After landing at Le Bourget under thunderous applause on June 14th 2011, the HB-SIA and all Solar Impulse team are welcome as “Special guests” of Paris Air Show that takes place in June, from the 20th to the 26th. During this week, aeronautics professionals, politicians and general public could discover this outstanding plane. Keeping in mind the world flight aim, Solar Impulse presence at the first international aeronautics gives to the project the opportunity to increase its fame.
As Bertrand Piccard says, the aim of Solar Impulse is not to carry passengers but to carry messages. Events such as Paris Air Show allow reaching this goal.
During all week, Altran teams organized events around Solar Impulse for their clients: daily guided visits of the plane in its hangar, daily dedications on Altran chalet and also a conference led by Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg themselves.
A weather improvement at the end of the week allowed the HB-SIA to be seen flying by everybody on Sunday, June 26th. At 10:00 in the morning, Markus Scherdel, the test pilot, takes off in a deafening silence under the eyes of many astonished witnesses. The Solar Impulse makes its route perfectly while Bertrand Piccard is commenting the flight in live. This display flight closes brilliantly the Paris Air Show week.