the World Challenge
The fastest ultralight in the world. 5 countries, 3 continents, 11,205 kilometer.
Imagine flying over the turquoise water of the Mediterranean, volcanos on the Atlantic islands, the forests of Brazil and passing by at the famous Sugar Loaf Mountain of Rio!
Middle of October our world record holder RISEN R02 flew from italy to Uruguay with the longest leg being over 1,600NM! There it will represent SEA in South America. During this trip visited over 3 continents and 5 countries, flying over turquoise water, volcanos and passing the city of Rio de Janeiro. The tour was followed by magazines, private pilots and aviation enthusiasts worldwide.
A standard ultralight aircraft with a range of about 1,100 km (595 NM) can only take the North Atlantic Route via Greenland, Canada and US to finally arrive in South America. For going from Italy to Uruguay it would require about 16 stops alone for refueling, travelling all the way around. Thanks to its outstanding aerodynamics RISEN has a very low fuel consumption, which enables it to cross the Atlantic on the southern route – directly from Africa to Brazil!
For the trip we have chosen a route similar to the one of the famous Italian aviator and politician Italo Balbo (1896-1940), who had done formation flights with the Italian Airforce in the 30s. He went from Orbetello (Rome), via West Afrika to Natal and finally Rio de Janeiro. Also our RISEN flew to Natal and Rio, having two stops on the way: One on Gran Canaria, the other one in Cabo Verde.
Landing on Gran Canaria
Aerial view of Atollo das Rocas
Welcome in Rio de Janeiro