Confirming the rumors
Anticipation for next year’s adventure is growing. You might have already heard about Solar Impulse’s possible 2013 adventure and we are excited to let you know that we are working hard to make a coast-to-coast flight connecting California to New York City via Washington D.C. a reality. The actual trip is not yet confirmed as many factors need to be aligned to make it possible, but we’re on the right track.
Bertrand, André and Gregory are in the USA this week with a packed agenda of meetings with all the relevant government officials and agencies, which need to be included in the planning and organization of an Across America mission flight. Several meetings on the political level are also planned.
The Swiss government has played an important role in putting the first foundations into place. Switzerland’s Ambassador to the United States and the Swiss Consul General in New York have been helping to contact key political figures, airports and other personalities required to bring it all to life.
"Switzerland is very proud to be a partner in the next endeavor of Solar Impulse. As a country we share the values of the project: technological innovation, competence and entrepreneurial expertise." said Ambassador Sager during the 12 December event at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington D.C. "We are happy to support the flight from the West to the East Coast of the United States in the early summer of 2013. Our very best wishes to Bertrand Piccard, André Borschberg and the whole crew!”
“It is our pleasure to support Solar Impulse and to highlight the Swiss innovation behind the world’s first-ever solar powered plane. Switzerland is a country of innovative achievement and technological advancements, and we are happy to see this project coming to the United States.” said Ambassador François Barras, Consul General of Switzerland in New York.
In the land of aviation pioneers, from the Wright brothers to Charles Lindbergh, it seemed only evident that André and Bertrand should follow the path of these historic explorers and cross the continental United States. A flight across the USA will be a great occasion to bring our message to a country, which is in the forefront of innovation and pioneering spirit and we are all very excited at the prospect of being able to share these values with a country that embraces our own DNA.
Stay tuned for more details. We will continue to share details of our planning and keep you informed of important developments.
Anticipation for next year’s adventure is growing. You might have already heard about Solar Impulse’s possible 2013 adventure and we are excited to let you know that we are working hard to make a coast-to-coast flight connecting California to New York City via Washington D.C. a reality. The actual trip is not yet ...