Breitling-supported Swiss aviator Yves Rossy, who is known as the Jetman, has completed his first ever flight in Asia, flying around Mount Fuji in his Breitling-branded equipment.
He flew around Mount Fuji at speeds of up to 185 mph wearing only his carbon-kevlar jet-powered wing.
Rossy has always had a strong desire to fly in the area. He said: “Flying here for me is a dream. It is such a contrast flying free with just a wing on my back, compared to being enclosed in a cockpit as an airline pilot. IIt 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.”
Rossy has carried out a series of flights, using a carbon-Kevlar Jetwing with four Jetcat engines, each of which are capable of a 22 kg thrust. The Swiss pilot is able to propel himself through the skies, 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 advanced 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 aircraft.
Following the recent tour of the Breitling Jet Team in Japan, Breitling has expressed its pleasure at supporting these achievements, which are part of activities marking the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relationships between Switzerland and Japan.