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Christmas Dinner 2013

 

altThe members' dinner for the traditional exchange of greetings, held on Friday, 20th December saw a large turnout of members and their families.

Among the guests were the Mayoress of Collegno, Silvana Accossato, with her husband and daughter, and representatives from Enav, Andrea Santospirito, Paulo Migliasso and Antimo Bertolino with their wives.

During the course of the evening, those new pilots who gained their certificates for powered flight and gliding in 2013 were awarded their "eagles" and "3 gulls" badges respectively.

Participants brought symbolic gifts which became the prizes for a cheerful lottery held towards the end of the evening.

 

New Representative for the Gliding specialty

 

altThe (now ex-) Representative of the Gliding Section, Gigi Giardino, was elected to the National Board as the member for the STS (Technical Specialty) of gliding. His election to this office is incompatible with that of his post as a Director of the Aero Club Torino, thus for all practical purposes, his status as the Gliding Specialty Representative was consequently revoked. On 31st October, in second convocation, a Meeting of the Gliding Section was held to appoint a new representative Councellor for the specialty. There were two candidates, Angelo Albano and Sergio Cometto , and 24 members entitled to vote.

Voting results:

- Angelo Albano 9 votes

- Sergio Cometto 15 votes.

Sergio Cometto is therefore duly elected as the Representative Councellor for the Gliding Specialty. He will remain in office until the natural expiry of the current Board of Directors. Compliments to the newly elected councellor, and best wishes in the position from the Board.

   

Stage of aerobatics at Aeritalia

 

altSaturday, 26 October 2013, in collaboration with the Aero Club of Bresso, the Aero Club Torino organized for its members a stage of ambientation and introduction to elementary acrobatics using a CAP 10 aircraft under the guidance of the Milanese instructor Dario Costa.

The following members enjoyed the thrills of such flights: Sergio Cometto, Joseph Coratella, Gian Piero Grandi, Lorenzo Lupo Drovetto, Davide Marrone, Marco Porrera and Davide Spezini.

Weather permitting, the experience will be repeated in November and we are endeavouring to make this a bi-monthly event as of next year.

   

Emergency service (118) to go operational by night

 

altOn Thursday 17th October a services conference was held to plan the nocturnal operation of the 118 helicopter rescue service.

Representatives from ENAC, ENAV, Piedmont Region/118, AirGreen and the Aeroclub of Turin took part.

This first meeting will be followed by others, but initial agreement was reached for an experimental period up until midnight for several months, start from the end of this year.

Following this test period, the service should become functional 24 hours a day.



   

Airspace Changes

 

altOur Club member Cosimo Pica, counsellor and advisor to AOPA ITALY and point of contact for Piedmont has advised us of the interesting activities designed to improve the operating conditions for General Aviation and VDS within the national airspace areas.

At the 2013 Annual General Meeting held on June 6 this year at Ozzano Emilia, the President, Rinaldo Gaspari, made the following statement:

Read more: Airspace Changes

   

September 22, 2013 - In flight with a smile

 

altSunday, September 22, 2013, the Aero Club Torino organized the 4th edition of the event aimed at offering the pleasure of flying to the young patients of the Regina Margherita Children's Hospital of Turin.

The event was organized in collaboration with the three non-profit organizations (FMRI, FORM and UGI) of the Regina Margherita Hospital sponsored by the City of Turin and the City of Collegno and with the support of the following sponsors: Alenia Aermacchi, Air BP Industry Borla SpA, Bosch, Cassa di Risparmio di Bra, Euroheat, Ferrero, Fiat, Lavazza, Quercetti, Reale Mutua Assicurazioni, Sales and UniCredit Bank.

Read more: September 22, 2013 - In flight with a smile

   

Cloudburst

 

altAt 8:10 in the morning of 29 July a violent storm occurred over Turin, causing extensive damage to various structures of our Aero Club.

Particularly affected were the 118 (Rescue Helicopter) hangar and the structures of the outdoor area (tables, chairs and umbrellas) of the restaurant and bar, hurled hundreds of meters, and the gliding clubhouse.

The restoration works has already begun and the damage is estimated at around 100,000 Euros.

Here are some photographs that illustrate the severity of the event.

 

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Mourning in the world of Gliding

 

altWith regret, we must announce the death on Sunday, July 21st, of Leonardo Brigliadori (74), the first Italian World Gliding Champion (1985) and a benchmark since then for all Italian glider pilots.

Read more: Mourning in the world of Gliding

   

Flying day for Collegno school children

 

altSaturday, June 22 in collaboration with the "quality of life" Department of the City of Collegno, a day dedicated to flight of the "pass 15-21" youngsters of the Collegno high school was held.

After a briefing in the classroom by Cmdte. Di Bari and greeting to the participants by Councilor Macagno, 26 people were given flights thanks to the voluntary assistance by Club Members Mauro Casatti, Carlo Maria Ferrero, Filippo Ferrero, Maurizio Fiorilli, Giampiero Grandi, Eugenio Rizzi, Domenico Scaiola and Alessandro Villa.

The morning concluded with a reception offered by the Aero Club.

 

   

Giancarlo Grinza wins the 2013 Italian Gliding Championships!

 

Giancarlo GrinzaThere were 39 entrants in the 2013 Italian Single Class Gliding Championships, which took place in Ferrara between the 7th and 16th of June. Giancarlo Grinza of the Aero Club Torino deservedly won the 2013 title, beating Riky Brigliadori and Mauro Brunazzo in a two-seater with Andrea Acquaderni.

The winning scores were:

1. Giancarlo Ginza Ae.C. Turin 3518 points
2. Riccardo Brigliadori AVA 3410 points
3. Mauro Brunazzo / Andrea Acquaderni ACAO 3269 points

To find a similar achievement by a Torinese glider pilot we need to go back to 1970 when Engineer Carlo Della Chiesa won the title with an FK3 glider, followed by the amazing Nino Perotti, who was the Italian Standard Class Champion in the years 1972, 1973, 1979, 1980 and 1981.

Since then we have not enjoyed much success.

The weather was reasonably good with five flyable days out of six, thus allowing the smooth running of the events.

Simultaneously with the Championships, the promotion-class races, in which our own Laura Valvassori was promoted to the "national" category, also took place.

It was noteworthy that for the first time there was a significant participation by lady pilots in both the Italian Championships and in the promotion category.

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To round off the event in top class style, the legendary Egidio Babbi offered competitors and organizers a splendid final evening with a fish-based meal.

The courses and results are available at www.soaringspot.com

   

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