Friday, May 31, 2013

Spotlight: Become a Pilot Day and Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse Expected at National Air and Space Museum 2013 "Become A Pilot Day"

Solar Impulse
Prototype Aircraft Flies Day and Night Powered by Solar Power

The "Become a Pilot" family day and aviation display, held annually at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., is expected to feature a star attraction this year: Solar Impulse. The innovative aircraft, now on a pioneering tour -- "Solar Impulse Across America" -- is anticipated to land at nearby Washington Dulles International Airport in time to be on public display Saturday, June 15, the day of the event, and the following day,Sunday, June 16. Public viewing will be from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. both days. Due to weather conditions, the aircraft's arrival may be delayed, but updates will be posted on Solar Impulse and the museum's website and through social media.A media advisory will be sent when the plane's arrival is confirmed.

Founded in Switzerland by Bertrand Piccard, a psychiatrist, explorer, and aeronaut who made the first non-stop around-the-world balloon flight, and AndrĂ© Borschberg, an engineer by education, entrepreneur, and pilot, the Solar Impulse project focuses on flying without fuel by using renewable solar power to demonstrate the huge potential of clean technologies. The HB-SIA prototype airplane, which has the wingspan of a jumbo jet but is as light as a small car, is the first aircraft to fly day and night powered solely by the sun. It has set five world records, including a historical 26-hour non-stop flight. While it is on public display on the grounds of the Udvar-Hazy Center, members of the Solar Impulse team will be on hand to explain the aircraft and its technology. Full press release
Events and Activities
To plan beyond the current month, see the online calendar.
Become a Pilot DayOur spotlight event this month is the Udvar-Hazy Center'sBecome a Pilot Day and Aviation Display on Saturday, June 15, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. See dozens of visiting recreational, vintage, and homebuilt aircraft, plus Solar Impulse (weather permitting). Talk to pilots and find out what it takes to fly. Bring the kids inside the Center for hands-on activities and story times. New this year are indoor and outdoor kite flying demonstrations. Admission is free; parking is $15.This event is made possible by the generous support of Booz Allen Hamilton; AFCEA International and the Washington Metro Chapters; and these others ponsors.

One Museum, Two Locations

National Mall buildingOn the National Mall
6th & Independence SW
Washington, D.C.
Udvar-Hazy CenterSteven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Pkwy.
Chantilly, Virginia
Both locations are open every day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. except December 25See the schedule for extended summer hours through September 2. 
 Admission is free. Udvar-Hazy Center parking: $15, free after 4:00 p.m.
For information call (202) 633-1000.