August 27 dawned clear and calm so aeriel reconnassiance was in order. German, an instructor from Aero Club Largo Argentino took Jim and Miguel up scouting several landing strips. They took off from El Calafate on the shore of Lago Argentino. They headed west toward Andes and over flew an air strip near Perito Morena glacier and Punta Bandera. Then they headed north towards Chalten runnway, Lago Viedma, and Rio La Leona. In the Andes photo after the two river photos, Mt Fitz Roy's famous jagged pinnacle is in the center of the range. They looked at several more strips and came back to El Calafate.
The Perlan Team visited two schools in two days in two cities in Argentina. Tago, Morgan, and Cholo (Argentine tow pilot and soaring record holder) visited an elementary school in Mendoza. The next morning Jim Kuhl (Teachers in Space), Miguel Iturmendi, and Martin Heltai (photographer) visited a middle school in El Calafate. The photos tell the story!!!
Here is a link to more photos from El Calafate school. Use with attribution.
The Perlan Team will be very comfy in El Calafate, Argentina. Eduarado and Patricia have been extremely welcoming to the team with their cabins.
August 22, 2016 - The Airbus Perlan Press Briefing was a smash hit, home run, hat trick, record setting event.
Ed and Linda Warnock along with college intern Alec Quay have been the Perlan advance party in Buenos Aires.
Dr. Elizabeth Austin, the lead Meteorologist for the Perlan Project has released a book: Treading On Thin Air: Atmospheric Physics, Forensic Meteorology, and Climate Change: How Weather Shapes Our Everyday Lives. In the book, Dr. Austin has extensive narrative about the Perlan Project.
July 7, 2016 was Perlan 2 loading day. The all up weight of loaded container was about 17,000 pounds or 8,000 kg. (Jim and Greg split the betting pool on all up weight.) The team in photo from the right Jim, Stewart, Greg, Doug, Morgan, and Jackie have put in incredibly long hours for days and weeks.