Solar Impulse pilot and co-founding CEO André Borschberg boards the plane Friday morning for the fourth leg of the "Across America" campaign.
History departed this week with the takeoff of Solar Impulse early Friday morning. The revolutionary aircraft, which can fly day and night without a drop of fuel, had an extended 10-day stay at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport as part of its "Across America" campaign. More than 8,000 people got to see the plane upclose during open house exhibitions at the Airport. Solar Impulse is a flying aviation lab of new technologies which is helping to promote science, engineering and environmental causes. The plane departed on it’s fourth leg of its cross-country mission bound for Cincinatti (pilot change) and then Washington, DC. Solar Impulse will end its U.S. trek in New York City in the next few weeks.
Custom crafted gourmet burgers are at the heart of a brand new concept that is now open at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in Concourse A. Grounded In St. Louis was developed by HMSHost for Lambert to offer an upscale menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads- and even breakfast- with a counter service restaurant platform for quick and convenient take out.
“In the country’s heartland, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is the perfect location for us to roll out our latest restaurant concept, Grounded In, featuring an all-American favorite—the burger,” said Frank Sickelsmith, VP of Adult Beverage & Restaurant Development.
“Grounded In is the perfect fit for Lambert because in today’s travel, many passengers don’t have the time for full sit-down service,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “The counter concept here allows passengers to quickly order, then grab and go to eat at the gate or take on the plane.”
The menu is all made to order with custom grounded burgers in the spotlight with options like the CholulaTM (1/3lb. with hot sauce, pepper jack cheese on brioche roll), the Cubano (1/3lb. with Cherrywood ham, Swiss cheese on a brioche roll), or the Sunrise (1/3lb. topped with cheddar, bacon and a sunny side up egg). Those custom burgers all feature great sides like French fries with sea salt, sweet potato fries or battered onion rings with assorted dips.
Breakfast options include egg sandwiches, the “Chix Deluxe” (grilled chicken breakfast sandwich) or yogurt, fruit and granola as a health-conscious option. The menu also features premium ice cream milkshakes with a variety of toppings.
Solar Impulse pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg had the privelege of holding the original flight suit worn by Charles Lindbergh on his trans-Atlantic flight to Paris in 1927.
St. Louis made aviation history again this week with the arrival of Solar Impulse. The revolutionary and high-tech aircraft can fly day and night without a single drop of fuel. Solar Impulse founders, co-chairmen and co-pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are leading the mission "Across America" with stops in five cities that includes St. Louis. St. Louis was chosen as the midwest U.S. stop because of the city’s great aviation history and its link to Charles Lindbergh. The Missouri History Museum allowed both pilots to hold aviation history and a piece of the great Lindbergh story when they held the famed pilot’s flight suit. Piccard met Lindbergh when he was 11 years old.
The sustainability program at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is taking another big step with this week’s groundbreaking of a new public compressed natural gas fueling station. St. Louis–based The Laclede Group and Siemens are launching Spire natural gas fueling solutions with its first station to be built at Lambert’s Super Park Lot C facility just off of Interstate 70 at Cypress.
Spire will be open to the public with a focus to serve the region’s growing number of company fleet vehicles operating on compressed natural gas (CNG.) Natural gas is less expensive and more environmentally friendly than gasoline.
“Natural gas is the right fuel in the right place at the right time. Natural gas, and specifically compressed natural gas is helping fleet managers save money every day,” said Susanne Sitherwood, President and CEO, The Laclede Group. “We are making history today. This station is just the first of many.”
The Airport currently operates two CNG stations for its Airport vehicles and parking shuttles and has been providing CNG fueling services for some St. Louis companies. Lambert reached out through a request for proposals process to facilitate the construction of a third fueling facility because of growing demand for fueling services in the region.
“With more than 50 percent of our fleet running on CNG and other alternative fuels, we truly believe in this project,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “We’re proud to be the first location, the flagship for Spire, giving companies and motorists in St. Louis easy access to CNG.”
The Laclede Group and Siemens will launch the Spire station by the end of the year.
After a 21 hour flight, the revolutionary aircraft Solar Impulse touched down at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport helping to make aviation history again in St. Louis early Tuesday, June 4.
The plane, on a "Across America" tour, departed Dallas-Fort Worth for St. Louis on the third leg of its journey and touched down at 1:30 a.m.
Solar Impulse is using an inflatable mobile hangar for the first time in real time mission conditions during part of its stay at Lambert, which will include private and public events over the coming days. The revolutionary structure was conceived and designed by Solar Impulse for the around-the-world mission in 2015, but will now provide a shelter after last weekend’s storm that severely damaged the hangar reserved for Solar Impulse at Lambert.
“We brought the inflatable hangar to the USA for testing purposes and in fact it allowed the mission to stay on schedule. This exercise is now a proof of concept: rather than taking the airplane to a hangar, we have taken the hangar to the airplane,” said André Borschberg, Co-founder, CEO and pilot of Solar Impulse.
Bertrand Piccard, Chairman and Co-Pilot of Solar Impulse, commanded the cockpit for this leg of the journey, his longest flight in the single-seat cockpit to date. Co-founder, CEO and Co-Pilot Andre Borschberg greeted Piccard at the landing and then both greeted a VIP crowd who watched the early morning historic landing.
