Slovenian biologist starts microlight trip to the North Pole

Posted on April 22, 2013 – 00:00
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Slovenian biologist Matevz Lenarcic has a new mission. Once you have flown an ultralight five continents, a total of one hundred thousand kilometers, Lenarcic left this Monday morning of your country's capital, Ljubljana, bound for the North Pole. Again, the same device board. Biologist want to go about 15, 600 miles to take measurements of air pollution in the Arctic.

The project began to take shape last year after having completed Lenarcic aboard an ultralight Pipistrel Virus-SW914, with 290 pounds, a journey across five continents. The objectives of the mission was to consume less fuel and can draw attention to the preservation of the planet. Now and again with environmental conservation in mind, the biologist, climber, parapentista, photographer and pilot, 54, wants to go to the North Pole.

"The Arctic is a very important indicator in relation to climate change and it is crucial to conduct investigations in the region, " said Lenarcic told AFP before you begin driving. Asked about the main concerns in this project, Slovenian replies meteorology. "The main problem of this time will be the time. It can be very unstable in Europe this time of year. " Adding to this difficulty, Lenarcic have low temperatures at the North Pole, and the low density of air which can have a strong influence on the performance of the ultralight.

The biologist is facing three to four weeks of travel, which includes passage through the Arctic, Europe and North America. After flying over the North Pole, going up to Canada and then across the Atlantic to Europe, where he will land in Denmark and Norway. Throughout the course provides make stops between 1100 and 3100 kilometers, at an altitude which should vary between 3000 and 4000 meters.

By flying at this altitude, Slovenian hopes to shoot and perform measurements of the concentration of some pollutants in the Arctic that have never been performed until now.

Already in the mission completed last year, after almost four months of travel, Lenarcic did this work when he flew over the five continents.

Source: www.publico.pt

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