Abu Dhabi prepares for first solar flight


Source:  www.emirates247.com

Solar Impulse representatives have arrived in Abu Dhabi to meet with local authorities in preparation for the plane’s arrival in January.

With the historic flight scheduled to take off from Abu Dhabi next March, pilots of the Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) will conduct test flights and perform fine-tuning exercises this January, in preparation for the five month journey.

The plane, and its two co-founders, will attempt to fly around the world – without a drop of fuel – only using the power of the sun.

Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, is an official host partner of Si2 and Abu Dhabi will be the location of the plane’s departure and arrival.

“It’s fitting that we’re departing from Abu Dhabi,” said Bertrand Piccard, chairman, initiator and pilot of  Si2, “as the emirate is a true energy leader committed to realizing a cleaner tomorrow.

Preparations are well under way for the planes arrival in Abu Dhabi, ahead of the five-month round-the-world flight. More info