Daredevil shows off jet pack aerobatics

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Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy has demonstrated a new version of his jetpack by performing two loop-the-loops.

Rossy jumped from a hot air balloon at 2,400 meters to carry out the stunt in a jetpack powered by four jet engines. Alter a few minutes of level flight to stabilize his wing and find the optimal angle he carried out the double loop-the-loop in front of the balloon, then parachuted to the ground in Denezy, near Lake Geneva.

The latest version of the jetpack includes a new wing, smaller at just two meters across and without unfoldable parts. Designed by Rossy and the RUAG Company, it has a better aerodynamic profile and more stability. The pack can reach 200 miles per hour, and has a flight time of ten minutes.

"It was fantastic!" said Rossy, upon landing. "The flight went well, despite a little problem when starting my engines. I was able to do my two loopings and I am very happy!"

It's the first time Rossy has attempted any aerobatics with his suit, although he has set records before. In May 2008, the 51-year-old former fighter pilot successfully crossed the Alps in a version of his machine, following this up with a crossing of the English Channel later that year.

But an attempt to cross from Morocco to Spain this time last year failed when poor weather conditions and a malfunctioning wing forced him to make an emergency landing in the water.

Rossy's next plan is to fly through the Grand Canyon, if he can get permission from the US authorities. He's also working on another version of his jetsuit which should allow takeoff from the ground and more flexibility for aerobatics.