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25th Sep 2008, 10:15
Nat geographical shortly showing live coverage of "fusionman" who is an Airbus captain attempting to fly across the channel from France to England.

Bet he's buggered without alpha floor:}


Howard Hughes
25th Sep 2008, 10:22
Some people will do anything to get out of France!;)

25th Sep 2008, 10:22
Int no kind a floor on that jalopy:eek:

Gelande Strasse
25th Sep 2008, 10:25
To infinity......................................and beyond :ok:


blue up
25th Sep 2008, 10:36
Flight posponed. Apperently, he hasn't applied for a temporary exemption from the fitting of Mode S and has not got a valid EASA radio installation certificate.

Seriously, though, how has he got approval for this? Is it a sub-115kg type or do the authorities waive the regs? Can't imagine it has met current assymetric performance specs.

25th Sep 2008, 10:46
id love to take it to work one morning, wonder if he'd lend it to me

25th Sep 2008, 10:46
I wonder if the Heathrow lot will put him in a hold somewhere?

25th Sep 2008, 10:52
wheres the FMGS? Now if he flew Bogota to Quito I'd be more impressed.... :}

25th Sep 2008, 11:30
lol after all the build up..... called off

25th Sep 2008, 11:48
bad weather apparently.. will try again tomorrow.. nutter

BBC NEWS | UK | Pilot postpones jetpack adventure (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7634927.stm)

25th Sep 2008, 11:55
He could avoid the wx if he flew through the tunnel; no spirit of adventure.

25th Sep 2008, 12:23
Mmmm, no instruments, no radio, low profile (stealth) carbon wing so that would make him invisible to any other traffic or ATC right? so were they planning to clear a corridor for him during his 12minute flight? Did he file a flightplan? (would love to see a copy of that one, aircraft type? special equipment? souls onboard?!) did he have a slot at Dover?:)

Amazing feat to undertake and what a genuinely nice chap he seems to be. Disappointed to see the flight called off today (sat there with my glass of wine in front of the TV) but reckon it was a good call on his part. Wishing him all the best for tomorrow:ok:

25th Sep 2008, 12:37
i do hope you're not in the UK ! "sat there with my glass of wine watching the TV" its only bloody half 1 !

25th Sep 2008, 13:04
Jealous? ;)

Mmmm sip sip:)

25th Sep 2008, 13:20
bladepilot... not really.. i'll be in north wales this time tomorrow with 4days to go through a case of wine . . :p

does anyone know who mr jetman drives for professionaly ?

25th Sep 2008, 14:17
Swishair? . . .

25th Sep 2008, 14:18
What a pity this "craft" needs to be launched from another aircraft already in flight ! Rather limits its possible applications, doesn't it ? !

Secondly, in another piece I read it said the main danger to him in crossing the Channel was "container ships". Anyone any idea why he has to fly so low ? Once again, a severe limitation on its future development ( if any ! ).

25th Sep 2008, 14:34
Anyone have any idea of the cost (each) of those model a/c jet engines.

25th Sep 2008, 15:01
Think 2000 a time - Wren Turbines Ltd: Turbojet Range (http://wrenturbines.co.uk/jets.php) - for the sort of engine that you'd need eight of for a model B52 - YouTube - B-52 RC 8-Engine Jet Model Crashes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSuawMl4lOo) - but I guess you'd need the sort that power the tiny (French?) aircraft - something like this:-
Tiny Turbojet (http://www.allstar.fiu.edu/AERO/tinyturbo1.html)

25th Sep 2008, 16:14
Anyone have any idea of the cost (each) of those model a/c jet engines.
AMT Advanced Micro Turbines (http://www.amtjets.com/) - select Price List - 3000 to 4000 for 'big' (Olympus) or 6000 to 7000 for even bigger (Titan) engines.

25th Sep 2008, 16:28
Re FMEA Human Control - What If he gets an Itchy knee, Elbow Etc - looking a his Suit he may well paint on Primary - He could always tie some tin foil strips on the wings -- Then he would paint on Radar.

I take it that at he end of the flight, I take it that He climbs to a safe altitude and activates a Parachute - or is it a bath from a controlled stall and pitch up ? That sounds a bit dodgy - Yes I want one of these too.

Just had a thought - Bird Strikes - its Avain migration time. Looking at the thing - moth hazard as well ? .


25th Sep 2008, 18:28
Apparently his exit strategy is to cut fuel supply to the engines and then activate a parachute. The wings also have a separate chute in case he has to cut free from them.

He is trying again tomorrow apparently when wx is more clement.

Im sure I saw his level off alt was 5000' so container ships should be no hassle unless he bails early.

Lon More
25th Sep 2008, 18:44
G-CPTN Jet Cri-Cri (http://www.amtjets.com/gallery_real_plain.html)

25th Sep 2008, 18:54
Im sure I saw his level off alt was 5000' so container ships should be no hassle

This is the piece to which I was referring :
Channel jet pack bid grounded again - AOL News (http://news.aol.co.uk/channel-jet-pack-bid-grounded-again/article/20080925105910153176759)

Down at the bottom it definitely says :
"To achieve the feat, Rossy - a pilot with Swiss International Air Lines - would have had to overcome significant challenges, not least the container ships which will be passing through the sea."

26th Sep 2008, 12:17
He's done it :ok::ok::ok::ok::ok:

CAVOK all the way, tailwind and well ahead of schedule!



26th Sep 2008, 12:39
Would not wish to detract from his achievement one iota . . . . . .

. . . . . . but, once again, what a pity it can't be self-launching !

26th Sep 2008, 13:53
but, once again, what a pity it can't be self-launching !

Yes, then he could go from a conveyor belt (or could he? Answers on the usual 12 pack of toilet rolls, if you will). :E

26th Sep 2008, 14:32

and he managed to avoid all those very tall container ships and ferries on the way over:)

What a nice chap.

tony draper
26th Sep 2008, 15:02
Hmmm one wonders if one paralleled about five hundred bungee cords up either side of a sort of chair dragged em back half a mile wi a feckin big winch if one could fire someone over the Channel.

26th Sep 2008, 15:05
Let us know when you'll be on NatGeo! will you be aiming for the lighthouse at Dover? ;)

tony draper
26th Sep 2008, 15:17
Well we know you could probably fire some one out of a Cannon clear across the Channel but they would be squished by acceleration G forces before they even left the barrel, while that would probably not matter very much if it were a Frenchman,the authorities here would prolly frown upon us doing it to a Englishman,one just thought that the multiple Bungee Cord catapult would impart a gentler acceleration upon our subject or projectile.

26th Sep 2008, 15:23

26th Sep 2008, 22:52
Well, if it was self-launching (foot launched) then one would not need a license or medical to fly it in the UK.



27th Sep 2008, 00:40
This brave man has done a phenomenal job with his success in flight today. How many of us haven't dreamed the very thing he must have experienced; flying with power and control without an aircraft to protect us?

While I don't mean to ruffle any feathers with this next statement, I would categorize him as more of an adventurer and less of a hero. Much in the spirit of anyone who pioneered roads within aviation. IMHO, hero should be reserved for those who protect/lead/save/die for the sake of others' lives. But that's just me.

Nonetheless...a significant achievement!:D:D:D

27th Sep 2008, 12:18
He's started something - there's a chap planning to pedal a balloon across tomorrow.