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World Green Flight Marks Major Achievements

 

Pipistrel Virus SW 914 Turbo
The Pipistrel Virus SW 914 Turbo being flown around the world by Matevz Lenarcic in Antarctica on February 16.

February 23, 2012 – As Slovenian Matevz Lenarcic continues his around-the-world flight in a modified Pipistrel Virus SW 914 Turbo, he's stacked together some significant milestones over the past week. On Tuesday, he completed the single longest leg of the flight - 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles) over the Pacific Ocean - from Concepcion, Chile, to Easter Island. On February 16, Lenarcic landed in Antarctica, marking the lightest aircraft ever to land on the ice-covered continent.

The flight to Easter Island took just over 15 hours, averaging 152 mph using 80.6 gallons of fuel for a consumption rate of about 2.17 gallons per 62 miles flown. Goals of the flight include flying the lightest three-axis aircraft around the world westbound and using the smallest amount of fuel per distance flown.

The ambitious flight began in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on January 7 and is expected to last 10 weeks. He's about a third of the way through and when it's over, Lenarcic will have flown nearly 50,000 miles, crossing the equator six times and touching all seven continents , 60 nations, 120 National Parks, and three oceans. The flight will also overfly Mt. Everest and four other mountain peaks.

Pipistrel is a multi-NASA Challenge winner and a 2011 Collier Trophy nominee. To learn more, click here.

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