Matevž Lenarčič successfully returned from his flight over the North pole on Sunday, 26 May 2013 thus completing the latest in a series of his adventures
It was a long cold journey with challenging weather which resulted in about a week of delay. The cold brings a lot of unexpected difficulties such as deadly icing conditions, low visibility due to ice crystals, fog, drifting snow which finds a way to any possible opening in the aircraft structure, fragile plastic, difficult refueling, numb fingers, impossible engine start, dead batteries and many others – but the aircraft behaved really well and completed all its tasks.
Matevž said: “Sometimes during snow blizzard when I tried to protect my tiny aircraft against violent nature, I felt like being naked in vast snow desert. The polar pilot wisdom is rather simple. Be patient, wait for improving conditions, keep down your ego, you can’t fight against nature. Luckily I was surrounded by good spirit of incredible members of our team and many good wishers all around the world.”
Detailed description of the crossing:
Matevž Lenarčič made a successful crossing of the northernmost point of the Earth on 30. April 2013.
Matevž again proved that there are no obstacles for him. With a small Pipistrel Virus SW aircraft he took off from the Longyear airport on the Svalbard Island at 6:46 GMT.
He flew directly towards the North Pole and reached it at 11:40 GMT. He also made a full circle over the North Pole and thus crossed all the time zones in just a few minutes!
This is an achievement that very few Earthlings can brag with!
Sketched path of Matevž’s flight over the pole. (The proportions might not be totally correct.)
Matevž then continued his flight towards the Canadian airport Resolute, where bad weather conditions prevented him from landing. In strong winds and at temperatures under -20 °C he then flew towards the alternative airport Eureka in Nunavut, where he made a successful landing at 15:55 GMT.