing strapped to his back, before deploying a parachute to land on the canyon floor.He flew at speeds of up to 190 mph (304 kilometers an hour), skimming the rockscape just 200 feet (65 meters) above the rim of the canyon, the statement said."My first flight in the US is sure to be one of the most memorable experiences in my life, not only for the sheer beauty of the Grand Canyon but the honor to fly in sacred Native American lands," Rossy was quoted as saying."Thank you Mother Nature and the Hualapai Tribe for making my lifelong dreams come true," he said according to the press release, referring to the Native American tribe over whose territory he made the flight.On Friday the 51-year-old -- who has previously flown across the English Channel between Britain and France and over the Swiss Alps -- invited media to a remote spot on the Grand Canyon's western end to watch his flight.But at the last minute he announced he had only just been given formal Federation Aviation Authority (FAA) approval to fly, and had therefore not had enough time to train.On Tuesday Rossy's organizers stressed that the FAA delay had prevented him from flying last Friday, adding that he had made the successful flight over the weekend, without announcing it to journalists who attended Friday's attempt."It was his date with destiny, and ultimately the uniquely complex certification process could not prevent (Rossy) from making his historic flight through Grand Canyon West this past weekend."

Josh Sattler
Josh Sattler

I saw this already on Youtube!!! W00T!!! WTG Yves!! So glad he was able to come do this and land on our soil. Now it's time to get the in-air refueling down and make a trip across the pond. ;)

Josh Sattler
Josh Sattler

You, Sir, are a moron. Why don't you go jump out of a plane a few times and then see what you think about his concern.

Any BASE jumper, or skydiver knows that these types of events take extreme training ONSITE. You can't expect to do it right the first time and not have built in bailouts, etc that need to be practiced and shown doable.

If the FAA hadn't waited to the AM of the frickin' event to clear him maybe he would've had some of those training jumps in that density altitude (which is quite different from Europe where he typically flies) onsite. Not his fault this had to be pushed in my opinion. Smart man since he wants to keep doing this instead of going out in some blaze of folly.

Stacy
Stacy

This guy looks like Paul Babeu !! I say, lets try it with Pinal Co. Sheriff (all in the name of science and research, of course) and if it doesn't work out, at least the real guy can continue to work on it to work out the kinks so that to make it better.

Johnbishopaz
Johnbishopaz

You guys are idiots. He got the approval to fly the Canyon 30 mins before the show. We had been there all week to get the practice done and where told to stand down. Oh by the way, The Jet Man did fly the Grand Canyon at 5:30 am Saturday morning. You should have stuck around awhile longer, you would have seen one hell of a show- Jet Man Crew Member

Josh Sattler
Josh Sattler

Couldn't agree more, John...Couldn't agree more. If y'all have video of that I would LOVE to see it. Rossy is the reason I started skydiving two yrs ago.

Billwasdit
Billwasdit

It is dark there at 5:30 AM. Douche!

Johnbishopaz
Johnbishopaz

Well " Douche ", I was there not you. If you read some other papers quotes you'll see my name as part of the crew of H5, and we did shoot killer video of him Sarurday morning flying throught the Canyon and doing a full loop, then making a succesfull landing at the bottom. If I had a way to post a picture with this comment I would just to verify who is indeed the Douche-

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Rob
Rob

We've got a week at the North Rim coming at the end of this month.... did he say how long his training will take?

Hell, if I can't rent a Nikon 600mm I'll buy one just for this...

Central Scrutinizer
Central Scrutinizer

"If I do a mistake and half of U.S. television [is here], it's really bad for you, for me, for everybody"

I don't think he gets exactly what it is everyone is hoping to see. We watch hockey for the fights. We watch racing for the crashes. We watch reality tv for the conflicts.

The audience is there to see the fail. Rather than a lack of training, he suffers from a lack of understanding.

Josh Sattler
Josh Sattler

Well, if you want to see someone die, go to war. If you want to see someone break the lines of modern aviation then watch this guy achieve something that most of us can only dream of...Human flight.

Shadow Wolf
Shadow Wolf

The way this stunt idiot put out a huge media hype before dissing everyone's time, money and energy. Is akin to how our own top KKKonstable of the MCSO puts out those stupid little dog and pony shows of his. Remember how arpaio spreads his gossip disease about running for higher office?Same here.

Ice
Ice

Nice report...I was watching the coverage live and it was announced that it was cancelled due to the FAA being unable to figure out how to classify the "aircraft". Typical media lies!

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