Creating a company to conceive a new helicopter is much more than just a business venture. It demands long term vision with focus on the development of people and skills, and the creation of a technology oriented culture. First flight of the Cabri. A personal project for Bruno Guimbal to demonstrate new designs developed for Eurocopter next generation helicopters. In 2000 Helicopteres Guimbal is founded to design and certify a small helicopter equipped with sophisticated technology from larger helicopter types. In 2005 the Cabri G2 breaks 3 world records in its category. In 2007 Helicopteres Guimbal is awarded Design Organization Approval (DOA) by EASA. The Cabri G2 type certificate is delivered by EASA In 2008 the first Cabri G2 order received. Helicopteres Guimbal is awarded Production Organization Approval (POA) by EASA. Delivery of the Cabri Serial Number 1003 - New factory grand opening. In 2017 delivery of the 200th Cabri G2. In 2018 the first unmanned autonomous flight of VSR 700.
Giovanni Nicelli Airport is located in the prestigious setting of Lido of Venice, in the northern part of the island just ten minutes by boat from the city center. The air terminal, an example of perfectly preserved architecture, started in 1930s and solemnly inaugurated on 4 February 1935, is the oldest trading post in Italy. In 2014 the airport was included in the ranking of the ten most beautiful in the world by the BBC edited by Jonathan Glancey. Equipped with elegant interior spaces and large gardens and outdoor terraces, it is the ideal location for meetings and conferences, private dinners and events, exclusive parties, art exhibitions and film shoots. In 1915, with Italy's entry into the war against the Central Empires, the priceless artistic heritage of Venice was exposed to bombing by Austrian aircraft. The danger did not leave the French government indifferent, which proposed sending some fighters to protect the city. The offer was accepted by our staff and on 13 August of the same year, 36 men commanded by pilot captain Michel de Chalonge, left Lyon for the lagoon city who conducted 63 effective actions on strategic objectives. The initial deployment near Mestre proved unsuitable for timely interception of enemy aircraft before their arrival on the lagoon, thus making it necessary to search for a new base. With an original choice, the Navy Command, in charge of the Venetian stronghold, decided to create an airfield from the parade ground of the Fort of S. Nicolò al Lido. The space, enlarged with the demolition of some smaller buildings, demonstrated the feasibility of the project and on December 1st, after three months of work, the French squadron moved to the new headquarters, thus marking the birth of the Lidense airport, the current Nicelli. The choice was a happy one. The captain and his pilots, housed in the Hotel Paradiso, were often at the center of a worldly interest also favored by the excellent cuisine ensured by the four accompanying chefs. The department had illustrious visitors such as the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VIII, the writer Celine, and an exceptional godmother, the charming Baroness Nicola Winspeare Guicciardi. Gabriele D’Annunzio will become a regular of the place while the high Venetian aristocracy will open up more and more to French pilots. The presence of Gabriele d'Annunzio at the Lido, who moved from the famous Casetta Rossa on the Grand Canal in Via Lepanto 24, to participate in the risky events of the Adriatic war, represents a historical fact not without charm which was not overlooked by the French aviators who knew the artistic and worldly successes of the poet in their country. A singular proof of this admiration can be found in an image of a Spad plane on the Lido field with the inscription “Perhaps that yes perhaps that no”, the title of a famous work by the poet. During his life in Lidense D'Annunzio also confirmed himself as a creative in the field of military art, contributing in an original and effective way to the daring and insidious guerrilla warfare to be conducted at sea and in the air which Tahon di Revel himself had announced. The presence of D'Annunzio on the Lido field, the current Nicelli, was assiduous and creative. Commander of a Caproni squadron he experimented for the first time in Italy with the use of land torpedo bombers until the needs of the war required the full use of the unit on the land front. The Air Torpedo Squadron, created to emulate the legendary strikes from the air landed by the MAS flotilla, will therefore become a bombing unit, also based at the Lido airport, reinforced with SIA 9B aircraft. In October, Commander D'Annunzio will change her name and motto: he will call her S. Marco and for the motto he will abandon the Latin of "sufficit animus" for the Venetian word of "tu con nu nu con ti".
