World first for Jetman
It's a bird, it's a plane . . . no it's Jetman.
Yves Rossy, the famous Jetman, headlines the first New Zealand International Air Show at the North Shore Aero Club's Dairy Flat airfield during Auckland Anniversary Weekend.
Jetman is the world's top aviation act and one of the few able to fly like a jet.
Organisers will announce more international acts for the three-day show in coming weeks.
Jetman will be taken to about 1524 metres by North Shore club helicopter pilot Roy Crane before taking off, flying and parachute landing at the airfield.
"In a world first we will have helicopters up there filming him and he will have his own camera on his helmet and a microphone so he can communicate with the audience on the ground," show communications director Fiona Fenwick says.
Spectators will be able to watch on large TV screens.
Jetman's flights over the Grand Canyon, The English Channel and Rio de Janeiro have attracted massive global media attention.
"I can't wait to fly in New Zealand," Mr Rossy says, speaking from his base in the Swiss Alps.
"It will be the first time my flights have been covered live by cameras on to big screens so spectators will be able to experience what it's like to fly at 200 kilometres an hour."
Organisers are calling the show a modern adaptation of a traditional air show with a more personal feel.
"Traditionally, people would watch from the ground and only see from a distance but we are helping turn it into a family event where they can see what is going on," Fiona says.
The event will coincide with North Shore Aero Club's 50th anniversary year.
"We are honoured and excited about hosting the event," club spokesman Trevor Dance says.
The air show will run from 10am to 5pm on the Saturday and Sunday, and from 10am to 6pm on Auckland Anniversary Monday.
Displays include international air racing, fast military jets, experimental aircraft and more.
Visit nzairshow.com for tickets and information.
- Rodney Times
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