Ikarus must have been one of the first aviators. In Greek Mythology (and the Greek do need mythology a lot these days) Icarus and his father were captured by King Minos on the island of Crete. By way of escape father and son devise a wooden structures (wings, fixed with feathers and wax) so Icarus can mange to escape, as long as he does not fly too close to the sun, else the wax would melt and the downfall would be imminent. Nor could Icarus fly too low, else his wings would be burdened by the weight of the water.
Ikarus is the title of a book written by South African writer Deon Meyer. He did fly high, for he received the Huisgenoot-Tempo-Toekennings for this book.