Solo round-the-world balloonist in 'survival method' as he fights challenging problems

A Russian wanderer that took off from Western Australia in a warm air balloon in an effort to damage the present globe document for circumnavigating the world is presently in "survival method" as he fights challenging problems.


Fedor Konyukhov required to the skies early last Tuesday from the Northam landing field in WA's Wheatbelt area.

The Russian Orthodox clergyman, flying a purpose-built, state-of-the-art balloon, is aiming to damage Steve Fossett's globe document of flying around the world in much less compared to 13 days.


Encountering comparable problems as Fossett


Mr. Konyukhov has actually needed to reduce his balloon to stay clear of a reduced stress system in advance, in a comparable means late American pilot Mr. Fossett carried out in 2002, the group stated.


" Steve Fossett encountered comparable problems in the last component of his effective round the globe flight although the air stream was additional north then.


" Crossing the reduced stress system will certainly take about 24 Hr., call for a constant elevation around 9,000 meters as well as take the balloon as for 65 levels southern prior to turning north to Australia," the Fedor Konyukhov web page mentioned.


The group stated Mr. Konyukhov had a tough evening on Wednesday with temperature levels to around -35 C.

The traveler's interactions group stated on Thursday that Mr. Konyukhov had actually passed under the southerly pointer of South Africa, was currently over the Indian Ocean and also continued to be on globe document rate.


" Fedor remained in cloud, with hail storm dropping around him and also serious disturbance burning out the pilot burner for the heaters."

" It was so cold that the oxygen masks had actually been freezing solid as breath is breathed out so Fedor had actually required to exchanging in between warming up one in his coat and also breathing via the various other," the website stated.


Friend claims balloonist is 'worn'


It is not yet concrete, Mr. Konyukhov's following task is to have a submarine created that could take him to the inmost canyon in the globe, Mr. McRae claimed.


" That would certainly be optimal, and also if he could guide the balloon because he's completely dependent on wind currents yet if he could handle it someplace around Merredin ... there's great deals of big paddocks around."


"That resembles the following journey that might happen in the following 2 to 3 years," he claimed.


Mark McRae from Southern Ocean Sailing is a veteran good friend of Mr. Konyukhov and also his kid Oscar as well as is in touch with the job group daily.

" He has to land eastern of where he removed," he claimed.


According to Mr. McRae, Mr Konyukhov is really feeling "quiet, really worn out".


" He's worn, yet I have actually cruised with him to a few of one of the most remote components of the globe as well as he's obtained the endurance as well as decision," he claimed.


" I anticipate when he returns he'll be searching for a suitable dish as well as a great remainder."

" At the minute, he has actually covered virtually 21,500 kilometers of the 33,000 kilometers worldwide [and also is] travelling at regarding 200km each hr.," Mr. McRae informed ABC Local Radio.


Mr. McRae claimed it would certainly be perfect if Mr Konyukhov can land around Merredin, which lies in the Central Wheatbelt, about midway in between Perth and also Kalgoorlie.


Mr. McRae stated he was never shocked when his good friend informed him he was visiting fly a warm air balloon worldwide.


" He will certainly simply be silently setting about his company as well as checking his tools, the gas and also oxygen products.

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