Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Solar Impulse lands in Cairo

Solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 landed in Cairo Wednesday at 7:10 AM (CET) on the penultimate flight of the plane's world tour after a 48 hour and 50 minute voyage from Seville, Spain to Cairo, according to a travel update from the Solar Impulse website.

Pilot André Borscherg flew the plane above the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx, accompanied by a military helicopter, before landing at Cairo International Airport, Ahram Arabic website reported.

The airport received 65 European experts to assist the plane during its stop, according to Mohamed Said Mahrous, chairman of Cairo Airport Company, before its final flight back to Abu Dhabi, which marks both the starting and ending point of the plane's world tour.

Pilots Borscherg and Betrand Piccard met with Egypt's civil aviation minister Sherif Fathi to discuss clean technology, as Solar Impulse's idea is to promote the technology worldwide.

"Egypt is a country that has so much #cleantech potential," tweeted Piccard after meeting with Fathi.

The Cairo-Seville leg was the 16th trip of the tour, which started in March 2015 in Abu Dhabi.

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