Thu, Mar 01, 2012
Matevž Lenarcic Has Arrived Safely In New Zealand
Matevž Lenarcic has safely completed his flight over the
Pacific Ocean in his attempt to circumnavigate the globe solo
flying a Pipistrel Virus SW 914, made by Pipistrel Slovenia.
The Pacific odyssey began in Concepcion, Chile. The first stage
was a 2,000 nm flight to Easter Island which took 15 hours and 4
minutes. Lenarcic reports that leg was relatively peaceful and
In the second stage, Matevž flew from Easter Island to
Totegegie (French Polynesia) which is 1,226 nm away. By the end of
the second stage of the flight he ran into an area of stormy
weather which was very very difficult to cross. It was a big relief
to everyone when he landed safely that evening.
The third stage was a flight from Totegegie to Tahiti - 913
nautical miles which he covered in and 6 hours and 20 minutes of
Fourth stage was a slightly shorter flight to the Cook Islands.
The flight distance was 615 nm for which Matevž needed 4 hours
and 30 minutes. On Tuesday he completed the fifth and last leg of
this incredible ocean crossing, a 1,673 nautical mile, 13 hour
flight to New Zealand.
Altogether, while crossing the South Pacific Ocean Matevž
flew 6,426 nautical miles. It took him around 50 flight hours.
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