Matevž Lenarčič of Slovenia landed safely in Tahiti on his quest to circle the world to the west in a Pipistrel aircraft, but do it by zigzagging clear to Antarctica for environmental research and photographs for the photographer’s new book. This is what final looks like in Paradise. He had engine vibrations and leaking carburetors, and was stranded in Tahiti while Rotax engineers arrived from New Zealand. There were worse places to be trapped. Once repairs were made he flew on to New Zealand where additional engine work could be done. Then it was on to Australia where he experienced a serious in-flight structural failure.
Photos by Matevž Lenarčič
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