A professional pilot, Yves Rossy sought to move out of the cockpit in the continuous pursuit of flight through innovation and ingenuity to achieve mankind’s dream of engine-powered flight for humans. Drawn initially to the world of free fall, he experimented with ways to increase his flight time and enhance his ability to select his trajectory, which introduced him to sky surfing and wingsuiting.
Still not satisfied, he developed his first real wing comprising a rigid harness integrated into inflatable wing panels that he strapped to his back. The next step was towards maintaining and gaining altitude by improving efficiency with a rigid wing and adding propulsion.
Yves chose to go with model jet turbines, at first two of them, allowing him to maintain level flight in 2004, and then four engines in 2006. Till now, Yves Rossy has conducted winged flights over the Swiss Alps, the English Channel, the Grand Canyon and other iconic locations.
“I truly believe that flying is a part of my DNA. Even as a pilot, flying military and civilian aircrafts, I always had a dream of flying free in the open skies, because that is where you can truly be free… I want to make possible what humans have only been dreaming of and I believe that Dubai provides the right environment and infrastructure for me to achieve this.”
Vince Reffet is a well-known name in the world of skydiving and comes from a family of skydivers. He has achieved extraordinary, gravity-defying feats including a record-breaking BASE-jump from the world’s tallest building - Dubai’s Burj Khalifa - as well as a jump from 10,000 metres over Mont Blanc in France.
Vince Reffet has been trained and mentored by Yves ‘Jetman’ Rossy since 2009.
A native of France, the 30 year old Vince Reffet joined his country’s national Freefly team in 2002. In 2004, he was crowned as the Freefly World Champion. He won gold medals at the 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009 World Championships.
Over the years, he has developed into an athlete with a focus on BASE-jumping, canopy piloting, indoor skydiving, wingsuit flying and speed riding.
“Free flying is a great feeling, but being able to control your flight is even better. To be able to learn from the first man in the world to fly with a jet powered wing is an honour. I’m privileged to learn from Yves and together we dream to go higher and fly together.”
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