The choice of St. Louis as the Solar Impulse Midwest stop pays homage to aviation history here with the city's deep connections to Charles Lindbergh. Lindbergh was a chief pilot for the Chicago to St. Louis U.S. Mail Route in the mid '20s. The city’s business leaders, including the namesake of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Albert Bond Lambert, supported Lindbergh in his bid to make the first trans-Atlantic flight between New York and Paris in 1927 in the “Spirit of St. Louis.”
“It was particularly important for me to come to St. Louis because I was so inspired when I met Charles Lindbergh at Cape Canaveral during a launch of the Apollo when I was eleven years old. I’m truly moved to be able to land here today with Solar Impulse,” said Bertrand Piccard.
The public viewing of the plane is set for Thursday and Friday morning through a free registration process but availabilty will be limited. Visit http://www.solarimpulse.com/ for more info.
The Friday, May 31 severe storm that rocked the St. Louis region caused extensive damage to several airport support buildings and hangars at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport based on an initial assessments by the Airport on Saturday.
The damage will alter the exhibit plans for the Solar Impulse aircraft which is scheduled to arrive late Monday or early Tuesday morning with several days of public and private events to follow at the AIrport. The high-tech solar powered plane was scheduled to be parked in Building 2, the former McDonnell Douglas hangar on the north side of the Airfield. Solar Impulse decided to neither postpone nor to cancel the flight to St. Louis and will use its own prototype inflatable hangar in the same general area of the Airport's hangar. This structure, conceived and designed by the Solar Impulse team, will be used for the very first time in real conditions. The schedule of events will be released at a later time by the Solar Impulse mission team.
Portions of the hangar roof on Building 2 were torn off the building. The Airport has deemed the facility no longer occupiable because of the safety of the roof is compromised. The walls and the rest of the hangar structure are intact.
The Airport also suffered hangar damage to the facility immediately to the west of Building 2. The ATS Jet Center also had extensive roof damage on the aircraft maintenance center. Portions of that hangar, leased by Airport Terminal Services (ATS) and Trans States Airlines, are also no longer occupiable because of roof damage. The Airport is working with those tenants to continue to operate.
On the west side of Terminal 1, Lambert suffered roof damage to its primary Airfield Maintenance and Auto Shop complex. Portions of the roof were torn off and bay doors for the auto shop were damaged or collapsed during the storm. The Airport suffered damage to numerous vehicles both in the shop at the time or parked outside the facilities. The Airport’s Materials Management warehouse in the same general area also suffered roof damage. The warehouse is the storage for all Airport parts, equipment and operational supplies.
Lastly, the Airport has reports of damage to its remote parking lot, Super Park Lot C.
There are no cost estimates at this time from the preliminary assessment of the damage. Nobody was injured in the storm. The Airport is now working with its insurance company, consultants and contractors on a post storm recovery plan.
June 1, 2013 12 a.m.
Flight activity can resume at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport after the airfield re-opened just before midnight. It was closed around 8 p.m. Friday night. The ground stop continued for nearly four hours because of extensive debris from the storm was blown onto runways, taxiways and the ramp.
Crews have removed the debris to restore flight activity for airlines that still have flight operations for the evening. Some airlines will resume service Saturday morning.
The storm caused building damage to some airport facilities. Lambert terminals and concourses were not damaged during the storm. Passengers, employees and visitors were advised to seek shelter in restrooms and move to lower levels of the terminal before the storm hit. There were no reports of injuries.
May 31, 2013 Storm Update
The airfield at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is closed after a storm caused damage to some airport buildings and blew debris onto runways, taxiways and ramp areas. Cleanup of debris on the airfield is underway and could take a couple of hours, at least through 11:30 to midnight. There are no reports of damage or injuries to passengers or visitors who were in Lambert terminals and concourses during the severe storm that hit just after 8 p.m. tonight. The Airport put out weather alerts prior to the storm for the public to take shelter in restrooms or move to lower levels of the terminals.
The Airport has confirmed damage to some aviation support facilities including roof damage to the Airport's auto shop and a building that stored emergency response equipment. A guard station was also damaged in the storm. A security guard was in the station at the time and was pulled from the damaged shack. She was not injured.
There are also reports of debris on some area roadways at the airport. Cleanup on the roadways is also continuing.
Terminals and concourses remain open. Services are open for passengers and the public during this time.
All further updates will be posted on the Airport's website blog at http://www.flystl.com/Newsroom/Blog.aspx.
Delta ramp crews work as usual despite dark clouds looming above a flight that had just arrived. Ramp crews are on the move rain, sleet or snow.
Weather conditions didn’t dampen the spirits of Delta ramp crews and Station Manager, John Gaff Friday. As the dark clouds rolled in and the threat of rain moved into the St. Louis area, Delta ramp crews moved swifty to remove baggage and passengers from an arriving flight. The flight arrived just in time too. A fast moving storm pushed through the area producing heavy rain and strong winds. However as St. Louis weather has been known to do, the sun was shining about an hour later.
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