Cuneo Airport is easy to reach from Piedmont and Liguria regions due to its very favourable geographic location and for being in the heart of the productive area and touristic region. Surrounded by the crow of the Alps, it's in a very special and beautiful position. Cuneo Levaldigi Airport has its historical roots at the end of Twenties, when in 1929 was born the Airport “Campo d’Aviazione di Fortuna”, with a surface of 75000 m2 and a grass runway. After the war the grounds were managed by the local famers until 1960 when the Aeroclub Provincia Granda got the permission to build the new airport. On October 1962, was born GEAC, the managing company of Cuneo Airport, due to a growing interest to develop the air traffic of the local institutions. The first actions of the new company are linked with a renewal program of expansion of the infrastructure and the runway. Since 1986 the Airport is officially open for the domestic commercial traffic by the Minister and since 1990 for the international traffic. In 1994 due to the upgrade of the fire brigade, aircraft up to 48 m are allowed to land. In 1997 a fire burnt most of the terminal, but in just one month the activity of the airport restarted. In 1998 GEAC spa started the executive project for the new terminal, who got finalized in 2004 with the inauguration of the present new Olimpica Torino – Cuneo Airport.
When it comes to defining and developing electric aircraft, VoltAero’s expertise can be summed up in one statement: “Been there, done that!” The VoltAero team has a combined 80-plus years of expertise in electric aircraft, with the unique experience of developing and flying three e-airplanes since 2011. Its first aircraft was the Electric Cri-Cri, an ultra-lightweight airplane powered by four electric motors. With a propulsive power of 20 kilowatts, this single-seat aircraft provided highly valuable knowledge in areas of battery charging and electric system integration. The next step was E-FAN, which made history in 2015 by becoming the first all-electric commercial aircraft to cross the English Channel. E-FAN increased the propulsive power to 60 kilowatts, and broadened the team’s know-how in power management and battery operation. This led to the Cassio 1 flying testbed, which is validating the powertrain for VoltAero’s production Cassio aircraft – in particular, the company’s proprietary hybrid propulsion module, which combines electric motors and a thermal engine. Cassio 1’s propulsive power of 600 kilowatts represents the rating for VoltAero’s top-of-the range, 10-seat Cassio 600 version. VoltAero CEO and Chief Technology Officer Jean Botti and Technical Director Didier Esteyne were the driving force behind these three pioneering electric aircraft. Botti led the Electric Cri-Cri and E-Fan programs in his role as Airbus’ Chief Technical Officer, while the aircraft were developed with the support of Esteyne and his team at France’s Aéro Composites Saintonge. Building on the VoltAero team’s expertise, the company is ready to usher in a new era of safe, efficient and eco-friendly electric flight. VoltAero is taking electric aircraft to an entirely new level. Benefitting from 50-plus years of combined pioneering expertise, VoltAero is developing a truly unique general aviation airplane with hybrid-electric propulsion for safe, quiet, efficient and eco-friendly flight. Safe, efficient and eco-friendly: these are the keywords for VoltAero’s hybrid-electric powertrain. Equipped with VoltAero’s proprietary propulsion module – which combines electric motors and an internal combustion engine – Cassio aircraft will have propulsive power ranging from 330 to 600 kilowatts, corresponding to the aircraft’s versions with four, six and 10-seats.
Taking our past into the future with Carolina Reviglio! Carolina enjoyed a carefree childhood in the Piedmont countryside. With many cousins and friends, the passion for culture was instilled from an early age. Surrounded by beauty and art in the family mansion Cimena, expertly curated by her grandmother namesake, Carolina. On the paternal side of the family, her Venetian grandmother was equally influential. The unique character and rich culture of Venice, epitomizes Carolina. While travelling often, she feels most at home, in the isles of Venice. Schooled in Italy and the United States, lived in provinces throughout the length of Italy, Carolina considers herself truly Italian, with an international vision. “My country is rich in heritage, but poor in the pocket to keep it so. It saddens me to see so many buildings in a state of disrepair.” She has honed the skills of renovation and interiors of historic buildings, since 1987. Learning by trial and error, spurned on by failure and ultimate success, Carolina has grown and prospered. Now is the time to give back. Helping artisans of all disciplines to find work and ply their trade with pride. Matching projects to professionals and vice versa. As Heritage Doyenne, Carolina’s primary contribution to this unique initiative, is to encourage the participation of Heritage Ambassadors. This cause is yet another open avenue, to take our past into the future. By intertwining culture and heritage, to create more synergy. “Only once we fully understand where we come from… and truly appreciate our heritage… can we imagine a fabulous future filled with the richness of our past. Life is ours to design!” ~ Carolina Reviglio