Slovenian pilot sets off on two-month journey in ultra light plane

In an effort to create eco-friendly awareness, pilot Matevz Lenarcic sets out to fly almost 62,000 miles in an ultra-light, ultra eco-friendly plane.
Photo: Slovenia Tourist Office

DALLAS, January 30, 2012 – Several weeks ago in the Central European country of Slovenia, a Virus SW ultra light plane set out on a two-month journey around the world. Weighing merely 640 pounds, the plane constructed by Slovenian manufacturer Pipistrel, a recurrent winner of the NASA award for top energy-efficient planes, uses a minimum amount of fuel.

“Sustainable development in all fields is a priority in Slovenia,” said a press release about the two month flight adding “although one of the smaller European countries, Slovenia invites the entire international community to become even more devoted to protecting the environment and solving the problem of climate change, protecting local cultures and friendlier social relations.”

The Virus-SW914 ultra light plane can fly 2485 miles with 92 gallons of fuel and flies mostly at an altitude of 11,483 feet where fuel consumption is lowest. The Virus SW914 will take the first reading of black carbon, in the atmosphere.

Pilot Matevž Lenarčič, a biologist, photographer and nature protectionist, left from Slovenia to fly across Africa to North and South America and the Antarctic and then to Australia and Asia, over Mount Everest and India and back home again.

The pilot and his eco-friendly plane.

The pilot and his eco-friendly plane.

Overall, on the journey around the world Lenarčič will visit over 50 countries and fly over the equator six times, covering almost 62,000 miles.

“The world is not as big and indestructible as it seems,” Lenarcic says.  “It is worth seeing it in all its diversity. Physical conditions enabling the life of humans are in a very fragile balance on our planet. Only those who are aware can preserve the substrate of our survival. The GreenLight WorldFlight shows the possible development of the thinking of new generations - away from the epic victories or huge technological achievements with the purpose of subordination. The future lies in moderation, cooperation, and balance. That is why I will use a small, ultra light aircraft with the minimum use of fuel on a journey around our only planet.”

Lenarčič will regularly post his impressions about the journey at

Rita Cook is a writer/editor with has over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 13-plus years. She is a frequent auto and travel contributor on a radio show in Los Angeles called Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  She also contributes travel and auto to the Anthony Duva show, which can be heard live from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST every Sunday at  

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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.


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