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Yves Rossy is a Swiss military-trained pilot and an aviation enthusiast. He is known as the inventor of a series of experimental individual jet packs, the latest using carbon-fiber wings for flight.
02:37 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
05:06 Brian’s Introduction.
05:59 What concerned Yves for his first flight over the English Channel in 2008.
10:07 What Yves learned about himself from the delayed flight across the English Channel.
10:52 Why a clear head and relaxed body are essential.
13:15 Difference in the way Yves and his partner Vincent Reffet use their bodies in flight.
14:54 Yves’ early emotional response to witnessing the power of a jet plane.
17:55 The WOW feeling from flying jet aircraft aged twenty, sometimes difficult to come down from.
22:47 Yves admiration for the military test pilots and first astronauts depicted in The Right Stuff film.
26:10 Did those pilots feel the attraction to the challenge as Yves has to his?
27:58 747 emergency, Yves a trained fighter pilot, feels the pressure of responsibility for passengers.
31:30 How Yves loves moments of freedom playing with nature.
34:00 Yves has so much respect for nature.
36:27 Learning to adapt to the air becoming fluid which reacts with speed.
40:30 An understanding wife.
42:17 The developmental history of flying man.
45:24 Yves trialling of wingsuit flying and developing his own ideas.
47:24 Why are the military and aerospace companies not involved in this development work?
48:42 Development work is costing him, but in his eyes he is the richest guy in the world.
50:37 “I was never in competition, always in creation.”
54:41 What has happened since Yves flew across the English Channel on an inflatable wing in 2008.
1:00:32 Yves’ most frightening flight experience.
1:09:28 Why he finally decided to return to flying.
1:11:44 The beginning of the complementary partnership with Vincent Reffet.
1:16:51 What we can learn from Yves about being an innovator and the danger of a financial goal.
1:22:08 The Dubai flight.
1:23:05 The highly dangerous cons and financial pros of future plan to be autonomous.
1:27:06 Still deriving lots of fun from flying and research and gratification from passing on knowledge.
1:27:45 Keeping in good shape, Yves fitness regime and how he clears his mind prior to a flight.
1:29:36 The parts played by Bruno Bokker, Thomas Enders and his Highness Sheikh Hamdan Crown Prince of Dubai in the Dubai flight.
1:32:54 Learning to avoid aircraft turbulence for the Dubai flight.
1:36:51 Crying and shouting with emotion at the beauty when flying over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
1:39:32 For how long will Yves continue to fly?
1:40:07 Crash landing onto water during the flight in Malta.
1:44:30 Working and living in Dubai.
1:48:04 Next planned high profile flight and Yves gratitude for this opportunity to explain how they are not crazy guys.
1:49:24 The difference in the machines he requires to those with another purpose for flight.
1:52:30 Success secrets.
1:53:32 Brian tells Yves he needs to write his book for us.
1:54:44 Phone call to the 20 year old Yves Rossy.
1:57:30 Best advice Yves ever received.
1:58:38 Advice to the young people watching wanting to succeed in what they want to do.
2:02:11 Brian’s summing up.
The Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland
The Right Stuff (film)
RUAG Space Switzerland
‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth’ by Chris Hadfield
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The Wright Brothers
Patrick de Gayardon
Wim Hof – The Iceman
Dorian Yates – Mr Olympia
The Crown Prince of Dubai