Saturday, May 1, Payerne. Rather than the traditional Labor Day parade 19 supporters, Explorers and Pioneers, came to demonstrate their enthusiasm in the hangar of the Solar Impulse base.

Young and old, citizens of the world and representatives of municipalities such as Collonge-Bellerive, Carouge or Mont-sur-Rolle, came together to share their passion for the project. They dreamed of seeing the plane and hearing Bertrand explain the 7 years of work that went into building the aircraft. The symbolic and philosophical side of Solar Impulse is dear to their heart, and they were not disappointed!

Do we need tougher regulatory pressures to succeed in saving energy and natural resources, and become though less dependent on fossil fuels? Or is it better, through advocacy and education, to become each of us more responsible?... The debates were lively and exciting. Unfortunately Bertrand was called away by the engineers to deal with a technical issue which closed the discussions with Mrs Francine de Planta, Mayor of Collonge-Bellerive.

«These meetings with our supporters are fantastic, I love these moments. The Supporters Program is the soul of Solar Impulse and the fans are our best ambassadors», according to Bertrand Piccard.

Young and old, citizens of the world and representatives of municipalities such as Collonge-Bellerive, Carouge or Mont-sur-Rolle, ...



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