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May 11, 2011 -- Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy, also known as "Jetman," successfully completed a flight above the Grand Canyon on Saturday with his custom-designed jetpack, according to the watchmaker Breitling, which sponsored the event.
Rossy was originally scheduled to take flight on Friday in front of the media and members of the Hualapai, a Native American tribe which manages the area flew over. However, Rossy canceled his originally scheduled flight, citing a lack of training due to a lengthy authorization process from the Federal Aviation Administration.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Swiss adventurer who has flown his jet-propelled wingsuit over the Swiss Alps and across the English Channel hopes to fulfill a dream by flying through the Grand Canyon.
Former fighter pilot Yves Rossy plans to attempt the stunt early Friday, though he has not yet secured the necessary approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration.
If those approvals come through in time, the 51-year-old daredevil will jump from a helicopter near Eagle Point on the Hualapai Indian Reservation and fly for 15 minutes westward along the rim of the canyon — marking his first U.S. flight in the custom-built suit.