Slovenian flyer completes eco-friendly Arctic voyage

May 26, 2013
Photo taken on April 22, 2013 shows Matevz Lenarcic posing at Brnik airport prior to his flight. Slovenian adventurer and environmentalist Lenarcic on Sunday became the first person to fly an ultra-light plane from Europe to America and back over the North Pole, as he landed in Ljubljana after an epic voyage.

Slovenian adventurer and environmentalist Matevz Lenarcic on Sunday became the first person to fly an ultra-light plane from Europe to America and back over the North Pole, as he landed in Ljubljana after an epic voyage.

"I've had more trouble than I had expected, and that prolonged the expedition but what matters is that me and the plane have arrived safely," the 54-year-old told a crowd of well-wishers.

But his month-long journey was not all plain sailing.

The trained biologist had to make an unscheduled stop in Saint-Nazaire, northwestern France, due to and an Irish airport did not have the type of fuel required for his aircraft.

But after a two-day wait in France waiting for favourable weather conditions, Lenarcic took off from Saint-Nazaire earlier Sunday and finally landed in Ljubljana from where he had departed on April 22.

"I've had many . That is why this trip has taken 14 days longer than initially planned," Lenarcic said Thursday on arrival at Saint-Nazaire.

The plane was equipped to measure over the —a hot-spot for global warming—and Lenarcic said all measurements had gone as planned.

While flying over the Arctic, an important indicator of global weather changes, Lenarcic was surprised to notice that "temperatures on the actual North Pole were much higher than in surrounding areas."

An accomplished aerial photographer, Lenarcic took pictures and measured levels of and light-absorbing particles over the Arctic at a height of 3,000-4,000 metres (9,800-13,000 feet), an altitude rarely explored by scientists.

These particles—mostly the product of burning coal and other fossil fuels—absorb light from the Sun and thus play a role in the complex equation of global warming.

The 15,600-kilometre (9,700-mile) scheme was initiated last year after Lenarcic succeeded in circling the world in the same aircraft, a Pipistrel Virus SW914, which weighs just 290 kilogrammes (640 pounds) unladen.

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Neinsense99
2.3 / 5 (12) May 26, 2013
Hey, this is an environment story, in part. Where are the usual trolls?
DirtySquirties
1.2 / 5 (13) May 27, 2013
Stupid! People should quit wasting time with inferior technology. You've been brainwashed by governments who lie to you and spy on you! Global warming is a lie and this plane is a waste of time. The government controls the news and they tell you its warmer but its always been the same, they force 'scientists' to scaremonger people into thinking particles in the air cause utter destruction of the planet when it's obviously not true, and they photoshop images to make people think fossil fuels are destructive. And this is just another guy who's dumb enough to fall into governments pathetic excuse of scaremongering and is wasting time on an airplane (which don't even exist, planes are yet another government lie) when he could actually be contributing to the human race.

Then again, considering y'all are blind to government lies, like airplanes, space (Mars doesn't exist!), and terrorism (9/11 never happened!), you will just ignore me and live your life afraid of the world.
Egleton
2.3 / 5 (12) May 27, 2013
A round of applause for Dirty. That was very creative. Thanks.
italba
3 / 5 (6) May 27, 2013
@Neinsense99: The usual trolls are alive and downrating.
deepsand
2.8 / 5 (16) May 27, 2013
@Neinsense99: The usual trolls are alive and downrating.

Indeed they are. As if their puerile behavior will somehow persuade the Universe to act as they would have it.
Neinsense99
2.5 / 5 (11) May 27, 2013
The crackpots call others crooked, but base their extremely dubious case on 'evidence' obtained by computer crime ('climategate')!

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