Al Marsh

Jetman listed by FAA as a light jet

May 12, 2011 by Alton K. Marsh, Senior Editor, AOPA Pilot

Just for my own amusement, I called the Las Vegas FAA Flight Standards District Office to see what classification was used for Yves Rossy, who flew down the Grand Canyon for eight minutes with a wing strapped to his back, and four model-airplane jet engines attached to the wing. The FSDO said Rossy was classified as a light jet weighing less than 12,500 pounds, for want of a better guess. Rossy left open the possibility that he might fly somewhere else in the United States, so if you see a guy with a wing on his back, stick around. That means he is going to do it again. Can you see Jetman looping the Golden Gate Bridge? I can.

2 Responses to “Jetman listed by FAA as a light jet”

  1. Curtis Oden Says:

    I’m all for reducing cockpit clutter, but Rossy might be taking it a bit too far. Regardless, where can I get mine?

  2. Al Marsh Says:

    You’d have to contact him directly. One of his goals is to fly in formation with a group of friends wearing similar wings. Become his friend. The company that makes the model aircraft JetCat P200 engine is about to have a cat over pilots using their not-for-humans engine that way. At least, that’s the reaction of company officials in this country. In Europe, that same company may not mind.

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