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Slovenian pilot plans to fly his STOL CH 701 around the world
(and you thought building the airplane was the tough part!)

Short description of a project:
Solo flight with ultralight plane without additional air support from Slovenia over vast wilderness of Siberia (Russia) to Kamchatka and forward across the Bering Strait to Alaska, Canada, over Greenland to Iceland, England and back to Slovenia.

Pilot Matevz Lenarcic

Pilot: Matevz Lenarcic

Duration of the flight: 80 days, Summer 2002

Length of the route: 31,000 km (19,000 miles)

Every Day: 500 to 1000 km or 5 to 12 hours

Avionics installation

Before the avionics 

The Route over 12 countries:
Ljubljana (Slovenia) - Kunovice (Czechia) - Minsk (Belorussia) - Moscow - Kazan - Ekaterinburg - Omsk - Novosibirsk - Krasnojarsk - Bratsk - Kirensk - Olekminsk - Yakutsk - Ohotsk - Magadan - Kozirevsk – Petropavlovsk (Kamchatka) - Palana - Markovo -Anadyr - Providenia - Nome (Alaska)-Galena - Anchorage – Northway - Whitehorse (Canada) – Ft. Nelson - Edmonton - Regina - Winnipeg - Thunder Bay - Sudbury Quebec - Sept-Iles - Schefferville - Kujjuaq - Quaqtaq - Iqaluit - Broughton - Sondre Strem Fjord (Greenland) - Kulusuk - Reykjavik (Island) - Hornafjordur - Vagar (Faroe Islands) - Stornoway (Scotland) - Edinburg (Great Britain) - Manchester - Munchen - Gorica (Slovenia-Italy).

Trans World Siberia

Anticipated difficulties:

  • Long time (up to 12 hours) in the small plane with very limited space
  • Possibility of strong winds, headwinds
  • Turbulence
  • Fog in polar regions
  • Vast wilderness with few (if any) landing possibilities
  • Icing of the plane especially especially over Siberia, Chucotka, Alaska, Buffin, Iceland, Greenland, Iceland
  • Long overwater crossings: Bering Strait: 300 km, Iqualit (Buffin Iceland) – Sondre Strom Fjord,Greenland (Davis Strait): 480 km, Grenland (Kulusuk) – Iceland Reykjavik (Denmark Strait): 760 km, Iceland – Farow Icelands (Vagar): 500 km Farow Icelands (Vagar)- England: 420 km.
  • Possible ditching of the plane in freezing Arctic Ocean.

Why the STOL CH 701:

  • Nobody's flown a light aircraft like this across Siberia and nobody's flown solo in an "Ultralight" plane around the world without additional air support.
  • STOL performances: short take off and landing performance, excellent off-airport capability, slow flight capability.
  • Fuel is Avgas or Mogas for the installed 100-hp Rotax 912S engine (it is difficult in Russia to always obtain proper aviation fuel).
  • All-metal durability, visibility, enclosed cabin with heat.

Project Website: www.worldtranssiberia.com

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Media coverage

Practice landings... 

We wish pilot Matevz Lenarcic success with his ambitious project!


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