The article mentions that the pilot lost 18 lbs during his year-long training for the flight. Maybe if I lose 18 lbs, I can fly one of those too.
Sure, the Wright brothers only flew a couple feet over the ground on their first successful attempt. The development of more powerful engines have made modern airplanes that fly miles above the earth at super sonic speeds possible. Now we just have to make more efficient humans to make this new mode of transportation practical.
I wish the article had gone into more details. What I don't get is, it looks like a big glider (and took off as one) that had wings that "flap". I'm not sure by the article or the video that flapping the wings actually kept the craft in flight or not. I suppose if he hadn't flapped the wings it would have descended faster than it did. Don't get me wrong. It was way cool to see. But the flapping looked more like a slight of hand than something actually functional.