Newsletter 72 – Pipistrel Flies Around-the-World

Round the world by Sinus

Without too much fanfare, Matevz Lenarcic arrived back home on the 25th August 2004 in what many are describing as the second best aviation event of 2004, coming a close second to a rocket powered spaceship…… Anyway Matevz beat that space ship in my books !!

We last caught up with Matevz at Oshkosh 2004 where he arrived during his trip. With the worst parts of the trip over (or so we thought) he only had to fly through Canada, cross the Atlantic and head back into Europe to complete the journey. (Sounds easy when you say it fast)

Well Canada put its bureaucratic foot in the door again and at great expense, and with the assistance of our sweet talking dealer Larry Geiger, Matevz finally made it through Canada’s red tape. The seriousness of all of this is that, with Canada putting up so many barriers to light aviation, this might possibly be the last time we see a light aircraft circumnavigate the globe. Canada’s bureaucracy, paperwork and insurance is extinguishing the flame of adventure.

There are a number of web sites with details of this round the world achievement…..

Visit Matevz’s site at….

Visit Earthrounders site at

Another ‘earthrounder’ flew in to congratulate Matevz and more details can be found on

One of the goals of Matevz’s trip was not only to fly around the world solo in an Ultralight registered aircraft, but also to record the journey and adventure on film for others to experience. Matevz has recently opened an exhibition of his photographs but rather than hang them on the normal stuffy gallery walls, these are displayed outdoors on a raised platform giving the viewer an idea of just what it would be like to see these landscapes themselves. The exhibition has been on display recently in Slovenia and it will tour the world throughout 2005.