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Ultra-light aircraft sets out from Slovenia for journey around the world

Ultra-light aircraft sets out from Slovenia for journey around the world ( From Slovenia, a Central European country at the juncture of the Alps and the Mediterranean, today, on January 8, 2012, the Virus SW ultra-light plane has set out on a two-month journey around the world. Weighing merely 290 kilos, this plane, which uses a minimum amount of fuel, was constructed by the Slovenian manufacturer, Pipistrel, a recurrent winner of the NASA award for top energy-efficient planes.

Sustainable development in all fields is a priority of Slovenia, which, although one of the smaller European countries, invites the entire international community to become even more devoted to protecting the environment and solving the problem of climate change, protecting local cultures, and friendlier social relations.

From Slovenia, across Africa to North and South America and the Antarctic and over to Australia and Asia, over Mount Everest and India and back home again, the plane will be piloted by Matevž Lenarčič, a biologist, photographer, and nature protectionist. He will be accompanied, in mind and heart, by all of Slovenia and its National Tourist Board. Everywhere the brave pilot lands with his environmentally-friendly plane, he will bring with him the best wishes of the citizens of this green and welcoming country, and especially, a country that takes care of the planet and global friendship.

The pilot, Matevž Lenarčič, will regularly post his impressions about the journey .

For more information contact: Vojko Strahovnik, GreenLight WorldFlight team, href=""> or Lucija Jager, Slovenian Tourist Board, href=""> .

PHOTO: Think small - think light - think green / Photo from

MEDIA CONTACT: Lucija Jager, Project Manager, Global Public Relations, Slovenian Tourist Board, Dimičeva ulica 13, SI - 1000 Ljubljana, Phone: +386 1 589 85 78, +386 1 589 85 60, Email;

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