Matevz Lenarcic on his flight over the North Pole

Matevž Lenarčič is in the air again! This time he is flying a solo flight over the North pole in a Pipistrel SW.
More information about the entire project at Matevž's website:

Matevž is flying a Pipistrel Virus-SW - the aircraft with the best performance, longest range and the most fuel-efficient in its category in the world. Its qualities have been confirmed in the NASA competition, where it won prestigious awards two years in a row. Matevž has already accomplished several extreme flights, including two full around-the world flights, one with a Pipistrel Sinus in 2004 and one with the SW in 2012.

About this years' project:

Experienced long distance pilot, biologist and photographer Matevz Lenarcic is off again on another adventure. Flying a light, eco-friendly 300 kg Pipistrel Virus SW aircraft he is recording black carbon readings over the Arctic.


Matevž is flying from Slovenia to the North Pole, crossing from Europe to Canada and back, crossing the Atlantic via the Lindbergh route; capturing the Arctic with his amazing aerial images. The entire Arctic region has a rich history of discovery and exploration. Legendary expeditions in the name of national interests have led to discovery of new trade routes which brought strategic and capital benefits to the countries concerned.

The Arctic is also very important generator of weather.

Changes in the ice can have a decisive impact on the speed and direction of ocean currents and thus the lives of the entire world. Today in the early 21st century Arctic expeditions are still frequent, the North Polar Region has been crossed on foot, on skis, with icebreakers, submarines and aircraft. But Light and Ultralight planes are still extremely rare in this part of the world. Despite the development of high performance ultralights no one has overflown the North Pole from one continent to another.

Furthermore, the research and technical instrumentation has changed as well. Detection devices which weighed hundreds of pounds just a few years ago can now fit into a fuel efficient, low cost and nature-friendly ultralight aircraft. This is also a mission of the GreenLight WorldFlight project which continues this week over the Arctic and North Pole from Europe to Canada and completes the long distance flights by flying over the North Atlantic from Newfoundland to Ireland, flying parallel to the Lindberg's record flight from New York to Paris.

Join us on this fantastic adventure which started today (Monday, April 22). We will publish the updates here regularly and you can also follow Matevž's progress on his home page:

Video - Flight from Pipistrel's home airfield in Ajdovščina to the International Airport Jože Pučnik in Ljubljana, where Matevž started his adventure:

TRACK Matevž's position LIVE! (updated every 10 minutes)
First leg of his route: Ljubljana (Slovenia) to Tromso (Norway):

**More information**

Ecology note
On his path Matevž will attempt to burn the smallest amount of fuel per distance flown.
The project will show how light aircraft can be used to collect significant scientific climate data, as the aircraft will be carrying a device developed by the company Aerosol; which measures the concentration of atmospheric aerosol - black carbon (soot) in the air over the North Pole - which has not been done before. The results will contribute to understanding the global warming effects.

The aircraft

To fullfill all Matevž's requirements, Pipistrel built for him a specially modified double NASA-challenge winner the Virus SW.
The aircraft must safely operate at low polar temperatures and high altitudes. The fuel consumption must remain at very low levels, as some stages of the flight are several thousand kilometers long - and the amount of fuel on board of such a small aircraft is very limited. Only by an ideal combination of weight, drag and lift the required results can be achieved. Besides high cruising speeds close to 300km/h (160kts), the aircraft must remain stable at very low speeds below 80km/h (43kts).

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The aircraft is equipped with the widest range of avionics, navigation equipment, IFR systems, auto-pilots, radios etc, making it a technological wonder.
Due to all that, a second generator was added for redundancy of the avionics.
The aircraft is capable to speeds over 300 km/h (160 kts) at the cruising altitude.

Matevž Lenarčič
Matevž is an excellent pilot with over 4000 hours of flight and holds IFR and night flight ratings.
He is an adventurist, biologist, photographer, alpinist, environmentalist and above all - a very strong, positive personality. We fully believe he will accomplish his mission.

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Matevž set off on Monday, 22. April 2013 at 6.00 AM CET from the international airport of Jože Pučnik Ljubljana to Tromso, Norway.

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You can keep track of his progress on the following website:

More information about his past flights:   and

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