Monthly Archives: June 2011
The technical team was up early to prepare the aircraft and Markus Scherdel, the test pilot, was at Solar Impulse HQ by 08:00 and raring to go.
At 10:00 the propellors started turning and the plane was airbourne in less than 10 second. The public was stunned. There was thunderous applause. After a week of enjoying fabulous displays, sometimes spectacular, but always noisy and polluting, Solar Impulse suddenly offered an astonishing alternative solution. HB-SIA soared above their heads slowly for twenty minutes, majesticly and silently.
The plane was the brainchild of two aviators — Bertrand Piccard, who made history with the world’s first round-the-world hot air balloon flight in 1999, and Andre Borschberg.
Next on the agenda is Solar Impulse Mark II, a modified version of the original plane which will have a bigger cabin — a necessity for that round-the-world flight in 2012.
Source and photo: Solar Impulse
Photo Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg: Rob Vogelaar, ZAPP
Solar Impulse, has arrived in Le Bourget at its second
attempt on Tuesday after three days’ delay, ready for a debut at the biennial
International Paris Air Show. The 1.6-ton solar-powered plane was expected to
land in Paris on Saturday but technical problems and bad weather forced it to
turn back to Brussels.
Piloted by Solar Impulse’s co-founder and chief executive André Borschberg it
took off from the military section of Brussels airport at 5.10am on Tuesday,
taking advantage of a small weather window between rain fronts and landed 14
minutes ahead of schedule at Bourget airport in Paris at 9.16pm. The aircraft
had to circle for several hours before landing because of heavy air traffic
around Charles de Gaulle airport.
At the Paris Air Show it will fly each morning from 20 June.
Source and photo: Solar Impulse
Earlier today we were able to get into the official website of the Paris Air Show at: http://www.paris-air-show.com/en
There all types of visitors should be able to find answers to all their specific questions about visiting the Paris Air Show 2011.
At this time the mentioned official website of the paris air show is offline, we are trying to contact GIFAS and get more information how to attend the show as members of the press, trade- or regular visitor.
As soon as we know where and how to contact GIFAS for further questions we will publish that here.
The Biennial International Paris Air Show at Paris-Le Bourget has been the premier and largest worldwide event dedicated to the aviation and space industry for a century. This year for the 49th time from June 20-26, 2011.
– Airbus –
Aircraft on static display will include the A380, an Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ), the Airbus Military A400M and C295. The Airbus A380 and A400M will be on flying displays every day. Some customer aircraft will also be on display – depending on the day.
– Boeing –
The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental passenger jet, sporting its distinctive “Sunrise” livery, will arrive on June 19, just three months after its first flight, and will be on static display until the evening of June 21. The Boeing 747-8F will arrive on June 20 and will be on display for the following two days.
The 787 flight-test aircraft ZA001, featuring the full Dreamliner livery, will be on static display on June 22 and June 23. Launch customer ANA will receive its first 787 in August or September.
Boeing plans to show off an Air Berlin 737-700 with the new Boeing Sky Interior, a Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200LR, a C-17 Globemaster III military airlifter an F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet and a CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter to the show.
The show though has scooped the first public appearance and flying display by the Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft as its ‘special guest’. Its .appearance at Le Bourget will be the first time the prototype, currently working up to a series of record-breaking flights, will make a public airshow appearance outside home country of Switzerland. The organisers say that the Solar Impulse is planned to make a 10-15min flight every day (bar one), weather conditions permitting.
Eurocopters X3 compound helicopter prototype will take part in the flying display.
A fighter to appear will be the Sino-Pakistani JF-17 – which at Paris this year will take part in the flying display.
Our photo report will be online at this website from June 21.