Jean-Louis Etienne
JEAN-LOUIS ETIENNE | Expedition leader
Gérard Guérin GERARD GUERIN
Gérard is an aeronautical mechanic and metalworker who built the whole of the balloon’s nacelle. He is a real jack of all trades, expert in mechanics, structures and welding of all types of material. He is just back from Antarctica where he was in charge of maintenance at Dome C Station. He is an excellent man to have in the field and has long experience of working in Polar regions.

› Will be in Longyearbyen from 14 March to departure date
 
PIERRICK DUVOISIN PIERRICK DUVOISIN
Pierrick has been working on development of double-envelope hot-air balloons for the last 5 years and recently set a new world endurance record of 27 hours 40 minutes. He handled safety matters at the start of Bertrand Piccard’s 3 flights as well as the start of the Gordon Bennett Cup in 2004. For the GAO expedition, he was responsible for constructing the gas-management manifold and for testing the low-temperature burner. He will be in charge of filling the balloon with gas.
› Will be in Longyearbyen from 26 March to departure date
 
DAVE BOXALL DAVE BOXALL
Dave supervised construction of the balloon at the Cameron factory. He will help during practice sessions for installing the valve and positioning the balloon up for filling.

› Will be in Longyearbyen from 6 to 11 April
STEPHANE LUCHINI STEPHANE LUCHINI
Stéphane is a helicopter and airship pilot, a mountain climber and also very good with logistics. He is just back from Antarctica where he was a helicopter pilot at France’s Dumont d’Urville base. He will be in charge of relations with the local administration and aviation authorities, organisation of logistics for the departure from Spitzbergen and will recover Jean-Louis Etienne at the end of the flight.

› Will be in Longyearbyen from 16 March to departure date
 
ROLAND WICKI ROLAND WICKI
Roland is a gas specialist with Carbagas, the Swiss subsidiary of Air Liquide. He was in charge of filling the 3 Breitling balloons flown by Bertrand Piccard (who flew around the world with Brian Jones in 1999) and for Pierrick Duvoisin’s hot-air balloon world endurance record. He will be in charge of the gas (a mixture of propane/ethane and helium). Roland is also a mechanic and very good with his hands.
Il est, par ailleurs, mécanicien et très bon manuel.

› Will be in Longyearbyen from 26 March to departure date
 
   
HERVE HENRY HERVE HENRY
Hervé has been in charge of electric power for all the expeditions: the Antarctic sailing ship, Polar Observer, Clipperton, etc. His specialty is energy storage (lithium batteries), which he teaches at the University of Bordeaux. He will be responsible for power generation and installing the power system in the nacelle.

› Will be in Longyearbyen from 26 March to 11 April
 
FRANCIS LATREILLE FRANCIS LATREILLE
Francis is a professional photographer and has done “shoots” during numerous Polar expeditions.

› Will be in Longyearbyen from 26 March to departure date
LOUIS-ANTOINE REPACI LOUIS-ANTOINE REPACI
Louis is an engineer who has worked on flight simulators for Airbus. He designed the automatic pilot, the timer and the system for formatting and transmitting the data that will be sent back in real time from the balloon.

› Will be in Longyearbyen from 30 March to 4 April
 
   
LUC TRULLEMANS LUC TRULLEMANS
Luc is an engineer and meteorologist. He has been route planner for Steve Fosset as well as for Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones during their round-the-world Breitling flight, and also for the solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse. He will be the expedition’s route planner and will determine the weather window for the flight departure and also advise on the best altitude to get favourable winds.
 
BENOIT PELARD BENOIT PELARD
Benoît is a pilot and has been a qualified instructor on both hot-air and gas-lift balloons since 1989. He has taken part in a number of French, European and world hot-air balloon championships as crewman, pilot or organiser. He took part in the mythical Gordon Bennett Cup in Geneva in 2009.
CHRISTOPHE HOUVER CHRISTOPHE HOUVER
Christophe was the organiser and pilot of the first French transatlantic balloon (a Rozière) flight, together with co-pilot Laurent Lajoye (September 2000). He is an experienced balloon pilot (600 hours flying time) and has been a consultant for a number of exceptional flights (altitude and endurance records). He is also an excellent meteorologist and was route planner for Vincent Leys, winner of the last Gordon Bennett Cup in 2009.
 
JACQUES LLOPIS JACQUES LLOPIS
For the past 25 years, Jacques has been head of LLopis Balloons, the only French company manufacturing envelopes for hot-air balloons, based in the town of Delme. He has contributed to the technical design and support for numerous balloon exploits. In 2000 he was technical director and co-manager of the flight control centre for the trans-Atlantic crossing by Laurent Lajoye and Christophe Houver. And in September 2009 he was one of the route planners assisting Vincent Leys when he won the Gordon Bennett Cup.
ELSA PENY-ETIENNE ELSA PENY-ETIENNE
Elsa is Communication Manager for Septième Continent and she also handles the website, video teams and photography, relations with financial backers and administrative matters. She has been assuming all these responsibilities for the past 10 years: Mission Banquise, the Clipperton Expedition, Total Pole Airship and now Generali Arctic Observer.

› Will be in Longyearbyen from 6 to 11 April
 
CORALIE JUGAN CORALIE JUGAN
Coralie has been Jean-Louis Etienne’s press attachée for his last 3 expeditions: including Clipperton, Total Pole Airship and now Generali Arctic Observer.

› Will be in Longyearbyen from 6 to 9 April
JEAN CASSANET JEAN CASSANET
Jean is a former specialist in space meteorology. He is national coordinator of Physics & Chemistry courses at the Education Ministry (Technologies & Information Systems Dept); and a physics teacher. He will be in charge of the on-board weather station and the educational content on the expedition web site.

› Will be in Longyearbyen from 26 March to 4 April
 
ARMELLE QUERRE ARMELLE QUERRE
Armelle has been Jean-Louis Etienne’s administrative assistant since the Clipperton expedition in 2004. She handles his secretarial needs, his lectures, logistics and expedition travel arrangements.