FERMA Press Release "Bertrand Piccard at Forum 2013"
17 June 2013
Solar Impulse initiator and pilot Piccard to speak at
FERMA Forum 2013
Bertrand Piccard, founderand pilot of the world’s first
successful solar powered plane and psychiatrist, is to be
the opening keynote speaker at the 2013 Risk
Management Forum of the Federation of European Risk
Management Associations (FERMA).
The Forum will take place from 29 September to 2
October at Maastricht in the Netherlands.
Dr Piccard, Initiator, Chairman and Pilot of Solar Impulse,
previously spoke at the 2007 FERMA Forum when
therevolutionary aircraft was still in planning. Now in
2013, he will be able to describe Solar Impulse’s
achievements since then andits current flight across
Solar Impulse completed the third leg of its Across
Americamission when Dr Piccard landed the aircraft at
Lambert-St Louis Airport in Missouri on 4 June 2013.
FERMA executive manager, Florence Bindelle, said: “We
are excited about hearing about the progress of Solar
Impulse and Dr Piccard’s approach to controlling the risks
of such a revolutionary project. We thank Swiss Re
Corporate Solutions, which is the sole insurer for Solar
Impulse, for supporting his appearance at the Forum.”
Born in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1958, Dr Piccard studied
medicine with a double specialisation in psychiatry and
psychotherapy.Since childhood, he says, he has been
fascinated by how humans behave in extreme situations,
and passionate about exploration.
In the 1970s, he was one of the pioneers of hang gliding
and ultralight flying. An enthusiastic aviator, he then went
on to obtain licenses to fly balloons, airplanes, gliders and
motor-gliders. In March 1999 he made the first non-stop,
round-the-world balloon flight, thus achieving, together
with Englishman Brian Jones, the longest flight ever in the
history of aviation.
After this, says Dr Piccard, the vision of flying around the
world day and night without using any fuel seemed an
obvious next step. http://www.solarimpulse.com/
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