Matevž Lenarčič successfully landed in the Antarctic!

The Slovene pilot Matevž Lenarčič, who is flying around the world in his modified Virus SW 914 Turbo with an Intercooler unit, made a succesfull landing in the Antarctic on 16. February 2012 (at 6 PM Central European Time).
Matevž started his epic flight on 7. January 2012 from Ljubljana, Slovenia. On his route he is planning to
cross the equator 6 times, cover over 80 000 km of distance, fly over 7 continents and over almost 60 countries, over 120 National Parks and 3 oceans and also fly over 5 tallest peaks of the continents, including Mt. Everest. So far, he has flown the distance of about 25,000 kilometers, covering approximately one third of the way.

This afternoon at 6 PM CET Matevž landed on the antarctic base of Base Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva.
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This historic moment means the first-ever landing of a Pipistrel airrcaft of the 7th continent! Now we can truly say that our aircraft fly on all continents of the world!
To be able to accomplish this feat, Matevž needed a specially modified aircraft able to withstand the temperatures reaching -50°C. He will have to brave similar temperatures once again when he attempts to fly over the world's tallest mountain, Mt. Everest later on his journey.

After he returns from the Antarctic, Matevž will be faced with the toughest, most challenging part of his flight: crossing the Pacific ocean. This leg of his flight will include several ocean crossing in excess of 3600 km without a possiblity of landing. Extreme distances and severe weather above the Pacific will be by far the toughest challenge for the pilot and his Pipistrel aircraft, only weighing a little over
300kg, but we have no doubt that Matevž's Virus will perform as well in the continuation of his flight as it did up to now.

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The entire Pipistrel team congratulates Matevž and his ground support team for this amazing achievement.

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Matevž Lenačič, ki s Pipistrelovim letalom Virus SW 914 Turbo leti okoli sveta, je uspešno pristal na Antarktiki dne 
16. februarja 2012 ob šestih popoldne po srednjeevropskem času.
Matevž je začel svoj polet 7. januarja letos z letališče Jožeta Pučnika Ljubljana. Na svoji poti namerava prečkati ekvator kar šestkrat, preleteti 80.000 km razdalje preko skoraj 60 držav, preko 120 narodnih parkov, treh oceanov in preleteti tudi 5 najvišjih vrhov celin, vključno z Mt. Everestom, najvišjo goro sveta. Do tega trenutka je preletel že okoli 25.000 km oziroma približno tretjino svoje poti.

Z veseljem sporočamo, da je danes okoli šestih popoldne po srednjeevropskem času Matevž uspešno pristal na Antarktiki na letališču baze
Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva.
Ta zgodovinski trenutek pomeni prvi pristanek kakšnega Slovenskega letala na Antarktiki. Pipistrelova letala tako zdaj letijo na vseh sedmih celinah sveta.

Da je bil sposoben tega velikega podviga, je Matevž potreboval posebej prirejeno letalo ki vzdrži temperature tudi do 50 stopinj pod ničlo. Takšne temperature bo moral premagati še enkrat na svoji poti in sicer ko bo poskušal preleteti najvišjo goro sveta, Mt. Everest.

Ko se vrne z Antarktike bo Matevž pred najbolj zahtevnim delom svoje poti: čaka ga prelet Tihega Oceana, ki bo vključeval več posameznih poletov, dolgih preko 3600 km brez možnosti pristanka. Ekstremne razdalje in nepredvidljivo vreme nad Pacifikom bosta najtežja preizkušnja za Matevža in njegovo vsega 300 kg težko letalo Pipistrel Virus SW 914 Turbo. V Pipistrelu ne dvomimo, da se bo letalo izkazalo in Matevžu služilo prav tako dobro v nadaljevanju njegove poti, kot mu je do sedaj.

Celotna ekipa podjetja Pipistrel čestita Matevžu za izjemen dosežek in mu želi srečno nadaljevanje poti. Čestitke in zahvala tudi zemeljski ekipi ki Matevža podpira.


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