REPORTER: A plane powered only by solar energy landed in Arizona after an 18-hour journey from southern California. It's the first leg of the Solar Impulse's attempt to fly across the U.S. without any fuel. The brainchild of Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, the Solar Impulse has a battery that's charged by energy collected from 12,000 solar cells built into its wings. Piccard was the pilot for the first of a five-stop trip across the U.S.
BERTRAND PICCARD, PILOT AND CO-FOUNDER, SOLAR IMPULSE: "I tell you, it was a lot of preparation and we have done the first leg. I just can't believe we have been working on that since [sic] so long and the first leg is done."
REPORTER: Both pilots hope the trip will generate interest in clean energy air travel.
French speakers often make the mistake of saying "since a long time/two weeks, etc." instead of "for a long time/two weeks, etc.", because French uses "depuis" with both a period of time and a point in time. At least, Piccard gets the tense right! See here for more on this point.