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Slovenian adventurer Matevz Lenarcic has begun a trip in an ultra-light, eco-friendly plane which he hopes will take him over seven continents, 60 countries, 120 national parks, the world’s highest mountains, three oceans and the Antarctic.
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Matevz Lenarcic before takeoff. AFP
Around the world in a light plane
Slovenian adventurer Matevz Lenarcic likes a challenge and he has set a big one for himself in his latest project.
Yesterday, he flew out of his country’s capital Ljubljana in a small ultra-light plane that he intends to fly around the world, using the least amount of fuel ever attempted for that distance.
His modified eco-friendly Pipistrel Virus-sw914 aircraft weighs just 290kg and holds only about 400 litres of fuel, yet it can fly more than 3000 kilometres before refueling.
The Pipistrel Virus-sw914 ultra-light airplane.
‘‘I want to make people understand this world is the only one we’ve been given and if we destroy it, we and our descendants will be losing it for good,’’ Mr Lenarcic said ahead of the solo adventure dubbed Greenlight Worldflight.
He says he hopes to finish his trip in two and a half months. His first stop will be Morocco, followed by Senegal, from where he will embark across the Atlantic Ocean.
Mr Lenarcic plans to overfly seven continents, 60 countries, 120 national parks, the world’s highest mountains, cross three oceans and the Antarctic, while burning the smallest amount of unleaded fuel per distance flown.
The accomplished aerial photographer will take pictures as well as measure the concentration of black carbon and light absorbing carbonaceous aerosols in regions where such measurements have not been made before.
Adapted from an AFP in today’s Bangkok Post
adventure – an unusual, exciting and possibly dangerous activity such as a journey or experience, or the excitement produced by such an activity การผจญภัย
adventurer – a person who goes on an adventure นักผจญภัย, ผู้เสี่ยงภัย
challenge – something that needs a lot of skill, energy, and determination to deal with or achieve สิ่งที่ท้าทาย, การท้าทาย
capital – the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from เมืองหลวง
ultra- – extremely ที่สุด
intend – to plan to do; to want to happen ตั้งใจให้เกิดขึ้น, วางแผนไว้
modified – changed slightly, especially in order to improve it or use it in different way ถูกดัดแปลง
eco-friendly – not harmful to the environment เป็นมิตรกับสิ่งแวดล้อม
descendants – their children, their children's children, and all the people who live after someone and are related to them
solo – done alone กระทำเพียงคนเดียว, กระทำเพียงฝ่ายเดียว
dubbed – given a name ตั้งฉายา
embark – to get on to a ship, aircraft, etc.
continent – one of the seven large land masses on the Earth's surface, surrounded, or mainly surrounded, by sea and usually consisting of various countries (adjective form is continental) ทวีป
unleaded – not containing lead and therefore less harmful to the environment ไร้สารตะกั่ว
accomplished - skilled ซึ่งมีทักษะ
aerial – (of a photograph) from a plane or helicopter ภาพถ่ายทางอากาศ
concentration – the amount of a substance in a liquid or in another substance ความเข้มข้น
absorb – to take in a liquid, gas or other substance from the surface or space around ซึมซับ ดูดกลืน
black carbon – particles formed by incomplete buringof fossil fuels, biofuels, and biomass which absorbs sunlight and generates heat in the atmosphere and which can cover snow and ice on the ground, warming the ground surface
carbonaceous aerosols – particles produced by the incomplete burning of fossil fuels which are thought to be involved in global warming