Pilots

Two men, both pioneers, innovators and pilots, are the driving force behind Solar Impulse.

  • Bertrand Piccard, a doctor, psychiatrist, explorer and aeronaut, who made the first non-stop round-the-world balloon flight, is the initiator and chairman.
  • André Borschberg, an engineer and graduate in management science, a fighter pilot and a professional airplane and helicopter pilot, is the co-founder and CEO.

The former’s avant-gardist vision and the latter’s entrepreneurial and managerial experience are an ideal combination.

Bertrand Piccard

President, initiator and pilot of Solar Impulse.

  • Born in a dynasty of explorers and scientists who conquered the heights and the depths of our planet.
  • Psychiatrist specialised in hypnosis
  • International motivational speaker
  • Initiator of the Breitling Orbiter project and captain of the first non-stop round-the-world balloon flight, capturing 7 FAI world records for the longest flight of the entire aviation's history for both distance and duration.
  • Pioneer of hang-gliding and microlight flying in Europe; European hang-glider aerobatics champion.

Read more about Bertrand Piccard, connect to his website, Facebook fanpage, Google+ page, Twitter profile.

André Borschberg

CEO, co-founder and pilot of Solar Impulse.

  • Engineer from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)
  • Graduate of the Sloan School (MIT) in management science
  • Entrepreneur specialised in start-up companies
  • Trained as Swiss air force pilot
  • 8 FAI world records for distance, altitude and duration in a solar airplane

Read more about André Borschberg and follow him on Google+Twitter, Facebook.

André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard receive the Chromy Award 2015

After H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, and environmental sustainability advisor Tony Juniper, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are awarded the Chromy Award 2015 during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

The Cloak of Consciousness is a reminder of our collective responsibility to act for positive change in our world,” said Bertrand Piccard. “This year we can really combine our momentum and show how many voices are committed to using clean energy,” continued André Borschberg.

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The Cloak of Consciousness is a reminder of our collective responsibility to act for positive change in our world,” said Bertrand Piccard. “This year we can really combine our momentum and show how many voices are committed to using clean energy,” continued André Borschberg.

The Chromy Award is a small replica of the Cloak of Conscience - a five meter high sculpture carved into a single stone block from the renowned Cave Michelangelo. Sculpted by world-renowned artist Anna Chromy, the Cloak of Conscience represents our spiritual and moral achievements in life, particularly those that demonstrate environmental preservation and human rights promotion.

It was fitting that Anna Chromy chose the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, hosted by solar Impulse’s Host Partner Masdar, to present this award; highlighting a shared vision for widespread renewable energy to be used in our daily lives.

More information about the award and Anna Chromy can be found at: http://chromys.annachromy.com/

 

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