Perlan’s blog collects the thoughts and experiences of team members from the multiple disciplines needed to build and prepare the aircraft, plan the flight, and carry out the mission. Here, you’ll find insights from the designers, craftspeople, pilots, meteorologists, and support personnel who will make Perlan’s record ascents a reality. Perlan’s blog will be an opportunity to delve into the challenges and triumphs that travel with the giant sailplane.

Oshkosh 2013


The Perlan Project has been invited to display our cockpit mockup at EAA AirVenture 2013. If you don’t know, this is the largest airshow in the world.

Look for us in the Innovation Pavilion (on the right as you walk down the central avenue.)

This is kind of last-minute, as we only heard about this opportunity two days ago and we have had to scramble to get things ready. Hopefully we will put on a good enough show to be invited back next year. Then we will have more time to plan and let our fans know.

Presentación en Español

El 6 de diciembre, el Proyecto Perlan hizo una presentación en Bariloche a la Fuerza Aérea Argentina, ANAC (Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil) y los pilotos de planeadores locales.

On the 6th of December, the Perlan Project made a presentation in Bariloche Argentina, to the Air Force, ANAC (civil aviation authority) and local glider pilots.


Oh No, Not Again

Yes, there really are snow-capped mountains behind the hill. You can almost guess at where they are in the photo.

After last year’s disastrous season at Bariloche being completely ruined by the Chilean volcano, we were told that this season was perfectly clear. Imagine our surprise at seeing this view on our way into Bariloche. A year of planning and hoping was washed out in an instant.

Plans for Argentina 2012

Some members of the Perlan team will be visiting Argentina again this year. The team will be the same as last year.

We expect to be flying from Bariloche and Chos Malal during November and December.

Left to Right in the photo: Jackie Payne, Dennis Tito, Morgan Sandercock, Marcelo Yanguez (Esquel Air Traffic Controller), Tago dePietro, Jim Payne 

Perlan Pilots in the News

On October 8th, the Online Competition (OLC) season finished for 2011-12 with Jim Payne declared the winner for the year. This is a worldwide competition with more than a hundred thousand flights by thousands of glider pilots. At the top level, it gets very competitive.

View the OLC Champion 2012 Results here.

Virtual Workshop Tour

The Windward Performance workshop has completed fabrication on all of the major carbon components of the Perlan 2 glider. All these parts are now sitting in the assembly jigs or stored on shelves, awaiting assembly. This is a good opportunity to have a look around the workshop, camera in hand, and get a few photos of the parts laid out. We can also see some of the other aircraft under construction at the same time.