Daredevil hopes to fly through Grand Canyon with jet-propelled wingsuit
By Alicia Barron
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) -- A Swiss adventurer hopes to fulfill the dream of a lifetime by flying through the Grand Canyon with his jet-propelled wingsuit.
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.
FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said a decision won't be made until Friday morning.
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 in a custom-built suit.
Rossy approached the National Park Service with the idea to soar over the Grand Canyon but was turned down. Instead, he'll fly from the Hualapai reservation west of the park boundaries.
Rossy has previously flown his custom-made wingsuit over the Swiss Alps and across the English Channel.
He also tried but failed to cross the Strait of Gibraltar from Morocco to Spain.