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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

WATCH: Jetman Dubai teases another world-first with documentary trailer

The team say they are a step closer to completely autonomous personal flight using jet-engine wings

Jetman Dubai is set to reveal major developments in an upcoming documentary. Jetman Dubai
Jetman Dubai is set to reveal major developments in an upcoming documentary. Jetman Dubai

A documentary following Jetman Dubai’s incredible journey to launching the first solo flight using jet-engine powered wings is set to be released next year.

A trailer for the film has been uploaded to XDubai’s YouTube channel, and teases the developments that have been made since Jetman wowed the world in 2015 by flying alongside an Emirates A380 aircraft.

The four-minute clip provides a glimpse at a Jetman world-first — a take-off from the ground — marking a huge step towards completely autonomous personal flight. Showcasing the spectacular surroundings of the Sunnylvsfjorden fjord in Norway, the teaser also shows Jetman Dubai pilots Yves Rossy, Vince Reffet and the newest addition to the team, Fred Fugen, perform various stunts, including a triple Jetman flight formation.

“Jetman is the true embodiment of the XDubai ethos, defy your limits,” says Mohammed Javad, general manager of XDubai. “We have been working closely with Jetman Dubai to not only collaborate in documenting the Jetman story, but also to work towards realising the impossible as showcased in this spectacular teaser. The success of Jetman Dubai taking off from the ground is just the beginning of what is next.”

The result of 25 years of research and development, 24 months of planning and 25 days spent on the ground — and in the air — in Norway, the documentary will explore Jetman’s history, progression, latest accomplishments and what the future may hold.

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For Jetman Dubai pilots and French action-sport athletes, Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen, who notably secured a Guinness World Record for their BASE jump with XDubai from the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai in 2014, the sky is literally the limit. “Joining the Jetman Dubai team has been an absolute dream and it’s hard to put into words the experience of what was accomplished in Norway,” says Fugen. “We’re excited for what this means for Jetman Dubai and we’re excited to share what’s next when the time is right.”

"It was a teamwork," Reffet adds. “Everyone involved from both a technical and filming point of view were experts in their jobs and we trusted them. It is because of this that we could achieve what we did."

Along with the upcoming documentary ‘LOFT: The Jetman Story’, Jetman Dubai will also launch a new website in early 2019.