Posted on December 17th, 2018

Dorine Bourneton and Bertrand Piccard cultivate the pioneering spirit and realize their crazy dreams

Dorine Bourneton

Aviator, a French writer and keynote speaker, the only survivor of an aircraft accident at the age of 16 years, she became the first disabled woman in the world to be an aerobatics pilot.

On the occasion of the opening of the museum retracing the history of the Arépostale, she agreed to become the godmother of the site. True pioneer, she says: “It’s my life, […], full of trials, surprises and victories. At 16 I did not imagine being the guest of Michel Drucker, nor did I imagine to receive the legion of honor and even less to perform a demonstration of high-flying at the Paris Air Show. I did not know that one day in May 1991, a plane crash would steal my legs. This accident did not steal my fate. I build it every day with the same enthusiasm. ”

To know the course of Dorine, visit her website https://www.dorinebourneton.fr/

Bertrand Piccard

Swiss doctor and explorer, he accomplished the first flight round the world in a balloon and is the originator and co-pilot of the solar-powered aeroplane, Solar Impulse, with which he achieved the first round-the-world flight without fossil fuel in 2016.

He says: “I will never forget the moment when I saw the Apollo 11 rocket take off for the moon. I was 11 at the time. Wernher von Braun, the inventor of the Apollo rockets and friend of the family, invited me to follow the launch at Cape Canaveral. I thought then, these astronauts have a dream that is bigger than their fear of failing. These heroes dare the impossible. They undertake something that no man has ever done before them. This is the pioneering spirit. This moment has been one of the turning points of my life. ”

His website: https://bertrandpiccard.com/