Taken from the BBC:
Pilot postpones jetpack adventure
A Swiss pilot's attempt to become the first person to fly solo across the English Channel using a single jet-propelled wing has been delayed.The former military pilot plans to attempt the crossing on Friday, which he hopes to complete in 12 minutes.The 49-year-old will fly on a plane to more than 8,200ft (2,500m), ignite jets on a wing on his back, and jump out.
Mr Rossy, who has had to postpone another previous attempt because of weather conditions, hopes to reach speeds of 125mph.
Known as "Fusionman," he aims to follow the route taken by French airman Louis Blériot 99 years ago when he became the first person to fly across the English Channel in a plane.
In an interview earlier this week, he said: "If I calculate everything right, I will land in Dover. But if I get it wrong, I take a bath."
The stunt will be broadcast live for the National Geographic Channel. Its producer, Kathryn Liptrott, told the BBC Mr Rossy was fearless.
"When we've talked to him and asked him are you worried about risk his quote consistently is: I'm not worried about risk, I manage risk.
"He flew Mirage fighters for the Swiss army, he now flies an Airbus. And in his sort of heart he's a pilot and a parachutist and what they do is manage risk. He won't fly if he doesn't think that he will arrive in Dover."
The longest flight he has taken so far lasted 10 minutes.
The wing has no rudder or tail fin, so Mr Rossy will steer it using his head and back.
As well as a helmet and parachute, he will wear a special suit to protect him from the four kerosene-burning turbines mounted just centimetres from him on the wing.
Yves Rossy attempt at the 22-mile (35.4 km) flight from Calais to Dover was postponed because of bad weather.