July 6, 2013
By AOPA ePublishing staff
With no fuel supplementing its transcontinental journey, Solar Impulse plans to arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport at 2 a.m. Eastern time July 7. The team is streaming the flight live.
The solar-powered airplane was expected to take off from Washington Dulles International Airport at 4:45 a.m. Eastern time July 6 on the fifth and final leg of its Across America mission. Outreach & Educational Programs Coordinator Vincent Colegrave said the aircraft is expected to cross the Chesapeake Bay at 6:45 a.m. Eastern at 8,000 feet msl, fly in proximity of Atlantic City around 9:15 a.m., and fly over the Verrazano Bridge toward the Statue of Liberty from midnight until about 1:15 a.m. He said he plans to interact with viewers on Twitter, Facebook and Google+; the airplane's position, altitude, and speed, will be streamed on the Solar Impulse website.
Solar Impulse uses four electric engines powered by more than 11,000 solar cells on the wing and horizontal stabilizer. The aircraft flies around 43 mph.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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