Lenarčič uspešno preletel del Tihega oceana

Matevž Lenarčič, ki leti okoli sveta s prilagojenim Pipistrelovim letalom Virus SW 914 Turbo, je zaključil najdaljšo etapo na svoji poti, 3700-kilometrski polet preko Tihega oceana iz mesta Concepcion, čŒile na Velikonočni otok.

lenarcic__img_5627.jpgTo je bila ena izmed dveh najzahtevnejših etap Matevževega poleta okoli sveta, z najdaljšim preletom preko oceana brez možnosti zasilnega pristanka. Včeraj so močni čelni vetrovi polet še oteževali in do skrajnosti preizkušali vzdržljivost tako pilota kot letala.

Polet je trajal nekaj več kot 15 ur pri povprečni potovalni hitrosti okoli 245 km/h. Matevž je porabil 305 litrov goriva (od skupaj 350ih litrov na krovu letala Virus SW 914 Turbo) kar pomeni da je bila povprečna poraba goriva samo približno 8,25 litra na 100 km in to pri zračni hitrosti kar 280 km/h! Virus SW 914 Turbo je ponovno dokazal da je ta trenutek najbolj varčno lahko letalo na svetu, sposobno izrednega dosega in hitrosti.

Velikonočni otok leži na tako osamljeni lokaciji sredi oceana, da bo naslednja etapa Matevževe poti zopet polet izključno nad oceanom in sicer 2600 km do kraja Totegegie v Francoski Polineziji. Pot bo nato nadaljeval preko Tahitija in Cookovega otoka na Novo Zelandijo.


Successful landing in the Easter Island – one of the most remote places on Earth

Matevž Lenarčič, who is flying around the world with a modified Pipistrel Virus SW 914 Turbo, has just completed the longest flight on his journey, the 3700 km in the Pacific Ocean from Concepcion, Chile to Easter Island.

This is one of the two most challenging and dangerous legs of Matevž’s Around-the-World flight, with the longest stretch over water without the possibility of an emergency landing. Yesterday, strong head-winds over the ocean made the flight even more challenging and pushed both plane and pilot to their limits.

The flight took a little over 15 hours, with the average travelling speed of approx. 245 km/h. Matevž used 305 litres of fuel of the 350 litres on board the Virus SW 914 Turbo, which calculates to a consumption of approx. 8.25 litres per 100 km and at airspeed of 280 km/h! Virus SW 914 Turbo has again proved it is the World’s  most fuel-efficient light aeroplane with longest range and superior cruise speed.

Easter Island is so remote, that the next leg of Matevž’s journey takes him again over water, this time 2600 km to Totegegie in French Polynesia and then onwards towards New Zealand via Tahiti and Cook Island.