The solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse, with André Borschberg at the controls, is currently flying through its second night across the Pacific Ocean, using only the energy stocked up during the day by its solar cells. The plane will be slowly losing altitude until dawn, and when the sun will be rising from the sea, the aircraft will again ascend and recharge its batteries until they are full.
Technical hurdles have been overcome and a favourable weather window has finally been found. At 18:03 UTC last night (03:03 local time), Solar Impulse co-founder André Borschberg took off from Nagoya, Japan, onboard zero-fuel aircraft SI2.
Sadly, the Solar Impulse team had to cancel the take-off from Nagoya due to worsening weather conditions.This happened at the last minute, when pilot André Borscherg was already in the cockpit, ready to go.
Let's hope that a good weather window will soon be found to allow Borschberg to reach Hawaii !
What a day for Borschberg and the Solar Impulse team ! After taking off from Nanjing, China, on Saturday, the weather conditions turned out to be not as favourable as expected, which made the team change their initial plan to fly directly to Hawaii, USA.
André Borschberg, the pilot of the zero-fuel aircraft, was thus forced to land in Nagoya, Japan, at 23:49 local time (14:49 UTC) - after more than 40 hours of flight.
Let us hope that a weather window will soon be found to allow Borschberg to take off again and complete Solar Impulse's plan to cross the Pacific Ocean and to land in Hawaii.
More information at www.solar-impulse.com.
Solar Impulse took to the air today at 2.39am local time (6.39pm UTC) from Nanjing, China, and started its fantastic bid to cross the Pacific Ocean without using any fuel. If André Borschberg, the pilot of the aircraft, successfully lands in Hawaii, he will have achieved the longest flight in distance and duration by a solar-powered aircraft.
Zero-fuel aircraft Solar Impulse with Swiss pilot André Borschberg at the controls will take off at 6pm UTC from Nanjing, China, the team has announced.
It should take 5 or 6 consecutive days and nights (more than 8000 km) for Borschberg to cross the Pacific Ocean from Nanjing, China, to Hawaii, USA: an incredible challenge for a man to undertake. FAI Official Observers are on site to check that everything is done according to the FAI Sporting Code as this flight involves smashing several records of duration and distance by a solar-powered aircraft.
In a symbolic gesture, today the torch of the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 was lit and handed over today by FAI to the Emirates Aerosports Federation (EAF) as the Games Organising Committee. The ceremony took place at the Olympic Museum located in the city of Lausanne, Switzerland, where FAI has its headquarters. It featured distinguished guests from the air sports community and beyond.
Although Swiss pilot André Borschberg was getting ready for a possible take-off tonight from Nanjing, China, to cross the Pacific Ocean and reach Hawaii, the Solar Impulse team finally had to decide against the departure of the solar-powered aircraft.
The video below explains why.
FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 Flame Handover Ceremony and Airshow to Take Place on 28 May in Lausanne
The FAI will stage an exceptional ceremony at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday 28 May 2015: the FAI World Air Games Flame will be lit and handed over to the representatives of the Emirates Aerosports Federation by FAI President Dr John Grubbström.
The FAI is continuing its actions to keep air sports clean from doping.
In that frame, we are trying to inssure that all athletes participating in FAI sanctioned events (any event registered in the FAI Calendar) and who may therefore be subject to doping control must request a TUE before taking a prohibited medication.
But ... what is a TUE?
The FAI is pleased to announce the list of the winners for the 2015 FAI Young Artists Contest. An international jury selected the three best paintings for each of the categories: Junior (ages 6-9), Intermediate (ages 10-13), Senior (ages 14-17). Their authors will receive FAI gold, silver and bronze medals.