(ANSA) – ROME, JANUARY 25 – The Italian pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai hosted an event called “The Flying Society” on Tuesday, organized by global aerospace and defense company Leonardo, headquartered in Italy.
Sheikha Mozah bint Marwan Al Maktoum, the first member of the royal family to fly as a qualified commercial pilot for Emirates Airlines and the first woman to be appointed as a Dubai Police First Lieutenant Pilot, was among those attending.
“Expo 2020 Dubai confirms the UAE’s attention to new technologies, with an emphasis on those related to aviation. I believe that the three key themes of this Expo – “Opportunity, Sustainability, Mobility” – perfectly encompass the promises and challenges of aviation that we want to highlight in today’s event” explained Valerio Cioffi, CEO of Leonardo.
“Leonardo – and Italy – have been part of the history of flight from the beginning, aiming over the decades to maintain its technological lead. We have the ambition to continue as a leader in the next era of flight. aviation and we are investing to meet this commitment”.
Cheikha Al Maktoum shared her experiences and her vision “I was only 12 years old when I tasted the freedom to fly, the exhilarating sensation of rising in the sky: it was a chance encounter and a first flight “, she said.
“I sincerely hope that my journey can serve as an inspiration and encouragement to all young women who are still looking for a path and prove to them that there is room for them in the service of our country.
“It’s time to tell the stories of the women who paved the way, so that the next generation will grow up knowing these women’s names, their stories, dreaming of equal achievement and being inspired by their legacies.
General Luigi Casali of the Italian Air Force, explained that one of the challenges for now and for decades to come is the ability to adapt our selection and training processes to maintain the momentum of the technological ecosystem that we are witnessing.
“We need a flexible modular system that can adapt quickly to new technologies and the social development of the younger population meeting the training needs of tomorrow,” he said.
“A thorough analysis of the roles, skills and training pipeline of the future generation pilot must be a priority in order to recruit, train and train the future airmen of our air forces.” Leonardo’s vision for the future of aviation is part of the company’s contribution to the Italy pavilion, which features a nacelle from Leonardo’s AW609 tiltrotor.
It is the only aircraft of its type to receive civil certification and to revolutionize, among other things, point-to-point transport, thanks to its capacity – which allows the position of the two nacelles and the rotors to be changed in less than 60 seconds – it can take off vertically like a helicopter while flying with the performance of an airplane.
As part of the company’s strategic vision for urban aviation in the near future, Leonardo has built – together with its Emirati partner Falcon Aviation Services – a new concept helicopter terminal at the Dubai Expo site. . It represents the last frontier of vertical mobility: the passenger spaces are designed to house showrooms where commercial and cultural activities can be offered, within a structure built with sustainable materials, which can be easily remodeled or reassigned according to the needs of the city.
Leonardo’s technologies have been present in the Emirates for more than 50 years and the company continues to work – through its local branch in Abu Dhabi – with the United Arab Emirates government, armed forces and partners. Leonardo’s high-tech platforms in the United Arab Emirates include more than 100 helicopters, naval systems, secure communications applications, space technologies and trainer aircraft, including the chosen Aermacchi MB-339 jet trainer for the Emirati national aerobatic team Al Fursan. Leonardo is proud that Al Fursan pilots trained in Italy, using the company’s aircraft and Italian language teaching systems. (ANSA).
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