Yves Rousseau is a French inventor and aviator credited with multiple ultralight aircraft FAI world records. He has received international recognition for his 13 years of work on human-powered ornithopter flight. Rousseau attempted his first human-powered flight with flapping wings in 1995.
In 2005, Rousseau was given the Paul Tissandier Diploma, awarded to those who have served the cause of aviation in general and sporting aviation in particular, by their work, initiative, devotion or in other ways. After having made oscillate the wings of a hang glider, Yves mounted his patented flapping mechanism on a 'Vector' ultralight airplane and on 20 April 2006, at his 212th attempt, he succeeded in flying a distance of 64 metres, observed by officials of the Aero Club de France. Unfortunately, on his 213th flight attempt, a gust of wind led to a wing breaking up, causing the pilot to be gravely injured and rendered paraplegic.
|France||22 October 1989||Tecma – Colt Ascender||RWL1||Distance straight line & limited fuel: 397 km (247 mi)|
|France||16 July 1989||Tecma – Colt Ascender||RWL1||Distance closed circuit & limited fuel: 213 km (132 mi)|
|France||18 July 1992||Medium Ropuleim||RWF1||Altitude above sea level: 5230 m (17,159 ft)|
|France||18 July 1992||Medium Ropuleim||RWF1||Climb time to 3000 m: 24 min (410 ft/min = 2.08 m/s)|