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.
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
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