From Wheels To Wings: The Next Step In Adventure

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By Simon Bertram

We motorcycle riders all know, and all accept, that we are on the edge of danger. Unlike a car, there is no steel body around us, no safety restraint system to prevent us from flying over the handlebars. We accept the danger and ride anyways.

We ride because that danger gives us that feeling of freedom, that connection with the machine underneath us that people that have never ridden will never understand. As veteran TT rider Guy Martin once put it: “Those close calls, those moments when you think ‘oooh, that’s it, that’s the end’ and you make it through them… nothing else gives you that buzz.”

However, while many bikes can take us many places, there is one area that bikes can’t take us.

And that is up.

Skydiving was, for the longest time, the only way a human could feel the freedom of flight, and even then, it was a short period of freefall before opening your chute.

Jetman Vince Reffet dials up full power from his JetWing after hovering

Now, however, JetWings (the official name of the device invented by the first Jetman, Yves Rossy) are becoming more and more advanced, and are quickly gaining interest as the next level of human flight.

In February of this year, Jetman Dubai pilot Vince Reffet was the first human to combine a stable hover, transition into powered flight, reach 150 MPH at 3,280 feet from the hover in 30 seconds, perform two aerobatic maneuvers, power off his jets, pull his chute, and land safely, all in one flight.

That little spec in the top middle of the picture is Vince Reffet going vertical

As the JetWing becomes more popular, we can definitely see it becoming the next thing that combines …read more

Source:: From Wheels To Wings: The Next Step In Adventure


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