Update 13:15 Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Solar Impulse is flying again! Bertrand Piccard’s plane took off Tuesday 21 September at 08:00 from Payerne, canton Vaud and landed safely in Geneva at 12:25. If the weather holds and the control tower at Cointrin Airport gives the go-ahead, the plane is expected to leave Geneva at 15:30 and should arrive back in Payerne about 18:30. Very approximate times for plane-watchers: 16:30 over Nyon, 17:30 near Lausanne.
At 09:30 Tuesday morning the solar-propelled plane, piloted by André Borschberg, was flying over Montreux where it circled the Chillon Castle a few times.
The plane is flying at low altitude, thus easily visible to plane-watchers, and its flight path can be followed live.
The clear skies and near-perfect weather are providing a safe window for the plane, which uses only solar power.
Solar Impulse is running a photo competition, with first prize a visit to the project centre in Payerne. Photos and videos can be uploaded directly to the site, while the plane is flying.
Wednesday’s flight to Zurich
Solar Impulse will continue its Swiss day flying trials with a return flight from Payerne to Zurich Wednesday September 22nd 2010.
Depending on weather and air traffic conditions the flight schedule is:
08:00 Takeoff from Payerne, direction Zurich International Airport
13:30 Landing, Zurich International Airport
14:30 Take off from Zurich, direction Payerne
19:00 Expected landing in Payerne